When absolute tolerance becomes the objective over biblical principle—you can expect just about anything!
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to the Hillsboro, Missouri Board of Education recently—asking it to reverse its decision to allow students to use locker rooms and restrooms dedicated to the opposite sex—also suggesting a model policy that protects every student’s privacy and safety.
The truth is—no federal law requires public schools to allow boys into girls’ restrooms or girls into boys’ restrooms. Just the opposite!
The district could itself could incur legal liability for violating a student’s right to bodily privacy!
Schools can accommodate students with unique privacy needs without compromising the rights of other children!
As parents we must insist that they do!
Sometimes what we don’t say has as big an impact on our children, as what we do say. Especially when it comes to God.
An example is certainly absentee fathers. If you’re not there, you can’t impact your children. Nor can disengaged fathers, disengaged parents—period.
We need to grasp the need for clear, solid, consistent teaching in the home. Don’t ever underestimate the slyness of this world to teach your children.
When Jesus said, “make disciples of all nations,” He didn’t mean that if we don’t do it, it won’t happen. The fact is, when we don’t teach our children, someone else does.
Somebody is going to teach your children about God—one way or the other.
Somebody is going to “disciple” them.
Mom and dad—it ought to be you!
This past August, a federal court issued an order permanently prohibiting the government from enforcing its abortion-pill mandate against March for Life—a pro-life organization founded to end abortion, and its employees who also oppose the mandate.
When the government tried to force them to further abortion through health insurance coverage it offers to its employees, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a lawsuit asking for an injunction against the mandate.
The government has no right to demand that organizations provide health insurance plan options, that explicitly contradict their mission.
The organization’s strongly-held moral beliefs against abortion, forbid it from furthering abortion through health insurance coverage it offers to its employees!
We shouldn’t be forced to choose between following our deepest convictions and submitting to unconstitutional government mandates!
I made that statement to a friend recently and he said, “Jim, get over it! Loyalty is gone forever.”
No, I don’t want to get over it. And I don’t intend to. I think loyalty and commitment are values we need more than ever in our churches.
And just because they may be disappearing, I don’t have to like it! Commitment is the number one “most-needed” ingredient in every church. What fuels commitment? What makes loyalty happen?
It’s not guilt. It’s not inflicting some kind of condemnation or rules or edicts. It’s a passion for Christ. It’s a passion for God.
A passion for knowing God’s Word.
Where’s your passion?
Your answer will determine your commitment—and your loyalty!
Live out your faith!
For many of us, we not only have more than one Bible—we have several different translations. But are we reading it? Is God’s Word changing us?
The Bible is still the number one best-selling book—ever. But it might very well be the least read.
It’s not that we’re illiterate—we can read, we just don’t read. And family times around the Bible? Praying together?
Essentially gone—lost to soccer and other activities that we’ve allowed to replace our times together.
It’s our privilege—and our responsibility—as parents to instill in our children the love of God, the love of reading His Word. Make it part of this season—time with God—as a family!
Live out your faith—as a family!
You bring up God’s judgment—and the party’s over!
And I’m talking about among Christian friends and family. God is love—there’s no doubt about it. 1st John 4:16 says it: “God is love!”
A big part of my Master’s Thesis was on this word, agape, which means God’s love, and a word from the Old Testament, “Hesed”, which also means God’s love. The Bible is filled with God’s love.
But the Bible also speaks much about judgment. Because God is a God of justice. It’s not that cool to talk about. Because we’ve switched it around.
Instead of God making us in His image, we’ve remade God in our image. Love is so much easier to speak of!
But guess what—God’s love and His judgment are in the Book!