A recent study from a professor at Harvard School of Public Health has found that married couples who regularly attend religious services together are 47% more likely to not get divorced, than couples who don’t go to church.
The study also linked church attendance to lower rates of depression and suicide. Harvard’s Tyler J. VanderWeele told The Christian Post,
Religion is, of course, not principally about promoting physical health or decreasing the likelihood of divorce but about communion with God. However, it turns out that the pursuit of this goal also has profound implications for numerous other aspects of life, including health and marriage.
Should pot still be categorized as a Schedule 1 controlled substance? President Obama doesn’t think so.
In his long, winding interview published earlier this week, President Obama told Rolling Stone Magazine that, in terms of governmental involvement, marijuana use should be treated “the same way” as tobacco or alcohol. He said:
I’ve been very clear about my belief that we should try to discourage substance abuse. And I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it. Typically how these classifications are changed are not done by presidential edict but are done either legislatively or through the DEA.
Obama suggested that decriminalization of marijuana may be something he is more vocal about once he returns to “private citizen” status.
The president also pointed out that the issue is legally complex when it comes to enacting changes. But, public opinion on the issues is changing. In October, Pew Research released the results of a national survey that shows Americans increasingly favor legalizing the use of marijuana: 57 percent say the use of marijuana “should be made legal.” Ten years ago, according to Pew, only 32 percent favored legalization.
Some Christians are even beginning to see marijuana as a justice issue.
Last year, we at RELEVANTreported growing concerns among Christians about the ethics of the War of Drugs and the social impact of drug laws. We found some who are building a Christian case for the legalization of marijuana.
Here’s an excerpt from our reporting:
Beyond its failure to actually stop people from using drugs, the War on Drugs—with its harsh criminal penalties and prohibition of constantly used substances—has deeper problems. Its enforcement has become unjust and broken, and suddenly, reform is an issue Christians are taking seriously …
Many Christian leaders strongly disagree with the recreational use of marijuana, pointing to Bible verses that prohibit intoxication. But data is increasingly indicating that the policies that regulate it are broken. Even if someone doesn’t agree with the morality of using certain kinds of drugs, the injustice of the broken system is taking a devastating toll.
“For the most part, Jesus didn’t go around changing people through punishment and retribution,” says the Rev. Alexander Sharp, executive director of the group Clergy for a New Drug Policy. “He did it in a much more healing, embracive and compassionate way. That’s just the opposite of the War on Drugs.”
Sharp says reforming drug laws and ending the failed policies of the War on Drugs should be a Christian imperative.
The internet is a wondrous place, where people with amazing talents can finally get the recognition they deserve. One of those people is Jon Sudano, a music genius who can take any song, and sing it with the lyrics to Smash Mouth’s 1999 single “All Star.”
Adele’s “Hello”? No problem:
“Pumped Up Kicks” from Foster the People? Easy:
Alright, what about "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People? Impossible, right? WRONG:
Head over to his YouTube page to see more from our generation’s most under-appreciated genius.
As if you needed another excuse to consume delicious fried chicken sandwiches, Chick-fil-A has announced another one of its food trucks will soon be hitting the streets. The fast food chain will roll out its second food truck in Houston, which will offer a limited menu of mainly sandwiches and french fries. It’s other food truck is in Washington D.C.
The company wouldn’t say how big they were expanding their fleet, but, it’s an interesting move, especially in Houston, where there are already more than 70-old fashioned drive through Chick-fil-As currently operating. Discuss
Five men in Pakistan have been sentenced to death for burning a Christian couple alive back in November 2014. The couple was attacked by a mob of 600 people and then thrown into a kiln after burning a few pages of the Qur’an.
The wife, Shama Bibi, was three months pregnant at the time and apparently had a father who had used verses from the Qur’an to perform black magic. This is reportedly why she burned some of the pages and threw them into the garbage outside of her home.
Shama Bibi and her husband Shahzad Masih originally went to the kiln’s owner to resolve the matter. The man assured them nothing would happen but forced the couple to work as bonded laborers because of an outstanding debt they held with him. Only two days later, the mob came and threw Shama Bibi and Shahzad Masih in the kiln.
The event created enough national outrage to move the case to the anti-terrorism court where 50 people were charged for, “the use or threat of action …to coerce and intimidate or overawe the Government or the public …or create a sense of fear or insecurity in society.”
Christianity Today quoted Riaz Anjum from the Voice Society saying, “Although several of the suspects were acquitted after statements by Shahzad’s brothers, still five have received the punishment of death, which is an extraordinary step by the court.” Discuss
Our minds are currently being blown by the professional domino artist Hevesh5: And now he's constructed a colosseum made up of 11,000 dominos.
The artist uploaded some videos of his most recent creation to YouTube and Instagram claiming it's the largest 3D structure he’s ever built. It’s pretty insane, and after the initial astonishment wore off, we discovered there are few things as satisfying as watching 11,000 dominoes crumble to the ground.