I think conservatives have to realize that what Mr. Buttowsky is doing is echoing the DNC talking point; TEA Party people are crazy racists who will destroy the Republican Party. That is exactly what was said in 2010, and the Republicans took the House of Representatives and nearly took the Senate.
Then the TEA Party took its ball and went home when Romney won the Republican nomination in 2012. Big Mistake! Romney would have made a MUCH better president than the current occupant.
I think it’s time for the TEA party people to exercise their political muscle. That means getting behind good candidates and then holding their feet to the fire when those candidates win. That’s the way politics works.
I agree completely with the point you are making. The problem is this; the church has lost its spine. We no longer want to be called “bigots” and “homophobes” so we sugarcoat god's Word to make gays feel better about themselves..and damn ourselves in the process.
I have a younger sister who “came out” to my mother a few years ago. My mother died a short time later of a broken heart. But she never denied her Faith, never said to my sister that what she was doing was right.
I can still remember my sister screaming at my mother “why can't you just be happy for me?!”. Indeed; how can ANY follower of Christ be happy that someone is living in open rebellion to God?
I find the article disturbing for a number of reasons. I’m not saying you’re wrong; I just think you offer little in the way of help or hope. And there is hope. Though many people have bought the liberal line, many more people still know how to think.
I see the problem conservatives have as one of courage. We fear what the media says about us and what educators say about conservatism, so we hide our opinions or try to water them down and make them more palatable.
I believe it’s time for conservatives to show some courage and fight the lies boldly. Liberals have the media and academics on their side but we have the truth. We need to speak the truth no matter how angry we make liberals. And when the media and academics try to tear us down, we need to respond with the same intensity with which we are attacked. When we are called racist, we must not be afraid to declare how offensive the charge is. When we are portrayed as the bad guys, we must demand proof that the liberal making the charge is right or demand an apology. And we must be relentless in our proclamation of the truth as well as quick to respond to lies.
It’s time to stop rolling over and playing dead. Call out the limo libs and don’t let up. Flood the press with demands for the truth. Stand up to ignorant college professors and don’t back down.
Now is the time for conservatives to be bold and courageous instead of wimpy.
“They are a religion of creed and we are a religion of deed. They believe God became man. We believe man must strive to become more and more like God.”
It is statements like these that make it difficult for Christians and Jews to get along.
Do you really believe that Christians don’t strive to become more like God? Do you really believe that the Christian faith is not one of action as well as creed?
Then explain the thousands of missionaries across the world that do millions of good deeds to help their fellow men in the name of Christ. Christians around the world are building schools, digging wells, manning hospitals, and doing what they can to protect innocents in war zones.
Christianity is more than just a religion of creed. It is a religion of deed. Besides, how is the whole “striving to be more like God” thing working out?
God Himself, speaking through a psalmist, said “there is none righteous”. If no man can measure up to God’s standard (perfection)the only way to have relationship with God is through a perfect Sacrifice.
That is the thing that Judaism misses: Jews are still looking for One to come and bring peace to the world> Christians understand that God sent His Son to bring peace in the human Heart and relationship between God and man.
Your post is eye-opening to say the least. That having been said, I would suggest to you that it doesn't go far enough, because it only addresses pornography.
I suggest to you that the real thing can be as bad and worse, if it is engaged in outside the bonds of matrimony. I was a youth pastor once. I can't tell you how many young men and women I dealt with who had a totally unbiblical view of sex. God gave sex to men and women as a gift, to be shared between a man and a woman in the bonds of marriage ONLY. No one wants to admit this, but the results of the lax attitude people in America have about sex are obvious: broken families, teen pregnancy, STDs etc. There was a study done once that showed an interesting statistic: nearly all sexually transmitted diseases could be eliminated if all unmarried people would stop engaging in sex for a period of time (I can't remember how long). God's plan is obvious. It is up to men and women to follow it. The results of not following it are also obvious.
The last line of your post says everything one needs to know about the persecution of Christians in Muslim countries.
There is a great fear of Christianity around the world. Sinful people are afraid of the Truth because the Truth condemns them. So they hide behind calls of “racism” and call Christians “bigots” and worse.
The thing is, Christ offers a relationship with the One True God and a more abundant life. All God asks is that we as His children surrender our lives to Him.
Unfortunately, that is something sinful people can’t do without His divine gift of faith. Therefore, it is incumbent on all Christians to pray for God’s divine intervention anywhere people of the faith suffer persecution.
I understand what you are saying, and I agree with it to a point. However, I also believe that mental trauma can manifest itself in chemical changes in the brain. I won’t say that is a definitive cause for schizophrenia; I do believe, however that it can be a factor in some cases.
I deal with disabled people in my line of work. I know that these severe mental problems are physical and chemical. But is it not also possible that the level of trauma needed to push someone over a theoretical edge varies from person to person. One person’s bad experience may well be another person’s mind-altering trauma.
It has been my experience that a parent dying is different from a parent walking out.
Yes, there is a profound sense of loss, but not the kind of feelings of rejection divorce can foster. I don’t know for sure if that is true in all cases ( the heart is known but to God). But that has been my experience, for the most part.
And you think that a father being gone from his life for years had nothing to do with his mental problems?
I can tell you from my own interactions with young men and women is that the kind of numbness described in Mr. Lanza is often caused by personal trauma. Is it not possible that his father walking out of the home contributed to this kind of mental trauma?
I have no “agenda”. I am simply pointing out an obvious fact and suggesting that this fact MIGHT have something to do with this horrific crime.
That being said, there are two facts that jump out at me:
Violent crime is way up among young men ( and I include teenaged boys when I say that).
There has been a great increase in the number of single parent households headed by women.
While I can’t say that this is the only reason for what happened, I believe the lack of a father at home played a part in this.
As a former youth pastor, I can tell you that I interacted with many young men who were being raised solely by their moms. Almost to a man, they had anger issues their peers raised in two-parent homes did not have.
It is true that many things were going on in Adam Lanza’s head that no one can be sure of. I am not discounting any of it.
I am simply saying that the fact he did not have a father at home probably played a bigger role in his actions than anyone cares to admit.
Fair enough. I am not saying that all mass killings are the result of fatherless young men.
All the same, I often read about the shooters in these mass killings feeling “rejected”. In the same way a man can kill people out of feelings of rejection by a girlfriend, a peer group or whatever. It stands to reason that lack of a father can lead to at least some of this violent behavior.
I can’t say that there is a direct correlation between the rise of single-parent households and the rise in violent crime committed by young men. But both things are true; violent crime committed by young men is up along with the rise in single-parent households headed by women. I believe these two facts should be examined to see if there is a correlation.
Bear in mind that the Bible was not written in King James English, Common English, RSV English, or any other form of English. It was written in Hebrew, Arabic and Greek. All English translations are just that; translations. Each translation renders some words differently from the next, but all of them preserve the basic message of the original. One exception to that is the bible you are promoting. The Revised Standard Version was translated by people who didn't believe the basic message of the Gospel (Look it up!) and much of it is rendered to dilute the power of the gospel.
Not far from where I live, three guys were arrested recently for practicing medicine without a licence. They ran a "S&M" den and were castrating men who volunteered to be their slaves. These guys were actually PAYING for the priveledge of being emmasculated!
Very good posting. It touched me particularly because I have a sister who just recently "came out" to my parents. My sister never displayed any desire for lesbian relationships while growing up, even though her career as a government employee meant that she was constantly surrounded by gays and lesbians in the workplace (whole 'nother subject there). My sister openly admitted to my mother that her lifestyle choice was precisely that... a choice. She had gone through several bad relationships with men and said she felt "safe" having sexual relationships with women. It's sad to see someone I love decide that being in relationships that are notorious for being abusive is somehow "safer" than honoring God with her life. Even though I am aware that the risk of contracting AIDS is small among lesbian women, it has been well documented that lesbian relationships tend to be abusive in nature.
I haven't spoken to my sister in a long time. It's not that I am angry with her; we just haven't ever been particularly close. I intend to call her soon, but I'm struggling with what to say to her. My heart is broken, but my Faith will not allow me to accept her lifestyle as something to be supported.
Maybe I'm getting too personal in my comments, but I believe there are many people who share my struggles. I simply find it shameful that the mainstream media seems to have only one massage for people like me: support the gay lifestyle as normal and in need of protection or you are a bigot.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your posting. Both of my parents developed polio when they were young. My mom ended up a paraplegic with limited use of her right arm. My dad was affected in his arms but managed to recover to almost full normality. My parents had 3 children. They did not dwell on all the things they couldn't do and hope for any sort of cure. They simply have lived out their lives by compensating for their inconveniences. My parents, who are in their seventies now, have had what anyone would call a sucessful and fruitful life. And my mother will be the first to tell you that sacrificing a human life, ANY human life, simply for the convenience of another is wrong.
I would also remind other posters that the Nazis commited the atrocities they commited all in the name of making life better for the German people.
"So to besmirch homosexuals for being unable to control their passion is disingenuous for a heterosexual Christian...any Christian who marries is admitting weakness and uncontrollable passion themselves (or pure disobedience). Luckily for heterosexuals, there's an out fore their desires (no pun intended); it would appear that homosexual desires are to be simply supressed."
In all the scriptures you quote here, you conveniently leave out the ones where God himself sanctifies the marriage of a man and a woman. YOu also leave out Jesus's own words where he quotes old Testament scripture saying "...God created them male and female: for this reason a man shall leave his mother and a woman shall leave her home and cleave to her husband and the two shall become one flesh." I will grant you that Paul would SEEM to be suggesting that living a single life might be the better way, but you are taking those scriptures WAY out of context (Paul was specifically instructing single people on how to live a holy life as a single person, NOT calling on people not to be married as a way to "resist temptation"). AS for homosexual desires needing to be resisted, God himself calls homosexuality an "abomination". If you want a simple unfettered explantion for what that means, it means that homosexuality, if it is possible, makes GOd physically sick. No professing Christian, and I can only speak to CHristianity since that is my faith,l can say that homosexuality is anything but a sin.