J.J. Abrams: Star Wars Will Change

I know there are a lot of adults who love Star Wars, but isn’t it a movie franchise for children, too?  Even if Abrams and Disney think that homosexuality is a good idea, why should they expose prepubescent children to post pubescent issues – much less indoctrinate them in the process?

Excerpt:

Star Wars will be an inclusive franchise and its future will include gay characters, according to J.J. Abrams, speaking earlier this week at the Oscar Wilde awards at Bad Robot Productions.

(a 2-minute read; 363 words)

Source: J.J. Abrams: Star Wars Will Include Gay Characters, Get Over It

Without Evangelicals, Where Would Trump Be?

Only when I considered the numbers below did I come to realize just how much a difference evangelicals are making for the candidacy of Donald Trump.  Evangelicals!

Here are the results of the February 20, 2016 South Carolina Republican Presidential primary, with the percentage of the vote achieved by each candidate, according to NBC News:

  1. Donald Trump 33%
  2. Marco Rubio 23%
  3. Ted Cruz 22%
  4. Jeb Bush 8%
  5. John Kasich 8%
  6. Ben Carson 7%

Political experts deemed this to be an emphatic win for Trump.  How then was he able to achieve it?

The percentage of all voters who identified themselves as “born-again or evangelical Christians” was 72%.  Here’s how that large number of evangelicals distributed their votes:

  1. Donald Trump 33%
  2. Ted Cruz 27%
  3. Marco Rubio 22%
  4. Jeb Bush 7%
  5. Ben Carson 7%
  6. John Kasich 5%

Therefore, Trump won 33% of all voters and, within that total, 33% of evangelical voters.  Doing the math, this means that his 33% of total voters can be broken down into 24% from evangelicals and 9% from all other voters (for his total of 33%).

What does this tell us about the importance of evangelicals to Trump?  Without them, he would have finished in single digits – 9%.  That is, instead of finishing first, he would have finished in or near last place.  Last place.

Evangelicals are swinging this election for Donald Trump.  Moreover, they are not making the difference between Trump finishing either first or second; rather, they are making the difference between Trump finishing first or last.  First or last!

In other words, without evangelical support, Trump would not even be in contention for the Republican nomination.  He would be hearing the same pleas to get out of the race that Ben Carson is.  He would be a mere also-ran.

Therefore, Trump desperately needs evangelicals to succeed in his quest for the presidency.  The question is, why do so many evangelicals think they need him?  Why do they trust an unprincipled man who is obviously pandering to them?  Why are they eager to put into great power a man who has spent most of his adult life lending his support to those who oppose the values of the kingdom of God?

As I said in No Salvation in the Ballot Box, I will vote for the Republican nominee even if it is Trump because, while he might not keep his promise to resist abortion, the Democrats are sure to support abortion with every ounce of power they have.  Nonetheless, I cannot help being shocked that so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ don’t recognize that Trump is clearly the least desirable Republican candidate from the standpoint of advancing God’s priorities and seeking His blessing for our fellow citizens.  The abortion issue is by no means the only issue that matters, but it is the most important issue (because it is a matter of life and death for those involved), and abortion is an issue that illustrates the problems with Trump that affect the other important issues.  That is, he doesn’t even demonstrate a sufficient knowledge of the issues he talks about; much less does he demonstrate any history of being on the right side of those issues.

Let us not be asleep, church; let us love the Lord our God with all our being, and let us love our neighbors as ourselves.  If we cannot find a good person for whom to vote, we vote for the lesser of the evils presented to us.  For if we stay home and don’t vote, we risk the chance that we and our fellow citizens will end up under the greater evil.  I hope many evangelicals will come to their senses before Tuesday.

Half of Churchgoers Are Trusting in the Sexual Revolution More Than in the Bible

A recent survey by the Barna Group (as discussed in the articles below) reveals that approximately half of American churchgoers seem to have accepted this tenet of the sexual revolution:  “As long as it’s between consenting adults, any kind of sex is fine.”

I am not saying that half of American society believes this.  I am not saying that half the people who call themselves Christians believe this.  I’m saying that churchgoers – a subset of these two groups – embraces this anti-biblical sexual ethic.

Thus you should be aware that half the people who tell you that the Bible is authoritative don’t believe what it teaches about sexuality.  In the Bible, sex is for marriage.  Period.  How can they make such a decision and still profess loyalty to the God of the Bible?

The second article below, in its discussion about young people being willing to make a pledge to “wait until marriage” while their parents did not want them to make such a pledge, shows that the root of the problem is with the baby boom generation (my generation), not those that have followed.

God, please forgive my generation for being darkness instead of light to our children. Let us repent while there’s still time.

Facing the Sexual Revolution,” by Terry Mattingly, February 3, 2016 (3-minute read; 710 words)

Follow-up article:  “Facing the Sexual Revolution’s impact, even among ‘active’ members of red-pew flocks,” by Terry Mattingly, February 6, 2016 (4-minute read; 804 words)

 

Conversations with your children about God

I have not read this book, but here’s what I can tell you:

  • I first heard about the author Natasha Crain a few years ago when I read a couple of posts from her blog Christian Mom Thoughts.  I was favorably impressed.  Here are titles of some of her most popular posts:
    • The Number One Sign Your Kids Are Just Borrowing Your Faith (and Not Developing Their Own)
    • Six Scary But Important Words Every Christian Parent Should Say to Their Kids About Faith
    • The Danger of Teaching Kids to Be True to Themselves
    • How I’m Teaching My 6-Year-Olds to Be Critical Thinkers
    • How to Get Your Kids to Ask More Questions About Their Faith
    • 17 Ways Your Kids Will Encounter Challenges to Their Faith
    • What the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means for Christian Parents
  • I am more familiar with J. Warner Wallace, the man who has written the foreword to the book.  He is a former cold-case detective and atheist who shares – through books and other means – the facts that led him to faith in Christ.  He blogs at Cold Case Christianity.  Jim Wallace is to atheist-turned-Christian homicide detectives what Lee Strobel is to atheist-turned-Christian newspaper reporters.  Both men put out a lot of fact-based Christian resources.  Jim’s recommendation of Natasha’s book speaks well of her.  She 1) has a focus on children, and 2) looks just as productive when it comes to helpful resources, so the three of them are doing a lot of good for the Christian cause and seem to be cut from the same bolt of cloth.
  • Even if you’re not drawn to the book, you can still gain value just by perusing the table of contents (which you can find by clicking on the image above and then clicking on the “Look Inside” feature at the book’s Amazon  page.  Natasha has 40 “conversations” about God, organized under five different subject headings, you could have with your child or children.  Just think of having one such conversation each day for forty days.  Or you could devote a week to each topic and take 40 weeks.  As I say, you don’t have to follow her book or even read it – you could develop your own conversations.  Such a process can not only strengthen your child’s faith, it can strengthen your own faith.

I don’t feel good about recommending books I haven’t read, so this is not a recommendation for you to get the book.  However, I became aware of it (through Jim Wallace), and, having learned about it, I also don’t feel good about not making you aware of it.  So there you are.  I feel better that we were able to just talk about it.

I am not a Republican; I just have to vote that way.

Let me add to what I said yesterday in the post No Salvation in the Ballot Box.

I don’t consider myself a Republican. I just vote that way because their policies have been demonstrably better for the country (i.e. more supportive of biblical ideals) than those of the Democrats for a long time. In fact, during my lifetime, the Republican party has become increasingly conservative while the Democrat party has become increasingly liberal, so it’s become glaringly obvious that voting a straight Republican ticket makes the most sense from a kingdom of God perspective.

That said, the Republican party is corrupt. How then can I vote for its candidates? Easy. It’s by knowing that the Democrat party is far more corrupt. Stated another way, Republicans (i.e., their policies and practices) are only sometimes the friends of Christianity and truth; the Democrats (i.e., their policies and practices), however, are almost always the enemies of Christianity and truth.

I fervently hope that Donald Trump does not win the Republican nomination. However, if he does win it, I will surely vote for him in November because, for example, while we can’t be sure that he will stick to his pro-life promises, we can be sure that whoever the Democrats put up will be faithful to their pro-abortion promises.

Of course, there’s more to being president than the single issue of abortion, but since the babies have no voice or vote in these things, we owe them to put their interests ahead of our own. They are innocent and defenseless, and they are being killed for adult convenience and pleasure.  What issue of our own security can compare?  In other words, abortion is not the only issue in a presidential election, but it deserves to be at the top of the list. Otherwise, how could we lift our face to God?

God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but He cannot bless a nation that murders its offspring.  May God grant us a government – and mothers – that will stop the madness and horror of abortion.

No Salvation in the Ballot Box

Christians will not find their salvation in the voting booth.  If we didn’t already know that, it’s become increasingly obvious in this presidential election campaign season.

There are just too few Christians in America today to rally the troops to get back to America’s foundations.  That is, there aren’t enough Americans who even know what those foundations are.  Sure, there are still a lot of Americans who identify as Christians, but in far too many cases, “Christian” is just their way of saying, “I’m not a Muslim or a Hindu or an atheist.”  Living for Jesus is not on their daily to-do list.

As we saw in a recent study (Parents are the explanation for the worldview held by today’s young adults), only one in ten young adults today hold to a biblical worldview.  The “Moral Majority” went out with the 1980’s.

Nevertheless, we must vote.  WE MUST VOTE.  Why?  Because it’s our duty as citizens, and because it’s the way we show love to our neighbors.  We show love to our neighbors by voting for the best candidate among those presented to us.  And when I say “best” candidate, I don’t mean best for us – I mean best for the country.

When I hear the news media talk about “Which candidate cares most about you?” and “Voters will vote according to ‘pocketbook’ issues,” I scratch my head and wonder if any of these people ever took a 7th-grade civics class.  We’re supposed to vote for the person or party we think will do the best job for the country.  (I include “party” because it’s a better indication of how a person will perform in office than personality.)  And certainly Christians should know better than to vote – or do anything else – out of self-interest.

I rarely get enthused about a political candidate.  It’s almost always the case that I’m voting for the better alternative, and many times I’m just choosing the lesser of two evils.  At this stage of our societal decay, it’s unrealistic for me to think that my fellow citizens (most of whom are not biblically oriented, and many of whom are hostile to the Bible’s values) would elect any candidate about whom I am enthusiastic.  But I need to love my countrymen enough to vote for the candidates I think will do the most good for – or the least bad to – the country.

Therefore, vote.  But don’t fret about the election before or after.  Our salvation is more sure than the ballot box.  It’s in the Bible…where we find Jesus Christ our Lord.

Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate? | Fox News

The article to which I’m linking below was originally published on February 10th.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Bible in America is a massive industry ($2.5 billion) yet it is the best seller few read and fewer understand.

The Bible has become a moving target. One can strip it down, twist it, misread it, add to it, supplement it, and even overrule it, and, unfortunately, 95 percent of the congregation will not realize it.

Why? Because Americans no longer know the Bible. The evidence is overpowering that contemporary Christianity is Bible-ish, at best, and at worst, in some cases, Bible-less.

(a 3-minute read; 601 words)

Source: Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate? | Fox News

The sexual revolution is rebellion against God and nature as He created it

Google defines the sexual revolution as “the liberalization of established social and moral attitudes toward sex, particularly that occurring in western countries during the 1960s, as the women’s liberation movement and developments in contraception instigated greater experimentation with sex, especially outside of marriage.”

Wikipedia defines the sexual revolution as “The sexual revolution, also known as a time of sexual liberation, was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships throughout the Western world from the 1960s to the 1980s.  Sexual liberation included increased acceptance of sex outside of traditional heterosexual, monogamous relationships (primarily marriage).  The normalization of contraception and the pill, public nudity, pornography, premarital sex, homosexuality and alternative forms of sexuality, and the legalization of abortion all followed.”

In other words, the sexual revolution is rebellion against our Creator’s plan for marriage and family.  It’s supporters think that this revolution has been successful, but they are looking at things myopically.  Like the drunk who thinks more drinking is solution to his hangover, so baby boomers keep following their lusts in spite of the negative consequences that pursuit of their lusts has brought them.

There are many branches to the tree that is the sexual revolution.  Many of them are named in the definitions above, but an important and fundamental one is not:  divorce.  As for more recent branches that have sprouted we have “SOGI” – that is, sexual orientation and gender identity.  Don’t doubt that there will be yet more branches.  This pernicious tree grows like a cancer and crowds out all legitimate forms of life.

Marriage is the place for marital intimacies.  Period.  This is God’s way.  Fight God’s ways if you wish, but be aware that things will not go well for you.  Rebellion against marriage is like jumping off a tall building in an act of rebellion against nature.  Nature will win.  Rebellion against nature always ends in disaster.  Like all sin, there may be pleasure in the moment, but the negative consequences will eventually come…having greater effect and lasting far longer.

The sexual revolution will ultimately destroy every nation that practices it.  God’s way is marriage.  Honor marriage and you honor God.  Be aware that you are raising your children in a society where only a minority of people believe this.