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Opposing Homosexuality in Righteousness

Marriage is sacred photo c/o open.salon.com

I never thought I’d be saying this, but I listen to easy listening music. I absolutely love it. It’s so peaceful. I seem to get more work done and more writing done when I indulge in it. I’m so accustomed to it that when I hear some “head banging tune” that it rattles me to the core. I feel my stomach thump with each violent beat of the bass. I feel rattled. I feel like someone is screaming at me. There is a big difference between peace and joy and anger and rebellion.  I share this with you because my soul reacts the very same way when it is exposed to other scenarios—such as being subjected to homosexual scenes on my television set, in a book I’m reading, or in a conversation I have to overhear in public.  I feel sick to my stomach. I feel truly sad for the poor choices so many individuals have made in their lives. I think I’m mostly sad because I have a wonderful marriage. I’m so blessed to enjoy an enduring love that Heavenly Father blesses and sanctions. We’re not perfect people, but we do try to live in such a way in which our home and marriage can be influenced by the Holy Spirit. If we are fighting with one another, if we are unfaithful to our covenants that we made to each other and to God, or if we are dishonest with one another, we can’t possibly expect Him to have an influence in our lives to the fullest extent.  As such, I find myself mourning the real peace and joy that those who elect to follow a homosexual lifestyle relinquish as a result of their choices. Bottom line, a homosexual lifestyle—with or without marriage involved—is not pleasing unto our Heavenly Father and it is offensive to me as well. All of this comes from my deeply rooted religious and personal beliefs.

When the television show “Flash Forward” first aired, I watched it with great enjoyment. However, when they aired an episode that promoted a lesbian relationship, I immediately stopped watching it and haven’t turned it on again. I also wrote a letter to the network informing them of my displeasure. Is it hatred in my heart that causes such a reaction? No. It is an unwillingness to allow such images into my home, my heart, and my mind. It’s an unwillingness to support the counterfeit version of happiness and marriage. It’s such an evil representation of true love and marriage that such content offends me greatly. I respond in the same way when I hear the Lord’s name taken in vain, or when I see any sexual content displayed on television or in a book.  So why am I writing about this today?  Because I was shocked to read that a man was fined over $6,600 because he refused to take photos for a gay marriage in New Mexico! http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=119282

First of all, gay marriage isn’t recognized in New Mexico. Secondly, the ceremony was offensive to the photographer’s marriage beliefs. And yet a judge, who is supposed to enforce and preserve the U.S. Constitution found the photographer guilty of “unlawful discrimination.”  This is so wrong folks.  I’m a professional preparedness consultant. Would I be fined because I refused to counsel a person how to preserve their cocaine long-term—even if it’s illegal and against my religious beliefs?  How there can even be a judge on the bench that can make such a ruling is literally frightening to me; frightening because it’s just one more indicator how far we have fallen from the best that God had to give us in the form of the U.S. Constitution. Where is the freedom from religious persecution? Where are the judges who work for We The People instead of promoting their own cultural beliefs and attempting to legislate from the bench?  In the name of true freedom, I believe firmly that as Christian Americans we cannot continue to turn a blind eye towards what’s going on around us.  Evil is real and thus our defense against evil must be every bit as real as well.  Why is evil seemingly winning the war? Because its cause has never been complacent, apathetic, or lazy.  If only we were as aware of evil as evil is aware of good!

I have two immediate family members who have chosen homosexual lifestyles.  One is even a homosexual prostitute on the strip in Las Vegas. I fear for the day when I get the call that he’s died as a result of his chosen lifestyle.  I also have another immediate family member who wholeheartedly supports such choices as well—so much so that he won’t even permit me to be his “friend” on Facebook for fear that my beliefs might “offend” one of his homosexual friends. As such, there has been a line in the sand drawn in all of our relationships. They simply cannot tolerate my disagreement with them no matter how kind or sincere such disagreement may be delivered. They are unable to accept a differing opinion. For them, it’s not enough that you love them; you have to agree with them as well. Unfortunately, that means that there is a huge, painful wall in place of a loving relationship. There’s been a great deal of sacrifice in order to stand for what’s truly right.  I don’t hate these individuals, but I cannot expose myself to their horrific choices either. And I certainly cannot support their cause.  I would much rather have healthy relationships with these people in my life. But this is not to be in these, the last days. We simply cannot have a fairy tale ending when violations of God’s laws are present in our lives.

I feel awful for the parents who are so afraid of losing their children that they have even risen in defiance against the Church leaders.  They somehow feel that God’s laws should be more pliable in the face of the abundance of homosexual evil which has stricken our world. Yes I realize that these individuals who are making these awful choices are someone’s son or daughter. They aren’t just nameless faces. They are a part of their parent’s soul. But so are we to our Heavenly Father. He too will have to choose to separate Himself from us if we choose unrighteously.  I was so saddened to hear so many members of the Church express disgust and anger that the Church leaders would take a stand on this vitally important issue in our world today. Do they not realize that if these leaders did not take such a stand they would have the wrath of God to deal with instead?  The same goes for all of us. The Lord will not permit his people to be apathetic. Apathy is a clever word that the adversary has created. It’s just a deceptive way to describe evil actions. Nowhere in the scriptures does the Lord provide us with neutral territory.  These same persons who would make excuses for these lost souls do so without an understanding that God cannot cease to being just without ceasing to be God.  If only the parents could find that same balance in their own lives with their children in being just and loving. Instead, not only are they losing a child to the choices which the child has made, but they are losing their own firm footing in the Gospel as well because of how they are attempting to embrace evil—all in the name of compassion. Can they not still love their children without rebelling against the counsel and wisdom of the prophets? Instead of dipping their toe in the pool of apostasy, they would find more peace during such trials by increasing their temple attendance and righteous acts in an effort to engage the Lord in answering their fervent prayers on behalf of their lost children.

Righteousness, prayers, fasting, temple attendance is what makes a difference photo c/o mormonchurch.com

May we do more to shake off the chains of apathy and rebellion and proactively stand for what is right. Righteousness, prayers, fasting, temple attendance and feasting upon the word of God will do more to help these persons than will acts of rebellion and defiance—He’s promised us that such is the case. The miracle is that we can perform these acts of love for those who have made wrong choices without compromising our own standing before the Lord, and in fact strengthening our relationship with Him.

Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved.  You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.

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Religious Freedom

I know that some may view this link and think to themselves, “yeah, but that’s the U.K. It could never happen here.”  But those individuals would be wrong. It’s already starting to happen here. All I’m doing is showing you a fast forward of what’s to come.

Imagine being required to attend a homosexual sensitivity training as a requirement for you to keep your job? Imagine if telling another associate you work with “God Bless” and having it be grounds for suspension or termination.  Imagine if you were not permitted to put up any religious signs in your yard because you’ll offend an atheist, etc?  We’re already seeing snippets of such ludicrous actions. see http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=114130 And they have even been held up in the courts. (which of course does not make them right).  If we don’t pay attention now, then we will allow this to escalate to the point that the only way we can retain our religious freedoms is by war.  Onward Christian Soldiers.  Fight now with actions of peace so that we can avoid war.

Here’s the link: http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnnewsplayer/cbnplayer.swf?aid=9425

Are you aware that there is now a HUGE population of Muslims in the UK? Did they move there knowning that Great Britain was constituted as a Christian Nation? Did they move there knowing that the Queen herself must make an oath to God as a part of her place of importance?  Then why do they claim “offense” at Christian messages? I don’t complain when someone makes an atheistic stand in their own property, in their demeanor, etc. So why should my religious freedom be compromised because they CHOOSE to take offense with something Christian I may say or do? We, as a nation have forgotten who we are, what we stand for, and what we must continually do in order to keep those freedoms. Our country is great for no other reason that because God has proclaimed it to be so and to provide us with His protection. If we forget Him, surely He will not be bound to remember us.

Is Religious Freedom Dead?

While the ACLU has not actually filed suit to  to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed and another suit to end prayer from the military completely, they continue to reference such acts in other cases they are pursuing, in which they believe violations of the 1st Amendment are committed. Unfortunately, their 1st Amendment suits are making great progress. The Navy Chaplains can no longer mention Jesus’ name in prayer thanks to the wretched ACLU and our new administration.

I think it is unfair that only Christians are kept from worshipping their God or displaying their religious symbols while many other faiths are not only allowed to express themselves religiously but provided with special facilities and rooms in government buildings to do so. I think Christians deserve equal treatment under the law based on simple logic, simple fairness and common sense, regardless of the supposed need to separate church and state.

Did you ever wonder how this concept of “separation of church and state” began in the first place? It began with some attorneys who happened to be judges on the US Supreme Court who believed that they knew more than the majority of Americans and our nation’s founders. They didn’t even base their initial decision that started the ball rolling on case law – they based in on the statement of Thomas Jefferson made in a letter to a Baptist organization that simply wanted to be assured that their country would not impose a state religion on them. Jefferson assured them that they were safe and spoke of a “wall of separation.” But these justices initiated a philosophy based on that letter and that phrase that had nothing to do with the concept that Jefferson was attempting to convey.

Their proposal of the separation of church and state and totally disregarded Jefferson’s meaning and used it to abrogate and abandon the freedom of religion as guaranteed by the 1st Amendment. Instead the decision supported the right of people to prevent others from exercising their freedom of religion by implying that their doing so somehow took that freedom away from others who did not agree with them. What type of poppycock is that anyway? That’s like saying that if I love you as a friend my love prevents someone else from loving you as a sibling or a child or a spouse. It is preposterous. Those arrogant justices set themselves up as being more brilliant than those who came before them and more able to judge the unexpressed intentions of the founders of this country more correctly than any other individuals or group of people in this land. In effect, they claimed a position of social prominence, intellectual superiority and elite status to which that the people in this country were promised they would not be subjected.

Is it not time that we simply said “Stop?” “No more!” You are not more intelligent. You do not have greater understanding, knowledge and wisdom than those who came before you or, for that matter, than your contemporaries in the myriad of other jobs, skills and professions in this great land. You are no better than the rest of us and you do not get to be the kings of this country or claim that only you are qualified to judge the law or define reason.

Men and women should not have to be lawyers to be qualified to be judges. Men and women do not have to be lawyers to possess superior intellectual ability. Men and women do not have to be lawyers to have and use common sense. Men and women do not have to be lawyers to have superior reasoning ability and make intelligent decisions. There is no discipline in the world that lawyers naturally understand better than those who are not lawyers. Then why is it that only lawyers get to be our judges? Isn’t it time we just said “NO” to this legal tyranny?

God bless those who fought and sacrificed their lives to protect our rights. Do not let them be stripped of the honor, solace and consideration that is given to them by the simple display of the symbols of their religion after they have given the “last full measure” of everything they could possibly give for all of us. Do not permit the smug arrogance of those who claim that they know best what to do simply because they have studied law to strip these honored heroes who can no longer fight for themselves because they fought for us of their dignity and religious beliefs which our country guaranteed them while they lived. They deserve to have their religious freedom just as much we, the living, deserve to have ours. Stop the insanity that reigns in our land. Stop the elitists from vanquishing both their UNalienable rights and ours.

Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved.  You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.