The most common reason that people said they would continue to support Donald Trump, in spite of the warnings issued by Christian leaders like Philip Yancey and Max Lucado, was because ostensibly, Trump is anti-abortion.
If we are really Christian, don't we see everyone as having value, no matter what path they are on? Don't we ask God always to show us our weaknesses? Don't we seek for the chance to literally repent, to turn in another direction than we have been before?
While Mr. Trump and others say "We have to be strong," they call for cowardice and giving ISIS exactly what its crazed adherents want: Americans abandoning our basic principles fundamentally changing our way of life.
How many of us will notice the disconnect this Thanksgiving between the boldness and courage of the Wampanoag who aided the desperate pilgrims as they landed on America's shores and the 26 governors who recently vowed to turn away all Syrian refugees who seek passage to America?
If more of us don't make meaningful efforts, on a massive scale, to put these words into practice, just how can we hope to avoid stumbling into a "piecemeal Third World War" -- one that promises to shake the very foundations of human civilization?
We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.
Looking back over almost half a century of spiritual practice, I sometimes ask myself what was the greatest challenge, the most difficult lesson. On the spiritual quest we are faced with our love and longing, our darkest fears, our failings.
Some people find it hard to separate faith from patriotism, the Bible from the Constitution, and especially scripture from their own personal prejudices, so here is the updated condensed sermon for today's CINO (Christian In Name Only).
In truth, one must apply to be gay once the decision to be homosexual has been made. The process is similar to applying to college. You supply background information, transcripts, and fill out an essay.
Recently, I blocked out a weekday evening, which meant getting carpools for the kids and planning carefully for dinner and homework, so I could devote more time to prayer. It's making all the difference and I'm defending this commitment just like the time I calendar for daily walks.
Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.
This week, I thought we could consider two passages from the Gita, and pray over them just as Gandhi prayed through our greatest Christian teachings. I've taken these translations from one of my favorite books, Gandhi the Man by Eknath Easwaran.
A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.
The Sermon on the Mount presents a radically different agenda than what the nation of Israel expected from the Messiah. Our Supreme Court Justices overturned conventional wisdom in their ruling, and this is what Jesus did every day.
The new pope favors a modest lifestyle without chauffeured limousines or ostentatious palaces. I am sure that his concern for the poor is sincere. Yet, he is not going to do anything radical to reduce poverty.