Archive for November, 2012

Only two ways to live

November 15, 2012

I have always thought there are only two ways to live: living out one’s worship of God, or living out of self-worship.  In other words, we either live for God or we try to be God.  I have always thought those who truly desired to live pleasing to God would be intuitively led in that direction.  Those who don’t care, follow their self-centered instincts into their logical conclusion.  And then I just felt short of words to describe what those two lifestyles look like.

Today I was reading Eugene Peterson’s Message bible, and his description in Galations chapter 5, is just perfect.  First is his description of the human condition when we make a god out of self.   I’ll quote it here:

“It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time:  repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; sma;;-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.”

Next is his description of the person trying to please God:

“But what happens when we live God’s way?  He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard–things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity.  We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a bsic holiness permeates things and people.  We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

I wish I could write like that.  Yes, it is a paraphrase of an actual biblical book, and it is so good!

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God help us

November 13, 2012

All of the following are in the news: finances, the fiscal cliff and economic collapse.  I’ve been researching all over the web trying to come up with good ideas about how to prepare for hard times.  Then last night I re-read the bible book of 2 Corinthians.  Right there in chapter one I see that when we come to the end of our own strength and wisdom to get out of a thing, God is there.  When we finally stop struggling and are forced to admit we can’t do any more, we get the help of God.  What God has is the power that raised Jesus from the dead, and the wisdom that created the universe.  What could be better? 

I have to ask myself, do I really believe that?  I realize there are shades of belief.  I have logically worked out for myself that the new testament accounts about Jesus are true, that Jesus is truly God, and that if Jesus promised a thing, it will surely come true.  Thats logical belief.  A step deeper, or maybe a mile deeper is belief that actually trusts God.  Someone once said if a person rode across niagra falls on a bicycle and we saw it, we would say “sure, he can do it again.”  Thats logical belief.  But if he invited me to ride on the handlebars–thats belief of another kind to agree to do it.  That belief is miles deeper than logical belief.  While I think God asks each of His children to be prudent and productive in preparing for the future, He knows there will be a point when we absolutely need Him.  Do we trust Him, and His love to be there?

After the election

November 13, 2012

I’ve read a lot in the past couple days about what to do now that President Obama has been re-elected for another four years.  The consensus seems to be:  Pay off your debts and put everything you have left into hard assets.  Consider moving to a state that has its fiscal house in order.  There are a number of states that must balance their budgets.  Within the state you choose, look for a municipality that is also well run and fiscally sound.  If possible, buy some land and become a small time farmer.  Make sure your water supply is stable.  Consider a well and septic tank.  When the federal government falls like Greece, you will be in the best position possible to care for yourself, your family and possibly help your community too.

Conscience, Tyranny and Hobby Lobby

November 12, 2012

The liberal elites just don’t get it.  Hobby Lobby is willing to buy employee health coverage.  That was never an issue.  However, Hobby  Lobby is a Christian business, and as such, runs their business according to deeply held principles.  The conscience of the business is answerable to God.  In fact, this is the underlying philosophy of most businesses who advertise themselves as Christian.  The side benefit for all, is you can be sure of getting honest treatment when dealing with these companies.

No, the issue is that Hobby Lobby wants to provide employee health insurance up to but not including abortifacient pills.  That is an issue to which they feel answerable to God.  To Hobby Lobby, abortion is defiance toward God, who created the life and owns it.  When the government decides to persecute Hobby Lobby for that stance and no other reason (since Hobby Lobby has no problem with providing employee health insurance that meets all other standards) the government has become tyrannical.  I say persecution, because the punitive fine imposed for not providing abortifacients will quickly put Hobby Lobby out of business.  Government is not God.  Since our whole bill of rights is predicated on our God given rights, government is usurping God’s authority when it tramples the consciences of those who sincerely believe they must obey God first.  Only a government at odds with God in the eyes of believers, would put them in such a position.  It is something very hard for secularists to understand.  Used to compromise and relative values, its hard to imagine a secularist ever being in a position of having to violate conscience.  No one can violate your conscience if it is fluid.

Who are the objective thinkers

November 11, 2012

I was reading a blog where the writer commented on the reason for the election results.  She claimed the Democrats were so careful to research the facts, it sunk the Republicans.  One of the comments on her blog included this statement:  (I would) “never have voted for Romney because he is a vile person who represents a party that is anti-poor, anti-science, anti-women, anti-minority, anti-gay and anti-anything besides old white Christian men.  Also, its businessmen scum that sunk the economy so anyone who things another one would get us out is pretty wrong.”  He went on about “their” last president being to blame for everything etc.   I just thought it was rather humorous that all this emotionalism was the comment to an article on how the Democrats won on facts.

I thought it was also interesting that Christians were called “haters” by some of the commenters.  Who are the “haters” here?