My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!"

28 June 2005

Synod #1

Hello again, gentle readers. Using wireless internet and another's computer, I am writing from the Tuesday morning meeting of RPCNA synod.

The most interesting happenstance this morning is the argument(s) over the "Understanding the Times" report. Understanding the Times is a committee appointed to do some research and report to synod on the most important developments & ideas in our world. Obviously, such a charge is next to impossible, so the best the committee can hope for is to present some issues and thoughts on those issues and then to spur the delegates on to further thought on the matter.

This year's report spoke quite a bit of President Bush (pro and con) and his foreign policy. Other topics were the spread of Islam, the culture of death (i.e., Terry Schiavo), and the Protestant church's relationship to the Roman church...a sticky issue, indeed. The report excellently concluded: the Reformed Presbyterian Church testifies to her confidence that Jesus Christ reigns with all power in heaven and earth. While the light of Christendom may be dimmd in the year 2005, the truth of Christ's reign remains absolute. Therefore, the Reformed Presbyterian Church must remain courageous in her commitment and undaunted in her testimony of Christ to the nations. Although the generations present may never look upon the resotration of a Christ centered culture, we recognize that it is our honor to bear the dimmed embers of Christendom, preserving theri glow until Christ is prepared to fan them into a roaring flame.



3 comments:

Andrew F. said...

Jared,
What was the source of the "argument" over the Understanding the Times report? (I saw it described elsewhere as a "controversy," too, so you're not alone in your analysis.) Do some think it should be discontinued? or . . . ?

Jared said...

The little tiff over the UTT committee was because some didn't like some of the thoughts expressed in the paper, like an underhanded support of Michael Peroutka and a comment on "american imperialism". I think the point of the committee is to get us thinking and talking and interacting with the world...which they did.

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