Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Who's In Charge Here?

I recently had a friend express, “I am so scared. I've seen a lot of elections, but none have been like this. . . . These people are so evil . . . fraudulent voting, cover-ups, scandal after scandal . . . Can you give me some kind of advice to get passed this anxiety and emptiness I'm feeling since this election? 

Certainly, my friend isn’t alone. Many, many folks share her angst. What should the Christian do in times such as these? 

The words of C. S. Lewis come immediately to mind: “We must be continually reminded of what we believe.” We must remind ourselves of Christian truth because quite often reality fails to meet our expectations. And then it’s “gut check” time. 

To remind ourselves of what we believe, we, of course, turn to scripture; not Fox News or CNN. Let’s begin with this question: Who’s in charge around here?  

The Bible couldn’t be more clear. God, not man, is in control. God sovereignly rules over the affairs of men. 

1Chronicles 29:11, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all. 

Daniel 2:21b; 4:25b, 34b-35, “He removes kings and raises up kings . . . the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. . . . His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’” 

Isaiah 40:15,17, “Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. All nations before Him are as nothing, and they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless. 

Thus, we are reminded of the greatness of God. Who’s the boss? Not the President of the United States. Not “we the people.” No, this nation—and all nations—are “under God.” 

To be reminded of God’s sovereignty is comforting, but not entirely comforting. For God in His providence not only blesses, but also curses or judges nations. Thus, it is not without reason that Thomas Jefferson said,  

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever. . .

Indeed, there is an edge to the sovereignty of God. It seems to me that America is getting a taste of God’s judgment; and it is, without question, wholly deserved. We are a wicked nation. When we read the Bible we are reminded that God’s judgment and our wickedness are cause for great mourning. 

And yet, when we read the Bible we are reminded of our great hope. Our hope is not in political parties or nation-states. Our hope isn’t in man at all, it’s in God. 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2Cor. 4:16-18) 

Because our hope rests in God and Christ we are never faced with a hopeless situation. There is no such thing as “hopelessness” for the people of God. Are there dark days ahead for America; perhaps even years and years? Maybe so.  

But Christ is the Lord of history and the future belongs to Him, not to His enemies. So, let us rest in God and work with all our might to further His kingdom—knowing that His success is certain.  

As we labor with our hands may this prayer be on our lips:  

I trust in You, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake.
Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You;
Let the wicked be ashamed;
Let them be silent in the grave.
(Psalm 31:14-17)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Signs You're a Republican

You revere the Constitution but revile Ron Paul. 

You recently joined Mormon missionaries going door-to-door in effort to “get out the vote.” 

Your mantra is: “It’s better to fight ‘em over there than to not fight ‘em at all.” 

You imbibe FOX NEWS like it’s the nectar of the gods. 

At your last church council meeting you demanded voter ID.  

You refer to the legendary rock-trio as “the other Rush.” 

You think democracy is good for the Middle East except for when they vote. 

You strongly believe in states’ rights and Lincoln is your favorite president. 

After Obama’s reelection you’re hoping the Mayans were right after all. 

The past few months you’ve lost more Facebook friends than Jerry Sandusky. 

You’re starting to think that your recent conversion to Mormonism is just a phase.  

The thing that really bothers you about hurricane Sandy is she blew away Mitt’s momentum. 

Relatedly, the most harrowing image of the storm’s aftermath is Chris Christie “making out” with Barack Hussein Obama.  

You’re so angry with liberal “Americans” for destroying your country that you could literally bomb Iran.
You’ve been called everything but a “White boy” because women, gays, and minorities hate you.
Glenn Beck’s your favorite Mormon again. 

You can hardly smile at this list because it’s “just too soon.”  


Okay, all joking aside: It seems that the Republican Party is a political body in search of a soul. Where does the GOP go from here? How did it lose—in an electoral landslide—to what it views as arguably the worst President in American history? 

We are told that the facts of the election are these: 93 % of the Black vote, 71% of the Latino vote, and 55% of the women vote went to Obama. How can the GOP compensate for this? 

As Newsweek’s cover gloats, “GOP: You’re Old, You’re White, You’re History.”  

Already, two antithetical camps are vocalizing what the GOP should do in preparing for the future. (These two factions go back several years.) 

The one argues that the GOP must do a much better job in appealing to minorities and women. How does the Party do this? Simply offering up a conservative woman, Hispanic, or Black candidate will not suffice. No, rather it must move further Left on social issues. Drop abortion. Concede gay marriage. Embrace whatever it is minorities feel entitled to.  

The other side argues that the Party must get back to its historic “core values.” It claims that the GOP must be more fiscally and socially conservative—be a real alternative to the Democratic Party. This faction favors appealing to true conservatives who have been put off by the likes of Bush, McCain, and Romney. 

Which way the GOP go? I think the former. It will go Left. It will court women and minorities like a starry-eyed lover fawning for the object of his desire—his beloved who is dreamily in the arms of another.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Salt & Light For a Dark & Tasteless World

'Cultural Marxism' and 'critical theory' are concepts developed by a group of German intellectuals, who, in 1923 in Germany, founded the Institute of Social Research at Frankfurt University. The Institute, modeled after the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow, became known as the Frankfurt School. In 1933, when the Nazis came to power in Germany, the members of the Frankfurt School fled to the United States. While here, they migrated to major U.S. universities (Columbia, Princeton, Brandeis, and California at Berkeley).

The Frankfurt School’s diabolical scheme was the destruction of the West. To quote one of its founders, Willi Munzenberg:  

We must organize the intellectuals and use them to make Western civilization stink. Only then, after they have corrupted all its values and made life impossible, can we impose the dictatorship of the proletariat. . . . We will make the West so corrupt it stinks.

How would these “organized intellectuals” accomplish their goal? They would employ an eleven-pronged attack. 

1.  The creation of racism offences.
2.  Continual change to create confusion.
3.  The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children.
4.  The undermining of schools' and teachers' authority.
5.  Huge immigration to destroy identity.
6.  The promotion of excessive drinking.
7.  Emptying of churches.
8.  An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime.
9.  Dependency on the state or state benefits.
10. Control and dumbing down of media.
11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family.

Do any of these things sound familiar? It seems to me that the Frankfurt School has enjoyed smashing success—but for how long? (Remember, the “school” is but 90 or so years old.)

Also, remember this: There is another “school” with an antithetical goal; an ancient school whose Master and Teacher charges, “You are the salt of the earth . . . You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:13-14).

While the one seeks to corrupt and darken the other seeks to preserve and lighten. These “schools” are locked in mortal combat. There is no middle ground, no room for compromise, no neutrality. “What fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14).

The ultimate outcome of this conflict isn’t in doubt. The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ will defeat the Frankfurt School. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.  Christ—not antichrist—is King. King Christ is Lord of all history and the future is His, not His enemies’.

But we don’t live in the past or the future. We live now. Thus, we must venture outside of our pietistic closets and engage our enemy on what he mistakenly considers “his turf.” We should do this now. It won’t be easy, but the stakes couldn’t be higher or our success more certain. 

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. . . . Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations. . .” (Psalm 24:1; Matt 28:18-19).