When all is said and down, the hope for a nation—including our nation—is conformity to God’s ways. Secularists certainly wouldn’t agree. And often I wonder if we Christians really get it.
So what’s holding us back?
We certainly know we can’t operate as an individual against God’s ways and succeed—we can’t operate as a family against God—certainly not as the church. So why do we think it would be different for a nation of individuals? What gives us the idea we can be anti-biblical as a nation, in any of our fundamental policies, and somehow be preserved? The biblical way is “preservational”—of all that’s good—for your good and my good.
. . .and our nation needs to be committed to biblical values!
. . .and being a leader isn’t simply learning a set of skills.
It’s not merely doing—it’s being! Many a hopeful leader has lost his or her following—because when people get close up, they discover there wasn’t much there to follow. It was a lot of “fluff.” Like cotton candy—you take a bit and it disappears.
These are what we used to call “Teflon” leaders—nothing sticks.
And for good reason.
They’re lacking in the ingredients that make a person rich in substance and high in protein! The kind of leader who speaks out of the overflow of his or her life. I call them “Velcro” leaders—they stick! People stick to them. It’s the difference in being versus merely doing.
Make sure you know the difference.
The Radiance Foundation is a non-profit organization that educates people about social issues from a Christian perspective. In an online article they parodied the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People calling it, the National Association for the Abortion of Colored People. The NAACP filed a suit citing copyright infringement laws, and
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that The Radiance Foundation had not violated copyright infringement laws, overturning a decision by a lower court judge who had previously filed otherwise.
Commenting on the case, the ADF allied attorney who filed the brief stated:
“The NAACP cannot use trademark law to shield itself from criticism by denying others the right to use its name when they’re expressing their opinions.”
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It can be a difficult time to raise children. And they’ll test you to the max. But never give up on your children. They are the leaders of our future. Leaders I hope who will honor God and His Word.
I care way more about the character of a child than where they get their diploma.
I care much more that they love God than if they have a high position or salary. These things aren’t bad, but much more important is character, love of God and the way they treat other people.
What I’m saying is—it should be our desire as parents to raise convictional, rational, loving, highly principled children for wherever they serve!
When the three-judge panel made the decision to try to remove “Under God” from the pledge of allegiance, 87% of Americans objected to it. That’s 9 out of 10 Americans who wanted “Under God” in the pledge. Yet on any given Sunday, only 37% of Americans go to a church. Parents who are vocal about wanting their children to be able to say “Under God” in the pledge of allegiance in their schools, and yet the next weekend have their kids at soccer games and not in a place of worship.
Something’s wrong with that.
If you want to have our nation pledge “Under God”—then be under God yourself! Be faithful in the things of God, including the house of worship!
In 2005, World Outreach acquired a building the local YMCA had used previously. The intent was to keep the long-time community center open to minister to Chicago’s impoverished Roseland neighborhoods. And to make the building available as affordable housing.
City officials denied World Outreach access, and rezoned its building as a manufacturing zone. Chicago even filed a lawsuit preventing the ministry from carrying on religious activities on the premises. The fact that some of the neediest people in Chicago could be helped wasn’t a consideration by City officials!
Recently and for the second time, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled against the city of Chicago—in favor of the ministry. After ten years the case will now go to a jury! May common sense prevail!