The last few days of 2019 found me suffering with the effects of a bad cold that had me sleeping instead of watching the ball drop as we passed into the now infamous 2020. Little did I know that instead of a year of 2020 vision we would have a year of great confusion, deep divisions, a health crisis, economic uncertainty, social turmoil, and a mad dash for toilet paper!
Despite such a tumultuous year, I have experienced deep enjoyment of the Lord and all His bounty. I have found joy in the smallest of things, a well-made sandwich, a juicy strawberry, a walk along the shore or around the block on a pleasant evening, or a great conversation with my husband. When all the fast-paced parts of life are sidelined the important things come into focus.
I have paid close attention to the ensuing cultural battles polarizing our nation. I watch the dueling swords wielded with unrestrained tongues. I see the fearmongering and shock tactics, the victim mentalities, and carelessness and strife in social media posts.
Pursuing a good thing for erroneous reasons can entangle the road to success with dangerous snares. When we reject the good thing because of our rejection of the erroneous reasons we are bound to be entangled in a different set of traps.
I’ve read some great responses to the overreaction of some in the evangelical Christian community to the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Much of our despair has been linked to fear of God’s judgment on America or the end of Christianity as we know it in America.
We forget that Christianity flourished in the Roman world which was teeming with sexual sin, worship of pagan gods, and the persecution of Christians. It is true that Christians do not require a Christian culture to be the salt and light of the world. We shine brightly in darkness. If we are not shining, it is not the darkness that is the problem. Paul was no less free in chains than he was without them.
However, here is where I part ways to a certain degree. We begin to lose our footing when Continue reading
It’s no coincidence that the Confederate Flag has come under attack only days before the historic LGBT ruling. The Confederate Flag is the emblem of State’s Rights. Yes, State’s Rights to own slaves, but we cannot ignore the States Rights issue any more than we can ignore the slavery issue. As a reader of American antiquarian books written by the Founding generation, I understand and have high regard for the proper balance of sovereignty of the States and the Federal Government. When the balance of power shifts to favor one at the detriment of the other we have a recipe for disaster.
While the celebrations, lamentations, and debates swirl around the recent Supreme Court decision, State’s Rights and consecutively citizen’s rights hang in the balance.
Why do I link the attack on the Confederate Flag to the LGBT movement?
I believe it is a prophetic sign to the real travesty at hand. It is a strategy of war for a combatant to remove the symbols of rebellion, promise, or liberty. We saw this when Rome sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. We see this when ISIS destroys the historical artifacts in the cities they conquer. We saw this on 9/11 when Al Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
I do not profess to know that the attack on the Confederate Flag is, in any way, part of the game plan of the LGBT activists, only that it is a sign worth paying attention to. I do not believe that it is naturally connected. Honestly, I think the LGBT movement is Continue reading
Americans have the corner market on democracy. Democratic equality has permeated every fiber of our culture. We have taken a governmental structure and made it the core of culture. We individualized it, marketed it, and sold it. Consequently, we created a cultural monster that wants its needs met. The government was instituted among men to protect our equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But what happens when we redefine the terms of what government is to protect? What happens when we misapply equality?
If equality means that I have an equal right to a certain level of income, a responsibility is placed upon government to protect my right to receive that amount. The free market economy gets plundered by a government trying to fulfill its presumed roll to even the playing field. The people become the children waiting for their parental government to ensure they are well fed. Conservative author Russell Kirk puts it succinctly, “Equal justice is indeed a natural right; but equal dividend is no right at all.” Conservatives balk at the usurpation of our rights, while liberals rejoice in the fulfillment of them. When we define the basic premise incorrectly the error becomes legitimized
This has happened with the change in marriage laws. Continue reading