Does breaking the law which incurs jail time matter? What if it fills users with some otger spirit other than that of the True and Living God? What if it increases all sorts of public health and public safety, especially traffic safety, problems? Is that a problem? Not if it's pot.
Let's draw a parallel - opium. Opiates remain an important pain killer, but their use is highly controlled. Would we be making these kinds of debates about the legalization of opiates? I certainly hope not!
Marijuana *might* be a source material for beneficial drugs. I'm sure there are those who would say it's more natural so it's safer. So is arsenic. Not every plant that grows in the field is good for food post-Fall. There are thorns of many kinds.
That's just poor exegesis based on a faulty hermeneutic, Wayfarer, which is based on a faulty Christology which looks more like a certain past President's idea of Jesus than the Biblical one. Jesus never came to make anyone feel bad, they reason. After all, the Eleveth Commandmnet is "Thou shalt not make thy neighbor feel bad. He must not feel bad about his spouse, his house, his automobile, his employees or employer or any other aspect of thy neighbor." Only those hyper religious church people (you know, the ones who we have to exceed in righteousness to get into heaven as good people) got His dander up.
Great story, but it's just that...a story, a piece of fiction. The Bible gives history, the true "His Story" which gives a different picture of who Jesus is, what we must do thru Him and His sacrifice to enter heaven, and why...because we are all desperate sinners in need to grace.
Amen, Wayfarer. We're careful to wear masks as requested/directed in public, but certainly right about the double standard. Those young people who went out a-protestin' sure did come home a-coughin'. The good news is that they are under 65 and won't likely, based only on statistics, wind up in a coffin.
The trifecta of competing crises is just what was wanted to give leverage to the Progressives and outright Marxists, if there is a difference.
You've said it before, Brother. They'll be coming for our Bibles soon enough.
There is, at the most basic level, a source for our concepts of right and wrong.
C. S. Lewis used the concept of "fair" being a relatively universally understood concept as an argument for the existance of God. I'm not sure his argument will hold up today as these concepts have been redefined as "right" and "wrong" have.
Instead, we have these competing notions that spawn from different locations and entities. One the one side is the Lord God Almighty who created Truth and Wisdom and Justice as well as all things. Nothing that was made was not made by Him. On the other side is the world or crowd which wants, in the most desperate way, to supplant their Maker & Sustainer with their own set of truth. Like the Lord with His faithful witnesses and prophets, the other side presents its false prophets and soothsayers that say what the crowd wants to hear and that appeals to their basest, fleshly levels.
Our struggle is that, in the flesh, we would be right with the masses. We ourselves are scarely saved and that only by grace. We daily fight sin in ourselves. May the Lord have mercy on those inside the camp of faith as well as outside the camp of faith. May He not stop working in us and may He call those outside to Himself.
Difficult circumstance to explain, and one would have to look squarely at the variables to determine if there is a strong cause-and-effect between lockdown and death rate.
I suspect that the number of people who became seriously infected was higher in more densely populated locations. The higher the density, the more Democratic the government. Democrats locked down stronger and harder than other places.
Amen, Brother John. The reality is that the death rate from original sin is 100%. Now is the time to seek the pardon of the Lord through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Chrisgp raised an important aspect. When people begin to collect "oppressed people group" labels like medals or merit badges as a show of "I'm the more oppressed" and "I'm more oppressed than you" shows of one-upmanship, the impacts of CRT/I are running deep.
I urge everyone to become familiar with the Critical Race Theory/Intersectionality mindset and worldview. The Aquila Report has many links (not from Lincoln, NE) explaining it from a Biblical perspective.
This is taking the Apostle Paul's evidence of his apostleship from 2 Corinthians and turning it on its head. Paul used his persecutions and sufferings for the Gospel to defend his record and calling against false teachers who had followed in his wake with a "faithful Christains dont face trials" argument. The marks of oppression are the badges of faithfulness for us Christians. It doesn't work that way for any particular race, gender, gender expression, etc.
Amen, Brother John. When the mob declared itself the arbiter of truth, they declared themselves to be God. Our Lord does not accept competition. I recently came across a couple of blog postings that suggest all this CRT/I has the trappings of a religion. I also read one that pointed to the rage from fatherlessness as a key underpinning concept.
One can't argue that the amount of stress from the fear of death doesn't have an impact on children, but this story is overselling the situation. It is a difficult situation and I believe the youngest have lost quite a bit that isn't recognized. We have worked hard to ensure that our child remains as connected as possible as sports and other group activities cancelled. But what children are facing today are no different than children faced in other desperate times.
Great points, Wayfarer, but I disagree that academics are missing that we are in a Marxist uprising. I think they not only know that we are, but are part of the forces behind it. All those out of school, unemployed college students who have taken to the streets as the core of the protests are just earning extra credit.
Most Americans miss this point, though, but not everyone. We need to understand the flavor of the times and have an answer to those who ask about our hope. Target rich area for evangelism.
I've heard that argument too: homosexual behaviors exist within the animal kingdom which therefore make those behaviors "natural." No, it only shows that sin's effects from the Fall run greater than we might expect. Romans 8 says that Creation was subject to futility and groans along with us waiting for Jesus'return.
You are quite right, I'm afraid, Brother Wayfarer. Like any cultural revolution, there will be blood in the streets and truth out the window. I talked with a deluded man today who is certain a French Revolution-style cataclysm is coming. All the masses of people's who have been held down are about to rise up and establish their own rule. He quoted the Constitution defined citizen responsibility to take charge if things go awry.
Because we belong to Christ and not some Marxist cause, we're not in a comfortable place. May we witness fearlessly and pray earnestly anyway.
If "love always wins," someone needs to first define "love," then give an analysis of whether that "love" is right or wrong. The Bible does that quite well. But society wants to use crowd-sourced definitions and morals. Not only is that counter to God's specific definitions and beyond His established limits, but crowd-sourced definitions and morals will change, so,times quickly and radically. Can't trust that kind of thinking. Better to stand on the Rock that cannot be moved.