Dark Brightness

Bleak Theology: Hopeful Science

Not this fake religion.

This morning we had a pilot give the sermon. He talked about instrumental flying, and how the scan system is horizon — altimeter — horizon — turn and skew — horizon — air speed… that you continually look at the artificial horizon. His analogy was that we should continually look at Jesus, that Jesus is our horizon. That the bible, fellowship, friends, theology… are also important, but we should continually scan for Jesus.

For Jesus is reliable: more so than the gyroscope that drives an artificial horizon instrument. Pilots have to make decisions depending on their instruments, and not what their inner ear says is happening. So do we.

Romans 5:1-11

1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” 17But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

Following the narrative of this time, tolerance for all, no borders, acceptance of our vices as virtue… is a fake gospel, a fake form of righteousness, and a fake virtue. Signalling that you stand for this makes things worse.

We should not unite with those who sell their bodies, for we unite with their souls in intercourse. True. But we should unite less with those who preach a these fake virtues. I have more time for strippers than professors of intersectionality because strippers know that they have done wrong and they can and do seek salvation.

Shun this fake righteousness. Hate this fake religion. Turn and look at Christ.