7 Ways to Respond to the Rising Tide of Anti-Christian Hatred | Dr. Michael Brown

from Charisma News

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage, which effectively codifies Bible believers as bigots, the attack on conservative Christian values has reached fever pitch.

This is not the slightest surprise, as I and many others have been warning for some time now, but the ferocity and ugliness of it is still shocking, and it is something we must be prepared for.

The other day I posted on Twitter, “Much has changed since the SCOTUS decision, but more has not changed. Jesus is still Lord, the world is still fallen, Satan is still raging.”

An “equality” advocate responded by challenging me to name one thing in my life that had changed since the decision.

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Should Christians pledge allegiance to the United States’ flag? | R.C. Sproul, Jr.

from Highland Ministries at http://highlandsministriesonline.org/blogs/ask-rc-jr/ask-rc-should-christians-pledge-allegiance-to-the-united-states-flag/

Because I wish to answer some likely objections before answering this question, you will likely guess my answer. When the Bible calls us to “pray for the peace ofBabylon” (Jeremiah 29:7) I believe that means we are called to pray for the peace of our nation. When the Bible calls us to pray for our leaders (I Timothy 2: 1-4) I believe we are called to pray for our leaders. When the Bible calls us to give honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13:7) I believe we are called to give honor to whom honor is due in our nation. I would add in turn that I believe the providence of God has blessed this nation like no other nation in history. I love what our founding fathers stood for. I love my country, and aspire to be faithful to it. But I do not believe Christians should pledge allegiance to the flag of theseUnited States.

My first concern, as it ought to be with any oath or vow, is with the truth in the oath or vow. I am quite concerned that what the pledge affirms is just not true. First, while I am grateful that our founders designed this country to be ruled by the Constitution, to be ruled by law, this country is not now a Republic. That rule which is supposed to be the law of the land, the Constitution, is routinely and perpetually ignored by both major parties. In like manner the pledge claims we are a nation under God when I fear we are a nation in deepest rebellion against God. We are under Him in reality, but we think ourselves above Him.

Indivisible may be the most troubling word in the whole of the pledge. I have no desire to see the nation divided. We are not expressing here, however, a wish that it will not be divided but a conviction that it cannot be divided. This is, in essence, a claim that the union is immortal, a claim to deity. This nation is most assuredly not indivisible.

The last phrase, I would argue, is also not true. There we claim that ours is a nation where there is liberty and justice for all. Is that true? Are we free to work in the field of our choice, without a license from the state? Are we at liberty to build a shed in our back yard, without getting a permit from the state? Are we free to not purchase health insurance for our employees? Are we free to keep the fruits of our labor?

My second concern, however, ties together the last and the first phrases. Does the flag stand for, represent those founding virtues, or does it now represent a nation where every year over a million of our tiniest citizens are not just denied liberty and justice, but life itself? Does not that flag represent both a state which is pledged to protect the “right” to murder the unborn, and does it not represent the citizens of that nation who avail themselves of that right over 3000 times each day?

I love my country. But I cannot pretend that my country is something that it no longer is. I love my country, but I fear the judgment of God. I love my country, but I weep for it. I love my country, and what it once was. But I am ashamed of what it has become. The truth of the matter, however, is that were we what we once were, were we what I hope and labor that we will be again, I still could not in good conscience pledge my allegiance. Because I look for that city whose builder and maker is God. I love my country, but because I, by His grace, have been made a part of that royal priesthood, my commitment is to that holy nation (I Peter 2:9). I love my country, but my allegiance, my loyalty is to Jesus Christ.

Paul Harvey’s “If I Were the Devil”

I learned of this through Lighthouse Trails Research. It comes from the late Paul Harvey explaining how he would take over the United States in “If I Were the Devil”. This version aired in 1993 and is based on the original essay that he wrote in 1965 and updated periodically. I’m pretty sure Paul’s strategy is working.

America the Impotent?

from OneNewsNow.com by Dr. Michael Youssef:

When a banana republic like Egypt, who receives more than $1.5 billion a year in aid from the United States, can thumb its nose at the United States and put the son of America’s Secretary of Transportation on trial for promoting democracy, one wonders if anyone can truly restore America’s former “peace through strength” image to the world.

Remember, it was the Obama administration that supported the so-called “democracy” movement. It was the Obama administration that acquiesced to the collapse of the former regime, Mubarak-America’s ally. It was the Obama administration that hailed the military takeover. It was the Obama administration that held secret talks with the then-outlawed, now in charge, Muslim Brotherhood. The list continues on.

Now, the Obama administration is so impotent that it cannot demand the release of true American democracy advocates, including the son of one of its own. What a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions!

Americans of all political stripes need to grieve over America’s impotent image around the world.

In grieving over the condition of the greatest country on Earth, believers need to pray that God will somehow supernaturally intervene, not because we deserve His supernatural intervention, but because of the role that America has played and can continue to play in bringing the only message of peace through Christ to a desperate and dying world.

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The Greatest Rendition Ever

In the 10 years or so that I owned WQBC Radio, we were the only radio station in our area that started every day with the playing of our National Anthem. At that time we were doing a daily morning program and we started at 6am with news and weather, followed by the morning show itself, and for the majority of those mornings, at 5:57:50, we shared this rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Whitney Houston. It is, in my opinion, THE greatest rendition of our National Anthem ever performed, and to the very day I get chills listening to it especially with the jet flyover at the end. How sad and tragic was the passing of Whitney Houston. So much to offer to have it so terribly wasted in the end.

Michelle Malkin-All the wrong 9-11 lessons

OneNewsNow.com-

Are your kids learning the right lessons about 9/11? Ten years after Osama bin Laden’s henchmen murdered thousands of innocents on American soil, too many children have been spoon-fed the thin gruel of progressive political correctness over the stiff antidote of truth.

 “Know your enemy, name your enemy” is a 9/11 message that has gone unheeded. Our immigration and homeland security policies refuse to profile jihadi adherents at foreign consular offices and at our borders. Our military leaders refuse to expunge them from uniformed ranks until it’s too late (see: Fort Hood massacre). The j-word is discouraged in Obama intelligence circles, and the term “Islamic extremism” was removed from the U.S. national security strategy document last year.

It is no wonder that a new poll released this week showed that Americans today “are generally more willing to believe that U.S. policies in the Middle East might have motivated the 9/11 terror attacks on New York and the Pentagon,” according to Reuters.
 
To make matters worse, we have an appeaser-in-chief who wrote shortly after the jihadist attacks a decade ago that the “essence of this tragedy” derives “from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others.” A “climate of poverty and ignorance” caused the attacks, then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama preached. Never mind the Ivy League and Oxford educations, the oil wealth, and the middle-class status of legions of al-Qaida plotters and operatives.
 
9/11 was a deliberate, carefully planned evil act of the long-waged war on the West by Koran-inspired soldiers of Allah around the world. They hated us before George W. Bush was in office. They hated us before Israel existed. And the avengers of the religion of perpetual outrage will keep hating us no matter how much we try to appease them.
 
The post-9/11 problem isn’t whether we’ll forget. The problem is: Will we ever learn?

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“Those Voices Don’t Speak For the Rest of Us”

PowerLineBlog.com-The Republican Study Committee made this video, contrasting clips by Ronald Reagan with today’s leaders of the Democratic Party. Suffice it to say that Reagan never sounded so timely. It’s striking, too, how child-like the Democrats seem compared to him. They’re pitiful, but what it really pathetic is that they are in power. As an email correspondent says, it’s November or never.

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