Terrified By the Wrong Things…
More radical stupidity, but not from ISIS! Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), insisted the public prayers so often seen on the football field by the Air Force Academy football team before games are “a scandalous outrage” and demanded that it be stopped. Weinstein is a former military officer who now actually makes his living by finding expressions of faith that he deems offensive and trying to remove any vestiges of religion, in particular Christianity, from all branches of the military.
Of this matter, he went on to say, “It’s a disgrace, It’s a putrid example of fundamentalist Christian supremacy, triumphalism and exceptionalism and it has to stop. Those individuals that are dressed in the Air Force uniform; that’s their uniform of the day. They’re members of the military and they are under different rules that the civilian counterparts they’re playing on the field.”
Even more outrageous, Weinstein even claimed that such a public showcase of Christianity could be used in anti-American propaganda produced by ISIS and al-Qaeda. He further claims that The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has allegedly been approached by a growing number of players and their families insisting that the team prayers aren’t optional-- Stating that many of the players are “terrified to go forward and go up the chain of command or to file an official complaint for fear of facing reprisal or retribution.”
Really? No players are being coerced to pray! This is typical left-wing anti-god rhetoric that has become the norm of the politically correct cultural police. And as usual in this day, the fear of being labeled as intolerant has provoked the Air Force to open an investigation—and my guess is, at some point these cadets will be told that their pregame voluntary prayers can no longer be tolerated! Isn’t that itself an act of intolerance? And isn’t it also a violation of the players constitutionally protected first amendment rights to the freedom of religious expression?
Can you believe this is where you are living? Terrorists terrify us today, and we are terrified today by being called intolerant or “Politically Incorrect”. But these are not the things that we should be terrified most by. In fact, the one thing above all things that we should be terrified of is the very thing that we are no longer afraid of-- the retribution of a Holy God.
It happened to Israel… on various occasions in their history, they defied God, they dismissed God and drifted to apostasy. But God, though full of patience and grace, did not ignore their drift and rebellion. And in time God eventually used other nations, more pagan than Israel, like Assyria and Babylon, to bring chastisement and judgment upon His rebellious and God-forsaken nation. Assyria marched into Israel and conquered the northern kingdom “because they did not obey the voice of the Lord their God but transgressed his covenant… (2 Kings 18:12) and a century later Nebuchadnezzer brought desolation upon Judah and took most of the people into captivity. This punishment was “Because you have not obeyed my words.” (Jeremiah 25:8ff)
Here is the point, there was a day in this country when it was terrified of violating the words of God, but today our nation and its leaders are terrified by all the wrong things! Instead of being terrified of displeasing God, this age is more terrified of displeasing men and more terrified at not being politically correct. But if you want to know what’s really terrifying listen to what the Bible says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10:31). Pray for revival in this land and leaders to stand and say enough is enough—lest we fall in chastisement to pagan ideas and other nations.
In the mean time, worship with all you heart, soul, mind and strength. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your pastor!!!
For God’s Glory Alone,