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8.18.2005    |    A little Gospel
Confession: I'm a conservative Republican in my political philosophy. In fact, our Republican Party is, if anything, not conservative enough for my liking. "Conservative", for me, meaning that which best nurtures that which is pro-life, pro-family, and pro-Christ in the public square.

Therefore, I have viewed politics as doing God's work in the here and now. It is for certain that this world would be a beter place if more of us were saved, or at least acted as though that was the case. However, every once and again, we all need to take a deep breath, and try to remember what is truly important; what will still be around in 1,000 years when the name of the current politicians will, for the most part, be dust, as will they.

Case in point is the recent Justice Sunday II, which a guy like me should just love. The problem is that it all comes across as too much politickin' and not nearly enough Gospel. Yes, I realize that Justice Sunday wasn't really about the Gospel; it wasn't about Christ. Yet, judging from how it was pitched, and who participated, it's a fair assumption that the target audience was pretty much supposed to be evangelical Christians.

Justice Sunday is about getting men like John Roberts a fair confirmation hearing. I agree that this is a good thing, and important in its own right. But. It is not the Gospel. It is not about the cross that saves. It is not about forever being chosen to be in God's kingdom. Therefore, it's importance dims; fades to nothing in the brilliant light of the Gospel.

So, here is some unsolicited advice to so-called Godbloggers or Christian bloggers out there who also, like me, dabble in politics and think it important: take a deep breath; remember Who brought you to this dance called life.

And, most of all, remember Who is going to take you Home.

And, now, because I just can't help reminding myself of Who is also in charge, a little Gospel, from my namesake John, chapter 6:
37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.
May we all be with Christ, and be among His sheep, on that last day.

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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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