I never really had much interest in growing up, though it is admittingly useful. And if my age and my adolescence could reach a detente, I’d be satisfied. More to the point, my wife would be pleased…and suspicious, and also insist that I replace adolescence with immaturity. And I ramble. I repeat random trivia as if for the first time, which she indulges far more than I deserve. And when that moment of epiphany arrives, it arrives with exasperation and disappointment; though probably warranted. Continue reading Puerile Hounds of Buffoonery
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries. ~ John Adams,
The social gospel, the belief that Church has the skills and obligation to ameliorate the moral deficiencies society, both real and imaginary, is not only a disorder of the liberal church today but of those that ostensibly identify as conservative evangelicals. But the real differences are largely circumstantial, rather than largely substantial. Both seem to be more concerned with a socio/political vision of the perfect society than with the person and work of Jesus; the great society rather than the great commission. This is where we’ve come to, where the differences between the liberals and conservatives in the church are ones of moral persuasion rather a commitment to a transcendent message. Continue reading Liberals and Conservatives, Meh
“What a stimulus to seek after the true and full knowledge of Christ is the realized conviction of the utter vanity of all things else without Him.”
I’ve come to the conclusion, that, while equality is a noble and necessary pursuit, it is also one that is fraught with danger and susceptible to the temptations of despotism. Because activism is as much a faith as it is a political activity or social movement. It has its own dogmatics, its own evangelists, and a penchant toward extremism that any recognized religion might have shown throughout history. The pursuit of a broad and ill defined concept of equality is as exclusive in its imposition as the gospel. In the same way that Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life and no one can come to the father except through him, social activism places any who will not submit to whatever particular notion of what equality is that prevails onto the wrong side of the moral divide.
Activism inhibits the practice of evidence based social care, putting roadblocks in the way of the practice of loving your neighbor as both individuals and a community. It requires the diminishment of difference and a commitment to coercive pogroms to flatten the topographical nature of a multi-cultural society in order to achieve a “civilization of equality.”
When one realizes that the pursuit of equality that is not tempered by an overriding commitment to the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of both communities and the individuals that make up them that we ostensibly built our society on, much of our demands for special treatment couched as equality can turn to bitterness in our mouths.
What good is the “Unum” without the “Pluribus.”
Over the years I’ve heard or read about the idea of “redeeming” music or literature or education or government…you get the picture. If it exists and functions in society as an institution of some sort, there’s always someone in the Church that wants to sound the call to redeem it. What they really mean is that they want to sanitize it in order to make it palatable or useful according to whatever manner of constructs that their pietistic sensibilities have conjured up. Continue reading The Church and the Mall