05 July 2013

This 'n' That

Ah, July 5, one of my favorite days on the calendar. Why? Because it means I don't have to deal with July 4th silliness for another whole year.

It's true, I'm not a big fan of the Fourth of July. Or rather, I'm not a fan of what the Fourth of July has become: another reason for Americans to stay home from work, drink alcohol and act like idiots. Of course, these things can be done any other day of the year (and sadly are), but there's one scary addition on the Fourth: fireworks. Really, could there be a more terrifying combination than inebriated, stressed-out Americans and fireworks? I think not. In fact, yesterday morning I tweeted:


(Okay, wait, let's talk about this. Only 3 RTs? Really? C'mon gang, you've retweeted dumber tweets of mine than this! I can feel my self-esteem shrinking. But I digress . . .)

Ultimately, it is important for those of us who live in America to remember—and to be thankful for—the country in which God placed us. We have been immensely blessed. But as we watch this country spiral downward in more ways than one, we must be reminded that we are citizens of a greater kingdom (Phil 3:20). No matter where you live on this earth, all of it is passing away (2 Pet 3:10). That is why we cannot put our hope in men and governments, but in God alone. Earthly freedom is an immeasurably wonderful blessing, to be sure, but as was stated at this blog yesterday, true freedom is found in being a slave of Jesus Christ.

Okay, before you aim a whistler up onto my roof, take a few firework-free moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Here's a sad glimpse at just how ignorant Americans are of their own history.
  • Benny Hinn as the "world's greatest scammer"? I don't know. I think at the very least he can share that title with a few others.
  • I've heard of people finding a lot of strange things in their Taco Bell orders, but never this.
  • Do you ever think about your future, glorified body?
  • Pope John Paul II will be declared a saint by men, not by God. That seems appropriate.
  • What will it be like for the majority of Americans at the Great White Throne Judgment?
  • R.C. Sproul on John 3:16 and man's ability to choose God.
  • A few thoughts on the Holy Spirit and your pursuit of holiness.
  • I have mixed feelings on this.
  • A reader has alerted me to the existence of fluffy cows. Yes, fluffy cows. I just might revisit this phenomenon at another time.
  • Early on in this baseball season, I swore I wouldn't watch another Cubs game until they stopped putting Carlos Marmol on the mound. I think I broke that promise once, but now I'm finally free to watch without fear of Marmol botching up a game!
  • It's been a long time since I've seen a good time-lapse video. This one is beautiful.
  • Sproul and Lawson on the Zwickau Prophets. Who were the Zwickau Prophets? Guess you better visit the link to find out.
  • This guy's YouTube videos need more views because he's making an extremely valid point.
  • Some teaching on the things of this world.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Evangelicals score the highest on patriotism. Great. . .
  • Did you hear about the pro-abortion crowd that started chanting "Hail, Satan" to overpower the pro-lifers who were singing "Amazing Grace"? Yeah, well now the Satanists are trying to distance themselves from those crazy chanters. You just can't make this stuff up.
  • The Christian Post has been covering Hillsong's Word Faith extravaganza conference. Here's their coverage of Osteen's message. Yes, Osteen. Other speakers included Rick Warren (via Skype), T.D. Jakes and Judah Smith. Draw your own conclusions.
  • Looking to Charles Spurgeon to answer the question, "why seminary?"
  • Short, sweet and to the point:

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    1. I was hoping better from you.

      Sorry if you're disappointed, but quite honestly, I'd expect better from my regular readers. I've spoken at length at this blog about the dangers of patriotic idolatry. I would hope that my regular readers would not be surprised by my opinion on this matter at all.

      It seems as though you neglected to read what I actually wrote, which was, "I am not a fan of what the Fourth of July has become. . ." All you have to do is view the video included in my first link above and you'll see that Americans are quite unaware and uninformed about what actually is commemorated on July 4. Let's face it, any excuse to take off from work and throw a party is good enough for most people in this country. Add some shiny, sparkly fireworks and everybody's happy. My observation is that few people actually care what they're celebrating, so long as they think they have a reason (i.e., an excuse) to celebrate. Do they even realize what the fireworks symbolize? Or do they just ooh and aah at the pretty colors?

      Further, you may find this book by Dr. Gregg Frazer about the religious beliefs of America's founders to be quite interesting.

      Finally, it is extremely unfortunate how you place words in my mouth when you say, "I guess Addams (sic) was an inbreeded (sic) fireworks toting colonist." I never said anybody was inbred and never implied that everyone who observes the Fourth is as those I described.

      I've no problem with those who want to go watch the fireworks with their family or have a cookout or whatever they would like to do to enjoy their day. But in reality, one of the biggest idols in America's visible church is America. As I said, we've been blessed immensely to live in this country, but would we consider ourselves any less blessed if we lived in a land where we were persecuted? I would hope not, because our blessings and our promises are found in the Lord. He promises that we are citizens of a greater kingdom, and He promises us a New Heaven and a New Earth as we live eternally with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

      Let us not forget Who has ordained the history and future of America—and of all nations—and let us be thankful to Him and not lose sight of Him even as the last spark of the fireworks fades from view.

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    2. I apologize and take back what I said I cannot see very well with my prescription. The doc gave good close reading and far but thown out the mid range vision.
      My bad for jumping the gun

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    3. Apology definitely accepted, acton. We all 'jump the gun' from time to time. Take it from someone with more than one unpublished 'jump the gun'-type posts in her Blogger drafts. :-)

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  2. Interesting, it would appear that several of us had the same thoughts and posted them on our blog. Bears repeating that Americans are on a slippery slope, sliding further and further away from the only One who is holy and good, the One who holds the future in His hands.

    I pray Americans will awaken from their slumber and repent, but am not sure what it will take to waken them up.

    Like I said on my blog "I shudder to think."

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    1. My two cents: Because America itself has become such an idol to so many professing Christians, that idol has to be shattered. This is why we must cling to God and not government.

      I pray Americans will awaken from their slumber and repent, but am not sure what it will take to waken them up.

      Only God can waken those whom He's chosen and bring them to repentance. It does cause one to "shudder" to think what that might look like and to think of what is coming down the road. If we're not trusting in the firm foundation of Jesus Christ and His truths as contained in Scripture, we will quickly be overtaken by the whelming flood.

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  3. I love Paul Washer. Thanks for posting.

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    1. You're welcome, Anonymous. Paul Washer definitely has a way of hitting the nail on the head, doesn't he?

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    2. It's been a while now so I can't remember which blog it was (maybe yours?) that asked who we would want to see at Elephant Room 2. I voted for Paul Washer, John MacArthur, and James White. Not too surprisingly, none of my guys made it.

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  4. You are definitely my long lost sister. Not only is this post awesome because you mentioned fluffy cows and Paul Washer in the same posting somehow, but you too have a disdain for the 4th of July for the same reasons I do. I didn't know God made two of us so identical. haha. Great work sis at keeping us all informed of much needed topics (fluffy cows aside) Blessings! Lori

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    1. LOL, well, we know we're sisters in Christ, for sure, Lori! Kinda scary to think there's two of us running around with the same thoughts in our heads, isn't it? And let's not forget that, if it wasn't for you, there would be no fluffy cows in this post, so thank you for sending me fun, random information! :-) Blessings to you!

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    2. This is so true...it is thanks to my random interests such as a fluffy cow that was able to add to your post. hehe. It is scary that there are two female Christians that are into discernment and warning the sheep as well as being able to appreciate the fluff o the cow.
      Great post of Huss too by the way. Keep up the good work!

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  5. I am from Texas and after watching the video where the girl is supposedly saying hail satan....think about accents...I think she is trying to think of something really bad to say that would really upset conservatives and all she can come up with is two words: hell, satan. Not sure,mind you, would have to be there. But after watching it that is what I think she is doing. Not 'hail', but hell (cuz in Texas that's how it sounds).

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  6. Erin,

    I concur. Nice to be back to reading your articles.

    I also believe that believer's should not pledge to the flag either. we seem to think that it is christian to do so but I believe the opposite.

    Teresa

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