Monday, January 21, 2019

America's Moral Mess: From Politics to the Pulpit

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If this weekend revealed anything, it put the light on the moral mess in our culture.

In plain sight we saw Nancy Pelosi (the third most powerful politician in America) reject Trump's "immoral" immigration proposal before he made the proposal, we saw the media, once again, give considerably more and more favorable coverage to a fragmented so-called "women's march" than a unified March for Life.

And the women's march gave America a sermon on "authentic" Christianity and the "real Jesus."

Be informed. Be discerning.

The proposal.

Before President Trump gave his excellent, presidential immigration speech and a compromised proposal to hopefully bring the nation together, re-open the government and secure our border, Nancy Pelosi had already rejected it.

Before the speech began, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement, rejecting the "immoral" deal:

"Unfortunately, initial reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives. It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter. For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports." 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) at least waited until after the President had finished his speech to reject the compromise saying, "Offering some protections back in the exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage taking."

He said the President is "hurting so many American workers and their families, he has put himself and the country in an untenable position."

What the Left is advocating for is the pretense of an immigration policy, that is essentially open borders.

The Marches.

Two marches. Two very different worldviews.

Townhall published an article two days before the pro-life march encouraging the media to be fairer in their coverage.

They made the case that the networks should give more airtime than the few minutes or even the few seconds they have typically given the March for Life.

Townhall noted that the networks combined have given the following amount of time to the two marches:

March for Life.
2013: 17 seconds.
2014: 46 seconds
2015: 15 seconds
2016: 35 seconds
2017: 21 minutes, 52 seconds
2018: 3 minutes, 46 seconds
Total time: 27 minutes, 31 seconds
Women's March
2017: 1 hour, 15 minutes, 18 seconds.
2018: 25 minutes, 24 seconds
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, 42 seconds

The spike in coverage for the 2017 March for Life was because both Vice President Pence and White House special counselor Kellyanne Conway spoke in person, and President Trump tweeted support and called ABC in an unrelated interview to please cover the March for Life.

Even with President Trump's live video last year, the networks only gave the March 3 minutes, 46 seconds compared to 25 minutes, 24 seconds to the women's march.

We'll find out this week just how much time the "news media" gave each of the marches. I suspect it will be very much like past years, even though the networks are becoming more and more out of step with the public interest.

The Polling Company/WomanTrend poll released last week found that 7 in 10 millennials support limits on abortion. 70%.

The secular progressives are on the wrong side of the "Life" issue.

The pulpit at the Women's March.

Not only is the "Wall" immoral, but most of what biblical Christians and conservatives believe is "false doctrine."

Rev. Jacqui Lewis, a senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York, took the stage Saturday at the Women's March and proclaimed what she believes to be "America's greatest enemies."

She said and the media reported,
"I am so glad to be able to follow my indigenous family and share some words of blessing. Standing here and looking at you and thinking about this movement makes me want to tell you what it means to be a Christian pastor."

She said "there's all kinds of Christians, but I'm the kind that believes that there's more than one path to God, the kind that believes that every single body, no matter who you love and how you look, is created by God exactly as you are."

Lewis then claimed that Jesus was a refugee and referred to Him as "Mr. Intersectional."

The pastor said:
"I'm really clear that I understand that I follow Jewish, poor, itinerant rabbi who was born in Nazareth, which is in Galilee, which is in Palestine. So he is like Mr. Intersectional... Jesus is a poor, Jewish, Palestinian, Afro-Semite, homeless, and at once, a refugee. That's the refugee we follow."

In concluding her sermon she outlined the common enemies that all Americans face:

"Movements are messy. We don't all believe the same things about God, and some don't believe in God at all. We don't have the same tactics. We don't believe have the same strategies. We don't even think we should have the same, you know, way to do stuff. But we agree on this: Our common enemy is white supremacy. Our common enemy is transphobia. Our common enemy is sexism. And our common enemy is greed. Movements are messy, but we're gonna have to move together. And because its a mess , we need to take these things with us: 1. Patience; 2. Forgiveness; 3. Resilience; 4. Humility; 5. A stubborn commitment to look at our neighbor and understand that they are badasses. To see them as an extension of ourselves. So honey, I'm blessing us today to stay in this messy movement together."

Paul, in his last letter to the church before he would be executed, said this:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables" (II Tim. 3,4).

Jesus never saw Himself as "Intersectional." Nor did not have an identity crisis.

And He warned that many would falsely represent Him.

He told us:

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them" (Matt. 7:15-20).

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Faithful.