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February 2014

Business Owners Have Religious Freedoms Too


American culture’s waging a battle against the religious right.  Somewhere along the way, people have forgotten the First Amendment and decided to trump it with a call of tolerance for every lifestyle under the sun…tolerance for everyone, except the religious right.

Currently, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s weighing her options, deciding whether to veto SB 1062.  Republicans in the state say the bill is designed to protect business owners with strong religious beliefs from discrimination lawsuits that have happened in other states…lawsuits involving gay couples pitted against business owners who refuse to extend their services because they do not support same sex marriage or events promoting the homosexual agenda.  Instead of homosexual couples seeking other businesses more than eager to provide wedding day accoutrements or specialized apparel, some enlisted organizations like the ACLU to sue the business owners for acts of discrimination.  Some Liberals even liken these instances to the establishments refusing to serve African Americans during the period of Jim Crow Laws.  The comparison’s laughable.

In fact, try asking a black person if the plight of the African American during slavery and Jim Crow compares to a same sex organization requesting a Christian owned t-shirt shop to print apparel advertising a homosexual event.   A case in Kentucky addressed this very issue.

At the center of the conflict was the refusal by Christian owned “Hands On Originals” to print t-shirts for the GLSO’s annual Pride Festival.  The owner of the t-shirt shop declined to run the order because he disagreed with the message of the shirt.  The t-shirt logo included the number “5” on the front with “Lexington Pride Festival” and a list of sponsors on the back.   The owner of the store noted it has hired homosexuals and has printed shirts for homosexuals previously, but not shirts celebrating a lifestyle the owner deems sinful.  Instead of the GLSO exercising tolerance, it instead brought a complaint to The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.  Not surprising, the Commission sided with the GLSO and now the case will go to a public hearing unless both sides make amends outside of court.  Undoubtedly those amends involve the t-shirt owner caving on his deeply held religious conviction.  Attorney for the t-shirt company, Alliance Defending Freedom’s Jim Campbell, made the following statement,

“Americans in the marketplace should not be subject to legal attacks simply for abiding by their beliefs.  The Constitution prohibits the government from forcing business owners to promote messages they disagree with.”

And therein rages the battle.  People of all stripes argue for the necessity of tolerance, but really mean,

“I’ll be tolerant of you, if I agree with your ideology.”

The group of people suffering the most “discrimination” at this time is not the miniscule gay population but the branch of conservative Christians who adhere to the Bible’s teachings on homosexuality and the Biblical definition of marriage.

If a homosexual couple can’t accept the fact that a private business owner refuses to sanction their ceremony or event, they should find another caterer, or photographer, florist, or t-shirt designer.  Even though the President’s opinion “evolved on the issue,” God’s doesn’t.   With that being said, Christians who remain resolved on the issue stand on the side of the Creator, forsaking the downward spiraling societal norm.

For those who shy away from using the Bible as a source of morality, claiming the Scripture’s outdated, there’s still the issue of the Constitution…and the First Amendment….and Freedom.  You know, exceptional American attributes that leave a bad taste in the Left’s mouth.

America’s floundering, and to right the ship, Conservatives need to continue standing for truth and righteousness.  The Bible teaches, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”  For America to once again assume the position of the most heralded and respected Country in the world, there must first be a turning to God and secondly an ideological change in the oval office.

Prayer can convene immediately.

The ideological change commences in November 2016.

May God bless America.

God Doesn’t Allow Illegals into Heaven


Unless you live in an Amish community or refuse to tune in to cable network news, you know the President struck a raw nerve in the summer of 2012, when by executive order he extended a immigration signform of Amnesty to approximately 1,000,000 illegal immigrants.  Then, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down three of the four provisions Arizona established to secure its borders.  Illegal immigration poses a grave threat to America and unfortunately the current Administration ignores the plight of Border States and fails to enforce immigration laws on the books.  Immigration benefits America only if done through the proper channels.  Yes, the system currently needs a significant overhaul, but scaling a wall or slithering under a fence to enter the United States is illegal.  Even God exercises an immigration policy.  God doesn’t allow illegals into Heaven.

Before charging me with bigotry, xenophobia or any other trumped up charge, read on.  Only those with proper documentation enter into Heaven.  In the Book of Revelation, chapter 21, the Apostle John shares a detailed picture of the Heaven.  Verse 22 and following says,

22 “I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Get that?  A person’s eternal destiny hinges upon whether God pens his or her name in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  God doesn’t play favorites nor does He base a person’s admittance on color or nationality.  A person enjoys citizenship in Heaven if he or she knows Christ.

Some people wrongly think a heavenly welcoming party awaits every person who exhibits a semblance of morals and integrity, thinking the “born again” spiel of Jesus in John Chapter 3 hogwash.  However, Ephesians 2:8-9 debunks those who hold true to such an ideology.  These verses state,

8” For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

In fact, the Bible warns our good works are as “filthy rags.”  Only those “clothed” properly can expect their names to be in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

In Jesus’ Parable of the Wedding Banquet, after all of the guests arrived, the king entered the wedding hall.  Matthew 22:11 and following shares:

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Wrong clothes (filthy rags) won’t cut it in the eyes of God.  So how does one dress properly and find his name in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

When a person accepts Jesus, God no longer sees the “filthy rags” but notes the righteousness of Christ.  At the moment that an individual receives Christ as Lord and Savior, a party breaks out in Heaven and God writes that person’s name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, a reservation that can never be erased or broken.

So, a person can’t climb over the walls of Heaven or slip through the pearly gates unnoticed.  Only those with correct documentation own the blessing of a mansion on the streets of gold.

Do We Really Want the Clinton’s Back in the White House?


Fifty years ago, families gathered around a black and white television set, enjoying the situation comedy, “Leave it to Beaver.”  The show focused on Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver and his adventures.  According to Wikipedia,

“In a typical episode, Beaver got into some sort of trouble, then faced his parents for reprimand and correction.”

Regularly, viewers sat as flies on the wall, watching as Ward and June Cleaver debated their approach to child rearing and how Beaver’s punishment would be meted out.  All in all, America heralded the Cleavers as a model family.  Leave it to Beaver landed on Time’s magazine list of “The 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.”

As a child I loved re-runs of this hit series.  In fact, I cut my “television” teeth on re-runs of Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, My Three Sons, and Andy Griffith.  Adjectives like “wholesome,” “family friendly,” and “Virtuous” describe these iconic television shows.  These shows triggered laughter and taught a valuable moral lesson at the same time.  My parents never needed to turn off the set because of profanity, gratuitous sex, or violence.  Try finding shows like that today.  Other than Duck Dynasty, not many other shows come readily to mind.

As I type, I’m thinking of the Cleaver bedroom scenes…Ward and June climbing into separate full-size beds before turning the light off for the night.  Whew!  We’ve come a long way baby!

Television shows today seldom celebrate a happily married heterosexual couple, instead we find producers championing shacking up, adulterous relationships, and homosexual liaisons.  These Hollywood elitists argue they’re just mirroring the culture.  Recently, Miley Cyrus “twerked” her way into the news.  Her gyrations at the MTV VMA’s, better suited for a gentleman’s club, ignited discussion about this once wholesome Hannah Montana gone wild.  Though some parents expressed outrage, many fans of Miley stood by her side….and continue to do so.  On the day after her salacious performance she tweeted,

“Smilers! My VMA performance had 306,000 tweets per minute. That’s more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact

Currently, 17.1 million people follow her on Twitter, up 4 million since the VMA’s.  Instead of efforts to boycott her music and lifestyle, we live in a culture more than ready to embrace her bawdy antics.

So, how does this relate to the Clinton’s?

Most people know of President Clinton’s sordid “indiscretions”, but will that dissuade an up and coming culture of Miley enthusiasts from voting for Hillary to reside in the White House?  Does it matter that the First Gentleman may turn the Lincoln Bedroom into a brothel of sorts? Where has dignity for the Office gone?  More importantly, where has America’s conscience fled?  Our Country resembles the crippled Titanic moments before submerging to a watery grave.  As passengers of the doomed vessel boarded the lifeboats, survivors reported hearing a stringed ensemble playing “Nearer My God to Thee.”

Fast forward to the present.  We proudly pledge our Country’s flag with the words, “one nation, under God….” yet we pay homage to those who press the “moral” envelope.  Contrary to popular opinion, character matters.  Integrity matters.   Morals matter.  Just ask the One to whom we recognize in our Nation’s Pledge of Allegiance.  President Abraham Lincoln said,

‘Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my
greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.’

Many in America desire for our “Ship” to be righted again.  But first, we must turn to God.  II Chronicles 7:14 says,

“If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

It’s time that Christians strip off the apathy and stop asking Hillary’s oft-quoted statement,

“What Difference Does It Make?”

Turning to God, makes a whale of a difference…Just ask Jonah.

A Father’s Song


Last night, my nine month old daughter woke at 1:00 am, wailing.  She writhed from side to side and immediately my wife recognized her problem.  A tummy ache.  She filled a dropper with simethicone drops and squirted the liquid into my daughter’s mouth.  She gagged a bit and screamed some more.  My wife trotted down the hall to make a bottle and I scooped baby into my arms and began to sing.

Let me backtrack.  A couple of years ago I wrote a chorus for a song but have never been able to pen verses.  Nothing fits.  So, I only sing the chorus.  It’s a few lines of a love song that I wrote with my wife in mind.  However, my little girl has loved this tune from day one.  I often find myself singing it aloud in the car if she’s grown fussy.  As long as I sing, she’s content.

Last night, I quietly sang the following words into her little ear:

“I can hardly wait to see your face, Feel the warmth of your embrace.

Dance around the front yard, like Cinderalla at the Ball.

We’ll talk of dreams and children too, I love spending life with you.

You’re like the Autumn, ‘Cause you made me Fall.”

I know, cheesy huh?  But for whatever reason she loves it.  Abby stopped squirming and crying and nestled into my shoulder and soon drifted off to sleep.  She found comfort in her Daddy’s voice.

You know what?  God sings over us as well.  Zephaniah 3:17 says,

“The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you.  He will quiet you with His love.  He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Imagine, the Creator of the universe sings love songs over His children.

The next time you toss and turn in bed, get quiet before the Lord and ask Him to sing a lullaby.  The peace He bestows surpasses human comprehension.

Why I Can’t Support Hillary Clinton


As a Pastor, I refrain from endorsing any political candidates in the Church setting.  However, occasionally a Church member asks me point blank if I can vote for “Candidate X.”  If I’ve done my homework on the politician, I give my reasons for or against supporting said individual.  If a Church member asks if I can support Hillary Clinton’s Presidential aspirations, I can unequivocally respond,

“Not in this lifetime.”

No, I’m not a misogynist…I just don’t want our Country to be mired down in another four years of the Obama Administration.  In a nutshell, here’s why I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton.  I hate the radical departure from holiness that our Country continues to take, all while people stand by and cheer our “Progress.”  God loathes homosexuality (not the homosexual) and yet many in America embrace homosexual marriage.  Is God pleased?  Ask Sodom and Gomorrah….

We slaughter over one million babies per year in the womb.  The number’s staggering.  Are Christians supposed to remain mum about this tragic court approved holocaust?  Is God pleased if we just look the other way?  Is God pro-choice?  When a candidate idolizes Margaret Sanger and is a darling of Emily’s List, Conservatives need to run, not walk, in the other direction.

And now we find Hillary embroiled in another scandal.  While serving as Secretary of State she admittedly utilized a personal email account and a “home brew” server to conduct all of her governmental business.  Now we learn that after the tragic mishandling of Benghazi, she deleted 30,000 emails.  The party that boasts of transparency, spends more time covering their tracks than creating policies bettering America.  Why elect another politician to the highest office in the land with a known reputation of lies and deceit?

I do not hate the current President or Hillary Clinton, or anyone else for that matter.  However, I despise policies and “Progress” pushing us ever closer to the precipice of the judging Hand of God.

I also question how a Christian can, in good conscience, vote for leaders who espouse values contrary to the Bible.  If we vote for leaders who support abortion on demand, then we essentially hold the surgical knife that strips life from the womb.  If we vote for leaders who support and champion gay marriage, we in effect officiate at their ceremonies.  If we vote for leaders who constantly craft lies to cover government overreach, scandals and failed policies, who’s responsible for seating the “Pinocchio” in office?  God holds us accountable for what we do behind the voting booth curtain.

Are Conservatives perfect?  No way!  Unfortunately, I think we find ourselves at every voting cycle casting ballots for the lesser of two evils.  In the next few months, may God raise up a man or woman who holds fast to the promises of our Constitution and most importantly to the principles taught in the Book of books…God’s Holy Word.

Sadly, a significant portion of our Country notices the downward spiral of our moral condition but shrug their shoulders and ask,

“What difference does it make?”

To those apathetic to the spiritual condition of America, we cannot expect God’s blessing if we kowtow to Hollywood’s mores and Washington’s track record of lies and deceit.  If we love America, we must bitterly cling to the Bible and our Constitutional and God given rights.  Let’s not forget:

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” Psalm 33:12

Head Scratching Presidential Remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast


Today, President Obama delivered remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast.  Two of the most interesting statements include:

“Our concern should not be whether God is on our side, but whether we are on God’s side”

and

“Killing the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will.  In fact, it is the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.”

Based upon the President’s policies and “evolving” opinions on social issues, the remarks come across as hypocritical.

“Our concern should not be whether God is on our side, but whether we are on God’s side”

The statement rings with truth, but decisions rendered by the President seem to contradict his purported view.  For instance, during his 2004 Senate campaign, Obama said as a Christian he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman, although he supported civil unions for gay couples.  In May of 2012 he backpedaled.  He changed his mind on gay marriage, saying he was influenced in part by his daughters and wife Michelle.  Sadly, he refutes his own statement delivered in this morning’s address.  God determines right and wrong….good and bad…holy and sinful.  In every case in both the Old and New Testament when God addresses the homosexual lifestyle, the word “abomination” or “penalty” appears in the same sentence.  Obviously on this sentiment, the President failed to seek God’s heart.

“Killing the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will.  In fact, it is the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.” 

This statement pertained to violent acts of terrorism, but one can’t help but relate this comment to the most innocent of our society, the unborn.

President Obama parrots the Liberal stance on abortion,

“Safe, legal, and rare,”

but in the same breath avidly champions the right of a woman to abort her baby.  According to Lifenews.com,

“As an Illinois state senator, Obama was so supportive of late-term abortions, he resisted efforts to protect unborn children born alive after failed abortion procedures.”

Imagine a baby surviving the probing surgical tools of an abortionist.  Once delivered, writhing in pain, clinging to life, the infant is ignored by medical personnel with a sworn duty to save life at all costs.  Sound inhumane?  Our President voted for that barbaric scenario, not once but three times.  Yes, Mr. President, I agree with your supposition,

“Killing the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will.  In fact, it is the ultimate betrayal of God’s will….”

But do you?

What God labeled as sin in the Bible, remains sin today.  Sadly, our culture hurtles toward self-destruction because of an “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” ideology.  Sadly, the President mirrors this philosophy.  In a 2004 interview, a reporter asked the President about his definition of sin.  He responded,

“Being out of alignment with my values.”

Houston, we have a problem.

Oftentimes mankind’s verdict on sin fails to line up with God’s Word.  If we make the rules, we justify our behaviors by saying,

“This is right for me.”

Cultural relativism might endear a world leader to an ever changing and diverse population, but does little to impress a holy God.

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