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Owen Strachan: Signs of Hope in Treating Coronavirus

Chances are good right now that you feel like you’re drowning in bad news.

Here’s some seeming good news: in the midst of Coronavirus spread, it appears that some doctors are seeing a positive response to a new drug combination called, in abbreviated form, the “Hydroxy cocktail.”

In New York, one doctor has apparently treated almost 700 patients with good success. In response to this, the FDA per the encouragement of President Trump has given a green light for testing.

At Townhall.com, Kevin McCullough commented on these developments: “Use of the [cocktail] in the USA is already demonstrating life-saving results…due to the generosity (not greed) of “big pharma.””

We await fuller results from the “Hydroxy cocktail” effort. Here is something we know for sure: irrespective of partisan politics, we need good news.

Let’s not fall prey to mud throwing and cheering against our public officials.

If these reports are verified, let’s celebrate a win.

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Owen Strachan: We’re All Pro-Borders Now

Are borders a bad thing or a good thing?

In recent years we’ve seen a lively debate on the issue—with conservatives taking a pounding for enforced borders and responsible immigration policy. The very notion of a nation having borders and a careful framework for welcoming immigrants to protect citizens, has been characterized as backward, racist—even evil.

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the conversation. The same people calling for open borders are now calling for restrictions on travel. In an ironic twist that they might not see themselves, the left has suddenly become pro nation-state and pro borders—not just between countries, but between individuals.

The global crisis is giving us all a master-class in why security matters, why nations matters, and why leftist ideas don’t work. Unimpeded globalism sounds great on Twitter, but works poorly in the real world.

Borders aren’t evil.

They’re necessary—and they’re for our good.

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Owen Strachan: Opportunity Amidst Distancing

The Coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally altered American—and global—life. Right now, we don’t know if this season of distancing will last for weeks or months.

Here is something we do know: for families, this can be a time of quietness and togetherness. We are used to a super-heated, super-busy lifestyle. Many families barely see each other and rarely share a meal together during a normal week. We dash from activity to activity, missing many opportunities for closeness, love and training.

No one wants a global pandemic. We’re working and praying for its end. But fathers and mothers should not miss the real chance we have here.

Amidst many difficulties, we can prioritize the family.

We can plug back in with our children: Read good books, play board games, laugh and pray together, hope together.

This is a tough season—but if we seize the moment, we can redeem the time.

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Owen Strachan: Polyamory Is Wrong

Many people expect religious types to lead the way ethically.

In recent days, one religious publisher went the opposite way. Christianity Today ran a piece entitled “Polyamory: Pastors’ Next Sexual Frontier.” Polyamory—from the Latin “several loves”—refers, please note, to three or more adults in consenting sexual relationships.

Alongside general common sense, the piece by Preston Sprinkle and Branson Parler identified positive elements of polyamorous instincts. The desire for family, rejection of individualism and focus on community in polyamorous desires are “good things” that draw people to polyamory.

One thing is for sure: this isn’t your grandfather’s religion.

It’s a strange day when an evangelical publisher puts out material identifying polyamory in positive terms.

We need a clearer word: polyamory is wrong. There is nothing good in it.

Let’s return to the day when religious types led the way ethically.

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Owen Strachan: Do Feelings Determine Identity?

Can you change your identity?

We hear that sort of argument a lot today … that we can or that we need to change ourselves to fit our true identity. In Michigan recently, Joseph Gobrick was hauled into court for child pornography—as he was in possession of numerous images of child porn on his computer.

His argument fits our age: he contended in court that though he is a 45-year-old man, he is actually an 8-year-old girl. He feels like he is a little girl, so he must be.

Thankfully, Gobrick’s defense failed. He was found guilty for child pornography and sentenced to prison. But we should take note: though the line held here, this line is a precarious one. Postmodernity is not stable.

This court case calls us to say, in public: your feelings don’t determine your identity.

45-year-old men are not 8-year-old girls, and never will be.

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Owen Strachan: Kobe Bryant: 1978 – 2020

The death of basketball star Kobe Bryant has shocked the world—truly the world. Bryant, one of the top five basketball players of all time by many estimates, was just 41 years old. More tragic still: his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died at his side. Seven other people perished in the crash.

Bryant soared in his career. He won five NBA championships, many awards, and became fantastically wealthy. Yet after personal trouble early in his career, Bryant committed himself to his family. He was by all accounts a doting father to his four girls, and he and his wife Vanessa worked hard to strengthen their union.

As a man, Bryant needed what many men need: he needed a family. He pursued excellence and found it in his calling.

Kobe’s days are over. This life goes fast. We must number our days, and prize what matters most.

Man knows not his time.

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Owen Strachan: A Child in the Womb is a Child

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

Those words—familiar to many—come from the 139th Psalm in the Bible.

In poetic language, we learn here that the Creator gives life to every person. Our personhood does not awake at our birth; a child in the womb is a child. Yet since Roe V. Wade made abortion legal today in 1973, Americans have broadly rejected this vision. We have embraced abortion and have killed well over 60 million babies in the womb. Truly, the blood of our children cries out from the earth.

Thankfully, in our time we are seeing major pro-life gains. Several pro-life Supreme Court justices have been appointed by President Trump, and younger generations poll strongly pro-life.

Whether you’re motivated by religious conviction or common recognition of human dignity, let us keep fighting for life.

Nothing is more precious than a baby.

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