Here are some news items from the last week or so:
"Newsweek" recently did a cover story saying the Christianity has less influence on our culture today than at anytime in our nation's history. (That probably explains all of the following.)
The president, contradicting every previous American president who addressed the issue, told leaders overseas that America is not a "Christian nation."
Connecticut has become the fourth state to legalize homosexual "marriage."
Miss California, Carrie Prejean, had the God-given honesty and fortitude to repond to a question by saying "marriage should be between a man and a woman." By all analysis, it cost her the Miss USA title. But the homosexual activist judge subjected her to a barrage of vulgarisms and obscenities. Guess who got interviewed on the networks. Yep, the gay activist.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a memo describing conservatives, particularly anti-abortion (pro-life) conservatives, as possible terrorist threats. (So, how does it feel to be a "potential terrorist?")
Democrats in Congress say they're just about to push through Congress the "Freedom of Choice Act" which would eliminate all abortion restrictions. (That helps explain the previous item.)
The government will allow the "morning after" abortion pill to girls as young as 17 without a prescription. (Are you sensing a theme here?)
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) just vetoed a popular pro-life bill, the 2009 Late-Term and Partial-Birth Abortion Regulation Act, in her state. And now, financially supported by one of the nation's leading abortionists, she may become the nation's Secretary of Health and Human Services. (She'll fit right in.)
The House Judiciary Committee passed the "hate crimes" bill (discussed here last week) which could result in prosecution if you or your pastor quotes Bible passages saying homosexuality is sinful behavior and someone is (heaven forbid) offended.
The FCC is considering rules that would "require equal time to contrary opinions on controversial issues," according to Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice. He notes that the proclamation of the Gospel, the definition of marriage and the issue of abortion would all be deemed "controversial topics," increasing the flood of immoral opinions on the air — or the cessation of Christian values reporting. Christian broadcasters would be especially vulnerable.
Georgetown University, a Jesuit institution, was forced by the White House to cover over the monogram "IHS," signifying the name of Christ, before the president would speak there.
Tomorrow a painting (pictured) is to be unveiled in New York City's Union Square depicting Barack Obama with his arms outstretched and wearing a crown of thorns. The "messiah painting" by Michael D'Antuono, is entitled "The Truth." (Could this relate to the previous item?)
The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 89-69 to keep a requirement that its officers practice "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness." (Why did there even need to be a vote on this? And why in the world was it so close?)
Here's what the Scriptures say:
"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them." - 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (ESV)