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At The Right Time Christ Died For The Ungodly…

I’m amazed at the truth in this verse: Romans 5:6 (NASB):

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

The world in which we live is vastly different from the world in which Christ lived and ministered: two millennia before the Internet, a millennium and half before the printing press. It would seem that the Gospel would have been better served had Christ been born at least at the time of the printing press, and how much more so in the modern age of instant communication? Why did God choose the time of the golden age of the Roman Empire?

The earlier years of the Roman Empire seem like a good time because of the reach of the empire at the time; as well as the relative peace of the empire at the time, the so called Pax Romana, but the best time or more accurately the ‘right’ time?

I, like many others, question God’s timing of nearly every event of my life. Why not at this time God? Why at all? Why not sooner? Why not later?

I’m somewhat ashamed to admit this, but the inspiration for this post is political in nature.

There was a vociferous back and forth between two conservative bloggers about the critique of what appeared to some as a movie trailer that had been produced by a conservative political group and played at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The critique appeared on what many conservatives feel is a ‘liberal’ website. One of the parties writes for the website started by Andrew Breitbart.

Andrew Breitbart passed away a little over a year ago, and since his passing, many have tried to carry on what they feel is his legacy. This post speaks quite well to the ups and downs of passing on his legacy:

I Smite Thee, in the Name of Andrew!

After reading this, and having seen other instances in my lifetime of the same battle that goes on amongst devotees after the passing of a visionary leader, I’ve come to understand better why the time in which Christ lived, died, and was raised was the ‘right’ time.

If devotees of a visionary leader can be at one another’s throats within one year of the leader’s passing in this modern age of instant communication and cultural fragmentation, how fragmented and ineffective would Christ’s followers have been if He’d have walked the earth and shared his message in this day and age? How many of those disciples would have started up their own blog or Twitter account or Facebook page? How quickly would the energy and effect of His life, death, and resurrection decomposed? How far-reaching and outlandish would be the conspiracy theories?

Obviously, God’s hand was upon His disciples and His work on earth. No plot or scheme of men can thwart His ultimate purpose, but isn’t it amazing though that He chose a time for the life of His Son and our Savior that maximized the reach of the Gospel while at the same time preserving the integrity and force of the message?

At the right time, Christ died for the ungodly…

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Who Cares If They’re a Criminal?!

Representative Anthony Weiner - retrieved from newyork.cbslocal.com

Today’s post looks at the present mess of a political figure:
Rep. Weiner Admits to Sending Lewd Twitter Photo, Acknowledges Other Explicit Conversations

 

Eliot Spitzer - retrieved from cbsnews.com

…and what the future for criminals can look like:
Elliot Spitzer Gets Primetime CNN Show.

It’s quite sad to see the way that criminals, and in this case criminals who happen to be politicians, can use their position as a get out of jail free card, spend a brief time out of the spotlight, and then become highly paid, and highly visible celebrities.

“Those guys aren’t criminals,” you say? Well let’s take a look:

Imagine if you were to send unsolicited naked pictures of yourself to a member of the opposite sex with whom you had no relationship, and the person you sent the pictures to knew who you were. What would happen if/when you reported that story to your local law-enforcement officials? Exactly. Jail-time or at least probation.

Now imagine you were caught in the act of soliciting the services of a prostitute.  The outcome? Exactly. Jail-time or at least probation.

What has happened to Eliot Spitzer? No jail time and a high-profile, highly-paid position at a major news network.

What will happen to Anthony Weiner? Likely, by the end of the week or certainly by the end of the month he will resign or be forced out of his position as a Congressional Representative. What will happen after that fall from political power? Likely a lifetime of TV and book deals worth millions of dollars.

Why are we in America so fascinated with common scum? Before you object and say, “Look we’re not the ones hiring these reprobates to be on TV or write books,” let’s get something straight: media companies who hire disgraced politicians or pay them to write a book are responding only to the demand for these individual’s stories and celebrity. If people would swear off of CNN for hiring an admitted solicitor of prostitutes, that would be the last time that CNN would ever commit such an injustice.

So the problem, dear reader, is not the media company that hires the criminal to work for them; but instead it’s we the consumer who bear the responsibility. This phenomenon of lucrative media contracts for those who commit crimes and atrocious acts of personal misconduct has become the theme of our society.

It’s always convenient to point the finger at the supermarket tabloid, the cable-news network, the book company, TMZ, etc. The problem is without our mouse-click, tune-in, or book purchase, people who commit crimes or act in repulsive ways wouldn’t have a voice and place in society.

The time used to be that people who committed crimes and acts of personal indiscretion were ashamed of their actions and never again saw the light of day and wouldn’t even consider attempting to have a public platform again. That time is gone.

Will we ever see a return to a time when immorality is punished and virtue rewarded? We can only hope.

–the civil commentator

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