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3.20.2006    |    "ich kann nicht anders"
How many of us have caved in the face of pressure? Peer pressure; boss pressure; societal pressure. We go along with the latest fad, we don't object when some talentless bimbo all but strips, lip-synchs, and it's called "talent." We tell the bossman "yessir, yessir, three bags full" when we know that he is wrong.

The list of our accomodations to and conformity with the world are endless. For the Protestant Christian, it is useful to reflect on these famous words attributed to Martin Luther:
Hier stehe ich, ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir. Amen
Luther had reached the end of his willingness to accomodate himself to the vanities and evils that the Catholic heirarchy had conformed themselves to. At least as Luther saw them, and, in retrospect, as history has shown them to be.

"Ich kann nicht anders." I can do no other. We need to remember these timeless words. We need to ponder, at each and every junction when we must choose to do something we ought not, or, by our silence, in effect endorse actions and things that we should not.
Many times in my career, I was faced with ethnical challenges. Many times I simply went along with what was expedient. This was before I knew Christ, and had read of the incredible boldness of Martin Luther's stand against the institutional church.

"Ich kann nicht anders," and, always, lest we forget, we must also say, "Gott helfe mir." Because I've also learned that without God's help, there's no point in even trying. With His help, we can always take our stand.

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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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