Sent to Senator Ted Cruz today, after this…
Dear Senator Cruz,
I was disappointed to hear that you approve of allowing people to commit suicide. Suicide is an attack against God’s image in man, and the civil magistrate has a duty to preserve life. It is an abdication of that duty to allow suicides to proceed. Please retract your statement and purpose to use the executive power to oppose suicide, as you ought.
A while back I did a Yahoo search for apostles creed and happened to notice this pop up among the results:
A new musical group called My Soul Among Lions has been started by friends of mine in Bloomington, Indiana, and they are working on an ambitious project to set all 150 psalms to music. They have the first 10 ready to record and have created a kickstarter campaign to raise the funding to do that.
Here’s one of the songs:
Our church board has a custom that the pastor (who is the moderator of the elders board) may not make a motion. But recently he was assigned to do some work and bring back a proposal. The question came up how to properly accomplish that. Based on my research and checking with another church that operates similarly to ours, the answer is, when our moderator brings a proposal to the board it is up to one of the other elders to make a motion to take action on the proposal, as appropriate.
My research follows…
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.
All his thoughts are, “There is no God.” – Psalm 10:4
Everyone knows about the wisdom of Solomon. But did you know that Solomon was wise about natural things?
Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish. Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom. – 1 Kings 4:29-34
Solomon sought the truth, and God blessed him with wisdom to find it and teach it. Solomon was a wise scientist—not like all these wicked, lying fools whose first principle is, “There is no God.” We should never be intimidated by such men.
When we work to be about our duty to defend and care for the poor, the orphan, the widow, the alien and the stranger like we see modeled for us by righteous Job in Job 31—when we take action to help the weak—we will sin in the process of that.
What do I mean by this?
First, we have to understand that everything that we do in this life is tainted by our sin (this is an application of total depravity)—even when we are at our best and consciously working to obey God, we don’t carry out His commands fully or with perfectly pure motives. So when I say that “when we take action to help the weak we will sin in the process of that” I’m not really saying much—there is sin in everything we do.
The thing is, though, we’re no cleaner or freer from sin if we don’t act—in fact, when Jesus speaks of separating the righteous from the unrighteous at the end of the age as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, the great sin of the unrighteous is in failing to act to help the weak – ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ (Matthew 25:31-46)… Continue reading
Calvin on giving our fellow men the benefit of the doubt in the decisions they make while expecting God to measure up (down?) to our expectations:
“And certainly in this matter many display monstrous infatuation, presuming to subject the works of God to their calculation, and discuss his secret counsels, as well as to pass a precipitate judgment on things unknown, and that with greater license than on the doings of mortal men. What can be more preposterous than to show modesty toward our equals, and choose rather to suspend our judgment than incur the blame of rashness, while we petulantly insult the hidden judgments of God, judgments which it becomes us to look up to and revere…” – Calvin, Institutes, 1.17.1