Posts Tagged ‘Calvin’

The Return of the Gargoyle Monkeys

January 14th, 2010 No comments

I am teaching a course right now in our college called History Makers. I love the class because we are able to study the contributions of some very normal people who were totally surrendered to a GREAT GOD! Last night we covered Calvin, Tyndale and Bunyan. As part of my class preparation, I’m continually digging for more gold to share with the students. Fortunately, I hit an absolute goldmine when I read about John Calvin.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the life of one of Christendom’s greatest. He was the theological genius behind the Reformation and one of the most consequential thinkers of the last millennium. In addition, his understanding of the proper role of government laid the foundation for our own American republic. One author went so far as to say that without John Calvin, there would be no America.

I think Calvin’s counsel is just what we need to hear today. While others in his day saw monarchs as limitless in their power by divine right, not unlike our current Congress, Calvin argued, “If kings want to be considered legitimate as servants of God, they need to show that they are real fathers of their nation.”  He went on to add, “If princes demand that we turn from honor of God, if they force us into idolatry or superstition, then they have no more authority over us than frogs or lice do.”

In other words, our leaders must understand that the authority they possess has been given to them by God to be used for His glory and for the good of the people. When government offials fail to be submitted to God and His Law, they have no more authority than a frog does. CROAK!

But let me move on to my favorite quote. Calvin understood the prophetic role of the Church in speaking God’s truth to those in power. On one occasion, he referred to the Genevan officials as “gargoyle monkeys” who had become so proud that “they vomit forth their blasphemies as supreme decrees.” No wonder he spent most of his life in exile!

How we need men and women today with the boldness and courage of Calvin. The gargoyle monkeys have returned! We are witnessing an attempt by our elected officials to force abortion, homosexuality, cross-dressing, socialism and a host of other “blasphemies” upon the American people. As Calvin taught, this is an egregious abuse of their delegated authority. It’s time we elect men and women with a love for God and His Word; people of character who love America and who have a father’s heart for those whom they are called to serve. In short, let’s get rid of the gargoyle monkeys determined to destroy our nation.

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Calvin, Congress & Christmas

December 23rd, 2009 No comments

Most Americans are absolutely outraged at the reckless, corrupt and immoral behavior we are witnessing from our congressional leaders during this “debate” on health care reform. Of course, that’s part of the problem. There has been no real debate at all. While the President promised an open, transparent process, ”we the people” have been offered a steady diet of mafia-esque back room deals. Most disturbing of all was the reprehensible behavior of Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who sold out his pro-life principles for a putrid bowl of ”Medicare exemption.” The latest polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans, 3 to 1, strongly disapprove of using taxpayer dollars to murder young Americans through abortion. Yet this Congress seems intent on shoving abortion on demand down our throats and sending us the bill as well!

The battle, however, is far from over. Please call your Senators, once again, and give them the most popular gift this holiday season: OUTRAGE.

The corrupt Congressional circus taking place this holiday season should remind us of the critical need for Christians to be actively engaged in the public arena. I have been reading a wonderful book by David W. Hall entitled, Calvin in the Public Square, which is part of a series of new works celebrating the anniversary of John Calvin’s birth. It was Calvin’s teaching on human depravity which led to the emergence of radical new ideas in government such as the consent of the governed, the balance and separation of powers, the supremacy of God and the right of resistance to all other authority. Calvin proclaimed the belief in the right of the individual to remove the magistrate who disobeys the word of God, thus justifying the right for citizens to oppose tyrannical leadership when necessary.

So what do Calvin, Congress and Christmas have in common? Congress reminds us our depravity. We are all prone to shameless self-interest. Calvin places a mirror before us, allowing us to see how ugly and oppressive we can be when left to our own devices. And Christmas points us to Jesus, the Savior of the world, who came to set us free from our sin. The good news is that “the government will be upon His shoulders” and “of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end!” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

From my house to yours, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a New Year filled with the blessing of the Lord!