Over the years, I have attended over a dozen gay pride events. I go to engage people and share the gospel in a winsome way while answering questions that arise.
A great conversation starter is to poll participants on statements like the following: “Hey just for the fun of it, which politician do you think made these ‘remarks about gays and gay marriage?”
+ “For me as a Christian, it is a sacred union – God’s in the mix!”
+ “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in
favor of gay marriage.”
+ “I think marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a
man and a woman.”
+ “Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes
back to the beginning of time.”
Asking people in a lighthearted way if they think these come from Trump, Carson, Cruz or Huckabee, pausing for their response, then telling them none of these originate from those candidates but actually come from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, elicits an amusing double take!
For the record, the first two quotes come from Obama; Mrs. Clinton owns the others.
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My decade-long experience at gay pride events confirms my conviction of mass ignorance among participants. Another great question to ask is, “What percentage of the male population do you believe is gay?” Usually they will say somewhere between 30% – 40%. Get ready for more wonderment and whiplash when you tell them the actual figure is 1.8%!
This same ignorance spills over into the general population when you ask questions dealing with controversial issues of our day. It’s a primary reason I am preparing to release a book/video initiative entitled BULLSEYE dealing with today’s 30 hot button social issues.
Jesus told Pilate He came into the world to “testify to the truth” (Jn. 18:37). Today we are bombarded by individuals spouting “truths” which oftentimes are nonsense. A current example is Whoopi Goldberg’s new book subtitled, “Whoopi’s Big Book of Relationships” from the lady who’s been married and divorced three times!
The same holds true regarding some of the presidential candidates misleading uninformed people and promising lots of “giveaway candy” to gullible voters.
While there are legitimate needy people deserving of a “hand up” versus a “hand out,” the Bible warns lazy people pointedly saying, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thes.3:10). It instructs avoiding (not rewarding) a sluggard “in order that he may feel ashamed (v14). God directs: Work six days then enjoy a day of rest (Ex. 20:9-10). If someone is out of work, they should “work” six days seeking employment (not scan employment notices for five minutes, kick back and watch movies the rest of the day!)
I grew up in the 60’s and our family never had a car. We used public transportation and walked. When unemployed, my father did odd jobs while diligently searching for work. Dad and Mom refused to “game the system” while making sure the real needy ones were taken care of.
Bernie and Hillary are Misleading Masses
In the last presidential election, Hillary Clinton packaged herself as a moderate. This time around, as Bernie Sanders promotes a Denmark–like socialism, she’s vaulted forward as more of a progressive socialist, while avoiding the label. Sensing a large segment of the Democratic base leaning in the socialistic direction, both are trying to garner their votes.
The seduction of socialism is to promote an economic system where there is “more equal distribution of wealth and ownership by all the people.” Big government helps redistribute the wealth and establish “Robin Hood” policies taking more from higher wage earners and giving more to folks who may or may not be in genuine need. What draws people to this approach is the prospect of more and more “free stuff” that political candidates promise even if in reality they can’t deliver!
America is in monumental debt to the tune of $19 trillion! We continue printing and spending money, as my mother used to say, “like a drunken sailor.” We’ve forgotten the famous words of Bill Clinton when he was president and concluded, “The era of big government is over!” Today all we seem to hear about is more government entitlements and benefit programs when these areas already account for almost 2/3 of all federal spending!
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sander’s spending plans “would cost $18 trillion over 10 years, increasing the government’s size by roughly a third.”
Masses of baby boomers are retiring…gates are being flung wide open to more illegal immigrants…and some politicians seemed to have developed a new slogan, “Spend, spend, spend!”
Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton obviously forgot Bill Clinton’s declaration. [So too has our president who in two months went on fundraisers and golf vacations at luxurious country clubs ($4,436,245.50 in travel expenses alone!) and their 2013 family trip to Ireland for the G-8 summit which included Michele’s sightseeing trip to Dublin, with her girls and entourage booking 30 rooms at a five star hotel (taxpayer cost $7,921,638.66!)] These “public servants” love to spend lavishly, offer mega millions to pay for “free” college tuition, increased social security benefits, expand Medicare to anyone, give “free” childcare plus provide healthcare and numerous benefits to illegal immigrants and their children. “By the way, vote for me!”
This economic insanity must be exposed and stopped! It is leading us to an inevitable fiscal reckoning – an economic collapse. This is generational theft yet we have smiling candidates waving banners: “I’ll guarantee you more free stuff!”
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