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Jun
30

Should We Expect Non-Christians to be Moral?

Should We Expect Non-Christians to be Moral? I have been hearing a lot lately, “We shouldn’t expect non-Christians to live like Christians. They don’t know God, so they sin. That’s what sinners do. Stop expecting them to be moral.” Or even, “God’s laws apply to Christians, but they don’t apply to non-Christians.” Is this thinking Biblical? Should we refuse to mention to non-Christians that they are sinners and that they are violating God’s moral law? People also frequently say, “You can’t legislate morality!” That isn’t true. In fact, every time you make a restrictive law, it is an attempt to force someone to comply to a moral standard that he or she doesn’t want to abide by. You can’t avoid legislating morality (even if based on a faulty Humanistic standard). What you CAN’T legislate is holiness! Paul says that God didn’t give His moral law for good people, but for the people who are sinning. “We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” (1 Timothy 1:8-10, NLT) Should we tell our non-Christian friends that they are sinning? Paul certainly did to the unbelieving Greeks in his day: “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31, NLT) A lady I know posted online the other day that we shouldn’t tell people they are sinners, instead, we should just tell them about Jesus. Really? Tell them what about Jesus? What is significant about Jesus? That He loves people? Heck, Barney the Dinosaur loves people! That’s not life-changing news. Jesus is only significant if He is the remedy to the sin that separates us from God (His claim). You can’t skip over the cross on your...
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,”...
May
23

Obama’s “Safe Schools” Czar, Kevin Jennings is Leaving

Kevin Jennings Kevin Jennings, a homosexual who was appointed by President Obama as his “Safe Schools” Czar is leaving his office at the U.S. Department of Education in July to become the new President of Be The Change, a non-profit organization. Prior to his time in the Administration, Mr. Jennings founded and led the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on promoting the homosexual lifestyle in schools. Under Jennings’ leadership, GLSEN programs became commonplace in America’s schools. During his 14 year tenure as GLSEN’s founding Executive Director, GLSEN increased pro-homosexual school legislation by more than 600 percent, and grew the number of school-based and student-led clubs, such as Gay-Straight Alliances, from under 50 in 1995 to nearly 4,000 registered schools (with over 8,000 middle schools and high schools participating in the pro-homosexual “Day of Silence”) when he stepped down in 2008. In 1992 he was named co-chair of the Education Committee of the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth in Massachusetts. Jennings has authored six books on gay rights and education. Jennings tells his story of his conversion from being raised in a Fundamentalist Christian family, to becoming a radical homosexual activist in his memoir, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir of Growing Up, Coming Out, and Changing America’s Schools. Mr. Jennings drew fire from conservatives when he was informed by a 16-year-old male student that he was having sexual relations with a an older man he met in the bus station bathroom in Boston. Jennings’ only advice to him was, ‘I hope you knew to use a condom.’ His time in the Department of Education was filled with numerous scandals and offensive behavior, including, but not limited to: Expressing admiration for the late Harry Hay, a member of the Communist Party and senior leaders of NAMBLA, the North American Man-Boy Love Association, the militant pederast group. Writing the foreword to Queering Elementary Education a book that advocates teaching the homosexual agenda to elementary children and praises teaching masturbation to a 7-year-old girl. Jennings admitted that he developed the “anti-bullying” label as a way to present the pro-homosexual agenda as a “safety” issue; Jennings’ GLSEN brigades have subjected millions of school children to forced “queering” sessions through various GLSEN-sponsored programs. As is usually the case, the strongest advocates of “tolerance” end up being rather intolerant themselves. In a speech in a New York church in 2000, he declared” “We have...

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