THREE STORIES THAT CONCERN ME


ONE: Maine Middle School Handing Out Birth Control. King Middle School will become the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available, including birth control pills and patches. Condoms have been available at King’s health center since 2000. Arg…

TWO: Church Ordered to Pay 11 Million Dollars. I’m really not a believer in suing people, and I especially hate to see a church getting sued, but I have to say I have no sympathy towards these idiots who got slammed with an 11 million dollar settlement in a legal case against them. People who carry signs that say, “God hates fags,” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” make me want to puke. Sheesh…

THREE: Childress, Texas to Vote Tomorrow on Going Wet or Staying Dry. Tomorrow will be a historic day for those of us in Childress, Texas. Tomorrow we go to the polls to decide if Childress county will begin to sell and serve alcoholic beverages or remain a dry county as it always has been.

Those in favor of going wet say we’re missing out on tax dollars. Those against going wet say the sale of alcohol will bring bars and other problems into our city that aren’t worth the extra tax dollars.

Our local paper has been bombarded by letters from both sides. I’ve found it interesting that all those staying dry have signed their names on their letters. Those who want to go wet have yet to be willing to sign their name or say who they are. The one letter that was signed in the local paper from the “going wet” side was signed by a made up name. I’m not sure what all that means, but it makes me think if going wet is so right … why are they so ashamed to admit they support it?

I think every religious organization in town has written letters opposing going wet. I too, wrote a letter that was published a week ago. I’d like to ask that when you say your prayers today, that you’d include a little prayer that Childress makes a good decision on this when they vote tomorrow.

Tomorrow I’ll share with you the letter I wrote and some more information on the “wet or dry” arguments in Childress.

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  1. Tim Archer says:

    If Childress is like Abilene, if they ever vote to go wet, there will never be another vote on the matter. Thirty years and counting here.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  2. Brandon Price says:

    Something that concerns me…

    The movie “The Golden Compass” that is based on a book written in retaliation to C.S. Lewis’ books. The story follows two children who eventually kill God (or at least the faker we thought was God). It comes out December 7.

    What concerns me is that Christians will see it, and support it, and we will lose a little more ground.

    I’ll be writing an article about this soon on our site.

  3. TREY MORGAN says:

    Tim – More information please. Did Abilene go wet or stay dry?

    Brandon – I hear you loud and clear.

  4. Falantedios says:

    I would guess that the “wet writers” are not signing their names because they don’t want to suffer economic repercussions for their opinions.

    Snopes.com has a great write-up about The Golden Compass. I think parents should use this opportunity, like every media opportunity to teach critical thinking and reading rather than try and hide the world from their children.

  5. Philip Murphy says:

    About the church lawsuit bit… as much as I hate to side with extremists… I think their lawyer screwed up. The church should have won the case on summary judgment. Hard to say how the 4th Circuit will rule (if they decide to hear it).

    Although the church’s conduct is horrible… I hope, one day, I have the right to protest a political point (i.e. wet versus dry) without financial ramifications. I’m not making excuses for this church, but the verdict is troublesome.

    Finally, does money really solve anything? Do you really think the church will stop because they have a judgment against them? That judgment is worth the paper it’s written on. That church won’t stop… they’ll just have to file for bankruptcy… More money for attorneys.

  6. Zach Detwiler says:

    Trey – my vote is no to going wet! Unlike some of the community ..Your letter was great in the paper! It is so true about the ones against sign it..the ones for don’t.. kind of strange.. Goes back to ..light and darkness..People hide in darkness… Truth comes out in light! ..

  7. cdjenkins says:

    Sharla,

    In the Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan (God) is killed according to scripture. He isn’t killed because someone or something evil overpowered him. He is killed because he sacrificed himself for the life/sin of a young boy. It is symbolic of Christ’s sacrifice for our sin. If you watch the entirety of the movie, you see that Aslan is resurrected and comes back to defeat evil and sin in the end. I think there is a big difference between this and what happens in The Golden Compass. I think the biggest difference is the intention. C.S. Lewis’s intention was to spread the good news of God’s sacrifice and grace. I’m not sure what Pullman’s message was, although I believe it to be atheistic and not something I would ever compare to The Chronicles of Narnia.

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    Nick – I agree whole heartedly, I too think parents should use every opportunity to teach their children. Not just hide from things.

    Phillip – I thought about you when I wrote these thoughts down this morning. I knew if you were willing you could give some good feedback on the subject of #2. Where do you draw the line between free speech and what they have done at this church. It’s not the “free speech” part that bothers me, but the attitude and spirit in which it is done.

  9. NB says:

    I don’t think it was wrong that the people protesting at the military funerals were sued. Their protests were offensive and hurtful…something needed to be done.

    These are the same people that said the Amish children deserved to be killed last year. How cruel!

  10. Brandon Price says:

    Sorry Trey…didn’t mean to open the movie thing up so much on your post. :o)

  11. Greg says:

    The wet/dry vote brought back memories. Every so many years in north Alabama (Lauderdale and Colbert counties) there would be a liquor referendum. Petitions would circulate and if anyone in churches of Christ signed a petition just to allow a vote, that person got a visit or a phone call from a preacher, if not from an elder! Gasp!

    The churches of Christ, who have hated all denominations and would have NOTHING to do with them, would suddenly join forces with all those hated denominations to fight the booze. Once the vote was over, everyone would go back to hating each other.

    As a preacher in that area, I refused to sign on to the “dry” forces and refused to preach the canned sermons that all ingestion of alcohol was sinful. Needless to say, I was not a popular preacher in that area.

  12. TREY MORGAN says:

    Brandon – No problem. Sometime it’ll need to be talked about.

    Greg – I’m so thankful that that is not the spirit of the church here. In fact all of the letters written have been very kind and respectful. There have been no calling names or unkind jabs. Exactly the way it should be.

  13. Falantedios says:

    Wet/Dry – It is not about light vs. darkness. It is about people protecting their financial situations in a small community. Those who sign their names have nothing to lose BY signing their names. There’s nothing brave about it. Those who are for going wet still have to do business in Childress no matter which way the vote goes. If they sign their names as purveyors of darkness, how will they feed their families when the children of light take their business elsewhere?

    Pullman/Compass – Mr. Pullman has broadly published his hatred of CS Lewis’ “Christian Propagandizing” in The Chronicles of Narnia and wrote the His Dark Materials series as a direct, unabashed, atheist response. This is not conjecture, but published authorial intent. Go to http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp and read for yourself.

    Nick

  14. Tim Archer says:

    That was the wet vote. Once Abilene went wet, there were no more elections.

    —Tim

  15. preacherman says:

    Trey,
    I am glad you voted today for what you believe in as did I.
    I didn’t get one of the I voted stickers though. :-(. I am from Abilene and people and there is a no smoking in ban in bars, resturants, and public places. Alot of people felt like the churches were trying to force their morals down their throats. Is it right for us as Christians for us to do this? Is it right for us to make a town dry because the Church or Christians believe it is wrong to drink? Or is it better to invite people to church? Share our faith, give our testimony about Christ and who he is and what he wants from our life.

    I remember when my Grandad became a Christian. One of his good friend was an elder at the Church just shared his faith with him, talked about Jesus for a long time. When he came forward to be baptized, he put his cirgaretts and matches on the Lords Supper Table and never smoked again.

    Just wondering.
    Don’t get me wrong I am glad we voted today and made a difference. If atheist can do it we should do it too. We need to be a voice. But I am just wondering what is a better way of making a difference.

    Trey excellent post brother!

  16. TREY MORGAN says:

    Preacherman … I vote today because I have a right to voice my opinion as a Christian, a husband, a father, as a citizen of Childress, Texas and as an American. I wear a lot of hats when I vote. It’s not just what I believe as a Christian that decides how I vote, but also as a husband and a father. When I vote in next year’s presidential election it won’t be me trying to force my opinions on anyone, but that I simply have a right as an American to voice my opinions by my vote (even though I’m a Christian, a husband, a father and a community member).

    My vote today against selling alcohol in the Childress community has nothing to do with me forcing my beliefs on anyone, but I do get one vote and I have one voice that I intend to use to say, “Here is why I chose to vote the way I did…”

    I’m not disagreeing with you; I just don’t think it’s a “church forcing its views on the community” issue.

  17. Anonymous says:

    If wet or dry is determined by vote that is the way it is. I do not drink alcohol so it would not affect me.

    Would appreciate where it says in the bible that drinking is prohibited.

    Personally my vote would be to keep it dry but that also opens up illegal stills and moonshiners. chippers

  18. preacherman says:

    Trey,
    I voted today for the same reasons I was just thinking out loud sorry bro.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Trey,
    I read your article this morning before leaving for work and didn’t have the time to leave a comment. And I am somewhat glad. I have thought about your post all day and reflected on it and my life.
    As for issue #1, I don’t agree with their decision to put the contraceptives out to the young people like that. However, I applaud the fact that they have recognized the problem that many young girls are getting pregnant younger and younger these days. While one can preach abstinence till blue in the face, the young person will choose to do what he/she wants. I applaud the fact they are giving him/her more options no matter what decision is made, so maybe his/her life won’t be ruined. 10+ girls were pregnant by high school in my class alone. Can you imagine in a larger school?
    #3: I know this has to be a major issue in the town right now and people are arguing back and forth. I have read others blogs and everyone, for both sides, makes valid points. I am just proud that EVERYONE stood up for what they believed and let their voice be heard. Not everyone has that right. Lol, and yes, if you are going to write a letter to the paper saying what you want to say, at least have the guts to sign your name. If you believe that strongly, be proud of it. But thank you for exercising that right.
    And #2. This one I thought on all day today. I was absolutely furious when I first read that news story. Being military, I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum. I’ve seen people shake our hands and thank us while others will spit, cuss, and even throw their drinks at our uniforms. But we do what we do. Why? Because if we didn’t, they wouldn’t have the right of free speech to say what they please. And even in their harsh words and their ignorance in what they say and lack of respect for what they showed that troop, they also proved a valid point. His efforts were not in vain. He died while fighting for their right to remain free, even free enough to protest what he stood for and sacrificed his life for. We can’t stop what they say or do, but it makes us proud to continue to help them keep those rights. Even when they aren’t grateful, we know it could be so much worse should we give up. And that makes it worth it.
    It reminds me of when Jesus gave his life for us, so we could remain free from the bonds of sin. He knew what the world would come to, but he loved us enough to give his life so that we could make that choice.
    Just a thought. :)

    Love,
    Caleta May

  20. TREY MORGAN says:

    Anon – There are lots of places in the bible that talk about drinking and drunkenness. Proverbs 20:1, Hosea 4:11, Proverbs 23:19-35, Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:16-23. There are others, but that’s a good starting place.

    Preacherman – No apologies needed. I didn’t take it wrong at all. I understood exactly what you were saying.

  21. johndobbs says:

    Good post, Trey. Lots of comments and thoughts.

    Interestingly we are not voting on liquor but on gambling in our county. Actually it’s a referredum that has no weight at all … but just to gather the input of the county on whether or not we would want a casino in our county. The Choctaw Indians are attempting to take some land and use it to build a casino … and they probably will … but this was just a formality. It will still be interesting to see what the county thinks of it.

    As with liquor, money is at the end of the string. And there are always strings attached.

  22. Matthew says:

    Where I live in Tennessee this was defeated in Clifton, TN

  23. Monalea says:

    Excellent post!

    Monalea

  24. TREY MORGAN says:

    Caleta … missed your letter … didn’t know it came through. Thanks for the comments and the thoughts … be safe over there.

  25. TREY MORGAN says:

    Preacherman – I’m sorry I didn’t mention it, but the story about your grandfather was amazing. That’s what I’d call “selling out” for Christ.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Trey I am behind the ball game on this one, but the Birth Control in Jr. High thing really made me sad that 11 year olds are not being protected by their parents and the school community for that matter. I have 3 daughters and I know that 11-13 they might like boys but do not want sex and I think some adults should be supervising these children at all times so they are not allowed to be raped, because that is what it boils down to, and I would dare to venture to say that I think it is wrong to promote birth control to girls at all. But I understand that we don’t have a perfect world where children are protected by their parents, taught that intimacy is found spiritually and then after marriage physically and that babies are blessings. I still say that babies are better than HIV and a pregnancy might change a life for the better rather than the worse. Birth control seems like some kind of God send to the masses, I think it is the work of man and rather offensive to God.

    Second issue, freedom of speech is great, but there is a time and a place for everything and hate speech from a church is unacceptable anywhere and I do not think that those people know the heart of God and to be standing at a funeral with hate messages, probably doesn’t turn people to God. They need to find another venue for their hate messages. Maybe a blog.

    Well I believe Plainview went wet also, and I didn’t have a vote either place, but I have lived with alcoholics most of my adult life and excessive drinking repulses me, yet I know that if they want a drink it does not matter if they have to drive 100 miles they will have a drink and probably on the way home, yet I think that availability might contribute to young drinkers, and the bars are a daunting thought.

    About the movie being a teaching opportunity, so I guess is birth control, alcohol and free speech, but my child does not have to engage in all the activities to hear the message, we will not be seeing the golden compass. Debbie

  27. Colleen says:

    About the wet writers not signing our names – I did sign my name to at least one of the articles. My name is Colleen O’Hara and I headed the wet campaign.

    Those who helped me also published thier names (most on our committee also signed their names to the original application in the newspaper). We simply created “ACE” for a name to attach to the bank account.

    I find it amusing that most of you believe that those of us that voted wet are not Christians or have Christian values. Although I cannot speak for others who voted yes, I was raised in a Lutheran family and went to Lutheran schools and believe in those teachings. You may argue my views, and I respect that, however I thank God that I live in a country where we can choose our sides democratically.

    Colleen O’Hara

  28. TREY MORGAN says:

    Colleen,

    Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate your opinion and you saying who you are. I never did see any names attached to anything but the ACE name. The one letter that was written with a name was yours, I think.

    I don’t think I ever got the idea that it was a Christian vs. non-Christian thing. I didn’t hear anything about the wet side was non-Christians. I’m sorry if it came across that way to you. I don’t remember hearing anyone say the wet side wasn’t Christians, but I did dislike the fact that somehow it seemed to turned into a churches verses wet side.

    And to be honest, I’m really glad it’s all over with :) Too many lines were drawn in the sand and that shouldn’t be.

    Blessings

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