Sunday, May 15, 2016

The God-centeredness of God is good news!

Ray Ortlund wrote the following in his Isaiah commentary series (related to Hezekiah's appeal for the Lord to save Judah for the sake of God's glory)-

Have you come to realize how the God-centeredness of God is good news for you? For one thing, it means that your unworthiness is irrelevant to God’s readiness to save you. He is not responding to what you deserve; He is proving what a good Savior he is. 

Don’t you see? This opens up a new definition of happiness. Happiness is God being God to you.

Stop praying, “Lord, I want you to make my life better.” 
Stop praying, “Lord, I want you to make my husband or wife better. I want my children to behave. I want an ideal job.

When you pray that way, you can only end up frustrated, because God will not subordinate himself to any human agenda.

Start praying, “Lord, I just want you to be God to me. I want my life, with my problems, to show the world that you save sinners.”

Friday, May 13, 2016

An Executive Order about bathroom usage...Really?

“To make no decision in regard to the growth of authoritarian government is already a decision for it.” 

- Francis Schaeffer (from How Shall We Then Live?)

The President is reportedly issuing an Executive Order today that was also labeled a "letter of guidance" by some news outlets. The letter from the Obama administration states- "a school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity.” Sounds like an Executive Order to me. Yes, an order about bathroom usage.  

So, the President and/or Federal government has the right to issue orders about who uses what bathroom in places funded by tax dollars.   

What’s next?  Where does governmental power stop?  

I really don’t care about who uses what bathroom as such. Our increasingly godless culture is understandably confused about sexuality and even gender, so I guess who uses what bathroom was bound to be a debate.  People, especially women, should be cautious when using any public restroom no matter what the law requires. The vexing issue here isn’t primarily about perverts in the restroom or discriminatory bathroom access- It’s about a ridiculous overreach by the government.  

Whatever your position about LGBT rights may be, this kind of overreach with governmental power will lead to more bad things. The executive order pertains only to public places, so relax, right?  Well, after the government issues an order (law), it has a tendency to put the squeeze on private businesses too.  Remember the wedding cake maker?  

Sure, some will celebrate this….until a governmental decree directly impacts them.  

The rapid decline of liberty in the U.S parallels the rise of secular humanism. The rate of moral digression and government intrusion over the past 10-15 years is truly stunning and will no doubt serve as an example to countless future civilizations.  

In the mean time, the Church must prepare herself for a very different country in which to continue preaching the gospel.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A simple Puritan prayer in a restless time

It appears that Hillary Clinton will face off against Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States.

It seems surreal these two low character candidates are the best this country can come up with. Is this God's judgment upon us?

It's hard to be optimistic about our future, but alas, God is sovereign.

I adapted a Puritan prayer for such a time as this.  It comforts me.

O God, most high, in light of the two candidates vying for the highest office in this nation....most glorious, the thought of Thine infinite serenity cheers me, for I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed, but Thou art for ever at perfect peace. Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfillment, they stand fast as the eternal hills. Thy power knows no bond, Thy goodness no stint. Thou bringest order out of confusion, and our defeats are Thy victories: The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Amen.