Category The Christian and His Country

Finding True Freedom

America is different. Our country pioneered the concept of freedom and liberty. Our Founding Fathers wanted to set up a government that was unique. Other countries had authoritarian rulers such as kings, queens, or emperors that told their citizens what to do and when to do it. There were strict social classes that were nearly impossible […]

3 Encouragements for your Elected Leaders

Leading is hard. Leaders are constantly faced with challenges that could mean success or failure. Enemies come wanting to take them down, and the people they lead can gripe and complain. Moses faced all three of these obstacles throughout the time he led the children of Israel through the wilderness. There was one particular battle […]

3 Ways to Strengthen the Core of Our Society

What is the core of any society? Everyday, I see headlines that describe awful events and unimaginable stories. Society is deteriorating before our eyes. The Bible describes this: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, […]

The Need for National Prayer

Today marks the annual National Day of Prayer. Our nation has a long history of declaring days of prayer. From its earliest colonists petitioning the Almighty for protection to President George W. Bush declaring a day following the terrorist attacks on 9/11 to “pray for healing and for the strength to serve and encourage one another in hope and faith.” […]

Religiosity in American Politics: Measuring Religious Mentions in Presidential Inaugural Addresses

Religion in American politics is a subject that is almost unconsciously a major part of our political system. Despite the rhetorical “separation of church and state,” politicians and citizens both use religion to define and apply their politics. These tendencies raise the questions of which party uses religion more and if the use of religion has increased or decreased over time. This study uses all fifty-seven Presidential inaugural addresses to determine any trends in the religious mentions of Presidents.

Religious Freedom in America: The Background and Importance of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 on Current Affairs and Religious Liberty

The following is a policy paper that I wrote as part of my studies with the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. It was written in the fall of 2014… There are two things you do not discuss in public. You do not discuss religion; you do not discuss politics, and you definitely do not discuss them […]

Is All Civil Authority Ordained by God?

There are a few items that are foundational to understanding how we as Christians should Biblically approach civil government. The first question that we must ask is whether or not civil authority is ordained by God. The answer to this question determines how we view our government and how we react to leaders and laws. […]