Christians and The Culture: “Defending Faith, Family and Freedom”
I read years ago that “Leaders are Readers and Readers are Leaders”. Makes sense doesn’t it? It makes a difference what we read. We are influenced by what we read and therefore we must always seek the truth in all things. “Wise people store up knowledge” (Prov. 10:14).
The number one thing we should read – daily – is the Bible and probably a daily bible study or devotional. Everything else we read should be filtered through our “biblical world view”. We live in the world, so we need to keep up with the world going on around us. To be informed, we should read a newspaper daily – not just the sports, flair or headlines. We need to read the editorials and commentaries and we should try to understand the motivation of the writers of our news and commentaries.
First Published in Renew America
We must never forget: everything Hitler did in Germany to persecute the Jews was "legal," and everything the Partisans and Individuals of Conscience did in any of the enslaved Greater Reich, was "illegal." Those caught were subject to torture and death. Pure and simple: it was illegal to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany, or in the Greater Reich, and those caught doing so were sent to a Concentration Camp, and certain death, or killed outright. Because of my moral convictions, I am sure had I lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal and I might lose my life doing so. That being said,
"...If I lived in a communist country today where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I believe I would openly advocate disobeying these anti-religious laws..."
Written: Around 450 B.C.
Theme: God's Love and Justice
The message of Malachi was directed to a people plagued by corrupt priests and wickedness. The prophet confronted the people of Israel for their hypocrisy, infidelity, divorce, pride, greed and arrogance. The nation was so complacent in their sin that God's Word no longer had any impact on them. Malachi challenged them to turn from merely "going through the motions" to a relationship with God filled with faith, obedience, and worship. God loves us passionately and wants us to return that love to Him by being people of integrity, purity, and justice.
Many an explosive conversation may erupt in the clash between two worlds: Politics and Religion. Both have the potential to evoke the gamut of emotion, from red-faced, stiff-necked mad-man rage to complete head-in-the-sand apathy.
It's a challenge for Christians to respond to the sphere of Politics when it is in direct conflict to fundamental biblical Truth. Often political activists steer away from "Faith" issues to avoid offending the non-religious. As Christians, what should be our response? Speak up or shut up? Throw ourselves into the fray, or stand back to avoid being caught up in the mudslinging of negative words and mob-mentality behavior unbecoming as a Christian?
Claiming “an unprecedented attack on religious liberty,” the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) yesterday filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in two separate cases, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc, and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. In both cases, the plaintiffs are devout Christians who built their businesses from the ground up. They object on religious grounds to providing certain contraceptives which are mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services headed by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Both cases are scheduled for oral arguments on March 25, 2014 and the Court’s decision is expected sometime before the end of June.