Jim Denison on the Irony of Sacrificial Courage

An intoxicated man fell onto a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) track in Oakland last Sunday afternoon. He landed in front of an approaching train. A BART employee named John O’Connor grabbed him by the shoulders and pulled him to safety.

The now-viral video shows how close the man came to death.

We are all in this story. We are the man who is about to die, or the man who did what he could to save him, or the people who did not try to help.

“THE ANTAGONISM BETWEEN LIFE AND CONSCIENCE”

I recently read a statement by Randy Alcorn that has bothered me ever since. He quoted Leo Tolstoy: “The antagonism between life and conscience may be removed either by a change of life or by a change of conscience.”

Alcorn then commented: “Many of us have elected to adjust our consciences rather than our lives. Our powers of rationalization are unlimited. They allow us to live in luxury and indifference while others, whom we could help if we chose to, starve and go to hell.”

His assessment seems harsh. Surely, I would not let someone starve or go to hell if I could help them. But Alcorn forces me to ask: Am I giving all I should to help those who are starving? Am I doing all I should to share Christ with those who are going to hell?

Are you?

“LET’S CALL ‘RELIGIOUS FREEDOM’ BY ITS REAL NAME”

I’m not sure Christians in America have ever been as tempted to privatize our faith as we are today.

I wrote yesterday about the Trump administration’s new proposal that would allow Christian charities who affirm biblical marriage to arrange adoptions for at-risk children. An article in the Daily Beast responds with this headline: “Let’s Call ‘Religious Freedom’ by Its Real Name: Poisonous, Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry.”

In similar news, the D. James Kennedy Ministries, a Christian media ministry founded in 1974, has been labeled a “hate” group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The reason: the ministry stands for traditional marriage.

Its president told reporters, “They put us right next to the neo-Nazis. Right next to the skinheads. Right next to the Ku Klux Klan.”

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Source: Christian Headlines