MInTheGap

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

Do You Know God’s Promises?

April 6th, 2015 Viewed 1847 times, 1 so far today

King David, the “man after God’s own heart” said that he meditated on God’s law day and night.  It was said that the reformers and preachers of the early revivals spent hours reading God’s Word and in prayer– sometimes going into the late hours and sometimes starting before the day had begun.

They all had something in common with Nehemiah– they had a thirst for and were constantly in God’s Word.  You can see it from the rest of the first chapter of Nehemiah::

Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” – Nehemiah 1:8-11a

Why Universal Health Care Is Not a Right

September 3rd, 2009 Viewed 1724 times

Hospital Universal Health Care is not a right.  There, I’ve said it, and there’s no contradiction when it comes to being a Christian, as some might think.

You see, there are articles like this one that would have you believe that those that do not believe that every person deserves health care simply for living are not only un-American, but also un-Christian.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Capital Punishment: Justice, Jesus and the Cross

March 20th, 2008 Viewed 2966 times

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We start this round finally making progress in our debate on the Death Penalty. For starters, Amanda admits that she does not believe the Death Penalty to be just. This necessitates that she’s not providing mercy for the convicted convict, but instead arguing for justice for the convict, and therefore negates her previous statement that sparing someone is both merciful and just. It’s simply is just.

Is the Death Penalty Just?

As far as the next statement, the verse I quoted does indeed support capital punishment– perhaps I need to provide the verse in context:

You Can’t Have Mercy Without Justice

March 6th, 2008 Viewed 5095 times

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One of the hardest things when it comes to a debate is to realize both what is your key point and where you are weak. You also need to know exactly what things you can afford to compromise on and what you cannot.

In this debate I’m having with Amanda, she believes that mercy is the point of the discussion and wonders why I gloss over this to focus on the justice aspect. It’s specifically because of this:

Perhaps I should say that regardless of whether or not the death penalty is just (and I do not think it is), I believe that it matters more if it is merciful. [emphasis mine]

What is Mercy? Who Decides What is Just?

March 3rd, 2008 Viewed 5576 times

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These questions are at the heart of a debate I’m having with Amanda over the topic of Capital punishment. In this debate, Mercy is a red herring– a diversion.

First, our working definition is flawed1 . Mercy ties in compassion and has the flavor of sparing someone from a negative consequence, rather than just not getting what is deserved2 .

  1. Under the current working definition of mercy would permit something like this: If I purchased a 10 piece flatware set but was only given 9 pieces the person who sold them to me would have been merciful. []
  2. Hence why in VeggieTales Jonah, the two are the lessons to learn. Nineveh was not only spared God’s wrath via destruction, but they were given a second chance. []

Mercy and Justice in Capital Punishment

February 28th, 2008 Viewed 13882 times, 5 so far today

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When you think “Capital Punishment” I bet the first thought that crosses your mind is not “mercy.” In fact, in Amanda’s opening statement she believes that sparing someone the death penalty is both merciful and just.

When I first started trying to respond to this line of thought, I had the problem of pinning down exactly what mercy means. In my mind it’s a shifting and subjective concept. But when we finally agreed on what it was, we came to the following:

Mercy is not getting what we deserve.

The problem with stating that Capital Punishment is both merciful and just is that you have to define what just is first.

MInTheGap

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