I'm posting this mainly to help define the term "conservative." It's a misunderstood word, though it is frequently used. Many who call themselves conservatives today are actually classical liberals, who advocate a freedom from most constraints both socially and economically. I would generally call myself a classical conservative. Here I’m speaking of conservatism broadly in …
Category: Ethical Questions
Should people use cuss words?
The Bible prohibits unclean language. This includes all language that society understands be obscene or dirty. Obscenities and vulgarities refer to things that are offensively revealing, disgusting, dirty, ugly or crude. Certain passages of Scripture forbid such speech. Jesus, in Matthew 15:10 says, “And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear …
Should government punish false worship or coerce true worship?
To frame the issue more precisely, the question is not whether a society or nation ought to worship the one true God rightly. Societies should certainly worship the one true God according to His commands. Furthermore, the question is not whether false worshippers deserve punishment. God will certainly punish them temporally in this life as …
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Are you responsible for every social media controversy?
We live in an unprecedented time, where all the problems of the world demand our constant attention and immediate judgment on social media. Through technology, we’re connected to events all over the nation and the world. Very quickly, people are polarized into those who are “for” and those who are “against” whatever controversy happens to …
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Is birth control biblical?
This can be a sensitive and controversial topic among Christians for a variety of reasons. As practical and important as the question is, it's not an essential of the Christian faith, nor should it divide Christians or churches. Here is how I've worked out the answer in my own thinking. 1. Children are a blessing. …
Are all sins the same?
Many Christians think all sins are the same. Have you ever heard that before? Imagine someone commits a horrible crime. Let's say, for example, a man murders his whole family. And when the community hears about it, they're outraged. But then imagine that some Christians say, “We need to remember that we're all sinners.” “We …
Is it ok to modify your body?
As technology continues to advance, we have more and more power to change our bodies. But Christians should be asking whether there are boundaries. This is a complex topic and one that cannot be sufficiently covered in a short blog post like this, but I would like to lay out certain categories and principles.
How can you be angry and not sin?
Christians often make two mistakes when they think of anger. Some Christians say Christ forbids all anger because it's murderous. But other Christians claim that every kind of anger about sin and error is righteous. Neither perspective, however, is biblical. The Bible is very precise when it comes to anger.
Is it a sin not to homeschool your child?
In short, no, it is not a sin for Christians to choose options other than homeschool for their children. The Bible says, “Where there is no law, there is no transgression” (Rom 4:15), and there is no biblical law commanding parents to homeschool their children. This question is really connected to the fifth commandment, “Honor your father and your mother” (Ex 20:12).