Did you hear it? The can of worms just opened…
This topic of whether or not the United States of America was ever a Christian nation (or whether it was intended to be) has been:
- Argued, and
by people of every stripe (Christian and non-Christian).
This last week I came across an interview on Dr. Albert Mohler’s podcast – Thinking In Public. If you’ve never listened to Dr. Mohler speak, teach, or conduct an interview, you don’t know he’s potentially one of the smartest people on the planet (my opinion, but I’m in good company). And you also don’t know that he’s passionately committed to Jesus Christ and truth… whatever it may be.
This particular episode was an interview with Dr. Gregg Frazer (scroll half way down the linked page). He is Professor of History and Political Studies at The Master’s College (affiliated with Dr. John MacArthur). Dr. Frazer has written a new book entitled, “The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation and Revolution.” In his book, Dr. Frazer uncovers the truth on this issue regarding the beliefs of the most influential founding fathers of the United States, and shows from their own writings what they truly believed.
I encourage you to listen to the interview… and to do so prayerfully, with a heart that seeks truth rather than some personal agenda.
Was the U.S. intended to be a Christian nation?
This question is not important because it is controversial. It is important because truth matters. What you and I believe impacts how we view the world and live in it. If we Americans are assuming things about our country that are not true, then we will act in ways that are out of place – and be representing AS true what is actually false.
LISTEN to the podcast… and enter the discussion below…
What did you think?
This is a topic very close to my heart… and one that I pray about often.
Randy Alcorn shares about his own experience in seeing his own 84 year old Dad come to Christ in the midst of a painful battle against cancer. He says his Dad was one of the most resistant people to the gospel he had ever met.
I’m encouraged by his testimony… and by his commitment to stick to the truth of scripture, instead of giving in to his temptation to water down the truth for the sake of his own feelings and comfort.
Randy Alcorn - Truth, Grace and My Father’s Conversion at age 84
I’m on sabbatical (translation: I’m resting),
so this is a pre-scheduled post for your encouragement, education and enjoyment!
Most people in the United States have at least one Bible in their home. My family… probably more than 10 (I’m a preacher, ya know). I see Bibles in Thrift Stores, for free (that’s cool) in our country. We have scripture completely available… but how do we see it? Is it a paperweight? A dust catcher? An “owner’s manual” for every person? A source of ancient wisdom for life? Here’s a video from Mark Driscoll about that very issue. The way he says it, “The Bible is FOR us, but it is ABOUT Jesus.”
I’m on sabbatical (translation: I’m resting), so this is a pre-scheduled
post for your encouragement, education and enjoyment!
things that are going on in the world. The conversations are between Dr. Mohler (President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY), and various guests who are influential thinkers, writers, and figures in the public realm. I never fail to learn something or be spurred on to better thinking about my faith in a world that is in rebellion against God. Each episode is between 30 and 50 minutes… so it’s perfect for your commute, exercise time, or whatever! Check it out!
I’m on sabbatical (translation: I’m resting).
This post is a pre-scheduled post for your edification!
It is very important to love people. It is very important to be merciful toward people. It is very important to be considerate of other people’s feelings.
But sometimes we try so hard to be considerate of people’s feelings that we neglect the feelings of God.
Mark Driscoll says it so well in this clip…
FOLKS… listen carefully to what he’s saying.
- Is your compassion for people stronger than your love for God?
- Does mercy sometimes rape truth?
Watch this to see what I’m talking about…
I’m on sabbatical (translation: I’m resting). So this is a
pre-scheduled post for your edification!
Yes, I know. The title of the post is provocative. Intentionally so. Yes… I know it is.
Why would I imply that God hates sinners?
Because the Bible says He does.
If you want to know what I mean… David Platt says it better than anyone…
But if you’re gonna’ watch this… take the time to watch the entire thing – so you don’t misunderstand!
I ran across this conversation a while back… and truly appreciate the humble, realistic, and biblical comments these two men of God make about the issue of humility VS pride, and how to handle what other people think about you. It’s less than 3 minutes… worth a listen!
From Dare2Share Ministries… and my old friend Greg Stier – keep spreadin’ the news Greg!
This is a great talk, aimed at women but applicable to all…
The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried. - G. K. Chesterton
From the standpoint of difficulty, one of the most troublesome texts in all of the Bible is this…
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:14-16
To emphasize and motivate the Christian toward holiness by pointing out that God Himself is holy seems a bit unproductive at first. It seems like saying such a thing would be equal to telling a beginning high-jumper, “The world record is 7 ft. 11 1/2 inches. Do that.” Yeah right!
One of the many “old, dead guys” that I learn a lot from says it perfectly, and helps us to turn away from a defeated, “throw-up-your-hands-in-dispair” attitude, toward a productive train of thought, with these wise words…
The Christian life is stamped all through with impossibility. Human nature cannot come anywhere near what Jesus Christ demands, and any rational being facing his demands honestly, says, “It can’t be done, apart from a miracle.” Exactly. - Oswald Chambers
What point is O.C. making? Simply that the Christian life is a life that only Christ can live, and He desires to do so THROUGH us, day by day. If we are serious, and diligent, we can come to know this truth, progress in the practice of it, and begin to see that “impossible” stuff happen on a more frequent basis. What would normally have catapulted us into a temper tantrum, doesn’t even trigger an irritated emotion. An opportune moment to put that haughty and irritating co-worker in his place, instead produces a kind and encouraging word toward him. It can happen, and it does happen. But there is a cost…
Look back at the verse from 1 Peter. ”Do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance.” What’s that saying? It’s revealing 2 aspects of our part in the equation.
Get yourself OUT of the old, fleshly habits that used to control you. How do you do that? You start by asking the Spirit to do His work of convicting and revealing. Then you go to work on what He shows you. You avoid the contexts that lend themselves to that habit. You avoid it like the plague (it is). You begin to replace them with good and Godly behaviors. It’s a long, hard task requireing a never-say-die attitude. It’s not easy, or quick, or simple – all the things our culture tells you it SHOULD be. But what would you expect from a culture that is increasingly growing in godlessness? I told you it would cost you something…
Replace your former ignorance with present knowledge. How do you do that? Learn how to read the scriptures. Learn how to understand them. Learn how to memorize them. Learn how to apply them. Fill yourself up with truth so that you will recognize the counterfeit when it comes. Then, in the power of the Spirit, live it out when crunch time comes. It will be hard, take a lot of diligence, and require blood, sweat, and tears on many different ocassions. But in the end, will be gloriously worth it!
Finally, Peter tells us WHY this is so important. “You shall be holy, for I am holy.“ If we ever hope to represent our God faithfullly, we have to know that a life that demonstrates His work is essential. That’s called a life of holiness (purity).
I talk to people all the time who are confident that because they once prayed a prayer in a church (or some other venue) God accepts them. Then almost in the same breath, with an attitude bordering on “flippant,” they talk about how they won’t give up their pet habits that are obviously contrary to a holy life. Something isn’t right with that picture. OUR GOD is a HOLY God. He is dishonored when we take His name but won’t allow Him to produce HIS LIFE in us. It’s HIS glory that matters, and is our true motive for living a life of holy purity.
More to come…