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  • Mar 18 / 2017
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Both Russell Moore and Jack Graham Are Wrong: They Should Have Never Let a Stupid Election Cause a Stupid Rift Like This (The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture #21)

Welcome to the Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast where we consider different perspectives on what is happening in our culture and apply a biblical worldview. I am your host, Daniel Whyte III. This is episode #21.

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  • Jul 30 / 2016
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Some of America’s Pastors are Waving the Wrong Flags (The Cross in Culture #20)

This episode is titled, Some of America’s Pastors are Waving the Wrong Flags

In recent decades, religion — particularly Christianity, has become entwined with the American political system. With the rise of the Moral Majority under the leadership of Jerry Falwell Sr. and other leaders such as E.V. Hill and D. James Kennedy speaking out boldly on political and social issues, politicians came to realize that the “faith vote” was very important. At first, this applied mostly to conservatives and the Republican party. But, soon, Democrats caught on and they have made increasing efforts to reach out to pastors and church-going voters as well.

Both the Republican National Convention last week and the Democratic National Convention this week featured several pastors and preachers speaking on behalf of and in support of presidential candidates and their party’s respective platforms. Both campaigns are relying heavily on Christian ministers to serve as surrogates in the media and to their congregations. Both sides wish to be seen as having a corner on the Christian vote. Continue Reading

  • Jun 20 / 2014
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Ben Carson: America Can Still be ‘One Nation’

One Nation Book Tour Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

One Nation Book Tour Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

My wife and I have been on a book tour by bus through several states recently, and I have been struck by the number of people who have already read “One Nation,” but also by the large, enthusiastic crowds whose constituents include all political parties. People are concerned about our future as a nation and the poor prioritization of issues by our leaders, to put it mildly.

We wrote “One Nation” to try to convince our fellow Americans that “we the people” are not each other’s enemies and that our strength is derived from unity and common sense, which should be ubiquitous. The real enemies are the forces that are constantly trying to divide and conquer. They create divisions based on race, gender, age, education and, especially, income. It is important that we discuss who the purveyors of division are and what drives them to seek a radical alteration in the American way of life.

We discuss the tools used to manipulate the populace into feeling that they should be offended so easily by words, while diverting their attention away from the real issues that desperately cry out for a solution. One of the major keys to avoiding manipulation is knowledge. Our system of government was designed for people who could easily understand the issues and vote intelligently based on knowledge, rather than blindly following political leaders who are often enshrouded with less-than-honorable motives.

One of our major themes in the book is that knowledge is a formidable enemy of falsehood and a formidable ally of truth. There are specific steps that each of us can take, such as reading about something new for a half-hour every day for a year. Such a simple move will profoundly change the life of the reader and will vastly increase his effectiveness as an involved and responsible citizen.

In today’s world of widely disseminated information, one can become quite knowledgeable in a variety of areas quite rapidly, regardless of his occupation.

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SOURCE: The Washington Times

  • Jun 20 / 2014
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Commentary

Ben Carson: As Long as U.S. Leaders Game the Immigration System, Illegals Will, Too

(Illustration by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency)

(Illustration by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency)

In 2012, the current administration made it clear that certain unaccompanied illegal minors would not be deported if caught. This helped create an atmosphere of tolerance that would be conducive to the current rash of illegal dumping of thousands of children from south of the border into the United States. Now we have a humanitarian crisis that appears to have been manufactured for political reasons.

One would not have to be incredibly bright to predict that families in South and Central America, as well as in Mexico, would recognize a veiled invitation to get their children into the United States with little chance of deportation. Of course, the media are asking opponents of the administration for solutions to this crisis. Almost anything these opponents suggest will be either harsh, making them appear cruel and callous, or weak, making them appear to be amnesty supporters. Either way, they will take a political hit. Meanwhile, the administration can stay above the fray and receive the political benefit of gratitude from many legal and illegal immigrants. It’s a clever and effective ploy with the added benefit of redistributing even more American wealth. It remains to be seen how many people will be hoodwinked.

We have all heard it said many times that America is a land of immigrants, some voluntary and some involuntary, but immigrants nevertheless. We have plenty of space in our country, but insufficient jobs and insufficient resources to support everyone who wants to come here. When we see innocent children used as political pawns, it still tugs at our heartstrings, which is the desired intent. The real question is what are we going to do about it. The combination of immigration reform being a very tough issue as well as a political football has led to governmental stalemates and no useful solutions for decades.

To begin to solve this problem, we must have some understanding of why it exists. Despite all of its problems, America is still the place of dreams. As such, it is small wonder that so many from other nations would like to live here. The benefits of an American domicile are so great that they outweigh issues of legality currently.

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SOURCE: The Washington Times

  • Dec 17 / 2013
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Commentary

The Monster of Political Correctness

by La Shawn Barber
WORLD Magazine

The dictionary defines political correctness as: “demonstrating progressive ideals, esp by avoiding vocabulary that is considered offensive, discriminatory, or judgmental, esp concerning race and gender.” I’ll go two steps further: Political correctness was created to suppress the expression of conventional wisdom and subvert traditional values.

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  • Dec 17 / 2013
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Does Your Christianity Begin in Genesis 1 or Genesis 3? Why it Matters.

by Anthony Bradley
The Acton Institute

There are two prominent schools of thought within conservative Protestant circles that continue to clash over what Christianity is about because their starting points comprise different biblical theological visions. I use the word “prominent” here because I fully recognize that there are other more nuanced voices in the Christian diaspora. No “binaries” or “false dichotomies” are intended here. This is simply a distinction between the two dominant voices in a choir of others. Continue Reading

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