Showing posts from July, 2012

Why Can’t We Live Together?

In a Yahoo News article entitled “Going Cohab? 8 Survival Tips For Staying Together”, it pointed out how more unmarried couples are bypassing the altar.   New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of opposite-sex unmarried couples living together had increased by 13 percent from 2009 to 2010. “Shacking up” has become commonplace today even among some Christians.   Because I wasn’t aware of this practice specifically mentioned in Scripture (later discovering John 4:18), I used to think there wasn't anything wrong with that.   At the time I recommitted my life to the Lord in March 1991, I shared an apartment with my then-girlfriend.   Eleven months later we were still living together but sleeping in separate beds.   I knew it wasn’t God’s will for us to get married.   Still I was reluctant to end the live-in relationship because I enjoyed the affection this woman gave me. One day my girlfriend experienced oppression that I knew w

Believers Are Not Bigots

Last month in Moorhead, Minnesota where I lived during most of my childhood, a Catholic schoolteacher named Trish Cameron (pictured here) lost her job because of expressing support for same-sex marriage.  Several letters to the editor have since appeared in the local newspaper calling the school’s action “bigotry.”  One letter writer questioned why some religious organizations continue calling homosexuality a sin when they have supposedly changed their views regarding other “abominations” such as wearing clothes of mixed fabric (which applied only to the children of Israel in Leviticus chapter 19) and slavery.  There’s a clear difference between forced and voluntary servitude.  During Bible times, some individuals willingly became servants of others because they received provision and personal safety not available otherwise.  Unlike other ancient cultures, the Law of Moses provided rights and privileges for slaves regardless of their ethnic background.  While it’s unfortuna

Obamacare vs. Jesuscare

This past Thursday, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often referred to as “Obamacare”) is Constitutional. Unless this law is repealed or modified, virtually all Americans will be required by 2014 to have health insurance or face fines imposed by the IRS. Personally I am disgusted with this legislation because it gives the government more power over individual liberties. Obamacare could also set the stage for the Mark of the Beast being introduced to this country. No, I don’t believe Barack Obama is the antichrist. But I am grieved that the President professes to be a Christian while continuing to promote policies contrary to Scripture. Obamacare could fit in this category since it encourages people to look to doctors first instead of Jehovah Rapha. It would be advisable for President Obama to read 2 Chronicles 16:12-13, “And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady w