Tuesday, July 17, 2007

You Mean Churches Are Actually Helping People?

Did you get a chance to read the article in the Star on the 9th regarding a church in Ventura County offering "sanctuary" to a illegal aliens, (sojourners)?
The article ended with fascinating and telling quote by a spokesperson for the Center for Immigartion Studies in Washington D.C.,

"I would question any church leader sanctioning this and ask him or her What is it about this view that is distinctive or morally superior to 80 percent of the American public that can and does distinguish between legal and illegal immigration?"

What further proof is needed to show that the church has been neutered by it's alliances with the state. Someone thinks that disagreeing with the majority of the American public is grounds for the church being wrong? Wow!

"What is it about this view...?" How about, "It's Biblical," (also here)?

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Standard of Living

After Sundays sermon which focused in part on the importance of taking care of the orphans. I got to talk with a lot of people about the issues surrounding the decision to adopt. One thing that I kept sharing with others is that if our sole reason for not adopting, is to not upset ours, (or our biological children's) standard of living, then we have some reexamining of Scripture to do. Nowhere do we find the Bible reinforcing or supporting our desire to maintain a high standard of living. In fact, Jesus seems to preach the opposite, (the whole to find your life you must lose your life thing). After thinking about it for awhile, I came to the conclusion that this thinking isn't unique to adoption pros and cons, but is applicable to every day decisions. Are we going to make decisions because they further us and our kingdoms? Or are we going to make decisions that will impact God's?