One of the most annoying things she said was that worshipping Jesus Christ and speaking English is unnatural for her — presumably because her ethnic origins are African?
She apparently does not know that one of the first places Judeo Christian thought flourished was in the African continent! Christian communities were there before they ever spread in most of the European continent.
Secondly, what language did she think most American immigrants spoke when they got here? Except for the first English settlers and a wave of later Irish immigrants, everybody else spoke another tongue. . .
By her logic, I should be an Latin speaking pagan or a Slavic speaking tree worshipper. And for me to be an English speaking Christian is unnatural . since my ancestors were neither?
Yes, SOME of her ancestors may have come to this country via a slave ship, so they were not immigrants.
. . but she is American by birth.
She demonizes by color without reference to history. Does she even know that her African ancestors could have been captured by other black Africans to be sold to the slave trade? That tribal black Africa was a part of the commerce of buying and selling people? I could go on with basic world history . .
It is a sad fact that she has been poorly educated in this country. Now, THAT should make her mad!!
 March 18, 2015 at 6:40am
Don’t you have some straight friends who might be struggling with this topic? Perhaps you could make a contribution in one of your posts that is both helpful and actually relevant?
March 18, 2015 at 6:34am
Many people today are not raised to look at themselves as a work in progress, to be sacrificial, to work on virtues and be unselfish. These women were raised to expect ROMANCE from a perfect prince charming, but not real, daily LOVE with all its warts and bumps.
Love is the “desire for good of the other.” You want THEIR good . . for its own sake, and not in relation to what it can do for you.
That is very challenging in a marriage that lasts for decades. These women you mention were not taught what love is.
Also, the desire for more “things” is their hopeless quest to fill the hole where God is supposed to be.
March 7, 2015 at 7:34pm
I am willing to defend your right to state and defend your own opinions!! Count on that. However, I wish you would try to consider that others can actually have opinions that are different than yours and not to be offended by it.
Why does Matt have to affirm YOUR lifestyle?? If you are truly at peace and happy and fulfilled, then nothing anyone writes here will change your state of mind, right?
And ya know, we are all obsessed with sex acts . We are human. We are wired to like it. So, let’s get off that train right now!
Real Christians are going to believe what Christ said about sex. GET OVER IT.
The “moral high ground” has to do with standing up for one’s own beliefs. That does not make someone moral. But it does speak to character. Whether I agree with you or not, I can at least respect you for standing up for your beliefs.
Let’s just stop denigrating others for theirs . . . . . .ok??
 March 7, 2015 at 7:04pm
With all due respect, Jim S, my church and yours will very soon be pressured by THE STATE to marry whomever the state says. This has become a state’s rights and a religious right’s issue.
I am not interested in stopping someone from marrying whomever they wish.
. but . . Pay attention. People are losing their businesses because they choose to not make a frig gin wedding cake . or rent a hall . . make flower arrangements for a gay couple!
How long before churches are pressured? THAT level of pettiness by the activist gay community is actually putting decent people out of business.
You are not going to be allowed to have a dissenting opinion.
Read some more news.
 March 7, 2015 at 6:38pm
I have a sibling and close friends who are gay. I am sorry to disappoint you, but I am not homophobic whatsoever. We love each other. I actually don’t tell them what to do with their sexual organs . . . nor their lives.
But I am entitled to my opinions.
My gay friends and relations are all mature adults . . .who can appreciate that traditional Christians have a right to their opinions too.
Yeah, what a concept, huh?
We don’t seem to have the problem that you do . . with needing us all to agree.
I pray for my siblings, my other relations and my friends. And those who are Christian pray for me.. . cuz I got my issues with following Christ perfectly too.
I can love someone without loving their behavior. It’s called being Christian.
March 7, 2015 at 6:28pm
I am willing to debate in a respectful way. Please elaborate your point so I know what you are saying.
 March 7, 2015 at 6:24pm
your response is irrelevant.
 March 7, 2015 at 6:36am
Most people develop sexual desire and preference based on an unfulfilled emotional need which is combined with the sexual behavior they engage in or watch as young people. It has to do with emotional and psychological development — not biological or genetic predestination.
What about people who choose every day to ignore very strong sexual urges in order to stay faithful to a spouse? Sometimes those sexual urges are accompanied by true emotional and intellectual attraction too! The CHOICE of not indulging in what is a really strong attraction is the point to be made here.
I know several people who are engaged in same sex relationships right now. They are not gay. They are choosing to have that relationship for any number of reasons, none of which has to do with a lack of choice.
How shocking! A traditional Catholic girl thinks that no one should indulge...EVER! Wow! Amazing! Wanting equal rights with self-denying Catholics is NOT the same thing. Live by denial if you wish, but let these citizens have their rights. Their sexual behavior isn't any of your business, or Matt's, or Ben Carson's, or mine for that matter.
When will Catholic Priests stop CHOOSING to molest little boys & then the catholic church CHOOSING to cover it up ?
 March 4, 2015 at 2:00pm
These women today are to be pitied. They are sleeping with men who were never taught how to treat a lady. .
. . and the gals were never taught that you can still be strong and independent while being treated like a lady by your guy!
Being a chivalrous and protective man is a good thing.
"I grew up in a world where women were treated with respect and dignity. When did that become out of date? Obsolete? How? Why?"
That was before the falsehoods of feminism, where women wanted to be men, said they were men, and acted like men. Now, they reap the rewards... not so wonderful being a man, is it?
Is it possible? Is the siren allure of namby pamby progressive cr@p finally losing it's grip? Are more of us stepping up to defend humanity, to refuse to be victims, to speak truth to power, to actually tear "power" down? Amen I say. I'm with you Curt sir, lead on!!!!
Of which, in the younger generations, there is a serious shortsge of! But I don't blame them as they haven't been raised to respect anything...... including women! i feel sorry for them and what they're missing. Patriotism, pride of country and chivalry have for the most part, gone by the wayside. But not entirely.....there is still time to turn this train around if we just wake up. I may be naive, but I'm still hopeful and prayerful!
 March 3, 2015 at 7:53am
Only a few dozen rabbits were introduced for sporting purposes by European settlers a long time ago.
With no natural predators and breeding rapidly, they have indeed had a tragic effect on the Australian outback ecosystem.
 March 3, 2015 at 7:09am
I am not sure I understand your reply.
I am talking about how our country and the world is turning into a fascist place where personal freedoms are being trumped by an agenda, in which big government overreach and religious oppression reign supreme.
What are you saying?
March 3, 2015 at 7:02am
Yes I read “The Little Ice Age.” (Author Brian Fagan) Interesting stuff.
If only those climate changers would read it . . might give them some educated perspective on how our world actually works.
 March 2, 2015 at 10:45am
If you add stories like this to the ones on anti-Semitism and federal control of the interwebs . . .and then you can’t see the writing on the wall, you are blind.
The freedoms of expression and religion are eroding faster than they can report on it.
we dont make laws based on "My god done said"-how dumb would that be!!
 March 2, 2015 at 10:40am
Agreed. The story is unsatisfying without an approximate date of this “mortality crisis.” The 17th and 18th centuries had a lot of horrible weather wreaking havoc on agriculture. There was a lot of famine.
It seems that weather may be returning, we are entering a solar minimum, similar to that experienced during the Dalton Minimum 1793-1830 or maybe the worse one of 1615-1745 (Maunder Minimum). Its the cold...crop failures, ice on the Thames R and ice skating parties on the canals of Venice. This may be the SHTF trigger.
Oh, Al Gore, et al, will still blame it on man caused global warming, climate change, and/or failure to address sustainability.
Yes I read "The Little Ice Age." (Author Brian Fagan) Interesting stuff.
If only those climate changers would read it . . might give them some educated perspective on how our world actually works.
 March 2, 2015 at 8:27am
The number and concentration of vaccine given to babies when they are seven days old is ridiculous.
The vaccines could certainly be spread out over time.
There is hype existing about SOME of these “diseases that keep coming back.” Those of us older folks had measles, mumps and chicken pox as kids . . and then became immune. These diseases are only fatal to a tiny immune-compromised portion of our society.
And immune systems work much better when they are exposed to the natural biology in the world around us! ( ie, immunity is improved when exposed often to germs and dirt and animal dander.)
Also, children’s immune systems are wiped out by all the antibiotics they are given as toddlers, and those naturally occurring intestinal flora which are wiped out are never replaced. This leads to allergies and weak immunity.
We have it backazzwards in our culture. Stop wiping every surface down with antibacterial wipes! Stop prescribing antibiotics for every runny nose or red ear! STOP preventing your kids from getting dirty playing outside!
Stop irradiating food or replacing the it’s genetic perfection with GMOS. (Major cause of food sensitivities..)
And . . allow parents to make decisions for their own families. I have friends whose child developed a condition on the autism spectrum after vaccination. While he is loved and given every opportunity, he will probably never be able to live independently nor raise a family.
Oh, silly, that would be like paying attention to science. All of us vaccine questioners don't believe in science, remember?
Or maybe we jus be 2 dumb.
Look at all of the drugs in our food chain from forcing antibiotics and hormones in cattle to make them grow faster and be able to eat corn they're not supposed to eat. All of the drugs in our water supply is mind-boggling. And like you said, now we are messing with the genetics of plants because the government can't leave anything alone.
 February 25, 2015 at 2:12pm
The most important prayer you can pray consistently is, “Lord, Thy Will be done.”
Because then you cede control to God.
I believe this couple is really trying to blend a faith-like interest in doing God’s will with a career. At least they are trying. That said, I question their trust in “friend” Rick Warren and his brand of “Christianity.”
Just the other day I had a conversation with a Protestant friend who tells me that she "claims" things in the name of Jesus Christ.
In other words if she want's a job or wants to do well on an exam she just "claims" what she wants in the name of Jesus Christ.
I asked her how she knows the mind of God? How does she know that God wants her to have what she is claiming in Jesus name? She answered, "well God want's us to be happy"
You are correct tradcath, "Thy Will be done" that is the key.....
So what is the difference between "claiming" a job in Jesus name and claiming "salvation" in Jesus name?
What if you "claim" that you are "saved" in Jesus name but God (who knows you better than you know yourself) disagrees with you?
What if you "claim" a new car or a new job or a raise in Jesus name but God does not want you to have what you have claimed?
Where in the Bible do we see evidence of someone telling God what God is going to give them?
When I'm going to do something or buy something that I think I need I just say a short little prayer in my head to the effect of, "God, if I'm supposed to do this, or buy this, it will be done. It is Your will and Your Will Be Done."
Some things I've gotten and done. Other things I haven't gotten or done. The things I haven't gotten or done I don't miss. The things I've gotten or done by His will and blessings I still have. Every time I go for a ride on my motorcycle I ask for His protection on my trip and that He keeps my motorcycle, my eyes and my reflexes in good working order and that I return home safely.
So far, So good. Evidently I still have a mission that He wants me to do and a purpose for being here. I don't know what it is but I'm sure He will let me know when that time comes. It might not be anything HUGE but the little things we do that help others. Maybe my mission and purpose is to continue with my "little" things.
Someday I'll be reunited with my wife and my GSD Shadow. Then we can explore everything!
If one cannot truly know the "will of God" then how can any Christian avoid being as Ephesians warns against, "being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine"? Plenty of church leaders throughout the centuries have claimed to know what God's will is and frequently they are at odds with each other as well as what Scripture actually says. This is why I and many others have strenuously said that the final arbiter on such matters must be the written Word of God. God says that He has given us "all things that pertain to life and godliness" (2Peter1:3). Jesus Himself said "sanctify them through thy truth; thy Word is Truth" (John17:17). The Word says there are two witnesses, the Spirit and the Word. And lastly, if one cannot know the will of God, then how does one reconcile this verse with that assumption: "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (1Co.2:16)
I am not presumptuous enough to claim I can know everything God is thinking and/or doing, but those things He has revealed in the Word I can know, even if it takes work and time to discover it.
Since this thread has devolved from understanding "Thy Will be done." to a discussion of the "Name it & Claim it" theology here are my 2 cents:
The primary problem with the "Name it & Claim it" thinking is when the 'thing' (health, wealth, family, etc.) 'happens' then the recipient of that 'Claim' is validated in the wrong thinking of that theology. On the other hand...if one 'Claims' having their child cured of cancer and it does NOT happen the individual who 'Claimed' the miracle is in danger of losing their faith OR being accused of "not having enough Faith" to cause God to perform said 'Claim'.
The amount of Faith an individual is predetermined by God (as is everything else in our Spiritual lives) and His Will is the be all and end all. We can only be justified in asking for a miracle followed by "Thy Will be done." in order to understand God is in control and our lives are not our own.
God Bless you all and may God's Will be done in all things.
[-1] February 25, 2015 at 1:58pm
Thanks again, Matt for a well-written piece.
 February 20, 2015 at 5:11am
RSVP is the only way to do it. How can you plan a party and not know how many people you are hosting?
Good schools usually have a “homeroom parent” for each class who has a phone list or email list of all the parents of the kids in the class. Calling parents personally (and introducing yourself) is a good idea.