March 3, 2014

There are several free books worth grabbing. How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home is free for Kindle. For those interested in linsanity you might want to pick up Jeremy Lin: Faith, Joy, and Basketball. It is free. If you have some form of Logos software (which is free) Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians is free.

The marriage wars are over. Homosexual marriage is a fait accompli. The Supreme Courts Windsor decision last year sealed the deal. It is to the marriage wars what D-Day was to WWII. It is only a matter of time before it is VE Day. What is left to be determined are the terms of surrender. What is this going to cost Bible believing saints? It might not cost anything. More likely, a disdain for homosexual marriage will be treated in a way similar to race issues. Believers will face fines for merely living in a way consistent with their religious views. Ross Douthat maps out the possible directions this all might go.

If you are interested in the climate change debate, be sure to watch this video. It is not science; it is a cult.

from Denny Burk by Denny Burk

Here’s the bad news from The Beckett Fund website:

Today, a federal court denied a request to halt enforcement of the abortion pill mandate which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., to providethe “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to $1.3 million dollars per day

Hobby Lobby is the largest and first non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.  The Green family has no moral objection to the use of preventive contraceptives and will continue covering preventive contraceptives for its employees. However, the Green family’s religious convictions prohibit them from providing or paying for the abortion-inducing drugs, the “morning after” and “week after” pills, which would violate their most deeply held religious belief that life begins at conception.

You read that right. The United States Government is forcing these Christian business owners to pay for abortion inducing drugs in their employees’ insurance plans. It doesn’t matter that it violates their religious liberty to conduct business in a way that is consistent with their conscience. Obamacare mandates that these Christians comply or face fines that would put them out of business.

When the controversy over the abortion mandate erupted earlier this year, the American public by and large got the impression that this was about conservatives who wanted to ban contraception. Nothing could be further from the truth. No one wants to outlaw contraception. This controversy is about the fact that the government is forcing pro-life business owners to pay for chemical abortions. It is perhaps the most egregious violation of religious liberty in the history of the United States, yet I’m wondering if anyone is paying attention. Wisdom is crying in the streets. Can anyone hear her?

This cannot stand. This must not stand. This fight is not over. Not by a longshot.