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Praying for Wendy Davis

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Image-1 (2)In 2013, Wendy Davis put on her pink shoes and fought strongly during her notorious thirteen-hour filibuster that served to block a Senate bill intended to create more restrictive abortion guidelines for the State of Texas. Though the bill was eventually passed, Davis did succeed in delaying the passage of this bill. While I am pro-life Christian, I do appreciate that we all have our differences on the topic of abortion. In regards to her filibuster, I simply could not wrap my head around someone fighting so hard and so long just so women could abort their babies after the 20 week gestation mark. And I just could not comprehend why the pro-choice Davis would not agree in the upgrading of abortion facilities and want them to become classified as surgical centers. Here she is, wanting to terminate pregnancies well into the second trimester knowing these babies are fully developed and could survive outside the womb and yet not want the utmost safety for the mother going through this abortion procedure? I neither agreed with nor understood her thought process.

Davis was also a teenage mother who successfully went to college at Texas Christian University and earned her law degree at Harvard University. Davis was a successful litigation attorney, became on entrepreneur and opened Safeco Title Company, served on her local City Council, and eventually became a State Senator for Texas. I would think that these life experiences would serve as a source of encouragement to other young mothers, especially single mothers since her adult life began in just this style. Wendy Davis chose life for her child at the young age of 19 and she is a successful woman today. Why is she not inspiring other young women down the same path? Isn’t she proud of all that she accomplished, considering all the obstacles she overcame?

Just last week, Wendy Davis released a campaign memoir book that revealed that she had two abortions as a young woman. My heart broke for this poor woman…. again. In her book, titled Forgetting to be Afraid, she justifies both abortions – one was an ectopic pregnancy and the other had a severe brain abnormality. I’ve read a lot about both issues. An ectopic pregnancy is dangerous and considered a high-risk pregnancy. Many women generally choose to abort their baby for their own personal safety after being informed that the baby will likely not survive. Ectopic pregnancies can be successful; therefore terminating them early in the pregnancy is considered an elected abortion. This procedure does end the life of a fully developing, viable baby.

Davis’ second abortion was decided upon after her baby was diagnosed with Dandy-Walker Syndrome. Davis writes these words in her memoir, “In our doctor’s office, with tears flowing down both our faces, Jeff and I looked at our baby daughter’s beating heart on the sonogram screen for the last time. And we watched as our doctor quieted it. It was over. She was gone. Our much loved baby was gone.”
Wendy Davis, a highly educated woman, failed to educate herself on the diagnosis of her child. Children with Dandy-Walker syndrome do survive! They live full lives and experience love and happiness just like any other child. But she never allowed that child to live her life and be a blessing to others. She didn’t allow her child to overcome obstacles and achieve victories. Wendy Davis chose and watched her daughter’s heart beat for the last time.

Choosing to stop the beating heart of your child is not love. Abortion is not the act of choosing love.

I think it’s past time we pray for Wendy Davis. She has fought a good battle for the pro-choice forum. She has chosen abortion herself and knows the suffering that this choice creates. Imagine if her heart was changed and she became a voice for the pro-life movement? Imagine the day Wendy Davis puts on her pink shoes and announces a filibuster and fights for the rights of the unborn. It can happen! As Christians, we all at one time accepted the lies of satan and made choices that contradicted the commandments in the Bible. And as Christians, we have a testimony that announces to the world the forgiveness of Jesus Christ and how the Son of God became our Savior and carried us away from the pits of hell. Somebody prayed for us. And we need to start praying for Wendy Davis in anticipation of the day she accepts the love of Jesus Christ.

#prayingforWendyDavis

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Christian Response to Illegal Immigration

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brandieIn recent months, thousands of illegal immigrant children have crossed over the Mexico border into the United States.  These children range in age from 17 down to 5 and 6 years old.  They are without parents or guardians, they do not speak the English language, and they are here without any belongings in a foreign country.  This volatile immigration crisis has already cost the United States $263 million this year alone, adding a substantial burden to our government’s pre-existing financial budget crisis.

I’ve read many statements and articles about this current immigration crisis, and to be honest, I’m not sure what my opinion should be.  My heart aches for these children who were so freely sent across the border and are now living in unknown territory with both hostile protestors wanting these children gone and friendly faces who are willing to take them in and give them the bare necessities to survive.  The judicious part of me recognizes this as complete disregard and disobedience towards the laws of this land and therefore they should be treated as illegal immigrants and sent back to their country.   But then I find myself asking again… is this what Christ would do to these children?

The subject of these illegal immigrant children has created great debates among politicians, educators, families and friends, and even church members.  Both sides of this debate are very passionate about their opinions and seek out to have their beliefs justified.  I read all of this and find myself asking… what should my response be?  And more importantly, what should my CHRISTIAN response be?  Putting my heart and feelings aside, what does the Bible tell me about illegal immigration?

Democrat or Republican, Christian or non-Christian, we all believe this one truth – if you enter into a country illegally, you are violating the nation’s laws.  There is a proper way to enter into a country and those laws are set in place not only for the country’s safety, but for those traveling as well.  As Christians, not only do we believe that it is against the law to illegally cross borders into another country, but that those illegal aliens are also breaking the laws of God.

This is what the Bible tells us about obeying our governing authorities in Romans 13:1-5: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.”

Whether we personally voted for or agree with our current government leaders, we must still respect them.  This means, we must respect their governing decisions whether we agree with them or not, knowing that God’s will is better than our own and that He will use every opportunity to bring others into His kingdom.  1 Peter 2:13-14 reminds us, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”  This does not mean we must agree with them or refrain from sharing our opinion when asked, but we must speak with respect to our authority figures and governing officials.  We must believe that our elected officials will uphold the laws of the land and God.  We must believe that our government will find the best solution for those who break the laws and believe they will judge them accordingly because they have been given the divine authority to do so.  We must believe that our government will prevent similar situations from occurring again.  Whether or not our government enforces the established laws, the church (and individual Christians) should not knowingly support illegal activity.  To do so, would be breaking the will of God as well as condoning the sins of others, including illegal immigrants.  To be clear, those who violate the laws of the government are also violating the laws of God and this is sin; those who support or assist in the violating of the laws of both land and God is sinning.

At the very same time, Christians are called to have compassion and mercy for others, including those who have knowingly broken the laws.  We must somehow separate the fact that the citizens of Mexico have illegally sent their children across the border and broken the law.  We must express compassion and mercy in both our thoughts and our actions.  Our hearts must not be hardened to those who sin, regardless of age or circumstance.  Our hearts must not be hardened to those who illegally cross borders seeking refuge, work, or a better life for themselves and their family.

But dare I say that these children did not knowingly break the law but were likely forced to cross the border?  Would this change our hearts towards their status within our country?  Would we render aid faster, educate them, and feed and clothe them if we found out they were forced across borders and left behind parents and families who had already deserted them?  Would this make a difference in the eyes of God? 1 John 3:17 says, But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”  Regardless of how or why these small and vulnerable children entered our country, I think it would be best if we helped them on their feet and equipped them with skills and resources to go back to their country.  This might require our own citizens to help and render aid.

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  As citizens of eternal heaven, Christians need to remember that we too have broken the laws of the land and the laws of God.  None of us are without sin.  The laws of land do vary in regards to the consequences served, but in the eyes of God, you sinned.  We have all disobeyed God and we all have the ability to accept His grace and mercy.  To show Christ to others, we must all extend that same grace and mercy to others.

Our best answer to the illegal immigration crisis right now can be found in Scripture and through the loving nature of our God. What is God calling you to do to help our country with this crisis?  How is God calling you to help these immigrant children?

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Homosexuality and the Bible

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What-The-Bible-Says-About-Homosexuality-300x225Homosexuality is clearly stated in the Bible as a sin that is condemned by God.  As Christians, we are called to have a righteous judgmental stance on sin, including homosexuality.  We must judge sin as clearly stated in John 7:24, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”  This clearly states that we are called to make righteous judgments that allow our hearts to discern right from wrong.  Homosexuality being a sin is not a judgment or an opinion, but a fact based on God’s word.  If you believe in the Bible, you MUST believe this to be true.  You cannot pick and choose what you want to apply to your life.  Your belief must be in ALL of the Bible, or NONE of the Bible.

Here are some scriptures that clearly define homosexuality as a sin:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Leviticus 20:13: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”

Romans 1:26-28: “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.”

Leviticus 18:11: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

1 Corinthians 7:2: “But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.”

1 Timothy 1:9-11: “We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”

If you are not a Christian, these verses will not mean anything to you.  If you are a Christian and you believe the Bible was written on facts, testimonies, and words inspired by God, you must believe these scriptures to be true.  When we became Christians, we were given a gift of eternal life.  We were also given the gift of the Holy Spirit who speaks in us and helps us discern scripture and sin; this is righteous judgment.

As Christians, we are NOT called to slanderous judgment.  We should not be walking around pointing out sins in others while ignoring our own sins.  We are all sinners and there is an appropriate way, based on scripture, to hold each other accountable to God’s standards.  In 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 Paul writes, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?  Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside.  ‘Expel the wicked man from among you.’”  Christians are only to judge their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  This form of judgment is more than discernment but a means to hold them accountable for their actions.  If we see a believer of Christ acting in a homosexual manner, we must follow scripture and lift them up.

We are not called to judge others outside of the church.  However, we are called to DISCERN their actions as sin.  This does not mean we are to condemn them or predict their eternal salvation.  Because non-believers do not follow the standards of God’s word, they do not understand the heart of a believer.  This is why so often Christians are labeled as “judgmental.”  We must simply love.  Love covers sin and Christians must choose to love everyone.  We were not always believers and someone took the time out of their lives to love us and speak truth into our lives.  We must do the same for others, including those living a homosexual lifestyle.  Love them and build a relationship and only then will they see we care and accept our knowledge.  Love must come first.

Aside from showing love, Christians need to stand firm on the word of God.  And that means we should not approve of any homosexuality tendencies.  Our world tells us we should be more accepting and conform to today’s way of thinking.  In Romans 12:2, the Bible specifically tells us, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

As Christians, we need to be mindful about our words and actions and how they may affect others.  Just because a male isn’t athletic, does not mean he is a homosexual.  Just because a girl is athletic, doesn’t mean she’s homosexual.  Just because a male likes to act and sing or a girl doesn’t want to wear dresses and makeup, doesn’t mean they are homosexual.  Have we failed our younger generations but making fun of others or predicting their future?  Have we failed our younger generations but not loving others?

Homosexuality will always be a sin and will always be condemned by God.  This is not a passing judgment or hasty opinion.  As long as Christians believe in the Bible, this is a fact based on scripture.  You cannot pick and choose what you want to believe and what you wish to push aside to make life easier or more accepting.  As Christians, we are called to believe in the ENTIRE Bible, not just the portions that make us feel good or are easy to follow.

1 Peter 4:8-9 reads, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

Have a question?  Reply to this blog and it will be answered on the follow-up Q&A blog coming soon.

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Dump Starbucks

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DumpStarbucksStarbucks has been extremely bold in their support of homosexual marriages.  In January 2012, Starbucks issued a memorandum that stated, “This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company. We are proud of our Pride Alliance Partner Network group, which is one of the largest Employer Resource Groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees in the U.S., helping to raise awareness about issues in the communities where we live and work.”  After this statement, the National Organization for Marriage launched the Dump Starbucks campaign in support of traditional marriage between one man and one woman.

Starbucks CEO Tom Shultz announced in March 2013, “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”  It’s a passive aggressive statement launching war against believers of traditional marriage and is a verbal recognition that it doesn’t matter if we spend our money elsewhere.

Christians should boycott companies like Starbucks who go against the word of God.  The term boycotting doesn’t have to mean standing outside of stores holding picket signs and shouting obscenities; this is a sure way to turn people away from the gospel.  But we can Dump Starbucks with peaceful intentions and with a joyful heart seeking God’s glory.  We can stand for our Christian faith respectfully.  In doing so, we devote time in prayer for the change of hearts within the Starbucks Company and we show the world that Christians are firmly rooted in their faith. We are commanded to uphold the laws and truths of the Bible, and this includes marriage between one man and one woman.  We are instructed in 1 Corinthians 16:13 to, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

Every Starbucks item bought is money spent AGAINST the Christian faith and is an assault on traditional marriage values.  Are you willing to spend your monetary blessings from God on Starbucks?  Are you okay with your money going towards the fight FOR sin and homosexuality?  Would God be proud of your choices with the blessings he has bestowed upon your family?

Here’s something to think about…. If Starbucks supported human trafficking or drug abuse, would you buy their coffee then?  We cannot pick and choose which sins we support; we must stand against every sin!

It’s up to you Starbucks junkies to stand firm on the word of God and be a living testimony!

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Nefarious: Merchant of Souls REVIEW

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Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is one of the most horrendously difficult and yet incredibly inspiring movies that documents human trafficking and the sex slave industry.  Benjamin Nolot, director and narrator, lays out his heart and exposes the dark secrets of sexual slavery, which was once thought to be abolished but is quickly becoming an increasing global problem.  It’s estimated the sex trade industry has claimed an estimated 27 million victims around the world.

The heartbreaking and moving film offers a very deep, real and honest look at sex slavery as the film makers follow women, men, children, and families from various parts of the world.  The film reveals the realities of the growing number of orphans in Eastern Europe, the sad family dynamics in Southeast Asia, the legalized prostitution in Amsterdam’s red light districts, the demand and desire for sex and prostitution in Sweden, and the attraction and excitement of sex in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The reality that these women, men and certainly the children are not doing this by choice is made very clear; rather a well-crafted lie by satan is now revealed with the truth.

Several interviews are included in the film for the purpose of education as well as the redemption and love that can only be provided by Christ.  Former pimps, current brothel owners, psychologists, social workers, law officials, and reformed johns and prostitutes all discuss the problem of sex trafficking and their search for an answer to this horrifying crime.  Viewers will see the evils of grooming, kidnapping, selling, and entrapment of victims.  The violence these victims encounter is recreated in the film to give viewers a glimpse into the struggles and psychological abuse as they become slaves to their captors.  You will see women beaten and forced to submission, stripped naked, auctioned to the highest bidder, and sold multiple times night after night for the simple pleasure of a stranger.

The documentary serves as a testimony of these enslaved victims and addresses the global problem of this tragedy.  The answer to the problem is clear… Jesus Christ, who frees these victims from the evils of sexual slavery.  It’s a sad reality when people turn their backs on the Gospel and fall prey to lust of the eyes and flesh and the ripple effect this has on society.  The film shows the problem is much deeper than poverty and that the fingers of evil are entwined throughout every aspect of this unfathomable “business” and this un-chosen way of life.

Produced by Exodus Cry, the film proves the complex issues and horrors of modern-day slavery and will capture your heart and lead you on a mission of hope to end sex trafficking.  With the facts presented in the documentary, we cannot ignore the need for change but must press forward with hard work and a desire for justice.  The film offers hope for these victims being rescued and redeemed from this evil darkness.  There is a lot of work to be done, lives to be saved and ministered to – and it starts with you and me.

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Christians and Biblical Marriage

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Biblical_MarriageAs Christians, we must refuse to fall into satan’s trap and battle marriage rights on a social media forum where our tones will often be misread and misunderstood.  I’m certain that social media is NOT the place to debate this sort of topic.  If you are living your life for Christ daily, your social media should already be flooded with positive, Biblical messages on a daily basis; there should be no need to take a stand for Biblical marriage because your friends will already know your stance.

For Christ followers, the truth is this:

  • God created marriage for one man and one woman.  “But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.  The Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”  Genesis 2:21-22
  • It is a sin for two people of the same sex to be together sexually.  “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.” Leviticus 20:13
  • And to be clear about Biblical marriage in the New Testament, “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’  For this reason a man will leave his mother and father and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.  So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  Mark 10:6-9

As Christians, we know the truth of the Bible’s words and we believe in the Bible in its entirety.  We must not conform to the world and distort the Bible to fit societies new way of thinking.  We need to stand up for God’s standards for our lives.  As we do this, we must also examine the plank in our own eyes.  How many Christians who are standing up for Biblical marriage are also standing up for divorce, adultery, and lust?  The Bible is very clear about these issues as well:

  • Divorce is not acceptable.  “To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.  But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband.  And a husband must not divorce his wife.”
  • The Bible states that if a couple does divorce, they are not to be united with another person.  “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Matthew 19:9
  • Lust and adultery are also sins, for both men and women.  “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  Matthew 5:28

The question is this… are Christians really for Biblical marriage?  We most definitely should be!  We should be about ONE marriage for ONE man and ONE woman.  Christians should not be in support of gay marriage, just as we should not be in support of divorce or anything else that satan uses to tear marriages apart.

The good news is that we are all sinners and we are all saved by the loving grace of our God.  We have all sinned.  We aim for perfection and we trust that our affectionate and forgiving Father will lift us up and renew our spirits when we fail.  We are all equal heirs to the kingdom of our God.

Bishop T.D. Jakes once said, “”I think that sex between two people of the same sex is condemned in the Scriptures, and as long as it is condemned in the Scriptures, I don’t get to say what I think. I get to say what the Bible says.”  We must love the sinner and hate the sin.  Loving doesn’t mean conforming or accepting sins, it means speaking truth into others.  Matthew 5:16 says this, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  We shouldn’t be provoking others to anger, including on social media platforms.  This only causes them to shut us out and we’ve lost the opportunity to be a witness and let our light shine.

In closing, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

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Book Recommendation: Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges.  “Have Christians become so preoccupied with “major” sins that we have lost sight of our need to deal with more subtle sins? Navigator author Jerry Bridges addresses the “acceptable” sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves, including pride and anger. He goes to the heart of the matter, exploring our feelings of shame and grief and opening a new door to God’s forgiveness and grace. Travel down the road of spiritual formation with Jerry and discover your true identity as a loved child of God.”

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The Fight Against Human Trafficking

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Fact: Every 30 seconds, a person becomes victim to human trafficking.
Fact: Over 2.2 million children are sold into the sex trade annually.
Fact: There are currently 1.39 million victims in sexual servitude.
Fact: Approximately 30 million modern-day slaves currently reside in our world.
Fact: Nearly 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across borders every year.

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Sex trafficking is an extremely fast growing form of enslavement of our children (male and female), women, and in some cases even men.  It is the commercial exploitation of children under the age of 18 as well as adults with the use of force, fraud, or coercion.  This form of trafficking in the sex industry includes street prostitution, online escort services, residential brothels, and secret brothels disguised as various businesses and some under the category of ‘massage parlors’ or ‘adult book  stores’.

Countless victims are transported across state and country lines on a regular basis and especially during major world events – Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, and many others.  Due to the influx of tourists during these special events, trafficking in those cities is a huge problem.   Traffickers have even been known to rent people’s homes during such events for the sole purpose of trafficking.  They put children in suitcases disguised as luggage and tote them around as objects.  Victims are often times tattooed and branded like animals as their traffickers claim ownership of them.  These traffickers continue to get more creative as they steal these lives away from so many.  Trafficking is not just a problem in third world countries, it happens in our own communities and across the globe to the other side of the world.  Our children are being taken from the playgrounds and being robbed of their childhoods.  Our children are being sold by their own family members hoping their children will be educated and provided for.

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Serey was eagerly getting ready to start her fourth year of high school in the Philippines.  Her parents could no longer afford her schooling and with their permission, she headed off to work as a salesgirl at a large department store in Manila.  Instead of working in the department store, she was immediately taken to a local brothel hidden within the appearances of a bar.  She spent her darkest hours hidden inside a room with many other girls, each from a different province.

At 23 years old, Sabine’s family sold her to another family as half-payment for a car.  For three years she lived as a domestic servant and sex slave.  She spent her days caring for the family’s children and nights chained to a filthy shed with food scraps thrown at her to eat and sold to men for sex.  Sabine was burned with irons and cigarettes, beaten with iron bars and sticks, and sick from insufficient care and inadequate nutrition.  She was dumped outside a Paris, France hospital weighing just 84lbs with no teeth and with mutilated ears and nose.

Theresa and her parents had just moved to Michigan, United States.  She was a shy teenage girl, unsure of herself, and desperately seeking friends and popularity.  A boy offered her a ride home but before taking her home, he made a quick stop by his house where he raped her and secretly had pictures taken of her.  Once under his trap, she was threatened with those photos and her family’s reputation if she didn’t do as he commanded.  For two years Theresa was sold to numerous men, drugged, and abused before her family was relocated to another state for work.

In Brazil, Samantha was poorly educated and lived in poverty.  She was sexually and physically abused by her father.  With nothing to lose, she ran away at the age of 15 searching for something love, acceptance, and a hope for her future.  She met a woman who offered her a job as a maid but that job opportunity was disguised as a sex slave in a brothel.  Samantha was forced into drug addiction and prostitution.  She continues to run from various government programs and agencies that have tried to help her, and from time to time still sells herself for money.

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Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by abusing and victimizing millions of innocent people both stateside and abroad.   This heinous business is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.  In October of 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was signed making human trafficking a federal crime.  Under U.S. and international law, commercially sexually exploited children found in the sex trade are considered to be victims of human trafficking, even if no force or intimidation is present.

Fact: Children as young as 4 are being abducted or sold into prostitution.
Fact: The average age of trafficking victims is just 14 years old.
Fact: The average lifespan of a trafficking victim is just 7 years.
Fact: These are our people.  These are our children.

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Christian Response to the Legalization of Marijuana

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Our world is changing, people are conforming, and so are some perspectives of the legalization of marijuana.  Can Christians use marijuana for medicinal purposes?  Can Christians partake in the leisure use of this drug now that it’s becoming legalized in various states although still considered illegal under the federal law?

While the Bible does not come right out and say, “Thou shalt not smoke pot” it does discuss the use of other mind-altering activities.  True Christians who whole-heartedly follow Christ understand that the Bible provides us with a clear path of understanding and when we read with clear eyes and a heart of discernment, we can use the word of God to help us separate truth and evil.

Here is what the Bible does say about intoxication:

“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.  Who has needless bruises?  Who has bloodshot eyes?  Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.  Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!  In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.  Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.  You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.” Proverbs 23:20-21, 29-34

“Wine is a mocker and beer is a brawler; whoever is lead astray by them is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1

These versus are very clear on the practices of intoxication of any kind.  It’s to be avoided at all costs.  As Christians, we are urged to guard our hearts.  Alcohol, prescription drugs, and now marijuana in some states are legal.  While we do have freedom in Christ, we are NOT to use our freedoms to sin.  The Bible confirms our freedom:  “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:16) and “You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13).

It is true, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)  Let’s be sure we don’t twist the truth to uphold our sinful desires.  We must remember that we are governed to obey God rather than man when man’s laws are in direct conflict with God’s laws. (Acts 5:29)

It is also true that God said, “’I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.’” (Genesis 1:29).  However, God also gave us sexual pleasures to have within our marriages with our spouse, not for sexual immorality.  We have weapons to defend ourselves, not murder the innocent.  He has provided hemp to be used for textiles, lotion, fabric, paper, fuel, and wood.

So are Christians free to smoke marijuana now that it’s legalized?  If you find yourself questioning the issue of marijuana use, I challenge you to pray and seek God’s word and His wisdom.  I believe that if God has put this issue on your heart, He is leading you to the answers you know are true and right, and will convict you of this question.

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Christian Response to Presidential Elections

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Well, the presidential elections are over and Obama has been reelected into office.  Now what do we do?  How do we support our government and president who claims to be a Believer yet his words, actions, and decisions do not align with Biblical Commandments or teachings?

Let’s first compare our president’s beliefs compared with the Bible:

  • Obama said in a 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, “I believe that there are many paths to the same place…. All people of faith – Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, everyone knows the same God.”  This is contrary to John 12:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • Obama supports abortion.  In Psalms 139:13 it says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” It also says in Proverbs 6 that the Lord hates the shedding of innocent blood.
  • Obama supports homosexuality. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers not male prostitutes not homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
  • In a 2007 interview, Obama recited publicly the Islamic prayer saying, “Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! I witness that there is no god but Allah! I witness that there is no god but Allah! I witness that Muhammad is his prophet!”

The truth is our nation’s president is NOT a Christ-follower.  So what do we do?  How do we respect our governing president who believes things contrary to the Christian faith, contrary to the very beliefs our country was founded on?  How do we teach our children to respect authority when we find it hard ourselves to respect our governing officials?

We rely on God’s word for His truths, for His redeeming love and unmerited grace, for His forgiveness of our sins, and His tender mercy.  We remember that God still sits on the throne in Heaven, that Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, regardless of who the President of any nation is.  We remember to open our Bibles for His truth and answers.  We remember our Savior sent from God who died for our sins and that through Him, and only Him, we will one day be in Heaven.  We remember the cross and that it stands as a symbol of our true and ultimate salvation.  We remember to pray continuously, in every circumstance.  And we remember that God will never leave us or forsake us.

We sit down with our children and talk to them about right and wrong.  We talk to them about our gift of free will and the effects those choices may have.  We discuss with them the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and how the Bible remains our one certainty in this fallen world.  We teach them by example to pray for Jesus’ return through the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:10.  We teach them to stand firm in their faith and not conform to this world.    We prepare them for the persecution of Christians and how to remain a shining light for Jesus.  We teach them to obey the laws of God and to not obey the laws of man when they conflict with the laws of God.  And we live our lives accordingly, allowing them to bear witness to what this all looks like.

We continue to speak the truth of God’s will.  We share with others the gospel of Jesus Christ and introduce them to the forgiveness and redemption of Christ.  We share with others the signs of the end times.  We do not waiver on God’s truth or conform to the ways of the wicked.  We plant our feet in God’s word and hold to its truth, because our life depends on it.

We trust that God appointed our president.  We believe that God has his hands in every situation and will continue to work GOOD in every trial and tribulation.  We trust that God remains sovereign and we respect and not resist our governing authorities as the Bible tells us in Romans 13:1 and we must remain courteous and gracious.  We may not like or care for the sitting President, but we still show respect to the position.

We pray!  We pray for those who partake in the now-legal recreational drugs, for those who choose unemployment as well as those affected by unemployment, for the needy to be taken care of, and for our healthcare.  We pray for our unborn, that their mothers choose life.  We pray for the born who may be subject to after birth “abortions.”  We pray for our religious freedoms and our freedom of speech.  We pray for the sanctity of marriage, our military that protects our lands and families, we pray for our allies and enemies, and we pray for the nation of Israel.  We pray for our nation’s leaders, our neighbors, friends, and family.  Jesus tells us in Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  We pray for those who are lost and who do not yet have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  God can change hearts and it should be our prayer that our leaders look to the Bible for truth.

And we love!  We love those who wrong us.  We love those who disagree with us.  We love those who challenge us, persecute us, and hate us.  We love because we were once sinners who did not follow the ways of God.  We love because we are loved, even as sinners.  We love because God loved us.  We forgive because God forgives us.  We allow grace for mistakes because God gives us grace.  We allow God to do the judging and for God to provide the mercy for sins.  We are called to Biblical behavior.  We are called to love.

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Who Should Christians Vote For?

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I admit, I’ve had a very hard time this election season.  I don’t see either candidate as a great and honorable man of God who uphold ALL biblical values.  They both say they are Christians and believe in biblical values.  I’ve also heard their exceptions to those biblical standards, which quite honestly scares me.  Because I cannot confirm either candidate’s pure heart or motives, I must go solely on their beliefs they’ve provided us.  We have a right to vote and I believe we should be voting for the candidate with the most Christian values and morals.  I have to continually remind myself that we are not voting for a national pastor, but a national leader.

So who should Christians vote for?

The most pro-life candidate, because God hates the shedding of innocent blood – Proverbs 6:17

The most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who don’t – Genesis 12:3

The most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the borrower is servant to the lender – Proverbs 22:7

The most pro-work candidate, because God says if a man does not work, let him not eat – 2 Thessalonians 3:10

The most pro-marriage candidate, because God is for marriage – Genesis 2:24

The candidate who most closely believes government’s purpose is to reward the good and punish the evil – Romans 13

Vote for the candidate based as close as you can on God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16), knowing that whoever gets elected, God is the one who puts all men in authority (Daniel 2:21).

Dr. D. James Kennedy once said, “Lord, give us the leader we need, not the one we deserve.”  I could not have said this any better!

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