Monthly Archives: May, 2011

2011 National Briefing Live-Stream

You can watch the Live-stream feed of the National Briefing by clicking the link Below. We will be posting updates, photos, and videos during the National Briefing on Twitter using the “#watchmenbriefing” Hashtag. We encourage you to promote the briefing using this Hashtag as well. You can follow this stream of tweets on the live-stream page.

Two genders, one image

In October 2010, the Australian Human Rights Commission published a “discussion paper” on “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity.”  According the Commission, there are the categories of “LGBTI” – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexuals and intersexuals.  That would seem rather comprehensive, but the Commission is only beginning: “Gender can be understood as a person looking, dressing or acting as male or female. Some people do not have a gender identity that is either exclusively male or female. Some people do not have a gender identity that is linked to their sex.  The phrase sex and/or gender identity is used in this paper as a broad term to refer to diverse sex and/or gender identities and expressions. It includes being transgender, trans, transsexual and intersex. It also includes being androgynous, agender, a cross dresser, a drag king, a drag queen, genderfluid, genderqueer, intergender, neutrois, pansexual, pan-gendered, a third gender, and a third sex. It also includes culturally specific terms, such as sistergirl and brotherboy, which are used by some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.” Whatever these various terms mean, biologically, there are two sexes.  On very rare occasions, according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, hermaphroditism can occur, but this can be corrected surgically and through hormonal treatments. Here is what the Bible says about “sexual identity:” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them … ” (Genesis 1:27-28a). Two genders, one humanity, one divine image stamped […]

Join Us for the Call2Fall Event

  On July 3, 2011 hundreds of thousands of believers across the nation will set aside time to pray for America and our leaders. Won’t you join them for Call2Fall 2011? We’re asking Christians to join the Call2Fall effort and set aside five (or more) minutes of their normally scheduled service on Sunday, July 3 to lift our nation up in prayer. With significant economic challenges, multiple natural disasters, and ongoing wars abroad–America stands in need of prayer. It is our hope to make July 3, 2011, the Lord’s Day nearest Independence Day, another day not only to celebrate the blessings of liberty, but to humble ourselves and seek God’s continued blessing so that our children’s children might enjoy the liberties we have enjoyed. We hear much of American “Exceptionalism,” but what made America exceptional was the faith of our Forefathers and the care they took to found a nation, not under any denomination, but “under God.” President Reagan said it in August, 1984, “If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” You can support Call2Fall this year by doing three things: Sign up by clicking “I’m In” on our Call2Fall website. Urge your friends and family to participate. Check out our Resources Page for special Facebook and Twitter features you can use to promote Call2Fall within your family circle and social network. Contact your own pastor and urge him to lead your church in the Call2Fall and become a host church for folks looking for a church […]

Jim Wallis, Homosexuality, and Genuine Love

by Rob Schwarzwalder Jim Wallis’s Sojourners’ magazine has decided not to publish an ad by “Believe Out Loud,” an organization which describes itself as follows: We believe Jesus’ message compels us to welcome all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Show the world that you can be Christian AND believe in LGBT equality. Join the movement to unite a million Christians for LGBT equality in the church and beyond. Although in past years, Sojourners has taken stridently liberal positions on all manner of hotly-contested issues, tacitly endorsing homosexuality is, apparently, too far a stretch.  “Sojourners’ constituency, board, and staff are not of one mind on all of these issues,” wrote Wallis at the Sojourners blog this week. This indubitably is true: At least one of the publication’s Board members, Ron Sider, is a signer of the Manhattan Declaration, as is contributing editor Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.  In signing the Declaration, they  joined other signatories (including this author) in affirming that “we pledge to labor ceaselessly to preserve the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman and to rebuild the marriage culture. How could we, as Christians, do otherwise?”  How, indeed. Wallis, a man of the Left, in his blog avoids stating what he did in a 2008 Christianity Today interview: I don’t think the sacrament of marriage should be changed. Some people say that Jesus didn’t talk about homosexuality, and that’s technically true. But marriage is all through the Bible, and it’s not gender-neutral. […]

On “the Unborn,” the Media, and the Conscience

by Rob Schwarzwalder There are some things in life you just can’t avoid.  Death and taxes come to mind, of course, and the seeming inevitability of the Cubs’ ultimate collapse. There are others.  One of them is the inescapable reality that abortion involves not a collation of tissue but the destruction of a person, a human being. This is not just a theological assertion or philosophical rumination: We know from medical science that from conception, the unborn child has the entire DNA of a fully mature adult.  What changes at time of birth is not the humanness of the child but his or her place of residence: For nine months, the womb was home; for the remainder of a person’s life, it is the world around us. Even the mass media cannot help itself.  In ordinary stories, the personhood of the child pops up in the simple reportage of stories of the day.  However much the pro-abortion movement has sought to shape the language of popular culture and public education, the fact that the little ones in the womb are, in fact, people, keeps intruding itself into public discourse.  For example (bold and italics are mine): On Monday of this week, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul noted that a “grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Buffalo man with three counts of vehicular homicide after a multi-vehicle crash in Lakeville killing two people and an unborn child.” On April 28, the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser had this headline: “Family grieves loss of woman, […]

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