MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Whose Children are They?

July 27th, 2005 Viewed 1008 times

So, in the latest of the State claiming that they own our children, a mother takes a picture of a father kissing a naked child’s bellybutton.  Probably after getting him out of the tub or something. They take the roll of film to be developed, and the developers turn the roll of film into the police.  Here’s where it gets scary.  The police arrest the parents, place the child in foster care and give the other child to her biological dad.  The mother gets out on bond, but isn’t allowed to see her children for months.  The father was in jail six months!  Eventually, an expert comes in and says there was no criminal intent and the charges were dropped and the family reunited.

Does this sound like the America you live in?  I’ve blown on my kid’s bare tummy before, should that warrant jail time?  Six months their kids are raised by strangers?!  I should think the state should pay this couple money, and official apology.  How about the trauma done to those children seeing their parents go to jail, or the whole trauma for the little one in being forced into a new home temporarily all because of someone’s interpretation of a picture!  Shouldn’t all of the work been done before they took them away?  Could they have not gotten the expert first and told the family not to leave the area?  Why take the kids away and throw them in prison.

This should scare parents.

Penalty for Being a Religious American Parent

July 25th, 2005 Viewed 1565 times, 1 so far today

Rabbi Boteach writes today about the penalty for being a religious parent in America. It’s something that I’ve brought up before, but deserves to be brought up again. For each parent that wants to send their child to a school that teaches their values, they not only have to pay for the tuition of the school, but for the cost if their child was going to go to a public school.

You wonder why parochial schools either are small or don’t have traditional teachers? It’s because if they were to pay for these things, they would be paying double to send their kids to school– and our government, not realizing that money doesn’t solve problems, continues to dump even more money into failing school systems. Speaking of costs, the Rabbi says:

This week, I received by mail the tuition-fee schedule for my children’s private Jewish day schools that I already owe for next year. I’ll withhold the exact amount because I don’t want to give you a coronary, but with seven children in private religious education, and with tuition for Jewish day schools in America running at about $9,000 per child (and that’s with a discount), you can easily imagine the astronomical bill.

Well, you say, it’s only fair, I mean, the government shouldn’t subsidize religious education, but…

The United States, alone among the great democracies of the world, shows utter contempt to religious parents by making them pay twice for their children’s education, refusing to put even a single dollar of their tax money toward their children’s religious schools.

When I resided in England, as the rabbi at Oxford University for 11 years, my children attended some of the best Jewish day schools in the world. The cost to me was minimal because the Jewish day schools have all of their secular studies subsidized by the government while the religious studies are, of course, paid for by the parents.

But even solidly secular countries like Canada and France, whom Americans perceive as being hostile to religion, all have government subsidies for religious schools. Only America, the most religious of them all, brutally punishes religious parents by not allowing their hard-earned tax dollars to fund their children’s parochial schools.

Do you sense that something’s wrong here, when a country can declare that homosexual marriage is ok, and still have subsidies for religious schools? Where is it an establishment of religion to give parents a break if they want to send their kids elsewhere. It’s their money. If they’re supposed to be using it to educate their kids, then let them use it, and not subsidize education they do not want.

McCain in Trouble

July 19th, 2005 Viewed 931 times

I don’t know if you’re following this or even have heard about John McCain being in an R rated movie, but he’s now making jokes about our concerns.  His latest line is that “I work with boobs every day.”

To catch you up to speed, John McCain, who spoke out at one time about the filth that was coming out of Hollywood and R rated movies, has went out and started in the latest release movie ‘Wedding Crashers’ that follows the two men visiting weddings.  These two divorce attorneys hit weddings in order to bed women that are emotionally caught up in the wedding.

According to screenit.com, Wedding crashers rates the following:

Alcohol/Drugs: Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude: Extreme
Profanity: Extreme
Sex/Nudity: Extreme

A brief summary states “Profanity consists of at least 26 “f” words, while other expletives and plenty of
colorful phrases are uttered. Sexually related dialogue (some of it explicit) is present, while a montage shows quick scenes of the two shirtless men getting on top of topless women on various beds.”

“Other sex is implied, and other sexual material is present including fooling around, a married woman having a man feel her bare breasts, a nymphomaniac doing various sexual things to a man in several  scenes, and a man coming on to another man in bed. Brief nonsexual nudity is also present.”

You be the judge, is he being hypocritical or not?  Is this a big deal or not?  I think it is.

This is one Cool TV

July 14th, 2005 Viewed 1187 times, 1 so far today

Politics:

  • All that really seems to be going on is this thing with Karl Rove and Valerie Plame and her hubby.  For all the ink and air space as well as bandwidth taken up in discussion of this, I think Bush’s right– let’s wait for the investigation to conclude before we jump to conclusions.
  • Up to 53 dead in UK.  Contrary to the earlier comment, the information that’s come to the fore with suicide bombers and stuff continue to point toward terrorism.
  • Bush might want to look at having Orin Hatch on the Supreme Court.  He should get confirmed relatively easily since he’s already a Senator.  He’s conservative, somewhat.

Now, onto the fun stuff. Have you seen the info on this new TV?  The Japanese have designed the first dual image LCD TV!  Depending on the angel at which you are viewing, you could watch sports while the wife watches a romantic movie.  You could also be surfing the web on the same screen that the kids are watching Veggie Tales on!

This is a great novelty piece, and given the fact that the broadcasters are all going to Hi Definition casts and we’ll be getting new TVs…

Something to Think About

July 11th, 2005 Viewed 1088 times

Next time you’re stuck reading through the kings or genealogies in the Old Testament, think about the fact that these people’s names are recorded for all time.  Think about how the things that are mentioned
about them is all we know.  Then think about what God would have recorded about you for all time…  Humbling thought, eh?  Would we be one that did right?  Whose heart was perfect?  What would He say?

What about the Sodomites?

July 9th, 2005 Viewed 1051 times

I was reading the other day a recent article on the Roe effect.  It was an opinion journal piece and it was making the case that Roe v. Wade has a negative effect on the Democratic ticket based on the fact that they are exclusively pro-choice in their party stance.  That wasn’t the stat that interested me, though.  There was a stat in there that said that more and more of the next generation are pro-life and are pro-gays (or pro gay marriage, I’d have to look) basically because they had grown up with more gay people that were out.

Many people come to Christians and ask the obvious question– why can’t they just be gay and you accept that.  It’s not effecting you whether they get married.  It’s not effecting you what they do in their
bedrooms.

The problem is what the lifestyle is linked to and where it ends.  Nothing taken to its extreme (except maybe complete reliance on God) leads to a positive ends.  For example, my making money is not wrong.  As long as I use legal means, I can make as much as I want.  However, the side effects are that I might be able to spend as much time with my kids.  I can also become proud, envious, jealous, etc.  The saying goes that you are never content and you always need more because “heaven forbid” someone should have more than I.

As for the sin of sodomy, I’ve heard it said multiple times that God is ok with sodomy or that He may have created people that way.  However, there is never a positive link to sodomy.

In the account of Sodom and Gomorrah it’s true that there were many more sins going on there than just Sodomy; however, Sodomy was an outgrowth of those sins just like it is today.

The thing that got me going this evening on it was the fact that Kings in the Old Testament were commended for banishing sodomites.  The fact that the Levitical law said that it was a sin that was to be punished (thou shalt not …) and that it was an abomination did not change.

You cannot take Christ’s words to love one another without taking His words that say that he did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it.  This does not mean we do not love the homosexual, but it does mean that we recognize that his activity is sinful.

Romans goes the farthest saying that those that have given up “natural affections” choosing to pursue the same sex received the punishment in their bodies.

We must warn those that are trapped by this sin of the punishment.  We must desire that they return to the natural use of their bodies, which many have done.  We must speak against making this sin acceptable.  But most of all, we must examine our society’s moral temperature to see what’s at the heart of it that is causing this manifestation.  As in Israel of old, God is giving us signals that judgement is coming– what
are we doing to turn people to God?  A king/President can’t do it. Only individuals turning to God are capable of avoiding judgement.

Judge Judy for Supreme Court?

July 8th, 2005 Viewed 940 times
Judge Judy Sheindlin

Judge Judy Sheindlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is by far the funniest pick for Supreme Court yet. Back when we first got married and had TV, Virtuous Blonde and I saw her and Judge Joe Brown on and off. Could you imagine Judge Judy replacing Sandra Day O’Conner? Her original comment was “I prefer not to rule by committee.” She said it was amazing that someone would put her and “Supreme Court” in same sentence.

The natural next question is, if Rehnquist also steps down does that mean there’s room for Judge Joe Brown. He’d definitely be a PC nominee. Either that, or that guy from Texas Justice. Surely a guy from Texas could have it in good with the President?

Was the Bombing a Smart Move?

July 8th, 2005 Viewed 1122 times

Two thoughts ran through my head yesterday night when I heard about the bombings in Britain.  The first was, “I wonder what the percentages are.”  I haven’t seen a figure yet, but just thinking about land mass,
I wonder if 50 Britians dead is close to the percentage of Americans that died in 9/11.  The reactions are pretty similar.

My second thought was whether this was a wise move for Al Queda.  At a time when America and Britian were more focused on Gitmo and the prisoners and whether we should be doing this at all, to have  someone hit our homelands would seem to refocus our thoughts on what this fighting is all about.  It’s easy to say that we’re wasting time and lives if everything occurs in Iraq.  It’s another thing if it hits home.  Fox News’ Shepherd Smith said something like this is the first terrorist attack in Britain since WWII.

The other thought, though, was that Al Queda needed some show (albeit a small one) that it was still relevant outside of Iraq.  Since a lot of people have been talking about it being ineffective and being beaten, it sure would help them to look like they were still around.

One has to question the timing though– why right before the G8 conference in Scotland?  To refocus the leaders of the world on terrorism above Africa and Global Warming?  I guess if you want fear you certainly couldn’t beat everyone talking about it.

Remember, terror only works if people are afraid– that’s it’s greatest strength.

Sermon Preparation

July 7th, 2005 Viewed 924 times

I’m preaching at a local church on Sunday for a Pastor that will be out of town.  My title is He Did What Was Right looking at the kings of Judah following the split.  All that being said, I usually check out a few sites online to find sermon illustrations, and one of the ones I check often is sermonillustrations.com.
Now I don’t know if I can recommend them all– I’m picky, as anyone should be when bringing forth the Word.  But, in reading a few, I came across this one that’s way off my topic, but gave me a smile:

I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they now do.

Will Rogers.

And how long ago was that?

A whole lot of nothing

July 6th, 2005 Viewed 856 times

It’s not that I haven’t wanted to post, but it’s like what I heard on ESPN radio this morning.  The announcers were breaking to cover the announcement of the 2012 Olympic site, and one of them said something about the fact that all the TV news stations were covering it.  His comment was something along the lines of “This is the biggest thing in the history of the world.”

There’s a whole lot of nothing going on, but here’s my quick thoughts:

  • Child kidnappings are awful, and the criminals deserve the death penalty.  We must start looking at the cause rather than treating at the end.  How much pornography did this latest kidnapper have?  How was his home life?  Are we feeding this behavior in the name of “free speech.”
  • Sandra Day O’Conner needed to go.  There are a few others that need to go also.  Better yet, I’d like to see Congress limit the ruling ability of the judiciary so that it dictates the rules, not the bench.
  • When it’s a slow news day, people should say such, instead of giving us 15 stories of a pregnant Britney Spears or how Paris Hilton wants to get married in Westminster Abbey, but can’t because she’s not royalty.  This is the time when they should be doing more stories about progress in Iraq, UN corruption, problems in Africa, etc.  There are plenty of newsworthy stories out there that don’t require us going after people who just crave attention.

That’s it for now.  I’ll let you know if I find something that’s worth posting.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.