A Few Thoughts From Today

After a number of hours of reflection, anger, disappointment and repentance, and after a number of hours of homework, I finally have a moment to relay a couple of thoughts regarding today’s Obamacare ruling. First, given the nature of the beast and the fact that we live in a post Christian country, this should not have surprised any of us. Disappointed us? Yes. Surprised us? No. What would we expect from a country that has consistently, over the past 75 years, rejected God’s authority, revealed word, gospel message and most of all, His sinless Son. Christianity is a punch line in sitcoms nowadays and the thought of having a moral obligation to the one true God YHWH is not politically correct, because didn’t you know, you have no right to impose your views on someone else and to claim that Jesus is the only way, well, how could you be so insensitive to the “feelings” of others.

Instead of obligation to Christ and His Lordship, we live in a land of automatons, who, like Adam, want to decide good and evil by their own standard. And dare I say, this autonomy starts in the mirror. We, the church and the individuals that compose the church are to be the salt and light of the culture surrounding us, but instead, we are [often] the spineless and distracted group of critics who decided to hide in the church while the moral fabric of society collapsed around us. Shame on us.  We are the problem (especially me). Rather than spreading the gospel of Christ without the rough edges rounded off, we have: (1) chosen to remain silent in hope for the return of Christ, (2) placed ourselves above culture and/or (3) adopted the compromised worldview of culture that is, in its foundations, sinful, God hating and unable to obey the message of Christ (Rom 8:7-8). Here is a great example of the third point.

Anyway, there’s my rant of the week and regarding today’s ruling, let me just say, if I may rip a verse totally out of context; “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality” (Rev 18:2-3, NASB).

On a somewhat related point, some may say (as has already been said to me), that the Bible commands that we do works of charity in effort to help the culture surrounding us. In saying this, they may try to justify Obamacare and/or welfare provisions as Biblical works of charity. First, the Bible lays down stipulations on taxation and these provisions have equity. We are not to use unjust weights and measures, period. But, this goes deeper because nowhere in the Bible does God give civil government the right to force compulsory acts of charity on its people (which is really a contradiction in terms and substance, Note: under the law of God, the law was there to change the individual first and foremost from the inside out. Meaning, the law is descriptive in nature and it is descriptive of the nature of YHWH. See Matthew 5 and Jesus’ “but I say” statements where he is bringing people back to the real meaning of the law). Could you picture Jesus saying that the civil government of Rome had the right to force individuals to buy a mule, a flask of oil, a lamp, and a cloak so they could go out on the Jericho road to be “good samaritans”?  To force the use of someone else’s provisions for the care of others outside of what the Bible justifies is not charity, but rather, stealing. But, I guess we can just redefine that term as well.

Psalms 2:

1                      Why do the nations rage

                                and the peoples plot in vain?

2                      The kings of the earth set themselves,

                                and the rulers take counsel together,

                                against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,

3                      “Let us burst their bonds apart

                                and cast away their cords from us.”

4                      He who sits in the heavens laughs;

                                the Lord holds them in derision.

5                      Then he will speak to them in his wrath,

                                and terrify them in his fury, saying,

6                      “As for me, I have set my King

                                on Zion, my holy hill.”

7                      I will tell of the decree:

                The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;

                                today I have begotten you.

8                      Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

                                and the ends of the earth your possession.

9                      You shall break them with a rod of iron

                                and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10                   Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

                                be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11                   Serve the LORD with fear,

                                and rejoice with trembling.