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Destiny is Not Refuted by Adversity January 28, 2010

Posted by geoff in News.
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Apparently the President gave some sort of speech last night, so I decided to go check out the transcript to see what he said. I didn’t make it very far, though. Paragraph 1 was essentially, “Hi Folks,” and Paragraph 2 was “It’s my job to give you this speech.” Then there was Paragraph 3:

It’s tempting to look back on these moments and assume that our progress was inevitable -– that America was always destined to succeed. But when the Union was turned back at Bull Run, and the Allies first landed at Omaha Beach, victory was very much in doubt. When the market crashed on Black Tuesday, and civil rights marchers were beaten on Bloody Sunday, the future was anything but certain. These were the times that tested the courage of our convictions, and the strength of our union. And despite all our divisions and disagreements, our hesitations and our fears, America prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation, as one people.

The problem here is, adversity has nothing to do with proving or disproving destiny. Adversity can be part of destiny, or all of your destiny, or none of it. The fact that you face trials, troubles, and tragedies has nothing to do with destiny.

And this, BTW, seems like a fundamentally Christian concept. While I’m not particularly qualified to speak to that subject, I certainly don’t mind airing my uneducated view, which is this: One of the fundamental notions of Christianity is that God has a plan for his flock, and good, bad, or indifferent – all events are part of that plan. If we are to accept the President’s logic, the existence of adversity in our lives would disprove the existence of God’s plan, and perhaps God himself.

Not what I’d expect from a man who claims to be a devout Christian.

So I got derailed within the first minute of his speech. Maybe I’m being too picky – after all, his overall message was that we have to pull together in times of adversity, and that’s a sound, if trite, sentiment. But I want a President who balks at logical inconsistency, and who has the faith-driven instincts to recognize an unChristian logical leap when it appears.

But more than anything, I want a President who believes “that America was always destined to succeed.”

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1. TGSG - January 28, 2010

I just want a REAL President. One who wants what’s best for the country as a whloe, not just what’s best for his statist friends.

2. Tushar - January 28, 2010

Obama is to Christianity what a 3 dollar bill is to the monetary system.

3. BrewFan - January 28, 2010

From the Westminster Confession of Faith – God’s Eternal Decree

God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.

4. wiserbud - January 28, 2010

If we are to accept the President’s logic, the existence of adversity in our lives would disprove the existence of God’s plan, and perhaps God himself.

In order to convince people he is The One True God, he must deny the existence of any Gods before him.

5. Dave in Texas - January 28, 2010

the Refiner’s fire.

6. Michael - January 28, 2010

Geoff,

Who gave you permission to preach Lutheran theology here? You’re going to do the Doctrine of the Call on my website?

Huh?!?

*Michael gives Geoff the stink eye*

the Refiner’s fire.

Dave, you continue to rack up cred as a guy with some Bible knowledge. Which is not usual for Baptists, who normally just know how to wave their hands in the air and yell “Amen” and play bass guitar instead of proper church music like Bach with an organ.

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. (Zech. 13:9)

7. geoff - January 28, 2010

Who gave you permission to preach Lutheran theology here? You’re going to do the Doctrine of the Call on my website?

I had to have the kids keep dousing me with a fire extinguisher while I wrote it.

8. Michael - January 28, 2010

I had to have the kids keep dousing me with a fire extinguisher while I wrote it.

Good thing. Hey, tell those kids I get my hugs from Batbear when Cathy is out of town.

9. BatBear - January 29, 2010

Help!!!

Cathy, please come home quickly — I can’t take it anymore. Plus, he’s starting to look at me in a way that is uncomfortable.


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