Monday, March 19, 2007

The News Isn't Good

This just in...the world is in a mess.

Any of you can point to a myriad of illustrations of this sad state of affairs, but here's a quick listing of a few from the newsroom over at

* Gene Robinson, the openly homosexual Episcopal bishop from New Hampshire who is part of the ever-deepening rift in the Anglican Church, continues to boast about his sexually deviant lifestyle as well as his part in the worldwide schism. "You see a mainline denomination risking its life for some people on the margins," said Robinson, and "It is my great privilege to be a small part of that."

* The homosexuality which Robinson practices, unnatural in the extreme and described by the Holy Bible as an abomination in the sight of God, is being defended by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. "Well, I've heard from a number of my friends, and I've certainly clarified with them any misunderstanding that anyone had, because I disagree with General Pace completely," Clinton told Bloomberg News. "I do not think homosexuality is immoral." Obama also released a statement on the issue. "I do not agree with General Pace that homosexuality is immoral. Attempts to divide people like this have consumed too much of our politics over the past six years."

* Two decisions by the 9th Circuit Court forbidding religious activities in public libraries and branding such terms as "natural family" and "marriage" as hate speech are being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

* Democrat Congressman from California Pete Stark has athiets celebrating after his public declaration that he doesn't believe in God. Stark, a member of Congress since 1973 and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, made the unprecedented disclosure in response to an inquiry by the Secular Coalition of America (SCA). Stark acknowledged that he was a Unitarian - a creedless system that does not require belief in a deity. The SCA held a contest offering $1,000 to the person able to identify the nontheist holding the highest public office in the country.

* An Uzbek criminal court has sentenced Christian pastor Dmitry Shestakov to four years in a prison colony for alleged “illegal” religious activities. Judge M. Tulanov of the Andijan Criminal Court handed down the harsh verdict against Shestakov March 9. Yesterday one of the nation’s leading evangelical pastors said Shestakov’s unexpected conviction could have “grave consequences” for Protestant Christians in Uzbekistan. “Perhaps it already has,” the pastor told Compass, saying that over the past weekend, many more incidents had been initiated against Christians in a number of places across the country.

No, the news isn't good.

Except, of course, for the glorious fact that Christians, those who have received the gift of eternal salvation by trusting in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for their sins, will live forever with God in His heaven.

And that news (the gospel) is certainly sufficient for Christians to battle bravely, joyfully and patiently against the forces which produce the earlier news items.