Amy Grant’s Easy Answer Won’t Do

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and Director of the Colson Center

Recently, Christian music legend Amy Grant appeared on the pro-LGBT podcast “Proud Radio.” Asked about gay artists in country music, Grant said that she thinks it’s important to “set a welcome table” for people of all sexual orientations because: “None of us are a surprise to God. Nothing about who we are or what we’ve done.” The host understood these words as an endorsement of his gay lifestyle. 

But nothing Grant said is technically wrong. God does love and welcome sinners. He isn’t surprised by who we are or what we’ve done. But in this cultural moment, to speak only the culturally acceptable truths about love and acceptance while keeping silent on the offensive truths about sin and salvation ends up not telling the truth, at all.

We all want to say things that will keep our secular counterparts listening. But if we really believe in the power of God’s love to overcome our sin, the easy and misleading answer won’t do.

Copyright 2021 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Image sourced from: Justin Higuchi

The Population Bomb Bombs

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and Director of the Colson Center

Recently, the New York Times reported that U.S. population growth is now at its second lowest rate in history. Lower birth rates devastate a country’s ability to ward off labor shortages, compete economically, and take care of its elderly.

The question is, why is this happening now?

One overlooked factor is the power of bad ideas: particularly the treatment of sex as a commodity, commitment as optional, and children as a burden. Children are often seen today as obstacles, not blessings, getting in the way of making money and satisfying our desires.

But this view misses the awesome responsibility and source of immense joy children are. Every person bears the image of God, so whenever families produce children, they mirror God to the world. Sure kids are sometimes irritating, but they’re often hilarious, and they always remind us that life isn’t about ourselves.

That’s a message a culture on the brink of a demographic crisis desperately needs to hear.

Copyright 2021 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Generations Yet Unborn Are Counting on Us

I have waited until now to respond to events surrounding the Presidential Election.

The Bible says in James 1:19-20:

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (KJV)

I have been listening and waiting to speak. I am no longer angry—just very sad.

No matter how frustrated we are with the election, the media, the cancel culture, the riots all year long, and what happened at our Capitol on Wednesday, violence and destruction are not the answer. We must maintain the rule of law; otherwise our republic will fall. The people who committed violence in and around our nation’s Capitol will have to answer to the rule of law, and I expect justice to be served.

Holding lawbreakers accountable is much easier than restoring confidence in our institutions such as honesty in our elections, integrity in those we elect, trust in the news we hear, and the belief that God-given human rights will be protected by our government rather than trampled by it. This will take work.

Those who enlist in the military, members of congress, and others pledge an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic. That oath is not to any person, political party, or group. As Americans, that Constitution belongs to each of us, and its principles guide our laws and protect our God-given rights. Defending it is not just a nice thing to do—our very survival as a people, a culture, and a nation depends on it.

America has been under constant attack from the day our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence until today. Foreign powers have tried to destroy us. Internal forces have tried to change us. We all know that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. When those before us handed us this republic, it wasn’t on a silver platter. Instead it was on a platter stained with blood, sweat, and tears from thousands of patriots down through the years. Indeed, they left it up to us to keep it.

Over 30 years ago I was led by God to launch Family Council. I saw the decay in our culture, our nation, and our government. As today, there was a need to promote traditional family values—defend the unborn—support religious liberty—and bring biblical values into the halls of government. By the grace of God, I have done so, and by His grace I plan to continue.

Now is the time for good people, especially Christians, to stand up and be heard, to be counted, to be strong, and to take action. The halls of government need you. Our institutions need our honesty and integrity. Freedom is only found in Jesus Christ. Please don’t hide that light under a bushel. Let is shine everywhere so all can see. Nothing else will do. It will take sacrifice, but it will be worth it. Generations yet unborn are counting on us.

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