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Belmont Controversy–Inclusive of Everyone

In early December I wrote concerning an incident at Belmont University. (You can read it here).   The story died down some but has recently been resurrected.   Outside the Lines, an ESPN production, covered the story this week, and today the Tennessean reported that Belmont University had a change in policy.

The change in policy claims that Belmont University will no longer discriminate based upon sexual orientation.  President Fisher stated, “We are a Christian community that is welcoming, loving, and inclusive of everyone.”

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A Sad Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of a monumental event in the course of history.  It is not one of those happy celebrations, at least not for me.  Today is the anniversary of a court decision that has lead to the death of over 50 million people.  The legal death, I might add.  You see today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  A decision that legalized abortion in America and opened the flood gate of death.

Two antidotes show just how confusing and atrocious this legalization, and then the normalization of abortion has become. One story is out of Australia.  Obviously they are not affected by our laws, but the story shows just how sickening abortion by convenience becomes.  In this story a couple was blessed with twins, two boys.  The couple had hoped for a girl, already having three boys.  Maybe the disappointment of not having a girl when you wanted one is acceptable, but this went far past a little disappointment.  These two aborted the babies, and are now petitioning Australia to allow them to use technology to select the gender of their next child.

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Staying Pure in an Impure World

I was asked last night by a friend to watch a morning show that would be discussing a new television series.  I had read some about the series and took a few minutes to become more informed.  The series is Skins airing on MTV. The series is getting much attention because of its racy content.  In fact some are wondering if it is not child pornography!

The promotions of the show have centered around sexual encounters between teenagers. According to the interview, which I watched this morning, the show is supposed to be a teaching tool to help teenagers work through the complex issues that they face.  Notice that the interviewee from MTV did not say the show was simply entertainment, but rather he felt it would influence the thinking and actions of teenagers and young adults.

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Is there no shame?

Facebook, Twitter, and other sites of the like, have opened us up to a new level of openness.  Teens, Young adults, Parents, Grandparents, and sometimes even animals (I am friends with at least one dog on Facebook) share all sorts of details about themselves.

This can be a great tool.  We are able to quickly see when someone is hurting. We are able to rejoice when something great happens in the life of someone.  We hear good works and meet new people.  We are able to spread the message of Christ across the globe with a single click.  For these reasons, I believe that social media needs to be used by Christians and churches to the glory of God.

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Accountability and Gun Laws

The book of Ezekiel can be a difficult book to grasp at times.  There are sections that are written in a literary style that we are not real familiar with.  However, one theme that runs throughout the book of Ezekiel is that of accountability.  In chapter 18 of Ezekiel we are told of a popular proverb among the people:

The parents eat the sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.

The point of the proverb is that one person does wrong, but someone else receives the punishment.

God tells the people to no longer use the proverbial statement, but rather recognize that with God, “the soul that sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:20).  The point is God holds people accountable for their actions.

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