Yesterday a couple of you discussed the suitability of posting a hymn sung by Willie Nelson, who has a reputation as one who does not exactly live according to the Gospel. Of course, if any of us could really do that, we wouldn’t need a Savior.
Anyway, that brief exchange got me thinking that St. Paul had already addressed this issue, somewhere in the Bible. My Strong’s Concordance soon led me to Philippians 1: 15-18.
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: the one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: but the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
Paul seems to be saying that one way or another, Christ is preached and God is glorified. So I think by that standard we’re okay with a hymn by Willie Nelson.
Who knows? If the man needs conversion, he might sing it often enough to get one.
It’s a dark and stormy morning here today. Let’s have some Light: Jesus Christ Our Lord, “the true light, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9); the light that this world’s darkness can’t put out (v. 5).
Yes, I know I post this hymn pretty often–Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
But we take hymn requests, too, so if you’ve got one, let us know.
Our day here got off to a poor start, but the Lord has straightened it out for us and I am soooo tired–suddenly everything I write looks like Joe Collidge, and has to be corrected. Oh, well. And I hope you don’t mind that I post this hymn again–All Glory Be to Christ, by King’s Kaleidoscope. I just had a powerful hankering to hear it.
Meanwhile, we’ve just had word that our dear friend Erlene is sick in bed today–so let’s send up a prayer for her. Please, O Lord–hear us on behalf of our sister, Erlene, and raise her up and heal her speedily. She is your servant, and a sheep of your pasture, as are we all–and we need our Shepherd. Be swift to help her, Father! In Jesus’ name, amen.
“And crown Him Lord of all…”
We rightly celebrate our nation’s birth, every 4th of July. But there is a greater power to be celebrated, every day–more righteous, more just, far wiser, and far mightier than any nation ever born: Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, “whose right it is” to rule His Father’s whole creation.
This essay by R.J. Rushdoony was published in 2002 in Chalcedon’s magazine.
What–theology on a national holiday?
I cry for the people and places that were there, but here no more.
Only God can fill that hole. Only God can regenerate Creation. Only God can heal us: and Christ Our Lord will cast out death.
Before you can have emperor-worship, you have to have an emperor. Having none, the Roman Republic never had a cult. This had to wait until the Romans had successfully destroyed their republic.
As the master of so many different nations, with so many different gods, the Roman emperor needed more than just the brute force of the Roman army–so often resorted to–to keep them all in line. So what the Romans did was to evolve an imperial cult; and everybody, regardless of their own national religion, had to swear oaths in the emperor’s name and perform sacrifices to him.
This was really inclusive. For a time, Jews got a pass: they prayed to their God for the emperor. Everybody else had to pray to the emperor. For anyone to do otherwise would have been divisive. The Romans were big on inclusiveness, and anyone who tried to be divisive would be killed.
Christians refused to sacrifice to the emperor. Once Nero figured out that the Christians weren’t just an eccentric Jewish sect, he initiated persecutions. The Christians’ failure to sacrifice to him was divisive. Even exclusionary. So he killed as many as he could. Other emperors followed in his footsteps.
Notice Nero’s image on the coin. In Republican times, no living person could have his picture on a coin. That was reserved for gods. So the parade of Roman coins with emperors’ portraits on them tells us where they were coming from.
In the long run, Jesus Christ, who had no army, prevailed against the Roman Empire, which did. He conquered it.
Let them who have ears, hear. Let them who have eyes, see.
Christ Pantokrator–Ruler of All
There are many mornings when the nooze just gets me down, and this was turning into one of them.
That’s when we have to look to Jesus. Son of God, Prince of Peace, King of kings and Lord of lords.
If we could fix this mess ourselves, we wouldn’t need a Savior. We wouldn’t need a Righteous King.
We can’t, but He can.
I’m re-posting this hymn only because I love it, and it was the first one to pop into my head today, and I love the way these guys sing it. Besides which, Our Lord Jesus Christ rising from the dead is at the very heart of our faith, and the very substance of the Good News.
Praise God for adding such men as these to our Christian family, world-wide.