- - Friday, June 24, 2016

1| Veteran Removed from Air Force Ceremony for Mentioning God

…But when Mr. Rodriguez stood to deliver his three-minute oration at the Sacramento base, a man in uniform followed him to the front of the room and obstructed his view of the audience.

 Pretending to ignore the interference, Mr. Rodriguez refused to cede the stage and began his speech anyway. After two more men in fatigues rushed the stage, he was pushed and dragged out of the assembly room against his will, for referencing God.

“It was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life,” Mr. Rodriguez said in a press release on Monday. “I have given more than three decades of service to the military and made many sacrifices for my country. To have the Air Force assault me and drag me out of a retirement ceremony simply because my speech included the word ‘God’ is something I never expected from our military.”

2| Richard Land explains, “Why I Joined Donald Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board

…Mr. Trump and his advisors asked us to join the advisory board (no endorsement required) in order to give Mr. Trump spiritual counsel and advice on moral and ethical issues arising during the campaign. What kind of issues? My good friend, Dr. Jack Graham, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, current senior pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas and fellow advisory board member outlined his most important issues in a presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention last week:

1. Nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal judiciary
2. A defense of the sanctity of all human life.
3. Defending religious liberty both domestically and internationally.

I ask yet again what would our critics have us do? Would they really have us spurn the opportunity to give spiritual counsel and advice to Mr. Trump and his team? How would that be obedience to our Saviour’s command to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world? (Matthew 5:13-16). After all, as Evangelicals we all believe that the heart of the king “is in the hand of the Lord … He turneth it whithersoever He will” (Proverbs 21:1).

We never know how God may use our advice and witness in Donald Trump’s life. Is it not our responsibility to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you …” (1 Peter 3:15)?

Is it not our spiritual obligation and responsibility to speak biblical truth in love to all who will listen? It is our duty to speak biblical truth to Mr. Trump. It is his responsibility as to how Mr. Trump responds to our counsel and advice.

We as Christians often ask ourselves “what would Jesus do?” Frankly, I cannot imagine our Savior would draw His robes around Himself and walk on the other side of the street and spurn Mr. Trump’s request for spiritual counsel and advice.

And for the record, if the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton asked me to join a similar advisory board to give her my understanding of what biblical truth has to say to the issues of the current campaign and beyond, how would I justify saying no?

3| Why a pro-life third party would utterly transform American politics |The Week

…It’s probably those concerns that have driven The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech to write a column calling for a pro-life third party. He notes that historically in American politics, the successful third parties haven’t been the ones pushing for coherent fringe ideologies, but those focusing on a single issue, like the abolitionists that preceded the GOP or the Prohibition Party.


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