Some fun goofiness to share with the kids… though only if you don’t mind some imitation.
Jack Phillips is rather ordinary-looking for a hero. He isn’t muscle-bound, doesn’t have martial art moves, and he isn’t braving bullets to save a damsel in distress. What he has been risking is his business, and for more than a decade now. Amazingly, among the people he is risking his business for are the very people trying to shut him down. A decade back this baker was taken to court for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual “marriage.” All the world was eager to celebrate this coupling, but Jack was not, because he knew such a marriage was a lie, and harmful to the people involved because they were committing themselves to a lifelong rebellion against their Maker.
The good news is he won a Supreme Court decision back in 2021. The bad news is he was targeted again, but this time by a trans activist who wanted a cake to celebrate “transitioning.” And once again, Jack wouldn’t participate in a harmful lie.
Most of us understandably wouldn’t want to be in Jack’s shoes. But is that because we’ve gotten things backwards? We were created to glorify God, and just consider the opportunity Jack has been given because of this to glorify God in a louder way than he otherwise ever could. We also shouldn’t doubt what Jesus promised in his Sermon on the Mount:
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matt. 5:10-12).
We’re called to make disciples. Yet so many of us don’t. So, the author advises, start with one, just one.
If it’s voluntary, it isn’t socialism. It’s that simple: socialism is compulsion.
One of my university profs tried to justify abortion through all nine months by arguing that there was no point in the pregnancy where a child was all that different from the moment before. He reasoned that if it was okay at one month after conception to abort (which he thought was a given) then it must be okay at one month plus one day. And if it is okay at one month and a day, how is the child all that different at one month and two days? And so on. But his argument proved too much, as it would also justify “aborting” the already born, even adults, as there is no point in which we are all that different from the moment before.
In the article above, Gary DeMar turns that logic on its head: if it is a given the born are valuable, then why not the born, minus a day? And so on. DeMar’s flipped argument aligns with Scripture, where we find our value isn’t found in how different we are from one stage to the next, nor in what we can do, but in Whose Image we are made (Gen. 1:27, Gen. 9:6).
This is not an ad about how boys can never be girls even when some people might say otherwise. This is not about how boys remain boys, even if someone screams “girl, girl, girl” over and over again. And even if you start to believe that boy is a girl, he’s not; he’s a boy… and this ad is still not about that.
This is a CNN ad. From 5 years ago. It was directed against President Donald Trump’s accusations that CNN peddled “fake news.” It argues that there are no alternative facts. There is only one truth. Bravo.
Do you think they’d still make this ad today?