3 in 3 for 4-12-24

By: American Decency Staff

As you read the scripts for the Decency Minutes below, or listen to them by clicking on the titles, keep in mind this meditation from C.S. Lewis’ apologetics classic, “Mere Christianity.”  Truly, our world suffers from falling for the same old lie the serpent told Adam and Eve in Eden:

The moment you have a self at all, there is a possibility of putting yourself first – wanting to be the center – wanting to be God, in fact. That was the sin of Satan: and that was the sin he taught the human race…

What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could ‘be like gods’ – could set up on their own as if they had created themselves – be their own masters – invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history – money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy…


Stand Up for Women Athletes

After years of little acclaim, women’s basketball has captured the attention of millions of Americans, thanks in part to the amazing talent of Caitlin Clark of Iowa.

However, the respect which female athletes have worked for is being decimated as men who identify as “transgender” are allowed to participate in women’s sports, stealing hundreds of titles and scholarships from female athletes.  In addition, women and girls are increasingly injured as they compete against biological men.

Where are fathers who will defend their daughters?

Few in our culture have the guts to stand up for female athletes, including South Carolina’s women’s basketball coach.  When asked if biological men should be allowed on women’s teams she said: “If you consider yourself a woman … you should be able to play.”

We’re seeing the ramifications of a culture which has turned away from God, exchanging the truth for a lie.


Biden Plans to Buy Votes With Your Money

As polls show that Biden is losing the support of young people, he’s unveiled his unconstitutional scheme to buy back their votes, forgiving student loan debt for 25 million college graduates.  The Biden administration plans for this to take effect in the fall.

What convenient timing – right before the election.

The majority of Americans don’t have a college degree, but through their tax dollars, blue collar workers will be forced to cover the debt these college graduates agreed to pay when they took out the loan.  The government isn’t paying the loans that plumbers or mechanics had to take in order to start their business, because those voters are more likely to vote for Trump.

Biden is defying the Supreme Court, which rightfully blocked his previous attempt to circumvent the Constitution.  As Senator Cotton stated: It’s Biden — not Trump — who is a threat to democracy.


The Perfect One to Go Between

In Job 9:33, as Job is suffering all of the torments that the devil can throw at him, he expresses this mournful wish: “If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me!”

Job doesn’t understand why he is having to suffer in these ways and he wishes there were someone to advocate for him to God the father.

Christian, never forget how blessed we are to know Christ, for as 1 John 2:1 says, “we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

Like the moon passed between the burning rays of the sun in last week’s eclipse, Christ is the perfect go-between for God and man, taking our punishment in our place and making our case before Almighty God.

Thank you, Jesus, for your perfect sacrifice in our place.

Have you kept in mind Lewis’ point on falling for the serpent’s lie? It is easy to apply that to our political and cultural leaders today, but let us apply it to ourselves as well. Where have we tried to make ourselves “like God?” Where are we ignoring His Word and His truth? Let us remember that we are fallen and imperfect – we all have areas in our lives that require humble repentance. Here’s another quote from Lewis which carries out this theme:

“It is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began. Other vices may sometimes bring people together: you may find good fellowship and jokes and friendliness among drunken people or unchaste people. But pride always means enmity – it is enmity. And not only enmity between man and man, but enmity to God.

“In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that – and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison – you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”

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