In honor of St. Patrick’s Day just past, and our God who has made Himself known, and yet remains incomprehensible.
When it comes to the free exchange of ideas, Christians are often portrayed as suppressors because we have a problem with pornography and blasphemy – we do want to put some restrictions on “speech.” But God has told us that iron sharpens iron (Prov 27:17) , and that one person questioning another can help us find the truth (Prov. 18:17). Thus there is a biblical basis for allowing speech we disagree with: to help us better seek the truth. But what basis outside of Christianity is there for freedom of speech? Whatever reasons are offered will either be founded on a Christian foundation (if only you dig deep enough) or aren’t strong enough to stand up to groupthink, as is evidenced by the reaction to the three follks here, who are guilty of wrongthink.
The “conservative” government across the ocean has just voted for criminalizing the thoughtcrime of silent prayer outside abortion clinics. The silver lining here is that when the Devil overreaches – when he uses the iron fist, rather than the siren song – his lack of subtlety makes it possible for even the most tongue-tied among us to clearly present the antithesis: that the world must choose between bowing the knee to God, or standing with the baby-killers and the thought-police. That’s clarity we can be grateful for.
Shepherds not only have to contend with wolves but they are called to tend sometimes contentious sheep. So what are we doing to sustain them in their role? Are you fighting for your pastor?
A Christian professor taps into economics to explain why you should never give in to your child’s tantrums – this is a parenting lesson unlike any other 🙂
For parents everywhere…. (h/t Anita)