Trump Cards and Tidbits

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Gentle Reader,

James Dobson announced today that Donald Trump recently became a Christian.

Do I hope this is true? Of course. Do I think that we should pray for Donald Trump, regardless of what he believes or how he lives? Of course. Am I suspicious because this announcement arrives at a time when his campaign funds are low and he’s polling behind Clinton? Yes.

God can redeem anyone. There’s no doubt about that. But this news isn’t reason for Christians to jump uncritically onto the Trump train. Be watchful. Seek God’s wisdom. There are still a little over five months before the election.

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Now some things that have caught my attention over the last few weeks. Unfortunately time does not allow me to respond to each individually:

– Loving Carl Trueman’s takedown of the heretical doctrine Eternal Subordination of the Son (yes, he’s Reformed and complementarian, but he’s spot on) here. Jamin Hubner does an excellent job of dismantling the same here.

– It’s not always cool to be a hipster. Nearly everything about The Liturgists makes me want to throw things. Especially the line, “We see exceptional value in the life and teachings of Jesus.” Exceptional value?! Stop it. Just stop it.

– Finally caught up with the times and read something by Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery fame. Glad it was this. No thanks.

– Enjoying the Society of Evangelical Arminians. Good stuff over there.

– This piece by Kate Tietje, shaming parents for speaking out when their children become ill or even die from vaccine-preventable diseases, is eyeroll-inducing. It can be summed up in one sentence: “Don’t share anything I don’t like.” Appreciate the response from Dr. Amy Tuteur, the “Skeptical OB.”

 Jen Hatmaker says that Christians are complicit in the mass shooting in Orlando. I’m all for Christians admitting when we’re wrong and learning to do better, but I fail to see how believers had anything do with with a troubled man who aligned himself with radical Islam opening fire in a nightclub.

Finally, this is just fun.

My journey to faith. (15)

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5 thoughts on “Trump Cards and Tidbits

  1. Loved this, Marie. The Liturgists gave me a good laugh…their pretentious solemnity has the feel of North Korean propaganda written by pimple-faced college kids wearing Che Guevara T-shirts (without having a clear idea of where Bolivia is, and possibly mistaking Ernesto Guevara for Fidel Castro).

    Glennon Doyle Melton has some of the same 60s Love-In flavour, with a dose of Millennial “oh I feel so guilty I am white!” angst. She also makes the classic mistake of relativism, that subversion of authority is a de facto good, and that being a rebel is in and of itself a virtue. Down that road went Lucifer and a bunch of angels.

    Saving the best for last, Jen Hatmaker’s an idiot. First, Orlando wasn’t a hate crime; it was a terrorist attack on a target that was virtually unprotected in which maximum casualties could be generated (crowded area, few exits, lots of noise, dark environment with flashing lights). The terrorist also scouted Downtown Disney and, I believe, Disney World, and concluded that he’d face more obstacles and greater risks there.

    Second, calling Christians ‘complicit’ for not being ‘accepting’ misunderstands the basis of Christian behaviour. We are all sinners; we try not to be, and we certainly don’t embrace our failings. Jesus told the adulterous woman being stoned to go her way and quit the behaviour. He didn’t ask her for a date.

    Homosexuality is not in and of itself a sin; its practice is. If we help the LGBT community ‘celebrate’ their lifestyle choice, we’ve dropped Jesus at the kerb to pick up a rainbow-flag instead, on that joyous march to hell.

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    1. In the last paragraph, referencing the joyous march to hell, I had in mind walking with the wicked, standing with the sinners, and sitting in the seat of the scornful. If we scorn something that’s central to our faith – that sin IS indeed bad…aren’t we doing all these things?

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