Archive for November, 2014

A vote for Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Day used to be known as a time to give thanks to God for His blessings, a great turkey dinner, spending quality time with family, and watching football.

Now, it is becoming known as just another day to shop and spend money. How sad.

My daughter Joanna and I established a father/daughter tradition years ago where I would take her shopping on “Black Friday.” It wasn’t the most pleasant thing I ever did (getting up at 4 a.m. to go stand in long lines, usually in frigid weather), but it meant a lot to her and we have continued it for the most part. The only problem now is that a lot of major stores are opening earlier and earlier, with many stores having major sales on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a family holiday. When stores open on Thanksgiving it takes employees away from their families.

A recent nationwide survey of U.S. consumers indicate that at least 50 percent of those polled say that opening stores on Thanksgiving Day is  a bad idea, according to a news release from LifeWay Christian Resources.

One Target (a major nationwide retailer) employee has initiated an online petition asking Target to give employees the day off. To date, more than 90,000 people have signed the petition and more than 100,000-people have “liked” the Facebook group, “Boycott Black Thursday.”

I applaud LifeWay Christian Stores. They have resisted the urge to engage in “retail wars” on Thanksgiving Day. They will remain closed in order  for employees to spend time with their families. May more large retail companies follow suit.

Avoid the temptation to shop on Thanksgiving Day and spend it with your family. You can “shop until you drop” on Black Friday!


A victory that matters

November 5, 2014

As a football fan this season, victories have been few and far between for this South Carolina Gamecocks and Tennessee Titans football fan.

The few victories they have earned, however, cannot compare to the victory earned on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Tennessee voters  approved Amendment 1 which provides an opportunity for needed regulations on the abortion industry in our state. For the past few  years, Tennessee has become an abortion destination for those seeking an abortion. States surrounding Tennessee had in place some common sense restrictions such as a waiting period and inspection of abortion facilities that caused residents of their states to come to Tennessee in increasing numbers for abortions.

Hopefully, that will soon end with the passage of Amendment 1.

Quite frankly, in the days leading up to the election, it didn’t look good. Opponents were flooding the airwaves with misinformation. I am glad now that they did. It provided an opportunity for God to “show out.” This victory is a “God-thing.”

He did it through His people — Christians throughout Tennessee. I am proud of and grateful that Tennessee Baptists helped lead this effort. Randy C. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, provided key leadership and Tennessee Baptist churches all across the state rallied support for Yes on 1. I am also grateful that the Baptist and Reflector was able to be used as a means to inform Tennessee Baptists about this amendment.

Praise God for this victory that matters and continue to pray. Those who opposed Amendment 1 will not give up now. They will fight any legislation that may be proposed in the future. The battle on keeping Tennessee from being known as an abortion destination will continue. We must keep praying fervently.