MInTheGap

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

Whose Job Is It To Teach Morality?

October 31st, 2007 Viewed 4040 times, 2 so far today

family in the summer header

In the name of tolerance and diversity, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed into law for the state of California a couple of measures aimed at traditional family values:

The bills signed by Schwarzenegger include SB777, which bans anything in public schools that could be interpreted as negative toward homosexuality, bisexuality and other alternative lifestyle choices.

Also signed was AB394, which targets parents and teachers for such indoctrination through “anti-harassment” training, CCF said.

AB394 promotes the same issues through state-funded publications, postings, curricula and handouts to students, parents and teachers.

It also creates the circumstances where a parent who says marriage is only for a man and a woman in the presence of a lesbian teacher could be convicted of “harassment,” and a student who believes people are born either male or female could be reported as a “harasser” by a male teacher who wears women’s clothes, CCF said. [Hat Tip: Ken Ham]

Churches Use Celebrities to Draw Attention

October 30th, 2007 Viewed 1682 times

Britney SpearsI have real pity for this girl. At one point in time a group of people believed that they could make a few dollars off her looks and personality, and that they did. But as happens to many children that are not fully grounded in real life and then are thrust into stardom, when reality came around she did not know how to cope.

I was in a job that took me into restaurant one day many years ago where I was talking with a district manager whose daughter got some kind of karaoke machine for her birthday. She turned to me and said, “She may not be able to sing that well, but you have to think she’s pretty, right?”

Children: A Blessing and a Responsibility

October 29th, 2007 Viewed 3738 times, 2 so far today

Young Teenage Mother Woes

“How dare you have so many kids!” That’s not a phrase uttered to the Duggards or someone with over twelve children, but to someone that had three children in the country of the Ukraine.

This past Sunday, Virtuous Blonde and I were privileged to host a missionary to that land in Eurasia and he was telling us that not only is the birthrate abysmal (they are below the replacement rate), but that people are actively hostile to those that have multiple children. I was amazed, because I know that people here in the states are judgmental, but not hostile.

Is God Your ATM?

October 28th, 2007 Viewed 1818 times, 2 so far today
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Who is Your God?

ATM There is a whole group of people out there that God is a magical ATM. What I mean by this is that God is someone who loves us and wants to give us good things, we just have to key in the right passcode. You know, punch in a few prayers and fastings and God will give us exactly what we want.

Surprisingly, many prayer meetings end up as nothing more than hoping to hit the right code that will have God act.

This is part of what’s behind the prosperity movement, and those that believe that God is out there wanting us to have an abundant life in the here and now, and all we have to do is figure out how to claim the reward.

Don’t Even Let Them In Your House

October 27th, 2007 Viewed 1493 times

American flag flies in the autum sun It was probably during our first year of marriage– we were living on our own in the apartment we were renting– my wife, our cat, and I were enjoying a peaceful evening when our doorbell rang.

Standing out side was a man and he had some pamphlets in his hand. I let the man in the house, and we started to look at his material. By now, you’ve probably guessed that this man was a Jehovah’s Witness. What was strange was that I thought that these people traveled in groups of two– and here was a single guy.

At the time, I was a deacon in my church, and figured that this guy didn’t know what he had gotten himself into.

Over the next few weeks, once a week, this man came by, we had him into our house, and he and I looked at the Scriptures and compared what the Bible said to what he believed. He even brought a cat toy once for our cat. In the end, however, he stopped coming to the house– probably about the time that he figured that there was no convincing me that the Trinity was false (which is where we had started our discussion).

It wasn’t until many weeks later in a sermon that I found out that, though my heart was right, I had disobeyed a portion of scripture.

Kansas Abortionist Under Fire

October 26th, 2007 Viewed 1457 times, 1 so far today

Dr. George Tiller Have you heard what’s going on in Kansas with Dr. George Tiller?  He’s the infamous abortion doctor from the state, but what is currently going on there should have pro-choice people wishing to run from him and Planned Parenthood like the plague.

Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline charged the Overland Park, Kan., [Planned Parenthood] clinic with 107 counts, 23 of them felonies. Besides 29 misdemeanor counts of providing unlawful late-term abortions, the clinic is charged with multiple counts of making a false writing, failure to maintain records and failure to determine viability.

from the Associated Press  [Hat Tip Jill Stanek]

I Have To Experience It In Order to Know It

October 25th, 2007 Viewed 1392 times

He who rocks hardest There is a dangerous philosophy out there that says that in order to know something I have to experience it. It’s part of the abortion debate, part of the Iraq war debate, and it’s also a part of being a Christian. We reward people who have “been there, done that, have the tee-shirt”.

However, as a Christian I feel that this logic is flawed– and downright dangerous.

First, we would never suggest that a child has to go and play in the street so that they can get run over so that they know what it’s like to get run over and therefore they can minister to other people. Adam and Eve experienced sin, but they did not need to– and we would argue that they should have avoided sin.

Is God Your Grandfather?

October 23rd, 2007 Viewed 1015 times
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Who is Your God?

generation One of the common ways that God is thought of is that of equating him with your Grandfather.

Grandfathers are great– they take you fishing, they tell you stories, they give you candy, but when the day is done you leave them and their wise advice and head home to do whatever it is that you want. Grandfathers don’t punish. Grandfathers are smart. Grandfathers are fun to be around because they do fun things with you.

What if You Could Turn Back the Clock?

October 22nd, 2007 Viewed 1362 times

clock 2 A standard plot device in a lot of films is the idea that time travel is not only possible, but necessary in order to for the protagonist to right some wrong that has happened in the past. Each film either focuses on the tragedy that must be repaired or the sacrifice of those doing the traveling and they blur the lines of reality to make us believe it’s possible. There even have been television shows focused entirely on the concept. Usually, at the end of the show, we find that the wrong has been made right and the guy gets the girl.

How Big is Your God?

October 21st, 2007 Viewed 1398 times
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Who is Your God?

Surrender      It’s fascinating to me to think about just how great God is and how much we fall short of understanding what He wants from us. I was reading in A. W. Tozer’s book (The Attributes of God: A Journey into the Father’s Heart (aff)) and I was really struck by a passage tonight that talked about how Christians try to find happiness in the wrong place.

You see, God wants us to find happiness– completeness– in Him alone. We have a shrine in our heart that only He can fill, and yet we try to fill it with other things. Tozer has a passage in his book where he talks about what we tend to do in our everyday Christian life.

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