From the Federalist, someone with anorexia explains that the complete need to change one’s body is common to both groups.
We cannot rely on our “feelings,” as strong as they are. If I relied on my feelings, I’d be dead. Why? Because my feelings tell me that eating food means gaining weight, and gaining weight is intolerable. Transgender children are apparently absolutely sure they were born in the wrong body. It is a belief held so deeply that we throw out all the entrenched knowledge of psychology and mental illness to appease it.
People with anorexia can often trace their discomfort with their own bodies back to early childhood, as well. Both situations are abstract feelings that clearly contradict reality. The certainty that one is a woman despite being born a man sounds awfully similar to the conviction that one’s body is overweight even when body-mass index is at starvation levels. The feeling of hunger—the most primal, ingrained of physiological response—impels the individual to abstain. Can you question the depth of that belief?
I have heard Christians compare alcoholism and homosexuality. I’m not sure any of these comparisons fit, but the speed at which our society has adopted the idea that transgenderism is ‘normal’ is astonishing.
The Gatestone Institute has tracked Islam in the West very well, and the latest report chronicles Islam’s influence on free speech.
But many Muslim bodies — notably the 57-member-state Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) — have been working hard for years to render Islam the only religion, political system and ideology in the world that may not be questioned with impunity. They have tried — and are in many respects succeeding — to ring-fence Islam as a creed beyond criticism, while reserving for themselves the right to condemn Christians, Jews, Hindus, democrats, liberals, women, gays, or anyone else in often vile, even violent language. Should anyone say anything that seems to them disrespectful of their faith, he or she will at once be declared an “Islamophobe.”
They make the point that this is not about speech that supports racism, violence toward Muslims, or even bigotry. The current state of free speech in western countries is that if one speaks against any aspect of Islam, then Muslims complain about ‘hate speech’ and the left joins in.
If Islam was in fact a ‘religion of peace,’ I’d still have a problem with this anti-free speech stance.
But of course, it is not peaceful at times. The occasional violent act reinforces the notion that one shouldn’t anger the Muslims. I recently read a forum post which made this very point about someone who encouraged others to draw Mohammed. The writer asked something like ‘how many non-Muslims will die because Americans were inspired to defame Mohammed by drawing his face?’ The message of course it clear: Don’t anger the Muslims.
Even if Islam never raised a hand, I’d reject the censorship which seems to accompany the advance of the religion into the west. No, we will not make special rules for the behavior of people toward Islam, nor should we allow Islam to dictate the freedoms open to all people in the free world.
And what does it mean to our response to the world?
Ravi Zacharias and Alistar Begg are my favorite podcasters. Ravi was born and brought up in India, and Alistar is from Scotland. If I stay on this that, I will soon no longer know Christ without an accent.
Ravi has a series which deals with a problem I have been struggling over, though I don’t think he designed his lecture that way. Ravi is trying hard to deal with the 20th and 21st century perspective which has rejected God. My trouble is similar. I’d like to know how the concept of country has been smashed in our times.
If you take the time to listen to his podcasts, put the position of Christ’s church first. How can we speak to a world of non-believers who are in fact convinced of the universe without God.
At some point consider also the lost state of patriotism and nations. We seem to have lost a lot of that as well. Millennials are equally convinced that America is a quaint fiction, built on the words of old, dead slave owners and the backs of the oppressed.
At some point in the lecture he quotes Swami Vivekananda speak about the Christian connection to colonialism. Ravi destroys the argument with one sentence. (Part 2 of 4…about 4 minutes in.) It was a pleasure to hear.
HARPER, Kan. (KSNW) – A fight over religious freedom is brewing in south central Kansas.
A national group that promotes the separation of church and state has sent a warning to the police chief in Harper, Kansas over a decal on his official vehicle showing the Bible verse Roman 13:4.
Officials in Harper don’t want to talk about the religious decal. At least one patrol vehicle has the Biblical verse displayed on its rear.
KSN reached out to several city officials, including the mayor and police chief. However, no one would talk to us on camera.
One Harper couple, Gary and Margaret Carrington, say they don’t understand the fuss about the decal on the police chief’s patrol truck.
“He has a right to have it there if he wants to, if he had another kind of sticker would that make a difference?” asked Margaret Carrington.
I was thinking of getting creative (why start now?) and changing the decal to “I break for Infidels” or something similarly un-Christian. I prefer my cops secular in commitment but Christlike in their service.
For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Romans (13:4)
Attorney Jay Sekulow’s group ACLJ promises more analysis later, but you know what is going on:
Our international affiliates around the globe know this reality first hand. Our affiliates in Africa, the Middle East and across Europe are on the ground fighting religious persecution everyday. They are standing up against the slaughter of Christians and religious minorities by ISIS. They are fighting for the lives of Pakistani Christians who are facing the death penalty due to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. They are demanding religious liberty for Christians who are facing persecution at the hands of oppressive regimes and radical Islamists.
Please join me an offering a prayer for these brothers and sisters, and those who don’t share our faith, but who are also being oppressed. And don’t doubt the ability of the fools in America, Canada and the UK to misjudge. There are clear and strong efforts to marginalize and even criminalize Christian faith.
Am I wrong on that point? Please weigh in if I’m all wet. Let me know if you agree.
In America we call it an unalienable right — one which cannot be taken away.
Reuters reports (by way of Christianity Today) that Christian homes were burned because there were rumors that a house was being built for a church. It wasn’t, but the mob was unconvinced.
A large group of Muslims gathered around the house, owned by Coptic Christian Naim Aziz, in Qarayat al Bayda village near Alexandria after Friday prayers on June 17, chanting: “By no means shall there be a church here”.
“A great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in front of the new house of my cousin, Naim Aziz, during its construction because of a rumour spread in the village that this building would be turned into a church,” Christian resident Mousa Zarif told International Christian Concern (ICC).
Aziz told Daily News Egypt that he was in fact building the house for his son to live in, not for a church.
It is claimed the mob attacked the home, destroying the construction materials and also attacked Naim and his brother, leaving both men injured.
Christian homes and properties in the surrounding area were also reportedly attacked and looted, including a church community centre.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” Matthew 24:9 (NIV)
On my other blog, I talk much more about about free speech in the U.S. and in the western democracies.
Freedom of speech, freedom to gather and to worship…these need to be in our prayers. If you are in a country where you are not being assaulted or punished for your Christian faith, you’ve won the geography lottery. Lucky you, and lucky me.
What can we do to improve the situation? I suggest two things right away: Advocate through the political process for leaders who will stand up for freedom worldwide. Advocate for brothers and sisters (and Buddhists, Jews and all other faith communities.)
Secondly, stand up for nothing more than complete rights to assemble, speak and have a moral opinion in the public square. When college or high school students are told they can’t meet, use public facilities or distribute literature in public, stand with them. Remember the word that I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you as well; if they kept My word, they will keep yours as well. John 15:20 (NIV)
The third thing sounds nuts, but bear me out. Be prepared for tough times. I’m not stockpiling beans and bullets, but I am trying to stockpile knowledge. Knowledge of American freedom, and knowledge of the scriptures. Both will be valuable in coming days.
Yours in Christ – Dave Alexander
UPDATE: I don’t know anything about this situation except the information at the link, but it smells fishy.
The Natomas office park that houses Verity Baptist Church, whose pastor praised the recent massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., has asked the church to move out.
“We communicated our views to Verity Baptist Church, and while their lease does not expire until March 31, 2017, we have asked them to consider moving out of our business park, and we would immediately cancel their lease without any penalty to them,” read a statement issued by Harsch Investment Properties.
Nearly a thousand people from across California flooded the Northgate Business Park owned by Harsch on Sunday, wielding rainbow flags and megaphones to protest the sermon delivered by Rev. Roger Jimenez the day of the mass shooting, the worst in modern U.S. history. Forty-nine people were killed.
In his sermon, Jimenez told his congregants that he wished the shooter had killed more people in the gay nightclub. He said God had put a death sentence on gay people.
“There’s no tragedy,” Jimenez said. “I wish the government would round them all up, put them up against a firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out.”
The sermon, which a congregant posted on YouTube, grabbed national headlines and has been condemned by Sacramento area faith leaders.
I visited the homepage for the church. They are non-denominational, so don’t blame your local Baptist congregation. They are straight-ahead conservative, Bible believing and anti-gay.
* We believe that sodomy (homosexuality) is a sin and an abomination before God which God punishes with the death penalty. No sodomite (homosexual) will be allowed to attend or join Verity Baptist Church.* This is not an all inclusive list; we believe anything and everything found in the King James Version of the Bible.
I don’t really think I’m out too far on a limb here: He does not speak for me, and neither does he speak for Christ. Jesus offers salvation for all of the sinners.
Most Christians take homosexual behavior as a sin. Some day we can talk about that. We should also chat about how it is up to Jesus to judge. It’s hard to imagine that Rev. Jimenez has ever read the New Testament, as its tone is so different from what Jimenez said.
I get a little nervous when a landlord encourages a church to move because of preaching. In this case, I see why they did it. I would have been less public about it.
First, two quotes from the author of the blog deorl:
Christianity, and more specifically its Protestant expressions, often experienced preferential treatment by government for the first two centuries of the founding of the United States of America. The pendulum is swinging the other direction in our time, and with increasing momentum. Now Christian expression is in disfavor, not only with government, but corporations, academic institutions and the media. There is an obvious bias against orthodox Christianity.
The United States is not a Christian nation, if it ever was. However, it can be a nation full of God loving, Bible believing Christians who seek to show the love of Jesus to their fellow Americans, and fellow residents of planet earth. It may be a nation with a government occupied by many Christians who seek to protect the rights of all people, not Christians only, and who seek to keep the marketplace of ideas free of totalitarian laws and leaders so that the Gospel of Jesus may openly compete with other ideas. In fact, Christian faith is always harmed when it is enforced by government coercion.
I don’t want my government sponsoring or supporting a single faith. In fact, based upon the IRS, congress and the TSA, I’d predict an early end to Christianity if the government was in charge.
But I do want an even playing field, and freedom of expression for all. I don’t want Christian groups to need to fight for equal treatment on college campuses, as recently happened at NC State.
I suspect that things will get harder before they get easier. Watch out for attempts to label religious speech “hate speech.” Watch here as those examples mount.