kaholo4Him wrote:it's amazing what God is doing - and it's about a bunch of people sincerely wanting to follow Jesus & do the right thing, while in the jobs they're currently in.
Kaloho...just responding. You know what is scary, that some people's "following Jesus and doing the right thing" can be a very very scary thing. As I've often quoted, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."
I'm thinking, all those "witches" burned at the stake, or drowned in the lakes...because it was the right thing to do; the systematic rejection and death of Native American and Native Hawaiian culture, because manifest destiny dictates that God favors the western white world, and God means for them to not only spread the gospel, but also to spread their culture by the elimination of the conquered culture; the declaration of a particular church as THE church of England, or the Roman Catholic church, forcing "other" Christians to flee from persecution praying that God was not siding with the Government that is doing the right thing; the burning death of Joan of Arc, who did the right thing, but was later burned because it was the right thing to do; I won't go into the crusades, and I will admit that I have no idea if I'm using semi-colons correctly. There are countless other examples of people "doing the right thing" but ultimately hurting Christianity (or some form thereof). The continued battle of Evolution versus Creation, of Religion versus Science continues to divide our populace and forces them to choose sides. What if, the Creationists were wrong...what if, the way the modern western church has interpreted the Bible have been very literal straight forward logic (and wrong) and has ignored the poetic nature of Jewish literature?
As Partyofsix said...if Aiona made that comment within the church (or within a group of Christians), I would be fine too (and perhaps it was made at the Christian Legal Society's annual prayer breakfast - our Lt. Gov had made appearances in the past! I believe it is very possible to be a minister in the marketplace. While I was "school president", I believed I had carried out God's will by embracing and shaping a warm community, loving on the students in ways Jesus might have loved on them (okay, no raising the dead, but I did buy coffee for the late night study groups...that kinda raised the mostly brain-dead). However, one thing I did not do was favor "Christians" over non-Christians, or to press and push my values onto the student body. I did personally invite people to church services, and to Halo Nites at my place where other Christians are present, and at times we did talk about religion, God, etc., but I never crossed the line to use my position to press my Christianity onto the masses.
I understand that Esther's circumstance might be different...she was the right person at the right place at the right time for the right task. However, is every "Christian" poilitical leader the right person at the right place at the right time for the right task? I dunno. I won't question God's wisdom, but I will question man's wisdom and man's authority. Frankly, I don't trust my fellow man, especially when they sincerely are proclaiming to be sold out for God, and have been called to some good sacred deed.... Err, and how many good deeds does it take to pave the road to Hell?
Okay, rant off. Thanks for giving me a place to process, to think, to speak. I appreciate it.
(ooh, i'm opening a can of worms here, i just know it... responses welcome, though =) ).?