The story of Jonah is one of the most meaningful texts in the Bible for me. It tells not only of the great miracle of a man being swallowed by a great fish and living to tell about it, but it also serves to remind us of the attitudes we should possess when representing the Lord to those who reject Him and His ways.
Jonah was called by God to preach to the people of Nineveh. He didn't want to obey God at first. The reluctant prophet rebelled against God and got as far away from His will as he could get on a ship. His resistance would only prove to be futile. God sent a great storm to intercept the ship, which resulted in Jonah being thrown overboard by the crew. Jonah would have been lost at sea, except that God sent a great fish to swallow him up, actually saving his life and providing him passage in the right direction toward Nineveh.
Having been provided with another chance, Jonah obeyed God. He preached to Nineveh and the Bible says the whole city repented and was spared. You would think that would have made Jonah rejoice. Instead, he was angry and upset because Nineveh had been the oppressors of his own beloved people. He must have preached with incredible hubris and enthusiasm as he pronounced judgment, glorying in the hope that the Ninevites would get what's coming to them. more >>
A Muslim can be president, Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said, but he is more concerned about the authenticity of President Barack Obama's Christian faith.
In an interview Tuesday with Newsmax TV's Ed Berliner, Huckabee was asked what he thought of the comments made on Sunday by Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who stated that he would not support a Muslim president.
"There is no religious test to hold public office in America," Huckabee responded. "I am less concerned about what faith a person has. I am more concerned about the authenticity of their faith, and how that plays out in their policies." more >>
WASHINGTON — With over 11,000 ticketed guests gathered on the South Lawn, Pope Francis made his first-ever visit to the White House Wednesday morning, and called on the world to defend religious liberties and take better care of the environment before going to the Oval Office for a private meeting with President Barack Obama.
The leader of the Catholic Church was welcomed to the White House by the president and first lady Michelle Obama. After the playing of the Holy See's national anthem, the U.S. national anthem, and a short speech by Obama, the pope made his first direct address to the American people and challenged all Americans to be "vigilant" defenders of religious liberty.
"Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination," the pontiff asserted. "With countless other people of goodwill, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious liberty." more >>
Kentucky county Clerk Kim Davis, who may go back to jail based upon a new complaint, discussed what has caused her the most pain during her ordeal.
"What people say about me does not define who I am," Davis told ABC News on Monday. "That's everybody's opinion and that's everybody's right."
Davis, 50, admitted that she had been called "Hitler" and "a homophobe" by some of her detractors but said those names do not hurt her. more >>
Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., slammed Planned Parenthood Monday, accusing the nation's largest abortion provider of pushing women into abortions for the purpose of harvesting their babies' tissue for profit.
Rubio, who appeared on KCCI 8 in Des Moines, Iowa, spoke on a host of issues that included religious liberty, Iran, Kim Davis, immigration, and the current political landscape.
"Planned Parenthood has been exposed for the trafficking of human fetal tissue," declared Rubio, who asserted that Planned Parenthood needed a "thorough investigation" by the U.S. Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service, something he said "is not happening now." more >>
With thousands of migrants arriving on European shores each day, Rev. Canon Andrew White, also known as "the Vicar of Baghdad," is criticizing European governments for focusing their attentions on migrants within their own borders instead of helping poor Iraqi and Syrian refugees stuck in the Middle East.
In a statement reported by Breitbart London, White, who was the only Anglican vicar in Iraq before he fled the country in 2014 after receiving death threats from the Islamic State, said it's wrong for European leaders to focus resources on migrants coming from all over the world while Iraqi refugees who are running for their lives from IS are being ignored.
He insisted that more resources should be used to help Iraqi refugees who have fled into Middle Eastern nations like Lebanon and Jordan. more >>