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Christianity is Wild

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The thing you have to remember about Aslan–who symbolizes Jesus Christ in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia–is the oft-repeated warning, “He’s not a tame lion.”

And Christianity is not a tame religion.

Do you ever wonder why the Romans tried to hard, for so long, to wipe out Christianity? After all, they tolerated other religions. Could it be they were afraid of Christianity?

Well, if they weren’t, they should’ve been. Because we Christians, if we take our faith at all seriously and try to be conformed to God’s Word rather than to the ways of this world, are crazy. Really. We are out to lunch.

We believe in an almighty God, in fact the only God, who loved the world so much, He sent His only begotten Son down from Heaven to be born as a baby, live as a man, keep the holy Law without committing a single sin, to be brutally murdered on the cross as atonement for our sins–who then rose from the dead, as He said He would, ascended into Heaven, and will surely come again: because it is His divine right to rule over all Creation.

He also walked on water.

And He has absolute authority. He has it–not the state, not Science. He has it, and only He. Jesus Christ the King of Kings, who was and is and is to be.

Could anything be more counter-cultural? Really, is this tame or wild? And all that stuff about salvation and eternal life, forgiveness of sins, miracles–oh, come on! miracles?–by all the standards of our worldly wisdom, this, as St. Paul said, is foolishness. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

O Lord our God, help us to embrace our wildness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Just a Little Something to Think About: the Atonement

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If we ever find ourselves wondering how many of our sins did Jesus Christ atone for, we probably need to give the matter more thought.

We’ve heard it said that once we accept Christ, either we simply don’t sin anymore, or else when we do sin, it’s very, very bad news. But John tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).  I don’t see a “sell by” date on that, do you?

Think about it. Jesus Christ died on the cross in propitiation for our sins–for the sins of everyone in the world who accepts Him as Savior. He did this centuries before we were born–before we had committed any sins at all. So how can there be a cut-off point? Like, the Atonement doesn’t cover any sins committed after my 35th birthday?

No, no, no–He covers all our sins. His blood is our plea before God’s judgment seat. The penalty has already been imposed–on Him. The fine has already been paid–by Him.

Even so: even having known this good news, and believed it: even so, it’ll be a fearful thing to stand before that judgment seat.

And that’s a big something to think about.


‘O, Sinner Man! Where You Gonna Run To?’

It’s raining and raining, a grey and dreary day, doesn’t feel much like Labor Day weekend at all… which somehow brought this transplanted spiritual to my mind as a hymn to start the day. Transplanted from the Caribbean to the cold, grey waters around the northern British Isles. See the seals, and the chunks of ice floating around? That means it’s cold.

And the point is–they don’t get away with it. God will collect a bill of justice. And unless one accepts that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, has already paid it–well, not all of Hell is hot. Some of it is very terribly cold.


‘Gone with the Wind’… is Gone

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Well, here we go again with the “pro-choice” crowd taking away your choices. This time it’s the management of the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, dropping the corny classic Gone With the Wind from its summer movies series because it’s supposedly “insensitive to a large segment of the population.” (http://wreg.com/2017/08/25/orpheum-theater-wont-show-gone-with-the-wind-calling-film-insensitive/)

Remember, “pro-choice” means “no choice.”

Most of the people living in Memphis are black. So what? This movie has been shown at this theater for many years, decades, even, without anyone complaining. Now all of a sudden it’s a problem? Now it’s offensive? Why now, and not twenty years ago, or ten, or five?

I’ve seen Gone with the Wind. It’s gorgeously filmed schlock, with an ending ripped off of Thackeray’s Barry Lyndon, published in 1844. Why anyone should be prevented from seeing it is beyond me. But liberals just love making our decisions for us. They’d like to make ’em all.

As Christians we have no king but Christ. As pitiable worldlings they have no king but Caesar. If Caesar says the movie’s okay for them to watch, they flock to it in droves. If he says it’s not okay, they won’t let anybody watch it.

And who, exactly, is their Caesar?

I think we can figure that out, don’t you?


Antidote to the News: ‘Light of the World’

By the time Saturday morning rolls around, the news of this dark and evil age feels to me like a bad sunburn. Every time you move, it hurts. You can’t bear to put your shirt on.

This hymn reveals the antidote: Jesus Christ. Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, has become one of my all-time favorite hymns, and I hope you like it, too. Jesus is that light, the true light, that lighteth every man who cometh into the world (John 1): the light the darkness cannot comprehend.


There’s Always a Crisis Brewing Somewhere

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Before we entirely convince ourselves that the End Times are here, let’s consult our history.

The year I was born, the communists took over China. Crisis. Then came the Korean War, all that fuss about Berlin, and in 1956 the people of Hungary revolted against their Soviet overlords and were bloodily put down. And my home county was suddenly full of Hungarian refugees.

Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? Almost had a nuclear war over that one. And then the Viet Nam War, a bunch of Arab-Israeli wars, and, God help us, the turmoil of the Sixties. That was bad enough over here, but even worse in France: mobs of “students” almost wrecked Paris.

El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Iran hostage crisis–and all that fun and games from one end of Africa to the other: crisis, crisis everywhere. In fact, I don’t remember a time when there wasn’t a crisis brewing somewhere, several of which exploded into war. Not to mention 9/11. And I missed living through a fearful crisis that was worse than all of the above put together–World War II. Think we have it rough now? It was much worse in 1941-42.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars… For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places…”   Matthew 24:6-7

This state of the world, described by Our Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of the Pax Romana, has prevailed for centuries and we are not yet out of it. We will not be out of it until He comes again.

And what can we do but follow His instructions, and work diligently for His kingdom, remain at our assigned posts… and watch? How many times are we warned in the Bible that He will come as a thief in the night, when the world does not expect Him?

God’s patience is so much greater than ours; like Aslan, He calls all times “soon.” When the Son of Man does come again, I doubt anyone will be in a position to say “See, I told you!”

But I’m sure He understands our feeling–which I so often share–that the End Times are upon us.


By Request: ‘He Still Has the Scars’

Requested by Erlene, as an antidote to the grim and evil news of these days–He Still Has the Scars, by Carroll Roberson.

As a sinner I would not dare to pray, but for my faith in God’s word, that His sovereign grace has covered me with Christ’s righteousness. By His stripes we are healed.


God’s Word, God’s Glory

I don’t know who put this together: but it’s a collection of God’s words taken from the Prophets, the Gospel, and from Revelation, and I find it invigorates my soul. The background music is Conquest of Paradise.

Let’s not forget we serve an awesome God whose word will never return to Him without accomplishing its purpose.


Who Shall Have Dominion?

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The last time I posted Christ Shall Have Dominion as the daily hymn, there was an objection to it. I’d rather not revisit the objection, nor have I anything against the reader who made it. Instead, I would rather counter with a question.

If you would rather Christ not have dominion, who, or what, would you prefer to have it?

I’m a political scientist, with the papers to prove it; and I defy all comers to name a worldly scheme of government that is not ridiculous. Because we ourselves are sinners, never possessed of anything but incomplete knowledge, given to lies and wishful thinking, apt to make horrendous mistakes in judgment, no government we can devise will be any better than we are. And that’s not very good.

But Jesus Christ the Son of God is defined by God the Father as having the right to rule: because He alone is the king who rules in righteousness. The government shall be upon his shoulder, brought about only by the power and the grace of God–not by conniving media, crooked donors, violence, theft, treason, or any of the other means so dear to the human heart. There is nothing we can do to bring Christ down from heaven to set his throne on earth. God does not depend on us.

Only anarchists can convince themselves that human beings can live without someone having dominion over them. And only fools believe that any human government can bring us to an earthly paradise. The mob who cried for Christ to be crucified professed that they had no king but Caesar. Had Caesar submitted himself to God and to God’s law, God would have blessed him as carrying out the duties of a proper ruler–even as He will bless governments today who do the same.

It seems the least they could do while waiting for the King.

 


‘Do You Want to Live FOREVER?’

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They’re popping their buttons over this one.

“The possibility of being able to live FOREVER just became one step closer as scientists proved that they can revive cryogenically frozen life,” The Express exults today (http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/836072/cryogenic-freezing-live-forever-eternal-life).

After 60 years of trying unsuccessfully, “experts” have revived frozen zebra fish embryos. Well, 10 percent of them, at any rate. The other 90 percent, not so good. And they say the little fish are doing fine. If you’re in the market for immortal zebra fish, it’s time to do a cartwheel.

Here we go again–once we get all the bugs worked out, we shall surely be as gods. Just like Satan promised in the Garden.

And we can also use this technology to put astronauts in suspended animation for long space voyages. Failing that, we can always send zebra fish to other planets. I had a zebra fish once: nice little fellow. But I doubt he would’ve found Mars to his liking.

The complicated high-tech process they’re using for this, with lasers and nanotech, etc., sounds like it’d be very expensive. So probably they won’t have the money to make everyone immortal. Guess who’s going to be first in line. Hint: It won’t be you.

At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, I was under the impression that I’m already signed up for eternal life, by means of the power and grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ. I like my old plan and want to keep it. Unlike other plans–for health care, say–the government can’t take it from me. Although there are those who’d certainly try to do so.

Would you really, truly, want to be cryogenically frozen and then brought back to life 70 years from now, as a stranger in an exceedingly strange land?

I already have my salvation, thank you. Jesus Christ obtained it for me, two thousand years ago.

 


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