Reeder: Here’s what Christians should say when traditional marriage views are labeled ‘bigotry’


 

 

 

 

 

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TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, on this Wednesday, I’d like to do a lightning round with you.

First story up, Kentucky governor calls for any elected official who has settled a sexual harassment claim to resign. Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin, called for elected officials and state employees who have settled sexual harassment claims to resign, saying, “Such behavior falls below the moral standard expected of them.”

DR. REEDER: When I heard that, I was just so overwhelmed with the moral clarity that this governor has brought. He could have as easily just dodged this and said, “Well, we don’t know why they settled this and why they settled that. Maybe it was expedient.”

He said, “Nope, if you handled this with an out-of-court settlement and, certainly, if it went through the court case and you were convicted, that is unacceptable behavior in the lives of our leaders and of our state. We are saying you ought to resign. It is your ethical responsibility.”

Of course, the occasion is a Republican Speaker of the House in Kentucky had a sexual harassment case that was settled out of court, it’s now become clear. He said he wasn’t going to resign. He did resign as the Speaker of the House, but he is continuing to be a representative from his district. When the governor was asked about it, that was his response.

There are some people that, perhaps, it was questionable as to whether what they did was truly a matter of sexual harassment, but there are insurance companies that will say, “Look, let’s just settle, anyway, and just move on.”

Now, people are going to say, “No, no. If I’m not guilty, I’m not guilty. I’m not going to settle to move on. I don’t care what it costs, I’ve got to protect my name and my reputation.”

And I think one of the things that would greatly help us in public policy, though, is to legislate a law that, if you bring a case, and lose it, and the judge affirms it as a frivolous case then the people who brought the case have to pay the lawyers’ fees and the court expenses.

That would cut down on some of these because there are some people that bring law cases, knowing that they wouldn’t have a case if it got to court, but also knowing that insurance companies figure, “It’ll cost us less to settle,” and so they go ahead and settle. That is happening constantly and that needs to stop.

TOM LAMPRECHT: Speaking of harassment, Harry, the LGBTQ students at Azusa Pacific University, a Christian private school in southern California, are now demanding that the school end its support of traditional marriage and its disapproval of same-sex relationships on campus.

Basically, they’re saying, “End your support of Biblical morality.” This all stems from a case where a line cook at the university is suing for harassment because he says that he faced verbal abuse by students and employees because he would not take the same Biblical stance.

DR. REEDER: He was challenged by the students in their discussions so, again, now we’ve got a situation where, “Someone disagrees with me and I bring a lawsuit because I have a so-called right to go through life without being challenged intellectually, morally or socially. If I’m challenged, that’s tantamount to harassment.”

It goes on to say that these students say, “We must give up the Biblical view of marriage and sexuality and move beyond its,” quote, “‘bigotry.’”

What we have embraced as the high standards of ethical behavior in what is marriage and sexuality within a marriage defined by one man and one woman for one life, that has stood the test of time of morality and of ethical virtue is now being called bigotry.

Well, my goodness, it seems as if Jesus was right. What will happen if they call evil good and good evil? What will happen if the light is darkness and the darkness is light? How great is that darkness? When you call the darkness light and lightness darkness?

For Christians, when that time comes – and even in this time – we just simply need to say, “Jesus Christ is my Lord and the Word of God is the final authority of my faith and practice. You may call sexuality within marriage and the marriage of one man and one woman bigotry but I call it faithfulness to the Word of God.

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, let me take you to Story No. 3: The Washington Examiner and The New York Times both did a detailed story on this a few days ago. Back on October the 24th, the DC Circuit Court said that an illegal youth by the name of Jane Doe must be released in order to have an abortion. That was on October the 24th.

Attorneys from the Department of Justice went to the ACLU attorneys who were representing the young lady and asked when would the abortion take place. They assured them it would not happen for two days. However, those attorneys apparently rushed the girl in the very next morning and had the abortion.

Now, the Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to review the case and bring disciplinary action to the ACLU attorneys who lied.

DR. REEDER: Yes, this is very interesting. The Department of Justice is now, on a case verdict that’s already been made that said that the 17-year-old girl had the right to the abortion and the government would need to pay for this, and they rejected a governmental solution to turn it over to a private company.

The court said she has the right to the abortion and the right to taxpayer funds to fund it. And then, immediately, the next day, she went and got the abortion, even though the lawyers had said, on record, that it would not take place for two days.

The Justice Department has gone to the court to vacate the ruling. Why? They’ve stated two reasons. No. 1 is they want to wipe out the precedent that the taxpayers have to affirm a person’s right to kill their child by paying for it. That is a violation of the laws governing the, quote/unquote, “right to abortion” in our nation.

Secondly, they have done it to bring to bear the misconduct of the ACLU lawyers because they misrepresented and they lied and, therefore, they are seeking for them to be either disciplined or dismissed from their credentials, that is, to be disbarred.

The precedent does need to be confronted because we must not get into a situation in which there’s a precedent of taxpayer money funding the death industry of abortion. And then, secondly, we need to hold the ACLU lawyers to their ethical obligations.

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, our final story is out of Town Hall. We all know that Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for single-payer healthcare, although he has a hard time proving how it is going to be paid for. Even The Washington Post said that the high costs cannot be overcome. It’s a trainwreck for the working poor, they said.

I want to point out, in this one story, though, an Ontario doctor has now found out that, for one of her patients in Canada to see a specialist, a neurologist, the wait time is four and a half years.

DR. REEDER: Accessibility in a socialist system is a walking joke. They can’t get into see a neurologist in Canada for four years. Tell me how that’s going to help you when you’ve got a brain tumor.

It is demonstrable that the care that is delivered, the technology that’s developed and the progress in research is totally undermined when you go to a socialist system and you lose out on competition and entrepreneurial dynamics built into the medical enterprise.

And then, No. 3, the cost factor goes out of the roof. It is beyond any expectations of what begins to happen, yet, we continually move toward the socialist offer, thinking, “Oh, it’s free.” Nope, wait until you see what happens to your taxes.

TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, our theme today is promises made and promises broken. How does the Christian react to these stories?

DR. REEDER: You do not depend upon man and you do not depend even upon man’s goodwill. We have to function with each other and we have to treat each other with dignity and respect but there is only one who has made a covenant with promises and vows and has kept the vows – and the promises are “Yes” and “Amen” because He has kept those vows – and that’s the God of Glory and the covenant is the covenant of grace, whereby Jesus Christ fulfilled the holiness of God and kept the oath of God, “I will save my people.”

And, on the cross, He paid for all the sins of all of His people so you can have everlasting life. And, with that security that God has delivered on His promises and His Son, in whom all of the promises of God are “Yes” and “Amen,” that’s what allows you to live in a world where men and women constantly renege on their promises for self-absorption, self-advancement and self-gratification.

And you also live in the world where Christians imperfectly, but purposefully, try to imitate their Savior and, when we promise something, we say what we mean, mean what we say and never be mean when we say it.

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

This podcast was transcribed by Jessica Havin. Jessica is editorial assistant for Yellowhammer News. Jessica has transcribed some of the top podcasts in the country and her work has been featured in a New York Times Bestseller.

14 hours ago

Goat Island Brewing is an Alabama Maker concocting interesting beers

Their slogan is “Life is too short to drink baaad beer” and Goat Island Brewing Co. is doing its part to produce nothing but good brews in Cullman.

Started by a couple of homebrewing friends, Goat Island has added a head brewer, who is a microbiology major with no homebrewing history. The result is an array of tasty beers that are finding a following in northern Alabama.

“People across the board love all of our beers,” said Mike Mullaney, president and co-founder of Goat Island Brewing. “If you want to come in and have a whole bunch of good, variety of craft beers that have a lot of flavor, try us out.”

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The brewery is open to community events and fundraisers in Cullman.

“I like the fact that we are kind of a cultural community center,” Mullaney said.

With seven beers on tap – excluding a seasonal or a small batch – there is always something for any beer drinker. The Blood Orange Berliner Weisse is the bestselling beer on tap, and keeping up with the demand has been a little challenging. A new canning line should help.

The growth is welcome, but the beer has to be the star.

“We always emphasize quality and making sure everything we put out of here is up to the highest standard,” said Paul White, head brewer and operations manager.

Goat Island Brewing Company

The product: Craft beer.

Take home: A growler of Blood Orange Berliner Weisse.

Goat Island Brewing Co. can be found online and on Facebook Twitter and Instagram.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

16 hours ago

Renew Our Rivers kicks off 21st year

The third decade of Renew Our Rivers (ROR) gets underway in February with the first of the year’s 32 cleanups of Alabama rivers and waterways. If last year is any indication, there will be more volunteers and more trash removed in 2020, said Mike Clelland, ROR coordinator.

Since 2000, when the program began, 122,000 volunteers have collected almost 16 million pounds from waterways and shorelines in the South. In 2019, more than 5,000 volunteers removed almost 450,000 pounds of trash, including old boats, mattresses, tires, appliances and other unsightly items, a 4% increase over the previous year’s haul.

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“We not only picked up more trash in 2019. We also had more volunteers,” said Clelland, an Environmental Affairs specialist for Alabama Power who helps coordinate the cleanups with multiple partners. “Twenty years in and the enthusiasm and participation remain strong. I fully expect 2020 to be just as successful as 2019, if not more so.”

An Alabama River cleanup in Autauga County on Feb. 15 leads off this year’s schedule, which concludes the first week of November at Lake Martin.

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Renew Our Rivers began in 2000 with a cleanup by Alabama Power employees along the Coosa River at the company’s Plant Gadsden. It has grown to become one of America’s largest river cleanup initiatives, with the help of community partners, volunteers and organizations.

“Alabama is a beautiful place with extraordinary natural resources,” said Susan Comensky, Alabama Power vice president for Environmental Affairs. “Protecting those resources, while providing reliable, affordable electricity for our customers, is at the heart of our company’s mission. The commitment by Alabama Power employees to Renew Our Rivers remains strong, but we couldn’t do it without the support of our community partners across the state who support the effort year after year.”

Renew Our Rivers is one of many initiatives in which Alabama Power partners with others to promote conservation and environmental stewardship in communities across the state. The 2020 schedule of Renew Our Rivers cleanups is below. For updates to the schedule, visit alabamapower.com/renewourrivers.

2020 Renew Our Rivers Schedule

Feb. 15: Alabama River

Contact: John Paul O’Driscoll at 334-850-7153

or johnpaulod@juno.com

 

Feb. 29: Bankhead Lake (Warrior River)

Contact: Ronnie Tew at 205-908-4857

 

March 7: Lake Eufaula (Chattahoochee River)

Contact: Brad Moore at bmooreless@gosuto.com

 

March 14: Valley Creek (Spring)

Contact: Freddie Freeman at 205-424-4060, ext. 4188

or ffreeman@bessemeral.org

 

March 21: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)

Contact: Mike Clelland at 205-354-9348

 

March 28-April 4: Logan Martin (Coosa River)

Contact: Bud Kitchin at 256-239-0242

 

March 28: Minor Heights Community at Village Creek

Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087

or yohancevilcreek@yahoo.com

 

March 28-April 4: Lay Lake (Coosa River)

Contact: Judy Jones at 205-669-4865

 

April 11: Lay Lake at E.C. Gaston Plant (Coosa River)

Contact: Tanisha Fenderson at tfender@southernco.com

 

April 4: Cahaba River

Contact: David Butler at

info@cahabariverkeeper.org

 

April 14-15: Mobile River (Plant Barry)

Contact: Bo Cotton at 251-331-0603

 

April 18: Lake Jordan (Coosa River)

Contact: Brenda Basnight 334-478-3388

 

Date TBD: Plant Miller (Locust Fork)

Contact: TBD

 

April 22-23: Smith Lake (Winston County)

Contact: Allison Cochran at 205-489-5111

 

April 24: Smith Lake (Cullman County)

Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

 

April 25: Weiss Lake

Contact: Sam Marko at 404-626-8594

 

May 1: Plant Gorgas (Mulberry Fork)

Contact: John Pate at 205-686-2324

or johpate@southernco.com

 

May 15: Lake Seminole

Contact: Melanie Rogers at mlrogers@southernco.com

 

May 16: Chattahoochee River (Plant Farley)

Contact: Melanie Rogers at mlrogers@southernco.com

 

May 18-19: Smith Lake (Walker County)

Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253

 

Aug. 8: Holt Lake (Black Warrior River)

Contact: Becky Clark at 205-799-2449

 

Aug. 14: Plant Miller (Locust Fork)

Contact: Madison Maughon at 205-438-0150

or mtmaugho@southernco.com

 

Aug. 15: Valley Creek

Contact: TBD

 

Aug. 15: Upper Tallapoosa River

Contact: Lex Brown at 256-239-6399

 

Sept: 8-9: Smith Lake (Walker County)

Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253

 

Date TBD: Village Creek

Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087

 

Sept.18: Smith Lake (Cullman County)

Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

 

Sept. 24: Smith Lake (Winston County)

Contact: Jim Eason at msgjeason@yahoo.com

 

Oct. 2-3: Lake Demopolis

Contact: Jesse Johnson at 334-289-6160 or 251-238-1257

 

Oct. 13: Dog River (Mobile County)

Contact: Catie Boss at 251-829-2146 or clboss@southernco.com

 

Oct.17: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)

Contact: Dale Vann at 205-910-3713

 

Oct. 20-22: Lake Harris (Tallapoosa River-Lake Wedowee)

Contact: Sheila Smith at 205-396-5093

or Marlin Glover at 770-445-0824

 

Oct. 26-31: Neely Henry Lake (Coosa River)

Contact: Lisa Dover at 256-549-0900

 

Nov. 6-7: Lake Martin (Tallapoosa River)

Contact: John Thompson at 334-399-3289

or 1942jthompson420@gmail.com

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

19 hours ago

Time-lapse video of Birmingham’s new downtown interstate bridges

The new Interstate 59/20 bridges through downtown Birmingham are scheduled to open within the next few days, 12 months after they were closed for replacement.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) announced Jan. 13 the contractor, Johnson Brothers Corp., would have the bridges completed and ready to open no later than Jan. 21. The interstate bridges were closed to traffic Jan. 21, 2019, as part of ALDOT’s phased repair plan for the more than 45-year-old bridges.

Alabama Power recorded the demolition and construction of the western half of the bridges from a 17th-floor window overlooking the junction of the bridges with I-65. The 12-month recording was condensed into a one-minute time-lapse video.

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A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17 at 2:00 p.m. Once the bridges reopen to traffic, ALDOT says crews will spend the rest of 2020 repairing detours and completing work around the bridges. Plans to develop public space underneath the bridges are not yet finalized.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

20 hours ago

Roby: More flexibility for America’s working parents

The American workforce has witnessed considerable change in dynamics during the 21st Century: it is more diverse than ever before.

Statistics consistently show the percentage of U.S. families with at least one working parent is on the rise, and it’s no secret that today’s working parents struggle to balance the demands required of them by their jobs and their children.

Time is the most precious resource, especially for mothers and fathers who are putting forth their best efforts to manage families while simultaneously excel in their careers. These hard-working parents deserve and need more choice and flexibility in their daily schedules in order to accomplish both. As a working mom myself, I understand the challenges parents face in managing these responsibilities. I always say that Congress cannot legislate another hour into the day, but we can update our laws to allow more choice and fairness in how employees choose to use their time.

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As the dynamics of the workplace have changed over time, our policies that govern the workplace have not adapted to keep up with these changes. I am proud to again introduce the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2020. This piece of legislation offers compensatory time, or “comp time,” benefits in lieu of cash wages for overtime, allowing private-sector workers the same opportunity that currently exists in the public sector.

This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and removes an outdated and unnecessary federal restriction on the use of comp time in the private sector for hourly employees. Comp time would be completely voluntary for the employer and employee with strong worker protections to prohibit coercion. This is the same legislation I have introduced numerous times, and it passed the House on several occasions. This change in law would provide more flexibility for working moms and dads who need more time to manage their families.

Think about it this way: should a working dad be forced to use all of his vacation time to be involved in his child’s school? Should a military mom have to take sick leave in order to make sure her child is properly taken care of? Whether it’s a parent coaching a child’s sports team, caring for a sick or elderly family member, or getting children to and from school and extracurricular activities, family responsibilities often require parents to take time away from work.

As times have changed, so have demands on our time. This is one proposal that would offer private-sector American workers more freedom and more control over their time in order to spend it the way they choose. This piece of legislation is about the working moms and dads across the country who value their time. I am honored to introduce this bill again in order to show my support for all of the working parents across our nation and to hopefully make life a little easier for the moms and dads in our American workforce.

Martha Roby represents Alabama’s Second Congressional District. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with her husband Riley and their two children.

21 hours ago

Alabama hunter grants wishes for kids

Jeff Carter didn’t have a plan in 2011 when he started Pine Hills and Oak Hollars Child Classic, an organization that takes sick kids on a weekend hunting trip in northwest Alabama.

“At that time I really didn’t know what it looked like,” Carter said. “The Lord put it on my heart and he called me to do this. We stepped out on faith.”

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Carter’s faith paid off. The event, now in its ninth year, has grown from a hunting trip for one child into an extended weekend experience for three kids at a time. The kids are selected through the United Special Sportsman Alliance, all recovering from a life-threatening illness, such as cancer, or a life-altering disorder like autism.

“This is just an opportunity that God has given us to be able to give these kids and their families a chance to get away and get their mind off of a lot of what they’ve been dealing with,” Carter said.

Beau Terry, 18, is one of the young people hunting in this year’s classic. Terry said he was thrilled to get the chance.

“It’s kind of like having a lot of uncles around,” Terry said. “It means a lot.”

In addition to the hunting trip, the kids are given hunting clothes, a DVD video of their weekend and a canvas picture. Carter said their smiles are a blessing to him and his volunteers.

“It’s awesome,” Carter said. “When God calls us to do something, there’s no sense in worry about how much and how, just step out on faith and roll with it because he’s got it figured out already. He will provide.”

For more information about the Pine Hills and Oak Hollars Child Classic, visit the organization’s Facebook page here.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)