Archive for May, 2012

If your parents can’t remember anyone trying to or committing suicide & you and all your friends do… what does that mean? Why is that so? Add your view as a comment below.

Is suicide common among children and young people? In 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. An estimated 11 nonfatal suicide attempts occur per every suicide death. – Source

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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

On May 8, 2012, North Carolina voters approved “amendment one“, 61% to 38% – with the purpose…
“…to Amend the Constitution to Provide That Marriage Between One Man and
One Woman is the Only Domestic Legal Union That Shall Be Valid or Recognized in This State.”

Note the interesting debate with the caller around 18:55 into the audio above.

Bible believing husbands, primarily, should watch the video at the bottom of this post. If you watched Courageous, you would also understand why & have a better idea what God expects from each married man. Yes, it ain’t easy, but “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us“!

Recently the liberal “open minded”, “diversity focused” press and the “social elite class” found themselves in shock & horror since they were thoroughly convinced that “everyone” believes that marriage is (just) a social arrangement (more on if that is true here) that has been overdue for an “upgrade” for thousands of years. Now they stand in utter amazement, perplexity & embarrassment at how the so-called uneducated & uninformed people, (that also voted in the government) cast this woeful tribulation upon them. What would the world think? How anti-“progressive” can North Carolina be?! Sarcasm intended.

It is plain that many people still believe in the truth that the Bible conveys. Not in promoting hate, disgust or any “holier than thou” attitudes, but in showing everyone, in a loving, compassionate way that “God has a better way”. Children should not be subjected to “queer education” & encouraged to “explore their sexuality” at any age – nevermind the ages at which some small kids are forced into it now in American schools & parents are not allowed, by law, to prevent participation. Activism is the issue, not the personal inclination or things that should happen & kept in private.

May 8th, was a rough day for the liberal elites of North Carolina, as the people of their home state overwhelmingly passed the marriage amendment. Roseanne Barr, always good for an insightful quote, urged movie studios to “withdraw your productions from NC!” (Note to Ms. Barr: If memory serves me correctly, Hollywood is located in California, a state which has twice passed marriage amendments. Perhaps you should call for all movie studios to withdraw their productions from there?)

And there were the expected headlines from ultra-liberal and/or gay activist websites. The Daily Kos reported, “The bigots win: North Carolina passes Amendment One,” and Queerty.com opined, “It’s a sad day in North Carolina. Actually make that in the entire U.S.”

Some celebrities who hail from North Carolina were especially distraught, with American Idol Clay Aiken stating, “In general, we have always been a state that takes responsible steps and this is an example, the only example in my lifetime, of the state taking a very irresponsible step.”

Actress Evan Rachel Wood tweeted, “Just bent over on set and cried over this outcome. I hope my children see a more peaceful and tolerant world.”

For the liberal elites still living within North Carolina, however, the passage of Amendment One by a 61-39% vote was almost too much bear. The headline to the Charlotte Observer editorial, which was released minutes after the amendment’s passage was announced, declared, “Same-sex marriage amendment vote is just wrong.” And the editorial began by stating, “North Carolina foolishly and shamefully joined 30 states with constitutional bans on same-sex marriages.”

The Observer called the amendment “misguided,” claimed that it “unwisely writes discrimination into the state constitution,” argued that, “The state is on the wrong side of history on this matter,” and closed by stating, “The [voting] result doesn’t show love. It’s wrong and disgraceful.”

There was not the slightest attempt to disguise the newspaper’s bitterness and embarrassment and not a hint of journalistic restraint, as the editors three times described the actions of the strong majority of North Carolinians as “wrong,” also calling their vote foolish, shameful, unwise, discriminatory, not showing love, and disgraceful. As for the editors themselves, they were “disappointed.”

In Asheville, North Carolina, columnist John Boyle wrote, “As much as I hate to say this, I’m ashamed of my state right now,” and he predicted that the day would come when “we’ll look back at this legalized intolerance and wonder, ‘Why were people so bigoted then?’”

But no one said it better than the Democratic Governor of North Carolina, Beverly Perdue, who, if I recall, was actually elected to office by some of the very people she now disparages. Replying to a reporter on Saturday, Gov. Perdue stated that, “People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused, to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights of people, including the civil rights marches back in the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s.”

Yes, “Folks are saying what in the world is going on in North Carolina? We look like Mississippi.”

Could you find a better example of the arrogance of the liberal elite? Or could you imagine a worse insult for a supposedly “progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state” then to say it looked like Mississippi?

Governor Perdue and the Charlotte Observer not only insulted the people of their home state (not to mention, for Gov. Perdue, the people of Mississippi) but they also disgraced themselves with their open hostility.

They also demonstrated their inability to grasp the fact that there is a difference between the civil rights movement and gay activism, that skin color is different than romantic attraction and sexual behavior, and that gays and lesbians are not being kidnapped as slaves or being forced to sit at the back of the bus. To the contrary, they are some of the most prominent and influential people in our society. (For much more on this, see the chapter “Is Gay the New Black?” in “A Queer Thing Happened to America”.)

Even more importantly, these liberal elites seem unable to comprehend that, with good reason, the very clear majority of the people in North Carolina believe that two moms or two dads don’t equal a mom and a dad, that there’s a reason marriage is the union of a man and a woman, and that, on their watch, they don’t want an activist judge redefining marriage and thereby deciding what their kids will be taught in school.

And that’s why, when the final annals of history are written, it will be the liberal elites, not the majority of North Carolinians, who will be found on the wrong side. – Source see also “Why Do the Backwoods Bigots Get to Vote?

 

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Related News:

North Carolina Governor Perdue: ‘We look like Mississippi’

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a statement in response to the derogatory remarks about his state made by Perdue: “I am certainly disappointed by Gov. Perdue’s statement regarding North Carolina’s ‘looking like Mississippi.’ Apparently, North Carolina’s voters are much more in line with Mississippi’s traditional values on marriage than those of Gov. Perdue.”

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How could the victim marrying the aggressor be an example of righteousness in ancient Israel? Maybe we need to think how society worked back then…

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LONDON — “It looked like one of those things where you get free pizzas through the post,” Hilal Bozkurt said, describing the innocuous-looking leaflet that came through her mail slot recently. “But this was like, free missiles.”

The leaflet was from the Ministry of Defense, and it briskly informed Ms. Bozkurt that her building, Fred Wigg Tower, part of a sad-looking public housing project in a depressed neighborhood in an unloved corner of this city, had been selected as a possible front line against terrorist attacks during the Olympics. Because of the 17-story tower’s strategic location and “excellent all-around view,” the leaflet said, the military was considering installing a “high-velocity missile system” on the roof.

“The air defense system will be manned by fully trained, professional soldiers,” the leaflet said, adding in the “frequently asked questions” section that it would “improve your local security and not make you a target for terrorists.”

Ms. Bozkurt said she did not think that a residential apartment building, even one made of concrete and built in the pugnacious Brutalist style of the 1960s, was a suitable place for a pop-up military base featuring surface-to-air weapons able to travel at three times the speed of sound and hit targets more than three miles away in less than eight seconds. “It does frighten you,” she said.

The Ministry of Defense says it has not made a final decision on whether to use Fred Wigg Tower, in the borough of Waltham Forest, as a missile site, although “it would be sensible to be prepared for the worst,” Gen. Sir Nick Parker, commander of the British Army land forces, told reporters. – Source

Clearly the story is not as light-hearted as the image below makes of it, but, the department of defense is claiming a non-specific threat – I guess we can assume that excludes Mary Poppins. Tricky times to live in – when you can’t call the enemy by name, even when it might be in your best interest to do so.

There is no “specific” terror threat to the London 2012 Olympics, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

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The Incredulous Hulk Award!

I have been motivated by the first in the list of blog authors to create this “award”. This ‘award’ is to anyone that stubbornly refuses to honour God & to accept & thank Him for the forgiveness that He gave us in Jesus / Yeshua that restores fellowship & the literal ‘life line’ to Him. …hence these people willingly cut themselves off from the source of their life – which reminds me of the Darwin Awards – except, the people that receive the Incredulous Hulk Award (seemingly) don’t do so by accident. Also, for the record I’m convinced that there are deep flaws in typical evolution theory.

Christians should understand why people are blinded in this way & even though this may be a way to ‘playfully warn’ the unbeliever, we need to pray for them that they will be granted repentance & restored to life. …which they are likely to ridicule, …but that should also not be a surprise.

We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

So, without any further ado, the blogs / sites / people that received this award thus far:

  1. http://corruptheretic.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/heretic-mad
  2. http://wereallmadinhere.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/my-dreams also this link

If you feel that you want to ‘award’ this to someone else – go ahead, email them the link or something. If you want to reuse this satirical post on your blog, you should link back here or repost to make the meaning clear & the link posted should indicate the relevant blog post that most makes the reason for the ‘award’ clear.

Note that atheists or people of other religions you encounter may need apologetics (authoritative & compelling information to help you defend your faith or understand it better) to help them overcome some intellectual hurdles or answer some questions. I highly recommend Apologetics315 – go have a look at the site & listen to some of the audio there – especially if you’ve not been exposed to apologetics before.

Of all the attacks that have come against Rev. Billy Graham in his decades of ministry, a recent attack from gay activist Wayne Besen may be the most ridiculous yet. It was all because Graham took out a full-page ad in 14 North Carolina newspapers supporting the now-passed Marriage Amendment. How dare he! The ad featured a large picture of Graham with these words: “At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage. The Bible is clear — God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote FOR the marriage amendment on Tuesday, May 8. God bless you as you vote.” That’s it. A simple statement by the most respected Christian leader in America in the 20th century reaffirming what was never disputed until recent years, despite the presence of homosexual relationships in various societies for countless centuries: Marriage is between a man and a woman, and, for those who care to know, there’s not a syllable in the Scriptures that gives the slightest hint that marriage is intended to be anything other than the union of a man and a woman. How did Besen respond to the ad? He called Graham a “onetime anti-Semite,” referred to him as “this fraud,” grouped him with other “totalitarian preachers,” and claimed that “Graham is now trying to jam his own church’s rules and doctrine down my throat” and that “he thinks I should be forced against my will to live by its rules.” Besen asked, “Do we now make our civil laws based upon Christian Sharia? Do we all have to follow his version of the Bible or be punished by government? And if this is the case, are we really a free country? Are we really much different than Iran, or is it only by a matter of degrees or a matter of time until these so-called ‘Christian Supremacists’ get their paws on all of our laws?” (Yes, this is meant to be taken seriously.) Besen continued: “I’m not sure who Billy Graham thinks he is. But it seems like he believes he is superior and his followers have a mandate to hijack civil law and decide for the rest of us how we live.” As for what the Bible says about marriage, Besen stated that Graham is “dead wrong about the Bible being clear.” – see full article here.

 
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How do you keep your sanity amidst mounting troubling trends? Maybe you are living in abundant blessing & joy, but then you might need this kind of advice sometime in the future. Listen to the full audio for the full message – the audio above is a small extract.

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