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This Month's Scripture Verse:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3:1-5


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Comments Which Conservatives Block From Their Blogs For October 7, 2015

Oct 1
To Trevin Wax and his blogpost stating that the war waged by our fleshly desires against our souls is  a more important battle than the current culture war. This appeared in the Gospel Coalition Website

In one sense, I agree with the article though not for the same reasons as the author did. The war on our souls is a more important battle than the culture war because, IMO, the current culture war is our fault. There would be no culture war if none of the sides involved sought to dominate the others. But that is exactly what we tried to do. To create a society in the image of the ideals of religiously conservative, American Christians, we sought a privileged position in in society in order to control the behaviors of others. The establishment of  privileged position has caused a pendulum swing and we are, perhaps, witnessing that swing going in the opposite direction.

But we should note that there is a dualism that I don't think is Biblical to magnify the internal and individual struggles we have with sin over the external and corporate struggles. We sin as individuals and in groups. The root cause for both is sin. But too many times, it is only the internal struggles against sin that  deemed as being worthy of our attention. Our complicity in the corporate sins of the society or the state are given a hall pass. And yet those sins include violating the commandments prohibiting murder and theft.


Oct 4

To R. Scott Clark and his Heidelblog quote on how the Law of Moses is an example of natural law. This appeared in the Heidelblog.

Such brings up a dilemma. On the one hand we declare that the Law's, which was the Law of Moses, first purpose is to show us our sin. On the other hand, some religiously Conservative Christians believe that the civil authorities have a responsibility for enforcing natural law. What the follows the conjunction of these two statements is the incarceration of all.


Oct 6

To Joe Carter and his comparison between "soviet-style" food banks vs a free market approach to running food banks. This appeared in the Acton blog.

A couple of problems exist in this article. First, the alleged soviet-style of food banks was never verified by being described. Second, what is described as a free market system is more of a lottery system than a free market system.

But perhaps the biggest problem with this article is that it doesn't address the subject of what kind of market produced the need for food banks in the first place.

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