What Is A Conservative In 2023?

Feb 4th, 2023 | By

One historical aspect of America’s political culture is the rise and fall of political parties. The Federalist Party was the “faction” (George Washington’s term) associated with George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and John Adams. By the presidency of James Monroe it was dead. The Whig Party emerged in the early 1800s, but by 1856 it was dead, replaced by the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln. Today, the Republican Party seems hopelessly divided and the infighting is potentially fatal: Witness the intense struggle over Kevin McCarthy’s effort to become Speaker of the House. That struggle gave every evidence of a Party gravely divided.

The Identity Crisis Of George Santos

Jan 28th, 2023 | By

The deep-seated commitment to the pursuit of personal autonomy, the vital center of the Postmodern, Post-Christian American culture, has produced several tragic effects. The Millennials, who passionately have bought into this commitment, have no loyalty to institutions. For that reason the local church, even if they are Christians, is not that important to them. Technology has enhanced this pursuit of autonomy, enabling Millennials to create and fashion their own digital reality. Recent census data confirm that Millennials prefer cohabitation to marriage, at least until they reach age 30.

Balancing Religious Liberty With LGBTQ Rights: The 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis Case

Jan 14th, 2023 | By

In 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled, in what is now known as the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, that Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who had declined to make custom cakes for gay weddings, had been treated unfairly by members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, who had made comments hostile to religion. Phillips had pursued his claims based on his rights to the free exercise of religion and the freedom of speech in the First Amendment. The US Supreme Court handed down a limited decision based on religious issues. It did not rule on the freedom of speech claim that Philips had sought.  

The Importance Of Opposing Antisemitism

Dec 31st, 2022 | By

Thanksgiving weekend, former president Donald Trump had dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes. The rap artist formerly known as Kanye West—who now goes by “Ye”—has posted comments using anti-Semitic tropes about the ‘influence’ of Jewish people, followed by an almost incomprehensible threat to go to ‘death con 3’ on Jewish people.

Michael Gerson: A Salt And Light Disciple Of Jesus

Dec 17th, 2022 | By

In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus declares that His disciples are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” Salt and light are metaphors, each with piercing meaning and application. In the ancient world, salt was primarily used for preservation purposes—to prevent perishable food from decay. Light exposes darkness for what it really is. So, as Jesus’ disciples walk with Him in loving obedience, they function as a preservative, preventing the surrounding culture from further decay.

Ukraine: Putin’s Assault On Freedom And Sovereignty

Dec 10th, 2022 | By

Among some conservatives, as well as some Progressives in the political culture of America, there is a growing dissent about supporting Ukraine after Putin’s invasion of that nation: Perhaps it is not worth it. Perhaps we should be spending this money at home, not so far away. Perhaps, because of the history of czarist Russia, Ukraine should be part of Russia. Perhaps, if the US and the West had just promised that Ukraine would not be a part of NATO, Putin would have stopped his harassment and dismemberment of Ukraine, which he began a few years ago in his annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine. Perhaps, because Ukraine has a history of political and financial corruption, there is no justification for the West supporting Ukraine’s war against Russia. In my opinion such thinking is short-sighted, dangerous and baseless. The war in Ukraine is a war to stop Vladimir Putin’s assault on freedom and sovereignty.

‘Sound Doctrine” And Evangelical Christianity In 2022

Oct 22nd, 2022 | By

What do American Christians believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible? Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research partnered to find out. Every two years, these two ministries take the theological temperature of the United States to help Christians better understand today’s culture and to equip the church with better insights for discipleship. Their findings are in a study entitled The 2022 State of Theology. In the Pastoral Epistles of the Apostle Paul (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus) the phrase “sound doctrine” appears nine times. The Greek term translated “sound” means that which is conducive to health—in this case spiritual health. Paul connects sound doctrine with godly living; in God’s eyes, sound doctrine produces righteous living.

The ZEV Panacea: Evidence Of A Reckless Remedy

Oct 8th, 2022 | By

In late August, the California Air Resources Board approved a rule that established a year-by-year roadmap so that by 2035 100% of new cars and light trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Many states and nations have set targets and goals to phase out the sale of internal combustion cars. California is the most aggressive state to establish a definitive mechanism to meet required ZEV sales of vehicles. Arguably ambitious, the goal of California is to substantially reduce the carbon footprint of cars and light trucks.

The Birthrate Of Jews And Arabs Within Israel

Oct 1st, 2022 | By

Senior columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Ari Shavit, has written that the 20th century was “the most dramatic century in the dramatic history of the Jews. In its first half, we lost a third of our people. But the second half of the century was miraculous. In North America, we created the perfect diaspora, while in the land of Israel we established modern Jewish sovereignty. The Jews of the 21st century have today what their great-grandparents could only dream of: equality, freedom, prosperity, dignity. The persecuted people are now emancipated. The pitiful people are now proud and independent . . . [Israel] is the demography of hope: an almost extinguished people renewing itself.”

The Student Loan Debacle

Sep 24th, 2022 | By

The amount of student debt held in America, the New York Times reports, is roughly equal to the size of the economy of Brazil or Australia. More than 45 million people collectively owe $1.6 trillion. That figure has skyrocketed over the last half-century as the cost of higher education has equally skyrocketed. [Student debt has nearly doubled since 2011 to $1.6 trillion, though the number of borrowers has increased by only 18%.] “The growth in cost has substantially been more that the increase in most other household expenses.” The remarkable rise in college education costs has not been matched by increased scholarship support, national government support or state government support to colleges and universities.