Archive for December, 2013

Downward spiral continues

December 17, 2013

Baptist Press published an article Dec. 16 that is a further reminder that morality is continuing a downward spiral in our nation.

A federal court judge in Utah invalidated a portion of the state law in Utah which prohibits bigamy. Essentially this means that polygamy is now legal as it is practiced in the state by those who are members of fundamentalist spinoffs of the Mormon religion, according to the BP article.

In essence, it appears anything goes as it relates to marriage.

Just six months ago the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a section of the law defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

Russell Moore of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission said it well in the Baptist Press article:

“Sadly, when marriage is elastic enough to mean anything, in due time it comes to mean nothing.”

As Christians, we can’t get discouraged and crawl into a hole. We must continue to sound the trumpet of what marriage truly is, as defined in God’s Holy Word.

Society may be in the process of redefining marriage, but ultimately, the only definition that matters for eternity is God’s definition of one man and one woman.

Continue to pray for our nation and our leaders.

Surviving Thanksgiving

December 2, 2013

Surviving Thanksgiving used to mean not gaining 10 pounds after a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and three days of leftovers.

Today, however, surviving Thanksgiving has taken on new meaning. Unfortunately, it’s a sad commentary on society.

There were several stories in the national media last week regarding actual fights taking place in malls and national chains such as Walmart. There were reports of people being stabbed or shot in addition to the actual fist fights. One of the saddest reports was that of a mother spitting on another woman’s child while fighting over baby clothes.

It seems to get worse every year. I remember going to a store when my children were much younger and almost getting run over by a shopping buggy pushed by a woman wearing a Christian T-shirt. I thought that was bad, but that was minor compared to today.

Greed has surpassed common sense in our society. A $99 32-inch television is just not worth risking your life over or going to jail.

Sadly, nothing will change until we stop focusing on the season itself and return our focus to the Reason for the season.

In the meantime it might be wise to “survive” Thanksgiving by simply staying out of the stores.