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Can You Really Separate the Two?

It seems like everyone is crying about it these days.  Especially the atheists.  Some people bang it like a cheap drum.  It’s the tired battle cry of separation of church and state.

The original intent was to keep the state out of the church.  The individual should be able to believe and worship as he sees fit without government intrusion.  Unless, of course, you want to slaughter babies.  Baby slaughter is unacceptable in all circumstances unless the baby is preborn.  I only wish that was a bad joke, but abortion is big business.

The First Amendment is also supposed to be a safeguard against state-sponsored religion.  The mere thought of that makes me shudder.  As a Christian, I believe that Christian values are beneficial to society, but we have seen time and again that the government can wreck even the best of intentions.  The government has a knack of turning A T-bone steak into a crap sandwich.  This protection should include worldviews.  This atheistic “freedom from religion” movement has reached a fervor that rivals the intensity seen in many religious circles.  This is where I take issue because I believe this rabid secularization violates the original intent of the First Amendment.  I would be less inclined to take exception if this anti-religion witch hunt didn’t appear to single out Christianity.  

For example, Christians are being targeted for their views on abortion and homosexuality.  Muslims certainly hold unpopular views regarding homosexuality as the Koran calls for their execution, but Christians are challenged if we make a stand that opposes sin.  It’s not that we arbitrarily decide what is sinful and what is not, God has determined that.  We are exercising our faith when we are being obedient to what God tells us in the Bible.  We are considered intolerant if we uphold God’s word.  The godless insist that we essentially renounce our faith if someone gets their feelings hurt.  The Christian mustn’t be compelled to violate his conscience which is a sin for both parties involved.  

These protests are more insidious than merely overlooking sin.  The hidden reason is to seek approval.  Affirmation of sinful behavior is what is desirous as if this was a matter to be resolved in the court of opinion, not in God’s holy court.  Christians must remember Romans 1:32 lest we be inticed to ignore our conscience.  Paul states, “Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”  Christian, do you think it is harmless to leave others to their own devices as long as they are pursuing “happiness?”  Think again.

This atheist goal is less about keeping Christianity out of government than it is about separating the Christian from God.  If it was merely to have freedom from religion, then one could come to the conclusion that these opponents to religion would be equal opportunity offenders.  Instead, the main thrust seems to be against Christianity.  If the atheist truly believes that God is some contrivance, why does he expend so much energy to dismiss him?  We can agree that Santa Claus is a fictitious guy, but where are the Santa protesters the day after Thanksgiving at the mall?  Perhaps they are standing in line to tell Santa if they’ve been naughty.  

Mall Santa lives on because he really is a fake, but the atheist doesn’t simply oppose a make-believe Jesus.  The atheist attacks him with such veracity that Psalm 14:1 gains credibility.  The Psalmist writes, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”  After all, only a fool is foolish enough to entertain such a thought.

A Generational Curse

‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’ (Numbers 14:18 ESV)

While I was wasting time today, I came across a blog post that piqued my interest.  The author, Lisa M. Price, was correlating personal responsibility with societal ills.  I can’t agree more.  It’s easy to blame our problems on racism, liberalism, conservatism–pick any -ism you choose, but before we release the scapegoat into the wilderness, maybe we need to look inwardly.  Perhaps we can take responsibility for our errors instead of pointing fingers at others.  I think the elephant in the room is the fact that we say our problems are typically somebody else’s fault, and we certainly shouldn’t rely on the government to shore up our problems.  It’s apparent that the government cannot even handle the responsibilities it’s been given.  It’s like having a podiatrist perform brain surgery.  He may be the best foot doctor in the world but I’m not letting him near my head.

In my estimation, the largest issue that negatively impacts society are the abundance of broken homes.  I was alarmed at the statistics I read on singlemotherguide.com, but the first sentence is what I found staggering.  It states, “…single motherhood is now becoming the new “norm”.  Granted, there are many reasons that a woman may become a single mother, but I’m focusing on the irresponsible aspects.  The statistics support that this new “norm” is the normalizing of immorality.  49% of single mothers have never been married.  This isn’t merely men acting like pigs and sowing their sinful oats.  Women also shirk decency by behaving like harlots.

I know, it’s time to bring up the liberal rhetoric because we all have the right to do whatever we want to be happy.  That sounds reasonable on the surface, but it really means, “Let us indulge our wanton lusts and engage in whatever debasement and humiliation is necessary to attain happiness.”  Are you happy?  Your doctor tells you that you are pregnant.  Are you happy now?  You can’t find the guy you had a one night stand with and decide it’s best to have an abortion.  Does this make you happy?  You have complications when the doctor removes your unborn baby with a giant suction tube.  You don’t have to worry about that inconvenience but now you are sterile.  Is this what you were thinking of when you were thinking about your happiness?

I’m not trying to pick on women, but who is stuck with all of the decisions and responsibilities when dad skips town or moves to prison?  This isn’t racism, either.  Black people have the same responsibilities with their bodies as whites and Hispanics.  I’m also not trying single out the poor as I have a heart to minister to the homeless.  The fact is that 39.6% of unwed mothers are poor according to NWLC.  Of those, more than half live in extreme poverty.  Does this ensure that children of unwed mothers will overcome poverty?  Of course not.  Children that grow up in poverty will likely remain in poverty.  Then their children will live their lives in poverty.  The tragedy in this nightmare is that the children are innocent but are paying for their parents’ sins.

Poverty doesn’t care about the color of your skin.  Poverty is in many cases, the result of bad decisions.  The problem with poverty is that it rarely stops at one generation.  If you make bad decisions that land you in the poorhouse, those decisions can impact generations.  Your one night stand may affect your great-grandchildren.  Do you have a right to engage in risky behavior that can cause unhappiness in your great-grandchildren’s lives in the name of happiness?  If I was a sociopath that enjoyed killing people, do I have a right to murder my neighbor so that I can be happy?  It’s an absurd example, but the truth is that my actions can and do impact my children’s lives.  I have the ability to improve their lives through a pattern of good decision making or I can destroy their future if I make some ill-conceived choices.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we have a right to happiness. Happiness is not guaranteed in this life and in our reckless pursuit of happiness, we should not compromise our integrity.  We need to consider the consequences and refrain from activity that could negatively affect not only our lives, but the lives of our children.  This “new normal” isn’t working out.  It’s irresponsible to label aberrant behavior as normal in the first place.

We Live in a Civilized Society?

I was reading “Judges: Such A Great Salvation” when I came across an interesting sentence regarding God’s judgment. Davis stated, “We need to beware of thinking that God avenges only when he makes a racket.” (p. 125) It caught my attention because when we consider God’s judgment, we usually think of natural disasters or some other cataclysmic event. We forget that God’s wrath may be poured out slowly over time.

Such is the case in America today. We might surmise that God is exercising a judgment of abandonment with the rise of immorality. We are a culture of death where we kill the unborn and the infirm. We even sanction doctor-assisted suicide as a sort of pre-emptive strike.

We also see all manner of sexual sin from adultery and pornography, to widespread acceptance of homosexuality. The apostle Paul writes, “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” (Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭24-25‬ ESV) This is the world we live in.

It is apparent that morality is on a downward trajectory and it seems that God is judging America, not with a loud bang (at least not yet), but slowly and methodically where we are ensnared and are not even aware of it.

Or I may be mistaken and the normalization of sin might actually be evidence of an intrepid and virtuous society. A society where somebody’s “choice” trumps the sanctity of life. A society that advocates the wholesale slaughter of unborn babies for reasons that can be as hollow as being inconvenient to being as depraved principled and idealistic as being favorable to the unborn baby because we subjectively decide that being born would infelicitously affect his quality of life. See, eugenics is propitious not only for society at large, but for the aborted child as well.

We have fallen so far that we believe (at least in limited cases at this time) that murder is advantageous to the murderee. Or to use an actual word, a favor had been done for the victim beneficiary.

I must live on another planet because I thought a favor was something good like cutting a little old lady’s lawn without compensation. I suffer from chronic pain and am unable to work, and I anticipate this particular brand of goodwill will expand from terminal patients to other patients with a questionable quality of life. Forgive me if I seem ungracious, but I would like to decline this favor in advance. I wonder if benefits such as these will ever become mandatory.

Tolerating Everyone That Agrees

CC image courtesy of relevantinfo.org.
CC image courtesy of relevantinfo.org.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only sane person in the world. It is a time where there is no absolute truth. At least that’s what people say. These same people will call you a hater or a bigot if you dare to disagree with them. This is an extension of the Tolerance/Intolerance Paradox.

As a Bible believing Christian, I’m a part of the minority. I’m a simpleton for believing that abortion is murder. I know, I want to trample a woman’s God given right to kill her own child. Matt Walsh made a great point with his analogy of piledriving your pet.

Gay marriage is another hot button issue. I guess I’m a Neanderthal bigot for standing with the Bible. Look, I’m not concerned with people’s proclivities, but it is my duty to warn my neighbor that living an unrepentant lifestyle (and this encompasses much more than homosexuality) will result in divine judgment.

Let me make this known: I am heterosexual and I am faithful to my wife. There. I just came out of the faithful heterosexual closet. Next time I meet a stranger I’ll tell him, “Hello, my name is Ted and I’m a faithful hetero.”

This trait is what defines my entire being. Hellooooo I’m hetero! I don’t dwell on the fact that I’m straight.

God doesn’t judge people based on their sexuality. He judges based on sin. He is going to judge adulterers and fornicators as well. Don’t take my word for it. God’s word is chronicled in the Bible. If you disagree, you can take the matter up with Him.

The good news is that Jesus Christ died for all sinners. The only requirements are that we repent and believe in Him. The Son of Man became sin so that we might not perish. See that “might?” That’s like the asterisk in the record books next to Mark McGuire’s name. We must repent and believe to be saved.

The new polarizing issue is gun control. The gun control argument isn’t new, but it has landed in the morality arena. If you support the 2nd Amendment, you are slow-witted and are responsible for nut jobs that shoot people for sport. Even Jessa Dugger, one of the children on the TLC program, “I’ve Had More Children Than A Small Country and Counting,” is vilified simply for posing with a gun.

I understand that we may never be in agreement on many views, but should we clash in gladiatorial combat because you got chocolate in my peanut butter? Are you worse than Hitler’s and Stalin’s love child that was genetically manufactured in the Lubyanka simply because you hold a different point of view than mine? Of course not. That just makes you wrong. Just kidding.

In all seriousness, why such a visceral response to someone that holds a different point of view? I don’t remember stabbing anyone in the neck on the playground when I said He-Man could beat up G.I. Joe. Maybe I said they were a stupid head for even suggesting that Skeletor could beat She-Ra at arm wrestling.

I guess things really haven’t changed all that much.

Burn Baby Burn

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CC image courtesy of Señor Codo on Flickr.

I am utterly revolted. I just read on the Matt Walsh Blog that aborted babies are being burned to generate electricity. Seriously? Baby murder is already big business, but to burn the corpses? I’m aware that we have limited resources, but incineration as a creative solution?

We live in a wicked society where adultery and homosexuality are lauded as normal. Abortion is a common method of birth control. Forget about controlling your animal tendencies to behave like wild donkeys because morality is no fun.

Matt Walsh is right when he says we regard stray cats and dogs as more important than a human. Actually, I think he referenced dolphins, but dolphins are basically sea-cats. (I’m sure the ASPCA is working on an ad campaign to save the sea-cats). We no longer fear The Lord and we do what is right in our own eyes. (Judges 21:25)

When will this death cult reach the bottom? This post-modern society has no absolute truth. Everyone has their own truth. What do we do when two truths collide? Which truth supersedes the other? If I have a bigger stick, my truth wins.

If our Truth doesn’t come from the Way, the Truth, and the Life, our lives are built on sand. 1 Corinthians 10:23 says that all things are lawful, but not everything is profitable…unless you are in the business of torching aborted babies.

Just to be clear, I have no issue with people rescuing animals, but we are Imago Dei–our priority should be to focus on human needs. It’s chilling to see people stop to rescue abandoned puppies in the street, yet ignore a homeless guy.