Lincoln's Blog

Continuing from last entry:

We must not lose ourselves in abstract words.   It is better to put aside the books and take the family to the seaside.  Standing there on the sand, I am confronted with a more tangible absolute.  The ocean has its own eternal rhythms.    It is a beneficent vision, and some people go no further than that.   They loll on the beach, soaking up the rays, and never set foot in the water.

The key to the whole message of the Bible,
                  the character of God,
                  the ministry of Jesus and
                  the destiny of humanity
            is found in two words:  holy love.

        Holy:  the quality of withdrawal, separation, “otherness,” purity.  This is God’s response to imperfection and rebellion.

        Love:  the quality of compassionate outreach and redemptive engagement at personal cost.

Secularists have it right, sort of, when they accuse Christians of tending towards a theocratic form of government. What these critics conjure up is a dystopian vision of a Christian form of sharia, compounded of the Catholic Inquisition, fundamentalist moral values and a reintroduction of Puritan stocks into the public square. One response to this trope is to point out the historic role of Protestant Christianity in the rise of democratic government.

" I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14)

“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Jn 8:31-32

 

The modern educated citizen is faced with a  baffling number of choices when considering moral values and political causes.  What ideology is right, what organizations should one join,  what are the greatest needs of our time?  The combined effect of education and technology on the individual is to multiply options and decrease cohesion.   How does the individual fit himself or herself into the larger picture so as to give meaning and significance to one's existence?  How does one make a positive difference in the world?

The centerpiece of the racial teaching of Christianity is given in Paul's letter to the Ephesians 2:14-16: