Encroachments on liberty: It won't stop with the Mormons...
(Tim w/thanks to Dan) Speaking of the loss of liberty, here's one of an almost-limitless number of articles that demonstrate where we're headed in these United States. Western European nations, Australia, and Canada are already far down the trail, but it's still a bit of a shocker here at home. "As to be hated needs but to be seen." In time, though, I'm afraid we'll all settle in and decide no Christian witness is at stake here, there, or anywhere.
I wonder whether Christians right now believe spanking their children is a basic act of biblical obedience? How many evangelicals would, as an act of conscience, oppose national or state laws banning it?
You think you know something about the churches David and I serve, right? Well, we just lost a woman who'd been at Church of the Good Shepherd for twelve years because...
she was offended by a parenting seminar we hosted that taught spanking should be one of the tools used by Christian parents. Who led the seminar?
No monster, but the most boringly normal and helpful pastor speaking about these matters today: Tedd Tripp, author of the best-selling excellent, Shepherding a Child's Heart. If you haven't read it and you have children, get it now.
Anyhow, when our church loses a member because of Ted's teaching on spanking, you'd have to be blind to miss where we're all headed in the next ten years. I thank God for the Alliance Defense Fund.
Speaking of Texas (which I know we weren't), if you think it's just the children of Mormons they're after, think again.