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Warning: A Biblical Perspective on Liberalism and the Women’s March

womens-marchWednesday, January 25, 2017

Daily reading assignment: Psalms 9-11

Today’s devotional reading consists of three chapters, Psalms 9-11. Psalm 9 is a psalm of praise and thanksgiving for God executing judgment upon the wicked and delivering the righteous. The pride and oppressive ways of the wicked is the focus of Psalm 10, reminding us that, though times have changed, the nature of man has not. Contrary to their rhetoric, the nature of the wicked is and has always been to oppress the poor and helpless (10:2-3, 7-11).

madonnaOn a personal note and one not meant as an offense, it is my observation that we have witnessed the unveiled demagoguery of the wicked for the past eight years. The recent Women’s March on Washington, DC put on display for all the world to see, the vented anger of the wicked who call abortion a virtue and whose mouths are vile. Such has always been the way of the wicked.

Psalm 10:7-8 – “[The wicked’s] mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. 8  He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.”

I am uncertain of the historical context of Psalm 11; however, David was certainly facing the threat of an enemy and weighing the counsel of his advisers who urged him to flee.

There are times that retreat and flight at the threat of assault is a wise choice.  David fled from the presence of Saul when the king attacked him.  David fled Jerusalem after his son Absalom stole the affections of the people and led an insurrection against his father the king.   We do not know if the enemy David faced was a foe within or without his kingdom; however the threat was significant enough for the king’s counselors to advise him to flee (11:1b-2). David asserted his faith in the LORD and asked his frightened counselors, would you have me flee like a frightened bird? (11:1)psalm-11-3

Psalm 11:1 – “In the LORD put I my trust [confide; flee for protection; make refuge]: how say [speak; command] ye to my soul [life; person; mind], Flee [disappear; remove] as a bird to your mountain?

The king’s counselors reminded David the plot of the wicked was to destroy the just and upright (11:2) and as king, he was the moral pillar, the foundation of the nation (11:3a).

Psalm 11:2-3 – “For, lo, the wicked [ungodly; immoral; guilty] bend their bow, they make ready [prepare; set up; fix] their arrow upon the string, that they may privily [secretly in the darkness] shoot at the upright [right; just; righteous] in heart [mind]. 3  If the foundations [purpose; support; moral pillars] be destroyed [thrown down; pull down; broken in pieces], what can the righteous [just] do?”

The counselors reasoned not only was the king’s life at risk, but also the lives and future of the nation (11:3b). In other words, what would become of the righteous should the king, representing not only human authority, but the nation’s spiritual relationship with God fail?

Psalm 11:4-7 is David’s answer to the questions and counsel of his frightened, faithless advisors.

Psalm 11:4-5 – “The LORD is in his holy [sacred; hallowed] temple, the LORD’S throne [seat] is in heaven: his eyes behold [perceive; look; gaze], his eyelids try [examine; prove], the children of men. 5 The LORD trieth [proves; examines] the righteous [just; law-abiding]: but the wicked [ungodly; immoral; guilty] and him that loveth violence [cruelty; injustice] his soul hateth [as a foe].”

isisFor the sake of application to current events, I invite you to consider the violence, reign of terror, and wickedness afflicting the world in the Middle East in the name of Islam. Beheadings, burnings, rapes, and a swath of destruction perpetrated against humanity in the name of Allah is an example of the depraved nature of man.  Rather than condemning and calling for the annihilation of these zealots of evil, liberal politicians, educators, religious leaders, and the media cultivate a tone of political correctness, but are swift to condemn any who point out the wickedness of this 21st century crusade against humanity.

David reminds the righteous that God is on His throne and the wicked will not escape His wrath (11:6). Not unlike the weapons of modern warfare, David describes the terror of God’s judgment raining down upon the wicked who oppose Him and despise the righteous.

Our devotion ends with an assurance the LORD’s love for the righteous never wanes and His eyes are ever upon those who are moral, just and upright (11:7).  There are times that flight and retreat from an adversary is prudent; however, too many preachers in America fear to speak the Truth and cater to the wealthy and powerful in politically correct terms lest they raise the ire of a few.  Sadly, the occupants of the pulpit and the pew seem ambivalent to the wickedness that has painted the Middle East in blood and is slowly being assimilated into our schools, communities, churches and government.isaiah-40-31

Christians in America still have freedom to speak against enemies who wish to drive the Gospel underground and silence any who dare speak the Truth concerning the moral decadence of our nation.  Don’t be blind to the reality that liberal media, educators, politicians, and a generation of spiritual rebels who have rejected God (Psalm 14:1, 53:1) are foes of righteousness and intent on intimidating and silencing any who dare speak Truth.

The challenge for believers and the true church is whether or not we will trust the LORD, confident He is Sovereign of creation, and seek our refuge in Him.

Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

Warning: This devotional is not a “safe space” for Millennial Rioters (nor their clueless parents)

 

safe-spaceDear Millennial Rioter and clueless parent,

Your cry for “safe spaces” and the symbolic Diaper pens worn by some to identify themselves as “safe persons” (an appropriate symbol for your self-indulgence) is an embarrassment to your grandparents and great-grandparents.   normandy-d-day

You see, three generations ago your 18-year-old great-grandfathers were assailing the armies of the Third Reich to liberate Europe from facists dictators.  Two generations ago your grandfathers were fighting Communism in the jungles of Vietnam.  You, on the other hand, have been raised by parents who failed to teach you the virtue of self-sacrifice.  You are spoiled and, like your parents, clueless that this world will inevitably to teach you a harsh lesson…no one cares how you feel.  Your fancy of a “safe world” will sooner or later confront an enemy that will either enslave you or destroy you.

The following devotional, taken from Psalm 12:1-8 and written a year ago, offers insight into what is happening in our nation’s cities as the Millennial Generation riot over having been denied, at least temporarily, their right of entitlement in the recent elections.

November 12, 2015

Make no mistake; “political correctness” is neither new nor correct.  Psalm 12:1-8 exposes “political correctness” for what it is—a vehicle for attacking Truth and silencing those who believe God’s Word and accept its morality as just and right.  The tragedy of our day is too many believers are more concerned with a “Like” on Facebook than they are with standing for what is right!  Because the godly have been silent, the wicked are empowered and the dominance of a political movement that is atheistic, socialistic, intolerant, and anti-Christian is driving our nation down a road of destruction.  It will soon be too late if preachers in the pulpit and believers in the pews do not awaken to the nature of wickedness that is inspiring riots in our cities, protests in our schools, and assaults on our liberties as Americans.PC

Psalm 12:1 – “Help [deliver; save; avenge], LORD; for the godly man [saint] ceaseth [come to an end]; for the faithful [true; people of faith; believers] fail [disperse; disappear] from among the children of men.”

Psalm 12 is the cry of a king witnessing the retreat of a godly remnant that, in the king’s words were all but extinct.  David lamented, “the godly man ceaseth” and “the faithful fail” (12:1).   David cried out to the LORD to save the godly and the faithful and avenge those who obey His law and revere Him.

Psalm 12:2-4 – “They speak [say; declare] vanity [deceit; evil] every one with his neighbor [friend; companion]: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
3  The LORD shall cut off all flattering
[smooth] lips [language; speech], and the tongue that speaketh [declares; tells] proud [great; magnify] things:
4  Who have said
[declared; tell], With our tongue will we prevail [strengthen; act insolently]; our lips are our own: who is lord [master; sovereign; owner] over us?

hope and changeDavid identified the smooth lips and double-tongued nature of the wicked who, with insolent lips assailed the godly (12:2, 4).   The believers of our day would do well to take a page out of David’s “playbook” and realize the nature of man has not changed!  The wicked are emboldened by their peers (12:2a) and, should they go unchecked by the righteous, will prevail against those in authority (12:4b).

Though the wicked revel in their lies and boast with their lips, David assured the godly the LORD would “cut off”, expose and take vengeance against those who denied Him and railed against His people.

Psalm 12:5-7 – “For the oppression [spoil; destruction] of the poor [afflicted; depressed; needy], for the sighing [groaning; cries] of the needy [beggar; destitute], now will I arise [stand up], saith the LORD; I will set [array; appoint] him in safety [salvation; safety; liberty; prosper] from him that puffeth [scoffs; kindles as a fire] at him.
6  The words
[speech; commands] of the LORD are pure [clean; fair] words: as silver tried [refined] in a furnace of earth, purified [purged; refined] seven times.
7  Thou shalt keep
[preserve; guard; protect] them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve [guard; protect] them from this generation [age] for ever.

I remind you that God is patient, longsuffering, and merciful toward sinners; however, He is just and will exact vengeance on the wicked who oppress the poor and needy.  The LORD extends liberty to sinners for a season; however, He declares He will rise up against the wicked and pour out His wrath on those who “puffeth” and scoff at the poor and afflicted (12:5).

Unlike the wicked whose lips are full of lies and deceit, the LORD’s words are pure like refined silver that has passed through the furnace seven times (12:6).   The words of the wicked are full of lies and their promises vain and hollow; however, the Word of the LORD is sure, faithful and true from generation to generation (12:7).

Psalm 12:8 – The wicked [immoral; guilty; criminal] walk [go; behave] on every side [every place], when the vilest [worthless] men are exalted [raised up; high; emboldened].”

People hold signs as they listen to speakers at a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

People hold signs as they listen to speakers at a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

You need only read Psalm 12:8 to understand what has become of our nation!  America has invited God’s wrath and is under His judgment because her citizens would rather entertain an empty promise like “Hope and Change” than believe God’s Word and obey His law.  We have “exalted…the vilest men” and wickedness runs unchecked in our streets.   A spirit of rebellion has seized upon the spiritual vacuum in our youth and our college campuses and communities have become forums for fanning the flames of anarchy.

If we continue to elect men and women who have no fear of God and allow their lies and abuses to go unchecked, we have only ourselves to blame as America descends into a cesspool of ungodliness, violence and moral depravity.

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith

P.S.  For a half-century, secular schools and institutions of higher-learning have served as vessels of progressive indoctrination.  While the November 8, 2016 presidential election offers the hope of a reprieve from 8 years of excessive socialist ideology and activism; post-election protests and rioting has unmasked the hypocrisy of the Left’s cry for tolerance.

A Spoof on “Self-identity” I Believe You Will Enjoy

Dear Heart of a Shepherd followers,

In addition to this devotional and religious commentary blog, I also have a blog that is profoundly and unabashedly patriotic named “Spiritual Minutemen“.

adult high chairToday’s blog is a spoof, a satirical commentary on the progressives “self-identity” movement in America, particularly the Transgenders’ restroom demands.  The title of today’s blog is, “BATHROOM CHANGING TABLES FOR ADULTS “SELF-IDENTIFYING” AS INFANTS AND TODDLERS”.  

I invite you to read today’s blog and consider the insanity of “self-identity”!

With the heart a shepherd,

Pastor Travis D. Smith

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“Standing for Righteousness” (part 3 of 3)

transsexualToday I conclude my Memorial Day challenge that considered the question, “How can we, the benefactors of liberty and debtors of the sacrifices of others, express our gratitude to those who died in service to our nation?”

I have suggested believers consider three mandates: 1) We must embrace and exercise our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States; 2) We must be willing to sacrifice our time, talents, and strength to stand and defend our liberties; 3) We must recognize the greatest threat to our nation and freedoms is not Islamic terrorists, but our own government.

Our nation’s drift into the abyss of moral depravity should awaken every believer to the undeniable reality that we are in an ideological war with our leaders, government, media, and much of society.restroom wars

Islamic terrorism is a very real threat to our nation and Constitutional freedoms; however, the greatest threat to our liberties is the terror posed by the occupants of the highest offices of our nation who have followed a pattern of ruling by fiat, apart from Constitutional law with its checks and balances.  Democrats and Republicans who do not represent or share the moral values of the citizenry have betrayed the American people and are actively destabilizing our marriages, families, and communities.

The Failure of American Churches

We, the American public, have ourselves to blame for not only tolerating the lies and imbecility of the immoral left, but also bear the burden of responsibility for our disengagement from the political process.  We are facing the reality that professing Christians, and the American church in general, have failed to be the Salt and Light Christ commanded us to be in the world (Matthew 5:13-16).

The Innocuous Reticence of Biblical Fundamentalism

The GospelMore disconcerting than the failure of American Christianity in general is the dismal spiritual slide of biblically fundamental churches, colleges, and seminaries.  Unlike early 20th century America that had a bevy of evangelistic heralders who called the church to repentance and unapologetically preached the Gospel to lost sinners, 21st century America’s “fundamental” evangelists, preachers, and teachers trumpet “The Gospel”, but cater to a Millennial Generation of fundamental church members who pursue carnality under the banner of “Christian Liberties”.  A failure to be “holy in all manner of conversation” (1 Peter 1:15) coupled with the failure of the pulpit to call the church to revival, has left our fundamental churches, colleges, and seminaries woefully unprepared to address the moral declension of America.

We are living in perilous times.

Knowing the heart of man is wicked and depraved (Jeremiah 17:9), when the restraints of conscience and law are weakened or removed, there is no limit to the depth of sin and depravity into which society will descend.  The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize “same-sex” marriage and the president’s impetus to enforce Transgenders’ access to bathrooms and showers of the opposite sex in public schools is only the beginning of an attack to destroy every vestige of Biblical morality in our nation.

Transsexuality is an abomination.

Men dressing like women and women like men has been a sign of depravity and degeneracy since ancient times.  God instructed Moses to command the people that the dress of men and women was to be distinctively different.  A woman was not to wear the clothing of a man, nor a man the clothing of a woman.

Deuteronomy 22:5 – “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

Homosexuality was named as an abomination to God (Leviticus 18:22) and emasculated males (castrated men) were not to be numbered among God’s people (Deuteronomy 23:1).

1st century Jewish philosopher Philo Judaeus, a contemporary of the Jewish historian Josephus, writes concerning the sin of homosexuality and the feminizing of boys and young men:

Jenner“Moreover another evil much greater than that which we have already mentioned has made its way among and been let loose upon cities namely the love of boys, which formerly was accounted a great infamy even to be spoken of, but which not is a subject of boasting not only to those who practise it but even to those who suffer it and who, being accustomed to hearing the affliction of being treated like women waste away as to both their souls and bodies, not bearing about them a single spark of a manly character to be kindled into a flame, but having even the hair of their heads conspicuously curled and adorned and having their faces smeared with vermilion, and paint and things of that kind and having their eyes pencilled beneath, and having their skins anointed with fragrant perfumes…

And some of these persons have even carried their admiration of these delicate pleasures of youth so far that they have desired wholly to change their condition for that of women, and have castrated themselves and have clothed themselves in purple robes…”

In his letter to believers in Rome, Paul warned the church that homosexuality is a sign God has abandoned a nation and delivered it over to moral self-destruction (Romans 1:26-28).  Paul declared in his letter to believers in Corinth that the “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” would be numbered with those who “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

To those who might take the scriptures or me to task out of sympathy with transsexuals and justify that sin with the argument transsexuals are happier dressing and acting like the opposite sex, I will assert that feelings are not a justification for moral perversity no more than anger and hatred is a justification for murder.  Our nation’s embrace of homosexuality and transsexuality is indicative of a people who have strayed from and rejected God’s absolutes!

Good News…There is Hope.

Paul writes: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).  The membership of the 1st century church consisted of those who had confessed and turned from their sins, believing Jesus Christ had suffered the penalty of their sin on the cross, died, was buried and rose again the third day. In the midst of the churches were those saved out of the most abominable sins, including effeminism and homosexuality.open Bible

There is hope for sinners when the church fulfills its mission of not only preaching the Gospel, but also warning sinners of God’s wrath and judgment.  It is time for preachers and evangelists of Bible fundamental churches, colleges and seminaries to balance their emphasis on “The Gospel” with a call to the church to repent of its sin.

2 Timothy 4:1-5
1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“Will We Stand for Righteousness?”

freedomsMy Memorial Day blog posed three questions in reflection on the sacrifices made by those who gave their lives to secure the freedoms we enjoy as Americans:

How can we, the living, repay the debt we owe for the liberties we have inherited?

How can we express our gratitude to those who died defending the sovereignty of our nation?

What can we give in memory of those who gave their all that we might be free?

james-madisonI suggested three mandates as a response to our indebtedness to those who died serving our nation:

1) We must embrace and exercise our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.

2) We must be willing to sacrifice our time, talents, and strength to stand and defend our liberties!

3) We must recognize the greatest threat to our nation and freedoms is not Islamic terrorists, but our own government.

We are in an ideological war with our leaders, government, media, and much of society.

Right and wrongWe are in the midst of a spiritual war between Good and Evil; a struggle to define right vs. wrong and moral vs. immoral.  The Supreme Court, President Obama and his administration, the U.S. Senate, the U. S. House of Representatives, and federal agencies have all demonstrated a willingness to threaten, intimidate, and crush those who resist their efforts to promote a morality that opposes traditional marriage, family, and home.  The battle lines are drawn, but we face a foe that is more than flesh and blood.

In his letter to believers in Ephesus, Paul writes, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).  Satan, his demons, and their human instruments are assailing marriage, families, and our homes and, if the wicked have their way, the church and Bible believers will soon be silenced.

How did America get here?

For over two centuries, biblical morality held a dominant influence in American society.  From her founding by the Pilgrims (many who came to America seeking religious freedom), through the Great Revivals of the 17th and 18th centuries (referred to as The Great Awakenings, the first in 1734-1743 and the second in 1800-1840), the United States enjoyed a reprieve from the dominance of moral depravity and wickedness that has troubled humanity since the fall.  The Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize “same-sex” marriage (June 2015) and the president’s advocation for Transgenders to use the restrooms and showers of the opposite sex in public schools (May 2016), removes all doubt America’s reprieve from the destructive consequences of moral depravity has ended.Biblical Christianity

Beginning in the late 19th century, several mitigating factors eroded Biblical Christianity’s spiritual and moral influence in America.  The introduction of Charles Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution” in 1859 and the rise of liberal theology that not only accommodated evolution, but also denied the historical and fundamental doctrines of the scriptures, overtook America’s Bible colleges, seminaries and eventually her denominational churches.

Christian fundamentalists, recognizing the devastating influence of liberal theology and its accommodation of evolution, began calling Christians and churches to return to the Bible for their sole-authority in faith and practice.   20th century Fundamentalist preachers like Dwight L. Moody, R. A. Torrey, Billy Sunday, Harry Ironside, Bob Jones, Sr., and Oliver Greene, not only called the churches to revival, but also founded Bible colleges and seminaries to battle the inroads of modernism.   A new generation of Christians, dedicated to the fundamental doctrines of the Scriptures as their sole basis of faith and practice, graduated from Bible colleges and started churches, schools, mission boards, colleges and seminaries.

dying churchSadly, many of the fundamental churches, Bible colleges, universities, and seminaries that had once been robust defenders of the Christian faith and bastions of spiritual separation, are today grappling with seeds of compromise and carnality that has divided Christian families and left fundamental churches and institutions weak and spiritually anemic.  At an hour America needs churches and Bible believers dedicated to the fundamentals of the faith, distinctively Christian and separated from worldliness, we find ourselves in the throes of compromise, weakened by a malice that labels the old fundamentalists “Legalists” and pursues “Christian Liberties” masking a carnality that has given rise to a piety for the Gospel, but lacks the trademark of Biblical Christianity–sanctification.

1 Peter 1:13-16 – “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

I will continue my analysis of our nation and the failure of America’s churches in my next post.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“We Shall Stand” (part 1of 2)

Memorial Day

Today, Monday, May 30, 2016 is the day these United States pay tribute and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.  Before you rush out into activities that give little time for reflection, permit me an opportunity of challenging you with questions I put before my church family on Sunday.

How can we, the living, repay the debt we owe for the liberties we have inherited?  How can we express our gratitude to those who died defending the sovereignty of our nation?  What can we give in memory of those who gave their all that we might be free?

soldier's widowMany will answer those questions quoting John 15:13;  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Indeed, a wonderful verse of self-sacrifice that acknowledges Christ is the model of sacrifice, in that He “commendeth His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

But what is the practical application of that verse to the questions I proposed?   What can we give in service to our country?   What can we sacrifice to preserve this nation and the freedoms others bought with their own blood and lives?

We must cherish our liberties by standing our ground against all who threaten them!

We must embrace and exercise our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States:  Freedom of Religion; Freedom of Speech; Freedom of the Press; Freedom of Assembly; Right to Bear Arms; Right of Equal Justice; Right to own private property; and Freedom of Petition to request our elected representatives oppose proposed laws or request protection under the law on our behalf.

We must sacrifice our time, talents, and strength to stand and defend our liberties!   We must refuse to be silenced by those who would shout us down.  We must remember that, contrary to the actions of our elected officials and federal government agencies, these United States are a Republic, not a dictatorship!

freedoms

We must recognize the greatest threat to our nation and freedoms is not Islamic terrorists, but our own government.   

For more than a half-century, our public schools and secular colleges have indoctrinated America’s youth in a liberal, socialistic ideology.  Our children are woefully ignorant of our nation’s history and know little about the sacrifices of those who have gone before them.  Inflaming a rebellion against their elders that is often a natural passing of youth, secular schools, activists preachers (i.e. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson), liberal politicians, spineless conservatives, and the encouragement of liberal media have fostered a generation of youth that reflect the thoughtless mob rationale of Brown Shirt Nazis and Communist youth threatening to usher in an era of anarchy inflamed by our own government.  Given the immoral trajectory of our nation and its betrayal of God’s Law and Commandments, our government and society threaten to silence us all if we do not awaken.  I am afraid the “Silent Majority” of the early 1980’s has become the emaciated “Moral Minority” of the 21st century and the proponents of wickedness have risen to the highest offices in our nation.Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has become a terror to Constitutional Law and the Commandments of God.   The Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 and its decision to legalize “same-sex marriage” in June 2015 were direct assaults on traditional marriage and family.  Added to the moral erosion of America is President Obama’s mandate to open restrooms, showers and locker rooms to those declaring they self-identify with the sex opposite their biological gender.  The president’s action is not only morally reprehensible, it is a declaration of war on the moral innocence and character of our children.  Evidencing the maniacal extremity of the left is the threat to withhold federal funds from school meals programs if schools do not comply with the president’s edict!

Wake Up America!  The President’s heavy-handed enforcement of his ideology against school children should send a warning to every American—the government will inevitably crush us all if we remain silent.

(part 1 of 2)

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

The Transgender Wars: A Covert Assault on Femininity

Transgender paradeThe debate over Transgender Restrooms, Dressing rooms and Locker rooms recently rose from the dustpan of the trivial to a national hullabaloo after President Barack Hussein Obama declared an assault on childhood innocence, feminine grace, and moral sanity in the twilight months of his second and final term in office.

Understanding liberals estimate the Transgender crowd to be a paltry .03%, we are left wondering why the president, the LGBTQ crowd, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE) suddenly feel an urgency to carry out a coordinated assault against the American public in the most private of matters…one’s use of public restrooms, dressing rooms, showers and locker rooms. For me, even more intriguing is why corporations like Target, whose lifeblood is catering to families, would jump on the bandwagon of moral depravity to their own harm.target

The federal government’s incursion into the private lives of the citizens of North Carolina after its legislature passed and the governor signed a statewide policy (House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act) on the use of public bathrooms corresponding to one’s biological birth is not only oppressive, but an overreach of the federal government and an assault on State’s Rights. Rather than question President Obama’s motivation, his end goal and purpose for stirring up a torrent of indignation over an issue that, to my knowledge, had never been a topic for him, his administration or the Democratic Party; we should focus on the effect of this maniacal offensive on American society. Why risk a backlash of criticism in the twilight months of his final term or enrage the American public in an election year?

From the beginning of his presidency, seven long years ago, this president’s liberal, socialistic ideology has stunned many by its lack of traditional family values, common sense and moral decency. I believe there is a “method to his madness” and the Transgender bathroom debate is no exception. The president’s directive through his U. S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division on May 13, 2016 set in motion an intended firestorm as the president through fiat apart from the rule of law, assigned to “Gender Identity” an equal standing with race and minority civil rights. Using the “power of the purse” and the threat of litigation, the president has threatened the federal funds of public school meal programs of institutions that do not comply to his will. In effect, the president and his administration are so bent on catering to the LGBTQ crowd and their amoral cohorts they will take the crumbs out of our children’s mouths if schools, teachers, coaches, administrators, and parents do not comply with his definition of morality.

Gay pride flagAcross America, children, parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards are facing the reality that, should this president, the DOJ and DOE have their way, designated restrooms, showers and locker rooms are no longer havens of privacy and security.

You are mistaken if you believe the battle raging over Transgenders and their access to public school restrooms, showers, and locker rooms of the sex with whom they “self-identify” has anything to do with the civil rights of a minority group. This issue is not about Title IX civil rights that states simply, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”.

I agree in principle with those who see the president’s “Transgender restroom” demands as a threat to the innocence of our children; however, I submit there is a more diabolical purpose. I believe President Obama, the DOJ and DOE, the LGBTQ crowd, feminists, and liberals who hate America’s Christian heritage and support the inane “self-identification” movement are in effect the adversaries of femininity, feminine grace, and womanhood. They are adversaries of the fairer sex and a threat to the safety, security, and privacy of our wives and daughters when they are most vulnerable…in the privacy of their restrooms, dressing rooms, showers, and locker rooms.

motherhoodLet’s be honest, it is not our sons who are endangered by this leftist’s insanity; it is our daughters, wives and mothers whose safety and honor is threatened! The idea of male chivalry, respect and honor for the fairer sex is foreign to liberal idealists who would relegate our daughters to the battlefront of social engineering while they take refuge in their ivory towers of “self-identification”.

Feminists who support this madness are themselves at war with true femininity. They are cohorts of a president whose ideology I fear is directly infected (and yes, that is my word of choice), by his Muslim roots that too often denigrates women to serve as the possessions and property of their fathers and husbands.

The “Transgender Restroom” war is not about the civil rights of .03%.  The president and his cronies would love for us to be invested in that battle and the noble cause of protecting our children; however, the real battle is an assault on the femininity and psychological well-being of our daughters, wives, and mothers.

Allowing boys and men to enter the privacy of girl’s restrooms, showers, locker rooms and dressing rooms is psychological rape and strips from our daughters, wives, and mothers the noble vestiges of feminine grace and discretion.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Eight Tenets of Feminine Graces (conclusion)

senior coupleI have seen my share of family heartaches, divorces, and family dissolutions in 37 years of ministry.  What was rare in my youth, divorces and broken homes, has become epidemic in the 21st century.  There have been rare instances when one spouse appeared to be the cancer of a marriage; however, the majority of divorces and family failures I have observed have come as a result of both husband and wife bent on “marital self-destruction”.  Having officiated at many weddings, it has been my sorrow to observe youthful love deteriorate into bitterness and strife.

Because the emphasis of this devotional series has been primarily the older women’s responsibility to be “teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3), our focus has been the spiritual disciplines and feminine graces to which young wives and mothers are to aspire (Titus 2:4-5).  Before I conclude the challenge to young women, allow me the liberty of a personal observation: The foremost reason for separation and divorce in our churches has been, in my experience, husbands failing to “love their wives” with a Christlike, self-sacrificing love (Ephesians 5:25, 28, 33).older couple

In his letter to Titus, the apostle Paul challenged Titus to “speak [tell; proclaim] thou the things which become [befit; proper; fitting] sound [i.e. true; whole] doctrine [teaching; learning; instruction]” (Titus 2:1).  My study of the eight tenets of feminine graces concludes today by focusing on what radical feminism would consider the most controversial of all…the older women were to teach the young women to be “good, obedient to their own husbands” (Titus 2:5d).

Titus 2:4-5 – “That they [older women] may teach the young women to be sober [exercising sound judgment; prudent], to love [be affectionate for] their husbands, to love [affectionate for] their children, 5 To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].”

The “good” listed in Titus 2:5 is a virtue that expresses kindness, compassion and tenderness.  Rather than the “bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour” (Ephesians 4:31) that often surfaces in a marriage and home, the Christian wife is to model a kind, tender-hearted, forgiving spirit as she has experienced the same in Christ (Ephesians 4:32).

Love your wivesTo be obedient to their own husbandis the eighth feminine grace older women were to model and teach to young women (2:5).  In addition to being a command, a wife’s submission to her husband carries this burden: “that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited](Titus 2:5).

Failure to be God’s kind of woman not only dishonors the Word of God, but is spiritually devastating to the home, church and nation.  A rebellious, contentious wife dishonors the Word of God and makes hollow her profession of faith in Christ.

In summary, a woman professing faith in Christ should reflect in her words and actions eight disciplines:  Sound spiritual judgment; unconditional love for her husband and children; discreet; morally innocent; a keeper of her home; a good spirit; and obedient to her husband.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“Mom, I’m home!”

keepers at homeTopic: Eight Tenets of Feminine Graces (part 3) (Titus 2:4-5)

Today’s study of the “good things” (Titus 2:3) older women were to teach young wives and mothers focuses on the sixth of eight tenets of feminine graces Paul listed in Titus 2:4-5. Having begun with a directive for Titus to “speak thou the things which become sound doctrine” (2:1), Paul writes:

Titus 2:4-5 – “That they [older women] may teach the young women to be sober [exercising sound judgment; prudent], to love [be affectionate for] their husbands, to love [affectionate for] their children, 5 To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].”

In review, older women were to urge their younger counterparts “to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, [and] chaste…” (Titus 2:4-5a).   At the risk of infuriating radical feminists, Paul adds a sixth discipline of feminine grace for young wives and mothers: “keepers at home” (Titus 2:5b).

Some may think, “There he goes! I knew the preacher would get around to putting every single mom and working mother on a guilt trip!”  I assure you that is not my purpose or motive; however, we would be foolish to not consider what Paul meant when he exhorted young women to be “keepers at home”.

Promotional portrait of the cast of the television show, 'Leave It To Beaver,' circa 1959. Clockwise (from top): American actors Tony Dow, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers. (Photo by R. Gates/Courtesy of Getty Images)

Promotional portrait of the cast of the television show, ‘Leave It To Beaver,’ circa 1959. Clockwise (from top): American actors Tony Dow, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers. (Photo by R. Gates/Courtesy of Getty Images)

The revered titles of homemaker, housewife and “stay at home mom” are not only rare, but mocked by a society that prioritizes profession, pleasures and possessions above the interests of children.  I have cherished memories of coming home from school knowing my mother was waiting to greet my siblings and me.  My “Leave It to Beaver” childhood, like the one pictured in the television series that ran from 1957-1963, is rare today, if not extinct altogether.  The economic reality of the past 40 years has driven many families to the necessity of both parents working to provide a home and economic security.  Additionally, moral erosion and an epidemic of marital infidelity has pressed many women out of the nurturing role of mom and into workplaces that drain them physically and emotionally.

“Keepers at home”, especially in a world of laboring and time-saving appliances (washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, electric stoves and ovens), are able to enjoy many roles; however, none more important than family and home.  Let it be said, the greatest expression of a young woman’s love for her husband and family is to keep her home clean, uncluttered and happy.

Fat lazy guy on the couchBy the way, pity the wife of a narcissistic husband who expects his wife to toil at work and then come home to bear the responsibilities of the home while he and the children lounge in self-indulgence.

To be continued…

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

Professor Higgins, Your dream has come true!

Bruce-Caitlyn JennerTopic: Eight Tenets of Feminine Graces (part 2) (Titus 2:4-5)

Radical feminism’s boorish obsession with equality has become a cancer threatening marriage, home, and family.

The Broadway musical and classic movie “My Fair Lady” is an illustrative reminder of how much western civilization has eroded in 60 years.  The plot of the musical, first premiering on Broadway in 1956, centers on a bet between two Englishmen, a professor Henry Higgins and his friend Pickering.  Professor Higgins wagers he can take a simple, “uncivilized” flower street urchin and, through lessons in speech and etiquette, pass her off as a lady.  Among the many beautiful songs in the musical is one humorously titled, “A Hymn to Him” in which Professor Higgins bemoans the differences between men and women.  Higgins, openly expressing his frustration with Eliza, played by Audrey Hepburn, finds himself falling for her precisely because of the somewhat frustrating, sometimes maddening differences between men and women.  Higgins observes the following…Fair Lady

Women are irrational, that’s all there is to that!

Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags!

They’re nothing but exasperating, irritating,

vacillating, calculating, agitating,

Maddening and infuriating hags!

 

Why does ev’ryone do what the others do?

Can’t a woman learn to use her head?

Why do they do ev’rything their mothers do?

Why don’t they grow up- well, like their father instead?

Why can’t a woman take after a man?

Men are so pleasant, so easy to please;

Wherever you’re with them, you’re always at ease.

I fear professor Higgins observations regarding the wonderful and complementary differences between men and women no longer holds true in a culture that has become so inane it entertains the foolishness of those who allow for “self-identification” with the opposite sex.  Professor Higgins’ wish that “ a woman take after a man” has sadly come true as radical feminism’s boorish obsession with equality has become a cancer threatening marriage, family, and society.

Higgins’ observation that young women learn to “do ev’rything their mothers do” is precisely the reason Titus was to challenge older women to be “teachers of good things” (Titus 2:3).  Rather than follow their peers, young women were to look to the “aged women” for instruction in eight spiritual disciplines.  We considered three of the eight disciplines in an earlier devotion.  Older women are to teach young women “to be sober, to love their husbands, [and] to love their children” (Titus 2:4).old teaching the young

Titus 2:5 “To be discreet [soberminded], chaste [holy; pure from carnality; free from evil], keepers at [workers in the] home, good [honorable; pleasing to God], obedient [subordinate to; ranking under; submitting] to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed [reproached; discredited].”

The fourth tenet of feminine grace older women were to teach the younger is “to be discreet” (2:4a), literally “sober minded”.  Radical feminism has introduced into mainstream America the opposite; silliness, partying and drunkenness have become the trait of a gender that rejects discipline and discretion as a feminine grace and discipline.  Models themselves, the older women were to challenge the young women to be sensible, exercising good judgment.

The fifth tenet of feminine grace and discipline is chastity.  Granted, society has changed and the notion of chastity and fidelity has been relegated to Victorian taste; however, God’s Word has not changed and God’s will is that young women would be “chaste” in attitude, appearance and action.  Paul directed Timothy to teach women in the church to reflect in their dress and manner a modesty that is lost in our day of selfies and brazen nudity.

immodesty1 Timothy 2:9-10 – “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness [modest, rather than brazen demeanor] and sobriety [exercising good judgment and restraint]; not with broided hair [elaborate design], or gold, or pearls, or costly [expensive] array; 10 But (which becometh [befits] women professing godliness) with good works.”

The inconvenient truth is the dress and conduct of the average young woman in our churches today is far from “chaste”.  Rather than that “which becometh women professing godliness” (1 Timothy 2:10), too many young women, wives and mothers identify more with Madonna and Taylor Swift than with the Bible’s exhortation that wives are to adorn themselves in a “meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4).

To be continued….

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith