How Modesto Became an American Dystopia | The American Conservative

Modesto’s 200,000-strong population is stable by numbers, but taxpaying residents are dying and departing, while the lumpen and tragic arrive. Many residents are profoundly angered by state and federal authorities’ willingness to warehouse these newcomers at their civic expense, but welfare bureaucracies are local extensions of Sacramento and Washington, D.C. From rough truckers to homeschooling moms, the white working class turns to Donald J. Trump for relief. Democratic officials court Latino voters and pro-immigrant interests.
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Loving Others

We Christians, walking in the Spirit, are to love God and love others. However, though we can love everyone, We, in general, and I, in particular, cannot tangibly meet all the needs in a loving way. And if it isn’t tangible, it’s just talk. Love is not a feeling of sympathy. Love, love is a verb.

There are people in our church who have deep, deep financial problems. Regardless of how they got where they are, they are in trouble. I would like to tangibly love them by helping them out of their trouble, but there are so many that I could barely begin. And if I did, I would very soon need the same kind of help.

And that’s just in the church and it’s just one kind of problem. They multiply; no, they are are a power curve, exponential in nature.

Each of us Christians has a different way to love and a different group to love tangibly. As far as I can tell, my calling is to love serving people in restaurants. That is why, for me, tipping is more important than tithing.

When I say to a group of church people that tipping is more important than tithing, they look at me rather strangely. Apparently they don’t question the concept of tithing in today’s context like I do. They follow the party line which is promulgated by the organization that benefits from treating tithing as sacrosanct for every Christian.

And I do tithe. Not from a sense of obligation or duty, but as a practical means of doing my part to support the ministries of the church, such as they are.

But I always, always tip well, even for less than stellar service.

How do you love people?

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I’m not advocating for walled communities of Christians living in fear of the big, bad areligious soccer mom wearing yoga pants. I am saying that you cannot both live in a civilization barreling towards a societal cliff and be unwilling to point that fact out to people. You cannot look down your nose at people who want to build a network of families who pray and live together and also hold yourself blameless for where our society is headed as you sit there silently effecting no change.

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The Task of the Church

The task of the church is a modest one: to wait, pray and hope for the coming of the kingdom, to witness to and acclaim God’s redeeming and sanctifying work; but the church must never confuse its work with God’s work or its righteousness with divine righteousness. The church can create parables and signs of the kingdom, but it cannot extend or fortify the kingdom through its own power and strategy.

— Donald G. Bloesch, Jesus Christ: Savior & Lord (Westmont, IL: IVP Academic, 1997), 243.

Made for Worship?

A common trope among orthodox Christians is that we were made for the purpose of worshiping God. I’ve been thinking a lot about this and I’m sure I will write some more in the near future. I really want to dig into the Bible on this one.

But off the top of my head, the idea that we were created for worship doesn’t make a lot of sense. God has no need to be worshipped. To want to be worshipped seems like a juvenile reason to create people.

I think, rather, that worship is a natural human response to who God is, when we finally begin to grasp who he is.

I believe we are made to be partners with God in managing his creation. I guess you could say we aren’t made for worship, but we are made for discipleship.