by Barry Creamer
If this issue is so obvious, why were the justices split 5-4, and why are so many people “so obviously wrong” to everyone who disagrees with them? The answer is simple. The disagreement is rooted in competing worldviews. Christianity is not bound by a worldview, but people, including Christians, are. And worldviews are neither chosen by their adherents nor necessarily consistent, even within an individual. As I contend below, an individualistic worldview has led our culture to its current position on gender, sexuality, and marriage. A communitarian worldview would have maintained traditional marriage as normative. And while believers are attracted to that part of a communitarian worldview, we are also sufficiently individualistic that we should be able to understand how the culture has arrived at its current position—even though we adamantly and justly disagree with that position. I do not agree at all with the court’s decision in Obergefell. And as surely as I will continue to affirm the authority and content of scripture I will also affirm traditional Judeo-Christian teachings about human sexuality, gender identity, and marriage. Continue reading
by Kirk Spencer
It’s been an interesting week. The confederate flag was removed across the country and the N-Word was spoken by the president of the country.
It reminds us that symbols and words are like living things. They change. Usage and perceptions alters their meaning over time. And so, if a flag comes to represent racism in America, it is time to lower it and put it in a museum with a card (which no one will read) telling what it meant “back-in-the-day.” And, if words become offensive, don’t say them. For instance, I agree with our president; it is “not polite to say (the N-word) in public…” Now he didn’t say “the N-word.” He said the actual word itself in the same sentence in which he said that saying this word—the one which he is actually saying—is not polite to say. Our president was correct in pointing out the impoliteness of the N-word (though not in actually using it in telling us this). Continue reading
by Joe Wooddell
After Game 3 of the NBA finals (Cleveland over Golden State 96-91), it finally dawned on me why I so dislike some of what LeBron James does. What’s not to like? 40 points in the game, 41% field goal percentage, 33% from three-point range, 83% at free throws, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals. Possibly he is the greatest basketball player ever. So what’s the problem with this 6’8” 250 lb. legend? What I would have said immediately after the game is that he’s a whiner. But I think that’s just a symptom of a deeper issue, which I’ll share in a moment. Continue reading
by Barry Creamer
Anti-bullying is such a common and popular theme for the moment that I don’t think it’s a stretch to call it a fad. Don’t get me wrong. Not all fads are bad—at least not for whatever may give them their original traction. But there is a weakness in fads not too far removed from the weakness of the Old Testament law: us. In the case of fads, our short attention span, tendency to move as a herd, and shallow grasp of sometimes complex subjects make every golden-haired movement du jour (somewhere in there is a messianic pasta based soup) worthy of a little deeper and even sometimes more dubious inspection. I am not suggesting bullying is not a problem, nor that it should not be addressed. But I am suggesting there may be some things to learn from its transient popularity—things both good and bad about the fad. Continue reading
by Kirk Spencer
This Easter morning, as was his custom, our president read “Where the Wild Things Are.” He reads this famous 60s picture book to a group of children on the White House lawn. I’m not sure what “Wild Things” have to do with Easter, however, if we were there, we could hear him read these words: “And now let the wild rumpus start!” Then our president led the “wild things” in a wild rumpus… which was not very wild. And the children were not rumpusing. So they were called out for “not rumpusing that hard.” (I didn’t see anyone rumpusing at all). It was all staged. The children just didn’t feel like rumpusing… or they were not sure what “rumpusing” meant. (I’m not even sure what it is… though I think it has to do with making a big show of doing whatever you want, not matter what anyone else thinks.) Continue reading
by Joshua Crutchfield
With the firestorm underway in Indiana and much of the United States regarding religious liberty and the outcry of discrimination, I find it necessary to point out the obvious. After watching the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s president, Russell Moore, succinctly present the logical reasons for such unfortunately necessary bills that protect our religious liberty, it became quite apparent that the Christian community has been demonized as a people who would like the ability to indulge prejudice behaviors as opposed to extending neighborly concern.
Whether this stereotype forced upon the church is accurate or not, it is not one that the media and others seem to be concerned with. Now with the irrational behavior of our country, driven by unstable emotions, the distinction of moral obligation and moral approval needs to be stated. Continue reading
by Joe Wooddell
On January 16, 2015 American Sniper (the movie) was released. It took me a while, but I finally saw it a few weeks ago. Based on the true story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the movie chronicles his four tours of duty in Iraq, and basically shows how important a sniper can be to military maneuvers, and how extremely well Kyle accomplished this task. A friend mentioned that those critical of the movie assert that it glorifies war. I disagree. It glorifies valor, courage, self-sacrifice, and the triumph of good over evil, but not war itself. All of this is another post, however. It’s not what I aim to address in this post. Rather, I want to mention a phrase or idea mentioned in the film by the character of Kyle’s dad when Kyle and his brother were children. Continue reading