- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 8, 2007

Bloodless faith

“American Christianity is far less bloody than it used to be. Songs like ‘Power in the Blood’ or ‘There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood’ or ‘Are You Washed in the Blood?’ are still sung in some places, but fewer and fewer, and there aren’t many newer songs or praise choruses so focused on blood. The cross, yes; redemption, yes; but blood, rarely. …

“What could be more repulsive, even sickening, to a clean, antiseptic society than talk of spattered blood? (Some of the Christian responses to Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’ were of just this sort.) Ironically, contemporary Christianity grows more and more bloodless while the communities around us become bloodier than ever.”

— Russell D. Moore, writing on “The Red Cross of Jesus,” in the March issue of Touchstone

Ego era

“If you were going to give a label for the generation of under-35-year-olds, what would it be? … San Diego State professor Jean Twenge … has aptly offered the name, ‘Generation Me.’ The reason, she says, is because it is the first generation who has never known a world that put duty before the self.

“This generation of young people has grown up in a culture where the individual always comes first, and feeling good about yourself has always been the primary virtue. ‘Generation Me’ grew up in a culture where focus on the self was not merely accepted; it was actively encouraged. …

“Young people today have grown up in a culture that takes it for granted that they should feel good about themselves, that they are special, and that they ought to follow our own personal dreams regardless of the cost to others.

“The mantra of this generation might be: Do whatever it takes to feel good about yourself, because that’s the most important thing in the world. Ironically, when people focus primarily on their own pleasure, their lives become empty.”

— Sean McDowell, writing “Generation Me,” Tuesday at ChristianWorldviewNetwork .com

Riveted by Rosie

“Sadly, [Rosie O’Donnell] is symbolic of who we have become as a nation. Barbara Walters, sitting primly on the opposite side of the table, represents the old guard that created the Petri dish, mixed the concoction, and helped to transform a culture that allowed this growth to emerge. It is a growth that is a perfect reflection of the idiocy, the egotism, the lack of historic knowledge that has become our nation. …

“Her anger is that of someone who despises her own person to the point of not knowing its purpose or her own … much like America.

“Who are we as a nation and what purpose do we serve in the world? There was a time when even the world knew our greatness, but with ex-presidents and ex-presidential candidates traveling the world, calling us names, bemoaning our greatness and undermining the sitting president, it is no wonder the world joins the chorus of anti-Americanism.

“When Grammy and Oscar awards have been reserved for the most creative of American bashers, destroying yet two more institutions that heretofore had been admired by all, you know the end of what we used to think was dear and sacred, is near.”

— Nina May, writing on “Tokyo Rosie and her Conspiracies,” Wednesday in Renaissance Women at www. rwnetwork.net

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