Jesus Christ, Lord of the State and How That Informs My Voting

As a post-mil, “Thy Kingdom Come” kinda guy here is where my difficulty lies.  For a Christian to actively support a person for a position of authority over the State is to also promote that person to a position of authority over the members of Christ’s body, the Church. To promote a non-Trinitarian to that position is, I believe, very problematic. If God is Lord over the State, which I believe he is, then to elect someone within the LDS to the presidency is to give tacit approval to, or at least gross ambivalence toward, the doctrine of Joseph Smith and the LDS Apostles.

So, what is different between this case and supporting someone who advocates for example an unjust preemptive war or is ambivalent to homosexual unions? We all make compromises when we vote these days. What makes this more significant than Ron Paul’s ambivalence toward the Morning After Pill, Senator Santorum’s desire to treat Iranian nuclear scientists as Al-Qaida members, or Newt Gingrich horrid personal life?  Two things…

First, our primary call as Christians is to expand the Kingdom of Christ. We are his workmanship created for good works and the first and greatest work is that we should go out and make disciples of all men, teaching them and baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Why would we actively work to promote the Mormon god and his disciples?

Second, the other candidates I mentioned may be addressed within the governance of the Church and, God willing, one day with a state in submission to Christ. We can even call a man like President Obama back to the truth of his God as revealed in Scripture, pray for him as a Christian who may yet return to the Triune God of his Baptism. If our particular Church were in authority over him – we could discipline him in accordance with the Scriptures that he might repent.  None of these things are an option with a Mormon.

This is the key for me.

I welcome your thoughts…

 al sends

At The Right Hand Of God…

…  Jesus Christ ascended.

The Church remembered Jesus’ Ascension on Thursday and many worshiped around this theme on Sunday.  I want to think about why this is such a good thing for the Church and this is me doing that thinking  – – out loud, if you will…

Jesus sat down at the ‘right hand’ of God upon his ascension. This is a position of a priest before God; in this case our High Priest, who is anointed by God for the work of intercession.  The right side  of the body is where work gets done, biblically speaking.  In  Ex. 29 and Lev. 8 the priest was anointed for service by the placing of blood on the right-hand side of his body.

Leviticus 8:22 Then he presented the other ram, the ram of ordination, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 23 And he killed it, and Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.

So, Jesus is at God’s right hand making intercession for us (his head, hands and feet bloodied for service).   Always the right hand.  See the book Hebrews for Jesus’ place at the right hand of God as Priest.

In Leviticus chapter 14, God gives the priest direction for cleansing a leper for worship.

Lev 14:14-18

14 The priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. 15 And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand. 16 Then the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle some of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord. 17 And of the rest of the oil in his hand, the priest shall put some on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the trespass offering. 18 The rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed. So the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord.

Notice the importance of the right hand.  In that service the Priest puts blood and oil on the right ear, thumb and toe of one who is to be cleansed.  A mini-priestly ordination, fitting the man for service.  The cleansed one is then forgiven of his sins by God, he is new and is to go out clean.   The priest takes his right hand and anoints the right side of the penitent sinner/leper.

Why is that important for us?   Well, Jesus now holds  the Church in His right hand.  (Rev. 1 and 2) and He gives His message to the Church through His angels.  It appears that the Church, specifically her Angels (messengers, pastors), is in some way an intercessory body before the Triune God. 

Jesus is at the right hand of God, praying for the Church.  The Church is at Jesus’ right hand we pray for the world, her governments and people.  We are intercessors bringing the world before the Lord.   The Angels (messengers) of the Church apply the “blood of the Lamb” and the glad oil of the Word to those who are guilty and those members of the household of faith walk out clean…

What do you think?

al sends

Help An Old Lady Cross The Street…

… where your homeboys can bust a cap in her.  This may happen when Grand Theft Auto XX meets the Webelos.  Just saying.

I don’t know if this is where Scouting is headed, but I am worried.  Before you click the link below please read this excerpt from the Scouting Handbook:

Be Prepared.

That’s the motto of the Boy Scouts.

“Be prepared for what?” someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting,

“Why, for any old thing.” said Baden-Powell.

The training you receive in your troop will help you  live up to the Scout motto. When someone has an accident, you are prepared because of your first aid instruction. Because of lifesaving practice, you might be able to save a nonswimmer who has fallen into deep water.

But Baden-Powell wasn’t thinking just of being ready for emergencies. His idea was that all Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lie ahead.

Be prepared for life – to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best. That’s what the Scout motto means.

The Scouts are now offering a Belt Loop for Video Games.   Anyone else worried?

al sends

Wow! Just Wow…

…  This isn’t your money.

Do you know how much money they are spending?  Doug Wilson calls it theft and I agree.

Check this out:  

Washington will spend $31,406 per household this year

Taxpayers filing their 1040s are likely wondering just where all their hard-earned tax dollars are going, anyway. • Washington will spend $31,406 per household in 2010 — the highest level in American history (adjusted for inflation). It will collect $18,276 per household in taxes. The remaining $13,130 represents this year’s staggering budget deficit per household, which, along with all prior government debt, will be dumped in the laps of our children. • Government spending has increased by $5,000 per household since 2008, and nearly $10,000 per household over the past decade. Yet there is no free lunch: If spending is not reined in, then eventually taxes must also rise by $10,000 per household. • Washington will spend this $31,406 per household as follows:

Click the link to see how it all breaks out.  Wow!

al sends

Chilling Honesty

An interview in the National Review Online with pro-life Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak, Stupak makes the claim that one argument he’s hearing for public funding for abortion being a component in the healthcare bill being forced through the system is this:

If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more.

Now, what were you saying about there being no place for imprecatory psalms today?

I KNEW It!

Read Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman. Or No Place for Truth by David Wells. Both will give you sufficient grounds to throw your 328 inch plasma screen television into the sea. But if you don’t have time (or, you can’t because of your television-induced inability to read more than 500 words at a time) read this.

[edit: apparently the link is not consistent and some of you have been sent to read a story about a rhinoceros or something like that. The upshot of the article is that television is killing you. So don't watch it.]

The Air They Breathe

Al Mohler responds to a new study indicating that says:

As anyone who knows a teen or tween can attest, media are among the most powerful forces in young people’s lives today. Eight-to-eighteen-year-olds spend more time with media than in any other activity besides (maybe) sleeping — an average of more than 7 1/2 hours a day, seven days a week. The TV shows they watch, video games they play, songs they listen to, books they read and websites they visit are an enormous part of their lives, offering a constant stream of messages about families, peers, relationships, gender roles, sex, violence, food, values, clothes, an abundance of other topics too long to list.

Mohler says:

…this important report serves as an undeniable warning that America’s young people are literally drowning in an ocean of media consumption. There is every reason for parents to be concerned about dangers ranging from the content of this media, to the way digital saturation changes the wiring of the brain, to the loss of literacy and the reading of books, to the fact that many teenagers are far more connected to their friends through social media than to their own families in their own homes. Teenagers are forfeiting sleep and other important investments of time because they experience panic when they are digitally disengaged for even a few moments.

Read Mohler’s complete article here.

[HT: JT]

Happy Birthday, General Lee

“The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.”

– R. E. Lee, in a letter to a friend, 1870

[HT: SW]