Thursday, September 3, 2009

Who Decides? pt 2

I know I'm only seventeen, and thus, I don't have to make any "choices" (if you get my drift) concerning the size of family I would want. However, in light of how many young people are filling the ranks of homeschooled adult citizens, I believe it's a worthwhile thing to spend some time thinking about. I firmly believe that every single child God puts in a family is there for a distinct and particular reason. When our big, powerful, amazing God wants to give you a gift, handmade in His own image, don't you think the smartest idea is to accept it? Why would we try to tell God "no thanks"? However many children God gives me (when and if He does) will be just right.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Who Decides? pt 1

Yeesh. I didn't know that our little valley was home to such, shall I say, nutcases. Here are a few excerpts from an editorial in Sunday's paper, written by none other than Susan Cahill, proprietor of the local Planned Parenthood office.
"Sunday, May 31, a friend and colleague was murdered in his house of worship while he was handing out church bulletins. His name was Dr. George Tiller, and he was murdered because he cared about women."
Excuse me? Does it ever occur to anyone that he may have cared about all the money he was making? No, just another goodhearted humanitarian. We need more folks like that. (pukes) Let's carry on.
"The person who murdered Dr. Tiller is one of a group of people who consider ANY life more important than that of women and children already born."
Say what? Pro-lifers consider any life more important than other life? It all sounds like life to me, but then I probably am not astute enough to understand the complexity of abortion ethics.
"This country was founded on RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. When life begins is a religious belief. I'll say that again. One's belief about when life begins DEPENDS on what religion (if any) you follow." So, which religion decided that life begins after birth?
"Some believe life begins at conception. For others it may be when the woman first feels fetal movement or when the child takes its first breath."
I think a whole lot of the various religions take several different stances on when life begins. As you can see, it isn't really about your religion, but rather how you feel.
"My personal belief is that it depends on the relationship the woman has with her pregnancy."
What????? So, is she saying that if a woman doesn't "have a good relationship" with her pregnancy, she can deny its status as a living person?
"Those who believe that life begins at conception killed Dr. Tiller"
Ahem- I must recall the fact that one man shot him, not the whole group of people who label themselves pro-life.
"They have decided not only that an embryo or fetus that cannot exist outside of a woman's body has more value than the woman..."
And how many shelters specifically minister to the needs of desperate women?
"...but also that anyone who does not have that same religious belief should be killed. The Taliban are alive and well in our own communities."
I believe Ann Coulter nails this one on the head in her article 49 million to 5.
"I do not write this letter in the hopes of changing the hearts of those that believe otherwise. But for those women who are struggling with what they believe, I want you to know that in our office, you are respected."
Nice little sales-pitch, don't you think?
That is all I am writing for now, but read again next time in part 2 of Who Decides?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What's Wrong With Christopher Robin?

Christopher Robin and his menagerie of beloved animals have become iconic to American & British childhood (the author, A.A.Milne, was born and lived in Great Britain) Personally, I have never been an ardently devoted Pooh fan, but there is an innocent charm about the adventures of a little boy and his bear, that I can't help but wonder at the bucolic, carefree view that pervades the Hundred Acre Wood.
Yet, some have condemned Christopher Robin for being a "sissy boy," and the sentiment can be felt that, instead of stuffed animals, he should play with mock weapons, training himself for the call of war. Where goes the innocence then? Why should he want to maim and kill in his make-believe world?
Obviously, this goes a little deeper than a fictional storybook character. This is about the formation of today's boys; tomorrow's men. I firmly believe there is a danger in the young boys of today dwelling on fantasies of the battlefield. Truth is, war is perhaps the ugliest thing mankind has engaged in. It is a fact of our existence and history, but the followers of the meekest, gentlest Person who walked the earth should not become entangled in this atrocity. We have been put here to show mercy instead of vengeance, compassion instead of selfishness, and love instead of hatred.
So, let little children be free of the hideous blotch of war, and may we also be more like them.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Life will always be meaningless without God.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My Bad

In a prologue to his live performance of Open Your Eyes, Keith Green once said "this generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls."
I would add that we are responsible for the next generation, too. Not just our future kids, but all kids we eventually meet. Any contact impacts everyone in some way or another, but most influentially on those our own age & younger. So, if we see problems in the next 20-30 years, we'll know exactly who to blame. That's just what I've been thinking about lately.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Women's Rights

People, I know the frock coat is pink, but do forgive him all the same. I've got a topic to talk about, if not with anyone else, then at least with myself. What are a woman's rights? Ok, my first big point is that it is not a woman's right to abort her child. That's human rights, which I'm not talking about at the moment. I mean honest to goodness male & female interaction. Are men supposed to dominate women, worship them as incomprehensible goddesses, or treat them as intellectual and spiritual equals? My personal inclination is to think that the latter is most desirable. I've seen several different scenarios which have influenced my thought line here; I'll give one of them:
Man is self-centered and irresponsible, never even tries to understand woman, and writes her offer as another moody, unpredictable female. This feeds the woman's self-centeredness, and she decides the all men are selfish pigs. So then she becomes independant of man. Bad, bad, bad. I would say that this is how much of our culture operates today.
So, I guess what I'm asking here is how do you all see men's and women's roles. I don't expect or desire to be addressed as Madam, Your Highness, or anything silly like that. I think we should all treat each other with the same basic, Christian love. Not that girls should be back-slapping, chummy types, but I don't think we need to be handled as aliens, either.
What say ye?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

First Things

Hi folks! I am going to start posting my beliefs here. Lacking theological verbosity, I will say right off that a lot of this will be in cut-and-paste fashion. I will reference those sources of which I avail myself, to allow further research and minimize confusion. So, without further ado, I will start with the 1921 Garden City Confession of Faith, which sums things up pretty well:

1921 Garden City Confession of Faith
Adopted in 1921, Garden City Missouri
(Taken for “Statement of Christian Doctrine and Rules and Discipline of the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church and Related areas “1998”)
This state of Christian doctrine and discipline has been prepared in the fear of God with a deep burden for the proper application of the unchanging principles of the Word of God.
We believe that God’s children will grow in their appreciation for a Biblically discipline church with a statement of Christian doctrine and application that will assist them in more fully conforming to God’s ways and be a safeguard against the constant pressures and temptations toward worldly accommodations. To this end the following document has been prepared and is presented for acceptance by the membership and for the benefit of interested persons.
A discipline reviewing committee reviewed and prepared this document for consideration and adoption by the Body of Christ.
Article 1
We believe in the plenary and verbal inspiration of the Bible as the Word of God; that it is authentic in is matter, authoritative in it’s counsels, inerrant in the original writings, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. Ex. 4:12; II Sam. 23:2; Ps. 12:6; 119:160; Jer. 1:9l Mt. 5:18; 24:35; II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20, 21.
Article II
We believe that there is but one God, eternal, infinite, perfect, and unchangeable, who exists and reveals Himself in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Duet.6:4; Ps. 90:2; Gen. 17:1; Ps 147:5; 139:7-12; Isa 40:28; 57:15; Mal. 3:6; Gen 1:2; Heb. 1:8.
Article III
We believe that the Genesis account of the Creation is a historic fact and literally true. Gen. 1:1,21,27; Ex. 20:11; Mk. 10:6-9; Heb. 1:10; 4:4; Heb. 11:3.
Article IV
We believe that man was created by an immediate act of God: In His own image and after His likeness; that by one act of disobedience he became sinful in his nature, spiritually dead, subject to physical death and to the power of the devil, from which fallen condition he was unable to save himself. Gen.1:26, 27, 16, 17; 3:1-7; Eph. 2:1-3, 12; Jno 6:44; Rom. 5:6
Article V
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin-the perfect Godman; that He was without sin... Making the only adequate atonement for sine by the shedding of His blood, thus reconciling man to God; that He was raised from the dead, ascended to glory and “ever liveth to make intercession for us.” Jno. 1:1, 14, 18; Heb. 1:8; 13:8; Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:15; Lk. 1:35; Mt. 1:20-25; Isa. 53:5, 6; II Cor. 5:14, 21; Gal. 3:13; I Pet. 2:22, 24; 3:18; Rom. 5:8-10; Mt. 28:6; Acts 2:24; 10:39-41; 17:31; I Cor. 15:20; Acts 1:11; Eph. 1:19, 20; Rev. 1:18; Col. 3:1; Heb. 6:20; I Jno. 2:1, 2; Heb. 7:25.
Article VI
We believe that man is saved alone by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ that he is justified from all things on the ground of His shed blood; that through the new birth he becomes a child of God, partaker of eternal life, and blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ. Eph. 2:8 Rom. 3:20-26; Acts 13:38, 39; Jno. 1:12, 13; 3:4, 8, 16; 5:24; Eph. 1:3.
Article VII
We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; that He convinces the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgment; that He indwells and comforts the believer, guides him into all truth, empowers for service and enables him to live a life of righteousness. Acts 5:3,4; II Cor. 3:3, 17; Jno 16:7, 8, 13; I Cor. 3:16; Gal. 4:6; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:1-4.
Article VIII
We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to know that they have passed from death unto life; that God is able to keep them from falling, but that the obedience of faith is essential to the maintenance of one's salvation and growth in grace. I Jno. 3:14; 5:13; Rom. 8:16; II Cor. 12:9; Jude 24, 25; Rom. 16:25, 26; 1:5; Gal. 3:11; Jno. 8:31; II Pet. 1:5-11.
Article IX
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, composed of all those who through repentance toward God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ have been born again and were baptized by one Spirit into one Body, and that it is her divinely appointed mission to preach the gospel to every creature, teaching obedience to all His commandments. Mt. 15:18; Eph. 1:23; Col 1:18; Acts 20:21; Lk. 24:47; Acts 17:30; 16:31; Gal. 3:26; I Cor. 12:13; Mt. 28:19, 20; Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8.
Article X
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to a life of separation from the world and its follies, sinful practices, and methods; further that it is the duty of the Church to keep herself aloof from all movements which seek the reformation of society independent of the merits of the death of Christ and the experiences of the new birth. I Pet. 2:9; Tit. 2:11-14;2:15; Mt. 28:19, 20; 18:15-18; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 13:17; Acts 14:21-23; 1:15-26.
Article XI
We believe that the Lord has vested the Church with authority in accordance with Scriptural teaching: (1) to choose officials, (2) to regulate the observance of ordinances, (3) to exercise wholesome discipline, and (4) to organize and conduct her work in a manner consistent with her high calling and essential to her highest efficiency. Acts 6:1-6; 13:1-3; II Tim. 2:2; Tit. 1:5-9; 2:15; Mt. 28:19-20; 18:15-18; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 13:17; Acts 14:21-23; 1:15-26.
Article XII
We believe that Christian baptism should be administered upon confession of faith; that the Lord's Supper should be observed as a memorial of His death by those of like precious faith who have peace with god; that feet washing as an ordinance should be literally observed by all believers; that Christian women praying or prophesying should have their heads covered; that the salutation of the holy kiss should be duly and appropriately observed by all believers; that anointing with oil should be administered to the sick who call for it in faith; that marriage between one man and woman is a divine institution dissoluble only by death, that on the part of a Christian it should be “only in the Lord” and that consistency requires that the marriage relation be entered only by those of like precious faith. Lk. 22:19-20. 1 Cor. 11:23-28; Acts 2:39; 8:12; 18:8; Jno. 13:1-7; 1 Cor. 11:2-16; 16:20; Jas. 5:14-16; Mk. 10:6-12; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:39; Amos 3:3
Article XIII
We believe that all Christians should honor, pray for, and pay tribute to, and obey in all thins those who are in authority in state and nation, provided however, that should instances arise in which such obedience would violate the higher law of god “we ought to obey God, rather than mane,” that Church and State are separate, and while believers are to be subject o, they are not a part of the civil, administrative powers; that it is contrary to the teachings of Christ and the apostles to engage in carnal warfare; that Christians should “adorn themselves in modest apparel ... not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”; that the swearing of oaths is forbidden in the New Testament Scriptures; that secret orders are antagonistic to the tenor and spirit of the Gospel; and that life insurance is inconsistent with the filial trust in the he providence and care of our heavenly Father. 1 Pet. 2:13, 14, 17; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1, 2; Acts 5:29; Mt. 22:21; Mk. 10:42-44; Jno. 18:36; 2 Cor. 10:4; 1 Tim 2:9, 10; 1 Pet 3:3-5; Mt. 5:34-37; Jas. 5:12; Jno. 18:20; Eph. 5:11, 12; ! Jno 3:17; Gal. 6:10; Jer. 49:11; Eph.. 1:22, 23.
Article XIV
We believe that the later days will be characterized by general lawlessness and departure from the faith; that on the part of the world “iniquity shall abound; and “evil men shall wax worse and worse”; that on the part of the Church there will be a falling away and “the love of many shall wax cold”; that false teachers shall abound, both deceiving and being deceived and further, that present conditions indicate that we are now living in these perilous times. I Tim. 4:1, 2; Rom. 16:17,18; II Tim. 2:1-5, 13; II Peter 2:1, 2, 10; Mt. 24:11, 12; II Thes. 2:3.
Article XV
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and in the bodily resurrection of all men, both of the just and the unjust-of the just to the resurrection of life, and of the unjust to the resurrection of condemnation. Jno. 20:20, 24-29; Lk. 24:30, 31; I Cor. 15:42-44; Acts 24; Jno. 5:28, 29; I Cor. 15:20-23.
Article XVI
We believe in the personal, imminent coming of our Lord as the blessed hope of the believer; that we who are alive and remain, together with the dead in Christ who will be raised, shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the he air and thus ever be with the Lord, Jno. 14:2, 3 Acts 1:11; Mt. 24-44; Heb. 10:37; Tit. 2:11-13; I Thes. 4:13-18.
Article XVII
We believe that in the interval between death and resurrection, the righteous will be with Christ in a state of conscious bliss and comfort, but that the wicked will be in a place of torment, in a state of conscious suffering and despair. Lk. 16:19-31; 23:43; Phil. 1:23; II Cor. 5:1-8; I Thes. 5:10; II Pet. 2:9