With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visiting now in the U.S., it is well to remember that Israel’s King David declared: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee.”(Psalm 122:6)
Praying for Jerusalem is not praying for a city, with its limestone buildings glistening in the sun. Nor is it to be petition for the city’s religious sites, holy to three world religions.
Rather, prayer for the peace of Jerusalem is for God’s protection over the lives of the citizens (Jews and Non-Jews) of this holy city on a hill. It is praying for spiritual revival and renewal of God’s grace on this whole region. It is prayer for the defeat of demonic forces by holy angels, in a battle that can not be seen with natural eyes. (Ephesians 6)
America has been blessed because of its benevolence toward the modern nation of Israel. We can ill afford to turn our backs on Abraham’s chosen descendants. Let us all pray and act for the peace of Jerusalem and then claim righteous prosperity for our nation and people, as promised in God’s word!
Following the misguided actions of a U.S. judge in Utah, four federal judges in the states of Oklahoma, Virginia, Kentucky, and Texas, have decided that these states’ laws, affirming marriage as being between one man and one woman, are somehow unconstitutional. The fact is, our federal constitution doesn’t even have the word “marriage” in it. The private opinions of these activist judges are irrelevant and their public rulings have violated states’ rights and neutered natural marriage.
The individual rights mentioned in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution are not about sex or marriage at all. SaveCalifornia.Com documents that, ”The Equal Protection Clause in no way requires the recognition of same-sex “marriages” because homosexual couples are not the same as heterosexual couples. They cannot have a conjugal union that produces children, and one of the primary purposes of marriage is to bind together fathers and mothers for the benefit of the children they bring into the world.”
Further, the 10th Amendment recognizes states’ rights in matters not delegated in the founding document. While Article IV guarantees a government where our written constitution is to be consented to, as the supreme law.
Many state constitutions, recognizing the unnatural and unhealthy realities of other forms of human relationships, have formally affirmed the societal values of natural marriage.
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The IRS is proposing regulations to restrict or suppress Christian and other conservative non-profit groups from distributing voter guides, promoting voter registration, reporting voting records of elected officials, or even mentioning the names of candidates who are running for election.
These plans will give this big-government agency the authority to invent rules that could ultimately shut down conservative organizations like American Family Association, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and the various expressions of the Tea Party. These regulations will make these “we the people” organizations politically impotent.
Perhaps of greater concern is that eventually, these rules could filter down to churches, simply at the whim of the IRS, basically silencing conservatives and Christians for exercising their patriotic and civic freedoms.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas believes marriage is a state issue. He has offered the “State Marriage Defense Act” to recognize, for federal purposes, all legally married couples, as defined by the state law where they live. His “states’ right” legislation (co-sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah) protects each state’s status quo on marriage laws and stops the federal government from trampling the people’s voice, values and views on this issue.
Senator Cruz said, “Our heart weeps for the damage to traditional marriage that has been done. We need to stand up and defend traditional marriage, and especially do everything we can to prevent the federal government from forcing a different definition of marriage that is contrary to the views of the citizens of each state.”
This is a position millions of Americans and the President himself held until recently. Now, Cruz has called the current Administration the “most hostile-to-traditional-marriage administration this country has ever seen.”
February features the birthdays of two of our greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. So it is fitting that Congress has designated a Monday holiday in February to honor all past Presidents of the United States of America.
George Washington believed that for the Constitution to work, the people needed to be virtuous and not suppose that “morality can be maintained without religion” or that “national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Two centuries later, Ronald Reagan was carried through his years of service by a set of Christian convictions, which did not take God’s blessings or our religious freedoms for granted. He said, “Without God, there is no virtue, because there is not prompting of the conscience…Without God, there is a coarsening of the society.”
Perhaps that president was also prophetic when he said, “If we ever forget that we’re ‘one nation under God’ then we will be a nation gone under.”