Voters in Houston, TX cast their ballots today to decide whether or not they want to keep, or eliminate, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance passed by the city council in 2014. Commonly referred to as the “bathroom bill,” this ordinance would force businesses to allow men and women to use the public restroom of their choice. The Texas Supreme Court previously ruled that Houston must either rescind this ordinance or put it on the ballot and let the voters decide. (The ordinance failed by a wide margin. Thank you to all those Houstonians who voted against this ordinance!) (Re: http://www.chron.com/politics/election/local/article/HERO-results-6608562.php)
Prior to the legalization of same sex marriage, many gay couples used adoption laws as a way to form legal family ties and make them eligible for benefits. Under this arrangement, one of the homosexual men would simply adopt the other as his son. Now that the United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of gay marriages one of these adopted couples, Nino Esposito and Roland Bosee of Washington, are seeking to reverse the adoption so that they would then be allowed to marry. A judge has denied the couple’s request to marry because they are legally father and son. (Re: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2015/11/03/father-adopted-son-seek-right-to-marry-each-other/)
A popular girl’s magazine, (“American Girl,” owned by toy manufacturer Mattel) recently featured a picture of a family with two dads in an article about adoption. The two dads, homosexual of course, are referred to in the article as “Daddy” and “Dada.” (Re: http://onemillionmoms.com/current-campaigns/american-girl-disappoints-conservative-customers/)
Voters in Ohio went to the polls today to vote on a measure that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Thankfully, the measure was defeated. (Re: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/public/2015/election/ohio-state-issues-2-and-3-marijuana.html)
A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study indicates that Americans are becoming less religious. The share of adults who say they believe in God has fallen from 92 percent in 2007 to 89 percent in 2014. The portion of Americans who say they are absolutely certain God exists fell from 71 percent in 2007 to 63 percent in 2014. (Re: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/03/us-usa-religion-iduskcn0ss0am20151103)
Just last week, two men began to argue after one of them ate the last piece of chicken during dinner at an apartment in west Houston. The argument escalated into a fist fight in the parking lot of the apartment complex. One of the men then stabbed the other and ran away. He later returned to the scene and confessed to killing the other man. (Re: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/11/03/last-piece-of-chicken-stabbing/75112266/)
Joe Kennedy, a high school football coach in the Seattle, WA area has been placed on paid leave of absence for continuing to pray on the field after each game after the school board had warned him not to do so. (Re: http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/29/us/washington-football-coach-joe-kennedy-prays/)
These are just some of the headlines I read in a single day, November 3, 2015. What should we conclude from all of this? Our country desperately needs to return to God! “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34)
Over the last several weeks we have seen several candidates for president, both Democrat and Republican, intently trying to best articulate their solution to this country’s problems. Emphasis is given to such things as immigration reform, gun control, countering the terrorists and keeping our country safe, tax reform, abortion, trade with other countries such as China, education, health care and global warming. “I have a plan,” the candidates shout! Vote for me!
Why do so many people fail to see the obvious? The future of our country is not dependent upon who is serving as president in the White House or who is serving as Speaker of the House. The future of our country does not depend upon the best plan for immigration reform, tax reform, or any of these other issues. The future of our country will be bright and filled with hope only when our country turns back to God. The future of our country will be bright and filled with hope only when God is invited back into our homes, our schools, and workplaces. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord……….” (Psalm 33:12).