Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Prayer in Spring
by Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; 
And give us not to think so far away 
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here 
All simply in the springing of the year. 

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, 
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; 
And make us happy in the happy bees, 
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. 

And make us happy in the darting bird 
That suddenly above the bees is heard, 
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, 
And off a blossom in mid air stands still. 

For this is love and nothing else is love, 
The which it is reserved for God above 
To sanctify to what far ends He will, 
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

George Herbert: The Elixir

    TEach me, my God and King,
        In all things thee to see,
And what I do in any thing,
        To do it as for thee:

        Not rudely, as a beast,
        To runne into an action;
But still to make thee prepossest,
        And give it his perfection.

        A man that looks on glasse,
        On it may stay his eye;
Or if he pleaseth, through it passe,
        And then the heav’n espie.

        All may of thee partake:
        Nothing can be so mean,
Which with his tincture (for thy sake)
        Will not grow bright and clean.

        A servant with this clause
        Makes drudgerie divine:
Who sweeps a room, as for thy laws,
        Makes that and th’ action fine.

        This is the famous stone
        That turneth all to gold:
For that which God doth touch and own
        Cannot for lesse be told.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Sin of Socialism

"I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and there it was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; so shall your poverty come like a prowler, and your need like an armed man." Proverbs 24:30-34

What is laziness? The Bible speaks many, many times of the foolishness of being lazy or sluggish; "Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise." Webster's 1828 dictionary defines "lazy" as "Disinclined to action or exertion; naturally or habitually slothful; sluggish; indolent; averse to labor; heavy in motion. Slow; moving slowly or apparently with labor; as a lazy stream." Which human being does not struggle with the sin of laziness? Laziness is a particularly easy sin to fall into as it doesn't require us to do anything. It's not hard to do nothing. 

Romans 1:32 also reminds us that those who approve of sin are likewise guilty. Therefore, any acceptance or encouragement of laziness is sin. I would like to offer that by this reasoning, all types of Socialism are sin by the Bible's standards. 

But what exactly is Socialism? While there are many varying definitions, at the heart of all of them is "equality". As Karl Marx said, "From each according to their ability, to each according to their need." This is seen especially in the redistribution of wealth. President Barack Obama summed it up nicely; "It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure everybody who is behind you, that they have got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody." This press for equality has many other implications, but the one I would like to focus on is redistribution of wealth and the creation of a welfare state. 

Now as a basic example of redistribution of wealth, let us say that Taxpaying Citizen earns a good amount of money; having a high education level, steady job, and a good work ethic. Let us say that forty percent of his income is redistributed to Lazy Bum in a homeless shelter. This lazy bum hates having a steady job, and never got through college because he hated studying. Most of the money given to Lazy Bum goes to paying his cell phone bill and buying alcohol. 

Now first, Taxpaying Citizen still does have a good amount of money left over for himself, but that does not negate the fact that Taxpaying Citizen has forty percent LESS money to: buy products (good for the economy), invest (good for the economy), pay his own employees (good for the economy), charitable giving (good for the economy), and save (good for the economy). 

Second, would Taxpaying Citizen have given his money to Lazy Bum if he knew that Lazy Bum would only waste it? Probably not! But the  government doesn't know what Lazy Bum does with his life, and honestly doesn't care. 

Third, what's going through Lazy Bum's mind as he gets his monthly check from the government? Is he thinking about putting some of this money away so that he can eventually afford a house payment and get back on his feet? No! Is he thinking about paying for a therapist to kick his alcohol addiction? No! Is he thinking about how next month he'll have a job so he won't need that check from the government each month? No! What motivation does he have to improve his lot? Absolutely none. 

Lastly, Taxpaying Citizen sees Lazy Bum getting that check every month from the government and has to ask himself, why should I work so hard each month to only have my income mostly taken away, when I could be sitting back relaxing and getting my own check from the government each month? 

So what are the effects of redistribution of wealth in this example? First, money is wasted and the economy is hurt. Second, money is mismanaged. Third, the poor are not motivated to move up out of the lower class. And fourth, hard working people are discouraged to work and are instead motivated to be lazy. 

This is the problem with Socialism and particularly with redistribution of wealth. It encourages laziness. And herein is why it must be labeled as sin. It discourages hard work and furthers sin.

Off the topic, another problem with redistribution is that it assumes that being rich is bad. Riches are actually blessings from God; as Ecclesiastes 5:19 says, "As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God." If these physical blessings are a blessing from God, who is the government to say that those blessings should be taken away and given to someone else? It is the Lord who giveth and taketh away. The government seeks to supplant God's authority and take His place through the redistribution of wealth. Thus, Socialism is also sin in that it seeks to set the government up as man's idol.

In conclusion, we ought to reject all government and economic systems that seek to feed the man who will not work. A culture that encourages laziness will not stop with that, but will continue to decline into other sins. Our nation would do well to consider the ant; working diligently and saving up to provide for ourselves, lest God's judgement come upon us. As Isaiah 1:19-20 says, "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Calvinist Satire (which I didn't write)


1. Calvinists tend to wear wool and cotton. Dispensationalists tend to wear lime-green polyester leisure suits.

2. John Calvin was French...being French is very chic.

3. Calvin sounds like Calvin Klein...and his clothes are very chic.

4. Calvinists can drink.

5. Calvinists can smoke.

6. Dispensationalists are into prophecy conferences where they talk about Star-Trek eschatology and the mark of the Beast. Calvinists have conferences on "life and culture", art, social justice, and other high- brow things like that. Afterwards, we go to the local pub and talk about philosophy over a pint of Bass ale.

7. Calvinists have close ties with Scotland and Scotland is very cool: you know --Sean Connery, the movie Highlander, Bagpipes, the Loch Ness Monster, Glenlivet 18 year old Scotch, the movie Train Spotting, Brave Heart, etc.

8. Calvinists think we are smarter than anybody else.

9. It is more socially acceptable to say, "I go to Grace Presbyterian Church" than to say, "I go to Washed In The Blood Worship Center", "I go to Sonlife Charismatic Believers Assembly", or to say "I go to Boston Berean Bible Believing Baptist Bethel", or to say "I go to the Latter-Day- Rain Deliverance Tabernacle Prophecy Center, Inc.", or to say "I go to the Philadelphia Church of the Majority Text", or to say "I go to the Lithuanian Apostolic Orthodox Autocephalic Church of the Baltic union of 1838".

10. Ultimately, I am a Calvinist because I had no choice in the matter."

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ten reasons I am not a Baptist

10.) Doesn’t household mean household?

9.) How do children who are disallowed from the covenant make it a new and better covenant?

8.) Let me get this straight. Does the Baptist really expect me to believe that the Jews were absolutely incensed at the idea that Gentiles were now in the covenant without circumcision but accepted that their children were no longer in the covenant even with circumcision – and they accepted the latter without so much as a whimper recorded in the NT? You want me to believe that on one day Jewish children were included in the covenant and on the next day they had to wait until they were old enough to vote for Jesus on the matter. Hello?

7.) I didn’t wait for my children to ask me into their hearts before I named them and made them a part of my family. Why should I expect God to wait for His covenant seed to ask Jesus into their hearts before He names them in Baptism and makes them part of the family of God?

6.) I can’t get my mind around the fact that Pentecost amounted to the excommunication of children.

5.) “Forbid not the children to come unto me,” must mean something.

4.) If I were a Baptist and required explicit instructions from the New Testament before I baptized infants then I could not give communion to women? Imagine how that would go over.

3.) I read the Bible as one book … one story.

2.) I believe the children go with the parents. Call me old fashioned.

And the number one reason I am not a Baptist,

No one can tell me if I’ve reached the age of accountability yet.

From Bret McAtee

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


"A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards." ~A.A. Milne

Monday, May 23, 2011

It is to this that we are heading...

Karl Marx's "10 Planks" to seize power and destroy freedom:

1. Abolition of Property in Land and Application of all Rents of Land to Public Purpose.

2. A Heavy Progressive or Graduated Income Tax.

3. Abolition of All Rights of Inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the Property of All Emigrants and Rebels.

5. Centralization of Credit in the Hands of the State, by Means of a National Bank with State Capital and an Exclusive Monopoly.

6. Centralization of the Means of Communication and Transport in the Hands of the State.

7. Extension of Factories and Instruments of Production Owned by the State, the Bringing Into Cultivation of Waste Lands, and the Improvement of the Soil Generally in Accordance with a Common Plan.

8. Equal Liability of All to Labor. Establishment of Industrial Armies, Especially for Agriculture.

9. Combination of Agriculture with Manufacturing Industries; Gradual Abolition of the Distinction Between Town and Country by a More Equable Distribution of the Population over the Country.

10. Free Education for All Children in Public Schools. Abolition of Children's Factory Labor in it's Present Form. Combination of Education with Industrial Production.