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And the OSCAR goes to…
That is the line we heard over and over again Sunday night March 5th at the Academy Awards. This year there is a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Broke Back Mountain! And.. Broke Back Mountain is NOT the story of an overweight cowboy injuring his horse Beauty while riding her across the switchbacks of Hump Back Mountain.

The Oscar is Hollywood’s honor of movie excellence which you may be struggling with the same thought I have.. Is HOLLYWOOD EXCELLENCE an oxymoron.. like skinny Baptist preacher? Further evidence is that the Oscar winning song is.. It’s hard out here for a Pimp, and then with the previously mentioned Broke Back Mountain I must exclaim like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz … “Hey Toto.. we’re not in Kansas anymore.. we are in Hollywood.“
Add to this the winner for best supporting actor George Clooney in his acceptance speech shares “I am proud that Hollywood is out of touch with mainstream .” Next, let’s step back one year, the movie the Passion of the Christ was not even nominated for best picture. So let me get this straight… Broke Back Mountain .. the story of unnatural (gay) cowboy lust is embraced by Hollywood, while The Passion of the Christ.. sharing the true story of Jesus amazing love and sacrifice, is shunned by Hollywood because it is too controversial. I guess then George.. I feel sorry that you would choose to be a part of the Godless self-affirmation society we now call Hollywood. I don’t even intend to be mean.. I truly am sorry.

Does me sharing these opinions make me a right winged Christian homophobe wanting to start round two of the Crusades? No, but prayer and perspective needs to be the order of the day. The Oscars are just another sign of an which is increasingly Godless. I do love and the freedoms of my life here, BUT I am concerned our society is so tolerant of WRONG (aka sin) and intolerant to God’s truth. Separation of church and state in America seems to be distorted from protecting the church from the state.. to telling the church SHUT UP. The Ten Commandments, and phrases like In God we Trust are legal battles in a land founded on freedom of religion. We were founded as a Christian nation with the goal of tolerance of our differences, BUT now the media and Hollywood mocks these founding values, twisting them into a place where we are expected to apologize for being Christians, or at least SHUT UP about what we believe.

Honoring God at the Oscars is trivial in a nation that sugar coats the act of abortion with the ‘nice’ term CHOICE. We have 3 major TV networks not concerned about truth, but instead spreading their vindictive distorted story telling of the news to promote their Godless biases and agendas. Then we have the ALMIGHTY INTERNET.. nuff said about the moral diseases of porn, gambling, and hatred that are spewed out as internet free speech. Let’s not confuse tolerance of people with tolerance of sin.

So let me conclude my opinion piece on the Oscars. The Oscars are IMO just an indicator of a society that celebrates Sodom and Gomorrah perversion of excellence. The answer is simple. There is ONE GOD ONLY. It is not ok to believe in just any god though we all the right to. It is like sincerely believing 1+1=anything but 2. The same truth hold true regarding faith.. sincerely believing in any god rather than the God of our bibles is also wrong. THIS IS ALSO SIMPLE MATH. It matters what we believe. There is one God, and his truths as taught in the Bible are timeless. THIS IS THE ONLY BENCHMARK THAT MATTERS. May God find each of us respectful and honoring of his TIMELESS TRUTHS and uncompromising in the face of Hollywood and secular media that scoffs at us, and at the one true God.

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"For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill.
The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal
falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and
so cause Him to withdraw his present help from us, we
shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world."
--John Winthrop, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630

"America was born a Christian nation. America was born
to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness,
which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scriptures.
Part of the destiny of Americans lies in their daily perusal
of this great book of revelations. That if they would see
America free and pure they will make their own spirits
free and pure by this baptism of the Holy Spirit."
--Woodrow Wilson

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this
great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians;
not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this
very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum,
prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
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America's Biblical Roots
by Charles Colson

It's a bittersweet day in the ancient Near East
thousands of years ago: The thrill of being home
again after years of exile is tempered by the
humiliation of still being vassals of Persia. A
tattered band of Hebrews gathers for several days of
prayer, worship, and teaching.

Nehemiah leads the former exiles in a time of
national confession and repentance. Then they pledge
themselves in a binding agreement to live for God and
obey His commandments. Nehemiah draws up a new
governing charter for Israel, drafted in accordance
with God's laws.

It would be a pattern for generations to come.
Thousands of years later, in 1620, the Pilgrims draft
yet another governing charter-the Mayflower Compact.
They open their Bibles and read the account of
Nehemiah. In imitation of the covenant pattern
described there, they draw up their own set of mutual obligations.

The Mayflower Pilgrims saw themselves as the New
Israelites building a New Jerusalem in the American
wilderness. So the Old Testament pattern of
government by charter seemed only fitting.

The tradition started by Nehemiah continued
throughout the settlement of the New World. Every
Puritan colony drew up its own constitutional charter
following the pattern of the Mayflower Compact.

It began in 1639, when the great Puritan evangelist
Thomas Hooker directed the drafting of Connecticut's
constitution. The Reverend Hooker required that each
article in the constitution be justified by
references to Scripture.

This document became the blueprint for the
constitution of every other colony in the New World.
When it was time to construct a national
constitution, the drafters imitated the pattern
already set in the colonies.

So we can trace a straight line from Nehemiah,
dedicating himself and the people to God in ancient
Israel, to the founding of our own nation and form of government.

It's good to remind ourselves that the constitutional freedoms
we enjoy did not come out of nowhere. They did not come
from the ancient Greeks, who contributed in many
other ways to our Western heritage. Nor did they
derive from secular philosophies, though these, too,
have contributed to our heritage.

No, America's most fundamental ideas about law and
freedom stem from the biblical idea of a covenant, an
agreement freely entered into between God and His
people, outlining their mutual duties and privileges.

The great statesman Daniel Webster, on the 200th
anniversary of the Pilgrims' landing, noted that the
American Founders sought to base all our
institutions, civil and political, on the truths of
the Christian religion.

History textbooks often ignore the biblical roots of
the American system of government. Under the banner
of so-called "separation of church and state," our
school books are silent about the religious
influences that shaped our nation's history-to the
point where many Christians do not even realize the
enormous impact our faith has had on the American heritage.

Let us commit ourselves to educating ourselves and
our children on the impact the Christian faith has had on
America's constitutional form of government. And then let's
recommit ourselves to the practice of confession and
prayer for our nation. For there's truly no greater
hope in times like these.
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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