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Feb
20

Apologetics Begins at Home

Apologetics Begins at Home This week, I received a letter on my pillow from my 13-yr-old daughter. It was full of questions that she wanted me to help her understand. I am grateful that I have the kind of relationship with my children that they seek me out as their primary source of information when they are struggling with issues in life. Much of my life is dedicated to teaching and equipping the Body of Christ to study and defend God’s word. However, I am reminded that my first and primary mission field is always my own family. Here is a list of some of questions going through my daughter’s mind: Why did God make emotions? What did God do before He made everything? Would the world be any different if I had never been born? How old is the earth? When were angels made? If Mary is Jesus’ mother, was she God’s wife? Do I have to be baptized to be a Christian? Did all the people before Jesus go to hell? How is God a king and servant at the same time? What does God look like? Did God marry Adam and Eve? Do people sin after they are Christians? How does God want me to treat people I don’t understand? What does, “carnal,” mean? How do I become holy, pure and perfect? (Things the Bible commands.) What does it mean to hide God’s word in my heart? What will I do in Heaven? How can I help all the people in the whole world? God is love. If I love someone, is it God’s love? People hate God, but they also love too. How? What does “circumcise your heart” mean? How are we “in the world, but not of it”? Do babies go to Heaven when they die? How can God be Grace and Justice at the same time? Aren’t they opposites? How does God love and hate at the same time? (Aren’t the opposites?) What are angels like? Why did God make life? These are serious and important questions. You will either answer these questions adequately for your own children, or they will make their decisions about them from other sources. Nothing is more important in your list of things to do than teaching your own children the truth. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV) If you don’t...
Feb
9

The Rule of Law – Chief Justice Roy Moore

The Rule of Law – Chief Justice Roy Moore Alabama’s Chief Justice, Roy Moore, is in the news again. A few weeks ago, a federal court in Mobile, AL ruled that that state’s ban on homosexual marriage was unconstitutional. Today, that ban is to be lifted, allowing for same-sex couples to obtain legal marriage status in the state. Justice Moore has encouraged probate justices across the state to defy the federal court order, claiming it is unconstitutional. This harkens back to a scene played out on the national news twelve years ago. On November 13, 2003, Justice Moore was removed from his position for refusing to obey a federal mandate to remove the 10 Commandments monument from the state courthouse. On Nov. 6, 2012, Moore won election, once again as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. It is unknown at this time how much cooperation Moore will receive from the justices in his state, and how many will risk defying the federal court order on constitutionality. For a bit of background on the case that launch Justice Moore into the national spotlight, here is an essay I wrote in 2003, summarizing the 10 Commandments case, and it’s importance for jurisprudence and the rule of law in America. The Rule of Law In 2003, one of the most memorable judicial scenes in American history, Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, lost his job and his appeal to keep a monument of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state Supreme Court building. The irony was thick in this case, and we must be certain that the profundity of what took place doesn’t escape us in all the political bantering surrounding the event. A nine-member Court of the Judiciary (known to the press as an “ethics” committee) issued its unanimous decision to remove Justice Moore from office. According to CNN, “The ethics panel said Moore put himself above the law by “willfully and publicly” flouting the order to remove the 2.6-ton monument from the state judicial building’s rotunda in August.” (Emphasis mine) In an interview with CNN, Justice Moore said, “The issue is: ‘Can the state acknowledge God?'” he said. “If this state can’t acknowledge God, then other states can’t. … And eventually, the United States of America … will not be able to acknowledge the very source of our rights and liberties and the very source of our law.” “When a court order departs from the law and tells you what you can think and who you can believe in,”...

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