Weekend Reading: 10/6

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by John Ellis

This past week has been dominated by news and stories about Brett Kavanaugh. If you’re like me, you’re tired of reading about it. In fact, I strongly considered muting on Twitter any words associated with the Kavanaugh hearings, allegations, and investigations. I didn’t, of course; as a writer, I kind of can’t. Thankfully, there were interesting articles published this week that had little to nothing to do with Kavanaugh. Below are some of the articles I found the most interesting and/or edifying from this past week.

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The Persecution of Christians in America

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by John Ellis

When we apply the word “persecution” to ourselves, Christians in the West are often scoffed at by those on the left. Progressives, including progressive “Christians,” retort that we don’t understand what the word “persecution” means and that we’re simply afraid of losing our privilege. When confronted with that challenge, many Christians are at a loss at how to adequately unpack it. It is true that the vast majority of us do not face what our brothers and sisters in Christ face in Iran, for example. We are not being jailed, beaten, and even killed. However, persecution does not have to rise to the level of martyrdom to be counted as persecution. Overall, the deflection by liberals is a shell-game.

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Weekend Reading: 3/4

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by John Ellis

I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from many other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, right? There is so much content vying for our attention on the internet, it’s often hard to find the diamond in the rough, so to speak. Although, there are plenty of diamonds hidden throughout the interwebs. That fact means that aggregate sites are useful, and websites and blogs that devote articles and posts to serving as an aggregate for interesting and/or useful content are likewise useful. While I have next to zero desire for this blog to become an aggregate site, or even provide daily posts that offer some help to my friends and readers uncovering some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable for others.

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Why I Left the Left: How Studying Theology Changed My Politics

This was a difficult article to write. After pitching it to my editor, I was excited to begin writing it. But, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that I may be in over my head. This topic is important and requires a deft writing touch. I pray to God that I honored Him, and that others will find this encouraging or provoking.

 

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/03/02/why-i-left-the-left-how-studying-theology-made-me-a-conservative/

Gay Marriage and Slavery: How the Left Wins the Debate Without Actually Debating

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by John Ellis

Words are worth as many pictures as pictures are worth words[1]. In fact, getting all theological, I’d like to point out that God chose to primarily reveal Himself by inspiring writers and not painters[2]. Although I’ve just risked alienating my visual artist friends, I think most people will understand my point – while pictures are powerful tools of communication, words, by painting stark images in the mind, have the incredible power to bring clarity. Unfortunately, the misuse of words also holds the devious power to manipulate. Demagogues and propagandists understand how words can manipulate and change the conversation. And while I won’t deny that the Right is guilty of its fair share of rhetorical chicanery[3], the Left is currently putting on a demagoguery clinic. For example, in the “debate” about gay marriage, rhetorical tactics are often deployed by the Left in a manner that would make a Panzer division commander zufrieden.

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