Cheney did it, now Portman, other politicians as well. A child announces he’s homosexual, and the parent suddenly finds compassion in his heart to accept and approve of the new status. Such tenderness towards immorality happens in many a family. Parents often accept adultery after their children shack up. This is just one example of worldliness in the church that I take a shot at in my editorial today over on Forthright Magazine.
• Doesn’t it thrill you to hear of others studying the Bible with the lost? I heard it three times yesterday. Already I heard it once today, also, from a sister in Christ, in Qatar, reaching out to Brazilians who are looking for a church. She and others are worshiping in a home. Pray they may have good success.
• It’s one thing to insist on the old paths, which we do, and quite another to recycle old sermons and classes to the point that no new insights are allowed to seep through. It’s hard to know if there’s laziness involved, or pandering to the brethren, or a confusion as to what faithfulness to the Lord’s teaching is.
• The GOP and conservatives within and without are mired in discussions about rebranding and rebuilding the party. They want to win the hearts of a greater percentage of the American populace, but many disagree how to go about it. I don’t know much about politics. I find it almost as confusing as the study of economics. But I do know slightly more about the Bible and outreach. Not much, but a bit. We need such a discussion about how to win more people to and with the gospel of Christ. Some are still in 1611 mode, which won’t go far in 2013 to reach the lost. (Am I on my soapbox again?)
• Speaking of conservatives, Bill O’Reilly will speak at a Faulkner Univ. fundraiser in Sept. I’ve never seen the point behind inviting such people, but I understand that the masses love big names and pay to rub elbows with them. As far as I know, all the so-called Christian colleges do this. At what point, however, do we give in to the society or hold to a higher standard? For what in the world does a Christian have to do with the likes of O’Reilly or Rice or their ilk? (Am I in the kickative mood today?)
• Many versions have an almost deterministic rendering of Pro 20.24. An example is NASB: “Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way?” One might read this to mean that, since God has already chosen what’s going to happen to you, there’s no use in trying to figure it all out. (The CEV has exactly this idea. It’s hard to know if it or the EXP is worse here.) So the NLT rendering caught my attention, and I used it today for QBT: (More …)