Honoring ‘a Baby No One Loved’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/17/AR2008111703016.html?nav=hcmoduletmv

There is presumably no procreation in Heaven, as we know that there is no marriage in Heaven (Luke 20:35). In light of this, every child that we bring into this world is either someone that will spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. The gift of childbirth is arguable the most underrated blessing under the sun. As I read the news article above, while thinking about how horrible this crime was I began to realize that this pales in horror when compared to what millions of women in this country do every year, namely abortion. The “choice” to kill the most helpless humans when their existence is deemed inconvienient is perhaps the most henious crime ever desensitized in the history of the world and an action that every perpetrator (saved or unsaved) will give an account for on the day of judgement.

There is a verse in Hebrews that I was thinking about the other day. The verse starts out by describing the word of God but ends up talking about Jesus as if the two were the same thing. Incidentally, they are.

Hebrews 4:12-14
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God …

The relevant part of this passage is really 13b which in the NIV (for clarification of the meaning) states: “to whom we must give account.” So we must give account to the word of God and the word of God is Jesus. Christian need to think hard about this the next time we try to waffle on why the Word of God doesn’t really mean what it so clearly says. Hope we have a better excuse for God than the one we give our peers.

New U.S. dollar coins designed to omit the motto “In God We Trust.” — Well, not exactly…

New email gossip has made the rounds (perhaps you the reader are a recipient of such a warning) from the information superhighway to many inbox-es advising the prudent faithful to “boycott” new government issued dollar coins due to the omitting of the phrase “In God we trust.”
However, according to the purported myth-debunking website, Snopes.com, the phrase “In God we trust” was not omitted, but relocated from the front/back of the coin to the side of the coin. While this discovery may avert the inevitable brouhaha, I’m not entirely convinced that sinister motives are not afoot. To this end, I must take this opportunity to point out that this is indeed the height of irony. In the email above that was circulated, we read “If there was ever a reason to boycott something, this is it” yet the same folks probably voted for one of the most ungodly (if not the most, as even B. Clinton was less liberal) presidents ever; a person who is directly working against the kingdom of God.

While Obama assembles his anti-God administration and policies, his Christian well wishers obliviously hope that God will change him from someone who has rejected God’s commandments to someone who will suddenly embrace them. As one article has put it (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=79393) “Were Obama to support overturning every law against theft but argue that his plan to teach people how to avoid pickpockets would result in less theft, we would call him crazy” or “were Obama to support overturning every law against rape but argue his plan to teach women how to fend off rapists would result in fewer rapes, we would call him not only crazy but sick. Yet, such is the thinking of optimistic Christians who perhaps will reap the results of an Obama administration many years after the man leaves office. Perhaps, their children will return home with a gay or lesbian partner having learned of these abominable relationships in their public school education or even worse will themselves partake in the killing of an innocent human for the sake of convenience, after all, Obama will enact policies that will cause these two abominations to flourish.
Considering Obama’s actions and admissions, it would be unprecedented for God to grant such a person wisdom, after all, he is not acting “ignorantly in unbelief” (1 Timothy 1:14) as Saul was before he became Paul, but actually the very opposite (full awareness in “belief”). He is someone who identifies with God but has rejected God’s knowledge and therefore qualifies as a recipient of God’s rejection. If this sounds familiar it is because this is precisely what happened to the Isrealites in Hosea 4:6 (My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee).

Every Idle Word…

Matthew 12:36 informs us that every person will have to give an account to God on the day of Judgement for every careless word spoken while here on earth and evidently the words men speak will have a bearing on their degrees of reward in heaven, or degrees of suffering in hell.

This frightens me when I think of all the foolishness that I have authored in numerous discourse that I am ashamed to have partaken. However, I must admit that this verse also gives me some solace when thinking about Christians that insist on abnegating thier responsibility to denounce evil as evil while refusing to relinquish the title “follower of Christ.” After all, if we as Christians are ashamed of “following Christ” in his denunciations of the many abominations laid out in scripture, why should anyone take us seriously when we claim that we are following Him in the area of submission to His will?

John 14:22-23: Why us and not everyone else?

John 14:22-23
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

If Christians realized the ramifications of Christ’s response to Thaddeus, it would shine a new light on their view of human responsibility in light of God’s sovereignty. Why? Well, for one, the if-then statement that follows seems to suggest that obedience is necessary to initiate the permanent indwelling of the Sovereign.

IF ( a man loves me ~ he will keep my words)
THEN (my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him)

I’m sure this answer must confuse Calvinist as they would probably have expected Christ to respond with something along the lines of: “I’m revealing myself to you because I have elected you and not the world” or “If a man is regenerated then he will love me and keep my words then …”