YHWH has called Himself a jealous God, but so, too, is the god of liberal secularism.
While it will tolerate vassals, it has no appetite for rivals.
This is evidenced by the ruthlessness with which they single out any ‘heretic’ who breaks from liberal orthodoxy to side with a contrary belief system.
They did it with Masterpiece Cake Shop. Obama did it when he objected to Nigeria’s traditional views on marriage and blocked funding to Nigeria that could have helped fight Boko Haram in the #BringBackOurGirls project.
The fact that Obama/Biden took nuns to the Supreme Court over a question of birth control is just embarrassing. And this religious hostility was further underscored by the fact that Obama/Biden fought to reverse the judicial ruling of asylum granted to a homeschooling Christian family from Germany AFTER the courts had ruled the family had suffered the sort of religious persecution that qualifies someone for asylum.
Trump spent his time in office affirming religious freedom, raising this issue at the UN.
Four years later, Joe Biden is back in the White House, and his party controls both the House and the Senate by the slimmest of margins. So what do you think the party that booed God does with that advantage? Go all-in with their secular agenda, obviously.
The latest round of legislation seems intentionally designed to squeeze out religious charities from providing the sorts of social services that Democrats would prefer the government to have a monopoly over.
The week before Thanksgiving, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it had revoked waivers that the Trump administration granted to three states. Because of the waivers, faith-based organizations could continue receiving federal dollars to provide adoption services, while abiding by non-discrimination provisions in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs. But with the Biden administration’s revocation of the waivers, residents in South Carolina, Texas, and Michigan could now have fewer agencies available to serve their needs.
At the same time, lawmakers on Capitol Hill worked to force religious organizations to choose between participating in new federal child-care programs or violating their religious beliefs. The bill House Democrats passed on November 19 would apply a host of federal laws to “any program or activity” receiving funds under the new child-care regime.
These requirements would impose significant philosophical and other conflicts on religious organizations participating in the child-care program. They could alter lesson content, prohibit hiring preferences for instructors of the same faith, and force groups to undertake costly renovations to antiquated buildings. Moreover, a separate ban on using funds “for buildings or facilities that are used primarily for sectarian instruction or religious worship” could nix arrangements like a daycare run in a church basement.
While some Democrats, such as West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin, seem understandably sympathetic to the plight of religious organizations, others have taken a harder line. The New York Times reported that, ahead of the House vote on the bill, a group of lawmakers led by House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking her to “oppose any effort to remove or change” the provisions in question. — TheFederalist
Pelosi wants to punish and cut funding for religious charities that don’t comply with her party’s secular demands, too. How very ‘devout’ of her.
Secularists with political power have declared war against religion? It’s hardly the first time in history this has happened.
They underestimate what tools believers have to fight back. (If only Christians can realize that they have them, and are supposed to use them.)
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.