The Opportunity We Face Right Now
As I read social media, I see the danger of Christians becoming just another noisy advocacy group divided by our views on what’s going on.
I have strong opinions about many issues. My concern, though, is how easy it is to become self-righteous about our own convictions, and to look down on others who disagree. We can be right on an issue and wrong in how we treat others. In our zeal, we can become the very thing we profess... Continue Reading
Christian Liberties: A Road to Paganism?
The road to paganism is often paved with pragmatism, which interprets all things as being neutrally indifferent and their use determined by individual choice.
It is easy to get off base when popular human opinion or experience has become the reference point for interpreting life instead of the scriptures being the only rule of faith and practice. Unfortunately, some are using the Bible as merely one rule and not the only rule of faith and practice. It was for... Continue Reading
Why These African American Leaders Reject the Left’s Victim Narrative
Gore said Black Lives Matter is a “manufactured organization” that is one of the groups fueling a harmful racist narrative.
“I do believe that racism exists, but I also believe that it’s dying out in our country,” Gore said. “And when something is dying out, you know what happens? It gives a fight. … Racism is fighting to stay alive, but it can’t because we serve a mighty God.” The reality of racism in... Continue Reading
J K Rowling and the Deathly Hallows of the Culture Wars
J K Rowling – once the darling of the literati – has sinned against Woke culture and the revolution is about to eat her.
You have to stop, take a deep breath and try to grasp what is happening here. Because a woman objects to women being called ‘people who menstruate’ rather than women, she is treated as though she is a racist Nazi. The misogynistic abuse is breathtaking. Her books have been burned and in this ‘cancel culture’... Continue Reading
If Silence Is Violence, Jesus Is A Sinner
The slogan has been repeated and retweeted by many people, including Christians, to compel others into speaking out against perceived systemic racism.
Social justice ideology is a religion for people who make gods out of their skin-colours or self-interests. Social justice ideology is a religion with its own orthodoxies and heresies, its own priests and prophets, its own sacred slogans and confessions or catechisms—and particularly, its own version of sin and righteousness. One of the most... Continue Reading
Abortion: 209519 – Latest UK Abortion Statistics Remind Us Every Life Matters & Racism Is Not The Only Injustice
Every life matters to God.
Yesterday the latest abortion statistics for the UK were published, and they make appalling reading. The total number of abortions has increased to 209,519. That is the equivalent of the population of Bolton, Aberdeen or Bournemouth. The true statistic is almost certainly much higher, since it does not include abortions resulting from use of the ‘morning after’... Continue Reading
Can We Weep With Those Who Weep?
This isn’t just an academic question for me.
I am a pastor, and I have dear minority brothers and sisters in our congregation who describe to me experiences with law enforcement very different from my own. How do I square what they describe to me with the stats in the story above? If I go with the stats, how will I be able... Continue Reading
The Road to Utopia
Rioting in the streets is completely logical, but not for the reasons pundits think.
My experiences with racism and homelessness prepared me to write Same Kind of Different as Me, a book about a homeless Southern black man who grew up in slave conditions in the 20th century. When I first undertook that project, I knew little about institutional racism. But studying Jim Crow and the sharecropper era gave me a new... Continue Reading
A Dark Cloud For Democracy
In a time when the old narratives of identity are in crisis, younger people relate to the history of their nations, and thus to their own national identities, more by way of repudiation and rebellion than by appropriation and affirmation.
I remember keenly observing the events leading up to the transfer of Hong Kong from British colonial rule to China in the mid-1990s. In 1997 I watched the ceremony where Robin Cook, then foreign secretary in the Labour government, formally handed the colony back to the Chinese authorities. His understated departure in a tiny motor... Continue Reading
The Epidemic Of Fatherlessness
Fredrick Douglas: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
We are witnessing the fruit of fatherlessness, with a stage four prognosis, and it has metastasized throughout the entire culture. This brave new world we are watching unfold will not usher in the utopia that many imagine—it will destroy everything in its wake. It doesn’t have plans to rebuild anything at all. Fatherless men were... Continue Reading