President’s Day of Repentance

When thinking of President’s Day, two focal figures come to mind, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. There are other good presidents; but most Americans tend to think of Washington’s integrity, honesty, and the role he played in forming this great nation. Some people think of Lincoln’s push for liberty and how he transformed this nation; yet others might include Ronald Reagan among this list of greats – a president focused on diminishing the power of the federal government while encouraging patriotism once more.

A few of the  things which have made great presidents is their looking to the Hand of Providence in the founding and building of this nation, having a high regard for God’s word with a desire to point others toward it, and a love for liberty.  Although many presidents have done these things, reflect with me upon the words of just these past three.

Listen to George Washington, our first president and father of this nation as he acknowledged the Sovereignty of God:  “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

Hear him recognize the important role God and His Word play in successful government:  “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.”

Oh, that our heart’s plea would echo his:  “Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy son, Jesus Christ.”

In thanksgiving Washington would call upon God for a national repentance and forgiveness: “We beseech [God] to pardon our national and other transgressions…” (Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789)

Our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, echoed our first as he acknowledged the Creator’s Hand of Providence:  “And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God … and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

Here his great regard for God’s Word:  “In regards to this great Book (the Bible), I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.”

He, like Washington, brought this nation to prayer and repentance:  “Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation…”

Even our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, would point us to the Sovereignty of God:  “Can we doubt that only a Divine Providence placed this land, this island of freedom, here as a refuge for all those people in the world who yearn to breathe freely.”

Reagan held God’s Word in high regard and encouraged the nation as a whole to read AND STUDY it:  “Inside the Bible’s pages lie the answers to all the problems that mankind has ever known. I hope Americans will read and study the Bible.”

This same president pushed for prayer to be allowed back in schools during his Radio Address to the Nation on February 25, 1984.  If you take the time to read that transcript you won’t be sorry. He encouraged us to continually push for liberty because, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Were any of these men perfect? No, of course not, but they desired freedom and liberty for the American people and acknowledged God as the Giver of these freedoms.

Our current president denies our Creator and the Hand of Providence as he misquotes the Declaration of Independence, omitting our “Creator.”  Why not, since his party would like to remove “God” from their platform? He not only ignores our Creator but has called the United States “no longer a Christian nation.”

As Senator Obama, he made demeaning remarks about both the Bible and Christians who would follow the word of God.

He has been labeled “America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U.S. President” by Wall Builders, an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built.  To read their article and proofs click here.

He has done his best to ignore, re-interpret and replace the highest law of the land at every turn, the Constitution of the United States of America.  Perhaps it is time that we follow Lincoln’s words which are found on the Lincoln Memorial: “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

There are many who would like to see Psalm 109:8  come to fruition, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office;” but that is not the real problem.  The heart of America is what is at stake here.

I fear by the time this president is out of office so much damage will be done and America will have become so infiltrated with Islamism, socialism, secularism, and anything goes “sexualism,” that we will be in too much trouble to regain our senses, our freedoms, or our country. It will only be by the grace of God that we would ever find our moral compass or the “truth north” of liberty.  As we kill our own children, embrace homosexuality, and embrace the oppression of the poor, as we deny the Creator and cling to the thought that NOTHING could bring about what the God of all the universe has designed and created, as we call good ‘evil’ and evil ‘good’ and continue to poke a stick in God’s eye with our political stances and platforms, I fear we shall be the recipients of His judgment rather than His grace. True revival is our only hope.

Unless we (God’s people) will humble ourselves, we shall be humbled by Him.  Unless we pray (seeking His will and His holiness, not asking for a rubber stamp of approval upon our own) we shall be the prey of the holy Lion of Judah.  Unless we truly seek His face instead of seeking our own desires, we will be lost in the dark only to find that He has turned His back instead of His face on us.  Unless we turn from our wicked ways (REPENT) there will be no salvation for us nor the United States.

It’s only in doing these four things that we shall find the blessed three-fold promise that GOD will hear our prayers, forgive our sin, and HEAL OUR LAND!

It is God that tries the reins of man’s heart and gives to us what we truly desire.  Unless we as a nation turn away from our sin we shall indeed reap the whirlwind.

http://americandecency.org/full_article.php?article_no=2223

Changing Gods? By Steve Huston

Do you remember how the Mighty Hand of Providence brought a people out of different lands to the shores of what is now called America? Do you remember how God had lifted her up to be a beacon, a light, a city shining on a hill?  Have you read or heard about the many obstacles the pilgrims and puritans faced as they settled on these shores; about the seemingly impossible odds that our forefathers overcame in building this country?  Have you learned of the battles and wars which were turned by the wind, the waves or an enemy general acting opposite to what would be his normal, or his better judgment?

As I read about these blessings and as I remember the Divine Hand of Providence, I am humbled.  As I remember that it is God who raises nations up or brings them down and this according to their following or disobeying His will and His commands, I humbly fear.  I encourage you to read Jeremiah chapter 2 and see if you aren’t broken by the message found there.

Even as God spoke to Israel through the prophet Jeremiah, those words could be spoken to America today.  It could be a message directed to Washington, DC instead of Jerusalem.  He could remind us that we once sought after Him; we once loved Him; but now, we chase after things of vanity, things that do not profit.  Yes, God could remind us of His goodness to us; and then, He could deliver the same indictment found in verses 11-13.

Jeremiah 2:11-13:  Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.  Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord.  For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”

The United States used to drink from the fountain of living waters; we were once known as a bastion of freedom. America could be counted on to take a stand against the oppression of the masses and for being a Christian nation.  Today, it would seem that America, according to our president, is no longer a Christian nation. It now fights for the “rights” of a 2% population (LGBT) while trampling on the rights of the masses and continues to slide down the list of countries with economic freedom.

We kill our children and call it convenience. We glorify sin and call it entertainment.  God’s beautiful and holy name has become commonplace and is too often used as an exclamation of disgust or as a curse word.  Too often we glorify the misuse of God’s name and call that entertainment as well.

The first President of the United States, in his inaugural address, encouraged us to look to God: “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.  Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”

Our current President not only neglects to mention “our Creator” when often misquoting the Declaration of Independence, but is given the distinction of being the first president to talk about “gay rights” in his inauguration speech.  He continues to neglect the word of God as a standard to live by and pushes forward an agenda which goes contrary to same Hand of Providence that he refuses to recognize.

Homosexuality is not in itself destroying America but its rise and acceptance shows the heart of America.  Through this acceptance and the promotion of other anti-Biblical agendas, don’t we bite the “Hand” that fed us; don’t we provoke the heart of God?

We know things are bad, but we think we’re so far removed from Nazi, Germany.  Listen in horror to the words of Adolf Hitler as they echo off the White House walls, come screaming off the “tins of Hollywood,” and seem to resonate from every corner of our nation. Listen and weep with humble repentance, praying for the mercies of God.

“It’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion.  Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good?  The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity.  Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness.” – Adolf Hitler

It would seem we’ve left our moorings and neglected our moral compass.  We’ve changed (or are changing) our God for gods which are not gods.  We neglect Jesus, the Christ, and pay homage to evolution, self, and any number of false gods.  We refuse to drink from the fountains of living water and gather around the cisterns of socialism, communism, psychology, materialism, intellectualism, and other false “–isms” vainly hoping to quench our thirst. There is but One thirst-quencher, and He is Jesus.  There is but One true God and He is “the Holy One of Israel.”

Keep all this in mind as you hear from a patriot preacher by the name of George Duffield:  “Whilst sun and moon endure, America shall remain a city of refuge for the whole earth, until she herself shall play the tyrant, forget her destiny, disgrace her freedom, and provoke her God.”

It’s time that we remember our destiny, respect our freedom and love our God. Please; let’s leave those cracked cisterns that don’t satisfy and drink from the fountain of living water once more.

http://americandecency.org/full_article.php?article_no=2184

Here’s how North Koreans celebrate Christmas story

As Christmas Day nears, North Korean defectors who are Christians are reminding the world of the reason for the season.

The defectors risked their lives in order to leave North Korea, where practicing Christianity means prison and perhaps death.

Pastor Eric Foley of Seoul USA has talked with people able to escape to neighboring China during the Christmas season.

“They draw a contrast between the Christmas lights that they’re seeing in China and then they look back over their shoulders at North Korea and see utter blackness,” Foley observes to OneNewsNow.

Seoul USA operates an underground training school for North Korean Christian missionaries in South Korea, where participating students wanted to video their own presentation of the Nativity story.

 

 

“And remaining faithful to their text portrayed it in the same way that a North Korean drama would be done, and so as we saw that drama coming together, we knew it was something that we needed to put on video and share with the rest of the world…,” says Foley.

The organization is also responsible for flying Bibles and Christian literature and dropping it over populated areas in North Korea by balloon.

– See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/persecution/2013/12/24/heres-how-north-koreans-celebrate-christmas-story#.UsVfuvRDs8w

The Troubles Of Those Who Are Lazy

The lazy man says, “A lion is outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!”
As the door turns on its hinges,
So the lazy man turns on his bed.
He dips his hand in the dish,
But does not bring it to his mouth!
The lazy man is wiser in his own mind,
Than seven who can answer intelligently.
The way of the lazy is hedged in with thorns,
But the path of the diligent is a well-built highway.

I went by the field of the lazy man,
By the vineyard of him who lacked sense,
It was all overgrown with thorns,
Its surface was covered with nettles,
And its stone wall was broken down.
Then I beheld and reflected,
I saw and received instruction:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,
And your poverty comes as a robber,
And your want as a well-armed man.

http://kids.ochristian.com/Childrens-Bible/The-Troubles-Of-Those-Who-Are-Lazy.shtml

The Rabbi and the Duck Hunter

In the aftermath of the allegedly “homophobic” comments made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, the man known as “America’s most famous rabbi” has offered a dissenting opinion. Between the rabbi and the duck hunter, who got it right?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, dubbed “America’s most famous rabbi” byNewsweek magazine, is a close personal friend of mine and a frequent debating opponent on theological and social issues. It is his opinion that evangelicals in America have overstated their case against homosexuality, making it the scapegoat for many of our greatest social ills as well as exaggerating its sinfulness in the eyes of God.

Is he correct?

Writing in the <href=”#ixzz2ojnnqoic”>New York Observer on December 23rd, he claims that “No country in the world is more obsessed with homosexuality than America. And judging from the constant religious attacks against gays, you would think it’s the only sin in the entire Bible.”

As for it being called an “abomination” in the Torah, Rabbi Shmuley notes that the word “appears approximately 122 times in the Hebrew Bible, including eating nonkosher food (Deuteronomy 14:3) . . . and bringing a blemished sacrifice on God’s altar (Deuteronomy 17:1).”

He also notes that the word “abomination” can refer to moral sins like “envy, lying and gossip” in Proverbs, while in the New Testament the equivalent terms “seems to be implying that love of money is an abomination, which might give some of the televangelists flying in G5s pause before going after gays.”

Is there anything controversial in what he has written here in terms of the meaning of the word “abomination” in the Bible? Not to my mind, based on studying these texts for decades myself.

But his next claim is certainly controversial (and it is one that he and I have previously debated at length). He writes, “I am an orthodox Rabbi, and I freely acknowledge that the Bible clearly labels homosexuality a sin. However, it is not a moral sin but rather akin to the prohibition of lighting fire on the Sabbath or eating bread on Passover. It may violate the divine will, but there is nothing immoral about it.”

Homosexual practice is “not a moral sin”? Really?

He further explains that, “The essence of an ethical violation, as opposed to a religious infraction, is injury to an innocent party. This is not the case with two unattached adults entering a consensual relationship that is not based on deception or lies.”

Rabbi Shmuley has espoused this position for many years now, and it is an opinion that has been strongly renounced by other Orthodox rabbis and academics.

More importantly, it seems clear that the Torah itself is against his views, since: 1) Out of all the sins listed in the book of Leviticus, only homosexual practice is singled out as an abomination (sometimes among an aggregate list of abominations) and, as such, it is the only “abomination” punishable by death in Leviticus (see Lev 18:22; 20:13). Can the seriousness of this under ancient Israelite law be trivialized?

2) According to the Torah, when the surrounding nations engaged in this sin (along with sins of incest, adultery, bestiality, and sacrificing their children to idols) they incurred God’s wrath and were driven out of the land (see Lev 18:1-30). If these were not moral sins in God’s sight, why would he punish pagan nations for them? Only Israel was held accountable for ritual laws like abstaining from unclean foods.

3) It is the Torah which placed homosexual practice (not same-sex attractions but male-male sex) next to bestiality (see Lev 18:22-23), meaning that Rabbi Shmuley’s greater argument is with his own sacred Torah (which I believe he truly reveres), despite his protestation that, “Hardly a week goes by without some religious guy in America blathering on about how homosexuality is like bestiality.”

As for Phil Robertson’s comments, while crudely expressed, it seems that he was not likening homosexual practice to bestiality any more than he was likening heterosexual promiscuity to bestiality. He was, it appears, simply stating that once you violate God’s norms for marriage and sexuality, virtually anything goes. (To cite his now famous words, “Start with homosexual behavior, and just morph out from there—bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”)

And from a biblical standpoint, a man and a woman (not just two people) are uniquely suited for each other (see Gen 2:18-25, where the woman derives her name by being taken “out of the man,” and so their relationship truly reunites them as “one flesh”). This is why the one and only paradigm for marriage in the Bible is male-female based. It is also why the violation of that paradigm is so grave in God’s sight.

As for making homosexuality the scapegoat of our social and marital ills today, Rabbi Shmuley is certainly correct in pointing out the many sins that have plagued evangelical Christians (and others) for decades now, including rampant no-fault divorce, pornography, materialism and greed.

But what he fails to realize is that the reason we have made such an issue about homosexuality is not because of the act itself but rather because of the pervasive gay activism that came knocking at our doors – in our children’s schools, in our places of business, in the courts, in politics, in the media, in our communities, and even in our congregations – to the point that we can say without exaggeration that gay activism has become the principle threat to our freedoms of religions, speech, and conscience. (For more on this, see my 700 page study A Queer Thing Happened to America.)

And so, despite Rabbi Shmuley’s brilliance and his often astute cultural analyses, when it comes to the seriousness of homosexual practice, the learned and eloquent rabbi got it wrong and the duck hunter (not lacking in shrewdness himself) got it right.

 

Michael Brown

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Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, including Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message, and he hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.

http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2013/12/27/the-rabbi-and-the-duck-hunter-n1768939/page/full

Wreck-less Drivers

“I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

I’m not sure who came up with the idea of driving around in circles on a small track in a tiny machine; nevertheless, riding go-karts is a popular pastime in America. Once when I took my son and nephew to a go-kart track, I was whizzing around—trying desperately to catch up with those two lightweight guys—and realized firsthand the futility of going in circles and cutting off everyone who got in my way.

A lot like life, I thought.

Then I found myself reflecting on a similar, more brutal activity: bumper cars. Have you ever noticed that they are driven by two kinds of people? The aggressive ones bump and bang everyone within range. They don’t feel successful unless they have plowed as many people into the sideboards as time will allow. The other person shrinks from the conflict, seeking to avoid the drivers who have that killer look in their eyes.

Unfortunately, a lot of us tend to live in aimless, reckless ways like the go-kart and bumper car drivers of this world. Some of us seem content simply to follow a track going nowhere, hoping to finish first among others who are also frantically circling, going nowhere with their lives.

Then there are those who seem to think there is some spiritual merit to bumping and banging fellow followers of Jesus, while others go through life with passive avoidance, simply trying to stay out of everybody’s way. They don’t go anywhere or do anything significant; success for them is measured by just staying out of trouble.

If you recognized yourself in this list, I’m here to tell you that none of those tactics will lead to the progressive, productive life that Jesus called us to live. The essence of authentic Christianity is the pursuit of a goal. As Paul put it: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). Together, arm in arm, heart to heart, we are called to go somewhere for God.

As followers of Jesus, we have many wonderful and productive places to go—like rearing godly families, expressing sacrificial love in our relationships in the midst of a “me first” culture, and taking the healing power of Christ to the broken and oppressed.

It’s when we take our eyes off the God-given goal and forget our destination that we settle back into the go-kart mentality, circling around the same track we’ve been on for years, or find ourselves hanging out in the bumper car arena looking for someone to attack or avoid.

It’s time to get out of the amusement park and back on God’s highway. And once on the highway, our goal is to be wreck-less drivers, following the rules of the road and avoiding conflict with other cars. It’s time to get behind the wheel and get serious about going where God wants to take us—a place of usefulness and significant service for Him. Then, like Paul, we can say with confidence, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

YOUR JOURNEY…

  • What are the pitfalls of the “go-kart mentality”?  Have there been times in your life that seemed like a go-kart ride?
  • In the “bumper car arena,” do you tend to be a passive or an aggressive driver in terms of relating to fellow drivers? How do you feel when others bump or avoid you? Make up your mind to step out of that arena to a more productive pursuit—following Jesus!
  • What is your destination in life? How does it align with what Jesus instructed His followers to do in Matthew 28:18-20?

http://getmorestrength.org/daily/wreck-less-drivers/

This Battle is For Your Children’s Future

It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children.” What kind of world are we leaving to our children? What kind of world are we creating for them?

Some recent news items give us an idea of where our society is going unless enough of us stand up and say, “Enough is enough.”

In its first sexual-orientation policy update in nearly a decade, the American Academy of Pediatricians <href=”#ixzz2xcj5nl56″>announced that “its members should do more to fight ‘heterosexism’ and ‘homophobia,’ as well as step up their care of teens with same-sex attractions.”

Some of the proposed strategies include, “putting out brochures with pictures of ‘both same- and opposite-gender couples’ or posting a ‘rainbow’ decal on an office door or bulletin board. The report also suggests that medical questionnaires be changed to be gender-neutral, and that staff be trained to not ask a boy about his girlfriend, but to ask him to ‘tell me about your partner’ instead.”

So let’s get this straight. The nation’s largest pediatricians group is declaring war on “heterosexism” and “homophobia” and calling for gender-neutral medical questionnaires? This is where society is going? These should be our priorities?

Put another way, our children’s medical caregivers are calling for a united ideological battle against the idea that God created human beings male and female, or that heterosexuality is any way normative (as in, it takes a man and a woman to create a child), or that any moral or religious opposition to homosexual practice is a manifestation of “homophobia.”

In the past, I have sarcastically observed that, rather than the doctor announcing to the parents, “It’s a girl!” or, “It’s a boy!”, he should now say, “Well, the packaging is male, but we’re not really sure what’s inside.”

That sarcastic observation could be nearer to the truth than we realize.

In keeping with this mentality, news media around the world has been busy proclaiming the latest “transgender” victory, announcing joyfully that, “A six-year-old transgender girl will be able to return to school after winning the right to use the female bathroom.

“Coy Mathis was discriminated against when staff at Eagleside Elementary School in suburban Colorado Springs told her she could not use the girls’ toilets, a civil rights panel ruled.”

Yes, “Her parents raised the issue after school officials said the youngster could use the bathroom in either the teachers’ lounge or the nurse’s office.

“Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis said the decision would end up stigmatising their daughter, who they said had come out of her shell when they began to allow her to live as a girl.”

Did you read between the lines? The six-year old “transgender girl” is actually a boy and the couple’s “daughter” is actually their son, but since this confused child thinks he is actually a girl, he now is a girl in the eyes of the media, and the son is now a daughter. And we are supposed to celebrate this!

Has it dawned on anyone that there is no reputable scientific evidence of any kind that this boy is actually a girl and this son is actually a daughter? Has it dawned on anyone that many children pass through different phases in life and that there is strong evidence that the majority of children who identify as transgender before puberty do not identify as such after puberty? (It is true that many end up identifying as gay, but at least they realize that they are not boys trapped in girls’ bodies and vice versa.)

What if the child was sure he or she was an alien? Or an animal? Or a black child in a white body? Do no such cases exist? (Surely they do.) Do we then normalize these alternate realities as well? (I’ll say it for the 100th time: Families and individuals struggling with “transgender” issues need our compassion and understanding, but our energies should be devoted to getting to the root of their problems and helping them find wholeness from the inside out.)

The little boy’s parents were concerned that he would be stigmatized by having to use a special bathroom (already a gracious accommodation by the school), but now a court has ruled that he can use the girls’ bathroom with other six-year old girls.

What about them being stigmatized? Why must one confused child bring confusion to the whole school?

In keeping with this moral madness, a measure passed by the California Assembly in May would require schools “to allow transgender students to participate on sports teams and use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, not their sex.” The bill, which is expected to become law, would also “mandate that schools have bathrooms and locker rooms that are fully equipped for transgender students,” whatever that actually means.

Is this the environment you want for your kids and grandkids? (By the way, this also puts a new twist on the meaning of the “men’s [or, women’s] basketball team.”)

And let’s not forget the suicidal decision of the Boy Scouts of America to inject sexuality into its program, putting the interests of a tiny minority over the interests of the whole organization. (Let’s also remember that if a boy didn’t feel the need to announce his same-sex attractions, no one was stopping him from being a boy scout.)

And if you haven’t heard the <href=”#ixzz2xctd1r9g”>news, “Mickey Mouse just officially added the gay agenda to his programming. In early 2014, Disney Channel will be all set to air its first openly gay couple in its family-oriented TV show ‘Good Luck Charlie.’”

And all this is just the beginning – mark my words – unless we stand up together and say, “Not on my watch! Not with my kids and my grandkids!”

Will we?

Michael Brown

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 22 books and hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire. Follow him atAskDrBrown on Facebookor @drmichaellbrownon Twitter.

http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2013/06/25/this-battle-is-for-your-childrens-future-n1627200?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

Unmanned: How the 21st century man is leaving his post

Unmanned:  How the 21st century man is leaving his post
A few months ago, Ronald Bailey wrote a post on his blog at Reason.comcalled “The War on Men is Working” in which he quotes another blogby a University of Michigan economist, Mark Perry, regarding some recent Bureau of Labor statistics study. Here is the quoted section of Mr. Perry’s blog.

“[The BLS Study] includes data on educational attainment at ages 23, 24, and 25 by gender from a longitudinal survey of 9,000 young men and women who were born between 1980 and 1984. For each of the three ages reported (23, 24, and 25) there is a significant gender gap favoring women for college degrees, and for the youngest cohort of 23-year-olds the gender disparity is huge: there are 165 women in the sample who have graduated from college at age 23 for every 100 of their male peers. (his emphasis) Also, at each age group there are more women currently enrolled in college than men (e.g. at age 23, 17.3% of women are enrolled in college vs. 16.8% of men), so there is really no chance that the college-degree gender gap will close in the future.”

Interestingly enough, Ronald Bailey also brings attention to a Pew poll released last year, “Two-thirds (66%) of young women ages 18 to 34 rate career high on their list of life priorities, compared with 59% of young men. In 1997, 56% of young women and 58% of young men felt the same way.

Obviously, career as a priority sky-rocketed  for young women between the study and 1997 while the rate for men stayed virtually the same.   So, more women are obtaining college degrees than men, and presumably, are aiming higher.

The fact that the percentage of men claiming career as a high priority has stayed the same, while the rate of men earning college degrees (compared to women) has gone down suggests that, men, perhaps are not dreaming as big – shooting for careers not requiring a college education.

Mr. Bailey closes his blog post with the humorous observation that, “giventhese trends, the dating scene for guys who do go to college must be awesome.”

Funny you should say that, Ronald. According to the New York Times, it is.

“North Carolina, with a student body that is nearly 60 percent female, is just one of many large universities that at times feel eerily like women’s colleges. Women have represented about 57 percent of enrollments at American colleges since at least 2000, according to a recent report by the American Council on Education. Researchers there cite several reasons: women tend to have higher grades; men tend to drop out in disproportionate numbers; and female enrollment skews higher among older students, low-income students, and black and Hispanic students…

…Needless to say, this puts guys in a position to play the field, and tends to mean that even the ones willing to make a commitment come with storied romantic histories. Rachel Sasser, a senior history major at the table, said that before she and her boyfriend started dating, he had “hooked up with a least five of my friends in my sorority — that I know of.”

These sorts of romantic complications are hardly confined to North Carolina, an academically rigorous school where most students spend more time studying than socializing. The gender imbalance is also pronounced at some private colleges, such as New York University and Lewis & Clark in Portland, Ore., and large public universities in states like California, Florida and Georgia. The College of Charleston, a public liberal arts college in South Carolina, is 66 percent female. Some women at the University of Vermont, with an undergraduate body that is 55 percent female, sardonically refer to their college town, Burlington, as “Girlington.”

So, according to “researchers,” women are trying harder (higher grades,) dropping out less, and enrolling more often.  The guys that do attend and don’t drop out are very busy with extra-curricular activities.  That’s coming from the liberal New York Times which is apparently naive enough to actually believe that,”most students spend more time studying than socializing.”

This is not an encouraging commentary on the young collegiate male in general.

At this point, much could be said, I am sure, about the change in America’s education system and the ways in which America’s students have changed in their passion for knowledge and desire to learn and have given in to the myriad distractions and entertainments.  I, unfortunately, am not equipped to discuss it.  I once started to read Professor Alan Bloom’s relevant book about the subject, “The Closing of the American Mind,” but I didn’t get very far past the part where he says today’s students don’t have the attention span required for traditional academia.

So, in review, more women than men are interested in college and more women than men graduate from college.  The men who do go to college have a pretty wide range of distractions to choose from.

Now, let’s swing over to an opinion piece on FoxNews.comby Suzanne Venker entitled, “The War on Men.”

“The battle of the sexes is alive and well. According to Pew Research Center, the share of women ages eighteen to thirty-four that say having a successful marriage is one of the most important things in their lives rose nine percentage points since 1997 – from 28 percent to 37 percent. For men, the opposite occurred. The share voicing this opinion dropped, from 35 percent to 29 percent.

Believe it or not, modern women want to get married. Trouble is, men don’t.

The so-called dearth of good men (read: marriageable men) has been a hot subject in the media as of late. Much of the coverage has been in response to the fact that for the first time in history, women have become the majority of the U.S. workforce. They’re also getting most of the college degrees. The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women. ”

Suzanne’s article proved to be quite controversial because she went on to conclude that, “Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern women won’t let them.”

Perhaps because she’s a woman she feels the need to blame women.  I have the opposite problem.  I have no doubt that in some – probably many – cases, if the modern woman became a lady, the modern man would become a gentleman.  But I don’t think that man’s character chasm is woman’s responsibility.  If anything, Biblically, it should be the other way around.

So, fewer men than women are graduating from college and pursuing careers and men don’t want to get married.

Men also, tragically, don’t want to be dads.  From the New York Times, Itused to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.”

Tied to that startling tidbit, is this most recent revelation from Pew, “A record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The share was just 11% in 1960.”

With perhaps a few exceptions, we don’t have the excuse of fighting off vicious attacks by “femi-nazis.”  We don’t have men being kicked out of colleges or not being allowed to marry.  In most cases, women are not withholding their children from their fathers.  It may be hard for a man to find a job in this economy, but apparently women aren’t having the same problem.

What we do have is a lot of men who are not stepping up to their responsibilities.  The statistics above show this!  Could anyone say with a straight face that men have fewer opportunities than women?

So what’s wrong with the 21st century man?

I said before that I don’t like the term “war on men,” but perhaps it is more appropriate than I thought.  There is no human war on men.

Satan, however, attacks on every side, placating man’s need for sexual intimacy with porn and cheap hook ups, pacifying man’s need to be a protector and hero in the real world with video games which allow him to be a warrior in the virtual world, and deadening man’s desire to be the leader of his family with a false vision of foolish and feeble sitcom fatherhood.

We have a culture which sneers at gender roles, but we have no voice to counter it.  The church needs to realize that this is a serious issue, pick up the megaphone, and let men know that they were created for a purpose.

“Be fruitful and multiply,” was a divine commission for the family to fulfill the roles that God designed for each member to live out.

The Bible has a lot to say about what God expects of His men, and central to that is His placement of man at the head of the family.  After all, Ephesians 5:23 says that “the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church,” and verse 25 calls husband to love their wives “as Christ loved the church.”  The family unit is designed to point the observers to Christ and how He loves His church, “[giving] Himself up for her.”

No wonder Satan has thrown so much at men!  Can you imagine the implications for evangelism if every Christian family was a portrait of the sacrificial love of Christ for the church?

If you are interested in learning more about Biblical manhood and womanhood, I would point you to a couple of sermon series’ that have helped me out by Pastor Eric Mason, which can be found here. Look for the “Newmanity” and “Eve Redeemed” series.

Another excellent resource we recommend is “Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood” by John Piper and Wayne Grudem.

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Sex? Scandalous? Yes to both on ABC’s “Mistresses.”

Sex?  Scandalous?  Yes to both on ABC’sMistresses.”
Last week we alerted you to the premiere of a new ABC show “Mistresses.”  You should be able to guess from the title what this show is about.

We were greatly encouraged to see the overwhelming response from you, our readers, in contacting the sponsors of “Mistresses” last week.  Advertisers’ inboxes were flooded with thousands of emails!

Please continue to stand with us as we keep the pressure upon the sponsors of this trashy show.

Take Action!  Click here to express your disgust to the advertisers empowering ABC’s “Mistresses.”

This is how ABC describes the show on its own website:  “Mistresses is a provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery.”

Sex?  Scandalous?  Yes to both on “Mistresses.”  However, there is nothing “thrilling” about committing adultery.  And destroying marriages and breaking vows does not equate to “self-discovery.”

“Mistresses” has been described by entertainment writers as a “guilty pleasure” – a term the show’s executive producer, Rina Mimoun, embraces, stating:  “I embrace the term because it is soapy …  Any time you take off your clothes a lot, you get a little guilty, so that’s fine. We’ve got a lot of naked boys and girls running around, so it’s a little guilty, but there’s more to it than that.”

Ad agencies and the entertainment industry tell us that “sex sells.”  Well, not everyone is buying. 

Millions of Americans are fed up with this type of salacious “entertainment” and are tuning out.  Numerous comments posted on ABC’s web page for the show “Mistresses” reveal viewers’ disgust.  Here are a few of those comments:

–          “I will not be watching this garbage, a show about mistress? Women who contribute to the decay of marriage, sorry ABC big failure here. The title alone turns me off. I am an avid watcher of ABC shows but this is one I will be skipping.”

–          “Way too much Sex in the first 30 min. WHY did it take 30 min to get to a story line. …”

–          “Disgusting premise. …”

–          “Really? A show about mistresses?? Speaking for me, I will NOT be watching this as I’ve already lived it in real life, and do not think this kind of behavior should be glorified. Do the writers/producers have any idea what kind of pain the person cheated on goes through? How dare you even think about putting this show on the air.”

–          “This show looks like such trash. Come on ABC, you can do better. I double the hope this show tanks!”

–          “I agree this concept is just really disgusting and not the type of morality we should be pushing onto kids, and this is coming from someone who is extremely liberal, I understand wanting to be edgy but this is just wrong.”

Take Action!  Click here to express your disgust to the advertisers empowering this trashy show.

Sponsors include:

McDonald’s Kraft – Ritz crackers K-Mart Sears Outback Steakhouse Red Robin Chevrolet Old Navy Calvin Klein Walt Disney Pictures Farmer’s Insurance Capital One Bayer – Midol Dove lotion – Unilever Tresemme shampoo – Unilever Frutare ice cream bars – Unilever Advil Volkswagen Samsung Columbia Pictures 20th Century Fox

 

The 50 Rip-Off Charities: Give at Your Own Risk

I always believed that giving to a good cause or helping victims of a disaster was a noble thing to do.  I mean, “There but for the grace of God go I”, right? With the recent uncovering of scandals within the government, more and more investigators are digging to uncover other cases of fraud and mismanagement. Is nothing sacred anymore?

A recent investigation exposed by CNN, The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times have found that there are dozens and dozens of charities that basically do next to nothing for the causes they raise money for.

50 of the worst charities were looked at and it was concluded that they received 1 billion dollars over the last ten years, but the charities received only 50 million.  Where did the money go?  Well, the majority of the funds collected went to solicitors.  These are the people who go out and raise the funds and collect the donations.  This basically amounts to them raising money to pay themselves.

There are still many, many charities that actually distribute the majority of the monies collected to the intended recipients but these days it is wise to look before you open your wallet.  For instance, one of the worst charities listed is an organization called “Kids Wish Network” that is supposed to collect money for terminally ill children and grant their wishes.  Sound suspiciously familiar?  The name is awfully close to the very legitimate “Make A Wish Foundation” which promises the same thing.

This is where the donor can be conned.  Many people are told the names of these organizations and they feel that they have heard of them and what they do, so out comes the checkbook.  Unfortunately they don’t realize that the “Kids Wish Network” raised $127 million dollars, paid their solicitors $109 million, paid their employees most of the remaining funds leaving less than 3% for granting wishes!

The 50 worst charities give less than 4% of donations raised to direct cash aid.  One diabetes charity raised almost $14 million dollars over a ten year period and gave about $10,000 to patients.  Another cancer charity paid a company owned by the president’s son almost $18 million dollars over eight years to solicit funds.

The specific kinds of charities that pay for-profit corporations to raise the majority of their donations regularly give their solicitors over two-thirds of the take.  Good charities should spend no more than 35 cents to raise a dollar.

So the reality is that the “50 worst charities raised more than $1.3 billion over the past decade and paid nearly $1 billion of that to the companies that raise their donations”. Out of $1.3 billion dollars the charities received less than 4%.  Had that money gone to the charities in the correct way it would have been able to build 20,000 Habitat For Humanity Homes, 7 million wheelchairs or provide nearly 10 million uninsured women, mammograms.

There are hundreds if not thousands of these “bad” charities that are taking money from sincere donors who faithfully believe that their hard earned money is going to the people it was intended for. Particularly disheartening are the Veterans organizations that “pretend” to send aid to disabled vets.  The sad part is that many Veterans organizations ARE legitimate and they have to defend themselves because some other dishonest charity has poisoned the well.

In the wake of the IRS scandals, one would think that the “red flags” would have been raised on these organizations when their papers were filed every year.  That however was not the case.  The IRS was too busy targeting “Tea Party” and conservative groups to check on the American people being ripped off by the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The bottom line is we live in a world where fraud and deceit are running rampant.  These “rip-off” charities have no qualms about taking our money and keeping it for themselves.  Before donating, do your due diligence and check out the list of the 50 worst charities.  Our money should go where we intend it to and if the government won’t help monitor this situation then like everything else, we have to do it ourselves.

Morgan BrittanyFollow @twitterapi

Morgan now spends much of her time devoted to military organizations and other conservative causes.  Her greatest passion is speaking on behalf of the greatness of America!

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