The church I pastor would never pay for abortions!
But we discovered, we were!
Unknown to us, in 2014, a California bureaucrat arbitrarily decided every insurance provider would have to pay for the killing of preborn babies. A government fiat forced on us. Period.
No one notified us—except a very smart attorney who informed me.
After months of trying to reason with the Department of Managed Healthcare, our church along with other churches and Christian colleges, entered into a lawsuit—so that we’re not forced to pay for dismembering babies in the womb.
How is it possible that health care can mean coercion of churches and others to pay for abortions.
That’s not health care—that’s health destruction!
When we’re no longer free to make choices for ourselves. When someone else mandates where we spend our money, that’s called bondage!
The question is: Does God make gender mistakes?
God gave each of us a gender—from the time we were knot together in our mother’s womb. Every time our culture is accepting of transgender, it communicates a message that God sometimes makes gender mistakes.
Who is the creator—the Lord of the Universe—or are we?
Can we stop being labeled by our deviance and be persons made by God and loved by him? Hand in hand with that, can we stop using “identity politics” as a way of demanding entitlement, claiming injustices, blaming others, being offended and having an offense?
Having said that, as followers of Jesus, our desire must be redemptive in a very wounded, broken world.
Jesus came “full of grace and truth.” We must do the same!
We have so institutionalized illness and death—that we no longer live in the reality of death!
I’m convinced we’ve underestimated the demonic nature of the “cult of death”—brought on by the killing of preborn babies in the womb from 1973 to the present.
It has desensitized us to the evil that lurks within our nation.
If people were truly walking in righteousness, there’d be a rising up nationally to come against the wickedness that wants people dead rather than alive.
The trivialization and romanticizing of death is from Satan himself, and John 10:10 reminds us his goal is to steal, kill and destroy.
Let us protect life at all stages.
Let us be people who’re “well versed” in these tough issues–people who trust in the character of God and His sovereignty over life—and death!
In our culture, youthfulness is celebrated while aging is dreaded.
We’re obsessed with the next generation!
Wisdom is so rarely valued and pursued.
Yet Leviticus 19:32 states it succinctly: “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged.”
And the New Testament echoes the Old . . . ”you who are younger, be subject to the elders.”
Our children need to learn to interview grandparents—to hear the wisdom they have to share.
Today, it’s as simple as a smartphone video at the dinner table, or using Facetime and Skype.
Those who’ve gone before us, leave us with a testament of God’s sustaining grace—of His story; of His provision and His love—a heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives.
Let us learn from the generous before us—and let us pray that we become them!
Did you know that marriage between a man and a woman committed to one another is the best environment for sustaining human life?
Wayne Grudem, in an exhaustive work titled: “Politics According to the Bible,” cited research conducted by The Heritage Foundation.
It shows that children with their own two married parents are less likely to end up in poverty, commit crimes, and to engage in alcohol and substance abuse.
And they’re more likely to have physical health and emotional health, higher standards of integrity, and higher moral principles.
In fact, the greatest predictor of poverty and a child being at risk is for a child to not have a married daddy and mommy.
At the core of the issue is the fact that children need and deserve a mother and a father!
In present day America, the battle to maintain the First Amendment has boiled down to the issues surrounding homosexual behavior!
Who would have thought that would be true 50—even 25 years ago.
The coerced acceptance of homosexual behavior and homosexual marriage have become the vortex for the crushing of the first portions of our Bill of Rights.
Religious liberty is under attack from sexual anarchists who believe there’s a God-given right to sexual lawlessness.
It must be remembered; every sinful act is by definition a lawless one.
But homosexual activists have been very successful propagandizing their movement by the appeal to emotions. After all “love is love.”
Scripture tells us explicitly: “Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”
Individuals and society pays—and pays dearly—when we reject God’s gracious and life-giving laws!