Caligula A or Caligula B?

Let’s say that you and I are Christians living in the ancient Roman Empire.  Let’s further imagine that voting was allowed for the position of emperor and there are only two candidates who have a chance of capturing enough votes to win the election:  Caligula A and Caligula B.  Both are of unsavory character and both would make a terrible emperor.  The only difference between them is that Caligula A (a longtime abortion supporter) promises to continue being pro-abortion while Caligula B (a longtime abortion supporter) promises to be anti-abortion.

Even though the outcome of the election would make no difference in your life or mine, would our Christian duty impel us to vote for Caligula B in the hope that fewer babies might be murdered?  And if it did, would we allow ourselves to be dissuaded from voting in this way because some Christians said that voting for Caligula B meant that you and I would therefore be complicit in whatever evil deeds he would commit while in office?

Is it more important to do right in the sight of God or to do right in the sight of people?

Here’s how the anti-discrimation scam works

Excerpt:

An LGBTQ advocacy group has sent a letter to the commissioner of the Big 12 urging the conference to remove BYU from consideration for membership because it says the school has discriminatory policies.

Source: LGBT groups urge Big 12 to pass on adding BYU to conference | Fox News

LGBT groups accuse BYU of discrimination because BYU has a code of conduct which disallows sex outside of marriage.  What do the LGBT groups want the Big 12 Conference to do about this?  Discriminate against BYU by excluding them from conference membership.

When sexual revolutionaries say they are against discrimination, they exempt themselves.  They deem it perfectly okay if they discriminate against others who don’t share their values, but don’t think others should be able to do the same thing.  Their cry of “Discrimation!” is utterly hypocritical.

One of the biggest scams going on in American public life these days is “anti-discrimination” crusade which discriminates – and does so forcefully – against any and all who disagree with it.

The First Lady of the United States on the Importance of Children’s Well-Being

I heard that Michelle Obama received rave reviews for her speech at the Democratic National Convention last night.  I searched the internet for a text of her speech and read it.  These sentences stood out most to me – all of them about the importance we adults should attach to the well-being of children.

…[T]his election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.

…[T]he President is about one thing and one thing only -– it’s about leaving something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward –- by all of us coming together on behalf of our children…

…I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.

Does this mean she has changed her mind about favoring legalized abortion?

If not, how do we know which children she thinks deserve the sort of consideration she’s talking about versus which ones deserve to be killed before they even get a chance to breathe on their own?

What Reading the Declaration of Independence Provokes

I read a suggestion that, because it’s July 4th, we should re-read the Declaration of Independence.  It struck me as a good idea, so I did just that.  Read it aloud for my wife and me.

I was first reminded that a third of it, and maybe even a half, is taken up with itemizing the abuses of King George III which caused the colonists to actually declare their independence.  They obviously felt oppressed by this man, and it was many oppressions – not one or two – that had taken their toll.

Reading it this time I was struck – for the perhaps the first time so clearly – by how oppressed I as a Christian likewise feel in the very same land over 200 years later.  Our current king oppresses us in many – not one or two – ways.

Oh, it’s not that I blame him personally for all the deaths by abortion, for the Supreme Court decisions against religious liberty and on behalf of sexual perversions, and the myriad other hostilities that seem to increasingly come toward anyone who want to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by word and deed.  The president is just acting with the power that society is giving him, and in the direction that the spirit of the age is leading him.

The government no longer abides by the nation’s Constitution, much less the Christian principles that guided the founding of the country.  This government, along with the news and entertainment industries, is controlled by those who, by their words and deeds, are enemies of Christ.  Oh, most of them would never admit this, even to themselves.  But enemies of Christ they are.  True friends of Jesus don’t justify the wholesale murder of innocent children.

I’m of no mood to start a new country.  We have a kingdom to serve and it is an everlasting one.  But the thought of America these days makes me sad.  Aren’t I thankful for America?  Yes, but sad that she’s been stolen…and is now controlled by those who think righteousness is something they decide – rather than something that can be learned from our Creator and Redeemer.

Some will say that America is still the best country on earth.  That may be, but it doesn’t mean that America is good.  What goodness she had is being erased by those in control, and what goodness she has is being suppressed by those in control.   What goodness she might have in the future is being fought at every turn by those in control.

Those who turn their backs on the One who created them – the One who also died for them on a gruesome cross – have as their only guide to goodness their own corrupted consciences.  And with the turning of one’s back, the corruption only continues unabated and unrestrained.

If you don’t feel oppressed by pop culture then you are not seeing just how hostile it has become to the values you want to guide and protect your children.

Yes, I am thankful on the Fourth of July, but not for the same things that the high and mighty of our country say they are thankful for.  Their highest value seems to be unfettered hedonism.  I pray for a return to godliness and self-discipline in the sight of a loving Creator and generous Redeemer.

Spitting in the Eye of God

Here’s Friday’s announcement from the White House, as posted on its website:

President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument

Included in the article is this quotation from the president:

“I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s National Park System. Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country, the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one.”

Just as illicit sex perverts marriage, so this quotation perverts “e pluribus unum.”  Whereas we used to consider ourselves, “one nation under God,” we apparently now consider ourselves “one nation under godlessness.”  A nation that enshrines a place like this is thumbing its nose at God and spitting in His eye.  It’s one thing to commit sin – it’s far worse to celebrate sin and imply thereby that God is unrighteous for having condemned it.

There is also a video on this White House page (3 min, 41 sec) which gives the rationale for the inclusion of this place in the national park system.  As rape and incest are the wrongs used to justify the authorizing of the wrong of abortion, so violence against sexual sinners is the wrong used to justify the authorizing of the wrong of sex outside of marriage.  At least with abortion, the White House has not yet turned on the rainbow-colored lights.  But perhaps that’s only because abortion does not have a flag as does the cause of sexual defiance of God.

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  From the president on down, they truly know not what they do.  In fact, Americans think they’re offering service to God (John 16:2) by inventing the sin of homophobia and repealing the sin of homosexuality.  They call it being “against discrimination.”  Meanwhile, they discriminate aggressively against anyone who disagrees with them.  Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.

The Madness of the Current National Discussion

I might have commented about certain new stories in recent weeks, except that the political landscape has become so divorced from reality and common sense that it’s hard to know where to start.

If I look for a root issue, I’d have to say it has to do with society’s leaders – whether in politics, news, entertainment, academia, or elsewhere – seeming most determined to replace our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage with the codification and veneration of sexual hedonism.  It’s hard to deny, for example, that they seem intent on replacing religious liberty with sexual liberty as a defining value of America.  They may have already succeeded.

What resistance those in power are encountering to this agenda of debauchery seems weak at best and off-base in its own way at worst.  There’s no sign of current trends downward toward further moral insanity being reversed.  If anything, such trends are increasing speed.  Americans used to be known for liberty – now we’re known for being libertines.

The current situation reminds me of these words that begin the second psalm:

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 NASB

This determination to throw off all moral restraint leads to an abdication of common sense in all areas of life – not just obviously moral ones.  For example, as our nation is being attacked by enemies motivated by a known and articulated religious strategy which will to employ any means whatsoever to destroy us…and our government is responding by debating gun control!  It’s as if Franklin Roosevelt in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, instead of calling for a resolution of war, called for tighter airplane regulation.  I don’t have an axe to grind in the debate about the second amendment; I just can’t understand why anyone would think that’s the most important discussion topic in this context.  If a city is experiencing a rash of arsons, is most important thing to discuss greater regulation of matches?  If people want a discussion about gun control, have one – but not in this context, for crying out loud!

I’ve only mentioned a couple of examples of the madness that seems to rule public discussions today – whether in news media, on social media, or in office conversations.  There is so much more that could be said.  But who has the time to sift through and sort out all the madness?  It’s multiplying!

Therefore, let us commit ourselves more fully to the Son of God, for Psalm 2 goes on to say and conclude:

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.'”
Verse Info. Notes Ps 2:10 ¶ Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
– Psalm 2:4-12 NASB

The Son of God is able to protect us through all this madness.  Let us ever keep our eyes on Him.  More than ever.

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?