Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Tragedy of Casey Anthony

Has anyone heard this story in the news about Casey Anthony? Apparently, a young mother decided to kill her two year old girl, Caylee, in the name of convenience. America is horrified, and rightly so.

This terrible tragedy unmasks the way that people can de-humanize someone else in order to treat them immorally. This was done in the 17th and 18th centuries to Africans to legitimize slavery. Even now, people tend to treat people of other races as somehow inferior. Sadly, the practice of dehumanizing people continues without shame to unborn babies worldwide.

Caylee was two years old, and America is horrified that a mother could suffocate her little girl. What if Caylee has been only one year old? Would it still have been such an awful atrocity? What about 1 month old? Of course, it would be considered a crime at the highest level!!!

But if Caylee were still growing safely in her mother's womb, and the infanticide practitioner forcefully invades her natural incubator to end her life, then half of America applauds Casey's "constitutional right" to murder her own child.

Sadly, God's Word has been largely disregarded in our culture starting with Genesis, which is mocked more heartily than most any other written document. But in Genesis 1:27, we find the foundation for how we should treat others: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." People are not animals that can be discarded in the name of convenience. We have been created in the very image of God, and he sent His only son to pay the ultimate price in order that our relationship with God could be restored. John 3:16 tells us plainly, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Enemy Within, Part 2

In today's Christian culture, things labelled as Christian are allowed almost complete free-reign within the walls of Christendom. Christian music, Christian singles websites...attach Christ to it or stick a Christian fish on it, and Shah-bang! It's acceptable to the millions of people, who identify themselves as Christians...with hardly a challenge. In an effort to engage the Christian culture through printed media, the periodical, Christianity Today writes articles about religion and other contemporary issues.

In The Enemy Within, Part 1, an analogy was crafted using Homer's epic poem, The Illiad. The Greeks brought down the mighty city of Troy without massive siege-works or modern explosives. Instead, they used Guile, Deception, and Temptation.

Today's modern Trojans, the protestant Christian church, has been fighting off attacks for centuries. A new tactic emerged in the 1800's to replace God's involvement in Creation through a "scientific" cause...evolution. And until recently, this tactic was wielded only at the hands of atheists. Although the mighty Trojan wall, God's Word, has repelled the direct attack in a head-on fashion from the interior of protestant Christendom, the plot of evolution has recently been courted by those claiming to be have the interests of Christianity at heart.

Christianity Today's article, The Search For the Historical Adam, is a prime example of the Trojan Horse at the gates. As soon as the solid wall of God's Word can be marginalized through the deception of evolution, the final destruction on the effectiveness of the church can begin from within.

There are guardians on this wall. Those, who feel it is their duty to preserve God's Word with valiant efforts. Answers In Genesis, Creation Ministry International, the Institute For Creation Research, and a hundred others are fighting the likes of Francis Collins and Reasons to Believe, who choose to rationalize the Bible by claiming it to be mythology. It is truly beyond the pale to hear these modern Greek warriors in their veil of scientific credentialism, their Trojan Horse, wield the enemy's weapon, evolution, as if it were something that the church should embrace. And why did Christianity Today fail to interview even one of the guardians in their "unbiased" article? Only those within the Trojan Horse were interviewed for their contribution to the battle.

Scanning the websites of the guardians, it is easy to see that there is plenty of scientific evidence and scriptural evidence to deflect the flaming arrows of the enemy. But we on the inside of the walls must not yield to the pressure of desiring cultural acceptance, and we must continue to trust God's Word as true.

Let's not end this prolonged war the way the Trojans did by opening the gates willingly to the enemy. We must recognize the attack for what it is and stand firm on God's Word.

The Enemy Within, Part 1

Do you remember the epic journey of Odysseus, Achilles, and Agamemnon in their quest to "rescue" Helen from the clutches of the Trojans? Since the Greeks won the war, they got to portray the Trojans as the villains, but what if a Trojan history book had survived. Could it be that Paris rescued Helen from an abusive marriage to Menelaus? What might have changed in the perspective of the story in how we remember this ten year war today?

And do you remember how the Greeks were finally able to defeat the Trojans after failing for TEN years? The Trojan Horse. The Greeks constructed a massive hollow horse and hid a dozen warriors inside. They left the "gift" at the gate of Troy and pretended to sail away. Once the Trojans let the horse through the gates of their protective wall and celebrated the departure of the Greeks, their fate was sealed. The Greek warriors inside the horse opened the gates of Troy to allow the Greek army inside, and sleeping Troy was destroyed.

The wall that protected Troy for a decade was impotent to stop the attack from within. Once the Greeks deceptively eluded the walls with the gift horse, the destruction of Troy was imminent.

Today, the idea of a Trojan horse is synonymous with inviting something that looks attractive into a vulnerable interior to its ultimate doom.

The Word of God has stood as an impenetrable wall around Christendom since Guttenburg first printed the Bible on his printing press. Once people could read the Bible for themselves, heresies in the church were slowly discarded and evangelism has been able to grow. The bride of Christ has been under constant attack from many angles, but God's Word has repelled the attacks.

But in the last 150 years, a cleverly devised and insidious plot has surfaced to attack faith in God as Creator.

Part 2 of The Enemy Within.