GAY MARRIAGE: PRO OR CON ? As a Christian in ministry for 35 years my position should be obvious by now. So I'm not going join an angry mob and throw more rocks... at the next Gay Pride parade. It's not going to win anyone to Christ and I wouldn't say anything you haven't already heard. But here's what I will say.
I have to hand it to the LGBT community. They have fought for what they believed in much harder than the Christian community ever did. They're much more united than we are. They comprise only 3% of the American population and took in the 83% who claim to be Christians and won. They have marched, held accountable politicians, entertainers, sports figures and every TV network for negative portrayals of homosexuals and even the very words they find offensive. They even got laws passed that sodomy is now not illegal. They have been relentless and determined to demand the equality, the respect and the position in society that they felt they deserve. And man, did they ever get it. Like it or not they have proven what hard work and determination can accomplish.
Most Christians seem content to complain to each other and not to go to war for what they believe in until the change comes that they demand. So the victory goes to the ones who wanted it more and were willing to sacrifice the most to get it. I'm not surprised at this Supreme Court decision at all. In 1962 90% of the American people wanted prayer in public school. Again 3% wanted it out. But the 3% were willing to do what the 90% were not willing to. And that was unite and fight for it.
Since that time 45 category's of national morality have skyrocketed upward. Everything from violent crime to divorce to teen pregnancy to adultery to serial killing have continued to rise. We rejected Gods word in 1962 and took our first verbal public stance against him as a nation. America has never recovered.
Now an academic conference held at the University of Cambridge said that pedophilia interest is “natural and normal for males”, and that “at least a sizable minority of normal males would like to have sex with children” Unless you missed it the key word there is "Normal". This is in the beginning stages of how something becomes a law and it will create another American subculture based on "Normal" sexual orientation. If you think it won't then your not seeing what is really at stake here.
Remember Martin Luther King warned us that everything Hitler did was legal. He had No higher authority to go to other than his own government.
What I'm saying is simple: What one generation tolerates, the next generation embraces" If we allow sin to be tolerated among us then we must get comfortable with ultimately being dominated by it. Unfortunately Christians need to learn a lesson from the fearless tenacity of the 3% in the LGBT community on how to dig deep and fight the giants of this life.
In 1994 I wrote a song that sparked a stadium tour and said the only hope for America is Jesus and we need God in America Again. I collected a million names on a petition for prayer in public school. More than any American citizen. But that was another generation. My generation. Where are the Warriors for this generation ?
And I was only a musician. It was all I knew to do. Where are this generations fearless musicians, politicians and public personalities that will put there careers on the line to stand up and defend the word of God ? We need our "David's" who will face the Giants and take them down and not just watch movies about it. I challenge everyone with this today: After you've prayed, starting in your own community, what action will your first step be, to put God in America Again ?
"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself."
Oh the brilliance of our Founding Fathers...They warned us. They warned us a lot that one day the desire of men's hearts would overrule the foundation and fabric of our nation if we sat silently by and never did a thing to preserve it. They didn't trust the courts and at times, each other! Read your history. So ask yourself as you read this: Has the American Experiment finally failed? From: National Center for Constitutional studies...www.nccs.net
Will The Great American Experiment Succeed?
Thomas Jefferson, in his First Inaugural Address, enumerated what he called 'the essential principles of our government ... which ought to shape its Administration.' He then stated:
"These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civil instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety."
When asked by a curious citizen after the adjournment of the Constitutional Convention what kind of government had been structured by the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin is said to have answered: "...A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT."
The extensive Constitutional republic they envisioned, in reality, became a place of liberty and opportunity for countless millions of people from all over the world. Their ideas worked, because they were based on enduring principles which recognized human imperfection and the need to structure a limited government of laws, dependent upon the consent of a people who, themselves, understood the principles.
The Distinctiveness of the American Experiment as Laid Down by the Founding Fathers:
It acknowledged that individual rights are derived from a Creator.
It was based on enduring principles compatible with "the laws of nature and of nature's God."
It recognized human imperfection and that a tendency to abuse power is ever present in the human heart.
It restrained those in power through a written Constitution which carefully divided, balanced, and separated the powers of government and then intricately knitted them back together again through a system of checks and balances.
It left all powers with the people, except those which, by their consent, the people delegated to government and then made provision for their withdrawing that power, if it was abused.
First, climate change as you see it is not a done deal. There
are plenty of legit scientists who don't agree with you. Check out this article from
the Wall Street Journal: Climate science is not settled
Second, gun control will only reduce gun deaths. So after gun control do we move on to knife control
like people are calling for in Britain? Read about it here: British Police Calling for Knife Ban What do we control after that? Remember, Cain
killed Abel with a rock. It isn't the tools that need controlling, it's people
who need to learn self-control, better ways to handle their anger, and the
value of human life.
Third, the confederate flag flying at state capitols is none
of your business unless you live in one of those states. If you do then your
opinion and input is welcomed. If you don't, quit sticking your nose into other
states' business and work on cleaning up your own state's problems instead.
Same-sex marriage opt out now law after veto override
By Laura Leslie and Matthew Burns
Raleigh, N.C. — With no warning and no debate allowed, the House voted Thursday morning to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of Senate Bill 2, allowing magistrates and county register of deeds employees to opt out of performing marriages for religious reasons. The veto override has been on the House calendar for more than a week, but House Republican leaders did not have the needed votes – three-fifths of the members present must approve an override for it to take effect – until Thursday.
With 110 members present and voting, the override required 66 votes. The final vote was 69-41.
Read more at http://www.wral.com/same-sex-marriage-opt-out-now-law-after-veto-override/14705339/#ysxEoWThpHbVrlRc.99
Do the Lee Co DEMOCRAT Commissioners do anything except try to make life miserable for our citizens? Some people in the historic district are handicapped. But of course, it doesn't matter to the elitists. This area also has a good deal of crime. Just read the police reports.
From the Sanford Herald:
Lee commissioners amend parking, building standards
Residents of the Rosemount-McIver Park Historic District who leave their cars on their front yards will have to find new parking spot after the Lee County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved three amendments to the county's Unified Development Ordinance.
"What it will do is create design standards for off-street parking," Lee County Zoning Administrator Althea Thompson said when the board met Monday, "whereas owners cannot park on their front lawn. They must park in an approved driveway or parking path."
Commissioner Larry "Doc" Oldham voiced his support of the amendment and said he wished the board could implement a similar policy for the entire historic district, which is partially in the city's jurisdiction.
Commissioner Robert Reives agreed but noted that some residents who often parked on their lawns would hesitate to comply with the amended ordinance.
"For some folks, that's a custom for them to do it that way," Reives said after the meeting. "And breaking that tradition is going to be a sensitive area."