Obama calls on the world to morally evolve

So, President Obama is calling on the world to morally evolve.  Hmm.  This is the same man who rejected Judeo-Christian morality – and the morality of all human civilization before him – in calling for the legalization and celebration of sexual deviancy as same-sex “marriage.”  For this man and those who think like him, morality is something only the newest generation of humanity has even a chance of achieving; prior generations were just not “evolved” enough.  And for Obama, whatever morality is, it’s something different from and far beyond the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount.  He has thus set himself above both Moses and Jesus as a moral authority for the world to heed.  If hubris was a virtue, he’d be among the most virtuous of men, and those who constantly praise him would be among the wisest of men.

Hubris, however, is not a virtue.  And this leader of the free world is nothing more than a blind man calling on other blind men to follow him into unmapped territory.  It will not go well for him…nor for any who follow him.

The world – free and otherwise – is devolving into moral chaos but those who acknowledge the light of the Son of God will walk righteously and will thereby find deliverance for themselves and their families in this darkening world.

Source: In historic visit to Hiroshima, Obama calls on the world to morally evolve – LA Times

America the Sinful

It’s Memorial Day weekend.  We remember the soldiers who’ve given life and limb that we might live in peace as a nation.  We sing America the Beautiful:

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Alas, any “good” that God might “crown” is rapidly evaporating from our midst as we seek instead selfishness, pleasure, and vanities.

  • We kill our infants while they’re still in their mothers’ wombs.
  • We make sexual deviancy the law of the land…and coerce all citizens to honor it as if it were decent behavior.
  • We forbid honorable references to the Lord in the public square…while we allow blasphemy of Him in the name of free speech.
  • We encourage people to believe that they can change the gender God made them.

We cannot sing the joy of America the Beautiful.  We must rather moan the dirge of “America the Sinful.”  The good news is that in our lament we may find hope:

If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
–  2 Chronicles 7:13-14

We must not allow American soldiers to have died for a decadent nation.  We must repent to righteousness so as to be a nation worthy of their sacrifices.

Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
–  Proverbs 14:34

Be not joyful for America.  Be sorrowful…until her repentance brings forth the mercies of the Lord to wash our land of the flagrant and filthy sins that have so utterly disgraced us.

What if there are no good candidates for president?

I had to add this post, because I just posted “What should we look for in a president of the United States?” and I know this is the follow-up question many of you will pose.

The election for president usually comes down to a choice between two viable candidates.  By “viable,” I mean “have a chance to win the election.”  There many be a number of candidates on the ballot, but there are usually only two who have any chance of winning: the Republican and the Democrat.  Therefore, the winner is going to be one of those two and your vote is usually a matter of choosing between them.

Unless something surprising happens, we will again be presented with two such choices this November.  What if you don’t think either of the two candidates you’re being presented this year will do a good job?  Then vote for the one you think will do less harm than the other.  A Christian citizen can do no less.  (If you really think one will be just as bad as the other, then you have no reason to vote for that office – though surely there are down-ballot races for which you can make a reasoned choice.)

Oh, and be sure that as a Christian you regard the interests of your fellow citizens as more important than your own (Philippians 2:3-4) – especially children, including the ones still in their mothers’ wombs, since they do not have the right to vote themselves.  That is, choose for president the candidate you think will be better – or less bad – for the whole country, not better or less bad for you personally.

We may not like the idea of having to choose the lesser of two evils, but if that’s what we’re presented then that’s what it is.  There’s no use pretending otherwise.  (You could vote for a third-party candidate, but if that person doesn’t have a chance to win then the outcome of the election will be the same as if you hadn’t voted.)

Beyond all this, we don’t care who is president anyway; we care who is King.

What should we look for in a president of the United States?

What’s the key characteristic of a presidential candidate that deserves your vote.  In recent years, here are a couple of the common answers I’ve heard from news media as the way many, if not most, people think.

“I want a president who will create jobs.”  –  Bad answer.  The only jobs a president can create are government jobs…and he has to raise taxes or else borrow money to do that.

“I want a president who cares about people like me.”  –  Unless by “people like me” you mean “citizens of the United States” you’re asking the president to be partial to a particular group of Americans.  If he’s going to be the president of all Americans, he needs to care about all Americans – not just the ones like you.

Here’s the oath that a president takes upon entering the office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Shouldn’t we therefore choose as president the person we think will do the best job of keeping that oath?

Why Is the World So Anti-Jesus?

Why is the world so resistant to Jesus Christ?  Psalm 2 asked that same question almost three thousand years ago.

Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!”
–  Psalm 2:1-3

Of course, the “Lord” is Jesus; those of us who love Him are “His anointed.”  What sort of “fetters” and “cords” bother the world (i.e. “the nations,” “the peoples”)?  Jesus Himself tells us:

Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?”  And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’?  So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
–  Matthew 19:3-6  [the “all caps” indicates that Jesus is quoting Genesis 1:27 and 2:24]

The world doesn’t like the “fetters” and “cords” of marital fidelity.  They want the pleasures of marriage without the responsibilities of marriage.  And now they are even trying to throw off the restraint of “male and female.”

It’s all about who’s in charge.  Shall we human beings be in charge of ourselves…or shall we remain subject to the One who created us?

We who love Jesus are being reviled for our belief that marital intimacy should not be separated from marriage, and that gender is a gift from God – and therefore should not be rejected or rebelled against.

Yet the world hates us for our stance…because it hated Jesus first.  He Himself said:

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.”
–  John 15:18

We used to be among those rebelling against the ways of God, but we have now chosen to live the rest of the time we have here on earth according to the will of God instead of according to our own fleshly desires.

…so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
–  1 Peter 4:1-2

Therefore, we should not be surprised that the world hates us.

Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.
–  1 John 3:13

Instead, let us recognize that the people who are reviling our stance against “the sexual revolution” are being driven by spiritual powers – just as we used to be.  These people are simply following the lusts of their flesh, not knowing that it’s spiritual forces that have tempted them and led them at each step of the journey that they think is “progress.”  A spiritual veil lies over their eyes, and this is why it does no good to reason with them.  Yet we should pray for them, for if they cease from rebelling and turn back to their Creator, the Creator will remove the veil from the eyes of their understanding…and they will see what we’ve been trying to tell them.

but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
–  2 Corinthians 3:16

In the meantime, we should not take their hatred personally.  It’s Jesus they’re against.  And it’s driving them crazy that we won’t rejoin them in their rebellion (“the sexual revolution“).

In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
–  1 Peter 4:4-5

Therefore, stay strong in the ways of the Lord that you have learned.  Do not be dissuaded by the peer pressure that the world applies.  For their rebellion is ultimately futile.

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
– 1 Peter 3:13-16 [the “all caps” indicates that Peter is quoting Isaiah 8:12]

Our victory is in our faith, and our faith is in the Son of God – the very same Son of God that the world is so opposed to.  Therefore, cling always to your faith in Him.

…rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
–  Colossians 2:5

…this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.
–  1 John 5:4

Nero Has Nothing on Obama

It is said that Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned.  Not to be outdone, our president has decided that while America’s enemies are on the rise, he should focus on telling everyone’s children where to go to the bathroom.

We thought we were electing the leader of the free world but instead it turns out we were electing a national hall monitor.

Today’s Headline:  Obama administration to issue guidance on transgender access to school bathrooms – CNN

What does this have to do with the kingdom of God?  When God is kept out of His own creation, the governments of men come rushing in to fill the void.  And as long as this nation clings to secularism as its national religion, there will be no end to the increase of its government.

Limited government is only possible when a citizenry has, generally speaking, subjected itself to the government of God – as was the case at America’s founding.  In the absence of God’s government, man’s government will continue to magnify itself until there is no aspect of our lives that it does not attempt to control.

Let us return to God, America; it is the only way out of this madness.

Related post:  From a Christian Nation to a Secular Nation

The American Belief About the Basis of Our Rights

Do our rights as Americans come from God or man?  Do they come from our Creator or do we grant them to each other?  Alas, we have to acknowledge that our fellow citizens seem unaware of the correct answer to this question.  You don’t have to be a Christian to be able to answer this question; you only have to be aware of basic American history – like the kind I took in the seventh grade.

This video clip (4 min, and 27 sec) is hard to watch because the two men are having a heated argument.  They are arguing about same-sex “marriage,” but that’s not my focus in this post.  The point to which I want to call your attention is when Chris Cuomo, the interviewer, says essentially this:

“Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man… That’s your faith, that’s my faith, but that’s not our country. Our laws come from collective agreement and compromise.”  (If you listen to 0:40 through 1:20, you’ll hear him start the statement, then later re-start and complete it.)

Now I readily admit that Chris Cuomo has an abrasive personality, but what he is saying on this subject represents the thinking of most Americans these days – certainly the elite Americans who are running things.  Obviously, anyone can read the Declaration of Independence and see that those who founded this country would not agree with Cuomo.  But that’s just the problem: if the answer is plain as day right in the Declaration but educated people and media spokesmen like Chris Cuomo act as if it’s not, what are you going to do?

The American belief is that our rights come from God and the purpose of government is to secure those rights.  To use the language of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold 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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men… (Source:  Archives.gov)

Chris Cuomo is a well-educated man and a credentialed lawyer.  Here’s a section of his Wikipedia bio:

Cuomo was educated at The Albany Academy, a private university preparatory day school in Albany in New York State, followed by Yale University, where he obtained an undergraduate degree, and Fordham University where he obtained his Juris Doctor. He is a licensed attorney.

That his statement in this interview never seemed to have made news confirms to us that he is expressing a view that is not controversial.  The only way that you could accept his view without controversy is if you did not know what the Declaration of Independence says or if you do not care what it says.  Therefore, either one or both of these characterizations apply to the majority of American citizens today.  They considered the references to God in our founding documents to be like powered wigs – trappings of a prior age that are to be discarded like outdated fashions.

If Americans do not use the Declaration of Independence to inform their views on basic American principles, how can we be surprised when they don’t use the Bible to inform their views on basic moral principles?

From a Christian Nation to a Secular Nation

America began as a Christian nation.  We see the signs of this even in the Declaration of Independence, which begins this way [emphasis added]:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…  (Source:  Archives.gov)

And this same Declaration ends in this way:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.  (Source:  Archives.gov)

When the Constitution was to be signed, it was dated this way [emphasis added]:

…done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven…  (Source: Archives.gov)

The Bill of Rights listed as the very first of those rights:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…  (Source: Archives.gov)

When George Washington became the nation’s very first president in 1789, he did so by swearing an oath on the Bible.

And, of course, in the 1830’s French writer Alexis de Tocqueville famously documented the breadth and depth of the nation’s commitment to the Bible and its ideals in his book Democracy in America.

While there is much more that could be said about the Christianity of early America, let us turn our attention to the present.

In 1973, the right to an abortion was established as the law of the land by a Supreme Court opinion.  In 2015, the right of two homosexuals to marry was established as the law of the land – again by a Supreme Court ruling.  By the way, in both cases, the separation of powers, established as a founding principle of the nation, was violated as the judiciary exercised legislative power.  Yet the other two branches of government and the citizenry largely took the usurpations in stride.

On June 28, 2006, Barack Obama said:

Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.  (Source:  FactCheck.org)

And in the wake of the 2015 same-sex “marriage” ruling, President Obama had the White House lit up in rainbow colors – not to commemorate the bow that God put in the sky as a reminder of his promise to Noah and all his descendants, but rather in the symbolic colors of gay pride “to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality.”  (Source:  USA Today)

Not one to rest on his laurels, our President is moving to make a national monument to the practice of a sin condemned in explicit terms by both the Old and New Testaments:

New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve.

Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century. Since the 1969 uprising in Greenwich Village, the U.S. has enacted anti-discrimination protections, allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

(Source:  Washington Post [Editorial note May 26, 2016: The Washington Post has since removed the article from which this excerpt came])

Not only has America condoned and legalized practices abhorrent to Christians from ancient times right up to the present, it has also made illegal almost every form of conscientious objection a Christian might try to exercise to these practices. From one end of the country to the other, every form of Christian resistance is being suppressed.  Even when a legislative body – whether national, state, or local – takes action to protect Christian conscience, activist courts strike down such protections.

The percentage of Americans willing to vote for an atheist as president has been rising for some time:

  • 1958 – 18%
  • 1978 – 40%
  • 1999 – 49%
  • 2012 – 54%
  • 2015 – 58%
  • (Source:  Gallup.com)

When Gallup first started asking this question about presidential preferences in 1937, the choice of “atheist” wasn’t even offered.

In a complementary development, the 2015 Gallup survey says:

…evangelical Christian candidates may suffer, in that one in four Americans say they will not vote for an evangelical Christian. Candidates of various faiths who court American evangelicals…could suffer from their association with the evangelical faithful and the social issues they take firm stances on.  (Source:  Gallup.com)

Note that it is not the religion of Christians per se that has become the problem for their fellow Americans but rather “the social issues [Christians] take firm stances on.”

Some secularists will say that we are a pluralistic nation and the secularism is just the means by which we can all get along.  Yet secularism is a religion even though its proponents won’t admit it.  To practice secularism’s ideals in the public square means to forego our own.  Therefore, the secularists dominate by saying, “You religious guys have different rules so let’s just all live by our rules.”  Thus pluralism becomes secularism’s excuse for dominance.

You may say that I’m treating all secularists as nonbelievers. I am.  I know that many secularists will say that they are believers in one religion or another, but that’s something they will say that they practice in private – at home or in a house of worship, not in the public square.  Therefore, a secularist abides by the rules of a nonbeliever.  The secularist and the nonbeliever, therefore, follow the same rules of public discourse.  Reference to God in political matters is verboten, while all that was intended by “separation of church and state” was that we wouldn’t have a national church as England did.  Our founders certainly never intended a separation of God and state.  Such an idea would have been repugnant to them…if it had even been imaginable to them.

The period from 1776 to 2016 amounts to 240 years.  People can argue how and why America transitioned from a Christian nation to a secular nation, but data points I’ve given you are enough to make clear that the difference between then and now is like day and night.  The only “progress” this denotes is from light to darkness.  My data points are merely representative samples of the respective periods.  There is so much more evidence that could be arrayed about the Christianity prevailing at America’s beginning and the secularism that prevails in her today.  The point is that comparing in the beginning point to the current point demonstrates the sharpest of contrasts.

We have to accept reality.  It’s true that we no longer live in a Christian nation.  And it’s also true while this fact portends greater troubles for the nation ahead, the majority of our fellow Americans don’t think that will be the case.  They think a secular America is a better America.  They are content to live without the light of Christ shining across the land; they prefer it.  We know better.  There is no light without Him.

Therefore, we must learn to live for Christ in a dark place, and not keep thinking about how nice it would be to live for Christ in the kind of nation our founders gave us.  Yes, it would be nice…but it’s not what we have before us.  Not by a long shot.