Unto the Least of These

A place for all of my random musings. Added accountability for my choice to be gentle. An online reminder that how I treat those around me - especially the children - is how I treat the King of Kings.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Another Gospel of Jesus Christ....

Let God's curse fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other message than the one we told you about. Even if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed. Gal. 1:8

That is a very sobering scripture to me...

I do believe that many of the parenting books out there that profess to be Christian are instead preaching another gospel.

I've read a lot of them. And shockingly, the vast majority are teaching a doctrine that borders on heresy. They teach that the Cross of Christ is not able to cover our children's sin! With shoddy interpretations of Proverbs, they declare that my child can not be saved unless I hit him - literally hit him - with a stick.

That is horrifying to me on so many levels - I shudder for the parents who are reading this and taking it as gospel...for the children whose parents are trying to be God to them....for the people who preach this false gospel to families.

Since when is God not big enough to save my child? When did His agonizing sacrifice, His blood, the pain He bore become inadequate to wash away the sin of the most innocent among us?

When did *my* righteousness (the same that Paul said is as filthy rags) become more potent than Calvary? Instead of leading my child to the nail-pierced hands, I am told to take my hands and cause pain to my son. Instead of pointing to the stripes He took on his back, I am supposed to place stripes on my child's back. Instead of resting in the knowledge that "It is Finished", I am supposed to continually inflict grief upon my boy - to cause him to bear in his body the punishment that Jesus already took upon Himself.

I am not God. I have no right to punish my child for sin that Calvary has covered. The dark communion that bruises and breaks my child's body for his own sin is not one that I will partake of.

Instead, I preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to my child.

You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 2Tim. 3:15

Christ alone can do the work of atonement. As a mother, my prayer is that I will lead my child to that saving knowledge of Grace.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

racism, immigration....etc.

I've been deluged with emails all day long from my family. They all have to do with the immigration debate, and they have been progressively worse.

You know, for the record, I'm somewhere in the middle on immigration issues. I think we need to have open borders. I think people shouldn't come in illegally. I also firmly believe that the immigration laws need to be reformed to make entrance into this country more accessible.

Regardless of wheres anyone stands on this, I think we all can agree that there is nothing to be gained by calling other races and nations by names that I refuse to repeat. Racism is evil, evil, evil.

God made us all. And comments like "those ***** come in MY country and drop their baby on MY territory and then want rights" do not reflect a Christlike and loving attitude.

What did I expect, though? This is from the same man who thinks that MLK was a rabble rouser. That kids are born inherently evil and the Cross can not save them, that only the vicious application of pain can redeem them. That people from other countries, any other country, are not as good as he is.

I'm glad my grandfather, who dedicated the last 20 years of his life as a servant to his Hispanic brothers and sisters, is not alive to hear the hatred spewing from some of his offspring.

*deep breath* ok, now that I'm done ranting, I'm off to pray that the Mercy of the Lord will lead him to a better understanding of the least of these....