Every once in a while, we hear a false charge. A charge that has significance during this Lenten season of 2013. It's an old lie that seems to keep resurfacing. The accusation is that supposedly there is no historical reliability to Jesus as a person. That is so false.
It seems like political conservatives are in the wilderness right now. Having been beaten in the November 2012 elections and fracturing even more since, some are turning on each other.
Currently in the theatres is the movie, "Safe Haven," based on the book by Nicholas Sparks. In the book, the bad guy goes around quoting Scripture. Is quoting Bible verses indicative of a mental imbalance? To some of our cultural elites it would seem so.
In 1996, the late Robert Bork wrote a book entitled, Slouching Toward Gomorrah. But today, we're not slouching toward Sodom and Gomorrah, we seem to be in an all-out sprint.
The high court decided Roe v. Wade without public debate, without the people's representatives getting to weigh in. And here we are, forty years later, still arguing about it. We live in what Dr. Richard Land calls "the Divided States of America." Abortion is one of the most divisive issues.
The founders would not agree at all with the tyranny of the current administration in enforcing this mandate---a mandate that would never have come to be unless President Obama had given what now appears to be an empty promise that ObamaCare would not fund abortion.
Suppose you were to read an overall negative article about a man who outwardly appeared to be respectable---but then, suppose you found out that, unbeknownst to the readers of the article, it was actually penned by his ex-wife? Wouldn't that make you at least a little suspicious about the article's contents? So it is with Newsweek's cover story on Jesus.
Is December 21, 2012 the end of the world? The Mayan calendar says as much. Christianity teaches that history is linear, not circular. Christ divided time in half.
If you were a casual observer of our culture, you'd assume that the progressives are the ones full of compassion. But is that really the case? Jesus told His disciples that when you feed the hungry and clothe the naked, you do it unto Him.
How would you like to set yourself up for almost guaranteed disappointment? Despite how much good you do, if you expect gratitude from other human beings, you will often be let down.
When did the word "affair," which sugar coats reality, replace the word adultery? Apparently, people today can't "relate" to the old-fashioned, outmoded concept of "adultery" (sin), but they readily know what you're talking about if it's an affair (an indiscretion, a choice, nobody else's business).
After the election results, I'm tempted to say, "Well, it was a great country, while it lasted." The results appear to be very bad for traditional values. Where were the churches? Where were the values-voters? Clearly, there is a great deal of education that needs to take place.
Like the other founders, Washington believed that for the Constitution to work, the people needed to be virtuous. As he himself put it in the Farewell Address, "virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government." Washington elaborated on the importance of "religion and morality" (again from his final public message). But so many now think we're so much smarter today.
America is at the crossroads. In a couple of weeks, we get to vote which path we will choose---toward bigger or more limited government. Lately I've been hearing from different people who fled Communist backgrounds, warning about what they see happening in modern America at the hands of politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Now that the dust has settled from last week's VP debate, we have a better chance to assess the long term effect of the performances. Though content should remain our focus, particularly as we edge closer to the election, civil discourse is a topic that should be revisited from time to time.
I've been talking to a few conservatives lately who claim they will vote for a third party candidate for president. They would be inclined to vote for a conservative, but because the most conservative majority party candidate is a Mormon, they say they will opt out and vote instead for Joe Shmoe of the True Blue Conservative Party or someone like that.
In a day where your bumper sticker might get you in trouble, we should remember that tolerance should apply to all—even to those who hold politically incorrect views. True tolerance, which means respect for those with whom we disagree, seems to be disappearing in our time.
It's one thing to have a social safety net. It's another thing when virtually half the country is in that safety net, when government-dependence is a way of life. The estimates are that 49 percent of Americans now receive substantial government assistance.
All politics aside, how could a good God allow hurricanes or other forms of natural disasters? This is a core question that keeps resurfacing. Presumably, it is part of what keeps some from believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Just this week, a politician got in trouble for his unfortunate remarks about rape and abortion. While the media has been piling on, enjoying a feeding frenzy over that which he himself has apologized for, there's another story (also out of St. Louis) I want to draw attention to.
Hopefully, Wednesday's shooting incident is not the beginning of some new trend. But historically, persecution often follows effective Gospel work. How are we to respond? Love is the key to overcoming hate.
In some ways, the culture wars are ultimately a conflict between a biblically-based worldview versus that of secular humanism. And the dominant media expresses the latter.
Belief in Hell doesn't seem to be taken too seriously these days. Millions of high school students have been taught about Jonathan Edwards' famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," as a supposed example of Puritan excess.
My first reaction to the Obamacare decision was: Well, it was a great country while it lasted. My second reaction to the Obamacare decision is to re-remember just how important elections are.