When the U. S. Government Does Not Speak for the Majority

I came home to relax and catch up on the news of the day and am bombarded with articles about the Rowan County Clerk of Court denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples although the United States government legislated it to be legal to do so. The clerk sited her religious convictions as the reason behind her denial to issue licenses. 

This is the resulting display of what happens when the government of the United States passes legislation that goes against the majority of it citizenry. More than that, what if the legislation goes against God’s Holy Word? There is more of this type of confrontational scenes to come. 

  • Should the clerk be forced to quit her job because her conviction is not in agreement with the law of the land? 
  • Should the clerk be forced to sign her name to a document that goes against her conviction? The law changed long after she was employed there. 
  • Couldn’t the same-sex couples have gone to a nearby county to secure their license? Should they have too? Were they looking for confrontation? 
  • If people of faith which forbids same-sex marriages step aside then aren’t they conceding to a biblical precept which would mark them as disobedient to Christian principles and precepts? 
  • Same-sex couples want to equate inter-racial marriage with same-sex marriages. Is that a legitimate comparison? 

Legislation is forcing Christians to choose between honoring God or the law. The bible teaches Christians are to render to the government the things which are there’s and to God the things which are His. That’s not a problem along as the two are in agreement. Once the agreement ends then what? 

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:1-7‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Government would do well to understand by whose authority they exist. According to holy scripture they are there as representatives for God. To dis-align themselves with scriptural mandates makes them, at the very least, false representatives. 

What would I have done? Sitting away from the scene and in the comfort of my home I think I would not force my family into a financial struggle by quitting my job as a clerk of court because of my refusal to agree to the government law. Neither would I sign my name to a document I can not in good conscious align with my faith and belief in holy scripture. 

For me it is not a matter of respect or disrespect. God shows no partiality and neither should I. God is no respector of persons. I am to have the mind of Christ in me that is in Him. Love abounds beyond sexual and other factors. Love regardless of sexual preferences. 

The same-sex couple in Rowan County, KY, were rude and unloving. Christianity is regarded as a religion when it is better described as a relationship. A true disciple of Christ cannot divorce his/her relationship with Christ just because of where they work. 

Avoid the confrontation. Allow the same-sex couple to go where a county clerk doesn’t have a religious objection even though they are having to go to extra measures. They love each other then it is worth it. Allow the clerk who has the religious convictions to maintain her devotion to Christian principles of faith. It is an act of respect and both get what they want. I know it’s not a perfect solution but the person of faith that forbids same-sex marriage and the same-sex couple both get their respective end resulting both sides respecting the personal views of the other. 

Consider the following biblical account where the government and God collided. Particularly verse twenty nine. 

“But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, “Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.” Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what would come of this. But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned). When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”” Acts‬ ‭5:17-32‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Until Next Time 

Hoss

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What did you pay?

Anyone who counts on what they are doing to get eternal life will find that, in spite of everything they’ve accomplished, there’s an emptiness, an insecurity, a doubt. Something is bound to be missing. How can anyone ever know whether they are good enough? Timothy Keller, Jesus is King

Doesn’t it seem the simplest of statements in the Holy Bible aren’t received very easily. It seems we are compelled to add whatever comes to mind what is otherwise enough on its own. 

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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So How’d You Get In?

Anyone who counts on what they are doing to get eternal life will find that, in spite of everything they’ve accomplished, there’s an emptiness, an insecurity, a doubt. Something is bound to be missing/ How can anyone ever know whether they are good enough? Timothy Keller, Jesus is King 

It is not about what we do but about what Jesus did.

What’s Jesus done for you? 

Until Next Time

Hoss

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Recipe For A Miracle

“Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD before the new court, and he said, “O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, ‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us. ‘ Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them), see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance. O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives and their children. Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.” Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel, with a very loud voice. They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.”

‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:5-25‬ ‭NASB‬‬
I. Recognize Who God Is 

  • Almighty
  • All-Powerful
  • All-Knowing

II. Recollect What God Is 

  • Protection
  • Provision

III. Recite Word of God

IV. Confession of our Position

  • Limited Resources
  • Need for God

V. Obedience to God’s Command

  • Go!

VI. Receive God’s Reward

  • Miracles
  • Materials

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A Few Colored Friends

I’m glad to say I have a few colored friends. A majority of them are colored white but not all. The rest vary in color. Truth be told most of the people I associate with expose a startling revelation. A look at my ‘Friend List’ reveals people who are better described as acquaintances. I think real friends are scarcely found. 

My network of acquaintances can be divided up into three major categories. First are my biological relatives, second are my co-workers, and finally my spiritual relatives. 

There is a common denominator which runs throughout all my ‘friends’ which exposes my personal standards. You see, I find sagging pants revealing boxers tacky regardless of the skin color of the person wearing them. It is no different to me. Females who find it necessary to wear form-fitting clothes or overly-exposed their breasts is inappropriate, even trashy. I don’t care if it’s the baker’s wife or the pastor’s wife. Still inappropriate and screams for a cleansing of the mind, soul, and body. The same is true with vulgar language, bad manners, and so many more.

It is not race, skin color, where you’re born or even your economic status in life. I’d feel the same. That’s a position I take. I know some things will never change. I know people could care less how I feel. Whom am I anyway? 

Racism abounds across the color spectrum. I don’t doubt I’ve been denied opportunities because of my color. Racism will always be so long as people always scream it as a fact. 

The Lesbian, Gay, etc… community can burn the United States flag and it’s okay. Let me burn a gay pride flag and I’m the embodiment of hatred. 

One group can advocate the supremacy of the white race and be regarded as a hate group while another group can advocate the supremacy of the black race and not be regarded as a hate group. If one is then both are. I do not advocate for either!

When Bruce Jenner stands up presenting himself as a female it’s called courage. When Christians speak boldly and correctly the expressed Word of God, they are vilified. 

We do not all have to agree with one another in order to live in peaceful harmony and to be ‘friends’ but I do do believe it would well pleased Jesus Christ my Lord for humanity to have unity. So sad the bible has to tell even the Christian community to dwell together in unity. 

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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He Has A Plan

She was born in 1981. The only child of a young married couple. She wasn’t very old at all, just beginning to walk well. The first incident was a trip to the country to see relatives. As it would happen Uncle Bobby was expecting his first grandchild. Because of that he asked the young father if he could spend some time with the young girl. He was excited about seeing his old grandchild very soon from that day.

As family members scattered throughout the house and the young children played in the yard, Uncle Bobby walked the little girl around the house. Suddenly she disappeared! Just vanished! Thankfully Uncle Bobby was focussed on her and ran to the opening in the ground and was able to grab the child by the collar of her shirt and pull her to the surface. 

Her life was saved. For what reason? Is there a specific reason? Dad hovered over the child, cleaning and calming her. The experience was traumatic for her and Uncle Bobby. Not to mention the parents.

Jump forward approximately three years. The young parents are caring for their three to four year old daughter. The same parents and child mentioned earlier. On this ocassion the parents are custodians, caring for a camp designed specifically for a special group of folks. 

The place was vacant except for the manager and his wife who came by to spend a day or two. The child’s father worked on the grounds while the child and her mother sat by the in-ground pool to keep the manager company while he was swimming laps. 

Mom decided to let the little child sit on the steps going down into the pool. Apparently when the little three to four old daughter got up she slipped into the pool. She went under the water. She could not swim. Mom stood there frozen. The little girl was drowning. Mom yells. 

The man in the pool reached towards the little girl, still under the water, and raised her up. He immediately began caring for her. Two things about the man you should know. First he was totally blind. He could not see at all. The child was not making any thrashing sounds because she was under water. Yet, the man went directly to her. 

Second, the man in the pool was also a Masseuse. He gave massages as a trainer for the YMCA. He knew what to do to treat the child.

God provided a watchful eye to be alert as the small child fell into a hole. God provided a blind man and directed him to a drowning three to four year old. Why? Doesn’t it seem her life was spared. 

By now you know I’m the father of the young girl. I’d like to say she grew up and is living for Jesus. That she has made full use of the life God has given her. I can only ponder what will she do with her life and what plan God has for her. 

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Within Arms Reach

[The following is the beginning of some sermon notes in a message I’m preparing. Embraced By The Spirit, by Charles Swindoll served as a resource along with the NASB version of John 14 and my own application. This is a work in progress. Pray with me for Holy Spirit guidance. Thanks.]

There are certain things you want nearby. You may not want them all the time but you at least keep them within arms length. Things like a fly swat, wasp spray, car keys, credit cards and your cell phone (no, the cell phone is usually connected at the hip). But you get the idea. That’s the way it is with the average citizen. How bout the church goer? 

The church is filled with people who long for a more intimate and uninterrupted relationship with God. They desire to be ‘in sync’ and regularly sense His presence, and experience His power. Most people in church live with a persistent, nagging fear that they are missing out on something in their walk as a believer. Their intellectual faith is in tact–but their intimacy with God is missing. Truth is, intimacy with God is within reach. 

I read some years ago a church sign which said, ‘You have as much of God as you want.’ The implication is it is up to you. The real problem is not what’s implied but what is actually kept ‘at arms reach.’ It is the Holy Spirit which is kept at arms length. The fear is getting labeled as ’emotional’ or ‘falling into error.’ Explaining the Holy Spirit is acceptable and encouraged; experiencing Him is neither acceptable or encouraged. Embracing Him is out of the question.  

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:16-18 NASB 

The Spirit of God was sent, ultimately, to be engaged in our everyday lives…to be experienced intimately. God intended our relationship to be close–growing in depth and nearness. The Holy Spirit is interested in transforming us from the inside out. 

How many Sunday’s have you left the church house having entered to reach a more intimate relationship with God and left no different than when you walked in? Who is responsible for that?

Until next time,

Hoss

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