One of my favorite Hymns from a young age and even until today has always been “Because I have been Given Much.” It is based on the peom of Grace Noll Crowell. Let’s read some of it: Because I have been given much I too must give Because of thy great bounty Lord Each day I live I shall divide (my) gifts from thee With every brother that see Who has the need of help from me … Because I have been blessed by thy great love dear Lord I’ll share thy love again According to thy word I shall
I just got through reading Erick Erickson’s open response to the varying Christians’ declaration that Donald Trump is the chosen leader by God to make our country a nation great again. And like Erickson, I find their conviction disturbing at best. They often cite the biblical stories of David, Cyrus, and Saul of Tarsus who became Paul. I think the email that Erickson received put it best, “You, of all people, who are studying the Bible, KNOW about CYRUS, DAVID, SAUL OF TARSUS, etc. were used for God’s purposes! God can even use a donkey” (emphasis is the original authors).
I used to get excited when I heard about a famous person declaring their faith in Christ. I used to think that there might be hope for this nation to become a Christian Nation again. However, recently, I have found that not all Christianity is the same. Not all Christian churches teach that obedience is important for the development of their followers. In a recent interview, Jen Hatmaker of HGTV fame, at least that’s what the Internet tells me, declared that a sexual relationship between two people of the same gender is holy. I honestly can’t believe that I just
I have been wanting to post this for a while but I feel inadequate. I just don’t feel like I am qualified to judge the faith of another. While I am a man of faith, I also believe that unrighteous judgement is wrong. Also my beliefs are considered non-traditional by even the most radical of Christian religions. Further I feel that this will come across poorly. Either I will be seen as being holier than thou or I will be accused of bashing another’s faith. Rest assured that my intent is not to question another’s faith, nor is it to
Last month I had a Facebook friend post a picture of a t-shirt that read something like “Too stupid to understand sceince? Try religion.” Not only did I find this to be a rather narrow view of scientists and perhaps offensive to my scientist friends who accept both religion and science in their lives, I couldn’t help but think how misleading that shirt is about reality. Truth is that this friend’s post is what sparked my writing about false dichotomies all together. The problem here is that science and religion are NOT on opposite sides of the spectrum. Science is
The third pillar in the series on the Seven Pillars of Society that I would like to talk about is Religion. As you can tell from the general nature of many of my posts. Religion is one of my favorite topics. Not necessarily my specific faith, although I like to talk about that too, but religion in general. I think that it is such an important part of any society, even for those that don’t profess a religion. Religion is the organization that provides the standards, mores, and values of a society. Religion needn’t be Christianity. Religions come in almost