To sum up, an omnibus post.
Ok... It went something like this. I get spam on my blogspot. I enable comment moderation. I completely forget about it in the course of my busy life. I log into the new version of Blogger today, and have 68 comments awaiting moderation...
So, in short, no I have not been censoring anyone. I approved every comment that wasn't a spam advertisement. Thank you all for your interest, I had no idea so many people read my ravings.
And one note, which is certainly not an apology, but perhaps an explanation. One sincere reader objected to my use of the word "g-ddammed" in my essay on the commercialization of Christianity vis a vis Lahaye and Jenkins. If I had been being flippant, I would certainly apologize. I was not, I was and remain in dead earnest.
To quote Lewis: "One listener complained of the word 'damned' as frivolous swearing. But I mean exactly what I say--nonsense that is damned is under God's curse, and will (apart from Christ's grace) lead those who believe it to eternal death." -- Mere Christianity Book II, Chapter i.
I stand by it, those who turn faith into profit, who enrich themselves at the expense of the Kingdom, are producing stubble that will be burned. I leave it to God to ultimately judge the intent of Lahaye et al., but we are called to judge by one's fruits, and I have yet to see evidence to believe that I was mistaken in my assessment.
On that note, I must plug Derek Webb, formerly of Caedmon's Call. He has a solo career now, and has released his newest album, Mockingbird, free. Completely, utterly, downloadably, free. This reminds me of a man, who, as it turns out, also inspired Derek, Keith Green, who would give away his music. That's a Christian artist demonstrating a servant spirit. And Webb's music isn't half bad, which is not surprising from someone who lists U2 among their inspirations. I particularly recommend A King & A Kingdom, and Rich Young Ruler, a few quotes from which I will leave you with. Check it out at FreeDerekWebb.com
so what must we do
here in the west we want to follow you
we speak the language and we keep all the rules
even a few we made up
come on and follow me
but sell your house, sell your suv
sell your stocks, sell your security
and give it to the poor
what is this, hey whats the deal
i dont sleep around and i dont steal
i want the things you just cant give me
*Rich Young Ruler
there are two great lies that i've heard:
the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die
and that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class republican
and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him
*A King & A Kingdom
Look soon for my after action report on the Bible Study I led this last week on the beautiful doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints.
Oh, and since most of my posts are me being angry at/about/near something or someone, someone challenged me to write a post entirely different. I was brash enough to tell them to suggest a topic, so look for a post someday soon on why women like receiving flowers, and why we men like giving them. Save the lynching for after you've heard my views.
May the Grace and Peace of God be with you all.