Engaging Your World

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

BEYOND THE PERSONALITY, HERE IS THE POLICY!

As President Obama begins his "magical" term, I feel it is important to watch this President as it relates to decisions and policy. We all know and have seen the power of his personality and charisma. The case could be made that this is the basis of his being elected, as he has no serious record or experience that would garner such a position. That being the case, it is probable if not likely that much of what he does could get lost in that very same magnetism. There has not been a President who has less accountability to and scrutiny by the press. Some would even charge the press with covering up the radical relationships that Obama had in order to see that he was elected.

All of that begs for us to do our own homework in watching and taking note of what this President does in the area of policy. The good news is that now there will be decisions and policies that he must decide on. The bad news is that many of those will be in direct opposition to good family values. Now I understand that many of us are tired of politics as it has been the longest political season of our lives. But I feel that it is important to know what this President is actually doing, so as policy is made that is noteworthy, I will make note of it here. And here we go from the wires;

"Obama will sign the executive order on the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states. The policy, known in governmental circles as the "Mexico City policy," requires any non-governmental organization to agree before receiving U.S. funds that they will "neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations."

In one of President Obama's first moves, he is making sure that we can now give funds to countries that use abortion as family planning. Where President Bush made sure that we would not give funds to countries who use abortion as a way to control the population, our new President right away made sure that we do give funds to those countries. Because this President is rabidly pro-abortion! And underneath all of the charisma and personality, that is the TRUTH!

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Sunday, January 18, 2009

AN HISTORIC WEEK!

This will be a historic week as the first black President is inaugurated. Regardless of the fact that he is half black and half white, it is still seen as historic, remarkable, and validating for all of those whose lineage is marred by the perversion that is slavery. For those whose ancestors were ripped from their countries, taken captive and stolen away for a land far away by boat, this is history of the kindest and most magnificent sort. But there is also history this week that sadly will be quite tied to this historic President. It is this week that the 36th anniversary of the tragedy known as Roe v. Wade will be observed. It is this week that another year will be marked, which means the remembrance of millions of people who were also ripped from their homeland much like those slaves, and quite unlike the slaves, all of these people were not only ripped away from home, but they were all murdered.

And quite unlike slavery, this practice is still going on, with no end in sight. Which brings me to the tie between both historic observations. This historic President, unfortunately, while vehemently disagreeing with the first form of slavery, is quite in favor of the right of the second. He is the most pro abortion President to ever sit in office, and in fact he has declared that one of the first things he will do as President is to see the Freedom of Choice Act enacted, making abortions easier to obtain and more affordable. The contrast, while stark and troubling, is acceptable even to those who believe in life, displaying the incredible power of a friendly face, a nice smile and the right pigmentation of skin. Yes this will be a historic week. And while millions will celebrate across the nation, millions more will line up to be murdered under the watch, and "power" of this historic President!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"LIKE A VIRGIN, TOUCHED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME?"

This has to take the cake as far as sad and pitiful. A 22 year old woman is auctioning off her virginity. That is right, she is going to pick someone to give her virginity to, and the person will be someone who bids for this on ebay. The sad truth is that over ten thousand people have bid and there is one bid that is three point seven million dollars for this right. This woman who uses an anonymous name claims she will use the funds to help her graduate education and also her sisters education. Amazingly she claims that this will also help her in the marriage and family therapy career she seeks to have.

The legality of all of this is without question since she is going to do this at the bunny ranch in Nevada where prostitution is legal. Prostitution in the right word as that is what you call it when a woman sells her body. The price does not make it any more of a noble cause. While it certainly is sad, there is another point to be made and that is the high value of virginity in the world. You might not believe that there is high regard for virginity if you follow the media and track young people and their sexual activities. But this shows something much different. It shows that it is highly regarded when someone is a virgin. Sure this is a sick way to have this point made, but I believe the point is made any way. Society does still consider virginity to be of great value. The perceived lack of respect for it, is probably due to so many who have lost that privilege and are jealous of any who still maintain it.

I wonder where the parents are in all of this. I wonder about the fall out, damage, and pain from all of this. But I do not wonder that Gods will and design is for a man and a woman to maintain their virginity until the day they are married. That is His best for His children. So while the world perverts His great design, let those who know Him use times and stories like this to spark conversation about God's design and plan for His creation.

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Friday, January 02, 2009

A TIME TO RESOLVE!

As we come upon another new year it is correct form for people to look back and take stock of their lives. Critique the last year and note the progress or lack thereof.
And of course it is the time to look ahead and make those resolutions. What it is that we resolve to do in the coming year? I want to challenge us at the end of 08 and the beginning of 09 to also make some resolutions, but in a new and different way.

Jonathan Edwards was one of the greatest theological minds America has ever or ever will see. He was also a tremendous preacher of the Word of God. It is said that he would read his sermons in near monotone, word for word from a manuscript he had written out. Yet God moved mightily when he preached. He was neither the most charismatic of preachers nor the most entertaining in form and style, yet God moved when the man spoke.

The question is why? Why did God move so mightily when Edwards opened the Word? In looking for the answer we want to be careful to not seek some magic formula for growth or key to success. What we should want is to know what Edwards had that we can learn and take note of. Here it is; I believe what Edwards had was a list of resolutions. He made some seventy or more resolutions at a very young age. In his early twenties he resolved to do some things, and not to do some others. As we approach the New Year I thought it might be helpful if we took a look at a few of his resolutions, and maybe make them our own. Edwards resolved, and then did his best to live out what he had resolved to God. Here are a few to consider making your own, with passion as Jonathan Edwards did.
Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.
Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live
Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell
Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good
Resolved, never to do any thing, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump
Resolved, never willfully to omit any thing, except the omission be for the glory of God; and frequently to examine my omissions
Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking
Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be
May God bless you all this coming year!
Pastor Tom
www.engagingyourworld.com