2019 FUTURE OF CHRISTENDOM CONFERENCE: Advancing the Kingdom Through Enterprise

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    Highlights from 2018 Future of Christendom Conference

    Oliver Cromwell

      "Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking"

    Mayday, Mayday!

    It’s nice, I suppose, that Christians were out celebrating May Day even if it’s “only” to pray for the unborn.  Clearly, every day can and should be used to that end.

    But, for me at least, something is missing. Should we really celebrate this so-called holiday?  According to Marxist.org this article,

    The May First strike was most aggressive in Chicago, which was at that time the center of a militant Left-wing labor movement… it was…a fighting movement, always ready to call the workers to action, develop their fighting spirit and set as their goal not only the immediate improvement of their living and working conditions, but the abolition of the capitalist system as well [Italics mine].

    Anyone who stands with the scriptures has a choice here: Participate publicly while hoping that most of America will forget what May Day is, or stand in opposition, speak up, and expose this Communistic charade for the fraud that it is.

    Christians, especially, do not seem to understand the importance of holidays and public symbols. We still own a few—that very recognizable fish symbol for example—but for the most part we’ve allowed our symbols to be attacked, diluted and ignored; witness what has happened to the rainbow, Christmas, and Thanksgiving, for example.

    Part of the problem is that we aren’t fighting. The quote above makes clear that those among us who hate Christ and His Word are indeed out to win. And, they are employing special commemorative days—May Day and Labor Day to name two—to that end.

    But what do you do when you don’t have the stomach for a fight that you know you should join? Well, the next best thing is to make it look like you’re fighting, sort of fighting nice, so to speak, which usually means not fighting at all.

    And so, evangelicals turned out on May Day to pray: According to this article,  rallies commemorating the plight of the unborn were held around the nation this past May Day, with prayer being highlighted.

    So how is that a problem? How can anyone say that you shouldn’t pray, especially since we are told in I Thessalonians 5: 17 to “pray without ceasing?”

    I have a confession to make:  One of my problems is that, when faced with something that I have to do, I’ll often put it off, not by doing nothing, but instead by doing something else that I’d rather do. The job I’d rather do may need doing at some point, but that’s what makes it all the more dangerous, because my conscience is eased even while I’m avoiding my responsibility. How nice.

    The Christian community should oppose and expose the peculiar May Day sham on every level. The holiday was born in atheism and nurtured in communism. Its fruit is misery and despair. How can we as Christians pretend to coexist with such an attack on the love of one’s neighbor and the commands of scripture?

    So here’s my solution: What we need is a counter holiday. I’d suggest a Thanksgiving holiday corollary: Why not thank God on that day specifically for business and property owners? It’s businessmen, after all, that give us jobs, and it’s hard to imagine life without them.

    The May Day mongers among us need a break anyway. They need to understand that without business and property owners (capitalist pigs to them), we wouldn’t have socialists. The socialists need the property owners like parasites need  a host.

    So even if we can’t have our own day, we can at least spend some time next May 1st exposing the ungodly origins of the holiday and publicly thanking God for business and property owners, something we don’t do nearly as much as we should.

    And let’s not forget to pray, especially that our socialist acquaintances will get a clue. And for that, we really will have to pray without ceasing.

    Submitted by Joel Saint

    

    Food for Thought

    Have you ever listened to the comments in a buffet line?  Recently I heard a mom “teaching” her youngster about the different foods.  It struck me that her attitudes and ideas were a pretty good reflection of the prevailing viewpoints of today’s popular culture. 

    In a nutshell, it pretty much boiled down to this: it’s all poison.  “This has too much fat, this has too many carbs, this will do such and such to you”, on and on.  I don’t know what the poor child finally ended up with…maybe a few pieces of dry, raw broccoli…or maybe someone has “discovered” that broccoli also is now bad for you.  Think about it…with this kind of thing coming to kids from TV, radio, teachers, internet, parents, friends and I hate to say it…sometimes from church…is it any wonder that we are seeing “eating disorders”, something that was pretty much unheard of in past generations?   

    How many times have you sat at the table only to hear someone point out how practically everything on the table is somehow bad for you?  But what does God say?  Let’s put aside discussions of Old Testament dietary laws for another time and focus for a minute on a broader principle: 

       …Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 
      For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.    -I Timothy 4: 3-5 

    Food is mentioned over and over throughout the Bible, and repeatedly cited as a blessing from God, and often cited as a sign of God’s blessing on our lives.  Popular culture has turned this upside-down, and treated food as a necessary evil.  Aside from restaurant commercials we hear constant negativity toward food.   

    Of course there are some pitfalls with food.  Gluttony is condemned by God.  Today’s foods come with varying levels of processing.  It seems evident that highly processed foods carry some problems with them.  This should be no surprise, since food, as created by God, is for our benefit; common sense tells us, then, that artificially altering it takes it away from the beneficial characteristics instilled in it by the Creator.  Wise counsel would be to stick with whole foods, as close to natural as practical. 

    Those over age 20 or so can remember the time when eggs were certain to kill you.  After that fad ran its course, it is now acknowledged that our grandparents, great grandparents, and all previous generations were right…eggs are good for you in moderation.  Some of us skipped the fad and enjoyed eggs all along.  We weren’t fashionable, but we enjoyed our breakfast… and our bodies had enough protein.   

    How disheartening to read a dessert menu with great desserts having “sinful” or “decadent” as part of their names.  Taken as part of a well balanced diet they are a blessing from God, and it is an insult to Him to name them in such ways.  It may be intended to be “cute”, but it’s not funny at all if you think about it.   

    The characteristics of a well-balanced diet have been understood for millennia…better understood than the government’s “food pyramid”, which seems to need regular revision. The evil of civil government interfering with the diets of citizens is a topic for another time. 

    Some of us could stand to lose a few pounds; we need to consider this in deciding what to eat. 

    There’s nothing wrong with (and a lot right with) the study of proper nutrition.  Some have health conditions that demand prohibition or regulation of certain foods.  These are important considerations. Otherwise, let’s be careful how we allow bad thinking to give us a bad attitude towards food, robbing us of blessings that God intended for us.

    Submitted By: Jim Mogel

    Help thy Neighbor

    It was the day after the Big Storm, and I was out shoveling. Because I live on a city street, it somehow didn’t seem like I’d done enough just digging out my own car.

    So, with the help of some of my kids and neighbors, we dug their cars out as well.

    The nice thing about shoveling snow is that you really don’t have to think too much. Its a simple process: 1) Sift through your pile of outdoor odds and ends; 2) Find your (preferably snow) shovel, and 3) Decide between doing it yourself or assigning the job to the kids. After that, the hard thinking is pretty much over.

    But amidst the outdoor workout, I spotted a minor dilemma. A few doors down, a mother/son combo, armed with the requisite equipment, approached their buried car.

    I say approached; that is, they moved forward with all the confidence of a freshman about to challenge the wisdom of a tenured professor. Instead of digging and shoveling, the operation looked more like a seven year old who had gained permission to pet a big dog, but remained too tentative to step up and get it done. The snow wasn’t being shoveled as much as poked and prodded.

    It was the mom who was working, at least a little. But every time I looked, the teenaged son seemed more interested in discussing than digging, shooting rather than shoveling. His shovel was strong enough to support his weight when leaned upon; it was unknown how it would respond when engaged in actual snow removal.

    But it was just the two of them; where dad was, who knew? Meanwhile, we were finishing up; should I/we help them out?

    Well…how? The answer was easy: The only way to help was to do nothing. This young man was getting very little work done, while his body language shouted that he didn’t care to be working at all.

    In this case, “helping” would have amounted to “hindering”. If the youngster didn’t want to dig out the family car, who was I to do it for him? If I were to assist this young man in evading his responsibility, could that possibly be called “help”?

    Not at all. Work is a blessing and a privilege. We don’t always enjoy it, but it is a gift from above nonetheless. Why else would Jesus Christ, creator of the universe, spend so much of his time on earth working with his earthly father in a carpenter’s shop? His example has forever put a giant stamp of approval on labor, especially, perhaps, the labor accomplished with one’s hands.

    Well, it’s the afternoon now, and the car appears to be mostly free of ice and snow. As for my tentative young neighbor, he never really did look like he picked up any good work habits.

    So, despite the severity of the recent snow dump, it wasn’t enough to convince him that he needed to learn how to work.

    Too bad; I really wish I could have helped.

    Submitted by Joel Saint

    Haiti Hypocrisy

    Somehow, I just can’t get on board.

    Yes, I know I’m supposed to contribute to assist the suffering in that stricken land called Haiti. I have no doubt that many sincere people are donating their time and energy, as well as their hard earned money.

    And how can anyone turn down the latest Hollywood celebrity glitzoids as they shame-lessly guilt us into giving? And if we can’t give, we can at least feel badly; after all, when considering the latest Left Coast Cause, feeling badly is good, and feeling good is bad.

    But here’s a problem: Between the mainstream media, populist politicians, and shallow celebrities, the concern for Haiti is downright selective.

    Jesus Christ talked about “blind guides” (Mathew 23: 24) that “strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.”

    How could anyone who strains out a gnat (cough, cough) and happily swallows a camel (“my, that was easy”) guide anyone or anything?

    Well, just look around: Many of those calling the loudest for Haiti help are pro-abortion. They not only condone the murder of the babies, but they vilify those who would do what the can to save them from the bloody hand of the butcher.

    Yes, 50,000 victims in Haiti are nearly incomprehensible; and yet, how does that com-pare to fifty million, that’s 50,000,000, dead babies, a one thousand to one ratio?

    And, let’s not forget that the Haitian tragedy was not preventable, and many are responding. But the abortion tragedy is preventable, and few are responding.

    Blind guides indeed! They strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.

    So if you’re going to donate, find someone you trust, some charitable group or organization that actually has a history of doing good.

    In fact, the best option is probably to give to a mission organization that is connected to local churches in Haiti. After all, who could have ‘feet on the ground’ better than local church leaders?

    Think about it: The church personnel have a strong interest in promoting the best interests of their neighborhood and country. They know the people and the land.

    On the other hand, I’m betting that 90 plus percent of the professional charity peddlers couldn’t find Haiti on a map if you spotted them the island of Hispaniola.

    Shame on the blind guides and their followers.

    Submitted By: Joel Saint

    MARS 2010 Kickoff a Successful Event

    The Mid Atlantic Reformation Society (MARS) presented the first of its 2010 lecture series this Tuesday in the meeting room of the Old Country Buffet in Wyomissing, PA.  Joel Saint presented answers to a question at the heart of the purpose of MARS: “Why a Christian Worldview?”.  The audience of 28 learned through the example of Alfred the Great, a great English king in the 9th century, the great effect of Biblical principles applied to culture and politics.  The encouraging question and answer session that followed revealed an understanding of the issues involved on the part of the audience, as well as a desire to put actions to beliefs (James 2:20).  Most of the answers given by Mr. Saint included the phrase “we’ll go into that more in upcoming months”, an indication that MARS has a comprehensive set of presentations in store.

    As a side benefit, attendees dined on the buffet including a wide assortment of meats, fish, poultry and vegetables, as well as a salad bar and other items.  It was all an encouraging start to future monthly meetings planned for the third Tuesday of every month.

    Submitted By: Jim Mogel