Conversion is to give as much of yourself as you can to as much of God as you can understand, and to do so every day. William Temple
Here it is. Amazing video of this Iraq cemetery.
Before the rise of ISIS, between 80 and 120 burials took place at the cemetery each year. This has now risen to 150-200 a day.
We do not have to ask, “Are you converted? When were you converted?” But rather: “What does Christ mean to you? What have you personally experienced with God? Is Christ important to you in your daily life?” If these questions elicit a reply which indicates repentant faith in Christ and a reliance on Him for justification and increasing victory over sin, we can presume we are dealing with a regenerate Christian. August Francke
Rod Dreher is a go to writer as the culture wars heat up, particularly on sexual issues. I commend him to you as an intelligent, thoughtful, balanced and Christian man. He is Eastern Orthodox in Louisiana! That’s a twist. But he spent a lot of time on the East Coast writing for the cultural elite. (And by the way, I highly recommend his book “How Dante Can Save Your Life.” I immensely benefitted from it.)
His proposal of the Benedict Option for Christians is gaining steam. It is very much like an Anabaptist option, the creation of intentional Christian communities that withdraw at some distance from mainstream culture to nurture one another in faithfulness, much like the monasteries Benedict founded and led. So far I am not persuaded of his position, but it is making more and more sense as it becomes clear that the broader culture not only rejects orthodox Christian morality but means to punish and shame those who hold to it.
Increasingly there will be loss of jobs, careers and personal standing based on one’s view of sex and marriage. There is evidence aplenty right now. How far it will go is the issue. Dreher says it will go far, very far. Below is his quote of David Gushee, a self-identified Evangelical who has immersed himself in the LGBT movement.
“It turns out that you are either for full and unequivocal social and legal equality for LGBT people, or you are against it, and your answer will at some point be revealed. This is true both for individuals and for institutions. Neutrality is not an option. Neither is polite half-acceptance. Nor is avoiding the subject. Hide as you might, the issue will come and find you.”
Gushee believes this marginalization and demonization of traditional Christians to be a positive development.
See Dreher’s posting here.
The Christian must be consumed with the infinite beauty of holiness and the infinite damnability of sin. Thomas Carlyle
They had become “unconquerables;” for those who have died in spirit already and by their own choice are beyond being moved by the threats and assaults of the devil, and are already living a resurrected and ascended life, using every test or assault by the devil as more fuel for the flames of faith and praise and love. Norman Grubb
The world belongs to the energetic. Ralph Waldo Emerson