Daily Archives: June 21, 2018

June 21: Position, Prayer, and Strategy

Nehemiah 1:1–3:32; 1 John 4:13–15; Psalm 108:1–13

Trying to make a difference in the world can be disheartening; it’s easy to feel like merely a drop in the bucket.

When Nehemiah first heard about the suffering of His people, he could have been discouraged. When he learned that the returned exiles were “in great trouble and shame,” living in a city with no walls (Neh 1:3), he could have said, “I’d love to help, but what can I do from this far away?” Instead, he decided to take action (Neh 1:3), and he did so thoughtfully. Rather than making a rash decision, he prayed (Neh 1:4–8). He then volunteered to be the one to help God’s people (Neh 1:9–11), even though doing so meant risking his life.

As the cupbearer to the king, Nehemiah recognized his unique place of influence and acted upon it (Neh 2:1–3). He chose to appear saddened before the most powerful man in the world by hanging his head. His actions could have been perceived as a sign of disrespect, which was punishable by severe beatings and even death. But God protected Nehemiah, and the king honored his request (Neh 2:4–6).

Nehemiah’s initial actions show his character, but his later actions show his leadership. He moved from being a man of influence to a man of strategy. Immediately upon arriving in the city, Nehemiah inspected the city walls, found the craftsman, and began his work (Neh 2:11–3:32). He realized the urgency of his task; his people needed this wall to survive against the surrounding nations.

Nehemiah’s story offers an example of identifying providence, responding to the pain of others through prayer, and acting strategically. It’s a lesson in what it means to be a leader who follows God’s leadership. Nehemiah stands as an example of one who takes action that is well-researched, strategic, and prayerful.

What are some ways you are providentially positioned to do God’s work? How have you led while following His leadership?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

June 21 God’s Choice of the Poor

“Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man” (James 2:5–6).

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Showing favoritism to the rich is inconsistent with God’s choice of the poor.

Wealth and poverty are not necessarily spiritual issues. Many wealthy people are godly Christians, and many poor people are unbelievers. But generally speaking, God has chosen poor people to populate His Kingdom. Jesus said, “It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matt. 19:23–24). That’s because rich people tend to be bound to this world and have a false sense of security. Many of them not only reject Christ but also persecute believers (cf. James 2:6–7).

James said, “Let the brother of humble circumstances glory in his high position; and let the rich man glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away” (James 1:9–10). Most rich people pursue greater wealth while passing by the true riches of the Kingdom. But like a delicate flower in the scorching summer sun, they will soon fade away, and their futile pursuits will die with them.

Regardless of your financial status, if you love God, you are rich in faith and an heir of His Kingdom (James 2:5). That means you’re saved and will inherit the fullness of your salvation and the richness of God’s eternal blessing. That’s a marvelous truth!

Don’t let riches cloud your good judgment. God expects Christians to honor and care for their poorer brothers and sisters in Christ. You can’t do that if you’re showing partiality to the rich.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  If God has blessed you with more resources than you need, be grateful and ready always to share with those in need (1 Tim. 6:18). If you struggle to get by, thank Him for what He does provide and for teaching you greater dependence on Him.

For Further Study: Read 1 Timothy 6:6–19. ✧ What is God’s standard of contentment? ✧ What pitfalls await those who desire wealth? ✧ What constitutes true riches?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 185). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Is anyone on the secular left not an intolerant bigoted violent domestic terrorist?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Harassing women is just fine, according to this radical feminist UK Guardian writer Harassing women is just fine, says radical feminist UK Guardian writer

Well! Whenever there is an attack on conservatives by deranged secular leftists, I try to write about it. Over the years, there have been many – but they were infrequent. Now the left is becoming so violent that it’s a daily occurrence. I decided to collect together a few articles to show you how intolerant and threatening the secular left has become.

Here’s something from The Federalist by Kelsey Harkness, a female conservative:

Jessica Valenti revealed a new standard for liberal feminists on Tuesday: Driving women out of restaurants is wrong, unless they’re a Republican. If that woman is named Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen, the behavior is not only acceptable — it’s to be applauded.

The situation began when the head of the D.C. branch of Democratic Socialists of America tweeted the restaurant name and exact addresswhere Department of Homeland Security…

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President Trump RIPS Obama’s ‘Inhumane Treatment’ of Migrant Children (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump ripped Obama for his ‘inhumane treatment’ of migrant children on Thursday during a cabinet meeting.

Obama’s ‘catch and release’ open borders immigration policy is destroying America.

Nobody cared how illegal immigrants were treated when Obama was president. The media hid the photos of the children in cages.

Now Trump is being blamed for Obama’s mess.

“In 2014, in the Obama Administration they have pictures so bad they had a judge that said it was inhumane the way they were treating children. Take a look at some of the court rulings against the Obama Administration. They talked about the inhumane treatment. They were treating them terribly,” Trump said.

VIDEO:

The rabid left circulated photos of illegal alien children in cages on social media, blaming President Trump for a ‘humanitarian crisis,’ at the border.

Only the photos are from 2014 when Obama was president.

No one seemed to care Obama was putting children in cages.

Now that Trump is president, the media is accusing him of keeping migrant children in concentration camps.

The Drudge Report ran a scathing headline banner this week in an effort to fight the evil, lying leftists.

Obama kept [children] in cages and wrapped them in foil:

via President Trump RIPS Obama’s ‘Inhumane Treatment’ of Migrant Children (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

The Acceleration Of The New Apostolic Reformation’s Influence In South Africa — Famine In The Land

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has infiltrated churches in South Africa at an alarming rate.  While not all churches have morphed into full blown NAR churches, many accept and teach some of the doctrines and practices found in the NAR.   Ways to identify whether a church has fallen for the aberrant teachings of the NAR, is to examine their statements and associations, and to listen to their sermons.  It does not take long before certain catch phrases will alert you to the fact that a church has fallen for the lies of the NAR.  In this post we look at a family of churches, which include South African churches, and show without a doubt that this group has espoused certain teachings of the NAR.

To be clear – this is not judging the salvation of those currently caught up in the teachings of the NAR.  There are saved individuals and individuals who are saved in NAR or NAR influenced churches.  God knows those who are his, and like myself and thousands of other believers who have come out of the NAR or charismania, our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes, and that the truth will set them free.  Many who have bought into these false doctrines are passionate for God and may have good intentions, but have failed to exercise discernment.  It’s not loving to watch brothers and sisters in Christ being “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine” and remain silent.

Church of the Nations (COTN) is an “international family of churches relating through love and commitment to see the Kingdom of God extended on earth.”
They embrace values such as:  “Apostolic alignment… Accountability (being under authority releases authority)…The principle of spiritual Fathers and Sons.”
An international Apostolic council protects and watches over the various churches.  They are responsible for overseeing doctrine, as well as “casting corporate vision.”
COTN have churches in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, Oceana and South America.  There are various church clusters within COTN, and “Apostolic cluster leaders personally relate into COTN directly through a member of the Apostolic Council. This Council has no direct government into any local church except through its cluster leadership.”  Not every church within COTN might subscribe to the false doctrines of the NAR, but nevertheless remain under the authority of the Apostolic council, and their corporate vision.

COTN describe their relationship with the body of Christ in part as follows: “The leaders of COTN will continue to build relationships into the wider body of Christ. This will happen through the Apostolic Council relating to apostolic streams, gatherings and other ministries…”

If you happen to be a NAR denialist like Dr Michael Brown, then simply ignore the term NAR and compare the statements from COTN in this article to what scripture teaches.  Do the leaders of this movement believe and teach the false doctrines of dominion/kingdom now theology?  For example, does scripture instruct us to change culture and transform nations by discipling literal nations?  Has God clearly outlined a “seven mountain mandate” for the church?  Does God speak directly to current day apostolic leaders and give them annual words regarding His latest strategy or supernatural moves?  If apostolic leaders claim to have such important words from God, then surely scripture is insufficient in that it has left ordinary believers in the dark unless current day apostles hear correctly? Do COTN leaders associate with false prophets?  These questions will be answered in this article.  

What do COTN envision?
“We envision the world learning about, accepting and focusing on Jesus and His Kingdom on earth. We see authentic Christianity as coming under the loving Lordship of Jesus Christ and being joined to a community of believers who are learning to live a new life in a new way. We want each and every person given to us to live a self-governed life while fulfilling their God-given destiny within a community of believers.

The Great Commission was given by Jesus as an apostolic mandate to disciple nations. This was based on God’s original purpose stated in Genesis when He gave man a dominion and a domestic mandate. Jesus commanded us to preach the gospel of the Kingdom, not the gospel of the church.

So we see local churches reaching their destiny when aligned to an apostolic vision. This allows Jesus to fulfill His promise when He said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it”

Those who are familiar with the aberrant teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation would have to read no further to know that catch phrases in bold indicate that we are dealing with a movement heavily influenced by the NAR.

The true apostolic vision from God is clear; it’s called scripture.  When building a house, an architect is brought in to design the plans. This blueprint for the structure must be implemented by the builder. The builder does not use his imagination, vision, or feelings to decide how the structure should look. In similar fashion, God has given a blueprint to build his church – not only has he supplied the plans, but He is also the builder.  The blueprint is called scripture, and the foundation is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” Eph 2:20. The prophets wrote most of the Old testament, and the apostles brought us the New Testament – inspired and infallible teachings they heard directly from Christ, as well as the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-14)  This foundation has been laid, it is complete, and the blueprint does not need any corrections. This is why Jude wrote:
“I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” Jude 3.

We don’t need any new revelations or annual words from God to be build a local church:All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

via The Acceleration Of The New Apostolic Reformation’s Influence In South Africa — Famine In The Land

06/21/2018 — Wretched

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•Phil Johnson lays out the warning signs that your church is going liberal
•J. Gresham Machen’s words from the 1920s still apply today
•Christian ministries that abandon theology for politics
•How not to blow it at the finish line, from Living Waters
•Understanding repentance rightly
•Can you help Preborn save babies and souls?

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JUNE 21 GOD UNDERSTANDS US

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16

We should revel in the joy of believing that God is the sum of all patience and the true essence of kindly good will!

Because He is what He is, we please Him most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections and believing that He understands everything—and loves us still!

The God who desires our fellowship and communion is not hard to please, although He may be hard to satisfy. He expects from us only what He has Himself supplied. When He must chasten us, He even does this with a smile—the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is!

This is the best of good news: God loves us for ourselves. He values our love more than He values galaxies of newly created worlds.

He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust!

Dear Lord, Your love for me—and for all people in the world—is incredible. Thank You, that even when I fail, You are my greatest Supporter.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

June 21, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have not yet rounded up the votes needed to pass immigration legislation they plan to take up later on Thursday, a member of the House Republican leadership said.

The missile engine test site that President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had committed to destroy is a major facility in the western part of the country that has been used for testing engines for long-range missiles, according to a U.S. official.

At least 72 South Asian asylum-seekers are being detained at a federal prison in Oregon after getting caught up in the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal border-crossers, a U.S. Senator’s office said on Wednesday.

A small Texas farming community near El Paso with no traffic lights, a cotton gin and two dollar stores has found itself playing the uncomfortable host to a U.S. government tent city for children suspected of illegal border crossings.

Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit.

On the palm-fringed beaches of Christmas Island, a speck of land in the Indian Ocean between Australia and Indonesia, plastic waste is piling up on the white sand and killing marine life.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday said the Visegrad Four group of countries and Austria agreed to beef up the European Union’s external border defense and process migrants outside the EU’s borders.

East Libyan forces said on Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, where the head of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said he hoped operations would resume in a “couple of days”.

A vote in Britain’s parliament on Wednesday closed the door for good on any chance of the country staying in the European Union, Trade Minister Liam Fox told a debate in Geneva.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to a further tightening in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 218,000 for the week ended June 16

AP Top Stories

The Obama White House’s chief cyber official testified Wednesday that proposals he was developing to counter Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to “stand down” his efforts in the summer of 2016.

President Donald Trump plans to meet with Queen Elizabeth II during a working visit to the United Kingdom next month, a U.S. ambassador said Wednesday.

As ties to traditional allies’ fray, US President Donald Trump seems to be gearing up for a major summit with Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, the Kremlin said it was “aware” of a forthcoming Moscow visit by the White House’s national security adviser, John Bolton

Hundreds of New Yorkers from refugee, immigrant, religious, and advocacy communities staged a march in observance of World Refugee Day.

More than 600 clergy and lay members of the United Methodist Church have signed a letter bringing church charges against fellow member Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the zero tolerance immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of undocumented children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused human rights groups of thwarting a US push for changes to the UN Human Rights Council and contributing to Washington’s decision to quit the body.

Several dozen rockets and mortar bombs launched at Israel by Palestinians in Gaza, and Israeli air strikes on the enclave’s dominant Hamas militant group, raised the heat along the border on Wednesday.

Emirati-backed Yemeni government forces seized Hodeida airport from Huthi rebels on Wednesday, the coalition said, in a major step towards retaking the key Red Sea port city.

BBC

Aid workers at charity Medecins Sans Frontieres used local prostitutes while working in Africa, whistleblowers have told the Victoria Derbyshire program. Female former employees said the behavior was widespread. One said a senior colleague said it was possible to barter medication in exchange for sex. The charity said it does not tolerate “abuse, harassment or exploitation”. The use of prostitutes is banned by MSF under its strict code of conduct.

Venezuela has deployed soldiers to almost 100 food markets in efforts to counter an “economic war” it says is being waged against it. President Nicolás Maduro ordered the measure, arguing that sellers were charging over the odds for price-controlled items.

Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores across Australia will be shut down after the company’s local administrators said they were unable to find a buyer for the embattled brand.

Shares in big European carmakers have fallen after Germany’s Daimler warned of lower earnings this year because of US-China trade tensions.

The US is putting tariffs of at least $50bn of Chinese imports. China said it would retaliate with its own tariffs from 6 July in return.

To the sound of horns, chanting and laughing, women were finally allowed inside football stadiums in Iran on Wednesday, fulfilling lifelong dreams of watching a game.

WND

A campaign “fraught with bad science” to deploy TV weathercasters as climate activists is spearheaded by federally funded groups that support shutting down debate on the issue by invoking RICO statutes, contends a leading skeptic of the theory of human-caused global warming.


News – 6/21/2018

Dem activist threatens to murder congressman’s children

A Florida man is behind bars for allegedly threatening to murder the children of a Republican congressman amid the national debate over immigration policies. The suspect is Laurence Wayne Key of Stuart, Florida, who is reportedly active with the Martin County Democratic Party as well as Planned Parenthood. The FBI was notified and Key was arrested a short time after the investigation began.

DOJ employee among those heckling DHS boss Nielsen, report says

Allison Hrabar, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who attended the protest against Nielsen over the controversial border law enforcement, was revealed to be a paralegal specialist at the DOJ. Allison Hrabar, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who attended the protest against Nielsen over the controversial border law enforcement, was revealed to be a paralegal specialist at the DOJ, the Washington Examiner reported.

Ross says U.S. must create ‘more painful’ environment in trade

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said “What we have to do is create an environment where it’s more painful for these parties that have these huge trade barriers, both tariff and non-tariff, got to make it more painful for them to keep those barriers than to get rid of them,” he told CNBC. “In the particular case of China, it’s compounded by their disrespect of intellectual property, the forced technology transfers, the cybersecurity breaches.”

FAKE NEWS: ABC Aires False Graphic On Paul Manafort

ABC News is apologizing for a graphic that incorrectly said that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had pleaded guilty to five charges of manslaughter. “Look what Fake ABC News put out,” Trump wrote. “I guess they had it prepared from the 13 Angry Democrats leading the Witch Hunt!”

Trump vs DeBlasio: Who will win the NYC Public Schools Hamas battle

The outpouring after the publication of my articles about honoring Hamas in both Manhattan and Brooklyn public schools has been amazing in a great way. It seems Jews and non-Jews, from all over and with many different political views, agree that the actions in both schools and the silence of elected officials is wrong.

Chinese scientists test CRISPR on monkeys and find no off-target mutations

With the first UK and US human trials using the potentially revolutionary CRISPR gene editing technique about to commence, several questions still hover over the ultimate safety of this system. A team of Chinese scientists has now conducted the first full assessment of the effects of CRISPR-Cas9 on non-human primates to ascertain whether it results in off-target mutations.

Trinity Western University Loses Religious Freedom Fight

In a 7-2 decision, the Canadian Supreme Court has ruled against Trinity Western University in their fight to open a law school, siding with the Law Society of British Columbia in its belief that LGBTQ+ rights trump religious freedom rights.

WHO Changes Transgender Classification, No Longer a Mental Illness

The World Health Organization no longer classifies transgender people as having a mental condition and is instead listed under “conditions related to sexual health.”

Trudeau: Canada to Legalize Marijuana on Oct. 17

Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country’s youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

Most US States Now Have Fewer Births Than Deaths Among Whites

The point at which whites in the United States will fall to less than 50 percent of the population could come much faster that what was previously projected, according to a new report released this week.

Shock Video: Catholic Vampire Priest Attacks Baby

Footage shows a Catholic priest slap a crying infant in the face right in front of the child’s parents.

#TEDogate: TEDx Workshops Call on Public to Accept Pedophiles

Recent TEDx Talks independent speaking events have featured guests promoting pedophile acceptance in society.

TV weathercasters now push ‘global warming’

A campaign “fraught with bad science” to deploy TV weathercasters as climate activists is spearheaded by federally funded groups that support shutting down debate on the issue by invoking RICO statutes, contends a leading skeptic of the theory of human-caused global warming.

Hundreds of tons of dead herring wash up on Russian coast

Thousands of Pacific herring fish have mysteriously washed up dead along the coast of the Piltun Bay in northeastern Sakhalin, Russia.

Giant Horror Plant That Causes 3rd Degree Burns Has Spread to Yet Another US State

If Hollywood wanted to make a movie about a horrifying plant invasion, giant hogweeds would make a great candidate for the lead role – they are absolutely massive, incredibly toxic, and readily spread wherever their seeds take root.

Abortionists enraged when bishops offer burial for unborn

…A trial court judge had ordered the communications to be turned over in a lawsuit brought by several abortion businesses against a new law requiring that human remains be interred in cemeteries or cremated rather than being dumped in landfills.


Mid-Day Snapshot

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“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

In Today’s Edition

  • It’s no surprise the Trump’s EO on illegal minors didn’t satisfy Democrats.
  • Beware viral photos of detained immigrant children.
  • This whole episode is a despicable hate-fest ginned up for the midterms.
  • Ireland will mandate even Catholic hospitals perform abortions.
  • Is ObamaCare repeal back from the dead?
  • The Census Bureau’s citizenship question is “racist”?
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Resolving the Alien Minor Separation Issue

Trump’s EO changes policy to detain illegal alien families together, yet Democrats still politicize it.

Those Viral Immigrant Children Photos — Caveat Emptor

To put it mildly, it’s unfortunate when you have to turn to CNN to dispel Fox’s errant description.

A Despicable Hate-Fest Ginned Up for the Midterms

The despicable “splitting up families” campaign if choreographed for a Demo win in 2018.

ObamaCare Repeal Back From the Dead?

Maybe. Either way, changes are coming to ObamaCare in the form of association health plans.

Ireland: When ‘Freedom’ Becomes Coercion

The recent abortion vote strips religious liberty and conscience rights from Catholic hospitals.

NAC Objects to Census Citizenship Question

Census Bureau gets pushback from a leftist committee for including citizenship question.

Video: What Is Intersectionality?

Identity politics in which the value of your opinion depends on how many victim groups you belong to.

Demo Party Leaders Don’t Care About Immigrant Children — Unless…

Demos don’t want an immigration solution. They want political fodder to undermine the Trump administration’s economic policy success before midterm elections.

Thursday Short Cuts

Memory lane: “Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back.” —Barack Obama, 2014

Headlines – 6/21/2018

Saudis meet with Kushner, Greenblatt to discuss Gaza, peace push

Caroline Glick: The Road to Peace Does Not Run Through Ramallah

Major Gaza escalation: 45 rockets fired at Israel, IDF strikes 25 Hamas targets

Hamas, Islamic Jihad claim responsibility for Gaza rocket barrage

Hamas’ new equation: Rockets in response to every IDF strike

Liberman to Hamas: Attacking Israel was a mistake

IDF deploys additional Iron Dome batteries near Gaza amid heightened tensions

IDF chief vows to return security to residents of the south

IDF again shoots near, not at, Gazans preparing to fly ‘fire kites’ into Israel

Condoms, kites, birthday balloons: ‘Silly’ Gaza weapons could lead to real war

Netanyahu to Hamas: IDF response to arson attacks will intensify ‘as necessary’

Senior minister warns latest flare-up could lead to new Gaza war

Netanyahu Warns of Cyber Risks That Can Down Fighter Jets

Syria war: War crimes committed in Eastern Ghouta battle – UN

Khamenei objects Iran’s joining anti-terror treaty

Iran says Europe’s proposals to save nuclear deal are ‘not satisfying’

Iranian people will not give in to U.S. pressure – Rouhani

Friedman: US, not UNHRC advancing human rights

UN Human Rights Council back to work with US seat empty

Israel: US brave to leave Human Rights Council

Israel may follow US in freezing out UN rights body, to some diplomats’ dismay

UN human rights chief disappointed US is leaving

Britain’s Johnson says US withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council ‘regrettable’

Russia criticizes US pullout from UN Human Rights Council

China says it regrets US quitting UN rights council

N. Korea, China discuss ‘true peace’, denuclearization

Iran’s supreme leader criticizes Trump over family separations

Pope criticizes Trump administration policy on migrant family separation

Members of Jeff Sessions’s own denomination accuse him of immorality, discrimination and ‘child abuse’

Trump Detention Centers Listed Alongside Nazi Concentration Camps on Wikipedia

Airlines Ask U.S. Not to Fly Detained Kids on Their Flights

Why are so many migrants crossing the U.S. border? It often starts with an escape from violence in Central America

Ivanka Trump asked father to end separation of children from parents at border

Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border

‘Perhaps I’d Rather Be Strong’: Trump Says Country Will Be ‘Overrun’ if He’s Weak on Immigration

Immigrant entry for all is not sustainable: Varney

‘She’s Finished’: Farage Says Merkel Ruined Career With ‘Open Door’ Migrant Policies

Hungary approves “STOP Soros” law, defying EU, rights groups

The EU just hit back at Trump with its own tariffs on American goods

Expert: Bots are poised to wreak havoc in the 2018 midterm elections

Netanyahu: ‘Israel has become one of the top five leading countries in cyber security’

Trump’s ‘space force’: Pentagon tackles call to create 6th military branch

NASA unveils bold new plan to protect Earth from asteroids

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sabana Grande de Boya, Dominican Republic

Dozens Of Hawaii Tourists Arrested Taking Lava Photos, Selfies In Restricted Kilauea Volcano Eruption Areas

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Days of Storms Flood Drought-Ridden South Texas

High water rescues take place as heaviest rainfall since Hurricane Harvey floods Texas

More than foot of rain causes massive flooding in southern Texas

Flash floods strike coastal south Texas, residents urged to seek higher ground

Texas Flooding Pictures: Heavy Rains Submerge Coastal Towns Under Several Inches of Water

Heavy rain hits Texas as Midwest reels from its own flooding

Michigan Gov. Snyder declares ‘state of disaster’ for 2 U.P. counties

17 killed after devastating floods in Ivory Coast

Global warming, now brought to you by your local TV weathercaster

Synthetic biology raises risk of new bioweapons, US report warns

9 Abortionists Accused of Breaking Law by Failing to Report Abortions on Girls Age 12 and Younger

Israel’s Knesset advances bill banning sexual orientation, gender identity discrimination

World Health Organization Officially Says Being Transgender Is Not A Mental Illness

Cardinal removed from public ministry after sex abuse allegation

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana


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End of the WORLD: Biblical prophecy claims Rapture is coming TODAY on summer solstice

Charismatic Leader, Shawn Bolz, Says Prophecies of Judgment Aren’t From God

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Invasive plant that causes 3rd-degree burns, permanent blindness discovered in Virginia

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 06:44 PM PDT

Invasive plant that causes 3rd-degree burns, permanent blindness discovered in VirginiaOfficials in Virginia are warning residents to be on the lookout after an invasive plant was found Tuesday in the northern part of the state that can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness.  The Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech said in a Facebook post that 30 giant hogweed plants were discovered in Clarke County, located between Winchester and Leesburg.  The plant contains a very toxic sap, that when combined with sun exposure, can cause severe health hazards.

“In brief, the sap prevents your skin from protecting itself from sunlight, which leads to a very bad sunburn,” according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. “Heat and moisture (sweat or dew) can worsen the skin reaction. The phototoxic reaction can begin as soon as 15 minutes after contact, with sensitivity peak between 30 minutes and two hours after contact.” READ MORE

One of the driest places on earth covered in lakes after tropical cyclone Mekunu

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 06:30 PM PDT

One of the driest places on earth covered in lakes after tropical cyclone MekunuWhen Tropical Cyclone Mekunu rumbled over Oman in May, it dumped torrential rainfall on the city of Salalah. Now, a new satellite image reveals the extent of unloaded rainfall in the nearby desert of Rub’ al-Khali, the world’s largest sand desert and (normally) one of the driest places on Earth.  The image, taken by NASA’s Operational Land Imager three days after the storm brought heavy rains to the region—Salalah saw 11 inches of precipitation in just 24 hours, more than double its yearly average—captures the

arid desert’s typical large swaths of sand with ripples sculpted by wind. But there’s one novel feature: water lakes in the flat lowlands between the sand dune tops.Aside from being quite the sight, these bountiful rainwater deposits could be beneficial for local business. “The land will need 30 days to sprout their summer plants,” Ali Al- Hatish, a regular visitor desert visitor, told Al Arabiya.net. After that, camel owners expect this vegetation to feed their camels for the next two years. READ MORE

453 earthquakes strike Kilauea summit in 24 hours

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 06:07 PM PDT

453 earthquakes strike Kilauea summit in 24 hoursKilauea volcano in Hawaii is continuing to erupt, with the volcano and surrounding areas experiencing 453 earthquakes alone within the last 24 hours, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).  Within the surrounding Leilani area, 5,914 acres of land have now been impacted, while 553 houses have been destroyed. The volcano has produced a large laze plume after an ash eruption on Sunday morning at the Kilauea summit.

USGS warned lava is shooting between 60ft and 165ft into the sky from Fissure 8 as lava continues to pour into the ocean at Kapoho Bay. USGS said: “The ocean entry is a hazardous area. Venturing too close to an ocean entry on land or the ocean exposes you to flying debris from a sudden explosive interaction between lava and water. Also, the lava delta is unstable because it is built on unconsolidated lava fragments and sand. READ MORE

Earthquake swarm under Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano, alert level raised, Chile

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 05:54 PM PDT

Earthquake swarm under Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano, alert level raised, ChileChilean authorities increased the alert level for Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano to Yellow (2 of 4) on June 20, 2018, following increased seismic activity detected under the volcano since the beginning of the month. The last eruptive phase of this volcano started on June 4, 2011 and ended in April 2012 (VEI 5). According to parameters observed between June 1 and 15, 2018, a total of 272 earthquakes were

recorded under the volcano, of which 48 were classified as long-period (LP) earthquakes associated with dynamics of fluids inside the volcano.  215 earthquakes were volcano-tectonic, associated with the movement (injection or withdrawal) of magma. These were located 0.6 km (0.4 miles) west of the center of 2011 eruption, at a depth of 2.8 km (1.7 miles). In addition, the seismic network registered 9 hybrid earthquakes of moderate magnitude, associated with evidence of deformation. READ MORE

US stepping up Earth’s protection from asteroids and comets

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 05:35 PM PDT

US stepping up Earth’s protection from asteroids and cometsThe U.S. government is stepping up efforts to protect the planet from incoming asteroids that could wipe out entire regions or even continents. The National Science and Technology Council released a report Wednesday calling for improved asteroid detection, tracking and deflection. NASA is participating, along with federal emergency, military, White House and other officials.

For now, scientists know of no asteroids or comets heading our way. But one could sneak up on us, and that’s why the government wants a better plan. NASA’s planetary defense officer, Lindley Johnson, said scientists have found 95 percent of all these near-Earth objects measuring one kilometer (two-thirds of a mile) or bigger. But the hunt is still on for the remaining 5 percent and smaller rocks that could still inflict big damage. READ MORE

New Zealanders warned giant volcano is ready to erupt for the first time in 500 years

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 05:25 PM PDT

New Zealanders warned giant volcano is ready to erupt for the first time in 500 years

New Zealand‘s Mount Taranaki is ‘almost certain’ to erupt in coming years and cause mass devastation to its nearby townships, experts have warned.   The chances of the volcano, on the west coast of the North Island, erupting within the next 50 years and ‘producing volcanic hazards’ is extremely likely, authorities said. ‘An eruption of Mount Taranaki is not a matter of ‘if’, it is a matter of ‘when’,’ a report on the

region’s latest five-year Civil Defence plan stated. ‘An eruption of Mount Taranaki could produce volcanic hazards such as tephra falls, pyroclastic density currents, lava flows, lahars, flooding, debris avalanches, sector collapses, lightning and volcanic gases.’  More than 450,000 people visit the Egmont National Park each year to hike its trails to the mountain’s 2500 metre summit. READ MORE

Male Legislative Librarian Who Identifies as Female Sues State of Alaska for Not Covering ‘Gender Reassignment’ Surgery

Posted: 20 Jun 2018 12:25 PM PDT

Male Legislative Librarian Who Identifies as Female Sues State of Alaska for Not Covering ‘Gender Reassignment’ SurgeryA legislative librarian for the State of Alaska who was born male but identifies as female has sued the State after being informed that “AlaskaCare does not cover gender reassignment surgery.” The 36-year-old librarian, who goes by the name Jennifer Fletcher, obtained the desired operations last year, but ended up paying out of pocket. “This diverted financial resources that … Fletcher would have been able to use to pay off …

student loans and other debt,” the legal challenge, filed by the homosexual and transgender advocacy group Lambda Legal, reads.  It contends that AlaskaCare’s blanket exclusion of surgeries relating to gender dysphoria, in deeming such procedures to be medically unnecessary, deprives Fletcher and others of “equal dignity” and sends a message that “Fletcher’s worth as an employee is lesser than others, since the exclusion deprives [him] of compensation that other employees receive.” READ MORE


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June 21, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

51:7 You directed that hyssop and running water should be used in the ceremony for cleansing a leper (Lev. 14:1–8). Well, Lord, I take the place of a moral leper. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.[1]


51:7 hyssop. Old Testament priests used hyssop, a leafy plant, to sprinkle blood or water on a person being ceremonially cleansed from defilements such as leprosy or touching a dead body (cf. Lv 14:6ff.; Nu 19:16–19). Here hyssop is a figure for David’s longing to be spiritually cleansed from his moral defilement. In forgiveness, God washes away sin (cf. Ps 103:12; Is 1:16; Mic 7:19).[2]


51:7hyssop. A plant with hairy leaves and branches; bunches of the branches are good for sprinkling. For its use in a cleansing ceremony, cf. Lev. 14:6; Num. 19:6. As with Ps. 51:2 (see note on vv. 1–2), the psalm highlights the inner condition to which the ceremonies point.

51:7 Hyssop alludes to cleansing ceremonies (Lev. 14:4; Num. 19:18) that point forward to the final cleansing from sin through the work of Christ (Heb. 9:19–28).[3]


51:7hyssop Israelites used hyssop branches to apply the blood of the Passover lamb to their doorposts (see Exod 12:22 and note). They were also used in other purifying rituals (Lev 14:49–53; Num 19:18–19).

I shall be whiter than snow Signifies the complete purity the psalmist wishes for (see Isa 1:18 and note).[4]


51:7 with hyssop. The allusion is to Lev. 14:6, 7, where the cleansing of a leper is described.

wash me. This may be an allusion to Num. 19:19, where instructions are given for ritual washing after contact with a dead person. On the need for washing the heart, see “Legalism” at Matt. 23:4.[5]


51:7 “Hyssop,” a small leafy shrub, was an integral element both in the purification of the leper (cf. Lev. 14:4, note) and also in removing the defilement resulting from contact with a dead body (cf. Num. 19:6). This verse is reflected in Is. 1:18.[6]


[1] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 630). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 51:7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1000). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 51:7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 781). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[6] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ps 51:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

June 21 Asking for Wisdom

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.—Matt. 7:7–8

Our heavenly Father is generous to us and promises we have access to His eternal and unlimited treasure to meet our own needs as well as the needs of others. Even when we have been cleansed of our own sin, we need divine wisdom to know how to help a brother remove the speck from his eye.

God’s wisdom is one of our greatest needs. We can’t be discerning and discriminating without divine counsel from our heavenly Father; and the primary means for achieving that wisdom is prayer: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

Along with God’s perfect and infallible Word, we need His Spirit to interpret and illumine, to encourage and to strengthen. He does not want us to have all the answers; He wants us to be students who search the Scriptures. The Bible is a limitless store of divine truth. But apart from God Himself we can’t begin to fathom its depths or mine its riches. God gives enough truth for us to be responsible, but enough mystery for us to be dependent. He gives us His Word not only to direct our lives but to draw our lives to Him.

So when you need God’s wisdom to make spiritual decisions, ask God for it.

ASK YOURSELF

Part of feeling as though God isn’t providing us wisdom is that we don’t know how to receive it or what’s required in listening for it. How has God most often supplied you with the wisdom you need to handle a certain situation?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 181). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

JUNE 21 POETS ADMIRE NATURE: PROPHETS LOOK TO THE CREATOR

Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

GALATIANS 4:8

It is possible to spend a lifetime admiring God’s handiwork without acknowledging the presence of the God whose handiwork it is. Nature cannot lift men to God nor serve as a ladder by which he may climb into the divine bosom.

The heavens and the earth were intended to be a semitransparent veil through which moral intelligences might see the glory of God (Ps. 119:1–6; Rom. 1:19, 20), but for sin-blinded men this veil has become opaque. They see the creation but do not see through it to the Creator; or what glimpses they do have are dim and out of focus.

With what joy the Christian turns from even the purest nature poets to the prophets and psalmists of the Scriptures. These saw God first; they rose by the power of faith to the throne of the Majesty on high and observed the created world from above.

Their love of natural objects was deep and intense, but they loved them not for their own sakes but for the sake of Him who created them. They walked through the world as through the garden of God. Everything reminded them of Him. They saw His power in the stormy wind and tempest; they heard His voice in the thunder; the mountains told them of His strength and the rocks reminded them that He was their hiding place!

The nature poets are enamored of natural objects; the inspired writers are God-enamored men. That is the difference, and it is a vitally important one![1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Why Does The Press Only Seem To Care About Broken Attachments For Border-Crossing Children? — The Federalist

Pediatricians and immigrant advocates in South Texas are sounding the alarm that separating migrant children from their parents is giving them “toxic stress.” Change.org offers a tool kit to protest this trauma. Report after report features distraught children torn from the arms of their parents. This really is a tragic picture, although the parents put themselves at risk by heading across the border in spite of warnings they would be separated from their children.

A deeper question, though, lurks beneath this sudden concern for the welfare of children at the border. The repercussions associated with broken attachments and disrupted bonding are widely known and extensively researched. But why has the spotlight landed on migrant children in particular, when so many others in the United States suffer the same kind of trauma? It seems attachment theory is only relevant to the press when it serves liberal ideological ends.

via Why Does The Press Only Seem To Care About Broken Attachments For Border-Crossing Children? — The Federalist

June 21 Be a Mimic

Be imitators of God as dear children.

Ephesians 5:1

Imitating God may be easy to discuss, but it is difficult to do. You cannot do it in your own strength. But Jesus gave us the starting point for imitating God in the Sermon on the Mount. We need to mourn over our sin with a broken and contrite spirit. When we are overwhelmed by our sinfulness, we will hunger and thirst for righteousness. So there is a paradox: we are to be like God, yet we must know we cannot be like Him on our own.

Once we are aware of the paradox, then we know there must be some other power to make imitating God a possibility. The apostle Paul prayed that God would strengthen us “with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph. 3:16). The Holy Spirit provides the strength “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (v. 19). We can be like God (in terms of His character), but we can’t do it on our own—that is the Spirit’s work.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 190). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Thursday Briefing June 21, 2018 – AlbertMohler.com

Without human dignity there are no human rights: The real story behind the U.S. withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council

Wall Street Journal (Jessica Donati) — U.S. Withdrawing From U.N. Human Rights Council

The Atlantic (Krishnadev Calamur) — The UN Human Rights Council Is a Deeply Flawed Body

What the dissolution of the American family has to do with the prevalence of fear and despair among American teenagers

New York Times (Jan Hoffman) — Sex and Drugs Decline Among Teens, but Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Grow

Why gang violence overtaking a Maryland middle school is an indictment of the entire nation

Washington Post (Michael E. Miller) — ‘A ticking time bomb’: MS-13 threatens a middle school, warn teachers, parents, students

Newsweek (Michelle R. McPhee) — MS-13: How an FBI Informant Risked Death to Bring America’s Most Brutal Gang to Justice
— Read on albertmohler.com/2018/06/21/briefing-6-21-18/

June 21, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

34:4 When the Spirit of God begins to brood over the soul of the sinner, He implants in it a divine instinct to seek the Lord. Only later does the saved sinner realize that it was the Lord who was the original Seeker! It is as the hymn says:

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew

He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me;

It was not I that found, O Savior true.

No, I was found of Thee.

Anonymous

Still, when we seek Him He answers, delivering us from all our fears—the fear of the unknown future, the fear of dying with our sins unconfessed and unforgiven, the fear of standing before the Judgment of the Great White Throne. When we trust Christ as Lord and Savior we hear His words of absolution: “Your sins are forgiven; go in peace!”[1]


34:4 I sought Yahweh The psalmist describes how Yahweh was faithful to him when he sought deliverance from trouble.[2]


34:4 he answered me. One of the most frequent themes of the psalms is stated boldly: God hears and answers the prayers of His people.[3]


[1] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 597). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 34:4). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 764). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

This Powerful Pro-Life Drawing That’s Going Viral Will Stop You in Your Tracks

Wow. This is heart-wrenching.

A powerful drawing about abortion has been going viral on social media in the last week or so. The drawing shows a fetus grabbing onto a string attached to her mother’s heart while trying to get away from sharp instruments in her womb (you can see it below).

Based on the inscription on the bottom right of the drawing, it appears the drawing may be originally from a Facebook page called NO al aborto, SI a la VIDA. It was posted on that page on June 11th and has so far been shared over 3.7k times. It was quickly also shared on the popular pro-life Facebook page CHOICE42, and has been shared over 12k times from there. It has also been shared on other pages on Facebook and all over Twitter.

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Only 21 Christian Refugees Admitted to US From Middle East in 2018; Evangelicals Blast Washington

After pledging that it would help Christians facing genocide by the Islamic State and other Muslim groups, figures show the Trump administration has resettled only 21 Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Source: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/june/only-21-christian-refugees-admitted-to-us-in-2018-evangelicals-blast-washington

SBC Speaks On Immigration In a Romans 13 Moment — SBC Voices

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” – Romans 13:1-2

How do we reconcile Romans 13 with speaking out on Immigration policy that differs from current law or what the government proposes? How can we be “subject to the governing authorities” while also calling for our government to behave differently than it has when we believe it to be wrong? And, how can we affirm the role of the government in providing an orderly society and secure borders while fulfilling the prophetic role of the church in speaking and working on behalf of the vulnerable, for children and families, and for the poor? I think it can all be done.

The recent SBC 2018 Resolution #5 On Immigration gives us an opportunity to consider this question and consider how we can fulfill both perspectives. After thoroughly explaining God’s commands regarding human dignity and how immigrants are to be treated from Scripture, Resolution #5 shifts into some direct statements. A couple of them:

RESOLVED, That we desire to see immigration reform include an emphasis on securing our borders and providing a pathway to legal status with appropriate restitutionary measures, maintaining the priority of family unity, resulting in an efficient immigration system that honors the value and dignity of those seeking a better life for themselves and their families …

RESOLVED, That we encourage all elected officials, especially those who are members of Southern Baptist churches, to do everything in their power to advocate for a just and equitable immigration system, those in the professional community to seek ways to administer just and compassionate care for the immigrants in their community, and our Southern Baptist entities to provide resources that will equip and empower churches and church members to reach and serve immigrant communities;

Read the rest of this resolution. It is important.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, last week, appealed to Romans 13 when he spoke to his “church friends” and he encouraged us to stand down in our criticism. This was two days after Resolution #5 On Immigration passed. Catholic Bishops also spoke against the practice of family separation, as did many other denominations and Christian groups. It is not out of bounds to think that he was speaking to us.

How does the church approach the government when we believe it to be in error? Let’s consider some examples.

Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Legalized abortion has been the law of the land ever since. Is it wrong for Christians to oppose this? To call for a change in our abortion laws?

Race-based Slavery was legal. It was the law of the land written into the Constitution via the Enumeration Clause, or the 3/5 compromise, and the Fugitive Slave Clause, which required that escaped slaves to one state be returned to their owners in their state of origin. Slavery was affirmed and written into the Constitution. Was it wrong to oppose this, even after it was written in?

Indian Removal was legal. Jim Crow Segregation was legal. Japanese Internment was legal. Women did not receive the right to vote until 1920. We can go on and one with one law after another that was opposed, advocated against, and ultimately changed. We even see apologies taking place over past wrong laws. Should Christians ever speak out against unjust laws?

People like Jeff Sessions and Robert Jeffress who use Romans 13 wrongly, would invoke it against the act of simple criticism or the expression of a different opinion on immigration law. While immigrants are subject to the laws of the land, U.S. citizens surely have the right to speak about those laws and policies and call for them to be changed according to Biblical convictions. It is right and just to ask that consideration be made regarding the priority of family unity in the midst of securing our border.

The reality is that the church has every right to speak to the government about the law and how the law is being carried out. We have both the right and responsibility to advocate for better laws, for more just laws, and to speak on behalf of those who have no voice. Proverbs 31:8-9 says,

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy.

We are in a False Romans 13 moment when the church is being told by the Attorney General and certain pastors that the law is the law and it has to be followed and there is nothing that can be done. And, that law requires that desperate families be split up. That is wrong. This is not an empire or a monarchy. We live in a democratic republic. We are not subject to a Caesar or an Emperor or King. Our government is different. “We the people.” We can speak from a Biblical perspective on behalf of people. We can ask that people be treated fairly, humanely, and that children stay with their parents as their asylum claims are worked through. It is right and just for us to ask that laws be improved and that people be treated in a more Biblical fashion than is currently happening.

Yes, we are told to submit to the governing authorities, but our governing authority is not a man – not permanently. In America, it is the Constitution and that rule of law also calls us to participate and to speak and to take part in our own governance. If anyone were calling for the breaking of the law, that would be inappropriate. But, calling for laws and policies to be changed to better care for the weak, the vulnerable, the poor, and the sojourner is right, just, and the Biblical thing to do. It is also what our government asks us to do through our governing processes. We aren’t to try and control things as this is not a theocracy. But, we are to influence and WITNESS the reality of the Kingdom of God to the nations of the earth.

Ultimately, we have a higher authority than Attorney General Sessions, President Trump, or the Constitution. Our higher authority is God and His Word and He places us here as His Church to represent and witness to the truth and reality of His Kingdom breaking in through the person and ministry of Jesus Christ, who is reconciling all things to Himself. That life is manifested most clearly in the church, but the light of Christ is to shine upon the larger world as well through us proclaiming the Better Way of Jesus wherever we go. Because of the kind of government we have, we have the right and responsibility to speak and to say that actions of the government are sometimes wrong and to call for righteous and just responses toward the afflicted, the poor, and the needy while we model sacrificial love and those righteous responses through our ministries and personal lives.

Ultimately, I believe that the collective voice of the church in America made a difference as Trump seemed to reversed course today under pressure when he issued an Executive Order to keep migrant families together pending their hearings. That is a good first step to solve a problem that should not have existed in the first place. We’ll see how this situation unfolds and I hope that the church continues to speak on behalf of vulnerable, needy sojourners.

Leviticus 19:33-34 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
— Read on sbcvoices.com/sbc-speaks-on-immigration-in-a-romans-13-moment/