Religion and politics make perfect sense to me. In these Sunday Faith news and views posts I brings news and views of both, concerning the other, or each individually.
In News today is the ban on the Muslim veil in France and the reaction to the ban in England; Glenn Beck’s possible trek to a ministry; the changes in the Presbyterian church; and a Biblical admonition from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In Views is God’s promise that he will provide for us – we will lack for nothing; and how we are assured that we will be restored in every way of our weariness, our heartache and our hunger. Is it possible to be free from worry? Is it a sin not to be?
The French banned the Islamic face veil. The reaction in England, from Muslim men, is a threat to the women who might decide to try to shed their face coverings. French President Nicholas Sarkozy banned the veil, saying it “imprisons women and contradicts this secular nation’s values of dignity and equality.” Perfectly said in my opinion, and there is also the issue of public safety.
In France, women who break the ban face a fine of $215 and/or attending “special” citizenship classes, but no jail time. “People” who force a woman to wear a veil, are subject to up to a year in prison, and a fine of $43,000 – and twice that amount if the veiled person is a minor. The Muslim daughters of France must be rejoicing today.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said that not covering the face is a “shortcoming” and suggested that any Muslims who advocate being uncovered could be guilty of rejecting Islam.
In a statement published on its website the MCB, warns: “We advise all Muslims to exercise extreme caution on this issue, since denying any part of Islam may lead to disbelief.
“Not practising something enjoined by Allah and his Messenger… is a shortcoming. Denying it is much more serious.”
The statement quotes from the Koran: “It is not for a believer, man or woman, that they should have any option in their decision when Allah and his Messenger have decreed a matter.”
The statement will add to controversy about the veil after France earlier this week banned the full-face covering.
Denying any part of Islam for a Muslim brings the possibility of the death penalty. I’d like to force every Muslim man to don a veil for six months.
Glenn Beck appeared live in Chicago this week, and the Chicago Tribune says Beck is a “preacher man,” and indicates he is moving into a more religious realm:
If Thursday night’s mighty strange and thoroughly fascinating show revealed anything, it’s that Beck is moving away from the political arena and toward the religious realm, albeit one of his very singular definition. The open question is how many of his followers from the Fox News Channel are ready to make the same journey. (The Chicago Theatre was less than half full Thursday, but then Beck was playing a town from which he only half-jokingly suggested that those who stand with him should move.) Beck, a far smarter man than many realize, clearly knows that it will be a tricky transition, economically and otherwise, and that it will require all his considerable charm and force of personality.
But you sense that Beck now has decided that it must be done. Come hell or high water. He doesn’t want to be a pundit so much as a preacher.
The Other McCain has a post on the “less-controversial truth behind the end of Beck’s daily show:” Here’s a short snippet, but you have to click the link to get the whole story:
…he still pulls 2 million viewers for a live broadcast at 5 p.m. EDT. Consider that a moment. He’s capturing those ratings with a show that airs on the East Coast while most are commuting home and at 2 p.m. on the West Coast, when folks are still tied to their cubicles. Although he airs during Denny’s senior discount hour, he’s still pulverizing the prime time 8, 9 and 10 p.m. shows on the other cable news networks.
When my brother was living in Tulsa he was a long-time member of a Presbyterian church here. This well-established congregation went through the agonizing split to break-off from the Presbyterian Church USA and become affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Presbyterian USA has about 11,000 congregations and the Evangelical about 300, and growing.
Georgia Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA-10th), in a speech from the U.S. House of Representatives floor, quoted Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” and said this scripture applies to Americans today. Broun said he asks himself four questions before a vote on any piece of legislation:
1) is it right or moral in the Judeo-Christian sense? 2) is it Constitutional, 3) is it necessary? and 4) is it affordable?
my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
Congressman Broun says he trembles when he considers this message from Hosea.
The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not be in want
He maketh me lie down…
he restores my soul….
my cup runneth over
At GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus, Carl is discussing certain aspects of the promises of Psalm 23:1-5 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want,” and how we forget about the promises of the loving care of Jesus Christ. In these difficult times, many of our friends and family, or even ourselves, struggle with knowing that Jesus said we would not do without – “I shall not want,” but we may feel our children are “wanting” (needing), and we do worry. We can’t seem to turn it all over to Him. We worry endlessly.
Can we really go about everyday full of the comfort and knowledge that God will deliver the food for our children, even if it isn’t on the table tonight?
Can we say we worry ‘futilely,’ though? Is it futile to go out everyday looking for a job, and not find one? No, we have to search for work. God hasn’t promised to bring the jobs to us without our participation, in some way. Is it possible not to worry? Is it sinful to worry? Does our worry show a lack of faith? I’m not sure of the answer, but I think the answer is ‘yes,’ it shows all that, but…the scripture goes on and promises “restoration” of our “soul.” He knows we will worry because we are His mortals, and so he has a loving plan for that weakness that does not punish, but that completely restores us.
One of the things about Carl’s writing is that he does marvelous word studies – studies of words that you and I might think we understand and move on, missing an important message. The familiar words from the Lord’s Prayer says: “He maketh me to lie down…” which leads to restoring our soul. If God always, eventually, MAKES us lie down to rest our souls, so that He can restore us, that takes it out of our hands, and should relieve us of worry for the rest of our natural lives. Are we strong enough to believe it, and nevertheless to continue on the job hunt everyday, without a worry?
Carl goes through the entire scripture and his study of the word “restoreth,” is the key in my opinion, and a most important reminder that restoration of our soul happens “As Often as Needed. I hope you will visit. You will be rewarded by his work, if you do” Please note: I never intend to interpret Carl’s posts. I give my impression, and I may see one specific thing as the most important, and he may see another. He always makes me think, and it is never my intention to skew his words, which I feel blessed by every week.
Previous Sunday Faith News/Views:
April 10, 2011: In the news is abortion and Planned Parenthood, the Christian church in Vietnam , where to find help if you want to leave Islam, and the United Nations and Concerned Women for America – Men marriage and family are good for women. In Views: Did the Devil make you do it as expressed in 2nd Timothy 2:26? and discussing the Face of God.
March 27, 2011: In news, Christian relief programs for Japan, another Christian dead in a Jerusalem bombing, and the now-answered question of who is taking the mantle of power in Egypt. In views: How should we feel about American action in Libya, and the prospect of being needed in oppressed country, do you believe what you ask of God is “something already done;” and have you taken a look at God’s majesty this Spring?
March 20, 2011: In news, American missionary Danny Pye, the “Reasonableness of Christianity,” and Christians in Japan. In views, Words…just words…where do you store hurtful words, and where do they come from inside you when you utter them?
March 2, 2011: In the news is the death of a Christian minister, Andre Lachapelle, in Sendai, Japan, and the release from a Haiti prison of Christian missionary, Danny Pye. In views: Words…just words. They matter.
February 27, 2011: In the news, the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and Bibles and Communion on the Moon. In the Views category, the advent of Chrislam (or Chr-Islam) and my own viewpoint; and if your days on earth are numbered by The Almighty, can you make it possible to die before your time? See a video on Chrislam below.
February 19, 2011: Dr. Tom Little murdered by Taliban in Afghanistan; Grace and Mercy Hebrews 4:14-16; Video: Kamal Saleem, A Muslim Cries out to Jesus
February 13, 2011: Video of Tommy Emmanuel Guitar: Amazing Grace; Echoes of God; Binding and Loosing Matthew 18:19; Did you know there is such a thing as Christian news from a black Christian perspective?; and a Yale Divinity School graduate student talks about Christianity in Egypt.
January 23, 2011: Is Christianity conservative, socialist/left or neither?; The New Year’s Day attack against te Coptic Christian Church in Alexandria, Egypt; Lahore, Pakistan – Christians converting to Islam to keep families safe; The Spirit of Fear 2nd Timothy 1:7, How to politely call someone a Bastard; Are dead birds and fish around the world a sign of end days?, The Pagan Caucus.
January 16, 2011: The European Union erases Christianity from calendars; The Christian church in Armenia, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Rabbi speaks; How would Eve know evil before God revealed it?; Protecting Christians in Islamic countries, 70 Christians jailed in Iran since Christmas 2010, Being a blessing to those you love, What Really Happened in Eden; Can we see Jesus Better Than the Saints in the Bible, and the Eyes to see the Risen Lord;
January 9, 2011: the Christian church in Irbil, Iraq; Christians dying at the hands of Islam in Iraq; Blotting out the Law – Jesus took it out of the way; The American Patriot’s Bible and Abraham Lincoln; Christian blogs; The UK YWCA renames itself – “Christian” no longer represents the YWCA women; Faith and you iPhone.
January 2, 2011: The Ten Commandments and God’s will for The Law in our lives today – Colossians 2:14; A story of faith and the Rose Bowl, The new Congress may be the most pro-life House ever; New oversight of taxpayer money going to the United Nations and The Epiphany and Christian traditions blessing your home.