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Reflections on Life & Liberty
4 minutes | 9 days ago
Giving Thanks For Liberty
We think we know the story of Thanksgiving: the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, faced a harsh winter, famine and disease, and then only with the help of friendly natives learned how to survive. It’s nice for bedtime stories, and feel-good paintings, but it ignores the most important lessons of our early history.
4 minutes | 14 days ago
Jailed For Liberty
Would you go to jail for what you believe in? Would you give up your freedom in the pursuit of liberty? Are you sure? I’ve been asking myself that recently. It’s that I feel immediately threatened with imprisonment, but because in doing some reading about views of citizenship in the Bible I was reminded that the Apostle Paul was arrested at least three times. The first time his imprisonment last a day, the second for five years, and the third for less than a year though ending with his martyrdom. Set his aside martyrdom; Paul was willing to be repeatedly jailed for his beliefs. His movement and freedoms were restricted because of his faith.
4 minutes | 21 days ago
Even though there is no record he said it, many people attribute to the American patriot Sam Adams the phrase, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” It may be a spurious citation, but I think Sam Adams probably would have agreed with the sentiment.
4 minutes | a month ago
Trust Not in Princes
Since 1956 the official motto of the United States of America has been “In God We Trust,” and the phrase has appeared on our currency since the mid-1860s. But as a pastor of mine once said, someone can tell us what they believe, but a review of their checkbook or calendar will show us what they actually believe. That is as true for countries as it is individuals. What do you believe in? What do we believe in?
5 minutes | a month ago
As a journalist and political observer, I get variations of this question a lot during the final days of an election: So, who’s going to win? What’s going to happen? It’s predicated on the premise I have access to some inside knowledge of what will be decided. So today I will share with you what’s going to happen, and who will win.
6 minutes | a month ago
Woke Versus Winning
It has become all the rage within the woke circles of evangelicalism for “conservative” pastors to take this president to task in a way they never did with previous occupants of the White House. Michael Quinn Sullivan takes them to task for focusing on his style, without considering results or substance.
3 minutes | 2 months ago
Lying With Facts?
In the economy of civics, “trust” is the only currency that counts. We all know that a flat-out lie is wrong, yet we tolerate “shading” of the truth if it serves our political purposes. It is so easy to pull honest-to-goodness facts out of their context to further our own ends.
5 minutes | 2 months ago
When public corruption by government officials is alleged, everyone typically rushes to partisan corners in defense of their allies and to chastise opponents. No one will admit someone from their political team might have fallen prey to the seduction of power, and we assume our opponents live exclusively on the wrong side of the ethical divide. We should all take a deep breath. As citizens in this republic, we must expect better from our public servants. More importantly, we must demand better of ourselves.
5 minutes | 2 months ago
Outnumbered, Out-gunned, Out-trained?
We all love stories in which the little guy comes out on top. As a self-governing people, we’re encouraged by the idea someone can be outnumbed or out-gunned yet still win. The month of October gives us two great examples from the history of the fight for self-governance.
5 minutes | 3 months ago
What We Do Tomorrow
There were 2,977 people murdered that day. There were millions whose lives were upended. There are billions who have been affected. Today, 19 years later, the magnitude of the attack is still staggering.
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