February 19, 2017

Common Sense and the NBA


Is tolerance a virtue? Accommodation? Does a parent tolerate, or accommodate a child's misbehavior? Does the judicial system turn the other cheek when judging criminals? Shall we close all the prisons, and release the inmates regardless of their crime or misdemeanor?

Should God have simply forgiven Adam and Eve? Should they have been allowed to stay in the Garden? Should Moses have been permitted to enter the Promised Land? Should David's sin with Bathsheba been overlooked?

If there is to be no consequence for sin then why did Christ die? Why did God establish the Law? Why were the prophets sent to expose the people's transgressions?


Moses and the others behaved in a way that was displeasing to God. Note that by our behavior we are deemed sinners before the Lord.

I did not watch the NBA All-Star game from New Orleans. In fact, I have made the difficult decision to boycott professional basketball. This game has been my favorite sport since childhood when I would spend 2-3 hours every day practicing my famous sky hook.

The All-Star game was to have been played in Charlotte, North Carolina; but because of that state's "bathroom bill" the NBA decided to move the game to another venue.

The bill declared that access to public bathrooms be determined by the sex on a person's birth certificate. Common sense? After all, we don't want sexual perverts to be granted unrestricted entry into restrooms designated for the opposite sex. Women are especially uncomfortable that men of questionable sexual identity might be permitted to use the ladies' room -- a non-issue according to former President Obama's Justice Department.

But, we live in a day and age when the world seems to be going to hell at warp speed. Societal custom and tradition that have served us well for thousands of years are quickly being overthrown. If you can believe the polls then those of us who hold to common sense are now a minority.

Transgenders make up 0.3% of the population yet they are permitted to unravel all social construct, and force cultural accommodation for their aberrant behavior. This is not equivalent to the injustice of denying black Americans access to public facilities. The color of your skin is not a behavior, and it is an affront to black people to argue otherwise.

In addition, there is a difference between sexual preference and sexual identity. There are transgenders -- men who identify as women -- who are physically attracted to other women. If I were a woman this would cause me great angst. Why should the majority be made to feel uncomfortable, and forced to accommodate what is inherently an abnormal inclination? Again, being black is not an abnormality, and I emphasize this point only because the gay mafia compares their demands for social acceptance with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. There is no logical correlation between the right of a black man to public access, and the unnatural desire to commit sodomy, or have yourself castrated because you think you're a woman. One is a civil right -- the other, deviant behavior. That the nation thinks otherwise is a testament to the success that liberalism has achieved through public school indoctrination and mainstream media bias.

[FYI, the Democrats opposed Betsy DeVos as Education secretary because she is a proponent of charter schools and school vouchers.]

When Bill Clinton was in office only 21% of the population favored gay marriage. Why, even Hillary and Obama believed that marriage was between a man and woman, that is, until it was politically expedient to change their minds. Today, 61% of Americans approve of same-sex marriage. The numbers are trending favorably towards the accommodation of the 0.3% who are confused as to their sexual identity. The prescription for this is not tolerance, but treatment. What we are talking about are people who are suffering a psycho-pathological disorder -- not unlike pedophilia.

God condemns all of this.

Liberals are quite adept at forcing the debate with regards to controversial issues such as marijuana, abortion or homosexuality. Like the bratty child who screams and hollers until their parent gives in, the left is relentless with their in-your-face confrontation until society grows weary from fatigue, and surrenders all common sense.

Parent to child: If I give you the candy bar will you please quiet down? 

But it doesn't work that way. Civil union was not enough, but only an incremental step towards grabbing the whole bag of candy. Just like Obamacare was only a step towards the European model of socialist medicine. (That's where politicians, not doctors, determine your health care.) Bathroom rights for transgenders is just another step in the unraveling of the social fabric that binds our nation.

Divide and conquer is what the left does so well. I'm afraid that the majority believe the lie, and many of them are Christian. Well, God will not be mocked.

The state of Texas is considering a bill similar to the one passed in North Carolina. Both the NBA and NFL have warned the state of repercussions if the bill passes.

Folks, I'm going to say this as clearly as I can ...

The NBA and NFL can go to hell.

They are in the entertainment business. On the Lord's Day, millions of people worship at the altar of the National Football League. It is idolatry to the Nth degree. How much did a Super Bowl ad cost? Five million dollars for a 30-second spot. Someone might ask what I did on Super Bowl Sunday. That's fair, I was doing church.

Professional sports should be mindful that political activism can hurt the bottom line. Pandering to 0.3% of the population who are transgender, or alienating the 15% who are authentic Christians -- then again, the numbers are so small either way that it probably doesn't matter.

Notes:

The gay mafia and their allies cannot win on the grounds of common sense so they will hurl insults as so instructed by Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals -- the playbook for community organizers like HC and BO.

What's the cry? Oh, yes ... Haters, bigots, homophobes, racists, sexists ... name-calling is so first grade.

Do you know why the left prevented Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking at Berkeley? Milo is a free speech fundamentalist who rails against political correctness, Islam, feminists and the gay lobby. He believes that homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice, homosexual rights are an offense against society, and gay people should go back in the closet.

What makes Yiannopoulos a target for the left is that he is homosexual. Aren't liberals the defenders of gay people? This is the deception that lies at the core of liberalism. And, as Christians know full well, Satan is the father of all lies.

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February 01, 2017

Boy Scouts Surrender Faith in God


(I begin with this rather lengthy introduction because these were the thoughts I had after reading the headline that the Boy Scouts of America will now admit transgender boys. Society is still processing the "Q" in LGBTQ, and now this?)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He was with God in the beginning, and through Him all things were created (John 1:1-5). God is unchanging. What was true in the Garden is still true today. Only people have changed -- and not for the better. Two thousand years removed from the Cross and the world is moving at warp speed away from God. The tree of life is being pruned -- dead branches cut away. Don't expect things to get better. Only the few will be saved (Luke 13:23–24).

Men love darkness for it conceals their wicked deeds. The world cannot stand in the light of Christ, and will surely be dissolved in the presence of His coming. In his march towards enlightenment man has become a prisoner of his deepest and darkest thoughts. In his vain attempt to make a name for himself man has blotted out the name of God. The progressive evolution of man is the indirect cause of his regressive spiritual condition. I say indirect because ultimately Satan is the author of deception.

Man looks at right and wrong with a sense of emotion. His judgment of morality is predicated on whether something is fair, or feels good. Eve ate of the apple because she saw that it was good to eat; and believed the lie that she would become like God.

The Tower of Babel was a symbol of man's industrious (and defiant) nature:
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:1-9)
God saw the danger of man's ingenuity, and clever design to make a name for himself. Nothing would be impossible for men to achieve if God had not intervened. Simply look at the timeline of man to get a clearer picture of all that he is capable. From iron works to atomic bombs, from Kitty Hawk to the moon, man has built great towers of achievement.

At the start of the 20th century, accumulated knowledge doubled every 100 years. At the present time, it doubles every two days. According to IBM, with the next generation of computers, knowledge will double every 12 hours.

Understand what that means. From a secular point of view it may seem exciting, but from a biblical point of view it may foretell doom.

But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase (Daniel 12:4).

How many of us, in this age of technology, run to and fro like chickens with our heads cut off?  I was born at the dawn of television. Life was much slower and simpler in those days. It seems contrary, but the fact is that technology has not simplified our lives, but chained us to a 24-hour treadmill.

According to the Doomsday Clock, time stands at 11:57:30 pm -- just 150 seconds from midnight, or total annihaltion. Man's distance from God draws him ever closer to the imminent end of the age. Since God is the giver and sustainer of life it only makes sense that man's rebellion would end in death.

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life (1 John 5:12).

The Boy Scouts of America is a private organization and, as such, is protected by the Constitutional right of association derived from the designated rights of free speech and assembly.

Let's consider a hypothetical example in order to establish a clearer understanding of this particular issue. Assume that a Cattleman's Association, established for the purpose of marketing beef products, is sued by a group of vegetarians who demand membership in the association.

A judge, before throwing out the suit, would ask the vegans why they wanted to join an association that promoted the consumption of beef. The reason should be obvious -- to make a statement in favor of their anti-meat agenda.

I remember when the local chapter of the Young Democrats closed, and its members joined the Young Republicans. They took control of the leadership positions and excluded the conservative members.from participating in endorsement recommendations. I sent a letter to the Republican National Committee requesting that they investigate why the local Young Republicans were supporting Democrat candidates.

As the Bible says, a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough (Galatians 5:9).

Liberals will tug on your heart strings (especially women), and bang the drum of inclusiveness, tolerance, and acceptance; but anyone who disagrees is called a racist, sexist, bigoted homophobe. I mean, how many times can the left play that card before the country awakens from its stupor?

Seventy percent of scout troops are affiliated with their local church. In that sense the BSA is a religious organization. What if the courts were to order that your church had to employ an atheist pastor? What if it was ordered that agnostics must be permitted to serve on the church council? Of course, that's absurd since the court would be violating the principle of religious liberty.

It is unconstitutional to force the BSA, whether judicially or socially, to accept gay leaders and transgender boys in violation of their religious oath.

Boy Scout Oath:

On my honor, I will do my best. To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

I worked in banking for 20 years. Many of my co-workers and supervisors were gay. I got to know each of them on a very personal level. Their shared testimony was one of abuse, trauma or inhibited social development. Heterosexuals can suffer these things as well which is why so many are addicted to pornography.

A young child goes through a stage of gender confusion. Good parenting is critical to steer the child on a course of proper social development. Parents need to set the example, as role models of gender identity, during this period of socialization. This is why it is so important that a child is reared by both mother and father. Instead of affirming a child's confusion, or aberrant behavior, he or she needs to receive proper guidance, instruction and/or correction. Unfortunately, that concept became passe with the New Age philosophy of Dr. Spock.

Albert Mohler posted this piece, A Requiem for the Boy Scouts, in which he lamented the organization's fall from grace. He chastised the BSA for sacrificing its values and ideals in order to preserve the association. The left takes incremental steps in its progressive agenda of social engineering. First, they pressured the BSA to accept gay scout leaders, then gay adult leaders and now transgender boys.

Liberalism is so covert. Look at marijuana, for example. It began with decriminalization, then medical classification and, finally, outright legalization (though not yet at the federal level). Society reacts slowly -- like a frog in boiling water, and then it is too late. So it is with issues such as abortion and homosexuality, or whatever socialist agenda that the left tries to shove down our throats.

Inclusiveness is the big lie. The liberal utopia does not include Christians, white males, unsympathetic heterosexuals, conservative people of color (male or female), women who voted for Trump or, seemingly, the Boy Scouts of America. You don't have religious liberty. You don't have the freedom of association. You just need to shut-up and go away. The left has no respect for the Constitution, or traditional values of faith and family. Peel away their mask of deception and you'll see the face of Karl Marx.

Michael F. Haverluck wrote in an opinion piece, Boy Scouts Approaching Moral Collapse

Disenfranchising itself from its former biblical code of behavior and morality, the BSA recently began to embrace the moral relativism of the world before deciding to move forward with changing its policies to accommodate homosexuals.

Why doesn't the world accommodate, or tolerate Christians?

As Jesus said, If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first (John 15:18).

Margaret Downey, president of the Freethought Society, suggested that a person can be moral without believing in God -- that the BSA should allow boys to take an oath of goodness. According to Downey, people can be good without God.

When I attended the local church of Christ, we would knock on doors after the Sunday service, and this is what we typically heard, "I don't go to church. I think I'm a good person."

Then a certain ruler asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call Me good? Jesus replied. “No one is good except God alone." (Luke 18:18-19)

As the Scriptures say, "No one is righteous -- not even one. There is no one who understands; no one who seeks God. All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." (Romans 3:10-12)

People don't like to hear this. They want to have their ears tickled with feel-good sermons -- think Joel Osteen. Is there anyone left who understands what happened at the Cross? Because of our sins the Son of God died a horrible death. The flesh was stripped from His body, His face beaten beyond recognition, His hands and feet nailed to wood, and His blood shed because the ugly truth, my friend, is that you are not a good person.

We are a vain and self-serving people. Whatever good deeds we perform is often for self-aggrandizement, or to assuage our sense of guilt. Jesus spoke of the people who do good works in order to be honored by men -- to have their name spoken, or put on a plaque, or to receive an award or commendation. These people, said Jesus, will receive no reward in heaven.
Be careful not to perform your righteous acts before men to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be praised by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward (Matthew 6:1-2).
I was a scout member in my youth so all of this orchestrated controversy just grieves my soul. There is a movement within the church to separate from the BSA and form a new scouting association. It is both shameful and sad that the left has succeeded in tearing our nation asunder. Divide and conquer is their goal for any who has eyes to see. I'm afraid the genie cannot be put back in the bottle though the defeat of Hillary Clinton has bought us some time.

May God preserve the remnant of we who believe, and our religious liberty which is prescribed by law and ordained by Him.

End Notes:

Have you seen the uproar over the January issue of National Geographic? Christians should be alarmed by the devolution of society.

When the doctor pulled me from my mother's womb he examined my equipment and said to Mom and Dad, "Congratulations, you are the proud parents of a brand new baby boy." The nurse tied a blue bracelet around my ankle, and though my mother wanted a girl we all knew that I was a boy. Nature determined that I was a male child, and to imagine that I was a girl would have been diagnosed by the pediatrician as stunted emotional development. People in that condition need pathological intervention -- not social affirmation.

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January 29, 2017

Legacy: Obama's War on Family and Faith

The essential core of any society is the family unit. For eight long years former President Barack Obama led an international campaign of intimidation and coercion to force upon our people (and nations around the world) the acceptance of abortion, and recognition of the normalcy of homosexuality.

Through the U.S. State Department, and in coordination with the United Nations, America's friends and allies were threatened with the loss of economic assistance and humanitarian aid if they did not accept and implement Obama's pro-abortion, pro-gay agenda.

Under the President's direction, American foreign policy (for the first time in history) was guided not just in the interests of national security, but in the advancement of leftist social policies that are both anti-family and anti-Christian.

In September 2015, the United Nations convened the world Summit on Sustainable Development. Over 150 heads of state, including Pope Francis, attended the event. Discussion centered on environmental efforts to ameliorate the negative effects of global warming.

While many in attendance proposed various measures with regards to economic development and renewable energy, the United States aggressively pushed for the liberalization of abortion and homosexuality. The family unit was the problem -- the looming environmental catastrophe. There were too many people having babies. Gay people don't have children. They are not the problem. Heterosexuals are the problem, and they are contributing to a population growth that is not sustainable.

My liberal professors in the 1970's taught this very same mantra. It's not anything new. We were forced to read and regurgitate Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb -- the Holy Grail of environmentalists. Ehrlich's sensational predictions of impending doom did not come to pass -- that the oceans would be dead by the year 2000; soil would be so eroded and depleted from over-farming that famine would kill hundreds of millions of people worldwide; and India would run out of food by 1980.

When these, and many other doomsday predictions proved false, Ehrlich and his allies in academia simply adjusted the timeline. Eventually, he recanted on his predictions about India which saw a steady reduction in deaths related to poverty and famine.

The industrial world bought into Ehrlich's alarmist tome to the extent that countries in Europe do not have a sustainable birth rate. To maintain a stable population the World Health Organization calculates a replacement (or fertility rate) of 2.1 births per family. The following nations are below that target rate.

Sweden: 1.9, United Kingdom: 1.9, Holland: 1.8, Belgium: 1.8, Russia: 1.6, Germany: 1.4,  and Italy: 1.4

Because many of the immigrants locating to these countries are Arabic, and because the native population is trending towards extinction, what we are seeing is the Islamization of Europe. For the record, Japan has a birth rate of 1.4 while the United States stands at 1.8 (though much of that is due to the immigrant Hispanic population).

As Europe is becoming Arabic, the United States is becoming Latin. This is a marked and profound shift in the world's demographics which will not only alter cultural distinctions, but also realign the Christian centers of faith. Latin America and Africa have so far resisted the New World Order, and have managed to retain a strong and vibrant New Testament church.

When Obama visited Kenya he declared that Africa must accept abortion and homosexuality, or risk forfeiting economic assistance and humanitarian aid. The church responded by sending a letter to the President stating that they would not accept his disgusting agenda. The letter, signed by 700 African pastors, took issue with Obama's claim that homophobia was the same as racism.

This is what the left does so cleverly. They co-opt the designated rights based upon race, color and creed and surreptitiously apply them to a behavior (homosexuality), or action (abortion). What the African ministers told the President was that gay sex is not a skin color, and abortion is murder. They said they would not accept the American president's bullying attempt to make them agree to a policy that was against their faith and culture.

President Obama ... a bully? What an interesting observation that you won't hear on CNN, or read in the New York Times -- headline: AMERICAN PRESIDENT BULLIES AFRICA.

As one African pastor said,

The family is the strength of a nation. If the family is destroyed, then the nation is destroyed. So we don’t want to open doors for our nation to be destroyed!

In the face of religious opposition, Obama was snubbed by the President of Kenya who said that his people did not accept these things.

Returning to the U.N. Summit on Sustainable Development, there was another representative in attendance who spoke in opposition to the United States insertion of a clause promoting abortion and homosexuality. Pope Francis declared that this agreement was totally unacceptable to the Catholic Church. Whatever issues you might have with the Catholic Church it is the only voice that stands firm in unwavering support for the sanctity of life and marriage. The Protestant Church cannot make that claim as the Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and others have not only surrendered, but are proudly waving the rainbow flag. The African Council of Methodist ministers warned the American council that they would dissolve their association with the American church if it continued down the road of apostasy.

Samantha Power, Obama's Ambassador to the United Nations, boasted that the United States was effective in getting the homosexual agenda inserted into the DNA of the world body -- that it was a small step in the progressive march to achieve international acceptance of  homosexuality as a protected class designation.

Alongside race, religion and ethnicity, the U.N. can now add a new classification ... sexual behavior. If this makes sense to you -- and it really is like classifying an orange as a dairy product -- then why did 70% of black voters oppose same-sex marriage in California? Because they recognized that sexual preference is NOT the same thing as a person's skin color. It's ludicrous to think otherwise, but it is reflective of how liberals rationalize.

The outcome of the U.N. summit did not favor the Obama Administration. Language that would essentially coerce member nations into favoring abortion and homosexuality, or risk losing aid and assistance, was deleted from the agreement.

However, the United States was able to strike from the document any mention of family -- defined as a man, a woman and child(ren). For the first time in its 72 years, the United Nations agreed to a document that did not include any reference to the family unit.

Why? Why was the Obama Administration so hell-bent on pushing this agenda? Because family, as it has been understood for thousands of years by a civilized world, is not inclusive. That manner of thinking is so warped that it should be a warning to any rational human being as to the dangers of voting for people like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

Maybe 3% to 6% of the population is gay according to a study by the University of California, Davis. So, we're going to let 3% of the population bring the world to its knees, and overthrow all common sense and millennia of societal unanimity? Until Freud and Kinsey, homosexuality was considered a psycho-pathological disorder brought on by abuse, trauma, or retarded social development. Freud believed psychoanalysis might even change a homosexual into a heterosexual. I just throw that in for consideration as it is not pertinent to this discussion, but interesting nonetheless.

I am worried that Rex Tillerson, President Trump's State Department nominee, does not have the grit to undo Obama's anti-family foreign policy directives. Tillerson lobbied for gay Boy Scout leaders, and his company, ExxonMobil, was a corporate sponsor of Planned Parenthood. Red flags all around if you are Christian and pro-family.

Before he left office, Obama sent $200,000,000 to international offices of Planned Parenthood in support of their abortion outreach. Domestically, taxpayer dollars cannot be used to pay for abortions, but Planned Parenthood still receives a half billion dollars yearly in support of their day-to-day operations which allows them to continue performing barred procedures. It's a nod and a wink technicality that stiffs the American taxpayer. Hopefully, the Republican majority can grow a spine and defund the abortion mill. Hold on, despite the liberal cry that women will be denied access to health care, there are thousands of community-based clinics in cities across the nation that provide low or no-cost medical services to people in need. So don't fall for that smokescreen.

A Democrat congressman said he grappled with the issue of homosexuality. As a person of faith he believes that the Bible is quite clear, but as a representative of the people he feels conflicted. In the end, he decided that love must be tolerant so he made the conscious decision to reject the authority of Scripture, and accept the social agenda.

Let me be clear. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not about tolerance, but repentance. Go and sin no more, He commands. Love is not a feeling, but an action. What does it mean to love God with all your heart and strength as Jesus commands? That you will be obedient and live a life that is righteous and true. You will not blaspheme God in word or deed. You will not willfully sin which is crucifying Jesus once again. And you will abide faithfully in the Son of God who is the divine embodiment of all that was taught in the Law and Prophets including the sanctity of life and the sacrament of marriage which is symbolic of the relationship between Christ and His church.

To affirm that a man can marry another man is to degrade that which is holy and ordained by God. It is a sacrilegious affront to the One who created us in His image.

Love is not permissive, nor judgmental, but it does seek to correct as a parent towards a child. The anti-family, anti-Christian agenda that was directed by Barack Obama will have a lingering effect upon America and the world. Liberalism succeeds incrementally. The family and church must be ever vigilant to resist the liberal assault on traditional faith and values.

May God grant us the strength to persevere.

End Notes:

I am a lifelong celibate, and have never had sex. I say this with pride, and demand that you recognize me. I want preferences and social benefits. Since I have no partner to share daily chores, I demand government assistance. I want social services to provide a housekeeper, and someone to get my groceries. I want the tax benefits of married people, and I want to collect the Social Security payments due my spouse as if I had one. Single people are socially ostracized, and my married friends no longer invite me to parties. It is not fair, and I demand equal treatment!

Ridiculous, isn't it? Well, I am a lifelong celibate, but only by the grace of God. To the One who gives me life, I give thanksgiving always. Amen.

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