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Politics (again)

Posted: September 21st, 2014, by christianwest

(I decided to again publish an old “lloveletter.” Perhaps you read it before (May, 2007). Read it again – PLEASE! There are only 44 day left before a significant election.)

Be reconciled to God! 2 Corinthians 5:20

I hope you are ready to get involved. There is much made of the belief on the part of some that the Christian community has no part or involvement in the politics of our Republic. With the lack of participation on the part of the vast majority of evangelical Christians (and I’m not talking about the Christian “radical right”, whatever that is) in the political process, we have evidently succumbed to that belief. That belief is, however, incorrect. We must not only verbally proclaim our faith (witnesses), but we must also live out our faith in the institutions and insanities of our society.

Our Republic was founded and built on the wisdom of God revealed in Scripture. Our forefathers knew this experiment they were developing would never be able to succeed without righteous leaders and Godly actions. In the last few years many have begun to believe that we are in the throes of collapse because of our departure from those principals.

Finding righteous men to lead is a difficult process. The good guys avoid politics and politicians, by definition, are often iffy. Laws proliferate, right becomes wrong, wrong becomes acceptable, and Christians avoid the fight. It’s easier to just watch from the sidelines and somehow believe that God will intervene before it is too late.

I believe this is a time in history when we better be right. If we miss it this time (and I am speaking now about our National Government), the time bomb on which we are standing will tick a whole lot faster. Who knows, it may anyway. But while we still have the opportunity, let’s stand up and say, “Listen, you guys and gals who direct the government of our beloved United States of America. We’re sick and tired of being shut-out of the process by our own inactivity. We’re sick and tired of being relegated as irrelevant because we have ‘held our peace.’ We’re sick and tired of our country being inundated with Godlessness and sinfulness, exposed as every sort and degree of selfishness. So hear the warning. I’m coming out of my self-imposed silence and apathy, I’m standing up for Truth and righteousness, and you can’t stop me from proclaiming the righteousness of my Father even if you pass the laws that imprison my body, or figure a way to make my tongue a criminal. This is God’s kingdom within me and I am His ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20), and I have a message for you – be reconciled to God.”

My second action in this matter is to be a campaigner and voter! We have a choice. Exercise yours!

 

History

Posted: September 17th, 2014, by christianwest

It’s that time of year again when we decide what we are going to teach our kids about World and American History. The text book people have submitted their books and the reviewers are up in arms. I am not sure why teaching history is such a difficult area. Can’t we just tell the students what, where, and how it happened and let them come to their own conclusions?

AUSTIN, Texas (AP)The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation’s Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases.

One can find a thousand (million?) quotes on the subject of history and historians. I think I have concluded that no one alive knows with certainty what happened before they were born.

Perhaps nobody has changed the course of history as much as the historians. ~Franklin P. Jones

It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts. ~Bill Vaughan

History… is, indeed, little more than the register of the ‘crimes, follies, and misfortunes’ of mankind. But what experience and history teach is this – that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. ~Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The Philosophy of History, “Introduction,” 1807

If you want to know what I think happened, just ask. I am not a history scholar, but then, who is? If you weren’t there, you are just guessing, or relating someone else’s words.

There is only one reliable History of the World, and it is very select in its coverage. It was written by the only One who was and is there. You can count on that!