This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for our nation and even our nation’s leaders, but I am not thankful for how they have been behaving themselves. America’s view of its own elected Congress has declined so dramatically that now, according to one poll, Americans prefer hemorrhoids, fungus, jury duty, dog feces and potholes over congress. Even the IRS and the DMV had higher approval ratings (I am not making this up!). Congress only had an edge on serial-killer Charles Manson, Russia’s Vladimir Putin (probably exactly how he likes it!), and we can all be grateful they preferred Congress over Miley Cyrus’ “twerking.”
Recently, and for no apparent reason, a man gunned down a random college student in the middle of a crowded rail car in San Francisco. You know what’s even more unsettling? There were no Good Samaritans. According to surveillance video, no one responded when the gunman drew his weapon. In fact, no one noticed at all. All of the passengers were so distracted by their smartphones that it took a gunshot to rouse them from their digital torpor. While what happened in San Francisco is an extreme example of lives lived through a digital haze, it is an instructive example …
The Rev. Billy Graham doesn’t mean as much to me as he has meant to many other Americans. I am 30 years old, and the lion’s share of his ministry was accomplished in my parents’ and grandparents’ generation. While I have an almost indescribable respect for him, I’ve never met him and I cannot count myself among the 215 million individuals who have heard him preach in 185 countries around the globe. His significance in my life has been largely historical.
And you know what? The same is true of most millennials I know.
The semester at Liberty University was barely over when I decided to fly half way around the world to see for myself what was happening among the world’s most war torn people — the Syrians.
As Liberty University’s Vice President responsible for our Center for Global Engagement, it’s part of my job to further our mission to inspire and empower our students to make this world a better place. This year our students have provided medical care for impoverished people in Africa, taught English to young leaders in Asia,
For a theist there’s nothing quite like watching an atheist get an intellectual walloping from a preacher. There’s just something apocalyptic about it, and it most easily occurs when the atheist tries to chop up religion to irrelevancy without realizing that he is himself awfully religious.
It happened again recently at the Cambridge Union debating society when former Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams took on the best known name in contemporary atheism, Richard Dawkins. They were debating whether religion has a role in the 21st century.
Dawkins said it didn’t.
Johnnie Moore is the 30 year-old Vice President of Liberty University. He is an author, commentator, adviser, professor, faith leader, university public relations executive, and humanitarian whose work has garnered the attention of leaders around the world.