Saturday, November 28, 2009

Is ACLU looking out for your rights?

The Tennessean, one of my local newspapers, had a headline stating that ACLU's Winberg has been keeping her eye on our rights - I so disagree!

ACLU’s Winberg does not keep her eyes on my rights, though she might be keeping her eye on ‘your’ rights. Speak for yourself and not the readership as a whole. ACLU strongly protects the rights of non-Christians, homosexuals, and others wanting sexual liberties to have sex when and with whomever they want. Christians want Biblical standard protected: sanctity of life, marriage as one man and one woman and freedom of speech and religious expression in public life.

Working in TN she herself stated that “TN continues to be a battleground for the radical religious right” and she has fought ‘those people’ throughout her career. Well, in TN ‘those people’, people whose lives are radically changed because they know Jesus as their Lord and Savior are most of the people in the Tennessean readership. So it is not only a lie that she is keeping her eye on ‘our’ rights, but very insulting that her life pursues are glorified in huge spread article/interview on the cover of the Issues section on Sunday, November 22, 2009. Christian do have rights, and more than most believe because ACLU lawyers are famous for threatening government, school authorities and any public exercise of Christian beliefs that are in contrast to their agenda. Christians do have the right to speak about their faith in Jesus and his impact in their academic, athletic and life as it pertains to public life in government or public schools.

I will keep informing people of their constitutional rights so they know how to exercise them, and not let them ‘die on the vine’. Christians do not want to take anyone’s freedom away. There needs to be truthful education to what rights are guaranteed under the Bill of rights and what it means in practical terms. There is no place in elementary school for education on being gay. This is not education, it is indoctrination often that run diametrically against the teachings and beliefs of many families served by public education. Children are taught that their parent’s religious beliefs are wrong – how dare anyone in a school undermine the freedom of religious beliefs!

Of course, Winberg wants to see generations of children taught her secular anti-Christian beliefs, and hopes this will empower them to be activist for her convictions. Maybe she should start a church of her own and teach these ‘religious beliefs’ in her own Sunday School classes and preach it from the pulpit of those who want to follow her beliefs. Of course, our constitution fully give her this freedom of speech and religion, but that is not her desire.

She is driven to see children taught as early as possible her ‘beliefs’ to be truth for everyone. Yes, I two, would love for others to know the truth about God, but I do not want to indoctrinate. God is able to draw people to Himself, and His Truths. Today anti-bullying classes are simply a cover for teaching about homosexuality. My son was bullied in elementary school for being courteous, saying yes, maim and allowing girls to go first. There are so few students that are bullied for being gay comparatively for all of the other different reason, but these activist want to use curriculum like this to teach their ‘spiritual-life beliefs’ and worldview. I don't want anyone to be bullied, and teaching people to love others despite differences is what needs to be taught. It is a universal message that flows out of the understanding that humans are created by a loving God, not some evolved blob of cells. Teaching these truths elevated humans to being priceless treasures that should be treated equally with love and respect.

Just because someone makes a statement it is not a guarantee that what they say is truthful. And just because her statements are in print doesn't validate them...don't believe everything you read. Many statements given by Winberg in the article are flat out lies. The ACLU is not about being committed to equal protection under the law for all people. And they do pick and choose their cases. For example, I believe and will publicly state the homosexuality, abortion and pre-marital sex is a sin in the eyes of God in the Holy Bible. Jesus taught we are to love the sinner but to hate the sin.

Since we are all sinners, I never see myself better than others only blessed to be forgiven and saved by grace. I am a sinner saved and always will be. Will Winberg be committed to protect my freedom of speech and religious freedom to make such statements in public schools, public forums and government property? I am not telling people what they need to believe I am simply testifying about my faith. Since I am a Christian, my faith affects everything I say and do, every breath I take. My life Bible verse is “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Can Winberg give one case she has worked on in her 25 year career with ACLU to protect someone with beliefs similar to mine? No, because she calls me part of the “radical religious right.” I am radical because I am a radically changed person due to Jesus Christ coming into my life. I have a relationship with God so that would make me what people would call 'religious'. And I aim to do what I right in the eyes of God! So go ahead - make my day - call me radical, religious and right!

I hate no one, but I do hate sin that puts people in bondage to lies and destroys families. I understand that everyone is precious and a special treasure to God, created in His image. I know that each person is created by God in the womb of his mother, and that people never have to freedom to take the life of another human because to do so as in abortion is murder. When you stop teaching the lie that people evolved from animals but that each is specially created by God for a purpose and a hope in their future, it is crystal clear that God is the only One Who choices the time of anyone’s life or death. The only reason to condone abortion is to eliminate the result of sexual liberty to have sex whenever you want and at whatever age, casual dating, affairs, cohabiting and outside of marriage.

Why do you think liberal men want abortion legal? Do you really think they care about the women they want to have sex with? Do they want abortion available for themselves or for women? Let's face the true, if man truly loved a women he would not be having 'casual' sex. He would want to cherish her, make a commitment to her for life and honor her through waiting to have sex until they are married. He would not want to use, abuse, and dump women to move on to the next conquest. I am not saying it is only the fault of men, truly some women want care-free sex, but often women fall into this because they want to feel loved. Abortion removes the unwanted consequence to people who selfishly want to have sexual liberty without responsibility.

A civilization that kills millions of unwanted infants within the women womb under a lie of a way to take care of a ‘problem’ is crumbling under a lack of basic moral and total disregard to life! Where is Winberg protecting these human beings that are so very vulnerable and without a voice? Since she does not live in the belief of a God Worldview, she ignores Him and His teachings. But simply not believing in God or the Bible does not make Him any less who He truly is, we do not create reality by what we believe. Truths are absolute, and not subjective to a person’s feelings, desires or beliefs. We do not create reality by what we think...only God can speak or think reality into existence. My faith in God does not make Him real. He is Whom He is regardless of what I or anyone else believes. I can deny a truth, but it does not make it go away in reality.

If you agree with the thoughts I have shared check out, and consider signing your name to this declaration. I signed it along with 50,000 and signatures are growing each day. We do not need to surrender our Country to people who love power and money. It is high time we each become better educated and that we take a stand for what we believe. We need public virtue to be taught and understood. Americans have a high calling - we are blessed by God - and therefore we are responsible to Him and our Country to preserve the freedoms He has already provided for each and every American.

How are you going to respond?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Ultimate Journey - 7 Practical Steps for Christians

Have you been sold on the "easy yoke" of the Christian life? Why did you say the sinner's prayer? Did you want all of your problems to ride away in the sunset on the promise of eternal life in heaven? If you did, you were lied to, duped by some over zealous evangelistic Christian that was trying as hard as possible to get as many converts as they could.

Have you ever noticed that those same people are not the disciplining type? No, they focus on numbers, big events, reaching the masses all in the name of the Great Commission! "Go!" They read those words and that is their charge. They are going about doing everything they can to bring lost into the church. Their focus is not on the baby Christians who need to be taught. Nah, someone else can waste their time changing the spiritual diapers.

They see the big world of fish swimming about and they intend to catch every one that they can scoop up in their wide and broad net. "Keep it simple stupid." Don't caution the lost that becoming a Christian is not the end of struggling in this world it is really only the beginning. No, that would not be an effective evangelistic message. I mean, lets get them to pray to receive Jesus, run them into a baptismal service and later they can figure it out themselves that Jesus didn't promise a 'rose garden' life.

The Deceiver loves these types of 'converts'. The fringe 'christians' who repeated some words in a moment of guilt, shame or excitement. He knows these people spoke the words with their mouth embracing the thought of a Savior, but the majority of them never even dreamed to go deeper into the heart to confess Jesus to be the Lord of their life. He know that no conversion took place! God doesn't save people who repeat prayers with their mouth. This is why so many people don't see a difference in their life from before they "prayed a salvation" prayer. Matter of fact, it proves more to them that being a Christian isn't real...they should know, they experienced it and it didn't change them.

If they may stay in a church long enough to hear a different kind of message, one that talks about trust, commitment and radical servant-hood they feel tricked or confused. "Hey, wait a minute. No one said anything about Lordship." "I was told Jesus was the answer to all of my problems, that I needed Jesus or else I was going to live in hell for eternity." "What's this about a daily relationship? I wasn't told I would have to change my routine...that I'd have to study the Bible, listen to older, wiser followers of Christ, to trust God with the details of my life."

Yes, the Deceiver delights to see the masses repeat a simple prayer, as they cling to their way of life, and go to Sunday morning church to feel spiritual. They love to sing the songs, hear the message, see their friends, go to fellowship meals...this all feels so good. It is nice to be accepted and to belong to something.

Oh, what easy prey these pretend shallow 'converts' make! It is not that they faked the prayer they made to accept Jesus in their heart. No, they really wanted Him to be in their heart. They wanted to be good, to do the right thing, and be accepted into heaven. But the easy believe-ism message forgot to talk about how true believers in Jesus, count the cost of what changes must be made in their life to daily carry His cross. Jesus clearly told a young rich man if he wanted to be His disciple he needed to "sell everything you have and give it to the poor...then come and follow me" (Mark 10:21).

So what is the Ultimate Journey ...

Every true believer comes to Christ first on the inward journey. They have been discipled enough to know what they are committing the rest of their life to (yes, even their eternal life to). Let's go back to the Great Commission...what does it say .... after all everyone is saying that is the cause of their evangelistic quest to bring as many converts into Christianity as possible. If it is the ultimate charge to the saints, what does it say?

  • Matthew 28:19-20
  • Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
How do pastors hungry for the lost souls so misread these famous verses? Let's us break it down...
  • Go therefore and
  • Make disciples of all Nations
  • Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
  • Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and
  • Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the ages.
Dare I say that they are following their great commission of fame, pride and drive to be great in the kingdom of the greatest pastors! The great commission says nothing about saying sinner's prayers, holding extremely fun events to draw large crowds to get as big of a number of believers as possible, and baptizing anyone that wants to be dunked. It does say to "go". Going is an natural outflow of developing and growing in the inward journey.

"Make disciples" is much deeper than make converts. A disciple is one who has learned enough to count the cost of making a permanent commitment to God. A disciple knows completely what they are signing up for when they ask God to be their Lord and Savior. God is very clear throughout His Word. His call is a call of hardship that takes daily devotion to Him, deep desire to change/repent from wickedness and a longing to reach out to meet the needs of others through God's power.

"Baptism" is for the new disciple. It is an outward step of obedience, a joyous celebration of what has already taken place in one's heart. Baptism is not magical or mystical. It does not save or literally wash sins away, anymore then Jesus washing his disciples feet washed their souls clean. We are forgiven sinners, not perfect saints. Salvation does not make us perfect in a one-time swoop, but it does provide forgiveness for our sins we are ready to repent from and trust God to help us change. New disciples take baptism solemnly and joyfully understanding that they have died to self to live for Christ.

"Teach them to observe all things I have commanded you." It is not enough to lead people through a sinner prayer. Moreover, it is dangerous for these people's soul. God requires us to take on our disciples and to teach them all things He has commanded us. It would blow some people's mind to know that being a Christian means you must be taught how to follow commands. How we have played into the hands of the Devil by not sharing the whole salvation message!

Teaching others is part of our outward journey after we have been a student long enough to learn what God commands and then to inwardly be practicing obedience to Him out of devoted love knowing He let His only begotten Son to die in my place on the cross so that I could have a personal relationship with God, be freed from the penalty and bondage of sin, and so that I could live for eternity in heaven with God.

Here is a list of seven things that should be part of our journey with God as a Christian, in no certain order (note these are not all exclusive), just a good starting point:
  1. Daily reading and studying God's Word, the Bible (daily spiritual bread)
  2. Learning the practice of prayer (being still before God and communicating with Him)
  3. Gathering together with other believers in a Church (Fellowship/ Worship)
  4. Reading solid teachings from Christian books and articles (Lifelong learning)
  5. Memorizing Bible Verses (Powerful weapon against enemy/inward sanctification)
  6. Joining small groups for mentoring and Bible study (community/connectedness)
  7. Developing authentic Christian friendships (accountability, support, siblings in Christ)
If you begin with these seven steps, God will lead you beyond them into deeper ultimate journey of being a child of His! When you lead someone to faith in Jesus, take them through these steps to insure that this new believer gets securely grounded so that they can begin their ultimate journey with God. Remember if someone is willing to commit their life to a cause, they expect it to be a challenge. The inner man responds to hardship and needs to know practical ways to live out their new commitment.

How has the doctrine of "easy believe-ism" affected your life?