On Sunday, I had the privilege of accepting a contribution from students in grades 1-8 within our parish’s Religious Education classes. These children attend public school during the week and obtain their religious education on Sunday.
The contribution was for a pregnancy clinic that our parish Respect Life Ministry supports. One of the teachers had organized a ‘Dimes for Diapers’ program, in which the students voluntarily contributed pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and an occasional dollar bill to support the clinic. As key as the total amount of the contribution was, of greater awe was the fact that grade school students were willing to sacrifice their money for girls, women and babies they most likely will never know. This triggered the question, ‘What are we willing to sacrifice to save our God-favored nation?’
The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement.
But polarization is a bit different. It speaks not just to a lack of basic agreement about what kind of society we should live in, but a breakdown in understanding and respect among Americans. There's a lot of them-vs.-us talk these days on the left and the right. And while I'd never want to live in a country where we all join hands and sing "Kumbaya," maybe a bit more understanding wouldn't be all bad.
The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is — which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place.
Obamacare was sold as simply a refinement of the current system, retaining competition among independent insurers but making things more efficient, fair and generous. Free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke. Free mammograms and checkups for you and me. Free (or subsidized) insurance for some 30 million uninsured. And, mirabile dictu, not costing the government a dime.
There are a number of things in which various groups of Christians and individual Christians engage that I am convinced is unacceptable in the sight of God. Some of these things are practiced through ignorance of the teachings against it, while others are practiced simply out of preference or tradition while closing their eyes towards the wrong.
It is impossible for one to tell another that he will be lost when that person is totally unaware of his error. If they have never heard the truth of that matter and have not made the discovery on their own, they may well be covered by God's grace...IF they have prayed for wisdom and studied diligently to gain perfect knowledge. But it often appears, even among our senior and trained gospel preachers, that they fall too easily into the acceptability of something simply because the majority accepts it.
"Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson is not alone. He's the latest in a long, long lineup of politically incorrect targets of the left's sensitivity mob. Founded in 1985, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) gangstas won't stop until both the cultural and legal enforcement of their agenda are the norm.
The A&E network (Atheists & Elitists) suspended the reality TV patriarch and self-made businessman on Wednesday for the Biblical views he expressed in an interview with GQ. Robertson was asked by the liberal magazine what he viewed as sinful. Drawing on the condemnation of sexual immorality in Corinthians 6:9, he cited "adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won't inherit the kingdom of God."