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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Culture War?

The current culture war between social conservatives and progressive liberals has many casualties. In fact, the implications of the battle transcends party lines and loyalties. On the one hand, we have a party that seems to be deeply concerned for the poor and the oppressed but seems insensitive to moral issues on the other hand. The same party that defends the poor upholds the right of a woman to kill her unborn child in womb.

On the other hand, we have a party with a platform plank that stands against abortion as immoral. However, on other sensitive issues like the death penalty, programs for the poor, and equal economic opportunity for all the track record is atrocious. The Christian is left feeling schizophrenic at best, not knowing where to place his or her loyalties.

In such a situation the Christian should become more vocal in challenging the immorality of both parties and to speak out prophetically not only on behalf of the poor, unborn babies, and victims of crime but also on behalf of criminals who are themselves a symptom of a society that is unable to care for its own. Make no mistake about it: crime is usually the result of poverty and the lack of opportunity among the poor and the lower classes.

Let us not forget the homeless either. Since every single human being is created in the image and likeness of God, each one is our neighbor and worthy of our benevolence and compassion. Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

The Holy Bible : King James Version. 1995 (Electronic edition of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version.) (Mt 25:40). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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