links for 2008-07-02


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  1. Brandon Avatar

    I think a lit­tle lib­er­ty was tak­en in the def­i­n­i­tion. Acts against me, were grouped in with acts against mem­bers of my fam­i­ly who I have a bib­li­cal respon­si­bil­i­ty to pro­tect on pain of being worse than an infidel.

    I can choose to show Christ-like­ness to crim­i­nals who’ve offend­ed me, I am Christs, in life or death I am to glo­ri­fy Christ. Can I glo­ri­fy Christ, while ush­er­ing those into eter­ni­ty those who would do me harm? Jesus was not con­cerned about his own safe­ty, nor may I say, par­tic­u­lar­ly alarmed about that of his dis­ci­ples. His words, “put up your sword in its’ sheath” do not sound like those of a ret­ribu­tive, self defend­ing vig­i­lante. Why? Because he knew every­thing, and was Omnipow­er­ful and com­plete­ly in control.

    He, more so than any man to have lived, might have ush­ered the souls of those creep­ing around through the gar­den for him into eter­ni­ty post-haste. But he did not.

    Many Chris­tians in their mil­i­tant meism, have men­tal­ly stripped God of his pow­er. He is as pow­er­ful, and as in con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion as he was when he part­ed the Red Sea to deliv­er Israel from the pow­er of those who would have killed them. What is less strong is our faith in the prov­i­dence of God.

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