Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wicked Secular Education

I am regularly reminded of how close I came to nihilism in my government school and amoral eduation system, that great gift of free education to our parents and still going strong today for so many poor souls.

In The Genealogy of Morals, Nietzche held that the idea of good and evil was an unnatural addition (essentially Hebraic and Christian) to man's world , and a disturber of man's life and peace...abolish good and evil, and man will be free (Rushdoony).

This kind of thinking is what all of my educators were dripping with in the 60s and 70s. Refusing to show where this kind of thinking led, we were taught that we could study all subjects void of any god, especially the LORD of the Holy Scriptures. Slowly, I began to quietly ask myself, "but then, how do we know what is good and what is evil?" And quietly I began to conclued that there were no absolutes, and that therefore real life must be pursued in a vacuum of any judgment - except the judgment of meaninglessness and ultimate absurdity.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And the contrary is true: absent the fear of the Lord, there is no hope of wisdom, for there will be nothing to make sense of anything.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Do Not Grow Too Comfortable With God

What is it that causes covenant members to wander off from the faith? What will tempt you to determine it isn’t that important in your life to call upon the living God every day, to renew your covenant with the Father through Jesus Christ each Lord’s Day, to humbly confess your sins and to plead His promises for your life and for your family at all times?

The seductions of the world, the flesh, and the devil come in all shapes and sizes. The one thing that they all have in common is this: they always promise more than they can deliver. You want sex outside the covenant vows of marriage – it will ruin you. You want to find your satisfaction in riches – you will be pierced with many sorrows. You want to run with the cool crowd and so you will join them in words of filth and blasphemy – they will cast you off as soon as they are done with you.

But the seductions and the Tempter are far more subtle than even those. He will whisper, “obeying right now in this little way or in that little way doesn’t really matter – go ahead – you can always confess later.” He will tantalize you with trivial but tasty pleasures late into Saturday evening so that you are too exhausted to go to church on Sunday or too tired to pay attention or care if you do go. He will razzle and dazzle you with the smoke and mirrors of technology so that the simple singing of psalms seems boring and irrelevant. He will keep you satisfied with bumper-sticker one-liners for your theology so that deep, thoughtful and challenging theological studies will appear to be useless and unimportant.

Like the proverbial frog in the kettle, you may have grown accustomed to being quite distant from your heavenly Father – maybe this week – maybe for quite some time. If you are in this way, know this – I have prayed for you, if not by name, by category, and have asked the Lord of Hosts to shake your world that your conscience may not be hardened by such seductions. As the Psalmist warned and wrote – “Today, If you will hear His voice, “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.”

Never grow too comfortable with being in the presence of our God – for He is a consuming fire.