Thursday, May 21, 2015

Time to Disband the Boy Scouts?

I suppose we should have seen this coming. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates—after having helmed the forced recognition of homosexual men and women into the U.S. Armed Forces, now heads the Boy Scouts of America. He is now demanding that it's time that the Scouts drop their long-standing opposition to homosexual scout leaders.

If you want to read an article (and there are many) on the subject, I will link you to this one from The Christian Post

This angers me from several different directions. Long-term readers of this blog (and thank those of you who have stayed with me for months of no regular posting—you all know why) are familiar with my stance on the homosexual issue. My position is the historic biblical one. And it was the same position that the Boy Scouts have held for decades—really since their inception. The Boy Scout oath demands high moral standards. But now, our society's malevolent change agents are insisting on forcing their way on everyone whether their religious convictions or moral standards allow it or not.

It is not a question of legality. The Scouts are a private organization and have the absolute right to set their membership standards. Why Bob Gates was chosen to head the Scouts knowing his history and liberal viewpoint on this issue is beyond me. Something tells me a lot of Scouting parents were either sold a bill of goods or were deceived.

Mr. Gates insists that it's time to change. Why, Mr. Gates? Why MUST the Scouts change? Why is the historic position of the Scouts "unsustainable?" It is only unsustainable if people refuse to grow a spine and stand their ground. I would love to see someone try and force me to change my standards (and actually NOT mine - they are the Lord's standards applicable to every human being whether they like it nor not). Don't waste your time trying, because it ain't happening.

If the Scouting leadership no longer has the moral backbone to stand their ground, and if the organization is going to surrender to shrill, loud activists who are a single digit minority in the population, then maybe it is time for the Scouts to dissolve. They are no longer the historic Boy Scouts of America, and no longer stand for the same values.

I should not have to repeat this again, but I will because many who may read this post won't take the time and read other things I've written on this. This is not bigotry. This is not hate. This IS disagreement. This IS opposition to a course of action that I believe will be ultimately and eternally harmful to the country as well as to unrepentant individuals who choose to live this lifestyle. There is no sin that exists that is not common to man, and every single person out there, including me, is a sinner in the old nature that needs redemption. Sin manifests itself in different people in different ways, and my sin might not be your sin. I found redemption through belief in the Gospel and faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. I lovingly want others to know the same joy and forgiveness from God that has been graciously granted to me - one must undeserving. But you can't be saved without knowing you need a Savior, and you can't know you need a Savior until you recognize what sin is. So save the bigot remarks. I reject them entirely, and no matter how loud someone might bleat them at me, it will have no effect. It is a false charge.

I will reiterate something I have often said. The single biggest mistake traditionalists (churched and outside the church) have made is allowing the homosexual activists to take a BEHAVIOR and redefine it in the same way/context as a racial or ethnic group. Had that been nipped in the bud, we would not be at this pass now. But by and large, the argument has been needlessly ceded. And people simply aren't using their foresight and brains to see where this can lead. Once THIS behavior is given shielding under the cover of law and constitutional protection as a minority group, what other behavior will be added to the list later? Think about it a while. It isn't pretty. Whatever your particular unsavory predilection to sin, in time you might be able to accord yourself a minority group status with constitutional protections, with the freedom to engage in your chosen sinful behavior to your hearts' content. And you can use the power inherent in law to force it down people's throats.

Think I'm exaggerating? Think I'm building a straw man? Really? Give it time and we'll see. Once society has begun jumping cannonball style into the septic tank, it will take a divine miracle and change of heart to bring reversal. That's not impossible, but I don't expect it. I expect judgment from God. In fact, I think all of this is PART of God's judgment on this land for its sinfulness and unfaithfulness to Him.

It doesn't make it any easier to watch.

P.S. While I'm at it, watching FNC I just became aware that the Scouts have now banned water pistols and rubber band guns. Seriously?? Whatever hope I had that reversal and restoration was possible is now gone. The leadership has now officially lost its mind and backbone. Cash in the chips.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Sad Day for America AND Israel

I'd like you to have a look at this article in Newsmax about the relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While I, as a journalist, would be reluctant to use words like "hate" unless I knew the hearts of both gentleman, I think the article does a service in highlighting the awful state of relations between the current Administration and our closest ally in the Middle East.

I've always said on this blog, on the air, and in personal discussions that my support of Israel did not mean that I have agreed with everything done by an Israeli government, whether headed by Likud or Labour. But my support for Israel as a nation, her people, and her right to exist is unwavering. The main reason is biblical and theological, but right up there with theology is basic Western values.

While I am always an eternal optimist, I am a temporal pessimist. I do not know if America will ever be able to recover from the damage the Obama Administration has done to the country. But the Obama Administration would never have been able to get in office to do the damage if the country was not already ailing in the spiritual department. We can partially blame a compliant, sycophantic media for not vetting Obama in the first election. But we also have to blame ourselves for being complacent, inattentive, apathetic, lazy citizens. We have to blame ourselves for not remembering the country's founding principles and passing them on to our children. We have to blame ourselves for not keeping an eagle eye on the educational establishment—from primary and secondary education all the way through to college, university, and graduate school. We have to blame ourselves for letting television, radio stations, and newspapers fall into the hands of those who do not have this country's best interests at heart.

We have to blame many pastors and churches for abandoning sound doctrine as taught in the Word of God. That is central. We have become worse than Laodicean. It's a crying shame, and the bill is about to be paid in full.

Unless we humble ourselves and pray. Then, it is possible God will heal and restore our land. But my hope for that, quite frankly, isn't high. Sooner or later the cup of iniquity runs over and the Lord has to get the rod of judgment out.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Nailing "Westboro" Biblically . . . Between the Eyes

Today's post is one that I am pleased as punch to share with you. It comes via our friends at the Cripplegate blog, and it is one of the best, biblical responses to the aberrant Westboro "Baptist" Church—the late Fred Phelps' bunch.

I have written about the Westboro crowd before, and the abysmal witness they're being for the Lord they claim to serve. But Jesse Johnson posted the following commentary, along with a short, great video message delivered with the Westboro protesters in the background. In both, you will see the true message of Christ sharply contrasted with the virulent hate of the Westboro clan.

So, please check this out. Pass it along. And yes, pray for this misguided family who in reality are serving as agents of Satan in bringing shame on the true Gospel and the body of Christ.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

America: 1776-????

After a very, very long dearth of posting (possibly the longest since I began this blog in 2005), I return today with some thoughts sparked by the usual cesspool of politics now that we're getting ready for another presidential year.

I'm getting very tired of hearing that conservatives/traditionalists "don't care" because of our skepticism and/or opposition to new government programs to accomplish some sort of "good" for society. It gets nauseating after a while. If you oppose some new "entitlement," you'd rather see people starve to death, go without health care, be homeless on the street, etc. The utopian left is very, very good at shrill ad hominem and the guilt trip. As a rule, the media helps them convey this message and serves as an amen corner, and—also as a rule—conservatives are not very good at slapping back at this nonsense. One of the difficulties we face is that we tend to view things long term and philosophically rather than the immediate. Now, philosophy matters. It matters a lot. Remember, ideas have consequences and words mean things. But people in general aren't thinking long term and down the road. Because the supposed "need" is in their faces, it's easy to whipsaw them into supporting some kind of government action or program to deal with the "need."

I was just watching Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. He was interviewing Vermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders, who, although he is identified as an independent, is actually an admitted socialist. He is thinking of challenging Hillary Clinton, who supposedly isn't left enough for him. He talked about health care being a "right." Not long ago, actress Eva Longoria was on a commercial championing a hunger-battling campaign. Nothing wrong with that, but she said that nutritious food should be a basic "right." You see, people of that philosophy have a very, very different view of "rights" than that of our Founding Fathers. They saw certain rights as granted by God, inherent and unalienable.

The left believes that rights come from government. And believe me, there is an enormous difference in consequence of that belief. Under our Founders' view, rights cannot be lawfully taken away. They are inherent. Under the left's view, rights and privileges are pretty much the same thing. The government giveth, and the government can take away.

I used the photo of the American frontiersman for a reason. This country was founded by individualists, not collectivists. We were founded on freedom, and freedom as they saw it meant exactly that - freedom. You make it by your own hard work, ingenuity, diligence, etc. You don't need the government telling what to do, or what you can and cannot do. You don't need (or expect) the government to guarantee your success in life. You don't need the government to give you every goodie in the world (and they're only able to give goodies away by picking everyone else's hard-earned living through confiscatory taxation). Free men take care of themselves. Enslaved men depend on the nanny state.

What about the needy? What about those who can't help themselves? At one time, this area was the province of the churches, local communities and charitable groups until government began elbowing itself into the picture. The problem with the government solution is that it doesn't stop. Government worshippers will never run out of "good causes" that require funding, and to get the funding, they have to raise your taxes and take more of your freedom away. Money that comes through the government comes with strings. And there will never be enough money to satisfy them.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he introduced the idea of Social Security in the 1930s, knew full well what he was doing and even admitted it. I won't use the language he did in commenting on government checks, but he knew that once people began getting the checks in the mail, woe to any politician that suggested doing away with the program or even reforming it to be more effective. Money talks, and when people get benefits, they want to keep getting benefits. But someone pays.

I don't want anyone reading this to think that I don't believe in helping the needy. My philosophy first and foremost is filtered through Scripture, and God commands us to help the poor. But that command is not carte blanche for unlimited government. It's a command to individual believers to help the poor. I'm not even opposed to temporary welfare programs for hard cases. But when welfare becomes generational, it's a problem.

In the same Bible where we are told to care for the sick and needy, the Apostle Paul said, with good reason, "If one will not work, neither let them eat." That was inspired by the same Holy Spirit that inspired the command to help the poor and sick. But if you turn the notion of "rights" on its head and make food a "right," someone could in theory just lay on their can and do nothing, and you would still have to feed their laziness because it's their "right" and "entitlement." Government programs eventually become filled with waste, fraud, and abuse, and bloated beyond measure. Social Security was, in its origin, only intended to be a SUPPLEMENTAL income for the elderly. But look at what all has gotten tacked on to these benefits in subsequent years.

Same thing for health care. If you turn health care from a service into a "right," then the fallen human nature kicks in and before long, you're wasting billions of dollars taking care of people whose illnesses are lifestyle-related and they refuse to alter their lifestyles. Where is the balance between compassion and enabling behavior that (again, LONG TERM) only worsens over time because there is no incentive to stop it.

In the end, there is no easy answer. Jesus Himself said the poor would always be with us. And they need help. But to oppose utopian, freedom-robbing, paycheck-robbing, bottomless pit government solutions is not a lack of compassion. If the solution ends up eventually killing the patient, I wouldn't call that compassionate.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Heartbreaking Headlines

It passes comprehension. Why would a 28-year-old German pilot named Andreas Lubitz intentionally crash a Germanwings jet into the French Alps? That seems to be the conclusion about yesterday's tragedy according to this report in the London Daily Mail.

Indeed, why? To show you how we can all make knee-jerk assumptions, when I first heard about this disaster and where it happened, my first impulse was to question whether there was a radical Islam link. But that does not appear to be the case here. So the truism certainly applies—do not make rushes to judgment when you hear a story in the news.

Today my prayers are with the families of the victims, the airline employees, and of course, the family of Andreas Lubitz. No doubt they are more grief-stricken than anyone.

We live in a fallen world. Only in the Lord Jesus Christ is there ultimate hope of peace, hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation. May He give us the grace, enabling, and platform to proclaim it more than ever.