Christian View: Society


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Human Rights Human Rights

Human Rights

Read Time: 3 min.

One good definition of human rights is “opportunities and safeguards that ought to be available to all humans, simply by virtue of their being human.” There is plenty of disagreement about which things fall in this category, but some of the rights that most people agree on include the right to life, safety, and freedom; the right to food, shelter, clothing, and basic medical care; the right to bas...


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Sports Sports

Sports

Read Time: 1

Did you know that God wants us to experience pleasure? In spite of all the stereotypes out there, Christians know that God is not a killjoy or a spoilsport; he created so many great things for us to enjoy, and sports are one of them. As runner Eric Liddell said, “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.” Sports are a good gift from God. They promote health, give people a way to enjoy...


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Education Education

Education

Read Time: 5 min.

What do Christians think about education? Is education compatible with Christian faith? Aren’t Christians those weird people who keep their children as ignorant as possible and think of science as an invention of the devil? Well, no, that’s not us—in spite of a few crackpots in the news. (And every human group has crackpots.) Christians believe that education is a good thing—more than that, that i...


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Racism Racism

Racism

Read Time: 5 min.

Admittedly, Christians have not done a good job at speaking out against racism. Martin Luther King famously repeated, “the most segregated hour in America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.” More than half a century later, these words still ring true, with 90% of churches made up of at least 90% of one ethnic group. Because of this, to speak out against the racism we see in others and ignore the...


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Community Community

Community

Read Time: 4 min.

Whatever your worldview, it’s likely you see community as integral to humanity. Humans are communal creatures—family, friends, teams, tribes, etc. Community is also central to the Christian story—to the point where identity as an individual is inseparable from your identity found in community. Community is central to our story The first book of the Bible, Genesis, spells out the Christian narrativ...


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Environment Environment

Environment

Read Time: 5 min.

Environment Environmentally Friendly? To stand in the thick of an environmental debate, it would be easy to conclude that there are only two sides: Either the environment exists only for human purposes – to provide us with the supplies we need to eat, build, trade, and live OR… The environment is more important than human beings and needs to be saved above all else. Christianity has an entirely di...


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Social Justice and Activism Social Justice and Activism

Social Justice and Activism

Read Time: 7 min.

A quick internet search of “social justice” frustrates. Some people are richer than others: it isn’t fair. Some people want to take away our money: it isn’t fair. Too many people can vote, or not enough people can vote. Either way, it isn’t fair. Often, the talk confuses. It usually isn’t a conversation, but yelling. It would be easy to ignore the noise. Bottom line: talking about social justice i...


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Digital Technology Digital Technology

Digital Technology

Read Time: 6 min.

Are you reading this on a smartphone or tablet that you carry around with you every day? That you’re holding in your hand right now? In reality, that’s pretty amazing—given that just a few decades ago, this was the stuff of science fiction. Even when the first iPhone came out, its functionality was limited. But the number of smartphones and the number of apps have exploded, and now we ...


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War and Pacifism War and Pacifism

War and Pacifism

Read Time: 6 min.

War and Pacifism Outside the United Nations building in New York, there is a famous statue of a man beating his sword—a weapon of war—into a plowshare, an instrument of peaceful farming. This statue captured the sentiment of many after the horrors of World War II, which left at least 50 million dead. After all that death, couldn’t our world live in peace? However, many drew a different lesso...


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Government and Politics Government and Politics

Government and Politics

Read Time: 7 min.

Do faith and politics mix? We’ve heard the argument that faith is a private matter: faith is fine, but if it finds its way into politics, it threatens the freedom of those who don’t share the same beliefs. In the United States, the First Amendment to the Constitution states that the government shall not establish a religion. And while not contained in the Constitution or Declaration of Independenc...


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Poverty Poverty

Poverty

Read Time: 5 min.

We can’t seem to make it go away. If you are reading this on a computer or tablet or smartphone—that you personally own—material poverty is not the defining force of your life. You might be part of the 71% of humanity that lives on less than $10 a day, but you are certainly not living in abject poverty; in most developing countries this would mean less than $2.50 a day—sadly the reality for ...


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Consumerism Consumerism

Consumerism

Read Time: 8 min.

Is consumerism really that bad? We are all consumers. We need to consume to survive. If we weren’t consumers, our global economic systems might collapse and Hollywood-type apocalyptic scenarios would likely start to play out. From the beginning of time, exchanging goods to fulfill needs has been fundamental to any healthy economic system. Over the last several centuries, those systems have become ...


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Fair Trade Fair Trade

Fair Trade

Read Time: 5 min.

Fair Enough? The beans are spread out to dry in the noon-day sun. There are thousands of them, glinting under the heat rays in a purplish-red hue. They have been planted and pruned, gleaned and cleaned. After they are processed in the heat, they will be sent off to be milled. And once they are hulled, polished, graded, sorted, and roasted, they are packaged for sale and shipped to their final dest...