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The Ivey League of Life

I’m just going to take a moment to address something that is top-tier controversial at the moment, even more so than the growing egalitarian/complimentarian debate that’s shaping up in the SBC because of Beth Moore.

Today the bravest woman in America is Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama. 

From a sports perspective, I hate Alabama (the football team) with a white-hot passion, but today I stand beside the Governor of Alabama and her willingness to sign into law a bill that unashamedly acknowledges the “deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”

In passing this law, Alabama has courageously drawn a line in the sand that, up to this point, no other state has had the guts to do. Gov. Ivey surely must have known that the wrath of hell, along with all its infanticidal, pro-abortion propagandists and activists would want to come after her like a bunch of rabid piranhas.

By taking a clear and unequivocal stand for the sanctity of life in the womb. battle lines have been drawn, and by “battle” I’m positive the left will not suffice with hurling dirty looks and words. The right to murder a child for the sake of convenience and the promise of gain (or, rather, the right to worship Moloch) has become too delectable for the blood-thirsty who abhor consequences and idolize self.

People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– – 2 Timothy 3:2-4 NIV

When you have as your core belief the idea that it is OK to rationalize away what is inherently human and kill a baby, whether in the womb or not, all because “self” is more inherently important and more worthy of life than the innocent “other,” you’re the coward and the deceived.

The Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), promising to sue, sent a tweet to Gov. Ivey that read, “You can’t say we didn’t warn you, @GovernorKayIvey. See you in court.” That’s just it, she heard your warning, and did what was right, anyway.

That’s why she is the brave one, and that’s why I will be listening to “Sweet Home Alabama” with a tad larger smile on my face.

Roll Tide.

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The Magnificent Fifty: Foundation of Faith (Alabama)

Montgomery, Alabama (Artist: Susan Cassidy Wilhoit)

State Creed (1953)

I believe in Alabama, a state dedicated to a faith in God and the enlightenment of mankind.

 

Click HERE to read the introduction to this series.

 

From “The Magnificent Fifty: Foundations of Faith,” a permanent art exhibit on display at Bryan College, Dayton, TN.

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SarcAsm


Dear Alabama,

My heart breaks for you. Hot, painful tears stream down my cheeks. Every time I breath through my nose I think of how sore a sobbing elephant’s trunk must feel. Oh, and how many trees had to die to make the piles of tissue needed to capture the snot? 

If you need a shoulder, dear Tide fan, I’m here for you. I know you’re crushed. Just give me a call if you need to talk; I’ll be happy to listen. 

Just make sure you call – don’t FaceTime me – I don’t want you to see my smile 🙂

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My Prize Won’t Break

The Million-Piece Trophy

Just a few minutes ago I heard the sad, sad (so sad I almost want to weep tears of sorrow – not!) news that someone accidentally broke Alabama’s national championship trophy. Sad! So sad.

Seriously, a clumsy parent (say goodbye to that scholarship) knocked over the handmade Waterford Crystal trophy (valued at $30K) and smashed it into little, tiny pieces (now they can share). Isn’t it amazing how quickly such a hard-earned symbol of accomplishment could become fodder for the dust pan.

 The Believer’s Prize

Thankfully, at the end of this race, the race of life, there awaits for the Christian something better than a football made of fancy glass. And what’s more, it won’t decay, be stolen (Matthew 6:19-20), or get broken by an overly-excited loved one.

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. – 1Cr 9:25 NLT

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Rewarding Good “Being”

Today I was given a coin. On the face of the coin was inscribed the following words:

“I Was Caught Being Good”

I don’t want to be hyper-critical. I don’t want to be too sarcastic. I don’t want to make anyone mad at me for thinking this through; but, I just can’t help finding this a little odd.

The Story

I was waiting in one of our schools for the children to dismiss for the bus when I overheard a teacher say, “…if you’re caught being good…” Immediately my interest was piqued. Three words were put together in a way that made no sense: “caught” (which usually involves apprehension), and “being good” (which usually involves being left alone). Why would anyone who is being good need to be caught? I thought that only happened to bad guys.

So, I followed the teacher (Mrs. Lauren Hensley – she said I could use her name) around the corner to ask if I’d heard her correctly. To my amazement, the enthusiastic Alabama fan explained that there is a whole program built around “catching” and rewarding children for “being good.” Believe it or not, she even gave me one of the coins the “caught” receive (I was good).

The Questions

Please pardon my sarcastic attempt at humor. Even though I think I understand the reason for the coins, I still have some questions. Maybe someone could clear this up for me.

1) Why do you “catch” someone for being good? Doesn’t “catch” give the impression that you have been hooked, snagged, arrested, or apprehended?

2) Why would you catch someone for “being?” What have they done? The kids have to be there, don’t they? Shouldn’t all of them get coins?

3) What do you give the kids who actually DO good? Do they get their own coin? You see, being good is one thing, but doing good takes it to a whole different level. Maybe they should get a trophy.

4) Why is being good something that is rewarded? I have never had a Tennessee State Trooper pull me over and say, “Boy, do you realize you were doing 65 in a 65? I guess I’m gonna have give you a little coin to help you remember.” Why should doing what is expected be elevated to a level of achievement?

The Reality

The difference between “being good” and “doing good” is about the same as the difference between “being in love” and “showing love.” One might involve a lot of internal emotion and good intentions, but the other is proof something is real.

From a Biblical perspective, we are taught to DO good, not BE good. As a matter of fact, Jesus didn’t just sit around Nazareth being good, He “went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed…” (Acts 10:38). What’s more, Jesus said “No one is good but One, that is, God” (Luke 18:19 NKJV).

Have you ever heard of a person being arrested for being bad? No, only when he does something bad. It may be a matter of semantics, but being and doing are two different things. If we’re gonna catch somebody, I hope it’s in the act of doing, not just being?

BTW, thanks to all the teachers (including Mrs. Hensley) who do their best to make this world a better place! You deserve more than a coin – You deserve our respect.

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Missing the Point…AGAIN!

It never fails to amaze me…the ignorance of those who claim to know so much.

Just recently, Governor Robert Bently of Alabama made a whole lot of people angry. According to the reactions of some, he might as well have said that from now on, only Christians will be allowed to eat and breath in the state of Alabama. Of course, that is not what he said, but that is how it was interpreted.

You can read the articles for yourself (I attached the links, below). Both are full of accusations from non-Christians and atheists. None show any understanding or appreciation of the biblical principles to which Governor Bently was referring. Moreover, they smugly and hypocritically avoid the fact that the word “brother” is used in more circles than just Christian ones. Most of all, they accuse the governor of making all non-brethren out to be “second-class citizens.” All because he said that if you are not a follower of Jesus Christ and born again you can’t be considered family?

Correct me if I am wrong, but since when was I included in the family of the Muslim brotherhood? Tell me, when was it that I was last notified of my spot at the reservation in Montana? Has anyone received a call from Jessie Jackson, recently? Surely, the Rev. Jackson is wanting to welcome me as a “brutha.” Did anyone misplace the memo? NO, because I am not in those “families.” Moreover, most don’t want me, if I could, to become a part.

Governor Bently said what he said based on the fact that only believers in Jesus Christ as Saviour can claim a relationship. That, however does not make us incapable, as Christians, to love and serve our fellow man, even if he is a part of another “family” which seeks to destroy our own. The Apostle Paul made it very clear in the 12th chapter of the letter to the Romans that even though we may not all be “family,” we are to be “kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another (v. 10).”

On a side note, where do the people of Philadelphia think they got the name for their city? Philadelphia is the Greek word for “brotherly love,” as in Romans 12:10. Atheists and Muslims weren’t the ones who named the city, and those leaders led well.

No, it is precisely the Christian who is commanded to do what so few others are willing to do to non-brothers – love them and show kindness, even amidst persecution. Consider the following verses from Romans 12…

Romans 12:14-21  Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.  Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

If the Constitution was not the law of the land, and we were in any other country, especially one ruled by Sharia Law, would the above words bring comfort, or install fear? If the founders of our nation had been Jihadists, would they have written a Constitution such as ours that allows for “freedom of religion?” Is it fair to say that Governor Bently will treat non-Christians like “second-class citizens?” Not if he really does abide by his religious beliefs. If he does what he is supposed to do, then the non-brethren will fair much better than the non-brethren do in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, China, North Korea, etc., etc., etc.

Give the governor a break people! The great thing about America is that we are a nation of many “families,” but we’re still Americans. Don’t miss the point to make a stupid one.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/alabama-gov-robert-bentley-apologizes-christian-comments/story?id=12662495

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/18/new-ala-gov-just-christians-family/?test=latestnews#content

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