Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Church Is At War

I ran across this section from Conservative Reformation and Its Theology written by Charles Porterfield Krauth. It is so true in regards to the current state of affairs in Lutheranism. It begins on page 147, "The life of a Church may be largely read in its controversies. As the glory or shame of a nation is read upon its battle-fields which tells for what it perilled the lives of its sons, so may the glory or shame of a Church be determined when we know what it fought against; how much it valued what it believed to be truth; what was the truth it valued; how much it did, and how much it suffered to maintain that truth, and what was the issue of it struggles and sacrifices. Tested in all these ways, the record of the Lutheran Church is incomparably glorious. It has contended for great truths at great sacrifices, and in every conflict in which it has borne a part, truth has ultimately been victorious. A Church which contends for nothing, either has lost the truth, or has ceased to love it. Warfare is painful, but they whose errors create the necessity for it are responsible for all its miseries." SDG

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A Real Myth Buster

Adam Savage is one of the hosts of the popular television show on Discovery Channel called "Myth Busters." On one of the episodes, he spoke a slogan that really caught my attention. Denying that he had made a mistake, he said, "I reject your reality and substitute my own." Trying to be funny, I think he truly summed up in a short phrase, the modern philosophy of so many people in our world today. They reject what they don't want to be true, and put in its place what they want to be true. Breaking a promise is no big deal. Cheating on one's spouse or on one's taxes, also, is no big deal. Worshipping false gods are fine, as long as what you believe, you believe with your whole heart. Taking God's name in vain is freedom of speech. Killing the unborn is a personal choice. "I reject your reality, (that is God's) and substitute my own." Isn't that exactly what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden? In fact, because they did that, death resulted. God allowed us to have our own reality. The skeleton in the picture is quite coincidental but proves my point. It is a real myth to think that we can reject God and there are no consequences. You can reject God's reality, but it will cost you dearly. On the other hand, thanks be to God that it is no myth that God sent His only Son into the world to bear our sin and be our Savior. God took on flesh, dwelt among us, suffered and died on a cross, to take our place. He rose again, three days later, again no myth, and proclaimed to the world that there is life and there is hope and there is salvation and there is forgiveness. "I reject your reality and substitute my own." In fact, that is exactly what Jesus said to us. I reject your sinful reality that leads to death and substitute my own that leads to life. Let us follow the reality of our Lord because it leads to where we want to go. God bless.