Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Christian and the World

God intends us to penetrate the world. 
Christian salt has no business to remain snugly

in elegant little ecclesiastical salt cellars; 
our place is to be rubbed into the secular community, 
as salt is rubbed into meat, to stop it going bad. 
And when society does go bad, 
we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror 
and reproach the non-Christian world; 
but should we not rather reproach ourselves? 
One can hardly blame unsalted meat for going bad. 
It cannot do anything else. 
The real question to ask is: 
Where is the salt?”
― John R.W. Stott

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Love, Virtue and Christ-likeness

It can never be a true or authentic Love
IF it undermines or compromises any other Virtue
It certainly is not Christ-like

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three Dynamics of Pan-Unipolarism

Things that I have been thinking... Your thoughts?
Three Dynamics of Pan-Unipolarism:***
Dynamic One:

Focuses on the significant EMPHASIS, AFFIRMATION and MANDATE that is placed on CULTURAL EQUALIZATION AND DIVERSITY, particularly as it relates to religious worldviews and philosophical ideologies - most notably as found prominently within institutions like Higher Education, The Media and Politics...
However, the fact that WE SHOULD ALL BE WILLING to think and act in this manner (I.e. Expected/Must/Mandated) is a primary nonnegotiable of what is Pan Unipolarism...
Dynamic Two:
The pervasive insistence that almost all religious worldviews and ideologies, AT THEIR CORE, ARE REALLY THE SAME EXISTENTIALLY - That STYLE differences between religious faiths, should not be confused or conflated with what is believed to be the truly meaningful and redemptive SUBSTANCE similarities between religious faiths.
Thus, to establish this equivalency will require historical redaction, social engineering through education, strategic coercion and a lot of patience and patronization.
However, it is important to note that at this point, there is not any sort of "centralized command," or collective national conspiracy; but rather a system of sympathetic institutional and ideological tributaries, that are all collectively feeding into a single cultural pond.
This dynamic of comprehensive, macro "sameness" is already very much in play.
Dynamic Three:
The Socio-Political insistence, that the steadfast pursuit of "HUMAN PROGRESS AND ITS ULTIMATE EVOLUTIONARY FULFILLMENT, must be the dominate principle of all human endeavors - confidently correlating it as the highest enlightened pursuit and calling that any culture could possibly practice. Notably, "Human Progress" is defined and it's distinctive particulars are DICTATED BY THE OMNIPRESENCE AND RATIONALIZED POWER OF THE STATE (regional then eventually global).
In effect, this human endeavor is designed (ostensibly) to transcend societal evils like: sexism, racism, tribalism, nationalism, capitalism, socio-economic status, and religious meta-narratives.
Any philosophical and religious expression, or portions thereof, that affirm the above, are summarily amalgamated and syncretized in, as part of the emerging (and eventually what will become the dominate) Pan-Unipolarism narrative; and anything (as well as anyone) that will not affirm all of the above, will eventually, and summarily marginalized, and then edited out...
***Everyone at all times and in all places must think, believe and value the same predetermined things at all times..."
I might add this doesn't necessarily apply to the minutiae in life, but rather broad, but compelling principles...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Humanist Christian

Regardless of their sincerity,
The most tragic and unwitting
Heretic of them all
Is the humanist*** Christian. 

There is no more subtle, well intended and seemingly innocuous, form of

Self-deification than this...


***"Humanist." In general, as a derivative of "humanism" (any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity PREDOMINATE). Thus, this is a person 1. Who is motivated by strong interest in, or concern for human welfare, values, and dignity; and 2. The primary (humanist) lens through which they interpret and leverage scripture (often standing over scripture vs. standing under it); and 3. How they understand (in syncretized fashion) God's primary relationship with humankind. The humanist Christian is a person who has amalgamated two ideological systems (Humanism and Christianity) into a unified whole... 

At the heart of it, they believe in the steady progress of humanity; that the progressive project of humanity supersedes all other worldview claims; and that reason, logic and compassion are the means by which we further mature as a species; finally that anthropomorphizing Jesus/God in their image, with their values is what God would have them do... This is an emerging demographic I believe...

I have had extensive and numerous conversations with quite a few people who fit this description... People who are highly intelligent and articulate, and as such, a very real concern in terms of their influence on numerous, less aware believers... Historically, it has always been hotly contentious on what the essence or core of Christianity is in relationship to God. But in my life-time, from my perspective and experience, never as much as there is now. I see it in the pews, on social media and throughout our culture... Virulent forms of Social Progressivism have finally matured and are present in every major institution in our culture, powerfully influencing every ideological system... We would be wise to pay attention ...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Problem With Exclusively Practicing "Biblical (Social) Justice

The Contemporary Christian Praxis

Toward the Passionate, Primary and Exclusive Implementation of "Biblical Justice"

Independently From Christ's Mandate 
To Recognize and Live in "Biblical Righteousness."

Reduces the Gospel to a 
Sanctified Variant of Social Progressivism

As such... 

It usually relegates the whole of Biblical Justice into a sphere of good works for the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized, but often ignores the ominous promise of God's Justice for those alienated from Him... 

It pragmatically blemishes Holiness

It conflates Grace with Tolerance

It privileges Love as The Truth, but not rarely affirms Love for The Truth. 

In like manner, it assumes that Love is universally and easily recognizable, but postulates Truth as relative and forever shrouded in unsearchable mystery. 

Given enough time and opportunity, in the end, it will make them (terrifyingly) fallible dispensers of Justice, rather than humble servants of it.