August 21, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: My Righteous Indignation

Brother-Aaron-236x300As I write this Pastor’s Column, I do so with the realization that my “righteous indignation” may show through. If it does, so be it. Just pray for me.

Righteous Indignation.  (Noun)  “… anger and contempt combined with a feeling that it is one’s right to feel that way …” Dictionary.com

As I sit at my computer writing this Pastor’s Column, Governor Nathan Deal has just vetoed House Bill 757, the Free Exercise Protection Act.

In my opinion, this bill is the most significant piece of legislation the Georgia legislature has passed in a long, long time. It was/is meant to guarantee the right of conservative, Bible-believing preachers and churches, to freely practice their deeply held Biblical beliefs without fear of government interference, reprisal, or retaliation.

In the most simplistic of explanations, this bill was crafted to lawfully protect pastors and churches, who don’t believe same-sex marriage is Biblical, from being sued or retaliated against in any form for refusing to perform or sanction such unions.

In no way does it prevent pastors and churches who don’t have a problem with performing or sanctioning such unions from doing so, nor does it prevent local or state government officials from performing such unions!

But somehow, special interest groups like the LGBT lobby managed to paint this bill as being discriminatory against homosexuals and as hate legislation against them, when it reality, it is conservative Bible-believing churches, pastors, and Christians who are having their rights trampled upon and who are, in fact, the ones being discriminated against.

And because a few corporations threatened to pull their business out of Georgia, (I say let ‘em go!) Governor Deal vetoed the bill.

I wonder at just what point our society went completely brain dead. Was it when we, in our infinite wisdom, decided that the Biblical Story of Creation was a myth and Darwin’s “THEORY” (You never hear it referred to as a theory anymore!) of Evolution was scientific truth, and we began to fill our children’s head with that foolishness?

Was it when we decided to expel God from our schools and make it illegal for teachers to read the Bible to their class, lead them in prayer, or do anything remotely Christian in school? Was it when we banned prayers from sporting events?

Was it when we decided that a woman’s right to choose trumped her unborn baby’s right to live? Was it when we decided that Biblical discipline and corporal punishment were outdated at home, school, and in society at large? Was it when we decided that Dr. Spock knew better how we should raise our children than the Bible?

Was it when we decided that marriage was no longer forever and our children didn’t need both parents in the home anyway? Was it when we decided that shacking up and children being born out of wedlock should be the new norm? Was it when we bought into the idea of America becoming a “Nanny State” and that the Biblical teaching that, if an able-bodied person doesn’t work he doesn’t eat, is outdated?

Was it when we decided that church attendance and raising our children in church and in the fear and the admonition of the Lord was perhaps a good idea, but not a mandate? Was it when we took the Church Covenant off the walls of our churches? Was it when we decided that what God called an abomination is simply an alternative lifestyle? Exactly when did commonsense die in America?

Galatians 6:7(KJV), “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” We’ve sown bad seed for a long time.  And hey, we’re just reaping the fruit of the seeds we’ve sown! So, is it any wonder that Governor Deal would veto this bill? When are we going to wake up and smell the coffee? This isn’t working folks! It isn’t working!!!

Please join me in pray for Governor Deal and the legislature. And please pray for me in my righteous indignation!

It’s a sad day in Georgia!

Brother Aaron

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