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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ferguson and the nature of man

At this point, we don't have all the facts about what happened when the black teen was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. News reporting, like history, is an inexact science. Some will never believe that all the facts have been reported in this incident. Human beings, after all, tend to be subjective when recording history as well as when reporting the news. And to exacerbate matters, we also tend to be subjective and biased when receiving news reports. But that's not my concern in this post.

I hear people saying and I read what some write about the obvious, "This is the 21st century." The implication is that one would expect better behavior of 21st century human beings. My response is "why?" Why would one expect better human beings just because we human beings have now been on this earth for who knows how long? I tend to think this way occasionally myself. But then I'm gently nudged by God to call to mind who we really are.

Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-18 describes the vast majority of mankind. Galatians 5:19-21, describes what man is like apart from and before the grace of God, as does Ephesians 2:1-3. And Romans 7 informs the Christian that we are not perfect. If not for the grace and kindness of God working in us by the Holy Spirit and through the written word of God and the fellowship of the saints, we, too, would give in to the evil propensity toward wickedness that the rest of mankind lives in and too often embraces.

The black Americans in Ferguson as well as their fellow Americans of all color in that city are merely the latest in an eternal (almost) line of fallen human beings to manifest our separation from our loving, kind, and patient Creator. The only hope anyone has is reconciliation to our Creator through faith in Jesus Christ. The nature of man must be and can be changed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Paul Blart Wannabe Mall Cop Stops Christians Praying In Dublin, Georgia"...this century.

In the apostle Paul's God-given description of fallen mankind, he says of us "there is no fear of God in their eyes." (Romans 3:18). Clearly that is a timeless, universal truth. Millions in our world have no fear of God.

How else can one explain our nation's bowing to the demands of one woman, Madeline Murray O'Hare, to get God, any god, every god, out of our public schools? Or to the demands of feminists demands for the right to murder their unborn children? Or to the demands of liberals and homosexuals to legalize same-sex marriage? The powers-that-be acquiesce to the squeaking wheel with little or no regard for the other 3. The owners of a mall in Dublin, Georgia, USA, have decreed that private property, "their" property, is off limits to those who practice thanking God over their meals or before they power-walk through "their" mall. You can read it here.

 Can mall owners do this? Can a privately owned secular establishment open to the public and dependent on that same public legally prohibit prayer by citizens on its premises? I guess they can. Seriously. I would say they have that right. But I don't know. I am against loud obnoxious praying anywhere. But over a meal? Come on.

Do they have the right to not fear God? Of course they do. Is it wise? Hell no.

For a different take, check this out.