I think many of us evangelicals have our own "safety complex." We've been trained to live life fearfully, to damp down any sense of risk at all costs, and to believe that failure is the worst possible fate on this earth. I think we've got it wrong.
World Vision's American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman. Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America's largest Christian charities.
Dear Church, I trust this letter finds you sustained by your Groom as you face bombings and threats on one side of the hemisphere, and attacks of a more offhand sort on the other. Outside your walls, of course, you continue to be derided for all manner of intolerance, backwards thinking, and political apathy. But inside your walls you are quite the hot ticket these days. A whole generation of evangelical Christians has grown impatient with inherited ways of gathering together.
Joseph Kony was the subject of a documentary that went viral in 2012. A social media campaign accompanied the film’s release. The film and media campaign were created to “make Kony famous” for atrocities he committed against the people of Northern Uganda…so you’ve probably heard of him. But did you know Kony was not in Uganda in 2012? He fled that country in 2006 and has operated in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic since then.
Free speech is certainly worthy of defending in a country that was founded in order to give that inalienable right to all. I don't believe in silencing those whose opinions differ from ours. But this conversation should be conducted respectfully, not through slanderous groaning coming from both sides. If we are going to be hated, it should be for the sake of Christ, not because we are obnoxiously insisting on our freedom.
Bestselling author Richard Dawkins has frequently compared the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) rights movement to the atheist movement—drawing heavily from the LGBTQ rights movement for his “Out Campaign,” which encourages atheists to “come out.” And these are just a few examples in a long line of well-intentioned atheist activists and organizations—who generally consider themselves LGBTQ allies—comparing the LGBTQ rights movement to the atheist movement.
On the same day that Christians are called to enter a time of waiting and anticipation, Amazon suggested with Prime Air that we should never have to wait. The iGods (Bezos, Jobs, Zuckerberg, et. al.) have made waiting a sin, a thing of the past that we can and should avoid at all cost. Yet, Advent is a waiting game, a season to prepare for the arrival of a life changing baby. He isn’t delivered via stork or drone, but through a teen mother.
This is Giving Tuesday, when nonprofits of every stripe hope to attract some of the billions of dollars to be spent during the Hanukkah and Christmas season. Many of those dollars will go to religious groups. Now, new research is expanding the meaning of “religious giving.” It counts motivation for giving, and measures not only gifts to houses of worship but also donations to faith-connected nonprofits that are doing secular service such as fighting poverty or offering job training for the disabled.
Creative atheists are crafting services designed to attract anyone looking to explore how they can live a life of meaning regardless of that person’s particular religious beliefs. Hence, though media outlets focus on the “atheistic” element of these churches, these leaders choose to deliver an inspirational message rather than proclaim an anti-God talk. “I’d like to make this as un-atheistic as possible," says one. "Atheism is boring. We’re post-religious.”