Well today was a very eventful day. My wife has taken her weekend to travel to Mitchel, SD. Hello Corn Palace here she comes! Also, I thought about reading a work which I have never read before and thought I would learn something from. As you all know, I desire to be an Apologist. Where would a good Bible Apologist be without remembering the works of Francis Schaeffer a man who is one of the most well-known Bible Apologists in history?
The book was A Christian Manifesto
Not long after I began to read the review flap I was highly disappointed:
It happened so subtly that few people noticed at first. Little by little, morality and freedom started to crumble. It came first in government, in education, in the media- and finally it began to shake our families and own lives.
Something fundamental has changed. Law and government no longer provide a foundation of justice and morality but have become the means of licensing moral perversions of all kinds. Education has become the enemy of religious truth and values. And the media have provided means for propogating the change.
In this explosive book, Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer shows us why this has happened. First, he shows how we have failed to understand the problem- to see that the whole foundation for society has shifted radically from its original Judeo-Christian basis to a Humanistic basis. As the humanistic view takes over, it necessarily destroys the whole way of life built upon the Judeo-Christian heritage. Second, Dr. Francis Schaeffer calls for a massive movement- in government, law and all of life- to reestablish the Judeo-Christian foundation and turn the tide of moral decadence and loss of freedom.
A Christian Manifesto is literally a call for Christians to change the course of history- by returning to biblical Truth and by alowing Christ to be Lord in all of life. To do this, Schaeffer says, will involve a head-on confrontation with the false view that material or energy, shaped by chance, is the final reality.
Schaeffer's provocative conclusion is that when the state directly defies the absolute law of God, its authority becomes illegitamate. In this case, the Christian is bound to resist the state by whatever means necessary- through direct legal and political action, and possibly through massive demonstrations of civil disobedience.
I don't know what anyone else is thinking at this point, but my views I think have been tragically halted. My desires got a serious red light. I do not ever want to be known or remembered for a work such as this. My desire has always been that when people read my work they remember that it agreed with scripture. Any view, opinion, or doctrinal belief that cannot be completely supported and enforced by scripture and is inarguable will u find me signing my life to. I am not a person to agree with doctrine because my denomination believes it, but that it is found easily within God's Word. Because He said it I believe it! That is how I desire to be remembered.
Immediately after reading this review, I read 1st Peter. Interesting, for this is Thus Saith The Lord:
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the King, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing yemay put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men, Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endured grief, suffering wrongfully. FOr what glory is it, if, when ye are buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: WHo, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: WHo his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Sheperd and Bishop of your souls.
Interesting wording. Very. This is not the only time in the word we are told to obey those over us. In fact, we are told several times by two different apostles this concept of being obedient to the government, employer, master, ruler, king, supreme which we are under not because they are doing right but because authority is given by God and being obedient to GOD is right.
SO. Regardless of how cruel, malcontented, racist, murderous, criminal ruler we may find ourlseves under whether Bin LAden or Sudam himself, I truly believe it difficult to agree that civil disobedience, etc. should be followed. It doesn't mean join the man in his disobedience to God either. I think there are other ways to handle ourselves in the midst of such suffering. I for one agree that in the midst of such times, our obedience to a ruler such as this could be more of an example than fighting his every decission.
I hope this sparks a good conversation! Peace :)
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