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To Tree or Not to Tree–That is the Question

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‘I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.’  ~ Psalm 69:30  

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To-day marks the 44th anniversary of the death of a great man.  (Oh, and that one, too.)

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It’s strange how much faith people put in the government, never suspecting the dangers it can, by definition, pose to our liberties.  Christians, who should know better due to our supposed understanding of sin and our fallen condition, seem to be at the vangard of those defending the extra- and un-Constitutional actions of those in D.C.  We, among all, should demand a fidelity to the Constitution, knowing the propensity for sinful men to seek their own aggrandisement and benefit at the expense of others.

Fixed News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is a true patriot.  His efforts at alerting and educating us regarding the erosion of–and outright assault on–our civil liberties are bone chilling, yet long overdue.

‘So many of my Fox colleagues, whom I love working with, have such trust and faith in the heart and head of President Bush.  But look at the calendar: He’ll be Mr.Bush in 14 months, and unless it’s Ron Paul, [who] knows what his successor will do with the powers Congress had purported to give him.  And I say “purported” because they don’t have the right to actually do all the extraconstitutional things they’ve done.’

It’s bad enough if it is your guy wielding illegitimate and overbearing power and influence; but what happens when, as Judge Napolitano points out, it is Hillary Clinton who can name someone–anyone–an ‘enemy combatant’ and secret them away at Guantanamo without due process as is supposedly guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution?  Are we truly ‘free’ when that can happen?

 

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‘Everything except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior.’  ~ C. S. Lewis

 

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So, when should you put up your Christ-mas tree and decorations?  Most folks these days do so the day after Thanksgiving.  But, if you’re Kevin Ayers, you top that by 48 hours.

 

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It seemed strange to me when I discovered that there are many Christians–Christians–who stand against celebrating Christ-mas as part of a worship service proper.  In fact, I know of those who are militantly opposed to Christ-mas programmes in church and will walk out in protest at the first note of ‘Joy to the World.’

To be sure, I have my preferences on how to observe and celebrate Christ-mas.  I am RABIDLY anti-consumerist (though one or two gifts are fine), I don’t hang lights, and I have strict parameters upon the size of the tree (having one at all is the result of a compromise with the Lady of the House) and the (scant) decorations: No ‘baby Jesus’ and under no circumstances will there be any permutation of ‘Santa Claus’ (though the historical St. Nicholas is always welcome in our abode).

That being said, while I would consider myself a proponent of and adherent to the Regulative Principle of Worship, I am not so staid and rigid that I would oppose, for example, a Christ-mas Cantata (such as our church performs annually–and which I look very much forward to each year).  Much like any rule, I feel there is the letter and the spirit of the law.  I feel the the principles for worship revealed in Scripture are important, not to be neglected, and valuable as guides for us in our worship of God.  However, I am not so certain that the principles are exhaustive; still, to me, prudence should be exercised when deviating from (or exceeding) them–which should be minimal and in keeping with the spirit therein.

I would still identify myself as a proponent and defender of the Regulative Principle of Worship–maybe just not as rigid as some folks.

See y’all at the Cantata!

 

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YIKES!!

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Written by ninepoundhammer

November 22, 2007 at 9:37 am

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