Today's question is: "What would you say to a man who wants to leave his wife to pursue a homosexual relationship?"
I became aware just last week that this situation recently happened in the lives of a couple that I was acquainted with a few years ago. For decades this man supposedly strived to turn away from his same-sex desires as he sought after Jesus, but recently has come to a point in his life where he is no longer willing to fight the fight of faith. He left his wife (kids are older) and is currently in a relationship with another man.
My initial response to this situation is sheer anger. And I don't think there is anything wrong with that. A man leaving his wife to pursue someone else – regardless of gender – is an absolute atrocity. A man leaving his wife to pursue an alternative lifestyle – regardless of what that lifestyle is – is selfish and evil. The godly response to such sin should be righteous anger and holy disgust. But hear me on that: a righteous anger, and holy disgust, not a worldly anger that would flesh itself out in condescending hostility. We are all fallen people capable of the worst of sins, including adultery and homosexuality. My anger toward situations like this doesn't flow from a heart of judgment or self-righteousness – but from a heart that loves the glory of God portrayed in marriage and aches for the victimized wife. more >>
Editor's note: Birmingham chapter leader for Bound4LIFE and a part of 40 Days for Life, Natalie Brumfield has been praying outside abortion centers since she was a child. After seeing an opposing Top 10 list, she felt compelled to respond in love.
1) God has asked you.
"I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap… but I found no one." Ezekiel 22:30 more >>
The Luis Palau Association, Jesus Culture and youth leaders in New York City have teamed up for three days of gatherings "designed to mobilize and encourage students to become passionate, faithful followers of Jesus."
Around 5,000 young people were expected to attend the three-day event, according to Kevin Palau, president of the Portland, Oregon-based Luis Palau Association.
The Friday evening gathering will see Jesus Culture, Misfit youth pastor Chris Durso of Queens megachurch Christ Tabernacle, evangelist Andrew Palau, and God Belongs in My City founder and youth leader Daniel Sanabria come together to inspire those 25 and younger to impact their city. more >>
As a child growing up in a Southern Baptist church, I learned my place in American culture through rapture movies. These films—based on a pop-dispensationalist reading of prophecy—pictured a time when the church would be suddenly ripped from the earth, sailing through the air to be with the invisible (to the viewer) Jesus Christ. These films would always then picture the panic of those who were "left behind" and depict the societal chaos that would emerge once the "salt and light" of the culture had disappeared. We never considered that if such a rapture were to happen, American culture might be relieved to be rid of us.
Historian Rick Perlstein notes the "culture wars" that ignited in the 1960s and 1970s were really about dueling secular prophecy charts. "What one side saw as liberation, the other side saw as apocalypse," and vice-versa, he writes. It's hard to argue with his thesis. The scenes of LSD-intoxicated college students frolicking nude in the mud of the Woodstock Festival in New York would seem horrifying to the salt-of-the-earth folk in Middle America for whom "the dawning of the Age of Aquarius" would seem like a threat. At the same time, Merle Haggard's counter-revolutionary anthem would have the same effect, in reverse. The words, "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee," must seem like hell, if you're in Woodstock.
From Majority to Minority more >>
Today's question is:
I have at least a dozen friends whose Christian kids, mostly sons, have come out to them in the past 18 months. For the church to tell a 16-year-old that "God's will" is a life void of romance is a tough message to communicate. What's your answer? more >>
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 >>