Are we a just society…

… when we don’t obey our own laws?

“Congress is way out of touch on this issue,” said Paul. “These people who believe in projecting American power, really believe in projecting American weakness. They don’t want us to respond to words with actions or obey our own laws.”


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

One Fur Cloak And The Love Of God…

…  Jan Hus’ bequeath to his friends.

When you die what will you leave the world?  Estates?  The work of master artists?  An  amount of cash sufficient to endow a hospital wing or library?  None of these are evil, wrong, sinful, or even questionable, but I promise you that they will all rust, rot and ruin.  If you count yourself as having done all in leaving loved ones the best man can offer I am afraid that your loved ones will suffer loss in the end.

I am reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 as I read Jan Hus’ last letters, written six days before he was killed by Rome:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Here is what Master Hus wishes to leave those he loved:

Peter, dearest friend, keep my fur cloak in memory of me.

Lord Henry Lefl, live a good life with thy wife. My thanks to thee! God be thy reward!

Faithful friend, Master Lideři and Mistress Margaret, Masters Skuoček and Mikeška and others: may God grant you an eternal reward for your toils and the other kindness you have conferred on me.

Master Christian, faithful and beloved, God be with thee!

Master Martin, my disciple, remember those things which I taught thee.

Master Nicolas and Peter, the Queen’s chaplain, and the other masters and priests, be diligent students of God’s word.

Priest Gallus, preach the word of God.

Finally, I entreat you all to persevere in the truth of God.

Oh, men and women of God, leave your friends and family the love of God.  Leave them the mastery of His Word.  Provide for them the truth of Christ.  As we enter the darkness of a post Christian West they will need the light.

al sends

When A Random Collection Of Molecules Gets Angry…

… protoplasm, in all its insignificance, goes everywhere.

It seems that Christian Homeschoolers are big fat liars for teaching their children that matter is not eternal and runny noses are a gift from God.  The Agnostic Associated Press has the story: 

Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S. And for most home-school parents, a Bible-based version of the Earth’s creation is exactly what they want. Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children “religious or moral instruction.”

“The majority of home-schoolers self-identify as evangelical Christians,” said Ian Slatter, a spokesman for the Home School Legal Defense Association. “Most home-schoolers will definitely have a sort of creationist component to their home-school program.”

Those who don’t, however, often feel isolated and frustrated from trying to find a textbook that fits their beliefs.

Two of the best-selling biology textbooks stack the deck against evolution, said some science educators who reviewed sections of the books at the request of The Associated Press.

“I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids,” said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago.

MSNBC has an online poll with this enlightening question:

Is it OK for home-school textbooks to dismiss the theory of evolution?

20K people have voted thus far and by a slight majority the readers of MSNBC have determined that it is not OK for a group of cells to be so dismissive.   

I have a few question for the poll takers and Jerry Coyne who is quoted in the AP article.  Where do they get their standards of OK-ness?   Where does Jerry Coyne, who accuses the Christian publishers of lying to kids, get his notion of truth and why is it wrong to lie?  According to them we are attractive blobs of goo, evolved bits of nature stuck to the bottom of the universe’s cold, impersonal everythingness.

Speaking of  Jerry have you check out his blog, Why Evolution is True?   Coyne is a supercilious  son-of-a-bacterium.  Here is the his summation of an online discussion on his blog concerning homeschoolers and evolution: Continue reading

Tiger’s Karma Hit Brit’s Dogma…

… and Dharma gets left out.

In a striking bit of irony Buddhists, who are big on not getting upset, got upset when Brit Hume urged Tiger Woods to convert to Christianity.    Brit Hume said this on Fox News:

“I don’t think that faith (Buddhism) offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. “So my message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'”

While there is nothing here of the cross and resurrection I am pleased as punch to see Mr. Hume put himself out there.  Did he give a full  gospel presentation?  No, but I liked it just the same.  Here is why…  It gives you (and me) an opportunity to preach Christ, filling out what Brit meant when he delivered his short-hand gospel. 

Jesus Christ, born of a woman, born under the law, came to redeem those under the law so that we might receive the adoption as sons.  To receive that adoption urge those engaged in the kind of behavior that destroyed Tiger’s life,  to repent of their sin and trust that Jesus Christ died for them and rose for their justification. 

It also gives you the opportunity to point to clear examples of lives that have been changed by Christ in the very way Brit was talking about.  Dr. Mike Adams, who inspired the title of this post, does just that here

al sends