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Jerry Moran Opened a Can of Worms

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - When U.S. Senate candidate Jerry Moran was criticized recently for accepting subsidized rent from "The Family," his response was pathetic. He blamed people who "hate Christians" for criticizing his cozy living arrangement at the C Street House, owned by a cultish group known as "The Family."

Moran playing the "Christian persecution" card was kooky for many reasons. But I would like to take a look at this from a different angle. Can the C-Street run house really be called "Christian?"

I don't think so. This outfit known as "The Family" that Moran has associated himself with is not Christian at all---at least if Christianity is about Jesus the Nazarene.

Doug Coe, who is basically "the Pope" of this weird organization, tells people like Moran that Jesus the Nazarene got it all wrong.

MCDOWELL CREEK, Kan. - When Jan Garton passed away on November 9, 2009, one of the leading voices for conservation in Kansas was stilled.

Regarding Jan's successful campaign to save Cheyenne Bottoms, the Hutchinson News wrote, "Jan Garton's life story perfectly illustrates how one person can make a difference." Jan's public actions and public words are well known.

Less well known iis her poetry, even by her friends. As Jan's executor, I had to clean out her file cabinets, and there I found writing she had never mentioned. Her poems give insight into just what it was that helped her change the world.

GREAT BEND, Kan. - Richard T. Hughes' book Christian America and the Kingdom of God (2009) argues for a course correction for American Christians. Hughes, a professor of religion at Messiah College, tackles some tough questions and answers them with refreshing clarity.

Here's the gist of the book: God's Kingdom does not depend on coercion, or force, but instead seeks to persuade people into the Kingdom of God through non-violence and love. On the other hand, earthly Kingdoms (e.g., the Roman Empire) depend on coercion to gain compliance. Human empires depend on "the sword" to maintain peace. The Kingdom of God does not depend on the sword for peace, but believes that peace is a byproduct of justice. After reading this book, I finally understand the bumper sticker: "If you want peace, work for justice."

Relax, Hughes says that America is clearly a Christian nation, culturally and ceremonially. Christianity is easily the most popular religion in the USA, and the founders of our country were Christians, although some were Deists. Stated differently, America is a de facto Christian nation.

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