Friday, May 23, 2014

The "New" Tolerance Is Intolerance To Christians

When it comes to same-sex “marriage,” our culture just like our president, has definitely evolved. After all, it was only in 2008 that a strong majority in California—yes, California—passed Proposition 8 which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
But when our president changed his mind a few months before the 2012 election, the cultural floodgates opened, particularly in the American workplace. Later that summer, Chick-fil-A faced angry boycotts when CEO Dan Cathy’s views and donations in favor of traditional marriage became public knowledge.
The workplace pressure has only continued. Christian bakers and photographers who do not want to participate in what they consider to be a sin have been fined and faced being shut down. Attempts to protect their religious liberty, such as Arizona’s State Bill 1062, have been crushed through threats of economic boycotts and media shaming.
More high-profile voices have also faced this smash-mouth, brass-knuckle treatment. Just weeks ago Brendan Eich, the accomplished founder and CEO of search-engine company Mozilla, was forced to resign when he was “outed” for donating all of $1,000 to Proposition 8 eight years ago.
We’ve all heard what A&E tried to do to Duck Dynasty when Phil Robertson expressed his disapproval of the “gay lifestyle.” And more recently, the Home and Garden TV network canned the Benham brothers, David and Jason, for their supposed “anti-gay” and “anti-choice” beliefs. Apparently one cannot even host a home-improvement show if one does not also parrot the new sexual orthodoxy.
The UN is wanting the Vatican listed as a torture supporting state because of the stance against abortion that has been repeated by Pope Francis.  The argument by the UN is that it is psychological torture for the Vatican to refuse abortion rights to Roman Catholic women.  An Anglican bishop has been charged with a hate crime in the UK for calling the gay lifestyle "a perversion and an abomination before God".  A Lutheran minister in Germany refused to marry a gay couple and now he is being charged by provincial authorities in Bavaria with "professional discrimination".  This signals a possibility of things to come in the US for ministers, priests, and rabbis who refuse to marry gays.
And then there’s the case of Miami Dolphins football player Don Jones. When the Dolphins selected a gay athlete and cause celebre Michael Sam in the seventh round of the NFL draft, the celebratory kiss with his boyfriend was shown repeatedly on television. Jones reacted by tweeting “OMG” and “Horrible.” The Dolphins immediately suspended him and ordered him to undergo sensitivity training. Sensitivity training? Re-education? What is this, Communist China?
In every case, the message to those who disagree with all this sexual “tolerance” is clear: If you want to keep your job, shut up.  Do not dare oppose the gay agenda or we will take away your support and thus also punish your family.  You had better follow King Obama and his command from the throne to accept gays or else face royal wrath.
Apparently the sexual left cannot tolerate even the slightest dissent. As Kirsten Powers wrote this week in USA Today, “Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II. We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.”
Actually, welcome to Hegel's dialectic of the herd.  Any resistance will be met with instant punishment from the state and the Hegelian collective.  It is much more sinister than the Dark Ages could ever have been. 
It amazes me that the media and the homosexual movement, who fought for so hard for equality, apparently don’t see the rich irony of putting the economic screws to alternative voices.
Do not enter into a discussion.  Fire that Christian, destroy their business, make sure they cannot support their family, and most of all put them in jail for daring to stand for their faith.
As Powers notes, “They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card.”
Facing such a McCarthy-esque onslaught, what are we Christians to do? Well, let’s keep speaking about marriage and God’s plan for human flourishing, despite the obvious and growing threats to our livelihoods. We owe it to our neighbors, and to the Lord.
Keep preaching the Gospel and refuse to accept watered down or false gospels written by those after the Apostles.  We must preach the Gospel and salvation only through Christ all the more.
As we do that we’ll need to be the Body of Christ, supporting one another in practical ways against the attacks of an increasingly intolerant culture, and those giving aid to those intolerant of Christians to advance their cults.
But as maddening and frustrating as this growing intolerance is, we need to speak winsomely whenever possible, making the issue about Him, not about us. We may not win in the court of public opinion, but that’s okay. As the Apostle Peter said, “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"If I Were The Devil" by Paul Harvey


If I Were the Devil 

If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. 

I'd have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree. 

So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.

I would begin with a campaign of whispers. 

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whispers to you as I whispered to Eve, "Do as you please." 

To the young I would whisper "The Bible is a myth." I would convince them that "man created God," instead of the other way around. I would confide that "what is bad is good and what is good is square." 

In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be "extreme" in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. 

And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — "Our father which are in Washington." 

Then I'd get organized. 

I'd educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting. 

I'd threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa. 

I'd infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me. 

I'd peddle narcotics to whom I could, I'd sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I'd tranquilize the rest with pills. 

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild. 

I'd designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I'd get preachers to say, "She's right." 

With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography. 

Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress. 

Then in his own churches I'd substitute psychology for religion and deify science. 

If I were Satan I'd make the symbol of Easter an egg 

And the symbol of Christmas a bottle. 

If I were the Devil I'd take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work. 

Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps. 

If I were Satan I'd just keep doing what I'm doing and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil.

Published in 1964.  All rights Paul Harvey Foundation