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A Deficit in Honesty Equals a Deficit in Peace

June 29th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 29, 201

Proverbs 11:3 tells us how critical integrity is. It says, “The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” Simply put, honesty develops and sustains life, but dishonesty tears it down.

In December of 1994 syndicated columnist Bob Greene told an inspiring story about a teen named Rob Mouw. Read the rest of this entry »

What Would You Say to Someone on the Ledge?

June 23rd, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 22, 2018

Suicide has certainly been in the headlines lately. First was the death of American fashion designer and businesswoman, Kate Spade. Quickly on the heels of her death came that of Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian, who took his own life.

Last Sunday, I pulled into the parking lot of a church where I was scheduled to speak. As I got out of the car, I noticed two men relaxing on the tailgate of a pick-up truck. I went over to greet them and realized when I got closer that one of them had tears in his eyes. The other fellow was trying to comfort him. The man crying had just learned in his Sunday School class that a good friend had committed suicide. The heartbreak was especially intense for him because his brother had also committed suicide two years earlier. Read the rest of this entry »

The Heart of God, the Father

June 15th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 15, 2018

Before Jesus, God was commonly referred to in impersonal ways. He was largely understood by expressions such as the Creator, the Almighty, the King, the Judge, the Lord, and the Most High. Except for a few times in the Old Testament, where there are vague and halting references for God as Father, it is to Jesus whom we owe so much for bringing out this aspect of God’s person.

Jesus showed us that God is personal, like a wise, loving, tender, and watchful father. Jesus always used this form of address when praying. Furthermore, he taught us to pray the same way in the model prayer, saying, “Our Father, who art in heaven,…” (Matthew 6:9). Read the rest of this entry »

‘Reclaiming Jesus,’ Deceitful and Disparaging of Patriotism

June 8th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 8, 2018

Reclaiming Jesus is a document signed by some leading progressive evangelicals which, as Jim Wallis, founder and President of Sojourners, claims is meant “to change the narrative about both politics and faith.”

Bishop Michael Curry, who delivered a sermon for the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is one of its most popular backers.

Curry told the Miami Herald. “Maybe, the Spirit is helping us to reclaim Christianity, not as ideology, not as anybody’s political party – Jesus can’t be bought – but to re-center Christianity and to have it named and heard as grounded in the teachings of Jesus who said, ‘Blessed are the poor, blessed are the poor in spirit,’ the Jesus who taught us, ‘Love God and love your neighbor.’”

However, Curry, as well as his other liberal cohorts, speak, as a former chaplain to the Queen said, of “amorphous love without judgment.”

After carefully reading the Reclaiming Jesus statement, I am struck with how seemingly sweet it sounds, but it’s only saccharine sweet. It’s appealing to the undiscerning, but it’s really just a white-washed tomb full of dead men’s bones. Read the rest of this entry »

The Child Playing in the High Window

June 1st, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 1, 2018

There are some luxury apartments not far from my office with about five floors to each building. Not long ago, I looked up from my computer where I was writing and spied a small child playing in a window high on the fourth floor. The youngster wasn’t simply gazing out of it but had her whole body dangerously inside the frame.

Alarmed that she might plummet to her death at any minute, I rushed outside and hurried toward the building, waving my arms and shouting, “Sweetheart, go back! Go back! Go back!” When she didn’t heed my warnings, I alerted a young couple standing nearby of her peril. They quickly made their way beneath the window to spot what was happening. When they could see the child clearly, they sought to allay my fears by telling me that there was a screen in the window. I suppose realizing the commotion was about her, the child moved away at that point, and the danger seemed abated.

Later that evening I told my wife about what happened. Her response was dynamic. “Screen or no screen that child’s life was seriously in danger,” she protested. “Someone needs to speak to management about what happened!” Read the rest of this entry »

Reflections on Memorial Day: The Chasm in the Middle of the Forum

May 25th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
May 25, 2018

The Forum in Rome was central to its civic life. It was surrounded by temples, legislative chambers, the marketplace, and other public accommodations.

There is a legend that Rome was once shaken by a mighty earthquake that resulted in a remarkable chasm in the middle of the Forum. The empty space was so deep no one could see the bottom. Citizens brought mammoth stones and mounds of earth to fill it up. Still, no matter how much was thrown in, the crater was only worse than before.

The Senate consulted the oracles of the day, who counseled the void could never be filled until what was most valuable in Rome was cast into it.

“Heed this,” said the augurs. “Your most sacred treasure must be dedicated to the gods if the City is to stand fast.”

And so the people, horror-struck and aghast, rushed to the edge of the great pit and started casting into it their most prized possessions – fine jewels, silver, gold – but to no avail. The cavity was deeper than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Karl Marx, the Devil, and a Socialist America

May 4th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
May 4, 2018

By the time most of you read this editorial, the Workers World Party will have celebrated on May 5th the birthday of Karl Marx at locations across the country. Marx was the father of socialism and communism.

Ezekiel chapter 28 in the Bible recounts Ezekiel’s prophecy against the wicked King of Tyre. But most scholars agree that Ezekiel’s message is about more than the king. It’s about the Evil One behind the king’s activities, Satan.

Socialistic and Communistic principles are the doctrines of devils masquerading as hope and help for the proletariat – the marginalized or working class people. It is an evil system to be feared, deeply rooted in deception, promising a “people’s government,” but delivering despotism. It has been responsible for the death and impoverishment of millions throughout the course of history. Read the rest of this entry »

More States Toasting New Laws Allowing for Sunday Alcohol Sales

April 27th, 2018

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 27, 2018

More and more states are now toasting new laws that allow for alcohol sales on Sundays. Indiana, Minnesota, and Tennessee are some of the latest. Even my own home state, North Carolina, amended its alcohol laws last year to allow for alcohol sales before noon on the Lord’s Day.

There is considerable data to show such changes exacerbate alcohol-related problems.

The “Community Preventive Services Task Force,” is an “independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts that provide evidence-based findings and recommendations about community preventative services, programs, and policies to improve health.” Its 15 expert members, who are appointed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that “increasing the number of hours and days when alcohol can be sold in bars, restaurants, and liquor stores leads to greater alcohol use and related harms, especially motor-vehicle crashes. National, state, and local policies that remove previously banned alcohol sales on weekend days (usually Sundays) or that increase the hours of sale by 2 or more hours contribute to excessive drinking and many dangerous outcomes, including driving after drinking and alcohol-related assault and injury.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus is Still the Answer

April 20th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 20, 2018

Because he will be away from home in June, and knowing my love for old books, my son recently gave me my Father’s Day gift early. It’s a first edition copy of Joseph Angus’ Bible Handbook: An Introduction to the Study of Sacred Scripture, dated 1856.

As I thumbed through its tender pages, I came across Angus’ beautiful description of Christ and his ministry. It reads:

“He [Christ] is himself, in truth, the gospel. His coming and work, apart even from all he directly taught, constitute the glad tidings of great joy unto all people. Did men need a real sacrifice for sin, in which the rites of the law should find their explanation and end? That sacrifice he offered. Read the rest of this entry »

Judging, Discrimination, and Intolerance

April 13th, 2018

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 13, 2018

Several years ago, Life magazine interviewed dozens of people to learn their feelings about prayer. One interview was with a twenty-four-year-old prostitute who lived in Nevada. She said that, when she prayed, her words often didn’t come out right, so she would think onto God and let him listen to her thoughts. “I ask him to help me and keep me going,” she said.

“A lot of people think working girls don’t have any morals, and religion,” added the prostitute. “But I do. I don’t steal. I don’t lie. The way I look at it, I’m not sinning. He’s not going to judge me. I don’t think God judges anybody.”

The notion that God judges no one is both popular and comforting. The problem, however, is that this soothing and morally indiscriminate thought is patently false. Read the rest of this entry »