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Sunday, June 28, 2015

SUDDENLY I FEEL LIKE REJOICING

First, let's start with one basic premise. We're not a "Christian Nation". Period. Never have been, never will be.

And in fact, for those who point to the faith of our founding fathers .. and I don't even like alliteration ... the stronger you claim it to have been, the stronger a case you're making for our not being a "Christian Nation". And from what I understand, some of them were deists, anyway ... people who believed in God only because knowledge ... like of the universe ... sort of mandated a creational being who started this all. That's a long way from knowing God, and in fact I don't suppose that approach would be insulting to a Muslim, come to think of it.

But on the evidential side, how many times is Jesus mentioned in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights? None, last time I counted. And there's not even a reference to God, other than a veiled reference in passing to "our creator", which I don't suppose would offend anybody.

Further, let's say we started an organization. In fact, let's make it a city. We bought up the land, had the streets laid down, put in all the utilities, picked out a name, and then set about doing all the legal junk. Articles of incorporation, etc etc, all the stuff we have to do.

Somewhere down the list after we'd incorporated the water department, arranged for police and fire protection, built us a city hall, and done the 1,001 other things we had to do, we'd set up come city ordinances. Let's say the first ordinance we established was that the city could not, under any circumstances, enact any ordinance or laws which mandated anything about what folks had to believe to live in this new city.

Hands off faith. No touch religion. Stay clear of spiritual stuff.

Would you call that a "Christian City"?

No, and I wouldn't, either.

In fact, if it was known that I was a strong Christian, it would be screamingly obvious that I'd gone out of my way to ensure that this was INTENTIONALLY NOT a "Christian City".

And that is how the USA was set up.

Secondly, the Constitution and Bill of Rights does not define "marriage". It just doesn't. Oh, we sure wish it did, it'd make things a lot easier now, but there's simply no definition there.

Now, it's admittedly hard to imagine that the founding fathers envisioned a time when immorality would be so common, and homosexuality so accepted, that the issue of "same sex marriage" would ever come up, But it has, and the founders didn't put anything into those documents to rule it out.

If the standard is to allow for equal treatment for all citizens, under the Constitution, it's hard to imagine the SCOTUS ruling any way other than they way they did. In retirement, taxes, estate law, all that stuff, the advantage is to the married folks. And I don't think SCOTUS has the luxury of letting our traditions trump the written Constitution, any more than we Christians can let traditions overrule God's Word.

We're just going to have to stand on God's Word in our lives, individually as well as corporately in our churches, and refuse to do what God has bidden us not to do.

Will this be part of a "slippery slope" down which we slide toward more and more violations and/or confrontations with our faith? I'm not a prophet, but I'd be surprised if that didn't happen. And as good citizens, if we love our country, we ought to oppose such things. But reading the Bible, I certainly don't see where society will become better and better if man is just given his desires.

Quite the opposite.

Perhaps it is that the church in the USA "has it too easy". I mean, in a society that's really friendly toward the religious in its midst, it's awfully easy to slip into a routine religion in which church membership becomes less and less meaningful. And since membership in a Baptist Church in Jefferson County, Alabama, means there's a 67.18% chance you will not be in church next Sunday, I'd say that's pretty much where we've gotten.

Want to know where I've personally found people who are rock-solid in their faith, active in their assembly, and glad to tell anybody? How about downtown Brooklyn, New York. Where people come to faith from poverty, crime, drugs and the like. Or maybe Pskov, Russia. Bauska, Latvia, too. Places where the government used to be at war with the church.

They have a faith, there, that I wish we had, here.

If these really are the latter days, then it seems to me that God would be cleaning up the Bride of Christ for the Marriage of the Lamb.

I think that's it.

Perhaps the very thing we dread is the thing most needed by the church, today.

Suddenly I feel like rejoicing.

1 Comments:

At 8:48 PM, July 21, 2015, Anonymous Lee said...

Sometimes I think that we focus way too much on what is happening in our country, and treat it as if it is the standard for what happens in the church, and then ignore the revival that seems to be breaking out in many places around the world.

 

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