Category: The Christian Spirit

Reflections on living as a disciple of Christ.

The Culture War: Homosexuality vs. Christian Faith

Who Would Have Believed It Would Come to This? The Washington Post, of all places, has an article pointing out the problems faced by Christians who are standing by their belief that homosexuality is sinful. When Christians take this stand, they are being confronted with the government’s insistence that “gay rights” trumps religious convictions. I don’t provide this article to make anyone angry or to say that we are to despair; I merely want to help us understand the transition… Read more »

Pull Out of Politics?

I am linking to an article by commentator Kathleen Parker. It is entitled “Christians at the Gate.” The thesis is that the Christian Right has failed in its endeavor to influence politics. The culture war has been lost. She then quotes some Christian leaders who say that we instead need to model the character of Christ rather than press for political change. Please do read it and feel free to comment. The main problem I see with the article is that… Read more »

Liberty of Conscience Denied

The United States Senate apparently doesn’t believe in liberty of conscience. A vote Thursday denied doctors and medical centers the right to abstain from participating in abortion procedures. Read the entire story here. The story lists the senators from each state and how they voted. Check yours. Some of you may be surprised by how some so-called moderate Democrats voted. See in particular Virginia and Florida. A Christian doctor has no option here. To participate in an abortion is to deny the… Read more »

Principle: Unity & Union (Part II)

Building on the concept that unions must be voluntary and that there must be internal unity before an external union can be successful, we can look at examples in certain nations. Remember the old Soviet Union? The official name was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics—one of the most dishonest names imaginable. First, it wasn’t a true republic—that would have required representation and the protection of inalienable rights, ideas foreign to its government. Neither was it a true union as understood by this… Read more »

Principle: Unity & Union (Part I)

In politics, we are always hearing appeals for “bipartisanship.” That’s great in theory, but overlooks a basic reality. A Biblical prinicple that I call “unity and union” helps explain. Those two words—unity and union—are not the same. Unity is an internal voluntary agreement; union is the external joining of two or more things into one. External unions should be built on internal unity. They really need to be voluntary unions for them to succeed. Forced unions that lack unity will ultimately… Read more »

Who Holds To a Biblical Worldview?

Being a Christian is more than having good feelings about Jesus. A real Christian maintains a set of beliefs that are foundational. If any of those basic beliefs are missing, that person either is not a genuine Christian or is teetering on the edge of losing the faith. The Barna group defines a Biblical worldview as believing the following basics: that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered… Read more »

The Ultimate Provider

As we listen to all the economic news, and see people who are devastated by the losses they have suffered, we might be tempted to forget some big truths. Some of those big truths can be found in the pen of the Apostle Paul, who suffered in many ways as he labored to spread the Good News. While in prison, he wrote, Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am…. Read more »