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America, Look Up

The importance of America returning to Christian principles and Traditional Family Values

Southern Baptists and the Grand Old Party


Christianity Today published an article exploring the idea that Southern Baptists and Republicans share a much too close relationship.  In fact, the title “For Southern Baptists and GOP, Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” sets the stage for various Southern Baptist leaders to express concern over the Protestant denomination’s chummy ties to the Grand Old Party.

In a comment made in 2008, then Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page said,

“I have cautioned Baptists about being lockstep with any Party.”

More recently, leaders of Baptist21, an organization of younger Southern Baptist pastors with reformed leanings wrote,

“There continue to be perceptions in our culture that the SBC is in bed with the Republican Party,”

Is that such a bad thing?  At least the Republican Party shows a bit of respect for God.

Several years ago, a friend and I discussed the Democrat Party.  My buddy expressed frustration that many in his family continued to vote for Democrats.  In attempting to sway his relatives he kindly explained,

“This Democrat party isn’t your Grandmother’s Democrat Party.”

A few decades ago, little difference existed between the parties in regards to moral issues.  Even if both sides of the aisle failed to see eye to eye on issues of domestic and foreign policy, Republicans and Democrats honored God and Country.

Today, an ever widening rift exists between the two.

In 2012, people attending the Democratic National Convention booed to keep the mere mention of God and Israel out of the party’s platform.  After the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, the President “painted” the colors of the rainbow on the White House with special lighting.  This public display slapped both God and traditional marriage adherents in the face.  Most recently, a pro-life organization posted videos of Planned Parenthood executives haggling over the prices of “fetal tissue” harvested from aborted babies.  This atrocity should infuriate both parties.  Instead, both Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, claim these video makers are launching a “concerted attack” on those championing women’s rights.

Do I claim Republicans always tow the straight and narrow?  Absolutely not!  However, at least most Republicans embrace life and traditional marriage, and for Christians these two moral issues should be attractive.  In fact, if Christians support a candidate who supports abortion on demand and gay marriage, aren’t they being complicit in those abominations as well?

I’m not suggesting Pastors slap “Support Ted Cruz” bumper stickers on every members’ car.  I understand the necessity of Pastors refraining from endorsing candidates from the pulpit.  But the issues…the issues are another story.

During the last election cycle, a church member called asking me if I’d decided upon a Presidential Candidate.  I explained I couldn’t recommend a specific candidate, but I shared that I based my decisions on the social issues.  The economy means little if we abhor and ignore the moral standards of God.

Maybe Southern Baptists shouldn’t be in bed with the Republican Party, but maybe they should at least share the same house.  After all, morals matter.

 

 

Obama’s Agenda Ignored In Kenya


I’m certain the President felt slighted in Kenya, his father’s homeland.

Though Kenyans warned the President to steer clear of promoting gay marriage, at a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Obama lectured the Country on its stringent laws against homosexual behavior.  In his remarks, President Obama said,

“When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode, and bad things happen.”

The President added that when a Government treats others differently, it can be habitual, citing his own struggles of growing up an African American male.  If President Obama believed Kenyatta would kowtow to his agenda, he underestimated the resolve of the Kenyan people.  The Kenyan President responded,

“The fact of the matter is Kenya and the U.S. share so many values: common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families — these are some things that we share, but there are some things that we must admit we don’t share. Our culture, our societies don’t accept.  It is very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept.”

Here in America, the Obama Administration operates under a different ideology, one more suited for a hedonistic socialist society.  The President caters to the gay agenda, congratulating them on their heroism, while Christians refusing to recognize the unions are labeled as homophobic and intolerant.  In today’s political climate, Christians owning businesses face the tough decision of standing firm on principle or shuttering their doors to dodge the strong arm tactics of the radical gay agenda.  The radicals rally around the mantra, “Recognize my marriage, or else…”

So much for the tolerant Left.

Before arriving in Kenya, many pastors and politicians wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to leave gay rights out of his visit’s agenda.  One pastor wrote,

“The family is the strength of the nation.  If the family is destroyed, then the nation is destroyed.  So we don’t want to open doors for our nation to be destroyed.”

I only wish our Country’s leaders embraced this ideology.  It appears many in America forget God’s handling of Sodom and Gomorrah, and with the recent ruling in the nation’s highest court, they point to the legality of homosexual unions.  Just because the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage doesn’t eliminate the Bible’s teaching on homosexual behavior.

Kenya gets it.  America doesn’t.

I never thought I’d say that.

Hillary Clinton Stands with Evil


“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20

After the outrageous Planned Parenthood videos cycled through several days of Fox Breaking News Alerts, Hillary Clinton finally commented on the alleged barbaric acts of the abortion giant.  Clinton has always been a faithful supporter of Planned Parenthood, and Planned Parenthood reciprocates with financial contributions to Hillary’s campaign coffers and has awarded Hillary Clinton the coveted Margaret Sanger award.  No one familiar with Clinton’s ideology expected her to condemn Planned Parenthood, but her loyal remarks about the organization once again reveal her bloodlust for abortion.  Concerning the undercover videos, the Democratic Presidential hopeful said,

“I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood has been the object of such concerted attacks for so many years and it’s really an attack against women’s right to choose, to make the most personal, difficult decisions that any woman would face based on her faith and her medical advice that she is given.  So I am hoping that this situation will not further undermine the very important services that Planned Parenthood provides.” (emphasis mine)

First, Hillary aligns herself with others who believe Planned Parenthood is being bullied by the right wing anti-abortionists.  Her “concerted attacks” comment illumines her intention of standing with Planned Parenthood, shielding them from the big bad Conservatives.  Actually, the “concerted attacks” jab applies to the babies’ bodies being ripped from the womb and then sadistically cut into pieces, each “tissue” carefully packaged and sold to the highest haggler.

Whenever people speak out against abortion, immediately pro-abortion advocates scream that women’s rights are being infringed.  The goal of pro-life adherents isn’t to strip away women’s rights but to rally around and champion the rights of future women.  Jesus shared in Matthew 25:40,

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

 

Little ones in the womb surely meet the criteria for the “Least of These.”

Lastly, when people stand shoulder to shoulder with Planned Parenthood, they argue that the organization provides services that all women need.  Not one individual charges Planned Parenthood with criminal action when they offer cancer screenings, but the issue at hand is protecting life.  When Liberals staunchly defend a “woman’s right to choose” and when they utilize the term “reproductive rights” that’s politically correct speak for “abortion.”  These “reproductive rights” result in over 5,800 human beings killed every week.  The only right being extended is the opportunity for a woman to rid herself of an unwanted burden, failing to accept the responsibility added by her own actions.

Now, back to the videos.  Let’s pretend through professional editing, the conversations recorded by both doctors don’t unveil barbaric practices in the abortion industry.  It still reveals something else…a complete disdain for life.  These two doctors discuss the dismembering of babies over a meal, acting as if the conversation revolves around mere day-to-day trivialities instead of practices more aligned with ISIS.

Hillary Clinton stands with evil.  Until she admits a baby’s life trumps salad and sweet tea, I refuse to believe otherwise.

 

 

Can You Spare $5?


Can you spare $5?  Let me explain why I ask.

On April 11th, 2011, our lives changed forever.

While traveling to a dentist appointment, my eldest son, Noah, complained of arm and chest pain.  My wife’s motherly intuition kicked in and detoured to an urgent care facility.  After several hours of testing, the on-call doctor discovered a mass in my son’s chest, pressing against his heart and trachea.  By nightfall, a Life Flight crew transported my son to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, a three-and-a-half hour drive from home.

To make a long story short, my son has now been in remission for 4 years.  Though St. Louis Children’s administered the bulk of his care, Noah also received a portion of his chemo through a local St. Jude satellite clinic much closer to home.  We believe in the mission and work of St. Jude.  And that’s why we walk!

In November of 2011, one of the teen girls at the church I serve, rallied a team of walkers for a local St. Jude fundraising event.  When she asked permission to name the group “Noah’s Hope,” a lump formed in my throat and I fought back tears.  Of course I consented.  On September 26, 2015, we walk again, this being the 4th anniversary of “Noah’s Hope” participating in the St. Jude Walk and raising funds for St. Jude.

Over the last 4 years, my family has learned much about childhood cancer, and we definitely consider monetary contributions to St. Jude’s a wonderful cause.  So, would you consider sponsoring my family and I on this walk?  Our walk day is rapidly approaching!  Every dollar raised helps St. Jude’s care for a child battling cancer.  If you want to help me raise funds for this 5k Walk, please click on this link:  Noah’s Hope

Here’s my challenge.  Give up one value meal this month and donate at least $5 to St. Jude’s.  I’m raising money for children battling cancer.  I’m raising money in honor of my son.

Can you spare $5?

Does Hillary Support Barbarism?


Two days ago, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into Law a bill outlawing non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.  The Conservative Presidential candidate expects legal challenges from pro abortion advocates but told the press he expects the law to withstand legal challenges, calling the five month and beyond abortion ban a “reasonable standard.”

Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to post her response to the Governor’s actions saying,

“Gov. Walker signed dangerous abortion restrictions into law in WI – without exceptions for rape or incest. Extreme and unacceptable. -H”

Extreme and unacceptable, Mrs. Clinton?  Are you serious?

At 20 weeks in the womb:

Your baby is still growing strong. Your baby weighs around 10 ounces and measures a about six and half inches from head to bottom.

His or her eyebrows have thickened and are now visible. In only a few weeks, around week 26 of gestation, your baby will open his or her eyes for the first time since the eyelids were fused closed in the first trimester.

Your baby is still very skinny, but he or she has a little more body fat, and lanugo hair has started to cover his or her body. Lanugo hair is fine, downy hair that offers warmth and insulation for your baby. It often will be shed by the time your little one is born, or will be shed within the first few weeks of life.

Your baby’s spine is pretty straight now. An ultrasound scan can even show each vertebra in the spine.

This week, your baby is growing more complex skin, with multiple layers (such as the epidermis) forming. Your baby is becoming less transparent as fat starts to develop underneath the skin.

Your baby’s tooth buds, for both baby teeth and the underlying permanent adult teeth, are now in place underneath in the gums. After your baby is born, it will take six or eight months before these tooth buds start to appear as baby teeth.

All of your baby’s abdominal organs (such as his or her stomach, liver, and intestines) are now completely enclosed in the abdominal cavity.

Your unborn baby is wiggling and stretching his or her hands and feet, however most of the baby’s movements are reflex responses at this stage of your pregnancy.

Your baby remains very flexible now, and it’s not uncommon for these babies to bring one or two feet up to his or her mouth.  (Women’s Health Care Topics)

We’re talking about a human being….maybe small…but a human being.  Dr. Seuss once wrote,

“A person’s a person no matter how small.”

And he’s absolutely right.

Those arguing the growing fetus is only a clump of cells early on in the pregnancy, can no longer dismiss the fact that at 20 weeks gestation, an ultrasound picture reveals a tiny little human being, with all of his organs, occasionally sucking on his little toes.

In Senate Hearings twelve years ago, Hillary staunchly spoke for the right of women to seek partial birth abortions.  Republican Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina claims Hillary supports abortion up until the moment the baby leaves the hospital.  Hyperbole?  Maybe a bit.  But before being banned in 2003, doctors performed partial birth abortions on babies up to the 26 week mark of gestation.  These little ones suffered the following:

An abortion in which the person performing the abortion, deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother, for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus; and performs the overt act, other than completion of delivery, that kills the partially delivered living fetus. (18 U.S. Code 1531)

How dare Hillary Clinton chide Governor Walker for extremism.  This surgical “procedure” deserves no other designation than barbaric.

Although news agencies submit questions to Hillary Clinton about the Planned Parenthood practice of selling aborted baby organs, she remains strangely mum.  Well, maybe not strangely.

Planned Parenthood contributes significant amounts of money to her campaign coffers and has awarded Hillary Clinton the Margaret Sanger award.  She refuses to condemn a faithful donor and one the President asked God to bless until all the facts are in.  As videos continue to be released to the general public, at some point Hillary will be forced to respond to the abominable procedures and possible illegalities of the abortion industry giant.  Will she stand with those who find the practices reprehensible, calling for the Government to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal aid or blame the video and its producer?  (Remember, she has blamed videos before….)

In the meantime, Hillary’s silence speaks volumes.

You see Mrs. Clinton, it appears America’s finally awaking to the abortion holocaust.  It’s not Walker’s bill that’s “extreme and unacceptable.”  It’s your support of Planned Parenthood and its complete disregard for the most innocent of life.

God Ignores the Prayers of Planned Parenthood


This past week, a video surfaced exposing a heinous practice of Planned Parenthood. “Heinous” and “Planned Parenthood” go hand in hand as this women’s “health” organization performs over 325,000 abortions per year. What’s worse than ripping a child from the womb? Carefully extracting the body cavity to peddle hearts, livers, and lungs of the aborted babies.

When the secretly taped video came to light this week, social media erupted. Many pro-life advocates tweeted their outrage and called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, hashtagging the words “Planned ButcherHood.” Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and Bobby Jindal spoke out about the revelation, Jindal tweeting,

“The latest Planned Parenthood video is disgusting. I’ll fight to defend the unborn. Support life, sign the petition: bobbyjindal.com/protect-life”

On the other side of the political aisle, key Democrats towed the political line, brushing off the video, supporting the women’s choice behemoth. Democrat Barbara Lee dismissed the calls for a House investigation adding,

“They’ve been attacking Planned Parenthood for years.”

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi added,

“I don’t know why they need an investigation.”

According to Lifesitenews.com, Nancy Pelosi once referred to the abortion debate as “sacred ground.” Normally, “sacred ground” is a term reserved for a place of spiritual significance, maybe a church, synagogue, or the ground Moses stood on as God spoke to him from a burning bush. But maybe to Pelosi and other likeminded liberals, Planned Parenthood deserves the designation of “sacred ground.”

Addressing Planned Parenthood’s national conference in 2013, the President concluded his remarks with

“Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America. Thank you.”

It’s uncertain if he praised the pro-choice organization for its women’s health initiatives or dismembering babies as they exit the birth canal.  But Obama’s not the only one to beseech God’s blessing for Planned Parenthood. In 2013, Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidates joined abortion activists in praying for continued access to abortion. Excerpts from the prayer include:

“We pray for women who’ve been made afraid of their own power by their paternalistic religion.

“We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care.”

“We pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion and childcare.”

“Today, we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion.”

“Today we pray for the families who have chosen. May they know the blessing of choice.”

Abortion activist Midge Slater took to the podium at this event and spent over five minutes thanking God for access to abortion, abortion doctors and tax payer funding for the procedure. There’s a definite misunderstanding of God, the Bible and prayer when people believe abortion rights are a direct result of God’s bountiful favor. The Bible specifically cites a prayer God refuses to answer:

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18)

Cherishing the act of destroying the most innocent of life certainly crushes the heart of God.  Abortion supporters who believe God blesses abortion are sorely mistaken.

When a reporter asked Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest about the recent Planned Parenthood video, he explained he had not seen the video adding,

Planned Parenthood follows “the highest ethical guidelines” on medical research.

(There’s an oxymoron…a White House spokesman utilizing the word “ethical.”)

Earnest didn’t know if the President knew about the video’s existence or had watched it.  If so, Mr. Obama now knows other ways to pray for Planned Parenthood. His prayers need to focus on the abortion doctor’s steady hand so that when killing the child, internal organs are left undamaged.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards responded to the video, apologizing for the doctor’s “tone.” Richards wishes the abortion doctor had used more compassionate language when discussing the abortive procedure and the extraction of “fetal tissue.” How can one more compassionately describe the crushing of a baby’s skull while protecting the integrity of the child’s chest cavity? How does one more compassionately describe the marketing of hearts, lungs, and livers….especially livers?

Certainly to abortion activists, this would be another sensitive issue worthy of prayer.

Another prayer ignored by the Creator of life.

 

When Did Americans Become Wimps?


As a kid, I played ‘Cowboys and Indians’.  My younger siblings and I galloped around the yard on stick horses, firing our six-shooter cap guns, and drawing back on our Fisher Price bows and arrows.  We yelled words like “Yeehaw” and screeched like wild banshees, while tapping our mouths.  Those were the days when kids could play.  Today, the politically correct police confiscate gun-shaped pop tarts and frown on the word “Indian” and probably the word “cowboy” as well.  I guess kids living currently play “Cow People” and “Native Americans.”  It just doesn’t have the same ring….

When did Americans become wimps?

As a child, I grew dizzy…sick…and green on Merry-Go-Rounds, catapulted down long metal slides, and sailed up into the sky in rubber seated swings with long rusty chains.  And where were these instruments of death?  At school…sitting on hot black asphalt.  Today, kids play on plastic jungle gyms and kick up pieces of rubber tire as they WALK from one minimally dangerous apparatus to the next.

When did Americans become wimps?

As a little boy, I remember climbing from the front seat of my Dad’s 1969 Ford Fairlane to the back…while it was moving!  I also remember sitting on my dad’s lap while he drove the family from home to church.  Today, if authorities or “well meaning” citizens observe small children, riding in automobiles without being strapped into a five harness clasped government approved car seat, those kids end up in the Division of Family Services System and the parents earn DFS home investigations, sensitivity training, and Sunday supervised visits…if their lucky.

When did Americans become wimps?

I’m not sure exactly.  Maybe it was during the mid-1980’s when lawn darts were banned.

Within the last five years, a school in New Hampshire and a school in New York have outlawed tag and dodge ball because children might get hurt…or their parents might sue.  Good grief, I grew up with holes in my jeans.  Not because I purchased them that way from American Eagle, but because I wore holes in my britches from activities like running, jumping, sliding, wrestling, tag, dodge ball, and Cow People and Native Americans.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need for certain laws and regulations.  In fact, I’m probably more of a helicopter father than most dads…especially since watching my eldest wage a war with cancer.  I see the benefits of fastening my children in car seats and mulching playgrounds with rubber chips, but I also see the harmful effects of babying the millennial generation.  And sadly, this effort to protect people isn’t just about the physical body.

Everyone’s walking on egg shells nowadays in fear of offending another individual.  Some colleges go to the extreme of designating tiny areas as free speech zones, and only in those specified boundaries may you freely speak your mind.  Thankfully, young people aware of their first amendment rights have fought for free-speech campuses and won, but how much longer can we count on our future generations knowing about the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, or the Constitution in general?  I mean Jesse Watters has discovered that some of our nation’s finest can’t identify a picture of George Washington or the reason we celebrate the Fourth of July.  If we’re not careful, we’re going to dumb and politically correct ourselves into the annals of nations that once were.  (Sorry, I used the word “dumb.”)

Soon, I’m chaperoning over twenty young people from our church to a raucous evening of paint balling.  I don’t know what will offend people more…that we’re shooting “guns” or that we’re a church group, or both.  In fact, this “helicopter” dad is allowing his eldest to go play.  He’s been warned about the stinging projectiles, the bruising, and the outside chance of a small scar.  He said,

“Dad, bring it on!”

In fact, we might just break into teams and play “Cow People and Native Americans.”  I know, I know…it’s offensive.  Get over it.

Benjamin Franklin once said,

“He who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither.”

Let freedom ring.

 

Are Sanctuary Cities Biblical?


For the last several days, one of the key stories dominating headlines focuses on the senseless murder of Kathryn Steinle.  Francisco Sanchez, a five time deported alien with seven felonies under his belt, shot her in cold blood on a San Francisco pier.  The young woman, with a life full of potential, perished because the “City by the Bay” harbored this known felon, protecting him from deportation because of the city’s “sanctuary” status.

Across America, illegals can find refuge in over 300 different counties and cities, but the recent murder of Ms. Steinle has precipitated the debate over whether such sanctuaries should actually exist or if they’re even legal.  Pundits expect this most recent crime and the existence of illegal havens to be a political hot potato going into the 2016 election cycle.  Ideologies range from Donald Trump’s

“send all the illegals packing”

to Fox News Contributor Jehmu Greene’s characterization of illegals as

“undocumented Americans.”

Some armchair theologians argue “sanctuary cities” are fine because the Bible says so.

That’s where the line must be drawn.

People who believe sanctuary cities are biblical, confuse sanctuary cities with “cities of refuge” as described in the Old Testament book of Numbers.  Numbers 35:11-34 teaches that a city of refuge was a place a person could flee to if he was responsible for the death of another individual.  GotQuestions.org shares the following about the cities of refuge:

The Mosaic Law stated that anyone who committed a murder was to be put to death (Exodus 21:14). But for unintentional deaths, God set aside these cities to which the murderer could flee for refuge (Exodus 21:13). He would be safe from the avenger—the family member charged with avenging the victim’s death (Numbers 35:19)—until the case could go to trial. The congregation would judge to find if the attacker acted unintentionally. If he did, he would return to the city of refuge and live there safely until the death of the high priest who was in office at the time of the trial, at which point he could return to his property. If the attacker left the city of refuge before the death of the high priest, however, the avenger would have the right to kill him (Numbers 35:24-28).

In other words, the city of refuge was a place for the accused to await trial and find safe harbor from vigilante justice.  Sanctuary cities?  Not so much.

Sanctuary cities shelter known alien lawbreakers from prosecution and deportation efforts by the Federal Government.  These efforts to shield illegals ignore the Federal immigration laws.  Republican Representative Duncan Hunter from California will again introduce legislation targeting sanctuary cities.  His bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to restrict funding to any locale ignoring federal immigration policies.   In other words, authorities serving in sanctuary cities would be once again authorized and instructed to question the

“citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”

Of course this outrages the far left , those who are unapologetically politically correct, and those who fear “targeting” of minorities.

This tragic murder exposed the very real problem of Sanctuary Cities harboring convicted felons with non-citizen status.  Even Democrats once on record for supporting such cities are backpedaling….and fast.
Oh…and those pointing out Scripture to support asylum for illegal aliens?  Well, that’s just laughable…

 

What Bible Has Jimmy Carter Been Reading?


I’m not sure what Bible Jimmy Carter’s been reading, but concerning gay marriage, the former President said this:

“I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture. … I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” he said.

So, would Jesus really support same sex marriage?

First, let me be perfectly clear. God loves gay people. How do I know? Well, John 3:16 states,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Note, God fails to insert an asterisk or add a disclaimer. No Christian familiar with the teachings of the Bible argues God’s love for all people.

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

But God’s love for people does not change His views on morality.  God’s view of sin doesn’t evolve.

When thinking about how Jesus handled the issue of sin in people’s lives, I often cite the story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus demonstrates the model of

‘Hate the sin, love the sinner.’

One day as Jesus taught, religious leaders dragged a woman from the bed of an adulterous liaison and dumped her at the Master’s feet. The religious leaders circled, spewing judgment on the woman, reminding Jesus and all within earshot about the Law. For her infidelity, she deserved the prescribed punishment – a public stoning.

In response to their vitriol, Jesus stooped and scrawled something in the dirt, then stood and challenged,

“You who are sinless cast the first stone.”

I’ve often wondered what Jesus wrote. I doubt He wasted His time on doodling stick figures. I wonder if He jotted a list of sins with which these men struggled. Maybe He wrote the words, “pride,” lust,” or the word that labeled the actions of the religious leaders – “entrapment.” (How did these men know about this woman’s indiscretion and the ability to catch her in the arms of a man not her husband?)

As these men cast aspersions at the woman and questioned Jesus’ handling of the situation, I imagine their words trailed off as they watched Jesus write. If Jesus enumerated a list of transgressions, as each man’s besetting sin appeared, the Spirit of God pricked their hearts. When He stood to authorize the first hurled stone, each dropped his rocks, slinking away. Jesus asked,

“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?

“No one sir,” she replied

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.

Those demanding acceptance of ungodly lifestyles, quote only the first part of Jesus’s statement, adding:

“See Christians, Jesus didn’t condemn and neither should you!”

But what many conveniently ignore is that Jesus added the following exhortation,

“Go and leave your life of sin.”

Jesus would say the same thing to a gay couple seeking Christ’s approval for a same sex marriage today.

Arm chair theologians argue Jesus never addressed same sex marriage, thereby claiming homosexual unions are left up to the discretion of the people choosing them.  Granted, in the Gospels we find no mention of gay unions, but Jesus does address the definition of Biblical marriage.  In Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus says,

“And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH ‘?”So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”…

Jesus doesn’t add,

“Oh and that’s why men marry each other and women marry each other as well.”

That’s not God’s standard for marriage.

Obviously, Jimmy Carter supports the ruling of the Supreme Court and the edict for all states to acknowledge same sex marriage.  Sadly, the Left fails to see this as a governmental overreach and a threat to exercising religious freedom.  And though the highest court in the land has vacated Christian principles, nowhere is it written that a Christian’s morals and conscience are to be abandoned once vacating the shadow of the steeple.  If the Government resorts to stripping Churches of their tax exempt status for failing to recognize same sex marriage, they’re gambling with America’s future…but God’s holding all of the cards.

Jimmy Carter holds the distinction of being a former United States President, but God’s not so impressed that He takes Carter’s view of Scripture into advisement. The Host of Heaven will never hear God say,

“Gabriel, I’ve been wrong about homosexuality…In fact, ‘Modern Family’ and Jimmy Carter changed my view…”

Nor will God’s view evolve on adultery, pre-marital sex, pedophilia, rape, incest, etc.

“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  Hebrews 13:7-8

Who is Jesus?  According to John chapter one, He is the very “Word” of God.  In other words, the Word of God does not change or evolve to cater to the whims of those looking for a lifestyle to be sanctioned.

Simply put, no Mr. President, Jesus would not approve of same sex marriage.

This Morning I Cried


This morning as I scrolled Facebook, I clicked on a YouTube video, posted by a friend, of the Gaither Vocal Band.  The group delivered a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.  Their tight harmonies accompanied a moving patriotic video.  As I watched, I swallowed back a lump gathering in my throat.  Then tears welled in my eyes and soon dampened my cheeks.  Yes, I’m an emotional guy, and yes, occasionally a beautifully sung song (or a “Little House” episode) moves me to tears, but neither was the reason this morning.

This morning I cried for America.

I remember the Presidencies of Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II. Under these men (even Clinton), I felt more secure in America’s future than I do now.  On 9/11, I watched in horror as planes torpedoed into the World Trade Center, but not once did I doubt America’s ability to rebuild and to stand resolute.  I remember watching proudly as George W. Bush stood on a mound of rubble proclaiming,

I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

Now our Country’s too busy drawing and re-drawing red lines.  Honestly, I don’t know how this current Administration would respond to another mass attack.  Would they offer the terrorists jobs? Or hugs? Label the event as workplace violence? Or would they hold a press conference to warn Americans to refrain from calling this Islamic terrorism?  Granted, this is sarcastic in nature, but how many of us really trust the current leadership in Washington to do what’s best for America?

American Enterprise Institute published a public opinion report evaluating Americans’ level of patriotism. One of the most astounding and disappointing results was the following:

Americans aren’t as proud of their country as some citizens in other countries are of their own nations. According to a World Values Survey, 98 percent of citizens in Qatar claimed to be “very proud” of their nationality. However, only 56 percent of Americans responded positively in this category.

Qatar?  Are you kidding me?  In Qatar, only Muslims can express their religion publicly, all others must conduct worship services in private homes.  Those leaving the Muslim faith face imprisonment or death.  And yet, 98% of those living in Qatar are proud of their country….How can this be?

Everyday we read of new crippling policies, court judgments, or another round of decisions being written into law by an overreaching “pen and phone.”  The Church sits on the precipice of being made obsolete as the government now attempts to shoulder the responsibility of dictating what is and isn’t sinful.  And now innoucuous entertainment is banned because of a flag that Liberals find offensive.  Many Conservative people are cowering in the shadows, fearful of offending the PC police or being investigated by rogue government agencies.  I wish the above was hyperbole, but that’s the America we currently reside in.

That’s why I cried.

I’m not weeping for myself, but for my family, especially my kids. Unless America rights this ship and charts a new course, what will our future generations face? If we’re not careful, in a few decades, America will be nothing more than a footnote in the pages of history. The Founding Fathers sacrificed too much for this to be our Country’s outcome. Too many brave men and women have paid the ultimate price on the world’s battlefields for us to surrender our freedoms to ideologies intent on destroying American exceptionalism.

At times I feel like Elijah.  After a God-given victory against the prophets of Baal, he fled from another enemy…the Queen.  He moaned that no one else was standing for God.  He thought himself to be all alone.  He suffered from a

“nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m just going to go eat worms”

mentality.  God reminded Elijah that there were 7,000 others who had yet to bow their knees to false gods.  Occasionally, the filthy haze of America’s ills conceals the possibility of the United States rising from the ashes to greatness again.  That’s not an impossibility. But for that to happen, America must turn wholeheartedly to God and remember the encouraging words of President Ronald Reagan,

“We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”

Keep standing Patriots, and may God once again bless the United States of America.

 

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