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FACT Report: Celebrating Independence and Remembering Our Dependence

Two hundred and forty-one years ago this week, America’s Founders declared their independence from Britain and began a process that led to a transfer of governing power almost unprecedented in human history. The people of the United States would not only have the right to choose their government leaders, but also the right to free political speech and the right to freely practice their religion.

But Christians cannot forget that all authority, including that which we hold in the political arena, comes from God, and it has been entrusted to us in America by God’s good providence. So, while we take time this week to thank God for our nation’s independence and the freedoms we enjoy, let us also remember that we are not independent from God in the use of the powers He’s entrusted to us.

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FACT Report: University of Tennessee Renews Office of Diversity

Last year, Tennessee’s Legislature removed all state funding for the Office of Diversity at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville after a series of controversial emails that promoted the use of made-up, gender-neutral pronouns and urged students to avoid words and activities associated with the Christian celebration of Christmas.

But legislators restored the money in this year’s budget, and last week the school announced that the office was being restarted. Not surprisingly, it got started with the hiring of a director for an LGBT pride center.

It would also not be surprising if that new director began pushing the same anti-biblical sexual agenda in the months to come. It seems that the liberal educators at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville are more committed to their sexual agenda than our state legislators are to stopping it.

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FACT Report: What Is Causing Such Civil Unrest?

With the escalation of violent protests, culminating in last week’s shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, many are wondering what is going on. But it shouldn’t surprise us. In 1921, theologian A.W. Pink said, “in the decay and disappearing of parental authority we have the certain precursor of the abolition of civil authority.”

Undermining God’s design for the family and the authority structures therein destroys the “educational” system in which children first learn about authority. If lawlessness and irreverence are learned in the home, then children will bring those attitudes with them into the public square.

But the family is being destroyed because, in Pink’s words, society no longer recognizes “the authority and sovereignty of the Almighty Law-giver.” When we once again recognize that every exercise of human authority must first bow before God, then things may begin to improve.

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FACT Report: When Personality and Piety Aren’t Enough

Tennesseans are already being asked to support various gubernatorial candidates. So, it’s not too early to ask, “What should we be looking for in a governor?”

Many will support a candidate simply because they like that person. And many Christians will support a candidate because he or she would make a great elder, deacon or Bible study leader.

But the next governor will face unprecedented moral issues and threats to our very form of government. Personality and piety are not going to be enough.

Does the candidate you’re supporting have a biblical view of government and law and understand how our constitutional form of government is supposed to work?

If not, you may be supporting a nice, moral candidate who has no clue what civil government should do about the moral and constitutional issues he or she will face.

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FACT Report: Challenge to Supreme Court’s Authority Goes Forward

Last week a Tennessee judge ruled that a lawsuit by a Bradley County minister and County Commissioner could go forward. That’s great news because it means there is at least one judge in Tennessee who is willing to follow the law, even if it means he will have to make a controversial decision. And make no mistake; this case is controversial.

The plaintiffs have challenged the prevailing notion that the Supreme Court’s same-sex “marriage” decision somehow constitutionally and legally changed the provisions of Tennessee’s marriage license law. They point out that while the Court can hold a law unconstitutional, it has no authority to “amend” a law to “fix” any unconstitutional language in it.

Who knows what will eventually happen, but at least their challenge to the extent of the Supreme Court’s authority will get its day in court.

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