Many of the most contentious controversies of the hour are fueled by Christians not behaving like Christians, by people not being who they say they are. It’s an issue of identity and of integrity.

Which is why I left the United States for a time this February. I walked away from the run-up to Super Tuesday, from the fight against the White House’s attack on conscience rights, and I flew to the land known as the “Terra Sancta” for a good old-fashioned Christian pilgrimage.

A change of scenery; a refresher course; a close encounter of a historic and deeply religious kind; a transformation — these are just some of the goals of a journey to what has been referred to as the “Fifth Gospel,” the one where the stones themselves tell the story of a man Who lived, died, and had an impact on this earth like no other.

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