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Have you noticed that as soon as one traditional moral boundary falls, then another moral standard is touted as a dreadful oppression upon humanity that must be banished in the name of free expression?

Hi, I’m Rex Rogers and this is episode #138 of Discerning What Is Best, a podcast applying unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world, and a Christian worldview to current issues and everyday life.


I entitled this podcast “Satan’s Next Frontier,” meaning that the Devil is continually working his plan to counter God and Creation, Christ and the Gospel, and a biblically Christian worldview in general. So, what might be his next frontier?

Not so long ago when same-sex marriage was not yet legal in the United States, that is nationally pre-2015 when the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v Hodges, “ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution,” there were people who observed – and I was one of them – that as soon as same-sex marriage was legalized, transgenderism would be next.

The idea that trans people should be extended not only basic civil liberties as U.S. citizens but now, special civil rights, literally took off after the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, all in the name of freedom, tolerance, and inclusion. 

Gender identity, sex on birth certificates and medical documents or passports, gender as determined by children’s social inclinations, not biology or parents or doctors, transgender access to bathrooms and locker rooms and women’s sports, pronoun madness, gender identity in hiring as in Bostock v. Clayton County, in which the Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination because of sexuality or gender identity, gender non-binary military policy, a wholesale revolution qua propagandistic indoctrination in public school sex education and, actually, across all academic disciplines, sex change or what are now called gender-affirming hormone and surgical procedures, hijacking and changing the meaning of words, attacks on womanhood or femineity, arguing children are a threat to female self-actualization, attacks on manhood or masculinity, arguing men can menstruate, get pregnant, breastfeed. 

Do I need to go on?

Transgender activism has worked a moral and social coup upon American culture.

More than other forms of sexual orientation symbolized by LGBQ, transgenderism is more divisive and more socially destructive, undermining the most basic of society’s mores, practices, and laws. 

And trans activists know their argument can only succeed via the wholesale rejection of Christian teaching that men and women are made in the image of God and are intrinsically different from one another with unique purposes in Creation, the family, and the Will of God.

Yet for all its irrationality, transgenderism is winning. So, if transgenderism, from Bruce “Call me Caitlyn” Jenner to the latest celebrity to come out as nonbinary, if then trans is largely accepted, what’s next? What is Satan’s next moral frontier?

I suggest there are three possibilities, not necessarily in this order:

  • Euthanasia
  • Polyamory
  • Pedophilia

     I. Euthanasia

Euthanasia refers to deliberately ending someone’s life, usually to relieve suffering. Doctors sometimes perform euthanasia when it’s requested by people who have a terminal illness and are in a lot of pain.”

“In the United States, Physicians Assisted Suicide is legal in: Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Hawaii.”

Different from euthanasia is “assisted suicide – alternately referred to as medical aid in dying (MAID) – means a procedure in which people take medications to end their own lives with the help of others, usually medical professionals.”

Euthanasia in its voluntary form, MAID, is widely practiced in Canada.

Euthanasia in one of its permutations is perhaps the most likely next frontier to be embraced, and soon, in the U.S. where it already has adherents, and some states have legalized forms of the practice. As “quality of life” continues to be redefined in terms of personal self-expression, and as people live longer into declining years, euthanasia will become more accepted.

    II. Polyamory

Consensual polyamory – having more than one sexual or emotional relationship at once – has become increasingly common in many countries in recent years. According to statistics published in 2021, 4 to 5 percent of the American population practices polyamory.”

“Today, there are a number of television shows and video games that have included the lifestyle in their plots, while mainstream dating sites and apps, including OkCupid, Tinder, and Hinge, now allow users to specify this type of relationship in their profiles.”

Fifty-one per cent of adults younger than thirty told Pew Research, in 2023, that open marriage was “acceptable,” and twenty per cent of all Americans report experimenting with some form of non-monogamy.”

Polyamory involves so-called consenting adults and is already widely practiced in various ways, if not as outright adultery, then as agreed upon open marriage arrangements or simply accepted, sexual promiscuity in a culture much laxer about sexual mores than it was in the 1950s. 

The likelihood polyamory will become more common is very high, as is the legalization of this form of marriage or family or social unit in local, state, and federal laws. Morality as defined in the Scripture, sexuality expressed in monogamous lifelong marriage will be dismissed as archaic and limiting.

    III. Pedophilia

Pedophilia is also being presented in a positive light. Really, sex with minors, with children? Yes, sad to say it is so.

“Nov. 8, 2022, Old Dominion University sociology and criminology professor Allyn Walker gave an interview in which he asserted the need to destigmatize pedophiles by redefining them as ‘minor-attracted persons, (MAPs).’”

“The Walker incident is not a standalone event. In fact, his advocacy for pedophiles highlights the crisis that critical theory poses for higher education, as it attempts to dismantle every social taboo and normalize every form of immoral conduct.”

“Walker advocates for the inclusion of MAPs as part of the larger LGBT community by approaching attraction to minors as an orientation and stating that ‘the fact of children’s inability to consent to sex is irrelevant to the application of the term ‘sexual orientation’ towards attractions to minors.’”

“Academia’s ideological consensus has already shifted toward acceptance of pedophilia. K-12 schools already allow for depictions of child sexuality under the guise of equity, despite a considerable resistance by parents.”

“The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is a pedophilia and pederasty advocacy organization in the United States. It works to abolish age-of-consent laws criminalizing adult sexual involvement with minors and campaigns for the release of men who have been jailed for sexual contacts with minors that did not involve what it considers coercion.”

A Kentucky State Senator recently suggested child sex dolls should be given to pedophile prisoners as a means to help them and reduce child abuse.

Meanwhile, the Left, as usual promoting and protecting the worst forms of human attitudes and behaviors, is now accusing anyone who raises concerns about pedophilia to be nothing more than a “new Red scare,” a new conspiracy among conservatives.

Pedophilia is yet, we hope, a less likely moral change on the horizon than euthanasia or polyamory, but pedophilia is already practiced in rampant kiddie pornography, child sex trafficking and abuse in the U.S., also now in avant-garde sexual liberation circles, and it is being promoted as somehow not psychologically damaging to children and in some weird way, good for them. 

If abortion can be embraced as a human right, and if sexual identity is now considered the highest level of human expression, then is it too much to believe that normalization of pedophilia is far behind?

The problem with each of these trends is that none of them – euthanasia, polyamory, pedophilia – align with the values of biblical Christianity – which one could suggest is exactly why they may be Satan’s next frontier of moral change. God forbid. 


Well, we’ll see you again soon. This podcast is about Discerning What Is Best. If you find this thought-provoking and helpful, follow us on your favorite podcast platform. Download an episode for your friends. For more Christian commentary, check my website, r-e-x-m as in Martin, that’s  

And remember, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm.

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I read “Israel is bad” or “Hamas is bad” arguments, one-sided with little nuance or consideration of issues faced by the opposition or by civilians.

I read “Ceasefire Now” arguments with no explanation of what can happen next.

I read “Two State Solution” arguments that seem to ignore the history of this diplomatic idea.

For the “Israel is bad” faction:

  • What resolutions to this war, do they recommend?
  • How should Hamas be held accountable for 10/7?
  • If Israel embraced a ceasefire now, what do they believe Hamas will do?
  • How do they suggest Israel get the remaining hostages returned?
  • How would they fight an enemy ensconced in tunnels under an urban civilian landscape?
  • Where in this approach is any responsibility, blame, accountability assigned to Hamas?

For the “Hamas is bad” faction:

  • Do they believe all Palestinians are evil, culpable for 10/7, and thus should be destroyed, or at least are of no concern should they become collateral damage?
  • Do they believe Hamas’s self-articulated mission, rejecting Israel’s right to exist, or the evil facts of 10/7, justify any Israeli response?
  • Do they believe Israel is free to seek justice, revenge, retribution, genocide, or none of these goals?
  • Do they believe that if Hamas is annihilated there will be no more terror attacks upon Israel?

For those calling for “Ceasefire now,” including several hostage families:

  • Do they believe Hamas will return the remaining hostages simply due to a ceasefire?
  • Do they believe a ceasefire would end the war?
  • Do they equate ceasefire with peace?
  • Is a ceasefire the same as justice?

For those calling for a “Two State Solution”:

  • Why are people continuing to propose this political “solution,” which has been discussed since 1937, when people in the MENA do not own it and many do not want it?
  • How can a two-state arrangement be set up when one, if not both, people groups believe the other holds no right to even exist – as a people group, much less as a nation state?


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Have you heard of SAT-7, the Christian media ministry with which I serve that shares the Gospel throughout the Middle East and North Africa?

Hi, I’m Rex Rogers and this is episode #137 of Discerning What Is Best, a podcast applying unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world, and a Christian worldview to current issues and everyday life.

SAT-7 exists to “Make the Gospel visible throughout the Middle East and North Africa,” and “to see a growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa, confident in Christian faith and witness, serving the community and contributing to the good of society and culture.”

Founded in 1995, on air in 1996, SAT-7 is a Christian media ministry headquartered on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. SAT-7 began as a satellite television enterprise, broadcasting 24/7 in Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish via virtually un-censorable satellite delivery in the Middle East and North Africa—what is abbreviated as the MENA—and this is still its principal endeavor. Today, SAT-7 also produces video-on-demand in all three languages, available worldwide on the web on its SAT-7 PLUS app.

When I first got involved with SAT-7 in 2009, I was blown away, and still am, when I discovered that satellite technology was as close to un-censorable as we could hope to get. It literally beams from a satellite orbiting the earth to a satellite television receiver in the safety of the person’s home or hovel or palace.

SAT-7 can beam – uninterrupted, uncorrupted – biblical teaching and truth directly to hungry hearts and minds in places controlled by rulers, religions, and regimes that do not want religious liberty and do what they can to curtail it.

Incredible. “Making God’s love visible throughout the Middle East and North Africa,” and no one can stop the truth. In the providence of God, satellite television is a technology for such a time as this.

When the ministry was launched, people said it wouldn’t make it because Christian Middle Easterners would be afraid to appear on air. But the pessimism was largely unwarranted because God empowered and encouraged believers, and they in turn wanted to be on air to share their faith with their country and region.

What many in the U.S. do not understand is that the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, though speaking dialects of Arabic, differ markedly in culture, national interest, social practices, and sometimes religious expression. On air, SAT-7 uses what’s called “pan-Arabic,” which allows for words that are understood from Morocco to Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula countries.

SAT-7 has worked to establish its reputation as a non-denominational, non-political, non-partisan, culturally sensitive voice of Christian believers across the region. Because the Middle East North Africa is dominated by Islam, few Christian churches exist, but they do exist. Countries vary in whether churches are allowed to maintain physical facilities, meet for worship, or publicly identify with the Christian faith. What the religious cultures in most of these countries do agree upon is that proselytizing or evangelizing on behalf of Christianity is forbidden. Suppression and oppression of religious minorities exists, and periodically, Christians and other religious minorities are persecuted for their faith.

It is difficult for Christians to communicate with one another within their own countries and certainly across the region. This is where SAT-7 makes a powerful contribution – giving voice to Christian minorities, some of whom exist in areas where no other Christians live, no churches are available, even secret or house churches, and no access to Bibles and other Christian materials is available. SAT-7 communicates, teaches, encourages, educates, edifies, and offers fellowship to these isolated believers wherever they may be.

Sometimes in the MENA, Christians are referred to as “Christian believers.” This sounds redundant to American ears, but with a little reflection, it is not.

Think how many people in the US, even in our churches, who are really “nominal Christians” or “cultural Christians,” meaning what Scripture calls “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim. 3:5). They masquerade as Christians.

And also in Scripture, the scary description of such people: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matt. 7:21-23). So, it is possible to pretend to be Christians but not really be Christians.

Now back to the MENA. Many countries in the region issue national identification cards, some at birth, some at age 16 years, etc. Most countries require religion be listed on the ID cards, and if not on the card itself, then in other government documents. These cards are used for administrative purposes, proof of citizenship, access to driver’s license, and more.

There is a movement to get religion dropped from national ID cards, but this varies by country. In the past, religious designations on IDs have gotten people persecuted, even killed on the spot if the “wrong” religion was listed, and such designations have been something of a deterrent to changing one’s religious convictions.

The point here is to note how church and state are not separated in most MENA countries, that one’s religion is publicly identifiable on documents, and that one can therefore be born to Christian – meaning non-Muslim – families or be born to Muslim families and thus be labeled as such on one’s ID card for life.

So, who really are Christians? Bible believers would say, those who acknowledge their sin, ask God to forgive their sins by trusting in Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, and then by grace through faith becoming a true believer – a Christian believer.

So, in US churches there are people who are likely Christians-in-name-only and there are people who are indeed Christian believers. And in MENA countries and churches, there are people born into Christian, meaning non-Muslim families, and there are actual followers of Christ, “Christian believers.” In any event, Christian believers exist in the MENA, they may be few, but their faith is resilient.

SAT-7’s satellite television broadcasts, and online video and posts, offers Christian content to these isolated believers in ways many of them cannot access in any other way. Supported financially and through prayer by Christians around the world, SAT-7 works “to provide the churches and Christians of the Middle East and North Africa an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative, and educational television and digital media services.”

As a media ministry, SAT-7 is for the most part not working “on the ground,” so to speak, like other Christian and humanitarian agencies do, particularly in the aftermath of crises like the Türkiye-Syria, Afghanistan, or Moroccan earthquakes, Libyan floods, or MENA pandemic, the now multi-year Syrian Civil War and Yemen Civil War, protests in Iran, and since Oct 7, 2023, the Israel-Hamas War.

It's always interesting to me that as soon as a crisis occurs, SAT-7 USA gets calls from Christian radio to do interviews. During those interviews by Christian hosts from around the country, the questions I’m asked invariably reference what’s called physical relief. How many blankets, how much food, what kind of medical supplies are we providing for those in need? Now of course, there is nothing wrong and a lot right with supplying such forms of physical relief to suffering people, especially in the midst of danger and tragedy. And there are American ministries, like for example Samaritans’ Purse, that are very good at this.

But as a media ministry, SAT-7 broadcasts. We have no real means to provide physical relief. What SAT-7 provides is spiritual relief, Christian teaching and encouragement that helps suffering people answer the existential questions that crises always generate: Where is God? Does He care? Does He know we are suffering? Why did he allow this to happen? What happened to my friend who died?

Christian medical professionals working in what amount to MASH hospitals near ground zero circumstances tell us the first two or three waves of people to come to them need help with broken arms, bleeding wounds, battered bodies, i.e., they need physical relief in the form of medicine, food, clothing, shelter, security.

Then the medical professionals tell us that the next waves of people begin asking the existential questions. They need what SAT-7 can provide, spiritual relief, what the Word of God says about love, what God promises, and the hope found only in the living God.

In many ways, SAT-7 might be described by that old phrase, “It’s a God thing.” Only God could put together a multi-country, multi-continent, multi-cultural, multi-language, multi-denominational ministry that embraces and operates well with a unity of the faith revealed in the Bible.

Not a week goes by that the MENA is not in international news. As the Bible says, that part of the world will be important till Jesus comes again. SAT-7’s mission to share the Gospel throughout the MENA is today more vital than ever.


Well, we’ll see you again soon. This podcast is about Discerning What Is Best. If you find this thought-provoking and helpful, follow us on your favorite podcast platform. Download an episode for your friends. For more Christian commentary, check my website, r-e-x-m as in Martin, that’s

And remember, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm.

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*This podcast blog may be reproduced in whole or in part with a full attribution statement. Contact me or read more commentary on current issues and events at, or connect with me at or

Do you realize the rate of growth of the world’s population is declining, that there are not as many babies as their used to be, and, oh yes, why does this matter?

Hi, I’m Rex Rogers and this is episode #136 of Discerning What Is Best, a podcast applying unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world, and a Christian worldview to current issues and everyday life.

Today, countries in the European Union, Canada, the U.S. – Japan and China too – are experiencing a birth rate below what is needed for natural population replacement. For example, the U.S. fertility rate, is 1.78 – the average number of children born to a woman over her reproductive lifetime – while the needed replacement rate is 2.08. If nothing changed in this trend, in a matter of decades the U.S. population would shrink out of existence.

For some perspective, consider that “the global population grew only very slowly up to 1700 – only 0.04% per year. In the many millennia up to that point in history very high mortality of children counteracted high fertility. Once health improved, and mortality declined things changed quickly.” In the past two centuries, world population has increased 7-fold.

Another way of grasping the numbers is to realize that “in 1800, there were one billion people. Today there are more than 8 billion.”

Population scholars predict world population will “reach a peak of around 10.4 billion people during the 2080s.”

Meanwhile, while 10.4 billion sounds astronomical, “the global population is (actually) growing at its slowest rate since 1950, having fallen to less than one per cent in 2020. Fertility…has fallen markedly in recent decades for many countries:

today, two-thirds of the global population lives in a country or area where lifetime fertility is below 2.1 births per woman, roughly the level required for zero growth in the long run, for a population with low mortality. 

In 61 countries or areas, the population is expected to decrease by at least one per cent over the next three decades, as a result of sustained low levels of fertility and, in some cases, elevated rates of emigration.”

More than half of the projected increase in the global population up to 2050 will be concentrated in (just) eight countries (most in sub-Saharan Africa): the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, the United Republic of Tanzania, (then) India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.”

Meanwhile, “the world should expect to see far more grey hairs by 2050: by then, it is expected that the number of persons aged 65 years or over worldwide will be more than twice the number of children under the age of five.”

“Europe is the continent with the oldest population. This is creating problems for healthcare and pensions.”

To alter this scenario, Finland is now paying families $10,970 per child. Other European countries are also trying to reverse the continent’s falling birthrate. Greece is offering cash incentives of $2,235 per birth. “Hungary’s Prime Minister…has described fertility clinics as a strategic priority for his country…All young families in Hungary are offered a loan, but that loan will be written off if they have a third child. While a woman who has four children will be permanently exempt from paying income tax.”

Migration (was at one time considered an answer to depopulation, but) has also proved to be a source of political tension in some countries.”

Now the question becomes, why is this happening? Why are people all over the world, except in a few Sub-Saharan and Far Eastern countries, having fewer children, so much fewer the populations of their countries are declining?

Why, after centuries of slow growth, then two centuries of astounding growth, are families across the globe having fewer children?

A few proximate causes come to mind:

  • Greater availability of birth control, the pill, various contraceptives, chemical, IUD, and other means,
  • Abortion on demand
  • Disease
  • Famine
  • War

While these variables may act as proximate causes of depopulation, none of these variables are really global. Most are regional if not local occurrences.

So why are most countries of the world declining in population? Well, they are having fewer births than deaths.

OK, but why? Well, they have access to birth control, etc. Yes, but these are a means to an end.

Why are people choosing to have fewer children? What is the ultimate cause of people from disparate cultures having fewer children? Have they forgotten how to make babies?

No, the root cause for family’s choosing to have fewer children is that they now look upon children, family, responsibility, sacrifice, and the idea of progeny much different than they did in the past.

Family was once a given in virtually everyone’s experience. Family was considered a key ingredient not only to a person’s healthy coming of age, but also as an essential building block to the maintenance and flourishing of a free society. 

One basis for the well-being of given families, and a primary reason that families were considered indispensable for strong and healthy societies, is because religion—certainly Christianity—blessed and provided values necessary for family function, meaning, and efficacy.

Not so anymore.

Now, in post-Christian culture in America, and postmodern culture worldwide,

  • two-parent families are often treated as one option among many,
  • nuclear families are not regarded as critical to children’s balanced upbringing,
  • children are themselves considered a luxury, a nuisance, an economic burden, obstacles to adults’ self-fulfillment.
  • and children, i.e., population growth, are viewed as a threat to controlling climate change.

For example, “climate doomsday cult member claims it is immoral and selfish to have children due to the amount of "carbon" they will emit over their lifetimes…Every single child in an industrial country like ours is around 500 tons of carbon over their lifetime. That's the equivalent of 1000 years.”

Postmodern couples worldwide are choosing to have fewer children because they:

  • hold religious views that diminish the idea of children or family,
  • look upon children as commodities or consumer choices rather than gifts from God,
  • value self-fulfillment, i.e., personal sexual liberation, professional advance, income, and travel more than they value children,
  • believe mass and social media proclamations about how dangerous it is to have children in the face of climate change,
  • have adopted pessimistic, fearful worldviews re the future – and perhaps understandably so, given these worldviews are rooted in non-Christian, unbiblical, ahistorical, and inaccurate understandings of life,

Meanwhile, population reduction is promoted by globalist elites, who by the way, also promote culture of death ideas like euthanasia, now being referred to by the acronym MAID or “Medical Assistance In Dying,” a philosophy and policy for which Canada is out in front of the U.S.

At genesis of the earth, time, and humanity, God created human beings, male and female, commanded them to be fruitful and multiply, and then reinforced the idea of family and children in other passages throughout the Scripture.

This does not mean that couples who choose not to have children or to have fewer children, for a variety of reasons including circumstances, health, and more, are somehow ipso facto out of the will of God or in some way second class citizens in God’s eyes. The commandments in Genesis 1 were made for all humanity and its wellbeing, not as a detailed plan for every person (Gen 1:27-28).

But the principle remains: children are an heritage of the Lord (Ps 127:3-5). Societies that try to play God as the Chinese did with their one-child policy, now reversed, will find they are not very good at being God.

Children, youth, young adults are needed not only to perpetuate humanity but to provide energy, innovativeness, work and productivity, strength and protection, care for children and the elderly, optimism, and hope. Children are a blessing.


Well, we’ll see you again soon. This podcast is about Discerning What Is Best. If you find this thought-provoking and helpful, follow us on your favorite podcast platform. Download an episode for your friends. For more Christian commentary, check my website, r-e-x-m as in Martin, that’s

And remember, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm.

© Rex M. Rogers – All Rights Reserved, 2024  

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Have you heard of Christian nationalism and wondered what it really means?
Hi, I’m Rex Rogers and this is episode #135 of Discerning What Is Best, a podcast applying unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world, and a Christian worldview to current issues and everyday life.

“The idea of a Christian America means different things to different people. Pollsters have found a wide circle of Americans who hold general God-and-country sentiments. But within that is a smaller…group who also check other boxes in surveys – such as that the U.S. Constitution was inspired by God and that the federal government should declare the U.S. a Christian nation, advocate Christian values or stop enforcing the separation of church and state.”

This perspective has come to be called Christian nationalism.
“Christian nationalism attempts to fuse the standards of Christianity with the ideals of nationalism. This movement is founded on the belief that God has bestowed a unique privilege and responsibility upon a particular country to represent Christ. Therefore, Christian nationalists consider it their duty to promote and defend the tenets of the Christian faith at all costs and in every public arena.”
“American Christian nationalism has been a constant theme throughout our nation’s history, beginning with the Puritans. The movement saw a modern resurgence during the Cold War era when many evangelical leaders characterized America as God’s chosen victor against the Soviet communists. The idea of America being “God’s elect” grew over time and has been perpetuated by those who feel a moral obligation to preserve that chosen status—through governmental, social, and political activism.”
I remember attending a God and Country rally in Canton, Ohio, probably in the late 1960s. The speaker was a noted Christian leader who had morphed his presentation from evangelism to “America, love it or leave it.” The large gymnasium where the event was held was draped in more red, white, and blue bunting and flags than I had at that point ever seen. When the man spoke, communism was his biggest boogieman and he did what I later came to understand as “wrap the Bible in the flag,” meaning he interpreted verses in terms of American patriotism. I’ve always been glad for that one experience with this, though I don’t condone the man’s approach. 
It’s one thing to say the beginning and underpinning of the USA was heavily if not thoroughly Judeo-Christian in philosophy and principle. It is another thing entirely to claim the USA was or should be a “Christian nation” as such.
It is one thing to believe and point to historical evidence that God has indeed blessed the USA with seemingly unique opportunities – what’s called “American exceptionalism” – and it is another thing to claim that the USA was “chosen” by God or given a special mandate no other nation has been granted.
It’s one thing to say America has or should honor the Sovereign God of the Bible and another thing to assert that God always and exclusively honors America.
Christian nationalism typically argues the US is a Christian nation, it is chosen with a special mandate, and God honors America.
Now, “history provides ample support that Christian (beliefs have) played a vital role in our country’s origin story. The Constitution of the United States was written with a clear Judeo-Christian worldview and designed to govern its citizens with laws inspired by biblical standards, while allowing freedom of religious expression. The Declaration of Independence mentions God four times, directly connecting each reference to New Testament ideals. One need only review the political speeches of our Founding Fathers, filled with biblical quotes and references, to realize that our nation bears a distinctly Christian heritage.”
“While history proves America’s Judeo-Christian roots, it does not suggest that our Founders sanctioned the establishment of a Christian nation. The second clause of the First Amendment expressly prohibits Congress from adopting any form of a national religion: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the exercise thereof.”
“The Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said he doesn’t identify as a Christian nationalist, but does believe America was founded as a Christian nation.”
“’I’m not claiming that all of our founders were Christians,’...‘Some were deists, some were atheists, but the majority were Christians. I’m also not saying that non-Christians shouldn’t have the same rights as Christians in our country.’ But… ‘there’s a case to be made that the Judeo-Christian faith was the foundation for our laws and many of our principles.’”
Pastor Jeffress’s comments are sophisticated and properly nuanced. But there are others, many who claim faith in Christ, who are not nuanced and instead seem aggressive and at times belligerent. 
That said, we have to be careful with this term “Christian nationalism.”
“Christian Nationalism” has become a junk box into which everyone piles his own conceptions. But it’s not monolithic. Three dominant perspectives on Christian Nationalism have arisen over the past several years. Some equate Christian Nationalism with rioting at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Others say it’s any attempt to enforce God’s law in a country. Others claim it’s advocating for Christian values on issues such as abortion.”
“For some, (like Pastor Jeffress) Christian Nationalism simply means that Christianity has influenced and should continue to influence the nation. 
They argue America was founded on transcendent Christian principles. The Declaration of Independence affirms “all men are created equal” and “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Such a principle is worthy of Christian advocacy alongside a biblical view of issues like marriage, sexuality, and abortion. Our nation would be improved by affirming the goodness of natural law principles.
In the best sense, this form of Christian Nationalism doesn’t attempt to dominate the political process or to make the nation completely Christian but seeks instead to bring change by persuasion. Rather than trying to overthrow the government, adherents advocate their cause by supporting laws, electing candidates, podcasting, writing, and developing think tanks. They won’t force their opinions, but they also won’t back down from arguing for them.” 
“Religion will always have a place in politics…The best form of Christian Nationalism advocates for Christian principles just like secular nationalism advocates for secular principles.”
But some “Christian nationalists want to define America as a Christian nation and they want the government to promote a specific cultural template as the official culture of the country. Some have advocated for an amendment to the Constitution to recognize America’s Christian heritage, others to reinstitute prayer in public schools. Some work to enshrine a Christian nationalist interpretation of American history in school curricula, including that America has a special relationship with God or has been “chosen” by him to carry out a special mission on earth. Others advocate for immigration restrictions specifically to prevent a change to American religious and ethnic demographics or a change to American culture. Some want to empower the government to take stronger action to circumscribe immoral behavior.”
Those who politically oppose Christian moral values, have seized upon the label Christian nationalism, painting Christian believers, conservatives, Trump supporters, Republicans in general, and anyone else who opposes leftist, progressive views, as, pejoratively, “extremist,” or “racist,” and in fact equating Christian values, Christian nationalism, extremism, racism, and white supremacy.
“In the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, the term "Christian nationalism" has become synonymous with white Christian identity politics, a belief system that asserts itself as an integral part of American identity overall.”
So, the term Christian nationalism is at minimum problematic and at some juncture unbiblical.
Christian nationalism in its most developed state as a political philosophy does not align with Scripture because it:
1. Ties the Lord Jesus Christ to a political agenda.
2. Contends there is but one – the – political program for believers.
3. Waters down the truth by equating political goals with the Gospel.
4. Uncritically aligns the Scripture with the USA as a nation state, meaning the US can do no wrong.
5. Wraps the Bible in the US flag.
As noted earlier, there is one positive that should not be forgotten: “all together, this history has left America with a civil religion, (a public Judeo-Christian moral consensus that makes e Pluribus Unum possible) something profoundly helpful for social cohesion but not always good for theological orthodoxy.”
It is this civil religion that is today fracturing at the foundations.
Christians can and should engage in politics. They should apply their faith to political issues. But believers should always remember, it is the Word of God that stands above and critiques partisan politics, culture, and country, not the other way around.
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Have you stopped to consider that what’s been called “climate change” involves a great deal more than the weather, that indeed it involves liberty and democracy?

Hi, I’m Rex Rogers and this is episode #134 of Discerning What Is Best, a podcast applying unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world, and a Christian worldview to current issues and everyday life.

We’re constantly told the world will plunge into an existential climate cataclysm if average planetary temperatures rise another few tenths of a degree, due to using fossil fuels for reliable, affordable energy, raw materials for over 6,000 vital products, and lifting billions out of poverty, disease and early death. 

Yet, “in the real world, climate has changed numerous times, often dramatically, sometimes catastrophically, and always naturally. Multiple ice ages and interglacial periods, Roman and Medieval warm periods, a Little Ice Age, major floods, droughts and dust bowls all actually happened – long before fossil fuels.”

What we need to understand is that “climate change is the Left's religion. The messaging is as heavy-handed as catechism in a religious school.”

Climate change proponents are becoming increasingly alarmist.

Speaking on a panel at the WEF's annual Davos summit, John Kerry's daughter, Vanessa Kerry, attempted to paint the "climate crisis" as a "health crisis," going on to express concern that the UN Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals are "losing progress." She said, "2023 was an apocalyptic year in terms of extreme weather events... That is about to get worse."

Fanatical globalist, socialist, and climate alarmists are now advancing their climate change religion with concepts like “any means necessary” or “Nothing off limits. They are openly calling for vast changes and control of agriculture, elimination of use of fossil fuels, and in a real case of “jumping the shark,” for the hysterical, systematic reduction of the world’s population.

Climate Change activists are now showing their true philosophic colors, i.e., Leftist activists are anti-freedom attacking democracies, anti-human claiming human population must be reduced, and anti-farmers blaming farms and cows for their fantasies. This is their inconvenient truth. 

For example, a “climate doomsday cult member claims it is immoral and selfish to have children due to the amount of "carbon" they will emit over their lifetimes…
Every single child in an industrial country like ours is around 500 tons of carbon over their lifetime. That's the equivalent of 1000 years of electricity for a household. So each child has an impact."

Lobbying for more climate regulation is to enhance the power of the authoritarian state, not protect the environment. The radical Left has the world obsessing over whether we have 10, 20 or 50 years before the eve of destruction. The hysteria gives the government the excuse it needs for more controls over the energy we use, the products we purchase, the homes we live in, the food we eat, and since the pandemic when we can leave our homes.”

Climate change is one of those issues and it’s an agenda being driven by the left to limit our freedoms, control our choices, and implement the largest redistribution of wealth the world has ever seen. The Biden Administration is constantly working to drive the agenda, whether it’s going after gas stoves and everyday home appliances, forcing the car industry to produce unreliable and unaffordable electric vehicles, or sending billions of tax dollars overseas to comply with worthless -- yet expensive -- globalist climate pacts.”

Of course, climate does indeed change, but there is no climate crisis.

The problem here is unmitigated scaremongering…A new survey shows that 60% of all people in rich countries now believe it's likely or very likely that unmitigated climate change will lead to the end of mankind."

But let’s think about climate for a moment in more objective, that is to say biblically Christian terms:

  1. The world’s climate has changed repeatedly throughout known history.
  2. Human beings cannot control the climate.
  3. Scripture tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,the world, and all who live in it” Ps 24:1.

Following the flood, the Lord said to Noah, “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” Gen. 8:21-22.

  1. So, if the Sovereign God is in charge, what should we think about life on planet earth?

The shepherd psalmist told us:  

“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” Ps. 46:2-3.

Globalist elite, climate change advocates are now spouting a constant, louder, and more hysterical message regarding ostensible climate change

Population decrease, or slow down. or at least stabilization is their new culture-of-death goal, this despite the fact that Western Europe, Canada, and the United States—even China and Japan—are now behind the replacement rate for maintaining a healthy population.

Here are some ways in which climate change alarmists propose to achieve population stabilization or reduction:

  1. Advocates stress the importance of ensuring universal access to voluntary family planning services, what they call Reproductive Health Services, including contraception and reproductive health education. 
  2. Climate change advocates often support policies and programs aimed at increasing educational opportunities for girls and women—OK, but they really want to promote having fewer children.
  3. Addressing poverty and improving living standards can also contribute to lower birth rates, promoting smaller family sizes.
  4. Advocates emphasize the importance of shifting towards more sustainable consumption patterns, including reducing meat consumption (eating bugs?), minimizing waste, and embracing renewable energy sources. 

In the politics of our time, the clarion call of globalism echoes with increasing fervor, wielding climate change as its chosen banner. Yet, globalist notions regarding climate change pose a threat not only to national sovereignty but to individual liberties and economic prosperity. Globalism seeks to erode the sovereignty of nations under the guise of environmental stewardship. 

While climate change may exist at some level and should be considered, it is not the climate crisis globalist elites claim. It does not require globalist agendas, which entail sweeping policy measures that would empower supranational entities at the expense of democratic governance. Such measures threaten the very fabric of our constitutional order and undermine the principles of self-determination upon which ours and other Western societies are built.

The specter of globalist climate policies looms large over the economic landscape, promising draconian regulations and onerous taxes that would stifle innovation and entrepreneurship. By shackling industry with burdensome restrictions, these proposals jeopardize the livelihoods of millions and impede the engine of economic growth that has propelled human progress for centuries, especially more recently in capitalist Western societies.

But most troubling of all is the encroachment upon individual liberties that accompanies the ascent of globalist climate agendas. Under the guise of combating climate change, proponents of globalism seek to impose restrictions on personal behavior, curtail freedom of speech, and expand the reach of government into every facet of our lives. In this brave new world envisioned by globalist ideologues, the rights of the individual are sacrificed on the altar of collective salvation.

It is imperative that we resist the allure of globalist ideas about climate change and instead reaffirm our commitment to national sovereignty, individual liberty, and free-market principles. 

By rejecting the false promises of globalism and embracing a vision of environmental stewardship grounded in local autonomy and individual responsibility, we can forge a path forward that preserves both the health of our planet and the vitality of our democratic institutions. In the final analysis, the threat posed by globalist ideas about climate change is not merely a matter of environmental policy but a question of fundamental values and principles. 

We must stand firm in defense of national sovereignty, liberty, and prosperity, lest we succumb to the seductive, siren song of globalism and sacrifice the very foundations of our civilization upon the altar of a false sense of security.


Well, we’ll see you again soon. This podcast is about Discerning What Is Best. If you find this thought-provoking and helpful, follow us on your favorite podcast platform. Download an episode for your friends. For more Christian commentary, check my website, r-e-x-m as in Martin, that’s 

And remember, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm.

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