Alliance Defending Freedom sent a South Dakota school district a letter recently, after the ACLU threatened the school for allowing the distribution of Gideon Bibles.
ADF says, “Singling out the Gideons but allowing other groups to pass out literature is unconstitutional.”
To say nothing of the fact, other courts have upheld the Gideons’ right to distribute literature to public school students.
It’s important you know about these kinds of cases.
School leaders often become intimidated when they have every right to do what they are doing.
And that’s why Alliance Defending Freedom is here—to assure these schools and others are not being brow beaten by organizations like the ACLU.
Stay informed. Encourage your school officials to do the right thing!
Two Hawaii churches, serving the neediest in their communities, were literally set aside in their mission by a nuisance lawsuit from atheists. They claimed the churches defrauded the government by not paying agreed-upon rent to the public schools they were meeting in. The court dismissed the claims earlier this year.
Now the atheist group is back with a new suit. This time claiming the churches committed fraud by paying discounted rent to the schools.
These churches have always paid the agreed-upon rent, and given sacrificially much more in service and funding to the schools and communities they’re part of.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss this ridiculous lawsuit. And a Hawaii court has agreed to dismiss most of the atheists’ charges.
In February, a group of atheists filed a lawsuit against the Federal government. Their claim?
The use of the national motto on money is unconstitutional!
We can’t be forced to abandon our religious heritage simply to satisfy a political agenda.
Or simply because someone is offended by a historical phrase.
The ADF brief also said, “Federal courts are not forums for the ventilation of public grievances.”
I can’t say often enough how grateful I am to be associated with Alliance Defending Freedom, and their advocacy for the right of people to freely live out their faith!
If we’re going to impact the world for Christ, we need to engage yet transcend culture. What do I mean by that?
You might be engaged with culture, be very relevant to it around you. But in the process, not transcend its values.
The result is you compromise your Christian values.
Or you might transcend the culture, meaning you don’t compromise your values, but you’re not relevant. You’re disconnected from the culture around you.
If you engage but don’t transcend, you’re like salt that has lost its savor.
If you engage but don’t transcend, then who’s going to even know who you are—much less care about what you believe?
The goal is both: engage the culture but transcend its values.
“If it feels good—do it.” We pursue happiness like a drug.
We figure it’s our right as a human being.
But what feels good for now, may feel horrible later. That’s the problem.
An affair feels really good at the moment. But the consequences are catastrophic. They carry a life-time of regret.
On the other hand, what might feel crummy now, self-discipline to diet or rest or achieve a goal—feels great later on.
Eating that dessert—great! Not so good when you step on the scale.
Going to school, studying hard, there’s nothing fun about it.
But the rewards are great.
Obedience to God and His Word. Tough stuff at times. Difficult.
But the rewards. . .ya can’t beat it!
“If it feels good, do it!” So how’s that working for you?
When I say, “selective morality”—I mean just that. Picking and choosing what’s moral or not—disregarding what Scripture has to say.
You see it in TV program content; commercials, print ads.
I’m referring to the departure from traditional, natural marriage; traditional male and female couples; traditional husband and wife families.
It’s become all too common to see same-sex couples and unmarried couples living together. And it’s all depicted so comfy and cozy, so idyllic.
Some complain these programs show too much. I contend they show too little!
What you see is deceptive. It shows the fun, the joy of sin.
But it fails to show the consequences. It’s all a façade.
It doesn’t show the brokenness, the emotional cost, the disease, the result of the one-night stand.