The kind of God we really believe in is revealed in how we treat one another. The lovely gospel of Jesus positions us to treat one another like royalty, and every non-gospel positions us to treat one another like dirt. But we will follow through horizontally on whatever we really believe vertically.
Pro-lifers were excited to find in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill to modify President Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation, a defunding measure. Yet only after that measure fail to many pro-lifers (like me) read the fine print: the AHCA would have only defunded Planned Parenthood for one year.
Why is it so difficult to keep taxpayer money from flowing to one of America’s most evil corporations? The answer is the Senate and the courts.
As our society has come to view gender as a less-than-static social construct, there has been some wrestling over what to do about our personal pronouns. On the face of it, it might seem simple. A man who begins to identify as a woman simply becomes “she.”
But how do you refer to them when you are discussing something in their pre-transition past? Do you look at a picture of a young boy who grew up to identify as a woman and say, “She loved that family trip to Disney World”?
Trevin Wax digs into some troubling news from Australia.
The Billy Graham Rule has taken a bit of beating recently, after a Washington Postprofilerevealed that Vice President Mike Pence follows a version of the rule. It’s set off a fierce debate over whether the rule safeguards marriages from adultery, harms women in the church, or is just plain sexist.
But most reports have neglected to mention that there’s not just one Billy Graham rule. There are four. They deal with money, sex, power, and lies and were part of something known as the Modesto Manifesto. Set up in the 1940s, the rules were meant to keep Graham and his organization away from the pitfalls that have taken down American celebrity preachers since the days of Henry Ward Beecher and Aimee Semple McPherson.
Sit a sour couple in a room and read through Ephesians 5:21-33. Go over the God-given roles for men and women. And almost every time what will result is that the husband will put his focus on the first couple verses (the wife’s role) and the wife will put her focus on the husband’s role.
Our sinful hearts are always inclined to lay blame in the lap of another person.
A favorite from the archives:
Over the last five years, approximately 18,000 new marriage books were written by Christian authors. And in these books, we’ve been given an astonishingly consistent message: Dudes need to discover the meaning of real momentary marriages. That our souls will mingle as friends and lovers as we sacrifice all for our wives, which is you can expect in marriage as two sinners take the journey to “you and me forever.”
As long as we’ve got a regularly scheduled date night, of course.
But y’know something? That just seems like a lot of work. And when I look at all the marriage advice, and I look at my own marriage, the two don’t really line up.