What I Read Online – 04/15/2013 (p.m.)

16 Apr
    • Whatever our views on gender and ministry, I’m not sure that Judges 4 is particularly concerned to settle that debate. And I wonder if by making this passage a battleground for the gender discussion, we miss its subversive message about God’s sovereign freedom to use whomever he chooses in his purposes, whether in an established leadership capacity, or in a much more loose tent-peg wielding capacity. It’s a message which perhaps makes our own concerns about leadership and gender look slightly less important.
    • From Selfishness to Service
    • From Laziness to Engagement
    • Self-Righteousness to Humility
    • Thus not very much can be deduced from historical examples. They ought to make us think twice about what we are doing. They suggest possibilities, but they are never normative in themselves.
    • Jesus does not send a Christian to the nations, but a church.
    • How many Sunday School lessons have looked at Jesus’ miracles, for example, and said “Only God can do that!”? But what if, as Bruce asserted, Jesus does these miracles as the Messiah in the power of the Spirit (see Acts 10.38)? This is more than a simple nicety. It is critical that Jesus lived a fully human life for his sacrifice to be sufficient to save us from our own human sin. 
    • How hard Christians should actively fight against same-sex marriage is a matter for wisdom. But that we must not support it, I would like to persuade you, is a matter of biblical principle. To vote for it, to legislate it, to rule in favor of it, to tell your friends at the office that you think it’s just fine—all this is sin. To support it publicly or privately is to “give approval to those who practice” the very things that God promises to judge—exactly what we’re told not to do in Romans 1:32.
    • God will judge all nations and governors. They are politically accountable to his standard of justice and righteousness, not to their own standards. To depart from God’s righteousness and justice—for every government in the world, Old Testament and New—is to incur God’s wrath. 
    • This does not mean that Christians should enact God’s judgment against all forms of unrighteousness now, but it does mean that we Christians should not publicly or privately put our hands to anything God will judge on the last day.
    • Does this mean we can impose our faith upon non-Christians? No, but endorsing same-sex marriage is another kind of thing. To endorse it is to involve yourself in unrighteousness and false religion, and an unrighteousness that God promises to judge.

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