The Roman Catholic Church divides sin into two categories, mortal sin and venial sin. The issue of sin as the Bible teaches it is one of the most fundamental aspects of understanding life with God and what it means to know Him. As we walk through this life, we must know how to respond biblically to our own sin and the manifestations of humankind’s sinfulness that we encounter moment by moment, day by day. The consequences of not having a biblical understanding of sin and, thus, not responding to sin accordingly, are devastating beyond words. An incorrect understanding of sin can result in an eternity separated from God in hell. But praise to the glorious name of our God and Savior Christ Jesus! In His Holy Word, God has shown plainly what sin is, how it affects us personally, and what the proper response to it is. Thus, as we try to understand the concepts of mortal and venial sin, let us look for final answers in God’s all-sufficient Word.
The bill would prohibit the state government from refusing to do business with companies because of their religious affiliations
In March, the San Antonio City Council voted to remove a proposed Chick-fil-A location from its airport concession agreement, citing the fast food chain’s record of donating to organizations that discriminated against LGBTQ people. Now, conservatives in the Texas state legislature are trying to pass a law that would ensure something like that never happens again.
On Wednesday night, the state Senate passed a bill that would forbid the government from penalizing businesses (and individuals) on the basis of their charitable giving or religious affiliation, the Dallas Morning News reports. The bill, which supporters call the “Save Chick-fil-A bill,” now has to pass in the state Senate once more before moving to the House.
If it passes, the bill would prohibit any government entity from taking “adverse actions” against an individual or business for their “membership in, affiliation with, or contribution, donation, or other support to a religious organization.” It’s impossible to not see this bill as an explicit defense of Chick-fil-A, which continues to make headlines for its charitable donations to organizations that discriminate against LGBTQ people, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization that requires its employees to refrain from “homosexual acts.
Republican lawmakers in Texas are pushing legislation — dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill — that they say is about protecting the religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals and businesses. Critics, however, allege the measure is part of a nationwide effort to use religion as a weapon to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
In an interview StevieRay Hansen questioned LGBTQ unethical practices, there ungodly approach to the Christian community, while they expect fair play, StevieRay reinforced his statement that God always has a way of working these things out, he don’t think it’ll be in the homosexuals best interests to continue their scorched-earth approach towards Christians.
Samantha Smoot, interim executive director of Equality Texas, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group, told NBC News. “This is a part of a national initiative to pass legislation that is going to hurt the LGBTQ community.”
A bill in the state House of Representatives sought to prevent governmental entities “from taking any adverse action against any person based wholly or partly on the person’s membership in, affiliation with, or contribution, donation, or other support provided to a religious organization.”
Chick-fil-A, for its part, has in the past that its donations to groups that discriminate against LGBTQ people shouldn’t be interpreted as homophobic.We are proud of the positive impact we are making in communities across America and have been transparent about our giving on our website. To suggest our giving was done to support a political or non-inclusive agenda is inaccurate and misleading.”
Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, said failing to protect Christian beliefs put all faiths at risk: “The headlines are about Chick-fil-A. Who’s next? Who’s beliefs are on the line next?”
Democrats repeatedly attempted to delay, derail or amend what they said was a bill that would tie the hands of local governments and allow Texans to cite their faith in order to discriminate against people based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.
“The bill does nothing but target the GLBT community,” Sen. Borris Miles, D-Houston, said. “It sends the wrong message that Texas discriminates, plain and simple.”
Sen. John Whitmire, another Houston Democrat who is the chamber’s longest serving member, said he was speaking against the bill on behalf of his lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friends and constituents.
“I know they’re watching this discussion,” Whitmire said, nodding to past debates over legislation like the bathroom bill, which would have restricted restroom access for transgender people. “I can speak for them on the Senate floor. All they want to do is be left alone to raise their families, work, pay taxes and not be the subject of a divisive debate again.”
Last week, the newly formed Texas House LGBTQ Caucus killed a bill similar to this one before there was any debate, a huge victory for Democrats in that chamber. But Hughes soon revived the effort in the Senate, and his bill was fast-tracked through committee and to the floor in a matter of days.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has prioritized legislation like Hughes’ this year and Speaker Dennis Bonnen, speaking on the issue with Spectrum News on Wednesday, said he too supports the legislation and believes it would pass in the House if it comes up for a vote.
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
Like Joseph and Daniel of the Old Testament who served secular kings, we are called to serve everyone and help them fulfill their divine destiny. Jesus made it clear that people who want to lead or be great must be the servants of all. Serving is the way of leadership in the kingdom.
Forcing our way onto the world is not great leadership. Some accuse us of doing this very thing because we speak up on moral issues. It is important that we speak up on issues, but it’s also equally important that we love everyone no matter their persuasions.
Someday Jesus will rule the world; in the meantime, we should just serve well and let our good works speak of our Father who loves everyone.
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