Trump versus Biden: What The Debate Is Actually About

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Theology, Religion, Worldview, and Dominion The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

During lunchtime yesterday, I gave a white board talk to our kids about definitions and differences between theology and religion and worldview. And in the course of discussion, I wanted to emphasize to my sons that one of the very important differences between the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob compared with the deities of other religions is that our God in the Christian religion is infinite and incomprehensible. But Zeus, Odin, and Osiris were not that way. None of them was either infinite or eternal, nor would there be much to recommend a kind of Theology centered around puzzling out their attributes. In Greek mythology, Zeus has numerous children by affairs with gods and women alike. Meanwhile, he feuds and schemes and plots and maneuvers. He's even afraid sometimes of the other gods and goddesses. He is something like the projection of an insecure middle-aged macho man skirt-chaser, and not as hard to comprehend as we might wish if we've ever known someone like him.  Meanwhile, in Norse mythology, Odin sacrifices one of his eyes to be able to see all that happens in the world. That is to say, he can’t have it all, but has to make trades and sacrifices to gain things not otherwise in his possession. He is a kind of magician and sorcerer, though, and more dependent on magic than the source of all magic; more a wizard than the one to whom the wizard's incantations harken. Osiris in Egyptian mythology has parents and siblings and a consort and children. Moreover, he is murdered by his jealous brother before becoming the god of the underworld and afterlife.  But the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the Creator. He is eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and simple. That is, He is not made up of parts. And one of the ways in which Christianity is enigmatic is that the Messiah is this same God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and that this God is said to be ‘Trinitarian’ – “God in three persons.” Yet He is not three Gods but one God, as the Athanasian Creed explains. And that is very mysterious and foreign to us in comparison with the gods of the nations who are familiar because they are very much like us, just stronger and with magical powers. Another eccentric quality, if you will, to the Christian faith is that we believe that Jesus Christ was and is and forever will be fully God and fully man, no less one or the other, but wholly both at the same time in one person. And yet he is one Christ. In truth the Psalmist sings, "Yahweh is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like Yahweh our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?"  It’s important to mark the difference between Religion and Theology in light of this passage. That is to say, you would be hard-pressed to find anything resembling the subject and approach to it we call Christian Theology in the ancient cults of the Greeks, Norse, and Egyptians, among others. What you do find are temples and rituals and festivals and stories told around campfires. A little at a certain point – especially in Greece – are philosophers skeptically questioning whether the gods ever lived, or whether they really were gods who should be worshiped. But the way these gods of other nations are related to is markedly different because of the truth of what the Psalmist writes; that is, the question of “Who is like Yahweh our God” is a rhetorical one because the answer is “No one.” — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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Trump versus Biden

Trump versus Biden is not really about either man. Rather, the 2020 presidential election is part of a larger ongoing and longstanding debate in Western civilization.

Who is God? And subsequently, what is the nature of man?

Should we make decisions based on the conviction that truth and goodness are objective realities? Or should we organize ourselves on the presumption that subjective and transitory human needs and desires, and therefore our rights, must change from generation to generation?

Believe it or not. Like it or not. Trump is a stand-in for the conviction that the Judeo-Christian worldview is not only valuable, but valid and necessary.

He is also a symbol of the notion that the free market should indeed be free. The alternative is an entirely planned, manipulated, and managed economy.

Trump is a stand-in for the idea that any of us actually do have inalienable individual rights to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

By contrast, Biden is just the latest in a long line of corrupt mountebanks who pretend at virtue and even Christianity in a bid for personal empowerment and enrichment at the expense of the ever-lauded "People."

Yes, the Democrats quote Scripture when it suits their agenda. Then again, so does Satan.

Peace In Our Time

Christians - tragically, even trusted and respected leaders like John Piper - may draw any number of valid criticisms of President Trump as a flawed human being, and conclude thereby that they cannot support Trump anymore than they can support Biden.

Worse still, some self-professing Christians are pledging to vote for Biden as a kind of return to pseudo-civility.

This is not merely misguided. It is unfruitful, naive, and even dangerously foolish on the scale of Neville Chamberlain.

God commands us to love him with all our being and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. As such, we cannot support Biden. Nor can we sit this one out, all the while patting ourselves on the back for being detachedly spiritual about the prospects of our home and country going down in flames.

We cannot argue as Piper does here, conflating personal boastfulness with infanticide as though there is no distinction, or as though a braggart is arguably as bad or worse than a murderer. This is confused reasoning indeed.

Even in the Law of Moses, one of these two sins is a capital offense and brings the death penalty. The other does not.

Yet concerning pride, have we asked ourselves whether our own selfish pride is a factor in withholding support from our current president, or even maligning his supporters? Are we chiefly concerned with God's honor and our own testimony in such? Or are we actually more concerned about our own reputation and the risk to it with certain friends, family, and associates if we take a clear and bold stand here?

God must be your judge in this. However, here I stand. I can do no other, so help me God.

Trump v. Biden is not really about either man. Rather, the 2020 presidential election is part of a larger ongoing and longstanding debate in Western civilization.

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Christian, husband to a darling wife, and father to seven children - I enjoy pipe-smoking, playing strategy games on my computer, listening to audio books, and writing. When I'm not asking you questions out loud, I'm endlessly asking myself silent questions in my head. I believe in God's grace, hard work, love, patience, contemplation, and courage.