Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Great Commission.1

"Let those who are spiritually dead attend to their earthly concerns; but you go and proclaim the coming of the kingdom of God to the waiting world."


The problem with being a Zombie, as near as I can figure, is that you don't know you are dead...I suppose that is troublesome enough--to be self-deluded like that--however, compounding the problem is that they just won't leave the living alone...

The Chick Fil A controversy is a great example.  The owner, Dan Cathie, answering an interviewer's question, simply stated his belief and support for Biblical principles like traditional marriage and keeping the Sabbath holy by closing his restaurants and giving his employees a day off to rest and worship God.

In reprisal--go figure--several big city mayors have come out and put up a "no vacancy" sign to Chick Fil A.   Consider Boston's announcement:
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared, "Chick-fil-A doesn't belong in Boston." He recklessly slandered the company by accusing it of "discriminat(ing) against the population." And he warned ominously: "If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult -- unless they open up their policies."
A simple suggestion, from radio commentator and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, to support them by designating a day to eat at Chick Fil A quickly spread throughout the social media network. Support was overwhelming with long lines and long waits to show solidarity for Mr. Cathie's right to exercise free speech and not be publicly vilified for it.

By contrast, CEO's from two of the world's largest companies, Microsoft and Amazon, have contributed millions of dollars to support Washington state's gay marriage law against a ballot initiative to overturn it with little fanfare or public response.

Let's say, for argument's sake, that supporting efforts like letting babies live and not encouraging their termination in the name of "choice", or staking a historical position like narrowly defining marriage as the union of a man and woman is on the side of Life, i.e., the Kingdom of God.  And, for argument's sake, taking up a position opposite of those views is on the side of Death.  We then can, for argument's sake, understand Joshua's declaration: 

"And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15)
Or Mose's admonition:
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,
loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them." (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20)
Let's suppose, for argument's sake, that proclaiming Life, the kingdom of God will, like the smell of flesh to Zombies, attract the spiritually dead to attack with vicious and deadly retribution, what will you choose? 

Boston mayor quote from Michelle Malkin's blog at: