13th of September, 2013
The curious thing about Romans 5 is how few mottos of churches you find being taken from there. It is not as though the New Testament is devoid of true believers who are such a bad report that even the Christians can learn from them.
So, in the midst of our apostasy, God remembered to love us, just as it says in Romans 5:9-10.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Recent exposure to what the watchers are seeing made me go, briefly, back to the news. This is the article where Vladimir Putin, the apparent villain of the story, ends his exchange with references to God and justice. He, of course, also pays lip service to the true god of the West, when he says that there are countries that are “still finding their way to democracy.” If you do not see religion in that, you have been blinded to what religion is.
Vladimir Putin is being portrayed as profaning democracy, human rights, all the doctrines of the post-Christian West. But, to stab better than Obama, Putin cites Christianity and thereby seeks to present himself as a better follower of the true God of the cultures from which both the West and Russia (even the entire Islamic World) sprang. He uses a deftly-Christian sentence that it might be down either to KGB training or a genuine hidden Christian life; hey, the kings of the superpowers in the times that affected ancient Israel were on many occasions explicitly confronted by God.
How fitting, then, that the bogeyman of this story is the one who, being weaker, appeals to God. Blessed are the …?
Peace-makers, shall we say? And the Christians are the war-mongers. Even the best civilisation went mad when it got power. “There is none good; no, not even one.”