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Don’t Believe the Polling Data on Same-Sex Marriage

March 21st, 2013 No comments

marriage-mattersThe following is an excerpt from Tony Perkin’s Washington Update concerning the inevitability of same-sex marriage according to polling data. Don’t believe it!

Are Voters Getting Cold Feet on Same-sex ‘Marriage’?

The Washington Post thought it knew where the American people stood on marriage. Just two days ago, news outlets were plastering its poll results of “record” backing for same-sex “marriage” on their websites–only to see the support vanish as quickly as it appeared.

Today, the Reuters Corporation released the results of an even bigger poll than the Post’s and found that only 41% of America supports the case being made by Ted Olson and David Boies at the Supreme Court. In an astonishingly large survey sample, 24,455 people (23,000 more than the Washington Post’s survey!), barely four out of 10 Americans thought homosexuals should be allowed to “marry.” Those numbers are far and away more consistent with the findings of trustworthy survey houses in the last few months on marriage. It also shows the unreliability of the media’s polling. In 48 hours, we’ve seen a 17-point swing in public opinion on marriage. Of course, as we mentioned yesterday, the Post’s questions were specifically structured to generate a more favorable response. When you frame the debate as the Post did–in criminal terms–Americans are far more wary of opposing same-sex “marriage.”

In the meantime, Reuters’ numbers are even more significant when you consider that they come from a news agency with a public interest in redefining marriage. Last month, the Reuters Corp. threw objectivity out the window by signing on to an amicus brief urging the court to embrace same-sex “marriage.” If 41% was all the support Reuters could scrounge up for same-sex “marriage,” then you know they exhausted every avenue trying to push that number higher–and couldn’t. Let me be very clear: we don’t arrive at our policy positions because of polls. The point of sharing this is to once again draw attention to the media’s efforts to make you feel that same-sex “marriage” is inevitable–and that everyone but YOU thinks it’s okay. Trust me, as this latest poll shows, you’re far from alone in your support for natural marriage. Encourage your family and friends by sharing this truth with them!

Love & Truth are Inseparable

March 15th, 2013 No comments

truth and loveA quick survey of the cultural landscape reveals our desperate quest for love. Whether it’s soap operas, grocery store tabloids, or the latest pop hit, our popular culture is flooded with the notion of love. The irony is that our pursuit of love has never been more vulgar, violent and obscene. What we now refer to as “love” is nothing more than syrupy sentimentality or raw lust. True love has proven impossible for the fallen world to achieve, and the reason is not hard to discover.

The problem with the world is that it tries to seek love apart from and at the cost of truth. As Arthur Katz observes, the world “fervently seeks after love but cannot and will not receive truth; therefore, it finds neither truth nor love.” In this regard, we see that truth is a necessary pre-requisite for love. Love springs forth from the deep wells of truth. Without the strong banks of truth, the river of love becomes a polluted swamp full of all kinds of poisonous and dangerous creatures.

The Apostle John, known as “the apostle of love” and the one who rested his head upon the bosom of Christ, clearly understood the unbreakable union between love and truth. He begins his second epistle with these words: “To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love” (II John 1-3) For John, the only way to truly love someone was in truth. Truth defines what love actually looks like.

Think of all the destructive behaviors which occur in our world today under the guise of “love.” We approve of pre-marital sex when both parties “really love each other.” We justify co-habitation as an experiment for marriage when the couple is “in love.” Husbands leave their wives because they are “in love” with another woman. We argue that homosexuals should be allowed to marry because they just happen to “love” members of the same sex. After all, who are we to tell them it’s wrong if they are truly “in love.” The list of perversions goes on and on. If love is not defined and supported by the foundation of truth, it becomes merely a smoke screen to cover our selfish desires for physical pleasure at any cost.

The following verses highlight the unbreakable relationship between love and truth:

“your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.” (Psalm 26:3)

“I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:10)

“your love and your truth always protect me.” (Psalm 40:11)

“Therefore love truth and peace.” (Zechariah 8:19)

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (I Corinthians 13:6)

“speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

“the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel” (Colossians 1:5)

“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (II Thessalonians 2:10)

If you’re looking for love, start by embracing God’s Truth about relationships!

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Pierced by Truth

March 14th, 2013 2 comments

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In my recent blog entitled, Silver-plated Christians, we talked about our need to be permeated by the truth. Yet, if we are completely honest, we’ll all have to admit that our silver content has room for improvement. Jesus was 100% silver and we, his disciples, are seeking a greater share of the market!

David, the great King of Israel, was no different. You remember his story. David sees a beautiful woman bathing and decides he’d like to make her his wife. The only problem is that she’s already married! To make matters worse, Bathsheba is married to one of David’s mighty men of valor. Uriah was one of David’s fiercest soldiers, a faithful friend and a loyal supporter. While all of these truths undoubtedly passed through David’s mind, the passions in his heart triumphed and he slept with Bathsheba.

David knew what he did was wrong, but he continues to live a lie. Then the unimaginable happens. He gets word that Bathsheba is pregnant. The lie is growing. What will David do now? Uriah is away from home fighting for his King! Uriah cannot be identified as the father of the child when he’s not even home! David quickly sends word to the troops and tells his loyal friend to come home and to spend a few days with his wife. Uriah is such a man of integrity, he would not even entertain the idea of leisure when his fellow countrymen were at risk. He says to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!” (II Samuel 11:11) David pleads with him to stay one more day. At the King’s invitation, he was wined and dined until David made him drunk (vs. 12) in hopes that Uriah would succumb to his fleshly desires. David plan fails again, as Uriah spends the evening sleeping on a mat with the servants instead of returning to the comforts of his own home (vs. 13). The lie is getting even bigger! What will David do?

David does the unimaginable. He kills his loyal friend! (verses 14-16) Rather than expose the corruption in his own heart, David merely polishes the silver veneer on the surface. The cancer rages within, but everything on the outside appears to be just fine. He even goes through the motions of grieving for his dear friend while he internally makes plans for Bathsheba’s arrival at the castle as his new “trophy” wife. A new coat of veneer is applied and the lie falls into a season of dormancy. On the outside it’s “business as usual.” He is David, God’s anointed, the man after God’s own heart. But in his heart of hearts he knows something is terribly wrong.

God, in His great love and mercy for David, allowed a considerable amount of time to pass, perhaps to allow his son the opportunity to repent for his sin and to face up to the truth of what he had done. But when the stronghold of deception became impenetrable, God sent Nathan the prophet (II Samuel 12). Nathan tells David about a terrible injustice that has taken place in his kingdom. A wealthy man with many sheep steals the one precious lamb from his neighbor and slaughters it for a party he is throwing. David knows “truths” about justice. He is furious! He rages with anger and immediately pronounces the death penalty for this terrible act of injustice (verses 5,6).

Nathan takes the sword of truth and slashes through the cords of deception holding David in blindness and hypocrisy: “You are the man!” (verse 7). The lie has been brought into the light. The deception has been pierced by the truth. David is undone. David was now face to face with the ugliness of his heart and with the incredible consequences of his sin.

David wrote the fifty-first Psalm as a result of a profound and painful revelation of his own innermost parts. “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts,” he writes (Psalm 51:6). He is finally honest about his condition: “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (verses 3, 4). He cries for mercy, grace and forgiveness. He begs the Lord to restore him to the joy and fellowship of His presence (verses 11, 12) and to give him a “pure heart” (verse 10).

How we all need more friends named “Nathan,” people who are willing to tell us the truth about ourselves and to expose areas of hypocrisy. David’s testimony is a powerful reminder of the deceptive nature of sin and our need to remain broken and dependent upon the Spirit of Truth(Psalm 51:17). Check your heart right now. Is there anything resisting exposure to the light?