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Christ is Risen- Will We Rise Too?

There is a clarion call for divine intervention through the Church of the Living God.

A few weeks ago, Kay Coles James of the Gloucester Institute told hundreds of pro-life advocates in Tennessee that the biggest challenge we have today is to get our children involved in the work of the kingdom through active participation in public life. She told me personally at our One Night fundraising event in June last year that the biggest obstacle we have is to mobilize the church to the ballot box.

Two weeks ago, Dr. John Hammond, a physician who once performed abortions, since giving his life to Christ and rejecting abortion for the savagery that it is, told our Right To Life chapter that if we want to change laws, we really must change hearts. We must not be afraid to engage people one-on-one on the issue of life.

Senator Rand Paul recently spoke to a group of pastors, stating that the 1st Amendment does not say take religion out of government, but it does say the government is to stay out of religion. He encouraged these pastors to be involved in the public square, particularly at this time when it seems that religious freedom is being suppressed at unprecedented levels.

The need is real, and it is imminent. The people of God must speak up and speak out. We must be vocal and unashamed.

Is it really a matter of faith, what happens in our world, in government, in society, in our communities? If you could ask Christians being persecuted in the Middle East, who are watching their loved ones being killed; who are waiting for the moment that their time comes to face execution- do you think it would matter to them whether or not we fight for religious freedom, whether or not we live by our conscience, whether or not we use this God-given, Constitutionally-enshrined right to gather together and to speak out? If they had the chance to do so in their homeland, would they?

I believe the answer is, “Yes! It matters!” Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs and a prisoner in Russian Communist prisons for 14 years, said these words:

America is the last hope of millions of enslaved peoples. They look to it as their second fatherland. In it lies their hopes and prayers. I have seen fellow-prisoners in communist prisons beaten, tortured, with 50 pounds of chains on their legs- praying for America… that the dike will not crumple; that it will remain free.

I called into a local talk radio station when Ivy Scarborough, an attorney and author, was the guest, talking about the threat of radical Islam. I asked him what can we do in West Tennessee to ensure that our community and our Christian way of life remains safe? He stated that the best thing we can do is to continue to live up to our American and our Christian ideals, and promote these ideals in our community, our state, and our nation.

There is real danger in what I am proposing here. No, we have not experienced the persecution Pastor Wurmbrand, Pastor Saeed Abedini, or countless Middle Eastern Christians face on a daily basis. There will be consequences if we keep silent, however. Christians are losing their businesses, being levied big fines for following their conscience. Instead of linking one story, just take a look at the screenshot, and search for yourself:

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This is not supposed to happen in America. That statement is not a whine about “how the times are a’changin.” It is a call to stand up for what America was founded on- freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, and freedom to participate in the process of governance.

Will we be found guiltless if we do nothing in the face of building oppression? What if we remain silent while millions of more babies die due to abortion? Will their be respite if we don’t sound an alarm, while we have the freedom to do so with little (though growing) chance of being persecuted?

Is the Gospel really at stake in the midst of these “social issues”? If you believe that sharing the Gospel means speaking the truth in love, then yes, spreading the Gospel is at stake in the midst of these issues. Christ rose in order to call us to higher things. We must rise, too. He arose long ago. Now we have to rise to the occassion in the power of the Holy Ghost.

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Why My Kids Make It Worthwhile to be a #DadsOnMission

I love the United States of America. I am heartbroken at what we have become. The American nation, and the American church for that matter, need a spiritual revival and renewal. But I am extremely thankful to live my convictions and share those with my kids.

We have begun Bible quizzing with my oldest son. He is 8 years old. He took highest-scoring quizzer in his first tournament, and he won 2nd place team in the tournament along with a buddy.

It has been an emotional roller coaster getting him to study. He simply has not wanted to do it. Tonight, even after winning this past Saturday, he cried as soon as we mentioned studying his Proverbs. Thirty minutes later we were able to start, and after an hour he had settled in and learned 5 new proverbs.

Once we finished studying, out of nowhere, he wanted to have church in his room. He ran to get his bath over with, then set up a chair for a pulpit and pillows on the floor for his brother, mother, and me to sit on. We prayed and sang songs. He asked me to lead the opening prayer and his mother to lead the closing prayer. We all shook hands, hugged, and greeted one another.

He even named the church- Spring Creek Pentecostal Church, after the community we live in. I truly believe that it is a foretelling of things to come. Spring Creek needs an Apostolic church. I think one just started.

imageLittle brother is joyful and does everything his brother does. We spent all of 2014 working as a family on a pro-life initiative called Yes On 1, to pass a state constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for the unborn. A few weeks ago, as his brother and I were working on quizzing, he set up a chair as a display table, with pamphlets and a “Yes On 1” sign, like we did dozens of times at churches and events. Then he said to me, “I need somebody to walk by so I can tell them vote yes on 1!” It was a heart-wrencher, seeing him do what he had seen us do, and having that be important to him at this stage in life, just because it is important to us as his parents.

I don’t write this to convey that my wife and I are super parents, because I, at least, am not. Julie instills so much in the boys that I never could because she is a work-at-home mom, constantly there for them. I need more help as a parent than my sinful pride will allow me to admit. But I am encouraged, and I grow daily, and I ask God for help and cover them with prayer.

And because of the way I see my sons growing, I will continue to be a Dad On Mission, reaching and teaching, to make sure I hand them a baton worth carrying to the finish line.

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Why We Organized a Right To Life Meeting

Update: the meeting was a great success! Thanks to all who participated. Join us in person or in prayer on October 10th at 6:30 at Union University.

Later this evening, my family and I will be at Union University getting ready for the first-in-a-long-time Madison Co. Right To Life Meeting. In the space of a couple of weeks this summer, we learned some things that shocked us:

  • Madison County has no active Right To Life chapter.
  • Tennessee is known as an “abortion destination,” that is, women seeking easy abortions (more than 3,000 out-of-state abortions occurred here according to 2011 statistics) come from all of the surrounding states in order to take advantage of the lack of common-sense protections here.
  • On that note, a TN Supreme Court ruling on Sept. 15th 2000 stated that our state constitution allows for a “right to abortion,” subsequently tossing out 3 common-sense legal protections:MP900438625
  • Requirement to provide informed consent: “This is what abortion does to you, the baby, and the potential consequences,” doesn’t have to be disclosed.
    Required 48 hour waiting period: the same day that an abortionist doesn’t have to disclose anything to you about the risks and realities of abortion, you can go ahead and have one done.
    Requirement for hospital to be involved in 2nd trimester or later abortions: deprived of life-saving measures that might be needed in the event of one of those risks that was not disclosed an hour or so ago.
    And later, the requirement for state inspection and regulation of abortion facilities was thrown out in a separate court case, so who knows what standard of sanitation, sterilization, and professional licensure is being upheld (back alley gets clinical credibility a la brick and mortar facade.)

    So these shocking revelations are the reason we got with Brian Harris and Tennessee Right To Life to kickstart a Madison Co. Right To Life chapter. By all accounts, it will be well-attended. Come join us if you can (see my calendar of events in the sidebar for details) and learn how to support efforts to restore common sense in the fight to protect life!

    Oh yes- and the primary reason we decided to organize a Right To Life meeting:

    Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)

    Copyright (c) 2013 Glen Gaugh