Skye Jethani author of WITH: Reimagining The Way You Relate To God has posted a “something to think about” article in relation to Tim Tebow and his ever so public confession of faith.
But Tim Tebow’s behavior on the field does raise important questions about prayer and how Christians ought to practice it. Andrew Sullivan criticized Tim Tebow saying his public prayers violate Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) where he taught his followers to pray in private: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:5-6)
For myself, I have a hard time discerning the issue at hand,those that confess Jesus Christ has their Savior and play sports for a living. Not that an athlete cannot be a Christian, but more-so the issue of how the two relate. Later in the article Jethani seems to get to an important issue with Tebow and today’s Christians,
When Christians live and display their religious lives online it can lead to precisely the danger Jesus warns about–seeking the approval of people rather than intimacy with God. I once heard a relationship counselor say, “There can be no intimacy without privacy.”
Maybe if Tim Tebow was a proponent of/for Two-Kingdom living, he would not have such issues of praying like the hypocrites, let alone being a Jockey underwear model.
You can read Skye’s whole article here. It’s worth 2-3 mins of your time and thought.
Were English-Baptist Two-Kingdom? I think not…
Chapter 24 of the Civil Magistrate Section 2 reads,
“It is LAWFUL for Christians to accept and execute the office of a magistrate when called there unto; in the management whereof, as they ought especially to maintain justice and peace, according to the wholesome laws of EACH kingdom and commonwealth, so for that end they may lawfully now, under the New Testament wage war upon just and necessary occasions.”
Not only did they see being called into civil office lawful, but they saw fit for those called out of this kingdom, to yet serve in this kingdom in the civil government.
D.G. Hart explains,
“For the literacy challenged, that means that critics of 2k who insist 2k is outside the bounds of the confession would not even find a home in the RPCNA under the very Blue Banner at least on this point. Now some have tried to say that the revisions still assert the magistrate’s duty to suppress blasphemy and heresy. But given what the American divines said and did not say, and given that the Covenanters no longer insist on magisterial responsibility for punishing idolatry, this argument is even less believable than the one about George Washington being an orthodox Protestant.”
Read the whole article here.
In this second session from Ligonier Ministries’ 2010 Regional Conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Robert Godfrey addressed the topic of “Christ, Kingdom, & Culture.” Robert Godfrey is President and professor of church history at Westminster Seminary California, serves on the board of directors for Ligonier Ministries, and is one of Ligonier’s teaching fellows.
As Christians, we have a dual citizenship, and we must have a clear sense of what that means and its implications for how we are to live and function. We are part of this world and yet Jesus says we are not of this world. So what does it mean to be dual citizens?
Dr. Godfrey turned to Matthew 22:15-22 to look at the duality of our existence. In the gospel of Matthew, we see Jesus presented as the one, true King. In this passage, the Pharisees, angered by his claim to be King, plot to entangle Him by asking questions. They are not coming to Him with sincere questions. These are agents of the devil coming to destroy Him.
Read the rest here.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 31 in 2010). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I.
But what about the Second-Kingdom? Why do not believers take something like Memorial Day to remember the fallen heros who in service lost their lives for the sake of the Lord’s Kingdom. It often makes myself wonder from time to time in Evangelicalism, if those who claim Christianity ever think about the history of the fallen church fathers that died in service of the gospel ministry. Let alone take the time once a year!
Maybe you (the Christian) can take the time today to thank your fellow Christian soldiers who died in service. Like: Stephen, James of Zebedee, Polycarp, Cyprian, bishops in Smyrna and Carthage and thanks to the many more that have died standing for the Gospel throughout the last 2,000 years and thanks to even those today that lose their lives, that continue to work for the Lord’s Kingdom, spreading the gospel among the nations for the sake of God’s fame being known throughout this world.
Stellman answers with saying,
“I realize that my view is not exactly the mainstream one, and I would hope that my FV-leaning brothers would empathize with the plight of an oft-misrepresented minority. Although you all are not always treated with the dignity you deserve, it is my sincere hope that you take the high road and demonstrate the charity that you are (unfortunately) sometimes denied and make every effort to understand the 2K position and read it in the best and most charitable light. Sure, you still may disagree, which is fine with me. I just hope the discussion is a profitable one for everyone involved.”
You can read his Stellman’s note here.