Random Thoughts

“We are torn by war and politics and government intrusion into virtually every aspect of our lives. We are plagued by terrorism and a level of fiscal irresponsibility that threatens to drown our children and future generations in debt. Our families are disintegrating all around us, while the pop culture bombards our sons and daughters with pornography and messages of violence and hopelessness. Can something—anything—be done to unite our nation, restore our families and heal our land?  On May 3, millions of Americans across the land joined their voices in united prayer and praise as part of what has become a great American tradition: The National Day of Prayer. The message of this wonderful day is powerfully simple: If we who call ourselves believers will humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from our own personal ways of sin, then God promises to forgive us and to heal our land. It starts with us—the faithful. We can’t point the real finger of blame at Hollywood, or the media, or the government, or even the terrorists—the fault of our nation’s condition is ours. But God promises to heal our wounds if we first practice what we preach.” —Rebecca Hagelin

Political Futures

“Biblical teaching is clear: God intends government to use law to enforce morality. Informed Christian people are essential to that process because the concept of justice that grounds good government can be twisted by evil men in power. If the Church doesn’t stand in the gap giving substance to the words ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ then nothing prevents leadership from reversing the definitions, praising evil and punishing good. Tragically, this is already happening... Little by little, though, more things have been included under the broad rubric of ‘politics.’ One by one the secularists co-opted the moral issues, called them political, and told us to get off of the playing field... Notice the outcome. When Christians follow a policy of ‘no politics,’ it’s easy to silence the moral voice of the Church. Simply label any issue ‘political’ and followers of Christ wave the white flag. This policy is tantamount to surrender... The myth of political passivity unwittingly makes a Christian virtue out of the vice of negligence. When we ignore our obligation to morally instruct the nation merely because someone labels it ‘politics,’ then it won’t be long before the country teems with injustice as every man simply does ‘what is right in his own eyes’.” —Gregory Koukl

A Tought

“The truth is, politics and morality are inseparable. And as morality’s foundation is religion, religion and politics are necessarily related. We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect, and our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they’re sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive. A state is nothing more than a reflection of its citizens: The more decent the citizens, the more decent the state. If you practice a religion, whether you’re Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or guided by some other faith, then your private life will be influenced by a sense of moral obligation, and so, too, will your public life.” —Ronald Reagan