Pointing the Wrong Place: What is Really Driving Millennial from the Church
What is wrong with Millennials? Why are they rushing from the church like frosty the snowman from a summer heat wave?(you might be surprised to find they aren’t leaving the church in the droves that some flawed research indicates but that’s another article) I found that everyone has an answer…
Hollywood, Television, the internet, and social media are distracting Millennials from Christ.
Liberal college professors are deceiving millennials with psuedo-intellectualism. We have taken prayer and God out of Public schools,
Substituting shallow entertainment for spiritual worship.
The hypocrisy of church members. legalism, legalism, did I say legalism? Giving standards instead of love. Conditioning the outward while ignoring the heart. Spiritual Abuse. Becoming irrelevant to culture. Refusing to modernize.
And on the list continues. So why are millennials leaving the church is? Which one is it? Is it because of the church’s refusal to modernize and relate to a fast changing culture? Is it because of legalistic mentalities? Is it because shallow entertainment is being substituted for speaking the truth in love?
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A Theory of Legislation: A Christian Perspective
A prominent question in political theory has been to ask, “Who should rule in society”? Who should make the rules that govern us all? Who should legislate? For Plato, it was the philosopher; for Erasmus, the virtuous; for Machiavelli, the powerful; for Lenin, the proletarians with power secured for them by a vanguard party.
But before we can ask "who should rule in a society"?, we must establish why anyone has a right to rule at all. Unless you believe that “might makes right” there must be some ground for human authority. In a word, God.
Founding father, James Otis, "Parliaments are in all cases to declare what is for the good of the whole; but it is not the declaration of Parliament that makes it so: There must be in every instance a higher authority, viz. God." God is the Ground of Legislative AuthorityAs Creator, God is the ground for all rules that bind men. He has made known His will through a moral law that is a reflection of His character. A part of the task of government is to make laws based on God’s moral laws. God’s moral laws come to us in the form of divine commands that bind us. Furthermore, God has given us an intuitive grasp of these
A Surprisingly Divisive Mantra: The Problem with Saying "Church for the Rest of Us"
I just saw a billboard promoting a particular church that said “church for the rest of us.” The sign also contained a picture of a very tattooed and pierced person. The idea that the sign was communicating was that the fringes of society not usually accepted in the church can find a place at our church. At first glance this might be an attractive way to let unchurched people know they are welcome at your church. But is this the idea that any church should be communicating?
There is a danger with this type of advertising. There is currently a divide in the church over what is acceptable when it comes to reaching the de-churched, the unchurched and the non-church attenders. But I think we can all agree that throwing our Christian brothers needlessly under the bus is not the way to reach others with the love of Christ.
First of all the church isn’t “for” anybody. The church “is” the body of Christ. A called out group of believers. If anything the church is the bride of Christ and should be “for” Christ alone. But we know what they mean, the church service or the corporate worship time of the church is geared “for” this rest of us demographic.
What are the Christian Principles of Government
So much of what our government does seems contrary to all that's sane. The runaway spending, confiscating wealth from the productive and channeling it to the indolent are just some of the ways that our government appears to have lost its mind.
During confusing times like these, we must anchor ourselves to first principles. For that reason I have, in an earlier article, stated that God, morality and law are necessarily connected. Furthermore, in an article entitled "A Theory of Legislation," I laid out why God’s law must apply today. In this article, I would like to review those concepts that provide the foundation for government. What follows are five basic concepts that are both derived from Christian theism and that are widely recognized as essential in advanced democratic societies. They are revelation, law, justice, constraint, and humanity.
Governments act contrary to these principles when they try to remove all symbols of religion from the public, when they ban prayers in government buildings and when their schools intimidate school children for carrying a Bible to school and reading it. Public officials need not promote religion, but they should support it and regularly acknowledge the God that is over government.
How the American Dream is Hurting Christians
When it comes to America, I bleed red, white, and blue. I love the 4th of July, baseball, and apple pie. A term that has echoed throughout the history of our beloved United States is “The American Dream.” This term seems to resonate far beyond our shores. Immigrants are pouring over the border, college students are taking out back breaking loans, and blue collar workers are working as much overtime as they can handle in order to chase the American dream.
We all know the dream. The hope of a perfect family, a large home, a couple of brand new vehicles in the drive way, a boat in the garage, a dog in the yard, money in the bank, and a cold drink in hand. This dream that we as Americans chase has become our idea of happiness. We have been indoctrinated by media, magazines, and colleagues.
"God of the Gaps" Explained
What is "God of the Gaps"? If you have been in a science class in high school or in college, you probably heard a science teacher stand up and say something like the following:
In the past men were superstitious; they believed that the gods caused things to happen. Among the Nordic gods, Thor rode his chariot across the clouds and that’s what caused thunder. Zeus hurled thunderbolts from Mt. Olympus. These ancient peoples exercised a “god-of-the-gaps” approach to thinking. No matter what happened, their god caused it. If a person got the plague, their god caused it; if they were healed from their plague, their god caused that too. If the plague never came, they were spared by their god. The answer for why things happen or don’t happen is that their god did it. As science makes more discoveries, the need for God becomes irrelevant. However, religious people still plug the holes in our knowledge with these ignorant statements.