The Museum of the Bible in Washington D. C. is scheduled to open its doors about a year from now. Until then, construction continues on the 430,000 square-foot building that sits just three blocks south of the U.S. Capitol building. It is going to be very impressive facility.
The project was initially funded by the Green family (Hobby Lobby), and since then donations have come from a variety of sources. I’m grateful to them all.
If I were near Washington, I would definitely want to see the place. It sounds like a first-class operation, with respected scholars involved in every phase of the exhibits being produced. It sounds as if a visit there would be a thoroughly engaging and richly rewarding investment of time – at least that’s the hope I and many others have.
What is there to be down about? That it’s a sign of the times in our country that the Bible is deemed to be something that belongs in a museum. You know, a place where they keep old, dusty stuff.
According to American society today, the Bible does not belong in the classroom. Neither does it belong on television or radio unless someone can collect enough money to purchase time for it. Even then, you won’t see many television commercials for it on the Super Bowl because that would be deemed too controversial. The Bible can be used to swear in our nation’s president, but the caterwauling would never stop if he or she were to open it up in the Oval Office and consult it for wisdom on policy decisions. The same goes for Congress and the Supreme Court. I cannot easily imagine a museum for the Bible being opened in 1776 – back then, people were using their Bibles much too frequently and ubiquitously for it to have been considered something appropriate for a museum exhibit.
The Washington Post “welcomed” news of the Museum of the Bible in 2015 with an opinion piece titled “Critics call it evangelical propaganda. Can the Museum of the Bible convert them?” Alas, in Washington D.C. about the only kind of facility that its power brokers would consider allowing to house the holy book would be a museum – in their minds it’s a mausoleum for something dead.
However, since the Bible testifies of a God who raises the dead, who knows?
I hate Halloween, but Jesus is the only “safe space” I need.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
– Psalm 91:1 KJV
O Lord my God, in You I have taken refuge…
– Psalm 7:1
Therefore, I can even adapt the 23rd psalm to my current circumstance by substituting “Halloween” for “the valley of the shadow of death” in the following verse:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me…
– Psalm 23:4
God’s promises are an ever-present help in time of need:
You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.
– Psalm 91:5-10
The only “safe space” we need is the spiritual state of mind that God gives us through His word. Let’s look at the world through Jesus’ eyes. Psalms like the ones above provided Jesus His worldview when He walked the earth. They will work for us in the same way.
No one has to give me a physical “safe space” to protect me through Halloween. My safe space is with me wherever I go.
…the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
– Joshua 1:9
Let’s say that you and I are Christians living in the ancient Roman Empire. Let’s further imagine that voting was allowed for the position of emperor and there are only two candidates who have a chance of capturing enough votes to win the election: Caligula A and Caligula B. Both are of unsavory character and both would make a terrible emperor. The only difference between them is that Caligula A (a longtime abortion supporter) promises to continue being pro-abortion while Caligula B (a longtime abortion supporter) promises to be anti-abortion.
Even though the outcome of the election would make no difference in your life or mine, would our Christian duty impel us to vote for Caligula B in the hope that fewer babies might be murdered? And if it did, would we allow ourselves to be dissuaded from voting in this way because some Christians said that voting for Caligula B meant that you and I would therefore be complicit in whatever evil deeds he would commit while in office?
Is it more important to do right in the sight of God or to do right in the sight of people?
If the US Supreme Court of the last fifty years has legalized, institutionalized, and made practically sacred a mother’s right to abortion-on-demand, what will the Supreme Court of the next fifty years do when its liberal wing is given clear and overwhelming majority status with the next few justices who will be appointed?
Do you think things cannot get worse? Think again.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th – just over a month away. Here’s a comparison of where the two major candidates stand on the issues, produced by a Christian organization that studies the publicly-available information:
Since babies in the womb are not eligible to vote, and since the Bible tells us to look out not merely for our own interests but for the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4), especially when they are weaker than we are (Romans 15:1), I can’t help my attention being drawn to the issue that is listed first on this voter guide: abortion.
Personally, I wish we had two other people from whom to choose the next president…but we don’t. Nevertheless, it is clear to me that one of these two people, especially when Supreme Court appointments are taken into consideration, will surely keep children in the womb vulnerable to legal abortion-on-demand for the next 30-40 years. The other might not. Therefore, it’s clear to me for whom I should vote – if I follow Jesus’ instructions to put first the interest of those weaker than myself.
I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: That God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We’ve been assured in the sacred writings that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.
– Benjamin Franklin
You probably know that American founding father Patrick Henry (1736-1799) said “Give me liberty or give me death!” But do you know the context of those words? That is, do you know what he said in the sentences leading up to that sentence?
An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! …Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. …Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. …Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
– Patrick Henry
An LGBTQ advocacy group has sent a letter to the commissioner of the Big 12 urging the conference to remove BYU from consideration for membership because it says the school has discriminatory policies.
LGBT groups accuse BYU of discrimination because BYU has a code of conduct which disallows sex outside of marriage. What do the LGBT groups want the Big 12 Conference to do about this? Discriminate against BYU by excluding them from conference membership.
When sexual revolutionaries say they are against discrimination, they exempt themselves. They deem it perfectly okay if they discriminate against others who don’t share their values, but don’t think others should be able to do the same thing. Their cry of “Discrimation!” is utterly hypocritical.
One of the biggest scams going on in American public life these days is “anti-discrimination” crusade which discriminates – and does so forcefully – against any and all who disagree with it.
I heard that Michelle Obama received rave reviews for her speech at the Democratic National Convention last night. I searched the internet for a text of her speech and read it. These sentences stood out most to me – all of them about the importance we adults should attach to the well-being of children.
…[T]his election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.
…[T]he President is about one thing and one thing only -– it’s about leaving something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward –- by all of us coming together on behalf of our children…
…I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.
Does this mean she has changed her mind about favoring legalized abortion?
If not, how do we know which children she thinks deserve the sort of consideration she’s talking about versus which ones deserve to be killed before they even get a chance to breathe on their own?