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-Kentucky: Christian County Clerk in Jail for Civil Disobedience

by Dr. D ~ September 3rd, 2015


A county clerk in Kentucky was jailed for refusing to issue licenses for same-sex marriages . Here’s the story from USA Today:

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, whom U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning has placed in the custody of U.S. marshals ready to take her to Boyd County jail, said through her lawyers that she will not authorize any of her employees to issue licenses in her absence.

"My conscience will not allow it," Davis said earlier to Bunning. "God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties."  …

Kim Davis’ lawyers called into question whether any licenses issued in her absence would be legal.  …

"Her good-faith belief is simply not a viable defense," said (Judge)Bunning, who said he also has deeply held religious beliefs. "Oaths mean things."  …

"It’s very unjust," said the Rev. Randy Smith of Morehead, Ky., where Kim Davis’ office is located. "Religious liberty has been trampled on today."

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Response: So it begins, Christians being jailed for civil disobedience; that is, for refusing to compromise their beliefs and faith. Many will say that she was incarcerated for failing to do her job and upholding the law. Some Christian even suggest that it would have been better for her to resign since she can no longer carry out all of her sworn duties.

The change in government policy towards gay marriage will bring about all sorts of unforeseen problems for Christians who want to live their lives according to their beliefs and religious principles. In this case, country clerks have taken an oath of office to support the laws of the land. However, Kim Davis has also committed her life to Christ and Biblical teachings creating a conflict.

In the future, some government offices and positions may be off-limits for Christians who want to live according to their principles and religious beliefs. I wonder if the founders who wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights ever considered this possibility?

We do have examples from our past where Christians refused to abide by the laws of the land that conflicted with their religious convictions. First the Christian abolitionists who operated the underground railroad and later Christian leaders in the civil rights movement who contended against the ‘Jim Crow’ laws. In those cases, the Christians involved could always appeal to a higher Biblical morality in their efforts which was accepted and supported by a large number of folks in the general American culture.

The current conflict is far different. Many in the current American culture consider the Christians who refuse to change and go along with a progressive understanding of sexual morality as judgmental ‘bigots’ and ‘discriminators.’ Christians are still appealing to a higher Biblical morality, but in this generation the culture is not as sympathetic to an appeal to Biblical authority and many in America are far more secular than they were in the past.

Unfortunately for conservative Christians, the First Amendment may not protect them in the future. Certain offices, businesses, and occupations may no longer be viable options for Christians who want to live according to their principles without compromise.

Look for more instances of Christian civil disobedience in the near future. The courts are going to be busy before this is resolved. Unfortunately the First Amendment and freedom of religion may be compromised and reinterpreted in the process.               *Top

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-Oregon Bakers Send Out Free Cakes to LGBT Groups

by Dr. D ~ August 25th, 2015


(Image by: Melissa Klein)

The Oregon Bakers, who were fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, have sent out some free cakes to LGBT groups around the country. The Christian couple,  Aaron and Melissa Klein, sold cakes to everyone in the past but did not want to participate in a same-sex wedding since it was contrary to their religious beliefs.

In this case they are trying to reach out and show some love to LGBT groups and received mixed reactions in the process. Some were happy to get the free cakes and saw it as a opportunity for dialogue, others were concerned about their motives and saw it merely as a PR stunt. Here’s the story from The Blaze:

Gay rights organizations are responding in a variety of ways after Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery, sent cakes and letters out to numerous LBGT groups in an effort to deliver what the Kleins contend was a powerful message about faith and freedom.

…the Kleins,…shipped the care package out last week along with gift cards and copies of “Audacity,” evangelist Ray Comfort’s controversial film about homosexuality.

From immensely skeptical to very thankful, recipients’ responses have run the gamut from negative to positive.

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Response: Actually I believe that this is a positive move by the Kleins intended to demonstrate both their concern for others and their Christian convictions.

It can be viewed as nothing but a publicity stunt but I believe it goes beyond that. I believe it was their intention to reach out in love to those who are on the ‘other side’ and explain their actions. Like most Christians, they want others to understand that it is not about hate or discrimination (since they have sold to the same couple before that sued them) but completely about their religious beliefs.               *Top

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-Mississippi: Half Time Civil Disobedience Against Federal Judge

by Dr. D ~ August 24th, 2015

During half time at a high school game in Mississippi, hundreds of fans stood up and sang ‘How Great Thou Art’ as a response to a federal court order that had blocked the band from performing their half time show that included the classic hymn that has been a popular hit several time over by a number of different artists.

Here’s the story from Todd Starnes:

There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched.

The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order.  …

During halftime of Friday night’s game – a lone voice began to sing the forbidden song.

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,” the singer sang. And then – something remarkable happened.

Brittany Mann was there and she witnessed the entire moment of defiance.

“We were just sitting there and then one by one people started to stand,” she told me. “At first, it started out as a hum but the sound got louder and louder.”

She said it was a “truly incredible” moment to watch hundreds of people singing together in the stadium – a musical act of civil disobedience.

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Response: What a great heartfelt response. The fans stood up in an obvious act of disrespect and civil disobedience to the judge’s order. There is no way the school can be fined for the impromptu response of the community.

A Federal judge warned the district that the next violation would bring a $10,000 fine, so the school district officials would not allow the band to perform the half time show that they had been working on for several months which included the hymn.

Hopefully now the school authorities will also stand up and appeal the ruling. there seems to be considerable community support for such an action.               *Top

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-Should Christians Continue to Say ‘God Bless America’ Anyway?

by Dr. D ~ August 21st, 2015



Some Christian leaders are saying that God’s judgment may some come upon America or at least the protective hedge around the country may soon be lifted if it already hasn’t been. In the midst of the current changes going on in our country many are claiming that it is inappropriate to continue to call for God to bless America or use the popular phrase- ‘God Bless America’ anymore. For a long time a lot of secular folks have been uncomfortable with the use of that call for entirely different reasons.

I continue to support its use because for me it is tantamount to asking God to bring revival and a new spiritual awakening to our nation and culture. In that same light, Here’s an article from the Christian Post that looks at what the phrase really means particularly in light of the song “God Bless America” and why Christians should continue to use it.  From the article:

In our current era of endless entitlement and affirmation, "God Bless America" may sound like a demand for divine applause and reward for virtue. But the song and sentiment are rooted in a Jewish-Christian understanding that to ask for God’s blessing is to implore His mercy and added measure of His grace on undeserving persons.

Aren’t Christians called always to be a blessing and to beseech God’s blessing on their communities at all times and places? Should we ever stop?  …

There’s never been a time when America or any nation was entirely holy. Yet Christians have always been called to implore divine protection and redemption for America, just as they are in every land. The God in Whom Christians believe doesn’t just regard and save individuals but also cares about nations and other communities that comprise His creation. …

God seeks to bless all nations, and Christians are called to be instruments of that blessing.

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Response: I agree. We are called to bless others and love even those who oppose us. We are also called to be agents of change through love and repentance in a fallen culture. Judgment is God’s business not ours. Although some may be called to be prophets to the nations most of us are called to bring God’s love and blessings wherever we are.                *Top

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-Divorce: Americans Have a Different View Than Pastors

by Dr. D ~ August 17th, 2015


Lifeway conducted a survey of the attitudes of Americans toward divorce. The data demonstrated that there is quite a contrast between the general culture and Protestant pastors on the issue. Here’s the story from One News Now:

LifeWay Research conducted separate surveys of 1,000 Americans and 1,000 Protestant pastors. Respondents were present five different scenarios, then asked if divorce was a sin. One scenario was if a couple no longer loved each other; the remaining were when a wrong was committed: adultery, addiction to pornography, abuse, and abandonment.

The survey results indicate that while pastors make a distinction about divorce being a sin based on the reasons behind it, the majority of Americans believe divorce isn’t – regardless of any of the scenarios. In the case when a couple no longer loves each other, only 38 percent of Americans surveyed believe divorce is a sin.

In contrast, three of five (61%) of Protestant pastors who participated in the survey believe divorce is a sin for couples who no longer love one another.

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Response: In the last 60 years or so the attitudes of Americans towards divorce have changed dramatically. There was a time in America when it was considered to be something to avoided at all costs. Among Christians it was understood to be a sin except in the case of adultery, abandonment, or abuse. Not so anymore, and divorce is just as common among Christians as the rest of the culture.

Nevertheless, Protestant pastors have a much more conservative view than the rest of society. Much of it, by looking at this data, is still based upon Biblical teaching where adultery and abandonment are clear excuses and where a case might be made also for abuse.

I found this particularly interesting in light of what is recently going on with same-sex marriage. Just a few short years ago it was totally unthinkable. Now the general American culture is well on its way towards accepting it and even many younger Christians are far more accepting of it than the older generation.

Nevertheless, pastors and church leaders and still a large number of Christians who view the Bible as authoritative in their lives will not be going along with the majority of the American culture on this issue. I also find it interesting that many Christians want to talk about traditional marriage and the Bible when comes to homosexuality but few want to talk about what it has to say about divorce.

What will America look like in 60 years or so? Many Protestant pastors and churches will still be standing with the Bible but the American culture may go the same way that it has gone with divorce- away from Biblical teaching. If so, there will still be a counter-culture of Christians who refuse to be moved.

Christianity went through this once already in the Middle Ages and then there was a revival called the Reformation that brought Biblical teaching back into the culture.                *Top

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-Kentucky: ‘Christian Christians’ Need Not Apply?

by Dr. D ~ August 15th, 2015

The video above is a humorous view of a ‘Christian Christian’ attempting to apply for the job of ‘Country Clerk’ in Kentucky.

Not so humorous is the fact that Christians who want to follow their religious convictions may find that they are now barred from some occupations, particularly in Kentucky.

For over 200 hundred years in America there were no ‘religious tests’ for government officials. At least that was the way it was supposed to be until lately. Now same-sex marriage and LGBT rights seem to be trumping past laws and religious liberty.

Just last week we posted that Christian pastors who believe that homosexuality is a sin can no longer minister in youth prisons in Kentucky, so the video above is really no stretch of the imagination. Also this week we found out that judges in Ohio have to perform same-sex weddings whether they want to or not.

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-U.S. Congressmen Harassed by Muslim Officials on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

by Dr. D ~ August 14th, 2015


                                               (Arial View of Temple Mount in Jerusalem: via Wikipedia)

A group of U.S. Congressmen were relentlessly harassed by Muslims while visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Here’s the story from The Blaze:

A delegation of U.S. congressmen was harassed by Muslim men while on a visit to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Tuesday.

For much of their visit to the holy site, Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Keith Rothfus (R-Penn.) and Evan Jenkins, (R-W.Va) were harassed by Muslim officials and passersby, said E.J. Kimball, director of U.S. operations for the Israel Allies Foundation.

Islamic trust officials repeatedly interrupted the tour guide’s presentation and demanded to see his maps and educational materials. An Israeli police officer tried to intervene on behalf of the tour group.

“Probably for more than half of our time on the Temple Mount, some sort of harassment – either someone standing next to us, someone interrupting the tour guide, loud yelling. They were certainly trying to intimidate us and our right to be up there,” Kimball told TheBlaze.

Rothfus said the haranguing began almost immediately upon their arrival.

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Response: This seems to be happening all of the time to visitors to the Temple Mount.

The Mount is supposed to be open for all visitors regardless of faith, but lately Muslim officials according to numerous reports, have hired dozens of folks to continuously harass any non-Muslim visitors to the holy site recognized and revered by three world religions.

In this case, it was actually US Congressmen who were harassed regardless of the fact that they may make important decisions on American support of Israel and the Palestinian State. They received the same treatment that everyone else has complained about recently.

There have also been numerous reports of hundreds of Muslims following Friday services throwing rocks down from the mount upon Jewish folks praying at the Wall.

Just another kind introduction to the religion of peace. Infidels (non-Muslims) are not even allowed to visit Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Since the Temple Mount is considered the 3rd most holy site in Islam, the Muslim officials (who are allowed to run that site by Israel) are trying to enforce an illegal expulsion of non-Muslims from that site also by hiring dozens of Muslims to follow and harass visitors until they leave the holy ground. Lately, Israeli police, though unwelcome by Muslim officials, have had to come to the aid of visitors to keep the Mount open.              *Top

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