‘Amen and Awoman’ This is a Joke, Right?

Let me start by saying, the article linked here is no joke and is in no way funny. That’s right a sitting United States Congressman ended his prayer on the House floor with Amen and Awoman. If the phrase “you can’t make this stuff up” was ever appropriate, it is here.

I’m not going to go into a political rant, but I want to share/educate on the meaning of the word Amen, and let me preface that with the word has nothing to do with gender.

Amen. In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (Vol. 1, p. 69). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, K. R. Snodgrass writes:

Amen. Hebrew word meaning “so it is” or “let it be,” derived from a verb meaning “to be firm or sure.” Some translations of the Bible always retain the Hebrew word amen in the text. Others translate it by an expression such as “truly” or “I tell you the truth,” or sometimes omit it altogether. Because of its use in the OT, “amen” was also used in Christian worship and religious writings, including the Greek NT. Since Jews, Christians, and Muslims all use this word in a variety of languages, it may be one of the most widely known words in the world.

“Amen” has much more significance than merely being the last word in a prayer. In fact, that practice is not evidenced in the Bible, and was not especially frequent in ancient times. In the 30 times it is used in the OT, “amen” nearly always occurs as a response to what has preceded. The significance of the response is that with it the people adopted what had just been said as if it were their own. For example, in Deuteronomy 27:15–26 (where “amen” appears 12 times) the people responded with “amen” after each statement of a curse directed toward those who disobey God. Similarly, “amen” is used as a response after statements of promise (Jer 11:5) or of praise and thanksgiving (1 Chr 16:36), and as a conclusion to the first four of the five “books” of psalms (Pss 41:13; 72:19; 89:52; 106:48). The only exceptions in the OT are two occurrences in Isaiah 65:16. There, the phrase “the God of amen” stresses that God is the one who is “firm”; that is, he is completely trustworthy and faithfully fulfills his promises.

The use of “amen” as a response to a preceding statement is continued in the NT Epistles and Book of Revelation. It appears after doxologies (Eph 3:21), benedictions (Gal 6:18), the giving of thanks (1 Cor 14:16), prophecy (Rv 1:7), and statements of praise (Rv 7:12). (The LB usually tries to give the idea without using the specific word.) From 1 Corinthians 14:16 it is clear that a response of “amen” after a statement of thanks was a means for worshipers to participate by showing agreement with what had been said. In Revelation 7:12 “amen” occurs both at the beginning and the end of a statement, but the first “amen” is a response to the praise given in 7:10. An “amen” after a statement of praise has the connotation, “That is what I say too.” As a response to a benediction or a prophecy the idea is “Precisely! May God do it.”

Maybe if you read this article, it will shed some light on why the insane ending to the prayer was done and how that’s a preview of things to come in the House of Representatives.

Ed’s Opinion: It’s Time For Parents To Be Parents And Kids to Be Kids

As is the case so often in today’s society, too many things are backward or plain wrong and need to be fixed. Right is right and wrong is wrong and that’s just the way it is. To say who gets to decide what is right and what is wrong is just a total bunch of garbage to the point where the great country we live in would be unrecognizable to those who passed away 10 years or more ago.

Children telling their parents what they will and won’t do is totally opposite of God’s Word. Allowing children to make their own decisions about almost everything is shirking the God-given responsibility that parents have in nurturing those wonderful beings that He has blessed us with.

Parents, you have the experience, some good and some bad, that your children need. Why allow your children to fail on their own when you’ve already been there and done that. Do you wonder why suicide rates are where they are? Do you wonder why drug issues are at epidemic levels? I believe that one of the reasons (not the only ones) is that parents have lost control of their own houses.

Now, who am I talking to and about here? I think everyone has to share and take the blame for these issues. I’m not talking about just “bad parents” or non-Christian parents. Everyone needs to come to the realization that not everything is going to go the way a child wants it no, nor should it.

Some decisions are not suitable for children to make – it’s the job of the parent. Does the child go to school or not today – parent decides! How late can the child stay out and who can they hang out with – parent decides! Will the child like all of the parent’s decisions on issues like this? Absolutely not, but when that child grows up, they are not going to like all the decisions that the government has and will make plus there are rules in the workforce that they will have to follow. A child needs to KNOW right vs wrong, yes vs no, good vs evil before they become an adult.

Then there are stories like this one.

A good man has lost his job because a child (teenagers are still children by-the-way) wasn’t given HER way. Just because a child thinks (with or without parental approval) that they get to decide what God created them to be is not up for debate. If you want to play the gender card at home and with your family, that’s on you.

However, don’t expect the rest of us to have to bow down and cower to your childish wishes. God made us man or woman – He didn’t ask our permission.

Don’t think the rest of us have to play along in your fantasy games – life doesn’t work that way.

Here’s the article about the teacher who lost his job.

Fired for Refusing to Use a Student’s ‘Preferred Pronoun:’ Why Every American Should Be Concerned

WEST POINT, Virginia – Peter Vlaming was a well-liked French teacher at West Point High School in Virginia. But late last year, Vlaming was fired because he refused to call a ninth-grade student who transitioned from female to male by the student’s new preferred pronoun, “he.”

“I could not, in good conscience based on my Christian faith, call a girl a boy,” Vlaming said.

Vlaming agreed to use the student’s new name. But since he wouldn’t refer to the biological girl as “he” or “him,” he was placed on administrative leave in October of 2018.

Read the rest of the story from CBN News by clicking here.

Tough To Put Opinion Toward This Lawsuit

I can’t even bring myself to comment on this disgusting lawsuit. – Ed

Lawsuit filed over display of Bible at veterans hospital

A Bible on display at a memorial at New Hampshire’s veterans hospital should be removed because it is a violation of the First Amendment, a U.S. Air Force veteran said in a federal lawsuit Tuesday.

The Bible was carried by a prisoner of war in World War II and became part of the Missing Man Table honoring missing veterans and POWs at the entranceway of the Manchester VA Medical Center. The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday the table was sponsored by a veterans group called the Northeast POW/MIA Network.

The lawsuit filed in Concord by James Chamberlain against the center’s director, Alfred Montoya, says the Bible’s inclusion is in violation of the Constitution. The First Amendment stipulates “that the government may not establish any religion. Nor can the government give favoritism to one religious belief at the expense of others,” according to the suit.

Chamberlain, a devout Christian, said in the lawsuit the table should be a memorial to all who have served, regardless of their beliefs. The suit said the original POW/MIA table tradition was started by a group of Vietnam combat pilots and didn’t include a Bible as one of the items.

The medical center initially removed the Bible in January after another group, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, objected, saying it got complaints from 14 patients who felt it violated the First Amendment. A variety of religions were represented among the 14.

But the Bible reappeared on the table in February. It had been removed “out of an abundance of caution,” Curt Cashour, a Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. Afterward, the medical center received an outpouring of complaints from veterans and others, “many of whom dropped off Bibles at the facility” in protest, Cashour said.

After consulting with lawyers, the medical center put the Bible back on the table indefinitely, Cashour said. He called the table “a secular tribute to America’s POW/MIA community.”

He apologized to those were offended by the Bible’s “incorrect” removal.

But Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said it is the presence of the Bible that is offensive.

“It’s incredibly disrespectful, dishonorable, and most importantly, it’s illegal,” he said.

New Feature “Anti-Christian News” To Start on EdBoston.com

An 84-year-old woman is being threatened with eviction from the California Veterans Home where she lives if she continues to host Bible studies there.

The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is standing up for the religious rights of Artis Breau in this case.

“For much of the past decade, Artis has volunteered with the chaplaincy program and led Bible studies in the Home,” PJI reports. “She began encountering opposition from officials last September when it was claimed that a discussion between herself and another resident about heaven and hell had allegedly caused him to lose sleep and therefore was elder abuse, emotional abuse, and otherwise illegal.”

We are going to start a new weekly feature here at EdBoston.com called “Anti-Christian News”. The more that Christians ignore or are not informed of these types of incidents – the worse it will continue to get.

The purpose of this new feature will not be just to get Christians riled up but to put out information for Christians to share and get involved with helping fight for the God-given rights that we have.

This week we will just have one story but in the future, there will be multiple stories linked and sharable.

It’s time for the “silent majority” to no longer be silent AND to sit around and not take action when these things happen.

Here is this week’s Anti-Christian News:

H/T to CBN News:

‘Deeply Disturbing:’ 84-Year-Old Widow Faces Eviction from Veterans Home for Her Voluntary Bible Studies

PJI points out Artis and her husband both served the US military honorably throughout their lives:

“Artis and her late husband moved to the Veterans Home about nine years ago. Her husband had served as a Merchant Marine in World War II, served in the famed 82nd Airborne Division overseas, and then served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Meanwhile, Artis worked as a civilian employee in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army at the Pentagon during the Korean War.”

But officials are labeling her conversation with the other resident as “abuse.”

In December, her volunteer status at the home was suspended indefinitely and three months later she remains barred from serving in any official role.

“On Friday, March 1, PJI received an alarming e-mail from an attorney for CalVet, claiming Artis’ Bible studies were in violation of prior directives and would subject her to ‘involuntary discharge’ from the Home if they continued,” the PJI statement explains. “The Home claims it needs to protect residents from this elderly widow, even though attendance at her Bible studies is entirely voluntary.”

Meanwhile, Artis says that she’s been attacked because she’s “an evangelical Jewish believer in Jesus, which does not sit well with some of the chaplains.”

Brad Dacus, president of PJI, stated, “This shocking attack from the State against our client’s exercise of religious convictions is deeply disturbing. The State seeks to punish Artis based on non-existent directives and deprive her of a personal ministry to the veterans who have benefited from her religious services for years. Artis isn’t fighting just for herself, but for the Gospel and for the residents who are unable to fight for themselves against the State’s attempted intimidation.”

Attorneys are weighing all legal options in the case.