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Issue: "Praying for rain," Aug. 11, 2012

Those may or may not be good proposals, but the Bible does not clearly state what our position on these issues should be. On the issue of unmarried sex, though, the Bible could not be clearer: Do not.

Some organizations with Washington, D.C.-area offices fuzz the basics as they start opining about all kinds of policy matters. Many are like Sir Brian Botany in the wonderful poem by A.A. Milne, which describes a man full of himself: "Sir Brian had a battleaxe with great big knobs on. / He went among the villagers and blipped them on the head. / On Wednesday and on Saturday, / Especially on the latter day, / He called on all the cottages and this is what he said: 'I am Sir Brian!' (Ting-ling!) / 'I am Sir Brian!' (Rat-tat!) / 'I am Sir Brian, / 'As bold as a lion! / 'Take that, and that, and that!'"

But here's a spoiler alert: The villagers finally have enough of Sir Brian. He gets his comeuppance and the poem concludes: "Sir Brian struggled home again and chopped up his battleaxe. / Sir Brian took his fighting boots and threw them in the fire. / He is quite a different person / Now he hasn't got his spurs on, / And he goes about the village as B. Botany, Esquire. / 'I am Sir Brian? Oh, no! / 'I am Sir Brian? Who's he? / 'I haven't any title, I'm Botany; / 'Plain Mr. Botany (B.)'"

A plain NAE can be of great use in representing evangelicals by standing for religious liberty amid what looks increasingly like the "crooked and twisted generation" described in Philippians 2:15. Now that the NAE's Generation Forum, paid for by NCPTUP, is on the way out, an NAE that will "shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life" would be wonderful to see.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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