Source: Kellogg’s Bowl of Deplorables
The bigots from Buzzfeed continue to get rightly roasted on social media for their attempted SJW bullying of HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper.” Their shocking transgression: as Christians, they attend a traditional church where the pastor doesn’t endorse same-sex marriage. Buzzfeed’s actual official editorial position is that when it comes to LGBT issues, there are “not two sides.” The gay side, no matter how radical, is always right, and any objection, no matter how traditional, faith-based or protected by the First Amendment, is automatically wrong and indefensible. This is in spite of their other official policy that bans political partisanship. (And no, Buzzfeed is not a comedy site. Not intentionally, at least.)
Their smear-by-association attack on the Gaines family extended to accusing them of barring gay couples from their show, and even accusing HGTV of anti-gay discrimination (a ludicrous charge if you’ve ever seen that channel, which aborted the Benham brothers’ planned house rehab show because they were Christians who supported North Carolina’s traditional definition of marriage.)
“Fixer Upper” is filmed in Waco, a major Baptist hub and home to Baylor University, and its surrounding small towns in central Texas. How many gay couples have applied to be on that show and live there? As several critics have noted, both on TV and in real life, Chip and Joanna Gaines appear to be model parents, loving spouses, funny, intelligent, likable, generous, highly skilled and extremely successful. And maybe that’s the real problem that Buzzfeed’s writers have. Their popularity shatters the false image that liberal media outlets like Buzzfeed peddle of red state residents being a bunch of dumb, hateful, bigoted “deplorables.”
And they still can’t figure out why so many Americans went into the voting booths last month and told them to take their smug leftist name-calling and pound sand. If Democrats want to get back to winning elections, they’d better start tearing down their own rickety false assumptions about Middle America and rebuilding their party. If they still want to associate with media stars, they’ll learn a lot more about how to salvage their fixer-upper of a party from Chip and Joanna Gaines than from Cher and Lena Dunham.
“Truth No. 1: Homosexuality is a sin. The lie: Homosexuality is not a sin.” He urges compassion for the sinners, though, because “the statistics say that 90% of people who are in a full-blown homosexual lifestyle were abused in some way. Physically, sexually, mentally.” He also says that gay pornography deserves some of the blame. “We have people and young people that never had any intention of a same-sex attraction et cetera, who have seen sexuality up front in pornography and now are trapped in the addiction of it.” God is God and we are NOT!
One of the truest truths of worship leading is that you never know what’s going to happen on a Sunday morning. You can prepare, plan, rehearse, and practice until you’re blue in the face, but when Sunday morning comes, literally anything could happen. Off the top of my head, here are some of the unanticipated Sunday moments that stand out to me over the last 10-15 years:
- The time one of my instrumentalists went on a profanity-laced tirade just minutes before our service was supposed to start, in front of the whole worship team
- The time our computer than ran our projected lyrics completely failed, thus causing me to change the entire song list at the last minute to exclusively songs out of the hymnal
- The time I was walking up on stage and a matriarch of the congregation stopped me to angrily demand I stop repeating the choruses so…
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Here’s a setting of the Nicene Creed from the new TCH Sheffield album, Dust to Life. It’s really important for churches to confess together the truths of the faith and to do so in ways that express our continuity with saints across the ages. I wrote those lyrics based on the Nicene Creed in the hope it could prove a great alternative for those churches who say the Creed on a regular basis and those who should (i.e. the rest).
Here are the lyrics:
1. We believe in God the Father,
Lord almighty over all:
seen and unseen worlds created
by his will and at his call.
We believe in our Lord Jesus,
God from God and Light from Light.
Through him all things were created,
held together through his might.
We will worship God the Father,
we will worship God the Son,
we will worship God the Spirit,
triune God, the Three-in-One.
2. We believe in Christ…
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I wasn’t offended by what was said,” said Pence in an interview on Fox News Sunday.
In other words, rather than getting defensive, angry or resorting to name-calling, Pence chose to find the good in people booing him, and he took the opportunity to teach his kids a valuable lesson: America is a great nation that allows people to disagree fervently. In fact, the value of freedom is greater than our own discomfort. By defending the right of people to boo him, Pence showed that he values freedom more deeply than his own feelings.
- As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy.
- Beware of fake smartphone shopping apps. Scam artists have found a new way to make you part with your hard earned money. They are creating fake shopping apps for iOS and Android phones that capture your payment information and then leave you holding the bag. Both Apple and Google are weeding out fake apps as they are reported, but be on the alert.
- Buying gift cards? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone.
- Keep the debit card in your wallet. Consumer protection experts recommend the use of credit cards rather than debit cards for most purchases, to protect from fraud and theft. With credit cards, you are liable for only up to $50 of fraudulent use. In the case of a lost or stolen debit card, your financial loss could be much more significant.
- Sign for those package deliveries. Package delivery companies are not responsible for stolen packages that are left at your front door without requiring a delivery signature.
- Be mindful when applying for temporary holiday jobs. Bogus online job applications for holiday help aim to get you to share personally identifiable information, especially your Social Security number. Don’t share your number with anyone unless you absolutely have to, and never provide it until you confirm you are dealing with a real organization looking for employees.
- Is that really a holiday e-card? Fake e-cards can carry malicious software or contain unwanted advertising. Clues of a fake card include not knowing the sender, not being familiar with the e-card company, and misspellings.
- If a deal sounds too good to be true… You know the rest. Watch out for deals offered by companies with unfamiliar websites. Check for reviews on Yelp, Google or through the Better Business Bureau. Even search the retailer’s name and “scam” to see if it checks out before typing in your payment information.
For Republicans, Trump’s win was a sweet victory indeed. But for faith-based voters, a local election in Oregon might be even sweeter. Brad Avakian, the Democratic labor commissioner who drove the Christian bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, out of business by fining them $144,000 for declining to bake a cake for a gay wedding, was running for secretary of state. He vowed to expand the powers of that office to continue shoving his left wing agenda down people’s throats. He was not only defeated but here’s the icing on the cake: his opponent became the first Republican elected to state office in deep-blue Oregon in 14 years. He also garnered not a single endorsement from any major paper, because of his eagerness to abuse his powers to trample the religious rights of anyone who disagreed with his views.
Unfortunately, Oregonians are still stuck with him on the labor board for two more years. Let’s hope his electoral humiliation has taught him to respect the limits of government power. If not, then once his term is up, let’s pray he’s never again entrusted with any power over the citizenry. I don’t care what he does after that. I’d say, “Let him eat cake,” but I sincerely hope no bakery in Oregon will sell him one.
I was in a time of prayer several weeks ago when God began to speak to me concerning the destiny of Donald Trump in America. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said,
“Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in My people these days. Trump does not fear man nor will he allow deception and lies to go unnoticed. I am going to use him to expose darkness and perversion in America like never before, but you must understand that he is like a bull in a china closet. Many will want to throw him away because he will disturb their sense of peace and tranquility, but you must listen through the bantering to discover the truth that I will speak through him.
I will use the wealth that I have given him to expose and launch investigations searching for the truth. Just as I raised up Cyrus to fulfill My purposes and plans, so have I raised up Trump to fulfill my purposes and plans prior to the 2016 election. You must listen to the trumpet very closely for he will sound the alarm and many will be blessed because of his compassion and mercy. Though many see the outward pride and arrogance, I have given him the tender heart of a father that wants to lend a helping hand to the poor and the needy, to the foreigner and the stranger.”
Here’s a brief summary of the most glaring examples of corruption and cover-up in the Obama-Hillary era (and I won’t even get into Benghazi).
It’s election season and millions of Americans are weighing and evaluating the character of the candidates. Why would they examine a person’s character when deciding how to cast a vote? Because a leopard doesn’t change its spots. What those candidates have been in the past is a predictor of what they will be in the future. This is yet another phrase, another beautiful little idiom, that has been passed to us from the Bible—the King James Bible. The Expression A leopard doesn’t change its spots is used to indicate that character traits do not easily change. Even more particularly, bad character traits do not easily change. A man may say he has transformed himself. A woman may insist she is different than she was before. But without compelling and long-proven evidence to the contrary, we know better. A quick search of recent news headlines shows that opponents of both presidential candidates are charging that these leopards have not changed their spots—who they were in business and politics in the past proves who they will be in the White House. They are probably right. The Origin This expression is drawn from Jeremiah 13:23: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.” Philip Ryken makes the important and clarifying point that this statement is not racist: “The point is not that black skin is evil or that black spots are stains. In fact, black spots are the distinctive beauty of the leopard. Black is beautiful. The point is that skin color—like a sin nature—cannot be changed.” And neither can leopard’s spots. There is nothing a leopard can do to change its spots. There is nothing a dark-skinned Ethiopian can do to change his skin color. There is nothing a sinner can do to change his sin nature. MacArthur says it like this: “When you look at the biblical diagnosis of the human heart, there’s just nothing there that can respond. Desperately wicked. And what proceeds out of that heart is all the sins and iniquities that characterize it.” (See also Psalm 51:5, Matthew 7:18, 1 John 3:9, and so on.) The Application Humanity is in trouble. Just a couple of chapters later Jeremiah summarizes the human condition like this: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9). According to Psalm 51:5 we are born sinners, born in a state of rebellion against God: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” And then, according to the words we are considering today, we can do nothing to change ourselves. After all, a leopard doesn’t change it spots. It all sounds very hopeless. Except that God is a God of grace. We cannot change ourselves from within but God delights to change us from without. And he does! He does all that is necessary to save his people. He even gives us salvation as a free gift of grace. The rhetorical question, “Can the leopard change his spots” is answered with a resounding no, followed by something far, far better. The leopard cannot change itself, but God can change the leopard. The sinner cannot save himself, but God loves to save the sinner. That is our one and only hope. Would you like to sing about such sweet truth? Why not sing along with “The Prodigal” which celebrates the kind of transformation every Christian undergoes. Or, for a more traditional hymn, Andrew Bonar’s “Upon a Life I Did Not Live.”
This Day in 1949. 67 years ago today Jim Eliot wrote his most famous saying in his journal: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” the post for more.
Cultural commentary from a Biblical perspective While most evangelicals were watching Gunsmoke and taking their kids to the newly opened Walt Disney World, Schaeffer was listening and watching as a new worldview was taking hold of the larger culture.
What are you reading? I always like to hear what others are reading. What has recently challenged or helped you? Especially in the life of faith? This is what I have read since I last posted on my reading in January: These two books are often considered contemporary “classics” but I somehow never read them […]
An abortion provider believes killing unborn children is in line with her Christian faith — it’s not.
The Demon-crat politicians are the party of DEATH