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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.

 

Has America Lost Her Moral Compass?


Has America lost her moral compass?

Another Planned Parenthood video was released today.  If you suffer from a weak stomach, watching the video is not recommended.  In this expose’, viewers glimpse into a laboratory responsible for harvesting organs from aborted babies.  They treat the process as casually as flossing teeth or collecting lint from a dress coat, dropping tiny appendages on a pie plate.

The person narrating the video lands a job at a harvesting  company, and on the very first day steps into a lab room and is immediately shown the proper technique of extracting “fetal tissue” from the abortive remains.  A technician points out heart, lungs, brain and limbs and then asks the trainee to identify the organs.  As she begins to identify each remain, she blacks out.  Coming to a few moments later, a caretaker explained that her reaction still happens occasionally to veterans in the field.

Why would anyone choose to stick with a job that induces anxiety attacks and periodic fainting?  The answer has to be money.

Employees chatted about the price of certain baby parts.  In the second Planned Parenthood video, Dr. Gatter suggests $75 per “specimen.”  If a medical professional performs a “less crunchy” abortion, an aborted baby’s remains might bring $300 in the fetal tissue research market.  Three hundred dollars multiplied by the one million babies aborted per year in America, yields a substantial sum of money.

Now, Planned Parenthood’s scrambling to facilitate damage control, pleading with the mainstream news media to ignore the “sensationalized hype.”  If ABC, NBC, and CBS ignore this developing story, then prolife advocates need to be shouting the news from the rooftops.  Our Country has stooped to the devilish low of not only killing its most innocent citizens, but  shredding their bodies for profit.

Because of our porous borders, many fear the infiltration of ISIS into the United States of America.  Based upon the terrorist group’s barbaric methods in massacring the “infidels,” it appears there’s been an affiliate operating legally here under the guise of “women’s health” since 1973.

Has America lost her moral compass?

Absolutely.

God’s Not Dead, Still Making a Splash


People continue to flock to see “God’s Not Dead.”  Every few days I notice someone’s Facebook update reminding all of their “friends” of the very fact…God’s Not Dead.  Certainly, some probably wonder why their making such a statement.  If they ask, tell them to see the movie!  It’s fantastic!  But why?  Why has the film made such a splash in the shadow of Hollywood blockbusters?  I speculate it’s because of the current political climate in America.

Almost daily, stories surface of people accusing Christians of bigotry, even filing suits against those refusing to sanction their lifestyle.  Take for instance, the story of Elane Photography.  In 2006, Elaine and her husband were asked to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony.  Elaine respectfully declined, citing her conservative Christian beliefs as the reason.  Case closed, right?  Wrong!

The lesbian couple secured another photographer at a lower rate, yet still filed a complaint accusing Elane Photography of “sexual orientation discrimination.”

The Human Rights Commission of New Mexico found Elane Photography guilty and ordered them to pay almost seven thousand dollars to the two plaintiffs.  The decision was appealed to the New Mexico Supreme Court.  These judges upheld the ruling.  One judge in his concurring opinion wrote:

Elane Photography “is now compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” as “the price of citizenship.”

Did anyone else just feel the rumble of the Founding Fathers rolling in their graves?

This week, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.  The New Mexico Supreme Court ruling stands.  It appears that America’s barreling down a road which trumpets the freedom of the First Amendment as long as one sides with the Liberal and godless agenda.  Those who yell and scream for tolerance exhibit the most intolerance of all.

As I visited with a group of men this morning, another Pastor predicted that soon churches would be required to host same sex marriages and pastors would be required to officiate…whether they believe the union is biblical or not.  Some laugh at the idea and say that will never happen.  Christians said the same thing about removing prayer from school and legalizing abortion on demand.  Almost 43 million aborted babies later and look where we find ourselves…In the middle of another cultural war with the soul of America at stake.

God’s Not Dead resonates because the movie casts a positive light on Christianity.  For once the Believer isn’t cast as a dopey, idiotic Bible thumper.  The movie conveys the story of real life Christians making a mark for Christ in a world filled with antagonists.  The film encourages people to stand for Christ when no one else will.  Sure, that’s a lonely place to be, but God blesses faithfulness.  And God will bless Elane Photography.  I don’t know how or in what capacity, but God will honor their stand.

As Christians we can expect persecution and to lose an occasional battle, but as one evangelist once said, “We’ve already won the war.”

Everyone hold on to Jesus.  The ride’s gonna get bumpy.

 

Interview with “God’s Not Dead” Actor, Benjamin Ochieng


My Church family attended opening night of “God’s Not Dead,” and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I posted a blog about the film, a synopsis and some personal thoughts, but then I decided to contact some of the actors/actresses and see if they’d agree to an email interview for my blog. The first to graciously accept was Paul Kwo, who played “Martin Yip” in the movie.  (For those familiar with the movie, he played the foreign student and the first to stand and proclaim, “God’s Not Dead.”)  Then Cory Oliver agreed to answer a few questions.  (She played “Mina” the Professor’s romantic interest.)  The Trisha Lafache agreed to my inquiries.  (She played “Amy” the Reporter.) Now I’m excited to share with you my fourth email interview.  This time you’ll be hearing from Benjamin Ochieng who played “Reverend Jude.”

Tell us a little about yourself.  Where are you originally from?  College you attended?  Married?  Kids? etc.  Things you like to do aside from acting….

I am originally from Nairobi, Kenya where I was born and raised.  I am married to Special Education Coordinator, Mrs. Elizabeth Onyango.  I have three Kids: Ida Onyango-Longomba, 30; Mary Onyango, 20 and Evelyn Onyango, 17.  Ida has given me a grandson, Andrew Longomba.

I attended California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California where I ran track and graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.  I then moved to Los Angeles to pursue Music and Acting.  I joined a Christian Funk-Rock Band called THE PASSING (changed name to P.F.O.)

When did you become a Christian?

I became a Christian in 1975 when I gave my life to the Lord after American Missionaries from Southern Baptist Church came to Kenya to spread the gospel.

How did you come to play a part in “God’s Not Dead?”  And which role did you play?

I auditioned for the role of Reverend Jude and got the part.

Is this your first experience with acting?  If not, what other roles have you played?

This is not my first experience with acting. I have done several other movies and TV shows: You can find the entire list at the following link:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1335173/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

How did you enjoy working with the leads Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo?

SPOILER ALERT

I saw Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo on my last day of working on the project.  That’s when we shot the scene where the Atheist Professor dies.  They were very cool people, nice approachable and fun to be around.

 Can you relate to the character you played in the movie?

The character I played in the movie fortunately for me was a mirror image of who I am: funny, always smiling, easy to get along with, somewhat crazy etc.

What was your favorite part of “God’s Not Dead?”

The whole cast and crew and especially so the Pureflix owners: Russell, Michael, David. I am not sure I met the fourth one. The director was very down to earth too. They were terrific people and made the work so much easier.

Are you surprised by the support for the film on its opening weekend?

I was not surprised because the ground work and grassroots work that went into it paid off dividends. The Christians came out in force to support their own. They realized it was about time we all woke up from complacent Christianity to proactive Christianity. It was the only way we would be able to counter the aggressiveness of the atheists and their propaganda.

Are you currently working on any other films or television productions?

The Film DEFAULT directed by Simon Brand starring David Oyelowo is out now doing the Festival Circuit. I play the role of Edward, the pilot of a plane carrying American Journalists that gets hijacked by Somali pirates.

What is your favorite faith based film?

The Ten Commandments and now God’s Not Dead.

What lesson/lessons did you learn in the filming of “God’s Not Dead?”

Hard work pays. I have never worked so hard for a movie role like I did this one.  And I believe that the actors put in a lot of hard work. Their work clearly shows in the movie. Also, that faith-based movies are capable of going toe to toe with the big block-buster studio movies with A-list actors and make a difference.

What impact do you believe this movie will have world wide?

This movie will have a positive impact world wide by opening more doors to a wide acceptance of the genre.  Also, the existence of eternity after death will become real to more people prompting many to question where they will spend theirs and hopefully make the right choice.

What feedback have you personally received about the movie?

I have received great positive feedback everywhere I have gone. Recognition and words of “good job on the movie” everywhere I have gone.

How do you hope “God’s Not Dead” ministers to people?

This movie minister’s to people in the way the story was told and shot. It does a great job of setting up the reason for salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ in a gentle, subtle manner that compels the unbelievers to question their position. It’s not presented in a pummeling manner which usually turns potential converts off.

Thanks again to Benjamin Ochieng for taking time to let us get to know him a bit better!  You can follow Benjamin on Twitter @bochieng

God is good.  All the time.  All the time.  God is good.

 

Interview with “God’s Not Dead” Actress, Trisha Lafache


My Church family attended opening night of “God’s Not Dead,” and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I posted a blog about the film, a synopsis and some personal thoughts, but then I decided to contact some of the actors/actresses and see if they’d agree to an email interview for my blog. The first to graciously accept was Paul Kwo, who played “Martin Yip” in the movie.  (For those familiar with the movie, he played the foreign student and the first to stand and proclaim, “God’s Not Dead.”)  Then Cory Oliver agreed to answer a few questions.  (She played “Mina” the Professor’s romantic interest.)  Now I’m excited to share with you my third email interview.  This time you’ll be hearing from Trisha Lafache who played “Amy,” the reporter.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m from New York and not married. I attended both college & law school, but I was acting professionally even when I was in law school.

What is your religious background?

I’m Catholic…always have been. My father’s cousin is a priest and I grew up going to hear him every Sunday. I’ve never struggled with faith. I’ve always had it…always believed in God.

What part did you play in the film?

Amy, the reporter.

Can you relate to the character you played in “God’s Not Dead?”

I can relate to my character Amy in many ways…specifically, her drive. I think I know a lot of people who are singularly minded about their career. I think being a story teller is a beautiful thing especially when you get to tell a story that touches so many people. Sadly, in my profession, there are a lot of narcissists. There is a lot of narcissism. To me narcissism & selfishness & being self-obsessed is really glorified with people constantly on their phones & taking “selfies” but really people are more lonely as a result. I think Amy is really lonely. She clearly has a boyfriend who does not care for her. They cut a scene, her final scene in the movie, when she calls her mother from the Newsboys dressing room and it’s clear they haven’t spoken in some time.  I missed that scene because I thought it was really important. So do I relate to her? My answer is I understand her. I mean I understand how she got lonely…busy…isolated.  I understand how she thinks by “winning” she’ll be a winner. I’d like to see Amy be of service to others. I think that would make her feel better about her life than the things she tries.

Did you enjoy working with the leads Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo?

I think Shane & Kevin are terrific in the film but we did not work together.

With what part of the cast were you able to spend time?

I worked with the Robertson’s who were sweethearts. Willie kept moving forward and they kept telling him not to and he said: “I’m sorry, she’s just so AGGRESSIVE.” That was hilarious. I also worked with the Newsboys, who were pure joy.

Are you surprised by the response to “God’s Not Dead?”

I’m completely shocked by the film’s success.  Pleasantly, obviously.

Tell us some of your favorite parts of the movie

My favorite line in the movie is,

“Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life without trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God.”

I love the scene. I think the actress does such a great job.  I think my favorite thing about the film is that it celebrates the beauty of faith.  I think that most people who don’t have faith lost it because hard things happened to them and I think that’s when you need faith the most.

After watching the film together with friends, we left the theater feeling very joyful. I like that about the movie as well. I think Benjamin & David’s scenes are so happy & light.

Have you heard any negative comments about the movie?

People have criticized the film for portraying the theists as mean and awful people. I find it funny only because I play a theist and the feedback I’ve been getting is that people were crying their eyes out when I break down at the computer and when I pray with the Newsboys. Also I feel, and I can only speak for my performance, that it was important for me NOT to play her as completely unlikeable/evil.  I was very clear with our fabulous director, Harry Cronk, I was not interested in playing her as one dimensional and he was very supportive. I don’t think theists are mean/awful people. I think people are people. Being kind and full-hearted can sometimes be challenging. I believe faith helps.

Thanks so much to Trisha Lafache for taking time to answer some questions. You can follow her on Twitter @TrishaLafache.

Be watching for future actor profiles!

Interview with “God’s Not Dead” actor Paul Kwo


My Church family attended opening night of “God’s Not Dead,” and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I posted a blog about the film, a synopsis and some personal thoughts, but then I decided to contact some of the actors/actresses and see if they’d agree to an email interview for my blog. The first to graciously accept was Paul Kwo, who played “Martin Yip” in the movie.  For those familiar with the movie, he played the foreign student and the first to stand and proclaim,

“God’s Not Dead.”

The following is the interview I conducted with Mr. Kwo.

When did you become a Christian?

I came to know Christ early in life. I grew up in a Christian home.  My Dad is a Pastor.  Both my parents are Christians.  My grandparents are also Christian.  I know at least one of my great grandmothers was a Christian.  I don’t know about the others.

How did you come to play a part in “God’s Not Dead?”

I mainly auditioned.  I got cast in it through Billy Damota Casting.  That’s pretty much it. There wasn’t anything special that I did…just a simple audition.  I actually auditioned with Jesse who plays my father.

Is this your first experience with acting?  If not, what other roles have you played?

I’ve done other roles.  I have done co-star spots for Scrubs and Knight Rider (the new one that only lasted one season).  I also do a lot of ADR work for big blockbuster movies and TV shows.  Last year, I worked on Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World, Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Gangster Squad, Blacklist and many others.

How did you enjoy working with Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo?

I loved working with them both.  They are both serious actors who take the craft with weight.  The whole cast was just great.  Everyone really wanted to make the acting in the film high in quality.  We definitely didn’t want your typical badly acted Christian film.  I also got to hang out with Shane a lot because we had a similar shooting schedule. He was a lot of fun to be around.

Do you hope to play other parts in future productions?  Is there anything currently in the works?

I’m definitely down for other parts in future productions.  I don’t know what the latest is on the future and if there’s anything planned for me.  Maybe you can convince Pure Flix to keep me around.

Are you surprised by the support for the film on its opening weekend?

I’m not surprised by the support.  But to see the film exceed all our expectations in the box office was amazing.

What is your favorite Christian based film?

I like Passion of the Christ and the Narnia series.  I just like well-made movies.  But there are some foreign small budget Christian films from Hong Kong that I like.

How do you hope “God’s Not Dead” ministers to people?

I think the most important thing God’s Not Dead can do is to get people to start talking. For some, it may directly convert, for others it may not.  But I think the most important thing for us as human beings is to allow ourselves to engage in this conversation. That’s the most important thing. If we stop the discussion and close the book, then there’s a problem. We should over and over re-examine our lives and our Universe and make that determination for ourselves whether we believe God is dead or alive.

Thanks for inviting me to an interview.

I appreciate the opportunity to host this interview with Paul Kwo and hope to post other interviews in the days to come. And remember,

“God’s Not Dead!”

Click below for more information about Paul Kwo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3HyO-xq7d8

Movie Review: God’s Not Dead


Movie Overview: God’s Not Dead

College freshman, Josh Wheaton, reported for first day of classes, eyeing a future degree in law.  A committed Christian, Josh expected to receive a higher education, not a tongue lashing, from his atheist philosophy professor about the first year student’s Christianity.

During his first lecture, Professor Radisson chided any professing belief in the antiquated God of the Bible.  To kick-off the semester in Philosophy 101, Professor Radisson instructed the pupils to write “God is Dead” on a sheet of paper and turn it in, signed.  With little or no forethought, the students, eager to please, signed the declaration….Well, all but Josh Wheaton.

The Professor expected absolute obedience, and when Josh refused to sign the statement denying his faith, Radisson assigned Josh the daunting undertaking of proving God’s existence.

The question looms, will Josh stand resolved as Daniel in the Old Testament or compromise his faith to secure a passing grade in the mandatory class?

Brief Review

The movie captures a predicament devout Christians across America are facing.  As the credits rolled, cases argued/defended by the Alliance Defense Fund revealed that “persecution” of Christian students on university campuses is not isolated.  In fact, as our culture continues to embrace a more tolerant view of lifestyles the Bible specifically lists as sinful, the pressure to live wholly committed to Christ will become increasingly difficult.  As Christianity becomes more and more unpopular, the students who dare refuse to participate in spiritually compromising lessons and assignments face potential retribution from professors who see themselves as “god” in their own schools of higher learning.

Josh Wheaton, played by Shane Harper of “Good Luck, Charlie” fame, delivers a powerful and believable performance.  His internal debate over compromising or “swimming upstream” is palpable.  At one point, my wife leaned over and whispered, “I feel so nervous for him.”  My heart raced with the same anxiety.  Fantastic acting in this young man’s fledgling career.

Kevin Sorbo plays the part of Professor Radisson, the atheist.  He, too played his role powerfully, causing me to be nervous whenever an encounter with Josh was imminent.

This film delivers a timely message and definitely deserves a rating of “family friendly.”  I can’t imagine Willie and Korie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) making a cameo appearance in anything but…can you?

Phil Robertson Modeled Jesus


Yesterday evening at family Christmas, my brother announced, “I just saw a Fox News Report.  It’s official.  Phil’s back on the show.”  The family room erupted with a smattering of applause and head nods of approval.  But no one was surprised.  A louder voice spoke.  Money talks.

After a nationwide uproar, A&E re-instated Phil Robertson to his prominent and beloved position on Duck Dynasty.  According to the Left, Phil committed the unpardonable sin.  He dared define homosexuality as sin, citing the Bible as his reference.  The side always preaching “tolerance” leveled accusations of bigotry and homophobia at the God fearing outdoorsman.  Resolved to hold fast to the truth of Scripture, the Patriarch of the Robertson Family told a Church Bible Study group he refused to back down from his anti-homosexuality statements but added,

“I’m a lover, not a hater.”

He’s modeling Jesus.

In the Gospel of John chapter 8 we find the following:

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee

Many people, when justifying a choice or behavior, quote this section of Scripture, stopping before Jesus finished his statement.  He did say,

“Neither do I condemn you”

But He also added,

“Go and leave your life of sin.”

People hate being labeled a sinner.  It sounds so filthy and dirty and undesirable.  And yes, that’s how God views it.

Had the religious leaders dragged a homosexual, or a thief, or a person charged with “knock-out,” a murderer, or a child guilty of sticking gum in his sister’s hair, to the feet of Jesus, He’d said,

“Go and leave your life of sin”

It’s not a popular message.  It steps on our toes and causes us to be uncomfortable.   But that’s how God deals with our sin.  If people desire forgiveness, there must first come an acknowledgment of sin and then repentance, a

“Going” and “Leaving.”

Phil Robertson pointed out several sinful lifestyles, targeting no group in particular.  He explained every person’s need of repentance and of God’s role in holding Heaven and Hell’s citizenship rolls.

What did the “Duck Dynasty” star do wrong?  He ruffled the feathers of a minute percent of people searching for a lifestyle validation.  From Mr. Robertson, those people won’t receive,

“Congratulations, you’re living in a sinful lifestyle,”

but more likely hear,

“There’s good news, a little Baby born in Bethlehem entered the world to shoulder your sin problem…as well as mine.”

And that should be good news to one and all.

Christians are to Blame for Phil’s Firing


A&E’s not to blame for kicking Phil Robertson to the curb.  We are.  The Church.  Sure, A&E wrote out his checks and signed him to contractual agreements, but the real reason for Phil’s retribution lies on us, the Church.  Somewhere along the way, the Church joined the rest of our Country in the “wussification” of America.  For those unfamiliar with the term, it means, “the trend of becoming an increasingly wimpy society.”

Over the last several years, there’s been a movement to make the Country more soft.  Little boys can’t bite pop tarts into shapes of guns without stern reprisal.  In the Fall of 2013, Fox News reported, “An elementary school in Nashua, NH has reminded parents and students that playing “tag” violates the school’s longtime “no contact” rule for recess games.”  And the no contact rule now extends into the adult world.  In football, players are limited in their methods of tackling; Major League baseball plans to ban home plate collisions beginning in 2015.  Soon, spectators will fill arenas to watch professional athletes in marathon pillow fights or playing tag….well, maybe not tag.  Little kids can’t even play “Cowboys and Indians” because of the offensive nature of the “I” word.  America’s becoming too soft.

Sadly, the “wussification” movement has crept into our churches as well.  A couple of centuries ago, pastors pounded pulpits and loudly warned of “hell, fire, and brimstone.”  In 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon entitled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”  The message depicted the realities of hell so clearly, the hearers could smell the sulfur burning.   Fast forward to the early 1900’s and to the evangelist, Billy Sunday.  NPR contributor and author Steve Inkeep wrote of Sunday, “The “muscularity” and movement of his sermons was meant to counter the view by some that Christians were docile and fragile.”  Finally, over the last 50 years, Billy Graham spoke plainly about the hell awaiting those without Jesus.  Unfortunately, many churches today shy away from sermons about God’s Judgment or the text Phil quoted in his GQ Interview.  I Corinthians 6:9-11 states,

 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a]10 nor thieves
nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the
kingdom of God.”

Tough words but none more true.

Soon the executives and A&E will crowd around a conference table wondering how to keep their proverbial ship afloat, and some will ask why did we allow 5% of the population to dictate this decision.  None will think to blame Christians.  If the Christian voice resonated with as much volume and fervor as GLAAD, Phil Robertson wouldn’t be out of a job; the rest of the cast wouldn’t be facing tough decisions about their television future.  But we needn’t worry.  Duck Dynasty will land on their feet with even greater success.  God blesses faithfulness.

In the meantime, Christians today need to “man up.”  Phil Robertson transported America back to the days of Jonathan Edwards and A&E’s response to Phil’s comment proves that in 250 years, this Country’s grown soft…too soft.  And so has the Church.

I stand with Phil Robertson.

More importantly, I stand on God’s Word.

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