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Pending Hobby Lobby Ruling: The Line in the Sand

June 24th, 2014 No comments

line in sandThe Supreme Court is expected to rule any day on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties’ case. This case challenges the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on the grounds that it forces Christian business owners to violate their religious liberties. In a nutshell, our own government is forcing business owners to make an unprecedented and unacceptable choice between operating their business on the basis of biblical convictions or violating their consciences to stay open.
This ruling is a game-changer for all Americans, especially for people of faith. Never in my lifetime has the federal government been guilty of so egregiously trampling the liberties of it citizens. What makes it all the more repugnant is that it centers on the issues of abortion and contraception, both of which are already accessible to those who want them.

Looking through the lens of history, the HHS Mandate makes the Tea Act look benign and even laughable. It reveals how accustomed we have become to government control and tyranny. Our forefathers responded with a public act of defiance by throwing a Tea Party in the honor of King George III. They had a keen sensitivity to all forms of governmental intrusion and the courage to stand aggressively in the face of arrogant bureaucratic overreach.

The question remains as to what kind of party we will throw if this administration refuses to back off and the Supreme Court fails to protect our dearest, God-given liberties?

We have been literally painted into a corner by the Obama administration and the Democratic members of Congress who forced this atrocious piece of legislation upon the American people. Religious liberty is non-negotiable. Our Founding Fathers clearly understood the consciences of men were not the objects of human legislation. The final authority over the human conscience rests with our Creator and not the governments of men. We must remind our leaders of this cornerstone principle of liberty. If our courts usurp their God-given authority, we have the duty to resist.

I will be watching closely. My prayer is that we will not have to send invitations to the next party.

Duck or Ostrich: What will you be serving this Christmas season?

December 19th, 2013 4 comments

ostrichComing home from Midway Airport yesterday, I turned on the Michael Medved Show to occupy my brain while I moved through the bumper-to-bumper Chicago rush hour traffic. While I don’t always agree with Medved, I appreciate his fair and forthright discussion of the hot button issues of our time. My ears perked up when the discussion centered around Phil Robertson, founder of the Duck Commander company and star of A & E’s Duck Dynasty. Evidently Robertson gave an interview to GQ Magazine in which he openly stated homosexuality was a sin. When asked by the interviewer to define sin, Robertson made the following statement:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he goes on to offer a paraphrase of the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians:

“Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Robertson actually did a pretty good job of capturing the essence of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Robertson was simply stating the clear teaching of the Bible that homosexuality, and every other form of sexual expression outside of the bounds of monogamous marriage, is a sin.

This is why we should all be alarmed at the response from A & E to suspend him indefinitely for his comments. Have we really reached the place in American culture where we a publicly tarred and feathered for simply proclaiming God’s perspective on aberrant sexual behavior? All Americans, and especially those who call themselves Christians, should be expressing outrage for this trampling of religious liberty.

We need more Phil Robertson’s in the church today. Where are the men and women who will unashamedly stand for truth knowing the PC police will be knocking at your door? We need more “ducks” in the church instead of what we currently have – ostriches! It’s time to take our heads out of the sand and face the harsh reality. If we are not willing to make a stand for sexual purity now, it’s only a matter of time before our “collective goose” is cooked!

Time for Obama to be Tebowed

December 13th, 2011 4 comments

“Tebowed.” It’s a new term to describe what happens on a football field when quarterback Tim Tebow and his Denver Broncos look awful for the first three quarters before they come roaring from behind to beat you in miraculous fashion in the fourth, and final, period. When it comes to the 2012 election, I believe it’s time for President Obama to experience a political “Tebow.”

For three years now this administration has aggressively trampled the religious liberties of the American people. Like NFL bad boy Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions, Obama has pummeled the free expression of faith in the public arena, choosing to ignore league rules, in this case the Constitution. To make matters worse, after repeated knock downs in the arena of religious liberty, the last six months have been the NFL’s version of the flagrant foul. Consider the secular assault on faith in since June 2011 (Facts presented by my friends at the Family Research Council):

• Navy officials ban Bibles and religious materials from Walter Reed Military Medical Center as part of new patient guidelines for wounded warriors (9/2011)

• The Pentagon releases new regulations, forcing chaplains to perform same-sex “weddings” despite their religious objections (9/2011)

• Secretary Hillary Clinton demonizes other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights (12/2011)

• The Department of Veterans Affairs censors references to God and Jesus during prayers at Houston National Cemetery (6/2011)

• Officials at Health and Human Services denied funding for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ successful program for sex trafficking victims because of the church’s teaching on human life (11/2011)

• The Marine Corps consider tearing down a Camp Pendleton cross meant to honor fallen heroes (11/2011)

• Air Force officials strip religious curriculum from a 20-year-old course on “just war theory” (9/2011)

• HHS unveils new health care rules that ignore basic conscience protections for medical workers with faith-based objections to abortion and contraception (8/2011)

• Administration officials refuse to intervene in the closing of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (12/2011)
• President Obama lobbies for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which tramples on the faith of employers in hiring, firing, and promotion decisions (10/2011)

• The Air Force Academy turns its back on needy children because a charity has religious ties (11/2011)

Ironically, in the midst of the most vicious assault on religious liberty in our nation’s history, we have Tim Tebow proudly displaying his faith in public for all the world to see! The irony of it all is that if he was employed in a government job, he’d be silenced. If he was a public school teacher he’d be sent to the principal’s office. If he worked in corporate America he’d be banished to six weeks of sensitivity training. But God has raised him up in a football league and given him a massive platform, perhaps to remind us all that America is the one place in the world where Christians have the right to share their faith publicly.

We may have taken the beating of our lives for the first three quarters of the Obama reign, but the game’s not over. We’re entering the fourth quarter. It’s Tebow time for President Obama and his secular cronies.