For the love of Vermont

Her verdant hills of deciduous leaves
Her hills and rolling mountains
The winter frost, or the spring's sweet air
I love the land I come from
Spirit of liberty, freedom, and truth
Many thanks to the people who raised me
And though I live far from the land of my youth
Her spirit lives on inside me

Why "pro-life" is Anti-Christian...

Well I won't go so far as to claim that these people are actively and purposefully seeking to counter the message of the gospel, it is clear that there is a failure to compute. Abortion is violent and distasteful...

But God was pro-choice. He was, he gave Adam a choice, he gave me a choice, Jesus even had a choice. What is more, on the issue of life and death, God is pro-choice... When Cain's offering was not accepted, God told him, "Sin is crouching at your door and it desires to have you, but you must master it." (Genesis 4:7) He could have stopped Cain, but he didn't, he gave him a choice.

It was 19th century secular philosophers who sought to make a justification for morality apart from God: Kant, Neitzsche. Modern Pro-lifers find their justification in the legal and political spheres. Luther said: "God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong (sin boldly), but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world." That's because he understood that it is God who works in us to desire to act in accordance with His good pleasure (Philipians 2:12-13). It is our mistakes which refine us, and give us opportunity to recieve Grace. (Romans 5:20) Hebrews 2:14-15 tells us that it is our fear of death that holds us in slavery.

One of the reasons that it is so easy to fall into the trap of justifying morality without God, is that our morality doesn't come from God. That's a pretty bold claim, I understand that, but maybe now that I have your attention, you'll follow my line of thinking.

In the Garden of Eden, God commands the man and the woman that they are not to eat from the Tree in the middle of the Garden. Now this tree was the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil. It was not a lie, when the Serpent said: "You shall become like God, knowing Good and Evil", rather the serpent was sharing information, that was more desirable than obedience. The serpent offered them that they would be "Like God." And just how would they be like God; well... in knowing both Good and Evil of course.

Now Good and Evil are the basis of morality, we prefer to use the words right and wrong, because they seem less absolute when we transgress them. This is also because our system of morality doesn't jive with God's own ideas of good and evil. Jesus says "Why do you call me good? No one is good—except God alone." (Mark 10:18 and Luke 18:19) Jesus also calls us Evil (Matthew 7:11 and Luke 11:13).

Jesus taught us how to set our system of wrong and right back on track: It is only by loving God and our neighbor. This is to say that Jesus taught Ethics, not Morals. The basis of Ethics requires the recognition of importance and value at the level of the individual, first oneself, and then one's neighbor, and ultimately the God in whose image you share. Ethics cannot be codified, because they are situational dependent - very clearly the difference between law and grace.

It is the Christian, then who should be arguing first and foremost that their are no absolutes... not even God is an absolute - in that he emptied himself of his godhead and became a man so that he could demonstrate His Ethos to us, because we were so far off course, and rescue us from our fear of death.

My anti-voting campaign for 2012

Why I won't be voting in 2012.

I've arrived at the conclusion after years of political inquiry and thought, that the worst thing that an American can do, in order to reform what is largely a corrupt and broken system, is to vote. Consider this: The Supreme court recently ruled that limiting corporate money in the sphere of politics was akin to limiting free speech - therefore, unlike ever before there is more and more political influence by people who have something to gain from the political process. Your vote is for sale, and you aren't even the one selling it.

Voting gives us the illusion that we have a say in the democratic process, however in America, we have long understood that politicians say what they need to say to get elected, and then do whatever they want, it's corporate donors that have the ability to fire them, not you and I. By voting, we lend an air of ligitimacy to the political proces; those scum bags in Washington are only robbing you, because you voted for them, its partially your fault. In reality this is like telling a woman that she got raped because she didn't fight hard enough, or blaming a child for divorce. They want you to play the "victim".

Everytime there is a record turnout, the price for a spot on primetime TV goes up. When that price goes up, the incentive to tell the truth goes down. I'm not playing, are you?