In DO YOU THINK MIGHT MAKE RIGHT? — PART 1, I explained the reason for this little series of posts. My objective is to give a personal witness and explain why I choose to talk about the application of Christian theology to politics. Here we get to the personal part.
What Brought Me To Christ Jesus
Several decades ago I married a Christian lady. Fortunately for me, she did something she should not have done. She married an unbeliever. As many Greeks had in the time of the Apostle Paul, I rejected the Gospel as folly.
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 English Standard Version (ESV)
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
My lady paid a heavy price for the sin of marrying me. When she found herself taking our children to church without me, she discovered the cost of being unequally yoked to an unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14). I did not care to thwart her efforts to raise our children as Christians, but I also made no effort to help.
In the mid 90’s, my career in the military ended. Because my lady wanted to get back to Virginia — home — we moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to northern Virginia. Thus, I became one of many commuters in the Washington area’s miserable stop-and-go traffic. After having driven in Colorado Springs for years, against what little traffic there was, I found myself emotionally unprepared and horrified by my daily commute. When road rage began to take on a personal dimension, I struggled for a solution. Finally, I remembered my love of books, and I began listening to books on tape, then CDROM, and now MP3.
Because I am frugal (well, really because my lady is frugal), the public library limited my listening options. So I made a virtue out of necessity. I began listening to great works I would otherwise have ignored. That included works such as these:
- Politics: A Treatise on Government, by Aristotle
- The Republic By Plato
- The American Crisis, by Thomas Paine
- Common Sense, by Thomas Paine
- The Federalist Papers or here at Project Gutenberg
- various fictional works mainly by James A. Michener.
Instead of being bored by what I was listening to, I became fascinated. I discovered I really knew far too little about history. Because what I knew had been filtered through books about history, I knew about history, but I did not know the important part. I did not know what historical figures thought about the times in which they lived. Why had they done what they did?
Meanwhile, my children were growing up, and I found myself puzzled by the difference between my children and too many of their peers. What accounted for it? Consider this tale.
Chuck Swindoll tells this story in one of his books…
An Indian brave found an egg that had been laid by an eagle. Not being able to return the egg to an eagle’s nest, the next best thing to do was to put it in the nest of a prairie chicken. The result was predictable. The hen sat on this eagle’s egg, along with her own eggs, not noticing anything very different because of one additional egg. By and by the little eaglet was hatched alongside the prairie chickens.
All his life, the young eagle, thinking he was a prairie chicken, did what the prairie chickens did. He scratched in the dirt for seeds and insects to eat. He clucked and cackled. And he flew in a brief thrashing of wings and flurry of feathers no more than a few feet off the ground. Because that’s how prairie chickens were supposed to fly.
Years passed. And the young eagle grew to be a very old bird. One day, he saw a magnificent shape far above him in the cloudless sky. Hanging with graceful majesty on the powerful wind currents, it soared with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
“What a beautiful bird!” said the…eagle to a neighboring prairie chicken. “What is it?”
“That’s an eagle–the chief of the birds,” the neighbor clucked. “But don’t give it a second thought. You could never be like him.”
So the misplaced eagle never gave it another thought. And it died thinking it was a prairie chicken. (from here)
When other children were content to be prairie chickens, my wife had done something to convince our children to believe with confidence they could soar. Instead of taking the easy way, our children wisely made the more difficult choices (Matthew 7:12-14). What had I missed? Since the library included the Bible among the books it had on CDROM, I started listening to it.
When I was in the military, I did not participate politics. Two facts of life argued against it. The brass discourages such activity, and military personnel move too often. Effectively, if you are in the military, protecting the country is your political activity. So when I got out, I looked for a new way to be of service to my country. Because the two major political parties monopolize our political system, they were only two choices. I chose the more Conservative. As time passed, I realized more and more how much our nation had drifted from its roots. So I continued to do what I had accidentally started. I studied what the writers of the past had written. I discovered that without the Bible America could not have existed as it once had. There would have been no reason for a government that protected the God-given rights of the People.
We either exist through Him, or we exist in futility. Futility. What does that look like? Consider The Grapes Of Wrath… Americans Will Turn On Other Americans, at post at Mad Jewess. Futility is people who do not know God. Thinking only themselves, they weave designs that entrap each and every one. Only Christ Jesus can set us free (see WHEN DO THE PEOPLE STEAL THEIR OWN FREEDOM?).
Finally the day came when one of our children was seriously ill. After listening to the Bible — after discovering for myself that what we call human history is all about Christ Jesus — I prayed. I gave in to the Truth. I admitted I need God. I need His Son Jesus. I had finally accept the Truth. The wisdom of man is insufficient.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 English Standard Version (ESV)
26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
Only God is worthy of our praise.
- History Repeats It’s Self in the Churches of Christ. (gracedigest.com) : Here we have a book review that goes over what it means to be saved by grace.
- Wisdom that makes a difference (winningleadership.wordpress.com): This is a post that extolls God’s wisdom.
- Augustine (354-430): We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent: we are set free by the foolishness of God. (deovivendiperchristum.wordpress.com): An excerpt from Augustine’s writings.
- Foolish Wisdom (krizsummer.wordpress.com): An example of how the public school system (another nation) seeks to separate children from the armor of God through secularism.
- The Wisdom Of GOD (apriestforever.wordpress.com): A Bible lesson on 1 Corinthians 1:18.
- Day 34: Save (365dayslivingbygrace.wordpress.com): A longer Bible lesson on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.