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The present political situation in the United States raises an interesting question.  Once more, the highly emotional issue of a Catholic running for President rages on the American scene.  Ever since Catholic, Al Smith lost to Herbert Hoover in 1928; the consensus has been that a similar endeavor would amount to political suicide for the Catholic candidate.  Such predictions have not terrified Jack Kennedy, and so there is a strong possibility that the 1960

Presidential election will include a Catholic candidate.  What should the attitude of the Protestant Reformed voter be?

In order to gain the perspective of young people on the controversy, Beacon Lights presented the topic, “May Protestant Reformed Voters choose a Catholic for President?”, to the Redlands Young People’s Society.  The general opinion of the society was that great deal of the propaganda circulating on the matter out to be ignored.  Vague insinuations are made to the Inquisition.  The character of the Romish Church of Medieval times is referred to. Conjectures are made of the Pope flying in from Rome to direct United States affairs from atop the Washington Monument.

Examination of modern Catholicism and the expressions of the candidates themselves reveal this to be the proper attitude to assume:  the spheres of church and state must be kept separate.  This means that religious prejudices ought to be kept out of the voting process.  The fact that the name Roman Catholic results in more mental emotional activity  does not mean that a modern Roman Catholic will make a less capable president than a Unitarian or Episcopalian.  Nor will a Catholic’s governmental  policies  be less compatible with Protestant Reformed belief than those of other candidates of other churches.  Potential voters should weigh carefully the respective merits and qualities of each nominee as far as the sphere of statesmanship is concerned.  Even in the unlikely case of two Catholic opposing each other, no one is justified in refusing to cast the ballot.

The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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