Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Eschaton: Every day I pray that God would help us to be a nation that desires purity and avoids debauchery, pornography, perversion, drunkeness, drug use and gambling. And I make my children avoid these things, even using threats of violence against them when neccessary.

But this is a far cry from forcing an adult to do the same. I am not my brothers keeper, and to act like I am is to bring my brother down to the level of an animal.

In Gideon's day God had to get about thirty-two thousand men down to about three hundred to achieve His purposes, lest they boast they had saved themselves by their own strength. And even after Gideon sent for troops to chase and destroy the fleeing army of the Midianites, the tribal leaders were still violently angry with him. Why? He didn't send for them went he first went out to fight!

This great pious nation of Israel was really just a violent bunch of hotheads, unfit for God's purposes. It's like this in our nation today. The Christians in our nation have such a love for violent solutions that they are of no use to God.

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn't it because there is a whole army of evil desires within you? You want what you don't have, so you destroy lives to get it. You long for what others have, and can't afford it, so you start a political fight to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don't have is that you don't ask God for it. And even when you do ask you don't get it because your whole aim is wrong - you want only what will give you pleasure.

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