This is a perfect, text book example of the unfortunate results of the Church losing focus on its purpose and its calling.
The Church is called to be Light and Salt, not Mirror and Sugar. Lights generate their own illumination; mirrors merely reflect back what is generated elsewhere. Sugar only sweetens and makes rotten; whilst salt preserves and flavors.
It may seem wise and even proper for those who lack theological substance for the Church to sling back to society what society slings at it; but this is nothing less than an abandonment of the duty and calling of the Church.
‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden’. And yet churches like this one and so many others have indeed become hidden. Hidden in the shadow of the world; having abandoned their uniqueness and the Gospel itself.
If your Church sign could fit on a campaign poster or advertising slogan then you’ve lost the plot. Get yourselves some theologians. If your Pastor can’t be distinguished from the president of the Rotarians, get yourself a new Pastor or go somewhere one actually is.
The very reason that the Church is so widely disregarded is because it in too many instances wants to be just like the world and in too many cases it is nothing more than a paltry mirror showing the world simply what it wishes to see.
Not the best photos, but man did it get dark and man was the eclipse itself amazing to behold. The good one is Rachel’s doing.
At the National Archives, and you can see awesome stuff like this:
Like this guy.
As college students were identified as participants in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, there seemed to be little that their institutions could do about it. Although they received calls from other students and communities to discipline or expel students involved, Washington State University and the University of Nevada, Reno, were bound to protect their students’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and assembly.
Not so at private colleges, however, where at least one student has been kicked out, and another has voluntarily left after he says he received death threats.
Pensacola Christian College kicked out student Allen Armentrout after he was identified as a protester at the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, where white nationalists and white supremacists shouted racist and anti-Semitic chants and violence broke out, culminating in the death of a woman when a protester drove his car through a crowd of counterprotesters.
“I have been released from my school and will be unable to return to college to finish my senior year,” Armentrout told local media. “I’m processing this and making adjustments to my life to compensate for this scrutiny.”
Armentrout was photographed wearing a Confederate uniform and carrying a Confederate flag, saluting a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. He said he went to the rally despite the neo-Nazi presence, not because of it, saying that neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan were distorting the history of the American South, and that Lee was one of the greatest Americans who ever lived.
“I believe a Christian institution should support patriotic individuals who want to stand for American tradition and beliefs. It really hurts me a lot when you try to do what’s right and you get attacked,” said Armentrout.
So good for Pensacola Christian. Students need to learn that you really do reap what you sow and if you want to be a racist, you have no place at a Christian school. Now let’s see if Falwell’s Liberty U. does the same thing.
*Hint- Don’t hold your breath.