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Who Won the Debate? Remembering How God Measures Success

Presidential debate, Who won the debate

The contentious nature of last night’s debate reflects the contentious nature of our culture. Our politics are locked in a zero-sum game: abortion is legal or it is not; LGBTQ rights and sexual liberty take precedence over religious liberty or they do not. More than ever before, Republicans and Democrats both consider the other side to be “brainwashed,” “hateful,” and “racist.”

Why the Left Is Attacking Amy Coney Barrett (It’s Not Just Because Trump Nominated Her)

Trump and Barrett, Why the left is attacking ACB

At root, there’s more to this hatred of SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett than the legitimate disagreements and debate inherent to the nomination process. There’s even more to it than being potentially the third appointee of a President despised by so many. The savage incivility already being directed at Barrett can be traced back to Roe v. Wade. As Kim Colby, legal scholar for Christian Legal Society suggested last week on the BreakPoint podcast, the decision to legalize abortion has poisoned our political system and escalated court nominations to literal life and death issues.

How to Respond When Critics Don’t Understand Our Faith

Amy Coney Barrett and Donald Trump, How to Respond When Critics Don’t Understand Our Faith

Across the coming weeks of divisiveness over confirmation hearings and the presidential election, my prayer for Judge Barrett and for all believers is that we will demonstrate the integrity of Daniel. His political opponents “could find no ground for complaint or any fault” (Daniel 6:4), so they reverted to attacking him “in connection with the law of his God” (v. 5). If skeptics are going to find fault with us, let them say that we are too committed to our Lord.

What a Self-Described Liberal Said about Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett, What a self-described liberal said about Amy Coney Barrett

What most concerns opponents of the president’s SCOTUS nomination is that nominee Amy Coney Barrett would give the court a six-to-three conservative majority by replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, long considered the leader of the liberal faction of the court. This could be crucial with upcoming cases on the Affordable Care Act, abortion restrictions, and perhaps the 2020 presidential election.

The Privilege of Offering Hope to a Desperate World

The Supreme Court building, SCOTUS says states can place sanctions of electors who do not vote with their states popular winner

As President Trump prepares to announce his Supreme Court Justice nominee, attacks on the religion of potential nominee Amy Coney Barrett have already begun. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or independent, and whether you are a Catholic or a Protestant, you should be concerned about antagonism toward a candidate’s personal faith. Such attacks clearly violate the Constitution’s guarantee that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States” (Article VI, Clause 3). And they illustrate the fact that Christian faith commitments are increasingly countercultural.