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As a Christian ambassador, your biggest challenge may be making sense of the problem of evil. When you’re able to explain that, surprisingly, evil is actually evidence for God, you will have vastly improved your skill as a diplomat for the King. You’ll also have taken an important step yourself in cultivating a more sensible faith.
A faithful ambassador does not retreat in the face of opposition. Instead, he’s at least willing to listen to what the other side has to say. It’s one of the most effective ways to strengthen your understanding of the truth and cultivate sensible faith.
Eight years ago an election-year slogan circulated among Christians that sparked considerable controversy: "It's a sin to vote for Clinton." The same slogan returned with vigor four years later. This year’s election slogan is different. Bill Clinton is not on the ballot and his successor, Al Gore, offers little enticement to Evangelicals. Something else is at stake, though, captured in a new slogan: “It’s wrong to vote for anyone who is not consistently pro-life.”
How is it possible that the Good News of the Gospel can be considered a hate crime? Welcome to the 21st Century. It’s hard to believe that a simple prayer request would create a national furor. That’s what happened, though, when the Southern Baptist Convention encouraged their congregates to "pray each day for Jewish individuals you know by name that they will find the spiritual wholeness available through the Messiah [Jesus]."
If you “just take Christianity on faith” you may be in trouble… Taking Christianity “on faith” may mean trouble… I don’t like the word “faith.” It’s not that faith isn’t valuable. True biblical faith is essential for salvation. But faith is often deeply misunderstood in a way that hurts Christianity and harms Christians.
Have you ever taken a verbal beating when trying to talk about Jesus? If so, I’ve got a tip for you. It’s the simplest tactic imaginable to help stop a challenger in his tracks, turn the tables, and put you back in the driver’s seat. And it can be done almost effortlessly. Here’s an example.
Imagine living in a world in which you couldn't separate truth from error. You wouldn't be able to tell food from poison, or friend from foe. You couldn't tell good from bad, right from wrong, healthy from unhealthy, or safe from unsafe. Such a world would be a dangerous place. You wouldn't survive long.
Same-sex Marriage is not about tolerance, freedom, or justice. It's about something else. More and more, courts are considering the turbulent topic of same-sex marriage. The fact that courts would consider such an issue shows how successful "homosexual rights" activists have been.
Lynching of Blacks by the KKK. Jewish genocide under the Third Reich. Abortion in America. Do these three have anything in common? Early this fall, the campus of the University of Kansas was rocked by a controversy that made headlines in the national press. Two pro-life groups--the Center for Bioethical Reform and Heartland Life Network--had posted a "pictorial essay" at a prominent crossroads on campus.