Monday, March 29, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
This past spring the State of Vermont ‘legalized’ same-sex marriage, which was (and still is) a terrible blow to us, and so dishonoring to God and the beautiful order with which He has created all things. We discovered that the legislation was being considered just days before it was passed, and in the time left we scurried to write letters to our representatives, pleading with them to vote honorably, and drove to the state capitol to be a presence during the proceedings. We were saddened to find out that we and a few others were the only Christian presence there. The bill had moved so quickly through the house and senate (almost sneakily) that most in opposition only found out about it after it had been passed. We found out about it before only because the Governor had stalled it with a veto and the bill got a lot of press at that point.
It has come to our attention that since the passage of this gay marriage law, Vermont has now become a target state for starting a nation-wide legalization of similar legislation. It was common-knowledge in the last couple years that New England was targeted by the homosexuals in the hopes that if they could get each NE state to legalize same-sex marriage then the whole nation might follow. Vermont now has the reputation of being an ‘easy’ state to use for political agenda. Because of our same-sex marriage law this past spring a lobbyist is vying for the legalization of ‘Polygyny’!!! (having of more than one wife). He has a blog here that explains his purpose, and even some strategy. The fellow claims to be a Christian (‘reformed’, too), which makes it even worse… :-P
We’ve let them sit on our chair, and now our larders are being raided!! These matters are in the Lord’s hand, and we, as humans, have not the power to prevent them from happening, as we cannot soften the hard hearts of wicked men. But, we can at least stand for what is right according to God’s word; speaking when it is the time to speak, and giving testimony to what is right by our actions, and praying that the Lord would be pleased to change hearts and minds that they might honor Him. I do believe that Christian laziness is somewhat responsible, as we are to be the Salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13-16) I am so ashamed that even we have been so asleep as to not care for the spiritual well-being of our homeland.
The Scottish Presbyterians would be appalled; they so passionately sought to protect the purity of the worship of God. A certain congregation got assigned Alexander Henderson as minister by the Scottish government (trying to force liturgy on them), and the church barricaded the doors and would not let him in. (Later, Henderson came to faith upon hearing a sermon by a Presbyterian minister, and was then welcomed by the congregation that had previously detested him)… there are other accounts, as well. I wish that I, and other Christians could have such well-placed zeal that we lock the doors, rather than give any credence to that which is evil by offering our chair. Compromising on what is true and right is ugly on the personal level, it is even more horrendous in Church and State.
End of rant.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I have recently begun to read a portion of Matthew Henry's commentary every day, being inspired by friends taking up the 'Matthew Henry Commentary Challenge'. Some attempt to read the whole commentary in only a year, others three years; I haven't a 'plan' in that regard, but am reading some every day! I have started in Psalm 119, which has been especially wholesome reading. Here are some portions that I found very insightful:
Psalm 119:83—For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
“Whatever our outward condition is we must not cool in our affection to the word of God, nor let that slip out of our minds; no care, no grief, must crowd that out. As some drink and forget the law, so others weep and forget the law; but we must in every condition, both prosperous and adverse, have the things of God in remembrance; and, if we be mindful of God’s statutes, we may pray and hope that he will be mindful of our sorrows, though for a time he seems to forget us.
Psalm 119:88—Quicken me after thy loving-kindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
“We cannot proceed, nor persevere, in the good way, unless God quicken us and put life into us; we are therefore here taught to depend upon the grace of God for strength to do every good work, and to depend upon it as grace, as purely the fruit of God’s favor… The surest token of God’s good-will toward us is his good work in us.”
Psalm 119:89-91—For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
“The stability of the ordinances of day and night, of heaven and earth, is produced to prove the perpetuity of God’s covenant… All the creatures are, in their places, and according to their capacities, serviceable to their Creator, and answer the ends of their creation; and shall man be the only rebel, the only revolter from his allegiance, and the only unprofitable burden of the earth?”