The Chair and the Desk, 3/15/16

From the chair:

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have no received reconciliation.” 

-Romans 5:10-11

This is an oft-quoted verse, and yet not recalled enough (at least, not by my mind). Our youth pastor, Bobby, read this verse in the high school group on Sunday, and it came up in my morning Bible reading today, and it wouldn’t be a bad way to start every day: Jesus has reconnected us with God. More than that, he didn’t just reconnect us with God and step aside, he lives as our Lord–he is the Living God–who helps us today by his Spirit and is working all things toward his unimaginable tomorrow.

This God is with us, and we are with him. We know if by our spirits now, we can see it with our eyes then. Our Rescuer lives and is close at hand.

From the desk:

“Why are they allowed to do things that we’re not allowed to do?”

-Molly Ball, “The Resentment Powering Trump”

This article was fascinated me more than anything else I read today. In fact, I had “write Hegel seminar paper” on my agenda for the afternoon, so, Guess what seminar! We’re talking about what Hegel has to do with this article!

The basic argument of the article is that most Trump supporters feel that there is a big “they” out there, the current focus of America, who are allowed to do things that “we” are not. I’m curious if Trump supporters would say this accurately represents them; I’m curious what Trump opponents would say about this view. I’m also trumpeting my own conclusions before looking into any of that, so here’s an excerpt from the paper:

Our one common sentiment seems to be that “this isn’t us.” As Molly Ball wrote recently wrote for The Atlantic, many Trump supporters feel overlooked in the contemporary Zeitgeist; meanwhile, most Trump opponents seem embarrassed to live in a country where he wins a nomination. Yet, “this”—the political situation—by definition, is us. This country is only a dialectic reality of and by us.

If we are unhappy with what this election tells us about who we have become, we cannot merely look to the pollsters to sneak our candidate into office, the legislators to slip our issue into a bill, or a supreme court appointee to sway judgments our way. Rather, if Hegel rightly understands the relationship between governance and religion, we must commit ourselves to the grassroots, incremental, always-in-process project of theology, of shaping the religious character of ourselves, our neighbors, and our society.

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.


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