Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Getting the Cross Out

I spent yesterday thinking about the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, and how the world really hasn't changed much in that there are still, and always will be, bad guys (and gals) out there causing death and mayhem, striving for dominance and tyranny, and generally looking for ways to make other people miserable. I had every intention of simply posting Psalm 53 today as a reflection.

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God. 
Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity:
there is none that doeth good. 
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. 
Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy;
there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 
Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge?
who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God. 
There were they in great fear, where no fear was:
for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee:
thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them. 
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion!
When God bringeth back the captivity of his people,
Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. Psalm 53 (KJV)

I wasn't wanting to single anyone out for special treatment on this the day after 9/11/2012, but then along came the story of the American Atheists (h/t StandFirm in Faith) and the American Atheists' attempts to keep the "9/11 Cross" out of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. After reading that story, the words of the psalmist cried out for publishing to bring the Psalm into the current context in light of the actions of these particular fools.

These American Atheist folks won't stop until every cross or cross like image everywhere is removed. When that happens, somebody will have to remove a lot of old style doors from all those government owned buildings. You know, the type that has this pattern outlined in decorative trim on their upper halves,

                  (I simply looked up from my desk and took that picture of the door that stares at me everyday)

and replaces them with this,

The dreaded luan door!

If I have a choice as to which door to knock on, or which doorway to enter, it certainly won't be the unadorned luan door.

You do have a choice. You can choose the way of the Cross of Jesus, or the American Atheist doorway to no-where.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Matthew 7:13 (KJV)

Addendum: In light of this morning's news of the murder of the US ambassador to Lybia by fools enraged by an awful film about Mohammed, I am left shaking my head that there are other false doorways binding men's hearts for the Cross to conquer.
I am waiting to see if the American Atheists are willing to take on the Muhammedeans.

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