Saturday, September 26, 2015

Political musings, a year out

Maybe I should've waited until a month before the Kansas caucus on March 5 '16...
But I went to , and put in my stances and relative weights and found out which candidate I'm closest to.

WHAT???  Are you kidding me?

In my estimation, I think the religious right is losing the p.r. battle badly... more and more, I'm hearing things which can be summed up as "how can you be a Christian and a republican", including questions about Trump, immigration, racial issues, healthcare, economics, war, etc.

In many areas, to question anything is so frowned upon, that you either become lockstep with the majority opinion, or you get bunched with the fringe.

And it's worth wondering how so many Christians can come up with so many different reasons why they vote as they do.

And, how do we as persons and how do we as the deciders of who governs us, how do we do our part to make "Thy Will Be Done, on earth as it is in heaven" ?

In regards to which entity will lead to more human flourishing...I don't trust the market, I don't trust the government. And that seems to make me a stranger to both sides of the political spectrum.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Yeah, I missed a week (for the first time in four months.) I was busy.

I've known that the church is a large body, with a global presence and brothers and sisters who aren't all evangelical Bapti-costals. But it was important to me to rehear it, to hear it over and over that Jesus sees his church as a community, that we collectively are the saints, and that God has a plan for His church.

And it was good to hear the Word while sitting next to other eager listeners, including my wife. I needed that.

One church. One spirit. And the church is supposed to be the city on the hill.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Christian Nation: now what?

Last week I posted a blog about America as a Christian nation. I wrote about how in varying degrees Americans are not living up to the 10 Commandments, and by extension a life worthy of the name of Christ. Having put that on a blog and setting the timer for the post (like all my blogs do on Saturday 8:37 a.m.), I realized I had more to say.

My disclaimer. I am not a prophet I am not the son of a prophet. I claim no special insight into the Almighty and His ways. All I can say, if I want to say what I think God would say to the people of this country, is to go back to John the Baptist, Peter, and Jesus. They said the same thing, and I have to consider that their words, their sermons are as applicable to this nation in this generation, as to 1st century Judea. They said the same thing.

Repent. Repent, the kingdom of God is at hand, the kingdom of God is here. Jesus is come.  Jesus is here and this changes everything. We are now in the church age, the Spirit of God is here, and that is reason enough to no longer live like some of us have been living. The prophet of God does not have to threaten a judgment or a punishment on this earth, for the awesome and scary truth is that we have been already warned that we all give an account for what we have done.

We are called to put aside the sin and the weight which slows us down as we run the race, the writer of Hebrews says.

I have nothing new to say, all I can say is the same thing that we were told by our Master, our Saviour, the same things we were told by the Apostles...

God be merciful to me a sinner.