One of the biggest disappointments of this election season has to be the final unraveling of the mainstream media. As the days pass and the smoke clears a bit after the shocking events, it is hard to grapple with the magnitude of their collapse. Read More
There is a bonus scene at the end of the movie “God’s Not Dead 2,” that seemed comical to many because it is so far-fetched. A pastor is, very peacefully and matter-of-factly, arrested for refusing to hand over his sermons to the state.
Two police officers hand cuff him and read him his Miranda rights. “Sorry about this pastor,” one of the officers says, as they put him in the backseat of their patrol car and drive the willing law breaker away.
His two Christian friends Mark and Rev. Jude are left behind. Mark says, “What do we do now?” To which the Rev. Jude responds: “Same as always Mark. We pray … in faith.”
But the scene is not at all far-fetched.
The state of Georgia recently tried to compel, under the threat of law, Dr. Eric Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister, to “produce a copy of [his] sermon notes and/or transcripts.”
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Whatever our opinion of the Donald Trump candidacy, we must be careful not to flippantly dismiss his comments and actions in the recently surfaced “Access Hollywood” tape as just “locker room talk.” They must be categorically condemned.
Many have discussed its effect on women, but I want to talk to all the young men observing what has transpired and deliver a warning: That sort of locker room talk will get you killed.
Donald Trump must not only apologize for it (which he has), he must repent.
“Hillary is worse,” might be a reason to vote for him, but it will not serve him one bit when he stands before his Maker. And, at least for Christians, this should be the issue. We do not fear the death of the body; we fear the loss of our souls.
Donald Trump is a very successful businessman, winning or losing the election won’t change that. But as a man, he will have to deal with the bigger existential questions of life whatever the case.
There are temptations and struggles that come from the sort of power Trump has attained. The Scriptures are absolutely bold in proclaiming it. It is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, and here is an example of the sort of issues that plague them. I have no doubt Donald Trump’s success has an incredibly disarming effect on many beautiful women. Yet, he must resist all that and be a servant. This would be incredibly difficult for anyone in that position.
Difficult but not impossible — for “with God all things are possible.”
But engaging in the sort of behavior depicted in the video puts our souls at risk. Let us change locker rooms if we must. There are times when we absolutely should leave friendships, jobs, or environments that are detrimental to our lives.
Let us apply it here and flee the sexual immorality of “the locker room” — and love our neighbor as ourselves.
It is no good for us to respect those we believe deserve respect. That is not virtue. It actually shows you only respect yourself, for you make the judgment on who deserves respect and who does not. It’s a kind of idolatry of self that ultimately betrays the first commandment.
We’ve all heard young men talk this way. Those who say, “Oh, we’re just fooling around; she’s not marriage material.” Well, if this is you, you are not only harming the young woman; you are gambling with your very life.
Christian virtue respects others because we are all made in the image of God. We are all walking statues that testify of the Living God, our Maker. How then are we to defile one another in such a way?
Respecting others is respecting God. Defiling others, in this way or in any other way, is to defile the God Whose image we bear.
So, young men, let me encourage you to reject the world’s “boys will be boys” motif. Do not accept the pretentious claims of so-called scientists who say that you can’t help it, you can’t control yourself.
You absolutely can. You must.
As Joseph did before Potiphar’s wife: run! Do not flirt with the sexual temptations that will absolutely assail you at every turn in this day and age. Take them seriously and reject them.
The Spirit of the Age will surely discourage and make fun of you, but stand firm, whatever the cost. God will be with you and honor your faithfulness as he did Joseph’s.
The same is true of Donald Trump. It will do him no good to win the presidency, even the whole world, and fail to address the underlying issue of sin that plagues him, as it does all of us.
The path to winning the election is through the ballot box; the path to salvation, through the cross.
Any person 10 years or more removed from college can look back and see how ignorant they were at the time. So on the one hand, we should all expect a good amount of nonsense coming from college campuses. There is just no shortcut to life experience. Read More
A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to watch the documentary “Weiner.”
It tracks the life of disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner as he tries a political comeback in New York’s gubernatorial race. It is absolutely fascinating, in large part because you get to see Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin (who is also Hillary Clinton’s protégé and right hand) trying to handle the horrible circus that is her husband as best she can.
I wanted to write about my impressions after watching the documentary, but other things took precedent, and (I kid you not) I figured Weiner would do something else soon that would give me the opportunity to write about it.
Well, I’m afraid the time has come. Headlines are popping up everywhere that he is, not surprisingly, embroiled in yet another sexting scandal.
If you watch “Weiner,” you will clearly see why I was confident he would do something stupid again. There is no repentance or remorse in this man following his famous scandals. He has no shame. Sure, he regrets getting caught sending lewd messages to several women on Twitter. But everything seems to be a game for this man.
Still, if the reports are true, he has managed to shock me once again. He has gone lower than I thought him capable.
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Using government force to bring about liberal policies at any cost seems to be one of President Obama’s favorite past times. One of his latest moves has been to try to force schools, under the threat of losing vital government funding, to open their restrooms so that transgender students and school workers can use the bathroom, locker room, shower, or overnight facility of their choice. Read More
Washington, D.C. – The Supreme Court has put on hold a Fourth Circuit Court ruling requiring a Virginia school district to accommodate a transgender high school student’s request to use the boys’ bathroom. The justices split 5-3 on the issue to temporarily lift the obligation of the Gloucester County school system to allow one of their students to use the bathroom of her choice in accordance with Obama Administration guidance. CWA CEO and President Penny Nance has this to say:
“We commend the Supreme Court for voting to stay this case and encourage them to do the right thing when the time comes to rule on the merits.
“This case is a result of yet another Obama Administration overreach. To require schools to allow students into any bathroom of their choice is an overstep on legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.
“This would also impact the use of showers, locker rooms, school travel and more. This unwise and rash policy would favor the desires of a small group over young women with religious, cultural, and modesty concerns. The Court should not shove this unwise policy on the states.
“Schools all over this nation have rightly worked on a case-by-case basis to accommodate kids struggling with gender dysphoria. They should not be forced by big government to violate the privacy of other students and perhaps even create trauma for the very kids Obama pretends to protect. Local school districts, with the input of parents and health professionals, should be setting school policy on such a sensitive and controversial issue, not Washington.
“Finally, the left always uses children to accomplish its goals of social reengineering. The adults closest to these children should decide what’s best for all the children in the school. Safety and kindness should be the guiding principles, not threats from the bullies in Washington. We hope the Supreme Court agrees.”