November, 2003

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 I haven't had the BugWing out this month.  It's a long story that isn't settled yet, but I've been dealing with Thought Police who would likely screech about "tolerance" and "diversity" and "multiculturalism" out of one side of their mouths, while trying to stifle freedom of religion and freedom of speech out of the other side in their attempt to make it appear a Christian couldn't possibly be "objective," "unbiased," or "credible."  Some of the problems with "tolerance" and "multiculuralism" and how those notions are inconsistent with Christianity, though, can be found here.   After things shake out I'll probably put the whole story in a page linked from the Travelogue page and the matter will make more sense then.  The situation makes me think of several verses, two of which are found below.  In the meantime, THINK about these.

John 15:
18 If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19 If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you.
20 Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master [is not superior to him]. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours.
21 But they will do all this to you [inflict all this suffering on you] because of [your bearing] My name and on My account, for they do not know or understand the One Who sent Me.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin [would be blameless]; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 Whoever hates Me also hates My Father.


I Peter 4

12 Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you.

13 But insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly].

14 If you are censured and suffer abuse [because you bear] the name of Christ, blessed [are you--happy, fortunate, [8] to be envied, [9] with life-joy, and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of your outward condition], because the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God, is
resting upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or any sort of criminal, or as a mischief-maker (a meddler) in the affairs of others [infringing on their rights].

16 But if [one is ill-treated and suffers] as a Christian [which he is contemptuously called], let him not be ashamed, but give glory to God that he is [deemed worthy to suffer] in this name.

17 For the time [has arrived] for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will [be] the end of those who do not respect or believe or obey the good news (the Gospel) of God?

18 And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the godless and wicked?

19 Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with God's will must do right and commit their souls [in charge as a deposit] to the One Who created [them] and will never fail [them].