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The Truth: An unpopular message

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Sometimes you just need to take a break from carnage that is modern politics.  Over the summer, my church conducted a weekly Bible study series entitled “Faith over Fear”.  Several of our Sunday School and Bible teachers taught on a particular “fear” topic.  As one of those teachers, I covered “Fear of Delivering and Unpopular Message”, focusing on Jeremiah 1.

Delivering an unpopular message has become a daily occurrence for many of us.  If you find yourself speaking against binary choice politics, Donald Trump, or the two major parties, you have probably found yourself at odds with untold numbers.  However, in these times it is important to remember the big picture.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  There is no greater call than to deliver His message.

Stand and Deliver

When teaching this lesson, I asked my group if anyone had been in a job for 45 years.  One hand went up.  Then, how about being in a job where no one likes you and no one wants to hear what you have to say?  That was Jeremiah.  Jeremiah was called by God to speak to his people, in approximately 626 BC.  He spent the next 45 years calling out his people and proclaiming the wages of sin.  This was not a message the people wanted or appreciated.  In the end, Jeremiah would die, having been kidnapped, as a captive in a foreign land.  Despite the personal toll, Jeremiah remained faithful to his call.  Through the rejection, despair, and hostility, Jeremiah carried out his mission.  What can we Christians learn for his example?

Modern Day Prophets

We are living in a world of moral relativism.  God’s message of love, through Jesus Christ, is now considered hate speech.  Even today, we remain a people with an unpopular message that is attempting to be silenced.  How do we respond?  What can we learn from Jeremiah’s calling?

In the course of Jeremiah 1, God makes four promises: 1) Being reluctant to speak the name of the Lord in the face of skeptics leads to more fear and marginalization; 2) Opposition will be real; 3) Those who are faithful will prevail; and 4) If you are faithful, you will know the presence of the Lord, and He will rescue you.

I am of the firm belief that as the church has attempted to conform to culture, the more culture has declined.  By almost any metric, the number of self-identified Christians is falling.  The number of unaffiliated and atheist continue to rise.  The speed at which these numbers are changing seems to be directly correlated to disengagement and conformity by the church.

Cowboy Up

Christians live in fear of being labeled racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes, etc.  The reluctance to speak the truth of the Word has led to fear and marginalization.  Christians face real opposition to His message.  However, in the face of the opposition, God commands us to be strong.  Jeremiah 1:17-19:

“Now get ready.  Stand up and tell them everything that I command you.  Do not be intimidated by them or I will cause you to cower before them.  Today, I am the one who has made you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land-against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the population.  They will fight against you but never prevail over you, since I am with you to rescue you.”

I like to think of these verses as God’s “Cowboy Up” speech.  With God’s help, His message of hope and love will prevail.

Of Hope and Love

The message we are called to deliver today is the hope and love of Jesus Christ.  Is it, at times, an unpopular message?  Yes.  Is salvation through Jesus Christ an exclusionary message?  Yes.  Will this message be offensive to some?  Yes.  Just because the answers are yes, does not mean we should refrain from sharing The Truth.  And, what is The Truth?

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, you will also know my Father.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.”  John 14:6-7

Therefore, proclaim it loudly and without fear.  Proclaim it with love.  We are called to share the Good News with the world.  God has fortified us and we will prevail if we allow Him to strengthen us.  Some things are more important than Donald Trump’s tweets, the republican and democrat lies, and celebrity gossip.  Salvation hangs in the balance.  This is the greatest calling of all.

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Church of England joins LGBT forces in the culture war and children are the casualties

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Did you hear about the new set of directives released by the Church of England for schools and teachers concerning gender and gender identity?

In honor of anti-bullying week, the Church of England released an updated version of a 2014 instructional entitled “Valuing All God’s Children.” This new set of rules instructs against so-called homophobia, bi-phobia, and trans-phobia in nursery schools and primary schools.

According to church leadership, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary students should be encouraged to discover their gender identity uninhibited as they “explore the possibilities of who they might be.” Specifically, children are to be taught not to “conform” to traditional male/female “stereotypes.”

Schools must “avoid labels and assumptions which deem children’s behavior irregular, abnormal or problematic just because it does not conform to gender stereotypes … Childhood has a sacred place for creative self-imagining.”

Practically speaking, the guidelines will encourage boys to wear tutus and princess tiaras while encouraging girls to wear tool belts and super hero cloaks in order to help them determine who they might be without “judgement and derision.”

While it’s tempting to dismiss this as England’s problem, the Strident Conservative has documented how the LGBT community and its declared war on Christianity and American culture has already launched similar assaults on children in America’s public schools.

Unfortunately, in America, the Rainbow Jihad has the full support of the government all the way up to the White House.

For example, Barack Obama hosted an event in April, 2016 at the White House aimed at “breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys.” Much like the Church of England, Obama—with support from Katie Couric, the founder of the gender-neutral start-up Little Bits—promoted the idea that gender is irrelevant and that children should be free to be who they are “without limits.”

While Valerie Jarrett organized the event under the banner of promoting opportunities for girls, Obama’s track record on transgender issues made the affair very LGBT friendly.

And we shouldn’t get comfortable now that Obama is no longer president. Donald Trump—who embraced the LGBT movement at the Republican National Convention in his acceptance speech—announced back in June that his administration would prosecute schools that failed to embrace the LGBT lie concerning transgenderism.

The LGBT culture war is not just an American war. It’s a world war, and as usual, children are the casualties.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

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The left legislates for secularism against Christianity and it’s one thing they are consistent on

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The left legislates for secularism against Christianity and its one thing they are consistent on

On the surface, the left promotes a double standard regarding how business can offer services.  They support a right of the business that sides with Palestine over Israel, and the right of governments to do business with them.  On the other hand, they support laws that force business to have “birth control” in their health plan or make people provide a service to those they are uncomfortable with such as gay couples.  The libido is far more important than your convictions or conscience coupled with the left’s push for population control.

The Stream’s Rachel Alexander scratches the surface to show that what this is really about, is finishing off what famed leftist humanist John J. Dumphy called “the rotting corpse of Christianity.”  That alone makes the left consistent with their agenda and long-term goals.  Those words that Dumphy used were not out of sarcasm, they were out of hated and are a declaration of war against Christ and his body of believers.

The Left’s Hypocrisy on States Regulating Freedom of Expression of Businesses

https://stream.org/lefts-hypocrisy-on-states-regulating-freedom-of-expression-businesses/?utm_source=Newsfeed&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_term=Original+Content&utm_content=Left-11-16-2017Should businesses have a right to express their views and practice them accordingly? The left says yes — and no. They say, “It depends.” Liberals tend to say yes when the business takes a position they agree with. They say no if the business takes a viewpoint they disagree with.

In the first case, the left stands for free speech and the first amendment. In the second, the left happily uses state power to curtail the business’s freedom of expression.

There is a rise in targeting Christian businesses.

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NBC News – Having children is immoral

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Travis Rieder from NBC News recently published an article titled, “Science proves kids are bad for the Earth. Morality suggests we stop having them.” Within the article, Rieder uses a derivative of moral fifteen times. As the great master swordsman Inigo Montoya, in The Princess Bride, eloquently stated, “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Case in point, he states, “Humanity grew up in relatively small groups; Rules like “don’t harm others,” or “don’t steal and cheat” are easy to make sense of in a world of largely individual interactions.”

It is interesting that he uses the word “rules” and not morality to describe hurting, stealing or cheating. Why are these rules and not moral standards?

An illustration in explaining this might be helpful. I very much enjoy watching nature documentaries. My favorite ones are the ones produced by BBC Earth. I love the images and the videography and especially the British accent. I wish I had a lovely British accent. It’s so classy and makes you sound super smart, and the tone is captivating. But even with the countless number of documentaries I have seen with those intelligent sounding Brits, I have yet to hear the narrator condemn an animal for hurting, stealing, or cheating.

I have never heard the narrator say that the male bear that is trying to kill the female bear’s cubs so that he could then mate with her an immoral act. Why not? If we’re all just animals why can’t we do that? I mean, aren’t rules made to be broken. Why are you pushing your morals, I’m sorry rules on me. If rules are regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere, then by your own words hurting, stealing, and cheating are not immoral they are just rules to govern our activities in society.

Additionally, the fallacy of Rieder’s argument continues when he states that “Our moral psychology has not yet evolved to solve the problems of today.” Utilizing the logical conclusion of this statement, we would have to conclude that there are no such things as morals and morality. If morals are merely a byproduct of the collective social construct and not a set of unchangeable moral principles, then it is neither moral or immoral to destroy the planet. It’s entirely amoral; as it would be amoral to have as many children as you wanted. Morality is just rules based on what society at a particular time thinks is right or wrong.

Therefore, who are you, Travis Rieder, to tell us what is moral and immoral? If our collective psychology hasn’t yet evolved, then by logical conclusion, society has determined that having as many children as you want is moral and thus you are the immoral one telling us not to have children. It is you, that is going against the grain of society’s moral psychology.

Therefore, Mr. Rieder, you keep using the term morality, but I must say, “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.”

 

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