Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Whose Name

I'm on my fourth cold and cannot think clearly in this fog. However, it doesn't require too terribly much thought to enjoy the consistency of those worthy lady reapprisers who are so unhappy about the recent Panel of Referene's thingummy saying that its ok about Dallas. If you're reading this and you don't know what I'm talking about, just please go to the side and link to Stand Firm. I don't have the energy to put in all the links and remember all the right words for everything, as it.

I don't have anything new to add, however, my reading for this morning was Genesis 11. In particular, "Come let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth." Of course, idolotry takes many forms, pride and selfisheness resides in every human heart. There is no one who escapes it. But it finally occured to me that this, this wanting to 'make a name for ourselves' is why the VGRs, Susan Russels, Elizabeth Kaetons of this world are fighting so hard for the soul of the church. They're refusing to go be unitarian or something else because this is where they are laying their bricks, this is where they have laid their foundation. And they will build and build until their tower reaches the sky and God says, 'excellent, good job everyone, if only I could be as wonderful as you'. Trouble is, He's not going to. Rather, their language is already being confused. The deconstruction of the creeds, the articles of religion, the Bible, heck, language itself doesn't unite them or anyone else around a common tower-it causes confusion and mayhem and eventually bitterness. Bitterness that is gradually emptying the pews of their people.

What especially saddens me is, in fact, the rotten name women are making for themselves. In homes across America families are out of wack because women are so busy making a name for themselves. In the church the halls resound with emptiness as men leave the church, driven by women making a name for themselves. And around the world, America continues to be seen as destrucitve, arrogant, thoughtlessly and "prophetically" making a name for itself. Well, the tower is crumbling already around us. Confusion abounds. Our only hope is in the only name by which we may be saved, Jesus. May he have mercy and come swiftly.

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