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Sexual Abuse of Children – America’s Secret

Over the past few months, a few conservative TV and radio hosts have been lamenting the increase instances of child sexual predators being given lenient jail sentences or no jail time altogether by many judges throughout the country. Two-fold is their justifiable disgust, in that a) many in the judicial system seem to give more deference to the so-called “mental illness” of the vultures who prey on innocent children and b) the fact that there is so little outrage about this subject by the vast majority of those in the press, the electronic media, politicians or the general public.

I believe the cause of this seeming indifference to exposing and cracking down hard on child sexual abusers is the fact that this problem is and has been the dirty little secret that infects a significant portion of families throughout the United States. Many all-American families contain both victims and victimizers of child sexual abuse. Typically the victims are so traumatized by their abuse that they are …

The Lie that is "Mother Nature”

Today is the first day of spring, and like clockwork the violent weather of thunderstorms and tornadoes has begun primarily in the plain states with the usual devastating consequences for those in the paths of these weather systems. I happen to be watching the Weather Channel this evening, and there was video footage of a woman, whose roof was ripped off by a tornado last week, and whose remaining house was being imperiled by a snowstorm this week. Among the comments of another man similarly affected was the fact that “…mother nature sure can be violent”. Cut away then to the Weather Channel anchor whose comment, introducing the next story about a drastic change in the weather pattern in the southeast, was that “mother nature is at it again…”

I just have one question: who is mother nature? It is an extremely common phrase that is used by millions throughout the United States to allude to the ubiquitous and oftentimes overpowering presence of the weather over the daily affairs of people…

South Dakota Does It Right

Earlier this week, the state of South Dakota threw off the hypocritical facade of some political moderates within the conservative movement by adopting a statewide ban on all abortion procedures. South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed a bill that bans all abortions except those to protect the life of the woman. The ban is scheduled to be effective July 1st, 2006, and will certainly face hostile opposition. To this I say, finally, someone in government with the “guts” to stand up for God’s principles against the nuanced “intelligence” of man.

To many, an outright ban seems overly harsh, particularly in the cases of rape and incest. Perhaps, however, this issue should be based not on the reflexes of human emotion - which is almost always faulty and dangerous - but on the principle that God, and God alone, be the arbiter of the ending of a human life. Most people get this easily enough when it comes to the case of killing another person whom they can see, touch and feel. That is why it …

Slobodan Milosevic’s Likely Fate

Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, died today in prison as a result of his leading role in the Serbian ethnic cleansing campaign that saw thousands of Kosovo Albanians killed during the 1990s. For all his bluster, butchery and self-important preening, Mr. Milosevic ended up at the same place that is decreed by God for everyone: “…man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…” (Hebrews 9:27 NIV).

The awesome thing about God's Gospel is this: God punished Jesus Christ for every life that Slobodan Milosevic butchered. Jesus took Milosevic's punishment - the beatings, the humiliation and the nails through the body. If during his life Milosevic failed to acknowledge Jesus’ death as a substitute for his own, the fate of the “rich man” in the following parable is Milosevic’s position today:

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to ea…

A Godly Town

An interesting development taking place recently is the creation of an all-Catholic community in southwest Florida being funded extensively by Thomas Monaghan, founder of the Domino's Pizza chain. Mr. Monaghan is apparently a devout Catholic who rejects the more liberal tenets of the Catholic Church since the Vatican 2 Council of the 1960s. Actor Mel Gibson is another adherent to this view of Catholicism.

That Mr. Monaghan is attempting to do this, particularly through his own funds in collaboration with others is very understandable, when you consider the day to day existence that is becoming more and more an all out assault against Biblical principles within modern society. To be sure, there will be many Catholics who will welcome the opportunity to live largely insulated from the secular world within this community.

There may be doubts about whether this approach is biblically based particularly if it results in the reduced ability to co-mingle with unbelievers such that the ligh…

America’s Christian Star Power

A few years back, the world of the American evangelical elites was rocked when one of their ‘brighter’ lights Bishop Carlton Pearson stunned the Christian community with his embracing of a doctrine of the ‘gospel of inclusion’ which essentially advocates that everyone will go to heaven, regardless of his or her actions on earth. Needless to say Bishop Pearson lost his lofty standing among the evangelical faithful given that this radical concept flies in the face of the written Word of God summed up by Romans 3:23 - This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe... (NIV) The last section of that scripture appears quite conditional: only to all who believe – a clear implication that this imbued righteousness is excluded from those who don’t believe.

Recently, a Dallas Morning News article called attention to the rise back to prominence of Bishop Pearson:

Carlton Pearson has still got it. The dapper clothes. The voluminous vocabulary. The toothy smile. …