An individual’s civil rights of religious liberty and freedom of conscience should be affirmed and free from government interference.
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…” ~Deuteronomy 30:19
Equipping the Body of Christ
“You are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~Matt. 5:14-16
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” ~Phil. 2:4
“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” ~Hebrews 13:4
Pastor, historian, and state representative Dan Fisher travels around the nation telling the true story of how eighteenth century pastors took up arms to lead the congregants against the British in the War for Independence.
I converted to Roman Catholicism almost a decade ago. At the time, nobody was talking about wars on women, so when I read about Catholic prohibitions on birth control, I naively supposed that most Catholic women actually followed the Church’s teachings on birth control. It’s right there in the Catechism, after all. Reading some books on the subject, I decided there was a lot of merit in this idea about the contraceptive-free life. My husband and I (both Catholic converts) gave it a go.
Looking at culture, it’s tempting to give up in despair. As the dad of little girls, for example, when I see the relentless objectification of women by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, I’m tempted to think that any attempt in what William Wilberforce called a “reformation of manners” is futile. It seems that instead, in the words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, we have to “define deviance down.”
If this assessment was true in Gilbert Keith’s day, how much more so today? What we consider Christian virtues have been pulled apart to the point of complete isolation. These virtues are meant to be grouped together as different facets of a complete individual, but as the deconstruction of our culture has progressed, they have been amputated and mutated as Chesterton describes.
Reverend Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and son of world renowned pastor Billy Graham, said that Christians must preach the whole truth of the Bible and not avoid controversial topics, such as sin and judgment, or “we are cowards and deserve Hell.”
When the Supreme Court ruled on the Hobby Lobby case, the near universal reaction by liberals was that it was a travesty of epic proportion. But as self-professed liberal law professor Brett McDonnell argues, the left should embrace the Hobby Lobby decision since it supports liberal values: