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On September 11, 2001, I sat proctoring a test in a local junior high school, when a fellow teacher stepped into the room.  There to relieve me, he said, “Get to a television.”  I hurried down the hallway and stepped into the teacher’s lounge.  An aide stood in front of the television, transfixed.  I peeked over her shoulder in time to see the second plane plow into the World Trade Center.  For the next several minutes, I watched as throngs of people sprinted from the towers.  And then both buildings crumpled, leaving a smoldering pile of rubble.

For the rest of the day, the world’s eyes were glued to the television, attempting to process the information coming in.  By the end of the day, four hijacked planes delivered death and destruction, killing almost 3000 innocent people.  In one coordinated act of cowardice, radical jihadists stole America’s peace of mind and sense of invincibility.  How would America respond?

Later that day, something happened on Capitol Hill no one expected.  After Congressman Hastert addressed the nation, pledging to hold accountable those responsible for terrorism on our shores, the Congress formed an impromptu choir, gathering in a show of solidarity singing “God Bless America.”

Yes….”God Bless America.”

For the next few weeks, churches experienced a major uptick in attendance.  People scrambled to seek answers to combat fears of future attacks.  It’s true…there are no atheists in foxholes.  Sadly, the singing of “God Bless America” and the new interest in clinging to God faded as the United States settled back into the old and familiar routine of life pre-terrorist attack.  When the Congress linked arms and sang a song beseeching the Creator to bless our Country, for a fleeting a moment I wondered,

“Could this be the beginning of a much needed Spiritual Awakening?”

A few short years later, the Democratic National Convention delegates booed when asked to insert the mention of God and Israel into the Democratic Platform.

Yes.  They.  Booed.  God.

Obviously, the memory of terrorists killing a few thousand Americans was dimmed by a new push to eradicate God entirely from the public arena.

Fast forward to 2015.  It appears those opposed to anything holy and righteous have stepped on the accelerator, speeding up America’s trip to “hell in a hand basket.”  In the last few months, the Supreme Court has overstepped its bounds in legalizing gay marriage, Christians face the targeted efforts of homosexuals demanding everyone honor their unions, and a investigative journalist organization has video evidence that Planned Parenthood harvests organs of aborted babies, including those born alive.  A couple of decades ago, America surpassed all other world powers leading as Reagan’s “shining city on a hill.”  Today, it’s a sprint to the bottom to surpass the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah.

And now, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis sits in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.  Her professed faith in Christ and belief in the teachings of the Bible dictates her decision.  Obviously, an activist judge wrongly believes the Supreme Court can create laws and finds an opportunity to teach all “bitter clingers” in America a lesson.  It’s becoming apparent the gay agenda isn’t about equality but about forcing everyone to embrace the “alternative” lifestyle.

Unless another horrific calamity strikes America, I don’t anticipate Congress singing “God Bless America” any time soon.  In fact, I’m not even sure we have that right.  We should encourage the President to utilize his “pen and phone” to change the lyrics to “God Spare America.”  That seems more apropos.

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.

 

 

Biblical History: The Reason for Middle East Aggressions


In case some missed the Sunday School lesson discussing the origins of the friction between the Jewish people and the Arab nations, let me take a moment to share a little refresher. A few days ago, aides from the Obama Administration appeared dumbfounded on the morning news shows when asked about the hatred between Muslims and Jews. It’s quite simple, really. One needs only turn in the Bible to Genesis chapter 16.

But first some background.

Have you ever become impatient with God?

Abraham did.

God promised Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would be blessed with a child…a son. Many years passed and Sarah failed to conceive. Instead of waiting faithfully for God to provide the promised heir, Abraham weighed his options.  Abraham considered the situation and decided God needed help. So, he married his wife’s maidservant, Hagar, and she conceived.

But this wasn’t God’s plan.  Abraham failed this test of patience miserably. The child growing in the womb of Hagar was not the chosen son.  Abraham sinned by choosing to take matters into his own hands. Bitterness, strife, and envy raged between Sarah and her maidservant Hagar. Abraham instructed his wife to do with Hagar as she wished. Chapter 16 verse 6 says,

“And when Sarai dealt severely with her, humbling and afflicting her, she (Hagar) fled from her.”

An Angel of the Lord found Hagar near a small brook. Hagar poured out her heart to God’s messenger, but the Angel of the Lord commanded her to return to her mistress. She also was given the following promise concerning the child she would bear:

“I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be numbered for multitude.”

But then the Angel of the Lord shared the following about the baby she would deliver:

“You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. 12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”

God promised that Ishmael’s descendants would be numerous, but also warned that Ishmael and his future line would be violent, living in hostility toward everyone. Ishmael’s line fathered the Arab nation that exists today.

Abraham and Sarah did eventually conceive a son and gave him the name Isaac.  Isaac’s birth fulfilled God’s promise and insured the Jewish line would never cease to exist.  Of course tensions existed between Ishmael and Isaac, and that animosity continues to this day.

If the Obama Administration would just brush up on biblical history, there’d be less head scratching by Obama Aides on future morning news shows.

Democrats and Christians….Oxymorons?


History often repeats itself.

Maybe not with exact precision, but occasionally snippets of past historical events re-emerge, triggering memories of days gone by.  Fads come…go…and come again.  For instance, fashion to a certain extent, functions in this cyclical manner.   Even Biblical history repeats itself.   Last year, an occurrence at the Democratic National Convention shared something in common with an account in the lives of Jesus and the Apostle Peter.  No…no one walked on water or turned water into wine.  But a significant percentage of the party delegates played the role of Peter in one of his most notorious moments, the occasion of his thrice denial of Christ.

After the arrest of Jesus, Peter milled around the courtyard awaiting the fate of Christ.  Noting Peter’s presence, the crowd asked Peter if he was one of Jesus’ followers.  Peter refuted having any relationship with Jesus, voicing these denials three times.   When the rooster crowed, Peter remembered Jesus’ words,

“”Truly I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”  Matthew 26:34

So, how does the aforementioned Biblical account apply to the Democratic National Convention?  In the Fall of last year, abandoning language from previous gatherings, the DNC presented a platform without the mention of “God” and without the designation of “Jerusalem” as the Capitol of Israel.  These head scratching omissions ignited a firestorm.  Social media disseminated the news that the Democrats could now be categorized as “Godless.”  Within a few hours, a delegate presented a resolution to amend the platform, re-inserting both “God” and “Jerusalem” in the document.  Aiming to right the “oversight,” DNC Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa announced the party required a 2/3 vote to amend the party platform.  Calling for a voice vote of “ayes” and “nays,” the Party Chair squirmed as the volume of affirmative and negative votes sounded identical.  After three separate votes, he unilaterally passed the amendment as those opposed booed the correction.

Three times he called for a vote and three times at least half of the delegates chorused contempt for God and Jerusalem.  There’s no doubt Party leaders, possibly including the President, ordered Mr. Villaraigosa,

“No matter the vote, pass the amendment.”

At the DNC, a political party chair resorted to cheating to acknowledge God’s Providence, a truly sad commentary on the spiritual state of America.

A few months ago, the Missouri Baptist newspaper, “The Pathway” shared the following results from a Gallup poll:

“Most Democrats, 52 percent, say they seldom or never go to church.  Twenty percent said they go to church nearly weekly or monthly.  Thirty-eight percent of Republicans said they seldom or never go to church, while 21 percent said they go to church nearly weekly or monthly.  When asked what their religious denomination was, 19 percent of Democrats said they had none, while 9 percent of Republicans said they belonged to no denomination.

Recently a friend of a friend said,

“Democrats have no hope of going to Heaven.”

I do not endorse his remarks.

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

However, the poll answers some questions about the liberals’ stance on social issues, particularly abortion and homosexuality.  If a majority of democrats steer clear of church, then the odds of adopting a biblical worldview seem slim.  Without a biblical worldview it becomes easy for “man to do what seems right in his own eyes….”

No wonder they booed God.

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