Having lived under a dictatorship, I know the tactics dictators use to control people only too well. Chief among them is control of the media. The messaging and the headlines come down from on high and any journalist who dares to challenge the government “line” is dealt with severely.
I remember back in the late ’60s or early ’70s, Germaine Greer and many of her feminist cohorts used to appear on Australian television and “pile on” Christianity as an oppressor of women. Coming fresh out of the Middle East into the West and knowing how Christian women are lovingly treated in comparison to their Muslim counterparts, I wanted to scream at the television. Do these people understand that Jesus is the only true liberator of women? Have they ever read the Bible? Do they really know what it means to truly oppress women? Are they so clueless they don’t understand that Western civilization came into being because of the light of Christianity?
(click link above to read the article from USA Today)
This is a sad indictment on preachers in America who have been preaching a one-sided God.
My first reaction to this study is how tragic it is that people don't see God as ALL OF THE ABOVE.
The Bible is very clear that God is both the God of Mercy and justice, He is the same throughout. His two natures are like two sides of the same coin ...split it and you get a false god.Tweet
Is it a sin not to vote? First, let's define sin. The Bible has five different usages of the word "sin." Most common among them is "missing the mark." Believers are eternally forgiven and justified before God the Father only through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross. But believers also sin daily by giving in to temptations and not living up to biblical standards. That's why daily confession and repentance is something believers must do: When we sin and fail to be good stewards of "God's money," "God's time," and "God's gifts." When we fail to testify to our Savior when the opportunities present themselves. When we sin by becoming more self-focused than God focused. When we sin by nursing anger, bitterness, unforgivingness, resentment, etc.