Ed Stetzer shares some thoughtful words on a troubling trend toward support for assisted suicide among evangelicals.
We can celebrate the reduction of abortions and applaud many steps that reduce that number, but that should not deter our goal of eliminating them altogether.
Our battle against sin will only result in victory if it is waged at the heart level. Battling sin by removing the externals from our lives is only the first step in a multi-step battle. If we count our enemies retreat as a complete victory, we are going to be surprised when it regroups, rallies, and comes knocking again. The only victory we should settle for when it comes to sin is complete annihilation. The only way to annihilate our enemy is to wage war against it on the battlefield of the heart. So how do we do that?
Being a pastor I get to talk to a lot of husbands. They want to have a good, healthy, happy marriage. Many of them are angling for a way to gain an advantage and show their wife that they love and care about her. But in my experience guys can run a little low on creativity and surprise. Doing the same things over and over again are nice and reassuring, but it can also be stale and kind of predictable. Here’s an idea that I’ve seen work well, and it’s easy. Consider it some garlic in your meatloaf.
Ecclesiastes warns us that there’s nothing new under the sun. This applies to Stoicism, an ancient philosophy that’s making a modern comeback.
Ryan Holliday has written a bestselling book on Stoicism called The Ego is the Enemy. Tim Ferriss has turned Seneca’s letters into an audiobook series. The New York Times published an article called “How to Be a Stoic.”
What is Stoicism, and why does it matter?
Gnosticism was a heretical version of Christianity that burst on the scene primarily in the second century and gave the orthodox Christians a run for their money. And it seems that some scholars look back and wish that the Gnostics had prevailed.
After all, it is argued, traditional Christianity was narrow, dogmatic, intolerant, elitist, and mean-spirited, whereas Gnosticism was open-minded, all-welcoming, tolerant and loving. Given this choice, which would you choose?
While this narrative about free-spirited Gnosticism being sorely oppressed by those mean and uptight orthodox Christians might sound rhetorically compelling, it simply isn’t borne out by the facts.
This isn’t to say that all issues should have the same priority. But it does mean we cannot afford to be morally selective. We cannot work to end abortion while being ignorant of, or unmoved by, the social and economic factors that often contribute to it.
A favorite from the archives:
“Why aren’t they talking about this,” many ask. “Have they not heard about this? Do they not care?” The longer the silence goes, the more troubled we become (and the more the critics of those voices have a field day). We want answers. We want to know what they have to say. But the silence continues, until, finally, an article appears. But by then, it seems too little, too late.
We feel disappointed, let down by the people who “should” have something to say. Why is that? I wonder if it comes down to expectations. We want our favorite bloggers to always be ready with something to say—but is this realistic? I would say no.