Watching a particular scene, in the recently released movie Grace Unplugged, has prompted within me the desire to pour out my thoughts and feelings concerning it. Referring to his wayward eighteen year old daughter, Grace's father says, as he looks heavenward, "She's yours now, Lord."
Yes, how necessary it is for all parents, who have surrendered their allegiance to Jesus, to surrender total parenting control to Him as well. Of course, no matter what, He is in control whether or not we humans turn over our supposed control to Him. Thankfully, He works in our lives and in the lives of our children no matter how much control we do or do not relinquish to Him. God the Father, as the only perfect parent, loves our children even more than we do, and what He has planned for them is best. His ways are higher than our ways, and there will always be much we are unable to understand about His ways. As we spend time wrestling in prayer with Him, seeking His guidance in His Word and His Holy Spirit, He will afford us His wisdom, knowledge and right thinking on how to parent our children. Our children are unmitigated blessings from Him, and to be blessed by Him with children is an awesome responsibility, one never to be taken lightly. With each passing year, as our children grow older, we afford them realistic opportunities to make more decisions for themselves. As they make poor decisions, they can choose to learn from them or not. This is all part of striving for independence that begins the very day of our birth.
Many these days have made a practice of accusing disciples of Jesus of brainwashing our children, by simply teaching them to seek God and His will through prayer and obedience to the precepts set forth in His Holy Word. They would prefer for us to offer our children up as sacrifices to the state, as if the state is not in the business of indoctrination. How convoluted and destructive this type of thinking is. How irresponsible and unloving it would be to keep from our children knowledge of the only way to truth, the only way to holy and righteous living, the only way to life eternal, the only way to peace that passes all understanding and joy unspeakable and full of glory. We are all born knowing God, with a conscience that divides right from wrong. The world begins it's seduction as soon as we are born into it, and if responsible parents remove their God-given, authoritative, loving teaching and correction from our children, how much sooner will the sad fall from truth inevitably occur. Many times opportunity and vulnerability are all that it takes for anyone of us to make a poor choice that leads us away from eternal life, and towards eternal death. But for the grace of God there go I we can proclaim on an ongoing basis! All of God's children have rebelled against Him, except for His only perfect child, so we can count on our imperfect children rebelling against their imperfect earthly parents as well as against their heavenly Father. How easy it is for folks to have all of the answers when they have been faced with none of the problems personally. This seems particularly true when it comes to parenting.
Yes, we are called to relinquish our parental control to God's ultimate authority, while at the same time, we are called by God to do our part in guiding our children along the narrow way to eternal life. We are partners in conjunction with God as we raise our children to know Him and to make Him known. We will all make many heartbreaking mistakes in raising our children, and many variables come into play as we do so. There are those among us who feel things much more deeply than do others, for we allow ourselves to. Some children linger long in the nest while others fly to independence much earlier. Some live close by, while others live at a great distance. Myriad varying influences come into children's lives, for good and for bad. Some families are exceedingly blessed by being able to remain in their home areas, where their ancestral roots are firm and deep, while others lose their close systems of loving support as they move away from such vital, life-giving and enhancing familiar connections. There are families whose members are intimately connected, and families that are much more loosely joined. There are children whose lives are always open books unto their parents, while children in other families have many chapters that remain ever closed to their parents. How exceedingly easy it is for those among us who have not yet become parents, especially parents of rebellious teens, to offer up advice to those of us who are in the midst of unimaginable suffering and heartbreak, due to the rebellion of our teens. There are many who would rather point the finger of condemnation, even relishing in the pain that we are suffering, because they believe that the suffering is deserved. Instead of helping to bear our burden by lovingly coming alongside to offer comfort, encouragement, inspiration and love, or simply a shoulder to cry on, they prefer to say, "I told you so." It's as if they want us to wallow in our disappointment and pain, as they withhold loving support. Another hurtful reaction to our pain is when others are not willing to grieve with us, as they unthinkingly tell us we should move past our pain. How can we move past it when it's an ongoing condition? We're living in the midst of it on a daily basis, wondering what antics our rebellious teens will act out next. What hurtful words will they sling and why? Will they come home tonight or not? If not, where are they, with whom and what are they doing? Is it illegal, safe, healthy? Whom are they harming besides themselves and their concerned family? Will they end up in jail or possibly dead? We will not be able to move past the torment until our prodigals return to their first love - Jesus, who is the truth. Sadly, many are unwilling to listen as we seek healing and comfort through talking about it. Until someone has walked in another's shoes, quite often we are sorely unequipped to extend the mercy, compassion and discernment needed in order to display the love of Jesus to another. WHY IS THAT? The reality of it is, as long as our child is a prodigal, our hearts will remain broken, that is, if we are responsibly engaged with our children. Of course, the Bible instructs us to be content whatever state we are in, and as hurting parents, we can achieve a state of contentment. It's necessary for us to be able to function in our daily lives. However, it is wise of us to remember that there will be days where we will be utterly depleted due to fighting the ongoing battle for our souls, and we will be unable to quench the grievous weeping over our children from deep within. It's healthier to allow ourselves to feel the deep well of profound pain, for then we are also able to feel the deep well of profound joy that is also a significant part of our lives, as we abide in Jesus. To attempt to stifle the devastating pain is unrealistic and crippling. Out of our painful experiences comes the ability to reach out to others in their suffering. It enables us to make a difference for good in this life as well as into eternity. It's part of the refinement process as we become more like Jesus, if we allow it. Out of our deep pain, we become warriors for Him, soldiers of the Cross, as we determine to keep our branches in His vine.
Check out my daughter's first pro-life pregnancy center banquet keynote address, September 19, 2013. You'll be exceedingly blessed! It just happened to be my mother's 82nd birthday, and she was able to join our entire family there! It was definitely a Jesus occasion! :) I felt God smiling as my humble daughter wrapped up her compelling speech and received a standing ovation!
There is something that I simply must share with you this month. It concerns the moral collapse we are experiencing as a nation. It has many dimensions, but the aspect that troubles me most is the assault on Christianity and religious liberty, orchestrated by the Obama Administration and its associates on the Far Left. Our Founding Fathers would not have believed a day would come when American citizens would elect a government that is openly hostile to the Cause of Christ. It is true. Traditional standards of morality and righteousness are fading away like smoke on a windy afternoon.
Rather than trying to explain what is happening to religious liberty in America, it will become clear by reading an editorial written by Congressman Tim Huelskamp, from the First District of Kansas. He focuses specifically on what the Commander-in-Chief and his senior officers are doing to the U.S. military, as follows:
If Army chaplain Emil Kapaun served in Afghanistan today rather than Korea six decades ago, President Obama would probably give the Catholic priest discharge papers instead of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
In Obama's Army, the Pentagon brass is ordained in the priesthood of political correctness, while devout Christians such as Medal of Honor recipient Emil Kapaun are shunned and ostracized. At all times between the presidential terms of George Washington and George W. Bush, the open practice of Christianity in the ranks was widespread and the open practice of homosexuality was deemed incompatible with military service. In the Obama era, the reverse is true.
President Obama is a wartime Commander-in-Chief. No, I don't mean the obvious (Iraq or Afghanistan). I'm talking about his preference for waging a race war, a gender war, class warfare, generational warfare, and – with escalating aggression and mounting casualties – a culture war. With the exceptions of free enterprise and traditional marriage, no institution has been more "radically transformed" by the Obama regime than our Armed Forces. Given President Obama's notorious contempt for Americans who "cling to their Bibles" and "guns," perhaps we shouldn't be surprised by his Administration's hostility to service members who espouse traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs.
The persecution of Christians and conservatives has become increasingly brazen and pervasive since the President took office four and one half years ago. To "protect patients" from proselytizing or prayer, Walter Reed Army Medical Center banned wounded warriors' family members from "bringing or using Bibles" during visits. The Department of Veterans Affairs barred Christian prayers at a National Cemetery. The President signed the law that repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the Attorney General refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court, and the Department of Defense authorized unholy "matrimony" ceremonies at military installations even before the Supreme Court struck down part of DOMA.
A war games scenario at Ft. Leavenworth identified evangelical Christian groups as a national security threat.
A field grade officer listed the American Family Association and Family Research Council as "domestic hate groups" and directed his subordinate officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters. Evangelist Franklin Graham was un-invited from the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer service. A training exercise funded by the Department of Homeland Security portrayed home-schooling families as domestic terrorists.
Last year, I introduced the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act. The bill requires the military to accommodate service members' moral principles and religious beliefs so long as they don't "threaten good order and discipline," forbids the military from using an individual's beliefs as the basis for an adverse personnel action, and forbids the military from forcing chaplains to perform homosexual marriage ceremonies. My bill's language was included in the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last December.
When President Obama signed it into law, he claimed the conscience protections I authored were "unnecessary and ill-advised." But recent events confirm the new law was necessary, well-advised, and prophetic. These episodes exemplify the new military culture, one that rebukes those who practice Christianity and rewards those who worship at the altar of political correctness.
Army Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers' superiors told him to remove the conservative, Republican, and scripture-quoting bumper stickers from his personal vehicle. He was told he must avoid being seen reading books authored by Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, or David Limbaugh while in uniform. He was investigated for serving Chick-fil-A food at his promotion party to express his support for traditional marriage. In retribution, the Army is pursuing trumped up disciplinary charges against him.
The Utah Air National Guard cancelled the six-year re-enlistment contract of Tech Sergeant Layne Wilson because he told a chaplain he thought the chapel at West Point shouldn't be used for a homosexual wedding. An Air Force officer was required to hide from view the Bible he once kept on top of his desk. An Air Force chaplain's video tribute to sergeants was banned for fear it would offend an "agnostic, atheist, or Muslim." The chaplain's video narration said: "On the eighth day, God looked down on His creation and said, 'I need someone who will take care of the Airmen.' So God created a First Sergeant."
Coast Guard Rear Admiral William Lee told a National Day of Prayer audience that Christian service members are being told to hide their faith and religious liberty is being threatened by Pentagon lawyers. Army Reserve training materials listed Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism, and Orthodox Judaism as extremist religious groups alongside Al-Qaeda and Hamas. This is especially outrageous since the Obama Administration continues to classify the mass shooting at Ft. Hood (in which 13 people were killed by Army Major Nidal Hasan) as "workplace violence" rather than admit it was a terrorist attack carried out by a radicalized Muslim.
In April, several Generals consulted Mikey Weinstein – the anti-Christian zealot dedicated to attacking men and women of any faith – to solicit his help writing Air Force policies concerning "religious tolerance." If there's one person whose advice the Pentagon brass shouldn't solicit, it is that of Mr. Weinstein, a man who says the military ranks are full of "Christian fundamentalist monsters" whose evangelizing constitutes "spiritual rape," "a national security threat," and "sedition and treason." After Weinstein telephoned the Pentagon to complain about a painting displayed at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, it was removed less than one hour later. The painting bore the word "Integrity" and the citation "Matthew 5:9" (the verse says:"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God").
Mr. Weinstein bragged to The Washington Post that the Defense Department expressed its willingness to ban proselytizing (i.e., evangelizing, sharing one's faith, or spreading the Gospel) and added, "We need half a dozen court-martials real quick." Days later, the Pentagon issued a statement to the news media that announced: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense." After reading about this alarming situation on my Facebook page, a Sergeant First Class posted the following comment: "This is why I am retiring. ... The liberals are destroying our values." One wonders how long before the radical Weinstein and his Pentagon pals find and punish this Sergeant.
These revelations highlight the fact that Obama's war on God-fearing servicemen is not only morally repugnant, but also threatens the long-term soundness of our voluntary military. Who wants to join an organization that increasingly caters to homosexuals and atheists, meanwhile denigrating Christians and traditional marriage? If you care nothing at all about the constitutional free exercise rights of our servicemen, surely you can at least see the dangers to military readiness posed by such harassment and persecution.
In April, I attended the White House ceremony at which President Obama presented Ray Kapaun with the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to his uncle, Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kaupan. A farm boy from my congressional district in Kansas, the "Patriot Priest of the Korean Conflict," saved countless lives of fellow soldiers on the battlefield, along the death march to the Pyoktong Prisoner of War camp, and during the seven months of captivity that preceded his murder by communist Chinese guards in May 1951.
I can only imagine what Mr. Weinstein would say about the "how to witness Christianity" proselytizing clinic that Fr. Kapaun put on in the POW camp or this report of repatriated American soldiers: "He was their hero – their admired and beloved 'padre.' He kept up the G.I.'s morale, and most of all [caused] a lot of men to become good Catholics."
It speaks volumes that Fr. Kapaun had Protestants, Jews, and atheists saying the Rosary, singing the Lord's Prayer, and praying together at the Easter sunrise service he led, all in defiance of the communist camp guards who ridiculed his devotion to faith and punished him for it. In a detailed account of the priest's life, Arthur Tonne wrote: "He has transmitted to every one of us a new appreciation of America, and a keener, more realistic understanding of our country's greatest enemy – godlessness."
When Fr. Kapaun was being carried to the "Death House" (i.e., isolation without food or water), the Muslim POWs from Turkey stood at attention to honor him. According to witnesses, Fr. Kapaun blessed the very guards who were murdering him by saying, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do." President Obama should be earnestly and prayerfully seeking more such men, not forging a military where they are not welcome, or where the very actions that once earned them the Medal of Honor are now forbidden by the Commander-in-Chief.
Only in America ... actually, only in Barack Obama's and Mikey Weinstein's America ...1
Huelskamp's analysis of hostility to people of faith in the military is shocking. It will weaken us as a nation and demoralize those who are fighting to defend our freedoms. A similar article could be written about other dimensions of the religious war. One of them concerns children and what the pagan culture is doing to their understanding of biblical truth. They are being taught that God is irrelevant, discriminatory and unconstitutional. It has profound implications for their young minds.
Most adult Christians are grounded in their faith and are not likely to be shaken off the limb. However, our children and teens are at much greater risk. They lack the spiritual foundation to reject the distortions they are being told, or to resist the propaganda that invades their lives. They can be twisted and warped by a society that glorifies wickedness.
Shame on the schools and churches that are teaching the young that sexual immorality is not an offense against the Almighty, whether it is homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual. Sin is sin, and our leaders used to call it by that name. Now children hear regularly that perversity is a civil right protected by the Constitution. But biblical truth has not changed. The wages of sin is still death, as it has always been.
The Prophet Micah said, "Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds!" Micah 2:1
Isaiah issued the same warning: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20
Family Talk exists, in part, to help defend righteousness in the culture. We are also attempting to help parents protect their children from those who would undermine their beliefs and values. The best way to do that is to maintain the connectedness between parents and kids. Mothers and fathers can't afford to become so busy and distracted that they miss the most important purpose in living, which is to introduce their children to Jesus Christ and teach them a Christian worldview from early in life.
This is our mission, and we are working tirelessly on it. It is why we are preparing a new eight-DVD series called, Building A Family Legacy, and why I am writing a book for parents on the same theme.
If you agree with this objective and can assist us financially here at the end of a very lean summer, we would certainly appreciate your support. Thank you so much for getting us through these past couple of months. The attack on religious liberty is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Anything you can do to oppose it in the public square would be wise. We will join you in that cause.
Now y’all know I tend toward the kinder gentler form of blogging, right? Y’all know that my meemaw would not approve of me hollerin’ in public like some hick with rollers in my hair and a Marlboro hangin’ out of my mouth. Well, I’ve been asked more than a few times by some of y’all to stop being shy, to not be so damn polite and just speak boldly what I believe.
Well, ok, – here’s one for ya…
There are folks claiming to be Christians who feed on a heart-full of arrogant, ignorant, narrow interpretations of a dislodged handful of scripture and a head full of misogynistic, sycophant opportunists masquerading as self-proclaimed prophets. In my limited time on this blue ball I have experienced them as more interested in cramming their world-views, justified by a murky interpretation of holy texts, down an already parched throat than they are willing to allow the Spirit of grace and love to permeate their lives and be cooled by the waters of honest and faithful dialogue where a posture of listening and questioning are the paddles that keep us moving in this journey toward The Center. One such individual had the tits to ask if I take Matthew 25 literally since that is “the heart of the social gospel.” I figured a full post in reply was worth my time, and maybe yours.
Sister – you are wrong on your thoughts about more than a few things (yes, I have taken the time to read your blog). Though you are not wrong about Christians like Bonhoeffer, tenBoom and Stowe, you are dead wrong in your esteem for a people such as the Dobsons, Pipers, Spurgeons and Franklin Grahams of the world – how you can conflate the two types I am truly baffled.
Yes, I take Matthew 25 quite seriously and yes, I read it as one core element of the over-arching Narrative that calls me to speak up on the side of love for ALL people. But you are wrong if you think I take it literally – hell you do not really take it literally for if you did you would think it is actually and literally talking about wooly little sheep and bristly old goats not an allegory about types of people -parables are not literal. Yep, I read Matthew 25 and take it to deeply to heart and believe there are sheep and goats in the world you just don’t realize I think you might be one of the goats.
I believe the goats are the ones who persecute others in the name of legalistic religion devoid of love and compassion – and perhaps so did Jesus (Mark 3:1-6) . I believe the goats are the ones who spend more time and money ranting about sexuality than caring for the poor, hungry and imprisoned – and just maybe Jesus did too (John 8). And I sure as hell believe the goats are the ones who claim that God would allow children to be slaughtered because an earthly government actually believes in the protection of ALL religion and can not allow state-sanctioned prayer of ONE religion in public schools. That sort of belief about God is blasphemy and I will not tolerate it anymore. As Rachel Held Evans said – God cannot be kept out. Any blithering Fox news rant or pathetic blog that claims God would do such is blasphemy plain and simple. God did not allow or cause such horror. That is not the God of the manger, that is not the God of the Beatitudes, that is not the God executed by the state on a cross and that is not the God of the empty tomb.
It is time that more of us who see the goats masquerading as Christians lift the wool from their backs and reclaim the Gospel.
Yes, KK wrote this about lil ole me, folks. What a claim to fame, huh? I AM A FOOL FOR CHRIST! Whose fool are you?
A so-called "friend" on facebook posted a message about the wonderful speech President Carter delivered at James Madison University back in the fall. He gave her reason to announce, "Peace IS possible!" Since she claims to be a follower of Jesus, I couldn't believe her comment, and proceeded to leave her a message concerning her posting. I told her that peace is not possible in this world, according to Jesus. His own words proclaim in Matthew 10:34-36, "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn "'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'" I John 5:20 declares, "the whole world is under the control of the evil one." Either this person does not read her Bible, or she is one of those who delves into cafeteria Christianity, picking and choosing the verses that give her warm fuzzies, while discarding those she finds unsavory.
Consider, if you will, how when one realistically views one's own family, the impossibility of peace reigning even there! Then magnify that as you consider the seven billion human inhabitants living on our privileged planet! Thomas Becket delivered T. S. Eliot's Christmas sermon in the play Murder in the Cathedral: But think for a while on the meaning of this word "peace." Does it seem strange to you that the angels should have announced Peace, when ceaselessly the world has been stricken with War and the fear of War? Does it seem to you that the angelic voices were mistaken, and that the promise was a disappointment and a cheat?
Reflect now, how our Lord Himself spoke of Peace. He said to His disciples "My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." Did He mean peace as we think of it: the kingdom of England at peace with its neighbours, the barons at peace with the King, the householder counting over his peaceful gains, the swept hearth, his best wine for a friend at the table, his wife singing to the children? Those men, His disciples, knew no such things: they went forth to journey afar, to suffer by land and sea, to know torture, imprisonment, disappointment, to suffer death by martyrdom. What then did He mean? If you ask that, remember then that He said also, "Not as the world gives, give I unto you." So then, He gave to His disciples peace, but not peace as the world gives. * ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
"Will you take one of these parcels and pray that you will be guided to give the clothes to those most in need?"
So, with one of the unopened bundles sent from Christians in England, the merchant set off for Macao, China. Immediately upon arriving there, he went out to buy some food. Coming down the street he met a man who looked ill and starved, yet carried himself proudly in spite of the fact that all he wore on his emaciated body were a sleeveless waistcoat and a pair of ladies' panties!
The merchant stared, then gasped. This man had once been one of China's most prominent men.
"Sir, would you come and eat with me?" inquired the merchant.
"Thank you, I accept," was the dignified reply.
Together they went to a small eating house and the merchant ordered a simple meal.
"I recognized you as you came down the street," the merchant remarked as the meal progressed. "Is there anything I can do to help you?"
"I believe you are a Christian. Will you pray with me?"
The merchant bowed his head, and very simply the nobleman said, "O Lord, thank You for answering the first two parts of my prayer. You have brought me to safety; You have given me something to eat. Now please answer the third part and give me something to wear so that I can get employment and so keep my self-respect."
"I believe God has answered that prayer already," the merchant said eagerly. "Come home with me now."
Together they opened the bundle which had been sent, with loving prayers, from London and there, right on top, lay something which had very seldom come into our hands - a man's complete suit! Rarely was there ever an entire matching suit!
Weeks later those who had sent the bundle of clothes from London, received a letter from Macao, China, bearing the signature of a man who had been one of China's wealthiest and most influential men before the Communists came into power and robbed him of home, money and family.
In that letter were many grateful thanks for the clothes he had received, and through which he had been able to gain employment. Now he was hoping to save a little money so he could help his wife and family to escape and join him once more.
He told how he, a prominent Buddhist, had been stripped of all he possessed, then thrown into prison. But it was there he had come to know Jesus Christ as his Saviour and Lord.
He had lost all in this world, but he had peace and joy in his heart because he was a Christian, and nothing the enemy could do would take that from him.
~excerpt from GLADYS AYLWARD with Christine Hunter
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “Realize that the aim of the Prince of Peace is not peace with unbelief and disobedience. Those are the enemies that must be destroyed, lest they destroy. When the amnesty of Jesus is despised, division is inevitable. What we meet in the biting language of Christ is a form of love that corresponds with the real world of corruption, the dullness of our hearts and the magnitude of what is at stake in our choices. If there were no great evils, no deaf hearts and no eternal consequences, perhaps the only fitting forms of love would be a... soft touch and tender words. But such a world does not kill the Son of God and hate his disciples.” ~John Piper "There is no way to peace along the way of safety. For peace must be dared, it is itself the great venture and can never be safe. Peace is the opposite of security. To demand guarantees is to want to protect oneself. Peace means giving oneself completely to God's commandment, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying the destiny of the nations in the hand of Almighty God, not trying to direct it for selfish purposes. Battles are won, not with weapons, but with God. They are won when the way leads to the cross." ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer As stated in Colossians 3:15, "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace." Within the body of Christ, peace is possible, of course, if we are willing to surrender all authority to Jesus. Face facts folks, that's a big "if." By the way, the person on facebook, who sings in her church choir, claiming to be my friend, deleted my comment on peace. How ironic that immediately after professing how peace is possible, as one key is pressed, she demonstrates how unlikely that possibility is with one swift stroke of her hand.
*The Complete Poems and Plays, 1909-1950, New York: Harcourt Brace, 1952, pp. 198-99.
Concerning homosexuality, author Tom Krattenmaker writes, "a matter that receives nowhere near top billing in the Bible." EXACTLY! If Jesus had been down with homosexuality, don't you think He would have authoritatively said so, and it would also be clearly stated in God's Holy written Word??? Where, oh where does Jesus endorse, advocate for, make it clear to one and all that He and His Father made homosexuality "good?" It certainly is missing in Genesis where He distinctly proclaims all that He created as "good."
Au contraire, Jesus made it crystal clear what marriage is, as well as what it isn't when he said, “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6; Jesus is referring here to Genesis 1:27 and 2:24).
Those who purport otherwise are touting "another gospel." Even young children know the difference between a male and a female. Neither two men nor two women have the capability of becoming "one flesh," or to procreate. In many ways, young children are wiser than most adults. Of course Jesus did say in Matthew 18:3, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." How sobering is that? The ability to believe which is born in all children, which is as Coleridge referred to it, "the willing suspension of disbelief," which too often diminishes as we are taught, by the all-wise secular state, that Jesus and the Bible are not truth, thereof not to be trusted. As maturing children, through the seduction and manipulation of satan and the world, we begin to separate ourselves from our God-given conscience, our knowing the difference between right and wrong, with which we are all born. The secular "wise" men that have gone before us, such as Epicurus, Machiavelli, Hobbs, Spinoza, Rousseau, Locke and Darwin have wrought quite an effective brainwashing on society with their deviously designed schemes to cause us all to believe there is no ultimate Lover of our soul. How, oh how can we trust other humans when, from the beginning, they have devised and carried out such diabolical brutality against their own kind? How, oh how can we dare to worship at the altar of mankind, of whom Montaigne wrote, "O senseless man who cannot make a worm, and yet makes gods by dozens." How do we not trust in the very Maker of our soul, the One who left His rightful place in heaven to come to earth to become one of us, the One willing to die in our place so we can be co-heirs with Him into eternity? "Because we cannot 'see' a God we can touch, a God we can comprehend with our rational intellects, we invent new gods to take His rightful place, all the little gods who have eyes and see not, ears and hear not, hands and touch not, and who have nothing to say to us in the times of our deepest need." ~Madeleine L'Engle
How manipulative and disingenuous it is for folks to use the word "rights" whenever they are out to get their way, and making it their mission to cause those with dissenting views to shut up. Women's "rights," homosexual "rights," children's "rights," animal "rights," and so on. Nobody wants to be accused of removing the "rights" of anyone. God forbid! It's proven to be a tactic quite adept at silencing people, especially Christians, who do not want to be labeled as intolerant, hateful, judgmental, unloving or bigoted. In light of what homosexuals are clamoring for, why not afford special governmental "rights," protections and privileges to two sisters, or two brothers, or a sister and a brother, or two friends, or a parent and child who have lived together and devoted their lives to each other?
Christian philosopher J. Budziszewski in his book, “The Revenge of Conscience”: “Our bodies have a language of their own . . . we say things to each other by what we do with them. What does it mean then . . . when a man puts the part of himself which represents the generation of life into the cavity of decay and expulsion? . . . It means ‘Life, be swallowed up by death.’” Listen to this beautiful language from Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. "The reason we are against racism is because a person's race is sacred. A person's ethnicity is sacred. You cannot violate it. My race is sacred; your race is sacred; I dare not violate it. The reason we react against the issue of homosexuality the way we do is because sexuality is sacred. You cannot violate it. How do you treat one as sacred and desacrelize the other? Sex is a sacred gift of God. I can no longer justify an aberration of it in somebody else's life than I can justify my own proclivities to go beyond my marital boundaries. Every man here who is an able-bodied man will tell you temptation stalks you every day. Does it have anything to do with your love for your spouse? Probably not, because you can love your spouse with 100% desire to love the person, but the human body reacts to the sight entertained by the imagination and gives you all kinds of false hints that stolen waters are going to be sweeter. They are not. They leave you emptier. So a disposition or a proclivity does not justify expressing that disposition and that proclivity. That goes across the board for all sexuality. When God created mankind and womankind, it was His plan, not our plan. It is extraordinary what He said. He said, 'It is not good for man to live alone.' Well, man wasn't living alone; God was with him. Why did He say that? He created the mystique and the majesty and the charm and the complimentary nature of womankind in a way that made it possible for her to meet his emotional needs that God, Himself, put only within her outside himself from himself in her in that complimentariness. It is a design by God."
Paul tells us in I Corinthians 7:1-7 Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. No mention of a man having sexual relations with a man or a woman with a woman, huh?
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. ~I Peter 3:1-7 Again, absolutely no mention of men having husbands or women having wives.
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. ~Ephesians 5:22-33 Obviously, a couple of homosexual men or a couple of lesbians cannot be a symbol of the mystery between Christ and His church.
“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. ~Matthew 5:31-32 Once again, Jesus' teaching is conclusively about husband and wife.
May 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Hannah Rose Allen vividly remembers the decisive moment when she knew that she was going to choose life for her child.
At nineteen years old, this was Allen’s second pregnancy. The first had
ended only a few months before with a traumatic chemical abortion that
had left her empty, grieving and numb. She had tried to escape the pain
by throwing herself into another relationship, only to find herself
Hannah Rose Allen
Allen had scheduled a second abortion for August 15th, but on a quiet
summer evening after the date had come and gone, she found herself
standing outside, taking in a beautiful sunset, with her child still
growing inside her. She was, she says, still trying to understand why
she had not walked through those clinic doors.
“I felt like I had committed the unforgiveable sin,” she remembers.
“What’s another abortion? I’ve already had one. It’s too late for me to
have a successful life, a happy life, to be a Christian. It’s just too
But that evening, in a moment of piercing clarity, she knew that the
fact that she had not gone to Planned Parenthood on the 15th was proof
that God had not abandoned her.
“He showed me that he was fighting for me and for my unborn child,” she recalls.
She felt that she had come to “a fork in the road,” and that God was
revealing to her the beauty that would come if she chose life. The
realization, however, opened the floodgate of fears that haunted the
thought of that path: How will I face my parents? What will my future be
like with a child? Will I ever get married if I’m already a mom?
But, she says, even as she was overwhelmed by those familiar doubts, she knew that the victory had been won.
“I realized that all those things no longer mattered because I knew
that God would walk with me and would hold my hand and give me the
strength I needed the moment I needed it,” she says. Little did Hannah
Rose realize at that moment how desperately she would come to lean on
the promise of that grace.
The pregnancy was a turning point in her life. When she found out she
was having a girl, she named her daughter “Lily,” as a symbol of her
renewed purity in Christ. Her first child she named “Luke Shiloh,” which
she says means “light and peace.”
“In choosing life for Lily, God restored my heart that was totally
broken from my abortion,” Allen says. She knew, too, that she wanted to
share her story in order to encourage other young women in crisis
“I started to have this passion ignited within me to be a voice for these unborn children,” she says.
On March 16, 2010, two days after her due date, she arrived at the
hospital ready to deliver. It had been a normal pregnancy and an
ultrasound just days before had revealed a healthy, full term baby.
Contractions were coming steadily, but along with the pain was the
joyful expectation of finally holding her daughter in her arms.
Allen with her child Lily after the birth
But moments later, in the delivery room, she was living a mother’s
worst nightmare. What had begun as a routine check of the baby’s heart
rate quickly escalated into a frantic search for the sound of a
An ultrasound machine was wheeled in, and Allen’s doctor stared
silently at it for a moment before delivering the devastating news: “I’m
so sorry. Her heart is no longer beating.”
“I just remember turning my head from side to side and saying no, no, no,” Allen recalls.
With the support of her mother and sisters, Allen labored all day to
push her child’s body out. Lily Katherine Allen was born that afternoon
at 4:24 PM. She was seven pounds, nine ounces, and twenty one inches
The nurse wrapped Lily’s tiny body and placed it in the arms of her
grieving mother. She was “perfect and beautiful,” Allen remembers.
“I literally remember myself perishing under the weight of this,” she
says, “In that moment I knew that God was saying, ‘You have to depend on
That night, as Allen cradled her daughter’s body and cherished the few
moments that she would have with her on this earth, she knew that Lily’s
name had taken on a whole new meaning. It was a symbol not just of
Allen’s renewed purity but of Lily’s purity, which would now remain
“It just blew me away to see how [God] cared so much about my daughter
that He would reveal her name to me,” says Allen. “He fought for her
life because He had a greater plan and purpose for her life than I could
ever have imagined.”
That purpose, she believes, is only beginning to find fulfillment in
her own efforts to reach out to other pregnant and post-abortive women
by sharing her story. She now maintains a website, and has spoken at the March for Life and other pro-life events.
The message of Luke and Lily’s life, Allen believes, is that “if you
choose life, no matter the outcome, you’ll have no regrets.”
She adds: “These aren’t empty words from someone who doesn’t understand
and has never walked this road. I can say ‘I get it’ because I truly
do. I’ve walked the road twice and I’ve chosen both ways, and I will
forever regret my abortion, but I will never, ever regret choosing
Through her contact with other post-abortive women, Allen has also
learned that, contrary to what she was told by a Planned Parenthood
employee, it’s “normal and it’s perfectly ok” to grieve for a child lost
“It’s the forbidden grief,” Allen notes. “It’s easier to talk about
Lily and her loss because a lot of people look down on me for being so
open about my abortion. But I feel that I’m called to be a voice for
Luke and for other aborted babies, and for the women that live in shame
and silence and suffer for decades.”
“God loves Luke and has a plan for his life just as much as Lily’s,” she adds. “They will both forever be in my heart.” Hannah Rose Allen can be reached at: email@example.com.
I'm in the midst of reading the book, published in 2013, entitled The Pope's Last Crusade - How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler by Peter Eisner. After reading this quote from Rabbi Morris S.Lazaron of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, and a member of the executive committee of the National Conference of Jews and Christians, I had an epiphany, "Today it is hatred of the Communist or radical; tomorrow the Jew; the next day the Mason, the Catholic or the Protestant. Make no mistake about this: destroy the liberty of the least among us and you destroy the principle that guarantees liberty to all." Lazaron said the Nazis were in the process of challenging all religions and all freedoms on the December 29, 1938 nationally broadcast radio program called America's Town Meeting on the Air, in New York City, which had become a major forum for public affairs nationwide. The program drew an estimated audience of two million, who sat around their radio consoles as the celebrated announcer, Milton Cross, signed on. The subject of the night: "How should religion deal with totalitarianism?" Jesuit Priest John LaFarge called on the audience to uphold the "dignity of all human persons - Jew, Negro, Catholic, or Indian ... Let us denounce persecutions abroad, by all means, whether they are persecutions on a religious or national basis ... let us prevent persecution by any means in our power." My epiphany is this - "The unborn baby is viewed as an enemy of sexual freedom," ~Ginny Bain Allen. No wonder they are so cavalierly ripped from their mothers' wombs, as if they are garbage! No wonder they are so reviled, hated, despised, loathed! Their parents refuse to acknowledge their true worth as unmitigated blessings from Almighty God, because they choose not to! Just because they attempt to convince themselves that their babies are not truly human, does not make it so. It's akin to atheists boldly declaring that there is no God, even though in their hearts they know He is more real than anything else. They think just because they wave their magic wands, just because they want it to be true that there is no God, there is none. The womb, created by God to be the safest, nurturing haven on earth for the unborn has become the most dangerous! The tiny, valuable, precious developing bodies are an affront to the narcissistic lives their mothers and fathers are bent on leading.
"My argument, much abbreviated both times, was the sexual practices of consenting adults ought not to be subjected to the government’s approvalor disapproval, and that domestic partnerships in which people who livetogether and devote their lives to one another ought to receive the spousal rights, protections and privileges the government allows to heterosexual couples,” Berry said.
How manipulative and dishonest it is for folks to use the word "rights" whenever they are out to get their way, and making it their mission to cause those with dissenting views to shut up. Women's "rights," homosexual "rights," children's "rights," animal "rights," and so on. Nobody wants to be accused of removing the "rights" of anyone. God forbid! It's proven to be a tactic quite adept at silencing people, especially Christians, who do not want to be labeled as intolerant, hateful, judgmental, unloving or bigoted.
In light of what homosexuals are clamoring for, why not afford special governmental "rights," protections and privileges to two sisters, or two brothers, or a sister and a brother, or two friends, or a parent and child who have lived together and devoted their lives to each other?
“Jesus talked of hating your neighbor as tantamount to hating God, and yet some Christians hate their neighbors by policy and are busy hunting biblical justifications for doing so,” Mr. Berry said. “Are they not perverts in the fullest and fairest sense of that term? And yet none of these offenses -- not all of them together -- has made as much political/religious noise as homosexual marriage."
The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, He hates with a passion. ~Psalm 11:5
There are six things the Lord hates,seven that are detestable to Him:haughty eyes,a lying tongue,hands that shed innocent blood,a heart that devises wicked schemes,feet that are quick to rush into evil,a false witness who pours out liesand a person who stirs up conflict in the community. ~Proverbs 6:16-19
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot standin your presence.You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies.The bloodthirsty and deceitfulyou, Lord, detest. ~Psalm 5:4-6
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does notchange their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.Whoever does these things will never be shaken. ~Psalm 15
Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” Romans 9:13
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. ~John 3:36
Yes, Mr. Berry, God is love, but He is also holiness and justice, which means He cannot wink at sin. His love is worthless if not illuminated by His Truth which is Jesus.
“If I were one of a homosexual couple--the same as I am one of a heterosexual couple--I would place my faith and hope in the mercy of Christ, not in the judgment of Christians,” Berry said. “When I considerthe hostility of political churches tohomosexuality and homosexual marriage, I do so remembering the history of Christian war, torture, terror, slavery and annihilation against Jews, Muslims, black Africans, American Indians and others. And more of the same by Catholics against Protestants, Protestants against Catholics, Catholics against Catholics,Protestants against Protestants, as if by law requiring the love of Godto be balanced by hatred of some neighbor for the sin of being unlike some divinely preferred us. If we are a Christian nation -- as some say we are, using the adjective with conventional looseness -- then this Christian blood thirst continues wherever we find an officially identifiable evil, and to the immense enrichment of our Christian industries of war.”
Obviously, Mr. Berry is not paying heed to Jesus' own sobering words in Matthew 7:21-23 21 “Noteveryone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Manywill say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Many have enacted great evil in the name of Jesus when, in actuality, their hearts were far from Him. Their comportment did not display His character. Even Hitler claimed to be a Christian! Genuine Christians, part of the Body of Christ, have done great good for the cause of Christ in our corrupted world, people like: William Wilberforce, John Newton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Corrie ten Boom, to name only a few. In our day, Dr. James Dobson, Eric Ludy, Chuck Colson, Eric Metaxas, Hannah Rose Allen, Jill Stanek, Dinesh D'Souza, Franklin Graham and Shaun Carney are a few of Jesus' courageous warriors attempting to punch holes in the darkness.
Although we are born in original sin, we are also born knowing God.
Each of us, created "in His image" and for His purpose, has an inner
programming, put there by God, to seek His influence in our lives. This
programming, as deeply ingrained in us as though it were embedded in
our DNA, impels us to discover and submit to His inner leading in all
things, or else live meaningless, deluded, and ultimately wasted lives.
Conscience is literally the presence of God in us, the friction between
the way we are and the way we could be. Our conscience causes us inner
conflict when we're doing the wrong thing. We experience this
correcting and illuminating presence - which is actually our greatest
friend - as pain when we deviate from its urgings.
we tumble into the grip of dark forces we don't understand and then
start to defend our obsessions and compulsions, we inevitably come to
regard our conscience as an enemy. And although we may be somewhat
successful in drowning out that inner warning bell, what happens when
this conscience factor appearing in another person gets too close to us
for comfort? We feel threatened. Therefore, we feel compelled to
silence the "voice of conscience"- not just the one inside of us, but
the one in other people, which tends to revive our own conscience with
which we're at war. This means we can't tolerate dissent. Thus, many
of us ignorantly come to regard conscience as a problem, even an enemy,
and strive to eliminate it any way we can. The most loving stance for
others to take is not to serve as enablers of self-destructive and
immoral compulsions, but to stand in patient but firm opposition. In
other words, we need to side with the afflicted person's conscience.
Until we're ready to let the life of pride and sin inside us wither and
die, we find it nearly impossible to "listen to the right side."
innocent young child has a "bright light" quality that feels
mysteriously threatening to those in the grip of corruption. To the
person led by her sin nature, it's deeply satisfying to her to lead an
innocent one astray. Doing so serves to anesthetize her own conscience
and assuage her inner conflict by destroying the innocence of another
person, since that innocence tends to make her aware of her own
our conflicts contain the seeds of redemption - that is, as long as we
know we have a problem, there's hope for a change. But if we deny
there's a problem, we are robbed of the chance to find healing. A
generation ago, we understood there is such a thing as sin, and that sin
is a serious matter and to be avoided. Now there is no societal
consciousness of sin - only limitless "freedom," and "choice." Beguiled
by our scientific and technological advances into believing we are
enlightened, in reality as we move further and further away from our
Judeo-Christian spiritual roots, we actually understand less and less
about ourselves. We defend our own corruption at great peril.
due to a blindness that dominates our age - a blindness that obscures
that which every child knows naturally: we all have a "good side"
(conscience) as well as a "bad side" (sin nature). If we pay heed to
the wrong side, terrible consequences follow. In our nation that has
strayed far from God, many have forgotten the simple, intuitive
understanding of right and wrong that we grasped effortlessly when we
were innocent children, but which we were later intimidated or seduced
into doubting and abandoning. We mock and deny the "old truths" that,
unbeknownst to us, still form the very substance of everything valuable
we possess today. In our culture, the prevailing mind-set is,
increasingly, to mock and demonize those who rebuke our growing
infatuation with our lower nature. We've forgotten that we're here to
serve a much higher purpose than just fulfilling our own desires.
excerpts from David Kupelian's EXCELLENT book entitled HOW EVIL WORKS
I surrendered my allegiance to Jesus in a stone Catholic chapel while a college student. My four children are my magnum opus: twin sons Joseph Linden and Adam Edward, Hannah Rose and Laurel Emmaline.
My dear dad, eldest of ten, strove for and achieved excellence at whatever he did: surrendering his allegiance to Jesus and serving Him his entire life, most proficient sharpshooter during his stint in the Marines; scouted not once, but twice, to pitch for the Brooklyn Dodgers; struck Willie Mays out; valedictorian at Crozet High, Belmont Abbey and at UVA. While a Marine, he appointed himself as THE man to ensure his mates came safely back to the ship after carousing on land. His exemplary mother, Katherine Kirk Bain, was Mother-of-the-Year for VA in 1966. She was my best friend until her death at age 99 in 2000. I miss her always!