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Mike Handy (mhandy)
From So Cal to Austin Tx... I sojourn on
From So Cal to Austin Tx... I sojourn on
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"8.22 - 5. "Fear God. Honor the emperor." (1 Peter 2:17.)
Scripture tells us that, in the as yet unredeemed world in which the Church also exists, the State has by divine appointment the task of providing for justice and peace. [It fulfills this task] by means of the threat and exercise of force, according to the measure of human judgment and human ability. The Church acknowledges the benefit of this divine appointment in gratitude and reverence before him. It calls to mind the Kingdom of God, God's commandment and righteousness, and thereby the responsibility both of rulers and of the ruled. It trusts and obeys the power of the Word by which God upholds all things.
8.23 We reject the false doctrine, as though the State, over and beyond its special commision, should and could become the single and totalitarian order of human life, thus fulfilling the Church's vocation as well.
8.24 We reject the false doctrine, as though the Church, over and beyond its special commission, should and could appropriate the characteristics, the tasks, and the dignity of the State, thus itself becoming an organ of the State."

The Barman Declaration

As I read verses about immigration, I am always shocked about how much God cares about the immigrant, the stranger in the land. 

Are we so evil that we cannot even see evil?
I think the answer is yes, the fallacy of "I'm/he/she is a good person" is anchored here.

The bible stands in huge contrast to what the current Zietgust. So much so it is at times hard to hold the fact we all deserve hell and not one of us deserves heaven.

I love that God is able to say "You don't have me figured out, you don't have it right...Try again" 

In defense of gun rights, I hear the refrain " Liberty over security"
In response to human suffering, I hear a shout "Security"

That's awful logic to start...

If Christian:
How does one reconcile this view?
That does not reflect the Jesus, God of justice, or biblical view of life I know. You are sojourners, the world should be mad at us for our general acceptance of the refugee!

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I glimpsed this truth out of the corner of my eye
To believe it will set you free
And you thought it was just Sunday School banality
Or empty religious sentimentality
To pray
Thy Empire come
Thy Policy be done
You had no idea it was dissident and subversive
Because every empire of men is built upon a lie
The lie that the empire has God on its side
I glimpsed this truth out of the corner of my eye
And if you ask me my politics I will say
This is more political than it is religious
I glimpsed this truth out of the corner of my eye

–Blind Man at the Gate

American and Christian can you be both? I increasingly lean toward I'm not an American, because nationalism is idolatry. The bible says christians belong to a different nation... I am not a citizen of this place. 

I find it rather amazing that God allows his people to have and hold incorrect ideas. I suppose in many ways it's like what I do with my daughter. She thinks a settling pond with a water aerator was created because my father in law forgot to turn off a sprinkler, that Disneyland is only a few hours away, and that I print money at work.

I don't need to correct her because she is figuring it out, I get to help her figure it out. I think God is a lot like this with his people.

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