Political implications of communion

When it comes to the problems of society, where are we to start?  There seems to be so much wrong that it is impossible to fix everything.  Thankfully God has revealed the place to start:  communion.  Peter Leithart had an excellent post at First Things on the political meaning of communion.  An excerpt:

“Lacking a rightly ordered Supper, modern Christians wrap nationalism in a veil of sanctity, with sometimes-horrific results. In the U.S., Christians are frequently urged to give political support to this or that variation of Americanism. There is no genuinely Christian alternative because the church has no defined public shape with the resilience to withstand the political forces that press in on us.”

His conclusion is equally forthright:

“All the cultural and political challenges that Evangelicals face come back to the Supper. It’s important to do it right, but it’s more important to do it and to do it together. Until we do, most of our cultural chatter will continue to glance harmlessly off our targets. Until we do, Evangelicals will flop and flounder with every cultural wind and wave.”

Definitely worth reading in its entirety.

Giving the world a reason to worry

Peter Leithart has an excellent message to the Church in a recent blog posting.

“When the Philistines capture the mighty Samson, he seems tame enough.  They mock and abuse him until the Spirit of Yah returns and Samson pulls down the house.

When the Philistines learn that the ark of God is in the Israelite camp, they’re terrified that “mighty gods” contend with them.  But when the capture the ark, it seems pretty tame too.  Then Dagon pays homage to Yahweh’s throne, and plagues and deadly confusion follow the humbled ark goes.

No wonder the Philistines worry to Achish when they discover David and his warriors marching among the Philistines to fight Saul.  He looks plenty safe, but he could turn out to be a Samson or an ark.

The church has the Spirit of Samson; the church is the earthly throne of God; the church is led by the greater David.  She looks weak, but Philistines are right to worry.”

No wonder the world wants the Church to shut up about everything and keep to herself.  She’s a direct threat no matter how weak she appears.

 

They don’t need that kind of socialization

 Usually the first argument people use against home schooling is that the children will not learn proper socialization techniques.  This argument against home schooling can usually be broken down further into two arguments: first is just what it says, the children won’t learn how to carry themselves professionally.  The second is unstated, for many people use the term “socialization” when they really mean the child is not being allowed to fall and get up again.  In other words, the parents won’t let their children learn from their mistakes.  These arguments will be approached in order, but first another question must be asked.

Just who is responsible for the education of children: the family, or the (more…)

How to not use the Bible

The lure of sin is rarely in your face.  It will use any disguise possible to gain a stronghold within our heart, including the Bible.  One of the most often use verses is I Corinthians 9:22, “I have become all things to all men that I by all means might save some.”  If we are to witness to our friends and neighbors we need to be up to date with pop culture, after all, Paul referred to a pagan Greek poet when he witnessed to the people at Athens.  But in addition to it being a call to understand the world, we have used that verse as a crowbar to let worldly culture rule our lives.  We have a fear of being the odd man out, the one who doesn’t enjoy what everyone else (even other Christians) enjoys.  But the purpose of being all things to all men was that they might be submit to Christ, not because Paul had a closet love of pagan literature.  We must use discernment in our engagement of the culture, and balance being “all things to all men” with “come out from among them and be ye separate.”