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The Economy of the Anti-Christ: Darrell Issa and Goldman Sachs

“Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God.” 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4

“Do not despise the words of prophets” 1st Thessalonians 5:20

Really, the Tea Party’s spokespersons, while claiming to want to build a Christian nation in the name of Judeo-Christian values, far from it for they exclude that little Judeo* part, with all of the prophets; remember when Glenn Beck who condemned words from the Old Testament as communist?

Thanks to Truth Out, it’s been uncovered that California Congressman Darrell Issa, this year’s chairman of the Oversight Committee, has hired a former Goldman Sachs employee who changed his name in order to fly under the radar to get the position. Issa sent a letter to regulators questioning their new powers to regulate financial firms. Um, can anyone say “major conflict of interest?” Corporations have set themselves up as the country’s overlords and this example is just beyond ridiculous, but shouldn’t surprise Bible believing Christians (who actually read the Old Testament).

Truth Out: Goldman Sachs Vice President Changed his name; Now lobbying interest’s top staffer for Darrell Issa.

Ephesians 5 & Submission: I agree with Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachman

Ephesians 4:32-5:2 (NRSV)

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

The very first verse I learned from Ephesians was Ephesians 4:32, from the Jesus Alphabet that my mother taught. The second verse I learned from it came at a Christian camp for teens, as a teenager, Ephesians 6:5-9. The camp counselor, a white, 20-something male and Wesleyan-leaning evangelical, taught us that these passages about slavery had new meaning for today: presto-chango this was a command from God to not join unions when you go to work, to not complain or strike and to do everything that your boss told you to do. At the time, I was quite impressionable, and I never questioned interpretation.

My question today is: why is there such a practice in Christianity that separates (arbitrarily I would say) Paul’s atonement theology from the Christian life. And why in the world in my copy of the NIV 1984 is Ephesians separated into 2, from verses 1-21 and 22-33, while my beloved NRSV has 1-20, and 21-33? Anyone ever think about that? Does verse 21 say something offensive? Oh, BE SUBJECT TO ONE ANOTHER OUT OF REVERENCE FOR THE MESSIAH. But for persons who adhere to the non-gospel of the Gospel Coalition, submission is a one way street, right J K Gayle? Suzanne, do I hear a second?

I may get into the Greek later this week, but for now I leave you with the reception of submission, no not the dictionary definition which excludes the biblical and theological context, but with this quote by Mike Huckabee,

“Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who as an ordained Southern Baptist minister knows a few things about the Bible, explained it to me this way: “This is not about a woman being a doormat. It’s about mutual, reciprocal, selfless, sacrificial love.”

Kirsten Powers’ Stop Attacking Evangelicals at the Daily Beast.

Miroslav Volf: The God of Embrace

“But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.”

— Romans 5:8

“Having been embraced by God, we must make space for others in ourselves and invite them in—even our enemies. This is what we enact as we celebrate the Eucharist. In receiving Christ’s broken body, we, in a sense, receive all those whom Christ received by suffering.”

–Miroslav Volf, EXCLUSUION AND EMBRACE, page 129

The death of our Savior on the cross, as the Lone Innocent Victim, is identified with YHWH the God of Israel who finds God’s existence in the experiences of the oppressed. Yet, this co-suffering with the marginalized is not for the sake of simply playing political favorites, but for the common good of all of humanity. The Cross for Christians empowers reconciliation between enemies. A case could be made for open* communion if it is an invitation for everyone to take up their cross, and to live lives of humility.

*Right now, in terms of sacramental theology, I lean towards closed communion– not in terms of denomination even though I recognize the valid reasons that–I am still working out this view.  I am pretty sure if I were ordained, I would refuse the Eucharist to Ken Lay [Enron] and Richard Scrushy [HealthSouth].

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