Robert Meyer is a hardy soul who hails from the Cheesehead country of the upper midwest. Robert is known by his opponents as a "clever rhetorician" who often exposes the fallacies of knee-jerk arguments presented in local papers and writes for Renew America. Seeking to develop precepts for every aspect of life — based on a conservative Christian worldview — Robert often gleans inspiration from looking off his back deck, over the scenic Fox river and recalling the wise counsel of those who mentored him.
Colorado cake baker Jack Phillips’ case will be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming weeks and months. What is at stake here is the guarantee in the Constitution of religious conscience and freedom. And now the Trump Administration is weighing in, clearly on the side to defend religious conscience in society and the workplace. The final decision of the Supreme Court, probably in early 2018, will be monumental with lasting effects. If Phillips loses, the argument can be made that religious conscience and conviction is a thing of the past. This will put Christians in a very precarious situation and force many of us to choose God’s law and truth or man’s. We’ll discuss the latest Presidential Executive Order on the subject this morning.
In our first segment Robert Meyer of Renew America is here to discuss the issue of faith. The Bible gives us a clear definition of exactly what faith is and Robert discusses how people are embracing a different definition.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old gained approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3
…because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20
The nature of biblical faith – by Robert Meyer
“This is largely the product of theological ignorance, and unfortunately often the stance of believer and unbeliever alike.
The precept of biblical faith has virtually nothing in common with the imagery conjured up by the concept of “Blind faith.” God never expects a believer to just believe without evidence, or worse still, against the evidence. In the book of Romans, Paul informs us that God reveals his existence to humankind through the revelation of the natural order, along with the self-attesting witness of the conscience. Those who deny or ignore these sign posts are said to be “Suppressing the truth in unrighteousness.” Robert Meyer
Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who say their religious freedoms are being violated. The guidance, an attempt to deliver on President Donald Trump’s pledge to his evangelical supporters that he would protect religious liberties, effectively lifts a burden from religious objectors to prove that their beliefs about marriage or other topics are sincerely held.
“Except in the narrowest circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law,” Sessions wrote. “To the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, religious observance and practice should be reasonably accommodated in all government activity.”
United Methodist bishop Dr. Karen Oliveto is an out, loud, and proud, non-celibate lesbian, and she also thinks Jesus was an out-and-out bigot.
But she praises Him, if you can believe it, for outgrowing His bigotry and prejudice, and showing us that we too can change:
“If Jesus can change, if he can give up his bigotries and prejudices, if he can realize that he had made his life too small, and if, in this realization, he grew closer to others and closer to God, than so can we.”