One of the most perplexing allegations against the concept of American exceptionalism is that at its base within the tenants of its philosophy (properly modeled by the text of the Constitution), lies a stain of reason that espoused and justified the atrocities of slavery. This allegation would then make the Constitution passed by the Constitutional Convention in 1789 a contradiction in and of itself. How could a document, which is primarily geared towards the protection of individual liberties, advocate on behalf of one of the foremost examples of tyranny and oppression? If such allegations are true, then the American idea of liberty is “dead in the water” in the sphere of logic. But for all the banter that has now pervaded modern debate in academia and politics, these allegations do not find any solid footing in the historical record.
In the modern world, it is becoming more and more difficult to be a Christian. The American culture is now saturated with ideas, behaviors, and lifestyles that are opposed to the Scripture. In the past, biblical Christianity was one of the main influencers of western culture; often the culture mirrored the core values of Christians. But over time, the culture has shifted away from Christianity to the point that it is becoming increasingly hostile.
This issue, of course, is not news to Christians that have been paying attention in the last several decades. But an important question that should be asked is, “how should Christians respond to this reality?” According to H. Richard Niebuhr, in his influential book, Christ and Culture, there are several possible (historical) Christian responses. In this article, however, I want to explore two opposing Christian approaches to dealing with culture, and then propose a solution that combines the strength of both.
It’s time for yet another Constitution post! I’m excited to share with you Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1, of our Constitution. It reads;
“The migration or importation of such persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, (1808) but a tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each person.”
By Eli Holliday, New Generation Voters
America is a great nation, and that is certainly due to the freedoms that we possess. Recently, however, the Second Amendment has come under question as being one of those great rights. In light of these horrible shootings of late, calls for gun control are sounding louder than ever.
Let me first clarify my views on this subject. I firmly believe that the Second Amendment must be vehemently protected; I also believe that we can do so whilst keeping criminals from attaining firearms. Having said that, these shootings are happening too much, but I do not believe gun control is the way to solve this. Now one could say to me, “but shouldn’t we do whatever we can to try and help stop these events?” Yes we should, but like I said, I don’t see gun control as being one of those things that helps.