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So where should Conservatives stand?

After the last posting on Will our passion for conservatism result in more liberalism? my sister asked me “So just where should conservatives stand?”

I think it’s exactly the right question to ask, and I’m grateful that she got my head spinning in that direction.

Perhaps we need to clarify what we mean by conservative, liberal, and Christian. More than a year ago I posted some musings on What does it mean to be a Christian; how does someone know that I’m a Christian?

For today’s ramblings it may be worth taking a look back at that, so we can start where those thought end.

capitalI consider myself to be conservative in my positions on morals, ethics, and religious beliefs. However, I do not claim to be A Conservative politically.

When it comes to my views on just how our government does (and doesn’t) work, I’m a Moderate. I look at what is going on and find that there are good ideas and actions happening all over the spectrum.

And there are some pretty rotten things happening all over as well.

I guess my point is that a political Conservative and a religious Christian aren’t necessarily synonymous, any more than a political Liberal and atheism go hand in hand.

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A life that hurts vs. one that just sucks

This is part 4 of a 4-part series on Simplifying the Semantics of Suicide

For part 1, click here

“The solution to all of life’s problems can be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

I absolutely know this to be true.

There is pain in life. It hurts. Sometimes it hurts a lot. Sometimes it feels like it is more than we can overcome. Sometimes it all becomes too much.

Sometimes we simply ask to get off the ride.

But, if we have made it to this point, it means that we are still buckled in and heading up the next incline on the roller coaster.

We’ve committed to stay on the ride.

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So, what now?

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Do we really need to have a reason before we choose to do something good?

For the vast majority of history, society has depended largely on the religious obedience of the individual to keep lawlessness and violence at a minimum.

Otherwise, how could a relatively small police force protect the citizenry as a whole?

Civil peace found its foundation in the individual’s personal commitment to obey the laws of God which flooded over into the same personal commitment of obedience to the laws of government.

You know, people just did what was right because it was the right thing to do. They didn’t need to have the reasons explained why speeding through a neighborhood, or breaking into your neighbor’s home, or embezzling from the company were against the law.

church1They were more focused on following their own personal understanding of what God wanted them to do. Knowing what was right also let us know what wasn’t right.

 

Not so much anymore.

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We help alcoholics; why not those wanting to fight same-sex attraction?

This is part 5 of a 7-part series on same-sex attraction

For part 1, click here 

For series summary, click here 

 

We’ve talked a lot in this series about, well, talking.

Taking same-sex attraction and homosexuality out of the shadows and bringing it into the light is HUGE.

So, what happens when people start to talk?

Others listen.

No, really. It’s actually possible that someone will hear.

If you are one who understands all too well same-sex attraction, speak up.

On the other hand, if you are one who doesn’t understand this whole same-sex wiring, what can you do?

talking3Keep your mouth shut and listen.

Ask questions.

Then listen some more.

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