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For some, ethics is nothing more than a social contract to insure survival. Compliance is the highest good, breaking ranks the greatest evil, regardless of the issue. This may make sense on television, but it doesn’t work in the real world.
“Everyone loves a conspiracy.” — Robert Langdon, Harvard Religious Symbologist, The Da Vinci Code I never thought it would happen. There I was, at a dead standstill in the middle of the 405 in Los Angeles traffic, and I didn’t care. The gridlock could continue all day as far as I was concerned.
The most taxing objection to the biblical message of salvation that I face is: What about the good, sincere person who has never heard about Jesus?
Tolerance, one of America’s noblest virtues, has been so distorted it’s become a vice. There is one word that can stop a follower of Christ in his tracks as he seeks to “give an account for the hope” that is in him. That word is “tolerance.” Tolerant people do not “force” their personal views on others. They are impartial, non-judgmental, and neutral. Each person is permitted to decide for himself. No “forcing” personal views.
To many Christians, the Bible is like putty. Just add the Spirit and it can be molded into almost anything at all. 21st Century kids have cell phones, DVD players, and video games. When I was a kid we had simpler delights. One was a handful of malleable goo that could be pulled, twisted, or distorted into any shape imaginable. It was called Silly Putty®.
Is there a conflict between faith and science? I think not. Rather, I think the current quarrel between the two has been contrived. A specific error—an arbitrary definition of science— is holding science hostage. I’d like to suggest a solution. One book serves as a helpful launching point for reflection on this error. Though published in 1988, it remains a useful foil for a discussion on the issue.
Are You a Christian because You Were Born in America? Would you Be a Muslim If You Were Born in Iraq? Maybe. But So What? Sometimes your best “moments of truth” are not opportunities you create, but ones that find you. You don’t have to hunt for them. Dissenters will gladly lay them in your lap. For example, my niece, Kirsten, emailed me this challenge from a friend: Uncle Greg,
Since the Gospel alone transforms lives, some Christians wrongly conclude that political involvement is a waste of time. This myth of political passivity presumes that the Great Commission is our only responsibility. It’s not.
The embryonic stem cell research debate is remarkable because neither side—pro-life or pro-abortion—seems to understand the moral logic of its views. Presumably, people who are pro-life hold their views for a reason and are not just emoting. The same could be said of pro-choicers. I’ve long suspected that’s not always the case, though. The recent debate about embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) confirms my doubts.
The passage of C-250 in the Canadian Parliament this spring pushed hate crime legislation to new extremes. Can one be against hate crimes, yet still oppose hate crime laws? Here are three good reasons we must resist this trend.