Recently I wrote about the consequences of Christians' association with radical right-wing supporters and the anger it fostered in those outside our religion. As a result of this unfortunate alliance, we are entering an era of anti-Christian rhetoric, unlike anything seen in modern times. An example of this anticipated anti-Christian rhetoric appeared this week from a liberal-left media outlet - Boing Boing. Under the titillating title "Christians censor monoliths, vandalize property and tear down monuments", the article claimed Christians were tearing down the mysterious monoliths that have been appearing across the world. Of course, Christians, like everyone else, find these monoliths amusing. We're certainly not tearing them down out of fear. But the evidence submitted by Boing Boing was not just misleading, it was unethical journalism
There are consequences for evangelists’ blind support of Donald Trump. Here’s what to expect in a post-Trump America.
Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally. For four years, many Christians watched in horror as fellow Christians and evangelist leaders publicly and proudly supported a President that represented the antithesis of Christian ideals. Supporters misread Trump's bravado and bullying as strength, then argued that they supported Trump’s policies, not Trump himself. Still, they cheered Trump on with bravado, and made a mockery of Christian beliefs in the process. Those outside of our religion took notice of our sycophantic adoration and labelled us zealots. Skeptics found their skepticism validated and as strange as it may seem, to others, we now appear to be the exact opposite of what we believe. Yes, the change in administration will bring a more liberal agenda. Some changes will simply undo Trump's
Elder abuse has reached unprecedented levels – abused, ignored, and isolated – the elderly need our prayers – now.
Elder abuse has reached "unprecedented levels" during the coronavirus pandemic I've found I'm one of those people that must see or experience things firsthand in order to truly understand its impact on others. It's not something I'm proud of - it's just the way I'm wired. I never truly comprehended child abuse until I adopted an abused child. I never felt the plight of African Americans until videos emerged on the Internet and racists began climbing out of the woodwork and making their presence openly known. And I never truly perceived the sadness of elder abuse until I saw a in-home worker verbally abusing our elderly mother on a remote camera feed. Elder abuse occurs right under our noses and the situation is especially dire today. A
One of the most debated stories in the Bible is the Exodus story of Moses and the ten plagues bestowed upon Egypt for their refusal to release the Israelites from slavery. It has been proposed that the ten plagues were nothing more than natural phenomena. It would certainly be within God’s realm to bring the plagues via the natural environment that he created, but attributing the biblical plagues to natural events seems to be an attempt to invalidate the Bible’s message. I find it puzzling that biblical scholars would support this. There are clearly errors in their logic. The ten plagues Plague 1: The Nile river is turned to blood “With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it
It’s not often you hear “Christian” and “fight” in the same sentence. The words inherently exemplify opposite emotions – love and hate. Yet winning back the souls of Gen Z atheists will require both Christian attitude and an epic battle that some Christians may not be willing to undertake. The rise in Gen Z atheism The rise of atheism among Gen Z youth, those born after 1995, is astonishing. A recent study called the mass exodus from religion “the largest and fastest numerical shift in religious affiliation in the history of this country.” To the Gen Z’ers, atheism is widely accepted and, in some circles, even considered to be “cool”. Parents are to blame, of course. We failed to make Christianity and the church the center of
Matthew 18:21 tells us that Peter approached Jesus and asked: “How many times should I forgive someone who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus responded: “Not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Jesus point is that there is no end to how much we should forgive. It’s is a major Christian doctrine. It’s even emphasized in the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our debts as we would forgive our debtors.” How should we forgive? Christians should strive to live by this simple rule - grant forgiveness when requested, give it when it’s not. Why should we forgive? Forgiving others is not always an easy endeavor but failure to forgive creates a role reversal – we become the sinner when we refuse to forgive others. Even as he was dying, Jesus forgave those that
People believe their parents are their birth parents, that their flight will reach its destination, and that they will survive the day. This trust that something will occur or is true, without any hard evidence to support it, is called faith. Christian faith works in a comparable manner. Faith is believing or trust. It’s not irrational - if it has basis. Christian faith is based on evidence presented in the Bible. Faith is necessary because, as Hebrews 11:6 tells us: “Without faith, it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists.” Christian faith is believing that God will act on his promises, not just that he can, but that he will. Our faith allows us to obey His commandments, even if
There’s no secret handshake or hidden agenda. Becoming a Christian requires following these simple steps.
Most people have heard the familiar Christian catch phrases. Give your heart to Jesus. Confess your sins. Accept Christ as your savior. But what do these expressions really mean? Exactly what does it take to become a Christian? Peter answered this question in Acts 2:37 – 38 when he responded to a group of sinners who asked what it took to become Christians. “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off…” There was no secret handshake, hidden agenda, or cryptic requirement to be “saved” and the gift was clearly offered to
What the world needs today is more old-fashioned Christians. Here’s a reminder of what one looks like.
Proverbs 22:28 says: “Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.” This verse refers to stone markers used in ancient times to denote land boundaries. If those physical markers were removed, there would be chaos. Our forefather’s had boundaries set by their Christian faith. Sadly, these landmarks are rapidly disappearing. Without these boundaries, we face disorder, confusion, and a society where people will inevitably wish they could “return to the good old days”. In our modern world, many things go “out of style” – including Christianity – and it’s hard to return to something that is out of style for fear of being isolated by our difference. But what the world needs today is more old-fashioned Christians. The problem we face is that many
Want to be a believable Christian? Don’t be ill-informed. Here’s how to recognize and filter bias from the media.
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” - George Bernard Shaw Some people outside our faith view Christians as ill-informed fanatics spreading a dated message with no proof to support their beliefs. We make this perception worse when we spread false narratives, slanted ideas, and uninformed hearsay. This happens too often in the Christian community because we unwittingly trust our sources and are unable to spot bias in their message. This propagation of inaccurate or biased information destroys our integrity which makes acceptance of a faith-based message near impossible for non-believers. All media sources are biased and present stories in a manner they believe will please readers and ensure their loyalty. Christians must know how to eliminate bias from information and decipher the narratives. Are