Reeder: Secular culture wants more than ‘tolerance’, insists upon abortion and sexual anarchy ‘celebration’



 

 

 

 

 

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TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, I want to take you through a lightning round. Four different stories, but yet they all tie together.

The Supreme Court agreed, this past week, to hear National Institute of Family and Life Advocates vs. Becerra, which challenges California’s law requiring pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post notices that advise patients or visitors about tax-payer funded abortion programs.

The next story I want to take you to is out of The Daily Signal. It’s a bill would protect pro-life nurses. The bill is sponsored by Chris Smith of New Jersey and it’s entitled “The Conscious Protection Act.”

Basically, what this bill says is, if you’re in the insurance business, if you’re in the medical field, you’re not going to be forced to ever perform an abortion. You’re not going to be forced to do something that goes against your religious values, that goes against your conscience.

I also want to take you to Canada, where The Daily Wire’s reporting on an evangelical couple in Canada who are now taking legal action after their adoption application was denied because of their Biblical views of sexuality.

And, lastly, The Daily Signal is reporting the Delaware Department of Education is now saying that individual students coming to the public schools can declare their gender and their race without ever having to tell their parents.

REEDER: And whatever they declare has to be assumed as factual in terms of how the child is how to be regarded in the school system. You could have a white male who would come and say, “I identify as a black female.”

And then you’ve got the case up in Canada where, now, a couple who is clearly qualified to adopt but not allowed to adopt because, in answer to a question, they have made clear that, if their child comes to them with issues of sexuality – questioning the issue of heterosexuality and are they homosexual – their commitment is that they would put them into counseling to work through that.

And then, of course, you have the situation where nurses are having to fight for what has, historically, even since Roe v. Wade, been affirmed and that is medical personnel do not have to participate in the abortion practice if it’s a matter of their conscience and their free practice of religion. They cannot participate in what they see as an outright heinous murder.

And, in California, where crisis pregnancy centers that exist to give women clarity and alternative in crisis moments of pregnancy – that there is a better way rather than the pressure to abort the child.

There are three things that I want people to see in these stories that you have walked us through. The first thing I want you to see is that the quote/unquote “secular progressive” world and life view that surrounds all of these issues – the death of the unborn, gender confusion, sexual anarchy – all of these things have in common the world and life view that is rooted in the sovereign self.

We have said on many occasions that there are basically two world and life views. There’s the world and life view that is rooted in the sovereign God – that God is sovereign and, by virtue of creation and redemption, He has given us a way of life that, if embraced, leads to that which is good and beautiful and true even within a broken world.

Or there is what is at the root of the broken world and that is the sin nature of man in which a world and life view of the sovereign self. The book of Judges puts it this way that, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

In all of these cases, the sovereign self supposedly is to rule and reign. It doesn’t rule and reign because there are victims whenever we embrace sin to exalt ourselves and, to gratify ourselves, there are victims and their sovereign self is being violated.

However, for us, our world and life view is simply, “We will determine what we believe is right and then we will do what is right,” and the whole purpose of culture, and government, and society is that, “I need to be free to do what I want to do.”

Which brings us to the second principle you need to see: The world and life view of the sovereign self is, by definition and by consequence, is going to be confused, is going to be incoherent, is going to be insensible.

In other words, sin never makes sense. Sin is always irrational, it is always incoherent, it is always destructive and it is always counterproductive to the very thing that the sinner thinks that they are pursuing, which is self-gratification.

Therefore, you have the sovereign self and all of the world and life views in rebellion against God, whether it’s humanism, secularism, consumerism, it doesn’t matter.

Jesus said to Peter, “You have set your mind on man’s interest, not upon God’s.” Either the sovereign God or the sovereign self and all of the -isms are rooted in the sovereign self. Secondly, it is incoherent.

The third thing I want our listeners to hear is this: The secular world and life view of the sovereign self, it is creating a culture that is destructive and incoherent in our society.

My goodness, we are now at the point where a young boy who is either white or black can go to a school system and say, “I know I look white, but I’m actually black,” and, “I know I’ve got all the biology of a male, but, actually, I’m female,” then we, with a straight face are supposed to believe that?

Or you’ve got parents who are able to raise a child and create an environment in which, if there is sexual confusion, they’re going to bring them counseling and they are declared as intolerant and bigots.

Or we’re in a society where someone has a position that, “I cannot participate in murder,” and we now have state governments trying to force medical personnel to participate in abortion.

Or we have a situation in which entire organizations are put in place to present a caring, compassionate, effective and competent alternative to the abortion industry and they are told that they have to promote the abortion industry when someone comes into their office.

That incoherency, that destructiveness, is obvious but notice it is relentless. The present secular sexual revolution world and life view is intent on making you participate.

You are going to be made to celebrate, perpetuate and propagate the very lifestyle that you think it only requires you to “tolerate.” It is not toleration that is the goal – it is your participation, your celebration.

“Medical personnel, I don’t care what you believe about abortion, you got to do one. I don’t care what you think about clarity and sanity – here’s a man, here’s a woman, here’s a person of the ethnicity of black, ethnicity of white…”

We no longer live in the world of reality. We now live in the fabricated world and we’ve gone down the rabbit hole of the sovereign self and, “I will do what is right in my own eyes. I will even say what I think it is right for me to be, even though it is in direct conflict with reality.

We will set aside biology, we will set aside science, we will set aside ethics for the sovereign self to rule.”

Professing Christian, you’re going to have to make a decision.

You’re not going to be able to hide in a commune, so I encourage you: learn to think, learn to act, learn to live and promote in the public square what is good and beautiful and true.

Do so with humility yet courage, do so with boldness, yet compassion, but be those who speak the truth in love.

We certainly are going to do so by sharing the Gospel so that the lives of men and women will be transformed, but we will also do it in the public square so that sin is confronted, confusion is addressed, clarity is brought and we do so carefully, thoughtfully, gently and boldly.

Not only do we love the fact that the Gospel transforms the lives of sinners, we also love the fact that truth, spoken in love, restrains sin in society and brings sanity instead of insanity, freedom instead of coercion, and joy and life instead of despair and death.

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.

13 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)

15 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)

18 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)

19 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.

20 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)