Pastor Steve Riggle Sermon: UNCOMMON PATRIOTISM

Uncommon Patriotism – Steve Riggle from Grace.tv on Vimeo.

Sermon Notes

PSALM 33 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”
Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV

Intro….TALK ABOUT THE CONDITION OF OUR CULTURE…..
It seems as if there is no common sense…..and everything is nonsense….
“Therefore justice is far from us, Nor does righteousness overtake us; We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness! We grope for the wall like the blind, And we grope as if we had no eyes; We stumble at noonday as at twilight; We are as dead men in desolate places.
We all growl like bears, And moan sadly like doves; We look for justice, but there is none; For salvation, but it is far from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before You, And our sins testify against us; For our transgressions are with us, And as for our iniquities, we know them: In transgressing and lying against the LORD, And departing from our God, Speaking oppression and revolt, Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice.”
Isaiah 59:9-15 NKJV

“There are no easy answers’ but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. ” – Ronald Reagan

IN AMERICA…….WE THE PEOPLE DETERMINE OUR OWN DESTINY…….BY THOSE WE ELECT TO REPRESENT US……GOOD OR BAD…..

Please consider how crucial this election is…..

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES…the next president will appoint the judges that will determine where this nation goes….
The Supreme Court is now operating as the legislative body…even though that is not their role….

Without constitutional judges…the direction of the nation will certainly go toward the full progressive agenda
Consider that when Obama took office, the majority of the appeals courts were conservative…
I read the other day that now, the majority lean liberal because of his appointments.
Both Trump and Clinton have said the kind of judges they will pick…

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY…..if Clinton becomes president, your religious liberty will be subject to the new definition of civil rights…
See civil rights commission report

US CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORT
By Joe Davidson | Columnist September 9

Jumping into the fray over civil liberties vs. religious freedom, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission issued a report Wednesday that is sure to anger conservatives with this central finding:
****“Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights,” the report said.
The chairman of the commission, Martin R. Castro, went to the hot spot of the debate with a separate statement in the report that uncloaks what often, but certainly not always, lurks behind protestations about freedom of religion.
*****“The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance,” Castro wrote.
For Roger Severino, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the conservative Heritage Foundation,
*****a particularly troubling aspect of the report is what he called “the attempt to discredit sincere religious believers as being motivated by hate instead of faith and the implied recommendation that religious groups should change their beliefs on sexual morality to conform with liberal norms for the good of the country. I would expect to see such a slanted and anti-religious report come out of China or France perhaps, but am disappointed to see it come from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.”

The report follows a meeting the commission held in March 2013 to explore “the uncertain boundaries of religious freedom.” Its findings and recommendations place the boundary at the point where religious freedom conflicts with civil rights.

Finding No. 1 makes it clear which set of rights should be on top: “Civil rights protections ensuring nondiscrimination, as embodied in the Constitution, laws, and policies, are of preeminent importance in American jurisprudence.”

******The commission also said:

• “Religious exemptions from nondiscrimination laws and policies must be weighed carefully and defined narrowly on a fact-specific basis”
• “Third parties, such as employees, should not be forced to live under the religious doctrines of their employers”
• “A basic right as important as the freedom to marry should not be subject to religious beliefs.”
Violating this by preaching the whole counsel of God regarding sexuality and marriage would probably cost you your tax exemption, but also civil and criminal penalties.
The church tax exemption will certainly be under fire if Clinton is elected.

TO THESE WHO SAY…THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN…
IT ALREADY IS….
******Note the numerous cases where a person’s deeply held convictions cost them dearly……http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/courts-conclude-faith-loses-to-gay-demands/

THE NATIONAL DEBT….a fiscal crisis…
Under the democratic platform the national debt will balloon at a faster pace because of the spending programs they are proposing. Who will pay for them?
There are not enough rich people to pay enough to even balance our existing shortfall.
Also, when you tax the business to death, they will simply pass it on or go out of business (not worth the risks involved)….or in the case of hiking minimum wage to $15 many minimum wage employers with technology developing as it is will automate.
i.e….fast food will go to kiosk type ordering……just like grocery stores have done with the machines that check you out. It only takes one live person to handle any issues and a dozen live people can be eliminated.

Right now 45% of the households in the nation pay no federal income tax…….NOT ONE DOLLAR….

National debt……we have a stewardship responsibility for our nation….
We cannot sustain the current pattern…
In the last sixteen years the national debt has quadrupled…
It is growing exponentially……doubling every eight years
Under bush the national debt doubled from under five trillion to over nine trillion. Under Obama it has doubled again to almost twenty trillion.
This is not sustainable….
We are electing people to office who wouldn’t personally incur massive debt, but are willing to place a load of debt on our kids that cannot be paid.

ABORTION….
The democratic platform position is that because a woman’s right to choose is paramount…..(the baby in the womb has no rights)……a baby could be aborted one hour before it would be born……full nine months

We cannot say that we honor God and His word when we vote for a presidential candidate who is in favor of murdering babies.

PARTY PLATFORMS….COMPARE…don’t be deceived by the spin….
i.e…affordable health care……was supposed to save the average family 2500 per year…has increased instead…

******Need to add democratic platform comparisons…
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Wed Jul 20, 2016 – 1:20 pm EST

2016 Republican Party platform hailed as most pro-life, pro-family ever
Republicans Gathered in Cleveland, the Republican Party has adopted what is being described as the most pro-life platform in the 162-year history of the GOP.

The 2016 Republican Party platform strengthened its pro-life plank to call – for the first time – for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, banning dismemberment abortion, opposing assisted suicide, halting the Obama administration’s transgender restroom edit, restoring the traditional definition of marriage, and recognizing pornography as a public health hazard.
The bustling crowd inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland approved the official statement of the party’s policy prescriptions by voice vote on Monday, drawing praise from pro-life and pro-family leaders nationwide.

More pro-life than ever

The 2016 platform reiterates the GOP’s support for a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, clarifying that the 14thAmendment protects unborn children from being deprived of life, liberty of property without due process of law. That plank has been part of every Republican platform since 1980, when the Grand Old Party met in Detroit to nominate Ronald Reagan for president.

However, the party made history by encouraging states to defund Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider – by name, as well as further penalizing the sale of fetal organs. The platform reads:

We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts. In the meantime, we call on Congress to ban the practice of misleading women on so-called fetal harvesting consent forms, a fact revealed by a 2015 investigation. We will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage.
The GOP also backs efforts “to exclude abortion providers from federal programs such as Medicaid and other healthcare and family planning programs so long as they continue to perform or refer for elective abortions or sell the body parts of aborted children.”

The platform, which mentions “abortion” 37 times, formally supports state and federal laws prohibiting “the cruelest forms of abortion, especially dismemberment abortion procedures, in which unborn babies are literally torn apart limb from limb.”

Six states have banned dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions, which account for 95 percent of all second-trimester abortions.

Although the Democrats have yet to officially vote on their 2016 platform, draft copies show it will be the most radically pro-abortion in that party’s history – a fact the Republican platform notes.

“The Democratic Party is extreme on abortion,” the platform says. “Democrats’ almost limitless support for abortion, and their strident opposition to even the most basic restrictions on abortion, put them dramatically out of step with the American people.”

The platform strongly supports parental rights, opposing “school-based clinics that provide referral or counseling for abortion and contraception.” New York City schools distributed 12,721 doses of Plan B, the morning after pill, without parental approval in 2012 alone.

Marriage and restroom privacy

Delegates maintained their opposition to judicial activism throughout the document, particularly committing the party to support marriage. “We do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage,” the platform reads, “and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the states.”

For the first time, the document also mentions the issue of transgender restroom, shower, and intimate facilities use in public accommodations. The platform lambasts the Obama administration officials’ “unconstitutional expansion” into every facet of American life, from ObamaCare “to school restroom policies.”

“Their edict to the states concerning restrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities is at once illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues,” the document says. “We salute the several states which have filed suit against it.”

It also recognizes pornography as a public health hazard, a stand cutting edge position long ago adopted in the UK and other European societies.

Praise from pro-life and pro-family leaders

“This platform includes a strong affirmation of life, marriage, and religious liberty. The platform calls for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the repeal of ObamaCare. It calls for the repeal of the 1954 Johnson amendment that seeks to prevent churches and pastors from endorsing candidates,” said Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel. “The platform rejects the LGBT agenda and calls for action against activist judges. Paul Singer’s attempt to push same-sex marriage and the LGBT agenda was soundly defeated.”

The socially liberal billionaire attempted to launch a fight over the platform’s stance on same-sex “marriage” and transgender issues, but his representative was soundly defeated by the 112-member platform committee that included Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

The final document improves upon the GOP’s longstanding commitment to life, said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Notably, Republicans moved to advocate for the codification of the Hyde Amendment, longstanding bipartisan legislation which protects the conscience rights of taxpayers by ensuring public funds are not used for abortion on-demand. The new Democratic Party platform, on the other hand, supports repeal of this consensus policy.”

“The Republican platform has always been strong when it comes to protecting unborn children, their mothers, and the conscience rights of pro-life Americans,” said Dannenfelser.

REPUBLICAN PLATFORM (selected)

Defending Marriage Against an Activist Judiciary (Top)

Traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values. We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law. We also condemn the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which in the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was a “judicial Putsch” — full of “silly extravagances” — that reduced “the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Storey to the mystical aphorisms of a fortune cookie.” In Obergefell, five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Court twisted the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment beyond recognition. To echo Scalia, we dissent. We, therefore, support the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions.

The First Amendment: Religious Liberty (Top)

The Bill of Rights lists religious liberty, with its rights of conscience, as the first freedom to be protected. Religious freedom in the Bill of Rights protects the right of the people to practice their faith in their everyday lives. As George Washington taught, “religion and morality are indispensable supports” to a free society. Similarly, Thomas Jefferson declared that “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.” Ongoing attempts to compel individuals, businesses, and institutions of faith to transgress their beliefs are part of a misguided effort to undermine religion and drive it from the public square. As a result, many charitable religious institutions that have demonstrated great success in helping the needy have been barred from receiving government grants and contracts. Government officials threaten religious colleges and universities with massive fines and seek to control their personnel decisions.

Places of worship for the first time in our history have reason to fear the loss of tax-exempt status merely for espousing and practicing traditional religious beliefs that have been held across the world for thousands of years, and for almost four centuries in America. We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

We pledge to defend the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard religious institutions against government control. We endorse the First Amendment Defense Act, Republican legislation in the House and Senate which will bar government discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. This Act would protect the non-profit tax status of faith-based adoption agencies, the accreditation of religious educational institutions, the grants and contracts of faith-based charities and small businesses, and the licensing of religious professions — all of which are under assault by elements of the Democratic Party. We encourage every state to pass similar legislation. We likewise endorse the efforts of Republican state legislators and governors who have defied intimidation from corporations and the media in defending religious liberty. We support laws to confirm the longstanding American tradition that religious individuals and institutions can educate young people, receive government benefits, and participate in public debates without having to check their religious beliefs at the door.

Our First Amendment rights are not given to us by the government but are rights we inherently possess. The government cannot use subsequent amendments to limit First Amendment rights. The Free Exercise Clause is both an individual and a collective liberty protecting a right to worship God according to the dictates of conscience. Therefore, we strongly support the freedom of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their everyday lives.
We support the right of the people to conduct their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs and condemn public officials who have proposed boycotts against businesses that support traditional marriage. We pledge to protect those business owners who have been subjected to hate campaigns, threats of violence, and other attempts to deny their civil rights.
We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage and further affirm the rights of religious students to engage in voluntary prayer at public school events and to have equal access to school facilities. We assert the First Amendment right of freedom of association for religious, private, service, and youth organizations to set their own membership standards.

The Fifth Amendment: Protecting Human Life (Top)

The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life, liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.

We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts. In the meantime, we call on Congress to ban the practice of misleading women on so-called fetal harvesting consent forms, a fact revealed by a 2015 investigation. We will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage.

We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from individuals with disabilities, newborns, the elderly, or the infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

We affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women who face an unplanned pregnancy. In order to encourage women who face an unplanned pregnancy to choose life, we support legislation that requires financial responsibility for the child be equally borne by both the mother and father upon conception until the child reaches adulthood. Failure to require a father to be equally responsible for a child places an inequitable burden on the mother, creating a financial and social hardship on both mother and child. We celebrate the millions of Americans who open their hearts, homes, and churches to mothers in need and women fleeing abuse. We thank and encourage providers of counseling, medical services, and adoption assistance for empowering women experiencing an unintended pregnancy to choose life. We support funding for ultrasounds and adoption assistance. We salute the many states that now protect women and girls through laws requiring informed consent, parental consent, waiting periods, and clinic regulation. We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion clinics.
REGARDING IMMIGRATION…….address this……

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1) DON’T DESPAIR…GOD IS GREATER THAN OUR CRISIS
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Martin Luther King, Jr.

AS NEHEMIAH SAID……REMEMBER THE LORD, GREAT AND AWESOME….
“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.”
Isaiah 59:1 NKJV

2) VOTE…
REGISTER TO VOTE IF YOU HAVEN’T

BE INFORMED….DONT BE DECEIVED BY RHETORIC SPIN

Vote as a Biblically informed values voter…….
Values matter……what values those we put in office hold will ultimately prevail
We will ultimately become what we value.

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE……AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO VOTE…….BIBLICALLY

RUN FOR OFFICE

3) AS WE FACE THE DAY….DONT RETREAT IN FEAR……..
BUT STAND UP AND LIFT YOUR VOICE LIKE A TRUMPET
BEING A LIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DARKNESS.

We shall have to repent in this generation , not so much for the evil deeds of the wicked people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. ””
John 3:18-21 NLT
There are stories all over this room of people who loved the darkness rather than the light…….but something happened….you were exposed to light….AND THE LIGHT WON..
(story of Becky’s dad )

JESUS IS STILL THE ANSWER!

MY PRAYER FOR OUR NATION…..
“The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.”
Isaiah 9:2 NKJV

MY PRAYER FOR GRACE TODAY AND FOR JESUS’ CHURCH IN AMERICA……
“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.”
Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV
4) PRAY……THAT THE CRY OF INTERCESSION WOULD BECOME LOUDER THAN THE CRY OF SIN……REACHING THE HEAVENS……..AND THAT GOD WOULD BLOW THE BREATH OF HIS SPIRIT ONE MORE TIME ACROSS OUR LAND
CLOSE…..
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH EZEKIEL….I SOUGHT FOR A MAN, A WOMAN……..WHO WOULD STAND FOR THE LAND…….AND TODAY I RESPOND……
YES…I WILL! ……..How about you?

Everyone to vote…..some to run for office….all to pray….push prayer meeting.