Probably not what you think!
In this second decade of the twenty-first century, I’m convinced the greatest challenge facing the church is the lack of clear thinking.
What is this lack of clear thinking?
I define it as the inability to think through issues with biblical wisdom.
There’s so much fuzzy thinking today, even in the church.
It results in wrong actions, wrong decisions, and our wrong actions can have horrific consequences.
Just sit and listen to the TV commentators. So often if a person would simply think through the implications of what they just said, they wouldn’t say it.
Listen to your co-workers, listen to the language they’re using, the phrases they use.
If they actually thought through the implications of what they said, in the light of what God says, they likely wouldn’t say it!
Be a clear thinker!
Just weeks after Britain’s Parliament redefined marriage in 2013, to include same-sex couples, two disgruntled men sued the Church of England for denying them a church wedding—demanding that the court compel all Anglican churches to conduct same-sex weddings.
British legislation currently protects churches from being forced to conduct same-sex ceremonies.
But that could change quickly if this lawsuit forces churches to change their policies.
And be aware. . .these same actions could happen here in America!
Here’s good advice from our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom!
Be certain to amend your church by-laws. Include a clear statement of your biblical belief regarding marriage and its meaning.
Men and women have died to guarantee religious tolerance in this country. But have we now gone too far?
We never intended to have freedom from religion, it was freedom of religion.
That’s worth dying for!
But this new definition of tolerance is used by anyone who differs with you—and it’s become a subtle—and in some cases not so subtle—way to persecute and oppress Christians.
Now we find ourselves in contemporary America with a series of laws, so-called “laws of tolerance” that are essentially anti-Christian.
There’s nothing tolerant about this new-found tolerance.
Some of the most IN-tolerant people I’ve met are persons who claim to represent tolerance! It’s a word that’s been corrupted.
Don’t fall for it or be intimidated by its present-day usage!
…and I applaud University of Alabama students who’re doing just that!
The Students for Life club properly reserved a display case in the Student Union for their pro-life poster. They hung baby socks in the background and the poster included two small photos of aborted babies and photos of young women who’d died from botched abortions.
When the Administration was asked about it, they said it was removed because of “offensive graphic material.”
Just to say, the school policy on displays never mentions it!
And other displays of nudity and graphic sexual materials didn’t seem to quality as “offensive.”
Alliance Defending Freedom helped the club draft a letter of complaint to the university for violating their constitutionally protected freedom of speech.
The display is back up!
What’s your schedule like this week? Next week? The week after that?
We live in a culture that idolizes activity—even hyper activity.
I’ve got a friend who every time I call him says, “Oh, man, my schedule is crazy today. It’ll be better in the future.”
Yet every time I call him it’s always the same, “Oh man, it’s really crazy today.”
I think how terrible it is for him, locked in this excessive hyperactivity.
Then one day I looked in the mirror and realized it was I!
A quote on my office wall says, “Lord make me a person of influence, not just a person of action.”
I’m trying to live that out—and it’s hard.
How much of what you’re doing has God even asked you to do?
God says, “Get over it!”
. . .and it’s happening just across our border!
An Alliance Defending Freedom allied Attorney, assisting with the defense of a private Catholic high school in Ottawa,
was forced to teach a government-mandated course that included teaching contrary to Catholic belief. The program presents all religions, including Wicca and pagan rites, as equally valid.
Further, the Canadian government says teachers cannot express a preference for any particular faith, even at private, religious schools.
The school didn’t ask to be exempt from teaching the class. They want to make modifications so that they can teach the course in good conscience—excluding anything contrary to what they believe.
The threat of government interference in faith-based schools is a significant issue—wherever it prevails!