Pastor Rick Warren sat down with Piers Morgan to talk about a variety of topics including homosexuality. Piers Morgan has long be a tireless advocate for same-sex marriage and he can't quite comprehend those who are standing on the wrong side of history. Morgan's argument centered on how Pastor Warren needed to change with the times. He snidely remarked that Warren had an extensive library, but that many of the scholars in his library have come around on gay marriage. How could he, a smart man, possibly disagree with popular consensus? This line of reasoning echoes the general progressive belief that "new is always better." C.S. Lewis thought such arguments were "chronological snobbery." Lewis described how he was disabused of such notions in the story of his conversion, Surprised by Joy.
ABSENT FROM THIS column all summer, I have been walking, in the words of the 23rd Psalm, “through the valley of the shadow of death.” It has been both a dreadful and a wonderful experience.
The ancient power of prayer, allied with 21st-century neurosurgery, played its part in this particular walk. The heroine, also the patient, was my wife Elizabeth. In the early hours of the morning on July 1st, she woke me up with the words “Don’t panic, Jonathan, don’t panic. I’ve got a terrible pain at the back of my neck.”
Three ambulance rides and three hospitals later, it emerged that Elizabeth had suffered a ruptured aneurysm in her brain. It caused a major bleed, specifically a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage. As her next of kin I was warned that five out of ten such victims die in the first four days. Another two die within the next 14 days. Of the three who survive, most are left with some kind of physical impairment and brain damage. Grim odds indeed.
Religious groups at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee are banned from making leadership decisions based on religion, thanks to rules set forward by officials enforcing its "nondiscrimination policy." According to the administration, "membership in registered student organizations is open to everyone and that everyone, if desired, has the opportunity to seek leadership positions."
That "plurality" became a top priority over religious freedom when a gay student claimed he had been "kicked out" of a Christian fraternity. In response, the university examined the constitutions of some 300 groups and found that several weren't in compliance with Vanderbilt's nondiscrimination policy.
The groups included the Christian Legal Society, which violates the policy by expecting its officers to lead Bible studies, prayer and worship at chapter meetings.