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Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ
Alan explains what it means to have good character when engaging in conversations regarding ethics, faith, and values.
If I have only a short time to read, Proverbs is where I turn first. Every day that I do, I feel like my foundation is being shored up. February 1, 2014 There’s nothing original about reading a chapter of Proverbs a day. Thirty-one days in a month (roughly); 31 chapters in the book. Easy. In fact, it’s so obvious, it’s easy to overlook. Don’t. Very little in my life has yielded such rewards with such little effort.
Can you be both charitable and immoral?
The line of reasoning that justifies homosexuality because it is a “natural” desire for those born that way annihilates the argument for adoption rights by homosexuals. If homosexuality is right because it’s natural, then adoption must be wrong because it’s unnatural. If nature dictates morality, and the natural consequence for homosexuals is to be childless, then it’s unnatural—and therefore immoral—for homosexuals to raise children.
When morality is reduced to personal tastes, people exchange the moral question, "What is good?" for the pleasure question, "What feels good?" They assert their own desires, then attempt to rationalize their choices with moral language. In this case, the tail wags the dog. Instead of morality constraining our pleasures ("I want to do that, but I really shouldn't"), our pleasures define our morality. This effort at ethical decision-making is really nothing more than thinly veiled self-interest--pleasure as ethics.
There's a growing taboo infecting crisis pregnancy centers around the country. Pro-lifers are getting tight-lipped on abortion. Here's why even CPC's are shying away from speaking frankly about the moral crime of the century. The last few years have witnessed a stunning development in the pro-life movement. More and more crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) refuse to discuss abortion. A new wave of pro-life leaders insist that victory will not be gained in the court of public opinion if the debate centers principally on the morality of abortion.
Me: You believe that euthanasia should be allowed because it eases the psychological or physical suffering of a person. Is that correct?Him: Yes. Me: I object because I believe that life is a gift from God and we must answer to Him for how we use our life. Therefore, we don't have the liberty to take our life; it's not ours to take.Him: You're inappropriately bringing religion into the issue because my views are otherwise.
While waiting in line at the theater, I spoke to a young man named Ira who was a musician from Canada. I don't know what led up to it but somehow the issue of karma came up, the eastern religious concept of cause and effect. We were walking into the theater for the showing so I couldn't get into detail exploring the issue and trying to refute it so I used a tactic I call "Columbo" to get him thinking.