Archive for August, 2005

Like A Broken Record

Bill Koenig connects Hurricane Katrina to the Gaza withdrawl.

Not To Say ‘I Told You So’

Joseph Farah makes a strong case today to impeach Chairman Bush. This frustrates me greatly. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with Farah. What frustrates me is that just a year ago, the cries from the middle-right were deafening “this is the most important election of our lives,” “Bush is a great man, you’re not a Christian if you don’t vote for him,” “He isn’t the lesser of two evils, he isn’t evil at all.”

George Bush doesn’t give a damn about you. He wanted to be President, and he was willing to sell you out to get the job.

Now you’ve re-elected him, and what has he done for you?

  • The borders are still wide open.
  • The government is growing faster than ever.
  • We now have CAFTA.
  • The Law of the Sea Treaty is a reality. Just another chipping away of our national sovereignty.
  • Prices are rising across the board. Meanwhile the dollar is falling.
  • There is still no formal declaration of war in Iraq or Afghanistan. This “war” is now costing more per year than the entire first World War cost us, even adjusted for inflation.
  • The abortion holocaust continues unabated
  • We’re facing a Supreme Court nomination of a man who has no written record. The fact that he’s even “conservative” still remains to be seen.

But no, he will probably not be impeached. I doubt even Ron Paul, the Congressman I respect more than any other, has the guts to write up articles of impeachment.

And no, those who were wailing about the evils of a Kerry Administration will not see the light and vote for a true conservative in three years. They’ll be crying again that a Newt Gingrich Administration is far better than a Hilary Clinton Administration.

I see little difference between the two.

Notable Quotable

  • “I could prove God statistically.”

    George Gallup

My Joy . . . Your Joy

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. – John 15:11

What was the joy that Jesus had? It is an insult to use the word happiness in connection with Jesus Christ. The joy of Jesus was the absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice of Himself to His Father, the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do. “I delight to do Thy will.? Jesus prayed that our joy might go on fulfilling itself until it was the same joy as His. Have I allowed Jesus Christ to introduce His joy to me?

The full flood of my life is not in bodily health, not in external happenings, not in seeing God’s work succeed, but in the perfect understanding of God, and in the communion with Him that Jesus Himself had. The first thing that will hinder this joy is the captious irritation of thinking out circumstances. The cares of this world, said Jesus, will choke God’s word. Before we know where we are, we are caught up in the shows of things. All that God has done for us is the mere threshold; He wants to get us to the place where we will be His witnesses and proclaim Who Jesus is.

Be rightly related to God, find your joy there, and out of you will flow rivers of living water. Be a centre for Jesus Christ to pour living water through. Stop being self-conscious, stop being a sanctified prig, and live the life hid with Christ. The life that is rightly related to God is as natural as breathing wherever it goes. The lives that have been of most blessing to you are those who were unconscious of it.

Gas Mistake

Doh! I drove by a gas station on the way to lunch and saw that it was proced at $2.519. I KNEW I should stop. I’ll have to either fill up right after work, or just before I get home, as my tank can only get me as far as the 65 mile trip, and not much further.

Well, I just got word from a coworker who drove by that same station that they are at $2.719 DOH!!

I looked up the price at the local fuel bank, thinking I could go and buy right from the pump after work (they typically only change the prices after they close for the day). They must have mixed up regular unleaded with 100 octane low-lead aviation gas or jet fuel, because they are a healthy bit over $3 right now.

I knew that when the 300 gallons I bought at $1.979 ran out, I should get another 1-200 gallons to last me until the prices begin to drop again, as they usually do in the fall.

And Ogre, I’m not complaining about high prices, per-se. I’m kicking myself for not taking advantage of the tools at my disposal to get around the increases. Considering that I can get to work and back twice on a 14 gallon tank, I need to work harder at spending as little as possible on gas.

Am I Convinced by Christ?

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not . . ., but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. – Luke 10:19

Jesus Christ says, in effect, Don’t rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me. The snare in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you. You never can measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related to Jesus Christ. Keep your relationship right with Him, then whatever circumstances you are in, and whoever you meet day by day, He is pouring rivers of living water through you, and it is of His mercy that He does not let you know it. When once you are rightly related to God by salvation and sanctification, remember that wherever you are, you are put there by God; and by the reaction of your life on the circumstances around you, you will fulfil God’s purpose, as long as you keep in the light as God is in the light.

The tendency to-day is to put the emphasis on service. Beware of the people who make usefulness their ground of appeal. If you make usefulness the test, then Jesus Christ was the greatest failure that ever lived. The lodestar of the saint is God Himself, not estimated usefulness. It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him. All that Our Lord heeds in a man’s life is the relationship of worth to His Father. Jesus is bringing many sons to glory.

Are You Ever Disturbed?

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you. – John 14:27

There are times when our peace is based upon ignorance, but when we awaken to the facts of life, inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When Our Lord speaks peace, He makes peace, His words are ever “spirit and life.? Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? “My peace I give unto you? – it is a peace which comes from looking into His face and realizing His undisturbedness.

Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God’s providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus. Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. If you allow anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you, you are either disturbed or you have a false security.

Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that is pressing, and receiving from Him peace? If so, He will be a gracious benediction of peace in and through you: But if you try to worry it out, you obliterate Him and deserve all you get. We get disturbed because we have not been considering Him. When one confers with Jesus Christ the perplexity goes, because He has no perplexity, and our only concern is to abide in Him. Lay it all out before Him and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say-“Let not your heart be troubled.?

The Fruitfulness of Friendship

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

I have called you friends. – John 15:15

We never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we abandon in every particular. Self-surrender is the most difficult thing-‘I will if. . .!’ ‘Oh well, I suppose I must devote my life to God.’ There is none of the joy of self-sacrifice in that.

As soon as we do abandon, the Holy Ghost gives us an intimation of the joy of Jesus. The final aim of self-sacrifice is laying down our lives for our Friend. When the Holy Ghost comes in, the great desire is to lay down the life for Jesus; the thought of sacrifice never touches us because sacrifice is the love passion of the Holy Ghost.

Our Lord is our example in the life of self-sacrifice-“I delight to do Thy will, O My God.? He went on with His sacrifice with exuberant joy. Have I ever yielded in absolute submission to Jesus Christ? If Jesus Christ is not the lodestar, there is no benefit in the sacrifice; but when the sacrifice is made with the eyes on Him, slowly and surely the moulding influence begins to tell.

Beware of letting natural affinities hinder your walk in love. One of the most cruel ways of killing natural love is by disdain built on natural affinities. The affinity of the saint is the Lord Jesus. Love for God is not sentimental; to love as God loves is the most practical thing for the saint.

“I have called you friends.? It is a friendship based on the new life created in us, which has no affinity with our old life, but only with the life of God life. It is unutterably humble, unsulliedly pure, and absolutely devoted to God.

The Spiritual Index

Today’s My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? – Matthew 7:9

The illustration of prayer that Our Lord uses here is that of a good child asking for a good thing. We talk about prayer as if God heard us irrespective of the fact of our relationship to Him (cf. Matthew 5:45.) Never say it is not God’s will to give you what you ask, don’t sit down and faint, but find out the reason, turn up the index. Are you rightly related to your wife, to your husband, to your children, to your fellow-students-are you a ‘good child’ there? ‘Oh, Lord, I have been irritable and cross, but I do want spiritual blessing.’ You cannot have it, you will have to do without until you come into the attitude of a good child.

We mistake defiance for devotion; arguing with God for abandonment. We will not look at the index. Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want when there is something I have not paid for? Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone who belongs to me? I have not forgiven someone his trespasses; I have not been kind to him; I have not been living as God’s child among my relatives and friends (see v. 12).

I am a child of God only by regeneration, and as a child of God I am good only as I walk in the light. Prayer with most of us is turned into pious platitude, it is a matter of emotion, mystical communion with God. Spiritually we are all good at producing fogs. If we turn up the index, we will see very clearly what is wrong-that friendship, that debt, that temper of mind. It is no use praying unless we are living as children of God. Then, Jesus says-“Everyone that asketh receiveth.?

Another Example of a Broken Record

View From the Right has a great post up about the Iraqi occupation and the nature of history repeating itself. This isn’t the first time that people have tried to set up a secular, constitutional republic in Iraq. It was tried by the British in the 1930’s.

Hat Tip: Vox Popoli