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How American Think About Abortion, and What Pro-lifers Must Learn
"It is the job of every Christian, not just some to oppose evils like abortion and protect goods like pre-born human lot. Here's how you can do it too for the Colson Center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break point. Recently political scientists Michael J. New describe the results of what's being called quote the largest known indepth interview study of American attitudes on abortion he described them as nuanced a better term would be complicated and maybe not at all coherent this new study out of Notre Dame, which is entitled how Americans understand abortion not only attempted to determine what Americans believe about abortion but why they believe it and which factors influence those believes anyone who opposes. Abortion anyone committed to protecting the pre-born has much to learn from these results. For example, I find it fascinating that according to the study most Americans are simply not quote particularly knowledgeable about the details of abortion those of US neck deep in this issue might find it unbelievable that anyone could be unfamiliar with basic facts about fetal development or about public policy or about what Roe v Wade actually did to America or were state abortion laws currently. Stand, but many people are, and that makes the task of education especially when it comes to the science and politics of abortion a priority for pro-lifers and fact, the data suggests that many Americans would be shocked if they could learn how permissive our nation's abortion laws actually are another lesson to learn from this Notre Dame study is that we must do a better job publicizing the life affirming work done by thousands of pregnancy help centers in. The US much of the support for legal abortion is based on fear that children born after unintended pregnancies will be neglected and that women would be adversely impacted by carrying in unintended pregnancy to term in other words. Apparently, people are simply still unaware that these very old arguments which date back to even before Roe v Wade itself in other words who will care for these women and children have substantially been answered in incredible ways by pro-lifers. Everywhere. Easing the concerns about whether help is available for women, our children and unexpected crisis pregnancies will be essential to any effective pro-life apologetic. The most important lesson from the study however is just how deeply moral relativism is shaping the abortion debate a large percentage of Americans dislike abortion, but they're also uncomfortable with making abortion illegal. This is incredible. Even those who think that abortion should be legal. Think that there's something wrong with it and yet they simply cannot imagine any alternative to the status quo successful pro-life outreach to this group suggests new is the key to creating a durable pro-life majority that can restore legal protection to the unborn in other words in addition to the beautiful and brilliant work of caring for children for women and crisis the kind of work the pro-life moving has. Excelled in for decades, we still have to know how to make the case for life and by we I, mean you and I mean me, we need to know the science surrounding abortion so that they can know that the science is on the side of life we need to know how embryology and ultrasounds have only strengthened the case for the humanity of the fetus. The case is so. Incredibly strong in fact but as this study reveals, we can't assume that Americans know that and if they do know it, we can't assume they can connect the dots to the immorality of taking innocent pre-born lies. The case that abortion is wrong has to be made alongside the case that abortion should be illegal and not just the quote unquote pro-life professionals after all if the Supreme Court ever. Does manage to overturn Roe v Wade and of course, we pray that it does the status and safety of preborn children will be decided on a state by state basis local law matters when it comes to abortion as much even more. So the national law and that law is a moral teacher many Americans think abortion should be legal simply because it is and that's why pro-abortion forces oppose. Any and every restriction on abortion whatsoever as if it's an outrageous infringement on the rights of women in other words, they must not allow a pro-life foot in the door. So those of us who care about the unborn must help people know what they should know about abortion so that they can make the connections they currently aren't making.
Join Us in Prayer for Our Nation
"To join us for the call center. I'm John. Stonestreet, this is great for. Christians should be among those most deeply concerned about the divided state of our nation left versus right mass. No mass reopened versus stay at home virtual school versus in person raised politics police abortion religious liberty not to mention the remainder of what certain to be brutal presidential campaign. The issues we face range from essential to non-essential on essential matters, we should mourn deception and vowed to fight. For the truth on non essential matters we should mourn and hope to overcome division God's people can neither stay on the sidelines nor run away from the struggle instead knowing there is no hope other than Christ. We must ask onto mercifully powerfully mobilize us is people to advance that which is true and good if Christians are to speak with clarity courage and confidence and to be the. Of Truth and love and a world of Noise Echo Chambers, then we'll need to be prepared but even perfectly crafted arguments cannot replace Shut Colson would say the church being the Church speaking cannot replace being and to be the people that God calls us to be right now, we must rely on prayer. That's why each and every Wednesday morning between all the twelfth of November, the fourth, and that's the morning after the twenty twenty election the Colson center will be hosting a national prayer time the a Webinar we want you to join US each and every week to pray first and foremost for God's mercy. But that he would revive his church that he would bring about a renewal of righteousness that he would empower us to courageously offer protection for the most vulnerable to champion reconciliation across our deepest divides and that he would. Allow us to be instruments in the sustaining of religious freedom and the recovery of the family in our nation. Each prayer time will feature a devotional challenge and a prayer by Christian leaders such as Oz Ganesh Johnny Eric's Totta focus on the family President Jim Daly Woodside Bible Pastor Chris Brooks and watermark pastor Todd Wagner as well as at Stecher from the Billy Graham Center and the Heritage Foundation President Keiko James Now due to the limited capacity of zoom there will be limited live spots each week available to everyone who registers However, each weeks recording will be sent to anyone who registers so come to breakpoint dot org for more details and Fiji's Paul tells us that we don't wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers, the authorities, the cosmic powers over this present darkness against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places when people see us their enemies, it's difficult to remember that they aren't our enemies. So what we need to do as Paul Instructs this put on the former of God Faith Truth Righteousness Peace Salvation the word of God. And he says praying at all times in the spirit with all prayer and supplication keeping alert with all perseverance making supplication for all the Saints, and the Book of acts the earliest church activity we read off is prayer thousands of people from completely different backgrounds came together in one mind one art in prayer with one accord. That's what acts chapter one, verse fourteen and Chapter Two versus forty. Two seven says than what happened with the Holy Spirit moved in the world was never the same in fact, every spiritual revolution in history. With some kind of unified persevering prayer the very first outpouring of the holy. Spirit. In acts to the great awakenings, the businessman's revival and the Welsh revival story after story, you read the same thing people prayed God's spirit moved on the other hand every Christian history who was able to persevere and righteousness. Temptation or persecution without seeing revival in their lifetime they also did that through prayer. Our prayer of course cannot force God's hand but are only way forward is to seek his will together are purse can't control God. But we can invite him to change our hearts and minds including our own gods always working in our lives whether we realize it or not. But something powerful and world changing happens when people pray for God's spirit to move. The, Great Jonathan Edwards urged his fellow pastors to quote be much in prayer and fasting both in secret and with one another it is God's will. He said that the prayers of his saints shall be great and the principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ's kingdom in the world. When God has something to accomplish for his church, it is with his will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayer of his people Paul even tells us to pray for all things at all times for sesame chapter five specifically for our leaders both spiritual and secular as what the
A New Declaration of Dependence On God
"This, fourth of July we find our nation more divided than perhaps at any other time since the civil war. That's what happens when a nation abandoned God and Rejects Truth Colson Center I'm John Stonestreet. This break point. On July Fourth, two thousand and four Chuck Colson breakpoint commentary was entitled a New Declaration of dependence reading through it again recently I was struck by just how prophetic his words were as a student of history chuck not only understood the founding principles of our nation, as expressed in the declaration of independence, but he understood on what those principles were grounded. So what happens chuck ass when the foundations are rejected? What happens when religion? Truth and public virtue are all made non essential. What happens when citizens want the benefits of the American experiment without taking seriously what it requires of us will here's Jet Colson from July second, two thousand four. Fourth Celebrates our liberty and national independence. I get through every time I hear. The cannons blast that rousing finale of the eighteen twelve overture, and I got a lump in my throat whenever I join in singing America America. God shed His grace on the. Indeed God has blessed America this nation dedicated to the proposition that all men are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights has endured two hundred twenty eight years. America's the oldest constitutional republic on Earth. But all is not well in our land. When Thomas Jefferson Penn, the immortal words of the Declaration of Independence, he deliberately appealed the creator, or he acknowledged an overriding obligation to nature and nature's got, and he understood that ordered. Liberty is not just a subjective preference, but a divinely ordained condition for which human beings are designed. But. Over the last few decades, legions of skeptics have mounted a massive assault on these self evident Ruth's in prestigious schools in the halls of government, and especially in the Supreme Court. God is banished from public compensation. If a public schoolteacher introduce Jefferson's ideas and language into the classroom today, she likely be called on the carpet, possibly disciplined. This assault on God in public cultures severely damages our democracy. If God is thrown out of our history, we lose our basis for believing that individuals have rights and dignity in an empty universe. We have no meaning no value without God. There are no inalienable rights and no certain proof that liberty is better than tyranny or that life better than death. Everything's a matter of opinion and power. The references to God, the Declaration of Independence provide a foundation for moral argument within civil society and moral truths pervade our founding documents from beginning to end without God is the source of all these moral principles. The Public Square would quickly revert to the law of the jungle. Brutish power would prevail the week. The unborn, the elderly, the gravely ill could be quietly terminated. Much as I enjoy the anthems and fireworks more than that is called for on this July fourth. We need to confess our moral failures in our national sins, repenting of allies of. Killing innocent babies and the elderly. Renewal begins on our knees. It's there. We hear soul searching questions from God himself asking how long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked rescue the weekend needy deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Our nation's founding document declared independence from Britain. But with equal fervor declared dependence upon God expressing firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence. The signers committed the American experiment. Do their maker the spirit of seventeen seventy six was reverence and trust. So as we mark this solemn occasion, let us seek a rebirth of true liberty, which is possible, only when governed by divine law for without God, we could never have liberty and justice for
How Dare the Vice President Pray?
"Enunciates has a long history of its leaders asking for the help of divine. Providence shouldn't be controversial when they do for the call center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break. One they argued yesterday on break point. Spread of the corona virus is a brutal reminder of just how fragile humans are a direct and uncomfortable challenge to our collective illusion of control as it spreads not only our individual lives threatened but also the intricate and fragile web of global connections that fuel national and international economies to ask help. And all of this shouldn't be controversial. So that's exactly what Vice President. Mike Pence decided to do an official White House photo from February the twenty six captured the vice president and the Corona virus taskforce opening their meeting with heads bowed in prayer. The photo as they say nowadays blew up the Internet unleashing a tidal wave of prayer shaming. Which is a term coined a couple years back to describe ridiculing people who dare offer thoughts and prayers for victims of tragedies like mass shootings one secular research website described the photo symbolic of the moral and intellectual decay at the White House. A photo shows Vice President Mike Pence and his team trying to pray away. The Corona Virus Pinson. His team were quote wallowing ignorance superstition and willful ignorance. The site continued suggesting that pence praise. Because he's a religious extremist another slant this one from an out and proud atheists is not a joke when people say those. Republicans are trying to stop a virus with prayer. What did anyone expect? Science reason something sensible and one of the most viral tweets of the photo had this caption. Mike Pence is corona virus. Emergency team praying for a solution. We are so blank. Never mind that. Every session of Congress begins with prayer as do thousands of public meetings across the country. Each day prayer is for many today. Politically unacceptable seen as an affront to science obstacle to govern it and worst of all a shameful admission that were not in control of our own destinies. Of course. That's precisely the point of prayer. We're not in control. We think we are. We've made remarkable medical scientific and technological breakthroughs that have allowed us to be less the victims of nature than societies past. But we don't control the world. The idea that we do. Ironically reveals a central belief of a technocratic worldview one every bit as much an article of faith any held by prayers this faith allies in something quite unprovable intentive namely that all human problems and challenges whether climate change or gun violence. The Corona virus are problems that can be solved. If only we apply the right techniques which these days are almost always political. You know passing the right laws or public. Policies are electing the right officials in this world view the world and all of its complexities are reduced a mathematical models and can thus be controlled by our best ideas and efforts oliver problems. The logic continues can be if not eliminated at least ameliorated in fact. This worldview central article of faith explains why those committed to it. Think of prayer in science as mutually exclusive options something that directly contradicts the history of both science. And many of history's most important. Scientists this secular faith along with the political illusion that it fosters is on full display right now by those claiming that this outbreak is something. President trump or some government entity should be able to save us from such an inflated idea of government not only reduces the room for God in our cultural imagination it dramatically expands the room for the state and our cultural imagination. And that's something. We'll surely regret in the end. Placing the world on our own shoulders in this way will not grant any more control instead will only find its way too heavy and then where will we turn as the PSALMIST said nations may rage? People may plot in vain but only the Lord makes us dwell in safety. Thank God when our leaders recognize this? May We all join them. And praying for the Corona virus taskforce and for those political leaders and health officials around the world for God ordained wisdom to fight this potential pandemic
The Dangerous Science Behind Gender Transitioning
"The reason scientific studies touting the benefits of medical transitioning for those with gender dysphoric or joining the long history of so-called science from call center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break point from the beginning. Proponents of the sexual revolution have wrapped themselves in the mantle of science especially social science for example in the nineteen fifties. The Kinsey reports helped normalize a whole range of sexual behaviors. They were the source of that still often quoted statistic that ten percent of people or same sex oriented both that figure and the methodology behind. Kinsey. So-called research has long ago been discredited. Still that ten percent number two sticks in some people's heads a new wave of studies in recent years paint a rosy picture about the benefits of medical transitions for people with gender dysphoric. You so much. So that is Paul. Dirks recently said public discourse lifelong experimental medicalisation sterilization and complete removal of healthy body parts. No longer a rarity. It's now the recommended treatment for gender is for you. But what if those studies are like the Kinsey reports? What if they reflect the bias and of the authors rather than reality will given? What's at stake? This is vitally important question. Especially since -ocial science itself is in the midst of what's called a replication crisis in other words when researchers tried to replicate the findings of studies in the Social Sciences. They often cannot this failure replication. Even includes studies regarded as canonical in some fields. So how can we distinguish between what solid research? And what won't withstand further scrutiny. When it comes the so called settled science of Gender Transitioning Paul Dirks public discourse article titled Transition As treatment. The best study showed the worst outcomes sums up. The results of his deep dive into this research dirks defines best studies as those that have followed people who underwent medical transition for the longest period of time. It's well recognized in the literature. Dirk states that the year after medical gender transition is a quote honeymoon period which does not represent a realistic picture of long-term sexual and psychological status yet most of the popular ginger transition studies are limited to just a few years following the transitioning other studies that support medical transition failed to follow up with as many as half the original participants. That's well beyond the threshold of reliability. Many of the studies dirk states are fraught with design problems like small sample sizes short study links enormously high dropout rates to name just three the problem so bad one systematic review of the literature rate and only two out of twenty nine studies as high quality and contrast the best designed and most rigorous studies. Whose results are most likely to stand up over. Time found. That medical transition was not the solution to the patient's problems especially in the case of male to female transitions. They reveal much higher. Mortality rates do increased rates of suicide AIDS. Drug abuse even cardiovascular disease another high quality study found a sevenfold increase in suicide attempts and a nineteen fold increase in completed suicides after transitions even when the findings are adjusted for pre existing psychiatric problems which are often treated as unrelated to the gender DIS Fauria. They're still a three fold. Increase in psychiatric hospital admissions in other words when it comes to medical gender transitioning the best studies show the worst outcomes and the current use of shoddy social science to support medical transitioning. That's not only misleading. It's dangerous in this case. As is common in the social sciences especially throughout the history of the sexual revolution ideology is overwhelming truth. Finding too many researchers think they know what the data should tell us and so they at times unconsciously and times consciously designed their studies to make sure that it does sadly the consequences of their failure is far worse than professional embarrassment or tarnished reputations this case the consequences could be permanent and
Good Times for Planned Parenthood, So It Says
"America's largest purveyor of abortion claims. It had a banner year if that's the case why our tax dollars still flowing planned parenthood the Colson Center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is breakpoint. Few weeks ago planned. Parenthood released an upbeat even triumphant sounding annual report for the two thousand eighteen nineteen fiscal fiscal year. Despite the increase legal and political challenges they face the organization claims to have met those challenges with resolve this kind of spin and his pretty standard fare for annual report. So it should be taken with a large grain of salt. Still prompts and obvious question if planned parenthood's going from strength to strength as it says that is why does it still need our tax payer support. According to the report planned parenthood performed a record three hundred and forty five thousand abortions during the two thousand eighteen nineteen fiscal year. That's approximately forty percent of the approximately eight hundred sixty two thousand abortions performed in the United States in other words the planned parenthood performed a record number of abortions at a time when the overall number of abortions is declining put differently. We might say that planned planned. Parenthood is cornering the abortion market. The report sounds upbeat because business is good in fact it so good that planned. Parenthood could turn down millions of dollars and federal grants rather than comply with new trump administration rules that bar recipients from referring clients to abortion providers with that kind of financial flexibility. Why are American taxpayers still forced to fund the organization to the tune of six hundred seventeen million dollars a year? More to the point. Why was the most recent funding being approved without the slightest consideration? That things could even be different at least part of the answer to those questions. Lie in the pages of the annual report planned. Parenthood claims that it provided nine point eight million services in the last fiscal year. Half of those were what it called Sti Services and treatment the rest birth control information services and breast exams and PAP test. Now this is of course planned parenthood's continual instill bogus that abortions less than four percent of what the organization does on several occasions. Why that number just isn't true? Apparently there's enough elected officials congressional Republicans included that either belief planned parenthood. Don't care enough to learn. The facts. Were just unwilling to risk their political careers to do anything about it. And so the on the spending bill passed and signed into law late last year directed directed five hundred and fifty million dollars in federal funding for planned parenthood in this fiscal year. That's an increase of twenty million over last fiscal year. Her that of course means the impact of the millions of dollars in grants at planned. Parenthood turned down was limited rather than comply with the new rules or employ their famously justly creative accounting. They instead chose to fight the rules in court. They recently lost that fight. And then I circuit the continued federal funding of planned. Parenthood matters for reasons that that transcend just the symbolic or the moral. Nearly forty percent of planned parenthood's revenue that six hundred seventeen million dollars in the last fiscal year comes from government sources. Nearly ninety percent of that amount comes from the federal government alone which means planned parenthood's quite vulnerable despite the upbeat annual report if that Federal Spigot of funds were just turned off or even just turned down. He'd be in big trouble in fact we should be asking why it hasn't been already. We can't blame what's happened or more accurately what hasn't happened just on those in the courts and legislatures without also pointing to what's happened or more accurately what hasn't happened in the Public Square. See legislatures were only de-fund abortion providers like planned parenthood. If Americans make it clear lear. They view abortion something that they absolutely will not pay for and that will only happen if we can continue and compellingly make the case for for life. If we fail to do that then we can only expect more upbeat annual reports from planned parenthood. Which is America's unquestioned leader of abortion
Americans Are Dying Younger
"Inching Christians had a reputation for running toward the plague. Not Away from it today. There's a new plague. That demands are responsible for the Colson Center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break. Point between nineteen fifty nine and two thousand sixteen life expectancy in the US rose from sixty nine point. Nine years to seventy eight point nine years. Most people know that. But did you know that since then it's reverse course. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Paints a portrait of a society in deep trouble for the third year in a row now the average life expectancy in the. US has declined the last time. American life expectancy CONSI declined three years in a row war one and the Spanish flu pandemic killed six hundred. Seventy five thousand Americans. Now percentage wise that would be the same as losing two and a half million Americans today of course in the early nineteen hundreds there were no antibiotics viruses. Were unknown. Never mind antiviral all drugs. The germ theory of disease only recently been widely accepted in the US in the kind of public health and sanitation measures that we now take for granted. We're we're still in their infancy and today the. US spends a far larger share of its GDP on health care than any other nation yet. Other wealthy nations are not experiencing the same reversal in life expectancy in fact people in some less wealthy nations like Costa Rica have significantly longer life expectancies expectancies than Americans. So whatever is causing Americans to die younger and younger has nothing at all to do with medical science or technology as a recent Washington. Post article describes the causes behind. This dramatic shift. Are things like suicide. Drug overdoses liver disease and dozens of other causes. These causes are summed. Up in a phrase deaths from despair that was coined by researchers and case and Angus Deaton and other words we are facing an epidemic Amac of young people giving up on life sometimes before it ever really even starts for them as a public health expert told the Post people are feeling worse about themselves and in their futures at leading them to do things that are self destructive and not promoting health was the study shows. They're giving up a younger and younger age. The same hopelessness US leading to the uptick and deaths from despair is also driving what I call acts of desperation that we also see in our culture in this category add put acts of mass violence or abuse in the increasing number of young people willing to self mutilate in a pursuit for their identity. This sad story brings to mind Matthew Nine thirty six when Jesus saw the crowds. He had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. The Greek word that it is here translated compassion describes visceral reaction not a mere sentiment. In other words it's like Jesus felt this one in the gut. His response to their plight was to tell his disciples pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers in to his harvest starting with themselves. Our current opinion of dying young should elicit a similar response from us as Chuck. Wholesome like to say it's time for the church to be the church like our Lord? We must see the harassed Aston Helpless around us. We must feel they're suffering as if it were our own and we must pray that God would show us how he'd have US respond. If as Paul told the Athenians got his determine the time and place where we live we cannot be spectators in this cultural moment to the unfolding tragedies around us God God has placed us here to act A. This doesn't mean we'll solve the problem anymore than those who ran toward the plague in ancient Rome could stop it. The restoration of all things will only be complete when Christ returns and glory but we can offer a preview of that restoration. Here now. That's what we and only only we have to offer the world if we can't bring ourselves to do this and something else is terribly wrong. This time with us
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
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"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Emotionally driven uneducated therapeutic based faith. That's what you get when churches failed to take faith formation seriously the colson center. I'm john stonestreet entry. This is breakpoint last week. Following the high profile falling away from faith by josh harris former hill song singer and songwriter marty sampson simpson posted this on instagram. It's time for some real talk. I'm genuinely losing my faith and it doesn't bother me the next day he deleted the post and clarified that he hasn't fully fully renounced christianity at least not yet still. He admitted it's quite shaky. He then reiterated his doubts and said quote the majority of a typical christian's. Life is not spink considering these things because they fall into the too hard basket. Samson's claims i'm sad to say are not uncommon among young evangelicals and let let me just say this is directly and bluntly. Can they reveal a failure on the part of the church to take the difficult but essential task of faith formation seriously sleep enough as i read through samson's own description. What's happening to him. I thought to myself which faith is he. Falling away from in his words revealed a lot. I he described a faith largely driven by emotion losing his faith. He said did not bother him. In fact he's happy about it so if his doubts bothered him in his faith instead made him happy with heathen reconsider consider the fact is too many churches sell christianity with feelings were told how interested god is in our own happiness our own meaning in our incentive purpose but our feelings. I can't determine whether or not any of that is actually true second. The faith sampson describes is an uncritical faith science. He says keeps piercing the truth truth of every religion no. I'm not completely sure what that even means but it seems to buy into a classic science versus faith narrative. It's just not true. That science is ultimately gently opposed to faith. It's not true historically. It's not true today. Faith doesn't need to reject critical investigation. Third samson describes an in an educated faith. He claimed that quote no one talks about the seeming contradictions in the bible the fact that christian leaders fall or how a loving god can condemn four billion people to a place 'cause they don't believe now this of course is just not true every apologetic book ever written tackles these questions and the issues he raised here aren't even the difficult colt ones still while samson's mistaken that nobody's talking about these issues. He's not completely wrong in his critique in fact far too many churches avoid tough questions since far too many failed to equip christians on the current cultural controversies in fact too much of christianity especially jellicoe christianity neglects intellectual discipleship altogether not even basic theology is articulated from some pulpits. I don't know how to say it. They fail god's people fourth north samson also wrote that lots of things help people change their lives not just one version of truth well. This statement reveals a misguided faith. One that smacks of what sociologist august christian smith called moralistic therapeutic deism that the point of religion and faith is self-improvement and you can find that anywhere but that's not what the christian faith is about about christian faith is discovering the truth about who god is what he's doing in the world and then through repentance and his grace aligning ourselves to that truth truth now look i have no problem with samson or anyone else admitting their doubts most of us at some point in our journey of faith will encounter doubts about god's love scripture about whether jesus is really god any number of things in fact i discussed doubt recently with apologised brick conical on the breakpoint podcast come to breakpoint dot org to check it out but mighty samson was a worship leader. He wrote modern christian melodic cataclysms. He was tasked as all worship. Leaders are with communicating theology to the body of christ but apparently he was in a church where no one was talking about the questions he struggled with the church failed owed him in his book. The fabric faith when steve garber wrote that the reason too many young christians lose their faith is that their worldview isn't quote big enough for the world. This is a depressingly accurate description of what we can expect from generation whose intellectual faith formation has been neglected for breakpoint. I'm john stonestreet.
"john stonestreet" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Yeah. John justify you let me ask you this question front, where you ever a singer in a rock and roll band? I cannot can neither confirm nor deny, you know what? That's, that's fine. Listen. I wanna talk to you a bit about marriage because we talk about marriage being under attack. I always say the Christians don't say is that marriage is a picture in revelation of the union of God's church, his bride with the bridegroom Jesus. When you see it that way, you can't say, well, marriages, whatever you want it to be what it's no Christians can't believe that. Now, you believe it, but Christians can't believe that because the bible is really clear what Jesus says about marriage. And then this glorious thing in revelation, that are marriages are a picture of something transcendent, eternal glorious that kind of changes things, the book ends of the whole story in the, the, the world starts with a wedding in an ends with a wedding or doesn't end. It re- begins right. Yeah. Marriage runs through the entire thing. And Paul uses it, it's the only and now that Paul uses to describe how much Jesus loves us. I it stunning. So the world begins with a wedding, the world begins again with a wedding. So in Christian say. And I don't know I'm not going to stand for this one or that ship has sailed. He just I, I don't I don't know how you can say that. If you think the bible, actually describes the contours of reality, and gives us the story of the world. Well, listen, this is this goes way back to, you know, where was the church with no fault divorce. And then we can go back to the Moynihan report, moynahan, a liberal Democrat comes out with a report in the sixties about the breakdown of the family and the breakdown of marriages in the black community, and he was vilified, then for bringing up a you have a Liberal Democrats, saying, we want to solve the problem of cultural problems, social problems that are happening in urban communities and black communities, and he comes up with a report that says the most important thing is strong marriages and family and that. Didn't change. And but people didn't pay attention to that. And things have gotten worse. Once in a while somebody six their head up and says something like this, right? Either in politics or mainstream culture. I remember in two thousand nine and time magazine Caitlin, Flanagan wrote a tremendous piece is there hope for the American marriage. And she actually admitted going in trying to kind of disprove that it actually is that important in her conclusion was, there's nothing else. The costing America. More in the reason is, is again it goes, right? Back to children. You marriage matters to the government because children need to be raised, and they're the future, and if you don't raise children, well, then you have to pay all kinds of other shosha cost right now you're talking about what it cost to run prisons, what it costs to do drug rehab centers. What it cost you can just go down the line, people are draining society instead of producing society. We don't have to bring God into it, although the bottle point if all you care about is what you're paying taxes, and what's going on in the country, you have to care about you have to care about marriage. It's this is what we mean. When we say it's kind of natural law. In other words, it's built into the world marriage matters and you can see this throughout history. One of the most stunning things when I studied, this, that I found is that even cultures that didn't have conservative sexual morality or Christian. Sexual morality, even cultures that celebrated and tolerated homo, erotic, and homosexual behavior on the side. Still didn't think it was marriage with they thought was marriage was marriage because of children, right? When men and women get together kits results. And because of that, even this is just this is observable true. You not to read it in the bible. You don't to be influenced by Christian morality. It's observable true. Well, and also think about it. You have four kids, you understand that your kid makes you behave differently in all kinds of ways, and, and even in your marriage. We stayed together for the kids that's real and beautiful might parents, probably did that, you know, they have like a fun marriage. And I think wow. It's so beautiful that they did that and, and it affected so much. And the fact that they're together now and it just so beautiful, and we have a culture saying that if it's tough, you know, move on find somebody else, or whatever the rewards of raising a family and staying married. The that song is not being sung in our culture and it needs to be sung. Family man. His the greatest thing you can ever be. It is. And we're replacing it. I mean this is what stunning I was going to the gate yesterday to check into my flight in. Here's a little dog in a baby sling one of my friends pulled up to the gate and said he saw a dog in a baby carriage and a child on a leash. These are just see what happens is. I'm not against pets at all. But I am against that pets. Now are for babies. They're replacements for children. This, this is a this reveal something dramatic has shifted in our culture. Hey about pets. They don't get tattoos. They don't cost, you know, college costs, you know, it's very easy to resurrect, the idea. Right. If you think kids are there for you. Then a pet is easier replacement. There's no question about it. But it's not the way we're made to be while as there's little doubt about that. And I do think that I'm just speaking for my own marriage and our daughter that it has made a better man of me. And I say that really, seriously really bluntly because I couldn't have achieved what I've achieved, if not for them, like, I know that I know that they forced me to, you know, do things whatever that I just wouldn't have had the strength to do. Otherwise, and I say, again, being being a family man greatest thing there can be. Yeah. What would married Mary, Eric Metaxas? Look like in all seriousness. I don't wanna think about that. But this is the question that happens in entire societies. Right. This is men need marriage by and large, when you have a low marriage rate than men, do dumb things. Yeah. Yeah, we're gonna have to leave it right there as a good place. Isn't that a great place to end do dumb causes? True, folks, the book is life, marriage and religious liberty by my friend. John Stonestreet, John..
"john stonestreet" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Get an ultrasound because they've been persuaded they've been lied to, and they believe the lie. So many of us do that, you know what's inside you in the first weeks or months is not a baby, and it's certainly not your baby. It's kind of a problem that can be taken care of. Removed skin tags. Or, or maybe you've got some little issue than eat to be taken care for a couple of hundred bucks and the reality is that if these women do get an ultrasound, they realize, oh my goodness. That is not at all. This is there's a heartbeat, their brainwaves. That's my baby when that happens. Everything changes in a glorious human being will likely come into the world and have children of his or her own and make a difference in the lives around that person and probably the greatest blessing that mother has ever experienced, but that doesn't happen until their mother gets the ultrasound. And that's where you come in. If you go to our website, Metaxas, talk dot com pre-born, the banner is right at the top. And if you go to that banner you click on it, you'll see that for every twenty eight dollars that you give you make it possible for. The mother. To have a real view literally and figuratively speaking of what is inside her. And when that connection gets made your twenty eight dollars brings a human being into the world. What could be more crazy than that twenty eight dollars could accomplish that? But that's exactly where we are. With technology today. Did it only costs twenty eight dollars to make this possible for women now pre made every clear to us that the money that you give this campaign, doesn't go to overhead this goes right to this, this alter sound technology? If somebody wants to give a big gift, we can really use those, and we know that some of you have a big heart for the unborn, so we want to ask you to do that, if you can. But you have to go to Metaxas talk dot com and click on the pre-born banner. And you'll see everything you need to do there. Now when we come back folks, I'm going to tell you about a Monday. Oh, mega celebrity encounter that I had yesterday, yet you can't make this up. I'll wait till you hear this, and then we're going to do, we're gonna nounce the contest winners, and then we've got listener mail. I love the fact that people writing in we're going to read some of those in the next segment, and then after that the final segment with John Stonestreet, Cirque Metaxas show, the show about everything stick around. Guess what? Right now is the perfect time.
"john stonestreet" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Are here to bring you premium quality content and we will fail now. And again most of the time we will do a spectacular job. Thanks to album Sadar who is he's right here? The Alvin some great guests speaking of which in the previous hour hour, one today we heard from Diana west big deal. You haven't heard that let me recommend it in our two. That's this is our two is in a few minutes. We're gonna play part two or three of the concluding part of my conversation with the great John Stonestreet, who's written a spectacular book on religious liberty marriage. It's a very important conversation. We posted it on YouTube already. But if you want to hear that the last part of it become a couple minutes in this short segment. We have a few things to mention some exciting things first of all big announcement yesterday. I realized that my new book, Donald builds the wall. Is on Amazon? Oh, it's on there. Yeah. You can pre-order Donald builds the wall. Now, Donald drains. The swamp is the sequel, I'm sorry. The prequel actually know Donald drain. The swamp is the book Donald builds the wall is the sequel book to the book down bills. Wall has some, some funny cameo appearances I don't want to give it away, but it you'll get the book in, in September, it'll it'll drop as they as we call it in the biz, but. Tim wrangling has outdone himself in the Australians are really very funny and the story. I mean, it's so funny every time we do one of these books, I think of it as kind of humor book for adults in the form of a kids book, right? Right. It's almost like a comic book, right? But then you realize what we're explaining is so simple and clear that it does make a good primer for kids to understand. Hey, why would somebody need a wall is a wall? Good as bad. What is a wall, do what can a wall, do why would someone build a wall, and I thought to myself, this is a great way to explain to kids who you know, maybe the hearing stuff in school or something that walls divisive. And, you know, padlocks are divisive, and, you know, personal boundaries are divisive when you have to explain to them. No. These are typically, remember the trains handcuff those Chinese hand, coz. Wow. That's probably now, considered politically, correct to say Chinese handcuffs. So let me say, let me put it this way, Chinese handcuffs Chinese handcuffs. Okay. So the book Donald builds the wall, like Donald drain the swamp. It's kind of a prophetic statement. So this is for people like Lance wall now and people in the prophetic crowd. This is a prophetic statement, Donald bills, Donald drain the swamp. Okay. So that book is coming out. You can get it now on Amazon, and we found out also that gigantic comic book distributor has pre-ordered a lot of it. So I guess they see it as a graphic novel slash comic book. And so, I just read this the other day on a site that basically covers like what's happening in the comic book world, little that, I know I've ever read a comic book, but that's. It crosses every boundary. Okay. So when we talked to down Stonestreet in a moment, we're going to we're gonna final conversation with him. Let me say that if anybody wants to get all the details from us on what is happening that, maybe if you miss a program, I've said it many times. But I'll say it again. If you go to my personal website, Eric Metaxas dot com. You can sign up for the newsletter says galax latest thoughts. I really want everybody to get that this is not the radio news letter. This is the, the one we were the big pictures and all kinds of other stuff. And whatever you can get the radio newsletter to, but I'm saying this is my own personal one where I put stuff in there that I don't really put in the radio one, you know, like family stuff. I actually thank you to those of you who emailed us yesterday. I got an Email from somebody about my father's health situation, and I was blown away. This is like the hive mind of Twitter, except on the radio. I was saying that my. Platelet. My dad's platelets are very low and typically, you kinda you learn so much when you have a medical condition because you realize first of all doctors often don't know what's going on and they treat the symptoms. They don't ask why is this happening because they don't even know how to find out so they treat the symptoms, but someone emailed us this wonderful Email. I'll get the name later but suggesting some things and saying that she's praying for my dad, not man would have beautiful thing to have have folks out there, praying. I would appreciate that, of course, for my dad, we really, we're trying to figure out, you know how to get through this prayer is always the number one answer. Okay. Alvin we have to talk about. We're gonna we're gonna. We're gonna read listener mail in a moment. And we're gonna nounce the winners to the big contest moment. Yeah. But before that, Dave Herman, the assistant producer standing in the wings with letters and winners. He's champing at the bit, and she would say producer. From? We can't afford him away in Europe. We, we can't afford that get rid of them. Okay. So okay, but, but man, I've got a I've got a big announcement. Also people think I'm blown smoke. Okay. When we come back, this is this is in segment to just listen to segment to hold off. Remember how I said, I met Christmas should office in, in the in the hippos Oooo. In the hippo house of the Berlin zoo, like three days ago. Okay. Unbelievable. And we played that two days ago, and everything played that song and everything like that. I have a bigger significantly bigger celebrity encounter yesterday. So we're gonna we're gonna come up with that. But before that, yes, we have to get back to mentioning pre-born. We're doing a campaign with pre-born. We got we got to get this out of the way folks. Because before we get to the to the fun stuff. We gotta do the important stuff. We're doing a campaign with pre boy now pre-born specializes in helping women get free ultrasounds. This is fantastic. We didn't use to have ultrasounds a few years ago. Now, we have ultrasound technology. And if you help pre-born and others, they all do this. But pre-born is, is partnering with us, which is to say with you, the audience to provide free ultrasounds for women who ordinarily wouldn't even get an ultrasound because they've been persuaded they've been lied to, and they.
"john stonestreet" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"On the French, John Stonestreet. He is the author. David Dockery of new book, life, marriage and religious, liberty very important, life, marriage and religious liberty, John. We're just talking about the, the lunacy of giant, dudes deciding they're women and competing in sports, and nobody seems to fight back against it. At some point you understand someone will totally freak out if I were a woman who knew I was the best at something, and some guy came in and kick me to the curb, and says, no, you're not how do you not take that to court or do something, or just just freak out in a way that the culture has to take knows? I'm actually surprised that hasn't happened yet. No. It's happening in small bursts in here. And there you have people. At a competition or something like that, and they speak up and they get smackdown down. Pretty quickly. If Martina Navratilova she speaks up, she gets back down, but we're also seeing some bigger riffs, if you look at the acronym between the L and the tea because most of the Ellsworth, would identify net kind of second way feminism sort of aetiology, this view that the Naan can't understand the experience of women. Men have kept women out of the same opportunities equal pay title, nine sports opportunities and so on equal scholarships. And now for the t to step in and claim those as men. I think that's going to be the most interesting thing, but if it does happen shame on Christian dads for not saying anything headed time. Well, you know, you and I realized that just as happened in, in Nazi Germany, people are slowly trained to shut up. Right. Talking about this a lot. It is this sounds, so everybody says, I don't wanna be the one to bring it up. Auto want to be the one bringing about. I want to be the man so everybody kind of becomes slightly more cowardly, and they let this stuff come in, and it becomes harder and harder to be the one to speak up, and I hope people will speak up. I mean, the main reason is that children are suffering. Children are at stake when you talk about little kids with gender dis for you. If you lied to them, and tell them. Yeah. Yeah. You know, yell little boy, you're actually a little girl, and we're not gonna challenged that we're not going to be parents and adults and say, hold on here. We're just going to go with it. You are harming that kid because you are a coward and you not only when only line tune. This is what people don't realize we're indoctrinating them from the very beginning. So before they even have the questions in some sex, Ed curriculums, including the one that was just almost passed in Colorado. It was kind of got it before then. But you're basically taught maybe you're not in other words, not even lying to someone with a question. You're putting the question in their mind. And then if the only councillor there ever able to go to, has to by law reinforce whatever question is self identity. They have, and if you then go to psychiatric route and start prescribing medications to block puberty. And if you put them on a path to full transition, you not only lying you're leading them by the hand all the way to the transition. And here's what we know about eighty percent of children with gender dysphoric grow out of it by age sixteen. Hold on. Hold on say that again, this is big headline about eighty percent of those with gender dysphoric grow out of it, and then come to identify with the their same gender with their their biological. It'd be nice puberty. But it would be wonderful to grow out of it with. Your genitals intact. Yeah, exactly. And so, but if permanent damage has been done if chemical castration has been done, then you're not allowing kind of nature puberty to take. Its course you remember puberty. Remember how much testosterone flowed into your system during those years. I have a dim memory of that. Yeah. So it's an interesting thing, John because what we're talking about is so serious and such a big deal. I wanna tell parents, if you can get your kids out of public schools, because you cannot allow people to do this. I mean, this is not happening when you're being home schooled does not happening in classical Christian education. I am sickened that we are allowing kids in public schools. This is not to say that we don't need to fight this fight, but it is a mad nece that has come on people, I think it is satanic when you're doing this to children when you're indoctrinating them this way. This is. A satanic agenda. I don't simply see it as a social thing. I think at the root of it, there's something really dark, and we have to pray against it fast and pray, and do anything we can. Because these sweet children are suffering. That's ideas of consequences. Bad ideas had victims the bad ideas of the sexual revolution. Have always victimized women and children, as just always been the way that it is. And. And if we love our neighbor, right? This, this isn't have to be Eric are drawing the line, and saying, I can't cross the line here saying this is where Christian conviction means I have to stand on life, marriage and religious liberty the contributors in the book of just written a spectacular. Reflections both on the history of how we got here and what now but we do it not just out of an act of self preservation, not just because we're not getting our own way. And we're going to dig our heels in the ground and be stubborn and ignorant and so on, because we love our neighbor, and we'd love our neighbor children. I don't know how you can go along with this zeitgeist with the spirit of the age with these bad ideas. I if you love children, I don't know how you can stay silent. Well, the suicide issues is another relation to this, you're talking about how we define life, and how as we've defined life away from where made in the image of God, and that when we die. By we are going to heaven, or we're going to hell. And as we've kind of defined life like my we're just these animals. We exist for while and you know, suicide is something that's increasingly attractive to young people. Right. And there is I can't think of it. I think it's a Netflix series about thirteen thirteen. There you go. Thirteen reasons why it is aimed really at teenagers and the teenage suicide rate has gone up something like twenty nine percent since that was released. Now, I don't care what you think there has to be some kind of relationship between portraying this the way they portray it. And the suicide rate, we're redefining life. We're redefining whether I can end my own life, folks, we need to get involved. This is called self governments called being an American, you need to..
They faced down the tanks in Tiananmen Square. Now they want their children to forget it
"Thirty years ago. The Chinese government brutally crushed protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square thirty years later, many have forgotten the deadly truth about communism for the Colson center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break point for two months in one thousand nine hundred nine students gathered in TNN square demanding political reforms, analogous to the economic reforms instituted by then chairman, dang Xiaoping after some initial indecision, the communist party decided to crack down on may twentieth. The government declared martial law. Moved two hundred and fifty thousand troops into Beijing on June. Third state run television warned Beijing residents to stay inside the next day, the army advanced towards Tiananmen Square protesters attempted to impede the army's advance and destroyed more than one hundred military vehicles and damaged nearly five hundred others, but ultimately resistance would prove to be futile, trucks, and armored personnel carriers. Join tanks and attack helicopters. The army's principal target was a ten meter tall statue dubbed. The god. Of democracy, which was erected by the students and bore a more than passing resemblance to the statue of liberty after first firing warning shots. The troops fired directly on the protesters estimates of the death toll range widely from hundreds to thousands and addition at least sixteen hundred people were arrested many imprisoned for more than two decades and others who were never seen again. The message from the communist party was clear to be rich might be as den once put it glorious, but forget about being free the events of June one thousand nine hundred nine make clear that the communist party was determined to retain, complete political, and social control will given this history with this regime. No one should be surprised at the recent crackdown on Chinese Christians and Muslims leaguers. But what is surprising is how many Chinese today are untroubled by the events of June hundred eighty nine even worse, the authors of a recent article in the Washington Post described a popular nostalgia for? Maza Dong mouse rule was among the most brutal in all of history. This is the Mao whose attempt to industrialize and collectivize China virtually overnight called the great leap forward killed at least forty five million people. This is the Mao who's great proletarian cultural revolution. Attempted to purge Chinese society of capitalism, traditional elements by killing between five hundred thousand and three million people and selling countless more into internal exile. Among its victims were the father and aunt of current leaders using thing who committed suicide as a result of being persecuted, the tragic irony is that any doubt from ou- only helps legitimize the authoritarianism and oppression. Now, expanding under g how can we make sense of this, selective and misguided historical memory will most of the nostalgic are too young to have personally, experienced mouse rule even more, they haven't been taught the truth about our TNN men and approved or state run schools. Of course that same thing. Can't be said a bus in the west who's a memory is often just as selective and just as wrong when it comes to communism writer, Cathy young who lived in the USSR until she was seventeen describes what she calls Kami chic now. She's not referring to Soviet apologised or sympathizers prior to nineteen Ninety-one. She's talking about the two thousand eighteen teen vogue article that urged readers to use. Karl Marx's ideas to understand how Donald Trump was elected president. She's referring to a two thousand seventeen New York Times op Ed insisting that women had better sex in communist east, Germany, or one, hard left publication that recently tweeted for all the Soviet Union's many faults by traversing. It's vast architectural landscape. We get a glimpse of what a built environment for the many not the few could look like. Now, if all we knew about communism where it's histories of oppression and mass murderer that should be enough to disavow us of any nostalgia for it as the authors of the black book of communism wrote communist regimes turned mass. Crime into a full blown system of government. The result was one hundred million plus debts including the martyrs of Tiananmen Square. But that tweet itself about building environments, for the many, not the few tells us all we need to know about the flawed worldview that undergirds this great historical evil to a communist, but society is always more important than the individual individuals must be sacrificed for the utopian and fantastical greater good that lies somewhere in the future, and always just beyond reach whenever it's tried in the past or in the future. This fatal flaw will leave fatalities because bad ideas have victims, the history of communism. Like it's worldview is neither glorious nor worthy of nostalgia
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"We can do is actually when you do premarital counseling. Just like you talk about what are you thinking about money when he gets think about sex. What do you think about, you know, each other's moms, you need to have what do you think about artificial at like, if you're if you struggle with infertility what what do you think about this? And there needs to be clear moral training. There's there's a lot of books without just kind of rattling them all off. I would say a couple of things number one followed breakpoint because we're always translating some of these arguments we've talked about surrogacy a lot. We've talked about IVF LA we've talked about loaning, we've talked about crisper we've talked about all these things a lot. So that's one way to kind of keep up. Date with the big names. Some of the people that talk about this all the time. Then me just give you names to follow. They've all got books out there Nigel Cameron as one of them. Ben Mitchell is another one that's got a book out there go. My Lander has got a book out there. There was just a really powerful article written by Andrew Walker is a contributor to the book and Matthew Lee Anderson, specifically on the the ethical issues surrounding and Beecher for location, and it a lot of people. But you gotta take what they're saying. I think we really seriously. So there's all of that. I might have a specific. I think I've got a specific book on my shelf right behind me. But without turning around and finding it those are the names you need to to track and to follow. What was the second question was how do you support the Manhattan declaration is that right? Yeah. How do you? How what would be a next step or a baby step other than educating ourselves, which you've given us some great advice on hundred that that we could actually do, and I guess signing the Manhattan declaration will be a good step. If you haven't already done, so. That's the first outside the Manhattan. Neka ration- read them in declaration and learn from Secondly, go read the statement for life that that was part of the focus on the family project of a life from New York because that actually was not only a statement of. Here's what I think about life. It was a statement of. Here's what I'm going to do about it. And it gives you a number of steps. What should you do about it? I teach your kids. Don't assume your kids are gonna get through osmosis, your views on life, marriage and religious liberty or especially Christian views on life mayor. They'll get us from us. Most is but just not from you. Please please intentionally start with creation and make these sort of applications that you got we gotta change the hearts and minds and the next generation third get behind working relations that are doing these things, for example, those that are actually helping people think about their views on life, marriage and religious liberty. Like the Colson center get behind groups like focus on the fan. They get buying groups like the alliance defending freedom who day in and day out are for free defending. People who are facing discrimination to light persecution because of their beliefs, and we certainly need to stand up for a brothers and sisters and other parts of the world through groups like open doors, and you know, the world watch list and so on and so on and so on and also. This is what Johnny Eric's Inkatha has said a number of times Chuck used to call it over the backyard fence around the barbecue grill. Johnny Ericsson Totta always says at Starbucks. In other words, we have the tendency to shrink from these conversations in public, and I think it's because we're not confident I think it's because we fear the social cost just creates what's called the spiral of silence. This is what Chuck was talking about when he collapsed and ultimately died during the from the class during that speech that if people don't speak up fewer people will speak up. So I it sounds crazy. One of the most important thing you can do to amplify the conversation is just use your own voice. Because not only does that add to the noise. But it also adds another voice and another voice and another voice somebody else's. Why can say that I can say that. And look if you don't know how to talk about these things it's not because the answers aren't there? The and this is the golden age of answers, especially on cultural issues. Christians are. Thought through this. They provided it there's even talking points. Learn 'em use them don't be coward into silence. I it's what what my friend might Miller called. Cocktail party pressure. Subject comes up everyone agrees. You're the only one by say something won't get invited back. Well, we need it the allergy of not getting invited back. And maybe they all have not getting fired. This is just the cost. We don't this isn't a surprise. This is what Christians have always dealt with this is part of the game. Right. And so you do it because it's a way to follow Jesus. Love God mug. Your neighbor. Well, John that is a great answer. And I'm going to just pick push on one part of that answer because Cynthia observes that she that she thinks that pastors in particular have been more silent on this issue. So all the same advice. Applies the pan pastors as well. I would assume but any additional word for pastors who might be watching and listening today. Oh, absolutely. Absolutely applies. The same. It does. I I would say that pastor separate very very hard job. And one of the best ways your you can support your pastor and encourage him to have the sort of courage talk about these sort of things is when he does support him. Because when he does he'll get hammered that he's not being nice enough that he's not being kind enough that he's not being sensitive enough that he's focusing on politics and not enough or the other stuff or whatever. And if he knows that there's a group of people that will support him and encourage him to teach the whole counsel of the word of God. And what that means for us to live in this cultural moment from from grace and truth, then he'll be much much much more likely to step up. But you, but but if he feels like he's all alone. Then it's going to be really really hard. Not might be a theological problem. It might just be, you know, a self preservation problem. So we're going to have to show them the support. And then also. So they are events. There are programs right now, we're taking applications to study with us for the next year. We have a lot of pastors in that program. We have a lot of business leaders doctors you've probably heard about it. We call it. The Colson fellows program next week in DC, we'll commission two hundred and thirty four people who studied with us and are now being in mobilized into cultural leadership, many of them around these three issues of life, marriage and religious liberty. We try to connect the cultural need with people's giftedness calling and placement. So that's happening right now. And one of the things you can do is encourage your pastor to consider studying with us for a year then into the Wilberforce weekend or other training events. There's other groups that do really amazing events around the issues summit ministries and others. So anyway, I I would encourage then to kind of put your money where your mouth is. Well, it's easy to condemn our passers about they ever talk about this stuff. Help them, you know, how get behind them. Help them. You know, send them articles for them break points. There's lots of ways I think that we can encourage doesn't mean it's gonna work. But there is a place to start at least. Yeah. John. That's great advice. And since you mentioned the Colson fellows program, that's a nice transition into sort of some closing announcements that I need to may because we are within just a couple of minutes of the top of the hour, and we need to bring this time to close. But first of all, Jon, let me just say thank you for this book. It's it's a very nourishing a blue chip a group of scholars and activists as we've already identified that are part of it. Thank you and David Dockery for your diligence and bringing this group together and for producing the book that is not only helpful. But I I should add it's beautiful as well. It's a nice hardback book. And I'm I'm a word guy. I'm a print guy. So I love of beautiful crafted book, and this one is that as well. John also mentioned are Colson fellows program, we are going to have an information a webinar. This this format that we're on right now. It'll be online it'll be video that's gonna take place on may twenty first at eight o'clock PM eastern time, if you'd like to know about how you could participate in that women, are you could just watch. And learn more about our Colson fellows program again, go to breakpoint dot org, or we have a special website for our fellows, which is Colson fellows dot com. You can go to Colson fellows dot com and find out more about the Colson fellows program, and just by the way, I should mention we we've we've mentioned that lines defending freedom a couple of times more than a couple of times in the last hour. Kristen Wagoner who is in alliance thinning freedom. Attorney who argued the Jack Phillips masterpiece take shot case before the United States Supreme court is one of our Colson fellows, she graduated from that program. Gosh, I think more than a dozen years ago wasn't a John and she's put her worldview training to good use since then without doubt. And finally. Let me just mentioned that we want you to have your own copy of this book, the book is life, marriage and religious liberty. What belongs to God what belongs to Caesar edited by David Dockery, and John Stonestreet. And in order to get that copy. All you have to do is go to breakpoint dot org and click on one of the two banners that you'll see on the page that says join the defense of truth. So in answer to a couple of the questions that we had how to get started. That's a great way sign the Manhattan declaration get a copy of this book read this book and be better prepared and equipped to answer questions related to life marriage and religious liberty with your family, friends, and those in your serve influence. Thanks for listening to the point podcasts and again to receive your copy of life, marriage and religious liberty. What belongs to God? What belongs to Caesar? Come to breakpoint dot org and make your next donation, but it golsen center and the break point podcast. I'm Steve writer, do good be awesome.
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Where? It inculcates before we even have the conversation that that lifestyle was actually normal that I think we gotta start early. I think we gotta go back to creation Steve writer here again as John and Warren had mentioned, you can request your copy of life, marriage and religious liberty. What belongs to God? And what belongs to Caesar by coming to breakpoint dot org and making a donation of any size. The book boasts great lineup of Christian thinkers that contributed to the book, Robert, George, Johnny Ericsson Totta. Randy Alcorn, Ryan t Anderson Frederica Matthews green, Michael Farris, Mary Eberstadt and more. Again. It's available at breakpoint dot ORG. With your next donation to break point in the Colson center now back to John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith. Well, you can John ask a question that relates very directly to that. And I'm gonna go ahead and skip to down because I know it it's what you've been talking about. And also it gives you an opportunity to maybe a little bit more about what has become I think a passion of yours, and that is the idea of a biblical anthropology that we that that we do pretty well when it comes to, you know, if we if you say to Christians, we should study God, most Christians are not going to argue with that. But when you say to Christmas that we need to have a difficult understanding of humanity that sometimes is not an easy to connect. But can't specifically says that culture is now defining person hood in a way to discard the significance of being human. And is that addressed in the new book, and do you have any more to say about that? Yeah. In fact, you can't understand life marriage and religious liberty without understanding what it needs to be humid. So each of those topics it starts with a biblical anthropology. And why? Stuff matters. And he said camping was his name Warren xactly, right? Exactly. Right. I mean. Exactly, right. I think it stunning for example, that if you go to the great creeds of Christendom, the apostles creed the nice incre-, you know, or whatever never once is there a statement there about and this is what we believe about human beings. And the reason is is because these creeds and Christian doctrine were almost always a reaction to cultural lie. In other words, it didn't it didn't kind of occur. Like, we need to be clear on this. You know, until MARCY and starts cutting up the cannon like we need to know which books cow in which books are, you know, NAS tick. And how do we make these decisions didn't occur to say though, we believe Jesus is fully God and fully man and still air areas? Started fooling around with that stuff. Right. So this is where we're at culturally and. And that should tell us two things. Number one. Is there wasn't really among Christians, especially disagreement about what it means to be human weather in kind of the fundamental belief or the sexual expression in marriage expression of this. I mean, it was just unthought up. It just wasn't part of the radar. I mean, this did not happen until yesterday. And so now, we're at a point is the church where we got to join the rest of the church throughout history and get really clear on biblical anthropology. Because again, we don't have this conversation with the next generation with our kids with their own people in our own us, the culture will and it is and that conversation will be over before we even get in. Yeah. Eric s a really interesting question that I think sort of indicates just how closely he's been listening to some of the things that you said, John, you know, we talk about politics being downstream from culture. And yet we also say that laws do teach the culture certain things so on there's a there's a little bit of a vote and a little bit of as you say sometimes we got learned to walk and chew gum at the same time. But Eric ask the question this way. How do we balance our attempts to champion these critical issues through the political process with the danger of placing too much trust in the state? Do we risk abrogating responsibilities of as believers and his churches by relying on the state, and focusing arterial, politics and lawmaking? Yes. And we risk advocating an area that God is still ultimately over. If we stay out of politics two, and there's no other answer, except we gotta do both. We gotta be able to walk and shoot down. And and I think part of it is is the ability to understand the political process and the all the consequences of that. Right. And then you and say around Colson center, look elections matter because as single election never comes with just one figure one Senator one president or whatever it comes with a whole set of ideas, a whole set of policies and a whole bunch of other people sometimes that embed themselves deeply and make decisions. And so, but all these people are making decisions about society about how we lived life together about what we think is important about how we prioritize and so on and so the reason we got a care. I cannot be nothing. This is maybe at the root of where we go awry is that if we think. Then we are going to change culture through politics because the way to do it is through power. Then that's the first step off the bus. Right. I mean, that's the first, you know, wrong turn that takes us into the wilderness of captivity. If however we realized that politics is one way an important way that we can love our neighbors. And that if we care about our neighbors, we need to care about the society that they live in the laws that are telling them what's true or what's long. You know, we we've got a law being kicked around here in Colorado in which a transgender individual can request to get a new birth certificate. Now we can roller. I'd say that's just dumb because we disagree with transgender ideology. But it's even more than that what we can do is actually say we don't want our government to lie. We don't want our government to actually intentionally and under the guise of a falsely galaxy falsified documents, which is exactly what that would be. Right. And that we don't wanna live in a society where the government can falsified documents that would be enough of a reason in and of itself, not the mentioned it's not a loving things to do. So we gotta love our neighbors priming bond Hoffer, right? When you think about those? It's the minute was gonna follow Jesus in the middle of what was happening with Nazi Germany. Yeah. You should love your neighbor by saying Hello to your Jewish neighbor when everybody else's maybe inviting them over to dinner, but don't you think we should do something about the people that are throwing them into Couto cars and take them off to be burned to death. Answer's yes. We gotta do. Right. John penny asks a question about the schools and the because that's where a lot of the current thinking starts with our kids, especially on. How do we manage to teach our children godly views when even our schools or allowed legally to present transgender theology? And I think that this is an important question. Probably as parents, but also a Christian teacher who might be forced to teach some of these ideas against their own conscience. You have any thoughts about that. Well, it's another example, why politics matters, right because the sex education curriculum comes to the state and the department of education, and if you sit it out, then then that's the way that it goes the one where that goes forward. I think it also as you said if x teachers and superintendents and administrators and whatever that follow Jesus and we've been saying around the Colson center for a long time, again, the Manhattan declaration draws the line. We can't we can't cross this line. If you draw that line as a teacher, you might need a theology of getting fired, and that's what we've talked about. And that's hard. And by the way, you don't just need it the kidding fired that church that you're part of needs. If they allergy of getting fired, and what I mean by that is I think in this new day and age when Caesar's claiming so much of what belongs to God that Christians are going to have to be willing. Not only to say I can't cross here, and my conscience, but I can't use it. If you force me to choose this is the right choice. And then you know, what needs to happen. There needs to be an awful lot of people that come. Around and provide financial assistance healthcare systems, childcare transportation when you have a devastating loss because of the natural disaster. Fire an accident, then Christians usually do that we need to do that. When there's a devastating loss because someone actually just decided to do the right thing. And this is what we've seen throughout the church in your history. Now Vinnie's question goes to a lot of other things. It's it's getting harder and harder and harder to say, our our kids should be in that environment where that level of indoctrination takes place. Now, I will say on the flip side if the answer to you is don't engage with the issue. I wanna protect my kids from ever talking about it. You're gonna lose your kids because you need to be a part of the conversation with them. The problem is is at a, you know, a state run school. You often not a part of it until later, and that depends on the kid, you know, that's a hard one to to to to to to to wrestle with that. You're not part of the conversation. Then it's devastating. And and and one of the most devastating things about the legislation that we see come out, for example in California, and they kicked it around in Colorado. And then just punt it,
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"I'm Steve writer-producer. The breakpoint podcasts to Mark the tenth anniversary of the Manhattan declaration. The Colson center hosted a webinar with Johnston street. Warren Cole Smith on the state of marriage. The sanctity of life and religious freedom. John made an opening statement followed by questions and answers with the live webinar audience. Please note that this was a webinar in the sound quality of this podcast is a tick below what we try for. But we really wanted to let you hear John's thoughts on these critical issues. So we'll start with an introduction by Warren Cole Smith who will then turn it over to John Stonestreet here. They are. My name is Warren Smith, and I'm the vice president of the Colson center, and it's my honor to sort of to Suetake the next hour with John to discuss the new book that John has edited with David Dockery called life, marriage and religious liberty. What belongs to God what belongs to Caesar that subtitle famously comes from the Manhattan declaration this book. In fact, is a celebration or commemoration of the ten year anniversary of the Manhattan declaration, which was written by the founder of the Colson center. Chuck Colson, along with Dr Robert George doctor, Timothy, George they were the primary draft is of that document, and this book remembers on that process commemorates, the important ideas in that Manhattan, declaration and also caused us to greater vigilance and diligence in pursuing and promoting the. The ideas that are in the Manhattan declaration also wanna let you know, how you can get your own copy of this book for a gift of any size of the cultural center. We'd be delighted to send you a copy of this new book is new resource, which we think would be an important addition to your library. I to get a copy just go to breakpoint dot org. It's just as simple as that. Go to breakpoint dot org and you'll see a pop up a banner show up right on the screen that will allow you to click through find out more information about the book and to make a donation there. And also give you an opportunity to assign the Manhattan declaration if you have not signed it. Because even though the Manhattan declaration is ten years old and more than six hundred thousand people have signed the MAC, the Manhattan declaration, those ten years, I'm pleased to report that about forty thousand of those people have signed just within the past year alone. So the Manhattan declaration is still a lively and relevant document and helping us. Really make sense of life marriage and religious liberty here early in the twenty first century. So those housekeeping items I'd like to turn the floor over to John John Stonestreet as I mentioned this. The president of the Colson center he worked directly with Chuck Colson in the last few years of Chuck's live, and is been instrumental under John's leadership will sort of carrying on that legacy would David Dockery as I mentioned. He assembled a blue chip group of scholars to contribute to this book. He's also the author of many other books, including a one that I know many of you know, which is a practical guide to culture so Jon with that too brief introduction. Let me turn the floor over to you. And let you tell us what you want about this book the process, and how you assemble this great group of scholars contribute to it. Thanks, warren. Thanks everybody for being on with us today. And let me just reiterate to something that warrants, which is we want this to be a discussion. There's so many so many contemporary relevant. Mike is timely as the news even this morning with Alabi coming out of Alabama, which I haven't even actually fully digested news surrounding life, marriage and religious liberty. And so there's a lot of contemporary questions happening that are all connected to this line. That was drawn in the sand by Chuck Colson, Robert George and Timothy, George none. The answer the first question that most people have and that is no Dr Robert Georgia at Princeton. Doctor Timothy George from descend are not brothers. They're not related. That's just a coincidence. I know a lot of people out that right off the bat wanting to get that out of the way. No, the three of them actually got together. In fact, in the introduction of the book. Timothy George writes about how the story. When he was on the board of preserved all ship at the time. And he Chuck came, you know, kind of with an idea we used to joke that Chuck Colson add more ideas by noon than the rest of us would have for the next month. And he was really just kind of really good dough deep into the studying Dietrich von Hoffer, and then the German situation, what was called the barmen declaration. And he thought that you know, in light of the coming challenges, particularly in those three areas that there needed to be another statement. And so he recruited Timothy in and Robbie and then release the statement and a and a small group, and that was one of the first times that I had the privilege of kind of being in the room with Chuck and connected as kind of the young guy in the room where he wrote out this statement, and then later on of course, at the National Press Club, but went on to be signed by half a million people and the story goes on from there. Then they let me just tell you those. Specifically what we were not trying to do. We were not true. Trying to Pat ourselves on the back for the success of the Manhattan declaration. Because what does it mean for a statement like this to be successful? It's a completely I think legitimate question to say look since the last ten years has things going well on life marriage and religious liberty and to use that as a kind of on a cultural level and say, you know, what does that say about the success of the minute declaration? But I wanna be clear about what the purpose of the Manhattan declaration was ten years ago and the purpose of this book today, the purpose of the Manhattan declaration years ago was not to change the culture. It was to clarify for Christians the lines. They could not cross that when it came to these three issues or issues, and I'll talk about why I think their core shoes and just a second. But when it came to those three issues of life, marriage and religious liberty there. This was a line that that had to be drawn. And I think the most important line of the entire document which kinda sets that the logical. Name work in terms of who we are as created in the image of God as followers of Jesus living in a trying challenging cultural moment is this line. And that close out the document which says we will grudgingly render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but we can never render deceased what belongs to God. And that in and of itself is striking because when I look at okay, why then this book that's the purpose of the declaration. Then here's we're Christians have to stand niece things don't belong to the state, the state can change their mind on these things. Christians can't because God hasn't changed their his mind on it. And our conscience thoughts are mind about these things as individuals, and as the church in the world belong to God, not to the state, even if we live in proximity to the state the fast for ten years. And what have we seen been wrestling a lot with this heading into two thousand nineteen in the years. After the the declaration was produced. And it was there was kind of an organization kinda created around David Dockery emerged as the president of the chairman of the board of sorry. The chairman of the board of that organization kind of responsible for its oversight and help the transfer of all those intellectual property things to the Colson center a few years back. And so when I would David and I were talking about okay, we're headed into ten years. What does this look like what is this thing? What do we want warranted in his introduction that this is a book kind of celebrate the minute decoration that's partially true. It's worth remembering it was a moment in time kind of Evans or sort of thing. But we didn't want this book to just kind of be Pat yourself on the back. Look, how great it was the five hundred thousand people signed a document. It was that if these truths about life marriage and religious liberty belong to God. Then they have a change. They still belong to go. And you kinda gotta do the math over the last ten years. Ten years ago. What Caesar was claiming was essentially what I mean by that is legally like officially what Caesar tried to claim was the beginning of life. You had doctor assisted suicide in Oregon. So that's the end of life, but other than that it was pretty much through that horrific decision. Rovigo weighed Caesar laid claim and said we're gonna claim when my begins whether you like it or not, and that was the line that Christians course had to do to decision themselves around. But there was certainly I think strong indication that same sex marriage wasn't too far in the in the rear view mirror. There were certainly indication. Well, it it's interesting on the religious liberty issue. I remember thinking really religious liberty like this is America's is two thousand nine that rarely haven't been significant challenges. But what I think in particular, Dr Robbie George. And Chuck Colson, both understood was the imminent and edible threat to religious liberty. That would be brought by the redefinition of marriage efforts accuser. And that's certainly something that we have seen isn't. It was having this conversation just this past week with a couple of other religious liberty, folks. And we were thinking about, you know, Roe v. Wade and there's a difference between the ropy way decision and the Vergara fell decision a couple of differences. But one of them is this is that there hasn't been a ton. There's been a few. But there haven't really been a ton of conscience rights cases, controversies surrounding abortion. There's been, you know, whether our tax dollars need to go to support it. There's been kind of insurance questions certainly been questions around a an occasional nurse being forced to participate in a procedures. And they're like that there's been really rare and they've really been kinda quickly settled around employment conscience
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Now, let's return to John Stonestreet and Joseph back home. The framework for worldview in generally now, I want to get in and talk a bit more about what a biblical worldview is. And the answers that the gospel provides to life's basically to everything in life and in doing so I'm going to work through this pyramid a little bit. And you see here on the bottom are the assumptions that we just talked about the assumptions about origin, meaning morality and destiny that's the bottom of our worldview pyramid. And built on top of that is our understanding of what is because of our assumptions about how we got here, and what the purpose of our life is I have made conclusions about the nature of the world around me, I interpret facts your life my life. My struggles the things going on inside of me the things going on outside of me through this set of assumptions. That's my understanding of what is, but then there's something that follows in because of my understanding of what is I now have opinions, and I have beliefs about what ought to be. And that's where we get into these political conversations and economic conversations and family structure conversations. How should we organize ourselves? What ought to be which flows from what our understanding of what is which comes from our assumptions about reality. And we're going to talk about how the gospel works through each of these and this is the foundational assumptions of the biblical worldview. And you've probably all seen this story talked about in some context creation fall, redemption and restoration. This is the root of the gospel. This is the bible in very short form. We were created by God for a purpose. We broke it Jesus came to redeem it and God is restoring all things, and we are in the problem. We're in in that middle between redemption and restoration to a new. Heaven and a new earth. This is the narrative that we live in that we live under and this allows us to have perspective that people who don't believe that. This is true cannot have. And let's talk about how this understanding of creation fall, redemption and restoration applies to our understanding of what is and what to be. So what is what is our identity, my identity under the biblical framework? Does not come from my desires as the world tells me, they do my identity comes from who God made me to be that's unique. And so I'm going to have a lot of different conclusions about what my feelings mean. If you believe your identity comes from how you feel you will react differently to your feelings than someone who believes that their identity is part of a broke is comes from God. And that their feelings are part of a broken nature as a result of the fall, very different conclusions purpose. My purpose is determined by the one who created me not by. My culture or not my parents my friends by media or the world's expectations of me. God tells me what I am here for and other voices may tell me other things, but I have the I have the framework through which to test all things and hold fast to what is good, and I can find my purpose through what God has said about me. What is right and wrong. And we've touched on this a little bit already. But right and wrong are determined by the moral law giver, and they are not subject to cultural norms, or my personal preferences. I might feel like we we all are familiar with Genesis three in the in the amazing gymnastics eve went through to justify why what she was doing was actually virtuous. It was desirable to make one wise that apple that she this. How I'm doing a good thing. I'm going to eat this. The way we look at psychology sociology and anthropology I've had the misfortune of being a sociology major when I was in college and. If somebody's made that mistake as well. I can tell but the social sciences it's an and there are things to learn from social sciences, and I don't mean to be quite as flippant as I just was. But there are certainly things to learn about causality and how humans function, but when you do not have the creation fall redemption restoration narrative that undergirds your understanding of reality. My big take home through an undergraduate education of sociology is that these people are trying to explain why people do what they do while denying the single greatest variable that explains why people do what they do which is in the world does not account for sin. So they have to come up with all sorts of explanations for why people do what they do. And what their explanation invariably is. Because they don't accept that. Something is broken on the inside is ours all sorts of things that are broken on the outside. And that of course has implications for what government should do and what community should do as well. What does the gospel say about technology? Well, many of us are. Scared of it and I have teenagers, and I'm kind of scared of it. But the redemption part of the gospel teaches us that everything in the world is redeemable by God, everything has the ability to be broken. But everything can also be restored. And as much harm as we feel like technology is done to some things. It's done amazing. Good in other ways as well. And everything has the capacity for evil and the capacity for good because we live in a broken world. And that God can redeem and God can restore. So we don't have to be afraid of things implications. The gospel has for sexuality in marriage. Not only does recognizing that God is the creator. And we are part of the fall and the restoration and the redemption the restoration not only does that tell us that God defines the term about what marriage is is by giving us a supernatural understanding in ternal understanding from Genesis one to the end of revelations about what marriage is lets us know, primarily that marriage is not about us. Which is the great mistake that the culture is making when every. Thing is about me marriage is about me it exists to make me happy. And what's the natural fruit of this understanding, the belief that marriage is about me and making me happy like everything else as soon as it doesn't make me happy. What do we have? We have no fault divorce. We have infidelity within marriage. We have the redefinition of marriage all because of the root assumptions that marriage is about me. The gospel tells us the marriage is not about you. The goal of your life is not to be happy. The goal of your life is to be like Jesus. And incidentally, you're gonna find great contentment and joy and satisfaction. Meaning in that. But that's incidental to fulfilling your created purpose. Not the primary goal, which is what the world teaches everyone. So as soon as something no longer makes us happy. We reject it. The environment all of us in some ways. I trust our environmentalists. We'd love beautiful things we love going beautiful places. But there's a very different way that the believer looks at the environment. Then the world that the humanist naturalist looks at the environment who tells us, that's our mother we came from the earth. When Genesis one tells us that we are stewards. We are to have dominion over the creation not as overlords abusers. But as stewards of something wonderful, and we don't have to freak out week by week about temperature fluctuations because our hope is not in the turn of the earth to carry on the species, our hope is in God his attorney plan, and we have an understanding that the creation is broken. And it is temporary. We're going to be great stewards of it. But we don't have to freak out about whether the earth is going to was twelve years if they give us until the earth just collapses on it self because of our abuse. And then people in that framework are not the crown of God's creation. People are the great Perez. Site sucking life out of our mother earth. Right because we've inverted the created order based on our set of assumptions art. And this is one of my favorites. How Christians view art God by virtue of creating us demonstrated that he is a creator, and he created us in his image. So we to get to be creators, and we get to make beauty, and we get to make the world wonderful, and that fits within our creation fall redemption restoration narrative because God is a creator, and he created us to create so we get to create iphones and cars and paintings and beautiful things and beautiful experiences because that brings glory and reflects who got is government. The implications for the gospel to government because of the fall component of the gospel story, we recognize that there are limits to what we're going to be able to accomplish on earth. And so we don't try to do things that are impossible because of our understanding of human nature and also it should allow us to ride the roller coaster. It's of elections a little more evenly, right? Because our hope is not in who gets elected or who doesn't get elected. And we know the Old Testament, and we know that God uses bad rulers and he uses good rulers in. He's alternately in charge of it. And we're going to be obedient to what he's given us to do. But we're not gonna freak out. If something doesn't go away because that's not where our hope is. 'cause we know what the limits are all of this flows. From our understanding of the fact that we were created were fallen and broken. But Jesus has restored us. So no matter how fallen and broken today seems we know that there's hope and that's a framework that should give us hope allow us to give other people hope. And it's a framework that the world doesn't have which is why you know, when the wrong guy gets elected people do silly things. Right. So let's take this an imply this back to our pyramid. So the assumptions again at the bottom their of origin, meaning morality in destiny affect our understanding of what is some of the things that we just talked about what is dealing with purpose, meaning identity sociology anthropology psychology and biology. That's our understanding of what is that comes from our assumptions, and then that will inform how we view what ought to be about economics about government about our about entertainment about sexuality about marriage. And so if you if you take that set of assumptions at the bottom, and as soon as you change the assumptions at the bottom everything on top of that pyramid changes to because it's progressive it's linear. It's logical. Everybody. We are rational beings. We want to be consistent in the way. We think. Just depends on where are sumptious are. To summarize this point our worldview determines our beliefs about what is and tells us what to be. And now at the close of this, and I hope this has been a helpful like framework for how to think through issues and everything that you encounter in the world and teaching kids what the significance of creation fall, redemption restoration is for literally everything in their life, and you can begin to apply that by asking where did it come from? And what is it for? Where did it come from? What is it for? I told my kids that all the time when they're trying to use their shoes for things that they're not supposed to use shoes for right? Where did it come from? And it what is it for put it down? Leading students to have a biblical worldview. Now, I'm going to back out a little bit because we've harped on this worldview concept because that's the title of the talk, and it's really important, but we're does not exist in a vacuum. And I'm gonna try to put it in context for you. And what we have is we have life that we're all navigating there, which is full of indisputable truth things like we all know that we're going to die. That's not a worldview position everybody. I think pretty much knows that we're going to die. We're here for a limited amount of time. That's information. We have to deal with okay? Their ideas that we encounter people make arguments their experiences that we have there's just life going on for everybody. Ultimately, our job is disciples is to get to the place where we do the right thing, which is a function of our will. And I've cited there, and I hope you can read that. I don't know if John six thirty eight is what I said is the bible reference up. There fry came down from heaven not to do my. Own will. But the will of him who sent me though, we are talking about worldview here. The goal is not simply to think correctly about things it's super important. But that is not the goal of discipleship just to think correctly, the goal of discipleship is Tamir Jesus. And do the will of him who sent me. So as we are navigating life as your students are navigating life. They are operating with a worldview, whether they know it or not, and hopefully, you will help them understand what that world view is. And what those set of assumptions are why is the world view
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Should. Have seen it coming. Once you start killing people because they asked you to you start killing people who didn't ask you to the Colson center, I'm John Stonestreet. This is breaking officially the Netherlands is a safer country to live in the United States gun homicide rate is about four percent that of the US, and it's official murder rate is less than one fourth that of the US. Now, the keyword and that statement is official because as a recent report in the guardian tells us, there's a lot of killing going on in the Netherlands that doesn't involve a gun and isn't classified as murder, although it should be an article in the January eighteen edition of Britain's Guardian newspaper asked the question death on demand has euthanasia gone. Too far now to be clear. The guardian is the British left's paper record, it's a far more liberal publication than any mainstream American newspaper. So for the guardian to ask whether euthanasia has gone too, far suggest that things could be a lot worse than the public's been led to believe and the area focused for the piece was the Netherlands. The guardian found that in two thousand seventeen well over a quarter of all death. Ths in the Netherlands were induced and -duced means that the person died at his or someone else's hand instead of by illness or accident now by way of comparison during the same period in the United States approximately sixty five thousand deaths out of more than two point seven million were induced. This includes approximately seventeen thousand homicides, forty five thousand suicides and thirteen hundred deaths via physician assisted suicide. That's only two point five percent. So which ones the more dangerous country again as I noted the Netherlands official homicide rate is one fifth that of the US and it suicide rate is about a third lower. So who's inducing all these deaths while the troubling answer is doctors we've talked a lot on break point about the ever expanding euthanasia industrial complex. We've told you about how the so-called right to die eventually becomes in effect the duty today, we've also told the stories of doctors so eager to in life that it isn't clear in some instances, if it was what the patient actually wanted and still even in the context of all of those realities. The guardian found was shocking, for example Dutch doctors commonly practice what's known as terminal sedation. This is a slow motion euthanasia, we're in patients, not in the active stage of dying are put into artificial comas. And then denied all sustenance until they dehydrate to death. This is different from palliative sedation, which is rarely required procedure in which patients near death are sedated to control pain or other symptoms such as severe agitation or air hunger. That cannot be alleviated in any other manner. While approximately sixty six hundred Dutch were officially euthanized and another one thousand nine hundred and fifty people killed themselves in two thousand seventeen the guardian found that the number of people who died under palliative sedation in theory, succumbing to their illness while cocoon from physical discomfort, but in practice, often dying of dehydration while unconscious that is terminal sedation hidden and astonishing thirty two thousand now add it all up and in two thousand seventeen more than forty thousand of the one hundred and fifty thousand deaths in the Netherlands were induced while the garden was astonished Wesley. Jay Smith wasn't. He's among those telling anyone who will listen then in places like the Netherlands the line between palliative sedation and terminal sedation has been blurred for some time as he wrote in the national review since youth Asia was first decriminalised in the Netherlands, the country's doctors have traveled a very dark wrote the category of people deemed candidates for induced death has steadily grown, and while a theoretical line has been crossed officials do nothing, and it could hardly be otherwise as Smith put at the Dutch aren't horrible bluish people, but they are logical. So once they accepted the premise that killing is an acceptable answer to suffering there. Now, simply taking that the leaf precisely where it leads which makes the Netherlands a lot more dangerous than officials state stats suggest. And which makes me ask Americans is this what we really want for breakpoint, I'm Johnstone.
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Great books and other resources, and you can link up to our social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Back. I'm Warren Smith. You're listening to break point this week. I've got John Stonestreet with me and John development happened in the case. Many. Of course know that us Abebe was the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row, I in Pakistan because of blasphemy charges the the Pakistan supreme court said that she could go free last October. But that didn't happen and finally just within the last week or so the supreme court of Pakistan affirmed its earlier decision, and now hopefully, she really will go free though, she's not out of danger yet, she's not out of danger as long as Pakistan, and that's something, of course, that we've talked about on this program. We've also talked about it on our podcast with Mindy belts who has of world magazine who has her nose to the ground on these sorts of issues. I mean Pakistan is known for kind of mob rule when it comes to Muslim extremist hunting down. Christians are also known for trumped up blasphemy charges. So here you have basically infected on Tuesday. In the supreme court reviewed the case. They basically just kind of mocked the other side saying, you don't even have a case. Well, then that tells you where we're at in Pakistan. So here you have a case where the blasphemy charges didn't really hold any water and yet hussy Abebe spent eight years on death row for those charges. And so this is the state that she's in and of course, now, she's freely the country. She was even though she was acquitted back in October. She was not allowed to leave the country. And I think there's a practical level of just getting out safely when you know, even over Christmas. We saw reports of Muslims going door to door looking for her. This is a great news that the decision was upheld. She still not safe, and it also brings up something else. And and and you, and I talked about this offline and we've got to say, you know, one of the things that we've done here at breakpoint this week as we have been willing to not play politics. Hopefully, we try to praise the good when it's good and critique the bad or the critique. Lack of good. And I think that's what's happened in this case, we know that President Trump and his administration have put a hard line on immigration. And I think actually a whole lot needs to be done at the border. I don't think we have a secure border. I agree with that. Don't always agree with all the rhetoric that's used by this administration. I'm okay with the wall. I don't really have strong feelings one way or the other about it. I think the Democratic Party, you know, went from being having very clear statements about needing to control the border to now not in. There's a whole lot of hypocrisy about you know, the wall being unjust and all that stuff. I can agree with and yet at the same time, it seems that the president's tough stance on immigration has kept him from extending a hand to refugees and offering asylum to those who need it. And this is coming on the tail end, let me just be clear both the vice president and the president mentioning both in the campaigns as well as since then that this was going to be an administration that was going to stand up for persecuted religious minorities, especially Christians, we know about the famous Muslim. Oh, man. But even when that was being articulated it was like there's going to be accepted for Christians. But this administration has allowed fewer Christian refugees in the country than than than any administration. Things are not going. Well, these relieving some of our brothers and sisters who are like the dictionary definition of Silom seekers that you would want to take care of leaving them leaving them high and dry and Ozzy Abebe is one of them, whether that's absolutely right, John. And as a consequence of what you just said, it's likely that is you'll be will not be able to come to the United States at least not directly right now. They're talking about her going to Canada if she is able to get out of Pakistan. We don't know for sure exactly where she's going to end up, and as we John you and I talked about last week. There are more than two hundred million Christians around the world that are living in countries where their religious liberty is severely restricted. And I agree with you that nation is not a nation. If it can't protect its borders. If it can't protect its own national sovereignty. It is not. Really truly a nation in the anything resembling a reasonable definition of that word on the other hand whenever we've got Christian brothers and sisters who are freedom loving people who are godly people in many cases, hardworking people who are being persecuted severely around the world, and our laws prevent us from coming to their aid. There's something wrong with that too. Whether is and to me, this is a political win. That's the other thing that I don't understand is that the president has a high level of support among evangelicals and most evangelicals. I think are at the same place for. Yeah. I mean, a nations on a nation. You can't control its borders. Let's fix that problem. But offering Ozzy Abebe, and I'm not even saying she should be in America. It looks like she should be in Canada with family, and that's probably a safe place for her. And that's fine. But to not even extend the offer of a silent the ninety what's going on with that. And then of course, if this weren't in also in the context of, you know, couple of hundred Iranian persecuted Christians that have haven't been offered asylum as well, really. What's going on with this to do both is both possible? And it would be I think a huge political win for the president. It would prove that he can be both compassionate to those that are in need of Silom and also be tough when it comes to border security. Why can't both of those be true in the same administration at the same time yet is a little hard understand exactly why he's taking this position? But there you have it. And I think you were really admire what you just said a few minutes ago, John that as Christians we should speak truth to power, we should praise. The good the true in the beautiful refined it, but we should also maintain our independence enough. So that we are sending on the gospel and not standing on the platform of any particular political party. 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"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Burn. Headline got my attention a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism has now been established by science really the Colson center, I'm John Stonestreet. This is Brooklyn in one thousand nine hundred registered Kipling published a collection of children's stories that became known as the just so stories. These were fanciful explanations for how various animals acquired their best known characteristics. Like the camel's hump the leopard's spots and the elephants trunk. They were called Jessore stories because his daughter Josephine demanded that they be told in the same way each time. In other words, just so in nineteen seventy six the paleontologist, Stephen Jay Gould writing about the emerging field of evolutionary psychology use that phrase. Just so story to express his skepticism about the entire field of study since then that label Jessore story has come to mean an unverified -able narrative explanation for a cultural practice, biological trait or behavior of humans or other animals. Well, the most recent just so story I've seen announced a link between brain damage and religious fundament. Yes. You heard that right brain damage, the study, entitled biological and cognitive underpinnings of religious fundamentalism was published in the journal neuropsychological in it. Researchers went over the data from one hundred nineteen Vietnam war veterans who were specifically chosen because a large number of them had damaged brain areas. Suspected of playing a critical role in functions related to religious fundamentalism. Now is your Spidey sense going off here it should be. The researchers weren't studying the brains of a hundred nineteen random people looking to see what if anything they might find. No, they assumed that a particular kind of brain damage played a role in whether someone became a religious fundamentalist. And then went looking for evidence that confirmed those suspicions can you spell confirmation bias, boys and girls comparing the brain injured vets C T scans to those of non injured vets researchers found that an injury to a specific region of the prefrontal cortex was associated with religious fundamentalism. Now, if your Spidey senses now giving you a headache it should be. So many unanswered questions here, for example, what do they mean by religious fundamentalism will get this in this case, it meant an ideology that emphasizes traditional religious texts and rituals and discourages progressive thinking about religion and social issues in other words, you mean like every Abraham it religion, it gets even better fundamentalist tend to oppose anything that questions or challenges their beliefs. Our way of life and are often aggressive toward anyone who does not share their specific set of supernatural beliefs. The researchers theorized that damage to the particular region of the prefrontal cortex causes a reduction in cognitive flexibility and openness, this leads to an increase and religious fundamentalism. Look, there's so many problems here so little time. I'll just settle for two obvious wants I we have no idea whether these brain injured vets were actually fundamentalists or if they simply answered the questionnaires and away that led a researcher to label them that way, the lack of cognitive flexibility and openness, and what the researchers deemed religious matters might also be true of the rest of their lives. Why single out religion not to mention these researchers seem to lack a good bit of cognitive flexibility and openness to any understanding of religion that's different than theirs. Are they brain damaged fundamentalists too? And second don't lots of nonreligious people aggressively oppose anything that questions or challenges their beliefs. Our way of life some are even running for president right now. Is there something wrong with their prefrontal cortex in the just so story how the elephant got its trunk. A curious elephant wonders too close to a river at crocodile grabs. It's thin stubby nose and stretches it until the cap gets away the new long nose proved so useful that no elephant would even dream of going back to their old stubby one. But the only difference between that story and the one published and neuropsychological is that Kipling actually knew he was writing just so story for breakpoint, I'm Johnstone.
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"The more and more states. These days are lining up to participate in a national health and public safety crisis. And it's all for the money for the Colson center, I'm John Stonestreet this break on election night in two thousand eighteen while most of the nation's attention was focused on the Democrats taking the house and the Republicans expanding their Senate majority few noticed a funny smell wafting in from the midwest Michigan became the tenth and the first midwestern state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana New York. New Jersey seemed to be next in line and more members of congress now favor federal legalization legalized pot. It seems is on a roll all of this is pun intended. Stone cold crazy, the recreational use of marijuana is dangerous to individuals and degrading to public health and safety last week in a lead New York Times op Ed entitled what advocates have legalizing pot. Don't want you to know Alex, Berenson, laid out the evidence for why this push toward legalization of marijuana is exact. Wrong, the article sobering. Even frightening key to the growing support for legalize weed, roughly sixty five percent of Americans now favorite is that marijuana lobbyists and for profit companies have been blowing smoke figuratively and literally for years now about the drug safety and about the public benefits of legalization advocates say marijuana's a medicine not an intoxicant and that legalization can slow the opioid epidemic. Not true Berenson argues pointing to an American journal of psychiatry study that shows that people who use cannabis are more likely to start using opioids later pot advocates also downplay the mental health risk of using cannabis. But the national kademi medicine reports that using pot is likely to increase the risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses the higher the use the greater the risk. In fact, between two thousand six and two thousand fourteen emergency room visits for marijuana. And do psychosis tripled to ninety thousand and all those claims that legalizing marijuana would take the air out of the black market for weed. It's just not happening. Berenson claims. Instead, it just lowers the price increases availability and acceptability drives up the use. Oh, and by the way, all Uber's out there who fondly remember taking that token a concert with no harm caused Berenson wants you to know in the nineteen seventies and eighties marijuana contain less than five percent THC in general today. However, the marijuana sewed at legal dispensaries often contains twenty five percent as a comparison, Berenson writes, think of the difference between a beer and a MARTINI. Of course, I see every day. What Barron's is talking about here in Colorado as my friend. Geoff Hunt at Colorado Christian university wrote in USA today. The woes brought upon our state by legalize weed are significant an increase in drug related traffic deaths and poison control cause a growing black market marijuana related arrests for minority youth, not to mention it's proven impossible to regulate and to keep in state and out of schools for all the promises of tax revenue being generated for education one school superintendent. Retorted? Bluntly, so far the only thing the legalization of marijuana has brought to our schools has been marijuana now two years ago when I talked about marijuana on the air. Our phone lines, Email social media accounts lit up a lot of folks were not happy. So let me briefly address the concerns I heard then because I don't want pot legalized is that me, and I want to lock up all pot users. That's an odd question to ask a disciple of Chuck Colson founder of prison fellowship the answer. Of course. No, even if as Berenson points out, the problem than Carso rating people for possession is overblown and what about cigarettes and booze. Aren't they just as dangerous if not more? Well, my creek response is if they are why would we legalize an unleash another health minutes on the public. The legalisation wave says a lot about the world view of our culture one in which the state wishes to aid and abet the inability of people to deny themselves. Any pleasure that's called state-sponsored hedonism. A biblical view says the government exists to preserve order promote Justice, which means that the state has every right? It to restrict the use of a dangerous substance. And every reason not to incentivize vice and aimlessness with the promise of free tax money, if Christians truly desire, the good and human flourishing of our neighbors and communities we can't keep silent on marijuana supllies. Come to breakpoint dot org will link it to Berenson's article as well as to other resources, and please share Berenson's article with your state legislators for breakpoint, I'm John Stonestreet.
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Ronald Reagan famously said trust but verify well today when we're not dealing with Soviets. But with the news media crust, hard the bear fi is essential for the Colson center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is breaking if you trust journalists, and what you hear in read and the daily news media. You're among a distinct minority recent surveys reveal that journalism has fallen on hard times when it comes to public trust in Great Britain famous for its scandalous tabloids. A recent poll revealed that less than one in five Brits trust journalists. They are to tell the truth American journalism fares only slightly better. A recent Gallup poll found that only forty five percent of Americans trust the media while an axios poll found that seventy two percent of Americans believe that traditional news media report news, they know to be fake false or purposely misleading. It's easy to see what trust is so low we live in an era of fake, news and alternative facts. Most journalists working today were not only raised in a secular, postmodern culture, but trained in academic. Programs that were skeptical about the notion of absolute truth in the first place antagonistic toward classical norms and Christian values and yet despite these ideological foundations in about three decades running in which the very notion of truth has been questioned news media outlets. And prominent journalists have spent the Trump administration proclaiming themselves. Neutral defenders of the truth and much of America just isn't buying it. Or is a Babylon be headline put it culture in which all truth is relative suddenly concerned about fake news. But the current lack of trust in our news media is a huge problem, America's founding fathers knew that a free and unfettered press was vital to a healthy democracy to keep the government honest. And in check that's why freedom of speech and freedom of the press is found in the first amendment right alongside the freedom of religion. So given all this what can a Christian do? I we have to be discerning about what we read. I'm not saying don't pay attention to big secular news outlets after all Chuck Colson used to joke that he read the New York Times every day as penance for. Watergate still secular outlets off not be iron tire diet. Of course. Break points, a terrific supplement any Christian news diet. We also worked very closely with world news group publisher of world magazine, producer of the podcast the world and everything in and I'm a weekly guest on that podcast in a feature called culture. Friday. Secondly, not only should we read widely. We should read actively one of the best questions to ask new story is what's been left out here. A lot of time secular outlets will ignore any religious or spiritual dimension stories about life, marriage and religious liberty have obvious spiritual moral and ethical dimensions. But soda stories about crime about accidents floods earthquakes, for example, it's often Christians that are the first to run into those disaster areas their stories should be told finally and most importantly, even if we aren't an intricate expert on all things covered in the news. We can always be committed to developing a Christian worldview the bible is not only a book to be looked at. It's a book to be looked through. And through the. Scriptures. We can understand the difference between good ideas, and bad ideas. And we can better recognize that every story, and every reporter is coming from a world view themselves and to help you be more discerning, and you're consuming of information and news this year. The Colson center is partnering with world news group and return for any donation to the Colson center you can receive a one year subscription to world magazine world's editor in chief Marvin or Laskey one of the great Christian. Journalists of our time will be joining us for a free webinar on January fourteenth. You'll hear his take on navigating the news and also be able to ask him some questions to find out more about the one year world magazine subscription or to register for the free webinar with Marvin Laskey, come to breakpoint dot org. That's breakpoint dot org. For breakpoint, I'm John Stonestreet.
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"They we're all going to die one day. Are you prepared? Yes. I mean for heaven, but also have you made decisions about how to handle your medical care for the Colson center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break. So what is your family discuss on Christmas Eve, the beautiful lights may be some childhood holiday memories? Hopefully, the immeasurable gift of the incarnation and the love of God. Well, according to the online medical journal stat you should've talked about the importance of advance medical directives. Dave berry likes to say, I'm not making this up in an article published on of all days Christmas Eve stat told readers that advanced directives are a perfect holiday conversation yet breakout that eggnog if you're unfamiliar with the term in advance directive is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health. If they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity, the most basic example of an advanced directive is a do not resuscitate order. There are also more complex ones like. Living wills that. Specify what kind of treatment the person will or will not receive while. I disagree. That Christmas is the best moment for this discussion stats absolutely right to say that people should be thinking about their medical care and should be discussing it with their loved ones as bioethicists Wesley j. Smith notes, preparing an advanced directive is an important task given the evolving economics of medicine, but as Smith and others pointed out there are far more than just merely economic considerations. That need to be discussed our plans for the end of our lives all to carefully reflector deepest convictions about the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death done badly in advanced directive is kind of like a prenuptial agreement. Just like a prenup assumes the impermanent marriage, many advanced directives create a presumption in favor of death, and efficiency and an all out of voidance of suffering over the sanctity of human life, watched the language beware whenever the term quality of life as defined by medical professional. Is elevated over the sanctity of life that's inherent to all image bears. And especially look out for economic undertones in advanced directives. Economically driven decisions about the end of life will only reflect an advance our culture of death. This is especially true. When directives use broad an imprecise language, which many do language that opens the door to a purely utilitarian approach to the end of life care. And here's another problem. Many advanced directives operate is if our lives belong only to ourselves as if all that matters is what we want when it comes to pain suffering or treatment, his signature is what they think by the way, I mean that husbands belong to their wives and vice versa, and parents belong to their kids and vice versa, and all of us belong to extended families communities and churches, and then there's this year's can pass between the writing of an advanced directive and death. So you might be subjecting your loved ones to a decision you may long ago. Oh, when they have actually more information about the options than you ever. Even knew about just as a life lived impure autonomy. Never ends. Well, neither does death. Now. Fortunately, there are alternatives to advance directives and living wills one of these is what's called a durable. Power of attorney, which designates a trusted person, a friend or a family member to handle your affairs. If you become mentally or physically incapacitated, keyword here. Of course, is trusted someone with whom you share convictions about the sanctity of human life and who's prepared to act on them even in the face of pressure. This keeps decisions about care out of the soul, hands of hospitals or doctors who might embrace an agenda or belief system diametrically opposed to yours. The look I understand this isn't the most pleasant of subjects, but it's a pointed to mand wants to die and after that to face judgement, the knowledge of this should prompt us, not only want to live, but also to die as well as we can marrying witness to our convictions about whose we are. And who? Who serve and be sure to check out. Today's breakpoint podcasts worn Cole. Smith speaks with Ben Mitchell about individual decisions advanced directives and a growing threat and popularity of doctor assisted suicide again. Tune in at breakpoint dot org or wherever you listen to podcasts for breakpoint, I'm John Stonestreet.
"john stonestreet" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Aw. What is Christianity Christianity is an explanation of all of reality? There's not one square inch human existence as to which Christ who was sovereign over. All does not cry out. Ma this break point this week. A weekly briefing on faith culture will view emission with John Stonestreet, president of the Colson center for Christian worldview. Well, welcome to breakpoint this week. This is our first program in a couple years what I'll call the post stetzer ears. If you've been listening to break point this week. You know, my co host Ed stetzer, we've had a lot of fun together. And he also now has a weekly live show on radio on the weekends. And he'll be back as a guest host. But we're trying to new format here at breakpoint this week. We're going to continue talking about the issues happening in culture from a Christian worldview, but I'm going to be able to do with a whole lot more people than just Ed stetzer. In fact, I might even say people who are more cool than stetzer. And I'm so glad is not here to defend himself. Now, actually, I am. Leased as my first guest co host of two thousand and nineteen to invite someone who was on our podcast not that long ago to talk about the condition of Ozzy Abebe, the Christian who was finally acquitted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan, but his life remains endanger something we've talked about a lot on breakpoint someone who joined us to talk about that on our podcast mini belts has joined me here as our I guess, I don't know what at the call you Mendy guest co host guest commentator. Ed too. Two point. Oh, the new and improved. I don't even know if there were even in the same category. He's going to love that one many belts is the senior editor at world news group, and the author of a book if you want to understand what's happening with the persecution of the global church. You've got to read they say we are infidels mandate. Thanks for being a part of today's program. Happy new year. John, thanks for having me on January. The second on breakpoint Mutairi, I kind of laid out a set of issues that I think and they're broad categories. But and that's really what we're going to talk about here on breakpoint this week, what we did is laid out some broad categories of issues that I think are still front and center of Christian concern summer domestic summer international most of both, but let's start here. Because in fact, as you know, I do a weekly segment with your colleague, Nick Eicher on the world and everything in a terrific podcast that people should listen to every single day to get kind of a feel of the news the week. I do what's called culture Friday, and one of the things that Nick brought out is that these. Four categories are things that we could have began last year with two thousand eighteen these are the foremost important issues of last year. But listen the first issue to me front and center at least here in the US is this ongoing clash between religious liberty and sexual freedom. And I think we see it on a number of different levels is certainly was front and center at the supreme court with Jack Phillips case with the Nikolic ace, this is really the central cultural conflict of our culture. It's not just the challenge to religious liberty. It's not just a promotion of sexual freedom. But really these two things are colliding in my view, what say you. Well, exactly. And I think one of the things that that mindset that Christians have to break out in the mind cut that it's only are issue. I I mean, we can go back to the founding fathers, but a host of people since that time who've written persuasively in you, and I both have seen that when Christian freedom is not protected religious liberties are not protected. No one's liberties are protected. It's foundational. Liberty. And so I think it's good to keep in mind that what we're fighting for here is not just a ghetto 'cause or not just a internal 'cause that we want to protect our own. It is an effort to protect our country. It is an effort to protect our children and to protect those who we even disagree with on deep religious issues. We're going to see that certainly on the international stage, and I'm going to get China in just a second. I'm one of the things that confuse me about an administration..