Archive for July, 2010

The Carnivore

Posted: July 31, 2010 in For sisters

This might have been a “Credo” if it were not so self obvious, but reflection on the matter tells me I should make this observation, which I’ve tagged “for sisters” since more of them may need to reflect on this:

It’s not a sin to eat meat. It’s not a sin to hunt animals and kill them.

I was once strongly attracted to a Vegan; it didn’t work out as it happened. She had her issues; one of them was the idea that the worth of animals in the Grand Scheme of Things were such that raising them and killing them for food had moral dimensions. I’ve interacted with a professional woman, a Pharmacist, on Christian Cafe who was quick to tell me that she followed the “dietary laws” that the bible commanded (apparently she never got to the Book of Acts). I have a dear female friend whom I have corresponded with at least weekly for ten years with who thinks I am being a “poor steward” for killing the groundhogs who despoil my garden.

It is unseemly to even have to comment on this; this is a blog for singleXtianmen, few of whom have issues with a pork chop. But I get traffic here from search terms entered by women, so I avail myself of the bandwidth and bid the Vegans to drop the moral issues and the Enviro-ladies to reckon that all things in the earthly cosmos have their place.

All that being said, if you are a SXM who lives in North America, you should probably not eat as much meat as you do if you are typical. This is for reasons of optimizing your health, not your soul. Taking Omega-3 supplements will help mediate this if you can’t break free of your steak habit like myself.

Adam Smith is hard to peg down as a believer, a Theist, or a Deist. He didn’t seem to have too high an opinion of the Roman Church of his day; that we can be sure of.

He has made this observation which is appropro to describing my thought for you, though:

“A man of low condition…is far from being a distinguished member of any great society…His conduct never excites so much the attention of any respectable society, as by his becoming the member of a …religious sect. He from that moment acquires a member of consideration he never had before...”

The pulpit phenomena is the label I apply to a few different syndromes or behaviours. We see it when a man finds his self worth in the fact that he stands up behind the pulpit (a bad idea). We see it when ladies elevate their esteem for the man in the pulpit because he is, after all, some simulacrum of an alpha male if he is speaking and others are listening. We see it when younger brothers somehow get the idea that the only route to respectable society in the Christian world is to speak and have others listen and attend. We see it finally when the man behind the pulpit becomes so enamored of the sound of his voice that he no longer hears the Master, or when it enters into his mind that he is in fact God’s special friend.

I didn’t write this Credo so much to warn you about such a man. I wrote it to warn you not to be that man, and to give you a buzzword and  a framework with which which you can identify and understand some of the behaviors that you see in Church culture.   And that are latent within you, as well.

Related:  #63

Edit 5/2011: Related, by another man, with a twist.

I commend this posting by Pastor Hollenbach to your attention.

We live in a time where settled ways of thinking are in the midst of generational and cultural changes – from mandatory tithing-or-else, to the full expression of the gifts of the Spirit, questions about soteriology and creationism — it’s enough to make the head spin; and some of us lose heart and lose faith. I’ve certainly done both.

*** Three stars.

Credo #43: Tarry

Posted: July 19, 2010 in Credo, For brothers

You cannot find Him in a hurry. You must wait. A portion of this, I think, is because He is outside of time; and we are bound to it. It is something like “fasting” when we shut down our purpose-driven lives and wait upon Him. But you must do this. Hold your tongue in His presence and wait. From the disciples in the upper room who waited corporately in one accord, to the present day, all who seek Him in ernest know this. You must periodically do this if you wish to avoid failure as well as succeed. Turn off the devilvision set, the computer, and wait upon Him.

“It is medicine, not food”

– from The Space Trilogy

PS: On a purely personal note, a girl who catches my eye will at least have cracked the cover of one of these books.

I had thought to let this post by Vox Day ; he has some good insights, as he often does. He is, however, prone to mis-interpretation by people who cannot follow his thinking; or who readily take offense at what are sometimes prime examples of verbal caducity about something he has a bug under his skin about. As I have said, we all see in part.

My friend Mr. Larijani over at Singlemind, however, has helped me out; and interpreted Vox for those who need him served up in bite-sized pieces that are readily understandable.

Pray for those who persecute you or do you wrong.

The conventional “Christian nice guy” kind of thinking is that the reason you do this sort of thing that Christ commanded is so that you can practice at being a worm, even if it is not articulated just so.

In reality, though, you are over-training. You are standing with God in His perspective towards the wrong-doer; and in time this place of wounding that was given to you will become a place of strength; something like a bone; which when broken, becomes stronger at the point where it re-heals.

You can stand in time in a place of immunity in what was once a place of wounding. And in this place of immunity you will have strength and courage that cannot be faked. Enough wounding and healing like this and you will have real spiritual standing; perhaps even to face real devils.

HT: Pastor Frangipane

Credo #45: You see in part

Posted: July 14, 2010 in Credo

Do you have insight into questions like Arminianism vs. Calvinism? You see in part. Do you understand how to view the creation account in light of scientific facts? You see in part. Do you see past pastoral jacka**ery that condemns you for being single, or for going on a date? You see in part. As I do. As they do.

You see in part.

I have previously noted Paul Coughlin’s Work No More Christian Nice Girl, which I do recommend.

He has nicely thumbnailed the book in this essay.

As good as dead

Posted: July 9, 2010 in Other people's writing

This pastor comments upon the promise of God made to Abraham, and Abraham’s attempts to help God out:

God had said that the son should be Sarah’s. Isaac was the child of promise, a work of God’s grace. And grace is God working instead of me. When God worked, Isaac was born …[ ..] .. At eighty-six Abraham’s natural strength had been still there. At one hundred “his body was as good as dead” (Romans 4:19). There was no longer any way for him to have a son naturally. Then Isaac came. We too need to reckon ourselves dead before we can believe fully in the God who gives life to the dead. Abraham was shown that he himself was not the father, the source, of anything. God waits until we have reached an end of ourselves, and then Isaac comes. There is something of the atmosphere of Genesis 1 here ….

– Nee Tuosheng (Watchman Nee)