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Theology

Thinking again about children…

I often comment to folks who are shocked to see so many children in the worship services at Church of the King that we have ‘children’s Church’ every week and that we allow the adults to attend.  We think that is a good reflection of how we see Jesus treating covenant children in the Gospel according to Mark:  10:13  “Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.”

Just some food for thought!

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Theology

SILENCE IS EVIL: The Real War on Women

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Today is Women’s equality day, and unless you have been living under a rock for the past few election cycles the Democrats really like to talk about what they call the ‘war on women’ they think the Republicans are waging!

But it is funny how they never seem to get around to any focus on the real war on women that is going on around the world or in the wombs of America.

For example, consider reports coming out of India this year about the abduction, gang rape and lynching of two teenage girls in Badaun, India, that have not even been mentioned, no less condemned.  Our local Congressman Ami Bera’s silence regarding this real war on women is disturbing. It is especially distressing because Ami Bera is an American of Indian ancestry with family business dealings in India.

India is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women. The number of rapes reported in India from 1953 to 2011 has shot up 873 percent. This data from the National Crime Records Bureau is undoubtedly incomplete: the actual number of rapes is much greater than the number being reported. Regardless of recent events, victims in India have long stayed silent in the face of societal pressures as well as reluctance by Indian authorities to register reports of abuse.  The relationship with India has been difficult of late, particularly after the recent election putting the Bharatiya Janat Party in power, a party that typically advocates a reactionary social agenda and a foreign policy driven by nativist nationalism.  This is not a time where we should be silent, because as Pastor Bonhoeffer rightly said, “silence in the face of evil is evil itself.”

At a minimum the United States has a moral obligation to demand real change in India or any other nation-state that permits honor killings. The war on women is real, but it is not being waged where the media seems to think it is and certainly it is not on Congressman Bera’s radar screen.

What does he want us to focus on?  Well, the recent Hobby Lobby decision that freed American businesses from the obligation to provide contraception whether they or their female employees want it [and of course with Obamacare, even single male employees have to pay for it, but that will take another post.

Congressman Bera says here that he want to know what we think!  Well, go ahead and take his survey and tell him that you think it is about time he focused on the real war on women!   We should remain silent no more.

Please write or call Congressman Bera and demand that he stop talking about a phony war on women and fight the real war by focusing on the abuses in India until strong laws are enacted to protect women which should carry strong penalties for perpetrators.

Please take a moment to write or E-mail Congressman Ami Bera with your thoughts!

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11060 White Rock Road, Suite 180

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Phone: (916) 635 0505