Monthly Archives: June 2015

America – Lost in a Fog of Immorality and Tyranny

For centuries, our American forefathers fought for individual liberty, traditional morality, and a just government. Now, we are losing all three.

The Federalist No. 51 adroitly addresses the paradox of human liberty: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

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Therein lies the rub. Human beings – being human beings – desire liberty for themselves but succumb to the temptations of ruling tyrannically over others. Hence, our Founding Fathers deliberate framing of a government divided among three branches (executive, legislative, judicial), geographically (federal, state, local), and otherwise.

Now, we live in the worst of both worlds.

The human temptation to exceed boundaries has proceeded apace for generations and has finally succeeded in tearing down those limitations on government, empowering the government to place unlimited limitations upon the People.

This political role reversal has been accompanied by a similar reversal morally and spiritually.

Alexis de Tocqueville observed: “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Rather than be good, Americans have chosen – or had foisted upon them – a government which enjoins non-traditional immorality and proclaims itself the arbiter of the People’s will, irrespective of the People’s actual interests.

Regarding the exaltation of gay marriage, David French observes, “This is the era of sexual liberty – the marriage of hedonism to meaning – and the establishment of a new civic religion. The black-robed priesthood has spoken. Will the church bow before their new masters?”

We now have a culture without restraints and a government without restraints!

The remainder of this column addresses the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions which, perhaps inalterably, will transform the lives of every American. Here are some highlights for your consideration:

Andrew C. McCarthy

“Roberts’s denial that the Court legislates is astonishing in its cynicism: In saving SCOTUScare, the chief justice not only usurped Congress’s law-writing role with gusto; he claimed the powers, first, to divine legislative purpose from its contradictory expression in legislative language, and, then, to manufacture legislative ambiguity as the pretext for twisting the language to serve the contrived purpose.”

“Already, an ocean of ink has been spilled analyzing, lauding, and bemoaning the Supreme Court’s work this week: a second life line tossed to SCOTUScare in just three years; the location of a heretofore unknown constitutional right to same-sex marriage almost a century-and-a-half after the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment; and the refashioning of Congress’s Fair Housing Act to embrace legal academe’s loopy ‘disparate impact’ theory of inducing discrimination.”

“And it is not so much that they [the liberal justices] move in lockstep. It is that no one expects them to do anything but move in lockstep – not their fellow justices, not the political branches, and certainly not the commentariat, right or left.”

Kevin D. Williamson

“In the matter of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruled that the law must not say what it in fact does say because it would be better if it were not to say what it says and were to say something else instead. In the matter of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court rules that the law must say what it does not say because it would be better if it were to say what it does not say instead of what it says. Which is to say, the Supreme Court has firmly established that it does not matter what the law says or does not say – what matters is what they want.”

Ben Shapiro

“The day after declaring Obamacare magically rewritten and that the lawsuits against discrimination in housing require no proof of actual discrimination, the Supreme Court found a unicorn in the 14th Amendment.”

“In the end, Kennedy’s case is simply that to be against same-sex marriage is bigotry: “It demeans gays and lesbians for the State to lock them out of a central institution of the Nation’s society.” With breathtaking arrogance, Kennedy concludes:”

“The limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples may long have seemed natural and just, but its inconsistency with the central meaning of the fundamental right to marry is now manifest.”

[Shapiro continues:] “For thousands of years, everybody got it wrong. For hundreds of years, every American state got it wrong. Today, the vast majority of the planet’s population gets it wrong, and so do hundreds of millions of Americans. But their wrongness is ‘manifest.’ Why? Because Kennedy says so.”

“But in the idolatry of the left, we do not have the freedom to govern ourselves, nor even to rely the old God for our values and truths. Our betters will lead us. And they will grant any right they see fit, and reject any liberty they see fit, and redefine any term they see fit. Democracy in America did not die with jackboots; it died with the boredom and stupidity of an American people complicit in its demise, celebrating the circuses and the games provided by its new rulers, fat and happy in their submission. Let the parades be held; let the call go forth. By the power vested in them by, well, them, the Supreme Court and the left declare Americans husbands and husbands, wives and wives – and all of them slaves.”

[John S. Roberts provides salient quotes from our Founders on liberty and tyranny.]

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Holy Marriages

“But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” – Matthew 5:32

No one has a perfect marriage. Ask King David or our spiritual patriarch, Abraham.

Jesus understands this. At that time, many looked for loopholes to their marital covenants. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called the people of that day to a higher standard of holiness. Jesus has similarly greater expectations for us, and he offers us greater rewards – here and in eternity.

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God expects us to live our lives in a holy manner, placing all things into subjection under him, including our marriages.

Marriage is actually intended to benefit both the husband and the wife. Two broken people united in one purpose can complement and complete one another. As Jesus explained, “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh.” (Matthew 19:6) Which is why Jesus added, “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

God brings wholeness into our brokenness in a special way through marriage.

And in our marriages – as with the rest of our lives – we should be bringing glory to God. Peter wrote, “because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:16)

We can enter into his presence at any time – through prayer and worship, Bible study and meditation – to understand his purpose for our lives and our marriages. Following Jesus daily – step-by-step – will bring greater meaning into our lives and our marriages and bring glory to God.

Let us place our lives and our marriages on his altar.

Let us pray the light and love into our lives.

Let his glory shine in us and in our marriages.

Amen!

Our Daddy: God is Our Refuge

God’s glory shines in the darkest of times. Last week, darkness descended for a moment in an historic black church in Charleston, NC, when nine children of our Father were killed by a white supremacist.

Those victims of a madman are now in Paradise. Jesus was with them in Emanuel A.M.E. Church and they are with Him now in heaven.

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All of the victims’ families have forgiven the killer. In his sermon at Emanuel AME Church, Rev. Norvel Goff explained, “A lot of people expected us to do something strange and to break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us. We are people of faith.”

Quoting the prophet Isaiah, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper,” Goff proclaimed, “The doors are open at Emanuel this Sunday, sending a message to every demon in Hell and on Earth that no weapon, no weapon … shall prosper!”

People of faith, hope, and love.

In his message, given on Father’s Day, Goff noted that we are children of our heavenly Father, who is a God of love, and that we, as His children, are called to be a people of love.

The psalmist wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Yesterday, while singing David Crowder’s worship song, “How He Loves,” his lyrics struck anew: “When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory and I realize just how beautiful You are.”

All we are and all we do is for God’s glory and our Father’s greatest joy is that His glory shines forth in us.

Identity Lost: PC Trans-Racial Politics

The escalation of Leftist identity politics continues apace with, first, Bruce Jenner’s alleged transformation into a woman (DNA does not lie) and, then, the discovery that a white NAACP leader has been masquerading as a black for many years.

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The root causes of these cultural phenomena lie in the 1960’s countercultural revolution, which stripped the nation from its cultural moorings, replaced objective truth with moral relativism and situational ethics, and gave birth to a nation of narcissists, beginning with the Me Generation.

Now a new generation, seeking to find itself, has lost its identity.

Having removed common sense from the vernacular, anything truly goes.

Katherine Timpf writes, in National Review:

“The white woman who spent years portraying herself as black – doing so with an elaborate deceptive scheme that included wearing dark makeup, telling people that her adopted black brother was her biological son, claiming that one of her black friends was her biological father, claiming that her biological father was a Marine who was almost murdered three times by ‘white subordinates’ because they were upset that he was black and held a superior position, saying she would be ‘nervous’ about attending a Tea Party rally because there would be so many white people there, and even allegedly telling a Hispanic student that she could not participate in a classroom activity on race and culture because she looked too white – apparently never could have anticipated getting caught and/or that people would be mad if she did.”

A Gleam in Our Father’s Eye

“So he called his disciples to himself and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;  for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.’” – Mark 12:43-44

No one else noticed her, but Jesus commended this poor widow for her faith and generosity in giving all that she had – (what those around her considered of no value) – to God.

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Can you picture the face of her Father in heaven? The gleam in his eye as she honored him? Trusted him?

Giving is not about the money; it’s an act of faith. This widow exhibited great faith in God and in His providence. She let go of all that she had.

The proof of our faith is in letting go, too.

How can we bring a gleam to our Father’s eyes?

We can begin by understanding that our lives are realigned and redefined by one relationship – with Jesus Christ. If we have Jesus, we have everything.

If we believe that, nothing will be more valuable to us than God.

Do we rely on God or on our possessions?

Like the poor widow, do we give gifts to God that actually cost us? Or is our faith journey one without cost? If so, where is our faith?

We can ask God how he wants us to sacrifice for him – and then do it.

Missionary Jim Elliot had it right when he said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Reflecting God’s Glory

You are all children of the light and children of the day.
We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:5

Have you ever wondered about who you are? About your identity? Jesus sheds light on our quest in his Sermon on the Mount.

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Early in his public ministry, Jesus declared his followers to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” (Matt. 5:13-16)

As salt, we are both a preservative (stopping spiritual and moral decay) and an added flavor (giving others a taste of the kingdom to come). As light, we point others to the source of freedom and security – Jesus Christ.

Salt and light. That sounds like a tall order. But Jesus spoke in the present tense – “you are” – for a reason. We are salt and light precisely because Jesus himself – the true Light of the world and the Redeemer of mankind – lives in us.

Our identity changed when we were born again. We went from being Christ-less to Christ-like. How? By being Christ-filled.

We all began as “babes in Christ” and we are all somewhere on a spiritual continuum as we walk with Christ to become more and more like Christ every day.

The New Testament is replete with exhortations to God’s people to live as people of God. Those who are called Christians should actually be Christ-like.

Why? When the life of Christ is lived in us, we reveal Jesus to others.

In other words, our lives should reflect God’s glory.

If we truly experience God, we will be sharing Him – in our walk and in our talk.

Our conduct should reflect our identity as children of God. As the apostle John wrote, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

We do not belong to the night, we belong to the true Light of the world.

Jesus instructed us to “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

Let’s do that starting today!