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7.10.2005    |    Moderation
We so-called Christian conservatives, sometimes called "social" conservatives, are advised to be happy with a "moderate" Supreme Court nominee such as Alberto Gonzalez. Let's get the president's choice confirmed; let's be practical. It will be harder for the Democrats to filibuster someone who is perceived as not wishing to end abortion on demand.

Let's just, in other words, bite our tongue about how we truly feel about life and death issues; the end game is to get a Republican on the Supreme Court. The paramount political virtue? Moderation.

In reply, my hope is that those of us who believe that an abortion kills a human being; those of us who believe that sodomy and homosexuality and a host of other perversions remain sinful; those of us who acknowledge that God is the author of us and of our liberties; those of us who know that He will judge our sins harshly when we come before the judgment seat -- we can not accept "moderation" in the tolerance of such sins.

Better to go down in flames fighting the good fight for life, than to meekly say, "ok, some abortion is acceptable; after all, the nominee will be good for business." The problem is that it is God who has told us, through His inerrant Word, that He
knitted me together in my mother's womb (Psalm 139:13).
That's me; that's thee; that is all of us. In the womb He knew us; in the womb He formed us. We are His even before we take our first breath. Which is precisely why it is a heinous crime to kill in the womb.

Moderation in food and drink and in many, many, other things is admirable and to be desired. Moderation in the case of choosing life or death is the path to damnation. There is no choice for the Christian (or Jew, for that matter):
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 (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Choose life; choose Supreme Court justices who are committed to life. Moderation in such a choice is a compromise with death, and violates God's commandment to choose life. And violation of God's commandment is another way of saying sin.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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