Government

The Silence of the Lambs

What is the obligation of the Christian church to speak out against evil – in the nation or our city? The answer one hears, often whispered in carefully modulated tones within cloistered walls, is that these evils, like many other sins, are indeed the proper concern of committed Christians. But they are best dealt with through prayer and meditation rather than through direct action by the church itself. Instead, the argument goes, the business of the church is simply to be the church, a safe place from which to perform charity and good works, a beacon of godliness inspiring our…


Voting With A Conscience

It was election time maybe ten years ago.  I looked at a ballot someone had placed on the display table at church.  There were umpteen names on it and I asked the question others have asked before and since:  “How do I know whom to vote for?”  Today I have two excellent answers to that question. Fast-forward to three years ago.  I was walking down the aisle at WalMart when my cell phone rang.  An unfamiliar voice said, “I understand you have a Pastors PAC (Political Action Committee).”  That was a faith statement.  It was calling a thing unseen as…


City Council Turning A Blind Eye to Abortion Expansion in San Antonio

I wish I was writing this article to expose something about some important prudential issue like pot holes, speed bumps, ride sharing or salaries for City Council members, but unfortunately it is about the actual taking of human life. Texas HB 2, the omnibus pro-life state legislative bill passed into law in 2013, went into effect in January 2014. The new abortion regulations  limit abortions to the first 20 weeks, requires abortionists to obtain hospital admitting privileges, abortion facilities to meet state ambulatory surgical  center (ASC) standards, as well as requiring abortion providers  to follow the FDA-approved protocols for administering…


Adversity Uniting the Body of Christ

Thank God for the San Antonio Torch! This online magazine is not only the right format but has also arrived at precisely the right moment for the San Antonio faith community. Two years ago, we were sitting in the same pews, often in the very same churches where many of us had worshipped for most of our lives. While we dutifully read Christ’s prayer for unity on the eve of His crucifixion, it seemed as if Catholics and Protestants didn’t really have very much in common.  Of course, we recognized that we were all on the same side, applauding politely…


Texas School Choice: The Real Catalyst of Education Reform

This is for those who are deeply worried about a crisis of morality and the decline of our culture. If you believe that traditional Judeo-Christian values and morality should be taught to our children and that this will produce citizens who not only have knowledge, but character qualities that value honesty, integrity, obedience to lawful authorities, sexual purity until marriage, and a belief in God and the Bible, then school choice is for you. Under our state and federal constitutions, we prohibit an establishment of religion. However, at the same time, we allow religious liberty. In 1908, the Texas Supreme…


Religious Freedom or Freedom to Discriminate?

State Senator Donna Campbell (R-SD25), an emergency room physician and ophthalmologist is known as a feisty conservative who takes on tough issues in Austin. Her courageous leadership in the Senate since she was elected in 2012 is a testament to her conservative values informed by her Christian faith. She is beloved by many conservatives in her district and vilified by liberal and radical left interest groups. Senator Campbell does not shy away from lightning rod issues. In the current 84th Legislative session which began in January 2015, she is the key sponsor in the Senate of contentious and what her…