Preparing to Vote

My Recent Sermons

Myth of a Christian Nation, Part 1

Myth of a Christian Nation, part 2-Three American Myths

Myth of a Christian Nation, Part 3-Are We Moral Guardians of USA?

Some Good Reading

John Piper on Voting-Let Christians Vote as if there were not Voting

Dan Edelen-Priorities Amid Darkness and Unhinged

Joe McKever-Best Reason for the Church to Stay out of Politics

Tony Myles-Deconstructing Christian Cliches


Me, Just Wondering/Wandering

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.      Proverbs 14:24

Is that verse referring to the people or the laws? Israel was a nation with righteous laws, but that didn’t keep them from sinning and rebelling from God.  Will enforcing Biblical ethics “make” us a Christian nation without changing hearts and minds with the Gospel?

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“Sharing the Wealth”  The Inconsistency of American Christians

Some Christians vote to codify and enforce heterosexual marriage, but many of those same believers strongly oppose this socialistic concept of “sharing the wealth” that has become such a sound bite lately.

How would those Christians react with their American mindset if they were in Acts chapter 2 and following?  Barnabas (Acts 4:32-37) sold property to share his wealth with poor Christians.  They literally “shared the wealth.”  As capitialistic, American, believers today, we can easily rationalize and explain away such practices, all the while claiming to be following the Bible and the “pattern.”

If we desire to enforce one aspect of Christian lifestyle (sexuality) in the political arena, why do we oppose another Biblical lifestyle in the political arena?

Can someone help me out??

Myth of a Christian Nation-Chapter 4

“From Resident Aliens to Conquering Warlords”

“…the history of the church…is the history of an institution that has frequently traded its holy mission for what it thought was a good mission.  It is the history of an organization that has frequently forsaken the slow, discrete, nonviolent, sacrificial way of transforming the world for the immediate, obvious, practical, and less costly way of improving the world.” (p. 75)

“This growth (of the early church) came about not by Christians fighting for their rights, as so many do today, but largely by Christians being put to death!” (p. 76)

“When Jerry Falwell, reflecting a widespread sentiment among conservative Christians, says America should hunt down terrorists and “blow them away in the name of the Lord” (emphasis added), he is expressing the Constantinian mindset.  When Pat Robertson declares that the United States should assassinate President Chavez of Venezuela, he is also expressing the Constantinian mindset.  And when Christians try to enforce their holy will on select groups of sinners by power of law, they are essentially doing the same thing, even if the violent means of enforcing their will is no longer available to them.” (p. 80)

“The moment worldly effectiveness replaces faithfulness as the motive for an individual’s or institution’s behavior, the are no longer acting on behalf of the kingdom of God but are participating in the kingdom of the world.” (p. 80)

“One wonders why no one in church history has ever been considered a heretic for being unloving.” (p. 83)

Can you think of other examples of the Constantinian mindset?

Has any congregation you know of disciplined or disfellowshipped a Christian for being continually unloving?

Myth of a Christian Nation-Chapter 3

This chapter of Gregory Boyd’s book is entitled, “Keeping the Kingdom Holy.”

“When the kingdom is manifested, it’s rather obvious.  It doesn’t look like a church building.  It doesn’t necessarily look like a group of religious people professing certain things–including the profession that they are Christian.  It doesn’t necessarily look like a gathering of people advocating the right political or ethical causes.  It doesn’t look like a group using swords, however righteous they believe their sword-wielding to be.  It rather looks like Calvary.” (p. 52)

“No version of the kingdom of the world, however comparatively good it may be, can protect its self-interests while loving its enemies, turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, or blessing those who persecute it.  Yet loving our enemies and blessing those who persecute us is precisely what kingdom-of-God citizens are called to do.  It’s what it means to be Christian.  By definition, therefore, you can no more have a Christian worldly government than you can have a Christian petunia or aardvark.  A nation may nave noble ideals and be committed to just principles, but it’s not for this reason Christian.” (p. 54)

“This kingdom of God is not an ideal version of the kingdom of the world; it’s not something that any version of the kingdom of the world can aspire toward or be measured against.  The kingdom of God is a completely distinct, alternative way of life.” (p. 55)

“Until the kingdom of God transforms the entire globe, conflict is inevitable.” (p. 57)

“Jesus didn’t come to give us the Christian answer to the world’s many sociopolitical quandaries, and he didn’t come to usher in a new and improved version of the kingdom of the world.  His agenda was far more radical…” (p. 59)

“Our central job is not to solve the world’s problems.  Our job is to draw our entire life from Christ and manifest that life to others.”  (p. 64)

That second paragraph is precise and logical to me.  That sums it up.  Enjoy.  More to come.

If Obama is elected……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I haven’t decided if I am going to vote yet, but I probably wouldn’t for Obama because I am pretty much a single-issue voter.  And I really don’t believe Mccain or the Republican Party are going to abolish abortion, so I don’t know that I would vote for him.  But, I have been getting laughs from the paranoid, slippery-slop scare tactics that “Christian organizations” have been using to encourage Christians not to vote for him and wanted to play along.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, read this ridiculous Letter, which exposes Christians as the weak, whiny, power-hungry people we are:  “oh dear, I can’t worship in a comfy church building anymore”  “oh dear, the school systems are not going to raise my kids to be Christians” “oh dear, the government says it’s okay to sin”;  Buck up, people!  If it happens, the church will overcome.  We (Christians) just won’t be in “control” anymore.  So, you see how this ties into my other posts.) I had a dream of the future.  I have seen the future and it is bleak.  This is what is in store for God’s Chosen Nation, if Barak Satan Obama wins the election this year:

  • Fifty percent of all children will be forced to be gay.
  • Christians will be rounded up into sports arenas to be trampled by elephants while the ACLU wagers on how long we will last.
  • Obama will staff his entire cabinet with Muslims, Communists, and Pedophiles.
  • There will only be a state-run church and all will have to attend and sing God Bless America while bowing before statues of Obama.
  • Hispanic people named Jesus will have to have their names legally changed or be punished.
  • It will be against the law to be kind, gentle, peaceful, or loving;  with sentences ranging from 10-25 years depending on the extent of one’s kindness.
  • Obama will reveal his true identity as Mohammed incarnate and wage war against James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson.
  • The Democratic Party will change its name to the Democratic Socialist.
  • Russia will invade the USA and Obama will destroy them with the breath of his mouth.
  • All church buildings will be turned into community homosexual brothels
  • Washington, DC will be renamed, “Western Mecca”
  • Obama will marry that crazy guy in Minnesota who claims to have done sex and drugs with him on the White House Lawn.
  • Abortions will be mandatory for all white people until they are in the minority.
  • By the end of his third term, American will be known as a “Muslim Nation” and “Allah Bless America” will be played at all sporting events.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger will attempt a commando-like coup during the fourth term and will finally wrestle the government back for the Republicans.

Oh, well, I am tired and just wanted to be silly for a while. Can you add any other preposterous consequences of electing Obama, McCain??