November 01, 2016

Calculating the Cost of Words

The release of more emails has the Clinton camp conferring, calculating and doing verbal gymnastics to keep from answering journalist’s questions. I’m reminded of Jesus speaking in the temple when the chief priests and elders of the people demanded to know who gave him his authority. Jesus was willing to respond if they would first give their opinion of whether John’s baptism came from heaven, or from men. “They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know”” (Matt 21:25b-27a NIV).

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----I was not surprised to hear James Carville weigh in on Hillary’s plight. The man is a quasi-comedian. And he uses that deep Southern accent to color everything he says with a tone of implausibility while pressing it out with an edge of extreme angst and ominous doom if it is not believed. By that conflicting rhetorical machinery, he is able to stitch any rip in the fabric of Clinton lies, for lies need not reason to do their work, but sentiment. And Carville has always been the sentimental bridge the Clinton’s lay for moving their supporters from “getting it” back to “lost in space”.
-----I must admit my anger issues. It angers me that I’ve heard “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” from churches all my life, but rarely anything that Jesus does except save us to heaven. Yes, I exaggerate. There’s always a message hanging around about being faithful, but hardly ever about what faithfulness is. We hear about how Jesus transforms us, but never about into what we are transformed. For if the messages in the church got into the actual meaning of words instead of their sentimental values, then all the liberals would be upset. And as you well know, we can’t have any divisions in our Baptist/Southern Baptist/Reformed Baptist/Episcopal/Pentecostal/Nazarene/Campbellite/Anglican/Presbyterian/Lutheran/Catholic/Seventh Day Adventist/Methodist/etc./etc./etc. churches. God forbid if we create any divisions by actually trying to articulate any of the things the Lord is supposed to transform our minds into!
-----Thus the church has never articulated even so much as the meaning of “life”, except for its eternal, “Jesus“ aspect, of course. The other aspect is too political! In the lack of that salt, over 50 million living souls have been murdered to the tune of “a woman’s health” with the blessing of large swaths of an apparently wordless church. Two more words the church would be more salty by articulating: “lie” and “truth”. Oh yes, the messages about lying and telling the truth are bigly in the church, but there is hardly ever any articulation of what is required to be truthful, the burning desire for it, the persevering search for information, the countless comparisons between what is seen and what is said, nor even the subtle simplicity of it gets any respect, for example the comparison of what is seen and what just makes natural sense. I will let your imagination build some examples of homosexual behaviors. I believe it is reprehensible that any modern day liberal can sit for a moment in any church without rushing out in flaming anger over the words he should be hearing there.
-----But we have been James Carvilled out of receiving the power and authority of God’s words into the sentimentality of welcoming words for everyone! “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (Ps 1)

Love you all,
Steve Corey