Friday, June 29, 2012

Digital Bibles Being Sent To Troops

As we approach the 4th of July and our national celebration of the God given freedoms we have in this country, it is also a time to reflect on why we have those freedoms and from whom those freedoms come.

History is clear. The principles of our Judeo-Christian heritage are the foundation of our freedoms.

President George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."

Many years later, President Dwight Eisenhower said, "The purpose of a devout and united people was set forth in the pages of the Bible...(1) to live in freedom, (2) to work in a prosperous land...and (3) to obey the commandments of God...This biblical story of the promised land inspired the Founders of America. It continues to inspire us."

And no one needs and deserves inspiration more than our troops who serve around the world so we can continue to enjoy freedom and prosperity.

One of the most meaningful and inspiring acts we can do is to remember our troops during this time of celebration.

We at Faith and Freedom feel led to send personal, digital Bibles to as many troops as possible this 4th of July.

There is a ministry, "Faith Comes By Hearing," that has developed small pocket size digital Bibles and are supplying them to chaplains and troops. They are called "BibleSticks" and contain the complete Bible.

So far they have distributed about 250,000 BibleSticks at no cost to the troops and chaplains.

Each unit costs them $25 to manufacture and ship.

I talked with the folks at the ministry yesterday and told them Faith and Freedom will be sending them a check to send more BibleSticks to our military.

I will be sending the check on Monday, July 9.

We have increased expenses right now due to specific media actions we are taking in defense of marriage in Washington State, however, we feel strongly led to contribute to this very worthy endeavor.

Would you consider contributing the amount for one or more digital Bibles for the troops?  Be sure to get it in by July 9 and your amount will be included with our check.

Thank you and God bless you. And God bless those who serve to protect and preserve our freedom.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Obama's Agenda Is Clear, But Can Evangelicals Vote For Romney?

President Obama, speaking at Oyster River High School in New Hampshire on Monday, made it very clear what "FORWARD" means to him. He proceeded to say what most of us already know about his vision for the country.


He said failure to subsidize abortions and contraception is the same as "restricting access" to those services.

He called on the kids and their parents to support more funding for Planned Parenthood and told them if he is not elected, people could be kicked out of the military, "just because of who you are and who you love."

He did what he always does. He outlined the most secular, so-called progressive, socialist future one can imagine. And asked the kids and their parents to vote for him.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Congressman Wants Hearings On "Radicalized Christians"

During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing last Wednesday, Texas Congressman Al Green (D) called for a "hearing on the radicalization of Christians."

Green, upset with Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-NY) who is calling for hearings on radical Islam, a notion most Americans agree with said, "I look forward to the day that we'll have that hearing that deals with the radicalization of Christians in America."

Green told the committee, "Why don't we go to the next step and ask, how is it that, that blue-eyed, blond-haired, white female in the United States of America can become radicalized to the point of wanting to do harm to this country."

The Next Step.

The next step toward what? While Green's comments are absurd to most, it's certainly worthy of a closer look. This man is an elected leader.

America stands dangerously on the threshold of several steps that are considered by some to be the "Next Step" and perhaps the final step to disassociating ourselves with the ideals and principles which have made America the greatest nation in the history of the world.

The American model was defined by someone who helped frame the docs and build the country---President John Adams---a Founding Father and second President.

He said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

The American Promise---the narrative of freedom, was framed in the context of a unique relationship between the principles of Christianity and civil government.

John Adams son, John Quincy Adams, the 6th US President (1825-1829) continued to see the founding vision and narrative of greatness and freedom 50 years later.

He said of the Revolution which birthed America, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

The growing attack and disdain toward the "indissoluble bonds" between Christian principle and civil government are becoming undeniable. And remarkably strident.

It is tearing the cultural fabric of the greatest nation on Earth.

While it was not the first attempt to tear the "indissoluble bonds," Madalyn Murray O'Hair's case against Christianity was landmark and public education, along with the culture, has declined ever since.

In the early 1960s, Madalyn Murray O'Hair sued the Baltimore school district in an attempt to subtract the word "God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Her case, Murray v. Curlet, reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963, leading to a landmark legal victory: the abolition of prayer, Bible readings, and all religious references from the American public school system.

She used her oldest son William (Bill), who was a child at the time, for her show and tell for the Court.

On Mother's Day, 1980, Bill Murray, who in the 1980s became a friend of mine, publicly declared he had accepted Christ as his Savior, denounced his mother's atheism and began sharing the gospel as a speaker and writer.

Madalyn would go on to live a life of deception, hatred, bitterness and shaking her fist at God in the most blasphemous lifestyle ever and to experience one of the most horrible deaths imaginable. I have linked an overview of her life here. It is not for the faint of heart.

This is one example of how some in our nation have systematically taken the "next step." Others have followed---Roe v. Wade in 1973, and hundreds, if not thousands of lawsuits by the ACLU and others attempting to rip apart the "indissoluble bonds" between civil government and Christian principles by denying Christian expression in a myriad of public venues.

Another Next Step.

Now the "next step" voices are demanding that America deny the historic and biblical model of natural marriage and redefine it to accommodate a sexual behavior and deviant lifestyle. This is considered by our President, most all secular progressives, the national press and the entertainment industry and some in the religious left, to be the "next step."

Forward Progress.

President Obama, on his 100th day in office told an audience in Missouri that the "work of remaking America is well under way."

He claims America has changed since our founding and we too must change---take the next step of secular progressivism---break away from the "indissoluble bonds " to accommodate a diverse and pluralist society.

But how can a nation that was conceived in liberty based on the "indissoluble bonds" of civil government and Christian principle, survive if the bonds are broken?

John Adams said it cannot.

The tearing away from the founding principles produces an Al Green, a Madalyn Murray O'Hair---make your own list; and an emboldened activist to further remove America from her source of greatness under the deception of "separation" and the guise of tolerance and inclusion.

While political correctness silences the press, the White House and the military (Fort Hood Killings) from addressing the problem of radicalized Islam and its export of terror, it seems almost proper to denigrate Christianity and its principles. And those who practice it.

I have said it before but it merits repeating: "When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains." (Patrick Henry).

The fires of rebellion toward God, His Word and His Principles are being stoked by a minority who believe that the very foundations of this culture can be replaced by secularism, yet the nation will go on prospering in freedom.

It will not prosper. It will not remain free. It cannot be successfully remade. Chains are being forged.

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

America is being weighed in the balances. God help us.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Activists "Middle Finger" Ronald Reagan at the White House Calling Him a Murderous ...

As the battle for marriage continues to escalate, we are being inundated with messages of love, inclusiveness and so-called "equality."


The other side of that coin, however, shows a more malicious, rancor and dark side.

As you have likely heard, President Obama invited his evolved LGBT constituency to the White House last week to celebrate "their month."

Zoe Strauss, a Philadelphia photographer, waved 2 middle fingers at the official President Ronald Reagan portrait, took a picture and posted it on Facebook---then removed it from her page.

Friday, June 22, 2012

George W Bush is Responsible

It's going on more than 5 years now since we began to hear that everything---I mean everything wrong in the world was Bush's fault. Everything from the devaluation of the Tu Tu, to the traffic jam on the Hollywood Freeway has been laid at his feet by our current President.

Now we've caught Bush cold. He is partially, maybe primarily responsible for results recently revealed in a new government study.

During the past 18 years, the government says abortions, overall, have been going down. In fact, among women in their 20s, the abortion rate has plunged 32%.

Family Research Council points out that liberals tend to chalk up this swing toward life as a result of Planned Parenthood style birth control. However, the statistics, taken with a recently published report from the Center for Disease Control, indicate abstinence seems to have been a major factor.

President Bush took a very strong pro-life position, supporting pregnancy centers and funding abstinence education programs as part of a healthy and moral personal philosophy.

After 8 years of President Bush prioritizing abstinence, we are now likely seeing the results of his program.

Fewer abortions.

This policy stands in stark contrast to Planned Parenthood's style of free-for-all 1960s sexual behavior--- do whatever you want and take a pill lifestyle--or we can extract the baby and kill her if necessary, policy.

Yes, President Bush, you are responsible. And yes, we miss you.

Have a great weekend. Thanks for your support.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.




Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Response From a Pastor to a Pastor

From time to time we publish messages sent directly to us in regard to a blog we have published. On June 12, we published a blog titled, Renton Pastor: "Radical Shift On Same-Sex Marriage," regarding Pastor Leslie Braxton of New Beginnings Church in Renton, Washington, telling his congregation to rethink same-sex marriage and saying he has made a "radical shift" in his own thinking on the subject.


He said during his Sunday morning sermon, "I am a student of Moses and Paul, but am a follower of Jesus." He told his congregation that because Jesus didn't directly address same-sex relationships or marriage, he now supports it on the basis of the Golden Rule, etc.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

General Mills To Traditional Marriage: "Cheerio"

Last week General Mills, who stocks at least 40, maybe more, feet of shelf space in nearly every major grocery store in the country, issued a statement saying they opposed the Marriage Amendment that is on the ballot in their corporate home state, Minnesota, this November.

Minnesota, like Washington State, has a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in their laws, however it is being challenged in court and Minnesotans, who believe in marriage, have placed a marriage amendment on the November ballot to further protect marriage from predatory legislators and activist judges.

Washingtonians have learned a little about that this past year. Their amendment is not the same, but is similar in affect to I-1192 here in Washington.

But why would General Mills, a company built on serving families, wade into the battle to redefine marriage when stable homes, families and marriages are core to their business? Particularly in that homosexuals make up such a very, very small part of the market place.

Ken Charles, General Mills vice president for diversity, says it is a business decision.

He says if this Amendment is not defeated, it will make it hard to retain good, talented employees. And he said it with a straight face.

If this is the real reason, it has got to be one of the worst business decisions ever made. Worse than J.C. Penny installing Ellen DeGeneres as face and voice of the company. Penny's substantial loss of business was well documented last quarter.

How many of us think there may be other dynamics at work in this decision, regardless of what it may cost the share holders?

Charles, speaking at the Minneapolis "Gay Pride" event last week, extolled the decision of CEO Ken Powell and told the revelers, "If defeated, Minnesota voters would be sending a strong message about our state's view of the importance of inclusiveness and diversity."

What Powell, Charles and others are ignoring in their leap toward diversity, is that if the Amendment succeeds, it will also send a message to General Mills that families not only reject redefining marriage, but perhaps will reject those who try to advance the idea.

So the company that gave us Lucky Charms, Total, Trix, Lucky The Leprechaun, Wheaties, Honey Nut Bee and yes, Cheerios, has stolen a line from the British, which means "good bye."

General Mills is saying to all those who support traditional marriage and family, "Cheerio."

I am not aware of any organized boycott at this point, but can assure you, I will not be the only person in America who knows there are other brands of breakfast cereal.

So, to the company who has been making them for over 70 years, I say "Cheerio."

Your support is essential for us to continue to shine the light in darkness and call people to action on important moral issues. Thank you.


Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Next Level -- "Abortion Proud"

Washington state Democratic congressional candidate, Darcy Burner, gave her audience last week what she called a "winning strategy".


The strategy?

She is calling women to embrace and promote the concept of being not just pro-choice, but "abortion proud."

Friday, June 15, 2012

KOMO News : 5 Reasons Why Gay Marriage Has A Shot In WA

KOMO news carried an Associated Press article that makes the case that Washington state may end the winning streak of defending marriage against those who seek to redefine it.


They give 5 reasons why same-sex marriage advocates may win in Washington state.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Homosexual "Families" Not So Good For Kids

The Washington Times is reporting that a new extensive study finds quite conclusively that the often cited empirical claim that kids do as well or better in a homosexual family than a traditional mom-dad (mom is female, dad is male) family, simply is not true.

The American Psychological Association has repeatedly characterized homosexual parenting and traditional family parenting as having the same results and in some cases they have claimed homosexual--two men or two women "families," have better parenting results.

Of course there are exceptions, but the facts do not support their generalized claim.

Mark Regnerus, professor of sociology at University of Texas at Austin, has completed an exhaustive study of nearly 3000 randomly selected American young adults, looking at 40 measures of social, emotional and relationship outcomes and found that the APA claims are simply not true.

There are significant differences.

Among them, Regnerus found that when compared with adults raised in married, mother (female), father (male) families, adults raised by lesbian mothers had negative outcomes in 24 of the 40 categories, while adults raised by homosexual fathers had negative outcomes in 19 of 40 categories.

A second study, which takes a critical look at the accuracy of the APA's position and how they got to their position, was also released this past week.

The Times reports the following:
The APA brief says, "Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents," said Loren Marks, associate professor at the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana State University.

However, after looking at the 59 studies that undergird this assertion, "the jury is still out," Mr. Marks said. "The lack of high-quality data leaves the most significant questions [about gay parenting] unaddressed and unanswered."

Problems with the APA-cited studies were their tiny size; dependence on wealthy, white, well-educated lesbian mothers; and a failure to examine common outcomes for children, such as their education, employment and risks for poverty, criminality, early childbearing, substance abuse and suicide. Instead, the APA studies often looked at children's gender-role behaviors, emotional functioning and sexual identity.

Obviously the homosexual community is up in arms about this study. A firestorm of attack has been launched over the last few days, directed at the study, those who conducted the study and anyone who gives any credence to the study.

The study will be published in the July issue of "Social Science Research."

The study is particularly significant at this time in that the Supreme Court is poised to look at this issue as they consider whether the state has a compelling interest, such as child welfare, in limiting marriage to heterosexuals in the Prop. 8 California case.

Once again we find that things are not always as they seem---or as they have been fed to the general public---and to your kids in the class room.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Informed. Be Blessed.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

R-74 Qualifies For November Ballot, But...

KOMO News is reporting that R-74 has indeed qualified for the November ballot, but they are also quoting a poll by Strategies 360 that predicts we will lose because according to their poll, "54% of voters think it should be legal for same-sex couples to get married."


Their prediction was carried in nationwide news coverage on June 6 in the New York Times, Washington Post, etc.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Renton Pastor: "Radical Shift" On Same-Sex Marriage

Following President Obama's coming out in support of redefining marriage a few weeks ago, Rev. Leslie Braxton, pastor of New Beginnings Christian Faith Center in Renton, Washington gave a sermon titled, "What to Do About Same-Sex Marriage."


Pator Braxton told Crosscut's Anthony Robinson, "For the black church, gay and lesbian issues have long been tough ones."

"More often," he said, "black clergy have chosen to look the other way. 'Don't ask-don't tell' was invented by the church."

Monday, June 11, 2012

Seattle Times Asks Me to Correct and Clarify My Blog

Lornet Turnbull, journalist with the Seattle Times, contacted me on Friday suggesting I had misrepresented or misunderstood the intention of her story in the Seattle Times in regard to my comments concerning  the silence of activists who seek to redefine marriage following the completion of a very successful signature gathering for R-74. In fact, it was record setting.


I specifically noted the silence of Sen. Ed Murray.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Sen. Ed Murray: "I Will Be Back, Year After Year After Year"

Yesterday I wrote about the silence from the so-called progressive left regarding the number of signatures turned in by those who support marriage in Washington State. I also mentioned in my blog yesterday that UW law professor Peter Nicolas was quoted saying there was nothing keeping Murray and other homosexual activists in the legislature from bringing back the issue of redefining marriage as soon as next session.


Senator Ed Murray has broken the silence. And Lornet Trunbull has revised the Seattle Times article originally published June 6, to now report that Senator Murray has said of the success of R-74 thus far, "It's disappointing because it will divide the state."

It is also dividing the country.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Silence Of The Left

Some have compared Washington State to Wisconsin---cool, hip, "progressive" and left leaning.


I don't know about those similarities---but I have noticed one.

This week Wisconsin voters said no to unions who were attempting to bankrupt the state, and the far left progressives who speak for them.

Governor Scott Walker won the recall attempt by a substantial margin. It really wasn't even close.

And the far left was generally silent. Except that a far left Wisconsin blog reported they expected a 119% voter turnout. I'm not making this up.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Let's Be Clear On Marriage

There is a false sense that the general public has changed their mind about marriage.

There is also an attempt to convince the American public that the Bible some how affirms same-sex marriage, rather than condemning the behavior of same sex relations.

Loud and misleading voices, such as President Obama and other high profile folks who seek to "remake" America--- certainly the press, are hailing the coming of the age of secular relativism in America, including the near universal acceptance of redefining marriage.

This is a lie.

Washington State Representative Jamie Pederson, himself a homosexual activist, referred to those who believe that marriage is only between one man and one woman as "a dwindling minority."

A number of polls support that.

However, the vote of the people does not. Everywhere the people have been allowed to vote, they have affirmed marriage as between one man and one woman.

I wrote about that disconnect a few weeks ago. If you didn't read it, please do.

Those who seek to redefine and destroy the sanctity of marriage, love to quote the President and the polls, but are willing to do most anything to avoid an actual vote of the people on the issue.

R-74 will, without doubt, be on the ballot this fall. Thank you to Friends of Faith and Freedom for collecting just over 69,000 of the 200,000+ total signatures in the united effort to put it on the ballot.

R-74 has caused the law to redefine marriage, passed by the legislature last session, to be suspended pending the signature gathering.

It will now be suspended until the vote in November.

However, should we prevail in the defense of marriage--and I believe we will, Senator Ed Murray, Rep. Jamie Pederson or others who seek to redefine marriage have the option to start the process again as early as January, 2013, by introducing a new bill to redefine marriage.

R-74 has to succeed, however, we need to be very clear that this is only a fix for the moment. We must develop a longer view on protecting marriage.

I-1192 is still gathering signatures. We are urging everyone to ignore those who have dismissed or even actively worked to discourage people of faith from signing the Initiative.

We have tried to lead by example, not taking leadership in either measure, while fully supporting both.

It has been said 2 measures on the ballot will confuse the voters. That is not true. People of faith and conservatives are smarter than some think. They are fully capable of "getting" 2 measures that support marriage.

Initiative 1192 has been filed for the purpose of reclaiming the definition of marriage as "One man-One Woman = Marriage".

Here's why we must do all we can to also put the Initiative on the ballot in November.
Initiative I-1192 is an affirmative statement – your chance to say YES to marriage as being between one man and one woman;

Initiative I-1192 reverses the same-sex marriage law that was recently passed by the Legislature, as it would prohibit marriages by persons other than one man and one woman;

Initiative I-1192 is an initiative that makes new law – it clarifies the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman;

Initiative I-1192 requires about 300,000 signatures to get on the ballot, given the disqualification rate for unqualified signatures.
If passed, it would take a 2/3 super majority in the legislature to overturn for the first 2 years. Murray and Pederson do not have a super majority.

A pdf file of the petition is available on the faithandfreedom.us site, you may send it to a printer with instructions for printing, which are included. You may also contact me at gary.randall@faithandfreedom.us and we will have one of our area coordinators help you.

All signatures must be in the Secretary of State's office by July 6. Please gather signatures until the first of July, then be sure they are sent in to the sponsor of the Initiative.

Thank you for your support of marriage.

I am personally honored to be standing with you in this historic moment.

And thank you for your support of this ministry.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Obama's "Evolving" Morality: A Mandate From Jesus?

Once again President Obama has declared, not a "Gay Pride" day, but has declared the entire month of June to be LGBT Pride Month.


"This June, let's take some time to celebrate teachers and students who take a stand against bullying, openly gay and lesbian service members, ... families and friends who have seen their own attitudes evolve," he urged.

The basis of the celebration, he says, is the teaching of Jesus Christ. And Scripture.

Monday, June 04, 2012

US Supreme Court: Ultimate Moral Arbiter?

This month the US Supreme Court will hand down a ruling as to whether Obamacare is constitutional, specifically in forcing citizens to buy a product---in this case, insurance.

The ruling on Obamacare, aka, Affordable Care Act, will also have a significant moral impact and if allowed to stand, will knock down the right to religious freedom of many Americans who have deeply held beliefs regarding the sanctity of life.

Should the Supreme Court be the ultimate moral arbiter?

A few months ago, President Obama declared DOMA "unconstitutional" and withdrew from his obligation as president to defend the law of the land.

Now DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) has been declared unconstitutional by the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, and is headed to the Supreme Court.

Neither Obamacare, nor DOMA have been voted on by the people---both have moral significance.

The Supreme Court, as most will admit, made a questionable legal decision, at best, in Roe v. Wade---the abortion case.

Should the Supreme Court be the ultimate moral arbiter?

President Obama, reverting to his career as a community organizer and agitator, said publicly in an attempt to impact the High Court, "Ultimately I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress."

A Congress, we remember, that did not even have time to read the bill before it was rammed through.

What is extraordinary is that a sitting president would attempt to bully the Supreme Court to affect the outcome of a pending case.

Sen. Leahy followed with his own threat, saying if the Court doesn't uphold Obamacare, it would "be the height of judicial activism."

Nancy Pelosi is even predicting that the Supreme Court will vote 6-3 in favor of Obamacare.

One can only imagine the threats that will be directed toward the Court when they hear DOMA in the next year or so, should the present administration stay in office.

Should the Supreme Court be the ultimate moral arbiter?

Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Spencer Roane (1762-1822), a judge on the Virginia Court of Appeals, cautioned that the Supreme Court's power to determine constitutionality must be curbed or it will continue to consolidate the power of the federal government.

America has changed since the Founders drafted our founding documents. In a moral sense, we have lost our way.

The Founders looked to Sir William Blackstone and others like him in the drafting and creating of the most important elements of what would become the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world.

Blackstone, whose treatise, "Commentaries on the Laws of England," long stood as the leading work on English law and was instrumental in the development of American common law and the entire legal system, should be re-visited by every American who wants to see our nation restored, rather than remade into the image of secular socialist Europe.

Blackstone took it as self evident that God is the source of all laws, whether they are in found in Scripture or were observed in nature. His per-suppositions were thoroughly Christian, founded upon a belief that there exists a personal, omnipotent God, who works in and governs the affairs of men. In consequence, man is bound by those laws, which in turn provides a system of absolutes.

Why?

Because man is a derivative being, created by God in His Image.

Blackstone wrote, "Man as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of the Creator...for he is entirely a dependent being ... depending absolutely upon his Maker for everything ... it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his Maker's Will."

Blackstone's influence is clearly expressed in the Declaration of Independence, as the Founding Fathers wrote, "The Laws of Nature and Nature's God" was the source of their rights and freedoms.

Blackstone believed the words, "Rights" and "Laws" and "Freedoms" are meaningless without their divine origin.

And so in 2012, the year of our Lord, we have forgotten Him, and in some cases mocked Him, redefined His Scriptures to affirm our sins and passions, and now deny the very Truth that gave birth to this great nation.

No wonder James Madison said, "We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked our future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

The entire future of American civilization hangs in the balance.

We have grown government, while eliminating God from the culture.

John Hancock said on April 15, 1775, as the fight for freedom loomed, "In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off impending Judgements...All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that God who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness...and all created Power Vanity."

Thank you for standing with Faith and Freedom as we work to advance those Principles in our present culture that made America the most free, blessed nation in the history of the human race.


May God help us.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage--What's Behind It?

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday afternoon against a central provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a groundbreaking decision that tees up a potential battle before the Supreme Court. I have linked the story here.

With President Obama coming out in full support and putting the most powerful office in the world behind so-called homosexual "marriage," one wonders what is really behind such an abandonment over 5000 years of social order.

To redefine marriage, an institution that predates all organized civilizations---an institution that is honored and affirmed as a relationship between a man and a woman by every major religion, in order to accommodate a sexual behavior that is condemned by every major religion in the world, causes a person to look at what passion is really driving such a movement.

Equality?

Not really. But equality is a word people love to embrace. To do so proves an individual to be fair, loving, open minded and progressive. A good person. To oppose the redefinition of marriage is to be seen as a hater, bigot, anti-civil rights racist and an out of touch person who is clinging to the past. A bad person.

Regressive.

But homosexual "marriage" doesn't create equality. Many are still discriminated against because they are close blood relatives, but may be in love and seek to marry. Or, because their sexual orientation or preference is toward having multiple wives or husbands. And what about those who prefer group marriage?

There is no equality. Only special rights for homosexual sexual behavior in this endeavor.

Is this a "civil rights" issue?

Homosexual activists and the media would have you believe it is, but when you look at the leadership in major campaigns to protect marriage, that notion seems to fade in the light of truth.

Recently North Carolina rejected homosexual "marriage" by a significant margin. Many in the leadership of that campaign were black pastors and churches. Would they stand against civil rights?

Pastor Ken Hutcherson, a friend and black pastor in the Seattle area, has told me often and strongly that he not only disagrees with that misrepresentation, but is offended by the notion that some how sexual behavior is equivalent to ethnicity.

Yet homosexual activists advocate that homosexuality is the new black.

Racially insensitive.

Black and Latino pastors played a significant roll in the landmark rejection of homosexual "marriage" in California's Prop. 8. They know it is not about civil rights.

Jeffery Kuhner was asking himself some of these same questions. Let me share some thoughts and quotes taken from one of his recent columns.
"Yet the same-sex-marriage issue is more important than simple politics. It is about the future of America’s civilization. Within hours of Amendment One’s victory, the pro-homosexual-marriage forces announced they would sue to block North Carolina’s constitutional ban. In other words, they repeated the Proposition 8 model: Circumvent defeat at the ballot box by asking leftist judges to trump the democratic will of the people. This is judicial tyranny masquerading as civil rights - a naked attempt by a minority to impose its neo-pagan immorality upon the majority. The homosexual agenda is a manifestation of the totalitarian impulse at the heart of liberalism: the desire by a ruling cartel to impose a social revolution from above.

Every major religious faith - Christianity, Islam, Orthodox Judaism - teaches that homosexuality is an abomination. Homosexual behavior, especially sodomy, is unnatural and immoral. It is absurd, bordering on social madness, to elevate gay and lesbian relationships to the sanctified status of marriage - a form of moral anarchy characterized by radical individualism, hedonism and sexual liberation. Same-sex marriage is a symptom of cultural decay.

Our Judeo-Christian ancestors understood something that postmodern liberals do not: The primary purpose of sexual activity is to procreate - to have children - within the boundaries of marriage. Romantic love, personal fulfillment, burning passion - all of these things are nice, but secondary to the real purpose and mission of marriage. Secular liberals are engaged in social engineering. They are fostering the myth that women and men are the same and interchangeable. According to Mr. Obama, a child needs two committed and loving parents - regardless of their gender. This is fantasy. A child needs a committed mother and father. Women and men are profoundly different; they have distinct natures, with unique biological, emotional and psychological characteristics. It is the fusion of these two divergent genders that provides the balance and harmony necessary for the healthy development of children. Hence, same-sex “marriage” is an oxymoron. It is akin to redefining gravity: an act of hubris destined to fail."

Agreed.

As the light is turned on, it becomes apparent that there is much more at stake in the so-called "marriage equality" movement.

When the campaign to redefine marriage in Washington State began with a press conference in Bellevue last fall, homosexual activists told the reporter they wanted "marriage" to affirm their lifestyle. They seek an acceptance of a lifestyle that is rejected by the moral code of every religion.

Kuhner says, "Once marriage falls, only one institution will be left standing in their way: traditional Christianity. The ultimate aim of the radical left has been to destroy religion--especially Western Christianity. Once a religion dies, so does the culture and civilization it spawned. America is at a crossroads, enmeshed in a cultural war with homosexual advocates like Mr. Obama who are determined to strike at the very nexus of our civilization."

Ultimately the attempt to re-engineer the social order of marriage and the family is an act of rebellion against God and His creation. And as Kuhner suggests, an attack against biblical Christianity itself.

America is indeed at a crossroads. An epic battle for the soul of our culture and that of the next generation is underway. Thank you for standing with us in this ministry.

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