Friday, April 23, 2010

Trading the Truth for a Lie

Liberty University, the largest Christian university known, has invited Glenn Beck to deliver the commencement address.

Liberty was founded by the late Jerry Falwell. What is surprising about this is that allegiance to country has trumped allegiance to the Gospel. Beck is a Mormon, which has always been considered a heretical sect by orthodox Christians. They deny the divinity of Christ, and the sole Lordship of God the Father, making him only one among many gods who rule their own universe, while teaching that you too can become the god of your own universe.

i believe we can see clearly where Liberty University's allegiance lies. They are recieving their spiritual exhortation from a man who's religious beliefs are radically contrary to the teachings of the apostles and a clear deviation from the faith.

And so the spirit of Jerry Falwell lives on...

They've exchanged the truth of God for a lie.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day

Monday, April 19, 2010

One Thing

When the rich young man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus tells him to give all his riches to the poor and then come follow him. Jesus goes on to explain to his disciples that it is extremely difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Why is it so difficult? Because the kingdom calls us to make itself the center of our lives. It is to be all consuming, not just an added benefit in life, tacked on to all our other enjoyable comforts. Therefore, we ought not think the poor to be more virtuous on this account. The only thing that makes it easier for the poor to embrace the kingdom is that they have less to lose.


I believe this insight is relevant for American Christianity in particular. I have become convinced that Jesus truly means we are to love our enemies and bless those who curse us. As Tony Campolo so cleverly noted, “I think that means we shouldn’t bomb them”. I believe it is difficult for American Christians to embrace this clear teaching of Christ because they know they have so much to lose. So we print “In God we Trust” on our currency, while using 56% of the national budget to support military expenditures.


At least the rich young man had the common decency to walk away. Many might have tried to reconcile their contrary lifestyle with the Gospel, rather than submit to it.


Friday, April 16, 2010

It's Only Ok When I Do It

The following quote is from the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer (who is the AFA's Director of Issues Analysis)

“Muslims continue to have as their objective the Islamization of the entire world, including the U.S., and are taught by their god to use force where necessary to accomplish the goal. The current objective of Muslim activists is to create a brand new Islamic state - meaning a state like New Jersey or Montana - out of existing jurisdictions and establish a virtual Islamic homeland in our midst.”

Many Muslims are on our shores on student visas and such and have not yet become citizens. We must politely decline their request for naturalization (becoming an American citizen is a privilege, not a right) and use the money we would otherwise spend on their welfare, their education, their medical care and their incarceration to graciously assist them in returning to their countries of origin.

Those who are willing to convert to Christianity and renounce Islam, Allah, Mohammed and the Koran may be welcomed, for they can become not just good Christians but true Americans."

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It would seem that many Americans also have an objective of “Christianizing” the entire world. This is revealed in Bryan’s suggestion that American Muslims convert to Christianity in order to become “true Americans”.

In addition to this, our history, both past and current, would suggest that American Christians are very willing to “use force where necessary to accomplish their goal” of “Christianizing” the world. The code words they use are “democratizing” and “capitalizing”, which serve dual purposes. One is to make money, while the other is to open the door of Christian evangelization in Muslim countries. How do they open that door? By blowing a hole through the door “with their tanks, and their guns, and their bombs…”

“Conservative” Christians are extremely supportive of military intervention to bring about “democracy” and “free trade” with the justifiable end result of ultimately opening the door to Christianity in otherwise hostile environments. And we all see how good Christianity has been for America, the truly Christian nation that distributes more porn and guns that any other country in the world.

What is it we’re spreading?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An Unsortly Sorta Fruit

God’s reaction may have seemed a bit strong when he responded to Adam & Eve’s waywardness. Yet it wasn’t just about taking some fruit from a forbidden tree. God was reacting to all of the yet unwritten history that would occur from that act. It wasn’t about a piece of fruit, it was about a woman being raped, a child being kidnapped, a drunken brawl that ended with someone dead, a bomb being dropped, a people group being enslaved or annihilated, a region undergoing famine while excess food rots away in dumpsters elsewhere in the world.


The fruit Adam and Eve picked was a strange fruit indeed. When they tossed the core of that fruit to the ground, an unsortly sort of seed was sown. A fruit that turns out to be more like a weed, and spreads through the garden, chocking out that which is good, useful, productive, and sucking all the nutrients out of the soil to feed its worthless self.