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This is a very interesting Q&A, where black conservatives asked their followers in social media to give them questions to pose to white conservatives, and John Hawkins, obviously a white conservative, attempts to address these questions as respectfully as possible.

The questions reveal as much about how differently we see the world as the answers. Read on! 
Its very difficult to discuss racial issues in America because every conversation tends to devolve down into some hostile version of, Thats racist vs. No, its not -- and nothing ever gets accomplished.
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A recent poll suggests that more Millennials get their political news from Facebook than from any other source, while most Boomers get their political news from local TV. Is this a good thing? I welcome your thoughts!
A new survey from Pew is putting hard numbers on what many people probably assumed: millennials (more commonly, "snake people") are ditching sources like local TV and going to Facebook for their...
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It's a choice between echo chamber and paid propaganda. Both are unacceptable sources. 
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On Memorial Day weekend, my thoughts always turn to a former commander and friend, Ray Allen Vitkus who, while he didn't die on active duty, left us too soon after a lifetime of service to God, his family and his country. I am privileged to share my memories of him with you.
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Let me put this in capital letters:
THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT.

I'm not into retail politics other than as a point of personal interest, because I find them a distraction from my primary mission, and I will not be sharing my thoughts on campaigns and elections publicly. If someone inquires of me privately, I'll be happy to give them my thoughts.

That said, it is the ideas discussed in this opinion piece to which I seek to draw your attention.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, please read on and share your thoughts! :)
All too often, conservative believers are the target of ridicule.
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Several weeks ago, I concluded that putting Christ first in my life meant I had to make some changes and put aside some idols, and I shared that journey in the article below. My next article, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Reconciliation", is probably going to gore somebody's ox, but to understand it, you need to read this first.
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I may be dating myself with this revelation, but I can remember a time when politicians and political activists believed that certain things were off-limits in the political arena. For example, Senator Arthur Vandenberg said in 1948 that "politics stops at the water's edge", meaning that the United States government spoke with one voice when it came to international affairs. That era has long since passed.

The family members of politicians were also once granted immunity from the fray, and when a political figure suffered a tragedy, especially a death in the family, we mostly showed reverence and compassion, reflecting our common humanity.

I offer this thought because of the recent passing of Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden. Beau died of brain cancer at the age of 46, a sad ending to a life of public service, including a tour of duty in Iraq. On my personal Facebook profile, I noted the life of tragedy which had followed Joe Biden's family - his first wife and daughter were killed in a car accident, and he had his own near-brush with death in 1988 due to aneurysms. I said that no parent should have to bury his child, yet he was burying his second, not to mention the woman he married for life. I offered condolences and prayers for God's comfort to rest on them.

I don't know if it's reflective of the quality of my Facebook friends or just dumb luck, but all the comments I received were respectful and sympathetic, even from people who I knew disagreed with Vice President Biden's political ideology. For just a moment, to paraphrase Senator Vandenberg, politics stopped at death's door.

I was even more grateful for the responses of my friends when I read Rod Dreher's column about Fox News shutting down the comments section on their article about Beau Biden's death because of the nastiness therein. He wrote, fuming:

"Is there anything nastier in this universe than the human heart? Is there any possible good that can come out of an unmoderated comments section that balances out this filth?"

This is one reason why I don't read the comments sections of most articles online. It's the rhetorical equivalent of a toxic waste dump.
Online commenters at Fox News making fun of Beau Biden's death and John Kerry's broken bones
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"There is a certain kind of person who finds joy in hate." ~ Rod Dreher

And they thrive on the Internet.
David Brooks and the exhilarating pleasure of spite
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"There is no such thing as safety. That is asking too much of life. You can’t expect those around you to constantly accommodate your need for safety. That is asking too much of people.

"Life gives you potentials for freedom, creativity, achievement, love, all sorts of beautiful things, but none of us are 'safe.' And you are especially not safe in an atmosphere of true freedom. People will say and do things that are wrong, stupid, unkind, meant to injure. They’ll bring up subjects you find upsetting. It’s uncomfortable. But isn’t that the price we pay for freedom of speech?

"You can ask for courtesy, sensitivity and dignity. You can show others those things, too, as a way of encouraging them. But if you constantly feel anxious and frightened by what you encounter in life, are we sure that means the world must reorder itself? Might it mean you need a lot of therapy?" ~ Peggy Noonan

The writer is taking aim at Columbia University students who believe the classic Western literature they were asked to read in class is "unsafe" for “the multiplicity” of student “identities.”
If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life, Peggy Noonan writes.
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"I accepted this revelation from the Lord of my calling with the zeal of an old actor who, just as he’s thinking his career is winding down, is handed the role of a lifetime. I rebranded my internet and social media properties to expand my ministry, and I began dreaming of the various ways in which I could carry out this mission. I gave a sermon series in my church on racial unity, started working on another book, envisioned ideas for converting the body of work I’ve done on the subject into a small group Bible study, and imagined an educational non-profit organization that would address racial issues from a Biblical worldview.

"I even floated a couple of trial balloons out there to see how they would fly. In doing so, I made a disturbing discovery.

"When it comes to race, neither side cares to listen to anything the other side has to say." ~ Ron Miller, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Reconciliation".
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Love you brother. Many of us need to speak up with you. 
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"We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn't exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children.

"...Christianity's invention of children — that is, its invention of the cultural idea of children as treasured human beings — was really an outgrowth of its most stupendous and revolutionary idea: the radical equality, and the infinite value, of every single human being as a beloved child of God. If the God who made heaven and Earth chose to reveal himself, not as an emperor, but as a slave punished on the cross, then no one could claim higher dignity than anyone else on the basis of earthly status.

"That was indeed a revolutionary idea, and it changed our culture so much that we no longer even recognize it." ~ Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

This is a a fascinating and horrifying piece. It is fascinating because, as the writer points out, the impact the Christian church has had on how children are viewed and treated in society is so deep and profound that we almost lose sight of the change. It is horrifying because of how children suffered before the love of Jesus Christ asserted itself in the world.

Christianity raised the standard for how children were to be treated in the world, so much so that even among convicted criminals, pedophiles and child abusers are the most reviled offenders in prison.

That is why the sex abuse scandal in the church rocked society to its foundations. It was not only a heinous crime, but a betrayal of Jesus Christ Himself, not to mention the families who felt their children were safe in the church's care.

That is also why the church's sexual ethic, quite frankly, centers around children. Every child ever conceived, with the notable exception of one, resulted from the union of male and female gametes. Most of the time, conception results from sexual relations between a man and a woman, but sex outside of a committed relationship could result in procreation without responsibility, leading to scores of abandoned and neglected children. The institution of marriage was designed to ensure a lifelong, loving bond between a man and woman and, should they conceive, the children they created and for whom they are responsible, ensuring them a home in which they are nurtured, loved and kept safe. Failing that, adoption - "to look after orphans" (James 1:27) - was designed to mimic the natural family as closely as possible.

We can see what happens when children are brought into the world outside of marriage. Over 40% of children in America, regardless of race, are born into single-parent homes, and in the black community, that number stands at a staggering 72% plus.

The social impact of family breakdown is immense and, for every inspiring story of a child who rises from such circumstances to succeed, or a parent who heroically and single-handedly steers her children down the right path, there are multiple stories of poverty, academic failure, joblessness, homelessness, sickness, criminality, incarceration, or untimely death.

The ordered sexual ethic of Christianity - "monogamous marriage, chastity, the sanctity of life, and the nuclear family", to quote Eric Metaxas - is not just to constrain our lusts, but to protect Jesus' "little ones" who so often pay the greatest price for our impulses.
The next time you coo over a baby photo, thank God
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"Ron's Reflections" is the Google+ Page for  Ron Miller of Lynchburg, Virginia, an associate dean and assistant professor with the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. Ron is a commentator and author of SELLOUT: Musings From Uncle Tom’s Porch. The nine-year plus veteran of the U.S. Air Force and married father of three writes columns for numerous online sites and print publications.