While everyone in the country rushed around in mid-December buying and wrapping last-minute Christmas gifts, a Boston judge was preparing to issue the first decision of its kind anywhere in the United States: a decision declaring that a religious school must hire a gay man married to his gay partner, despite the school’s objection to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The Catholic school had offered this man a job as Food Services Director, but upon learning that he was a homosexual and was married to his gay partner, they rescinded the job offer in light of the fact that his lifestyle did not align with the school’s religious beliefs.
A few days ago, a pastor arrived at his church to find that his secretary had just taken a phone call that no Bible-believing pastor in America ever hopes to receive—one that could forever change his ministry.
The caller shared that he and his same-sex partner planned to get married, and they wanted the pastor to perform the ceremony at the church.
Thanksgiving is far too often overshadowed by the retail frenzy of the Christmas—make that the (politically correct) "holiday"—season. Yet if it weren't for the events we as Americans celebrate at Thanksgiving, we likely wouldn't have 200+ years of history as the most powerful, most freedom-loving nation this world has ever known. And there's no telling where we’d be if it weren't for the God who blessed those first settlers and allowed them to pave the way for the United States of America to become a reality more than 150 years later.
“Are you a Christian?” These were among the last words heard by several college students and a professor just a few weeks ago, as our nation witnessed the horror of another mass shooting, this time at a community college in Oregon. These were senseless deaths—deaths that appeared to be motivated by a hatred for Christianity. We grieve this loss not just because of the innocent lives that were cut short but also because tragedies like this force us to face our own mortality and the fact that, ultimately, we have little control over when our time on earth is done. That’s a harsh reality.