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WWJD? Jesus Wouldn’t Play Identity Politics

Jesus isn’t interested in our notion of identity politics. Plenty in the media, however, are extremely interested in identity politics and love to pull Jesus into it.

Jesus had a practice of destroying the high-and-mighty who loved to label themselves with prestigious labels. He took down identity groups spectacularly. The Pharisees were “whited sepulchres,” ornate on the outside, but dead on the inside. Samaritans were “dogs.” Nazareth had little faith so that few miracles were done. To the Jews that sought to take His life in John 5, He said, “Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life…” You THINK you have eternal life, He said. But check again- you aren’t as holy as you think you are.

However, Paul, a self-proclaimed Pharisee of Pharisees, was hand picked by Christ to be an apostle. The Samaritan woman whose daughter was sick unto death received based on her faith. The few who sought healing in Nazareth were healed. Men like Nicodemus and Joseph, Jewish teachers, found favor and did great kindness to Jesus.

Jesus loves people. He cares not for movements and identity groups. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. He had no time for self-righteous people. But He stopped at nothing for the sick and the broken individuals who wanted healing and salvation- “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.”

The tweets at the top of the page are examples of how people with well-known names are assuming to know the reaction Jesus would have to the plight of certain identity groups today. Identity groups engaging in identity politics. Comments by Howard Dean recently indicate that “Jesus would have been left of the modern Democratic Party.” I’m just a bit sick of people who have yet to demonstrate faith in Jesus trying to define what Jesus would do.

Jesus would have words of criticism for every identity group out there today. And a good percentage, He would reject outright.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭3‬ KJV)

So the big-ticket test of Christianity is how we would/should treat gays and lesbians. How would Jesus treat them?

Well, to the LGBT movement, I believe He would say, “You seek after something that you wish to deny everyone else- the freedom to live your life the way you want to live it. You want the freedom to marry without judgement, but you can’t stand for someone else to live and operate their business as they see fit without judgement. Hypocrites! Aside from that, you seek to legitimize a lifestyle I have never sanctioned or approved of, a lifestyle that is an abomination to me. Turn away and repent before you find yourself in judgement!”

To a gay man or lesbian woman, what would He say? To those who have no desire to change and follow Him, not much. The scriptures never show Jesus berating someone who chooses to walk away. But to those who hear the Master’s call, He would say, “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.”

The big mistake today is society assumes the desire we Christians have to abstain from an ungodly movement means we are against individuals who live ungodly lifestyles. It is a divisive and deceptive position, the goal of which is to marginalize the church and redefine Christianity. People trying criticizing Christianity based on invoking “what would Jesus do” toward entire identity groups are not trying to help Christianity, they are trying to destroy it. In fact, they are reducing “Christian” to an identity label rather than a description of someone who adheres to a set of absolute beliefs that refuses many, many behaviors in society while holding out hope for everyone to change.

These identity politic pundits will not pratice their own “live and let live” sermon. They will not be satisfied letting Christians live by their individual consciences. They will not respect the beliefs of a majority of the nation’s population. They will keep on maligning the name of Jesus and condemning His faithful. We shouldn’t be surprised. Perilous times are upon us. But thanks be to God who causes us to triumph in Christ.

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Join the Ranks of the Redeemed

It’s amazing how much theology affects life. And so many people do not even realize it.

Liberation theology has contributed so much to the philosophy we are seeing executed in our government today- a government of endless payouts, subsides, and entitlements. Also a government that sees taxing the wealthy as virtuous, comparing themselves to Robin Hood just recently, and declaring in the not-too-distant past that, if you have a business that is successful, “You didn’t build that!”

These statements are influenced by a theology that interprets the Bible as showing God having a preference for the poor.” Jesus was born poor and wants us all to be poor… or at least equal.” As a result, anything that elevates the stature of the poor, or brings down people who are not poor, is right. Additionally, it is a philosophy that emphasizes the collective and denigrates personal responsibility.

Well, I don’t subscribe to this theology. I believe God has a preference for the righteous- those who have become sons and daughters of God. He bestows His Spirit on them, and in an instant justifies them as though they had never sinned, sanctifies them from all unrighteousness, and makes them holy. I’m glad I’m one of them!

The Heroes of Faith in chapter 11 always gets me- “They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground,” it says in Hebrews ‭11‬:‭38‬.

The writer encouraged the believers:

Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭32-34‬ NLT)

Are you ready for suffering? Will you stand in the evil day? Or will you be offended and walk away? People who are impoverished and suffering want an explanation. I only have an invitation. Come meet the One who can tell you more about you than you know about yourself. And rely on Him who can provide you better things, eternal things, who will soon scoop you out of this world and put you in a place of eternal peace and rest.

How do you join the ranks of the Redeemed?

Its found in Acts 2:38: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost,” (‭KJV). Repentence, turning away from sin and toward Jesus, is still necessary. Water baptism by immersion is the only way demonstrated in the scripture to be buried with Jesus. And the Spirit of Jesus will make your life His home; He is a free gift to those who obey. This is testified of throughout the Word of God.

so, I truly believe that we should take our focus off of what God can do for us here and now, and focus on how we can be faithful to Him so he can take us to the Great There and Then!

Lack of Moral Leadership and Resolve in U.S. Response to Terrorism Rooted in Denial of Absolute Truth and Decency

List of Coptic Christians murdered by ISIS, via @drmoore.
List of Coptic Christians murdered by ISIS, via @drmoore.

I’m sick to my stomach over the latest terror acts in Europe and Libya. I’m almost as sick about the stupidity of my Nation’s government’s refusal to do anything more about it than to offer condolences.

In the White House Press Secretary’s statement released concerning the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by ISIS, it states:

ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity.

I can’t find a shred of truth in this statement. There are some common characteristics that have been shared by victims of ISIS’ barbarity in these terrorist murders: they were Jewish, they were Christian, and/or they supported and dared to exercise Western ideals such as freedom of speech and expression. Kidnapped journalists and aid workers who represented the West have been murdered on video in an effort to strike such fear into our hearts that we will give them what they want. And groups of various size have been attacked in acts of mass slaughter, based exactly on their religion and ethnicity.

Granted, Muslim people in these countries have been victims of unspeakable horrors as well, horrors inflicted by the adherence to Sharia, on those who are guilty unless proven innocent of infractions we can’t even fathom in our part of the world.

But this is nothing new, and it is something that the majority of the world has ignored in the past and in the present, as Islamic violence escalates in the vacuum of strong, moral leadership.

Once upon a time, the shear inhumanity and barbarity of these acts would have mobilized the U.S. to action. A once innate sense of justice and decency would have propelled us to do something definitive as a friend to freedom-loving and freedom-supporting peoples everywhere. Once upon a time, America’s rich heritage of being a haven for Christians and Jews (and countless other oppressed religious groups) fleeing oppression would have driven us to go to their aid in any part of the world they may be found. Being a sanctuary for oppressed religious groups is how we came to exist in the first place.

King Abdullah of Jordan’s actions after the execution of the Jordanian pilot, and President Sisi of Egypt’s promise to respond to the murder of Egypt’s Christian citizens, give me hope that sovereign nations of the world are willing to exercise their power and do the right thing on behalf of their citizens. France and Denmark have spoken definitively that the attacks on their citizens, most recently in Copenhagen against artists and Jews, were acts of terror. We have yet to see real action in Europe like we have started to see in the Middle East, but again I am hopeful.

Hope slowly fades as I consider my own country under the current political circumstances. The world government’s desire is to have independent governments submit to politically correct, multi-cultural and humanistic ideals of decency and justice, which are foreign to our Nation’s strong Judeo-Christian foundation on absolute truth. Our government has has seemingly fallen in line with the international worldview, refusing to acknowledge Islam as the source of this evil, declaring that we need to “empathize” and “respect” these people, and denying, as demonstrated above, that these coordinated acts of murderous terror are anything other than “wanton killing,” or “randomly shoot(ing) a bunch of folks.”

Worsening this trend by our leadership is the constant victim-blaming/shaming of the groups and individuals who are being persecuted and murdered in Europe and the Middle East. The White House took part in this “terrorshaming” by going on the record that Charlie Hebdo should not have published their cartoons against Mohammad. The President himself blamed Christians by referring back to the Crusades in his National Prayer Breakfast address (notice that “Crusaders” is part of the terminology of these terrorist in describing their Christian victims).

And the end of the Press Secretary’s statement (not the President’s statement) on the death of these Coptic Christians indicates more of the same, as the US continues to be subjugated to the amoral, humanistic world government:

We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.

All talk, no action.

I don’t know what to do. I feel completely helpless to make any real difference against the rage of the heathen. I have prayed several times in the wake of all this that God would tell me what to do. And he has given me a first step.

I am going to pray and start a progressive fast for seven days for the state of our Nation, the state of the world, and the plight of terror victims across the globe. I have something forming in my Spirit that needs nurtured by this time of prayer and preparation. I know too many Christians who are sick of what they see happening in our world but have no clue what to do about it.

Prayer should be first and last in everything we do, but I know we have to be people of action. Like my brother said last week in Sunday service, “It would have been a lot different if the book of Acts had been called ‘The Thoughts of the Apostles,’ or ‘The Emotions of the Apostles.’ But it was called the Acts of the Apostles.” I desperately want to learn what to do so I can teach other believers what to do to make the biggest difference in the 21st century world we find ourselves in.

I ask you to pray as well, for me, that I would have the boldness to speak, and for the believers everywhere, those oppressed by outside forces of evil, and those who are made powerless by the enemy of our souls and need to be aroused to action. And I’ll pray for you as well.

Belief in God, and What’s Wrong in our Country Today

A theology of endowed rights is foundational to our Nation’s government, ongoing success, and longevity. It’s codified in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,chat among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Recently, a cable news anchor, Chris Cuomo, made this statement:

Our rights do not come from God, that’s your faith, that’s my faith, but that’s not our country. Our laws come from collective agreement and compromise.

I contend that theology is the basis of all of our beliefs, individually, whether we recognize it our not. Bad theology impacts our culture and enters our government.

What theology was Chris Cuomo influenced by when he made the statement above? Secular humanism. The belief that man is his own god and creates the definition of right and wrong himself. Interestingly, Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama, in defending his stay on issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples, cites natural law as his basis. The difference between the two viewpoints is illustrated in a statement Cuomo made earlier in the interview:

Well you don’t believe that as a matter of personal opinion, right? But times change, definitions change, we didn’t think blacks were equal to whites, that changed.

Cuomo cites natural law in regard to blacks being equal to whites. After all, God created mankind in His own image. Why can’t natural law, instituted by God, be recognized as the basis of our man-made laws? All of our man-made laws should support and protect people as God-created, with inherent dignity and intrinsic value.

Why can’t marriage between a man and a woman be recognized as protected by that same natural law? The same source of truth protects mankind and marriage as God’s creation.

Cuomo tried to divide religious belief from governance, and it just doesn’t work. Because everything we do is influenced by our beliefs about God- our theology. And in this conversation, by saying, “that’s your faith, not our country,” God is not acknowledged as God, mankind is.

Belief in God that influences our laws and society is not the problem. Trying to live in this divided way, invoking God when we want and pushing him aside when we want, is what is wrong in our country today.

As believers in God’s Word, we cannot be lured into living on the terms created by humanists. Faith in God and His law is central and influences everything. By God’s grace, faith in Jesus Christ influenced our founding, and by that same grace and our vigilance, faith in Christ will continue to guide the course of our country.

Culture’s Slippery Slope: On Religion, Relativism, and the Real Danger in Obama’s America

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭12-13‬ NLT)

The Apostle Peter was a victim of Nero’s campaign of terror on the Christians, and was executed in about AD 65. The Christians became a secret sect that fell victim to the lions and gladiators whenever they were found. They committed no crime other than to gather to sing songs, quotes scriptures, and encourage one another. From David Bernard’s book, the History of Christian Doctrine: “Pagan opposition to Chrisitanity was based on misunderstandings and false, scurrilous rumors. It was commonly reported that christians murdered people, sacrificed babies, ate human flesh, drank human blood, conducted orgies, and so on. In addition, pagan writers attacked Christianity on the ground that it undermined the state and the fiber of society.”

Let’s fast forward and to the time of the Protestant Reformation. Micheal Servetus was a man who saw the errors of religion wedded with the state and consolidated under a central power, the Pope. As he studied religion and saw the excesses of the church, he realized the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church were in grave error. He traced this error back to the state-sponsored councils that affirmed the Trinity instead of One God in Christ. Servetus had to flee for his life after publishing his views, but he continued to write in defense of the oneness of God, the full humanity and Deity of Christ, and the necessity of faith and repentance in baptism (no infant baptism). And he was executed for it in Oct. 1553, by the protestant city council of Geneva, Switzerland, “in the name of Christ.”

The pendulum had swung to the other extreme. Christianity’s widespread acceptance and sanction by the secular government led to abuses and atrocities being committed in the name of Christ.

Fast forward even further and you’ll find masses fleeing religious persecution in Europe for the shores of America. Out of the descendants of this group would arise men who had the backbone to stand up to government oppression and declare, “We find these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Our Founders determined not to institute a state religion, but they realized the role Christianity would play in creating the ideal citizen. “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” (Northwest Ordinance of 1787).

Somewhere along the line we have succumbed to a false tolerance, a moral relevance that has allowed our president this week, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, to say of Christianity,

“And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

These alleged examples of atrocities committed “in the name of Christ” have been the old stand-bys for Christianity’s critics for decades if not centuries, signposts confirming that the religion of the Bible is not a peaceful and good religion. But we’ve just reached the tipping point in our culture where those examples have come out of the break room and the chat room and have been uttered by a sitting US President in a national prayer breakfast, of all places.

There are evil ideologies masquerading as religion, one of which is Islam. Among the reasons that a President, or anyone, would excuse an evil ideology and denigrate true religion are a denial of absolute truth and an embrace of collectivism. No morally decent person would claim that all Muslims are terrorists or that all Christians are saints. But any morally decent person has to see the distinction between the religion of the Bible and the religion of the Qur’an, condemning the latter as evil. But the President was compelled to go back to the 1000’s to paint all Christians as marred by atrocities and legitimize an ideology that he sees as on par with Christianity.

The clear and apparent fact is that people have committed atrocities in the name of Christianity. Specifically, atrocities have been committed by power-hungry reps of power structures that used Christianity to gain and hold control over others. However, it appears to be the strictest adherents of Islam that commit atrocities in the name of Allah. This is a difference that Islam’s apologists are unable to recognize. The echo chamber of culture amplifies voices like our President’s, producing poisonous lies that threaten individual liberty and legitimize religious oppression. Pretty soon, we will have come full circle in history, and today’s American society will more closely resemble Nero’s than Jefferson’s.

In the Uncertainty of the Education System, God’s Word is Sure

Common Core hasn’t gone away. I hoped it would have over the summer, but no such luck.

Second grade has begun for my oldest, and a lot of things are going right. His teacher was highly recommended by the school administration (we were sure to ask this year. Leaving the teacher up to chance was a mistake in first grade). My son seems to be adjusting to being back in the classroom after a not-long-enough summer break. But the Common Core math is kicking in and so I know we are in for a long year.
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I wrote at the end of last school year that I am determined to have my son’s education well in hand this year in order to defeat the messages I fear our government hopes to spread through this confusing and relativistic education system. I have begun having my son read the Bible to me (almost) nightly. Learning about creation from Genesis teaches something schools cannot impart, not only because creationism doesn’t support the narrative that is out there these days, but also because science can explain origins. Faith can.

Reading the Proverbs has begun imparting lessons that, unfortunately, elementary school-aged children need to learn at a younger and younger age. Morality, following the rule of law and the guidance of a father, abandoning the low road of depravity, and holding on to faithful relationships- these cannot be put off until teen years or young adulthood.

My son has the greatest role models of all time, because the giants of the faith put flesh and bones on the timeless truths he needs to guide him through his lifetime.

“Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.” (Proverbs 30:5 NLT)

Aside from the valuable lessons held in the scriptures, nothing is more beautiful and challenging to read than the word of God. We have truly lost something of value when our children do not learn to read great works that present valuable truth. Education once established a mooring of God’s truth, but now, acknowledging any truth other than whatever the individual believes is truth (relativism) is branded as intolerant. Such “intolerance” seems to be the only sin society recognizes, and it is punished with severity through systems like our education system.

Is Common Core subtly teaching that any way is right? Maybe. When the route to the solution matters more than the solution, I’d say the system is beginning to mirror the ethics and values of society. I definitely have seen the shift in my lifetime from educating based on sound truth and principle, to educating for knowledge and proficiency, to educating now for the sake of creating openness and tolerance. But “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.” (Proverbs 30:5 NLT)

Truth, Justice, and the American Way

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The heat is on, courtesy of a couple of city mayors whose stance is, if you take a stand for traditional marriage, family values, and biblical principles of morality, you shouldn’t be permitted to have a business in their cities. So it is in Boston and Chicago in the wake of Dan Cathy’s comments declaring Chik-Fil-A’s commitment to faith and family. Thankfully, multitudes are committing to strongly support the business and are speaking out via social media in Chik-Fil-A’s defense, like Michelle Malkin does here.

For many, if not most, absolute truth as presented in the Bible is at the root of the belief that homosexual relationships are immoral. Immoral acts, especially when they are institutionalized by governments, pose a grave threat to the well being of families and communities. Such is the case with efforts to legalize gay marriage.

I believe in absolute truth- the Word of God. Ironically, those who claim there is no absolute truth, in doing so, must make a statement of absolute truth.
“There is no absolute truth,” is a definitive and absolute statement.

As a believer in God’s absolute truth, I believe that homosexuality is immoral and contrary to God’s law. This belief, and many others derived from God’s Word, directly impact the way I live my life and teach my children. In that way, I make judgments all the time based on a fixed point of reference, so that I can live in a way that pleases Jesus Christ at all times.

Later I want to address the idea of being judgmental or intolerant, charges that have been leveled at Christians who take a strong stand for biblical morality.

Let me know your thoughts!