September 2003


As Madonna taught us in the 80’s, we’re living in a material world. It’s nice to see that some people still place a value on the soul.

I know I shouldn’t think this is so funny…

And while on the topic of church and state, I’m also baffled by the Ten Commandments debacle (Alabama again!!!). I don’t really understand why anyone would take serious offense to the public posting of Ten Commandments. Perhaps I could sympathize a bit if this judge were locking people up for not remembering the Sabbath. But a simple display?

On the other hand, I’m also baffled by the Christian response. Who really believes that anything is lost by the removal of these commandments? We live under a new deal (covenant being the official lingo) which acknowledges that law in and of itself is powerless. The law represented by the ten commandments is one of sin and death. Jesus brought a law of freedom and life.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering (Romans 8:1-3)

While you’re on the internet anyway, go ahead and read the whole chapter. You know you want to.

I’m learning that when people refer to anything as their “biblical duty” it’s usually dumb. A few years ago, my roommate considered buying a gun (fortunately the fascination subsided before he acquired a weapon). As he met people in the gun community, one man shared with him that it was his biblical duty to own and carry a handgun.

Now the Governor of the great state of Alabama has declared it his Christian duty to raise taxes by 22%. 22%?!???!

To the left, it is an article of faith that big government helps people. But if that were the case the most Christian and the richest country in the 20th century would have been either Mao’s China or the former Soviet Union. After all, those communistic regimes loved the poor so much that they virtually imposed a 100 percent tax on workers. What they produced was not aid to the poor, but a lot of poor people.

Who is the seperation of church and state supposed to protect?