Man of God

In a moving speech on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney split with his party and voted to convict President Donald Trump on abuse of power in the recent Senate impeachment trial. He was the only Republican to take this stand. The balance of the Senate voted to acquit the President on both articles of impeachment.

At the very beginning of his speech, Sen. Romney made the following statement:

I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.

There are many in the Christian community who would scoff and shake their heads at this statement. Why? Because Romney follows the Mormon version of Christianity and to the True Christians,™ Mormonism is not an acceptable faith before God.

Instead, adhering to their more authentic faith, the True Christians™ in Congress demonstrated their brand of piety by ignoring the blatant and glaring evidence that the President of the United States had lied. Both to them and to the people he was elected to represent.

What makes this even more astounding is how many of these True Christians™ knew Trump had done what he had been accused of — some even admitted they knew. And yet, unlike Sen. Romney, they put their personal political and monetary desires ahead of their faith.

Pointing out that he recognized his decision would very likely be “vehemently denounced,” Sen. Romney further declared that his vote to convict was based on “the inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it.”

Ahhh yes. That “oath.”

It’s more than apparent the individuals who voted against impeachment forgot the moment when they were inaugurated into their current positions. Yes, it must have slipped their mind that they placed their hand on a Bible and swore to their God to uphold the Constitution.

Further, one can’t help but wonder if they “forgot” … or (heaven forbid!) were not aware of the following scripture:

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Matthew 6:24 (ESV)

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I’m aware that most of my blog readers harbor no convictions that a supernatural being exists or has anything to do with the activities of human beings. However, one can’t help but admire Sen. Mitt Romney for putting his faith ahead of politics and demonstrating to the world that he truly is a “Man of God.”

Hedging Your Bets

Right before things got crazy related to our recent move, I read a blog post that intrigued me. It was called How to Prove Christianity False in Five Minutes and was written by “Gary.”  He started his post thusly:

I believe that traditional Christianity can be proven false in five minutes by knocking out the three pillars of the Christian Faith (belief system):

  1.  The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus
  2.  The Accuracy of Old Testament Prophecy
  3.  The Witness of the Holy Spirit

He then clearly listed his perspective on each point. But it wasn’t so much his clear and concise explanations that got my attention, it was more Gary’s response to “Andrew,” who had left the following comment (condensed):

You are viewing death purely from a human standing. Jesus is God the Creator and only took the role of a human being in order to pay the price for sin. This He did out of pure love, a love that for most of us is sadly illusive.

True Christians live to love and serve others following the actions of Jesus when He became a man. Sadly there are millions who muddy the water with false faith and erroneous lifestyles under the banner of Christianity.

If am wrong and you are right nothing changes, but if I am right then the afterlife is going to be a lamentable experience.

And how sad that you all seem to think that death (as the world knows it) is all there is… What a waste…

In his reply,  Gary asks Andrew if he’s studied other “exclusivist” beliefs so he can be 100% certain he’s made the right choice (I think most of us know the answer), and further points out that for most Christians, it’s really a matter of HOPE they have put their faith in the “correct” god. He goes on to say that ALL religions are simply human invention based on ancient superstitions.

He then challenges Andrew (or any other believer) that if they want to prove him wrong, they will need to do more than frighten him with threats of eternal damnation.

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Of course I agree with Gary, but I was particularly struck by this part of Andrew’s comment: True Christians live to love and serve others following the actions of Jesus. 

Ahhh yes. “True Christians live to love” while at the same time threatening non-believers with images of fire and brimstone IF they don’t turn their lives over to Jesus. Perhaps if someone has leanings towards “becoming a Christian,” these dire warnings might have some influence, but for those who have clearly and repeatedly expressed their non-belief in not only Christianity, but every other “god-based religion,” such admonitions become extremely tiresome.

However, in Christendom, it’s all a matter of “hedging your bets.” They would rather believe in the stories presented in a VERY OLD book than to make a “wrong” choice by simply enjoying the unconditional life that was given to them at birth.