What is Happening to Christians and our Nation Today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just don’t understand anymore.

Another boycott is happening. Many Twitter users smashing their Keurig coffee makers in response to Keurig and others pulling their advertising from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. Why did Keurig cause so much grief?

On Friday, Sean Hannity interviewed Roy Moore, the Republican candidate running for a senate seat in Alabama. He is accused of sexual misconduct with minors as young as 14. Some felt that Hannity went too easy on Moore during the interview, so Keurig announced that they would be pulling advertising for the show in a reply to Angelo Carusone as shown below:

Immediately, war broke out on Twitter, and Hannity fans responded by destroying their Keurig machines. Joke’s on them. Keurig already has their money. Duh.

Keurig’s CEO has since apologized to its employees over the negative backlash they might receive from this decision and said that they don’t usually take sides.

In other news, 53 Alabama pastors have signed a letter supporting Moore. After doing a little research, it seems that the letter, posted by Moore’s wife, Kayla, was written before the allegations came forward, and some of the pastors that signed the letter have said they did not know of these allegations when the letter was originally signed. 

Tijuanna Adetunji of the Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery said she did not know of the letter and did not give permission for her name to be on it. “I was not asked about this story or allegations,” stated Adetunji.

Okay, maybe my faith in humanity and Christianity hasn’t completely circled the drain; however, I’m still very saddened to see that many people still support this man. We’ll see how many when the votes come out.  Not too surprised considering who was elected into the presidential seat- a man who did say that Moore should step down… but only if the allegations proved to be true.

Again, I ask, “Is America great yet?”

 

How Franklin Graham, One Million Moms, and other Christians are Killing our Youth

credit:Disney Channel

If you didn’t jump on the Disney boycott in March when Franklin Graham told people that they should boycott because the live version of Beauty and the Beast had a gay character, or back in 1997 when Southern Baptists called for a Disney boycott because of Disney’s pro-gay policies, then Franklin Graham and others like One Million Moms, are calling people to join another boycott.

The Disney Channel has a highly popular show called Andi Mack, and in a recent episode, one of the main characters came out to his friends. 

In a statement by the Disney Channel, “Andi Mack is a story about ‘tweens’ figuring out who they are. [Creator] Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show takes great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”

This move by Disney has caused an uproar- because how dare Disney show that people will still be your friend if you are homosexual!

So most boycotts I’ve seen by Christians are pretty laughable. Boycott Starbucks because they make a red cup instead of the Christian symbols of Christmas holly, or gloves or sleds. Boycott Hamilton because the actors told Mike Pence what they wanted to see from the current presidency… Wait, that was a boycott called by #45. Never mind.

Did you know that LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth, and they are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth? LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection. These facts and others can be found on The Trevor Project site. This site is focused on saving the lives of young LGBTQ kids.

It saddens me that we would even need a site like this, but the truth is that the lack of love shown toward this community of people by their own families and churches drive many to suicidal thoughts and actions every day!

Why do we need to acknowledge television characters who lead different lives than you may deem socially or religiously acceptable? I know several people who are LGBT personally. The stories they have told me about how they have been treated by so-called Christians have led me to the conclusion that attitudes from those of Graham and others are driving young people to commit suicide. Right now in Utah, there are numerous LDS young people taking their lives, and people who knew them confirming that they were LGBT, but their obituaries do not mention it.

Even if you believe homosexuality is a sin, I think Christians do a major disservice to young people when they teach them that LGBTQ people do not deserve to live as every other person on this earth.

Praying in Public and the Stink it Causes

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Praying in public has made news headlines recently.

A school in Alabama in the Lee County district received a complaint from a parent through the organization “Freedom From Religion” about a public prayer that was led by a student over the PA system before a football game. The letter detailed some U.S. Supreme Court rulings about public prayers in school.

One of the examples included was the 2000 ruling of Santa Fe Independent School District vs. Doe, which concluded that even student-led or initiated prayer over a public loud speaker at football games was in violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.

The area schools decided to stop the practice, but fans were not happy. Friday night at Smiths Station High School, attendees yelled out part of the Lord’s Prayer before the game- the same prayer that was read by a student over the loud speaker to bring this all into question.

A month ago, a high school football coach from Bremerton, Washington tried to convince the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he should have been allowed to lead his players in prayer immediately after games on the field. He failed to convince them to force the Bremerton schools to reinstate him and allow him to lead prayers again.

So why are Christians so upset when they are not allowed to use the schools for their public prayer? The right to pray and practice our religion is not being taken away. I remember my teacher in my high school Government class teaching us that “your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.” We certainly have the right to pray. We don’t have the right to expect that everyone else should take part in our prayers.

Matthew Chapter 5:5,6 says, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward. But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Oh, and I used this picture of Tim Tebow, but I’m not inferring that he shouldn’t have been allowed to take a knee and do his thing, just as I support the athletes who take a knee during the National Anthem. The difference is that Tim Tebow isn’t using a government-run forum to lead an audience in prayer.

God doesn’t need a microphone or PA system to hear our prayers. When Christians throw tantrums and yell “persecution” for not being able to use public forums to lead audiences in prayer, they are not shining a good light on Christianity.

 

Will the Church Fill the Government Role of Healthcare?

Many have already heard of the Cassidy-Graham legislation that the GOP is trying to get passed through quickly to try to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. They are trying to sneak it through before the end of the month so that they can repeal it with a simple majority- which is 51 votes. This will kick 30 million people off the healthcare that they desperately need. It’s been said that Christians don’t think that the government should step in to fill the need that the church is supposed to be filling, but will that happen?

There are many medical missions that go out to other countries. There are even medical missions here in the United States, such as Operation Renewed Hope that provides one day clinics through a host church. Many Christians also volunteer at their local free clinics. These programs are wonderful and useful, but they can’t begin to cover every needy person in this country and their medical expenses. Our college town has a free clinic that I know is staffed by Christians, but even they can’t take on all the medical needs of every needy person in our area, and even these charitable places accept Medicaid funding. They can’t run it on volunteers alone. They also don’t provide therapies that disabled people in our area(including my son) need to improve their lives. These programs are going to get cut if this small majority get their way.

Can your church afford to take care of the medical costs of your own pastor- let alone every member or non-member in your community who can’t afford it? I have seen the charitableness of church people, and it is extremely admirable. I believe the people who give their money to help the poor and the sick will be rewarded, but I’ve heard far too many people say that it’s not their problem to be assured that Christians would be able to take over the responsibility that the government has been doing for years.

Jesus did call for us to take care of the sick and needy. Matthew 25 has some strong words about those who do not do so. Nowhere in the Bible does it speak about the government not being able to do so, as well. If the Church stepped up and provided healthcare for ALL- without judgement or strings attached, maybe people would be more apt to believe that we don’t need the government.

The American Medical Association, AARP, and the American Cancer Society are just a few groups who have come out against this bill. Jimmy Kimmel has a lot to say about it

So, you don’t like the ACA, or ObamaCare(as everyone who despises it likes to refer to it), a bi-partisan group of senators are working together to make a better plan- one that does not include ripping out all the benefits of the needy in our country. Please call your senators and tell them you don’t want healthcare to be ripped away from those who need it. Show the nation that Christianity is pro-life for all- not just the unborn fetus.