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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Defend Religious Freedom – Our Vets Did

Attacks on the religious freedom of our military service members continue to increase. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins commented: ”More and more service members are facing harassment, demotion, and formal reprimands simply for being Bible-believing Christians. They’ve been prohibited from sharing their faith, forbidden from praying publicly, and dismissed from duty for refusing to surrender their religious convictions…Defending America’s freedom shouldn’t mean surrendering theirs, especially given that the Constitution they have sworn to uphold guarantees religious liberty as all Americans’ first freedom.”

It’s deplorable that our military must now be concerned about attacks from the enemies of America as well as attacks from their own government for simply being a Christian. The military has a long, rich history of honoring the faith of its members and that tradition should be fiercely defending and protected. Americans need to step up and demand that military personnel be given the same religious freedom rights every other American now enjoys. Such has always been the case and should always be true. Click here for original article.

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Engaging Weekend: Girls Should Use Private Bathroom at School, Colorado College Invents New Genders, New York City Mayor Opposes Care Pregnancy Centers

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Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles you might have missed over the weekend. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

High school: Girls should avoid restroom if they’re bothered by transgender boy in the stalls

The future of our politically correct public schools is so backwards it’s hard to imagine. The case of a “transgender” boy in Colorado using the girls’ bathroom and being accused of harassing female students is just the beginning. The school has denied any harassment took place, threatened the girls complaining with hate crimes for speaking out, and then concluded the matter was closed when police could not get any of the girls to talk. If that sounds strange wait until you hear what the school suggests the girls do if they are bothered by having a boy in their bathroom. “What the school officials have told the girls is that in order to maintain their privacy they can use a single restroom at the office which is not always available and is some distance from a lot of classes.” That’s right. The school told the majority that they should use a private bathroom while the single minority is given free access to the public school bathroom. And while transgender people scream with anger when such a suggestion is given in order to accommodate them, the school seems happy with such a solution for their large majority of girls. What happens when 200 girls want to use that bathroom? Absurdity at its finest. Click here for original article.

Colorado College lists five genders, including ‘queer,’ on applications [Read more...]

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Reality Check: Polygamy and Polyamory Will Be Legalized Next

PolyamoryHere’s a phrase I’ve said countless of times and will continue to repeat: If the government redefines marriage for homosexuals it will have to continue redefining marriage for other groups or be guilty of the same discrimination it now accuses traditional marriage supporters of.

I want you to memorize that statement and come to terms with the reality of its truth. The government cannot simply redefine marriage one time for homosexuals and then say, “There, now everyone’s happy.” For starters polygamists and polyamory advocates will be the first to stand up and say, “No, we’re not happy at all.” They will then begin an even greater push – because they are already pushing to some degree – for their relationships to be legally recognized.

And what ground will the government then have to deny them the right to “marry” and gain legal status? The moral ground? Please, they will have surrendered that ground along with the traditional definition of marriage. Besides, what would possibly be the basis for the government’s “moral ground”? If the definition of marriage is not inherently and morally tied to the traditional one man one woman definition, what possible moral objection could be raised against other “alternative lifestyles,” and “loving couples who just want to get married”?

None. [Read more...]

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Government Seeking Pastors to Help Enroll People in ObamaCare

Wait a minute, isn’t there some “separation of church and state” thing that Mikey Wienstein, Barry Lynn and other atheists groups are always yelling about? Where are those shrill voices opposing the government’s attempt to get people to sign up for ObamaCare?

“Community organizers are joining pastors across the country to educate and help parishioners sign up for Obamacare. The coordinated initiative, called “Health Care from the Pulpit,” is being implemented by Enroll America, a non-profit with the goal of maximizing ‘the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.’ The program has already reached a number of churches across the nation. In Jacksonville, Fla, Pastor John Newman is among those who invited community organizers from the group to his church to talk about the cost of Obamacare and the enrollment process. During the event, Enroll America invited congregants to fill out cards with basic information about themselves or people they knew who might be in need of health care.”

And the reason the government is turning to pastors? as the article states it is because they know that pastors are a “trusted voice” in their communities. I guess that only applies to ObamaCare since the government vehemently opposes those same trusted voices telling their congregations about ‘political” matters like life, marriage, religious freedom, and where lawmakers stand on such matters. Hypocrisy at its finest. Click here for original article.

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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.

Sex Education Part 1: Teaching 4 Year Olds About Masturbation

sex educationIf parents don’t stay actively engaged in the education of their child and accept responsibility for teaching them sex and morality, you can be sure someone else will. It is an absurd idea to send a child to school day after day never paying attention to what he or she is learning, the information being asked for by schools, or the fact that schools have decided to be a “role model” and primary teacher of “morality.”

What is the result of this madness called public education? How about a “Standards for Sexuality Education” program that teaches 4-year-olds about masturbation?

The new education program being unrolled in Europe has been called “A holistic approach based on an understanding of sexuality as an area of human potential helps children and young people to develop essential skills to enable them to self-determine their sexuality” says the document.

Hold on a minute. Why is it necessary for a school to teach “skills to enable them [kids] to self-determine their sexuality”? First of all, can any school legitimately claim the need to teach any “skills” related to sexuality as essential? It seems skills in math, reading, science, and other academic areas are far weightier and necessary over “skills” in sexuality. Second, why does a student need any direction from a school in order to “self-determine their sexuality”? Call me old-fashioned but I am fairly certain that sexuality is determined at birth with the genetic, biology of a child.

Does that make me hetero-normative? Traditional? I’ll accept those as compliments. [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.

Hobby Lobby Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case

The Hobby Lobby case took an interesting turn recently when the family owned craft giant agreed with the government and asked the Supreme Court to take the case. After finally receiving a temporary injunction against the pro-abortion HHS mandate, the federal government asked the Supreme Court to consider taking the case. Hobby Lobby agreed and filed their own petition asking for the high court to hear the case. An attorney from the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom representing Hobby Lobby explained this decision:

“Hobby Lobby’s case raises important questions about who can enjoy religious freedom…Right now, some courts recognize the rights of business owners like the Green family, and others do not. Religious freedom is too important to be left to chance. The Supreme Court should take this case and protect religious freedom for the Green family and Hobby Lobby.” This case, along with the many others suing the federal government over the HHS mandate, is among the most important in recent years. The outcome has implications for every person with a religious convictions against abortion in deciding whether the government can force you to violate your religious convictions. 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.

Is the American Pastor More Like a CEO Than a Shepherd?

mega church pastorI’ve done a lot of “preaching” on the fact that pastors have been deafeningly silent regarding the issues of life, marriage, and religious freedom in American politics. Thankfully, I think the tide is turning as I see evidence that more pastors are speaking up and sharing biblical truth regarding these issues.

I heard a pastor recently talk about abortion in his church and reminded people that it is not a political issue but a biblical moral issue. When God is the Creator of life then only God has the right to decide when life ends. I was thankful for such a bold mixture of truth and grace firmly founded on the absolute truth of God’s Word.

I’ve always wondered why so many pastors seem afraid to speak up. If anyone should be a fearless voice for truth it should be the man called by God to preach and teach His Word.

A recent article by Pastor Chuck Baldwin sheds some light to this topic in a very pointed way. Baldwin says most pastors today are “success oriented,” which means building bigger buildings, bigger offerings, bigger congregations, gaining a following and notoriety. All this points to “success” for a modern pastor. Baldwin notes the flaw in this method of ministry:

“Most pastors today are in reality not spiritual shepherds as much as they are corporate CEOs. The same mentality, philosophy, and strategy that drive corporate boardrooms also drive the boardrooms of modern churches–to a tee. Pastors act like CEOs, dress like CEOs, talk like CEOs, manage like CEOs, and think like CEOs. Dare I say that even the way pastors and churches cater, and ‘reach out,’ and ‘minister,’ etc., has mostly to do with ‘good business.’”  [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.

“What is it about religious freedom that you’re against, Mr. Reid?”

As part of the government shutdown, military chaplains were told they could not perform their duties. This is a strange reality considering these chaplains are part of the military and as any other active member of the military should be allowed to function as they would normally. But, as a recent article explains, such is not the case

“…under current law — some military priests under contract could even face arrest if they celebrate Mass or practice their faith on military bases during the shutdown.” A bill was almost unanimously passed in the House of Representatives to allow military chaplains to perform their critical duties to our service men and women. That bill has been stalled in the Democratic led Senate under Harry Reid. 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.

The Top 3 Reasons Parents Choose to Home School

home schoolHave you ever wondered what it is about home schooling the government, whether American or otherwise, finds so objectionable. It seems to me that teachers who are often overwhelmed by large class sizes would welcome having a few less students in the classroom. And for states that don’t have voucher or tax credits for home schooling, it’s not as if unions or teachers are losing out on money. I still have to pay taxes for a school system I am not using in any way.

So what is it that is such a problem that our government would actually declare that there is no constitutional right to home school?

Is the government afraid that students won’t learn and end up academically inferior to their public school counter parts? They obviously have never read a single study, survey, or analysis showing that home schoolers end up much farther ahead of their public school counter parts. My son has just started Kindergarten but he currently reads and writes at a 2nd grade level after my wife spent just 9 months working with him. So I guess he isn’t behind anyone.

Why are so many so hostile to the idea of home schooling?

It’s not just hostility to home schooling, it’s a downright vehement opposition bordering on ludicrous to the idea that parents have the right and should be allowed to educate their children. Proving this point is the actions of one German prosecutor who is seeking 6-month jail terms for home schooling parents. A recent article reports: [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.