Father, from the resentments we collected this week, free us; and in response to the disappointments we experienced, center us. Scotty Smith
Many who criticize the Christian’s political involvement do so as if there were a “universal man,” a man stripped of culture, language, tradition, and history. They ask him to be committed to no culture, no civilization, no nation, no tradition, in other words, to be an ahistorical man.
This man has not and cannot exist. It is through these phenomena that we are “we.” To detach from them is to seek the “non-human.” To participate in them is to be the particular men we are. Through them comes the common grace of God. To deny them is to forsake our neighbor by denying his natural humanity.
Of course, we are not Greek or Jew, slave or free, male or female, etc., as touching justification with God. But the peoples were created by God and the places they should live, as the Bible states. In Christ we move toward culture and civilization, not away from it, and in Christ we “seek the welfare of the city.” This certainly involves the governing of it, as well as education, the arts, business, etc. In all these areas, when they are engaged well, we find Christ at work. To be meaningfully involved is actually to move toward Christ.
There is no doubt that the Church is that organism which is at the center of God’s plan, the apple of his eye, where the Christian fulfills his primary obligation as a worshiper and servant of the God Most High. Yet his obligation to God and to others does not stop there but radiates out, not only to engage them with the Gospel but also to be salt, preservers of the common grace of God where we live.
Ben Sasse needs to make up his mind. He votes with Trump over 95% of the time, and 95% of the time he’s scolding Trump and other conservatives who support him.
Slate gets this in its cover story in July 2017, “The Wasted Mind of Ben Sasse.” It’s wasted because in the world Sasse has chosen to live in, you can get what Trump has done without Trump. This only turns Sasse into a sniper who is a loner and is not part of a longer term solution. This is the “Jimmy Carter MO,” as well as the “Barack Obam MO.” The public must turn away from them ultimately because they become noise. They preach at us because they don’t want to live in the world that is the real world, and they wish the voters didn’t make them do it. It’s our fault, in other words. They are better than us.
No one is really caring that Ben Sasse thinks about leaving the GOP everyday, but he wants to make sure we share his angst. I don’t, and the whining gets old. Everyone in politics knows that you end up doing things you had rather not do, supporting people you had rather not support, voting for things you had rather not vote for. Sasse goes through what everyone else goes through. We just don’t pour our angst into everbody’s coffee cup and tell them to drink it.
Here are some movie recommendations in memory of the 2008 financial collapse. I, for one, have not forgotten it. I never will, ever. Virtually no one seriously penalized. Here are three movies recommended for you to watch. I saw “The Big Short,” a great movie. I also saw “99 Homes,” which is not listed in this article. It was a very interesting movie.
John Wesley, the great 18th century British evangelist, when once asked how he got the crowds, replied, “I set myself on fire, and people come to see me burn.”
China is on the move against the monotheistic religions of Islam and Christianity.
China banned Zion, Beijing’s Biggest House Church, shut down after Sunday services. This influential congregation had refused orders to install government surveillance cameras. China means to surveill all of its citizens by cameras strategically placed over the entirety of its country, giving all of its citizens a grade on their behaviors and probable attitudes toward the government.
Google is helping them do it with their partnership in tecnology, the same Google trying to cut conservatives out of the marketplace of ideas here in America, the same Google that follows China’s censorship guidelines, and the same Google refusing to cooperate with our own Department of Defense.
What we have in China is the cult of the state raised to a high and dangerous degree. Religious symbols are being replaced by pictures of the President Xi Jinping. Think the Caesars of Rome, to whom the Christians were ordered to offer a pinch of incense and acknowledge them as Lord. They refused to do so and paid for it with their lives. Christians in the famous and thriving house churches are refusing to do so, even as the Christians in Rome. And the consequences are amping up.
Approximately 1 million Muslims in western China are in internment camps. China is the enemy of its people. The government’s activities involve burning of crosses and replacing them with the Chinese flag; showing slogans praising the Communist Party and the values of socialism in religious buildings; and taking away sacred images seen as “too Western.” There are many Christian organizations online that focus on news from China and prayer concerns.
Partner in prayer with the China Partnership.
To kill the root of corruption within, to set and keep up an holy government over thy thoughts, to have all things lie straight and orderly in the heart, this is not easy. John Flavel