Sunday, 16 May 2010

Couldn't Have Said it Better Myself!

From Matt Kennedy at Stand Firm regarding the consecration of Mary Glasspool, a partnered lesbian, as a bishop in the Episcopal church. (and yes, I deliberately didn't capitalize the word "church.")
That the Episcopal Church--an evaporating pond already overstocked with committed Muslims, witches and wizards, Sufi dancers, labyrinths, cosmic techno masses, Buddhists, John Spong, Marcus Borg, John Chane, and, yes, many people who engage in sex acts with members of the same sex--tosses an episcopal lesbian into the stagnating water just isn't news. Its sadly obvious that they desperately wanted the attention.

Ranks as one of the great paragraphs in the history of English literature, IMHO.

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Christ Took Away Our Excuses

The music leader at this morning's service at Edson Baptist spoke about a book he was reading by Dr Martin Lloyd-Jones, a good Anglican. Actually, for a Baptist church, I am amazed and rather encouraged at how many Anglicans are held in high regard here; J.I. Packer, John Stott and the aforementioned Dr Lloyd-Jones among them. Our Pastor attended the recent ReFocus conference in BC where he said he enjoyed hearing Charlie Masters.

But I digress. The point our music leader was trying to make concerned those who may think that whatever sin they have had in their life may be too much to be forgiven.

So I condensed it into a couple of soundbites regarding Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.
His sacrifice was necessary, but it was sufficient.

But the train of thought proceeded to go further. It occurred to me that it not only took away our sin, it also took away our excuses. Because it may be that this, "woe is me, my sin is too great for God to forgive" lament, might just be an excuse to avoid facing accountability. John the Gospel writer says,
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (3:19)

When Jesus took our sin upon him on the cross, he also took away any excuse we might have to reject his freely offered opportunity for salvation.

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

The Paranoia of Marci McDonald

From Ezra Levant's blog
Marci McDonald writing about Canada's "Christian right" is about as convincing as Ted Byfield would be if he ever wrote a book about the nuances of the Quebec sovereignty movement. It's just not within their field of expertise -- or even the language they speak. That's a gentle way of saying McDonald doesn't know what the hell she's talking about.

Here are some excerpts form the Toronto Star Article:

Amid the stormy U.S. health-care debate of 2009, most Canadians were stunned to discover that one of their own was the star of a $2 million television campaign warning Americans about the perils of this country’s publicly funded medical system. Shona Holmes, the poster girl for that attack, turned out to be fronting a lawsuit against Ontario’s health ministry spearheaded by a Calgary-based Christian advocacy group named the Canadian Constitution Foundation.

Of course neither the commercial nor Ms Holmes had anything to do with Christianity. Nor, as Ezra points out on his blog, does the Canadian Constitutional Foundation.

Regarding the seeming reversal in public opinion on abortion she whines;
That blatant attempt to raise the emotional temperature in an already volatile debate comes as two U.S. polls show that, for the first time since 1995, opposition to abortion is on the rise while support for it is slipping even more sharply.

Of course, here is the typically liberal attitude that counts majority public opinion only when it agrees with them. If it goes against their own holy grail of thought, it is deluded, discounted and in need of correction.

At a New Brunswick press conference in the midst of the 2008 election campaign, Stephen Harper staked out his political legacy, arguing that under his government, the Canadian public had already become more conservative. Although he seemed to be referring to fiscal attitudes, social conservatives like Joseph Ben-Ami did not disagree. “In the real world, you measure success not so much on whether you won or lost but where the centre of gravity is,” Ben-Ami says. “And I think in this country, it has shifted somewhat to the right.” (emphasis mine, JK)

Here we see an ad hominem on Stephen Harper turned into an underhanded insinuation against the "religious right;" a totally manipulative amd disingenuous licence.

Writing of the expectations of said religious right upon his election, and their supposed disappointment at the lack of results, she says.

...those measures he did proffer seemed born of calculation, not conviction, many came across as awkward and opportunistic, executed under a veil of secrecy and withdrawn at the first sign they might exact too high a price at the voting booth.

It would be nice for her to present some examples of these withdrawn measures.

...the Prime Minister now sends his public blessings to prayer rallies where Christian nationalists brandishing Canadian flags are calling for a Bible-based theocracy.

Not disputing this, but just who is realistically calling for a "Bible-based theocracy?" Who are these people the Prime Minister is blessing? I'd like to hear.

In their idealized Christian nation, non-believers — atheists, non-Christians and even Christian secularists — have no place, and those in violation of biblical law, notably homosexuals and adulterers, would merit severe punishment and the sort of shunning that once characterized a society where suspected witches were burned. (????!!!!) Theirs is a dark and dangerous vision, one that brooks no dissent and requires the dismantling of key democratic institutions. A preview is on display south of the border, where decades of religious-right triumphs have left a nation bitterly splintered along lines of faith and ideology, trapped in the hysteria of overcharged rhetoric and resentment. (incredulous punctuation mine, JK)

Reading the above paragraph, one wonders just who is guilty of the "hysteria of overcharged rhetoric."

The whole article reveals a liberal in fear of her sacred agenda and past victories being threatened. One can imagine the exact opposite scenario; that of a social conservative rueing the creeping influence of liberalism and sexual immorality. In which case Ms McDonald wou be quite pleased with the direction things were going.

Read the whole article here.

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PS: Oddly enough, I think I may have gone to High School with Ms McDonald, if she is the same Marci McDonald who attend Saltfleet District High School in Stoney Creek Ontario in the late '50's and early '60's. I recall her being a top student, always at the top of the class, while I was somewhere in the middle. I sent her an e-mail once, asking her that very thing, but I post a link to my blog on my e-mail, so if it was her, that may be why she didn't reply.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Only One Way

I was watching a Hindu program the other day on television. I don't remember the name of the program, although I have seeen it before, and I probably couldn't pronounce it properly if I did. I involves a shaved-headed teacher sitting in front of what reminds me of some kind of padded headboard teaching on various spiritual matters from a Hindu point of view. He actually mentions God quite a bit.

On this particular program he mentioned a question that was asked to, I think, a Buddhist. He obviously considered this question quite important because he paused, repeated it, and spoke quite slowly and emphatically as he spoke. The question was, "What is the best religion?"

And then he gave the Buddhist's answer... "The best religion is the one that brings you closest to God." Now, it seemed he considered this answer quite profound, because again, he repeated it, and repeated it slowly for emphasis. He said that he was surprised at the answer. One would expect a Buddhist to answer that Buddhism was the best religion, but instead, he answered that the best religion was the one that brought you, "...closest to God." And this Hindu teacher felt that this was quite a wonderful answer. It sounds quite wonderful, doesn't it?

Except that it is completely wrong! And it is exactly what is wrong with all the world's "religions." Because no religion brings you closer to God. It is the arrogance of religion to think that anything its participants can do can enable us to approach God at all. In fact, if all other religions are defined by the term, "religion," then Christianity (as Chesterton says) is not a religion at all. The thing about Christianity, and the very different thing, is that Christianity is not an attempt to reach God, but rather a communication of truth; the truth that, although we cannot on our own, or through anything we do, get close to God, God has indeed reached down to us. It is a declaration that God, in Jesus, came to us, for the very reason that we could not approach Him.

Other religions tell us we can get close to God through their system. Christianity realizes we can't. Some religions try to avoid God by saying we don't need Him, or that He doesn't exist, or everything we need is within us, or He is so loving that He accepts everyone and their behaviours just the way they are. They say there need be no accountability for sin. Christianity acknowledges that need, but also declares the forgiveness that is available as its antidote. Every other religion says, "This is what you must do." Christianity says, "This is what God, in Christ, has already done.

But in spite of what any other religion might say, there is only one way; only one truth; only one life. Only one way to God.

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Saturday, 1 May 2010

C'est a Rire

Which, translated, if I am not mistaken means, "It is to laugh!"

Where is the liberal press on this one...

Iran has won a seat on the UN Commission on the Status of Women...
In Iran, women are required to be covered from head to toe in public, and may be beaten for dressing in what is considered an “immodest” manner. Earlier this month a top Iranian cleric blamed immodest women for earthquakes. Women also possess fewer rights in the areas of marriage, parenthood, inheritance and career.

Would that it were indeed, only a joke.

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Abortion and... Maternal Health?

This is what some would have us foist on Africa in the name of maternal health.

Depression and substance abuse plague about half of American women who reported having an abortion, according to a new University of Manitoba study.

The study, published in the current issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychology, suggests there's an association between mental disorders and abortion and that doctors should screen for a history of abortion in women who present symptoms of anxiety, mood disorders and substance abuse.

However, local researchers are adamant the findings do not conclude that abortion causes mental disorders or drug abuse, saying the study did not examine other contributing factors -- including whether the mental abdisorder existed before a woman had an abortion.
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I'm not sayin'... I'm just sayin', y'know?

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