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Why the Issue of Confederate Memorials is of Significant Consequence

August 24th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
August 24, 2018

Lately, a lot of emotion has been spent over Confederate monuments in the Tar Heel state.

Silent Sam, the statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was gleefully pulled from its pedestal by a mob, August 20th. Former alumni, as well as citizens across the state, were outraged at the lawless act and the justifications given for it. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rest of the Story: Control v. Privatization

August 17th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
August 17, 2018

One of America’s favorite radio and television commentators, the late Paul Harvey, once told the story of a city that burned down, October 8, 1871.

The city from “the late winter time, all through that long, torrid summer” had been “virtually bone-dry,” said Harvey. “A forgotten line from a newspaper editorial said, ‘Unless we have rain, only God knows how soon a conflagration may sweep this town.’”

Indeed the predicted tragedy struck.

“The mighty roar of flames in the dead of night was most terrible to hear, said those who lived to recall. A heat so intense the very earth seemed to melt like butter. Beneath the towering crimson, pale yellow and white, men ran like ants for the river,” said Harvey. Read the rest of this entry »

Abortion Needed for an Abundant Christian Life?

August 10th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
August 10, 2018

In a column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate and published by the Raleigh News and Observer, the Durham Herald-Sun, WRAL, and the Burlington Times, Elon’s Professor of Religious Studies, Rebecca Todd Peters, claimed that opposition to abortion by conservative Christians “flies in the face of Jesus’ teaching that he came to bring abundant life.”

She grounded her argument in the contention that most Christian denominations allow for abortion under certain circumstances such as prenatal health, rape, incest, and the health of the mother, often abbreviated by the acronym PRIM. She argued it was wrong for Christians to be selective in supporting some abortions and not others, forcing women into “two categories – the tragic and the damned.” Read the rest of this entry »

Is the Pope Right About the Death Penalty?

August 3rd, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
August 3, 2018

The Vatican announced on Thursday that Pope Francis had approved formal alterations to Catholic teaching that clarify the death penalty is unacceptable.

The section of the Catholic Catechism which deals with capital punishment will now read:

“Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good. Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Historical Common Thread of Cultures in Decline

July 28th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
July 27, 2018

The prophet Isaiah was a towering figure in his day. He was not only a prophet of God but a tremendous statesman. A consultant to Kings Ahaz and Hezekiah of Judah, Isaiah displayed a remarkable understanding of the international affairs of his day. Sometimes his wise counsel was heeded and other times not.

Chapter 28 of the Book of Isaiah is a fascinating passage about a nation on the brink of collapse. It reads: Read the rest of this entry »

As Goes the Church, So Goes the Country

July 20th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
July 20, 2018

Earlier this month, Episcopal Church leaders, at a meeting in Houston, Texas, decided same-sex couples will now be allowed to marry in any diocese, even if the local bishop morally objects to gay nuptials.

Currently, Albany, New York; Central Florida; Dallas, Texas; Florida; North Dakota; Springfield, Illinois; Tennessee; and the Virgin Islands – eight of the United States’ 101 Episcopal dioceses – do not authorize same-sex marriages. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s One Almost Everywhere, But Not in NC Movie Theaters

July 14th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
July 13, 2018

During the last session of the North Carolina General Assembly, proposed alcohol legislation would have lowered the criteria for Movie Theaters to obtain a mixed beverage permit. Some theaters already sell beer and wine, but this would have authorized them to have bars.

As a registered lobbyist for the Christian Action League, I urged a Senate committee to reject the scheme. In my testimony before the committee, I asked, “Will there be any place remaining that a family can go that doesn’t have a bar? Will there be a public place left that’s a respite for people who choose not to drink?” Fortunately, sometime later lawmakers agreed to drop that initiative. Read the rest of this entry »

NC State Senator Gives Extraordinary Farewell Speech

July 6th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
July 6, 2018

Farewell speeches can be extraordinary moments for public servants leaving office. In a farewell address, the person giving it usually speaks about something closest to his or her heart.

George Washington warned about the dangers of partisan politics in his farewell address. Dwight D. Eisenhower expressed his concern with the military-industrial complex. And who can forget General Douglas MacArthur’s farewell, saying, “old soldiers never die, they just fade away,” and “duty, honor, and country”?

The day before the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned last month, lawmakers who had either decided not to run again or had failed to win re-election were formally saying goodbye to their colleagues on their respective chamber’s floor. Among the many speeches given, one stood out and proved extraordinary. Read the rest of this entry »

A Deficit in Honesty Equals a Deficit in Peace

June 29th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 29, 201

Proverbs 11:3 tells us how critical integrity is. It says, “The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” Simply put, honesty develops and sustains life, but dishonesty tears it down.

In December of 1994 syndicated columnist Bob Greene told an inspiring story about a teen named Rob Mouw. Read the rest of this entry »

What Would You Say to Someone on the Ledge?

June 23rd, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 22, 2018

Suicide has certainly been in the headlines lately. First was the death of American fashion designer and businesswoman, Kate Spade. Quickly on the heels of her death came that of Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian, who took his own life.

Last Sunday, I pulled into the parking lot of a church where I was scheduled to speak. As I got out of the car, I noticed two men relaxing on the tailgate of a pick-up truck. I went over to greet them and realized when I got closer that one of them had tears in his eyes. The other fellow was trying to comfort him. The man crying had just learned in his Sunday School class that a good friend had committed suicide. The heartbreak was especially intense for him because his brother had also committed suicide two years earlier. Read the rest of this entry »