Archive for July, 2015

Darker by the day

July 15, 2015

In Nashville today (July 15) the temperature should reach into the 90s and the  sun will be shining brightly. That should be the norm for the rest of this week and month.

On the outside, our world appears bright and cheery. Yet, underneath, where it really counts, our world is growing darker by the day.

Baptist Press posted two stories on July 14 that give credence to my belief. There are many more. Just watch the evening news and pick up tomorrow’s daily newspaper where you live. Space here, however, is limited so I will focus on these two stories.

First, which comes as no surprise, the Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay and bisexual adult leaders. This comes about two  years to the anniversary of the Boy Scouts allowing openly gay  Scouts.

Supposedly, religious organizations, such as churches, that sponsor Scout troops can still choose their own leaders. It sounds good now, but do we really think it will stand the test of time? All it will take is one lawsuit and Boy Scouts of America will cave as they have already.

It’s time for Southern Baptist churches especially to wash their hands of BSA and turn their focus back on Royal Ambassadors. RAs provides many of the same opportunities that Boy Scouts did. Plus it will educate a new generation of boys about Southern Baptist missions.

The second Baptist Press story, if true, and it appears to be, is evil multiplied.

An executive of Planned Parenthood, a national provider of abortions, was caught on video negotiating the sale of body parts gained through partial birth abortions.

Apparently the story is true because the vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood didn’t deny it in a press release.  Instead, he defended it.

Two wrongs don’t make a right. Abortion for abortion’s sake is wrong and to sell body parts is not only wrong and evil, it is illegal.  Baptist Press reported that “Selling or buying fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, according to Title 42 of the U.S. Code.” I wonder how long it will take a federal judge to strike that law off the books.

The only good thing about the world getting darker by the day is that means the light of Christ will shine even brighter. It’s up to us, as Christians, to proclaim His name and allow Jesus Christ to illuminate the dark world in which we live.

 

Some battles never end

July 2, 2015

Some battles never end and that is certainly true when it comes to good versus evil.

In November of last year, Tennessee voters said “Yes on 1,” approving an amendment which gives lawmakers more power to restrict and regulate abortion.

The voters spoke at the ballot box. End of story, right?

Afraid not. Shortly after the Nov. 4 election, opponents of Yes on 1 filed a lawsuit, saying the state’s vote tabulations were unconstitutional, according to a story in The Tennessean on July 1.

A federal judge denied the state’s request to dismiss the lawsuit regarding the way votes were counted, so the matter is far from settled.

Last week a federal judge issued a temporary injunction to keep the state from enforcing the clinic regulation requirements at two of the state’s clinics that currently do not meet those requirements, according to The Tennessean.

The battle between good and evil continues. And though the battle may seem like a long, winding, country road that seemingly never ends, it will. And, when it does, good will prevail.

Keep praying.