Morality and Marriage Equal Economic Prosperity

family povertyMuch has been written here and in other venues regarding the deplorable state of the traditional family.  No, I’m not saying that all traditional families are in deplorable shape.  What I am addressing is the lower and lower percentage of children being born into traditional families in America.

There are a lot of different moral arguments that can be made for why this is happening.  Things like the general breakdown of morality, the promotion of sex in every possible form and the promiscuity that it has bred, and the blatant encouragement of our youth to “explore” their sexuality far earlier than is advisable. Not to mention the decimation of the necessary underpinning of the marriage relationship that keeps sex within its boundaries where it is safe, loving, and natural as an expression of love for one’s spouse.

But let’s suppose – for a moment – that we are speaking with someone who chooses to “blow off” all of these extremely important aspects to the problem.  How do we demonstrate the evils of out-of-wedlock childbirth?

The Gartman Report, a newsletter targeting investors and traders in the stock market, tends to lean toward the conservative side of the political spectrum, but for the sake of their subscribers, is also careful to examine issues from all angles. [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

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

The Desires of Deviant Adults for Our Children

pedophileSeveral months ago in the course of commenting on the general issue of homosexual marriage and how it can do damage on so many levels, I mentioned that one of the major points for potential damage that official approval for this ignoble choice was that it opened the door for other self-interested minority lifestyles to jump on the bandwagon in an effort to carve out some more “protected class” territory for their belief-system.

Right along the same path homosexuals took, those who support “intergenerational romance” – a sick euphemism for pedophilia – are coming out of the woodwork, the closet, from under the rocks, or other dark places to proclaim that they no longer need protection for consenting adults to engage in lurid abnormal sexual escapades.  Now all they need is “consenting” anyone….man, woman,  girl, boy, it matters not the age.  As long as they “consent” there should be no limits on such behavior and it should all be accepted as normal by society as a whole.

According to an article from Matt Barber, the poster child for this is Kaitlyn Hunt.  The student from Florida was charged with repeatedly committing sexual assault on a 14 year old.  As Barber relates, [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

The Military is Under Fire…from the White House?

US MilitaryAt near the height of the Vietnam Conflict, I made the choice to serve four years in the Air Force rather than take my turn at the draft lottery at the convenience of the government.  I finished that four year stint serving as electronics support for bombing missions flown out of Thailand and left at the end of that year feeling like I had at least done my part to support the efforts of our military and done my duty to my country.

These days, the entire military is composed of totally voluntary enlistees who choose to serve their county.  Perhaps some thought of it as a means to pay for their higher education, some because of the poor labor market, but serving in our military was not their only alternative, so to them I say…thank you.

Unfortunately, politics has infused its evil into the fabric of most of the commands within the AF structure.  Recently nearly 100 airmen assigned to one of the largest AF bases in the country (Lackland AFB, TX) met at a San Antonio Church to discuss the numerous accounts of religious abuse of Christian airmen by officers and senior enlisted personnel.  All of the issues reported at the meeting were in some way or other related directly to the Obama Administration’s decision to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military services.

In an article today, some of those problems were brought to light and are described as typical of the kinds of harassment our young men and women are facing if they do not openly and enthusiastically support homosexuality in the military. [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

Massachusetts Decides to Discriminate Against Christians

AdoptionGiven the number of specific incidents in which government entities from school boards to employment offices have expressed prejudice against conservative (read, Christian) values and beliefs, this one doesn’t come as a real shock. Other than the fact it was (perhaps unintentionally) openly admitted in a meeting that was being video-taped.

An article that appears on the WND.com website includes a video in which it is clearly stated that the Massachusetts department that controls foster-care and adoptions has adopted a policy that will “weed out” people who do not fully embrace and accept the homosexual lifestyle and reinforce the positive view of homosexuality to any child placed in their care either as a foster parent or as an adoptee from Massachusetts.

This is clearly another perfect example of government policies that discriminate against anyone who holds a Biblical view regarding the sin of homosexual behavior.

First of all, children old enough to understand the meaning of homosexuality are the most difficult children to place for adoption and there are huge numbers of those children who “age out” of the foster system at age eighteen because they were never successfully placed for adoption. [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

Fox Sports Doesn’t Support Freedom of Speech or Religion

In 2011 when college football announcer Craig James was running for U.S. Senate, he made statement regarding marriage. He said he doesn’t support homosexuality or civil unions and that people will have to answer to the Lord for their choices in life. It’s a reasonable statement for anyone to make. Apparently though Fox Sports decided to fire him from announcing college football over those remarks. What is really shocking was the statement by a Fox Sports rep about the firing of James:

“On Friday, another unnamed Fox executive confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that James’s statements during the debate two years ago were the reason for his firing. ‘We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department…He couldn’t say those things here.’” It appears that Fox Sports does not invite the free exchange of ideas, free speech, or religious freedom in the network sports department. Only a tyrannical dictatorship would refuse to allow people the right to their views and to freely express those views. I guess Fox Sports is not “fair and balanced” at all. 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.

Engaging Weekend: The 21 States That Ban Abortion Coverage in Insurance, Survey Says Evangelicals Threaten Workplace Harmony, California Bill Threatens Youth Organizations

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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.

21 States Ban Insurance Coverage for Abortion, Does Yours?

The info-graphic in this article shows all the states that ban abortion coverage in insurance plans. Of the 21 states that do so, West Virginia is not one. The article also states: “Thirty-three percent of women who had abortions in 2008 were uninsured, 30 percent had private health insurance and 31 percent were enrolled in Medicaid, according to a 2010 Guttmacher Institute report. Nevertheless, 57 percent of these women paid for their abortions out of pocket, including 63 percent of those with private insurance. Women with insurance coverage pay for abortions for several reasons, including having plans that won’t cover it, not knowing what their insurance benefits are, or wanting to keep an abortion secret from family members….” Many pro-abortion advocates believe banning abortion from insurance is a way to make abortion services harder to obtain, limited, and ultimately end abortion. They fail however to see the conscience and religious convictions protections in such a policy. They see no middle ground in allowing people with religious or conscience convictions against abortion being allowed to opt out of such coverage so that none of their money is put toward abortion services. This shows their motive of demanding acceptance and support for abortion from everyone, regardless of whether your conscience or religious convictions stand opposed. Click here for original article.

New Survey: Evangelicals threaten workplace harmony [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.

Letter to a Struggling Gay Christian

The Gospel Coalition recently published a letter that was written to a “struggling gay Christian” that was tempted to give up on his faith and leave the church as a result of ongoing same-sex attractions. The letter, written by a pastor and bible professor does an excellent job of explaining the difference between homosexual temptation and sin. The letter states:

“I fear you’re forgetting something basic about the Christian life, my friend: the distinction between sin and temptation. Same-sex attraction isn’t the same thing as same-sex relations. The first is temptation; the second is sin. Every believer this side of heaven has a heart corrupted by sin, a sinful nature at war with the presence of the Spirit of God…Every day, married Christian men are tempted to look a second time at women who aren’t their wife. But being tempted isn’t the same as fantasizing about these relationships or having them in reality. Joe, true Christians repress these desires, saying “no” over and over and over again. They think about their wife, their kids, and especially their God who hates adultery and their Savior who died for sin. Every resistance in the face of temptation, then, is a momentous occasion of victory and liberation.”

This is a biblical point important for every person to understand. Sin and temptation are very different. Temptation, whether same-sex attractions or fantasizing over a woman not my wife, are not sin. Acting on those temptations is what constitutes sin. The entire letter is a brilliant message with the the Gospel at its heart. Worth reading. 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.

Engaging Weekend: Liberty University Beats ObamaCare, Abortion Advocates Call fetal Pain Science Phony, #MarchOnMedia Campaign Launched

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Engaging Weekend is a collection or 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.

Liberty University Beats Obama HHS-Abortion Mandate in Appeals Court

Liberty University has won a major victory for religious freedom in their case against ObamaCare. The Fourth Circuit court of Appeals has issued a stay of the mandate on behalf of Liberty University until after a petition of cert has been filed with the Supreme Court. A recent article explains that Liberty’s case against ObamaCare is the most comprehensive on record: “Liberty Counsel’s challenge to ObamaCare is the most comprehensive case pending, challenging (1) the employer mandate; (2) the abortion mandate for religious employers; (3) the abortion mandate for individuals; and (4) the entire law because tax bills must originate in the House.” You can read the entire Court ruling here. This is a major case because if successful it could potentially unravel the remaining barely handing threads of ObamaCare. The health care bill has been getting hammered in the legal courts, as well as the court of popular opinion and poll after poll shows a majority of Americans want the bill repealed. It’s absurd to think that Liberty University, or any other religious employer, or business owner with religious convictions against abortion, should be forced to violate their convictions by providing abortion drugs and services in employee health care plans. As a proud Liberty alum I hope their case wins, sets precedent, and helps bring down the health care bill. Click here for original article.

UPDATE: It seems the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed its earlier decision to grant a stay pending an appeal to the Supreme Court. A report states:   “the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued two conflicting orders in Liberty Counsel’s ObamaCare case, Liberty University v. Lew (formerly called Liberty University v. Geithner). The court of appeals first issued a stay of the Mandate. But, last evening, the same court reversed itself and issued another order denying the stay of the Mandate.” Click here for original article.

Abortion Activists Call Fetal Pain “Phony Science” Despite Considerable Evidence

Writing at Life News, Dave Andrusko comments on a recent article that calls the science of fetal pain “phony.” Common sense says that an unborn child at 20 weeks can feel pain. Why? Because, if that child was born prematurely at 20 weeks and you stuck it with a needle to draw blood, the child would cry. It would cry because it can feel pain and like most children doesn’t like being stuck with a needle. So denying the science and conclusion that an unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks is intellectually dishonest at best. Andrusko says that “to label the assertion that the unborn child can experience pain by the 20th week a ‘lie’ and ‘phony science’ (the words are Katie McDonough’s but they are hardly unique to her) is simply to substitute overheated rhetoric for a dispassionate assessment of the evidence.” It shows how far the abortion lobby is willing to go to protect their money making scheme. They will call pro-lifers “anti-science” for being against abortion. But when they are presented with sound scientific evidence for fetal pain they turn a blind eye and try to ignore it completely. The reasons to support legalized murder of the unborn are crumbling. Click here for original article.

We’re Not Gonna Take It: Time to Expose the Lies of the Pro-Abortion Media

Remember the immense and voluminous amount of media coverage of the Kermit Gosnell case? Do you also remember the in-depth coverage of the Douglas Karpen investigation? No? Don’t worry, you don’t remember such coverage because it never happened. In fact, the media did all it could to cover up the Gosnell case until the absolute last minute when a few minutes here and there was given to it. Thankfully a coalition of pro-life organizations, including Lila Rose and Live Action, Jill Stanek, Americans United for Life, Media Research Center, and The Radiance Foundation are launching their #MarchOnMedia campaign to demand the media end its silence on the issue of abortion. Their campaign is much like our very own Illuminate campaign, which seeks to shine a light on the abortion industry in West Virginia. The fact is, the media is not going to expose the violence, the hypocrisy, the lies, and the deception of women perpetrated by the abortion industry. But we are. Will you join us is exposing the abortion industry and shining a light on their dark deeds? Text familywv to 69302 for more information. Click here for original article.

Catholic Parish to Boy Scout troop: Obey the faith on homosexuality or go somewhere else

A Catholic church in Wisconsin has told the Boy Scout troop it has sponsored for 20 years that it will have to meet somewhere else if it changes their membership policy to allow open homosexuality. According to a recent article: “Boy Scout Troop 90, which meets at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altoona, revised its membership policy to state that no boy could be denied membership ‘on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.’ Scoutmaster Bob Thill told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegramthat while Troop 90’s families were evenly split on the issue, the troop changed the rule because ‘it’s the way of the times, and I guess you’ve got to keep up with it.’ This might be the ridiculous statement on why the troop should change their policy. If “the times” say that pedophilia is ok and the Boy Scouts vote to allow it, will this scout master change the policy again? Just because “the times” change doesn’t mean our values have to follow. Click here for original article.

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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 Future of America: Support Homosexuality or Else

An interesting case from Canada should serve as another example of how redefining marriage will eventually infringe on the religious freedoms of Christians. Essentially, a law dean is mounting a crusade against a private Christian university law school that requires its students to abstain “from sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.” Seems pretty standard for nearly every reputable, evangelical Christian school.

The law dean leading the charge against the school doesn’t like this part of the student code. But what is frightening is that this is a private school, not publicly funded, much like a church or other private religious entity. And yet this law dean believes it is appropriate for the government to step in and require the school to change its policy. I guess that whole “my gay marriage doesn’t interfere with your life” argument just went out the window. Ay! 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.