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05.15.16 | by Ray Jones

    Silence!...

    It’s been an interesting week in terms of social, cultural and religious “Political Correctness.” For example… (and this is just a few)

    •  On Monday, one day before the beginning of The United Methodist Church convenes its quadrennial General Conference in Portland, dozens of currently serving United Methodist pastors came out publicly as lesbian, gay or bisexual, defying the church’s ban on “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” and essentially daring their superiors to discipline them. It was already predicted that the denomination would lift the ban at this years meeting. That would align them with other mainline denominations like the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which has already lifted similar, bans.
    •  Also on Monday, National Public Radio reported a story about a man named Nick Wilson, an openly avowed homosexual who claims he was called into ministry and who was this past Sunday ordained as a minister at the Ridgewood Baptist Church, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation (a group that broke away from the Southern Baptist Convention approximately 25 years ago) southwest of Louisville, KY. Wilson was formerly educated at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
    •  The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board on Monday reported on one of the latest examples of moral coercion in New York; discussing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign against additional Chick-fil-A restaurants opening in the city. Last week, Mayor de Blasio said, “Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBT. I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them. But they do have a legal right.” The Editors of the Journal say, “Good to know he isn’t trying to ban the business, though [as they point out] give him time.”
    •  The American Counseling Association announced on Tuesday that it is canceling its national conference scheduled for Nashville, TN next year as a protest to a Tennessee law that allows therapists to decline to see patients based on the therapist’s religious values and personal convictions.
    •  On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice under the leadership of Loretta Lynch announced that the DOJ would file a federal discrimination suit against the State of North Carolina, ordering the State to repeal or amend its recent HB2 law that restricts public restrooms to match the gender on a person’s birth certificate. Lynch, in a public response, particularly aimed at the transgender community, stated, “The Department of Justice and the entire Obama administration want you to know we see you, we stand with you…” further, “This law provides no benefit to society, and all it does is harm vulnerable Americans…This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms. This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we as a people and as a country enacted to protect them—indeed to protect all of us.”

    Really? By the way, if it’s “all of us”, who’s going to protect those who feel insecure, unsafe and uncomfortable sharing restrooms with gender-confused individuals? What about their constitutional rights Ms. Lynch?

    In a response to these matters and especially the actions of New York Mayor de Blasio, Dr. Albert Mohler said, “what we are now witnessing in terms of the change taking place around us in this society is that those who believe themselves to be on the winning side of this moral revolution want to silence those who disagree, not merely to win victories in the law and in the courts, but actually to silence any kind of opposition. And that includes, we should note, [especially] any opposition that is rooted in Christian conviction.”

    Stay strong, stand and remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your pastor!

    For God’s Glory Alone,   

    Bro. Ray