ABN Columns & Viewpoints

Editor's Note: This section includes current and past ABN columns - published in the print edition and online exclusives - as well as viewpoints from a variety of Arkansas Baptist and Southern Baptist authors. Opinions expressed are that of the author and are not necessarily an endorsement.

Saturday
Jun272015

Judges play God – Now what? Is civil disobedience and jail in our future?

Larry Page
Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council

PageThe question is not a rhetorical one – it’s real – and one we must carefully consider. “Is civil disobedience and jail in our future?” It’s probably only a matter of time (and a short amount of time) before ministers and churches will be routinely faced with the choice of obeying an unjust and unrighteous law that violates God’s truth, standards, and commands or being incarcerated or otherwise punished for refusing to obey the wayward law.

The U. S. Supreme Court today released its decision, legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.That represents the most outlandish example of judicial tyranny in this country’s history.  We are seemingly now at the mercy of an out-of-control judiciary on steroids.

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Friday
Jun262015

Choosing our light

HibbardThis morning, we awoke to a bright, cloudless sky. Our home has many windows that let in the bright sunshine on clear days, so on days like this we frequently don’t even have to turn on interior lights. The sunshine streaming in through the windows might not be as bright and strong as our electric lights, but it’s sufficient.

This afternoon, clouds are moving in ahead of anticipated weekend storms. As the clouds build, we alternate between bright sunshine and darkening shade. In some rooms, we’re turning on lights to counteract the game of peekaboo the sun seems to be playing.

When a storm system actually arrives, though, I expect a very different story. The front will solidly entrench itself, and heavy storm clouds will block the sun. In our home, we’ll have to use the lights that do not receive much use during a sunny stretch.

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Thursday
Jun182015

‘Caitlyn’ Jenner and the erosion of America

Tim Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News

Back when I was younger, there was a popular saying that went something like, “Yeah, that was back in the day when men were men and women were women.”

YarbroughAt that time, it was said more as a humorous commentary on the  changing lifestyles of men and women in America and about the movement from rural to urban living.

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Thursday
Jun112015

A Christian's Response to Homosexuality and Marriage

Larry Page
Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council

PageIt’s a daily barrage, isn’t it?  Each day brings news about how Americans are “seeing the light” and rejecting their bigoted and homophobic ways. We are told that more and more people are recognizing that special rights should be bestowed on members of groups who share nothing more than mutual predilections for aberrant sexual behavior.  A runaway judiciary, egged on by the main stream media, much of academia, many misguided clerics, and other so-called progressives, have pushed this agenda to the point that marriage no longer has any distinct meaning.

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Thursday
Jun042015

Ireland, Alabama and marriage

Tim Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News

I reland said, “Yes,” to a national referendum on    same-sex marriage May 22, making it the first country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage by popular vote.

What is interesting is how the measure gained national support in a country some believed would never approve such a controversial measure.

YarbroughAccording to media reports, an intense media campaign in support of same-sex marriage encouraged Irish citizens living abroad to return home to vote their support.

Since voting is only allowed in the country and not by absentee ballot, the country’s airports were flooded by Irish citizen supporters arriving from other countries to cast ballots in favor of the historic shift in morality in their homeland.

The Catholic Church and other conservative groups in the country opposed the referendum, but apparently were overwhelmed by 60,000 new voters who registered to vote for the first time.

In contrast, the state of Alabama has decided – wisely – to get out of the marriage business all together.

The Alabama Senate voted 22-3 May 19 to pass a bill that ends the practice of licensing marriages in the state, effectively nullifying both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage, according to media reports.

Introduced by Sen. Greg Albritton, Senate Bill 377 would end state issued marriage licenses, while providing marriage contracts as an alternative, according to TenthAmendmentCenter.com.

“When you invite the state into those matters of personal or religious import, it creates difficulties,” Sen. Albritton said about the bill in April. “Go back long, long ago in a ‘galaxy far, far away.’ Early 20th century, if you go back and look and try to find marriage licenses for your grandparents or great grandparents, you won’t find it. What you will find instead is where people have come in and recorded when a marriage has occurred.”

The bill would replace all references to marriage “licenses” in state law with the term “contracts.” The law, which takes effect July 1, would not invalidate any marriage licenses issued prior to the bill being passed.
Well played, Alabama!