Today is a day of decision.
Do not listen to whispers of the the enemy or the “World” to snuff your lamp.
Fight for life and marriage, for sexual sanity and religious freedom, for self government and constitutional law.
Fight to tame the Federal Beast which may soon rise to the height that it will consume everything.
I am also voting for religious liberty.
If anyone has any doubts about the next major pillar of American Society that is going to be pulled down, then you might have your head in the sand. The declarations are clear; the precedents are being set; the agendas are not hidden.
And don’t misunderstand this. Those who are pushing to eliminate religious liberty will tell you that they do not want to take away your “religious freedom” which they will define as “freedom to worship”. The critical element here is “worship”. You can “worship” in your church or home, but you cannot maintain “religious liberty” in the public square. You are “free” as long as you keep your religion “private”.
Let me give you an example. I wrote last year of Jack Phillips, a baker in Denver, who found himself targeted by the homosexual agenda. After appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court found him in violation of civil rights laws, even though Jack offered to sell them anything he had in his store, or bake them a birthday cake, a promotion cake, a celebrate Spring cake, but made the appeal to them that his religious convictions kept him from baking them a cake to celebrate a homosexual wedding. Jack wasn’t picking customers based upon their race, religion, or even sexual orientation. Jack would have refused his mother if she had asked him to bake something against his Christian convictions. It wasn’t about the customer; it was about what they wanted to force him to do. They wanted to breech his religious liberty and freedom of conscience.
This is a key battle that is at stake in this election and “sexual rights” will be the wedge used to tear down religious liberty. Progressively, beginning with Roe v. Wade, the flow has increasingly moved toward the notion that “sexual rights”, including abortion, marriage, the right to name your sex and your pronouns (gender identity) and the right of mandated health care to physically make sexual changes, supersede any supposed “religious liberty” in which one’s religious convictions conflict with sexual rights. Sexual liberty trumps religious liberty.
Consider this ruling from Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey (1992):
At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.
Here the court declared that the “heart of liberty” is essentially the individual’s right to define Truth. It is a very short step from here to say that the heart of liberty is one’s right to define their own gender identity.
What is interesting in this battle is that Congress has attempted, and failed, for almost 40 years to add sexual orientation as a protected class to the Civil Right Act. But today, “sexual orientation” as a protected class is being won, not in Congress, but through Federal Regulations and Executive Orders.
And as sexual rights becomes increasingly protected by the Executive Branch, so too is the increased effort to stem any appeals to “religious liberty”. Martin Castro, Chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in September 9, 2016, makes religious liberty the bad guy and states: “We now see ‘religious liberty’ arguments sneaking their way back into our political and constitutional discourse…in an effort to undermine the rights of some Americans. This generation of Americans must stand up and speak out to ensure that religion never again be twisted to deny others the full promise of America.”
Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs….have to be changed” when they conflict with abortion rights.
Frank Bruni, New Your Times, said that we must free “religions and religious people from prejudice… and [they] must rightly bow to the enlightenments of modernity.”
Mitchell Gold, prominent furniture maker and gay philanthropist says that church leaders must be “made to take homosexuality off the sin list.”
Tim Sweeney, former CEO, Gill Foundation, speaks of how they must fight “religious exemptions” even though it make take them twenty years to accomplish.
The money is flowing in for this in buckets, including the David Bohnett Foundation $150,000 grant to Columbia University to “gather together scholars to oppose religious exemptions” and the Ford Foundation and Arcus Foundation $3 million spending to “target religious exemptions and other protections for religious freedom.”
More could be said about this battle, like the NCAA boycott of North Carolina because it enacted a law that preserved male and female privacy in bathrooms; photographers and bakers losing their businesses because they stood on religious convictions; Houston serving subpoenas on a group of pastors ordering them to produce sermons dealing with homosexuality or gender identity.
Make no mistake, this battle is huge and it isn’t so much about “sexual rights” as it is about destroying religious liberty. Those who hold to their religious conviction and beliefs are going to be increasingly labelled as haters and bigots. Religious liberty is going to be painted with horns. Hated. Despised. Rejected.
On the issue of religious liberty, the two party positions and their candidates are polar opposites.
I’m voting for religious liberty.
I encourage you to consider doing the same.
I am also voting for sexual sanity.
I don’t suppose there is anything more fundamental to life than the notion of male and female. Whether we look at lions or tigers or bears, the animal kingdom survives because of this basic, yet amazingly awesome reality: God created life and delegated to it the responsibility and privilege to unite as male and female and bring forth fruit… producing new life. He even created the plant world with “male and female” characteristics and their central charge was to be fruitful... agents of life. When He then came to Adam, God even emphasized that this creature, made in the image of God, was incomplete until the Creator formed the female. He then brought them together and charged them as well to “be fruitful and increase in number”. It is important to look again at the words the Holy Spirit moved Moses to write concerning this moment in creation:
“So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
God is socially complex. He exists as three persons in one. Unity and diversity. When He created man in His image, He created great diversity (wow!) in the male and female, and then brought them together in an exquisite unity… a unity meant to glorify God and produce godly offspring (Malachi 2:15).
This is so fundamental to life and the human race that it would be insanity to deny this reality.
Yet, here we are, marching toward sexual insanity.
The current administration, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to all academia (May 13 2016). In that letter was the threat of the loss of federal funds and possibly prosecution if schools discriminated in any way against (read this carefully) sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Specifically expressed in the letter were:
Schools must not test a transgender student’s sincerity when proclaiming his or her transgender status: no birth certificate, diagnosis, treatment or other requirements.
Schools must use the name and pronouns requested by the transgender student. (If an 8 year old insists he/she is some Avatar mutant who must be referred to as “Zin” and pronouns “ve” and “vis”, schools have no choice but to comply.)
Schools must permit the transgender student to use facilities consistent with their gender identity and may not insist on individual-user facilities.
Schools may not utilize stereotypes of transgender students regarding their participation on athletic teams. (This should bring an end to things like “Men’s volleyball” or “Women’s soccer”.)
The Clinton/Kaine Platform and Team will continue this insanity and most likely expand it.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is an election between two personalities (personalities that are, suffice it to say, less than perfect). That is what you are meant to think. But it is much more than that. There is a worldview behind the Clinton/Kaine Platform that is seeking to further entrench this insanity as well as the insanity regarding life and marriage and issues yet to be discussed such as religious freedom, a tsunami of debt, and the continual rise of the federal beast, which should be scaring the pants off of all of us.
Again, on the issue of sexuality, the two party positions are polar opposites.
I’m voting for sexual sanity.
I encourage you to consider doing the same.
P.S. Briefly, here is what is happening. When we, as a culture, reject the notion of a Transcendent right and wrong, expelling from the public square the reality of God, then the state will, for a time, promote the notion that the individual is divine and carries the innate right to determine their own truth and identity. Miley Cirus declares herself/himself/itself as a “pan-sexual” who is not tied to the suffocating transcendent notion of male and female. A student can declare to be an Avatar mutant, and we must bow to “Zin’s” self-declaration. The divine individual can declare that a Bible on a POW display offends them and we must submit to his divine sensitivities and comply. BUT, do not be deceived! The state only allows this for a time, in order to destroy the transcendent foundations. Then it will crush the individual. This has been the demonic order of all the nations in the past. It was the lie of Satan to Eve, who promised her divine prerogatives and desires, only to lure her into destruction. It extends to Marxism and Communism that fools the “proletariat” with the same promises in order to topple the “bourgeois” only to later enslave the people. It is the march of all political power unbridled by "religion and morality" as the Founders put it.
All of this is insanity… discarding true reality for momentary pleasure that leads to death.
Do not give in to it.
I am also voting for marriage.
There are some who would say this battle is over. The Supreme Court ruled and now, supposedly, “the law of the land” is that marriage no longer means the binding together of one man and one woman. But the Supreme Court also declared that it is legally right to kill a baby in the womb. That doesn’t mean I won’t continue to fight for life. And, I will continue to fight for God’s design for the family even though one judge in a robe voted to throw out natural marriage.
On one of the many occasions when the Pharisees came to test Jesus, they asked Him a marriage question. Jesus responded by taking them back to the beginning:
“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
This is the design for marriage. It is bound up in the nature of the Triune God who created two very diverse human beings and then forged them into one unity. God is socially complex, consisting of diverse persons bound together in a unity, and it is out of this divine nature that God created the entire universe, which consists of diverse pieces, and parts that are all bound together in a unity of relationships. Even the atom is a unity of diverse members. So, too, everything in the universe exists in a system made up of diverse elements. The family could well be the most important of all of God’s systems. He created the male and the female, very diverse, and brought them together for the purpose of bringing forth children.
We read this in Malachi 2:15:
"Did he not make them one [the male and the female], with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring."
Here is the third member in the design of God for the family: godly offspring... children.
This design of the family is under great attack. It is under attack from the state, where policies have provided incentives to have children out of wedlock. Liberal policies have been the largest reason why the black family has gone from the most intact family to now the most disintegrated.
It is under attack from entertainment and media. Television and movies increasingly undermine God’s design. Music and rap make a mockery of sexual purity.
The two political parties are on complete opposite sides here.
The Clinton/Kaine Platform and Team are clearly opposed to any support for the biblical design for marriage and the family, instead pledging full support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and sexual identity agendas.
The Trump/Pence Platform and Team are clearly committed to marriage between one man and one woman. Here is an excerpt from the Trump/Pence Platform:
“Traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values. We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law. We also condemn the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which in the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was a “judicial Putsch” — full of “silly extravagances” — that reduced “the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of a fortune cookie.”
These two party positions are polar opposites. With regards to God’s design for marriage, there is only one choice here.
I’m voting for marriage. It is the backbone of our society.
I encourage you to consider doing the same.
On 9/11, 2,996 people were murdered in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and in the field in Pennsylvania. We mourned. Republicans and Democrats joined in prayer on the Capitol steps. The nation was stunned.
Yet every day, we murder more than that in our abortion clinics.
Day after day.
Week after week.
Over a million babies a year.
Dismembered, heads pierced with scissors, cut into pieces and thrown in the trash, body parts harvested for commercial use.
It is not “politically correct" nor comfortable to speak of these things. We are like the Germans who didn’t want to think about the Jews being incinerated alive in the ovens not too many miles away from their comfortable homes. We would rather ignore the horror of what is really happening.
But it does.
I cannot imagine the screams of the blood that cries up to heaven.
The United States leads the world in the murder of innocent babies in the womb of its mothers.
Yet, we don’t mourn. We don’t gather together on the steps of the Capitol every day and pray in anguish over this.
There is, instead, one political party that celebrates this “right”.
I know I spoke openly against Donald Trump in the primaries. I believed we had better choices available to us then.
But we now have only two real choices.
And when it comes to the issue of life, there is only one for me.
The Clinton/Kaine Platform and Team is clearly on the side of abortion: funding it, promoting it, ensuring it will be codified in health care laws and regulations; forcing it on employers to provide it though those employers may believe it is horrific to do so.
The Trump/Pence Platform and Team is clearly on the side of life: defunding it from federal support, stripping it from health care laws and regulations; pursuing ways to reduce this horrific holocaust that is a stench in our nation before a holy God.
There are only two real choices. Don’t be fooled in this. Voting for a third party is a wasted vote and a vote for abortion. Sitting out and not voting is an abdication of responsibility and a vote for the same.
I am voting for life.
I encourage you to consider doing so as well.