Monday, September 7, 2015

Freedom Of Religion...Olympus Has Fallen

"Our foe did not come only to destroy our things or our people, they came to desecrate a way of life...defile our beliefs...trample our freedom. And in this not only did they fail, they granted us the greatest gift, a chance at our rebirth. We will rise, renewed, strong, and unified. This is our time. Our chance to get back to the best of who we are: to lead by example, with the dignity, integrity and honor that built this country, and which will build it once again. May God bless you, and may God bless the United states of America." ~ President Asher (Aaron Eckhard) [Movie: Olympus Has Fallen 2013. Director Antoine Fuqua])
As I note, these are the closing words by President Asher in the 2013 movie, "Olympus Has Fallen". Even though the movie dealt with a fictitious foreign enemy and a takeover of the countries highest office of leadership, reality sometimes mimics fantasy. I don't think that we are faced with any a greater danger than that emanating from the nations highest systems of government which not only includes the ideological takeover of the executive branch of government but also a takeover of the nations judicial branch as both impose a new and foreign type of morality on the American people.

Please allow me to be clear. In this case, our "foe" is not the homosexual or even the common citizen seeking to survive and pursue peace and happiness in this world. The "foe" are the ideologues and historic revisionists that not only seek to co-exist in a nation where freedom, including freedom of religious practice and worship has been a founding principle, but the aim is to subdue the culture upholding and praising perversion while at the same time criticizing and even ridiculing values that have built nations, and brought hope to people all over the world for generations, and in specifically has been the guiding light of America.  

Continued Erosion Of Freedom & Rights Of Conscience By The Courts
It is no secret that the agenda of gay and homosexual normalization, and the access to marriage in particularly has been championed by the courts and not the voice of the people or legislatures of the majority of the States of the United states of America.

Kim Davis
Rowan County Clerk
One of the most disturbing recent occurrences is the finding of "contempt of court" by a Federal Judge in the case of Kim Davis, the former (I suppose) Rowan County, KY, County Clerk, which was duly elected by the public (the people) to carry out her job. Not only was Mrs. Davis found to be in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but she was was subsequently jailed as well for standing for her religious freedoms and rights of conscience. Please see Kim Davis release and return to work HERE.

Mt. 24:9 ~ Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

The backdrop for the court's actions of course is the sweeping ratification by the United States Supreme Court that reverses any ban on gay marriage in any State. In other words in the court's view, gay marriage is sanctioned in all corners of the United States and should not be prohibited in any venue by any citizen or office of the United States.

Some have taken the Supreme Court's decision and President Obama's support and direction of the nation and the world towards the acceptance and normalization of gay marriage as "gospel" and the way that a truly free society should operate and function in spite of religion and religious views. For President Obama and those that believe in his version of pluralism and secularism, religious beliefs and dogmas are flexible, subject to wholesale change and revision and always tempered by the belief that man best directs his own destiny. ie: One creates one's own God and serves him as it is right in one's own eyes...(2 Kings 17:33, 41)

Are Our Religious Views & Values Subject To The State? 

It can hardly be argued that the bible teaches cognitive dissonance against the State, rule or authority. We are consistently told that we should honor magistrates (Titus 3:1) and governments and even pray for them. (Rom. 13:1) However, we see that when it comes to standing for and doing what is right in God's eyes, the biblical characters did not obey the orders of the magistrates or the powers that were in control. They quickly and readily hastened to the call of the Lord, even if it meant that their lives were made uncomfortable:

Acts 5:27-32 ~ 27-And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 28-Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. 29-Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 30-The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31-Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32-And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

In the case of gay marriage and gay marital acceptance, what we have is a perversion being hailed as a desirable and acceptable moral value. It is the conscience of all of them that know the truth to NOT promote a lifestyle that is both immoral, dangerous and detrimental to society. At the same time, most believers also recognize the human elements involved. Gay people are people too, deserving of courtesy and respect. However, the problem is not courtesy, nor is it respect. The problem is subjection to a lifestyle and proclivity that is immoral, unbiblical and even in secular society, damaging both to the individual and society in general.

Not A Funny Matter

This event has sparked may sharp criticisms on both sides of the issue. Some have said that Kim Davis is a "public" servant, therefore has a greater obligation to serve the public no matter her personal beliefs...some have said that the judge went way over the top (a sentiment to which I certainly concur) and other have said that this is one proof of why the bible and even religion itself has no place in a free society...Others have simply laughed Mrs. Davis and her beliefs to scorn, telling her and us that we are out of date and out of touch and have no clue as to what "reality" says in this case or any other case where religious values are in conflict.

While the latter is just stupid...I mean the equivalent of a child climbing on its parents lap and slapping him/her in the face for not buying the right baby formula or the right diapers...The only reason that the baby has anything at all or knows anything at all is because of the parents that have cared for him/her in those things and more. The only reason we enjoy ANY freedoms at all in America is because of religion and Christianity in particular, not in spite of it... The jokes and abundant ignorance of the pundits against the ample evidence of history is utterly fantastic, and only displays the needs of the historic revisionist to actually attempt to change history in order to make their case asserting that America would somehow be better off without God and or religion....

Although, I would agree that America is certainly not a "Christian nation" in the sense that every mandate and dictate that it embraces is Christ centered, it doesn't take but a cursory examination of the structure of our society to observe that the principles and values that this society embraces, and that most every free nation embraces are principles also deeply rooted in in biblical moral value constructs emanating primarily from concepts and teachings of the Ten Commandments and biblical Christianity.

The revisionists display their long staff of ignorance by continuing to assert that the founders of this country sought to establish freedoms in absence of religion. Nearly ALL the evidence points contrary to their assertions. Here is a small smapling of some of the evidence in support of my position:

The Declaration of Independence (1776) 

This document invokes an understanding of God in the very establishment of human
freedoms and what are called "unalienable" rights, which are rights not conferred upon man by other men, but rights conferred upon every human being by a transcendent being, aka: God himself:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Not only did the signers and creators of the constitution avow the "creation" of men meaning that man and mankind was purposeful and not some act of chance or random selection or inclusion of life, but that men were given certain qualities, traits and "rights" that were not on the table to be traded away or traded for. There "rights" came from a source other than men and mankind and were transcendent in value and nature. The founders held these things as "self evident" meaning that there was no great inquiry necessary to observe, see and experience these things.

The Articles Of Confederation 1777:
Article III. ~ The said states hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defence, the security of their Liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretence whatever.
Under Article 3 of the Articles Of Confederation was placed in tact to DEFEND those who were attacked due to or because of their religion. Religion was acknowledged as being a durable and enduring part of society, not some sort of weird exception to the norm or the way things were.

The Bill Of Rights (Added to the US Constitution 1791)
 Amendment I  ~ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
This is probably the most rehearsed Amendment to the US Constitution in all of American history, because upon it rests and identifies the type of freedoms that we have as Americans and enjoin. There is no "penalty" for having a position of free speech or opinion. There is no "restriction" or line which is drawn to say that "freedoms stop here". Freedoms simply exist and Congress cannot prohibit these freedoms and continue to stay faithful to the founding document. Notwithstanding that the courts seems to have found a way around this, by becoming something that it was never authorized to do...being a dispenser and a creator of laws through and by activism.

It is this branch, the Judiciary, that was never intended to establish or create law that has become the new dispenser of rights and freedoms and the restrictor of freedoms based upon the "rouse" of "interpreting" the law supposedly in effort of making the law fair for all men and women. With the Executive Branch of the government leading the way, the Judiciary has dome more damage for the moral and social values of the country than any other branch of government in modern times.

Here are some other opinions about rights and freedoms, especially as they pertain to religion and Christianity in particular that we should be aware of.  

John Adams, 2nd President, signer of the Constitution & Bill of rights:

"The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity. [Works, Vol. III, p. 421, diary entry for July 26, 1796.]
James Madison signer of the Constitution, writer of the Federalist Papers, on "Conscience as Property"
"Conscience is the most sacred of all property; other property depending in part on positive law, the exercise of that being a natural and unalienable right. To guard a man’s house as his castle, to pay public and enforce private debts with the most exact faith, can give no title to invade a man’s conscience, which is more sacred than his castle, or to withhold from it that debt of protection for which the public faith is pledged by the very nature and original conditions of the social pact. – “Property” in The National Gazette (29 March 1792)
Other quotes PRO RELIGION and Christianity in particular from people very influential in the founding of America and acceptance of societal values can be found HERE

False Interpretations Of The Bible

One of the most ridiculous things that has arisen out of the entire controversy over gay marriage is the myriad of various false interpretation of the bible and biblical moral values. Prior to him being President, Barack Obama said:
"Moreover, given the increasing diversity of America's population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount - a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let's read our bibles. Folks haven't been reading their bibles." ~ Senator Barack Obama, "A Call To Renewal" Washington DC 6/8/2006

Many have followed the same confusion linking food laws such as restrictions on shellfish and other "unclean" animals to laws and prohibitions to sexual immorality. Then others link prohibitions of mixed fabric garments to laws on sexual morality as if to say that because they can't understand why there were fabric restrictions that certainly there are no sexual restrictions.

Now, does that even make sense? Since there are no sexual restrictions, because certain fabrics couldn't be mixed, and that makes no sense now, then certainly anything a person or persons want to do sexually is permissible???

Then, because there are differences in how to carry out a Christian life and walk we should simply allow all things or whatever we feel to take place???

What the President and others that share his confusion and erroneous sense of interpretation do is assume that Christians are demanding a theocratic government.  Muslims may demand such by implementing Sharia and seeking to make Sharia a part of American Law, under which they are judged separately from others, Christians offer and make no such conclusions or impositions on the government. Christians seek fairness, morality, justice and equability in the law, not a theocracy because we know that this world does not belong to us and that Jesus did not come to establish an earthly kingdom, but a kingdom that endures forever.

These arguments are simply red herrings diverting away from the moral truth that god demands sexual purity among people and that purity is for the benefit and freedom of people, not for their demise and destruction. He know how we were created, even as the founding fathers acknowledge, and he knows best how we perform. God did not create a deceptive creation and a false or fake man or women. he created a man and a woman that was real with orderly affections and passions one for the other.

Olympus Has Fallen, Can It Get UP?

President Obama said that his Presidency would be the one that all gay people would be especially proud and fond of when looking back on history. The President certainly did not lie about that one. What he did not say is that his Presidency would probably be the most sad one for religious and personal freedoms for all Americans including Christians in this country for sure. he failed to say that his assault on marriage would have lasting implications and that his redefining morality to include sexual perversion as normal would only open the gate to anything that man and mankind could think of in the future.

Already the pedophiles are following the same rout of the President and the gay advocacy movement claiming that adult/child sexual relations should be considered normal and could even be "healthy" and "wholesome" for the children who otherwise learn everything else from adults...The Polygamists, bigamists and polyamourous only seek support for their actions and activities which a just society once condemned. Now, how and under what doctrine can any of them be condemned if secular society is right about what it is imposing?

Thus the problem is revealed...the door is open to all perversion of any kind and that is primarily thanks to an activist court and a President set on changing the culture in one of the most unbiblical manners possible...at the root and foundation of the family.

At a time when families should be flourishing, we are yet laying polluted in our own blood, but thank god there is a PHYSICIAN in the house and HIS name is Jesus. only HE can heal us of this disease called flesh, and self exaltation. Without HIM we can do nothing!

Jeremiah 9

Blessed!

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