Questions for Rainbow Flag-waving Christians

A cousin recently shared a great article on Facebook: 40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags. Writing about the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Pastor DeYoung of East Lansing, MI, expresses the sentiments of many ~

… all the things that grieve us, perhaps what’s been most difficult is seeing some of our friends, some of our family members, and some of the folks we’ve sat next to in church giving their hearty “Amen” to a practice we still think is a sin and a decision we think is bad for our country. It’s one thing for the whole nation to throw a party we can’t in good conscience attend. It’s quite another to look around for friendly faces to remind us we’re not alone and then find that they are out there jamming on the dance floor. We thought the rainbow was God’s sign (Gen. 9:8-17).

 
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While all the questions Pastor DeYoung poses are thought-provoking, conversation starters, 40 of them might be a few too many (and some are a bit too doctrine-specific). We can probably narrow it down to 9 or 10 that are really compelling ~
 
A good place to start is by asking how would you define “marriage?”
There are several points to consider here:
• Should marriage be limited to only two people?
• Should close family members should be allowed to get married?
• Should there be an age requirement for obtaining a marriage license?
 
The following questions can help further clarify the issue from a Biblical persepective ~
 
1. How long have you believed that gay marriage is something to be celebrated?
 
2. What Bible verses led you to change your mind?
 
3. How would you make a positive case from Scripture that sexual activity between two persons of the same sex is a blessing to be celebrated?
4. What verses would you use to show that a marriage between two persons of the same sex can adequately depict Christ and the church?
 
5. If some homosexual behavior is acceptable, how do you understand the sinful “exchange” Paul highlights in Romans 1?
 
6. As you think about the long history of the church and the near universal disapproval of same-sex sexual activity, what do you think you understand about the Bible that Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, and Luther failed to grasp?
 
7. What arguments would you use to explain to Christians in Africa, Asia, and South America that their understanding of homosexuality is biblically incorrect and your new understanding of homosexuality is not culturally conditioned?
 
8. Does the end and purpose of marriage point to something more than an adult’s emotional and sexual fulfillment?
 
9. If supporting gay marriage is a change for you, has anything else changed in your understanding of faith?
 

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Many of us have been shaking our heads over family and friends who are professing Christians yet seem confused on the same sex “marriage” issue. Most of them seem to be well-intentioned, not wanting to appear “judgemental” or “unloving.” Perhaps sharing this article with them will help them to reconsider, and spur a change of heart. After all, is there anything more “loving” than wanting to help someone find the way to Jesus Christ, and eternal salvation?

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America at 239… from selfless to selfie

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Saturday Shorts – 7-4-15

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 

Happy Independence Day!

 

James Madison Wrote Bill Of Rights To Protect Liberty ~ A brief recap of the accomplishments of the “Father of the Constitution.” Just one of our many illustrious founding fathers, Madison was more intelligent, principled and astute than any 10 of the clowns currently holding political office in Washington D.C.

 

The media’s vile attacks on conservative assimilationists ~ Michelle Malkin on the hostile divisiveness of the Left ~

Conform to progressives’ worldview, and their proscribed definition of diversity or be prepared to be mocked, ridiculed and demonized.
You can’t win with these insane identity-mongers who preach compassion and peace while practicing vicious demagoguery.

 
Greek debt crisis: In Athens, scavenging from bins has become a way to survive ~ The Greek financial meltdown really is sad. People are actually dumpster-diving ~

As the country prepares to vote on continuing austerity on Sunday, in the streets of Athens some people have already resorted to searching the rubbish bins for food to eat and scrap metal to sell. (w/video)

But, according to this piece in the UK Daily Mail, there’s a lot of blame to go around ~ A whole island pretending to be blind to get benefits, 8,500 pensioners who faked being aged over 100 and lawyers who claim to earn just €12,000: New book reveals how Greeks cheated THEMSELVES into ruin ~

… a new book has lifted the lid on widespread benefits fraud, and tax avoidance – both of which contributed to a budget deficit which runs into billions of euros. […]
 
But what do when so many are cheating the system? It is estimated tax evasion alone might be costing the country as much as €20billion a year in lost revenue, while years of benefit fraud will certainly have added up.

 
Putin: America Is Godless, Has Turned Away from Christian Values ~

How tragically ironic – especially coming from the leader of a country that tried to erase every vestige of Christianity in just the last century! ~

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the West, including the United States, for eschewing Christian values and opting instead for a “path to degradation.” […]
 
Russia’s newfound embrace of traditional values has prompted a rise in Orthodox vigilantism. Extreme groups such as the Union of Orthodox Banner Bearers, an ultraconservative faction who adopted a slogan “Orthodoxy or Death,” are gaining prominence.

 
Montana ‘thruple’ applies for wedding license ~ Gee, no one saw this coming.
 
And it’s only the beginning ~
Get ready to say goodbye to your first Amendment freedoms ~

… no matter what you believe, the government will be free to regulate your speech, your writing, your associations, and whether or not you may express your conscience. Americans also need to understand that the endgame for some in the LGBT rights movement involves centralized state power—and the end of First Amendment freedoms.

 
$357,750: NIH Funds Research for App to Promote Exercise for Marijuana Users ~ Yet another dopey waste of tax-payer dollars ~

(CNSNews.com) – Could an app motivate marijuana users to exercise? The National Institutes of Health is giving $357,750 in taxpayer dollars through its National Institute on Drug Abuse to State University of New York at Buffalo to find out.

 
No H8: Clarence Thomas Is a ‘Clown in Blackface,’ Says Gay Activist Takei ~ Former Star Trek actor not exactly the most tolerant individual in the galaxy – or the most intelligent. He totally misread and/or misunderstood Justice Thomas’ opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges.

 
D.C. endures worst storm since 2012 derecho — here’s how it happened ~ Can’t help but wondering if God was weighing in on the SCOTUS gay “marriage” decision last week ~

Many eyewitnesses, awakened and rattled by the storm, described it as the scariest they could recall — jarred by the deafening thunder, continuous lightning, pounding rain and roaring winds.

 
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This Man ‘Grew’ a Church From Living Trees ~ New Zealand - What a labor of love; “Tree Church” is amazing. Check out the pix.

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Don’t be a jackass

This latest video from Bill Whittle provides an informative review of the sorry historical record of the Democrats. Wondering how many Dem voters would be shocked to learn the truth of their party’s shameful past?
 

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Meanwhile, in another part of the world

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While the network news is focused on demonizing Donald Trump for telling the truth about the criminal tendencies of large numbers of illegal aliens, Islamists – ISIS or affiliates (i.e. Wilayat Sinai) – are busy terrorizing Egypt ~

Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government’s failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers.

 
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A report at Business Insider calls this latest offensive a game-changer ~

Of note, the coordinated assaults on Sheikh Zuweid also occurred two days after an unattributed VBIED killed Egyptian Attorney General Hisham Barakat. His death on June 29 prompted the Egyptian government to step up its counterterrorism campaign, specifically against the Muslim Brotherhood, which it blames for Barakat’s death.
 
ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood are not assessed to have affiliation, though the overall increase in violence in Egypt will likely strain the Egyptian military’s ability to address multiple threats.
 
The offensive in Northern Sinai on July 1 demonstrated ISIS’s attempt to establish greater territorial control in Sinai and expand its physical caliphate in the Near Abroad.

 
These developments are consistent with ISW’s (Institute for the Study of War) Ramadan forecast, anticipating that ISIS’s affiliates many attempt to administer governance or claim territorial control as a means of proclaiming caliphate expansion and to prepare for future military operations.

 

Israel, near enough to see the smoke, is closely monitoring the situation ~

An IDF official said that while the events were worrying, they posed no imminent concrete threat to Israel. There is a worry, however, that the situation in Sinai could end up negatively affecting the security of Israeli towns near the border with Egypt [...]
 
The territory, characterized by hardscrabble towns, desert and mountainous areas suitable for guerrilla operations, has long been neglected by the (Egyptian) government. Local Bedouin tribesmen have grown to resent Cairo, turning to smuggling, organized crime and, in some cases, radical Islam [...]

 
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The planning and coordinated execution of Wednesday’s attack shows the insurgency in Sinai is growing stronger, especially since Morsi’s ouster and the crackdown on Islamic militants. They have been battling Egyptian security forces in the northern Sinai for more than a decade, despite military reinforcements, strict curfews and the destruction of homes and tunnels along the border with Hamas-ruled Gaza.

 
While our mainstream media pointlessly battles faux villains like “the Donald,” Egypt and Israel must face down real life ones.

 
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Related:
Netanyahu: We see ISIS at the gates in Sinai and Golan
Egyptian Military: We won’t stop until Sinai is clear of terror
ISIS is making moves internationally
Egypt’s circle of violence is turning darker
Hamas has close ties to IS affiliates in Sinai, say Israel, Egypt ~ terrorists of a feather…

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Uh-oh. Puerto Rico’s economy is tanking too

PuertoRicoGoesbroke2And the financial hits just keep on coming… Because you can only live in a fiscal reality-free zone for so long ~ Puerto Rico’s Financial Crisis Is U.S.’ Crisis, Too

With the financial world transfixed by Greece’s debt-driven meltdown, Puerto Rico announces it can’t pay its $73 billion in debt. Once again, we’re learning that welfare statism is no replacement for fiscal responsibility […]
 
… a report on Monday, co-authored by former International Monetary Fund No. 2 Anne Krueger, revealed the island’s finances are a shambles.
 
The devastating analysis noted that some 150 agencies ran up deficits that couldn’t even be accurately counted, so the true indebtedness might be even higher — as much as $100 billion by some estimates.
 
The government has funneled public money to state-owned enterprises that are supposed to be financially independent. Worse, the report said, many workers no longer even look for jobs, since welfare benefits pay more than actual work.

 
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In the above photo, Puerto Ricans watch a televised broadcast as Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla addresses the island’s residents regarding the government’s $73 billion debt. The governor said that the people on the island will have to sacrifice and share in the responsibilities for pulling the island out of debt.

 
According to Fausta, the gov is being more than a little disingenuous ~ It is not in García Padilla’s interest to improve the economy ~

García Padilla’s administration relies heavily on a large bureaucracy, and he knows his predecessor was voted out of office for trying to reduce it. Estimates show that the government of Puerto Rico has 160,000 employees too many. That’s enough of a voter base to keep him in office.
 
If the U.S. refills the ATM, García Padilla will claim credit for it; if the U.S. doesn’t, he has someone to blame.
 
And don’t forget that García Padilla and other commonwealth supporters lost miserably during the last plebiscite, when statehood won by approx. 60%. For as long as Puerto Rico remains in a financial swamp, García Padilla knows the question of statehood will be dismissed with “And They Want to Be a State?”
(Or as Ed Koch put it, “The People have spoken … and they must be punished.”)

 

Sounds awfully familiar doesn’t it? Fiscally irresponsible, power-hungry politicians; eventually they run out of other people’s money.
Hold on to your shorts peeps.

 
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Related:
Puerto Rico: Countdown to the Greecespot

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No we’re NOT bigots

Christians are frequently painted by agenda-driven progressives as “hateful bigots” simply for holding faith-based objections to same-sex marriage. And of course once the name-calling starts, any debate between the two sides of the issue tends to deteriorate into angry frustration and mutual intolerance.
 
For anyone interested in the the true Christian position on homosexuality and marriage, Ravi Zacharias explains it eloquently in the following video ~
 

Please listen, learn and share :)

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Greek implosion imminent…

Well it’s taken a couple years longer than originally predicted, but most financial experts don’t see any way out of total economic collapse for the Greeks ~

Greece has a 1.6 billion euro ($1.8 billion) debt due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday (June 30th) and its bailout program expires the same day, after which it is unclear how the country might survive financially.
Source: Fox News

 
greekEuroVictor Davis Hanson provides some background on the sorry situation ~

For almost six years Greece has been on the cusp of financial disaster. Its Northern European and international creditors have extended loans, suspended interest payments and forgiven some debt.
 
But European lenders also have stubbornly kept to the old-fashioned principle that creditors freely borrowed their money from lenders, and therefore most borrowed money must be paid back, regardless of the current financial status of the debtors.

 
It appears that fellow Eurozone members have finally run out of goodwill and patience; finance ministers rejected the country’s request for a one-month extension to their bailout program.
 
Reacting to that decision like an indignant adolescent whose parents finally put their foot down and cut off their irresponsible teen’s allowance, Greek prime minister Tsipras threw a tantrum ~

… accusing creditors of trying to strong-arm his country into taking harsh austerity measures he says would hammer an economy already on its knees after five months of creditor-demanded spending cuts and tax hikes.
 
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“They didn’t ask us to agree, they asked us to surrender our political dignity,” Tsipras said during a tumultuous and nearly 13-hour parliamentary session that cumulated in a vote just before 3 a.m. yesterday (6-28-15).

 
Analyzing the fiscal crisis, Mark Nuckols at Newsmax captioned the prime minister’s obstinacy aptly: Tsipras Screws The Pooch ~

Tsipras, the leader of Syriza (“Coalition of the Radical Left”), went on national TV at one in the morning on Saturday to announce his decision to torpedo Greece’s economy and the future of its people. Tsipras and his fruit-loopy Marxist finance minister have conducted four months of talks with Greece’s creditors trying to unlock more bailout money and bargain for yet another reduction in its outstanding debt. They’ve known all along that this Tuesday, June 30 was the drop-dead date for reaching a deal.
 
And all along they have been counting on blackmail to squeeze the rest of Europe for concessions. Syriza is garden variety liberalism on steroids, a party whose entire electoral appeal was “vote for us, and we’ll somehow convince the rest of Europe to cancel our national debts, and don’t worry, you can still receive your government pension at age 50.” 8O And Tsipras’ basic negotiating stance has been, “give us more money, or we’ll declare a default, leave the eurozone, and laugh while your financial system collapses.” [...]

 
Time was rapidly running out, and Tsipras waited in vain for the rest of Europe to blink first. And when Merkel and company failed to flinch, Tsipras decided to try a gambit whose idiocy defies belief. He announced that Greece will hold a national referendum on (July 5th) to approve or not the relief package Europe is offering.

 
But – the country’s going to default tomorrow. Five days before the Greeks have their say at the ballot box… Hello?!

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Unfortunately for Greece, Alexis Tsipras isn’t just some irresponsible teenager who can still be reined in by his parents and taught fiscal responsibility. He’s a prime minister dragging his whole country off an economic cliff ~

At the end of the day it will be the people of Greece who suffer. And then it will be up to the Greeks to finally decide whether they want to live in a failed Balkan state like Serbia, or whether they want to toss out Tsipras and Syriza, pick up the pieces and begin the hard work of transforming Greece into an honestly run, economically stable, fiscally sound country. I believe they will, and when they do, and elect a responsible government, then Europe will be all but too happy to help Greece back on its way to its rightful place in Europe.

Others aren’t quite so optimistic.
 
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Related:
How To Cover Your Ass: The Greek Edition
The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS ~ Monetary policymakers have run out of room to fight the next crisis with interest rates unable to go lower, the BIS (Bank of International Settlements) warns ~

… central banks have backed themselves into a corner after repeatedly cutting interest rates to shore up their economies.
 
These low interest rates have in turn fueled economic booms, encouraging excessive risk taking. Booms have then turned to busts, which policymakers have responded to with even lower rates.

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I Am – HERE

Sometimes, in moments of sadness, emptiness or despair, we find ourselves asking Where is God? And other times, rushing through our busy days we barely spare Him a thought. But, as this song from Amy Grant beautifully reminds us, our God is omnipresent.
 
Be still and Listen. Through His creation, God speaks to us… everywhere ~

 


 
 
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I speak to you continually.
My nature is to communicate, though not always in words.
I fling glorious sunsets across the sky, day after day after day.
I speak in the faces and voices of loved ones.
I caress you with a gentle breeze that refreshes and delights you.
I speak softly in the depths of your spirit…

 
You can find Me in each moment, when you have eyes that see and ears that hear.
 
~ from “Jesus Calling” devotions by Sarah Young

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Saturday Shorts – 6-27-15

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:
 
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OK let’s just re-cap Hell Week shall we?
 
First, we had not one but three calamitous Supreme Court decisons:
 
1) The Supreme Court’s Disparate-Impact Decision Is a Disaster ~

Essentially, as John Fund writes at National Review, in the case of Texas Department of Housing v. The Inclusive Communities Project ~

The question before the court was: Can you be found guilty of racial discrimination if you never engaged in policies that had any intent to discriminate?

The irrational answer from 5 of 4 justices was “yes.”
The 1968 Fair Housing Act made it clear that claims can be made only if intentionally discriminatory conduct – or disparate treatment – is involved. Since then, progressives have invented the dubious concept of “disparate impact.” With this latest decision SCOTUS is saying intent is not required so long as there seems to have been discrimination.

So in the name of eliminating perceived discrimination, the court has now mandated unfair discrimination.
 
2) Next, in King v. Burwell, SCOTUS usurped congressional power and re-wrote the Affordable Care Act. This should have been a no-brainer – and it was! Because clearly Justice Roberts left his at home. Led by the Chief Justice,

The Supreme Court of the United States effectively rewrote the text of Obamacare to save the legislation.

Dissenting Judge Scalia was so exasperated at the decision that he coined a new term for Obamacare: SCOTUScare ~

If a law was badly formulated, that was not the Court’s problem, (Scalia) argued. It was up to Congress to rescue the subsidies for Obamacare, not the Justices. And if people did not like it, tough: that was why the Justices were meant to serve life terms. They were meant to be above politics.

 
3) Worse of all of course was the ludicrous ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges in which the Supreme Court usurped God’s authority. Ben Shapiro at Breitbart said it best; SCOTUS Declares Itself God, Redefines Marriage and Rights ~

The day after declaring Obamacare magically rewritten and that the lawsuits against discrimination in housing require no proof of actual discrimination, the Supreme Court found a unicorn in the 14th Amendment.
 
By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy under that aforementioned 14th Amendment (adopted in 1868, when every state in America criminalized sodomy) requires that every state in America grant marriage licenses to men who want to marry men and women who want to marry women, and that every state recognize such licenses from every other state.

 
So what have we learned from this week’s trifecta of tyranny?
 
• Our government has decided it’s God, “a dignity-conferring institution capable of making moral that which religion teaches is sinful, logic teaches is worthless, and societal experience teaches is societally counterproductive.” ~ Ben Shapiro
“Words have no meaning” and “the Supreme Court is now a threat to American democracy.” ~ Justice Antonin Scalia
• We are officially a post-constitutional nation. We’ve lost the right to govern ourselves without even putting up much of a fight.

Shapiro again ~

Democracy in America did not die with jackboots; it died with the boredom and stupidity of an American people complicit in its demise, celebrating the circuses and the games provided by its new rulers, fat and happy in their submission. Let the parades be held; let the call go forth. By the power vested in them by, well, them, the Supreme Court and the left declare Americans husbands and husbands, wives and wives — and all of them slaves.

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In other equally distressing news ~
 
Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill ~ More betrayal from the RINOS. This can’t be a good deal. Not only because it’s being rushed through congress with almost total lack of transparency, but because Obama really wants it passed. And Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) doesn’t. Who do you trust?
Bottom line: “Free-trade” agreements benefit one constituency – the fat cats; at the expense of we-the-rubes.

 
Beyond the Confederate flag ban ~ Louis Farrakhan calls for the American flag to come down and Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz shouts at blacks to rise up and kill all the white slave-masters and their “g*dd*mn” families. Angry, irrational, counter-productive hatred. Way to heal a nation Barack.

 
EPA Chief: ‘Climate Deniers’ Aren’t Normal Human Beings ~ Shades of Stalin. This isn’t some far-left greeniac spouting off. This is own our despotic government ~

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told an audience Tuesday gathered at a White House conference “normal people,” not “climate deniers” will win the debate on global warming.

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And, in case you doubt the Apostle Paul ~
 

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual
hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.”
~ Ephesians 6:12

 
Satan Worshipers Sue to Stop Pro-Life Law Informing Women About Their Unborn Baby ~

In Missouri, a group of Satan worshipers are suing Governor Jay Nixon and his Attorney General, Chris Koster for the state’s law that requires a 72-hour waiting period prior to an abortion.

The Satanic Temple to unveil ‘Baphomet’ monument in Detroit ~ Just what Detroit needs… pure Evil.

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BUT – let’s not end this edition of “Shorts” on such a depressing note.
This morning I ran across a wonderfully inspiring post at the Little Catholic Bubble that brought everything back into perspective ~

Rejoice! The Church’s beacon just got brighter
America is and was always an experiment. If we put our hopes and faith in a fallible nation, even one so promising as America, we miss the boat. The only home for us is Christ’s Church, which has outlasted every empire and nation and will outlast even the world itself. If you have built your house on the Rock instead of shifting sand, and if you are safe in the Barque of Peter, and not flailing in the stormy waters, then relax and rejoice. Life is good. And Christ’s promises stand. (And if you are still in the stormy waters, get in the boat!! There is room for all!)

Read the whole thing – it’s truly encouraging :)

 

Be of good cheer – God wins in the end!

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Sodomy wins the day with SCOTUS; Brace for God’s wrath

Since the Supreme Court has declared itself God, essentially destroying traditional marriage in America, thought I’d post this piece by Fr. Dwight Longenecker (StandingOnMyHead blog), which offers an unsettling reminder from scripture.
 

[Note: The SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage was originally expected to be handed down on June 30th. Fr. Longenecker points out that the mass readings for that day are Genesis 19:15-29 ~ the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.]

 
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Why Did God Destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?
June 25, 2015 by Fr. Dwight Longenecker
 
…The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was not simply because the city was full of homosexuality. The violent homosexual rapists were a symptom of a deeper ugliness in Sodom and Gomorrah.
 
We know from earlier in Genesis that the cities of the plain were lush, rich and luxuriant. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were also warlike and violent.
 
The violent homosexual rapists of Sodom and Gomorrah were an example of the decadence, lust, luxury, greed and violence of the whole civilization.
 
The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was, therefore far deeper than a sexual problem. The sexual problem was the symptom of a deep, fetid and stubborn rebellion against God and everything that was natural and simple, innocent, free and good.
 
St Paul outlines this sick depravity in the first chapter of his epistle to the Romans:
[Note: Notice any glaring similarities with contemporary American culture?!]

Romans 1:18-32 ~
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
 
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
 
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie,
and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
 
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
 
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

 

Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?
 
Because there was nothing else he could do. His “doing a deal” with Abraham indicates that he had extended his mercy time and again. He waited for them to turn from their destructive ways. He waited for their stubbornness to subside and for them to turn from their culture of death.
 
They would not.
 
Did he punish them out of some sort of petty and arbitrary desire for vengeance or the need to punish evil?
 
I don’t think so. I think God’s judgement on Sodom and Gomorrah were linked in with the path they were already on. They were so wallowing in the culture of death, so immersed in hell that they got what they asked for. They went on the path to hell and destruction and would not turn from that path so they were given hell and destruction.
 
I think there comes a time when God simply can’t do anything more with humanity because we continue to go our own way and continue to reject every offer of goodness, forgiveness, life and all that is natural and beautiful and innocent and free.
 
We choose hell and destruction.
 
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God will eventually give us what we have asked for.
 
The only thing that remains for me to wonder is how far along the road to Sodom is our present society and world?
 
And how much more patience will God have?

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founders-quote-TJeffersonCan the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
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Related:
SCOTUS Declares Itself God, Redefines Marriage and Rights
SCOTUS Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

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Democrats’ Racist Roots – a reminder

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I originally posted the following piece in October 2012. But since the progressives still continue to peddle their phony version of American history, and because “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” (George Orwell), I decided it was time for a reprise ~

 

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“I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”

~ Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One
(according Ronald Kessler’s Book, “Inside The White House”)

 

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Some truths are so compelling that, once discovered, can dramatically shift one’s entire world view. Such was the case when Rev. Wayne Perryman, a black American and life-long Democrat, learned which political party really deserved the epithet “racist.”
 
Shortly after Bill Clinton was reelected in 1996, Perryman, a former newspaper publisher, radio talk-show host, and corporate employment relations consultant, accepted a challenge from some younger members of his church to explore the historical relationship between blacks and the Democrat Party.
 
What he discovered undermined everything he’d previously believed about race and politics. For example:
 
• In 1844 the Democrat Party platform defended slavery. Founded in 1854, the Republican Party was formed primarily to oppose slavery;
 
• It was Republicans who sponsored and ratified the 15th Amendment (1870) which gave blacks the right to vote; further legislation was required – and passed by Republicans – to guarantee that that right would be protected (Enforcement Act of 1870 and Force Act of 1871) from Democratic voter intimidation;
 
• After the Civil War, as a reparation for slavery, Sherman’s Bill, giving “40 acres and a mule” to every black family, was introduced and passed by a Republican Congress. It was vetoed by President Andrew Johnson – a Democrat;
 
• The Ku Klux Klan was formed in 1866 by… Democrats, who were threatened by the freedoms that blacks were finally being given; the KKK terrorized, beat and murdered blacks to intimidate them into not voting, or voting only for Democrats;
 
• The Democrat Party was the one that wanted the Arkansas National Guard to enforce segregation; President Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, sent the 101st Airborne to integrate the schools;
 
• Democrats enthusiastically support Abortion and Planned Parenthood – A black child has a 50-percent chance of being aborted and, if born, a 70-percent chance of living in a single parent home ~

Planned Parenthood, who provides a third of our nation’s abortions, gets $300 million annually from the federal government that they use to set up in black neighborhoods to perpetuate this dismal reality.

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After realizing the truth about the Democrat Party past and present, Perryman had this to say about them in his book “Unfounded Loyalty:”

From 1878 to 1930, the party used fraud, whippings, lynching, murder, intimidation, and mutilation to get their vote. In the 1930s and 1960s they switched from violence and intimidation to manipulation and voter’s registration.

 
During the 20th century Democrats shifted from overt racism to a more subtle version.
Today they’re the party of malcontents and empty promises; passing out ever more free stuff (healthcare, foodstamps, condoms, cell phones…) but never offering any hope of individual prosperity. Promoting dependence – not independence.
 
Once openly pro-slavery, Democrats continue to assure blacks and other minorities that they really aren’t capable of supporting themselves without government assistance…
They’re like bad parents who actually discourage their children from growing up and becoming responsible, productive citizens. In reality, their version of “HOPE” is pretty darn hopeLESS.
 
Spend some time at Star Parker’s website CURE to learn how blacks can and should escape the mindset of Uncle Sam’s Plantation.
 

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“These laws [segregation] are still constitutional and I promise you that until they are removed from the ordinance books of Birmingham and the statute books of Alabama, they will be enforced in Birmingham to the utmost of my ability and by all lawful means.”

~ Democrat Bull Connor (1957),
Commissioner of Public Safety for Birmingham, Alabama

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Update: 10-26-12

Obama’s father was a philandering, drunken Marxist. Mitt Romney’s, well, wasn’t: The Civil Rights Legacy of George Romney.
 

 

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Reference: Unsung Davids by Ben Barrack. Very interesting, informative book; includes a chapter on Wayne Perryman.
 
Related:
A Rant on Supposed Racism ~ Historical truths
Life of a Black Julia ~ at Star Parker’s site. Funny – if it weren’t so darn sad. Tragically, large segments of our population – black and white – are conditioned to make bad lifestyle choices, and then to believe that they can’t survive without government assisting them through every phase of life.

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June 24, 2015: Furthermore ~ this is how the slain Charleston pastor felt about the Confederate flag…

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