Judgments That Are Not Sentences. Of Christendom.

  • Wearing a wedding dress to a battlefield—the summary of American Christendom.
  • A new world with the same sins following.
  • “New soil! Any need of that old Vine?”
  • Christendom: trying new hats, headless. The Church: never apart from Christ, not for a moment.
  • Being penetrated versus comprehending. Truth versus the lie. Revelation versus Gnosticism. Humility versus hubris. Victory versus vanity. Rest versus “rage, rage.”
  • All things for Christ or some things for Christendom. Absolute conflict.
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Two Counterarguments. Of “Christian Nations.”

  1. One argument against the claim that the United State of America was initially a “Christian nation” is the conspicuous absence of republicanism, or even of democracy in general, from the Bible. But let no one by this statement be deceived into thinking that the Bible recommends any form of civil government. The concept of nation makes a “Christian nation” mutually incompatible with the Church’s mission to gather and make disciples from all peoples.
  2. God himself has only one government—and it is a kingdom. There is only one holy city—and it will come out of heaven from God. For God’s chosen, every nation on this earth is in effect Babylon.

Eight Slightly Related Sentences.

1. The great flaw of social contact theory is the assumption that one is or should be born into the commonwealth of one’s father.

2. Although it is possible to be baptized into the faith of one’s father, no one can inherit his walk with God.

3. Theory sometimes ignores what art exalts: a political scientist does not know what to do about the individual—which a politician might make into a god.

4. Ethnicity is not a determination of essence.

5. While it is said that there is as much genetic variation within a racial group as there is between any two races, rather than persuading us that race is an obsolete concept, this statement has only illustrated how appearances have priority in the hermeneutic of the masses.

6. A great aid to injustice is a large government in which the unjust man may hide behind bureaus and agencies, so that when the injured cry out and point to “the government,” no one steps forward to receive the blame.

7. We say, “We are a part of the body of Christ,” and it was Christ who said to cut off the hand and stab out the eye if they cause sin.

8. A system offers the individual temporary comfort but provides no immunity from ultimate judgment.