Section : Opinions

  • Inauguration Day Preparation: Reasons to Pray and Praise

    As people are preparing for Inauguration Day---some with rejoicing, others in seeming sackcloth and ashes---one fact becomes clear: amid all of the performance rejections and media criticism abounding, this is a controversial and exciting time, to be sure. And perhaps that's an understatement. To the Christian, however, there is never a time devoid of comfort. For those whose eyes are fixed pessimistically, I hope to avert your focus just a bit more.
  • Death Penalty

    Should Christians Support the Death Penalty?

    Death penalty measures were considered on three different state ballots on Election Day, which has sparked a healthy capital punishment debate among Christians, but where should Christians stand on the death penalty? Some capital punishment proponents justify their stance by suggesting that not only is it good governance but it's also sanctioned by God. This is a bold claim. Those who support the death penalty often cite a few Biblical verses, but do they really translate into a divine death penalty mandate?
  • Fuller Seminary Leaders Mark Labberton and Richard Mouw

    Post-Election Evangelical: Prestigious Seminary Leaders Condemn Racism, Fear, Hatred Expressed in Lord's Name

    We are writing to address critical concerns about Christians in America who identify as evangelical. The issues we have in view have been intensified by the 2016 presidential campaign and exist now regardless of the outcome of the election itself. We know many evangelicals of deep faith and strong conscience who cast varied ballots, often gripped by an agonizing sense of compromise whatever their decision. Our concern is not to comment on the election but to clarify the moral vocation of an evangelical Christian faith in the midst of these times.
  • A Constitutional Case for Life: Reflecting on the Legal Mishandling of Roe V Wade

    The Roe vs. Wade case posed perhaps the most controversial handling of Constitutional material in history. The argument defended—the national legalization of abortion—stirred claim to liberties stated within the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified over a century earlier. The premise for this preference of action was established upon the Article’s general references to “equal protection” and individual recognition regardless of race or cultural distinctions. Those representing defense for the recent lawsuit contended the right to private expression of choice; those countering the 1973 historical landmark, however, refuted their opponents’ rationalization. In convictions involving morality and governmental capacity, many questioned whether or not such a case faithfully typified the intentions of the article’s original authors. Although the Supreme Court, in the end, consented to all in behalf of Jane Roe’s cause, a nagging speculation continued to haunt the minds of the American people following: was the Roe event sufficiently and rightly justified? A brief overview of the significance asserted by the Fourteenth Amendment and the historical understanding of liberty and government supports the fact that in light of such knowledge, the Roe. vs. Wade case would have earned the forefathers’ disapproval.
  • Religions around the world

    Religious Pluralism: Identifying and Responding to the Spirit of Our Age

    "America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.”― Fulton J. Sheen. It was once accurately stated that to believe everything is to believe nothing. Though unrestricted acceptance may appear at first thought superiorly loving, it is in factuality lethal and self-destructive.
  • Capitol Hill in Washington DC

    Seven Ways to Pray on Election Day

    We acknowledge that in this election you are, as it were, holding up a mirror to America. You are showing us who we are as a nation. We may not like what we see, but the two major party candidates represent us well. Lies, corruption, selfishness, unbridled ambition, shameless sexual immorality - all committed with a high hand. That's our nation. You are giving us the leaders that we deserve.
  • Unfinished Portrait of William Wilberforce

    William Wilberforce's Exhortation to the Church to Embrace Political Activism

    "Is it not the great end of religion, and, in particular, the glory of Christianity, to extinguish the malignant passions; to curb the violence, to control the appetites, and to smooth the asperities of man; to make us compassionate and kind, and forgiving one to another; to make us good husbands, good fathers, good friends; and to render us active and useful in the discharge of the relative social and civil duties?"~ William Wilberforce
  • China's Leftover Woman

    Leftover Women: The Story of China's Unmarried Women

    Women in China over 27 are viewed as unwanted or "leftover". This is a sad reality because many of these women are beautiful, talented and educated. In Leta Fincher's book, Leftover Women, this sexism struggle is probed and revealed to Western readers. It's pathetic that the progress of these women is being punished by the media of their homeland.
  • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

    Author Max Lucado: My Prediction for November 9 Election

    We are really ready for this presidential election to be over. We're ready for an end to the rancor and tackiness. Voters on both sides feel frustrated, even embarrassed by it all. There is a visceral fear, an angst about the result. What if so and so wins? When we wake up to November 9, post-election, when the confetti is swept away and the election is finally over, what will we see?
  • Donald Trump

    Mr. Trump Apologizes: America Should Too

    Mr. Donald Trump is raising the bar of America's conscience. Apology is often the first step in correcting a wrong. Having moved for a position of saying "I don't need forgiveness," Mr. Trump is now taking a second look at past behaviors; things that he's said and done that he regrets. While he is not asking for forgiveness for being human, he is admitting that he's made mistakes and humbly making apologies.
  • Harry Potter

    Harry Potter And Christianity: Do They Mix?

    When I was 11, the first Harry Potter novel was released. Like many conservative parents, mine were wary of a series featuring a young boy wizard as the primary hero. I never did read the series in my youth, but I did have to read them when I took a Harry Potter course in college. I went into the course concerned that I wouldn't like the series and came out on the other side a fan of the incredible work and detail that Rowling put into her works.
  • Ann Coulter

    Ann Coulter Claims 'Media Lied About Donald Trump Mocking Disabled Reporter'

    Author of the newly released book "In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!" Ann Coulter, insists American broadcasters and media representatives invented a lie about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump making fun of a reporter with disabilities. She specifically accuses the Washington Post staff of smearing the Republican nominee. Most of her defense is that she said Trump does an "arm-waving routine" whenever he's pretending to be a flustered person of any type.
  • Tom Arnold Gun Violence

    Tom Arnold Wants 'Deadly Gun Religion’ and NRA Confronted After Nephew's Suicide

    Producer and actor Tom Arnold is still dealing with the tragedy of his 24-year-old nephew Spencer taking his own life this spring by shooting himself in the head, and Thursday he made an impassioned plea to enact new gun laws that might have prevented his nephew's death. "Some (people) equate guns to religion," he notes. "A gift to Americans directly from God himself. That sounds crazy to me. It should be on the gun test: If you truly believe your metal tool/explosive device is a gift from above, then you should be deemed insane and unfit to legally own a gun."
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