- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2008

Exchange of ideas?

“In a story released … Nov. 13 on Fox News, a report was given of an elderly woman who attended a ‘No on Prop 8’ rally in order to support traditional marriage.

“Sixty-nine year old Phyllis Burgess came holding a large foam cross, and video footage reveals the brutality with which she was received by the ‘rally,’ or better termed, ‘mob.’ I would encourage everyone to watch the footage and reflect on the method by which we ‘exchange’ ideas in our present society. As you watch, you will see the cross being ripped from her hands and trampled upon by the raging protesters.

“Bringing a big cross and conservative views to a vehement liberal rally was, granted, probably not the wisest idea. However, that is no excuse for the violent retaliation of the crowd.

“To add irony to insult, as Burgess tries to escape from the scene - likely to avoid being injured - the camera follows her, and one of the protesters blocks the camera’s view by shoving a sign in front of Burgess’ face.

“And what do you think this sign said?: ‘Vote No on Prop 8: Equality for All.’

“The road we dare not … trample?”

- Robin Dembroff, in “The (Circus) Arena of Ideas,” posted Nov. 17 on the Evangelical Outpost

Presidential prayers

“Let’s react to the election of Barack Obama with three Ps: prayer on our lips, peace in our hearts and perseverance in the face of the challenges he is likely to offer.

“We should pray for Barack Obama because the Bible declares that all authority comes from God. The early Christians were supposed to respect even homicidal Roman emperors like Nero. How much more should we respect presidents we have elected? If you’re tempted to curse at Obama, read chapter 13 of Romans. …

“America, unlike Rome in the time of the apostles, is still a republic. Early Christians were brave at a time when dissent meant crucifixion, but since we still have freedom of speech under the Constitution, all we need is a willingness to be scorned for Christ and to be shut out from what C.S. Lewis called ‘the inner ring.’ At World, we will praise President Obama when he follows biblical principles and criticize him vigorously when he does not.”

- Marvin Olasky, in “Minding our P’s and C’s” in the Nov. 15 issue of World magazine

True fatherhood

“Today … there is hostility coming toward human babies. … In the midst of all this tumult, there are churches and evangelical leaders who are saying to us, ‘We ought not to be single-issue evangelicals. We ought to be concerned about more than simply abortion.’ Which means, of course, that we ought to be willing to support and vote for candidates who will support legalized abortion, who will deny the personhood of children who are still in the womb, because we resonate with them on other issues.

“‘After all,’ many of them say, ‘abortion has been going on so long, and it still hasn’t been stopped.’ Many of the people saying this are pastors who are in a desperate quest to say to their congregations, ‘I’m not Jerry Falwell.’

“We must insist that a just government recognize the personhood of unborn children. We must not flinch in insisting that this is the case, but that itself is not enough. The protection that [the Virgin Mary’s husband] Joseph images here is a personal and familial kind of provision. It is like the kind of fatherhood our heavenly Father displays - a fighting fatherhood. This kind of fatherhood rips open seas, drowns armies and fights for the vulnerable and the orphans.”

- From “Joseph is a Single-Issue Evangelical,” a sermon preached Oct. 16 by Russell D. Moore at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

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