A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th District has recently ruled that both Oklahoma’s and Utah’s state marriage amendments, defining marriage between a man and a woman, were in violation of the U.S. Constitution. These creative jurists ruled that the state amendments violated the “fundamental rights” of homosexual and transgendered couples to marry. Of course, the U.S. Constitution nowhere mentions marriage, let alone defines it or declares it to be a fundamental right.
The precedent of the Supreme Court, when a new “fundamental right” has been asserted, is that it must be precisely defined and “objectively, deeply rooted in this Nation’s history, legal traditions, and practices” (Washington v. Glucksberg, 1997). Since the stampede to redefine marriage is a recent legal and cultural confusion, it clearly is not “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history.”
Rather, the radical redefinition of marriage fundamentally alters America’s moral, cultural and political landscape.
President Obama recently used his “pen” to launch another attack on religious liberty. He signed an executive order requiring all federal contractors and subcontractors grant special treatment based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
Once again, our president has shown his strong hostility to religious expression in American life. Now, he is setting up Eric Holder’s Department of Justice to prosecute employers who have deeply-held convictions that certain kinds of sexual behavior are inconsistent with their moral or religious beliefs.
Thankfully, the executive order preserves an exemption put in place by President George W. Bush, which allows religious employers the freedom to favor employees of a certain religion, in making hiring decisions. So under the new rules, a religious university could fire a teacher because she’s not of that religious faith, but could not fire her for her homosexual practice.
God help us!
Thousands of teens and children from Central America are “detained” each week at our southern border, many of them actually turning themselves in to our Border Patrol, so they can benefit from a 2008 law, intended to help victims of human trafficking.
Initially, President Obama indicated he would ask Congress to change the rules and expedite the return of these children to their home countries. After the backlash from immigration rights activists, he has backed off of that request.
He now has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with this crisis, but it is unclear how much of those funds will actually be spent on deportation and on border security. Much will be spent on lawyers and courts to advocate for the children to stay in our country, where their numbers will likely overwhelm our local school systems, public health care and social services.
Let us pray for wisdom for our leaders and the mind and eyes of Christ for ourselves.
Jewish author, David Rubin, asks if we have ever heard of the terrorist organization, “Baptist Jihad”? It’s a ridiculous, rhetorical question, because there is no biblical basis for such an organization!
But we have all heard of terrorist organizations called Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and now the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They all draw their ideological justification from the Muslim belief in the concept of “Jihad,” which, as expressed in the Koran and carried out in practice through indiscriminate murder and mayhem, means holy war against “infidels”—all non-Muslims, specifically Jews and Christians.
Rubin’s book, The Islamic Tsunami, says the Koranian concepts of jihad inspire faithful followers to try to destroy and eliminate the Western civilization and transform it into an Islamic civilization. “Radical Jihad” conducts terrorism and wars worldwide, while “silent Jihad” works insidiously through cultural and demographic changes within Western nations.
We must resist oppressive Islamic Sharia laws in America and recover Biblical faith and practice in our communities, churches and families!
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A study by the Barna Group confirms that we live in a broken culture, where the younger you are the more likely you are to have engaged in morally inappropriate behavior, such as using profanity in public, watching pornography, gambling, sexting, illicit sexual encounters, public nudity, or abusing alcohol or drugs.
While past generations certainly had members who rejected traditional morality, the emerging generation engages in these behaviors as a lifestyle and may not even know where the lines for traditional morality are.
These cultural changes are often traced to broken character issues, extending from a lack of personal self control. Even among professing Christians, of both sexes and across all ages and demographics, what they supposedly believe does not necessarily determine how they behave.
In a recent study conducted by ChristianMingle.com, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, “Would you have sex before marriage?” The response? Sixty-three percent of the single Christian respondents indicated “yes.”
For professing believers, this discipleship dichotomy reflects a broken covenant relationship with their God. In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Paul instructed believers how to live to please God, who called us out of darkness to live a holy life. Specifically, he calls us to sexual restraint, learning to control our own bodies and not living in passionate lust like pagans, who do not know God. He also warned believers to not take sexual advantage of a brother or sister in the Lord!
Sexually active singles and sexually unfaithful marrieds invite God’s judgment. To try to compartmentalize our sex life from our faith life is to break covenant with God, whose Son died our death that we might live His life!
Beverly Allen’s book, Covenant Dating, is a lifestyle blueprint to guard your heart and your body, as you pursue the Biblical pathway toward marriage. Covenant Dating is available for a donation of $14 or more, this month.