I just learned of this here as well. I haven't really been able to focus on the news or anything else in the media for sometime now... part of it was probably a result the stuff I went through last year. Focusing on anything for an extended period of time can be a challenge.
Let us pray!
Our convictions and consciences are under attack on every front, it seems. The founding fathers must be grieving.
We must pray that our leaders "see the light". Not all the people of Juda were "bad", yet God released His wrath on the whole land.
We cannot be passive in our faith. We select those who write the laws and appoint the judges. Be active in support of God and to protect those things that are so dear to us.
Thanks, B2Y, for bring this to our attention.
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So if each state starts making their own laws - how long will we be the United States!
This is devastating to say the least
I'm joining K in er
Each state has always had the right to make their own laws.
The problems come when others states are forced to accept the laws of other state, in other words recognize same gender marriage even if your state doesn't.
That is why we had some slave states and some free states until the federal government said otherwise.
The very idea that any state would even consider making such a law probably would blow the minds of the writers of the Constitution.
More and more federal control each and every day. Now talk of a global community!!
amen to B2Y... and if anyone would like to know how they can keep abreast of such matters through a christian perspective ... pm me please...
and Angel I LOVE that story!
I am sure what happened today is only the beginning of a long process of various levels of government trying to stamp out anything that smells of conservative Christianity. If this is true, then so be it. We cannot fight the government, but we CAN pray. The Bible instructs to pray for those in leadership and that is the best thing any of us can do.
Thanks for all the comments.
Hi, B2Y, I have missed reading your blogs, and the blogs and comments of others. I have been too busy to get online much lately.
This entry is an eye-opener, for sure. I would like to add that, along with the judicial and legislative branches, the executive branch (Presidency) is also bypassing the constitution and taking an authoritarian approach to the office.
Yes, we can pray, but there are other things we can do as well. It is too easy, I think, to say that things are out of our hands. With a lot of work and spreading of the truth, it is possible to turn the situation around. It would take a lot of faith to move this mountain, but with God's help, it could be done. The sad thing is that the very vocal anti-Christians are getting their way because they are the "squeaky wheel," while most of the Christian world is busy going about our lives and remaining silent.
I'm about to "preach" a little, if you will bear with me. Think about this:
I think back to the days of the early church. What opposition did the saints face? Every government and society in the world was against them... yet they pressed on with the gospel. Look where it led, eventually. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Sometimes I feel that we take the prophesies of the end times, and how the love of many will wax cold, nations will rise against nations, brother against brother... and all the other such things to mean that we should just lie back and let it happen, or that we can do nothing.
Let us not forget the most important part of these end-time prophesies... the one about those who endure to the end. Let us focus on enduring, and not the other. It is near the end, but it is not the end. Let's not act like it is.
Some may feel this is out of place, but I am going to quote a battle cry from the movie, "Lord of the Rings." Aragorn was leading a small band of the stout-hearted against overwhelming odds. The evil seemed beyond comprehension, and the chances of survival, let alone victory was nearly non-existent" They thought they were marching to their deaths:
Aragorn: "... My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!"
Okay. For those of you who would much rather hear something from scripture, here is Paul:
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints," -Ephesians 6:10-18
You see, I do not believe that the prophesies of the last days are meant in a spirit of hopelessness, but as a battle cry to the faithful. There is always a "but" in those prophesies. Yes, the end times will be bad, BUT those who are faithful and remain strong to the end will be rewarded.
Throughout history, Christians have been persecuted. Today, in many parts of the world, people are put to death for confessing Christ... yet His name continues.
My prayer is this. There may be a day when the courage of men fails... Let it NOT be THIS day, in Jesus Christ the Son of God, to whom all power is given in heaven, and in the earth.
Amen to what Phil Ruby and others have said. While we might feel our hearts waver and feel overwhelmed by the signs of the time, this is not the time to stop fighting the "good fight". Rather we must pray as we have never prayed before. We must "go after" people as we have never done so before... people who are entrapped in sin, hopelessness and despair. We are called to be lights in a dark world... so that the world may see the true light, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for bringing up the REAL story here. Many blogs have been written and much discussion has arisen regarding the role Christians are to have in the affairs of government and whether every government and their policies are ordained of God.
Awhile back I wrote a very controversial blog about whether all governments are ordained by God and thus their policies. The point then, is exactly what I see above in the comments written. If every government is put there by God they why be upset by any decisions made and policies instituted? If this theology is right, then it is wrong to "fight" and the proper Christian response should be to just calmly lie down and smile as the government does whatever it wants.
We can't have it both ways. We can't say we are going to get involved with local politics and change governments and then turn around and say that every government is the way God intended it. This makes no sense.
Our battle, from the oft quoted Ephesians 6 record, is SPIRITUAL. We wrestle NOT against flesh and blood, but against...
If the enemy can distract believers he can pretty much do whatever he wants. That is why I believe we should be aware of what he is doing so as to not be caught in his traps, but we must retain our conviction that our purpose on this earth is not to be political activists but to be advocates of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to show people how decisions such as the one in Iowa only prove the validity of sections of scripture such as Romans chapter one.
Thank you for your insightful comments. They are great!
Thank you for opening this "can-o-worms", B2Y, and for being strong in the faith. I just have a few more things to say about it:
1. I agree with you that NOT every government is ordained of God.
2. The "fight" is truly spiritual in nature, but the evil one does work through people. Our battle is one of spreading truth, as I said in my earlier comment. I hope no one thought I meant to try and overthrow the government by force. chuckle I am not sure what all the implicatios of the term "political activist" are, but if it means writing to our representatives and being outspoken about our beliefs, I am in.
3. As in all things, whatever we do or say, we should do for the glory of God, not man, and out of love for His creation, and not out of hate for anyone except the deceiver.