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Mother-Worshipping Madness

December 3rd, 2009 No comments

Don’t let the title of this blog entry confuse you. I am crazy about my MOM! She’s the best. I wouldn’t trade her for anyone else. But I don’t worship her, and I don’t worship “Mother Earth” either. Why? In a nutshell, because it is idolatrous. Earth is a creation, not a “mother.” She has no life in and of herself. In fact, it is totally misleading to apply a personal pronoun like “her” to the earth. The earth is a planet, not a personality. You get the point.

However, if you treat dirt like your mom you end up doing really weird things. For instance, in Britain a global warming, mother earth worshipper was released from his position at a property management firm because his “religion” was in conflict with the views of the management. Evidently this man complained about the fact that company executives were flying to business meetings instead of traveling by more eco-friendly means. According to the employee, man made global warming is the “most important issue of our time” and “nothing should stand in the way of diverting the catastrophe.” He sued the company for terminating him and argued in court that climate change is “a philosophical belief that reflects my moral and ethical values.” In other words, he was being persecuted for his religious beliefs.

Amazingly, the judge ruled in his favor! Imagine the following scenario. The boss says, “I need you to be in Los Angeles tomorrow for a critical meeting.” A mother earth worshipping employees replies, “Sorry, we’ll need to re-schedule the meeting due to an unacceptable carbon footprint. It will take me at least a month to ride there on my bike.” What are you to do as an employer? According to this absurd ruling, if you give the employee an ultimatum you are now violating his religious beliefs and you may be fined or punished.

This is what happens when we worship the creation instead of the Creator (Romans 1:25). If we fail to honor God and to give Him glory (Romans 1:21) He promises to “abandon [us] to our foolish thinking and let us do things that should never be done (Romans 1:28).

Father, help us love You more than false mothers made of dirt!

Porn Not “Soft” on Families

December 2nd, 2009 No comments

In our sex-saturated culture, what was once a sacred, covenantal act reserved for the safety and security of the marriage relationship is now considered just another form of entertainment. It should come as no surprise then to see societal views of pornography changing as well. What was once considered to be shameful, perverted act of deviant sexual desire is now viewed by many as a harmless form of amusement. Is this really the case?

The Family Research Council just released a study that comprehensively details the effects of pornography on marriages, children, communities and individuals. Pat Fagan, who serves as FRC’s Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion and the author of the study wrote:

“Pornography corrodes the conscience, promotes distrust between husbands and wives and debases untold thousands of young women. It is not harmless escapism but relational and emotional poison.

“The fact that marriage rates are dropping steadily is well known. But the impact of pornography use and its correlation to fractured families has been little discussed. The data show that as pornography sales increase, the marriage rate drops.

“As this academic review reveals, pornography is creating a debt of the spirit and a cost in the lives of family members that rivals any deficit the federal government is producing.

“The science is clear: children from families without married parents have much higher poverty rates as well as poorer health and other socio-economic difficulties. Nations with low marriage rates suffer the same fates. And underlying the social trends is the impact of pornography on family formation. It’s a quiet family killer.”

Among the study’s findings:

Men who view pornography regularly have a higher tolerance for abnormal sexuality, including rape, sexual aggression, and sexual promiscuity.

Married men who are involved in pornography feel less satisfied with their conjugal relations and less emotionally attached to their wives. Wives notice and are upset by the difference.

Pornography engenders greater sexual permissiveness, which in turn leads to a greater risk of out-of-wedlock births and STDs, which in turn lead to still more weaknesses and debilities.

The presence of sexually oriented businesses significantly harms the surrounding community, leading to increases in crime and decreases in property values.

Child-sex offenders are more likely to view pornography regularly or to be involved in its distribution.

Pornography eliminates the warmth of affectionate family life, which is the natural social nutrient for the growing child.

As we approach this Christmas season and await the dawning of a New Year, what better time than now to focus on the interior matters of our hearts. Is your heart pure before God? Are you in bondage to sexual lust? Are you living in sexual sin? Is pornography a problem for you? More importantly, what are you willing to do about it?

For the sake of God’s glory and for the sake of your family, whether present or future (if you are currently single), deal with this critical issue before you and others are destroyed.

The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience

December 1st, 2009 No comments

By now many of you have become aware of this important document which was released just prior to Thanksgiving and signed by over 150 leaders representing Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism, and Orthodox Christianity. This joint statement boldly confronts the current administration’s strident attack on religious liberty, faith and  freedom.

The seven-page document closes with this strong statement of conviction: “Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.”

I signed the document and I encourage you to read the document and to do the same (manhattandeclaration.org). I, like many of you, have been deeply concerned as to what I personally would do if this atrocious, ungodly and unconstitutional socialized health care monstrosity becomes the law of the land. We would be “mandated” (forced) to buy into the plan and to spend our dollars in support of government sponsored murder (abortion). The Manhattan Declaration is a strong, yet clear, warning that we will not obey these wicked policies if they become the law of the land. I trust it sends a strong message to those who are trampling on our religious liberty.

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