Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 10/21/14 at 2:59 PM | Damon Rambo
O.K., I know that is a provocative headline, but I have got to get you to read this stuff somehow, right?
Let me start off saying that I am actually what most people would term a "conservative," or what more accurate people might refer to as a "paleo conservative" ("paleo", meaning old, as opposed to "neo-conservatism", or "new" conservatism), or even a "biblical libertarian." I am a small government,
freedom loving, gun toting American. I am against abortion (which is actually just "child murder" with a clinical name attached to make it sound less barbaric), I am against same sex 'marriage' (or as I like to refer to it, 'perversion'),' and I have no use whatsoever for the liberal antics that bring us such government control as the now infamous "soda ban" of New York City.
With all that said, though, there is one major issue on which my conservative brothers and I disagree...and we disagree strongly. So strongly, that I have actually been called a "liberal" (I hate these black/white labels, which do much to harm the cause of righteousness here in the United States....but that is for another post). It is the issue of immigration and "closed" borders. FULL POST
Posted 10/21/14 at 12:19 PM | John Dillard
What if Fanatical Football Fans Became On Fire Christians? (Video)
Brothers & Sisters in Christ....It IS Time to Change the World
Posted 10/21/14 at 11:25 AM | Alliance Defending Freedom
They said it would never happen.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Idaho for all of 2 days, and two ministers already face jail and fines for declining to perform a same-sex wedding ceremony.
Donald and Evelyn Knapp own and operate the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, a charming chapel in Coeur d’Alene conveniently located across from the county clerk’s office. Couples can get their marriage license at the clerk’s office, cross the street, and get married.
The Knapps, both ordained ministers in their 60s, began operating the wedding chapel in 1989 as a ministry. They perform religious wedding ceremonies, including references to God, the invocation of God’s blessing on the union, brief remarks drawn from the Bible designed to encourage the couple and help them to have a successful marriage, and more. They also provide each couple they marry with a CD that includes two sermons about marriage, and they recommend numerous Christian books on the subject.
Months before voter-approved protections for marriage were struck down in Idaho, city officials warned Donald and Evelyn privately and publicly that if those laws were struck down, a city nondiscrimination ordinance would require them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies in their privately owned chapel, or they would face the consequences. FULL POST
Posted 10/21/14 at 9:46 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
How many times have we heard about the tensions between local African-American communities and the police in recent months? Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, Eric Garner of New York City, and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, are a few of the names in the headlines in recent months. With the use of new technologies that support grassroots photo and video journalism, there appears to be no end in sight of making sure these kinds of stories are told. Such tensions are not the only challenges in the African-American community.
Hunger and poverty in the African-American community have declined recently, but our community still has one of the largest percentages of hungry people and persons living in poverty. The U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013, showed that, in the African-American community, poverty declined slightly from 27.2 percent to 27.1 percent, compared to the decrease of 25.6 percent to 23.5 percent in the Hispanic community. Nationally, poverty decreased slightly—by 0.5 percent—last year. It is the first time a decrease has been seen since 2006. The bureau announced that 14.5 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2013. Additionally, child poverty declined for the first time since 2000, from 21.8 percent to 19.9 percent. FULL POST
Posted 10/20/14 at 12:59 PM | Adam Mabry
In her biography on Voltaire, Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote, "I disapprove of what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." For many years now her words have been the mantra for freedom of speech in Western society. And for many years, most of us have simply presumed that the right to say what’s on our mind (even if others think it to be wrong) was, indeed, right.
In recent years, however, this basic foundation of American (thus, Western) society has come under pressure. As the internet has connected us more than ever, it's also divided us more than ever. Instead of connecting all of us to each other, we have preferred connections to others most like us. Instead of one shared set of values, we now hold the values of whatever subculture to which we're most inclined. This means that today there is not one American spirit, for example. Now there are a myriad of cultural nation-states which hold our allegiances far above our country. So what do we do when those values come into conflict?
Formerly, we would argue vigorously. Our shared set of values meant that, ideally, we would listen, presume the best intentions of our opponents, and seek to find some kind of working consensus. But today such work is rare. Why? Because we have come to believe that to disagree with someone is equivalent to hating them. FULL POST
Posted 10/18/14 at 12:15 PM | Larry Dozier
In the National Tribune, 1880, an article appeared giving an account of the "Vision of Washington" at Valley Forge. The account was told by a gentleman named Anthony Sherman, who may have been at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 or who was given the story by George Washington. The story has been published several times.
Some people will say that it is substantiated by the fact that a copy of the account is in the Library of Congress; but this argument of authenticity could be misleading. The Library of Congress has copies of anything published. That does not indicate accuracy or inaccuracy of the content, but it does lend credibility to the story.
The soldier mentioned as having a first-hand account of the "Vision," Anthony Sherman, was a soldier in the Continental Army. According to his pension application, written by him, he states that he was at Saratoga under the command of Benedict Arnold at the end of 1777 and only joined the main forces in 1778 in New Jersey just before the Battle of Monmouth; however, that alone does not prove or disprove anything, because it’s basically irrelevant, since there is no credible and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. And it's of record that George Washington was a man of faith who prayed to God for "divine providence" with amazing results, but that's story for another article. FULL POST
Posted 10/15/14 at 7:59 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
On October 1st, 34 NGOs warned the London Ebola Conference that the Ebola virus is spreading exponentially and that nations have only one month left to contain the outbreak. On October 13th, the World Health Organization revised its statistics, bumping up the death rate in West Africa from 50% to 70%.
Is there a prophetic element to what is the worst Ebola epidemic in history?
“I was shocked Ebola was in West Africa at all,” says Sharon Gilbert, author of “Ebola and the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse” (Defender Publishing). Gilbert is a trained biologist who has also studied Bible prophecy for 50 years. “Ebola has usually broken out in the eastern African nations.”
She notes the genome of the eastern African version of the virus is 20% different from the present version causing a worldwide health alert, so its ability to mutate into something even more dangerous or transmissible is a distinct possibility.
Gilbert points to Revelation 6:8 to underscore her concerns about what may be coming: “So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.” FULL POST
Posted 10/15/14 at 10:14 AM | John Dillard
Posted 10/15/14 at 9:06 AM | Damon Rambo
Later today or tomorrow I will be posting an updated article about the Christian obligation to resist a wicked ruler's wicked commands. But for now, I wanted to address a story that was sent to me by a congregant this morning. Apparently the City of Houston's homosexual mayor and her attorneys have gotten tired of area pastors resisting their liberal (and wicked) efforts in that city, and they are now demanding that area pastors turn over their sermons, presumambly to see if the pastors crossed some imaginary line of division between church and politics. Fox News Reports:
The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. (SOURCE HERE) FULL POST
Posted 10/15/14 at 8:30 AM | Karen Farris
Perhaps you’ve seen the scary predictions about the potential of a worldwide Ebola pandemic. Consider this: it’s estimated that 10,000 people have now contracted Ebola.
And each Ebola victim could infect another 1.8 people. In three more weeks the crisis could escalate to 28,000 victims and every three weeks it could exponentially grow.
Some have taken those calculations to the ultimate extreme with the world’s population of nearly 7 billion people potentially being infected by January 2016.
The Center for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, and many others are huddling together to put together Ebola prevention and treatment protocols. They are clearly concerned, but is it enough?
According to a recent poll nearly 70% of Americans favor a travel ban from the “hot zone” of the Ebola infected nations. One can only imagine what would happen in our nation with a serious outbreak. Quarantines would be established much like they’ve had to do in West Africa. The difference is that our fragile economy would be solidly rocked. And no one wants to think about Ebola being deliberately spread by terrorists. FULL POST