Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Land of Sinful Delight

25 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Judges 21:25

The dream of entering the Promised Land was finally fulfilled.  Joshua brought the entire newborn nation of Israel into Canaan.  Israel was then established after demolishing thirty-one kings of Canaan.  Then the land was distributed according to God’s command.  Each tribe got their lot justly.  Then Joshua and all the elders that followed him died.  But many years later, the new generations of Israel no longer listened to the Torah.  Bad things, evil things, forbidden things were committed by the Israelites.  At the end of the book of Judges, a horrible evil was committed.  The case of sexual abuse that sparked from the sexual perversion of homosexuality, the refusal to comply to the Law of the Lord, and the brokenness of the brotherhood, all resulted in one tribe being almost annihilated.  And the writer of Judges concluded that there was no king in Israel in that time, so everyone did whatever they wanted.  The Promised Land had been deformed into the Land of Sinful Delight.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Importance of Worldview for Christian Faith

What is a worldview?  This is the first question we need to tackle before we proceed.  Many people don’t have a clue what a worldview is.  So let us spend some time to answer this question in the few moments ahead.

            The meaning of worldview is simple actually, which is “the way someone thinks about the world” according to Webster dictionary.  In other words it is a philosophy of the world, of life, of how we live.  The American Scientific Affiliation explains worldview as “a mental model of reality – a framework of ideas and attitudes about the world, ourselves, and life, a comprehensive system of beliefs.”  In such abstract conception of the world, we are urged to attempt to answer THE most important questions of life, such as: “What is man?  Does God exist?  Is there a heaven and a hell?  What can we know?  What must we do?”  Ever since a human being is born into the world, the formation of worldview has started.  All the information the person gathers through the senses or experiences begin piling up waiting to be understood.  The human mind can’t rest well until understanding is reached.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Defender of the Weak

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Matthew 25:31-46

As the King of all, Jesus does not identify Himself with the strongest, but He identifies Himself with the weakest.  This truth is stunning and yet relieving at the same time.  The oppressed may find refuge in Jesus in this way.  People who do not have any power may come to Jesus for shelter.  People who have no voice may come to Jesus and He will be their advocate.  People who are persecuted may come to Jesus for comfort.  And people who are unjustly treated may come to Jesus as He is ready to defend them.  Jesus is the defender of the weak.  The law of the kingdom of heaven is that the strong help the weak.  Contrary to the law of the world in which the strong oppress the weak.  The law of the world dictates that the strong have no responsibility to care for the weak.  In this world, the weak live and die by themselves.  The strong are just standing by watching.  When the weak plead for mercy asking for help, the strong sneer at them and bark: “It’s your own fault for not getting stronger!”  So the weak die helpless.