Stand Up and Be Counted
"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."1
I read a news report about a couple in England who had been foster parents for 15 years and had an excellent record. They had stopped for a while and recently re-applied for permission to foster more children but were turned down because—if you can believe it—because they were Christians, and may teach the children in their care that homosexuality is wrong.
Is this same nonsense happening in the U.S.A.? As Jerry Beaven reported in American News Commentary: "Mr. Obama's long term plans start with indoctrinating our youngest school children. His 'Safe Schools Czar' (one of more than 30 appointed 'Czars' at last count) is Kevin Jennings,* a practicing homosexual, whose goal is expressed clearly: 'every school, public private or parochial has an obligation'to teach a pro-homosexual curriculum. His plan is to teach the children when they are young—kindergarten, first and second grades, and eliminate any concept of traditional values, which will be treated as old fashioned, out of date, or as bigotry."2
Where on earth is the Western world headed?
More and more, when I think about what is happening in today's world, I am reminded of Satan's very first question to the first man. To Adam Satan contemptuously asked, "Has God said?" seeking, from the very beginning to have man doubt God and then disregard God's Word and his directions, all of which are given for the benefit and protection of those whom God loves—us!
I encourage you to please read and sign the Manhattan Declaration at: http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/home.aspx to affirm your commitment to stand for what God's Word teaches and to take a stand against what God's Word condemns.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your Word, the Holy Bible, that teaches all mankind how to live life to the full in harmony with your design and plan for your creation. And please give me the courage to stand for all that your Word teaches, and to stand against all opposition to your Word. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."
1. 2 Timothy 4:1-3 (NIV).
2. Jerry Beavan, American News Commentary, Vol. 16, N. 13, March 30, 2011. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Note: It is my understanding that Kevin Jennings is no longer in his position as Safe Schools Czar.