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12.12.2005    |    "rulers of the Gentiles"
There are some Christians who would rule over us, if they could. All in the name of God, of course. There are also, more commonly, those who are not Christian who believe that any who profess Christ as Lord have some sort of secret plan to wrest control of the government. The key giveaway is when someone shouts out about "theocracy" anytime a Christians wishes to not be denied his rights under our Constitution.

But, sadly, there are also some that claim to be Christian who lust after worldly power. Quite a few, actually, if the noises that many politicians make are to be believed. A true Christian should not care anything about worldly power. Jesus has made it so clear that even a team of high-priced Philadelphia lawyers couldn't wrange out of this plain truth from Mark 10:
"You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
We come to Him in service. This may include being stewards of His creation, but must never, ever, be for the sake of exercising power of our fellow man.

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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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