A Christian Patriot


A few days ago I posted “Is it okay for Christians to participate in civil disobedience?“. There was some very interesting discussion from that. I understand the outcry for Christians to become involved in the stopping of the rape and degradation of our country by the evil people in power right now. I find it very difficult to remain silent and I do sometimes express my opinion about things. However, I go no further. As I write this there is a rancher in Nevada who is being robbed of his cattle who have been grazing on free range in an area that the U.S. Department of Bureau of Land Management claims is Federal Land while the rancher disputes this claiming his family has had their cattle grazing there for over a hundred years. I have watched the S.W.A.T team tactics of the BLM army with their snipers and helicopters going against this single family and their cattle and I admit that I see a Federal Government that cares nothing for the rights of its citizens. No, it just wants to have its own way. It reminds me of how the F.B.I and the A.T.F. handled the Ruby Ridge and Branch Dividian foulups. I do know that hardly anyone is reporting the fact that armed militia are showing up at the site to show support for the rancher and his family. This cannot be good. The Government is probably going to use this as an excuse  to crack down further on personal rights and freedoms. Now, what is a Christian Patriot to do? Continue reading

True Patriotism


(Letters of John Newton)

Dear friend,
Allow me to say, that it excites both my wonder and concern, that a Christian minister such as yourself, should think it worth his while to attempt political reforms. When I look around upon the present state of the nation, such an attempt appears to me, to be no less vain and foolish, than it would be to paint the cabin–while the ship is sinking! Or to decorate the parlor–while thehouse is on fire!

When our Lord Jesus was upon earth, He refused to get involved in disputes or politics, “Friend, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” Luke 12:14. “My kingdom is not of this world! If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight!” John 18:36. God’s children belong to a kingdom which is not of this world; they are strangers and pilgrims upon earth, and a part of their Scriptural character is, that they are the “quiet in the land.” Psalm 35:19. Continue reading

The Nebulous Jesus


by Mike Ratliff

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-33 ESV)

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
neb·u·lous
–adjective
1. hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollection of the meeting; a nebulous distinction between pride and conceit.
2. cloudy or cloudlike.
3. of or resembling a nebula or nebulae; nebular.
[Origin: 1375–1425; late ME < L nebulōsus full of mist, foggy, cloudy. See nebula, -ous]

—Related forms
neb·u·lous·ly, adverb
neb·u·lous·ness, noun

cer·tain·ty
–noun, plural -ties.
1. the state of being certain.
2. something certain; an assured fact.
—Idiom
3. for or of a certainty, certainly; without a doubt: I suspect it, but I don’t know it for a certainty.
[Origin: 1250–1300; ME certeinte < AF, equiv. to certein certain + -te -ty2]

—Synonyms 1. certitude, assurance, confidence. See belief. 2. truth.

truth
–noun, plural truths
1. the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.
2. conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.
3. a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.
4. the state or character of being true.
5. actuality or actual existence.
6. an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude.
7. honesty; integrity; truthfulness.
8. (often initial capital letter) ideal or fundamental reality apart from and transcending perceived experience: the basic truths of life.
9. agreement with a standard or original.
10. accuracy, as of position or adjustment.
11. Archaic. fidelity or constancy.
—Idiom
12. in truth, in reality; in fact; actually: In truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire.
[Origin: bef. 900; ME treuthe, OE tréowth (c. ON tryggth faith). See true, -th1]

—Related forms
truthless, adjective
truth·less·ness, noun

—Synonyms 1. fact. 2. veracity. 7. sincerity, candor, frankness. 10. precision, exactness.
—Antonyms 1. falsehood. 2, 4, 7. falsity.

Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

I have always loved Astronomy. Looking into the sky at night in Oklahoma back in the mid to late 1950’s we could clearly see the Milky Way and planets and the constellations. This was before light pollution washed out the night sky. I remember seeing pictures in the library books I checked out on astronomy back then. I had no problem understanding the differences between stars, planets, comets, asteroids, meteors and meteorites. However, at that time, it seemed that there was still a great deal of conjecture about the nature of nebulas. Their explanations left me confused.

When people like Galileo looked through their telescopes they could easily make out the rings of Saturn and even see its moons. However, when they looked at the constellations they often found points of light within and around them that would never tighten down into a precise visible form. Even as their telescopes became more powerful these “nebulas” seemed to be splotches of light with no definite shape. Therefore, they were called nebulas because that word seems to define their indefiniteness. In our time scientists have determined that some nebulas are other galaxies while others are gigantic clouds of gas.

We use the term “nebulous” to refer to things that are mercurial or indefinite. Genuine Christianity says that God’s Word is truth. Jesus says that He is the truth. Truth is definite. Truth is knowable. However, if you have the “opportunity” to debate Liberal Christians or Emergents or even Atheists, you will find that they will deny all of these things. They will claim that absolute truth is unknowable. In their “religion” if anyone claims to know the truth then they are branded as being full of pride while the humble are those who refuse to admit that anything is ever certain. Continue reading