November 9, 2018

            To Love a Person is to See Them as God Intends Them to Be
Fedor Dostoyevsky

I have discovered in the midst of all the cultural corruption, social unrest and political disgust that I am angry. I seem to allow Fox News to assist my anger! I feel a sense of revulsion, repulsion and repugnance. I am not only angry at sin, I am angry at sinners. Lately, I have been studying my words and surveying my thoughts about certain people. (I am sure you have your own list!)

I have also been reflecting on what it means to be like Jesus and what it looks and sounds like to respond like Jesus. There are many illustrations from the words and works of the Lord as to how to live in the world. But one night a scene from the gospels struck me, words that I know quite well and a scene from scripture that is pungent with meaning.

There Jesus was - flogged, beaten, scourged within an inch of His life, condemned by the Romans, cursed by the Jews, hanging from the cross. Experiencing alienation from both God and man, mocked by onlookers, taunted by bystanders, waiting to die.

And then He said it. I can hardly believe He said it.
"Father Forgive THEM for they know not what they are doing."

I know what I would have said, "To HELL with ALL of YOU! NOW!"
But that is not what He said. He said, "Father I wish to hold out Heaven to them."

As Pastor John Mitchell has said, "Love is sincerely wishing God's very best for someone else and doing what you can to see it come about."

I do not like the people on my list. But I can love them and I can pray for them, for God's very best for them.
How about your list?

Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,
Fred

November 2, 2018



Through Apathy, You Collude With Evil.
J.K. Rowling

I have discovered a new benefit beyond Medicare when you reach 65 years of age; I get to vote by mail. My civic duty has been discharged. Voting is both an opportunity and an obligation for the Christian, since we have been given such freedom and with it comes much responsibility. However, voting can be a vexing experience because there is no perfect candidate and there is no pure issue. Compromise and concession is a given - but when and with who?

In a post-Kavanaugh world we have discovered that a lie does not become truth, wrong does not become right and evil does not become good, just because it is accepted by a majority.  G.K. Chesterton said it well; "Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."

Any republic that denies the rule of law cannot expect to have a long shelf-life. Any country or civilization "that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself." (French philosopher-Jean Francois Revel)

America is certainly not perfect and it is clearly not a Christian nation. However, it is or was governed by Judeo-Christian values. These values have been thinned out and are dissipating from disuse. Odds are rising that a downturn is coming for our culture. But as Winston Churchill spoke in his speech to Congress in 1941, "Some great purpose and design is being worked out here below, of which we have the honor to be faithful servants."

Do Pray. Go Vote!
          
Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,
Fred