At a Tree

March 11, 2014

In 1Kings 16 we’re introduced to king Ahab, and told of his surpassing wickedness.  But the details that the Holy Spirit reveals about his wickedness are remarkable.  We are told that Ahab became king (vs 29), angered God by worshiping Baal along with his Sidonian wife Jezebel (31), and erected an Asherah pole (vs33), which is sort of like the Canaanite version of a totem pole.

Another way of summarizing this is to say that Ahab followed the initiative of his wife into great sin and disobeyed at a tree.  This would make Ahab just another version of the same old Adam.  If this is a reasonable reading (and I think it’s too conspicuous not to be), then there are some things we can learn from it. The story of the old Adam, every time it is told, is a story that always ends the same way.  Sin came into the world through one man, and one trespass led to condemnation for all men; and on our good days, left to our own devices, we are just another first Adam.

But Christ stands in contrast to every other Adam.   Christ was the first and only Adam to get it right.  Instead of being led by His bride into sin, He leads His bride into the resurrection.   Unlike the first Adam, who hid from God and was driven from the garden, Christ is the way into fellowship with the Father.  And Christ alone demonstrated ultimate, unflinching obedience at a tree.

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Thoughts On Forgiveness

December 31, 2008

God created man, and we rebelled against Him.  God breathed life into man’s nostrils, and we slew our brother.  God put His image into man, and we sought to drive it out with a plethora of debasing perversions. 

So God became man, in order to redeem man from all these things.  And, true to our nature, we killed Him.   We beat Him half to death, openly mocked Him to His bloody face, wrapped thorns around His head, nailed Him to a piece of wood and let Him hang from it in public until He died, after which we speared Him like an animal and hurriedly whisked the corpse away, lest the whole affair interfere with our religious feasting.  After all, we must wash our hands before we eat. 

This God/Man, having been raised from the dead and enthroned as King of the Universe, and having every right to execute wrathful vengeance upon us all for our multiple and grievous offenses, now acts as intercessor between guilty man and righteous Judge.  He is both just and the One who justifies.  He forgives.

Now what is our part in this justification?  What great act did we perform to turn the heart of God toward the haters of God?  At what point in our history did we change our basic nature from one of godless rebellion to one worthy of God’s favor?  What rightful claim do we have to forgiveness?  And when the Spirit of God grants us the ability to offer a woefully insufficient “Im sorry,” what else do we bring to the table to sweeten the deal?  

Christians, who know the answers to these questions, forget that they also know the answer to this one: Is my brother less worthy of my forgiveness than I am of God’s?

Murdering Thief

November 3, 2008

What the world needs now is another political blog post like I need a hole in my head, so I’ll keep this brief.  No platitudes, no sensitivity, no undue qualifications, deal with it.

Christians, you have no business voting for Barak Obama.  I don’t care to spend time telling you who to vote for, considering that the winner of the presidential election will in all likelihood NOT be the good guy anyway (and this is due in part to the fact that there are no good guys within light years of the finish line).   So vote for Mickey Mouse for all I care.  But NoBama. 

Obama is a murderer of our nation’s children.  (Sorry, can’t sugar coat that one.  Google search “partial birth abortion” and educate yourself.)  And shut the hell up about the poor innocent people killed in “the war”.  Even if we were to assume that every death in the sandbox was completely unjustified, and we reduced it to a numbers game, the fact remains that the state of California, all by itself, kills more babies on purpose every year than the total number of deaths in the sandbox since Gulf War I.  If your vote is really motivated by a principled stand against innocent deaths, you’re going to have to vote for someone other than Obama.  If, on the other hand, your vote is motivated by your union affiliation or some other financial angle, or some kind of stupid neo-hippie anti-war kumbaya pietism, under the auspices of a principled stand against innocent death, then SHAME ON YOU.  Repent.

Obama is a thief.  And he is an advocate of large-scale, federally mandated systematic thievery.  Wealth redistribution is a work not of the federal government, but of the church government, by the power of the Holy Spirit, as a function of the love that Christians have for their God and fellow man.  If your vote is motivated by compassion for your fellow man, then vote for the guy most likely to NOT steal the money you could have given by yourself out of true charity, and more efficaciously.  If, on the other hand, your vote is motivated by your desire to have some other government do the work that the church has miserably failed to do, then SHAME ON YOU.  Repent.

Obama is a commie.  Not much to say here, except that if you’re also a commie, and over the age of 13, it’s time for you to pull your head out.

Updates Anyone?

September 25, 2008

I’ve gotten requests to send out email alerts when I update the blog.  In response I’ve added the little email link over there on the right, under the “Contact” category.  If you want to be added to the email list and notified whenever I publish new posts, shoot me an email.

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