As I listened to President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address, I couldn’t help but notice a Great Omission (well.. several recurrent omissions) which trailed throughout the speech.
The reason I noticed the omission is because the President chose to root his speech on a fundamental claim of the Declaration of Independence. These were his opening remarks:
What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
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Here are some links to articles and blogs that I found insightful and worth sharing today:
- ““You can’t legislate morality” has become a common turn off phrase. The truth, however, is that every law and regulation that is proposed, passed, and enforced has inherent in it some idea of the good that it seeks to promote or preserve.” In WHY WE CAN’T HELP BUT LEGISLATE MORALITY, Micah Watson argues (rather persuasively) that morality is the only thing we can and should legislate.
- The question of suffering is one that continues to puzzle many Christians, despite Jesus’ promise that those who follow Him must expect it. In HOW DO WE KNOW IF GOD IS DISCIPLINING US? D.A. Carson expertly deals with the question of what is happening when bad things happen to Christians. “Should these happenings be seen as God’s discipline, or God’s sovereign use of evil for our good, or results of sin and the Fall, or all of the above?” The answer is not as obvious as you may think.
- Finally, why do you believe what you believe about certain things? Is it because its what “Christians are supposed to believe”, what certain influential Christian leaders and teachers believe… or is it because you have a personal conviction about the issue? I found this post RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU AGREE by Jonathan Parnell to be a rather accurate diagnosis of why many people who claim to be Pro-Life would still not think twice about having an abortion if and when things got personal.
This post was originally published in Faith Talk Ministries in January 1, 2012. I found the personal insights therein both timely and timeless. It is my prayer that the post will inspire you to reflect upon the real hope of your 2013.
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.”
1 Timothy 1:15
2013. It’ yet another year. Another chance. A chance to do it right, set things right, get it right and get right with people and God. Yet, even as we make our plans, resolutions and vows, we are still confronted by our greatest obstacle: SELF. Some of us may consider getting more money (and pursuing more investments) to be a resolutions that are not spiritual enough… not deep enough. So, in order to avoid appearing shallow, we don’t say it publicly, even though that’s where our hearts reside. Instead, we publicize our hope for a deeper intimacy with God, a closer walk with God, a deeper knowledge of God, a greater understanding of God…. etc. These sound like safe resolutions, noble goals, undeniable desires. Yet, I have lived through enough Januaries to know that resolutions, no matter how sincere, get old, plans get dismantled and our spirituality still gets… well, recycled. Continue reading The Hope of Your 2013