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Boys Will Be….Girls??


I loved attending Sunday School as a child.  In fact, some of my earliest memories of Sunday School include the teacher hoisting a flannel board onto an easel, the back drop for characters that adhered to the fabric.  One morning, the teacher stuck Adam and Eve to the board, each wearing strategically placed fig leaves.   The Genesis account shares the story of God’s Creation, including the forming of the first couple tasked with being stewards of His beautiful and perfect Garden, Eden.  Genesis 1:26-27 reads,

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

A few months ago, it was brought to my attention that Facebook users are offered 58 gender options.  I read through the list with my wife, both of us shaking our heads, marveling at the mass deception being waged against humanity.  Genesis plainly teaches that God created two sexes, male and female.  In fact, humanity was God’s crowning achievement, creating humanity and only humanity with the opportunity of enjoying a personal relationship with Him.  Obviously over the past several thousand years, the Devil has wormed his way into the minds of some, sewing seeds of confusion about gender.  No one who understands spiritual warfare and Satan’s tactics doubts the turmoil suffered by an individual who is gender confused, but in no terms should a man (gender confused or not) be allowed to utilize a public restroom reserved for women only.

I saw a news story a few weeks ago about a lady in Michigan that was stripped of her Planet Fitness membership because she chose to make a big deal about a transgender individual using the women’s locker room.  On the day in question, a man walked into the locker room while she was changing.  She reported the individual to the front desk.  The employee manning the desk explained Planet Fitness has a “no-judgment” policy which allows people to use changing rooms based on

“their sincere, self-reported gender identity.”

The woman phoned Planet Fitness’ corporate headquarters and received the same response.  She commented,

“If you have male parts you don’t need to be in the women’s locker room.  I don’t care what you are; I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, transgender or transvestite.  I am uncomfortable with you as a male in my locker room, in my restroom.”

And why shouldn’t she be uncomfortable?

And now a retail giant has jumped on the political correctness parade.  Target has just announced that it will start phasing out gender-based signage in some of their kids’ departments.  The bedding department will no longer feature boys’ and girls’ comforters and the toy aisles will no longer feature backdrops of pink and blue.  An Ohio mom praised Target for its decision, calling the “color coded” divisions in toys “regressive and harmful.”  With this mentality, soon, gender reveals will be considered harmful to the baby in the womb.  Maybe everyone can just celebrate “it” at a baby shower….

Recently, North Carolina passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as HB2.  Under HB2, people in North Carolina are only permitted to use public restrooms that correspond with their biological sex, defined as

“the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.”

Obviously Americans need to rent Kindergarten Cop and be reminded about the differences between male and female genitalia.  Women and especially young girls should not feel threatened and uncomfortable by a man’s presence in a bathroom or public shower facility.  Have we drifted so far as a society we fail to consider that males might experience temporary “gender identity” crises any time they want to ogle girls in the locker rooms? I hope women carry mace into these public facilities being invaded by men who identify as women for the sole purpose of leering at females in various stages of undress.  If I ever see a man follow my wife or daughters into the bathroom at the Mall, I too, will identify as a woman for that moment in time….Why can’t men be men and women be women?

You know, like it used to be?

We definitely need to pray for those who struggle with gender identity issues, but we also need to stand firm on our principles, requiring people to use the facilities that match their genitalia, not their feelings or their “I’d rather be’s.”  God created two sexes.  We should celebrate His creative genius and celebrate the sexes.

Not 58.

Just 2.

 

Abortionists Don’t Wear Capes


kid in cape  Our world’s infatuated with superheroes.

Once an imaginary outlet reserved for kids, superheroes are now embraced by adults willing to shell out millions of dollars to watch Iron Man and Captain America save the planet.

As a little boy, I often donned a bath towel, pretending my “cape” enabled me to fly from one crisis to another.  I whisked here and there, scanning my surrounding for nefarious villains.  Thankfully my fear of heights dissuaded me from jumping from a corner of the roof to test my flying prowess.  In my eyes, superheroes served one primary purpose, saving innocent lives.

Before posting this entry, I read several blogs focusing on our infatuation with superheroes.  Every blogger without exception wrote we love guardians of the universe because they give hope.  Hope that one person can make a difference.  Hope to believe we can face every difficult task, undaunted.  Hope that good triumphs over evil.  In real life, we ascribe the tag “superhero” to our parents, military, first responders, or any other people consistent in making a difference in peoples’ lives.

Not Obama.

This past week Obama added another demographic to the superheroes list, abortion providers. If superheroes spark hope in the hearts of humans, abortionists certainly serve as the agents to dash hope.  Those destroying futures spawn visions of the archenemies not cape wearing and shield wielding protectors of society.

The President used a Women’s History Month reception at the White House to bestow upon Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, the title of a “real-life superhero.”  In his comments he said,

“We’ve got a lot of them (real life superheroes) in this room, so I want to acknowledge a couple of them.  First of all, we’ve got Cecile Richards in the house, making sure women’s health care is on the front burner.”

If Cecile Richards solely focused on the health of women, then certainly she deserves high praise and recognition.  However, Richards serves as the President of the nation’s largest abortion business.  Over 300,000 babies are slaughtered in Planned Parenthood facilities every year.  How do the actions of abortionists instill hope?  How does the action of tossing babies into large trash receptacles earn the badge of heroism?

It. Does. Not.

Pro-life advocates are the heroes.   People who operate crisis pregnancy centers offering an alternative to abortion are the heroes.   Women who choose life and birth the baby are the heroes.  Women who choose life, and although not quite ready to be a mother, give up their babies for adoption, those are the heroes.  All of the above mirror the actions of superheroes, fighting to protect life and giving the “least of these” a fighting chance at a bright future.  That’s hope.

What abortionists offer?  Not so much.

Trashing a Picasso


Imagine for a moment strolling down the streets of Madrid, admiring the sights and sounds of Spain’s Capitol city.  Outside the Plaza de Torres, you hear the shrieks and cheers of the spectators as a matador playfully teases a charging bull.  You note street vendors hawking their wares under another typical cloudless sky.  And then you see him, the master.  Pablo Picasso is standing outside his studio, a paintbrush and pallet in hand.  Hunched with age, he stares with determination, surveying the blank canvas.

You watch with great interest as the artist dabs his pallet and swipes his brush across the canvass in shades of blue and blue green.   Minutes pass.  Maybe hours.  Then unprovoked, you push the artisan from his easel and grab the partially completed masterpiece.  Finding a dumpster, you toss the painting in the trash receptacle, proudly rubbing your hands together in victory.  Pablo demands to know your motives.  You turn a deaf ear, only commenting it wasn’t really a painting because it wasn’t completed.

Can you imagine the audacity, the gall, the absolute lunacy of such a deed?  I mean we’re talking Pablo Picasso, one of the most renowned painters of all time.  Even a partial painting buried under another completed work fetches stunning amounts of money at auction.  No, to trash a Picasso at any stage of the process would be absolutely foolish and tragic on many levels.

So, what about God and babies?

Psalm 139:13-16 says,

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Note the artistic language in the passage.  God knits us together.  We are woven in the depths of the earth.  Both phrases teach of God’s intricate design as He plants a person in the womb of an expectant mother.  According to the Scriptures, we are God’s masterpieces.  If that’s so, why is the womb a dangerous place?

At the most recent Democratic Town Hall meeting, Bret Baier asked Bernie Sanders if there should be a point in pregnancy when life should be protected.  Bernie Sanders said,

“I am very strongly pro-choice.  That is a decision to be made by the woman, her physician, and her family.  That’s my view.”

In other words, Sanders supports an abortion at any point during a woman’s pregnancy.  Isn’t this like the person in Madrid trashing a Picasso before being signed and sold in an art gallery?  There’s still much worth and value to the unfinished project because of the artist’s reputation.  Completed or not, the canvass still deserves the title of “Masterpiece.”

How much more then should the creative genius of God be honored, respected, treasured and preserved?  Liberals rally around the eggs of eagles and the endangered Delta Smelt in California.  Why not babies?  Classifying babies in the womb as “fetuses” serves to fool people into believing the fledgling developing is something other than human.  The word “fetus” means “unborn offspring of a human.”  And what is the unborn offspring called?

A baby.

I love reading Dr. Seuss to my children.  Though I know nothing about his political ideologies, he espoused a pro-life view whether he intended to or not.  My favorite Seuss work is “Horton Hears a Who.” My favorite line from the book reads,

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

Let’s not trash the life of the unborn, and let’s not support a candidate with a staunchly held position that abortion should be allowed at any stage of the pregnancy.  Our politicians are quick to point fingers at ISIS and categorize them as barbarians.  Yet, our culture rips a baby from the womb and toasts the right to do so.

Can you imagine one million Picassos treated as common trash, tossed into a bin awaiting a furnace?  Certainly not.   Then why do we treat God’s masterpieces with triviality and inconsequence?  Each step of the developmental process highlights the creativity of God, the finished project birthed in nine months.  To believe otherwise showcases humanities’ desire to evict God from His own art studio.  Again, ridiculous.   God will not be mocked.  At some point, His righteous Hand of judgment will no longer be stayed.

May God have mercy on our souls.

Blaming God for America’s Woes


Whenever life fails to go as planned, we tend to blame God.  Sure, God controls the universe, holding it firmly in the palm of His Hand, but this does not mean we are exempt from experiencing painful consequences of poor choices.  From the very beginning, there’s been a problem with taking responsibility.  In the Garden of Eden, Adam threw God and Eve under the bus for his part in biting into the forbidden fruit.  In the Book of Jonah, we find the prophet blaming God for allowing him to soak in the digestive juices of a “great fish.”

Do you recall the story?  God called Jonah to go to Nineveh to warn them of pending Judgment.  Instead of being obedient, Jonah boarded a ship to Tarshish, a port city almost 900 miles in the opposite direction.  He balked at sharing a message with people he believed deserving of God’s wrath.  While on this ship, God orchestrated a violent storm at sea.  The sailors discovered Jonah was the cause of this tempest, and Jonah explained the only way to save the ship was to throw him overboard.  And that’s what they did. But listen to what Jonah says in chapter 2:3,

“For You cast me into the deep…”

Jonah obviously forgets his role in the story.  Jonah ran from God.  God chose to get his attention.  Jonah asked to be thrown into the sea.  Blaming God for becoming fish food serves to exempt Jonah from responsibility.

In several conversations of late, many people ask why Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand atop the race for the White House.  Those opposing Trump cite his conceit, vulgarity, and boyish bully-ness.  On the other side of the aisle, Clinton turns the stomach of many because of her propensity to lie and her role in an Ambassador’s death in Benghazi….not to mention she’s under FBI investigation concerning her handling (or mishandling) of classified and top secret emails.  Why do voters choose people like that? I’m asked.

It’s simple. We asked for it.

Remember how the Children of Israel suffered from the “Keeping up with the Joneses” syndrome?  Other nations appointed kings, and Israel determined to have one as well.  The prophet Samuel warned them of the consequences of having King, but they disregarded the prophet’s vetting of a future leader.  Samuel was offended and went to the Lord, who said,

“They have not rejected you.  They have rejected me from being their king” (I Samuel 8:7)

Once again Samuel implored the people to reconsider; instead they demanded a king.  So finally God said,

“Give them a king” (I Kings 8:22)

God allowed the Children of Israel to have a king, not because their choice was in His perfect will, but because of His practice of allowing people to exercise free will.

 

Fast forward to 2016.

The current frontrunners in both parties aren’t the problem; they reflect the result of a society stomping on the accelerator, running the opposite direction of God.  Trump claims repentance isn’t necessary in his life, and Hillary had the audacity to say she’s never lied to the American people.  But why does this behavior shock us?  In 2012, the Democratic Party booed God at their national convention, and sadly, the Republican Party may not be that far behind.  For whatever reason, we’ve lost sight of the importance of character, values, and morality, pillars modeled by our Founders as they crafted the Constitution and cited the Hand of Providence as their guide.  Our moral compass has broken and we’re shaking the magic eight ball to get directions.  We’ve lost sight of what’s true and right and pure and noble…. As a Country, we’re getting what we asked for.  Why don’t we care otherwise?

Maybe it’s because we’re too busy Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Why Not Respectability?


A few days ago, my 11 year old posed the following question:  Dad, who have been your favorite Presidents. I thought a moment and responded, “Lincoln, Reagan, Washington, not necessarily in that order.” He followed up with another question: Why? Several thoughts came to mind, but I limited my answer to two reasons. They were respectable men, acknowledging the importance of God to help direct the course of a Nation.  My son considered my response then asked the $64,000 question.  If those traits are important, then why are people so excited about Trump?

 

I’ve tuned into each Republican Debate, watching with great interest the back and forth between the frontrunner, Trump, and the other Candidates contending for the Republican nomination.  My two oldest occasionally sit and watch the drama unfold.  Both question the facial expressions and mannerisms of Trump, his disrespect for his opponents and anyone who questions his ideology or his ability to lead.  The last debate stooped to a new low as Trump and Rubio sparred over his hand size and how that directly correlates to another physical attribute.  Maybe I’m too young to remember, but did any of this crude diatribe occur between Reagan and Carter.  I don’t even think Bill Clinton stooped this low…well, at least on the debate stage.

 

Sadly, our culture has devolved into a society of celebrity worship.  For whatever reason, we tend to accept the mudslinging, the profane, and the over-the-top antics of celebrities, explaining away the behavior as “that’s just Hollywood.”  Can anyone imagine Donald Trump leading the pack had he not hosted a successful reality show for years?

 

Are any of the candidates perfect?  Of course not, but at least some act with Presidential decorum.  Imagine for a moment Trump hosting a press conference with Putin in the Rose Garden.  Putin expresses a dissenting view of President Trump’s ideology and “the Donald” shrugs, makes faces, snorts, and calls him “Little Putin?”  Is he truly the man we want representing the United States of America?

 

American made history when electing Obama, the first bi-racial individual to hold the highest office in the land.  Many people voted for Obama, not because of his policies or his experience, but because he was a “rock star” in the Democrat party, a celebrity of sorts, and they wanted to help America do something that had never been done before.  (Why they re-elected him, I’ll never know….)Voting for Trump because he starred on the Apprentice, makes as much sense as voting for a Candidate that’s under FBI investigation.

 

And maybe the single most important reason for not supporting Trump is his answer on repentance.  When asked if he’d ever confessed his sin, he said no and suggested it was better to keep God out of his mistakes.  A man who thinks God isn’t necessary for forgiveness is a man determined to govern a Country without the leading Hand of Providence.  Can America survive another four to eight years of a Narcissist and Chief in the Oval Office?  Only by the grace of God…..

 

Oh, and by the way….if you believe Mexico’s going to pay for the wall, I’ve got some prime ocean front property for sale….in Arizona.

Is Ted Cruz an Evangelical Christian?


Occasionally I suffer writer’s block, so when a friend challenges me with a topic, I dive into the research, grabbing the bull by the horns.  Recently, I was asked to delve into the religious beliefs of Presidential Candidate and Texas Senator, Ted Cruz.  After reading through multiple blogs and combing several articles posted by main stream media outlets, I’m ready to record my findings.

Ted Cruz accepted Christ at the tender age of 8 years old, following the Lord in Baptism shortly later at Clay Road Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.  Pastor Gaylen Wiley of Clay Road administered the ordinance of Baptism, and says of the candidate,

“Ted was just like all the other kids, except he had the IQ of his father.  He was three stages ahead {of the other children}.

As a teenager, Cruz attended Second Baptist High School in Houston.

Whereas some young people leave the church after pursuing higher education, Cruz has faithfully followed Christ his entire lifetime.  In his 2012 Senate bid, Cruz aimed his efforts on winning the hearts of social conservatives and to kick-off his Presidential campaign, he announced his intention to run at ultra-conservative Liberty University.

The right of religious liberty drives the Cruz Camp.  Senator Cruz believes a person’s religious beliefs should be protected even if it conflicts with the law of the land.  And his words can be backed up with actions.  As Solicitor General of Texas, he fought for the “constitutionality of the Ten Commandments’ monument” at the Texas State Capitol and the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance.  And, when Indiana passed a law disallowing the Government to strong arm Christians into participating in same sex marriage ceremonies, Cruz affirmed the state’s decision.  He said,

“I commend the state of Indiana for doing the right thing.  Religious liberty is not some cockamamie new theory the Indiana legislature just figured out yesterday.  It was literally among the founding principles of our nation…”

In recent days, both the Trump and Rubio camps have charged Cruz with lying and utilizing underhanded tactics.  Cruz brushes off the charges, insisting he’s operating above board and that he’s being targeted because he’s a force to be reckoned with in the bid for the Republican Presidential nomination.

I don’t know the man personally. I’ve only observed his work via means of the Internet and television.  That being said, Cruz appears to be the real deal.  When he voices an unpopular view based upon his principles and values, he doesn’t “evolve” on the issue but sticks to his guns.  Of course this practice fails to win over many people from the Washington Establishment, but isn’t that the point?  America needs a leader who fears God more than popularity polls.

Is Ted Cruz perfect?  Absolutely not and he’d be the first person to admit as much.  However, he’s a man who knows and understands the power of Redemption and firmly believes that if a Country focuses once again upon the Constitution and the God of its founding, truly we can speak anew of Reagan’s vision of America,

“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life…. And how stands the city on this winter night? … After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true to the granite ridge, and her glow has held no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom…”

Possibly Ted Cruz’s most welcomed endorsement comes from one who knows him quite well both on and off the political field, Greg Matte, Senior Pastor at Houston First Baptist Church. Reverend Matte says,

“I consider it an honor to be the Cruz family’s pastor.  We all know Senator Cruz as a brilliant, strong, and confident leader, unswervingly handling the Constitution with respect and wisdom. But I also know him as a husband, father, and friend. We have eaten hot dogs in our church’s gym as our kids played, walked in the park as our kids rode bikes together and our wives talked, and eaten pizza by the pool on a summer evening as our children swam. Ted Cruz is in touch with the normal routines of every day life while also being outstanding in dealing with the complex issues of our day. This combination of character and competence gives me confidence that, under Ted’s leadership, America can once again head in the right direction. Because of what I have seen of Ted Cruz, as a father, a husband, and a Christian, both in and out of the political arena, I heartily give my personal endorsement to Ted Cruz as our next president.”

America needs a Godly leader.

America needs a person dedicated to observing and honoring the Constitution of the United States.

Does America need Ted Cruz?

You be the judge.

 

Is Donald Trump an Evangelical Christian?


Currently, it appears the possibility of derailing the Trump Train is slim to none. Though Ted Cruz is waging a valiant effort, his polling numbers fall short of overtaking the brash Republican frontrunner. The most surprising aspect of Trump’s meteoric rise is his popularity among evangelical Christians.  Almost a third of people claiming to be born again have tossed their support behind a candidate whose faith journey is questionable at best.

Trump’s flirtation with personal scandals and profiting from seedy businesses are well documented. Trump has raked in money off of strip clubs, cheated on his wives, and appeared on the 1990 cover of Playboy magazine.  In his book “Art of the Deal,” he boasts about bedding other men’s wives. He wrote,

“If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happy and married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best seller.”

The biggest head scratcher of all is the Trump endorsement by Liberty University President, Jerry Falwell, Jr.  Liberty is arguably the most conservative institution of higher learning in America, and when news outlets broadcast Falwell’s coveted backing, other Christian leaders expressed their concern. One of those was Southern Baptist Convention President, Russell Moore.  Moore reminded Falwell, Jr. of the 1998 “Resolution on Moral Character of Public Officials” as passed by the Southern Baptist Convention. The resolution reads,

“[We] urge all Americans to embrace and act on the conviction that character does count in public office, and to elect those officials and candidates who, although imperfect, demonstrate consistent honesty, moral purity and the highest character.”

In the book of I Samuel we find the verse,

“Man sees the outward appearance, God sees the heart.”

In other words, no one has the right to make a final determination on Mr. Trump’s Christianity. However, one statement of Trump’s is quite disconcerting for those who truly are “born again.” In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump said,

“Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes? I work hard, I’m an honorable person.”

Honorable? Really?

Concerning Trump’s past money making ventures off of the exploitation of women and infidelities, Collin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring USA, said the following,

“It gets at the very matter of character, of sin, of forgiveness. A mature conservative Evangelical Christian should not hold sin against someone, but unconfessed sin should be a problem, a theological problem. And unadmitted sin is sort of a step beyond unconfessed sin, isn’t it?”

Trump’s boasts about cheating on his wife and sleeping with the wives of powerful men is far from a contrite heart.

Far be it from me or any other Christian to pass final judgment on Donald Trump. That role is reserved for God and God alone. However, the Bible states,

“…by their fruits you will know them.”

His checkered past fails to model the life of a follower of Christ, and Trump admits leaving God out of the equation when he makes a mistake. Trump had this to say when questioned about repenting of sin:

“I am not sure I have (asked God for forgiveness). I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

So, if a Conservative Christian tops your Presidential “must haves” there are certainly better choices (Cruz, Rubio, Huckabee). Several of the Republican hopefuls have strong Christian testimonies. Donald Trump? Not so much. Sure, America’s not electing a Pastor, but even the forefathers understood Christian principles were the driving force behind America’s greatness. Trump claims he wants to “Make America Great Again.” No one faults him for this motto as the last seven years have devastated our Country. However, for America to become great again, we need a leader that walks humbly before his/her God. Based upon his past and his prideful ramblings from lecterns across the United States, Donald Trump may not be the candidate qualified to meet this criteria.

 

Outlawing Biblical Values? It’s Coming!


The erosion of the rights of Believers continues at a dizzying pace. A landmark decision in Massachusetts now sets the stage for a continued attack upon those espousing Conservative Christian values. A Catholic preparatory school for girls, whose mission is

“the education of young women rooted in gospel values and the teachings of the Catholic Church,”

is learning this lesson the hard way.

In 2013, the Fontbonne Academy sought to hire a food services director and offered the job to applicant Matthew Barrett. During the interview process, Mr. Barrett was told that all school employees were expected to model Catholic teachings and values. Mr. Barrett responded his willingness and ability to abide by the school’s standards. The school extended the offer of employment and he accepted.

A few days later, that offer of employment was rescinded. On his new employee form, Mr. Barrett listed his husband as an emergency contact. The school responded swiftly, informing him that they could hire someone in a same-sex marriage because that type of relationship isn’t consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. This marriage failed to meet the criteria of living up to and upholding the teachings and values of Catholic and Bible doctrine.

Matthew Barrett filed a lawsuit against the Academy, challenging the school’s policy. In December of 2015, a judge ruled in favor of Mr. Barrett, stating the school had acted contrary to Massachusetts law by discriminating against Matthew Barrett based on his sexual orientation. The judge argued that since the school accepts students of all faiths and because a food service director does not meet the criteria of a “minister of the Gospel,” the school does not qualify for a religious exemption.

The judge failed to take into consideration that the Catholic Church has always opposed same sex marriage and that the Academy’s hiring agreement clearly stated all employees were expected to support and model Catholic teachings. This ruling punished a religious school for hiring someone living a lifestyle expressly considered as sinful both in Catholic teachings and in the Word of God. Sadly, the judge ignored the specific exception under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

“Religious Organization Exception: Under Title VII, religious organizations are permitted to give employment preference to members of their own religion. The exception applies only to those institutions whose “purpose and character are primarily religious.” Factors to consider that would indicate whether an entity is religious include: whether its articles of incorporation state a religious purpose; whether its day-to-day operations are religious (e.g., are the services the entity performs, the product it produces, or the educational curriculum it provides directed toward propagation of the religion?); whether it is not-for-profit; and whether it affiliated with, or supported by, a church or other religious organization.
This exception is not limited to religious activities of the organization. However, it only allows religious organizations to prefer to employ individuals who share their religion.” (Emphasis mine.)

Webster’s defines religion as,

“a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.”

In ruling against the Academy, the judge ignored the religious institution’s right to hire individuals of like faith and practice. Of course, people warned of this government overreach and outcome prior to the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage in 2015. Now, those staunchly opposed to redefining the marital relationship instituted by God, find themselves in the cross hairs of a culture adamantly opposed to all things Christian.
The fate of Christianity and Conservatism hinges not on the outcome of the 2016 election cycle. (Although, we definitely need to elect an individual that embraces Christian values and American Exceptionalism.) No, the future of this great nation depends upon Christians fervently practicing the following:

1. Humbly repenting of sin (II Chronicles 7:14)
2. Seeking God (II Chronicles 7:14)
3. Praying for our Country and for God’s Spirit to move mightily (II Chronicles 7:14, I Thess. 5:17)
4. Being Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16)

 

If we faithfully adhere to God and His Word, He pledges to

“hear from Heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land.”

If we as a Country ignore Him, boo Him, or flatly deny His existence, then future generations might read of America as only an asterisk in the history books of the world. Our children and children’s children deserve a better outcome. I’m praying for a better outcome.

Will you?

Are You Distracted?


As a child, I heard adults say on many occasions that time seems to fly by faster as one ages.  Honestly, I never knew the reality of that statement until becoming an adult.  It does seem each year passes by at a faster clip.  Here we sit on the eve of 2016 and I’m just now used to writing ‘2015’ on my personal checks.  Maybe the days speed by in a blur because of our hectic schedules and varied obligations.  We run here, race there, barely finding time to breathe.  Careers monopolize much of our time with the other waking hours spent shuttling kids to basketball games, theater practice, or church activities.  Seldom do we simply pause and consider the most important things of life.

There’s a story found in the Gospels addressing the importance of this ‘pause.’  Mary and Martha find themselves in the position of hosting Jesus and the Disciples.  Martha immediately concerns herself with preparing a meal for thirteen men.  I can see Martha rummaging through the cupboards, pulling ingredients, cooking utensils and slipping on an apron.  As she organizes her thoughts, she realizes her sister hasn’t joined her in the kitchen.  I see her peeking into the living room, hoping to lock eyes with Mary.  When Mary ignores her sister’s laser like glare, I see Martha banging pots together and clearing her throat in an abnormally loud manner.  When all efforts to draw Mary’s attention fail, she takes her complaint to the Master.

“Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

Martha assumes Jesus will side with her, sending Mary to help shoulder the work of meal preparation.  I see Martha crossing her arms with a smirk as she readies for Jesus gentle reprimand of her slacking sister.  However, Jesus responds in a manner completely unexpected.

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset  about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

What had Mary chosen? To sit at the feet of Jesus.

The chore of fixing a meal distracted Martha from sitting at the Teacher’s feet.  In two thousand years, not much has changed.  We live in a society full of distractions.  News agencies seldom focus on the real issues, magnifying minor stories to protect their political ideologies.  For those unwilling to investigate for themselves, the journalistic “sleight of hand” keeps the masses uninformed.  This strategy bodes well for ideologues weaving webs of destruction to topple American Exceptionalism.  But there’s even a greater problem.  Christians.  Yes, Christians.

For years, followers of Christ have chosen to sit quietly on the sidelines watching America’s harrowing ride to “hell in a hand basket.”  Christians remained silent when one loud and overbearing atheist complained about prayer in schools.  When Roe versus Wade was argued at the Supreme Court, Christians largely held their tongues disbelieving a refined society would be allowed to legally destroy the life of an unwanted child.  And now, decades later, when Christians voice concerns, their views are largely ignored or dismissed as being intolerant.  And why?  Because only a small percentage of Christians choose to speak up.  Many Christians continue to believe a polite society avoids religious and political topics.  Based upon the current political and ideological climate of our Country, maybe that old philosophy needs to be tossed aside.

If we truly care about the future of our children and grandchildren we must take those truths we learn at the feet of Jesus and implement them in the world around us.  Remember, Jesus informed His disciples to

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesars and to God the thing that our God’s.”

This holds true provided Caesar’s edicts steer clear of conflicting with the Law of God.  When the Government enacts laws failing to honor Biblical truths, we must stand firm on the Word of God.  We must remove the self-imposed muzzle from our mouths and make our voices heard.  That’s my intent as we embark upon another new year.

As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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