Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the masterminds behind Obamacare, has now explained that he wishes to die at age 75. In an article in The Atlantic, Emanuel writes, "Seventy-five. That's how long I want to live: 75 years." He explains that his daughters disagree; so do his brothers and his friends. But, he says, "I am sure of my position...here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived."
There they go again.
The New York Times Book Review, which has a history of belatedly recognizing conservative bestsellers, has banished conservative legal author David Limbaugh's latest, Jesus on Trial, from its upcoming best seller list despite having sales better than 17 other books on the list.
Yet, despite the fact that the God of the Bible clearly establishes His credentials as the one and only true God by pointing to and emphasizing His prophetic powers, the Church has a sad heritage of both ignoring and abusing prophecy.
In fact, there is probably no other portion of the Bible that has been more ignored and abused in the Christian heritage than the prophetic scriptures.
Prophecy has been abused by apostates, spiritualizers, and fanatics.
There's a feel-good video going viral that shows Marines at Camp Pendleton exuberantly singing "Days of Elijah," an upbeat Christian worship song about hope and redemption.
The men, who wave their hands in unison sporadically and shout, "Oorah!" as they sing the praise and worship song, were apparently gathered over the weekend for a Christian service at the California military installation.
A description of the video, which was first posted to Facebook Sunday by a woman named Merrie Pardee Baldwin, reads, "Participatory worship. I love how excited the men get to sing this song & the camaraderie."
Christians in limbo have few options here.
Refugee children are everywhere, playing and roughhousing and running and crying and proudly reciting English alphabets for visitors and even somehow sleeping amid the din. Some clamber giggling up steep flights of cement stairways that have no railings, and their parents don't blink: For Iraq's Christians, this grim setting is as close to safe as it gets of late.
No matter how the end time scenario unfolds, we know that Islamists are looking to establish a global caliphate and that many Muslims expect Mahdi to return to set up his kingdom. The violent aspirations of Islam are all too real. In areas where Islamists dominate....fear, oppression, bloodshed, suffering, and murder follow close behind. In Chad, Mali, and Nigeria, Islamists are burning churches, raping women, and murdering anyone who won't submit to them. In Iraq they are burying people alive for not converting to Islam. Christians among others are being beheaded for not bowing the knee to Islam.
For all the 'activity' of the 26 countries in the coalition, there has been remarkably little offered in the way of concrete support.
As U.S. jets pounded Islamic State positions north of Baghdad this week, diplomats pondered their options in Paris. U.S. President Barack Obama has stressed the importance of a collaborative global effort to combat the Islamic State (commonly known as ISIS and ISIL) which has been rampaging across much of Iraq and Syria, slaughtering as they go.
The president said, "American military power is unmatched, but this can't be America's fight alone." He want to build an international coalition which will come together to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State. But based on the reactions of international leaders, he has yet to receive any concrete commitments to take an active part in the military campaign against the Islamic State.
If we could question those Americans who have gone to fight with jihadists, it would be interesting to see what they were taught in school and how they came to hate America so much. Meanwhile, we had better get back to teaching the current and future generations what we used to teach, or risk losing not only them, but the entire nation.
Third, with the advent of the Internet and instant world communication, not to mention our ability to blow up the entire planet with our nuclear armaments, we are living in unique and unprecedented times in which the potential for good or evil has been exponentially multiplied.
On top of all this is the fact that we all have only one life to live, and then we step into eternity.
For me, this means increased sobriety, increased commitment and increased faith. Nothing else makes sense, whether Jesus is returning in 10 years or 100 years.