MARRIAGE = ?


Marriage has been a big topic this month. Primarily, same-sex marriage. North Carolina passing an amendment that keeps marriage defined between a man and a woman, and president Obama coming out in favor of same-sex marriage. Anyone who disagrees with same-sex marriage is apparently a bigot, and is mentally ill. I don’t support same-sex marriage, and never will. I’m not hating, and I’m not discriminating against homosexuals. I love the person who is acting out in homosexuality. God is love, and therefore, I love. However, I don’t condone sin. Homosexuality is a sin. Plus, who am I to redefine marriage? No human being has the authority to redefine marriage when God has already defined it in this equation: 1 man + 1 woman = marriage. Who are you to go above God, and change what He has created? Religion did not define marriage.

God’s vision for marriage is clear when kept in context:

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:27-28 NIV

It’s unnatural for a woman and a woman and a man and a man to mix with each other, if you know what I mean. (Romans 1:26-27 NIV)  Not even animals from the same-sex get with each other. It is against the cycle of  life. You never see a male animal getting it on with an other male animal. Animals procreate like we do, and they do it with the opposite sex. That’s the way God created it. That is why homosexuality is wrong. It’s against nature, and it’s against God. Plain and simple.

But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.” – 1 Corinthians 7:2-3 NIV

Here we have Paul urging married couples to have their sexual relations with each other, because at that time, there was a lot of sexual temptation flying around, so he encouraged couples to stick with sexual purity inside their marriage. Besides that, you read that it says “the husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.” It does not say anything about same-sex marital duties. God intended for the man to one day leave his mother and father to be united with his wife to become one flesh. (Genesis 2:21-25 NIV) Same-sex marriage is against God, and by trying to legalize same-sex marriage here in the United States of America is a slap to God’s sovereignty.

God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.”  – Max Lucado

God has defined marriage between a man and a woman. Nothing else. Religion does not define marriage nor any social group. Marriage was defined by God himself, and He alone has the power to change it. Therefore, no humanistic idealism can alter the sound definition of marriage. Man will never have the power to define marriage. The only thing this world can do is recognize and honor that marriage is between a man and woman. (Hebrew 13:4)

 

THE POLITICIZATION OF MARRIAGE 

Our government needs to get out of marriage. Period. The US government should have no involvement in the lives of those who are married here in America. No political influence. Get out. Marriage is a unalienable right from God, and our government has no power to infringe upon that God-given right. The states and our government as a whole cannot alter the right of marriage that God has given to us. Meaning that state or federal government cannot pass any form of legislation allowing a different form of marriage. No body has the power to do that. Marriage is a right that comes from God, a right defined between a man and a woman, which we must honor and recognize, whether we like it or not. I don’t care if you are a guy and you’re sleeping with your boyfriend… you can do that. Not my problem. However, don’t destroy marriage. Leave it alone. Don’t touch it. Don’t play God. This nation is a nation of laws, not men. This nation was not founded on personal morals or certitude. This nation was built on God’s law. We don’t run our nation by our feelings. We run our nation by the Laws of God. If you don’t like it, alright. That’s you. Just bring it up to the big guy upstairs. Leave marriage between one man and one woman alone.

The equation of marriage is set and sound: One man, one woman equals marriage. That’s the equation, and that’s finale. Nothing more to discuss.
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Research Links:

http://www.cpjustice.org/stories/storyReader$1178

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ONE NATION UNDER?


If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan

Courts ruling in favor for immorality. The gospel being hijacked with self-interest, financial gain, and religiosity.  Public expression of ones faith is seen as a menace to society. Yet, ironically, Atheist can leave their mark of denial everywhere. Our reliance on Divine Providence has shifted to a reliance on man; people saw Obama has the Messiah. Ronald Reagan was right, we have gone under.

The acknowledgment of God, and God Himself has been a big part of our nation’s history. On July 1776, God established a group of fifty-six men from diverse backgrounds, but with a common desire for liberty where man can live freely under his God-given rights; thus through Divine Providence the “American Experiment” was born. Our Founding Fathers relied on God, they acknowledged that God governs in the affairs of men:

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?” – Benjamin Franklin’s Request for Prayers at the Constitutional Convention July 28, 1787

There are two key things here… First, they’re acknowledging God, second, they relied on God by praying. Therefore,  prayer in official public area is not unlawful, despite the popular opinion of secularist deeming any acknowledgment of God on government grounds is unconstitutional, which is, far from the truth.

THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE:

The government cannot run the church, and the church cannot run the government. However, the influence and expression from the church should not be separated in our government. Our Founding Fathers understood the great influence the Bible can have on our society:

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams

Our constitution is mere biblical. Our nation is built on a biblical foundation – a Christlike foundation. The principles and values seen in the Bible is weaved into our structure as a nation. Our law is biblical! Don’t let the misconception of Separation of Church and State presented by Atheist groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) fool you, because the way they present it as, any biblical influence in the public square is unconstitutional. No it’s not! Putting someone in jail for not agreeing with the states religion or national religion is unconstitutional, but that’s not the case here in America, because we have Separation of Church and State. However, the influence of anything God-related in government, schools, and anywhere public is not unconstitutional. Separation of Church and State is simply institutional, not influential.

A video on Separation of Church and State:

God’s historical presence in American history is clear. However, we have ignored it, and we have allowed darkness to rewrite history. You see, in my opinion, America is in troubling times, because we have ignored God. We have forgotten that we are a nation under God. Our structure has been transformed, i.e., fundamentally transformed. We need to restore our nation. Forget the economy. The economy can take care of itself once you get the government out, and let the free market system be free. Our social structure needs to be fixed, because without a good foundation, a house cannot stand.  (Mark 3:25) Let’s restore a Godlike influence in our nation again. We get back to God, we get America back to how it’s supposed to be.

It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!” — Patrick Henry

‎”This nation, under God, shall have new birth of freedom.” – Abraham Lincoln

DEMOCRACY VS REPUBLIC


There are some people in America that believe or ignorantly think that our form of government is a democracy, and that’s simply incorrect. Our Founding Fathers often stated that democracy is tyranny, and that is why, they gave us a Republic. The word democracy is never found in our constitution. Does our pledge of allegiance say to ‘the democracy for which it stands,’ or does it say to ‘the republic for which it stands’? We are a Republic.

 

 

Johan Adams highlights the difference between the two:

 

You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.’ Nothing in our Constitution suggests that government is a grantor of rights. Instead, government is a protector of rights.”

 

In a democracy those God-given rights can be taken away if the majority rules for that right to be taken away from you.

So what’s the difference?

Simple:

In a Republic the government makes its affairs according to the law of the land – the Constitution. The Constitution limits the power of Government and ensuring some rights and protection to minorities and individuals. [1] Therefore, we are not a democracy. We are Republic with democratic principles, that is why we elect politicians (people) to represent us.

In a Democracy majority rules trumping the right of the individual.

The video below further explains all this:

 

Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “”Well, Doctor, what have we got?” – Mrs. Powel

Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Notes:

1: Democracy vs Republic

JESUS VS RELIGION


It seems that more people are realizing that religion has no real connection with God.  Religion is just men trying to connect with God through humanistic ways. However, they forget the important part of the equation, and that’s, Jesus Christ.  (John 14:6) There is no need for religion, because Jesus Christ provided the path to God. I don’t apologize for what I’m about to write… religion is harming the world. It’s useless. It does no good. I dislike it very much.  I’m happy to see that a lot more people are getting away from a religious mindset and seeking God through Jesus Christ.

You have probably seen this video already on Youtube, but if you haven’t, please watch it:

According to Jefferson Bethke, the person seen in the video spitting up anti-religious words while replacing them with pro-Jesus words, was trying to highlight the “difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it’s core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered. This poem highlights my journey to discover this truth. Religion either ends in pride or despair. Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can’t do your own list of rules and feel “not good enough” for God. With Jesus though you have humble confident joy because He represents you, you don’t represent yourself and His sacrifice is perfect putting us in perfect standing with God!” says Bethke.

With 2,408,992 views and certainly counting, it’s a video that has gone viral. But like always, there is opposition, take Mary at Young and Catholic, for example, she states “There’s a reason the doctor prescribes medicine, just like there is a reason God gave us the rules of religion.” Not to tear apart your article Mary, but God never gave us law, he gave us grace and unconditional-love. God’s children are no longer under law, but grace. That doesn’t mean we  can continue to live a life of sin, of course not, we now have the ability and responsibility to do good through Christ. Christ is our righteousness, which enables us to reign in life.  One’s religiosity is not a factor.  (Galatians 3:24-25, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 5:1-2, Galatians 3, 4, 5.)

If Jesus were alive today he would never support any of the religions we have today, because it goes against the very words he boldly addressed:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

THE PROVERBS 31 MOVEMENT: OUTSIDE BEAUTY IS NOT EVERYTHING


Our society has evolved into a state of mind that outside beauty matters the most. Our idea of a perfect person  is what we see in those vanity magazines in our local grocery store. Character no long matters. Faith no longer matters. All that matters is the “He’s hot/She’s hot” criteria. However, there are those who are tying to show the world that outside beauty isn’t everything.

Take Alex Eklund, for example, it all started by a Facebook status “I’d rather have a Proverbs 31 woman than a Victoria’s Secret Model.“, said Alex Eklund. Since then, it has become a movement that has made a big impact in showing others that beauty is not everything.

Alex Eklund explains more below:

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SEX ON FIRE: SHOULD THE CHURCH TALK ABOUT SEX?


Sex… Such a beautiful and wonderful act that God has created for man and woman in the boundaries of marriage. Where man and woman can passionately express their love for each other with their physical body and become one flesh. It  allows them to procreate — to bring God’s creation into the world. God’s vision for a married couple. But… one night stands, casual sex, orgies, pornography, etc., seems to be the vision for many out in the world who don’t know God’s true intention/vision for sexuality. The wrong vision for sex is thrown at us everyday day, 24/7. Mostly on television shows like ‘Sex In The City’ or ‘Desperate Housewives’ that give off a message that simply states “Who gives a frack about the consequences just go have sex. It’s just sex!” We are always given that message. And those who disagree with the worldly idealism are labeled as ‘forty year old virgins’, or ‘Bible thumpers’ who hate sex. I’m a follower of Christ, and I can’t wait to experience sex with the one girl I am going to spend the rest of my life with.

The church shouldn’t be shy on the topic of sex. However, there are those with their immaturity who believe that the church shouldn’t speak out on such a topic. Why not? We share God vision for His kingdom, we share God’s vision for the world, but why not share His vision for sexuality? I understand that ultimately the responsibility belongs to the parents and individuals. But I believe the church should pitch in on giving our society a correct and pure vision for sexuality — God vision. . What do you think?

CONVICTION IS OLD NEWS


All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.”Mohandas Gandhi

Conviction seems to be something of the past — something you can probably read about in a  history book. To me it is hard to find men and women of strong conviction; selling one’s beliefs for money, power, and/or position.  More individuals each day are willing to compromise on their fundamentals to keep the peace or to avoid conflict, or worse, not saying a word. What fundamentals am I talking about? Our Christ-like values and principles. Our whole essence. Our core!  There is too much compromise in the modern church. God does not compromise, and why as his children should we compromise on our faith/fundamental beliefs? Where is our conviction as followers of Christ?  You cannot balance right and wrong. To compromise is to surrender on your Christ-like values and principles.

A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” — Mohandas Gandhi

 

 

ARE THE POOR REALLY THAT POOR? WELFARE, GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCE, AND THE WAR ON POVERTY…


Poverty: The state of having little or no money, goods, or means of support. Poverty is a big issue to many, some believe that our government should do more to fight poverty, meaning more government assistance – Welfare. With all the welfare programs in place to provide assistance for those in need, where our U.S government spends more money in welfare than on defense, law enforcement, education, and transportation,[1] we still have an issue with poverty and low-income communities in the United States. It must come to mind that welfare is a poor way of helping out the poor.

WELFARE IS THE RESULT OF CHILD POVERTY

Children fatherless and single mothers is linked to the ever-growing dependence on welfare, and results in a marriage decline in the United States. 80 percent of long-term poverty is in single-parent households. [2] Why get married when you can get more aid by being a single parent and have more children just to get additional aid?! More babies = more DINERO!

WELFARE FACTS

  • Welfare is supposed to be temporary.
  • People start depending on the government to make a living.
  • Welfare becomes an incentive to stop looking for work.
  • It becomes unfair to American workers.
  • Welfare – Short-term – Not long-term.
  • Welfare does not stop poverty.
  • Almost 16 trillion dollars has been spent since the War on Poverty began in 1964.

In this video you will see how welfare does not improve low-income communities, but only makes them worse, and how individuals who don’t receive government assistance thrive better than those who do receive. I recommend skipping to 26:50min unless you desire to watch the whole thing.

With all the Welfare Programs in the United States, you would think poverty would have been dealt with by now, but that is not the case, and truthfully, you cannot end poverty. There will always be poor individuals. But what is being poor and are the poor really that poor? It’s not having the latest “Smart Phone” or not having the “Hollywood Lifestyle“. Not everyone can have a nice house, a luxury car, and designer clothes. In a way, poor people in the United States are kinda doing well, because most of them have a roof over their heads and are able to have a meal, even though their lacking in material goods.  When I think of material goods, the question arises: Have we become too materialistic that we think when we have less material we are poor? Ask yourself that. I believe that God allows poverty in the world for those who have a lot to become humble so out of their heart they give to those in need. Charity comes from the individual not the government; the U.S government should encourage its citizens, private charities, and churches to help their fellow Americans. Love thy neighbor anyone? We shouldn’t create a system of forceful redistribution of wealth programs and take from the hard-working American citizens, that is not charity, and it creates more poverty. Nevertheless, the government is already doing enough to deal with poverty, but are you doing something to help the cause? Give a little. God loves a cheerful giver!

God created us for community and it is when we are in a community of unconditional love — which is God’s nature — that we begin to thrive and become the best we can be! — XXXChurch

Research Links:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/219856/why_the_current_welfare_system_doesnt.html?cat=9

http://katetheright.blogspot.com/2009/06/why-welfare-doesnt-work-literally-and.html

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/09/22/quite_a_poor_way_to_help_the_poor_98404.html

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/09/Marriage-America-s-Greatest-Weapon-Against-Child-Poverty

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/10/the-2010-index-of-dependence-on-government

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/The-Unsustainable-Growth-of-Welfare

http://blog.heritage.org/2010/06/30/video-welfare-can-and-must-be-reformed/