Hell to Pay for So-Called ‘Christian Swingers’

DEAN AND CHRISTY PARAVE PREPARING TO 'HOOK UP' WITH ANOTHER SUPPOSED CHRISTIAN COUPLE.

DEAN AND CHRISTY PARAVE [LEFT] PREPARING TO ‘HOOK UP’ WITH ANOTHER SUPPOSED CHRISTIAN COUPLE.

It never ceases to outrage when those who abide unabashedly and unrepentantly in sin claim to be Christians.

Like the two churchgoing San Diego couples whom we previously wrote about – Will and Shirley and Nate and Faith – whose idea of a small group was a casino gambling ring. They were featured in the documentary film “Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians.”

More recently there was Alexis McGill Johnson, who this past spring became the chairwoman of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s foremost abortionist. Johnson publicly professes herself a Christian but thinks there nothing wrong with killing pre-born babies.

Then there’s the latest example, as recently reported by Barcroft TV (which, we understand, is a top 10 news channel on YouTube): “Bible-thumping,” body-building Florida couple Dean and Christy Parave who supposedly “preach the word of God through swinging.”

“At first I was conflicted,” said Christy, “but the more we looked at it, the more it makes sense to us. I don’t think God would be mad at what we’re doing.”

Indeed, she reasoned, “God put people on the Earth to breed and enjoy each other.” And that’s why she thinks it perfectly acceptable in the eyes of God that she and her husband are swinging with other couples.

And Dean and Christy actually have taken there putative “ministry” to the Internet with a web site that encourages couples, according to Barcroft, to “join in and indulge in their holy promiscuity.”

Well Dean and Christy Parave may delude themselves that they are swinging for Christ – just as Alexis McGill Johnson suggests that God is neutral on abortion, and Will and Shirley and Nate and Faith think card counting is okay by Jesus so long as they use the proceeds for church planting – but what they all are doing is wicked.

Now we are all, everyone, sinners, who fall short of the glory of God. In that we are no different from the swinging Parave couple, the abortionist Johnson and the two gambling couples.

But here’s where authentic Christ followers differ from faux Christians like the Paraves, like Johnson, like Will and Shirley and Nate and Faith: We confess our sins, and the Lord our God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.

In contrast, the Florida swingers, the Planned Parenthood abortionist and the San Diego gambling ring think they need no forgiveness because what they are doing is no sin.

But the word of God declares, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Those unabashed, unrepentant sinners have hell to pay.

People’s Climate Change March Defiles the Lord’s Day

CLIMATE CHANGE ALARMISTS CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY GLOBAL WARMING HAS STOPPED SINCE 1999.

CLIMATE CHANGE ALARMISTS CAN’T EXPLAIN WHY GLOBAL WARMING HAS STOPPED SINCE 1999.

Organizers of the so-called People’s Climate March expect more than 100,000 people to fill the streets of midtown Manhattan on Sunday, demanding action on global warming. It promises to be one of the largest cult gatherings in U.S. history.

And it will take place two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an “emergency” climate summit at the United Nations.

The march is the brainchild of Bill McKibben, a celebrated environmental activist. In May, he issued a “call to arms” in a jeremiad published in Rolling Stone magazine, which exhorted climate change cultists to descend on New York City today.

He characterized global warming as nothing less than “the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.”

Such hyperbole is typical of those who accept as an article of faith the fundamental tenet of global warming – that man has dominion over the planet, including its climate, and not the Creator of heaven of Earth.

That includes President Obama, who has prostrated himself before the altar of global warming, declaring in his state of the union address this past January that “the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.”

That was followed this past May by the Obama administration’s Third National Climate Assessment, which asserted, “Many independent lines of evidence demonstrate that the world is warming and that human activity is the primary cause.”

But there’s an insoluble problem with the global warming narrative promulgated by Obama, by McKinnen and other climate change hysterics: Global warming has stopped.

Indeed, just this past week, we learned that Antarctic sea ice has expanded to a record high level, which shouldn’t be happening under the climate change doomsday scenario.

And, in August, an article published in the journal Science confirmed that there has been an unexpected “global warming pause” since 1999.

Climate change scientists have no plausible explanations for these phenomena. But those of us who are Christ followers know the answer.

It’s God.

And His word declares: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

So let the global warming cultists have their march. Let the rulers of this fallen world have their climate summit.

The Earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. Including the climate.

Honor Moms, Not Mammon, on Mother’s Day

MOTHER'S DAY HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY MONEYCHANGERS WORSHIPPING AT THE ALTAR OF MAMMON.

MOTHER’S DAY HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY MONEYCHANGERS WORSHIPPING AT THE ALTAR OF MAMMON.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day.

It is the fourth-biggest holiday for spending, according to CNBC. It is the third-largest card-sending holiday, according to Hallmark, with America’s moms receiving more than 133 million cards.

It’s the biggest phone-calling day of the year, according to History.com, with call volume spiking by as much as 37 percent. And it’s the biggest holiday of the year for dining out, according to the National Restaurant Association.

What most of us are unaware of is the Christian origin of Mother’s Day. It wasn’t about obligatory Mother’s Day presents or perfunctory Mother’s Day greeting cards or dutiful Mother’s Day phone calls or orgiastic Mother’s Day brunches.

Those are a secularist outgrowths of what was centuries ago a truly holy-day.

It was called Mothering Sunday. It was the one day each year when the faithful would return to their “mother” church in the village or hamlet in which they were born and raised; where their ears first heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached.

Mothering Sunday eventually became an occasion for family reunion; when those who had moved away for work or other reason, who had started families of their own, who had found a place of worship (a “daughter” church) in their adapted village or hamlet, would reconnect with their loved ones.

Mother’s Day here in America is different from Mothering Sunday but shares two things in common: Its Christian origin and its family orientation.

Indeed, the first Mother’s Day celebration in this country was held in 1908 at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. It was organized by Anna Jarvis, a woman of faith, who sought to honor the sacrifice the nation’s mothers made for their children.

Because of the purpose-driven Christian woman’s tireless campaigning, President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday.

Alas, it took only a few short years for Jarvis to become disillusioned with Mother’s Day. That’s because the holiday that began in her West Virginia Methodist church had been hijacked by secularist moneychangers who worshipped at the altar of Mammon.

Jarvis actually undertook a campaign against the holiday she did much to establish, urging Americans to stop buying Mother’s Day cards, flowers and candy. By the time she went to be with the Lord in 1948, she had actually disowned Mother’s Day, going so far as to seek rescission of its designation as a national holiday.

As the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, it’s time for the Christian faithful to reclaim the holiday as our own.

Let us honor our Christian mothers for bringing us into the world, for taking care of us when we couldn’t take care of ourselves and, most of all, for starting us out in our walk with God.

The Devil Shows Up at Franklin Regional High

TEEN-AGE SLASHER ALEX HRIBAL, UNDER DEMONIC INFLUENCE, TRIED TO KILL 21 PEOPLE.

TEEN-AGE SLASHER ALEX HRIBAL, UNDER DEMONIC INFLUENCE, TRIED TO KILL 21 PEOPLE.

Why did Alex Hribal do it? Why did the 16-year-old sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania stab and slash 20 of his classmates (and a security guard), leaving at least four of his victims in critical condition?

WTAE in Pittsburgh reports that “investigators continue to explore bullying as a possible motive.” NBC News cites criminologists who suggest Hribal was driven “by rage and adrenalin.” The Associated Press reports “[t]he boy’s family is just as puzzled as police about what triggered the attack.”

But there is an obvious explanation of Hribal’s murderous rampage, which has been ignored by the investigators, the criminologists and even the teen-age slasher’s family: He was acting under demonic influence.

Indeed, the Apostle Peter warned that our adversary, the devil, “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” That’s why the Apostle Paul advised Christ followers to “[p]ut on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Secularists dismiss the Word of God as fiction. They are the 30 percent of Americans, according to the Gallup Poll, who don’t believe the devil exists; who refuse to accept that the evil one is behind the violence and mayhem that occurs all too frequently in this country in places like Murrysville, Pennsylvania.

And the devil isn’t interested in devouring a troubled kid here, a troubled kid there. He wants to destroy an entire generation. And his means of doing is to undermine our institutions and corrupt our culture.

Indeed, under the evil one’s influence, secularists have succeeded in getting God banished from the nation’s public schools.

On-campus prayer is forbidden, even to ask the Lord to heal the victims of the latest incident of school violence. The pledge of allegiance is no longer recited in an increasing number of school systems because it includes the words “under God.”

The theory of evolution, which posits that monkeys somehow transmogrified into human beings, is freely taught in the nation’s classrooms, while discussion of intelligent design, is considered subversive.

Public school students still get time off for Christmas and Easter, but schools must not mention the reasons for the seasons – celebration of the birth of Christ the Lord, and commemoration of His death, burial and resurrection.

That’s why the spirit of God has departed from the nation’s schools.

That’s why the Almighty has withdrawn the divine protection the public schools enjoyed from 1635 – when Boston Public Latin School, America’s first public school, was established by Reverend John Cotton – until 1962 – when the U.S. Supreme Court banned school prayer.

The nation’s public schools have been Satan’s playground ever since.

Indeed, was not Mark Berndt, a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles, under the influence of the devil when he molested 23 children, blindfolding them, spoon-feeding them semen, placing cockroaches on their faces?

Were not Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who took the lives of 13 souls at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, Adam Lenza, who massacred 27 innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and, now, Alex Hribal, whose knife attack last week left 21 injured, doing the evil one’s bidding?

That’s why those of us who are Christ followers should not be deceived by those attributing violence in the public schools to guns or bullying or mental illness or other secular causes.

No, there is spiritual warfare going on in the nation’s public schools. Which is why we must pray, without ceasing, that God will put a hedge of protection around our schoolchildren.

Dog Cult Prays For Pit Bull That Mauled A Child

FOUR-YEAR OLD KEVIN SUFFERED A BROKEN EYE SOCKET, CHEEK BONE AND LOWER JAW BONE.

FOUR-YEAR OLD KEVIN SUFFERED A BROKEN EYE SOCKET, CHEEK BONE AND LOWER JAW BONE.

“Save Mickey.” So pleads the Facebook page lamenting that the pit bull faces “the death penalty” just because he mauled four-year-old Kevin Vicente.

The Phoenix, Arizona boy was hospitalized with a broken eye socket, check bone and lower jaw bone. “He still can’t open his eye,” said Dr. Salvatore Lettieri, chief of cosmetic surgery at Maricopa Medical Center.

“Well need to fix the tear duct drainage system,” said the surgeon. “That is, if he makes tears.”

Meanwhile, there are no tears shed for poor young Kevin on Mickey’s Facebook page, which announces that 50,000 people have signed a petition (on Change.org) imploring Maricopa County Animal Control to stay the canine martyr’s scheduled execution this upcoming Tuesday.

“Thank God,” read one of the comments on Mickey’s Facebook page, that so many people have registered their objection to what the online petition terms nothing less than a “travesty of justice.”

But the real travesty is the cult that has developed around Mickey, who brutalized a four-year old child. That the dog’s supporters dare to invoke the name of God in their campaign to absolve the animal of its horrific attack upon a defenseless child is a sacrilege.

Indeed, the Mickey cult actually created another Facebook page promoting the “Save Mickey Candlelight Vigil.” Cult members were invited to gather in a plaza “to show our love and support for Mickey.”

Those who couldn’t attend were encouraged to “light a candle,” wherever they happened to be, and “post the picture.” And many did so.

“Mickey, we’re praying for you sweetheart!” proclaimed one of the pit bull’s supporters. “We love you and are thinking of you Mickey,” commented another. “You are in our thoughts and prayers sweet Mickey,” posted still another.

Well, there’s nothing unGodly about having an affinity for animals. That is, unless that affinity is taken to the extreme, as is the case with the Mickey cult, which has elevated the dog to deity status.

Like the Hindus, who worship dogs as part of Kukur tithar, an annual religious festival during which a big red tika is put on a dog’s forehead and a garland around its neck as the faithful pray to dogs to protect their houses.

Like the ancient Mesopotamians, who created a dog cult around Gula, a supposed healing goddess. The dog was considered Gula’s earthly mediums, possessing protective magic and supposedly guarding cult members against certain sicknesses.

The thousands of Mickey supporters, who liked his Facebook pages, who signed his online petition, who attended his candlelight vigil, who are praying on his behalf for divine intervention, are a modern day dog cult.

They care more about the pit bull than they do about the helpless four-year-old boy he would have killed but by the grace of God.

“Having Mickey killed is not going to take away Kevin’s pain or injuries,” said John Schill, the dog’s attorney (that’s right). “The only thing this is going to do is kill a poor, innocent dog.”

Such is the callousness of Mickey’s supporters, who declare the dog “innocent” of his vicious attack on young Kevin. Their cultish adoration of the animal smells to heaven.

God Shows Up at the Oscars

“I WANT TO THANK GOD. HE HAS GRACED MY LIFE WITH OPPORTUNITIES THAT I KNOW ARE NOT OF MY HAND, NOR ANY OTHER HUMAN HAND.”

“I WANT TO THANK GOD. HE HAS GRACED MY LIFE WITH OPPORTUNITIES THAT I KNOW ARE NOT OF MY HAND, NOR ANY OTHER HUMAN HAND.”

Over much of its history, the Academy Awards have been the backdrop for some rather off-putting acceptance speeches.

In 2011, for instance, Melissa Leo dropped a so-called “F-bomb” when she accepted the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “The Fighter.”

In 2003, “Bowling for Columbine” was awarded Best Documentary, which provided Michael Moore a platform to rant against duly-elected President George W. Bush. “We live in the time,” he said, “where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president.

And, in 1972, Jane Fonda took the stage after winning “Best Actress” for her performance in “Klute,” telling the audience, “There’s a great deal to say and I’m not going to say it tonight.” Then she proceeded to go backstage, where she declared, “There are murders being committed in our name in Indochina.”

Last night’s 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony was decidedly different. That’s because the Holy Spirit showed up most unexpectedly.

It began when Darlene Love, a 1960s backup singer, strode to the stage to accept the Oscar for Best Documentary for “20 Feet From Stardom,” the film in which she starred.

Midway through her remarks, she was filled with the Holy Spirit and suddenly gave a powerful, impromptu performance of the gospel hymn, “His Eye on the Sparrow.” When she finished, Bill Murray leapt to his feet – yes, funnyman Bill Murray – and much of the audience followed suit.

It truly was a God moment.

Then there were the remarks by Matthew McConaughey, who’s leading role in “Dallas Buyer’s Club” won him an Oscar statuette for Best Actor. McConaughey didn’t deliver a mere acceptance speech, but powerful, Spirit-filled testimony.

“First off,” he told an audience of an estimated 40 million television viewers, “I want to thank God, because that’s Who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand, nor any other human hand.”

He concluded, “Amen and all right, all right, all right.”

The secularist media didn’t get it. Like Time’s Isaac Guzmán, who posted an article today riffing on “McConaughey’s Confounding Acceptance Speech,” which the writer disparaged as “semi-bizarre.”

Well, of course it was confounding to Guzmán; to others who “didn’t get” McConaughey’s remarks.The Book of Corinthians advises, “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.”

Meanwhile, to those of us who are Christ followers, it was stirring to witness McConaughey’s testimony last night; to hear him give God the glory for the opportunities, the blessings he has received over his film career.

It proved the Oscar-winning actor is not ashamed of the Gospel.

Would Jesus Approve of SI’s Swimsuit Issue?

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED STOOPS TO SOFTCORE  PORNOGRAPHY ON COVER OF 2014 SWIMSUIT ISSUE.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED STOOPS TO SOFTCORE PORNOGRAPHY ON COVER OF 2014 SWIMSUIT ISSUE.

The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue arrives on newsstands Tuesday. It features three semi-nude babes on the cover.

The issue is eagerly awaited by much of SI’s readership. However, let those of us who are Christ followers not deceive ourselves: the magazine’s swimsuit issue is nothing more than softcore pornography.

Indeed, SI’s cover, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its swimsuit issue, actually is more sexualized than the cover of the latest issue of Playboy, which marks the skin magazine’s 60th anniversary, and which features the model Kate Moss in a bunny costume.

What particularly offends about SI is its hypocrisy.

The magazine’s writers and editors pride themselves in being on the right side of controversial social issues that transcend sport. But they have been silent about the sports media’s shameless exploitation of young women for the lustful pleasure of men (and boys).

To wit: SI recently published a fawning cover story about Michael Sam, the former Missouri college football player who came out of the closet as a homosexual, who hopes to become the first openly-gay player in the NFL.

“America is ready for Michael Sam,” SI declared.

Then there’s SI’s campaign to compel the Washington Redskins to change its team name to comport with the magazine’s politically correct sensibilities. In fact, the mag’s NFL writer Peter King decided last football season he would no longer reference the franchise’s team name.

“It has nothing to do with calling anyone racist.” said King. “It’s just I’m uncomfortable using the name.”

Yet, SI’s writers and editors think it perfectly acceptable to pander to its preponderantly male readership with lascivious pictorials of young women that are seminude or fully nude (save for body paint).

MJ Day, the madam of sorts  who edits the mag’s swimsuit issue, even goes so far as to suggest that the cover shot of models Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge, “clad in orange thong bikini bottoms,” as the New York Daily News described their skimpy attire, and Chrissy Teigen, in a “barely-there pink bikini,” was perfectly wholesome.

As to the models themselves, who’ve sold their souls for fame and fortune, “They’re really good girls,” Day told the Newark Star-Ledger. “They’re the girl next door.”

Well, really good girls do not take their clothes off for the titillation of millions of men. And girls next door don’t strike come hither poses suggesting that they’re inviting a sex acts.

Of course, most of SI’s male readers look forward to this Tuesday’s arrival of the swimsuit issue. They can’t wait to ogle the scantily clad models therein.

But for those us who are Christ followers first, sports fans further down the list (behind family, country, et al.) we are instructed to be not “conformed to this world,” where soft core pornography has been mainstreamed by the popular culture.

No, we will not go to hell by viewing the risqué photos in SI’s swimsuit issue. But we certainly will be conducting ourselves outside of God’s will.

Indeed, in the Gospel According to Matthew, Jesus declared, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

That’s why the men among us who are committed Christ followers will bring every lustful thought into captivity to the obedience of God. And that means avoiding SI’s soft core porn issue.

Two Super Bowl QBs Christians Can Root For

SUPER BOWL QAUTERBACKS RUSSELL WILSON AND PEYTON MANNING ARE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHRISTIAN ATHLETES.

SUPER BOWL QAUTERBACKS RUSSELL WILSON AND PEYTON MANNING ARE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHRISTIAN ATHLETES.

There is a longstanding Super Bowl tradition among Las Vegas bookmakers to offer the gambling public various esoteric betting propositions.

Among Super Bowl XLVIII props for which sports books in Sin City have posted odds is whether announcers mention “marijuana” during the game, whether any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be shirtless during their Super Bowl performance and whether Erin Andrews will interview Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman live after the game.

But there’s a prop for which Vegas bookmakers didn’t bother to post odds – whether there will be any mention whatsoever that the quarterbacks of both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are unabashed Christians during the practically all-day televised coverage of the Super Bowl.

That’s because even the most gullible gamblers would avoid this sucker bet, no matter how generous the odds.

Because, while it was perfectly acceptable for CBS to allow the mass marriage of homosexual couples of its live telecast of this year’s Grammy Awards, while no one is giving ABC grief for having lesbian activist Ellen Degeneres host this year’s Academy Awards, FOX doesn’t want to risk anti-Christian blowback by letting the more than 100 million viewers of today’s Super Bowl know the role Christ plays in the lives of both Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.

“I committed my life to Christ,” affirmed Manning, in his self-titled book, “and that faith has been most important to me ever since.”

Does the Denver Broncos’ signal caller pray for God’s divine intervention on the gridiron? No, he said, “except as a generic thing. I pray to keep both teams injury free and, personally, that I use whatever talent I have to the best of my ability.”

As to whether the Almighty has a rooting interest in the Super Bowl or any other NFL tilt, “I don’t think God really cares about who wins football games,” said Manning, “except as winning might influence the character of some person or group.”

Wilson, the Seahawks’ man behind center, recently testified at Seattle’s Mars Hill church that Christ has been with him in bad times and good.

“When we are at the worst times of our lives,” he said, “when we are battling with something, or struggles, whatever it may be…we want somebody to comfort us”

Or, he continued, “when things are going really well, we want somebody to … be there for us and say, ‘Well done.’

That’s Jesus, said Wilson, unashamed of the Gospel. “Jesus has always been there,” he said, “He’ll never leave you, never forsake you.”

Manning and Wilson are espousing a message of faith all too often mocked by the popular culture; scorned by the socially-correct.

Indeed, Christian athletes like Manning and Wilson don’t get invited to the president’s State of the Union address to sit next to the First Lady. That putative honor is reserved for jocks like Jason Collins, the pro basketballer feted last week for coming out as a homosexual.

Neither Manning nor Wilson appear in any way desirous of presidential plaudits.

For these Super Bowl QBs, these Christian athletes, are informed by the Scripture, which declares, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”

The Christmas Carol For the Christian Right

'THE WRONG SHALL FAIL, THE RIGHT PREVAIL, WITH PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD-WILL TO MEN.'

‘THE WRONG SHALL FAIL, THE RIGHT PREVAIL, WITH PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD-WILL TO MEN.’

Exactly 150 years ago this Christmas Day, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “Christmas Bells.” It would later provide the lyrics for  the familiar carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

Most of those who love the song – which has been recorded by arists ranging from Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Kate Smith to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Ann Margaret – know little about its backstory.

Indeed, the lyrics actually were written by Longfellow during a time of despair.

The poet had learned that his first-born son, Charles, a lieutenant in the Union Army during the Civil War, was severely wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church in Paulding County, Georgia.

That heartbreaking news arrived while Longfellow was still grieving the loss of his beloved wife, Fanny, who died from burns she sustained in a fire in their Cambridge, Massachusetts home.

Longfellow’s melancholia over his family tragedies and his sorrow over the deaths of so many of America’s sons during the Civil War came across in the penultimate stanza of “Christmas Bells”:

And in despair I bowed my head;/“There is no peace on earth,” I said;/“For hate is strong,/And mocks the song/Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

But Longfellow does not leave it there. The poet appears to have suddenly been filled with the Holy Spirit. For in his final stanza he proclaims:

Then peeled the bells more loud and deep:/“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;/The wrong shall fail,/The Right prevail,/With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

This has been for those of us who are Christ followers a most trying year. Our traditional, Bible-based values have been under assault on many fronts.

The atheists mock our faith this Christmas with 52 billboards in the state capital of California that tell us our God is a fairy tale. A cable channel bows to pressure from a homosexual activist group and suspends the God-fearing star of its most-popular series for daring to speak the truth. And the supposed leader of the free world says nothing as Christians are persecuted throughout the Muslim world.

But as Longfellow wrote 150 years ago today, God is not dead. Nor is He asleep. The unGodly element in this country ultimately will fail. And the Right will prevail, by God.

Is Social Liberalism Compatible With Christianity?

THE CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY CONFIRMS THAT THERE ARE NONE MORE GENEROUS TO THE NEEDY THAN CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES.

THE CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY CONFIRMS THAT THERE ARE NONE MORE GENEROUS TO THE NEEDY THAN CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES.

Karen Owen, a writer for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia, authored a recent column in which she sneered that “the term Christian conservative” is “an oxymoron.”

How, she asked, “can we call ourselves – and practically insist that we are – a Christian nation when we seemingly ignore so many teachings of Christ?”

So what examples does she cite to make her dubious case?

Well, there’s the decision by greeting card giant Hallmark to alter the lyrics of “Deck the Halls” on a Christmas ornament from “don we now our gay apparel” to “don we now our fun apparel.”

“Why aren’t we bothered,” asked Owen, “by the insult to a subset of the U.S. population?”

Well, maybe it’s because “gay” has a different meaning in 2013 than it did in 1862 when Thomas Oliphant’s original English lyrics were published. Also, Hallmark hardly can be considered “homophobic” when it sells gay wedding and gay Valentine’s Day cards.

Owen also claims that Christian conservatives “actively despise” the “down on their luck,” the “mentally ill” and the “substance abuser.”

Those canards do not stand up to scrutiny.  

Indeed, a recent study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that states in which residents are most generous to the needful are overwhelmingly red states populated by God-fearing folk, most of whom are Christian conservatives.

Another study, sponsored by the UCLA/Rand Research Center on Managed Care for Psychiatric Disorders, found that “faith-based providers are the only source of care for some persons with mental disorders.” That is, the mentally ill residing in “low-income, ethnically diverse communities.”

And as to substance abusers, there is no more effective program for treating alcohol or drug dependency than Celebrate Recovery, which was launched 20 years ago at Saddleback Church in Southern California and which has since been adopted by 20,000 other churches.

Then there’s Owen’s suggestion that Christian conservatives “have no problem with poor people or the uninsured dying rather than receiving quality medical care.”

She obviously hasn’t heard of Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, the largest provider of medical care for the Volunteer State’s poor, often for no pay. Nor Texas Health Resources, a faith-based nonprofit that is the largest health care provider in North Texas.

Nor the many other faith-based health care systems around the country – most guided by Christian conservative principles – that provide most of the uncompensated indigent care in this country.

Owen suggested she learned compassion “as a little girl attending Sunday school at the family Presbyterian church.” But her grown-up view of compassion has been corrupted by her doctrinaire social liberalism.

Indeed, the column writer suggested Christ would look favorably upon homosexuality. But as the Lord declared, when God created humankind, He “made them male and female.” If the Almighty was okay with gay couplings, He could have given Adam a boyfriend. But He did not.

As to the needful, Owen places her faith in the welfare state to feed the hungry, to provide drink to the thirsty, to shelter the stranger, to clothe the naked, to visit the sick and to rehabilitate the prisoner.

But those of us who are Christian conservatives know that faith-based organizations do a much better job than government in ministering to the least of those in our communities.

For instance, the government proffers food stamps. But faith-based organizations – like Second Harvest – not only provide food and drink but also the Good News of Jesus Christ, who promised: “I am the bread of Life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

Finally, Owen agrees with other disciples of social liberalism who maintain that Christ would support Obamacare.

But there’s no way the Lord would give His blessing to government-mandated contraceptives for the unmarried, tacitly condoning sexual promiscuity. Nor would He condone taxpayer-funded abortions under Obamacare.

Owen’s brand of Christianity is amoral and soulless. But because of her socially liberal world view,  she’s too blind to see it.

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