Stories that should encourage Christians

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Texas Boy Whose Mother Wanted to Transition Him into a Girl, Now Attending School as a Boy

The Christian Broadcasting Network reported in a 7 November 2019 article that James has started attending school as a boy and no longer wants to be referred to as “Luna.”

savejamesfbimageThe Texas boy caught in the middle of a bitter custody battle that made national headlines when it was revealed his mother wanted to transition him into a girl, is now attending school as a boy.

The “Save James” Facebook page posted photos of seven-year-old James Younger and his brother Jude before they headed off for school. The page also posted a photo of Jeff Younger standing with his two sons.

“Jeff emailed the principal today and James and Jude’s teachers had reported that there was zero stress or disruptions in the classroom today. Just another day in school Prayers answered,” friends of the Younger family wrote on the page.

Earlier, they had written, “Going to school. This is what it looks like when JAMES gets to choose! * Affirm this! * Also, a photo taken yesterday, just before church. James and Jude proud to be men! Save James, save thousands of children!”


As CBN News reported in October, Jeff Younger went to court to stop his ex-wife Dr. Anne Georgulas from transitioning their son James into a girl named “Luna.” Court documents revealed the boy even dressed as a girl and answered to that name when he was with his mother.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

When I first heard of this on American Family Radio, all I could do is pray

When I first heard of the case of James Younger, a jury had ruled against his father in his attempt to stop the chemical castration of this 7-year-old boy. So, after praying for the protection of this child, it occurred to me that — as a citizen of a democratic republic — I have a voice in my government through my representatives. Therefore, I got on Facebook and Twitter and contacted my senators and my governor.

Soon thereafter, Governor Abbott ordered an investigation of the James Younger custody case in Dallas. With the state’s eyes on her, Judge Kim Cooks ruled that the parents would share joint conservatorship of the child. So, with the tide turning against the pediatrician “mother” (who did not donate the eggs toward the twin boys) has petitioned for the judge to recuse herself from the case.

So, we need to continue our prayers.

“Thank God” is one of many reactions to the apparent conversion of Kanye West

Kanye West Gospel Album Inspires Group to Give Away 1,000 Bibles to His Fans

A 2 November 2019 Breitbart article details how the American Bible Society came to donate 1,000 Bibles to Kayne West fans.

kanyeserviceSome fans of rap megastar Kanye West are showing an increased interest in the Holy Bible following his conversion to Christianity and his hit gospel-rap album Jesus is King. And now one organization is handing out hundreds free Bibles to those who wish to learn more.

Google searches for “Jesus” and the query, “What do Christians believe?” spiked significantly following the release of West’s album last week, which includes a plethora of biblical references.

Amid renewed interest, the American Bible Society (ABS) plans to use the opportunity to hand out free Bibles to those interested in Christianity. The organization has launched an initiative called “Bibles for Kanye Fans,” which will see them hand out up to 1,000 copies of the Good News Translation for free.

“When we saw an influential cultural figure like Kanye inspiring young people to curiously seek out answers to their faith questions, we saw that as an opportunity to do what we do best as an organization: to provide God’s word and point people to it as a source to their questions about faith,” Dr. John Farquhar Plake, the organizations’s director of ministry intelligence, told Fox News.

“Kanye’s album just points to this cultural curiosity and we’re happy to stand in the gap and say if you’re curious about the Bible, we want to provide one to you,” he continued.

The Grammy-winning rapper recently opened up about a Born Again Christian, defending religious conservative values while critiquing those pushing political correctness and “cancel culture” as the same people who wish to destroy Christianity altogether.

“I’ve been canceled before. That was canceled culture. Who told you that my career would be over? The same people that are telling you that you can’t have a right to say who you will vote for,” Kanye West said. “Those people will be soon to take Jesus out of school. Those people will be soon to remove Jesus, period, from America, which is the Bible Belt. Those people will be so mad. Come on man.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

From what I have heard of Kanye West’s church meetings, they seem to be nothing but uplifting to God

The reports that I have seen, including several YouTube videos, seem to indicate a true conversion by Mr. West.

However, if you are a Christian, I would challenge you to not follow in the steps of Peter in asking about the situation of another believer (John 21:21). Rather, we should follow Christ’s suggestion by looking to our own spiritual condition (John 21:22).

That is, so what if Kanye West formerly had issues? He has reformed his ways. So what if he has a new way of delivering the good news? Every generation has changed that delivery and — as shown by the spike in searches on “What do Christians believe?” — we can thank God for that.

FAITH-FILLED WEEKEND: That Time Tebow’s John 3:16 Verse Went Viral, Then God Did Something Even Wilder

An 8 November 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network commentary on the effects of an action taken on 8 January 2009 by football player Tim Tebow.

timtebowjohn316It may not be news at this point, but if you haven’t heard this story yet, be prepared to be blown away. More than nine million people have now seen a viral video of Tim Tebow recalling a powerful story from his football days that can’t be explained by human understanding.

It goes like this.

Tebow was a HUGE success in his college football years. The year was 2009 and he was weeks away from competing in the highly televised national championship football game.

Tebow said God led him at that point to change his regular Bible verse – the one he painted under his eyes – from Philippians 4:13 to John 3:16 for all the world to see while he played.

He points out John 3:16 contains the essence of the Bible’s salvation message, so he felt God was calling him to share it on this big platform he was being given.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

After the game, Tebow found out his new message had a huge impact. “During that game 94 million people Googled John 3:16,” he recalls learning.

He says it taught him a lesson about how big God really is, and that God really wants to do big things through us because He can use one act of obedience in one moment in time to reach 94 million people with the gospel.

Fast-forward three years – exactly three years in fact – from January 8, 2009, when Tebow first wore John 3:16 – to January 8, 2012. Tebow was now playing for the Denver Broncos in the NFL.

Tebow recalls, “We just happened to be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs… I didn’t think of John 3:16 one time, so I can’t take credit, I had nothing to do with it.”

Then something truly wild happened. You might even call it supernatural.

After Tebow led the Broncos to beat the Steelers in that game, his PR guy came up to him and said, “Timmy did you realize what happened? This is exactly 3 years from the time you put John 3:16 under your eyes… you don’t realize, during the game you threw for 316 yards. Your yards per rush were 3.16. Your yards per completion were 31.6. The time of possession was 31.06. And the ratings for the night were 31.6. And during the game, 90 million people Googled John 3:16, and it’s the number one thing on all social media right now.”

“And I was just standing in the hallway thinking, ‘God I didn’t know that you were doing anything. I thought that was like three years ago. But it’s amazing how big the God is that we serve,” he says.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

This is a good example of a servant who was faithful in small things and, thereby, was given authority over great things

In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus relates a story of servants who were entrusted with various sums of money. One was given much and used it to bring great benefit to his master. One was given little and still used it to benefit his master. However, a third, knowing that this master was known for reaping gains where he had not sowed, went and hid the money do that he would not experience loss. Because he did not at least put the asserts in the bank where they could gather some interest, this servant was punished.

Usually, when preachers and Sunday School teachers focus on this parable, they center their message on the third, lazy servant.

However, in the case of Tim Tebow, I think it does us well to focus on the second servant. Like Tebow, the second servant took small resources and turned them into a great return.

Therefore, the next time a little task for God comes to you, consider the great returns that might result.

‘This Is What We Pray For’: Christian Influencers Rejoice Over Kanye’s Radical Transformation

Another Christian Broadcasting Network article provides commentary on the apparent conversion of Kayne West.

Kanye West’s gospel album “Jesus is King” is hitting number one across the major music genres, with each song landing in Billboard’s Hot 100.  Kanye has rocked the entertainment world by openly sharing his radical faith transformation and helping to lead thousands to Christ in the process.

“Kanye West works for God,” the superstar recently told CBS’ Late Late Show host James Corden.

The star rapper says it was Christians in his life who never stopped praying that made all the difference.

“There’s a lot of people that were praying for me,” says Kanye. “When I was all the way gone, when I was at the awards show with a Hennessey bottle running on stage, when I was doing creative direction for certain awards shows, it was people in my family that were praying for me.”

Kanye admits to dealing with addictions like sex and pornography and believes sharing these life struggles makes him more relatable to non-believers exploring faith.

“God always had a plan for me and he always wanted to use me but I think he wanted me to suffer more and wanted people to see my suffering and my pain and put stigmas on me and have me go through all the experiences, human experiences, so now when I talk about how Jesus saved me, more people can relate to that experience,” Kanye continued.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Again, I would point toward the working of God within a common man

While this common man may be an uncommonly talented rapper, still he recognizes his subservience to Christ.

A heart check

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A heart check

Have you taken a heart check lately? I’m not talking about the kind that puts you on a treadmill or puts a blood pressure cuff on your arm. Instead of the heart that drives your body, I’m talking about the health of the heart that gives your life meaning.

I’m talking about the motivation for your actions, the feelings that move them, and the character that supports that.

Heart CheckYou know what, no matter how good I feel about myself, I can always remember some slip up — some time I showed hate, didn’t love God, or just missed the mark. And it seems that this tendency is common as far back as Jeremiah. For in his writings, we find:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9 NASB)

Still, think about it. Did you have to teach your kids to lie? Did you have to teach them to talk back to you or your spouse?

Not just that one verse points to the condition of our hearts

The condition of our hearts seems pretty bad. Nobody had to teach us to grab the first cookie, to lie, or to be disrespectful. While I could quote a whole list of verses that would remind us of the evilness of our hearts, let me limit it to one verse from Romans:

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NASB)

On the other hand, we did have to learn respect, love, and truth. Holding the guiding hands of our parents, we learned to listen. We learned of discipline. With normal parents, we learned the value of rest.

Some of us with Christian parents were led to the feet of God. Others of us found our way to God by the other forms of delivery of the gospel.

The good news — also known as the “gospel” — available to all

For any who have attended a sports event, you have likely seen some version of the central message of Christianity:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NASB)

hearts-over-a-large-heartSo everybody has the chance to gain a new life. Everyone who believes and this is not from an ungracious God. This is from a God who knows our heart; therefore, He gives a new heart:

A new heart

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26 NASB)

If you would like a new heart, just ask him.

Ask him, in prayer, “Father, I accept the forgiveness offered by Christ’s taking my place on the cross. I surrender my life to you.

Thank you for promising to take my disobedient, sick heart and give me your pure and loving heart.

Wash me daily in the reading and sometimes in the hearing of your Bible. Make me more like your Son.”

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Woke Broke Jokes – LGBT attacks


A doctor in United Kingdom was fired for not calling a bearded transsexual “Madam”

The Christian Broadcasting Network reports in an 11 October 2019 article that a United Kingdom doctor has been fired as a gynecologist for not calling a transsexual “Madam.”

David Mackereth, the UK doctor whose speech was labeled as “incompatible with human dignity” last week by an Employment Tribunal says he didn’t want to call a biological male ‘madam’ because his desire was to remain faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ.

“At that moment, I knew that if I simply gave in, my fellowship with the Lord Jesus would be breached and that I would do something that was dishonoring to him,” Mackereth explained. “He gave me the strength to take that stand.”

The British government’s Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) fired the 56-year-old Mackereth from his job as a disability assessor in late June 2018 because he refused to use politically correct speech when addressing a six-foot-tall bearded transsexual.

david-mackerethAppearing on this week’s episode of The Global Lane, Mackereth said he will appeal his court case because he is determined to fight for his beliefs despite the price he may have to pay.

“We have to appeal, we have to go forward and I as a Christian am determined to go forward no matter what. I have to. I cannot, I cannot do what they’re telling me that I have to do,” he explained.

Mackereth said he believes by calling a biological male ‘madam,’ he is telling a lie and in good conscience he could not tell a lie because lying is a terrible sin. As a Christian, he feels he is compelled to speak the truth.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

The “woke, broke jokes” I mention in my introductory headline refers to the Big Brother government, Gig Brother social media giants, and the nanny entertainment

The “woke, broke jokes” most certainly do not refer to any Christian like Dr. Mackereth as he stands against the oppression of the British court system. Rather, it refers first to the many Western governments (especially courts) that inflict real harm on those who would love God, family, and country.

It also refers to the Gig Brother social media (and just electronic) giants like Google that stand against conservative causes. Gig Brother giants who would rather develop face-recognition technology for the dictators in China rather than help those who fight for freedom. Gig Brother giants who would block the advertisements of pro-life groups during a referendum on abortion.

Finally (and somewhat least of all) there are the woke, broke joke entertainers that want to tell us how to live, but cannot walk the walk themselves. Take the most current incarnation of this genre as embodied by Lebron James (aka, King James). When LeBron James described NFL team owners as having a “slave mentality,” it presented an opportunity for hypocrisy. That opportunity blossomed when he sided with the dictators of China for the sake of money.

‘Start your day with maximum gay:’ Kellogg’s launches LGBT cereal

A recent article at NewsBusters reveals that we can support (or oppose) the gay agenda through the cereal we buy.

Have you ever eaten Froot Loops and thought, “This cereal isn’t gay enough?” Do you seek a safe space to eat your Rice Krispies? Are you concerned that your Corn Flakes aren’t sufficiently woke? Well, now Kellogg’s has the solution!

On Thursday, the gay site PinkNews reported, “Kellogg’s is launching an LGBT-themed cereal so you can start your day with maximum gay… If you’re a fan of breakfast and being gay, we have grrrrreat news for you – Kellogg’s is launching an LGBT-themed cereal.”

And to think, we’ve been eating straight, cisgender cereal all this time.

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Kellogg’s All Together Cereal box back

Timed to coincide with GLAAD’s Spirit Day on October 17, they teamed up to produce the “All Together” cereal, which Kellogg’s says is the first to offer Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, and Rice Krispies “exclusively together.”

Unlike the mix of cereal the image on the box implies, it’s actually a Limited Edition Variety Pack with 6 individual sized boxes inside, but consumers are free to create any combination they like. Froot Loops and Raisin Brain together? Let your freak flag fly, honey!

Kellogg’s chief diversity officer (why does a cereal company need such a thing??) Priscilla Koranteng said, “At Kellogg, we are firmly committed to equality and inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and in the communities where we work and live.” As part of the Spirit Day partnership, Kellogg’s is donating $50,000 to GLAAD.

According to the All Together Cereal page on Kellogg’s website, Spirit Day is when “millions wear purple to stand up against bullying, and to support a more accepting world for LGBTQ youth.”

The site explains the thinking behind the cereal:

We all belong together. So for the first time in history, our famous mascots and cereals are offered exclusively together in the same box for All Together Cereal. It’s a symbol of acceptance no matter how you look, where you’re from or who you love. We believe that all people deserve an environment where they can be their best selves.

GLAAD’s John McCourt said, “The All Together cereal encompasses the values of diversity, equality, and solidarity that Spirit Day is all about, and we hope that LGBTQ youth everywhere receive the messages loud and clear.”

(Read more at NewsBusters)

Kelloggs has strayed far from its origins

It is hard to believe that Kellogg’s was started by a Seventh Day Adventist who promoted the consumption of cereals among young adults so that they might abstain from sex. Now they package cereal that celebrates deviancy.

My message for the Kellogg companies: you celebrate your exclusive diversity that forces others to bake cakes, make photos, create flower arrangements, hold wedding celebrations, and perform other acts of slavery in service to it.

At the same time, I will celebrate diversity of thought.

Britain’s first Chick-fil-A to be shut down due to lobbying by “tolerant” gays

In a 19 October 2019 article by Breitbart, the fact that the first Chick-fil-A has been shut down due to lobbying of the LGBT community comes to no surprise.

Christian-led American family restaurant chain Chick-fil-A will lose its first British branch after lobbying by the LGBT community.

ChickenSandwhichMealThe family-owned restaurant chain, known for its Christian ethos and alleged support for socially conservative causes, has some 2,400 branches across the United States, but The Oracle shopping centre in Reading, England, has announced it will not renew its British pilot restaurant’s lease after its first six months are up — barely a week after its grand opening.

The Oracle said not renewing Chick-fil-A’s lease would be “the right thing to do” after lobby group Reading Pride complained about the restaurant chain’s donations to Christian charities the Salvation Army, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which they characterised as anti-LGBTQ, according to the BBC.

The company caused something of a furore among left-liberals in 2011 when its chairman voiced his belief that marriage was between a man and a woman, and that he therefore could not support moves to legalise same-sex marriage, but a spokesman recently told the BBC that its focus nowadays was “youth and education”, and that it “never donated with the purpose of supporting a social or political agenda.”

“There are 145,000 people – black, white; gay, straight; Christian, non-Christian – who represent Chick-fil-A,” the spokesman protested.

Unmoved by such defences, The Oracle has now confirmed that while it “always look[s] to introduce new concepts for our customers… we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-Fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further.”

Reading Pride’s so-called “Get the Cluck Out” protests were supported by local politicians from the far-left Labour Party, which serves as the main opposition to Britain’s governing Conservative Party at the national level, including Councillor John EnnisCouncillor Sophia James, and Councillor Sarah Hacker, who also acts as a trustee of the LGBTQ group.

The party has become increasingly hostile to the United States in general and American social conservatives in particular under the leadership of 70-year-old socialist Jeremy Corbyn, who fancies himself as a modern-day “anti-imperialist” after decades on the fringes of mainstream politics, agitating against the United States and, above all, the State of Israel, and for left-wing figures such as Cuba’s Fidel Casto and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

No liberality in the LGBTQ crowd

As Jack Philips, Melissa Klein, Elaine Huguenin,
Barronelle Stutzman, and many others can attest, compassion is alien to the LGBTQ crowd.

Why do the LGBTQ crowd hate Christians

Peter urged Christians to abstain from fleshly lusts. Why? Because those lusts wage war upon the soul.

So, when we deal with a group who identifies by their sexual perversions, we are dealing people who have been victims of fleshly war. Their souls have been turned from the light to seek the darkness.

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:11‭-‬12 NASB)

Christians, out of darkness

Although one message to His people centers on how God has chosen Christians, made them a holy nation, and adopted them into a royal priesthood could be a message for many posts, the central message here is that Christians were formerly in darkness before their conversion.

But you are a chosen race , a royal priesthood , a holy nation , a people for God’s own possession , so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (1 Peter 2:9 NASB)

Christians, remember the broad definition of the deeds of the flesh

Although this blog post identifies an enemy of the Christian community and suggests a reason behind the animus expressed toward Christians, Christians should also avoid pharisee-ism (the desire to try to assign sin to others while ignoring our own sins). Toward that, consider the following verse, pray for your avoidance of sin, and pray for forgiveness when you need to restore your relation to God.

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 NASB)

 

He has filled them with skill

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In the event you go into His work

In the event that you go into his work, remember that He has filled us with skill.

He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of a designer and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs.
Exodus 35:35

But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. (Matthew 10:19‭-‬20 NASB)

We have a choice

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We have a choice of who we will focus our attention upon and, therefore, reward

Brandt Jean offers forgiveness to the woman who shot his brother, Botham Jean

BrandtJeanAs published in RedState, Breitbart, and other outlets, 18-year-old Brandt Jean (brother of murdered Botham Jean) offered forgiveness to the woman who shot his brother. In a perfect illustration of Christian love and forgiveness, Brandt offered the following words and acts of love from his heart:

If you truly are sorry, I forgive you.

I know if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you.

I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you.

I’m not going to hope you rot and die, just like my brother did. I personally want the best for you. I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family or anyone, but I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want for you. And the best would be for you to give your life to Christ.

I don’t know if it is possible, but can I give her a hug, please? Please?(Judge: Yes.)

(Hardly audible, he seems to pray for her.)

Through this offering of a sacrifice of forgiveness (and it was a sacrifice), we find a young leader that provides peace to a people not ready to receive it. In a very corporal way, Brandt embodied these verses:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You will love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven, for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:43-45 NASB)

“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. (Luke 6:27-35 NASB)

Considering that the world that Brandt entered the courtroom through was filled with calls for retribution and calls of hate, he could have been swayed by those calls. I would not have blamed him, because this temptation has a root in our common humanity. However, instead, he called on his faith, on the faith that his brother once demonstrated, and on the faith that his home church displayed. By doing this, he demonstrated the importance of one other key verse:

and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking the assembling our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, (Hebrews 10:24-25 NASB)

We can focus on calls for the need for institutional reform that seems militant

allison-jeanIn the early morning report that I first heard of the sentencing of Ms. Guyger, the focus fell on institutional failings within the Dallas Police Department. However, the way the focus was presented by the news organization seemed to suggest that the Jeans were not forgiving Ms. Guyger. The problem with this perceptions was that it showed itself to be obviously not true when to anyone who reviews a longer interview of the Jeans.

To be specific, the early-morning report that I saw focused on a portion of a statement by Allison Jean, where she said, “If Amber Guyger was trained not to shoot in the heart, my son would be here today.”

While this point is true and pointed, the media uses it to ignore the several points of other institutional failings within the police investigation of this case AND the forgiveness offered by Allison Jean toward Ms. Guyger.

Furthermore, because forgiveness was offered, let me point out that there is no conflict in concepts when we forgive, but also allow the consequences of an action play out. Therefore, while we may forgive acts done against us, there may be penalties to pay that fall inside of the realm of justice. And never let it be said that Christians support injustice.

In fact, to allow this man to be shot in his own home (even if by mistake due to long hours worked and a confusing building design at that apartment complex) without punishment — that is not justice. As noted before, let it be said that Christians support injustice.

Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17 NASB)

 

As the following video shows, there is a precedent of Christians forgiving those who have killed. Whether you point back to those of Iraq, rural Pennsylvania, or Charleston, we are called to forgive.

So, with all of this in mind, what in the media will we focus upon?

If the Presidential election were today, who has earned your vote

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Three stories of religious discrimination not widely reported in the mainstream media

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  1. Religious clash leaves USA’s best left back an observer of World Cup bid

Hat tip to an American Family Association radio broadcast after I had discovered the first reference

We have to go outside of America’s press to a 12 July 2019 article in The Irish Times to find out that a Christian was cut from the US Women’s Soccer Team because she declined to wear a rainbow jersey.

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The curious case of Jaelene Hinkle.

In June, 2017, she was called into the USA women’s squad ahead of a two-match tour of Scandinavia. With eight full caps already and the World Cup two years away, it looked the perfect opportunity for the then 24-year-old to confirm the growing consensus that she was the country’s best left-back.

Shortly after US Soccer announced the team would wear special jerseys in Europe, emblazoned with rainbow numbers in support of LGBTQ Pride month, Hinkle pulled out of the squad, initially citing “personal reasons” before later going into more detail.

“I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey,” she said.

“I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what He was asking me to do in this situation . . . I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient. If I never get another national team call-up again then that’s just a part of His plan, and that’s okay. Maybe this is why I was meant to play soccer, to show other believers to be obedient.”

The religious justification for her withdrawal came during an interview for The 700 Club, the most popular and incendiary show on the Christian Broadcasting Network, the go-to channel for fundamentalists across America, an outfit that regularly denounces the gay lifestyle.

When Hinkle’s North Carolina Courage visited the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) shortly after the broadcast, opposing fans waved Pride flags and booed her every touch, something supporters of other teams soon began to copy.

(Read more at The Irish Times)

Considering all of the praise heaped on the captain of the team and recognition of her lesbian lifestyle, it would seem that the high standard of acceptance required of everyone when it comes to her lesbianism would also require acceptance (on co-captain Megan Rapinoe’s part) of other people’s point of view.

However, the always-inclusive crowd (at least the one at Slate) lobbied to have Jaelene Hinkle removed from the US Women’s Soccer Team in 2018 because they saw her presence as an affront to the LGBTQ2 community. I was not able to find any letters to the editor written by any Women’s Soccer Team member in support of Jaelene Hinkle, but what can you expect? For liberals, tolerance usually only goes in one direction.

  1. Christian Student Kicked out of Uni for Gay Marriage Views Wins Latest Court Battle

Breitbart reports in a 4 July 2019 article that a Christian student at the University of Sheffield was expelled for a Facebook post and has now won a judgement.

Felix-Ngole

A Christian who was expelled from his university for expressing a biblical view on marriage has celebrated winning his latest legal battle, calling it a victory for freedom of speech and religious conscience.

In 2015, Felix Ngole had defended U.S. state official Kim Davis, who had refused to register same-sex marriages in her state of Kentucky, writing on an open Facebook page: “Same-sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not. It is God’s words and man’s sentiments would not change His words.”

Mr Ngole at the time had been studying for a Master’s degree in social work at the University of Sheffield, but two months after the Christian student stated the biblical position on marriage he was informed by university administrators that his comments were being investigated. After a professional fitness to practice (FtP) hearing, the university panel deemed Mr Ngole’s comments “derogatory of gay men and bisexuals” and he was expelled from the course.

Mr Ngole took his case to court to have the university’s decision overturned, stating that the decision was a violation of his right to freedom of thought and speech. In 2017, deputy high court Judge Rowena Collins Rice sided with the university.

However on Wednesday, three Court of Appeal judges overruled that judgement, saying Sheffield University’s disciplinary proceedings were flawed and that the institution should reconsider its decision through another FtP hearing, reports The Guardian.

The university had ruled that because Mr Ngole was taking a “professionally qualifying degree” in social care, the openly-shared comments may be of offence to people he may encounter or work with in the future.

“This is great news, not only for me and my family, but for everyone who cares about freedom of speech, especially for those working in or studying for caring professions,” the 41-year-old from Barnsley, south Yorkshire, said.

“As Christians we are called to serve others and to care for everyone, yet publicly and privately we must also be free to express our beliefs and what the Bible says without fear of losing our livelihoods,” he added.

Despite expressing regret that four years of his life were lost to battling his case for religious freedom and freedom of speech, Mr Ngole said: “…I feel overwhelming joy that what I have lost will be so much gain to Christians today and in the future as a result of this important ruling for freedom.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

So, as long as you toe the liberal line, you can stay at the university. Prove me wrong in my belief that liberals will accept tolerance only when it goes in one direction.

  1. Christian student group sues university for ‘equal access,’ alleges religious discrimination

As illustrated by a 12 July 2019 Fox News article, we see that not only have public universities become hotbeds of liberalism, but they have become exclusionary of any other type of thought (particularly Christian thought).

InterVarsity

A prominent Christian student organization has sued its university, claiming the group was targeted because of its religious beliefs.

In 2017, Wayne State University kicked Intervarsity Christian Fellowship off campus because it required its leaders to be Christians. It was only when the student group, which had been on campus for 75 years, threatened to sue in March 2018 that the Detroit school reversed its decision, according to a federal lawsuit.

The university claims the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is just trying to use this case to “set a precedent.” But Becket, the civil liberties firm hired by the student group, argues the school still stands by its original interpretation that claims InterVarsity is “discriminating in violating of the law and could be kicked off at any time.”

“We are proud of and love our university, so we were saddened in fall 2017, when Wayne State deregistered our group, canceled our meetings, kicked us out of campus group events, and made us pay thousands of dollars to use campus space that other groups got for free, all simply because we asked that our student leaders believe our Christian faith, just as we have for over 75 years before,” Deaunai Montgomery, a student from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, said Wednesday outside the courtroom.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a student group at Wayne State University, is suing the Detroit, Mich. school in federal court alleging unfair and unconstitutional treatment. (Becket Law)

“As a Christian, we need our leaders to sincerely believe that what they teach us about Jesus is true,” Montgomery added. “To be clear, we want everyone to feel welcome to attend our group, but why should our Bible studies, prayer, and worship be led by someone who doesn’t believe those things?”

(Read more at Fox News)

Thank God that Intervarsity won this lawsuit.