Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Engineer

What Occasion have I to be Brave?
To stand when the world says “fall”
'tis adventure true life I crave
with my soul, my heart, my all

What sword may I wield
or what battle I face
in this career driven field
and pathetic rat race

We all seek our dreams
all sedated and nice
each one with reams
of paperwork on ice

ice to cool passion
to stop hearts from their beat
to keep men in their desks
to secure their safe seat

Good and evil tamed
to keep the world kind
Mans soul is left lame
cut away from his mind

My soul longs for fire
My heart longs to strive
to not be a liar
when I say “I'm alive”

So what's the solution?
Where can I find
a place where confusion
can be left behind?

There is a king
Who seeks out the bold
who calls them out
to break the world's mold

He calls each man to war
He gives each man a sword
Who comes to serve him
The Great Risen Lord!

War and Peace

In reading Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis) I've found myself, for the first time, really vehemently opposed to something that Lewis has written. Enough that I'm willing to write something about it.

Before I post my rebuttal, know that I am by no means authoritative in these matters, and I encourage you by all means to search the scriptures, and the examples set out by men far wiser than me, take what works, leave what doesn't. That being said... Consider the following:

It is odd that in a book he has posed so carefully as not going into the details, and only going so far as all Christians can agree, that he would make so definite a statement (though couched appropriately as his opinion) that

"It is, therefore, in my opinion, perfectly right for a Christian judge and sentence a man to death or a Christian soldier to kill an enemy." (Mere Christianity, pg 106)
I begin at the first point to say that for a Christian man to be a secular Judge is a step away from apostolic tradition. In the Early Church it was common practice to ask any man of office to relinquish that office before he be allowed to enter the body of Christ (From "The Kingdom that Turned the World Upside Down" David Bercot). And more importantly Christ's own example in this matter is fairly clear. When asked to judge in an inheritance case he said "Who made me a magistrate over you?" (Luke 12:14) If this is his stance on something so minor as inheritance law, then how much more is the disciple of Christ not made a magistrate over life and death? And again when presented with a crime of Adultery; punishable by death under the old law, he says "Let he who is without sin throw the first stone." (John 8:7)

So Christ paints a clear picture first that he did not consider himself an authority over worldly cases (even though he was God) and even in cases where spiritual judgement could be passed he did not judge, but forgave and challenged. Again he states this clearly in John 12:47 "Anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him, for I did not come to Judge the world but to save the world."

So what is my role in carrying out justice? As far as it concerns me, I hope that I would have the strength to fight only with the Weapons that are provided to me by my king. Prayer and the Word. Trying to fight (or punish) with worldly weapons/methods to protect the people I care about will only make my problems worse in the long run ("He who takes the sword dies by the sword" Matthew 26:52), or worse it will cause someone who sees me, a disciple of Christ, "Waging war as the world does," to think less of Christ because of it. Better that I die a painful death, (to die is gain) than for one person to miss an eternity with Christ because I fought or killed to live.

At least that's how I hope to think, to have faith that God's plan and the power of prayer will protect me for as long as he plans to, and then I get to go home.

Not my most polished thoughts, but I've been working too long on this before I post. If I feel the urge, I'll re-edit this and re-post/publish it in a more concise form.