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America, Religion and Their History Together

Someone who has studied American history more than I has weighed in on what role religion or more importantly belief in God and America’s public forums.

I am speaking of Chief Justice Antonin Scalia.   His remarks were covered in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Below are quotes from the piece and not necessarily in the order presented there.

he asked. “To be sure, you can’t favor one denomination over another but can’t favor religion over non-religion?”

He also said  He said

Scalia said during the Sept. 11 attacks he was in Rome at a conference. The next morning, after a speech by President George W. Bush in which he invoked God and asked for his blessing,

“God has been very good to us.

  • That we won the revolution was extraordinary.
  • The Battle of Midway was extraordinary.
  • I think one of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor.
  • Unlike the other countries of the world that do not even invoke his name, we do him honor.
  • In presidential addresses, in Thanksgiving proclamations and in many other ways…”

“There is nothing wrong with that and do not let anybody tell you that there is anything wrong with that”

“God has been good to America because Americans have honored him.”

 “There is ‘nothing wrong’ with the idea of presidents and others invoking God in speeches.”

During the September 11 attacks Judge Scalia was at a conference of judges from multiple countries.  President George W. Bush spoke to the nation.  Bush invoked God and asked for His blessing in the speech.  “Scalia said many of the other judges approached him and said they wished their presidents or prime ministers would do the same.”

“To tell you the truth, there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition. Where did that come from?”

It did not come from American history.   The American history is full of references to God and His actions and favor.   It is full of quotes from the Bible.   Those quotes were made in Congress, by presidents, by governors, by people at all levels of government: federal, state and local.  American history is riddled with references to God, quotes from the Bible, stories about how God worked on multiple levels and with authentic faith in God on the part of the persons speaking or writing.

God was daily in the public discourse in an honorable way and He was not shouted down.  He was revered with the presupposition that wisdom would come forth and wisdom, His wisdom, would prevail.

We are there now.  Will we get back to that state? If not, what will be our state in the future?

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Secularism vs. Christianity in the West

The refusal by a nation to be instructed (by) and led by God brings one estrangement from Him, “and that estrangement is an estrangement from life that must be corrected at once” if disaster is to be avoided. As long as secularists usurp ultimate rule of America, “there is impotence, unrighteousness and dependence upon the forces which would destroy us. It is only when we come to the end of ourselves and acknowledge God’s right to rule our lives that we can experience the divine empowerment for righteousness.”

The above quote is a concluding paragraph from an article which takes it’s initiative from an NPR article.

In the NPR article speaking of the trend towards secularization in America Dr Russell Moore says, “In some virulent forms of secularism, you have a moral code that is being imposed [that] often comes with the force of penalty of law,” he says. “It acts as a religion in terms of demanding conformity and seeking out heretics.”

Religion in general and Christianity or Christ followers more specifically are being slowly boxed in by laws put on books to bind our freedoms.

How so you may say.

Chrisma News points to:

  • 55 million babies murdered in their mother’s womb
  • Same-sex marriage imposed by judicial tyranny
  • The Constitution shredded by secularist elites – Red ink as far as the eye can see – The exaltation and normalization of Homosexuality
  • The Pledge of Allegiance forbidden
  • The moral collapse of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Christmas carols banned
  • The Ten Commandments stripped from public schools and federal buildings
  • America is drenched with porn, to name a few triumphs of secularism.

 

 

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Couldn’t explain it, didn’t understand it, but I knew…

This is a reblog of an earlier blog about Billy Lind’s life.  It is relevant to a new discussion on homosexuality.

A Christian at transformation time (conversion) said that was his state.  He knew something had happened–something good! But, he didn’t understand what had happened or how it happened.  He just knew, even though he could not explain what had happened to him.

You’ll hear these phrases in this video if you want to take a look.  Now this is a real conversion from a very bad state of being.

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God Isn’t Dead in Gotham, nor in New York City

‘Cheer up, you’re worse than you think,’ Rev. Timothy Keller says with a smile. He’s explaining that humans are more weak, more fallen, more warped than they ‘ever dare admit or even believe.’ Then comes the good news: At the same time people are ‘more loved in Christ and more accepted than they could ever imagine or hope.’

Tim Keller is my kind of guy.   I’ve come to understand how bad I am.  I’ve also come to understand that even for the lowest in society there is hope.

I love Keller’s assessment of all of us regarding to our idolatry.

‘Everyone has a God, everyone has a way of salvation, we just don’t use the term,’ he says. ‘St. Augustine would say: What makes you what you really are is what you love the most.’ Mr. Keller adds that he likes ‘to show secular people that they’re not quite as unreligious as they think. They’re putting their hopes in something, and they’re living for it.’ For ambitious, driven New Yorkers, it’s often a career, he says. ‘I try to tell people: The only reason you’re laying yourself out like this is because you’re not really just working. This is very much your religion.’

If there’s no God, he says in sermons, then everything you do at work will be forgotten, and nothing you can do in your career will earn lasting significance. But if Christianity is true, then ‘every good endeavor,’ he likes to say, no matter how small, ‘can matter forever.’ One tough part for people, he says, is coming under ‘God’s authority,’ because ‘you have to find your identity in Christ, and not in just fulling yourself,’ That ‘completely collides with what the culture is telling people.’

Every other religion has a founder that says: ‘I’ll show you the way to God.’ Only Christianity of all the major world religions has a founder that says: ‘I’m God, come to find you.’ If that’s right, he has to be the superior way to find God. If it’s wrong, he says, then it’s an inferior religion. Not a lot of wiggle room there, even on Christmas.

Good thoughts and wisdom Mr. Keller.

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God is not Dead!

How Great is our God

Worship with me the Great and the Almighty God who sites on the throne in Heaven right now with the Son of God at the Father’s side interceding for His blessed children.

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5 Lies I Used to Believe About Being A Christian

Here are some great thoughts from a digital magazine for all of us:  Relevant Magazine.  Check the link below for more on these issues from Tyler Speegle.

1. Your Behavior Affects God’s Love For You.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRY TO USE YOUR BEHAVIOR TO EARN GOD’S LOVE. HE LOVES YOU DESPITE YOUR BEHAVIOR.

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Leap of Faith

What goes into the decision to believe–in Jesus as the Christ–many things.  End the end, we all make a significant step of

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faith or step in the opposite direction from Jesus.

Here is a quote  from Sheldon Vanauken, who studied English Literature at Yale and Oxford.  He came to faith in 1951 with some guidance from non other than C. S. Lewis. Read more of this post

Only The Word of God Can do this?

Sometimes 1 pictures is worth 1000 words. This is one of those pictures.

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What does this picture do for you?  Are you sensing Jesus through His Word embracing you as this?  Do you want to experience Jesus this way?

I am spending this year, 2013, diving into the Word of God and longing through this experience to sense His work in my heart and life.  This has been extreme pleasure and joy.  Feel free to comment.

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Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ

Imprisoned in Iran and Lived to Tell About It

The Bible in China

The Bible in China: From the banned book during the Cultural Revolution to the best-selling book of the year. Read more of this post

She Loves the Word!!!


God’s Word: It’s not about rules and what I do. It is about Him and what He is doing. The people in the Bible are not perfect. They are all flawed, just like you and me. So, it is instructive to have a fuller, richer, blessed life. Listen to Sara and experience the Word yourself.

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