Christian Group Warns Against Rise of ‘Christian nationalism'
A group formed by Christian leaders is warning against the rise of "Christian nationalism," saying
the merging of Christian and American identities poses a threat to U.S. democracy and religious communities.
Christians, we are bound to Christ, not by citizenship, but by faith," Christians Against Christian Nationalism's statement reads. "Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths. All are equal
under the U.S. Constitution."
The statement is endorsed by at least 17 Christian leaders from various churches
and organizations, according to the group's website. The leaders say "Christian nationalism" seeks to bind Christianity and American citizenship in a way that
"provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation."
"Christian nationalism demands Christianity
be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian," the group said in its statement. The
group's credo includes a list of beliefs centered around the Constitution's religious equality and calls on Christians to
"reject this damaging political ideology."
Among the groups endorses is the Rev. Michael B. Curry, the bishop
who presided over the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. "The violence, intimidation and distortion of scripture associated with 'Christian nationalism' does not reflect
the person and teachings of Jesus Christ," Curry said.
From "The Hill"
Burger King Manager From Viral ‘Go Back to Mexico' Video Accepts Apology From Woman Who Claims She Had ‘Just Buried'
Her Best Friend
A Burger King employee who was told to "go back to Mexico" by two women in a viral video says he's accepted their apology. The
general manager of the Eustis, Fla., location posted an image of a letter he claims to have received from the women to Facebook.
In the letter, the women describe their actions as "very bad behavior" and claim that they had recently hit an "emotional
brick wall." Ricardo Castillo captioned the photo with, "Wherever y'all are, I would like to say that apology is accepted and I'm truly sorry for what you've been through..."
In the apology letter, the two women describe the emotional situation that led to their behavior.
of us has become a widow last week," the letter explains. "Our irrational moment at your restaurant when our hearts
were still painfully raw resulted in lashing out at you, causing you undeserved pain and embarrassment." The letter describes
the women's situation, "The overwhelming realization you just buried your best friend, you're faced with insurmountable
debt with very little income now and no savings."
They go on to describe their behavior as "irresponsible"
and "hurtful," and the letter ends, "Our hope is that you will extend your hand to us in forgiveness and accept
our heartfelt apology." The letter doesn't give either woman's real name, instead only identifying them as "two
old but much wiser ladies."
Castillo continues on in his post to say that he's opening up a GoFundMe account
to raise money for the two women. "Remember, like they said in this letter, Jesus Christ said be kind and compassionate
to one another," Castillo wrote. "So, please, let's help them."
From "Fox News"
Is Sex Before Marriage OK? ‘The Bachelorette' Shows Most Unmarried Christian Say ‘Yes'
If you are a Christian, where do you fall in the sex before marriage argument? Statistics
state that 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) say they are having sex. The average age for marriage
for women in the 90's used to be 24 now, according to the U.S Census Bureau that same age has climbed up to 27 and for men
So with our population, getting married later and later. And our culture becoming overly sexualized and "liberated"
where do Christians fall in this matter? Many say that the beliefs of waiting for sex in marriage are old fashioned and antiquated.
They paint God out to be more of a progressive God than we think, saying that many things are permissible in His eyes, but
Relationships in this day and age are more recreational than purpose or goal-driven. For the sake of fun,
a high or a good time, young adults and teens are giving into sexual pressures and curiosities instead of practicing abstinence.
This season on The Bachelorette this argument was front and center when contestant Luke Parker and Hannah
Brown talked about their true intentions in moving forward physically.
We do commend Luke, who is a firm follower
of Jesus, for sticking up for what he believed in. Luke told Hannah that he wanted to abstain from sex until they got married.
Parker has been a controversial contestant this season due to anger outbursts and prideful remarks made toward the other men
in the house in a competitive fashion. Parker also told the Bachelorette that if she had intercourse with any other contestants,
he would be sending himself home. She had, in fact, slept with other contestants stating, "I have had sex, and Jesus
still loves me."
Hannah is a strong Christian as well but does not believe in abstaining from sex before marriage.
So what is the right answer? Parker paraphrased this verse of the Bible before he left, "Marriage should be honored by
all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral" (Hebrews 13:4).
I believe there is a deeper underlying issue here than just the sex argument. It begs the question: Do we take God at
His word this day in age as Christians? That is the real challenge-do we take God seriously enough? Do we believe that we
are actually honoring God, in His holiness, when we choose self-discipline in regards to sex outside of marriage?
have to know that obedience to God is a sacrifice, and it will not look anything like the patterns of culture. God instead
longs to protect us from bonding our hearts and souls to someone before its time (Song of Solomon 8:4).
Bachelorette did open quite the discussion forum for those who fall on various sides of the spectrum in this argument;
know that God's promises can be trusted and there is a reward for honoring Him with our bodies, especially with sex, that
can become an idol quickly. Don't exchange intimacy with God for an idol. On the other hand, if you have had sex outside of
marriage God does still love you, He is just calling us to a different way of living, a different loving standard. If you
are a believer, take up the challenge and see what God can do through your obedience to Him in this area.