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Hugh Hewitt: A Divided Nation; A Free People

For more than a quarter-century, Thomas Ricks covered the U.S. military, first for the Wall Street Journal, then for The Washington Post. He’s now directed his talents on to the Framers who shaped the Constitution of this country and what shaped them in turn.

In his book “First Principles,” Ricks provides us the reading list that we’d have to undertake to get close to the Framers’ worldview. He’s not squeamish about their collective blindness to the evils of slavery. He does dive deep into their education.

Ricks reminds us that the original patriots, worked with what they had, compromised when they were obliged to, accepted defeats and moved on. They celebrated victories but with an understanding that they were always transient.

This entire election cycle has certainly reminded us that we are today a divided nation. Yes, we’ve seen violence, but nothing near the levels of 1966-68.

But we are a free people, and we’ll remain that next year, in 10 years and 100 more after that, if we just trust the guide that nature and nature’s God gave us.

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Albert Mohler: America on Election Day

America now goes to the polls, and more than 90 million citizens have already voted. We are participants in and witnesses to one of the greatest political achievements in the history of the world. America’s constitutional order continues—and it continues as the marvel of the world, the longest enduring government under a written constitution.

America’s voters exercise a rare privilege—to participate in choosing our own national leaders, charting our own national future, planting the flag of liberty in the soil of America once again.

So much is at stake, and we know it. Feelings run high because the issues are real. And so we vote, and so we pray.

May God grant his grace on America this Election Day. As Longfellow said, “Sail on, O ship of state. Sail on.” Indeed.

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Albert Mohler: No Time to Shrink Back in the Fight for Life

We witnessed a major setback in the defense of life this summer as the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law.

The 5-4 decision in the case known as June Medical Services v. Russo overturned legislation that required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital.

That just makes sense.

For conservatives and for the pro-life movement, the greatest disappointment is the math: 5 to 4.

Chief Justice John Roberts was the fifth vote— the deciding vote. Based on his opinion in a 2016 case, we were hopeful he would vote to uphold the Louisiana law.

There is every reason for conservatives to be bitterly disappointed in the decision, but we dare not let bitter disappointment turn into a disengagement from the political process.

What is at stake here is the infinite value of every single human life—human beings made in God’s image. And from that battle, we dare not run.

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Albert Mohler: God Made Us in His Image, Male and Female

A recent article in the New York Times demands our attention. The headline: “Sex Does Not Mean Gender. Equating Them Erases Trans Lives.”

The author argues that sex should not be equated with gender—because gender is a socially-constructed reality that does not have anything to do with biological sex.

But basic reality is indeed tied integrally and inseparably from biology. In sex—as male and female—we are looking at basic reality, part of the created order.

The author goes on to state: “In fact, stop using sex-based words to refer to people at all. They’re words for bodies, not for people with hearts and souls and minds.”

But keep this in mind—we are created as individuals who are a unity— body and soul.

We are who we are, including our bodies, because God made us this way and He made us in His image.

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Albert Mohler: COVID-19 and Our New Heroes

What does it mean to be a hero?

The dictionary defines a hero in terms of courage, achievement and morality. In practice, our culture’s heroes have commonly been sports figures, such as Olympians or military figures.

But heroism is really about doing the right thing and standing for the right virtues even when the world isn’t watching. Many of the most heroic acts undertaken in human history are unknown to me or to you or to history—but they are not unknown to God.

In this crucial moment, we need a new category of heroes. Today, our heroes include doctors, nurses, and medical staff on the frontlines of the global pandemic. They are putting their lives at risk in order to protect and extend the lives of others.

But the notion of a hero has expanded to those who are stocking the grocery store shelves and delivering our packages—people who are making the world work and trying to keep all the pieces of society together.

We’re seeing heroism where we never knew to find it before.

As a society, we don’t pass out gold medals to grocery store stockers or to X-ray technicians. But when you think about it, we probably should.

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Albert Mohler: Humanity Humbled by a Virus

The global pandemic of the coronavirus has us all looking at a new normal that doesn’t feel that normal at all. We’re learning a new vocabulary, a new set of habits, a new set of rules and a new set of expectations.

There are so many deeply humbling aspects of the COVID-19 crisis.

Among them is the timing: A couple short weeks ago it would not have seemed plausible that we’d be facing a shutdown of travel between the United States and Europe; a 40 percent fall in airline travel coast to coast, and a suspension of athletic events.

School children are not in class, college and seminary students are not in classrooms and—campus by campus, school by school—the populations have been evacuated.

We should all be hoping—and praying—that social distancing will slow the spread of the virus and, soon, that we’d see an effective vaccine as well.

All of this reminds Christians that our only hope is found in Christ. Our ultimate refuge is only in the one true and living God.

We knew that, but we need to remind ourselves of that—we need to share that with our neighbors—even if we share it with our neighbors at some distance.

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