Clint Eastwood — Man After My Own Heart

We all know that being politcially correct is just a lie of the left. For instance, I was listening to ESPNradio’s Mike & Mike in the morning and they had Christ Mortenson on talking about NFL contracts. One of those contracts that hasn’t been signed is that of Kurt Warner of the Phoenix Cardinals. You know him, he’s the quarterback that has led three teams to the Super Bowl. That being the case, he should be given a good deal.

In answering a question as to what Warner has said, Mortenson said something the effect of, “he’s responded and said he wants to play for the Cardinals again. I don’t know if that is the politically correct answer or the truth. With Warner, he usually gives the truth.”

Of course, that statement is really telling when it comes to being politically correct. Being politically correct means you don’t speak the truth… you lie. Your ‘yes’ is not a ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ is not a ‘no.’ In view of that, who really wants to be polticaly correct?

I certainly don’t. We are to speak the truth, and not lie. Lying is a serious sin and those who constantly do that, are aligning themselves with the wicked.

Even Clint Eastwood has seen a problem with it. Now, I don’t fully agree with the outcome of his reasoning, but he at least knows there is a problem with being politically correct. I came across the following article this morning.

London, February 27 (ANI): Acting legend Clint Eastwood , 79, apparently believes that political correctness has rendered modern society humourless, for he accuses younger generations of spending too much time trying to avoid being offensive.

The Dirty Harry star insists that he should be able to tell harmless jokes about nationality without fearing that people may brand him “a racist”.

“People have lost their sense of humour. In former times we constantly made jokes about different races. You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth or you will be insulted as a racist,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

“I find that ridiculous. In those earlier days every friendly clique had a ‘Sam the Jew’ or ‘Jose the Mexican’ – but we didn’t think anything of it or have a racist thought. It was just normal that we made jokes based on our nationality or ethnicity. That was never a problem. I don’t want to be politically correct.

We’re all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything,” he added.

God Tested Abraham

This was the manuscript for my sermon this PAST Sunday. It was one of the most difficult sermons I’ve preached in a while because of the subject matter, Isaac being sacrificed by his dad, Abraham. I imagine if I were still single, it would not have had the effect that it did. But being the father of two… well, you can imagine just thinking about the requirement of having to sacrifice your own son.

If you would like to listen to the sermon, instead of read it… go HERE. Right click on the “download here” and load it on to your Ipod, mp3 player, or just listen from your computer. Maybe we should set it up so that it’s a weekly podcast. That’s something I will have to get the techies in my church to look into for me.

Here is the Sermon:

I think there comes a point in every believer’s life that we will be tested by God. I believe there are a lot of these tests, but at certain times, I believe He tests us in ways that are defining moments in our walks with Him.

For me, one of those points came in December of 1990. It was shortly after I had believed in Christ for my salvation. I don’t think I had told anyone. Yet God Himself, tested me. It was very simple. Was I going to continue the life I led before I trusted Him, or would I truly turn away from it, and follow Him?

It’s something we all face from time to time, probably more than we realize. But for me, it was a turning point and a defining moment. I was in the newsroom working at my desk when Brett Jones came up to see if I would be responsible for buying the keg for our next party. Realize, that I’m not opposed to having a beer or a glass of wine. But a keg is not a moral neutral quantity of beer. When one buys a keg, it is for the purpose of getting drunk, which clearly is a sin. I didn’t feel that I had the freedom to participate in their party.

The next few moments were really difficult moments for me, because I had to say “no.” I was hoping…, just hoping, that Brett would leave it at that.

Of course, he didn’t. He asked me why. The next few words were some of the hardest of my Christian life…

“I won’t because I’ve become a Christian.”

It may not sound like much. But for me, at the time, those were really difficult words to say. I was a brand-new believer, and I believe God was testing me at that point. Would I walk with Him, or the world.

When we come to this story of Abraham this morning, I believe we have one of those moments of testing for Abraham. Yes, the test is far, far more difficult than the one I shared with you, but in essence, it was the same: would Abraham truly forsake all, to remain obedient to YHWH?

Abraham is Tested

1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham.

Test: not temptation… but a test… “to see what condition someone is in before God, whether the person will obey him or not.”[1] This really helps us see where our faith is when we are being tested. Don’t think that God didn’t already know where Abraham’s faith was. This test is more for Abraham’s benefit than for God’s, because God already knows the outcome. He is testing Abraham because Abraham needs to the test, just as we need testing.

Will you follow or not? Will you go where God leads you? Will you truly give up all that you love in order to be obedient to Him and to love Him? Will you forsake your own desires for His?

All of these realities were hitting Abraham in the face. God was challenging Abraham in the deepest way, He challenges Abraham with something that Abraham holds dear to his hear: Isaac.

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

O how those words must have brought anxiety to Abraham’s heart.

Abraham is challenged with the very son he loves… he waited for 25 years to have this son, after God told him that he would have a son. Is God taking his only son?

Your only son Isaac – yes… the only son of promise, or another way to understand and translate this passage, Your unique son… the son that the promise will be carried out through.

This is how we know that Isaac will be that seed. Now, he is told by God, to take the boy to Moriah, and offer him up as a burnt offering. One of the most troubling passages… to be required to sacrifice his own son… take a knife, kill him, and then burn his body on the altar. The smoke would lift up Isaac and offer a pleasing sacrifice. Or would it?

To sacrifice a child was common in other religions, but no human sacrifice had been required of God up to this point. He seemed to be working in a different way with His people. Instead of requiring their death, He is providing life. Instead of working through strength, He is working through weakness.

Abraham was being challenged on that which he loved dearly.

But God also challenges Abraham on his knowledge. Didn’t God promise Abraham that Isaac would be that seed? So Abraham has to truly ponder this situation. For three days, as he makes his way to Moriah, he is challenged with his view of God.

What he was being asked to do seems to invalidate all that God had promised to do through Isaac. Wasn’t he the one in which the seed of promise would be given, and now, he was being told to sacrifice that one?

This really caused him a dilemma, at least from his point of view. It meant that either God was a liar and not going to do what he said he would do. Or, it meant that God was going to do something else.

Often times when God is testing us, it seems like He is not doing what He promised He would do. From our viewpoint, with our fallen minds, God seems to be ignoring us, or not hearing us.

A lot of times, when we are in situations that we know God is in control of, we are left with the decision to trust Him or doubt Him. I imagine that we are going to face a situation like this in the coming months or years. It seems like God is doing something, although we do not know what that will be.

How will we handle it if the value of our retirement stocks decrease? How will we handle it when the moral decline of the nation increases? Will we be willing to trust God in those situations?

There are plenty of opportunities to be obedient to Christ, the question is: are we willing?

Abraham was, and that leads us to his obedience.

Abraham’s Obedience

Abraham acts as a man of faith. He doesn’t run, or rebel, but responds in obedience.

So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.

Notice also, he doesn’t say anything to anyone else. He doesn’t consult Sarah. He had done that before, and it ended in disaster. He doesn’t turn others in the community, there were not any. He simply listens to God, and loads up the donkey.

For three days, he has been left with his thoughts and no explanation from God. For three days, he has had to ponder what it is that he was going to do with his son. Would he truly… take the knife… kill his son, and burn his body on the altar? Would he do that for the LORD. Would he let his relationship with the LORD prevail over his relationship with his son, whom he loves dearly?

I can only begin to imagine a father’s love for his son. The anguish that Abraham must have endured is too much to think about. It’s hard for me to think about now, and God has not asked me to do the same thing. Yet, God desires that we love Him, more than we do our own children.

He has every right to test us at any point. He has every right to demand upon us complete and total obedience. He is God, and there is no room in our hearts for anyone or anything to be god in His place. If we are truly His, He has a right to demand complete obedience from us, and a right to take away anything that may hinder our worship and obedience to Him.

Far too many in our culture are absolutely opposed to this idea of God being God. They don’t want to give up anything in their own approach to God, because they don’t want God to hinder their lives. Yet God has that right. He takes preeminence in our lives and our relationships.

Jesus confirmed this reality during His earthly ministry: Luke 14:26-27 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

O, but Jesus doesn’t really mean it. He just using hyperbole to make His point. Really, what’s His point? That you love God more than all others, to the point that we must be willing to sacrifice our relationships with others for Him.

But I can’t do it… I cannot sacrifice my sons for Him… If we are honest with ourselves, we would find this to be true.

Either God is a God who requires human sacrifice, or He has something else in mind for Abraham and Isaac. Abraham knew, that no matter what happened, God could be trusted. As he prepared to march up the mountain, he told those with him: “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

No matter what Abraham thought on his journey to Moriah, he trusted God enough to work it out.

The writer of Hebrews helps us on this point: By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. Hebrews 11:17-19

This truly demonstrates his faith. Even though the obedience that he exhibits will require him to sacrifice his son, he trusts in YHWH enough to know that Isaac could be raised again from the dead.

This, however, would not alleviate any of the agony that Abraham suffered as he marched to the pinnacle of the mountain.

So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.

It is at this point, that we see the story begin to shift to Isaac as well. He has the wood laid on his back. He has to carry that which he will die on, to the place of his death.

If you think that this is pointing to Christ, and His journey up to Golgotha, you are correct. This entire story is pointing us to Christ and His death. But more on that in a moment. For now, we begin to see Isaac and hear some of his thoughts.

But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Here we see that Isaac is beginning to suspect something, so he asks his father, “where is the lamb?” He knows enough to know that when it comes to sacrifices, there needs to be a lamb. That was instituted with Abel, just out of the garden. He sees the wood, and the fire, but misses that all important lamb.

“My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”

Abraham is true in his response, although Abraham doesn’t realize it just yet. What is interesting to note, is that in the Hebrew, the term God will provide, shows us that God is completely and totally in control of the situation.

Faced with our challenges in life, we must always come back to God’s providence. Our Father is not one that is out of control in our lives. He is in complete control all things are unfolding according to His desires and wishes. This should comfort us, for behind this truth, we know that God has His glory at heart, and His purposes are far more gratifying than our purposes and desires.

The point is that we must be willing to trust Christ and our loving Father at every challenge, knowing that as we face them, they are there to test our faith, and strengthen our resolve to follow Him.

Yet, this statement that Abraham makes, is actually prophetic. “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”

God will provide the offering necessary to deliver Isaac, and to deliver us as well. “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”

God’s provision for sacrifice are far better than what Isaac could have brought. Yes, the test is not complete, but we must be reminded of our Father’s rich love in the midst of this story. Whereas, we will see that Abraham would not spare his own son, the Father will not require Isaac’s life.

He will provide the sacrifice, and the Lamb, and He will be the One to lay down willingly for Abraham and us. Isaac would NOT be a sufficient sacrifice because he is not holy and without sin. If a sinner could make atonement for God’s children, then Isaac would have been fine. But He isn’t because of his sinful nature, he is a tainted sacrifice.

Tainted sacrifices will not do. It takes a perfect sacrifice. Remember Hebrews 10:12-14 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Christ’s sacrifice was perfect. We know this because He was able to sit down at the right hand of God, showing God’s pleasure and acceptable nature of the sacrifice given.

Isaac is unable to be that sacrifice.

Abraham must still put him on the altar because he needs to learn this as well.

Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

His faith in the Father brought him to Moriah, and his obedience to the Father brought the knife up to slay his only son. Just as the knife was poised… in the air… waiting to come down and take Isaac’s life, the Father speaks through the angel of the LORD.

But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”

We can only imagine the relief that Abraham felt when he heard his named being called out. It gave him enough reason to pause, to stop, to put off for just a moment, the sacrifice of his son.

Even sweeter words followed…

And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

The anxiety, the tension, the drama all pass. God says that He knows that Abraham fears God, but even more importantly, Abraham knows that God is a God of grace and not like the other gods of the surrounding areas, always demanding sacrifices, but never showing love.

Yes, God had every right to demand Isaac’s death, for he too was a sinner. He has a right to demand our deaths as well. But He chooses not to. He chooses to show Abraham, and all those who believe, grace, love and kindness instead.

Abraham needed to learn this lesson just as we do. Abraham was willing to give up his son out of obedience, and God will willingly give us His Son out of His love.

A Name of the LORD

It’s at this point that we are given another name of the LORD. The angel of the LORD tells Abraham of the ram caught in the thicket, and Abraham gives Him another name.

And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide;[a] as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

He is the One who will provide the “it” of what shall be provided. In other words, not only does He provide the ram for Abraham, but the Lamb of God for us. At Mt. Moriah, some 4,000 years later, God’s Son, His only begotten Son, His unique Son, will lay a wooden cross on His back, and head off to die in our place.

God lovingly sends His Son to die on our behalf, and the Son lovingly takes on that roll before us.

Remember, I spoke of the reality of us loving our Father in heaven more than we love our family and other things? We are told by Christ, that our love for God must be so strong that our love for others seems like hatred?

Most of us, if we confess truly, fall dreadfully short in our love for the Father. We do. Our sinful hearts cannot do it. But there was One who did. There was One who loved the Father so much, He laid down His life out of obedience and brings forgiveness to our idolatrous hearts.

That is God’s grace to us. If we must love God with all are strength, soul, mind and body for acceptance. Then we are doomed to hell, because our fallen hearts cannot do so. Fortunately, thankfully, and gratefully, Jesus did that for us. He became the Lamb of God and took away our sins.

Conclusion

I don’t think that there was a greater test in the Old Testament than the one that Abraham endured. The gravity of it is way too much to ponder. Hopefully, none of us will have to endure such testing by the LORD’s hand. Yes, we will undergo testing. That is how He strengthens our faith.

The question we must ask ourselves is whether or not we are willing to be tested by Him, and will we respond in obedience?

If we answer yes, then perhaps we were too hasty. We must be willing to admit, that the only way to pass the tests He gives to us, is by His hand.


[1] Currid.

The Church is OUR Mother

Working off of what he has already written, Michael Horton continues on what the church is for the believer.

“Nevertheless, as an institution founded by Christ, who gave it the gifts of preachers, teachers, elders and deacons, the church is indeed our mother throughout our pilgrimage. Far from setting the church against individual experince of Christ, confessional Protestantism has recognized that all of our experience with Christ is communal, historical, and mediated through ordinary creaturely agency. Echoing the church father Cyprian, Calvin says, ‘Whoever has God for his Father has the church for his mother.’ Enthusiasm (God-within-ism) opposes the inner witness of the Spirit to the outward ministry. Yet it is a ‘singular privilege,’ Calvin writes, that God has condescended ‘to consecrate to himself the mouths and tongues’ of sinners to that ‘his own voice my resound in them.'”

Horton goes on to quote Calvin at length:

“For although God’s power is not bound to outward means, he has nonetheless bound us to this ordinary manner of teaching. Fanatics, refusing to hold fast to it, entangle themselves in many deadly snares. Many are led either by pride, dislike, or rivalry to the conviction that they can profit enough form private reading and meditation; hence they despise public assemblies and deem preaching superfluous. But… one escapes the just penalty of this unholy separation without bewitching himself with pestilent errors and foulest delusions.”

I can’t help but think of the number of families I know that this applies to because they refuse to align themselves with a local congregation. I can’t tell you how many I know of who seem to think that they will find the perfect church, or that they are somehow in God’s will by having their own little family worship service on Sunday. This is outside of God’s will, for He intends to work through a body of believers who are united together by the love of Christ.

Yes, I would strongly encourage a family to worship together. I believe that God calls us to do that as well. But I also believe that we need to be united to the body, under the leadership of elders, or those that God has raised up as preachers and teachers to the body (Ephesian 4). This is NOT a curse to our individual spiritual growth, but a blessing. To stay away from this unity, is to split the body and is sinful.

I wish I could convice some of these families that I know of this truth. It’s amazing how just a few families would make a difference for a small congregation like mine. They would be a blessing and would be blessed by joining us. All I can really do is pray that the LORD would open their eyes to this truth.

A Step in the Right Direction

This is a step in the right direction. The North Dakota House has passed a bill giving full legal rights to a fertilized human egg. Here is the story from Foxnews:

BISMARCK, N.D. — A measure approved by the North Dakota House gives a fertilized human egg the legal rights of a human being, a step that would essentially ban abortion in the state.

The bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended abortion rights nationwide, supporters of the legislation said.

Representatives voted 51-41 to approve the measure Tuesday. It now moves to the North Dakota Senate for its review.

The bill declares that “any organism with the genome of homo sapiens” is a person protected by rights granted by the North Dakota Constitution and state laws.

Kudos to them for recognizing the obvious. A fertilized egg is life! I hope the LORD pours out his blessings on those who took this stand.

BTW, I went over to Neil’s blog in order to tell him about this news and found this wonderful video of a 12-year-girl arguing for life. She does an excellent job. And no, I don’t feel she has been “indoctrinated” by her parents because her views happen to be contrary to those on the left. This is the argument one godless fool gave over on Neil’s site. (No, I don’t mind calling him a godless fool, that is biblical language. See Psalm 14:1).

Check out the video, she does a wonderful job.

Another Scientist Decries Global Warming

From Foxnews.com.

SANTA FE, N.M. — Former astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who walked on the moon and once served New Mexico in the U.S. Senate, doesn’t believe that humans are causing global warming.

“I don’t think the human effect is significant compared to the natural effect,” said Schmitt, who is among 70 skeptics scheduled to speak next month at the International Conference on Climate Change in New York.

Schmitt contends that scientists “are being intimidated” if they disagree with the idea that burning fossil fuels has increased carbon dioxide levels, temperatures and sea levels.

“They’ve seen too many of their colleagues lose grant funding when they haven’t gone along with the so-called political consensus that we’re in a human-caused global warming,” Schmitt said.

In other words, you either believe in global warming if you are a scientist, or else!!! How scientific is that?

Boot Bonds and Give the Record Back to Aaron!

Not much time to blog today, but saw this and I liked it. Bud Selig mentioned that there may be some tinkering with the record book after the steroids era comes to a close, and Hank Aaron may get the all-time homerun record back. His record was 755, and the drug induced Bond’s broke it last year. I think they should dump all the records from those guys who did ‘roids, if they want the game to have any level of credibility. I hope they do.

Evolution Evolving into Non Belief

This is a good sign. A poll out today by Gallup shows that only 39 percent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution. That is good. This damning theory, and stupid one too, needs to be scuttled. It’s man’s attempt to distance himself from our Creator. This is never a good thing.

Foxnews reports:

A new poll released just in time for Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday found only 39 percent of Americans say they “believe in the theory of evolution” and just 24 percent of those who attend church weekly believe in the explanation for the origin of life.

The Gallup survey, released Wednesday, found a quarter of those polled do not believe in evolution, and 36 percent say they don’t have an opinion either way.

The poll of 1,018 American adults, found strong ties between education level and belief in the theory.

“Among those with high-school educations or less who have an opinion on Darwin’s theory, more say they do not believe in evolution than say they believe in it,” Gallup found. “For all other groups, and in particular those who have at least a college degree, belief is significantly higher than nonbelief.”

Now, if the church would faithfully preach the gospel so that God’s Spirit would move and convert the hearts of the lost, we would be on our way to ridding ourselves of such foolishness.

Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

I’m becoming quite an advocate of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee. I love it, and find it far superior in taste and quality than Starbucks. Which is really quite refreshing because I cannot stand Starbucks and the entire culture that goes with it. For those who like that sort of culture, it’s exactly the kind of culture they will like. I don’t, and I think Starbucks coffee stinks. I mean, you could take all their sugar, milk and chocolate add it to dogfood and it would taste as good, if not better than Starbucks.

Dunkin’ Donuts keeps me out of that culture. I know this may seem narrow and prejudicial, but I don’t really like buying coffee from those who are hoping to audition for the bar scenes in the next Star Wars installment. I never understood people who like poking holes in themselves in order to display galvanized nails, or sheetrock screws, or poking holes in themselves in order to dump a bunch of ink in as well. I remember one poor lad I was trying to help get a job in my first pastorate. He was covered from neck to toe with tattoos. Starbucks wasn’t around then, but I suspect he is one of their prime coffee bar attendants. I guess if that is what a person wants to do, sit around serving coffee, listening to odd music and talking about how odd the uncool people of the world are, then let them do so. I have no desire to enter that culture.

As for Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee, it’s Middle America. You don’t have to be cool to drink it, which is good, because I never strive to be cool. You can be an average Joe and like it. You can even be one of those guys that wears white socks with their suits and never think anything about it. Yes, it’s for the regular folks who don’t desire to save the planet by buying a CD with music that Bono likes. In fact, I don’t think Dunkin’ Donuts is into that culture at all. Their business goal is to sell donuts, and coffee, not save the world with all lefties who believe the world is being destroyed by mankind. This is more of a reason than any other, just to spite the lefties. But it helps that their coffee is so much better.

So next time you are in a grocery store, pick up a bag of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee, or actually stop in at a donut shop and get some. I even give you permission to get a cream filled donut to go with it. Enjoy life, and leave the saving of the planet up to God. Enjoy life, and let Bono buy his own music. Enjoy a cup of java from those who know how to make it: Dunkin’ Donuts.

Pray About IT!

I couldn’t help but notice the article over at Foxnews.com about how the stimulus package prohibits any of the money to be used on buildings where worship might take place. According to the article, the Democrats have “declared war on prayer!

I guess we should be upset by this because it is clearly discrimination… on some level. But I’m not. I think there is a serious problem when Christians look to the government to support houses of worship. I know, these buildings are actually at government facilities, like the chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. But to get up in arms over this shows a real lack of understanding when it comes to the kingdom of man vs. the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not advanced through government support, but through prayer and the preaching of the gospel. The best thing that could happen to the church is have the government kick us out of ALL their facilities. Go ahead. Then we will quit pussy-footing around and actually do what we are supposed to do as a church: pray and preach the gospel. 
Think about it for a moment, just imagine Paul showing up in Athens complaining about the lack of government support before he preached about an unknown God. Or remember the early Christians who were being put to death for their faith, and how they actually gathered for worship in the catacombs throughout Europe to pray and worship God. Imagine them saying, “This is wrong! Caesar isn’t spending any money on renovating these catacombs!”
And it was a good thing that he didn’t. The church was much more powerful in that day than we are in ours. Why? Because they were not looking to government for protection or provision, but to God. Who can really stand against our God? He is the Creator of the heavens and earth, and through Christ has conquered sin and death, our greatest foes. So why would look to the Democrats for ANYTHING.
Come on! Instead of whining about it, these groups should pray about it! That is by far more effective than anything a lobbyist group can do.
Yes, if we can correct the stimulus package, that would be great. But alas, it would be much better if we prayed about it.