Random musings II

Random photoshop sketchJust a few random thoughts that struck me while reading something or contemplating the big picture.

American evangelicalism with its reformed/calvinist roots has been beating the “saved by faith alone” and “works can’t save” drum so hard that it’s not surprising that society has taken them up on it and become so morally bankrupt.  It doesn’t matter what you do; the only thing that counts is the attitude of your heart; your good intentions, your mental believing  – right?  Not according to Jesus and the apostles.

Jesus says in John 14:12-15, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.  If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.  [and in vs 23 He says]  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.

And then american christendom has the audacity to whine and moan about the moral state of society.  They’ve been preaching the gospel of predestination and faith without works for centuries now and they wonder why the unchurched and churched live the way they do…

The Republican’s primary battles and the subsequent lower chance of unseating Obama is self-inflicted because political libertarians/conservatives must behave in a dog-eat-dog, individualistic, last man standing, defend-my-honor-to-the-last-drop-of-blood way, because otherwise they wouldn’t be pure conservatives anymore.  They can’t be communal/conciliatory minded because that’s just not the right-wing way…

Free-market fundamentalism has become a major tenet of the religious right’s dogma. What they don’t seem to realize is that those economic policies directly and indirectly water the very weed garden of social issue problems they detest.  The free-market rat race, the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer, the necessity of two working parents, and the growth/materialism at any cost exacerbates corruption,  family breakdown, stress, greed, envy, immorality, gambling and spiritual apathy.  Hence the amazing scenes of politically conservative ‘patriot’ pastors and other religious right elites railing against lax sexual morality but hailing Ayn Rand capitalism as God’s chosen economic system…

Heard someone complaining today about public schools teaching evolution and being against Christians…  Here’s my word to said complainer….  “Who gave you [religious right complainer], as a member of that small percentage of this nation’s population, the right to whinge (rhymes with binge and is British for complaining.  A delicious word to say I might add) about such a circumstance and act as if everyone else should bend over and fulfill all of your wishes?  You live in a democracy.  The majority has decided to believe in evolution and to not start their educational days with rote prayers.  That means you [religious right whiner] don’t get to set the rules for public schools anymore.  So shut up and quit whining.  Leave the public schools or go and be a humble, loving positive person in that environment, quietly living out your faith, thankful for the many religious freedoms you do have (and they are many).

Finally, I’m so thankful for the existence of the living Kingdom of God in all its small and unheralded ways.  Without the hope of Jesus and what He and His Way mean I don’t know what I would do.  The world is so deeply dark without that Light.  The storm clouds mount but there is hope.

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About Andrew Zook

Artist dad husband writer progressive post-evangelical emergent Anabaptist graphic designer web designer reader video editor
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