If You Were Drew Brees, What Would You Say?: Thoughts on a Faux Controversy

“Controversy erupts around Drew Brees,” proclaimed news outlets on Friday, the very same news outlets who erupted the controversy engulfing one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.

Here’s the story: In a short video, Brees encouraged students to participate in Focus on the Family’s “Bring Your Bible to School” project. He never once mentioned anything about sexual orientation or gender identity since, well, that’s not what Bring Your Bible to School Day is all about. To my knowledge, Brees has never spoken publicly on LGBTQ issues. He really didn’t clarify his views even on Friday, when he was forced to respond to the “erupting controversy.”

Perhaps Brees hasn’t talked much about LGBTQ issues because, well, he’s a football player, and that’s not what football is about. Or perhaps he’s realized, as a public figure who is also a Christian, what would happen if his views were revealed as anything less than a full-throated endorsement of the new sexual orthodoxy.

Either way, Brees seemed honestly surprised by his presumed guilt simply because of a connection to this Focus on the Family project. That in and of itself is a lesson for all of us.

Theologian N.T. Wright suggests that Christians need to ask the question “What time is it?” meaning that Christians should understand where they are in redemptive history – within the overarching historical framework the Scriptures present from the creation to the new creation. I’d add that Christians should also ask the question “What time is it?” also in regard to what cultural moment do we live in? What is being asked and expected of people of faith now, in this time and in this place?

Friday’s Washington Post article on Drew Brees is a case in point. Widely assumed by many, especially by Allyson Chiu in the Washington Post piece, is that even associating with anyone who holds less-than-affirming views on LGBTQ issues is no longer acceptable, even if the association is completely unrelated to LGBTQ issues in any way. No argument was offered by Chiu or any other critic as to why this is now the case. It was almost as if no argument was necessary.

That’s more than a little frustrating, because as one blogger noted recently, any movement that spends years trying to shut down a Denver bakery and discredit a chicken sandwich restaurant is a movement that has, long ago, run out of real injustices to fight. This second-degree-of-separation guilt-by-association campaign against Brees indicates that the gatekeepers of the LGBTQ movement have moved on, and are now demanding that everything, and I mean everything—from football to business to education to politics to Stranger Things—has to be about this.

As Focus on the Family Jim Daly demonstrated so well in his response to this nonsense, Christians should resist the demand to frame every issue of life and culture around LGBTQ issues. There’s so much more to life than this.

It’s strange that Christians are constantly being asked why we spend so much time talking about sex. But we aren’t the ones turning reality upside down, making this the one issue that every other issue has to be about.

On the other hand, as Mr. Brees found out, we won’t always be able to sit this one out. If you are even perceived as being on the “wrong side of history,” it may not matter how nice you are. That means that in this time and in this place, we’ll have to be ready to speak to those issues when appropriate or unavoidable.

Christians, what time is it? It’s post-sexual revolution, a time in human history in which nearly everything about life and our life together, from our understanding of right and wrong to our understanding of what it means to be human, has been reimagined along the lines of sexuality.

If you were Drew Brees, targeted because of a completely unrelated story about your opinion on homosexuality or gender, what would you say? Too many Christians are unprepared for the tough questions that, like it or not, are inevitable in this time and this place.

But there are answers. And last week, the Colson Center launched a new video series to help. It’s called “What Would You Say?” and it provides understandable, repeatable, and convincing answers to the hardest cultural questions.

In Other Christian News:

Exodus Error Causing Your Pain?

If you’ve read your Bible, then you know that in Biblical Times…

Folks lived much longer, didn’t suffer from modern diseases…

And were healthy, vibrant, and pain free until the day they died.

Which was often well beyond 100 years of age.

But why did it all change?

Well a controversial Pastor out of Colorado…

Believes he’s stumbled upon the very cause…

A 2,300 year old “error in the book of Exodus” he says.

“Not only did this error change what it meant for me to be a Christian…

But it also saved my wife’s life from arthritis and chronic pain,” said the pastor.

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States See an Increase in Women Crossing State Lines for Late-Term Abortions

Though abortions across the U.S. are down, a recent article by the Associated Press highlighted women crossing state lines to seek late-term abortions, noting that some states have experienced a major uptick.

New Mexico is one of those states, having experienced the highest increase in women crossing state lines to seek an abortion with a 158% jump between 2012 and 2017.

The New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a faith-based group, believes that abortion is a “deeply personal” decision and each woman should be given the right to make such a choice. The coalition assists an average of 100 women a year with their abortion and many of its 55 volunteers even open their homes to these women.

Executive director Joan Lamunyon Sanford believes her group “is doing what faith communities have always done: ‘Care for the stranger and welcome the traveler.’”

Beth Vial, a 22-year-old college student, was one of the women the coalition assisted. Due to a medical condition, she didn’t realize she was pregnant until she was 26 weeks into her pregnancy. Living in Oregon, she was unable to acquire an abortion, so she drove to Albuquerque for her abortion.

In response to the AP article, conservative political commentator Autumn Johnson tweeted her own story of being born at 26 weeks, the same age Vial aborted her child, as reported by Faithwire.

“Although I was born months early, miraculously everything was fully developed and I was born without any health issues,” Johnson told Faithwire. “Seeing the AP story truly broke my heart. Knowing that a woman chose to end the life of her child during the same period of gestation that I was born left me devastated, and it happens every day.”

Nearly 70% of children born at 26 weeks can live.

“I think of the life and experiences that I have had at just 23 years old, and I mourn those who will never have that chance because their mother chose abortion,” she said. “I hope stories like mine remind expecting mothers that their unborn child is a human being made in the image of God.”

Despite the article, however, a recent poll released earlier this year showed that a majority of Americans believe late-term abortions should be criminalized. Over 70% of respondents, including Democrats and young people, agreed that abortion should be illegal during the third trimester of pregnancy.

In Other Christian News:

FAKE News Pundits want to censor the Holy Bible

If you’ve read your Bible, then you know that in Biblical Times…

Folks lived much longer, didn’t suffer from modern diseases…

And were healthy, vibrant, and pain free until the day they died.

Which was often well beyond 100 years of age.

But why did it all change?

Well a controversial Pastor out of Colorado…

Believes he’s stumbled upon the very cause…

A 2,300 year old “error in the book of Exodus” he says.

“Not only did this error change what it meant for me to be a Christian…

But it also saved my wife’s life from arthritis and chronic pain,” said the pastor.

When I looked at pastor Andrew’s video… I was skeptical…

But the undeniable Biblical evidence…

And scientific proof he provides…

Made me realize he’s onto something BIG…

Because this “Exodus Error” ironically could lead to the reversal of diabetes, painful arthritis…

And could even fight deadly cancer cells.

Which is why Big Pharma is trying to censor Pastor Andrew’s message from the general public…

And why you should watch his controversial video right now while you still can.

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What God Told President Trump

Trump is on the attack again…

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Abby Johnson Will Send Unplanned to Hundreds of Abortion Workers

Pro-life leader Abby Johnson will send DVDs of her recent movie Unplanned to over 800 abortion workers. The movie, based off of her book, chronicles Johnson’s journey from Planned Parenthood director to pro-life advocate.

“Hopefully [abortion workers] have a moment while watching the movie where they realize, ‘this is my story, too,” she said to EWTN News. “And we have a ministry that can help them leave. [We] can provide that transitional financial help, job resources, and can get them into a relationship with Christ to help them find healing.”

Johnson’s non-profit, And Then There Were None, has made it their mission to graciously help abortion workers exit the industry and transition to a new job.

In an email to LifeSiteNews, Johnson said her organization has the most comprehensive list of abortion clinic addresses, to which the DVDs will be sent.

“Inside the package will also be a letter from me, encouraging facility workers to watch the film as critics and to email me their thoughts to my personal email address,” she said. “Even if they hate it, I still want to hear from them.”

She plans on sending out 850 packages.

The impact of the movie has made waves through the abortion industry. Her organization has “referred thousands and thousands of men and women to post-abortion healing recovery programs” and the movie has even “helped dozens of clinic workers — people who went to watch the film as critics — find truth, walk out and say, ‘I have to get out of the abortion industry. Can you help me?’”

As Christian Headlines previously reported, director Chuck Konzelman recently testified before the Senate that nearly 100 clinic workers intentionally sought help after watching the movie.

During filming, Johnson worked hard to ensure that abortion workers were not vilified. “We did a really good job of showing people that these are just everyday women who are working in these clinics. They have families, they have children. They’re wives. And a lot of times they just need a lifeline.”

She hopes workers know that “conversion is possible” and that they are “welcome here in this movement.”

Despite the controversy that swirled the R-rated movie, Unplanned still landed #1 on Amazon’s Overall Best-Selling DVDs and has grossed over $18 million.

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Well-Known Yale Professor Rejects Darwinism, Says Intelligent Design Is a ‘Serious’ Theory

An internationally-renowned Yale professor has ditched his belief in the theory of Darwinism, arguing that “intelligent design” should be taken more seriously.

Professor David Gelernte insisted that the theory of evolution contains a number of holes and flaws and warned the critics of intelligent design to stop attacking the theory out of a place of anti-religious sentiment.

“Darwin’s theory predicts that new life forms evolve gradually from old ones in a constantly branching, spreading tree of life,” the professor wrote in a paper titled, “Giving Up Darwin.” “Those brave new Cambrian creatures must therefore have had Precambrian predecessors, similar but not quite as fancy and sophisticated. They could not have all blown out suddenly, like a bunch of geysers.”

Gelernte added that, “each must have had a closely related predecessor, which must have had its own predecessors.”

Chief among a plethora of serious scientific doubts, the esteemed professor highlighted the relative impossibility of creating a stable protein. “Immense is so big, and tiny is so small, that neo-Darwinian evolution is — so far — a dead loss. Try to mutate your way from 150 links of gibberish to a working, useful protein and you are guaranteed to fail,” he wrote. “Try it with ten mutations, a thousand, a million — you fail. The odds bury you. It can’t be done.”

On intelligent design — the theory that God must, by deduction, be the force behind the creation of the universe, Gelernte noted that it was “first, and obviously most intuitive [theory] that comes to mind.”

Speaking in June of this year, the candid professor also highlighted that academics who dare to question the theory of Darwinism are routinely and unfairly attacked by their colleagues.

“I have to distinguish between the way I’ve been treated personally, which has been a very courteous and collegial way by my colleagues at Yale, they’re nice guys and I like them, they’re my friends,” he said in a discussion hosted by the Hoover Institute. “On the other hand, when I look at their intellectual behavior, what they publish, and, much more important, what they tell their students, Darwinism has indeed passed beyond a scientific argument. As far as they are concerned, take your life in you hands to challenge it intellectually. They will destroy you if you challenge it.”

Most in the academic field show “nothing approaching free speech on this topic,” he warned.

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These Leading Companies Are Rooted in Christian Beliefs — and You Never Even Knew It

There are some companies who are well-known to be deeply religious. Chick-fil-A, for example, demonstrates its openly Christian ethos through refusing to open on Sundays.

Other businesses, however, are a little more subtle about their roots in the faith. So what are some of these businesses that have Christ at the center of their operations, and yet you had no idea?

  1. TYSON FOODS
    Tyson Foods is the world’s second-largest processor and marketer of popular foods such as chicken, beef and pork. According to its website, the company employs a Christian ethos by seeking to “pursue truth and integrity,” and is “committed to creating value for our shareholders, our customers, our team members, and our communities.”

Not only this, but the company’s founder, John Tyson, has spoken candidly about his desire to “strive to honor God” in his business and “be a faith-friendly company.”

2.Timberland
That’s right, your favorite premium shoemaker is a company steeped in Christian values. The firm’s CEO Jeff Swartz, has become internationally-renowned for his commitment to social responsibility and ethical manufacturing, even if it means sacrificing some profit margins.

“I can’t show you the scripture that relates to the rights of a worker, but I can show you text that insists upon treating others with dignity,” he said in a 2008 Fast Company profile. “It says in the Hebrew Bible one time that you should love your neighbor as yourself, but it says dozens of times that you shall treat the stranger with dignity,” Swartz said.

3.Interstate Batteries
Texas-based battery company, Interstate, has become a leader in the field of electrical power source distribution. From small, humble beginnings in the 1950s, the company has grown exponentially – in 2017, Interstate sold a staggering 18 million batteries in just a single year. One little-known fact about the firm, however, is its solidly Christian backbone. Indeed, according to Beacon Wealth, the company’s mission statement declares its core aim as being to “glorify God as we supply our customers worldwide with top quality, value-priced batteries, related electrical power-source products, and distribution services.”

  1. AUNTIE ANNE’S
    The famed pretzel-maker Anne Beiler started her business back in 1988, and has been committed to running an ethical and people-centered business ever since. “From day one 30 years ago, giving back has been woven into the fabric of the company,” the business states on its website.

What you might not know, however, is that Anne herself is a devout Christian and the driving force behind the company’s Christ-centered mission. “Without God, there would be no Auntie Anne’s today. I can say that with confidence,” she told the Christian Post as Christian Headlines preciously reported.

Selling the company back in 2005, Beiler is now a popular speaker on the topics of leadership, purpose and faith.

“I know now that life is hard, and God is good. I don’t get it reversed anymore,” she added in her comments to CP. “God gave me a pretzel first, and then a platform to share my story — all for His glory.”

It is amazing to think that some of the most successful companies in the world are pursuing Jesus as their ultimate goal. May we be encouraged and inspired by their example today!

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