1/27/2014 6:00:00 PM
here are many positive aspects to social media and other forms of electronic communication. But they also have at least one
clear downside: the relative anonymity that comes along with an online presence has allowed us to be startlingly and, at times,
disgustingly uncivil with others.
To see what I mean you don’t have to go any farther than a topical discussion board or the comments page for any online news or
opinion piece on the Web. There you’ll see what are probably pretty ordinary folks acting condescending, boorish and many other
kinds of awful toward their fellow man.
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Lately I’ve seen these people feverishly objecting to any suggestion that all life is worth defending, that marriage should remain
the union of one man and one woman that it obviously is, and that the First Amendment provides absolute protection from government
intrusion into the way one practices his or her faith. And they rely on the tired idea that “Jesus never talked about
_______________________(fill in the blank).”
What they hope to achieve by this, of course, is to shut you up. Those of us who proclaim that abortion is wrong, that marriage
is correctly defined only as the union of one man and one woman and that religious liberties are virtually absolute are just out
of luck, you see, because Jesus never talked about abortion or homosexuality or contraception.
You can almost see these folks folding their arms across their chest and looking smug, as though they had played a trump card that
has won them the argument. But they haven’t because Jesus did address these situations, by affirming God’s law as expressed in the
Old Testament. So the “Jesus never said anything about that” argument only works on people who are wholly unfamiliar with
Scripture. You don’t have to be a biblical scholar to see the fatal flaw in their argument.Read More