Acts of mercy?

I’m sure at least some of you have heard about the recent Dr. Phil show  that, apparently, stated it is merciful to kill your disabled child. I’ve been hearing this type of thing a lot lately. It’s one thing to just read about this type of thing in the headlines, but it is something entirely different when it seems most people in our culture agree with it. You know who else had this view? Hitler. I’m sorry, is it extreme for me to say that? Regardless, it is true. He would have mentally handicapped kids taken from hospitals to be killed. Hitler also was able to convince most of the public that disabled folks didn’t deserve to live OR he was able to convince people to turn a blind eye at what was happening.

I am sure that some  people do believe this is an act of mercy; however, behind this supposed compassionate face of killing off the weak is eugenics and it’s nothing new. Eugenics has been alive and well in America for sometime … it never really went away. Now days it certainly does seem to be making a resurgence though, with little to no opposition.

It goes without saying that we live in such a dark society. I don’t think electing Republicans or keeping “under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance will do anything to save our culture. I pray that Christians would stop putting their hope in such things! The only thing that can change what’s going on in America is the Gospel. God alone can change hearts! With most churches today not even preaching from the Bible — not even about God or the Gospel but instead self-esteem/self-help, feel good “messages” — it’s no wonder our society is so dark. The church is supposed to be a light in darkness.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:13-16

As Christians we need to be praying for God to bless our nation … with conviction and repentance. Nothing else will do! Our culture needs to be grieved by her sins and seek the face of God. Let prayers for prosperity, protection, and other blessings cease until we (as a country) are brought to our knees, begging God to show us a true act of mercy — granting us the forgiveness we in no way deserve and turning our hearts to Him.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” -John 8:12

In Christ,

Nine Years Later

Below is a piece written by my beloved, Josh. This is one political topic that he and I agree on 100% and I stand fully behind what he has said so eloquently below.  I do apologize to those of you that also read his blog  as this will be a re-post for you.

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Nine Years Later

by Josh

As we reach the nine-year mark of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, I reflect upon how America reacted to this event both in the short term as well as the long term.  Either way, I think this issue is fundamentally theological in nature.  What was our response right after 9-11?  There was a surge of church attendance, but that was very brief.  America as a whole didn’t turn to God.  There was no repentance or even a recognition of God’s sovereignty over all things.  Anyone who spoke of God’s judgment in light of 9-11 was vilified.  Instead of turning to God, Americans built even more nationalistic idols.  As we Americans are prone to do, we once again began to worship freedom itself.

Ironically, the result has been a loss of our constitutional liberties and a massive increase in Federal power.  People talked about “defending freedom” on the one hand while looking the other way when Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act and other legislation which eroded our liberties.  All of this was done to ensure our safety, we were told, and that these massive expansions of government power were necessary to that end.  The reality is that America is not any safer from terrorism today than we were before 9-11.  This is especially true given that our borders are still porous and nothing has been done to seriously halt the flow of illegal aliens into the country.

Our foreign policy has gotten worse, not better, as a result of 9-11.  America became a target of terrorism primarily because of our meddling in the affairs of nations in the Middle East.  This didn’t happen because a group of Muslims “hate our freedom.”  During the Soviet intervention into Afghanistan in the 1980s, the United States trained and equipped the elements which became Al-Qaeda.  Our lopsided and unnecessary alliance with Israel has fueled hatred of America in this region.  America’s unnecessary intervention during the first Gulf War and our subsequent occupation added even more fuel to the fire.

There are far more examples of American intervention into the Middle East than what I’ve mentioned here, but it’s clear that 9-11 was an example of “blowback” just like the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.  Our response to 9-11 should have included an element of restraint on matters of foreign policy, but that never happened.  In a bizarre twist, our operations in Afghanistan suddenly took a backseat to an unnecessary invasion and occupation of Iraq–a nation which had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11.  The neocons had the reigns and were in the process of expanding the American Empire while pursuing their insane attempt to “democratize” the Middle East.

I think it was divine providence, above all else, which explains why the terrorists ultimately chose the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as specific targets.  Those two targets represent two of America’s major sins: the idolatry of wealth and our unjust use of military power.  We have many other sins as a nation to be sure, the holocaust of abortion being paramount.  What we saw on 9-11 was ultimately the judgment of Almighty God, the working of His sovereign hand as He raises up nations and tears them down.  Let us put down our flags and pick up the Scriptures.  I pray that the Holy Spirit works within our hearts to move us to repentance, that we may pledge allegiance to Christ alone.