Stock market crash?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged 1,658 points since January 1.  Retirees dependent on their retirement accounts are shaken.  What do you think the prospects are?  Does this herald an economic disaster? [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood strikes back

Planned Parenthood is suing the people who made those videos exposing the organization’s fetal tissue trafficking and other embarrassing facts. [Read more...]

Ted Cruz on Christianity, Christians on Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz, like Donald Trump, is also talking a lot about Christianity.  He says, “we should not be ashamed of Christ,” begins his campaign appearances with prayer, and regularly cites 2 Chronicles 7:14.  See details after the jump.  Does he go too far in mingling Christianity and politics? [Read more...]

A common liturgy for Catholics & Lutherans on Reformation Day

Catholics and LWF Lutherans have released a common liturgy to be used for joint services, with both a Catholic and a Lutheran celebrant, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 1517.  (Both conservative Lutherans and conservative Catholics will find unity in the response of being appalled.) [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton’s legal jeopardy

The Inspector General for intelligence has released a finding that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured e-mails included dozens of classified messages, including some that were rated higher than top secret.  Mishandling information at that level was what former CIA director David Petraeus was prosecuted for, including violating a non-disclosure agreement that Mrs. Clinton also signed. [Read more...]

Trump on Christianity & Christians on Trump

Donald Trump addressed Liberty University, calling on Christians to “band together” and promising that “we’re going to protect Christianity.”

He also cited his favorite Bible verse: “Two Corinthians, 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame … is that the one you like?”  (“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”)

Liberty’s president, Jerry Falwell, Jr., said that Trump walks in Christ’s footstep.  “Donald Trump lives a life of loving and helping others, as Jesus taught in the New Testament,” Falwell said.

Meanwhile, in an interview last Sunday (excerpted after the jump), Trump doubled down on his earlier statement that he hasn’t asked God for forgiveness because he hasn’t done anything wrong.  He did, though, say that he has “a great relationship with God.”

I can see Christians voting for a non-Christian who promises to protect them.  I suppose the Children of Israel would have voted for Cyrus over Nebuchadnezzar.  Then again, do we need an earthly ruler to “protect Christianity”?  Isn’t that a violation of Psalm 146 (among other texts)?:

Put not your trust in princes,
    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
    on that very day his plans perish.  (Psalm 146:3-4)

At any rate, does it make sense for an “evangelical” to present someone who, by his own admission, feels no need of the gospel and so lacks faith by nevertheless presenting him as a Christian because of his alleged good works?  Or is Trump’s claim, using evangelical language, to have a “great relationship with God” enough, despite his indifference to the gospel?

Don’t get me wrong:  Christians can certainly support whoever they want for secular reasons.  Doesn’t this show how ridiculous it can get to mingle religion and politics?

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