The Gospel of Rights

At the outset of this post, let me note that it has taken on a different character than when I began to write. Initially I wanted to relate the recent college protests to a conversation about truth and rights, where those ideas come from, and how secularism can’t offer a sufficient answer to their questions. But I ended up making my way into the clouds, where I got stuck for some time. The point is this (and keep it in mind as you read): universities are in turmoil right now because for too long we have taught students that truth comes from within, and that an offense against that subjective truth is a threat to our personhood and dignity. How did we go astray?

Over the past few weeks, protests have erupted on several college campuses, with students calling for university-wide changes to c...

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The Gospel and Identity Politics

The other day, I saw a CNN program where a black news reporter was holding up a Confederate flag with an on-screen graphic asking “are you offended?” I’m no fool—I know that the stunt was designed to polarize and spark a passionate yet vapid conversation about race, racial history, and the symbolism of hate. Those are all topics worthy of realconversation, yet I sensed that CNN did not care so much about the substance of the conversation as it did the polarized outrage of its viewers. Anger sells. But what are we as Christians supposed to make of this kitschy stunt? What was it trying to accomplish, and is it true?
I believe the message here was an appeal to racial loyalties in order to spark a debate about the merits of those loyalties. Or maybe it was upend those loyalties...
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Animal Worship and Human Sacrifice

Wherever there is Animal Worship there is Human Sacrifice. That is, both symbolically and literally, a real truth of historical experience. -G.K. Chesterton

Now that we have seen the 6th Planned Parenthood video, along with the Cecil the Lion uproar, Chesterton looks like a certified prophet. Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice nearby.

I was reading in 2 Chronicles the other day about King Ahaz, King of Judah between Jotham and Hezekiah. King Ahaz’s reign is notable mainly for how ungodly it was. Here is how the Chronicler reports it:
Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, but he walked in the ways of the Kings of Israel...

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