Nine out of 10 Evangelicals say that the Scripture has no impact on their views toward immigration reform, according to a poll released Wednesday. The poll similarly found that nearly seven in 10 Evangelicals have never been encouraged by their church to reach out to immigrants.
The Christian polling organization LifeWay Research surveyed 1,000 Evangelicals on their attitudes toward immigration reform for the Evangelical Immigration Table and World Relief. The poll found that 61 percent of Evangelicals favor immigration reform that will provide a path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile, 86 percent of Evangelicals said they favor greater border security and 88 percent said immigration reform should uphold "the rule of law."
Although the two-thirds of Evangelicals said they want Congress to act on immigration reform before the end of the year, only 12 percent said their views on immigration reform were influenced by biblical principles. Evangelicals' views on immigration reform are more likely to be influenced by relationships with immigrants (17 percent), friends and family (16 percent) and the media (16 percent), than the Bible. more >>
On August 12, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown did what, to many of us, would be unthinkable in California. He signed AB 1266 into law. Now other States are heading down the wrong road. Recently, in Midland, Michigan, Yvette Cormier saw a man in the women's locker room at her local gym. She immediately complained to management, but a gym employee notified her of the 'no judgment' policy, which allows members to use locker rooms based on their self-reported gender identity.
The Pacific Justice Institute offers another situations: "Picture this...your 7 year-old daughter comes home from school in tears. You ask her what's wrong and she says she's afraid to go to the bathroom at school because a boy comes in while she's there. Outraged, you call the school to demand an explanation. You're told that your daughter is telling the truth, but because the boy says he wants to be a girl, their hands are tied. 'It's the law'."
"Imagine your 12 year-old son goes on an overnight camping trip with the Boy Scouts. The Scout troop leader nervously tells you that one of their newest members has been assigned to his tent, and even though she has lived most of her life as a girl, everyone needs to treat her like just another Boy Scout, since that's now what she wants and 'it's the law'." more >>
The Supreme Court is slated to rule on the subject of same-sex "marriage" this term. Here are four questions I want to ask same-sex marriage supporters:
1) If the Supreme Court says that it is okay for a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman, then how can they stop there?
Once they open Pandora's Box, how can they say that polygamy is unconstitutional? The Supreme Court already ruled on that. Utah, a state founded by Mormons, could not be accepted in the Union until there was the promise that they would not practice polygamy, Reynolds v. United States, 1878. more >>
Brian Ivie, a 24-year-old filmmaker from Orange County, California, set out three years ago to South Korea to make the film to end all films. Fortunately for him, that didn't work out. Instead, he encountered the man he now calls his spiritual father — and became a curator of this man's powerful and profound story of sacrifice and love.
Ivie, eager and working from a script set in his mind of how things would certainly go, set out on Dec. 15, 2011, for Seoul, South Korea, with a crew of 11 (mostly friends and his younger brother, Kevin) after a simple email exchange with Pastor Lee Jong-rak.
Last week I sent out an email to my blog subscribers asking them to send me their top questions about sexuality and the Christian faith. I've picked out the 7 most common questions I received and I'm going to answer one per day over the next 7 days resulting in an 7-part series.
Part 1, "Can Someone Be In a Homosexual Relationship and Still Be a Believer?" can be viewed here.
Today's question is: Why does the world say that an unchosen sexual disposition isn't changeable, but an unchosen gender is? more >>
Christian Broadcasting Network televangelist Pat Robertson instructed a Christian woman, who wrote into "The 700 Club" asking him for advice on what she should do about working in an office full of Buddhist co-workers, to leave her job so that she won't be "infected" by their religious theology.
"I work in an environment where all of my co-workers are Buddhists. They talk about Buddhism all day long and try to preach to me. It didn't matter much to me before, but since I recommitted myself to Jesus a year ago, it has started to bother me a lot," Tina wrote in her inquiry that was read during Monday's broadcast. "I remember our pastor telling us to teach others about Jesus, so that they can receive salvation. However, every time I approach my co-workers, the end up offending me in ways that I feel are criticizing the Word of God. But if I argue, I end up offending them."
"What should I do?" Tina asked. "Should I continue to insist on helping them or get a different job? Also, is this a sign that this is not what I am created to do — to minister to others?" more >>