Russell Moore has a new article over at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that raises some important questions about why and how we advocate for religious liberty. Here's a sample:
"If we miss why religious liberty matters, we will fundamentally misunderstand how to advocate for it. For a long time, many evangelical Christians have had a narrow vision of religious liberty, due largely to the fact that we have faced so few real challenges to it. This has often caused Christians to see religious liberty as a who-has-the-most-votes issue rather than what it really is: an image-of-God issue. Thus, many critics of Christianity have alleged, not without reason, that 'religious liberty' for evangelicals is simply code for Christian privilege. Combine this with the sad spectacle of some evangelicals perpetually claiming to be 'persecuted' because the signs at the department store say, 'Happy Holidays,' instead of, 'Merry Christmas.' The result is an evangelical advocacy of religious liberty that isn’t taken seriously by the broader culture."READ FULL ARTICLE »
In North Carolina, the state legislature enacted sensible legislation to protect women and children from sexual predators. The law, called HB2, would prevent men from using women’s bathrooms and locker room facilities.
Today, among the articles about Donald Trump and the Ark Encounter, this podcast on CT’s website caught my eye. In it, one of the hosts actually says that she thinks God gave us Pokémon Go as a distraction from all the bad stuff that’s been happening lately. I guess we see this one quite differently. I’ve never even considered that distraction is a virtue.READ FULL ARTICLE »
Religious liberty is in serious jeopardy. There is a recent bill in California, Senate Bill 1146, which jeopardizes the future of faith-based institutions. In the words of Biola president Barry Corey, “Never has there been proposed law in the history of our nation that would be as restrictive on the religious rights of faith-based colleges and universities. We believe this is just the beginning of an erosion of religious freedom which is not only a constitutional right but also necessary for the flourishing of our democracy.”
This bill should come as no surprise. In their opinion for the 2015 SCOTUS ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage, the majority judges claimed that expanding marriage to include same-sex couples would “pose no risk of harm to themselves or third parties.” However, the minority judges noted that the new ruling would help portray dissenters as “bigots” and also raise serious concerns for religious liberty.
[Note: Several of the links in this piece contain bad language.]
Let me begin this post by saying that I don't care about "Ghostbusters." At all. I didn't see the old one and I don't plan to see the new one. But even for someone who doesn't care about "Ghostbusters," it was hard to miss the social media insanity that surrounded the new film's release. It peaked yesterday when professional provocateur Milo Yiannopolous got banned from Twitter (not for the first time) for being the ringleader of a group of trolls who went after actress Leslie Jones.
Four days after the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, Baton Rogue police officer Montrell Jackson -- an African-American who recounted experiencing prejudice both in and out of uniform -- wrote on Facebook: "I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. . . . These are trying times. Please don't let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I'm working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer, I got you."
Yesterday Jackson and two of his fellow officers were gunned down by a shooter enraged over the Sterling killing. Shortly afterwards, Jackson's plea for peace and respect went viral. May his words comfort and guide a confused and grieving nation.READ FULL ARTICLE »