Maybe It’s Not All About Me

This week I was in Minneapolis, MN on business. As I was walking through the city I suddenly found myself in the middle of the gay pride weekend…one of the largest gay pride celebrations in the country. There were thousands of folks celebrating the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage as well as the LGBT lifestyle in general.

The dress for many of the folks at the parade I can only describe as ridiculous. One man passed me wearing only bright colored gold short-shorts and rainbow colored wings. The language I encountered on the street by many of the gay pride participants was course and sexually suggestive. There was little consideration for others and the tone there can be summed up with this sentence. It’s all about me.

When I returned home I had the opportunity to attend the closing service for a group on the campus of TFC called Worldview Academy. Worldview Academy holds week-long camps all over the country and their Georgia camp is held at Toccoa Falls College. The camp consists of twenty-five hours of classroom training in Christian worldview as well as practical exercises to re-enforce the classroom training. This isn’t a “let’s have fun” camp. This is a Christian worldview academic training camp for high school students.

As I watched these students I couldn’t help but contrast what was happening at Worldview Academy to what I had just observed at the gay pride parade. These Worldview Academy students realized life isn’t just about them. Life isn’t about being the center of attention. Life is about following biblical mandates including the biblical mandate of serving others while telling them about biblical truth. These Worldview Academy students weren’t afraid to speak about the power of grace while also speaking biblical truth. Our conversations about biblical worldview need both of these components…grace and truth. One without the other produces an unbalanced perspective.

I was again reminded that here in Toccoa, Stephens County, the State of Georgia and throughout our entire country there are folks committed to living Christ-like lives. Don’t ever think you are alone in your service to God. There are millions of believers committed to living Godly life and telling others about biblical truth and grace. It’s time for all of us to take a committed stand for Christ and biblical truth. The world needs to hear about the power of a Christ filled life from you.

What’s A Little Lie Among Friends?

Summer is a big time for churches all across America to host vacation bible school. One church in Carthage, MO did just that. In fact, they called their bible school program God’s Rescue Squad. Each day of the week the church invited different rescue squads to come visit the church and show the kids what recue squads do. The paramedics came on Monday, the fire department on Tuesday, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department brought their K-9 unit out on Wednesday. On Thursday the church wanted to honor the National Guard. Guess who refused to come? You guessed it…the National Guard.

The church was told it was against military policy for the National Guard to participate in any church vacation bible school program. Here’s how the National Guard policy reads:

Army participation must not selectively benefit (or appear to benefit) any person, group, or corporation (whether profit or nonprofit); religion, sect, religious or sectarian group, or quasi-religious or ideological movement.

Here are two quotes from the members of the National Guard who were not permitted to attend the vacation bible school:

I can tell you I’m ashamed and embarrassed right now. This isn’t the military I signed up for.

How about this comment from another National Guard member:

We had a lot of disappointed kiddos because of the National Guard being unwilling to allow a Humvee and a few soldiers to spend an hour at a Baptist church. It makes me wonder what I’m actually fighting for.

But wait…let’s back up the bus a minute. Look at the policy we just noted. Army participation must not selectively benefit…any person, group, etc.

In June of 2014 our military color guard marched in the 39th Annual Capital Pride parade…which specifically celebrates the gay agenda. The Washington D.C. Color Guard began the parade immediately following a motorcycle group called Dykes on Bikes. This is the same color guard that presents official colors for the president, members of Congress and countless official state functions.

This very military policy, so concerned with showing favoritism to a specific group and prevented our soldiers from showing Humvees to six year olds at a church vacation bible school does not prevent our soldiers from marching in a gay pride parade. I always thought policies applied to everyone. Apparently in the military they do not.

If the military (or anyone else) is going to give certain groups preferential treatment I wish they would just tell us. How about some honesty? I sure get tired of the political spin. If you don’t want to support the Christian faith and would rather support the gay agenda, just tell the truth. We wouldn’t agree with your decision but at least we would respect some honesty.