Category Archives: Faith

The slippery slope of the Chick-Fil-A mess…

Okay, so there’s this. Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-a said he supported biblical marriage. This pissed a lot of folks off. I get that. Someone said something that offends someone else. Happens every day, and we usually get over it.

One thing I did not hear was Mr. Cathy stating that Chick-fil-a only hires straight married people. Nor did he say that gay single or married people won’t get their top level of service in their establishments. Again, a man stated his own personal conviction, based on his personal beliefs. He exercised his first amendment right when asked the appropriate question.

Now what we see is two halves of the American public polarized. One half is in support of ‘CFA’, and the reasons vary. Some support because they share the belief regarding same sex marriage. Some support because they support free speech. Some support because they believe that what the anti-CFA faction is doing to the employees of the company is flat wrong.

The other half, being offended by the originating statement, have just plain decided that Mr. Cathy is wrong, and therefore the entire company of employees need to be taken to task on it, come hell or high water.

I don’t quite get this. These employees are young and old, Christian, athiest, Mormon, Agnostic, gay, straight, monogomous and bigamous. They come from all walks of life. Some agree with Mr. Cathy’s statement, and some don’t. Some don’t even give a damn about what he believes, one way or the other.

Watch what you rain down on a company because of the personal conviction of one man. This is a slippery slope. If someone does not believe what you believe, cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it. That is what makes this Country. People from all walks of life, different colors, beliefs, origins, or even different destinations. That is America. You want censorship of those who do not agree with you, there are plenty of countries who will welcome you with open arms.

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Wrong on so many levels…

Obama Administration Clashes With Mitt Romney on Jerusalem, Say It’s Not Capital of Israel | Video | TheBlaze.com.

This is promising…

At least the case wasn’t taken to the Ninth Circuit…

District Judge for District of Colorado Stops Contraception Mandate Following Lawsuit by Hercules Industries | TheBlaze.com.

The administration opposed the order, arguing, contrary to the U.S. Constitution, that people of faith forfeit their religious liberty once they engage in business.[…]

Blind indeed…

Highlighting the Clash

If anyone has seen the recent net-rage “10 Commandments For My Daughters Potential Boyfriends,” then you are now, if not already familiar with Pastor Doug Giles.

Doug is Sr. Pastor at Clash Christian Church in Miami, Fla. He is also a columnist at Townhall.com, and has written a book called “Raising Righteous and Rowdy Girls.”

Adding one more item on his to-do list, he has fired up  a news and info site that reminds me a bit of The Blaze run by Glenn Beck. It is called Clashdaily.com  The site is still in it’s infancy, but it looks like it may sprout well. With a host of contributors and Doug’s edgy tone, I doubt anyone will leave his site due to boredom. Give it a look-see.

Obey the law of the land..

Romans 13:1-10

New International Version (NIV)

Submission to Governing Authorities

13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

(Biblegateway.com)

Michael Salman Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail Over Home Bible Studies | Video | TheBlaze.com.

If just for the safety of the ‘congregation’, Why not comply?

(h/t The Blaze)

 

Deep thoughts on this our Independence Day

I had the occasion today to have a conversation with a bright young man, still in the process of putting on the pants of adulthood. The conversation revolved around our shared belief of where this country is headed and what we thought should be done to secure our ability to exist in the changing political and ideological landscape.

We shared the observation that this country is no longer suffering the frog-in-a-pot syndrome, but rather has flashed into the snowballing effect, and the snowball is bright flashing neon. We discussed the mutual desire to be able to support ourselves and our families as the structure of the economy continues to morph.

At one point in the conversation, the young man commented that he firmly believed that our current president could not be reelected. He felt that there was no way for the current administration to win. I thought about this for a moment, then I shared my doubts regarding that thought with him. Here is that doubt…

From a biblical perspective, the Lord sets up kings and removes them according to His will. Leaders, whether good, bad, or somewhere in between all serve to fulfill His purpose. This is just the framework for my thought. Now the meat.

Two weeks ago, we, as a nation, waited breathlessly for the supreme court to rule on whether or not the Health Care Mandate was constitutional. Between the signals put out by the court in their examination of the law and the talking heads of the media, this law was done for. No need to imagine our surprise when the law was upheld by the court. But the most surprising thing was that, according to the press, CJ Roberts changed his position from against to for the law at the last minute, providing the swing vote required to uphold. It happened in the blink of an eye. Nobody in their right mind saw this coming. Even our president was preparing a requiem for the death of the bill. But none was necessary, and now we have the first major socialist mandate in American history as well as the largest tax hike in the history of the world.

Now apply this sort of a timeline to the election cycle. The talking heads are telling us that Obama is sucking wind behind Romney, or rather, anybody but himself. He is hard up for funds. His base for the most part is bailing on him. The SEIU will not be providing any financing this time around. House Democrats are jumping ship. And as for the right? Supposedly, the Supreme Court ruling ‘”…awakened a sleeping giant.” This is all encouraging, but what happens on election day?

Returning to the biblical perspective, I believe that the moral and spiritual position of a nation is gauged by two thing; the voice of the people and the actions of the leadership. Considering how far off of the REAL moral compass and spiritual foundation this nation has slid, it stands to reason that our current leadership is exactly what we asked for and precisely what we deserve. I believe that the only thing that could possibly secure the election of a new president and revitalize the growth of this great nation is the entire nation falling on it’s face as one people, and asking God for his forgiveness and mercy. Otherwise, we can believe in whatever outcome we want up to the day of the cast vote, but the outcome may be a mirror image of the decision regarding the Health Care Mandate… completely unexpected and unforeseen.

It is based on this philosophy that I believe that the current administration may very well walk us into the next four years. After all, the hearts of so many in this country have become callous and hateful. The nation is wounded, and this wound is such a deep division of flesh that it may never heal. Even if it does, the healing would most likely prove septic and never complete.

As went Rome, so go we…