"Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine." (1Ti4:13)
--Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein
While it is not the mission of this ministry to delve into politics, this particular matter so closely parallels the Christian life, and what has happened in politics has also happened to that which is called "church"; this is a prime object lesson for we who claim to name the name of Jesus Christ.
I started hearing the expression with Bill Clinton; and finally now some Republicans and Tea-Party people are finally taking notice. The expression that the US Constitution is allegedly a "living document" that "breathes" and is subject to "give-and-take" and personal "private interpretation" and individual "whims" as to "what it means...at any given time". That those words don't mean the same today, as they did over 200 years ago when they were first written, because the "times have changed".
GW Bush is remembered, when he was doing some unconstitutional things, for a made-up 'quote' that has been falsely attributed to him about "that [bleepedy bleep] piece of paper". And the Obama administration has been running rough-shod over even any pretenses at adhering to the Constitution.
This is not even a discussion of the pros or cons of any particular legislation that has been passed, or universal measures that have been taken in the name of whatever pet concern. Is what they have been doing "Constitutional"? Are the laws they have been passing... LEGAL? The way citizens are treated at airport security check-points, is all that pornographic body scanning and gratuitous personal groping Constitutionally Legal?
How would anybody know?
If a person purchases some gizmo which requires assembly or connecting, how does the person know 'how' to set it up? By -reading- the instructions. How do legislators and citizenry know if certain laws, in question, are legal? By -reading- the Constitution. How many lawmakers have never read the Constitution? And yet they swear their oath of office to "uphold" it. If they have never read it, HOW do they know that what they are legislating is in keeping with its requirments?
But you see, that blogger is exactly right: "what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done" Those last six words are at the crux.
WHAT THEY -WANT- TO GET DONE
And ex-president Clinton, in his wrangling over words, would even argue "what the meaning of -is- is". And they have been ignoring that Document for the purpose of GETTING DONE...WHAT THEY WANT.
Thus... as far as it goes, I applaud Speaker Boehner for taking this initial bold step. Now, let's watch and see where it goes from here...and may have progressed by the time you are reading this.
But for that which calls itself "christianity" and the "church"... do we have any sort of Document similar to the US Constitution? Something by which all other things are compared, and upon which all else is based? But does it also receive the same [bleepedy bleeps] by those who "twist, to their own destruction" (2Pt3:16) as people claim it is so "old", but we are in more "modern times", so it is no longer 'relevant' for 'our' times, and as people talk -about- it they sit around discussing their own 'interpretations' of it? Is there such a document that seminarians go to school and get degrees behind their names, but when they graduate, they don't know what is contained within its covers? A Document, that when they counsel people, or chart their course for life and behavior, or write their sermons, it is ignored in favor of what they -WANT- TO DO?
And the "church" is going along with the world's perversity, allowing for "alternate lifestyles". The "church" goes along with all sorts of immorality and spiritual aberrations and "doctrines of demons". (1Ti4:1) We won't go into those details here...
However... supposing somebody starts getting a clue that things are NOT RIGHT with the "church" the way it is, how do people learn what the RIGHT WAY is? How are they to hear that voice, "This is the way, walk in it"? (Is30:21) Where do we find God's -WORDS-? The Bible. How are we to discover -what- is in the Bible?
Israel had gone into apostasy, and God judged them, carried them in exile to Babylon. And then, after some years, Cyrus was moved of God to issue a decree for the Israeli captives to return home. And then Nehemiah also shows up on the scene, and at one point they gather all the people together and the scribes, with God's Word...
But they are trying to serve two masters. They want to live life according to their own lusts, but also have a specter of 'piety' with the label "christian". But Jesus said that such a combination is impossible.
In these latter days the churches have been swirling around in apostasy, false doctrine, lustful living, rebellion against God, and a general "lack of knowledge" of God's Word; and are about to be "destroyed" (Ho4:6)
Who is the -lone- shepherd out there who will take God's Word to his congregation, and -read- it, and -preach- it? So that the people may learn to fear God, to -LIVE- and -DO- what is written!