Politics


Justin Taylor has a very articulate response to Andree Seu (writer for WORLD mag) and what she recently wrote on the blogosphere concerning Glenn Beck. 

Not to exaggerate, but reading Andrée Seu’s latest article felt a bit like a punch in the gut. She is one of my favorite writers at World Magazine. She writes with skill, grace, wisdom, and spiritual insight.

But now she is saying that she is convinced Glenn Beck is “a new creation in Christ,” even though he is a practicing and believing Mormon.

It’s tragic that she would believe this, write this, and that World would publish it.

A few short thoughts in response.

First, we should recognize that Andrée Seu’s conclusion is a temptation that is common to all (1 Cor. 10:13a). It is easy to hear passion and mistake it for true spiritual zeal. It is easy to be moved by talk of having faith in Jesus, without asking who the person understands Jesus to be.

Read it the whole thing here.  It’s worth it.

Also, read WORLD mag’s apology.

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In my morning reading I came across a description about God that I think is a good reminder during these elections.  Branches of government… there’s One who stands higher…

“For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us.”  Isaiah 33:22

Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, looks at this weekend’s happenings is Washington and is not thrilled.

“A Mormon television star stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial and calls American Christians to revival. He assembles some evangelical celebrities to give testimonies, and then preaches a God and country revivalism that leaves the evangelicals cheering that they’ve heard the gospel, right there in the nation’s capital.”

Interesting blog post.  Curious about your thoughts.  Read the whole thing here.

If you check up on religious news and scan religious blogs you’ve probably already heard about The Manhattan Declaration

This is what they summarize what it is…

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

You can read the whole Declaration here.  It doesn’t take long to read.    The Declaration was drafted by Robert George, Timothy George, and Chuck Colson.  The list of original signers include prominent evangelicals like: Peter Akinola, Randy Alcorn, Leith Anderson, Kay Arthur, Joel Belz, Bryan Chapell, James Dobson, Wayne Grudem, Tim Keller, Duane Litfin, Herb Lusk, Josh McDowell, Al Mohler, Marvin Olasky, J.I. Packer, Neal Plantinga, Dennis Rainey, Ron Sider, Joni Erickson Tada, and Ravi Zacharias.

Below are a couple of links to comments on the Declaration:

Timothy George on ‘The Manhattan Declaration’

Why I Signed ‘The Manhattan Declaration’ by Al Mohler

As always, insightful comments by Al Mohler.  Read them here.

Like most of you, I have been watching the news, and I heard that John McCain conceded with a congratulatory call to Barack Obama.  Thus, Mr. Obama will be our next President.

In retrospect, it’s interesting to remember that 40 years ago there were Jim Crow laws in the US, and that only a generation ago, many African Americans were segregated from whites in public schools, transportation, restrooms, and restaurants.  And tonight, a bi-racial man is elected as President.

While there are countless issues that I disagree with him in, it would be an understatement to call this a watershed cultural moment in our country’s history.

But I want to write to all Christians…

No matter who you voted for, it’s important to remember that, as President, Barack Obama will have authority to govern us, and that we should view him with respect and honor as it says in the book of Romans.  (Rom. 13:1, 45; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).  We are to pray for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2) in that he will make wise decisions that would honor God.  Let us remember that we are ambassador’s for Christ, thus, we must demonstrate His character in blazing brightness.  And we serve a God who is sovereign over all.

If you haven’t heard it on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, read the transcript here.  It is probably one of the most insightful interview concerning the election and recent events in America.  It’s chock-full of common sense, and points out some concerns that are being left out in this election.  Read it, in order to make a well-informed decision as it provides great clarity.

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