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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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The Christian Way

What is the business of life? In the 1951 classic movie “A Christmas Carol,” the ghost of Jacob Marley voices his regrets about the conduct of his life to a frightened Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge replies, “But it was only that you were an honest man of business!” To which Marley retorts, BUSINESS? Mankind was my business! Their common welfare was my business!” Thus, Ebenezer Scrooge begins his night long journey to “redemption.”

The valuable lesson that Scrooge learned that night is that getting money is not the same thing as truly living. As Samuel Johnson once said, “Cultivating kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.” Paul tells us in his letter to the Galatians that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (5:22-23) Obviously, he is not talking about the Christmas spirit; he is discussing the way of an endless life with Christ.

To live as a Christian is to have been touched by Christ. It is a transformation that brings more life in the space of a day than 100 years lived in the world. Such a life is its own virtue; filled with patience, hope, love, and prayer in everything we do. It is living to the glory and honor of God. It is love taking action as one follows in the footsteps of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a goodness that can only be defined by the standard of God. It is a gentle strength. It is joy unspeakable.

A Christian does not define his life by success in the world’s terms, but instead by obedience and faithfulness to the call of God. The Psalmist writes, “I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.” (119:30) Indeed, the purity of a soul comes through obedience to the truth. (1 Peter 1:22) Still, I think – this is all encompassed by a mystery; the staggering mystery of grace. Paul proclaims to the Ephesians, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (2:8-10) This is the Christian way.

America Alone

When I finished reading America Alone, I thought to myself that finally someone has written a book that presents hard facts and data about the future of western civilization. Mark Steyn’s America Alone is a book that should be read by any intellectually honest person who is concerned about the threat of Islamic imperialism. The politically correct notion of tying American laws and policies to multiculturalism has demonstratably undermined the strength of our western democracy. A new Dark Age may be our inevitable future.

Steyn brings clarity to demographic data which should sufficiently alarm our “take-freedom-for-granted” complacency into action to preserve our political liberties. The very history of our country is being revised and rewritten to destabilize our founding values. Will America weather the coming storm? I assure you that America Alone is a “must-read” book if you truly want to understand the facts about the threat looming ever closer to US shores.

It is interesting to note that the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) is investigating a Muslim complaint against Mark Steyn because of this book. Under Canadian law, the CHRC investigates alleged incidents of hate speech and refers some to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, which can impose fines or issue restraint orders.

Mr. Steyn became subject to a CHRC investigation when the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) complained about an excerpt reprinted from Steyn’s America Alone. Mr. Steyn’s best-seller was published in the US. The excerpt appeared in the Oct. 23, 2006 edition of Maclean’s, under the title “The Future Belongs to Islam.” Even though facts, quotes, and statistics may be accurately cited by Steyn, the commission will base its judgment upon whether the person reading it is offended. These Stalin-era’s like tribunals in Canada are exactly what secular progressives are promoting through “hate-crimes” legislation here in the US. Freedom of speech and press are under direct assault. If you don’t believe me, read Mark Steyn’s book America Alone.

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