Why all the Fuss over NY Abortion Law (There is a bigger Tragedy)

When I arrived at church for a mid-week Bible study, the place was abuzz with the news that New York had just passed a horrendous abortion law that would allow the practice up to the actual moment of birth.

My heart sank.  Not because of this new law, but because that has, in effect, been the law of the land since 1973 when the Supreme Court handed down Roe v Wade and its companion case Doe v Bolton.  Could it be that the majority of the people in my church and other churches are ignorant of this terrible stain on our nation?

This law in New York broke no new ground in terms of when a fully-formed, viable pre-born baby can be legally killed. Nothing has changed.  Let’s be clear:  The United States has one of the most permissive and barbaric abortion laws of any country in the world.   Continue reading “Why all the Fuss over NY Abortion Law (There is a bigger Tragedy)”

The Day after Christmas Blues (The Cause; The Cure)

While Christmas is the “Hap, hap, happiest day of the year,” the days after Christmas can be real downers.  Even if your Christmas was picture perfect — and few are— the day after is a harsh reality check.  It’s that emptiness under the tree, the piles of paper and boxes, the sink full of dirty dishes and the clutter of toys.

Since Christmas fell on a Tuesday this year,  many will awake to the jarring sound of the alarm and the reality of getting to work on time after all that holiday celebrating.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we simply could keep that Christmas spirit going for a few more days, a few more weeks.  Better still, throughout the year?   Continue reading “The Day after Christmas Blues (The Cause; The Cure)”

The Effort To Stamp out Christmas (The humble candy cane has been given new meaning)

Could it be me, or are candy canes more popular than ever this Christmas?  I made a recent trip back east to celebrate my aunt’s 90th birthday.  We stayed an extra day to attend church with her.  Much to my surprise, the men at the party and many in the service were wearing candy canes on their shirts and jackets.  All were inverted in the shape of a “J” for Jesus.

For that we can thank Jennifer Sinclair, the principal at Manchester Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, who attempted to rid her school of all things religious before Christmas.  She sent a memo to her staff outlining a list of unacceptable holiday items which included the candy cane because, she argued,  “Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection.” Continue reading “The Effort To Stamp out Christmas (The humble candy cane has been given new meaning)”

An Attitude of Gratitude

Although Thanksgiving Day dates back to the Pilgrims, it didn’t become a national holiday until 1863 when America was in the midst of a bloody Civil War.  Abraham Lincoln thought it might help to unify the country and it has been celebrated annually ever since.

An attitude of gratitude can do much to heal the country, but it also can heal the hurts that one inevitably suffers in this life and can make us healthier, happier and more successful.  These are scientifically proven facts.

Most of you are familiar with the song “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” from the 1954 movie classic “White Christmas.”  It begins,

“When, I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep and I fall asleep counting my blessings.”

These are not simply pretty lyrics.  A 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being found that spending just 15 minutes jotting down grateful sentiments before bed, helps one sleep better and longer.  Better sleeps leads to better overall health and well being and more productivity.   Continue reading “An Attitude of Gratitude”

McCain’s Funeral Punchback

It is considered disrespectful to say anything bad about someone who is deceased.  However, when the deceased punches back at an enemy from the dead, all bets are off.

We know that Senator McCain spent months planning every detail of his extended farewell and funeral services.  These events were of the kind and duration normally reserved for heads-of-state.   However, I would hope that the decision that was made to disinvite President Trump and Sarah Palin came from his family and not the senator himself.

McCain professed to be a Christian.  Only the good Lord knows the truth of one’s conviction.  It is not for me to judge.  However, Jesus commanded us to forgive one another.  In fact, the prayer that He taught us to pray says, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We are to “love our enemies.”   Any sincere Christain knows that is not only difficult, it is next to impossible without the Lord’ help.  It is something that I have struggled with, perhaps more than any other of His precepts.

With that in mind, I can only hope that if the senator really meant to strike out at his enemies from the grave, that desire passed before he went to his eternal resting place.   Continue reading “McCain’s Funeral Punchback”

Supreme Court Go-Round

Radical leftist groups are tying themselves in knots again.  They want freedom of expression, yet they seek to silence any speech, be it written, televised, or spoken, with which they do not agree.

Leftist groups want to be free to demonstrate on behalf of their causes.  Yet they confront demonstrators with whom they disagree with threats and even physical violence.   Leftist groups claim they want everyone to be free to do anything he, she or the “unassigned,” wish to do or not do.  However, they are intent on beating up on Jack Phillips, the baker in Lakewood, Colorado, who was the victor in the Supreme Court case Masterpiece Bakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission handed down on June 4, 2018.

In case you have been living under a rock and may be unfamiliar with this case,  Phillips, a deeply religious Christian man, refused to create a cake especially for a gay wedding.   However,  he offered to sell the couple any cake that was readily available in his shop.  In short, he did not discriminate, by refusing to serve the couple, he simply refused to create something that violated his core beliefs. Continue reading “Supreme Court Go-Round”

Supreme Court Guilty of Dereliction of Duty

In sports, a tie is said to be like kissing your sister.

The Supreme Court decision Masterpiece Bakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case where a baker was punished for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding, was something like that.  It was unrewarding for both sides.

The 7-2 decision ruled in favor of the baker, saying the state commission did not treat him fairly when it disparaged his religious beliefs.   Also, the Court found the commission showed an obvious bias against this baker because it had upheld the right of other bakers to refuse to bake cakes with anti-gay themes.  Unfortunately, the Court did not rule on the underlying issues in this case.  Continue reading “Supreme Court Guilty of Dereliction of Duty”