Here is some news and a God Thought for Thursday.
For those who follow my books, there may be a slight delay in the 3rd St. Gavin’s Ghost book. I want to get the 3rd Robert Cooper book out. What can I say? I’m in the mood to tell super-hero stories this spring!
My God thought is about external news.
Via Heat Street: On National Women’s Day, feminists in Argentina performed multiple attacks on Christianity, from the artistic to arson. They performed a mock abortion of Jesus in public (and I will save the comparison of 3rd-wave feminism’s treatment of Islam and Christianity for a separate post), physically attacked a man carrying a Vatican flag, and attempted to burn down the Cathedral (we have the video here).
I have had anger issues about Feminism since the day the Women’s March had a featured speaker who had kidnapped and murdered a man, and justified torturing and sodomizing him with a 3-foot steel pole because “he was a homo anyway”.
There are plenty of angry people on both sides of this issue. My God though for today is a hard teaching, but one that applies to both sides, both feminism and Christianity. I know full well that there are well-intentioned people on both sides fully convinced that they are doing what is right.
And I know that there are public commentators like young Hunter Avalone who have betrayed Jesus’ commands about dealing with others, particularly our enemies, out of anger and political backlash. I confronted him with today’s verse just this morning. I don’t expect a response on his YouTube channel. Anger and indignation is much more appealing than righteousness.
But what does Jesus really have to say about how we treat one another?
All the name-calling and hatred is verboten. We cannot hold onto it and claim Christ at the same time!
Verses: (Matthew 5, ESV)
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother[c] will be liable to judgment; whoever insults[d] his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell[e] of fire.
Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[a] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.