True freedom in Christ allows for personal freedoms, but most freedoms are intended to work within a framework of social responsibility (Galatians 5:13). Food and beverage, for example, are good, but we are warned against extremes such as gluttony and drunkenness. Most anyone who has lived with these abuses understands why.
The person who consumes alcohol walks a very fine line between freedom and sin, responsibility and carelessness, liberty and abuse-over-indulgence can even disqualify a person from leadership (1 Timothy 3). This discussion is not about a glass of wine or beer now and then, it's about abuse. Damage done to families and individuals demands a closer look. Here are samples of the correspondences that I have received:
"I won't watch my kids be physically abused anymore. My husband's alcohol consumption is killing our family." Others write, "Leaders in my church don't recognize that they are hurting people by abusing alcohol." One man wrote, "My wife has co-workers and parishioners fooled, but she is destroying our family from the inside out." more >>
Two more Muslim majority countries have opted to ban Darren Aronofsky's Noah, citing concerns of unrest and fear of controversies.
Malaysia and Indonesia have joined the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain in censoring the film from theaters. However, Egypt, which had suggested that it might too ban the film, announced on Monday that its board of censors had approved the film for release.
DALLAS — Members of Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kan., staged several protests in Oklahoma and Texas over the weekend where they faced counter protesters, including a group of 2,000 who rallied against them in Moore, Okla., Sunday.
Holding signs that read "God hates fags," "American is Doomed" and "God's Fury" citing Nahum 1:3, WBC claimed that a tornado that struck the town last May and left many residents homeless was punishment from God for abortion, homosexuality and "phony Christians" mocking the Creator.
Although WBC obtained a permit to picket outside Central Junior High for 30 minutes Sunday, they were quickly rushed back to their vehicles to leave the premises after 10 minutes of picketing when six men in the counter protest rushed toward them. more >>
Answers in Genesis, a ministry led by Ken Ham, launched a billboard campaign over the weekend to counter Darren Aronofsky's recently released film, "Noah." Two "Meet the Real Noah" billboards were put up in New York and California.
"The new boards are designed not only to counter the anti-biblical Noah film that Paramount Studios released nine days ago but also to draw attention to the Creation Museum's excellent displays about the reality of Noah's Flood and Noah's Ark-and the fact that all children 12 and under come free to our museum this year with at least one paying adult," Answers in Genesis CEO Ham wrote on Facebook on Sunday.
The billboards – in Times Square and Hollywood – feature images of Noah and parts of the ark, and direct people to The Creation Museum website. A blog post on Answers in Genesis further explains that the organization's public effort is aimed at exposing the "unbiblical content" behind "Noah." more >>
A mother said she was "proud" of her son for standing up for his First Amendment rights when he refused to put away his Bible at the recent demand of staff members during an after-school program in Cannon County, Tenn. The publicly-funded program has since educated its workers on students' constitutional rights to religious freedom.
Lisa Koepfgen recently expressed pride in her 9-year-old son, Austin Grayson, who attends the after-school REACH program in Woodbury, a part of Cannon County, Tenn. The American Civil Liberties Union contacted the after-school program to defend Austin after he was reportedly told by staff members that he could not read the Bible during a free-reading period. The staff then tried to take the boy's Bible, telling him they could lose their state funding if they allowed him to read it.
"I am so proud of my son for standing up for his right to read the Bible during free reading time at his after-school program, despite multiple staff members wrongly telling us it was against the law," Koepfgen said in a statement to The Blaze. "Clearly the REACH program also realized that they needed to retrain their staff on the Constitution's protection of students' religious freedom." more >>
Noah and God's Not Dead were among the top four grossing movies in a weekend that saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier take in $96.2 million.
Noah dropped one spot off its March 28 weekend first place finish, grossing $17 million, less than half of the $43 million it took in following its premiere. Thus far, the Darren Aronofsky biblical epic has grossed $72.3 million, leading Box Office Mojo to suggest that "while it will eventually pass $100 million, it probably won't be by much."
The low-budget Christian film God's Not Dead finished fourth, up from two consecutive fifth place finishes. In a weekend in which it expanded to 1,758 theaters, up 1,000 screens from its premiere weekend, the film took in $7.7 million, a 12 percent drop. more >>