The Role of the King (Telling the Big Picture Story of the Bible # 7)

Living in America in the 21st century, we only barely remember what it was like to live under a king. A king basically had all of the power throughout the lands that he ruled. His words and decrees were the law of the land. If you had a good king, then perhaps life wouldn’t be so bad under him. If you had a bad king, though, life could get very rough. Biblically, living under a king was, at best, a mixed bag. When Israel asked God for a human king, God basically responded that they didn’t need a human king because He was their king. The people persisted, though, and finally God gave them a succession of kings, a few of which were good, but most of which were moderate at best. Even the best king in the Old Testament, David, slept with someone who was someone else’s wife and then put her husband on the front lines.

It is into this context that Jesus eventually comes to fulfill the role of the king. Now kingship was not something that Jesus pursued, Continue reading

What It Really Means To Be Pro-Life

When I say “Pro-Life” chances are, you think about all the political ideology surrounding the abortion debates.  You probably think of all the back-and-forth of politics and the finger-pointing from both sides that has been happening for decades now.

Now, let me state loudly and clearly that I am against abortion, perhaps with the exception of cases of rape or where the life of the mother is involved.  (Having said that, there is definitely debate as to what is the best way to decrease abortions).  I believe this about abortion because I believe all human life was created in the Image of God and has value.

My stance on abortion is only the first of my Pro-Life stances, though.

I am against the death penalty.  I think it is wrong to kill people in order to show that killing people is wrong.  I think that in the long run, when we kill people for any reason, we are slowly becoming that which we are punishing in the first place.  What we do affects who we are becoming.  A person might be a criminal, but that person is still…well…a person.  A guilty person, yes, but a person.  I am against the death penalty because I believe that all human life was created in the Image of God and has value.  I am against the death penalty because I am Pro-Life.

I think it’s high time we Pro-Life Christians start loving homosexuals.  Really loving them.  I think it’s time we Pro-Life Christians call hate for what it is when Continue reading