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Accused Welsh Politician Found Dead

The accusations of “misconduct,” most of it apparently of a sexual nature, are coming hot and heavy not only here in America, but also in Britain, so far involving “about a dozen” Members of Parliament. And a prominent Welsh politician, in the wake of unspecified charges leveled at him, has been found dead in his home in northern Wales: they’re calling it a suicide (https://www.yahoo.com/news/uk-politician-found-dead-misconduct-claims-151848137.html).

Powerful, important men in business and in government have been chasing after women since wealth and power were invented. The author who led me to understand this was, of all people, Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan.

Among the great apes, Tarzan’s people, the big apes used their status and their muscle to make sure they got the best food, the most food, the most comfortable resting spots–and as many she-apes as they desired, whether the females liked it or not. That such “apes” as ERB described are totally fictitious is irrelevant. What Burroughs really had in mind, when he wrote those stories, was human beings.

We are Christians, and we call it Original Sin. Even David, called a man after God’s own heart, was guilty of sexual sin when he took Uriah the Hittite’s wife away from him and arranged for Uriah to be killed in battle.

If we were humanists, we would deny Original Sin, insist that all wickedness comes from outside the human heart, and claim that we can fix it by allocating more power to the government. Man, we would say, is perfectible by man.

Jesus Christ, our Savior, taught otherwise. “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies; these are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” (Matthew 15:18-20)

We are not perfectible by our own efforts, no matter how strong the coercion; and that’s why God has given us a Savior.

In time the current hubbub over sexual misconduct among the mighty will die out. But without the personal regeneration obtainable only in Jesus Christ, confession of sins, and acceptance of God’s grace, the misconduct will continue.

‘Down in Yon Forest’

I heard this haunting melody as background music in a movie, suspected it was an old English hymn, and Patty and I found it on the Internet: Down in Yon Forest, here performed by the folk group, Kerfuffle.

This hymn, usually sung at Christmas-time, goes back at least to the 14th century ande may be older than that. It likens Our Lord Jesus Christ to a brave knight who sheds his blood for those who love him.

Jesus Christ, ‘Light of the World’

I hope nobody minds my posting this hymn again–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, sung here by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

And the whole multitude sought to touch him, for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. (Luke 6:19)

He healed them all. Our Lord Jesus Christ healed them all.

‘Fairest Lord Jesus’

If this hymn doesn’t stir your soul, check to see if you can fog a mirror–Fairest Lord Jesus, sung by the Oasis Chorale.

By His stripes we are healed, by His righteousness we are covered, by His name we are saved.

Comforting the Comfortless

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I have tried to comfort and minister to a lesbian who showed up on my “Playground Player” chess site (http://www.chessgames.com) and claimed that she and her girlfriend were kicked out of a church when they asked for help in learning how to “pray christian.” I believed her then; I’m not so sure now. Anyway, I tried to comfort her, telling her that God wants to hear her prayers and the church was wrong in what it did. I tried to encourage her to look elsewhere.

But I could not give her the one thing she wanted–for me to “affirm” and “celebrate” what she is doing in her life. I tried to have a dialogue with her, but the only thing she wanted to hear was “Wow! You are so right, and I agree with you 100 per cent!”

Because I could not give her that, she turned to name-calling and false accusations, trying to paint me out as a drug addict “not fit for society.” Feel the love, baby. Oh–and the Las Vegas shooter did it because he’s a “christian” and “all christians are hypocrites.”

All right. Jesus warned us that we would be hated and falsely accused for His sake. But it’s not much fun.

I forgive this person the hateful and false accusations she threw at me, and now I have to decide whether to ban her from my page. Not much point having her there, if that’s all she’s going to do.

What I really don’t understand is why she desires my approval and is so enraged when she doesn’t get it. Why should she care? This is 2017, and she has the approval of the whole world’s power class, and multitudes more besides. Why should she feel the need for mine?

I can’t help thinking that she would still be unhappy, still be angry, as long as there was anyone, anywhere, who didn’t submit to her personal and political agenda.

It’s too bad. I can only pray: “Lord, give me an understanding heart, whether I really want it or not: because that is righteous, and you are righteous… and I am yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

A Cultural Disaster, a Hymn, and a Prayer

In my own lifetime, right before my very eyes, America changed from a Christian country to some dark place that I can hardly recognize. Everything we used to honor we now despise; and whatever once appalled us, now we venerate.

Have you noticed that, on the floor of the United States Senate–the place where decency and common sense both go to die–Democrat Senators have been savaging assorted nominees for their Christian beliefs? Socialist wacko Bernie Sanders, currently the odds-on favorite to be the God-Booing Party’s next presidential candidate, said of ordinary, basic Christian belief, “[I]t is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic, and it is an insult to above a billion Muslims throughout the world.” Of a nominee who confessed that, as a Christian, he actually believes Christianity is true, Sanders wrote him off as “really not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about.”

Do Sanders and his imitators–the sinister Diane Feinstein, for one–mean to suggest that Christians cannot serve in any public office unless they declare they don’t believe that Christianity is true? They’ve all but demanded that nominees trample on a crucifix before they can be sworn in.

What I want to know is, how did we get here? I remember a time, in my own lifetime, when it would have been unthinkable to indulge in a public display of Christ-hating. Now it’s done all the time, and those who do it are richly rewarded. How did we come to this? Please join me in prayer.

O Light of the World, O Jesus Christ Our Lord! Yours is the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world, the true light that the darkness cannot put out! Lead us out of darkness, Lord: oh, light our path. Lewd and wicked individuals, tirelessly working at it, have deeply corrupted our whole civilization, which once had the name of Christendom.

O Lord Our King, we confess that we did not deserve the name of Christendom and were very, very far from living up to it, doing things directly contrary to your will and yet daring to say we did them in your name. If you are angry with us, your anger is righteous and just.

O Lord Our God, the defense we plead is the Blood of Christ, which taketh away the sins of the world. We are your people, the sheep of your hand, and we need our Shepherd! Strengthen our faith, O Lord; give us the power to endure, until you make Christ’s enemies His footstool. In Jesus’ name, amen.

A Hymn Request from Australia: ‘Give Me Jesus’

My friend in Australia, “optimal play,” posted this on my chess page today, and we’d like to share it with you: Give Me Jesus, by Vince Gill. OP calls it “sublime in its simplicity,” and I have to agree. Thanks, mate!

With the “Yes to Gay Marriage” forces in Australia carrying on like Antifa blackshirts, my friend fears for the future of his country. Don’t we know that feeling!

But our God is an awesome God…

By Request, ‘Above All’

This is the message that the big shots of this world most definitely do not want to hear: Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of All–and someday they will know it. No, the world doesn’t want to hear that at all: they want to get away with what they do. But for us who belong to Him, the lordship of Jesus Christ is the best possible news.

Requested by Linda: Above All, by Michael W. Smith.

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.

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