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Culture or Christianity? Which side are you on?

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Do you ever use the “J” word in public?

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If my people . . .

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Confessions of a former card-carrying Republican


A Thoughtful Response To “Blood And Guns”

Editor’s Note: FHG receives lots of good comments. I usually receive more when I write about hot topics, such as pro life or gun control. One of my readers sent me this thoughtful comment, so I thought I’d share it with you. If you have comments, pro or con (I publish both) I’d like to hear from you. Politicians have already jumped on the “let’s have more gun control laws” bandwagon. It will be interesting to see which direction this skirmish takes.

I appreciate your writing and I certainly understand your point. All humanity is sinful and depraved and in need of the Savior. It’s only when we are regenerated, in-dwelt by themore gun laws Holy Spirit, and receive Christ as Savior and Lord by God’s gift of faith, that we will be saved and changed from the inside-out. Indeed, we will be “new creatures” in Christ, and it’s then that our behaviors will change as we die to sin. And yet, one function of the government, which God ordains, is to protect its citizens. It’s why we have a number of laws–like speeding laws, some laws that protect freedom of speech (like yelling fire in a crowded theater), some laws controlling the consumption of alcohol (when driving).

These are just some. I’m an alcoholic, so I know the only real reason I stopped drinking thirty years ago was through the power of the Holy Spirit and in obedience to Him. I know God didn’t want me personally to drink. But the law kept me from drinking while driving and likely saved my life and someone else’s. I didn’t want a “run-in with the law,” and the law restrained me. Until people come to Christ and change, the laws can help keep us in line.

Even if one gun law can save one life, I believe it’s worth it. And I find the Second Amendment so interesting. It reads thus: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (1791) We have no ultimate way of knowing exactly what the framers meant or how they might have written this if they knew about the profusion of weapons in which America is drowning now–or the kinds of weapons, like assault weapons, which are relatively easily procured and through which these mass murders are often executed. But what I find so interesting is the use of the words “well-regulated Militia.”

Could it have been at the time of our country’s establishment, without the ready access of police protection, that bands of citizens needed to defend themselves, organizing into militias? Could it be that they were not speaking of every, single person being armed in every, single situation with any kind of weapon he chose to bear? I don’t know. I’m just asking. I just know that God hates murder, and it’s horrible to have to live in fear.

You are so right. This is a heart issue, and how I appreciate your drawing our attention to the Savior, our only hope. That is such a worthy undertaking. But what do we do in the meantime? The issue is complex and guns are rampant in our country (and countries with stricter gun laws don’t seem to have this problem. Is it that America is just more wicked than they, or are the laws helping prevent these crimes). I’m not sure, but it’s worth considering.

I will admit I am not sure exactly what to do. But I do believe it’s better to try than to do nothing, because it may be some time before our nation ever turns to God again. Thank you for the opportunity to respond. I appreciated reading your view and the thought which you have obviously given this.

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Confessions Of A Former Card-Carrying Republican

Hi. My name is Steve Sawyer and I’m a non-politic.

I used to carry my Republican credentials proudly in my billfold and flash my card in public. In every election but a few since I could legally vote I pulled the Republican lever in the voting booth. I listened to conservative talking heads beat up on liberals and Democrats. I discovered the conservative right is as extreme and polarized as the liberal left.

That’s when I became a non-politic. They say you’re not supposed to mix politics and religion (No one has ever told me who “they” are). But I think politics and religion fit together perfectly. Both embrace performance-based acceptance. Both condemn and shun anyone with an opposing viewpoint. Both think they’re better than their neighbors. Both depend on archaic rules, traditions and customs. They both want to convince you that they’re right and everyone else is wrong. Both want to convince you that they have all the answers to all the questions in all the world. Both survive by making grandiose promises. They both strive to make folks feel good. Both have their roots in Pharisaic dogma masquerading as truth and moral correctness.

I think I’ll stick to calling myself a non-politic authentic follower of Jesus. He wasn’t about politics or religion either. Thank God.

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Will There Be Democrats In Heaven? No!


The Problem Of Being Different In Church; Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Divisions

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Blissfully Ignorant in My Church: Welcoming Differences, Avoiding Division – Part 3

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Over The Cliff

By John Ed Mathison
Executive Director
John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries

Editor’s Note: This post appeared today, Thursday, December 27, 2012, on John Ed Mathison’s Leadership Ministries blog.

We close out 2012 with our attention on the fiscal cliff. I don’t understand all the dynamics of this, but I do have the image in mind of a cliff and the potential of going over it.

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Our Culture Redefined Tolerance

My blogging friend, Lyn posted this on her website. I thought it was appropriate for our culture and the “church” today, so I decided to re-post it here on For His Glory.


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Will Muslims Rule The US?

George Soros is funding a group to create a one-world economic system. Gadhafi continues his murderous assault on his own people in Libya.  Oil prices are becoming prohibitive again.  Our military is fighting on two fronts. People are out of work. Abortions continue. Banks are failing. The Mets keep loosing.  How will it end? Continue reading


That Darn Bush

Please note: A bone fide, card carrying liberal reporter on a bone fide liberal newspaper wrote this story.

Barack Obama is setting a record-setting number of records during his first year in office.

Largest budget ever. Largest deficit ever. Largest number of broken promises ever. Most self-serving speeches ever. Largest number of agenda-setting failures ever. Fastest dive in popularity ever.

Wow. Talk about change.

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Open Letter To My Liberal Democrat Friends

I deeply regret that some of the things I post about Obama and his Democratically controlled Congress make you uncomfortable or angry. Some of you who write me comments and emails seem to be offended and take my remarks personally. I’m sorry you get so upset and respond so defensively.

I’d like to offer a few thoughts for you to consider as you read this letter and my future posts and tweets:

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Where have all the heroes gone?


Politics and the English Language–by George Orwell