Things I Think
The personal response is to pray for your enemies. The state, however, has a different responsibility.
“For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”(Romans 13:2–4 ESV)
If any state had the moral compass left to call “evil” what it is and decided to use the sword to wipe these demons from the face of the earth, I’d say “God bless them”.
The problem is that the last state moral compass broke about 1945…
2. What we’re seeing from ISIS is what we’ve already seen in Mexico. When evil is given free reign it feeds on itself and becomes empowered by hell. My apologies for holding to ancient supernatural mythologies about the powers of darkness…actually, I don’t apologize at all. You scoff at these things to your own peril.
3. Another reason why my Facebook feed drives me nuts…a post about a cage full of children that ISIS intends on burning alive is followed by another by someone claiming that “all people are basically good”. No they’re not…some people are just like their father, the devil and all people are victims of the Fall. Deal with it.
4. I’ve also been asked if this verse refers to those killed by Islam;
“Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”
The answer is … it refers to those who have been killed by anyone for the sake of Christ. A lot of folks have lost their lives at the hands of different entities for Jesus over the centuries.
5. The Achilles heel of narcissistic Christian leaders is their complete inability to take responsibility for specific actions and apologize to specific people from the heart…even when it would benefit them to do so. True repentance to a narcissist is like Kryptonite to Superman…
6. You could eliminate every professional sports “all-star” game except baseball’s and no one would notice…
7. Romans 14 (and other passages) tell us that there will be division in the church over secondary issues. They also tell us that one of the ways we fulfill the law of love is to love each other by accommodating each other despite them. I’m not good at accommodation…thus, I’m not good at loving as I should be.
8. Who among us is observing Lent this year and why? Why not?
9. I wonder if I’m in the last generation that marks the change of seasons by when the pitchers and catchers report…
10. There is a part of me that thinks the articles detailing the evil that Islamic extremists are committing are just this weeks social media excitement to too many…and we’ll be back to being outraged by some celebrities behavior tomorrow. All that we care about is that we are continually fed something to be outraged about and we truly care about little other than that.