Sometimes I wish I didn’t know what I know — because once you know something, you can’t unknow it. You see, following the news as I do, virtually 24/7, tends to wear on a person. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something even more bizarre and depraved comes along, and you just have to file it under the heading, “I never thought I’d see the day…”once again.
The other problem I have is that I care. If I were like most Americans, I could just sit back and remain silent as the culture disintegrates before our very eyes. I could spend my evenings watching sitcoms, sporting events, or award shows honoring America’s favorite liberal celebrities. Sometimes I wish I didn’t care. But I do. Because the future of our children and grandchildren is at stake here. If we, as Christians do not DO something — if we do not take action now — we are, effectively, issuing a death sentence to our nation and our kids.
The trouble is, most Christians are of the mindset that things are just going to get worse and worse, there is nothing we can do about it, and we just need to let it all happen, not get involved, and wait for the rapture when Jesus comes for His people, before they are ever affected or inconvenienced in any way. I’m not here to argue the rapture… if Jesus comes before the total annhiliation of our country, I’ll be right there with Him. But Scripture tells us we are to occupy until He returns. That means we are to do something. We are to care. We are to be Salt and Light in a world filled with darkness. And as Jesus Himself instructed, we are to be about His Father’s business, going out and making disciples — first in our own hometowns, then throughout our state, then to the nation and then to the uttermost parts of the earth. He never said anything about sitting back and letting the world self destruct under our watch. But that is what we are doing.
Let’s just look at a few of the news stories that have come up in just the past few weeks. We all know that history is being re-written in our public school textbooks, and the “ancient landmarks,” if you will, — the historical statues and monuments of our American history — are being torn down all across the nation, because they are no longer considered “politically correct.” But now we have learned that war memorial crosses — including those in Arlington National Cemetery — may soon be torn down as well. This comes after a federal appeals court refused to reconsider a ruling that found a 91-year-old war memorial cross in Maryland is unconstitutional. A federal judge now warns that war memorial crosses across the nation may be in jeopardy of being removed — because atheist groups are offended by them.
The latest monument to go was a statue of Stephen Foster, who is known as “the father of American music.” Foster was remembered for songs like “Old Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” But a statue of him that has stood in a city park in Pittsburgh for 118 years has now been deemed to be racist because it included an image of a black man strumming a banjo along with Foster. The monument was removed and placed in storage, out of public view. In it’s place will be a statue honoring an African-American woman; although the city has no idea who this new statue will depict; residents can submit nominations. All they know for sure is that the new statue will not be of a white male — it must be of a black woman.
One might ask who is really behind all the removals of historical monuments — and now the attempt to remove all cemetery crosses nationwide. You may be interested to know that Bill Penzy, of Penzy Spices is raising money for this very thing. He’s already raised over a half million dollars for this, and if you doubt my claims, I suggest you check out his “Penzy Spices” Facebook page — if your stomach can handle the sickening anti-American vitriol you will find there.
The expression of our Christian faith in public is also under attack. In Oakland, California, a debate is raging in the comments of a Facebook post that shows a photo of several teenagers praying before their meal in a restaurant prior to attending their high school prom. According to Fox News, Frank Somerville, a journalist at KTVU had been sent the photo by one of the teens’ mothers, and he posted it on his Facebook page. After sharing the photo with his followers, a deluge of negative comments followed, condemning the kids for praying in public, and making derogatory comments about Christians in general.
At the same time, the state of California under the influence of it’s ultra-left-wing governor Jerry Brown, is on the fast track to banning the sale and possession of Bibles — and preaching from the Bible — under Assembly Bill 2943. While this proposal is aimed at prohibiting counseling for people with unwanted homosexual urges, it also has the potential to criminalize whatever the new “progressives” consider “hate speech,” which may very well include God’s Word.
Currently in California, state law prohibits “sexual orientation change efforts” for children under the age of 18, but the new law will prohibit mental health professionals from counseling anyone who has unwanted homosexual urges. And lest you think this is a law only in California, let me clarify: this is also the law of the land in Washington state, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Illinois, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and Washington DC. In addition, countless cities and municipalities have instituted their own laws banning “conversion therapy” — including very recently, the city of Milwaukee.
In other Wisconsin news, a boy, Nikko Nelson, was crowned Prom Queen last month at Homestead High School in the city of Mequon, just north of Milwaukee. Nelson, born a boy, now “identifies” as a girl, and was crowned Prom Queen by his peers. The Prom “King,” by the way, is a biological boy, though he appears in prom photos to be very effeminate.
And also in Wisconsin, two “transgenders” are suing Wisconsin’s health services department for refusing to pay for their sex-change surgeries. Cody Flack and Sara Ann Makenzie say they need surgery to treat their “gender dysphoria.” Both are on Medicaid, a program paid for by the state and federal government, but the program will not pay for their surgeries because they are deemed to be “medically unnecessary.” Without the free coverage, the two cannot afford the procedures. So what do they do? They sue. The lawsuit says Flack has “profound depression and emotional distress” and has had suicidal thoughts because he hasn’t been able to fully transition to a woman, and Mackenzie has been suicidal and “engaged in self-harming behaviors, including cutting in her genital area.” (I guess it’s too bad that mental health therapy is illegal for people in this situation). So now they are suing for free sex change operations — plus damages for mental anguish — and my guess is that they will win the lawsuit.
Back in Orange County, California, it has been decided that parents may not opt their children out of lessons related to gender identity or sexual orientation. Sexual depravity education is also running rampant in Canada with a program known as SOGI, which stands for “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification. This program is mandatory in public schools across Canada, teaching that homosexuality is normal and gender is “fluid.” Pushed by the LGBT community there, parents are not allowed to opt their kids out of this indoctrination in the public schools which is being pushed on kids even in pre-school.
And where is the church on all this? Just last week, ChristianToday announced that “Most US-based religious groups now back the legalization of same-sex marriage, according to a study released by the Public Religion Research Institute.” According to the study, an average of 61% of professing Christians in America now support sodomite so-called “marriage.” This includes about 67% of all Protestants, and 66% of Catholics.
Meanwhile, the Boy Scouts are no longer the Boy Scouts, just the “Scouts,” and these Scouts now even participate in homosexual “pride” parades, carrying rainbow flags while wearing their Scouting uniforms.
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