God and Marriage

photoI’ve read a lot of articles over the past several years, ever since my state voted against same sex marriage (twice). Now that the issue is before the Supreme Court, I see tensions running high on both sides, but few have articulated what I hope to be the definitive explanation on the matter, on behalf of those who object.

With all the love, respect and patience I have, I am going to try to explain why same sex marriage is an oxymoron.

Before commencing with the “no h8” hooha, try to hear me out…it’s the only way to know what I am thinking. Which is one of many problems with my opinions in general…many on the other side of issues dear to me use hateful words because I think differently, rather than trying to get into my head so they can truly understand my perspective rather than just bash it.

I don’t hate gay people, so I’m not a “h8r,” nor am I afraid of them, so I’m clearly not a homophobe. These are words used to “emotionalize” an issue, rather than discuss facts; and to denigrate the ideology of those one disagrees with. I don’t call names: I use facts and there are plenty of them here. We just may not agree on them.

If you really, really just want to “get it” you are going to have to wade through some stuff that may make you uncomfortable, maybe even make you mad, but making assumptions about me won’t help us understand each other.

So often liberals tell me about the separation of church and state. My kids could not pray in a traditional school if I didn’t homeschool them, because, supposedly, their “free exercise of religion” violates “separation of church and state.” How currency with “in God we trust” offends (BTW, if you are reading this and are offended by that currency, you can hit that donate button up top and I will gladly relieve you of it!). Arguing that having the Ten Commandments displayed is a violation of this “separation of church and state” but peeing on religious symbols isn’t and is “art” protected by free speech. All of which goes to show me, very few understand the intent and true meaning of the term.

The government of England established a “state church.” Let that sink in. The government established a state sponsored religious entity. Not that religion itself was wrong, per se. But the government established a religion everyone had to follow. Not “everyone can find his/her own path” or “celebrate the god of his choice” or even the option to be an atheist, if one so desired.

Thus, some folks, after establishing independence from England, said (cue the Schoolhouse Rock music), that never again would the government tell them how to (or not to) worship God. Each person was to be free from the government telling them how to worship. Thus, “separating” the government from telling the “church” what to do.

Fast forward to now: the government is telling religious people that they must provide abortifacients contrary to their religious beliefs, even when they are commonly available elsewhere (and we are forced to fund those other ones as well, regardless of our faith). Yes, the government, once again, is telling the Church (used in a universal sense), what it must do, “or else.”

Liberals for so long have castigated Christians for “clinging to their Bibles,” yet now…..now!!!…now a group of people want in on something that was created by this very God they want out of their government…and out of their political party, by booing Him and trying to vote Him out of it.

God created marriage.

I set that sentence apart because you need to understand that in order to understand my objection to same sex marriage. God created marriage and you cannot “separate” Him from it. He created it, and without Him it did not exist before He established it. In the thousands of years since God created marriage, it has followed His exact precepts: one man and one woman. You cannot out-legislate God (He created law, too!). Gays and lesbians can create something else, but cannot take what He has created and strip it of the parts not liked! Marriage is God’s “intellectual property.”

Marriage does not exist apart from God.

Here’s where I get a lot more people mad at me: advocates of same sex marriage aren’t the only ones who have it wrong about who may marry. That’s right. There are conditions, only one of which specifies the sexes of the candidates eligible to be married. Matthew 19 talks about some other criteria: you can’t have been married before and have cheated on your spouse. That, too, creates an unscriptural situation that God nor His people are to recognize. The one cheated upon may remarry, but the “guilty party?” Hosed. That’s how seriously God takes this precious institution He created.

Many articles have touched upon the issue of creating children, something that only a male and female can do (yes, I am an adoptive mom, and understand the other methods of family-building). However, the need for a man and a woman in order to produce children is yet another fingerprint God placed upon His design for marriage.

When I gave birth to my oldest son, I said it was the closest I would ever come to understanding how God created mankind. By the same token, marriage is the DNA of God’s relationship with the church. It is through marriage we understand God’s love for His church. This concept is at the very heart of religion, because Scripture tells us that His church is His bride, He died for her, and that His love for us is like a man’s love for his wife (Ephesians 5:25ff). Note the masculine and feminine verbiage. You cannot alter that, thus, you cannot alter marriage.

You cannot divest yourselves of the “trappings” of religion and take something that is, by its very nature, religious. You can’t skip the “religion” part that forbids males to be with males and females to be with females and then insist upon being let into the inner sanctum of religion (Romans 1:24-27).

If someone wants to will something to someone else, get power of attorney, have hospital visitation rights….those are legal and/or contractual issues. And no one (at least no one that I know) is saying anything about those. We are saying leave religion out of this, and marriage is inextricably linked to God and His church.

By the same token, you cannot have “gay marriage” and have the First Amendment stand, too. By practicing the tenets I have outlined here, I cannot “recognize” a government issued same sex “marriage.” If I were a clergy person, I could not perform such a ceremony (and, yes, I do know of ministers who will not perform marriages for those unscripturally divorced (on behalf of the person who committed adultery)).

By trying to force me to provide abortifacients, to recognize a marriage that the practice of my religion tells me cannot exist because it does not meet the qualifications, or by forcing someone to perform such a marriage, that “separation” of government telling the “church” what to do ceases to exist, and thereby my constitutionally protected First Amendment right to practice my religion unfettered by governmental interference. You simply cannot have it both ways: remove all that “religious stuff” in government, but yet have government and its courts dictate the tenets of religion. Period.

Once we go down this slippery slope, as we are already with the HHS mandate, then you begin to have government encroach upon an area where there is a much Higher Law, and, again, where the government then subjugates people protected by the First Amendment to a group of people who want a piece of something steeped in religion without that religion itself.

Many will not understand what I’ve written here. Many will still brand me a homophobe or bigot (yet actually branding me one would actually make them the bigots…but I digress). I’m used to being called much worse. And I’m okay with that: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:18, 19 ESV)

Race and Republicans

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I was honored to speak today on Arise.tv about the role of African-Americans in the Republican party.

There’s only so much you can say in seconds-long sound bites, particularly when many charges are being leveled at you with machine gun rapid fire. But the one false accusation still resonating with me hours later, one that still has me spitting mad, is that Allen West and other GOP minorities are somehow token poster children for “white guilt.”

On-air, I was (and still am) the first to concede that after “taking one on the jaw” as LTC West put it in his CPAC speech, the GOP is doing some much needed soul searching on a wide variety of issues with respect to its brand image. However, the Republican Party doesn’t need an infusion of “Roots,” it merely needs to reconnect with its (well documented) roots.

Those intimately familiar with the history of the Republican Party know that some of its first elected leaders were Black men. Men freed thanks to the Republican Party!

As this chart from Black Americans in Congress (BAIC) shows, there were no Blacks elected in the Democrat Party until 1935, some sixty years after the first elected Black Republicans:

Congress* Name State Party Service

41st (1869-1871) LONG,Jefferson Franklin GA Republican House
41st (1869-1871) RAINEY, Joseph Hayne SC Republican House
41st (1869-1871) REVELS, Hiram Rhodes MS Republican Senate

42nd (1871-1873) DE LARGE, Robert Carlos SC Republican House
42nd (1871-1873) ELLIOTT, Robert Brown SC Republican House
42nd (1871-1873) RAINEY, Joseph Hayne SC Republican House
42nd (1871-1873) TURNER, Benjamin Sterling AL Republican House
42nd (1871-1873) WALLS, Josiah Thomas FL Republican House

43rd (1873-1875) CAIN, Richard Harvey SC Republican House
43rd (1873-1875) ELLIOTT, Robert Brown SC Republican House
43rd (1873-1875) LYNCH, John Roy MS Republican House
43rd (1873-1875) RAINEY, Joseph Hayne SC Republican House
43rd (1873-1875) RANSIER, Alonzo Jacob SC Republican House
43rd (1873-1875) RAPIER, James Thomas AL Republican House
43rd (1873-1875) WALLS, Josiah Thomas FL Republican House

44th (1875-1877) BRUCE, Blanche Kelso MS Republican Senate
44th (1875-1877) HARALSON, Jeremiah AL Republican House
44th (1875-1877) HYMAN, John Adams NC Republican House
44th (1875-1877) LYNCH, John Roy MS Republican House
44th (1875-1877) NASH, Charles Edmund LA Republican House
44th (1875-1877) RAINEY, Joseph Hayne SC Republican House
44th (1875-1877) SMALLS, Robert SC Republican House
44th (1875-1877) WALLS, Josiah Thomas FL Republican House

45th (1877-1879) BRUCE, Blanche Kelso MS Republican Senate
45th (1877-1879) CAIN, Richard Harvey SC Republican House
45th (1877-1879) RAINEY, Joseph Hayne SC Republican House
45th (1877-1879) SMALLS, Robert SC Republican House

46th (1879-1881) BRUCE, Blanche Kelso MS Republican Senate

47th (1881-1883) LYNCH, John Roy MS Republican House
47th (1881-1883) SMALLS, Robert SC Republican House

48th (1883-1885) O’HARA, James Edward NC Republican House
48th (1883-1885) SMALLS, Robert SC Republican House

49th (1885-1887) O’HARA, James Edward NC Republican House
49th (1885-1887) SMALLS, Robert SC Republican House

51st (1889-1891) CHEATHAM, Henry Plummer NC Republican House
51st (1889-1891) LANGSTON, John Mercer VA Republican House
51st (1889-1891) MILLER, Thomas Ezekiel SC Republican House

52nd (1891-1893) CHEATHAM, Henry Plummer NC Republican House

53rd (1893-1895) MURRAY, George Washington SC Republican House

54th (1895-1897) MURRAY, George Washington SC Republican House

55th (1897-1899) WHITE, George Henry NC Republican House

56th (1899-1901) WHITE, George Henry NC Republican House

71st (1929-1931) DE PRIEST, Oscar Stanton IL Republican House

72nd (1931-1933) DE PRIEST, Oscar Stanton IL Republican House

73rd (1933-1935) DE PRIEST, Oscar Stanton IL Republican House

74th (1935-1937) MITCHELL, Arthur Wergs IL Democrat House

History speaks for itself: Republicans freed the slaves and Republicans championed Civil Rights. With the rise of the Tea Party, Conservatives are reconnecting with our historical legacy, and emerging from our ranks are strong men and women of color like Allen West, Mia Long, Star Parker, Tim Scott and Marco Rubio. These are not “tokens;” these are men and women convinced that limited government and free market solutions provide the best opportunities for all Americans, including those of color.

History has shown the GOP to be very different from the “bigots” the Left routinely paints them to be. Nor are they “anti-women,” as guest host Karen Hunter charged this morning, but rather champions of the rights of women from the womb, particularly Black women, who are more likely to be aborted than born, as a recent statistic out of New York shows.

Ms. Hunter went on to say that former RNC Chairman, Michael Steele was merely a counter-measure to the election of Barack Obama. Now, faithful readers know I have had my fair share of gripes about Mr. Steele, but being a “token” isn’t one of them. During Mr. Steele’s candidacy, did anyone from his party talk about his “Negro dialect” (that he could turn off “at will”) or call him “clean and articulate” (as opposed to what, I’d like to know — “dirty and inarticulate?”). Not only was then-Senator Obama called that, he went on to choose the author of that latter remark as his running mate! Only in the DNC could something like that happen, and yet the GOP is painted with the “raaaacist” brush!

Ah, facts (and the indelible memory of the Internet) – enemies of the Left. The next time you hear that “racist rhetoric” from your friendly neighborhood Lefty, please set them straight, or send them here!

* List does not include Joseph Willis Menard who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1868, but, in a contested race, was not allowed to be seated.

Photo Credit: New York Public Library

Win a Copy of Madison Rising’s Debut Album!

As mentioned on our radio show this week, with Dave Bray, lead vocalist for Madison Rising, the band is offering copies of their debut album to a few of AACONS’ fans!

Get the details here [link disabled post-contest], and in the meantime, check out the interview with Dave and be sure to listen to Madison Rising’s inspiring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner as part of their mission to garner 5 million views by Independence Day, 2013!

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Thanks, Madison Rising!

Congrats to our winners!
On-Air winner: Tom R.
Facebook winner: Laura B.
Twitter winner: Eric J.

Why Barack Obama is Nothing Like Jesus Christ

Despite anything a Hollywood “comedian” might tell you, or some common artist who paints the President as dying on a cross, newsflash: Barack Obama is not the Savior.

Comedian Jamie Foxx made remarks at a recent awards show that I can’t even repeat because the Christian in me cannot abide the blasphemous, but the basic gist was a deification of the utterly mortal Barack Obama.

Hypocrisy and blasphemy amongst Tinsel Town’s elite is nothing new. It is ironic that these liberal “celebrities” decry the uber-wealthy and say they need to pay their “fair share.” Yet these people, paid millions of dollars, are the rich that they seem to hold in such disdain. They hold fundraisers that you and I couldn’t afford to attend unless we were willing to give up a year’s salary (assuming we were employed, no thanks to this administration). However, even by Hollywood’s “standards,” Mr. Foxx’s declaration would appear to be a new low.

I’ve long warned family and friends who are Democrats, yet claim to be Christians, to be careful in their support of Mr. Obama. I’ve quoted Scripture. I’ve talked about the Bible’s admonition about those with “hands swift to shed innocent blood,” and how then-Senator Obama not only supported abortion, but voted four separate times to continue the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion. I’ve quoted book, chapter and verse about homosexuality. I’ve expressed concern at the Democrat’s attempt to “vote God out” of their party, and how they booed Him at their convention. Now this.

Proverbs 6:27 says, “Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?” Christians, with this devotion to a mere man, you are playing with fire!

Noah spoke for 120 years before the flood, and only 8 listened to him and were saved (1 Peter 3:20). When do people who say that they believe in God begin to show it and say “enough?” Nobody is saying you should run on down and register as a Republican, but can a person of “faith” in all good conscience remain a card carrying Democrat?

The contrast between the Son of God and Barack Obama could not be clearer:

Jesus was perfect and without sin, and was the only One in the history of mankind who could claim this.

Jesus was crucified. In Matthew 20:20-28, the mother of James and John came to Jesus seeking places of honor for her sons. Jesus said, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ (meaning his manner of death by crucifixion, one considered shameful and reserved for criminals).

Regardless of what you may think about the President’s treatment in conservative media, Mr. Obama is alive and well. He has not been physically beaten or flogged by angry people who then made him carry a wooden cross on his blood-stained back along a public pathway leading to a place where he had stakes hammered into his body, put up on display for all to see, hanging between two thieves.

Jesus has a church. Though I know many who worship at the “altar of Obama,” they are deluded. That brutal death I described above was that of Jesus Christ, and the resulting death of this perfect and sinless God-man is what purchased our freedom from sin, places us in His church, and offers the hope of eternal life.

Jesus can affect our eternal destination, whether that be Heaven or Hell. This blind devotion to Barack Obama might land you in Hell over stuff like the current foolishness in equating him with the Savior, but the President cannot grant you entrance into Heaven.

God condemns worship of any other. In the Old Testament, we have the command that we “have no other gods.” Note the “little g” ‘god’ in contrast to the “big G” God!

Growing up, many of us heard of great Bible heroes like Moses and Elijah. However, Luke 9:27-36 tells us that when Peter saw these two great men talking to our Lord, he wanted to build monuments to all three. God didn’t even let Peter finish expressing the thought, but put the kibosh on the idea by saying, ‘This is my Chosen One, hear Him!’

If you are willing to follow some human being, you really should follow someone who can remit your sins, and grant you an eternal home. And guess what, Left? It’s ….FREE!

–Marie Stroughter

My Thoughts on Election 2012: This World is Not My Home

Those who know me well know I am rarely silent about anything! However, the events of the last two weeks have temporarily rendered me speechless. Not because I don’t have anything to say — I do, and plenty of it — but because I need to process it in such a way that I can discuss it without losing my “Christian cool.”

I have said that I am a Christian first, and whatever else I am politically, ethnically, occupationally or otherwise, is secondary.

I had a long talk with Stacy Swimp today, and vented quite a bit as friends do with friends. Then, a couple of hours later, Congressman West confirmed that the race in St. Lucie County had been certified for his opponent, Patrick Murphy.

That sent me over the emotional edge for a few minutes, and I had to really think long and hard about a few things. I will still most likely go back and finish the many blog posts I’ve started and stopped during this period, because I do think I’ve got a lot to say before I can move on to The Next Big Thing.

The point of this blog post, however, is to expand upon something I said to my husband right after the election was called in favor of President Obama, and what Congressman West and I discussed today when he told me of the situation in FL: God’s got this.

In Bible class at church, we’ve been studying the prophets. They warned the people time and again about straying from God, and often God allowed them to “feel the burn” from their rebellious choices. He allowed them to have the king they begged for in order to be “like the other nations” (1 Samuel 8). Further, He allowed them to be carried away into captivity, allowing the Israelites to suffer famine or adverse weather conditions, etc. when they chose to disobey Him.

Am I saying that’s what He’s doing today with us and this election? I don’t have a Special Red Phone that rings, but I do know that God places people in positions of authority. He places the leaders we like and those we don’t. And we are called to be mindful of their positions (Romans 13).

I know that if Mitt Romney had won, I would be doing the Fairly Happy Dance, instead of the “Icky Shuffle” (with all due respect to the iconic Elbert “Ickey” Woods and his Shuffle of many years ago). I would probably not be focusing as much on the spiritual as I am now, because I have probably prayed more often and more fervently for this nation than ever before.

Now with Congressman West’s race decided (I refuse to say “defeated,” for my opinion is that he was robbed), I again turn introspective and prayerful. As I wrote to Representative West today, I said that I am learning to focus on the bigger picture, which is this world is not my home, so I shouldn’t be “snuggling in” getting comfortable.

Though I was at home this morning with sick children, my husband shared today’s lesson at church with me. Our preacher mentioned that it was when he was at his lowest that he felt the strongest spiritually. He said that we need adversity to remind us of our priorities.

Those of us of faith have read the end of the book. We know how it ends. Good triumphs over evil. God wins, and the bad guys lose. Until then, I have a job to do: continue to talk about spiritual things in the hopes that more eyes are opened to the Truth. As that wise philosopher, Peter Parker once quoted, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

–Marie