Just look at the flippant claim central to this video. The “ex-gay” Jeff Johnston is positioned alongside the the “used to be” alcoholic (Gary Schneeberger) and “used to be” orphan (president Jim Daly), as if all three things are universally accepted struggles or hardships. Do they even realize how unbelievably offensive this is to so many people?! And not just gay people either: The idea that LGB people are in need of some sort of “redemption” is seen as deeply out-of-line by anyone who supports the credible science as it applies to our world and its spectrum of normalcy.
Rules of Engagement: All are Created in the Image of God. Remember that.
Yesterday, as a group which I attend discussed Jim Wallis‘ view on foreign policy, some noted that he used Micah 4.4 as the central point, while several disagreed with Wallis’ application. I think that the first mistake is not to take the verse in context:
In the last days, the mountain of the LORD’s house will be the highest of all– the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship. People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the LORD’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem. The LORD will mediate between peoples and will settle disputes between strong nations far away. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore. (Mic 4:1-3 NLT)
So, it is speaking of the last days, when peace will reign among the peoples.
Okay, gotcha, but what if you don’t believe in dispensationalistic eschatology as developed lately, but in that Christ inaugurated the eschaton? And that the eschaton is not fully realized until we are with Christ?
But, the question which the group wrestled with is whether or not Christians work towards this goal or is it something that we wait for God to accomplish himself?
Which Old Testament Prophet, minor or major or Joel or even one of the bookless ones, should run for President? Which one would be the ideal Presidential candidate (forgoing actual theology which would have them avoid such things)?