Daily Archives: 2 Oct 2017
Here’s an essay sure to get your mind off the troubles of the day:
Denkmäler zeigen Martin Luther (1483-1546) meist als Kraftnatur, standfest wie eine deutsche Eiche. Diesen Luther hat es nie gegeben: Der Held der Reformation war in Wahrheit ein schwerkranker Mann, durchlitt starke Schmerzen und war dem Tode mehrfach nahe. Und mit seinen Leiden wurde er immer unleidlicher.
Dabei geht es nicht um allgemein verbreitete Krankheiten, die wie grippale Infekte oder Zahnschmerzen kommen und gehen. Es geht um Luthers schwere Krankheitsbilder, die ihn – sieht man von seinen jungen Jahren ab – sein Leben lang plagten. Es handelt sich unter anderem um die Menièresche Krankheit, Bluthochdruck, das Roemheld-Syndrom, Nieren- und Blasensteine, Gicht, chronische Verstopfung, Hämorrhoiden, unklare Ohnmachtsanfälle und ein offenes Bein.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped. Ps 28:7
Let the reader understand.
For those who serve a God so powerless that instead of believing He can keep them safe and protect their families, they have to arm themselves to the teeth and fill their homes with more guns than food.
Mind you, if you want to have a gun for sports or a handgun for personal protection, go ahead. That’s your business. But for those who are Christians who feel so strongly about self protection that they need to be heavily armed, I would wonder at your view of God and how you understand God.
It’s a sad God who can’t see to your wellbeing. And it’s a sadder view of God that needs to take care of most things yourself because you really don’t trust God to do it.
For me, the gun question is a theological question. If any of the gun defenders can provide a theological justification for the possession of automatic weapons by Christian people, I’d love to hear it.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. – George Bernard Shaw
UPDATE 3: 59 killed, 515 injured…. Ιησους when will our cowardly politicians require stricter gun laws… when will they denounce the NRA and stand up for the country?
UPDATE 2: And now over 400 have been reported injured… Come Lord Jesus, and deliver us from the #NRA and its absolute death grip on our cowardly Congress.
UPDATE: Over 50 dead and over 200 injured. In a shooting in Las Vegas. The shooter, Stephen Paddock-
America… Oh, and the shooter… wasn’t a ‘Muslim terrorist’. He’s a white guy. One of our own unhinged.
The Las Vegas gunman who killed at least 20 people and injured more than 100 when he opened fire on a music festival has been identified as a 64-year-old white male, according to ABC News.
Police earlier announced the suspect had been identified as a “local man” but stopped short of naming him.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said a manhunt was underway for a person of interest, believed to be his roommate, identified as Marilou Danley.
To my colleagues: your cowardice to act cannot be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers. None of this ends unless we do something to stop it. – Sen. Chris Murphy
The whole head is sick, the whole heart is diseased, from the sole of the foot to the head there is nothing healthy: only wounds, bruises and open sores not dressed, not bandaged, not soothed with ointment, your country a desolation… (Isa. 1:5-6)
If everything comes by chance, Providence is done away with, and if Providence is done away with, the Deity also is done away with. For if anything goes by chance, then everything must go by chance. For if Providence were idle in one single thing, It would not be Providence. It must apply to all things, because the power of the Deity is over all, and if it were not over all, He would not be the Deity. — Huldrych Zwingli