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These Trouble Me

11 Feb

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/court-upholds-firing-of-spiritual-director-by-intervarsity-christian-fellowship-because-she-failed-to-save-her-marriage-133878/

Despite plaintiff meeting all of IVCF’s requirements for her return to work, IVCF refused to allow plaintiff to return to work because she was not successful in reconciling her marriage,” noted Conlon’s lawsuit.

Records show that whenever employees have marital problems InterVarsity “encourages employees to seek appropriate help to move toward reconciliation. IVCF will consider the impact of separation or divorce on colleagues, students, faculty and donors.”

Conlon’s request to return to work was reportedly denied because, according to a Sept. 12, 2011, email, “Bailey stated knowing falsehoods to several individuals that (Conlon) did not make efforts to reconcile her marriage.” and put her on unpaid leave.

While I believe that organizations, churches and businesses should have a measure of freedom for whom they hire and fire I do not like this reason at all. Even knowing how Christians view divorce I still do not think that this is a viable excuse to terminate someone’s service. The article doesn’t provide any details about the trouble in the marriage so we can’t see if IVCF was justified in their actions but if she is performing her duties correctly, her personal business should not interfere with her employment.

In a letter, Bailey noted: “It is with sorrow that we acknowledge that reconciliation has proven unsuccessful. We have not seen enough progress to continue the process any longer. As a result, effective Dec. 15, 2011, your employment with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA will be terminated.”

This is a very subjective assessment and makes me suspicious about if IVCF was looking for an excuse to fire hire. Then if the following is true,

Legal teams on both sides accepted that the ministerial exception applied to Conlon’s dismissal but Conlon’s team argued that InterVarsity had waived that exception highlighting on its website that it’s an equal opportunity employer that hires without regard to marital status, gender or other factors. Conlon also pointed to two men who had divorced and kept their jobs.

I really wonder about IVCF and their Christian stance. I wish I knew more details as it is difficult to speak about this action and what information that is given makes IVCF look like a very hypocritical organization and one that is more of a busybody than a group of people who truly follow Christ. When you see how Jesus treated the woman at the well,someone who had been married many times, it is hard to support an organization that acts in such a heavy-handed manner.

There is a difference between acting or looking spiritual and actually being spiritual and doing things according to God’s will. I think too many people do the former and ignore the latter.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/obama-lied-about-supporting-traditional-marriage-in-2008-former-advisor-david-axelrod-reveals-in-new-book-133876/

President Barack Obama intentionally misled voters when he stated that he supported traditional marriage during his 2008 presidential election campaign, former Obama advisor David Axelrod claims in his new book.

Obama supported same-sex marriage when he was an Illinois state senate candidate in 1996, but claimed he opposed same-sex marriage when he ran for president in 2008.

“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” Obama told pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church in 2008, adding that he supports civil unions for same-sex couples.

I know that people lie. I have been lied to more than enough times in my life but each and every time it happens I feel sad but when people seeking leadership positions lie to those who are putting their trust in them I start to get troubled and question their ability to lead or possess power.

You can say all politicians do that but that doesn’t make it right or even less troubling. When Obama was first campaigning I thought he actually meant the words ‘time for a change’ but in reality that was another lie as he has ended up being the same old thing.  God tells us in Colossians

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, (3:9 NASB)

Yet that command has been forgotten by more than just Obama.  Christians will lie to each other for whatever reason and it needs to stop. Christian leaders lie to church members, Christian politicians lie to the people and there is no command anywhere that says lying is okay to anyone. I do not even like it when people lie to their children. A lot of children would not leave Christ if their parents had not lied to their children by telling them that Santa Claus is real.

Being honest does not mean that were are not tactful or gentle etc. or that we just blast out the truth regardless of the feelings of the other person. We need to ask God for help to be truthful in the correct way so that we do not cause more problems by telling the bare truth.

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/nbc-suspends-brian-williams-for-six-months-without-pay-over-iraq-story-133888/

Embattled NBC news anchor Brian Williams, who has come under fire recently for misrepresenting his role in a helicopter incident in Iraq, was suspended for six months without pay Tuesday night, according to a memo issued to staff by NBC News President Deborah Turness.

“We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as managing editor and anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately. We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News,” wrote Turness in the memo highlighted by Buzzfeed.

She explained that the network’s review of Williams’ claims about his role in the Iraq incident remains ongoing.

I know he lied but that is not the point of this section. What troubles me is the over-reaction that has transpired over Mr. Williams’ admission. Justice does not depend upon a person’s position. In other words, the same penalty given to a poor unknown person should be the same for a famous person when they commit the same offense.

To me, 6 months without pay is overly-harsh and the punishment does not fit the crime. Now many people may disagree with me citing Mr. Williams’ influence but justice also doesn’t depend upon influence or the lack of it. it metes out the right punishment to all regardless. Some will say that all I am saying is  justice is blind and I probably am but that saying does not include what accompanies justice–honesty, fairness, understanding, wisdom and so on.

I have not like the recent trend of over-reacting to other people’s sins or mistakes as it tells us people are not learning the right lessons concerning life and society.

#4. http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2015/01/27/a-free-kent-hovind-might-have-backing-for-a-bigger-better-dinosaur-theme-park/

Last week, I wrote about my interview with Kent Hovind, Doctor Dino, a leading light in the field of Young Earth Creationism.  Kent is nearing the end of a long federal prison sentence related to the tax issues of Creation Science Evangelism, which distributed his videos and ran a theme park called Dinosaur Adventureland. Kent is facing new charges relating to the filing of a lis pendens on property that the Government had seized.  There are also large civil judgments related to his individual income tax liability.

For the first charges I think he is guilty as sin and has long since served his time BUT the next set of charges I think is going over board and troubles me that some people who hate Christians are abusing their positions of authority in this situation.  The new charges seem over-the-top and vindictive not justice or fair. But I have seen this before where those in power and are anti-Christian abuse their power and are quite dishonest in the administration of their duties.

The only thing I can say right now is that it will get worse and we have seen it get worse in just minor disputes that could have been easily solved if the authorities simply told the offended to go to another bakery or wedding venue. These soft answers dot not seem to be in vogue right now as so many people think the courts, the corrections system and other legal options are the answer because they want money not to be forgiving.

Money seems to be the key to all of these situations and when justice becomes about money, actually when anything becomes about money, everybody loses. I do not think Hovind is guilty of the new charges and I do not think he is getting just,honest or fair treatment in this new situation. Why the Florida legal system has targeted him is mystifying but he should be seen as a warning by all believers.

A warning to not underestimate unbelievers.

 

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