The Grateful Christian

Essays, opinions, and works-in-progress by a conservative Lutheran pastor.

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In order of importance, I am a: Husband, father, pastor, hobby programmer, writer. Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust instead
Of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head.

--C.S.Lewis, The Apologist's Evening Prayer

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Syndication, Baby!

Thanks to my brainy son Josh this unworthy column is now syndicated. (Cue the theme from The Godfather.) Look for the yellow XML pic under Links to your left.

Thanks, Josh!

Friday, April 08, 2005

More "Chaff"

World Magazine's latest Mailbag has this letter:

With liberals having lost two straight presidential elections and their power in Washington at an all-time low, so-called liberal people of faith are coming out of the woodwork. They read the New Testament as a blueprint for an anti-war, social justice agenda. In their minds Jesus is pro–higher taxes, anti-war, and pro–gay marriage, a combination of John Lennon, Gandhi, and Karl Marx. As absurd as this may sound to religious conservatives, it should not be discounted. I do not believe the right is prepared to make proper rebuttal, and this is potentially disastrous.

Doesn't sound absurd to me! I'm interested in this very thing. Not that I wish to protect the Right's tenuous grasp on power, but chiefly because the AntiChrist and AntiChurch described in the Bible are a combination of political and spiritual power that is dominated by Satan.

The world has for far too long been successful in gagging the Church in the public forum, but we seem to be wiggling out of that . Babylon is not yet permitted to kill us , and if gagging us doesn't work, then the next best thing is to troop out lots of counterfeits.

It makes me think of the clouds of little pieces of tin foil that frigates fire off into the air to jam enemy radar ("chaff," they call it, interestingly enough.) Too much noise leads to signal loss. You can bet that is the Devil's strategy here, as so often.