• The Great American Worldview Test — The 2012 Election, by R. Albert Mohler (Part 2)

    by Shawn Merithew on October 30, 2012

    (Continued from Last Week)

    On the issue of abortion, the Republican platform states, “we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” The Democratic platform states: “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”

    The worldview clash could hardly be more dramatic. The Republicans frame the issue in terms of the unborn child’s “fundamental individual right to life.” The Democrats frame the issue as “a woman’s right to make decisions” — including the explicit right to decide to kill the baby in her womb. These are two contradictory moral claims.

    One party claims that no abortions should be legal and the other claims that all abortions should be legal. Each party is driven by their own moral logic. The Republicans are driven by the belief that, at every point of development, every individual human being is sacred (more…)

  • The Great American Worldview Test — The 2012 Election, by R. Albert Mohler (Part 1)

    by Shawn Merithew on October 23, 2012

    American presidential elections are the world’s most public display of the democratic process. The global media follow the American elections with a fervor that is easily understood — what happens in an American presidential election matters all over the world. Our presidential campaigns are political pageants and electoral dynamos. But, as any honest thoughtful observer will understand, our elections are also great worldview exercises. We reveal our worldview by our vote.

    This is particularly true of the 2012 election. The presidential nominees of the two major parties represent two very different worldviews and visions. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have adopted policy positions that place them in direct conflict, and the platforms of their respective parties reveal (more…)

  • What Hath the Gospel to do with Politics?

    by Shawn Merithew on October 16, 2012

    The Answer:  Absolutely Everything.  You all knew it was coming sooner or later — something on politics and voting from the senior pastor.  Contrary to some opinions, who we are (more…)

  • "Knowing" Christ

    by Shawn Merithew on October 11, 2012

    In my sermon this past Sunday, I noted that one of the key points drawn from Ephesians 4:17 is that believers are to know our Savior — not just facts about Him, and not just head knowledge of theology.  We are to know Him personally, relationally, and intimately.  In fact, Christian maturity is squarely grounded in a deepening knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Given that truth, I wanted to set some pertinent Scriptures before you on the subject of “knowing” Christ.

    Jer 31:33-34   “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man (more…)

  • Electronic "Addiction"

    by Shawn Merithew on October 5, 2012

    It is certainly amazing how the human heart can make an idol out of almost anything, even our technological devices.  This past week, the psychologists who publish the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” announced that an addiction known as “Internet-Use Disorder” was officially being added to the list of mental illnesses.  Diagnosis of this mental illness began as psychologists began to recognize problems that arose with video game addictions.

    In a 2009 incident, 17-year-old Daniel Petric of Ohio shot his mother and injured his father after they confiscated his Halo 3 videogame because they feared he was playing it too much.  A Korean couple was arrested in 2010 after their infant daughter starved (more…)

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