MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Light vs. Darkness

March 30th, 2004 Viewed 1254 times

Light is used as a mark of holiness or right living. Consider, if you will, John 3. Jesus tells Nicodemus that men love darkness better than light because their deeds are evil. He also states that man do good deeds in light for them to be seen. Jesus also states in Matthew’s Gospel that we are to be lights to the world.

So, make sure that you’re doing your work in the light, for the light, to be a light, and to eradicate darkness.

Red light buld in darkness

Red light buld in darkness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We hold these truths…

March 29th, 2004 Viewed 2659 times

So begins the reasoning for why we separated from Britain. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It goes on to say that governments are established to secure these rights.

What does it mean that certain truths are self evident? It means that they do not need to be proved, that they are intrinsically true.

When the founders made this statement they were setting the foundation for our country. The reason that it has lasted this long is because it was placed firmly out of the control of government and law. What has happened since is that we have seen those self-evident truths either ignored or discredited to the point that we now are seeing the last vestiges of the foundation being mangled.

How did this happen? Well, it could be the advent of country-wide acceptance of evolutionary theory. One of the side effects of this “religious belief” of goo-to-you-via-the-zoo philosophy is to deny the self-evident truth of a Creator. Deny that one has a Creator, and it’s easy to deny that rights derive from that Creator.

Also, add to it the post modern philosophy that truth is not knowable and all beliefs are of the same weight and you confuse issues and establish no foundation from which to build.

The problem: once the founding principles of this country are removed totally, everything becomes acceptable and everything is given moral blessing. In essence, we become just like the lands our ancestors left, and throw away the thing which made us unique in the world– a recognition of rights outside those which government could give and take away.

If not Under God, under Whom?

March 26th, 2004 Viewed 1283 times

Admittedly, one could easily make the argument that “Under God” should not be in the pledge based on the Freedom of Religion found in the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.  Unlike most of the other attempts to construe this Freedom as taking down of Ten Commandments monuments and prohibiting Nativity scenes in which Congress did not pass any law enacting any of those things, this is a real question of something Congress did.  The original pledge of allegience did not contain the phrase “Under God” even though it was penned by a preacher.

But how important are these words, and how important that our children recite them day after day?   Understanding that at the time of the founding of this country, every nation had a religion wedded to the state, and the fact that this country was to let people be free to choose their own religion was important, the founders created the Bill of Rights.  Given the atmosphere at the time, the people chose to continue their emphasis on Christianity.  This is why, even after the adoption of the Constitution, et al, we still had states with state religions.

Did the founders ever envision a tyranny of the minority telling the majority that they cannot worship their God with displays on public grounds?  Wouldn’t this be the very reason that they enshrined the right to be free to exercise your religion in the Constitution?  Wasn’t one of the reasons that the pilgrims left their land because of religious persecution?  Isn’t that exactly what is happening when a man or woman is told that they cannot talk about God, the Bible or their religion in a public place.

Furthermore, this tyranny continues to be full of folly.  If you look at it, those that are Atheists shouldn’t care that people worship God, since He doesn’t exist in their mind.  Yet, they are only satisfied when they don’t have to be reminded of something that they believe doesn’t exist.  Truthfully, this sounds like they aren’t as firm in that belief as they should be!  I have to put up with people and what they think all the time, yet I don’t order or go to court to get people to not offend me by my ideas.

If you take other major religions, they continue to believe that government should mandate their religion only.  Yet Christianity and the goverment founded on Biblical Christianity, doesn’t force you to be any religion.  Why?  Because the
rights that are enshrined in the Constitution are based on the philosophy of certain rights originating from a source higher than government.  Every time government has had the last say they have created their own religion, and they change their own rules.

So, what’ll it be?  Should we follow those that want to take God out, and in essence the very philosophy that lets us have divergent opinions on all sorts of things or should we start saying no when people say that we should remove God out of the public square?  I think you no which way I’m voting.

What Should We Do?

March 24th, 2004 Viewed 1019 times

When do you think it becomes time to move?

It seems to me that we live in a time of increasing diversity. To steal a phrase from the now defunct John Edwards campaign, we do live in two Americas. These two are not, however, because of disparity of influence
or income, but of culture.

How else can you understand the hatred for the current President? How about the numerous officials flouting the law by “marrying” gays?

More and more the people that suggest that we form a new country, have a revolution, etc. seem less and less fringe and more sane. They say that a frog will let itself be boiled if the water is heated slowly enough. Is that what is / has happened to us?

The Power of a Negative Testimony

March 23rd, 2004 Viewed 1298 times

We have all seen and been encouraged by a Positive Testimony in our lives.  Whether it be parents, preachers, a good friend, or even a sibling, I’m sure we all envision someone who was godly and made us want to be more like Christ.  That being said,  the influence of a negative testimony can easily damage the cause of Christ.

What makes me think along these lines are a number of things.  First off, we have the campaign season hitting up.  It seems that it’s the media’s desire to be the first to declare that negative campaigning has begun.  Whether it has or not depends on whether your guy happens to be the one doing it or being hit by it!   However, having listened to many campaigns, few people argue how effective a negative campaign is.  It is far easier for someone to remember a negative.

Also, we have within the Christian community many who stand up and proclaim Christ and hurt that Name at the same time.  Be it televangelists, who have fleeced people for money in the past, to the “evangelistically speaking” term to people who kill abortionists, the name of Christ is seemingly tarnished by those that claim to be His.

Now, saying all this, I do not mean to imply that anything we do can take away from who Christ is, what He did, and the life He lived/lives.  What I am saying is that what you say and do as a Christian can effect someone else’s ability to share Christ.  Not that it’s impossible, but one has to get over the “You’re a Christian?  Isn’t that the same as that guy over there that said……”

So, next time you think about gossiping, telling a “white” lie, or some other sin that you think is small, STOP.  Realize that it’s not small at all, because not only is all sin a affront to Christ, but it is damaging to those who are in the battle at your side trying to win souls to Christ.

Taking God Seriously

March 19th, 2004 Viewed 1357 times

Do you take God seriously?

When’s the last time you’ve said that you don’t know what God’s will for your life is? It’s amazing to think of how often I hear or think of this statement with the enormity of what can be found in God’s Word about that very thing.

With those things that He has told us, how are we doing at keeping His Word? Do we take sin and its effects on us seriously? Do we realize how God looks at sin, His desire to show His love to us, and that we can trust ourselves to Him completely?

Is Jesus Lord of your life, or just an adviser that you can choose to avoid?

The Passion Review

March 15th, 2004 Viewed 1782 times, 1 so far today

Well, I saw the passion this past Friday. Here are some random thoughts:

Is the Devil really a woman?
That was the first time I thought of Jesus being roughed up on the way to trial.
What was up with the kids that turned into evil beings chasing Judas?
and the evil looking child the Devil held while Jesus was being whipped.
Do you really think Jesus was corny enough to build a table for nowadays back then?
Where were Jesus other sibilings in the scene with Mary? Maybe they were out at the market.
Could you come away with a message other than– man, he was really beaten up?
Did Simon of Cyrene carry the cross the entire way behind Jesus (as the
Scripture says) or part of the way with Jesus (as in the movie).
Where was the Roman soldier who said “Truly, this man was the Son of God.”
Did the earthquake break the temple floor as well as rip the curtain?

So, what message did you get out of it?

Precious Saints

March 4th, 2004 Viewed 1092 times

I was told that last night a member of my church went home to be with the Lord.  He’d been fighting a physical problem for a while, and now he’s liberated and enjoying the presence of the saints.

It’s a hard thing for we that are left.  The man was well known in the church and was a prayer warrior as well as a good testimony.  His presence with us will be missed.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.