Minnesota has a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman that will be on the ballot in November. I hope every member of our church votes to maintain a biblical definition of marriage. Here is a great article on how to respond to the charge that homosexual marriage is the next step of the civil rights movement.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/07/19/gay-is-not-the-new-black/

It's been awhile since I put something on the blog, and I'm not writing something tonight. However, I read a great article on the spate of books about people going to heaven and back and I wanted to share it. If you've ever wondered what to think about this, read this blog.

challies.com/articles/heaven-tourism

What is righteousness? It's holiness, purity. It's always doing and being right. It's a characteristic of God. I want to be righteous, but when I look at my heart, I know that I'm not righteous. The impatience, the selfishness, the me-firstness that I see in my heart is disappointing. No...that's not strong enough. It's disgusting. My spiritual blindness makes it hard for me to even see my heart accurately. But what I do see clearly is not good. It's full of idolatry. I claim to love Jesus, but I have so many other loves clamoring for first place.

Scripture doesn't describe us as righteous people. We are not basically good as many unbelievers think.

Romans 3:10 (NKJV), As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;

That short verse is the definitive evaluation of us. We are pitiful examples of righteousness. That is to say, we are examples of unrighteousness.

That's another reason why the Gospel is so precious. You and I deserved God's wrath. We repeatedly and rebelliously broke God's law. Yet rather than destroying us in His wrath, He punished Jesus. Christ absorbed all of God's wrath for us. That would be enough--more than enough! But we also come out the winners. We gain Christ's righteousness. It's undeserved and ill deserved. We don't look righteous, but when God looks at us, He sees Christ's righteousness. How glorious! How amazing!