Archive for May, 2009

The Big Picture

May 28, 2009

In the grand scheme of things it is difficult to get the big picture. When we are deeply involved in the day to day living of our lives it is hard for us to see what is truly important outside of our own pressing needs. I think often of the choices that I make during a given day and the impact, or lack thereof, that I am having for Christ on the world around me. The Apostle Paul made it very clear that there is great freedom in Christ. What most people in my generation do not realize is that freedom is not the ability to do what you want to do. Rather, freedom is the ability to do what you ought to do. Without the discipline necessary to say no to my selfish desires, freedom quickly gives way to anarchy. The big picture will show us the purpose for saying no to ourselves. The big picture will allow us to move from doing what is permissible to doing what is perfect and best. The big picture is “it is not about me”. The big picture will allow me to see God moving in my life to bring glory to Himself. If I’m not okay with that He will allow me to do things my own way but He will also allow me to experience the consequences that my actions bring.
“Lord, show me the big picture so I can allow you to be seen instead of me.”

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Making PC Law

May 15, 2009

As a pastor, I have long been concerned about the decline of the moral and ethical values of our nation. Throughout history it can be readily shown that the foundation of any healthy society is the basic family unit. Today the definition of “family” is very much up for grabs. I think that Miss California got it right when she said that she thought that marriage was between a man and a woman. For expressing her politically incorrect opinion, she was subjected to scorn and ridicule. It is hard to avoid the fact that her expression of personal conviction kept her from winning the title of Miss USA. I have a difficult time understanding how Miss USA can be judged so harshly for her opinion just because a minority of people disagree with her. Many have complained that her title of Miss California should be taken from her because she does not express the opinion of the majority of Californians. If I am remembering correctly, it was the state of California that recently adopted Proposition 8 which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman and prohibited same-sex marriage. It would seem to me that she is representing the majority of people in California.

In other news, the act, H.R. 1913, would establish a new FEDERAL offense for so-called “hate crimes” and add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes. It appears that our government is well on its way to giving those who choose to live the homosexual lifestyle special recognition. I am wondering where the science is that backs up the idea that sexual preference is not a choice. The following quote is from the American Psychological Association web site.

What causes a person to have a particular sexual orientation?

There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.

Apparently the scientific world cannot sustain the idea of the “gay gene” and say that since a person does not have the ability to choose his sexual orientation, he/she should be given special treatment. Under this new law the exact definition of “sexual orientation” was not nailed down. This means that an incredible number of very disturbing activities legitimately fall under protected status. What is more, my job as a pastor is very much under attack. It is very obvious to the average reader what the bible says about marriage and homosexuality. Yet, if this new law were to be enforced, I could be arrested for preaching and teaching what the Bible says.

the following information is from the Family Research Council

In a hearing on this legislation last Congress, Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) admitted that under the legislation pastors could be arrested for hate crimes based on what they teach and preach, which is certainly a violation of free speech and an example of unfair treatment under the law.

It is hard to believe that we are making laws in our country that would cater to political correctness. In a society that glorifies the scientific, the government ignores the gaping lack of scientific evidence for what they are trying to accomplish.

Entry for May 11, 2009

May 11, 2009

Resisting the Future

I had the privilege of giving the baccalaureate address to the graduates of East Beauregard High School recently and I envisioned the message being upbeat and bright but when I saw all the faces looking back at me it sobered me sufficiently to change my tone. I kept thinking about all of the directions that they were getting ready to go and all of the obstacles stacked against them. I wanted to be able to talk to them individually and warn them of the pitfalls that were quickly approaching. Then I remembered how little I was willing to listen after graduating from high school. Unfortunately my only opportunity to influence the graduating class of 2009 was during that 15 minutes the other night. As much as I want to help them and my own children avoid the pain and difficulty that comes from bad choices, the best thing that can be done is to model Christ before them and be ready when the trials of life make them ready to listen and learn.

Christianity is better caught than taught.