Archive for November, 2008

Drawing the Line

Posted: 20 November, 2008 in Uncategorized

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect

Romans 12:2

conformity

This post ties in with my series of thoughts on protecting the Christian worldview quite nicely, because the Christian worldview is inherently different, and goes against the natural flow of the world. We are not to conform to the standards of the world, but to be transformed so that we will conform to the image of Christ – something which doesn’t come naturally.

In essence, you could say (along with many others) that we are called to ‘anti-conformity‘. To be different. What does this mean, and what does it not mean practically? (more…)

What you see is NOT what you get

Posted: 12 November, 2008 in Uncategorized

I was listening to one sermon in a series on the Revelation by Doug Van Meter this morning and this quote really caught my attention. I’ve been reminded again recently that what you see is definitely not what you get. There are unseen dimensions to reality, and in many ways, they are more real than the ones we can see. We cant see the wind, but we know its there and what it can do, we cant see gravity, but we know its there and what it does. Why then is it so difficult for us to believe in the Kingdom of Christ when its effects are so visible?! We live as if it doesn’t exist – try that with gravity and see where it gets you!! In the words of RC Sproul:

The kingdom of God is real. At this very moment Jesus sits in the seat of cosmic authority. He is now the supreme ruler of the world. He stands over the governments of this world. He is King. The Premier of the Soviet Union must answer to Him. The Dalai Lama of Tibet must answer to Him. The Prince of Morocco must answer to Him. The President of the United States must answer to Him. But there is one big problem. His kingdom is invisible. Not everyone knows about it. All over the world people are living as if Jesus were not King.

Some people believe that there is no God. Others say that there are many gods. Some folks believe that man is supreme. Others believe that man is worthless. Many people believe there is a God, but they live as if there were no God. Still others ask, “What difference does it make?”

Where Christ is invisible, people perish. Where His reign is unknown or ignored, people are exploited. They are demeaned. They are enslaved. They are butchered. They are aborted. They are raped. They are casualties of war. They are robbed. They are slandered. They are oppressed. They are cheated in marriage. They are cheated in their wages.  They are left to go hungry, naked, and unsheltered. They are consigned to loneliness. They are ridiculed. They are frightened–that and a whole lot more, is what difference it makes.

What, then is the job of those who know the Bible? RC Sproul answers:

In all of life’s situations we are to be His witnesses. Our job is to make the invisible reign of Jesus visible. The world is shrouded in darkness. Nothing is visible in the dark. No wonder then that we are called to be the light of the world. Every single one of us has a mission. We have all been sent to bear witness to Christ.

Ignorance is Strength

Posted: 11 November, 2008 in Uncategorized

Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other….

…The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim – for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives – is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal. Thus throughout history a struggle which is the same in its main outlines recurs over and over again. For long periods the High seem to be securely in power, but sooner or later there always comes a moment when they lose either their belief in themselves or their capacity to govern efficiently, or both. They are then overthrown by the Middle, who enlist the Low on their side by pretending to them that they are fighting for liberty and justice. As soon as they have reached their objective, the Middle thrust the Low back into their old position of servitude, and themselves become the High. Presently a new Middle group splits off from one of the other groups, or from both of them, and the struggle begins over again. Of the three groups, only the Low are never even temporarily successful in achieving their aims. It would be an exaggeration to say that throughout history there has been no progress of a material kind. Even today, in a period of decline, the average human being is physically better off than he was a few centuries ago. But no advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer. From the point of view of the Low, no historic change has ever meant much more than a change in the name of their masters.

… Inequality was the price of civilization.

(An excerpt from George Orwell’s political satire: Nineteen-Eighty-Four)