Should Christians Compromise to Receive Government Money?

government moneyOne article has stayed with me since I first read it last week. I’m having a hard time even processing what I’ve read, much less any sort of biblical foundation for the decision.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention’s president of children services is urging the convention to change their hiring policy for Sunrise Children’s Services to allow the hiring of homosexuals. In a recent closed-door meeting the president, Bill Smithwick told trustees that “federal protection for homosexuals in the workplace as a ‘civil right’ just as race, gender, national origin, etc., is certain to become law sooner than later. Sunrise will comply or lose.”

Smithwick then presented three options to the leaders including “Follow current policy and terminate the employees. Then refuse to hire homosexuals even when doing so becomes a condition of receiving federal funding. (2) Terminate the employees according to current policy, wait until the government mandates a change, then comply. (3) Change the employment policy now.

Smithwick advocated the third option, arguing that Sunrise cannot operate without government funds and that it risks losing major secular sponsors if it fires homosexuals.

“A church or religious organization can hire all Christians and hold them to their standards…but they cannot accept state/federal monies. Sunrise cannot meet the needs of today’s abused and neglected children without public assistance.” [Read more...]

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Did Russell Moore Really Call for Christians to Pull Away from Politics?

Russell MooreThe Wall Street Journal recently published an article in which it seeks to advance the notion that evangelicals should “pull back from politics and the culture wars.” In order to further this idea the Wall Street Journal interviews, and badly misrepresents Dr. Russell Moore, the new head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention.

Here is just one “quote” from the WSJ piece that seeks to send a misleading message:

“When Mr. Moore took over in June as the Southern Baptists’ top public-policy advocate, he startled some in the church by declaring as dead and gone the entire concept of the Bible Belt as a potent mix of Jesus and American boosterism. ‘Good riddance,’ he told thousands of the faithful at the group’s annual convention in Houston in June. ‘Let’s not seek to resuscitate it.’”

Such a quote outside of its context would seemingly advocate a position in which it is somehow wrong to be a Christian seeking to advance the Kingdom of God, while simultaneously living as a patriotic American seeking to advance our nation. Is that what Russell Moore was saying?

Many have their doubts that this is the message Moore is trying to send. One of those is Dr. Robert P. George, a personal friend of Moore. Dr. George made the following comment: [Read more...]

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Are Anti-Bullying Laws Necessary or Just a Distraction?

A recent article makes this statement: ”As school districts and some states implement policies aimed at curbing the so-called “bullying epidemic,” experts continue to insist that bullying is no more common than before, cyberbullying is not a rising threat and bullying does not necessarily cause suicide.”

If this is the case and, as the article asserts, “There is no scientific evidence that bullying causes suicide…It is journalistically irresponsible to claim that bullying leads to suicide.” What is the point of anti-bullying laws? Could is be to infringe on the religious freedoms of others? After all, if a school makes it illegal to disagree with someone’s lifestyle then Christians won’t be able to share the Gospel with their friends. And the school will be able to further push an agenda riddled with pro-LGBT material. Sure, it sound strange. But is there another explanation? Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

November: A Time to Pray for the Persecuted Church

What group of people is the most widely persecuted in the world? No, it’s not women or homosexuals. Christians are the  most widely persecuted in the world. This fact won’t be talked about on the news or most radio programs, but Christian persecution is at all time highs in the world. November has been set aside as month to pray for the persecuted church as we join with our brothers and sisters in Christ to ask for God’s divine intervention and protection.

Joe Carter, writing at the Gospel Coalition has penned an article discussing at least nine things you may have not known about the persecuted church worldwide. One of the facts Carter mentions is: “The bloodiest attack on Christians in Pakistan’s history occurred in September 2013. Two suicide bombers exploded shrapnel laden vests outside All Saints’ Church in the old city of Peshawar. Choir members and children attending Sunday school were among 81 people killed. The attack left 120 people wounded, with 10 of them in critical condition.” I encourage you to read the article and spend time praying for the persecuted church. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Persecution of Christians, Part ?? I Lost Count!

speak upPastor Mark Baker of Harvest Baptist Church suffered the loss of his wife from cancer recently, but while this grief alone could have been terrible enough, the local politically correct element made it that much more acute, and you’d probably never guess how the local Cemetery Director went about it.

As reported in Godfather Politics, Baker and his daughter visited the municipal cemetery to arrange for his wife’s tombstone to be engraved.  As his wife had requested, they asked that a Christian Ichthus fish and the word Jesus be prominently placed on the stone.

This is where it went all upside down again. One might begin to expect such things from liberal bastions like Sterling, Colorado, but even for that area, this was over-the-top.

Shawn Rewoldt, the director of the city cemetery in Sterling, Colorado, refused to include the name Jesus on the tombstone. To make matters worse, when challenged by the Bakers, he made the ridiculous claim that the name would not fit on the stone.

When pressed further, Rewoldt changed his tune and admitted that he was making the decision to prevent anyone from being offended by the name, Jesus. [Read more...]

About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Great Commission Politics: Blessed is the Nation Whose God is the Lord

Grace Baptist ChurchBy Pastor Jason Powell

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12

It is amazing in a time of such frustration for our country’s well being that people still do not see the true reason for our issues. Psalm 33:12 is plain in saying that the nation whose God is the Lord is blessed. When we look at those words we must understand that the Psalmist is stating in no uncertain terms that God blesses those who revere Him and who choose to serve Him.

Many of the issues that we face as Americans are due to the depraved spiritual condition that the United States is suffering from. When we think of being spiritual we no longer think of God as most Christians would, there is now a sense of many gods and other forms of spiritual well being. But this idea has ruined what America was founded on and it has caused the depraved state we are in.

If we look closer to our country at the family level we have to discern the patterns that come from the family. I am not saying that a Christian family is better off or faces fewer problems. But if we look at the Christian family there is something for them spiritually if things are going wrong. They serve a risen Savior and a God that has an intimate relationship with them that they can lean on in times of duress and in times of joy. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

More Evidence of U.S. Military’s Open Hostility to Christians

AFA hate groupA week or so ago, I relayed the story of how the Air Force has begun aggressively promoting (not just accepting) homosexual conduct as a positive lifestyle to be supported by all within their ranks.   They have made it clear with the case of SMSgt. Monk that they are playing for keeps and anyone not toeing the line is subject to having career problems.

Now the Army has come “out of the closet” with their view toward anything resembling traditional family values or Christian principles.  Thanks for an unidentified soldier who took a risk and sent some images of a power-point presentation conducted this week at his duty station, we might not have heard about this one right away.

According to the instructor conducting the training session on “identified hate groups” the American Family Association has been declared comparable to the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Nation of Islam, and Black Panthers.  Who’d have guessed it?

All kidding aside, this is no laughing matter.  When a Christian chaplain spoke up in the meeting repeatedly, the instructor continued repeating his belief that the association was a “hate group” because they identified homosexuals as “sinners, heathens, and other derogatory terms.”  [Read more...]

About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Muslims Seeking to Make Holy Day a School Holiday

A recent article explains: “Muslim families in Montgomery County are pushing to make the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha a full-fledged school holiday. Muslim leaders have started a petition in recent weeks and have won support from some elected leaders and religious groups. Montgomery County has a growing Islamic population, though there are no county or census figures on the Muslim community.”

I recently had a conversation with someone about this. If America is going to be a land founded and based on religious freedom, does that mean every religion must be honored? If we are going to close schools for Christian holidays, aren’t we obligated to close them for other religious holidays. This might be a bitter pill for some to swallow, but the reality is that consistency matters and creates a foundation of freedom for all. For instance, if Muslims are allowed to wear religious clothing, then certainly Christians and Catholics are also allowed. If one group is allowed to bring their holy books into the school and freely pray, then all should be allowed. The fair treatment of all religions is perhaps the only way to ensure religious freedom. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Should Christians Even Be Allowed to Adopt?

AdoptHave you noticed the hoopla that the entertainment media makes over all the ethnic children being adopted by Hollywood stars?  Angelina Jolie, Jane Fonda, Michelle Pheiffer.  This is just a partial list provided by the author of a new article on the Godfather Politics website.

I truly pray that God blesses those who are willing to step in where others have shirked their responsibilities as parents and take a child in need into their home and nurture that child to adulthood.  This is commendable on several levels regardless of how far to the left or right on the political spectrum the parents might be.

What tends to get me twisted into knots of exasperation is when those from the secular side of society choose to use their bias in making decisions about who is permitted to adopt.  Why is there any difference between a parent who is conservative choosing to adopt and a liberal doing the same thing?  They have both acted on their choices in a positive way and have both done the child, themselves and society a great bit of good.

This is simply because society gains the benefit of a productive citizen instead of a dependent, the parents gain a loving child that returns their love and becomes a part of them just as much as if they had borne the child themselves.  I know that for a fact because my late wife and I adopted a one-year-old little girl in 1977.  [Read more...]

About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Illuminate Sunday: Why Are We Praying Together?

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Sunday, October 6th is a special day we are asking churches to spend time praying for those who have been harmed by abortion in West Virginia. As we seek to bring this dangerous, unregulated industry under common sense health and safety regulations, we are seeking prayer support from our churches. The Illuminate campaign has gone very well, and we are now at the place where we need the churches across our state to join together in unified prayer asking God to move. With more than two-dozen churches across the state reaching all denominational leanings taking part, we are encouraged to see pro-life advocates from all walks of life joining together to plead for God’s divine intervention. Our desire is to protect the women of our state and we are asking churches to join in that prayer.

For more information go to www.familypolicywv.com/illuminate or text familywv to 69302.

On the Illuminate campaign resource page you will find bulletin inserts, graphic images, PowerPoint slides, and a video that are yours free for download. With more than a dozen churches already committed to joining us for this special time of prayer we encourage others to take part. And we thank each and every church that is standing for the life affirming Gospel of Jesus.

 

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.