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Virginia Governor reverses State Police Policy allowing Prayer in Jesus’ Name

Posted by faithandthelaw on April 30, 2010

 

RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell has rescinded a Virginia State Police policy that requires the volunteer chaplains to deliver non-denominational prayers at department-sanctioned events.

McDonnell’s move  reverses a 2008 directive issued by Virginia State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty. Six of the 17 troopers who participated in the state police’s chaplaincy program resigned from their volunteer duties in protest of the policy. Despite complaints from some legislators and social conservatives, then- Gov. Tim Kaine defended Flaherty’s directive.

Flaherty had issued the directive in response to ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which determined that a Fredericksburg City Council member who is also a minister could not pray “in Jesus’ name” during an invocation that opens council meetings because the invocation is government speech. Flaherty’s directive applied only to department-sanctioned events such as trooper graduations and an annual memorial service. The policy does not apply to private ceremonies such as funerals or when counseling fellow employees and victim families.

Del. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson County, a retired state trooper, has been a vocal critic of Flaherty’s policy. Carrico has twice introduced bills aimed at reversing Flaherty’s directive, but both measures failed to get through the legislature.

Carrico commended McDonnell today and said, “I think he realized the need to rescind that to protect the constitutional rights of all those chaplains.”

Kent Willis, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, said McDonnell should not change the policy.

“The policy enacted by the state police is consistent with federal court rulings, and it serves the important purpose of preventing state police chaplains from violating the First Amendment,” Willis said in a statement. “There is no reason for the governor to bow to pressure from groups that are encouraging the police to break the law by delivering sectarian prayers at government events.”

Courtesy of http://www.roanoke.com/news/breaking/wb/244946

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Judge asks feds to show militia did more than talk

Posted by faithandthelaw on April 30, 2010

DETROIT (AP) – A federal judge challenged prosecutors Wednesday to show that nine members of a Michigan militia accused of plotting war against the government had done more than just talk and should remain locked up.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts heard nearly 10 hours of testimony and arguments over two days. She did not make a decision about whether the nine will remain in custody, saying only that a ruling would come soon.

The members of a southern Michigan group called Hutaree have been in custody for a month. An indictment accuses them of weapons violations and a rare crime: conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the government by first killing police officers.

Prosecutors say the public would be at risk if the nine are released. But defense lawyers claim the government has overreached with a criminal case based mostly on hateful speech.

An undercover agent infiltrated the group and secretly made recordings that have been played in court. While there is talk about killing police, it’s not specific. In one conversation, there are many people talking over each other and laughing.

Roberts pressed that point more than once as Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet argued in favor of keeping the nine in jail. The judge suggested she didn’t hear or read in the transcripts any indication that violence was imminent.

“Mere presence where a crime may be planned is not a crime. … How does this add up to seditious conspiracy?” Roberts said.

Waterstreet said the government is not required to show all its evidence at this early stage of the case. He referred to the words of militia leader David Stone, 44, of Clayton, Mich., who was recorded by the undercover agent while they drove to Kentucky earlier this year.

“It’s now time to strike and take our nation back so that we may be free again from tyranny. Time is up,” Waterstreet said, quoting a transcript.

Later, putting the transcript aside, the prosecutor said: “The theme is the brotherhood is the enemy – all law enforcement.”

Defense lawyers urged the judge to look at each defendant individually. Although all are charged with conspiracy, they were not always together during critical meetings cited by the government.

“‘What if’ is not the standard. … None of these words are an instruction to anyone to commit a crime,” said Stone’s attorney, William Swor, as held up a stack of transcripts.

Arthur Weiss, a lawyer for Thomas Piatek, 46, of Whiting, Ind., said disgust with the government as recorded by the undercover agent is similar to what’s said daily by radio and TV talk-show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.

“Millions of people” are talking about “taking our country back,” Weiss said.

The judge also heard from relatives of some of the defendants who pledged to be responsible for them if they were released from jail.

Courtesy of http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100429/D9FCD8I00.html

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Is U.S. military cowering before Muslims?

Posted by faithandthelaw on April 30, 2010

The nation’s largest public policy women’s organization is appalled at the way the Pentagon appears more committed to appeasing Muslims, than allowing a high-profile Christian leader to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to members of the military.

Last week the Pentagon created an uproar when the Army announced that it would rescind an invitation to Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagon’s National Prayer Day event on May 6. The radical Muslim group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations applauded the decision, calling the well-known evangelist “controversial.” CAIR had pushed the Pentagon to disinvite Graham because he had told the truth about the violent teachings of Islam.
 
Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, has chimed in with other pro-family leaders who have expressed their outrage. She says it is appalling that the military is afraid of offending Muslims.
 
“The military would disinvite him apparently because they’re afraid of offending violent Muslims,” she observes. “This is just a Muslim belief that non-Muslims must show subservience of Muslims.
 
“And to think that the military — which is in midst of a war against radical Islam — is actually kowtowing to some of the most violent elements of that religion makes me fearful for our country.”
 
Wright expresses concerns that apparently there are people in the leadership of the U.S. military who are more afraid of offending America’s enemies than they are about advancing the very thing that could bring peace — the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Courtesy of http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=989370

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Judge says Silsby deceived fellow missionaries

Posted by faithandthelaw on April 29, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A Haitian judge says he dropped kidnapping charges against Laura Silsby and nine other U.S. missionaries because all the children they were trying to take out of Haiti were given over freely by their parents.

But Judge Bernard Saint-Vil tells The Associated Press he has ordered Silsby tried on a lesser charge of arranging illegal travel because she knew she had no right to take the 33 children out of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Saint-Vil also said Tuesday that Silsby deceived the other missionaries by telling them she had the proper documents to take the kids to the neighboring Dominican Republic.

The other nine were freed in February and March. Silsby remains in jail and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press
 

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Clinton urged to protect ‘fragile’ Christian minority in Iraq

Posted by faithandthelaw on April 29, 2010

Church leaders from various denominations have urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to work with Iraqi authorities in protecting the persecuted Christian minority.

The National Council of Churches and its partners throughout the world on Monday sent a letter to Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates expressing concern about “the ongoing situation of violent attacks on minority groups in Iraq.”

“Christians in Iraq have suffered more than a dozen violent deaths so far this year,” the letter states. “Our concern is now particularly acute because it is possible that tensions will increase as various political forces continue to vie for power following the recent elections.”

Iraq held its parliamentary election in March but the formation of a new government has been delayed amid heated disputes over the results.

As politicians continue to wrangle over a new coalition government, church leaders fear the “growing climate of mistrust and animosity” in the aftermath of the elections “will further threaten the fragile Christian community.”

In the letter, NCC General Secretary the Rev. Michael Kinnamon and church leaders – including the Rev. Paula Clayton Dempsey of the Alliance of Baptists, Bishop Serapion of the Coptic Orthodox Church in North America, and the Rev. Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – strongly request that Clinton and Gates communicate the concern to the Government of Iraq.

The letter comes days after Christians in northern Iraq erected a statue of Jesus, modeled after Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, amid mounting attacks by extremists.

Bashar Jarjees Habash, coordinator of Christian affairs in the city of Hamdaniya, said the statue of Jesus opening his arms was built to “send a message of peace to everyone to say that we want to live in peace with all,” as reported by Agence France-Presse.

“The people of this area have always tried to live in peace with everyone, even those who fight and threaten them,” he told AFP.

Since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, some 250,000 to 500,000 Christians, or about half the Christian population, have left the country, according to the U.N. High Commission for Refugees.

Christians have been the target of attacks for years and violence against the shrinking community escalated earlier this year, ahead of the March 7 elections. At least 10 Iraqi Christians were killed by unknown gunmen in Mosul in February.

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians took to the streets that month a number of protests, chanting “Stop the killing of Christians.”

In the new appeal this week, church leaders asked U.S. officials to work with Iraqis to not only protect Christians and other minority groups but also encourage the preservation of religious and ethnic diversity in Iraq.

Courtesy of http://www.christiantoday.com/article/clinton.urged.to.protect.fragile.christian.minority.in.iraq/25808.htm

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Muslims Want Franklin Graham Removed from Capitol Prayer

Posted by faithandthelaw on April 29, 2010

Less than a week after Franklin Graham was disinvited from the Pentagon prayer event, the evangelist faces another attempt to remove him from a National Day of Prayer observation.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group that is widely accused of having ties to terrorists, has called on congressional sponsors of the National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill to rescind Graham’s invitation to speak at the May 6 gathering.

CAIR denounced Graham as an “anti-Islam preacher” who sends a message of “religious intolerance.”

“Franklin Graham has the right to be an Islamophobe, but he does not have the right to a taxpayer-funded public platform,” said Corey Saylor, CAIR national legislative director, in a statement.

Despite the pressure to remove Graham, members of Congress involved in NDOP on Capitol Hill say they will not withdraw the invitation. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), who has sponsored the Congressional National Day of Prayer event at the Capitol for the past several years, and other lawmakers have stated that the invitation will stand, according to the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

“Suggesting Mr. Graham should be removed from a National Day of Prayer event because of his religious opinions is absurd,” said NDPTF chairman Shirley Dobson, in a statement Tuesday. “No one understands better the need for prayer at this critical juncture in our nation’s history.”

Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, noted that Graham’s son is currently serving in the military overseas on his fourth combat tour. And the evangelist’s father, Billy Graham, has served the religious needs of Americans, including a dozen presidents, for decades.

“Moves to exclude any member of this great family from this prayer event represent everything that is wrong with the agenda of political correctness that is rampant in our country,” Dobson said. “Our nation’s founders wouldn’t have tolerated it, and neither should we.”

Graham is the co-honorary chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Last Thursday, the army canceled Graham’s scheduled appearance at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer event because of concerns over past remarks he made about Islam.

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Graham called Islam a “very evil and wicked religion.” He also made disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith in an interview with CNN’s Campbell Brown in December 2009.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, on behalf of Muslim military personnel and defense department staff, had demanded in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates that Graham be disinvited from speaking at the Pentagon prayer event. The army called the comments inappropriate and suggested it went against the army’s message of tolerance.

Graham brought the Pentagon prayer situation to President Obama’s attention. During Obama’s visit with Billy Graham at his North Carolina home on Sunday, the younger Graham expressed his concern that activists were trying to remove all religion from the military.

Graham told The Associated Press that Obama said he “would look into it.”

Courtesy of Christian Post at http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100428/muslims-want-franklin-graham-removed-from-capitol-prayer/index.html

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Two Convicted of Denying Access to Abortion Clinic

Posted by faithandthelaw on April 29, 2010

For the first time in New York City, federal prosecutors have used the Freedom of Access to Clinics Entrances Act to secure a conviction in a case where access was blocked to a clinic that provides abortions.

The prosecutors used the statute, signed into law in 1994, to charge two men who stood in front of an entrance at the Margaret Sanger Center, a clinic operated by Planned Parenthood at the corner of Bleecker and Mott Streets.

The men, Richard R. Dugan and Theodore A. Puckett, were each convicted on Monday of a single count of violating the act after a one-day bench trial conducted in Manhattan by Judge Robert W. Sweet of United States District Court. Each man faces a maximum six-month sentence and a fine of $10,000. Sentencing was scheduled for June 10.

Although the statute had never been used in a criminal prosecution in New York City, a spokeswoman for the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan said prosecutors there had used the measure in 1996 in a civil case.

According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Dugan, 48, of Breaux Bridge, La., and Mr. Puckett, 58, of Normandy, Tenn., blocked staff and patients from using two entrances to the clinic on Dec. 12, 2009, and refused to leave.

During the proceeding on Monday morning, Mr. Dugan, who represented himself, told Judge Sweet: “They were going in there to kill babies, and we were stopping that. So I think the whole case should just be dismissed right now.”

Mr. Puckett told Judge Sweet that he did not recognize the court’s jurisdiction, adding, “I can’t participate in this farce.”

An official in the United States attorney’s office said that the two men obstructed the driveway of a clinic in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., in 1995, and that a judge later issued an injunction barring them from blocking that building.

Alejandro Miyar, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said that since 1994 the agency had filed 58 criminal cases across the country related to the FACE act, resulting in 80 convictions. In addition, he said, the department had filed 19 civil suits using the act.

Over the last year or so, groups of several dozen protesters had been showing up on the first Saturday of each month at the clinic on Bleecker Street, said Joan Malin, the president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood in New York City. Members of the crowd have displayed pictures of aborted fetuses, passed out pamphlets and sometimes attempted to dissuade women from entering the premises.

Those protests have generally been peaceful, Ms. Malin said, but Mr. Puckett and Mr. Dugan emerged from such a gathering to block the clinic doors.

Ms. Malin said she hoped the convictions on Monday would send a message.

“I am concerned when people blockade and make it difficult for clients and staff to get in,” she said. “We provide health care services, and for people to obstruct that is wrong.”

Courtesy of the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/nyregion/28clinic.html?ref=us

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Supreme Court says Mojave cross can stand

Posted by faithandthelaw on April 29, 2010

The Supreme Court gave its approval Wednesday to displaying a cross on public land to honor fallen soldiers, saying the Constitution “does not require the eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm.”

Speaking for a divided court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the 1st Amendment called for a middle-ground “policy of accommodation” toward religious displays on public land, not a strict separation of church and state.

Kennedy disagreed with judges in California who said U.S. National Park Service officials must remove a small Latin cross from the Mojave National Preserve that had stood since 1934 to honor soldiers who died in World War I. The judges said the display of the cross on public land amounted to a government endorsement of religion.

“A Latin cross is not merely a reaffirmation of Christian beliefs,” he wrote. “Here, a Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion. It evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields marking the graves of Americans who fell in battles, battles whose tragedies are compounded if the fallen are forgotten.”

The 5-4 decision told the lower-court judges to reconsider the matter and presumably uphold the display of a cross. Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. joined Kennedy’s opinion, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas agreed separately that the cross can remain on display.

Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens spoke for the dissenters. The government has good reason for “honoring all those who have rendered heroic public service regardless of creed,” but it should “avoid endorsement of a particular religious view” in doing so, he said.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor agreed.

The Mojave cross has been tied in litigation for years. The case had been watched closely because it was the first church-state-separation dispute to come before the Supreme Court since John Roberts became chief justice.

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Study: God Relationship Not Most Important to Americans

Posted by goodnessofgod2010 on April 28, 2010

America is a religious nation in the eyes of the world. But a new study revealed that the majority of Americans do not rank their relationship with God as the most important personal connection in their life.

Seven out of 10 American adults choose their earthly family over their Heavenly Father when asked to choose the most important relationship to them, according to a Barna study released Monday.

One-third said their entire nuclear family is most important, while nearly a quarter (22 percent) named their spouse and one-sixth (17 percent) pointed to their children. An additional three percent of American adults identified their parents as the most important relationship in their lives.

Only 19 percent, or nearly one out of every five adults, said their relationship with God, Jesus Christ, the Trinity, or Allah (specific names) is the most important in their life.

Surprisingly, few American adults – only two percent – said their relationship with a specific friend was the top personal connection in their life.

People over the age of 40 are most likely to set God on top of their relationship list.

But among the subgroups, evangelicals were the only group where at least one-third said God was their most significant relationship. Seventy percent of evangelicals named their connection with God at the top of their list. Meanwhile, God is the most important connection to 30 percent of Protestants and to only nine percent of Catholics.

George Barna, founder of The Barna Group, noted that although born-again Christians assert from an “intellectual” and “theological” standpoint that God is real and influences their life, they still do not seem to “share much intimacy with God.”

“Perhaps one of the greatest gifts Christians could get this Easter is a deeper or renewed sense of connection with God, and a passionate determination to make more of the opportunity they have to know and be known by the living God,” he said in a statement.

The study also found that African-Americans are about twice as likely as all other Americans to describe their bond with God as their most important relationship.

In the political arena, conservatives were nearly three times as likely as political liberals to identify God as their most important relationship (33 percent to 12 percent, respectively).

Besides the important personal relationship, the study also asked Americans what is their most important group or network in life. The most popular answer was the church group.

Three out of every ten adults (29 percent) said their church was the most significant group affiliation in their life. The second most popular response was the people at their workplace (18 percent), followed by an association of friends that regularly gather together (14 percent), a hobby club or social group (12 percent) and interaction with people in the neighborhood (7 percent).

“People were more than 50 percent more likely to say that their church’s congregation is their most significant group than to say that God represents their most important personal connection,” observed Barna.

“That certainly reflects the interpersonal comfort that millions of people have developed at their church, but also indicates that people may have forgotten the ultimate reason for belonging to a Christian church.”

Interestingly, young people (under 25 years old) listed their friends as their most important network, while church ranked fifth. In contrast, adults over 25 ranked church as their most significant group, followed by their network at work.

Other findings showed Protestants are more than twice as likely as Catholics to say their church is their main social group (44 percent vs. 16 percent, respectively), and political conservatives are more than twice as likely as political liberals to name their church as their main social hub.

The report is based on a telephone survey conducted by The Barna Group with a random, national sample of 1,004 adults over the age of 18 in July 2007.

Courtesy of Christian Post at http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080317/study-god-relationship-not-most-important-to-americans/index.html

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Christians in These Times We Must Cleave Unto God Above All Else

Posted by faithandthelaw on April 28, 2010

Joshua 23:8 (KJV):

But cleave unto the LORD your God as you have done this day.

Deuteronomy 4:4 (KJV)

But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.

        We are to cleave unto God all the days of our lives. The word “cleave” in the Hebrew means “to cling, to stick as things that are glued together and to be joined together.” In the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the equivalent Greek word literally means “to glue, cement, join or firmly fasten together.” It is to hold fast and not let go. It is to embrace something with our entire heart. God wants us glued and fastened to Him above anything else in life. We cling to many things during our lives and hold tightly to things for security, love, fear and many other reasons. We  also allow things to fasten to our hearts and tighten its grip, squeezing the life out of us. We must be aware and alert to not let anything fasten to our heart above God or that turns our heart from God.  We must also cling to God first and tightly hold unto His heart, His love, His mercy and His grace. If we are glued or fasted to God then no matter how much the Devil shakes the world around us, we will remained attached to Him. Nothing can separate us regardless of the trouble or circumstance. We are fastened and stuck to God to the point we become joined together as one and His heart becomes our heart. We are united in purpose and function and we move as one. Literally our hands and feet become His hands and feet. Our arms outstretched become His arms outstretched. Our words and actions become His words and actions as we illustrate the heart of the Almighty God we are attached to.  We are a true representation of our God to the world showing forth His magnificent glorious works, words and heart. We are truly one.

         Who else would you want to be fastened to? What else would you want to be glued to? Once we become fastened to something apart from God it is often very difficult to unfasten it without His intervention. We can fasten to something that will hold us in its grip of bondage all the days of our lives unless we turn our hearts to God. Many things like money, people, power, greed, politics, lust, pride, ego, and selfishness can have a very powerful grip as they fasten to our heart instead of God.  King David, a man after God’s own heart, warned about allowing these evil things to fasten their grip upon your heart.

Psalm 101:3 (NAS):

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.

        “Fasten its grip”  is the same Hebrew word as “cleave” and illustrates that David did not allow anything wicked or evil to fasten its grip upon his heart. Charles Spurgeon, the great preacher and man of God, said about this verse, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes. I will neither delight in it, aim at it or endure it. If I have wickedness brought before me by others, I will turn away from it. I will not gaze it upon it with pleasure. The psalmist is very sweeping in his resolve, he declines the least, the most reputable, the most customary form of evil-no wicked thing-not only shall it not dwell in his heart, not even before his eyes for what fascinates the eye is apt to gain admission into the heart.”

         We see a perfect illustration of these truths in the Old Testament when we look at King Hezekiah, King Jehoram and King Solomon.

II Kings 18 (Amplified)

3Hezekiah did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his [forefather] had done.

4He removed the high places, broke the images, cut down the Asherim, and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until then the Israelites had burned incense to it; but he called it Nehushtan [a bronze trifle].

5Hezekiah trusted in, leaned on, and was confident in the Lord, the God of Israel; so that neither after him nor before him was any one of all the kings of Judah like him.

6For he clung and held fast to the Lord and ceased not to follow Him, but kept His commandments, as the Lord commanded Moses.

7And the Lord was with Hezekiah; he prospered wherever he went.

       Hezekiah trusted, leaned on and was confident in the Lord more than any of the Kings of Judah. He clung and held fast to the Lord and followed Him for he was fastened and glued to God and wherever Hezekiah was, God was with Him. He truly was one of the greatest kings of Judah because he fastened Himself to God above all else.

       King Jehoram was a different story though.

II Kings 3 (Amplified):

2He did evil in the sight of the Lord, but not like his father and mother; for he put away the pillar of Baal that his father had made.

3Yet he clung to the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not from them.

       King Jehoram did not cling to the Lord but rather clung to the sins of Jeroboam. We can cling to sin and refuse to let go. We can glue our hearts to those things that will turn us away from God. The great and wise King Solomon, the wisest of all men, did not learn this lesson in his life.

I Kings 11 (Amplified):

1BUT KING Solomon [defiantly] loved many foreign women–the  daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites.

2They were of the very nations of whom the Lord said to the Israelites, You shall not mingle with them, neither shall they mingle with you, for surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods. Yet Solomon clung to these in love.

3He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines, and his wives turned away his heart from God.

4For when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not perfect (complete and whole) with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

        In the Hebrew verse 2 literally reads “they will bend your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these women in love instead of clinging and holding fast to the Lord. When we cling to anything other than the Lord, the thing we cling to will turn our heart away from God and set up an idol in our heart.  Solomon fastened his heart so hard on these women instead of God that his heart became completely bent in the other direction. His heart became so entangled in the grip in what he cleaved to that He even built places of worship to these other gods defying the most important commandment of all of loving God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength and having no other gods before Him. How the heart can become twisted by what we fasten and glue ourselves to.  How quickly Solomon fell by clinging to these women with a false sense of devotion above His Creator and His God.

         We are bombarded daily by many things we can cling and fasten our lives to. Are we going to be like King Hezekiah or Kings Jeroham and Solomon? In this age that continues to turn away from God with a ferocity and wants nothing to do with God, we must cleave to Him with all our heart. Fasten your life to God like glue; do not let go. Pursue God with a passion with all your heart. Get to know your wonderful, magnificent and good God and you will soon realize that there is nothing better in life than to cleave to Him and fasten our entire heart in His loving embrace.

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