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Has The Reformation Died?

The ashes of reformation martyrs have grown cold.

In a recent trip to Edinburgh, Scotland (pictured left) the pope was greeted as a hero. Throngs of admirers turned out to express their admiration for the bishop of Rome. Even the facebook statuses of many Scots reflected an overly irenic attitude to the theological pronouncements of the pontiff.

I will be the first to admit that Benedict is a good man. He holds many moral positions of which I am in full agreement. There has to be, however, a clear understanding that the Roman Catholic church does not teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. This should be especially felt in a place like Scotland where the “church” laid low many of its ministers of the gospel.

If you take a short train ride north of Edinburgh across and around the Firth of Forth you will arrive in the small town of St. Andrews. Now while this quaint seaside town is well known for its golf it should also be noted for its church history. On one of my first trips to the town, I saw three monuments that have remained in my memory many years later. The first two are simple cobblestone letters spelled out in the street. One set of letters spells GW (pictured top left) and the other PH (pictured center left). The GW stands for George Wishart and the PH stands for Patrick Hamilton. Time does not permit me to give an account of the lives of these men sufficed to say it was there allegiance to the gospel against the church of Rome that paved the way for the reforming work of John Knox and led to the reformation of Scotland. Their actions also got them burned at the stake by the “church” and these letters mark the spots in St. Andrews where they died. The third monument (pictured bottom left) is often seen but rarely understood. If you have ever watched the British open you have probably seen the clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient golf club and standing beside it is an obelisk that is shaped like the Washington monument. This memorial is to all of the protestant martyrs that were killed in St. Andrews in defense of the gospel. The same gospel that the Roman Catholic church to this day refuses to acknowledge or teach.

I am saddened that men like Patrick Hamilton and George Wishart should be forgotten and the pope of Rome should be adulated. I hope that that same gospel fervor that coursed through the veins of our forefathers would re-invigorate us to live according to God’s Word. I hope that the Reformation that brought light into darkness has not died and our future with it.

John Ross of Reformation 21 Blog has a parallel post entitled, Auld Reekie, reeks no more. I encourage you to pay it a visit.

Stealing Hope

The march of Providence is so slow, and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.

Robert E. Lee

Can you imagine living in a world without borders, fences, walls, dividers or lines. There is no here or there; everything is relative. This is essentially the kind of world we hand our kids when we don’t teach them our nations history…all of it.

Some officials in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction evidently don’t have a problem with such a world. They are debating changing their curriculum so that the study of U.S. History will begin at 1877. If these officials have their way, North Carolina high schools students will not learn of our pilgrim forefathers, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the American revolution, the development of the Constitution, the wisdom of our founders, or the War Between the States. Can an American who has no knowledge of such basic events and ideas truly be considered educated?

It is also somewhat odd when these educational bureaucrats decided to begin their new curriculum. 1877 marks the beginning of the progressive era of United States History. Could this be an attempt to wipe out the philosophy of the founders and replace it with a more socialist, progressive philosophy? I have no way of knowing with Cartesian certainty if this is so, but the time-line being discussed here is very suspect.

Making such a move will, nonetheless, do irreparable harm to an already anemic public education history curriculum. It is one thing to seek to educate it is quite another to open the door to indoctrination. When students have no point of reference or cornerstone on which to rest their minds they become disoriented to any direction offered them. This is the danger we now face.

If you would like to voice your opinion to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction their email is: feedback@dpi.state.nc.us.

Also, if you are unclear as to why progressivism is problematic, please read a post I previously wrote entitled Philosophical Dominoes.

We Don’t Need A King!

crownBut the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”

– I Samuel 8:19-22

I have read this passage before but the import of it never hit me like it has recently. The nation of Israel were being guided by God himself through His appointed representatives the Judges. God was their King and it was His wisdom that was the foundation of their governance. The people of Israel, however, were not satisfied with God as their king. They wanted to be like the “other nations”. Instead of trusting in the wisdom of God, they wanted to heed the wisdom of man.

Much like the nation of Israel in that passage, the United States is at a crossroads. We have a government, albeit flawed, that is established on wisdom and on the reliance of God as the protector of our “natural rights”. Instead of being satisfied with this those on the far left, including our President, want to be like the “other nations”. They want us to trade our time tested form of government that expects individuals to be responsible for themselves and recognizes God as the giver of our rights for a nanny state government that does everything for us. This nanny state would in effect become our sovereign to whom we would be bound to obey.

The current health care legislation that has passed the house and that is supported by the left in the senate would do more to push us towards a “nanny state sovereign” than any other bits of legislation previous. This 2,037 page bill would cost an estimated $1.3 trillion dollars and would take over 18% of the United States economy. It would be sweeping in its oversight and mandate requiring all Americans to purchase government “allowed” health care plans or force fines of up to $15,000 or jail terms of up to 5 years. This legislation may be shrouded in humanitarian language but beneath the surface it is a blatant attempt to re-engineer our society to shape us in the image of the modern, European, socialist, “nanny-state monarchies”. If you doubt my analysis consider the words of the President’s chief of staff Mr. Rahm Emanuel:

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,…”

The health care situation for some is a crisis but instead of serving the people and finding a solution that meets the needs of the people, the far left are plying the strategy of Rahm Emanuel and using this crisis to re-craft our country along their own misguided ideological lines.

We dont need a “nanny state monarchy”. What we need is a President and elected officials who are more concerned about doing what is right for the people than what is politically favorable for themselves or their political parties. We need leaders who understand our Constitution and the wise principles it established that make our nation the envy of the world some 221 years after it was founded. We don’t need a king!

250th Birthday of William Wilberforce

WilliamWilberforce This week marks the 250th birthday of the great conservative politician William Wilberforce. It was his labors that led to the end of the slave trade in the United Kingdom. His life and faith have inspired many people in the service of God’s kingdom this author not excluded. Please take a few minutes to view the following video about the life of Wilberforce. It will be the best 10 minute investment you have made in a long time.

William Wilberforce Video