We’ve heard a lot about the creation/evolution debate over the past few weeks since Bill Nye squared off with Ken Ham. Nye clearly communicated his previously-stated belief that rejection of evolution theory is akin to willfully embracing ignorance. However, most secular humanists don't realize that their own worldview is greatly limited. Creationists embrace natural law, science, philosophy, AND the supernatural. Evidence is evidence, and facts are facts; the difference in perspectives is interpretation. Faith is the substance of things unseen, the evidence of things hoped for. To believe that a creator God made all things, set them in motion, and maintains the universe is a plausible explanation for questions of origin. Embracing creation or intelligent design is not a denial of one’s intellect. It’s merely a rational decision, based on a relationship with a knowable God.
A guest on my radio and TV shows--Ray Comfort--is drawing a lot of fire for daring to compare the murder of 6 million Jews at the hands of the Nazis during World War 2 to the slaughter of 55 million children in America alone since Roe v. Wade became law back in 1973. Remember: these are REPORTED abortions. IMAGINE the true scope of this horror, on both a national and global scale. At Yad Vashem, the memorial and museum in Jerusalem, there is a place in the garden where the names of Jewish children lost in the Holocaust are quietly spoken, as their photos are projected on the wall. It’s a heart-wrenching experience to walk through that place, but that’s what Yad Vashem is all about. The words come from the prophet Isaiah, who said of those faithful Jews who died without a grave and a memorial, "I will give them in My house and in My walls a 'Yad vaShem' [a place and a name], better than sons and daughters; an everlasting name I will give them, which will not be discontinued." Imagine if every aborted baby had a place and a name. Would we better understand the sheer enormity of the loss we’ve suffered as a nation? Deuteronomy 30 reminds us of God’s challenge to choose life, so that you and your children may live. There is one major political party that has committed to never remove the abortion plank from its platform. So let’s pledge to choose life in every circumstance … including the day we enter the voting booth to choose our leaders.
Saturday, I attended the very special wedding of my wife’s cousin’s son—which makes Corey, I’m told, my 1st cousin-in-law, once removed! Either way, he and his new bride Natalie put together a very memorable day for themselves, and their guests. And their ceremony began, not with a focus on the bride, but on the Bridegroom. Not the bridegroom COREY, mind you. The spotlight was on OUR Bridegroom—Jesus Christ!
The ceremony began with two classic praise songs: “Because He Lives” by Bill Gaither, and Dennis Jernigan’s “You Are My All in All.” It dawned on me that the last time I had sung “Because He Lives” in that church was at my father-in-law’s funeral. And as if THAT wasn’t enough to open my tear ducts…during the next song…the bride raised her bouquet to the sky in worship, rightly lifting Jesus above all else on her special day.
And it wouldn’t be the last time I’d reach for the Kleenex Saturday. There’s just something about the purity of two young people committing their lives to each other in a covenant relationship with Christ that gives me great hope. And in these last of days, hope is pretty hard to come by. Thank you, Corey and Natalie: I’ll be praying for you. Your marriage is off to a great start!
As the battle over the nation's economy rages in Washington, I think it’s important that we step back and look at the bigger picture of what’s happening here. Republicans are taking the lion’s share of the heat for the shutdown, and—even though most people personally have no skin in the game—the overwhelmingly liberal news media help build the illusion that it’s just another nail in the coffin of a party whose time has come and gone.
We’ve mentioned many times on this program that the postmodern age is over, and is being replaced by post-postmodernism. Not only has an entire generation of Americans lost faith in the institutions that built our nation, they’re impatiently looking for ways to get around—and past—those institutions. Schools are being replaced by cyber education, the post office is being replaced by FedEx, the traditional church is being replaced by satellite and house churches, and now: it’s government’s turn.
Favorability rankings for the traditional two-party American government are at an all-time low. Young people are frustrated with our broken system, and are frankly looking beyond it. Many are threatening to never vote again, others are looking for grassroots opportunities to effect change. My fear, though, is that we’re throwing out the baby with the bathwater, mostly because we’re misreading the situation. Thanks to our simplistic news media, we’re conflating exasperation with politics and politicians, with a ill-perceived rejection of Republicans and their conservative values.
I strongly believe that, at the end of the day, most people are conservative in their beliefs about money and morality. NO, don’t read that wrong. I’m not saying most people identify as conservatives, or Republicans. I just believe that, should we remove the label of party affiliation and simply ask people what they believe at their very core, most will reflect a traditional perspective on life.
But whatever worldview we claim to possess, I believe most Americans would agree that we can’t keep putting our future on a credit card, simply to raise our own borrowing limits as we see fit. I believe most Americans understand that taxpayers can’t extend 60 thousand dollars’ worth of entitlements to millions of individuals and families every single year, with no end in sight. I’m convinced that most Americans don’t really want to burden their children and grandchildren with paying the bills for our failed social experiments. And I think most Americans agree that the American dream is about more than power and money.
In fact, it’s about precisely the opposite. Power and money, when misused, will enslave the powerful and rich, as well as the powerless and poor. The America dream is about building the common wealth, which is not some scheme for complete economic equality. The term “common wealth” is derived from the old English “common weal,” which meant common “well-being.” It’s about caring for our neighbors and communities in such a way that we build the common good—something much larger than mere money. I think our Founding Fathers knew that, and—as is often said—would not recognize America today.
But even more so...I believe they wouldn’t recognize Americans.