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Friday, March 28, 2014

Shock Report.


Shock Report: Aborted and Miscarried Babies Were Incinerated and Used to Heat UK Hospitals
 ...Burning deceased babies in a trash incinerator.
Thousands of aborted or miscarried babies were incinerated along with medical waste at U.K. hospitals, with some of the remains being used to help heat medical facilities.
Babies were thrown into the burner alongside waste such as bandages and syringes. 

Supposedly these hospitals (weakly) argued that this burning of our children is one of the ways they can "remain green". They like to call it "sustainable energy" or "women's rights" or "clinical waste". "Magic" words. They like it to sound clean and progressive.

Guess what? It's not.

There they are shoveling babies into the ovens along with the garbage and burning them up. When you actually have the nerve to take your fingers away from your eyes and look, it's like the most horrific of horror movies come all too true.... All bloody and guilty and awful. There's no way in the world they can see those thousands of little bodies and not know exactly what they're doing.
 "For every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods." - Deuteronomy 12:31
I happened to read this verse a few days ago and immediately thought of those hospitals. It's just like that, I thought. I mean, except they're not exactly sacrificing them... 

But actually. They are. 

They are their own gods. Money and power and progress are their gods. Choice...is their god.

Those babies were not only murdered, not only burned. They were sacrificed. 


We are so advanced. We are so sophisticated…. And the pagans today stand around that fire grinning just like the barbaric worshippers of old.

Back then, they called him Molech and they killed in primitive darkness. Today they call him Choice and they kill in clean, white rooms. 

Shock Report: There is nothing new under the sun.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Existence

"I remember in those days loving God for the existence of love and being grateful to God for the existence of gratitude."

- Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Simple Obedience

"Obedience is simple, rationalization complicated." - RC Sproul jr

Paradox: Usually the simplest things are not easy. 

Conforming yourself means being crushed and changed into the shape He chose. That's not easy. It hurts.

Rationalizing means telling yourself you're alright, your sin is alright, your life is alright. And that's not hard. It feels good. 

But that's only at first. 

You can only believe your own lies for so long. 

And then you will suddenly realize you're not alright. You're not even close. "Dead in our sins." (Ephesians 2:5) So easy and it's become the most complicated mess you could imagine. You've been beating your head against a wall.

Simple obedience is what He asks for. The strength to do one thing that's... simply hard. Only obey. And sometimes that's the hardest thing in the world. But in the end, when you've seen sin for what it is, you'll realize you were being honest (with yourself, with the world). And it's the simple Truth that sets you free. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Madness of Grace


A beautiful post by Toby Sumpter...
The Madness of Grace

"This is the madness of grace. Let it bewilder you. Let it startle you. Let it make you laugh and cry. Let the words fail. There really aren’t any.
What? Me? Yes, you."

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Law Fulfilled


Law fulfilled. 

What does it mean? What does it matter?

Adam and Eve. God says, "Here is the law. Don't eat the fruit." And they were able to obey. Obviously, though, they didn't.

Israel. And God says again, "Here is the law." But this time it is utterly unfulfillable. Unattainable. Unreachable. Man has lost his one chance to not sin. So now he cannot stop sinning. So now the Law cannot merely be "don't eat" anymore.  It's infinitely more complicated than that and the human condition is infinitely hopeless. 

And so we are driven to search for hope. We are driven to God.

That's where Grace versus Works comes from. Our goodness, our works, are laughable in the face of so much required. And that's the point. Grace is the point. The condemnation must be taken away (or else we are dead). But the Law must be followed. 

So...Christ.

"When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward." (C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.) 

The Law was not broken. The power of the Law was broken. The chains of the Law were broken. We are smothered, sheltered, washed, in righteousness. And through that death and sacrifice and rising again, through God's back turning, through wrath satisfied, we are clean. The Law has been kept for us. Law fulfilled. Redemption bought. We are free. And the Death turns into Life.