Thank goodness God does not require perfection to love us. He only requires that we love Jesus Christ.
This is the season in which we think about Christ’s sacrifice as we move towards, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and eventually towards Easter. It is the time when, traditionally, Christians have thought about discipleship, the sacrifice of Christ and, therefore, what it might mean in our own lives.
What we are finally left with is what every child is left with... the need for mercy and forgiveness, the knowledge that in our imperfect world, inhabited by flawed people such as ourselves, the law is not the final word. With God, grace is always the bottom line. And aren’t you glad for that?
The Congressional Prayer Caucus, a group of about 40 House Representatives, announced that it is introducing "America's Spiritual Heritage Resolution." A similar resolution has failed to gain traction in the past.
Why did so many of us permit torture, judicially unauthorized surveillance and assorted other improper actions to happen? We simply allowed fear-mongering to take the place of reason.
Our nation has already tried and punished enlisted military personnel for inhumane treatment of people in their custody. Why should political officials and intelligence operatives receive immunity for similar or worse conduct?
That’s how many of us have come to faith. We were lost and heard the word of God and God’s law came to us as a guide leading us to God. The poet-psalmist is aware of the power of God’s law and has a deep reverence for it. Upon reflection, the psalmist takes it all in and feels as if the law of God is such a deep symbol of God’s love and mercy, it’s as if it’s sweeter than honey. It’s more desired than gold to be loved by God so richly.
So long as we persist in holding on to the idea that government is some sort of alien power, is in fact our adversary, we will live as a nation divided against itself.
Could it be that Democratic leaders Harry Reid and Dick Durbin didn’t get immunized to the abuse of power?
That diversity will be on full display as the 111th Congress convenes and begins its work. According to recent analysis by Congressional Quarterly and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the new Congress' religious diversity is significantly representative of the diversity that exists in the country as a whole.
Religious Right advocates of “Christian America” make two claims, which they most often confuse.
Late last month a federal judge issued a temporary order against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles for issuing a faith-based car tag with the words "I Believe" featured prominently. The judge is of the opinion that the tag unconstitutionally promotes Christianity. The state attorney general disagrees, and so Jesus will have yet another day in court.
Baptists should condemn the idea that incarceration cures crime, advocate just alternatives to prison and work to reclaim and restore persons leaving the penal system, says an appellate judge and ordained Baptist minister.
A judge ruled Tuesday that the Missouri Baptist Convention didn't include enough protections when it incorporated Windermere Baptist Conference Center as a separate non-profit entity in 2000 to prevent Windermere from amending its articles of incorporation to eliminate the convention's right to elect the center's trustees.