A news summary on issues that matter.
North Carolina Law Protects Freedom of Conscience
Good news: A bill that will permit court officials to decline performing same-sex marriage responsibilities became law yesterday in North Carolina. According to House Speaker Tim Moore, the law “protects sincerely held religious beliefs while also ensuring that magistrates are available in all jurisdictions to perform lawful marriages.”
The Value of Children in an Anti-Natality Age
World magazine features an insightful article about the growing anti-natality perspective in our culture, which often pits the environmental movement against childbearing. The article discusses the way larger families are increasingly shamed, how abortion is being promoted as the environmentally responsible, “feel-good” choice, and how those who do choose to bear children are labeled “selfish,” “narcissistic,” and “greedy.”
On the flip side, The Public Discourse examines the very real problem of underpopulation. The suggested fix? “Rediscover the importance of children.” As you can imagine, that’s easier said than done.
Comedian Makes Good Points on Dating, Love and Marriage
Aziz Ansari, best known for his stint on the popular TV show “Parks and Recreation,” wrote an interesting piece on modern dating in Time magazine. In it, he examines the popularity of today’s online dating world with his parents’ arranged marriage. Now, Ansari might not be the first person you think about when it comes to good relationship insights, but his article is surprisingly pro-marriage. It looks at the pitfalls of consumer- minded dating and too many options are having on those who are looking for love.
Kudos to Christianity Today
CT Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli pens a strong op-ed, “Breaking News: 2 Billion Christians Believe in Traditional Marriage,” which affirms the magazine’s commitment to God’s definition of marriage in light of the recent reversal-of-opinion of Tony Campolo and former CT editor David Neff.
“We at CT are sorry when fellow evangelicals modify their views to accord with the current secular thinking on this matter. And we’ll continue to be sorry, because over the next many years, there will be other evangelicals who similarly reverse themselves on sexual ethics.
“We’ll be sad, but we won’t panic or despair… We plan to treat with charity and respect those with whom we disagree, while we continue to call for a sexual ethic that, by God’s design, is one of the key ways to foster human flourishing.”
How can a family pay for college?
Parents in the ever-more financially crunched middle class should consider the wise words of a mom-to-four who managed to help her children graduate from college debt-free. Read “How My Family Escaped the College Rat Race” to learn more.
Masculinity Gets a Modern Makeover
Getty Images is an American stock photography business based in Seattle. In an encouraging development, the popular firm has released new images depicting fathers taking a more active and nurturing role in family life. The old adage rings true: one picture is worth a thousand words. I applaud Getty for acknowledging through their imagery that fathers are called to wear many hats and play a critical role in the lives of their children.
How to Survive a Moral Revolution
Dr. Al Mohler shares some thoughts on the seismic shift we’ve seen in issues related to sexuality over the past few decades. How can Christians remain faithful to God’s word? Watch this video from The Gospel Coalition to find out.