If you have lived the Christian life for any period of time, you know that that temptation can hit us suddenly and unexpectedly. Some temptation is small, leading to sins but other temptation is powerful with the ability to tempt us into additive and destructive habits.
In 2012, a lawmaker privately funded a monument to the Ten Commandments erected on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Since then, there have been a few lawsuits questioning the legality of such a monument on grounds of separation of Church and State from Atheist groups as well as the ACLU.
I have never watched Duck Dynasty, nor do I ever care to. Part of it is that I do not like to watch much television, part of it is that I am not a fan of reality TV, and the final part is that I do not like the pure commercialization of Duck Dynasty paraphernalia. But I have to offer great praise for the 'Duck Commander' Phil Robertson for his interview with GQ magazine and not forgetting about his faith. Of course, as you may know, A&E indefinitely suspended Phil for some of his comments reported in the article. Of particular commentary fame is this quote from the article:
I just read in the news today that the owner of Sweetcakes in Oregon is closing down its business after a same-sex couple was refused service. The state has a provision on the law books that prevents denial of private business services based on sexual orientation. The debate has its supporters and opponents, with one side screaming 'INTOLERANCE!', though I am not sure why the other side is not doing the same.
During my usual quick read-through the scriptures, I normally plow through the Word for familiarity, not deep study. But this morning, I was not able to get past a verse of scripture dealing with life in the Lord, death, faith, and more. The verse was 2 Samuel 14:14:
Are people reading the Bible and living by it? The Barna research group has been collecting statistics about the state of the Christian Wordview for almost 15 years now. The summary points are astounding: