Indeed, the world is dying. Not in a false-alarmist, âOMG-global-warming-is-going-to-kill-us-all!â sort of way. Rather, this world is passing away in aÂ Romans 1, âThe-wrath-of-God-is-being-revealed-from-heavenâ sort of way. How very unsettling and confusing this must all be for those absent âthe peace of God, which surpasses all understandingâ (seeÂ Philippians 4:7).
âBean has been one of the stateâs biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state,â reports the Oregonian. âHe helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and has been a major contributor for several Democratic presidential candidates, including Barack Obama. Heâs also a close friend of former Gov. Barbara Roberts.â
Multiple reports have come in proving conclusively that these fundamentalist fanatics are coaxing families away from relative safety with beguiling talk of freedom and a better life, and then abruptly turning on them like the godless sociopaths they are. Itâs almost too horrific to describe, but I think I must.
Now, in this kingdom we must remember that Christianity, or âChristianismâ as it would later be called (long since forbidden), along with similar such mythological and dogmatic phantasms, remained the foremost, if not the sole, thorn in the Progsâ collectivist butt. Any and all thought or practice that might, in any way, undermine full realization of, and strict adherence to, progressive thinking was, therefore, strictly verboten.
It was the summer of 2011. We were visiting friends in North Carolina one weekend for a lovely wedding on the beach. Our strong-willed, opinionated and hyper-inquisitive children, a boy and two girls, were, at the time, 10, 7 and 6 respectively. My gorgeous, though Chicago-tough and Sicilian-sassy, wife and I were at lunch with the kids at a little seaside cafĂ© the following day. A late morning ocean breeze puffed through the eateryâs open bay windows, filling our nostrils with that salty pong of damp sand and faint sea life, forecasting a beautiful day ahead.
Weâve all heard this phrase: âYou know who you are!â Itâs an expression typically levied in the context of some corrective admonition, intended for some person or persons, busy about some misbehavior. While sent via certified mail, this is one of those rare open letters to whom the preponderance of intended recipients have, somehow, managed to convince themselves, and one another, that theyâre not even home. Most of you decidedly doÂ notÂ know who you are. Youâre living on Deception Lane.
This is a game-changer. Talk aboutÂ Â âan old wivesâ tale.â Youâve heard it said that 1) 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, 2) most marriages that do happen to make it are, nonetheless, unhappy, and 3) Christians are just as likely to divorce as non-believers.
For the Christian, âEveryone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of. âŠâ (2 Timothy 3:12-14)
To fully advance the causes of radical feminism, abortion-on-demand, unfettered sexual license, âgay marriageâ and the like, the pagan left must do away with religious free exercise altogether. Under the guise of âanti-discrimination,â Christians today face discrimination at unprecedented levels.
Though Iâm mildly pleased that the Supreme Court is not quite ready to take gasoline to both the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law by Bill Clinton, a liberal, in 1993, I am alarmed, and so too should you be, that only 56 percent of our sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices are still willing to give the U.S. Constitution a modicum of the respect, recognition and compliance it not only deserves, but requires.