When are we going to make virtue-signaling an Olympic sport?

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I’m Reading: Present Tense

As part of my desire to simply read more books this year, I’m finally tackling this one, the first of a three-part story. I think we picked them up at a library clearance sale quite a few years ago. It’s interesting seeing the familiar characters with a new lens. This novel, if you can make it through the interminable early cave scenes, is starting to get pretty good.

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“The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.”
— Charles Spurgeon

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Today’s Scripture

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
— Prov. 9:8

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When you clean out your drawers, it’s like Christmas all over again.

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Many of my esteemed, godly, and more learned Christian colleagues, in light of the Parkland slaughter, appear to be suggesting that you cannot carry a weapon and be a good Christian–there appears to be no nuance in what seems to be a very emotional argument.

Frankly, this troubles me, as I believe this to be a very complex moral, social, and spiritual issue (and I’m not just saying this because of a supposed affinity for violence and a craven capitulation to an NRA-fueled “gun culture”).

Christians should be the most thoughtful and least reactionary of people, as we know how deeply sin infects every area of human existence. There’s more to this than simply telling people to trust God and turn the other cheek. So in the interest of furthering the discussion, I have a few questions for my anti-gun friends:

1. Agreeing that government authorities have the right to bear arms, do you believe that the individual right to bear arms guaranteed in the Second Amendment needs to be repealed? If not, why not?

2. Do you believe it is immoral for a Christian to defend his wife and children, or parents and grandparents, from those who would harm them? Or is it OK as long as you don’t use a gun?

3. What do you say to all those churches that currently employ crisis protection plans involving firearms to keep members and visitors safe from an attack? Are the shepherds not allowed to defend the sheep?

That’s all for today.

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BreakPoint: Liar, Lunatic, Legend, or Lord?

By John Stonestreet and Stan Guthrie

If someone asked you whether we can really know who Jesus is and what He accomplished, could you give a convincing answer?

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Those societies that define evil out of existence will see no end of it.

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In the wake of the latest mass shooting, social media are again thick with outraged calls for a political solution–more gun control, a ban on assault weapons, etc. In essence, the gun-control advocates want us to trade at least some of our Second Amendment right to self-defense back to our government minders in exchange for an implicit promise that law enforcement will protect us from danger.

As one who is, shall we say, a tad skeptical that political solutions can have much effect on our country’s social and spiritual malaise–though of course God puts governing authorities in place to restrain evil generally–I must ask: How’s it working so far?

Apparently the FBI was warned last September that this latest would-be shooter was making all kinds of threats on social media about doing what he in fact did. Yet the FBI, in essence, did nothing, and a murderous young man with an AR-15 (bought legally) was able to wreak havoc on an unarmed school campus before other authorities with guns finally stopped him–but much too late.

There are no easy answers to this issue, regardless of what your neighbor on social media says. About the only easy thing these days is moral preening. I for one think it’s foolish to put all our eggs in the “Big Brother will protect us” basket.

By all means, let’s figure out what we can do to minimize the risks of a school shooting, but let’s remember that merely “doing something,” if it’s not the right thing, may leave us worse off than we were before. And instead of merely reacting to each incident, let’s ask the prior question about why so many angry young men are resorting to guns to settle scores in the first place. This may sound simplistic, but they need to know the Savior.

We don’t need more laws. We need more grace.

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“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
— Charles Spurgeon

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