Hugh Hewitt recently interviewed theologian J.P. Moreland on the evangelical understanding (or lack there of) of being a responsible Christian citizen in our democratic republic.
Moreland, who has written extensively on Christian truth in the public square, had this to say:
"Being involved in politics is not unchristian. In fact, itâ€™s a part of our calling as Christians. Why? Because we are supposed to do good to all people including the household of faith. And to do good to all people means establishing just laws and a just and a stable social order. And thatâ€™s the job of the state. Itâ€™s political. So the first thing a pastor should do and the Church should do is to enlist people like the dickens to be involved in the political process and vote. It is unconscionable that we have these rights, and that we have an obligation as disciples of Jesus to try to bring goodness and truth to society, that we donâ€™t use all means available to promote just laws and a just and stable social order through the political process. And so voting is absolutely critical."
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JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)â€“An unusual obituary ran in a California newspaper in August.
It was an obit for 79-year-old Delores Aguilar in the Times-Herald of Vallejo, Calif. Her daughter Virginia Brown was the writer.
â€œDelores had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life,â€ Brown wrote about her mother. â€œI speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her passing.â€
As I've been listening to and contemplating the whole discussion around "spreading the wealth", it's occurred to me that when the wealth is being spread, there's more than just wealth that gets spread.
That's right, the poverty gets spread too.
Of course, calling it "spreading the poverty" might seem too severe, but here's the thing: people have poverty, wealth, or something in between. If you spread one, you spread it all.
My preference now is to think of it as "spreading the mediocrity". As we discussed in the past, providing equal access to economic resources ("spreading the wealth", or "wealth redistribution") is going to lead to a society that is motivated to meet the status quo, to do just enough to get by, to even lower itself to ensure that there is just enough work to either[...]
The Feds managed to spoil a new plot by apparent amateurs who wanted to try and kill Barack Obama.
Repudiating any attempt to take a life is easy. Seeing what this can mean is a little harder.
Strong emotions are clearly evident across the country, and varying degrees of violence are queuing up to be released in very short order. I am watching people on both ends of the spectrum, and even many in the middle, becoming so charged with anger and frustration, and yet often end up misdirecting their fire. I've been on the receiving end of that recently, and[...]
The TCR OJ award (for those that manage to avoid accountability) goes to KCJJ's Morning Show, yet another sign that we will put up with any kind of illegal behavior...
(Coralville, IA) â€“ An Iowa City area radio talk show host has admitted that an on-air report of a dying childâ€™s last wish to set the Guinness World Record for having the most McCain-Palin yard signs is untrue and claims it is a hoax. â€œCaptainâ€ Steve Soboroff and co-host Tommy Lang of KCJJ 1630-AM in Coralville began asking listeners last week to take McCain-Palin yard signs and bring them to the radio station for a dying child. They now admit there is no such child.
Soboroff admitted the hoax when interviewed by KGAN-TV of Cedar Rapids, but said[...]