‘the suppression of light brings forth utter darkness’

Associated Press smallWASHINGTON –  The Obama administration will endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that then-President George W. Bush had refused to sign, The Associated Press has learned.

U.S. officials said Tuesday they had notified the declaration’s French sponsors that the administration wants to be added as a supporter. The Bush administration was criticized in December when it was the only western government that refused to sign on.

The move was made after an interagency review of the Bush administration’s position on the nonbinding document, which was signed by all 27 European Union members as well as Japan, Australia, Mexico and three dozen other countries, the officials said.

United Nations UN logoThe officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Congress was still being notified of the decision. They said the administration had decided to sign the declaration to demonstrate that the United States supports human rights for all.

“The United States is an outspoken defender of human rights and critic of human rights abuses around the world,” said one official. “As such, we join with the other supporters of this statement and we will continue to remind countries of the importance of respecting the human rights of all people in all appropriate international fora.”

The official added that the United States was concerned about “violence and human rights abuses against gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual individuals” and was also “troubled by the criminalization of sexual orientation in many countries.”

“In the words of the United States Supreme Court, the right to be free from criminalization on the basis of sexual orientation ‘has been accepted as an integral part of human freedom’,” the official said.

Homosexuals and other groups had criticized the Bush administration when it refused to sign the declaration when it was presented at the United Nations on Dec. 19. U.S. officials said then that the U.S. opposed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but that parts of the declaration raised legal questions that needed further review.

According to negotiators, the Bush team had concerns that those parts could commit the federal government on matters that fall under state jurisdiction. In some states, landlords and private employers are allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation; on the federal level, homosexuals are not allowed to serve openly in the military.

It was not immediately clear on Tuesday how the Obama administration had come to a different conclusion.

When it was voted on in December, 66 of the U.N.’s 192 member countries signed the declaration — which backers called a historic step to push the General Assembly to deal more forthrightly with anti-homosexual discrimination. But 70 U.N. members outlaw homosexuality — and in several, homosexual acts can be punished by execution. More than 50 nations, including members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, opposed the declaration.

Some Islamic countries said at the time that protecting sexual orientation could lead to “the social normalization and possibly the legalization of deplorable acts” such as pedophilia and incest. The declaration was also opposed by the Vatican.

  Posted 03.18.2009 Associated Press-

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Since the beginning of time we have seen there is a spirit that desires nothing more than to suppress the truth of God’s word…. “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” [Genesis 3:1-24]

That same spirit that existed in the Garden of Eden is alive and well today and can be seen in the actions of government officials and leaders in the promotions of particular declarations, bills and laws that are being set up. Case in point the support of the ‘White House to endorse U.N. ‘gay rights’ declaration’.

The enemy of Truth often works in and through government officials to quench the voice of truth that should be espoused by the people of God. We find evidence of this in Mark 6:14-29; the suppressing of the light of John the Baptist.

John was a light and was sent to bare witness unto the truth. In fact Christ said “he was a burning and a shining light.” John 5:33-35 

Now we need to understand that there is no place for light in a world that is content on dwelling  in darkness, so in Herod’s attempt to suppress light, he laid hold to John and kept him in prison.

What crime had warranted placing John under arrest; revolt, murder, extortion, robbery? No, nothing more than he spoke the truth…

“for Herod had laid hold upon John and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, hi brother Philip’s wife: for he (Herod) had married her and John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.”

This spirit could not thwart the conviction of John’s heart so was left only to remove his head to stop his mouth.

The day is not too far off that we will see such strong convictions, that are grounded in the truth of God’s word will land a man in bonds as it did John the Baptist.. it is happening throughout all of China and North Korea today. Yet the lights of truth continue to shine in this world of darkness.

Consider this-

  • An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors
  • In the past 100 years (during the 20th Century) 26,000,000 Christians were killed for their faith (martyred).  This is more than the combined total of all previous centuries.  It does not count the untold numbers who were persecuted in other ways, imprisoned, tortured, and even enslaved. ‘Worldwide Persecution of Christians’

“Go on, rack, torture, grind us to powder: our numbers increase in proportion as you mow us down.  The blood of Christians is their harvest seed.”  -Tertullian (Ca. 200 A.D.)

“The United States is an outspoken defender of human rights and critic of human rights abuses around the world,” said one official.

Surely this official meant human rights abuses against anyone…

… that is not a professing Christian or the unborn that has yet to taste the breath of life?

The Christ follower would do well not to look to the United Nation or even their own government for their deliverance, for our deliverance is not of this earth, it cometh from above.. look up, our redemption draweth nigh!

As a society suppresses light, it will one day find itself immersed in darkness… and out of the thickness of this darkness shall come His mighty judgement!

malachi

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4 Comments

  1. Very well said, Brother Malachi! As the world grows darker we must remember that darkness hates the light. We will pay a price for not standing against the insidious rise of evil in this country when the day comes that to speak of our faith may mean our death.

    What I find so sad is the fact that in the areas of the world now which are suffering persecution for their belief in Christ, the church is growing rapidly. Yet the church in America is declining at an alarming rate as abortion, same-sex marriages and acceptance of feel good religions become the way of life. The judgement of God is upon us and yet we still will not turn from our wicked ways and repent.

    Please continue to bring the message of truth. As in the days of Noah, most will not believe you. But for now, we must pray that God will reach those who have ears to hear!

    Bless you!

    http://www.mlordi.wordpress.com

  2. Yes Marianne, the darkness has slipped from the world into the church. For years the enemy has expounded a lot of energy suppressing the light in the church. Now God is setting the stage for government to do the same.

    The church has a very dim light and the salt has lost its savor, so the church in America is posed for persecution. If there is any hint of light in the body of Christ we shall most assuredly be tested to see if we will stand upon His word or cower down to the enemy of the cross.

    The persecution that we will soon find ourselves in will be likened to the suffering and persecution that the church in North Korea, China, India, Africa, etc…. is in the midst of. When this occurs we shall find the church in America growing spiritually, not numerically. I will not be popular to be a Christian then, at least one that shall stand upon the unadulterated word of God.

    This suffering and persecution shall be the means that God uses to bring forth a spotless bride, adorned in white apparel, washed in the blood of the lamb. The purging shall separate the dross of religion from the pure heart of God’s people that longs for His return. When this day comes His wife shall anxiously look for her Husband. Look up my dear sister, our redemption draweth nigh.

    Peace
    malachi

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