Saturday, January 29, 2005

KRA Meeting

The Kansas Republican Assembly gala was a lot of fun. There was preaching, proselytizing, and both patriotic and praise was like a very upscale camp meeting! Sen. Brownback gave a nice mini-speech in which he concluded by emploring us to do the MOST important thing-- pray! As David Limbaugh joked later, how dare he as a paid employee of the United States government encourage us to do something religious!

I was surprised, and then I wasn't, at the Christian fervor of Limbaugh. He pulled no punches and cited example after example of how the secularists are trying to wipe Christianity from the face of the earth. He repeatedly stressed how there is no such thing as a separation of church and state in the US Constitution, and our freedom of expression and freedom of religion should trump the non-existent freedom to not be offended. Our society is so obsessed with not offending people that it regularly strips away our rights of expression and religious thought.

The main point of his speech was that Christians have for too long hidden in their homes and churches and stayed away from trying to influence the culture and politics. The result is that our culture and politics were shaped by anti-Christians who were far more zealous than we. He said we must step up and influence the culture, and encourage our pastors to take the lead...and if they refuse, then take ourselves and our financial support to a church that will. If the church doesn't shape our culture in a positive way, who will?

He also quoted C.S. Lewis as saying that if Jesus wasn't the Son of God, then He was either a raving lunatic or a liar. Amen. These people who try to put Jesus in with other "philosophers" are missing it. He couldn't possibly be called just a "great teacher," because if He wasn't All-God and All-Man, then he was a fraud. But, as Limbaugh said so eloquently, what is so convincing is the messianic prophesies of the Old Testament that point to Christ's divinity and so accurately fulfills so many other truths both in the times of the New Testament and since.

Speaking of truths, he warned of the dangers of cultural relativism...where all ideas MUST be treated as equals. If all ideas are as good as others, then there can be no truth. A culture without truth will not find the correct course.

That's a lot of paraphrasing. I didn't take notes. Great stuff!

Today is the Kansas Day celebrations, and also the Topeka Cares tsunami relief event at the Ag Hall of the Kansas Expocentre. My friend Jill is in charge of that. I encourage you to go to both of these events, both on the grounds of the Expocentre, and support the Republican Party and Topeka Cares.


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