Category: The Christian Spirit

Reflections on living as a disciple of Christ.

What the Political Pundits Don't Know

I read political commentary every day. This election season, naturally, brings out every pundit, and they try to win you over with their wisdom. Sometimes, they succeed, but even when they provide good insights, there is usually one insight–the most significant insight–omitted. Ronald Reagan understood. Speaking to the National Association of Evangelicals in 1983, he zeroed in on that most significant insight. His topic was the threat of the Soviet Union, but the insight applies to every threat that the… Read more »

Burdens, Anger, Sorrow, and Prayer

As I sit down and write in this blog today, I’m not really sure where my thoughts are going to end up. All I know is that I am terribly burdened for the future of this nation. Christians sometimes talk about feeling a burden for a specific person or problem; well, that’s where I am today. Where is the line between anger and sorrow? I reach a point where I don’t want to hear the same old lies over and over as… Read more »

Prophet or Priest?

As a Christian, what am I supposed to be when commenting on politics? Am I to be the prophetic voice, warning against the dangers of voting wrongly and following wrong policies? Am I to be the compassionate voice that draws people to God by staying away from controversy? Is it possible to be so prophetic in one’s approach that people are turned away from the truth? Likewise, is it possible to be so open and compassionate toward those with differing… Read more »

A Truly Christian Discussion

I had a great experience last evening. As part of Constitution and Citizenship Day at Southeastern University, I moderated a panel discussion on politics. First, I presented, without comment, planks from both the Democratic and Republican platforms on such issues as: national defense and terrorism; government reform; energy policy; education; environmentalism; abortion; and marriage, among others. After I finished, I turned the program over to a panel of four Southeastern faculty members, who made comments on items in the platforms,… Read more »

Why Should We Be Surprised?

The media jumped on any rumor to attack Sarah Palin. They were embarrassed (or should have been) by the result. The next attempt, which is already beginning, will be to “reveal” her church as an extremist organization, far from the mainstream of American life. Now, how should Christians respond? While it is understandable to be outraged by the accusations, we need to keep in mind that false accusations against the faith have abounded throughout the ages. The apostle Peter reminds us,… Read more »

A Pause in the Action

I do plan to make comments on Obama’s speech last night and the surprise that McCain pulled on the nation with his choice of Sarah Palin as his VP. But, for now, I just want to pause a minute and say something else that is on my heart. It is very easy to get caught up in the drama of politics. It is also easy to spend all one’s time trying to ensure that Biblical principles permeate the society, whether… Read more »

A Unique Insight from C.S. Lewis

Some writers just have a way of saying something. Ever since my undergraduate days (which are becoming somewhat of a dim memory by now), I have been fascinated with C. S. Lewis. His writings always stir me. He doesn’t just make statements; he draws you into what he is saying and creates an image that stays with you. At least that is the effect on me. There are so many examples I could use. In fact, I’ve included many of… Read more »