The American public is ready for it? Recently, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg stated that America is ready to accept approving gay marriage.1 She said,
“The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us.”
“We” realized that it was one of our neighbors, our child’s best friend or our child, who has come out to say, ‘I am gay.” Is that the standard by which decisions are made? Continue reading
As the prosecuting attorney for the Ferguson case, Robert McCulloch, explained the Grand Jury’s decision regarding the police officer who defended himself from the attack of the young man, he expressed that “some of the eyewitnesses” said they did not actually see the incident. They qualified themselves by saying that they passed on what they heard others say.1 That is not only a lie, but a violation of due process of law. Continue reading
30 years ago if I said that homosexuality is not acceptable before God, few would disagree.
40 years ago if I said that abortion is wrong, few would disagree. But now people will say I’m too political.
It was on July 2, 1945 that Lyndon Johnson faced a tough campaign against a couple individuals who used 501(c) 3 secular organizations. Johnson authored the Johnson amendment to congress that imposed restrictions on 501(c) 3 organizations from making political speeches, comments and commentary. It was not intended to restrict churches, but the devil used it to hinder and stifle churches from speaking their conscience.
The present administration did inherit a mess, but the mess is even greater now in several areas. Morality is spinning out of control, economics are sliding off the chart, infrastructure is failing, and the family is becoming weaker. The US security is weaker across the world, the flag is disdained by most countries and the US is targeted by radicals by a three point plan to dismember our strength to bring us under Sharia law. The reason for all of this is because we as a nation are turning from our spiritual moorings and worship of Jesus Christ. We saw this in our study of Chronicles time and time again when God raised up enemy forces to cause Israel’s attention to return to the Lord.
Let me give you four issues for you to consider:
I won’t even bring up the problem that the DNC wanted God removed from the platform and the voice vote, while said by the chair that it was clear, seemed clear that a majority were louder in keeping God off the platform.
Is the answer with the Republican party? I don’t believe they have the answers in total either. I don’t see how they will bring our economic problems under control any time soon. My problem is I saw the previous Republican administration expand the national debt, grow the government and cause more people to become dependent on the government subsidies. That’s all about power and control. The government has just a few responsibilities and they are outlined in Romans 13. The citizens have responsibility to feed themselves. So what do you do about the greed inherent in free enterprise? I despise that. There is greed there, but also in power politics and control. That is there because we Christians, for 150 years, are not discipling our children and neighbors before God. We are too comfortable and we are content with growing problems in our neighborhoods and communities, as long as it doesn’t affect us.
There are other issues with the platforms. Let each one decide by his/her own conscience how they should vote. There are complicated issues. The main issue is America is walking away from her spiritual moorings. The answer is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, not in a particular party. Unless the country returns to its foundation it will spin down the spiral into a third rate country.
Last night, another tragedy has struck America. The details will be laid out for us in the days ahead, but in the mean time at least 12 are dead and 50 wounded. A tragedy like this could happen anywhere and families will become paralyzed with fear and bewilderment. Take time to think through the repercussions and pray for the families involved. This is not a game. Thank God, He is still sovereign, faithful and merciful.
This incident shows the insidious nature of the wickedness of man’s heart. When man is not in submission to the justice of God, he acts independently and causes havoc in the world mirroring the evil one. That’s where we Christians, with merciful, open hearts, need to realize our part to set our minds on the things above and set our priorities on building God’s kingdom rather than going about our business thinking this would never happen close to home. God will have his way and use His people for His glory if we trust Him and reach out to neighbors with the gospel.
Is there someone you know that needs an ear? Is there a parent you know struggling with his/her child? Is there a person who is functioning alone and needs the gospel?
In 1965 Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty when 15% of America was under the “poverty” level. His “deal” became a raw deal, because man will never solve his problems without the Grace of God. We now spend 668 billion dollars per year on 126 programs. We are still at the same level of poverty of 15%. God is not a part of the program. If you leave God out of any solution, you’ll have a temporary fix at best and a deceitful money pit of misery at worst.
When a repentant woman came into a dinner engagement and anointed Jesus’ head with a very costly oil of spikenard, the indignant criticized her for this seemingly waste of resources. Jesus told them to leave her alone and then said, “For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.” (Mark 14:7) Jesus didn’t say, don’t help the poor, but you may do them good. He also said they would always be with you. In other words, we ought to do good by helping, but always in the name of Jesus, so Jesus is the reason for our help to them and they know the reason for the help they receive. But we should also know that money and resources in themselves are not the solution to poverty as the raw deal has shown.
Am I against the support the poor receive from the government? Not really. I believe the church should be the source of help, but the church is at a point, where it can hardly take care of its own. Unfortunately, the government welfare level of support has risen 41% in the last three years alone, an astronomical figure and still there is no change to godliness or upward mobility of the poor. The only true answer is a change of heart and seeking after God’s way. Money has become one of the “gods of this age.” People think money will solve theirs and the world’s problems. It never will and never was meant to solve problems.