James 5:1 (KJV) Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Marriage Must Be Saved

As we go about our daily lives a handful of homosexuals are plotting to reshape America, led by one billionaire activist named Tom Gill, as outlined in the March 1, 2007 Atlantic Monthly under the title "They Won't Know What Hit Them." ("Them" refers to us.)

This group has a simple strategy: to use millions of dollars to target politicians into ignoring the values and voices of the majority of Americans. They also plan, as Gill puts it, "to snuff out rising politicians who are building their careers on antigay policies, before they . . . achieve national influence." They understand that the marriage battle will be won or lost in the legislatures of the states.

Gill has succeeded in 70% of his attempts, and his agenda includes far more than homosexual 'marriage'. When the money comes in and flips a state legislature it is flipped on ALL value issues: abortion, religion in the public square, abstinence education and more.

If we allow marriage to be redefined in California the next step will be to legally suppress Christian liberties. Here are a few examples:

  • Catholic Charities - a Christian adoption agency - was shut down by the government because it refused to do adoptions for homosexual couples.
  • In New Jersey a Methodist organization has lost its state tax exemption for refusal to permit homosexuals to marry on church property.
  • A father was arrested for trying to stop a public school from teaching his son that gay marriage is normal.
  • A volunteer fireman was told his services were no longer wanted because he signed a petition defending marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
By now, we are all aware that politicians believe they can get away with ignoring the wishes of voters. Unless that changes, millions of dollars in donations by homosexuals will lure them to pass laws changing the meaning of marriage, whether we want it or not. It is critical that Californians stop this movement here and now in California.

Hollywood, academia and some in the medical profession have launched this huge offense over the past decade to change the attitude of Americans about homosexuality. Polls show that they have succeeded to a great extent through the public schools to reshape the minds of our young people.

A California court has repealed Proposition 22, which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman and was overwhelmingly approved by the voters in 2000. This court also endorsed the idea that sexual orientation should be treated just like race. If this ruling is allowed to stand, this will place us in the exact position as racists under California law.

The California Teachers Association has joined with others to raise over $3 million to destroy traditional marriage by defeating Prop 8 this fall and defeat the will of California voters once again.

Changing the meaning of marriage is about using the power of government to propagate a new religion, and this is it: Anyone who opposes homosexual marriage is a hateful bigot who must be punished.

It is not only marriage that is at stake. It is everything we believe in. This is war. With God's help we can win. But it requires action.

Go to and sign up for updates. If you need to understand why this is important click on Get Informed, and then on Why Marriage Matters. You may do a Google search and find even more comprehensive reasons. Believe me, it matters - for many reasons.

Go to for California updates.

Let everyone know you are taking a stand for marriage. Order your semi-permanent adhesive, glossy finish bumper stickers today from the American Family Association.

Make sure your pastor and church are involved in this spiritual battle.

VOTE in November.

Unless we act now we will lose the battle for marriage in the next few months. We must stop this while there is time. God will hold each of us responsible for our obedience to His Word.

In His Service,

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tony Snow's Testimony

I received this from a friend. It is an outstanding personal testimony by Tony Snow, President Bush's former Press Secretary, and his fight with cancer.

As a commentator and journalist, he announced that he had colon cancer in 2005. Following surgery and chemo, Tony joined the Bush Administration in April, 2006 as Press Secretary. Unfortunately, on March 23, 2007, Tony, age 51 and a husband and father of three, announced that the cancer had recurred, with tumors found in his abdomen. This lead to surgery in April, followed by more chemotherapy.

He returned to work in the White House Briefing Room on May 3, 2007, but resigned some time after that 'for economic reasons and to pursue other interests. He wrote this testimony some time after his departure from the White House and it needs little intro . . it speaks for itself.

MY TESTIMONY: "Blessings arrive in unexpected packages, - in my case, cancer. Those of us with potentially fatal diseases - and there are millions in America today - find ourselves in the odd position of coping with our mortality while trying to fathom God's will. Although it would be the height of presumption to declare with confidence 'What It All Means,' Scripture provides powerful hints and consolations.

The first is that we shouldn't spend too much time trying to answer the 'why' questions: Why me? Why must people suffer? Why can't someone else get sick? We can't answer such things. And the questions themselves often are designed more to express our anguish than to solicit an answer.

I don't know why I have cancer, and I don't much care. It is what it is, a plain and indisputable fact. Yet even while staring into a mirror darkly, great and stunning truths began to take shape. Our maladies define a central feature of our existence: We are fallen. We are imperfect. Our bodies give out.

But, despite this, - or because of it, - God offers the possibility of salvation and grace. We don't know how the narrative of our lives will end, but we get to choose how to use the interval between now and the moment we meet our Creator face-to-face.

Second, we need to get past the anxiety. The mere thought of dying can send adrenaline flooding through your system. A dizzy, unfocused panic seizes you. Your heart thumps; your head swims. You think of nothingness and swoon. You fear partings; you worry about the impact on family and friends. You fidget and get nowhere.

To regain footing, remember that we were born not into death, but into life - and that the journey continues after we have finished our days on this earth. We accept this on faith, but that faith is nourished by a conviction that stirs even within many non-believing hearts - an institution that the gift of life, once given, cannot be taken away. Those who have been stricken enjoy the special privilege of being able to fight with their might, main, and faith to live fully, richly, exuberantly - no matter how their days may be numbered.

Third, we can open our eyes and hearts. God relishes surprise. We want lives of simple, predictable ease, - smooth, even trails as far as the eye can see, - but God likes to go off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns. He places us in predicaments that seem to defy our endurance and comprehension - and yet don't. By His love and grace, we persevere. The challenges that make our hearts leap and stomachs churn invariably strengthen our faith and grant measures of wisdom and joy we would not experience otherwise.

'You Have Been Called'. Picture yourself in a hospital bed. The fog of anesthesia has begun to wear away. A doctor stands at your feet, a loved one holds your hand at the side. 'It's cancer,' the healer announces.

The natural reaction is to turn to God and ask him to serve as a cosmic Santa. 'Dear God, make it all go away. Make everything simpler.' But another voice whispers: 'You have been called.' Your quandary has drawn you closer to God, closer to those you love, closer to the issues that matter, - and has dragged into insignificance the banal concerns that occupy our 'normal time.'

There's another kind of response, although usually short-lived, an inexplicable shudder of excitement as if a clarifying moment of calamity has swept away everything trivial and tiny, and placed before us the challenge of important questions.

The moment you enter the Valley of the Shadow of Death, things change. You discover that Christianity is not something doughy, passive, pious, and soft. Faith may be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But it also draws you into a world shorn of fearful caution. The life of belief teems with thrills, boldness, danger, shocks, reversals, triumphs, and epiphanies. Think of Paul, traipsing through the known world and contemplating trips to what must have seemed the antipodes (Spain), shaking the dust from his sandals, worrying not about the morrow, but only about the moment.

There's nothing wilder than a life of humble virtue, - for it is through selflessness and service that God wrings from our bodies and spirits the most we ever could give, the most we ever could offer, and the most we ever could do.

Finally, we can let love change everything. When Jesus was faced with the prospect of crucifixion, he grieved not for himself, but for us. He cried for Jerusalem before entering the Holy City. From the Cross, he took on the cumulative burden of human sin and weakness, and begged for forgiveness on our behalf.

We get repeated chances to learn that life is not about us, that we acquired purpose and satisfaction by sharing in God's love for others. Sickness gets us part way there. It reminds us of our limitations and dependence. But it also gives us a chance to serve the healthy. A minister friend of mine observes that people suffering grave afflictions often acquire the faith of two people, while loved ones accept the burden of two peoples' worries and fears.

'Learning How to Live'. Most of us have watched friends as they drifted toward God's arms, not with resignation, but with peace and hope. In so doing, they have taught us not how to die, but how to live. They have emulated Christ by transmitting the power and authority of life.

I sat by my best friend's bedside a few years ago as a wasting cancer took him away. He kept at his table a worn Bible and a 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer. A shattering grief disabled his family, many of his old friends, and at least one priest. Here was an humble and very good guy, someone who apologized when he winced with pain because he thought it made his guest uncomfortable. He restrained his equanimity and good humor literally until his last conscious moment. 'I'm going to try to beat [this cancer],' he told me several months before he died. 'But if I don't, I'll see you on the other side.'

His gift was to remind everyone around him that even though God doesn't promise us tomorrow, he does promise us eternity - filled with life and love we cannot comprehend, - and that one can, in the throes of sickness, point the rest of us toward timeless truths that will help us weather future storms.

Through such trials, God bids us to choose: Do we believe, or do we not? Will we be bold enough to love, daring enough to serve, humble enough to submit, and strong enough to acknowledge our limitations? Can we surrender our concern in things that don't matter so that we might devote our remaining days to things that do?

When our faith flags, He throws reminders in our way. Think of the prayer warriors in our midst. They change things, and those of us who have been on the receiving end of their petitions and intercessions know it. It is hard to describe, but there are times when suddenly the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and you feel a surge of the Spirit. Somehow you just know: Others have chosen, when talking to the Author of all creation, to lift us up, - to speak of us!

This is love of a very special order. But so is the ability to sit back and appreciate the wonder of every created thing. The mere thought of death somehow makes every blessing vivid, every happiness more luminous and intense. We may not know how our contest with sickness will end, but we have felt the ineluctable touch of God.

What is man that Thou are mindful of him? We don't know much, but we know this: No matter where we are, no matter what we do, no matter how bleak or frightening our prospects, each and every one of us who believe each and every day, lies in the same safe and impregnable place, in the hollow of God's hand.'

T. Snow
Deceased July 12, 2008…RIP