Sunday, July 5, 2015

What Do You Believe?

This has been quite a July 4th. I have wanted to post, but don't know really where to begin, with regard to the recent Court decision, the controversy of the Confederate battle flag (which sadly, has overshadowed the terrible loss of life involved in the tragedy), and the continued attack on God's Word, vis a' vis the Oklahoma Supreme Court's order of the removal of the Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds..

1. With regard to Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court has caved to the pressure to remain relevant. It has no power to enforce any of its decisions, so as a branch of the government, it is dependent upon the willingness of the others  to make their decisions reality through changes in the law.  As a body, the Court always worries about being ignored--with good reason. I believe that Chief Justice Roberts is afraid of a legacy of impotence in the face of  loud (but exaggerated) call for change. He is also afraid of this President. Roberts, et al,  are no doubt patting themselves as the heroes of the hour. They are like the fools in the children's story, The Emperor's New Clothes. In graduate school, I aspired to be a Constitutional historian; I have taught Con law for several years and American History for many. We are in a sad and sorry state.I no longer have ANY desire to be a Constitutional scholar. 

2.Similarly, I am appalled by how so many are patting themselves on the back for celebrating sin--we have family members who are outspoken advocates for this godless worldview. They claim to be Christians, but discount God's Word and His clear rejection of this way of life. Never have I seen so public of an endorsement of sin. "Love wins"? Really? Love won on that terrible day at Calvary, and we celebrate that victory by heeding Christ's words, "If ye love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15). Love does not win by celebrating sin. 

3. In the Oklahoma case involving the removal of a 10 Commandments monument, there are a lot of frightening elements:  the suit was brought by a Satanic organization from Massachusetts who threatened to erect a satanic monument unless the  other was taken down. Joining this group was a Baptist minister who just wanted to "keep government neutral."  Part of our problem is that we have turned a man-made document, the Constitutior, into a moral compass rather than an instrument of government. I disagree with my brothers in Christ who defend any Constitutional "principle" against the Word of God. They cannot see--they are deceived:  the Freedom of religion has been changed into a Freedom from religion, and they think they are doing right by defending a man-made standard rather than a God-ordained command.

4. For the first time in many years, I have not wanted to fly an American flag in our home. I do not want to sing, "God Bless America." We live in a Nation that has been blessed by God, but one that has run from Him and thrown His blessings away, congratulating ourselves along the way. 

5. The Christian community has been too quiet for too long. We have treated marriage and sex outside of marriage with contempt.  We have been silent as our rights to worship and pray have been taken away. We have stood by as abortion laws have changed. I know Believers who are pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. How can that be? There are Christians who belong to a political party that shouted down "God" in their platform. I had lunch with a man who I am sure thinks he is a Christian. He supports this President and what he stands for. His wife belittled my candidate, Scott Walker, because he doesn't have a college degree. Your priorities are of the world and not of God. 

Now is the time to know what we believe and take a stand. Silent acquiescence WILL turn into acceptance and then approval. 

Hear the words of Joshua:
Choose ye this day whom ye will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we wills serve the LORD>
Joshua 24:15

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