Thinking So Doesn’t Make it So

We will not have this man rule over us!“, demanded the multitudes who lusted for Jesus’ death, (Luke 19:14).  But to merely engage in collective wishful thinking will not change what in fact is true.  No matter how relentless the clamor.  

Ironically Jesus was supreme even in the moments of their most incredulous demands.  The conclusion is obvious to any who are even half thoughtful that like a clamoring, spoiled child, they just couldn’t see what was good for themselves.  

So our anarchical culture wishing for supposed autonomy, relentlessly rejects the beneficent reign of the One who abides unmoved and unmovable on the throne of glory.  

You would think they would be grateful.   After all, the center is not occupied by a brutal dictator, but by the one who woos them still, even while they wish Him away.  

It’s NOT going to happen.   Not any time in this eternity.

 “…and you killed the Author of life” – Acts 3:15

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I Am a Slave Only to My Desire for Freedom

“He whom the Son sets free…”

Freedom, license, legalism vs. antinomianism, etc: all terms, concepts we used to kick around like a ball as young, idealistic theology students.  Now the concepts have become life and death.  

Time to put off the theoristic jostlings and get down to business.   I think that’s what our Lord intended in the first place.   It was after all, the very air He breathed and dust He endured as He traversed the Galilean soil through Samaria and on to Judea.  

Then He loosed His own freedom and bound Himself to the unyielding, splintery agony of the cross.  All to set us free indeed.  

So it is that the longing for freedom runs deep and rich in the essence of every man regardless of creed, color or persuasion.  So we disdain even the cold bare images of a cruel totalitarianism, and thirst for that which was once the vital breath of the American soul.


The Logos-phere We Live In

Like it or not (and our culture obviously doesn’t) we live in a Logosphere of revelation – the thought of God projected in and through Jesus Christ.   He is the reference point of the grand narrative of things, and writing His name on a card and then stomping on it as if to throw a huge temper fit, is not only childish, but irony on the grandest scale.

After all, my dying culture, what are we so afraid of?   

Deandre what’s-his-name?   He’s got your name too.  Your effort at a collective temper fit won’t change a thing.  Long, long after you are gone, untold numbers in heaven and earth will be bowing to the name of Jesus.  

Sorry bud.   

And again, I wonder about all the students who did comply to this idiot’s public whimpering.   

At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow…” Phillippians 2:10

Hitchens Dodging His Homework – Once Again

Watching a Christopher Hitchens (deceased December 15, 2011) debate is like watching a master manipulator, or like a guy whose bets are on the side of collective ignorance.

As Scott Berkun observes:

…proficiency in argument can easily be used to overpower others, even when you are dead wrong. If you learn a few tricks of logic and debate, you can refute the obvious, and defend the ridiculous. If the people you’re arguing with aren’t as comfortable in the tactics of argument, or aren’t as arrogant  [or informed] as you are, they may even give in and agree with you.

And we might add that if your audience is not versed in the extant data relative to the argument, like the progressive nature of the Biblical narrative, you might appear to win the debate.   

At least the debate of popular opinion.    

But the irony strikes me as this: While the theist must (and is expected to) do their homework in many disciplines like philosophy, physics (quantum, meta and classic), history, biology, etc, the atheistic can usually get off the hook with only a casting glance at the narrative of Scripture.  If he but quotes a few verses or makes reference to just a few aspects of religious history or philosophy, he is regarded as astute and the presentation of his data pertinent and persuasive.

That’s because he’s got a huge advantage – the relative ignorance of Scripture with the masses, both Christian and non-Christian.  It’s the day we live in.

One example is Hitchen’s oft-repeated “man’s been around 100,000-250,00 years-then-finally-God-acted” argument, with the obvious conclusion being that God just didn’t give a damn about all the people who died and went to hell prior to the incarnation of Jesus.  How could you believe in such a God? Hitchens affirms.

It is very much akin to the familiar “what about those who have not heard?” argument so often employed to discredit the Bible, the nature of the Atonement and of Christ Himself.

While the believer must be pretty darn acquainted with everything from astronomy to quantum physics, why hasn’t (or rather wasnt) Hitchens forced repeatedly to deal with verses like Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:15; Hebrews 9:25, etc.?

These verses do say something, (the retroactive as well as present and future nature of the Atonement) and they need to be introduced into the debate even though they are admittedly in-house arguments, but then so are things like m-theory, multiverse, etc, and whatever the current argument is to sidestep the ramifications that nothing still comes out of nothing if left of itself.

C’mon believing community.  It is just, right and beautiful to be aware of depth of the content of the Logosphere, the universe in which Jesus reigns – our universe and the words of Christocentric revelation.  Then this material must be introduced into the debate. 

From this I personally will never back down.  

Jesus Jeans?! Trivializing the Significant and Minimizing the Momentous

In a desperate attempt to trivialize the significant, an Italian clothes company has actually secured the trademark “Jesus” in their line of appeal known as “Jesus Jeans”
Apparently this is old news (2007), but I’m late at the game when it comes to the evolving, mindless fads of our culture, I admit.
Further, there is the recent story about the teacher demanding students to write “JESUS” on a card, throw it to the floor and stomp in it?

While I lack cultural savvy, I do have some pretty well thought out observations as to why this company, following the larger sweep of culture, feels the need to do this. Its called trivializing the significant and minimizing the momentous.

It happens whenever there is real (usually unarticulated and unselfconscious) fear toward some object of perceived antagonism who needs to be squashed if not in reality, at least symbolically.

Since Jesus is the most significant life ever lived, and since there is rumor that He’s still around, all the more reason for Him to be the primary target of this game. Otherwise, why not “Mohammed Jeans” or “Buddha Jeans”?

As a Christian, I receive the back-handed, unselfconscious acknowledgment of the significance of my Savior. Thank you, but you did not know you we’re doing it.

Similarly when the Jewish leaders and adherents from near and far gathered in Jerusalem, (Acts, chapter 2), they could enjoy the day in peace having fully silenced, nicely put away this good-for-nothing trouble-maker, Jesus. Their triumph of trivializing was the cross, or so they thought. But when a simple preacher’s voice informed them that their efforts had failed, suddenly the skies above exploded with the presence of Jesus.

It was an oh-my-God, what-have-we-done? moment for them which also became a moment of great awakening. “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (V. 37).

So our culture will trivialize everything from abortion to the Halocaust, by employing trite epithets or historical revision. Scared of the significance of these monumentals, they unselfconsciously admit that they are stuck to their consciences, and are not going away.

Neither is Jesus.

Long after the jeans are gone, even the Italians are gone, the calendars on our walls will still relate to guess who?

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven”. (Colossians 1:19-20)

BC (“before Christ”) to CE, (“common era”)? And AD (“year of our Lord”) to BCE will truly never happen, no matter how hard you scribble it on your blackboards and drill it into your young student’s minds.

We know what you are doing. Trivializing the momentous never works.

Ask the heavens… He really is all too maximum. Like a flea beating an elephant. Almost laughable if not so tragic.