As I hinted in a previous post, conservatism and Christianity are fundamentally united in the biblical worldview. This unity stems from Genesis 1.
When God created the world, He created it with order and with purpose. Genesis 1 is chock-full of examples of God's meticulous design of the universe and of His care to bring organization to His works. He created things in categories (light, darkness, sky, land, sea), and He created the creatures and plants according to various, distinct kinds (livestock, crawling things, birds, creatures of the sea). He created male and female. READ FULL ARTICLE »
There is some sickening, yet unsurprising, news out of Ireland. Children at Risk in Ireland (CARI) reports that calls to its national helpline in relation to rape and sexual assault “show an overall 43% increase over the [past] three years.” Many of these involve children and teens perpetrating sexual assault on their peers.
CARI CEO Mary Flaherty said: “The increase is very significant and is a marked shift and we believe that access to pornography and the unrealistic expectations involved with that are contributing, along with general hyper-sexualisation in the media and video games.” READ FULL ARTICLE »
Have you thought much about heaven recently? If you're like me, the topic comes to mind every once and a while, but thoughts of heaven usually fall into the category of thoughts about the distant future. Heaven is a reality to you, but it's something far away from where you are now. It's a beautiful thought, but it's something that brilliant wordsmiths like Dante fantasize about in their poetry. It doesn't have much to do with where you are right here and right now. You're just glad that you're going there and not to--the other place.
Too often, we claim titles that don't belong to us. Whether it be "Christian," "Lutheran," "liberal," or "atheist," people often accept names for themselves and their beliefs without actually knowing all the things that the names entail.
Same with "progressives" and "conservatives." At least in my own case, I went for years calling myself a conservative without actually understanding what the word really meant. I generally put people of the conservative ideology in the same category in my brain as conservative clothing or conservative portions of food. To me, "conservative" meant something like "careful," "limited," or "modest." Sure, these are all synonyms of the word, but there's a lot more to conservatism than any of those things. READ FULL ARTICLE »
I truly don't know what to make of this trending story about schoolchildren playing a pencil game that's supposed to summon a spirit. On a surface level it sounds ridiculous, and there may very well be an explanation that doesn't involve demons. But on the other hand, how different is it from, say, the Ouija board or the "up table" game? My mother's account of some spooky experiences with the latter in her childhood was enough to make me extremely leery of all such things, so I don't intend to try the "Charlie" game to see if it's for real!
I was struck, however, by something Simcha Fisher wrote about this game: "I was chatting with my husband about how these things are forbidden even if we don't really believe they will work, and he pointed out that the devil may actually prefer it when people sell their souls lightly." READ FULL ARTICLE »
Relativism not only damages our perception of truth and goodness but of beauty as well.
On May 13, the Daily Mail reported that a Mark Rothko piece called “Untitled (Yellow and Blue)” sold at a New York auction. About eight by six feet in size, the painting consists of a solid yellow background half covered by blue. Basically, a four year old could have produced this painting using a bed sheet and a few bottles of Crayola paint. Unimpressive as the painting appears, however, it sold for $46.5 million dollars.
Now, hold on a second. How could anyone value this uncreative work of art so much? READ FULL ARTICLE »
As reported in a New York Times article from May 20, President Obama used his commencement address to the graduates of the Coast Guard Academy to emphasize the importance of combating climate change. During the address, Obama asserted that "climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country." As a result, he argued, "We need to act, and we need to act now." READ FULL ARTICLE »