Justice Is Not Social

One of the ways that even the most conservative reformed types (NAPARC) like to signal their virtue is to talk about racial reconciliation.  These SJWs in Geneva gowns will drone on and on about the need for and the ways and means of said reconciliation and the need for corporate repentance for (past) racism.   In Presbyterian churches that signalling is enshrined in General Assembly level “Study” Committees, and passing resolutions of repentance e.g. PCA  in 2016.   The motivation is that by condemning racism, the charge of racism can be avoided.   When the point is signalling and SJW appeasement, how genuine can said repentance and reconciliation really be?  I don’t think it’s much comfort that they’ve moved on from trope of “some of my best friends are black”.

But what does the Scriptures actually say about justice?

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. [Deut 24:16]

You’d think that in the age of Christianity that the church would not make the same errors as the church leading up to and in the exile.  Not only did the Israelites not follow Deut 24:16 they made a meme out of the opposite.   They used this in the days of Ezekiel, it was: “The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”  God through Ezekiel sent a powerful reminder to them that all justice is individual.  The correction is in Ezekiel 18:  “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” v4.

All justice is individual.

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”  That’s justice.

The thing that Social Justice Warriors love to fight for, or so they say, is JUSTICE! They want justice, they will see they get justice for all the oppressed.  They will get their justice, but it won’t be social and it won’t be on their terms or in anyway they expect.

By calling for social justice, the reformed SJWs (and anyone calling for racial reconciliation is a SJW)  are charging God — just like the Jews of Ezekiels’s day — that the way of God is not equal (just).

I by God’s grace prefer mercy.

See how Ezekiel 18 ends:

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

A call to repentance.  Repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and receive  everlasting Life in Christ.

 

 

 

Frame of Praise

One of the major pillars of red-pill is the subject of “frame”, and the red-pill gets it right. The short of it is that in any interpersonal interaction is subject to a frame, the setting of the basis for and the rules (universally unstated) of that interaction and often the larger relationship between the people.

Worship, including and especially the singing of praise is subject to being in a frame.    The question is who’s frame?

Counterfeit psalms, mostly referred to as “hymns” express the writer’s frame of heart, mind and emotion.   They bring the singer into the composer/writer’s frame.   Because these counterfeits are authored by mere men (and women) they necessarily put and keep the singer and the listeners in the frame of the author.

The authentic Psalms (the 150 Psalms of the Bible)  are the same in that regard.  By singing them, the worshiper enters and remains in God’s frame.  This what Paul is getting at in Eph 5:18 when he says to be filled with the Spirit,and in Col 3:16 that the word of Christ dwell richly in you.  Paul is exhorting us to remain in Christ’s frame when we worship, and the singing of the Word of Christ and the Songs of the Spirit do just that.   Songs written by mere men are not the Word of Christ, and they are not the songs of the Spirit.

Acceptable worship can only happen in God’s frame.  The use of counterfeits instead of the Word of Christ, breathed out by the Holy Ghost of the 150 Psalms willfully replaces God’s frame with a man-centered frame.  Rightly did Isaiah the prophet say of such that in vain do they worship, teaching for doctrine the commandment of men.  In quoting this Jesus teaches that we are to be in his frame — he sets (and is) the basis for our relationship and interactions with God and he sets the rules.

Many will object and say, but our “hymns” are about God, about Christ. That is entirely beside the point.  Thinking, talking, writing or singing about God or Christ doesn’t entail being in any specific frame.   The serpent was hardly in God’s frame when he was tempting Adam and Eve in the garden.  The devil wasn’t in God’s frame when he was tempting Christ in the wilderness, even when he was quoting Psalm 91.  Of course the devil in using Psalm 91 didn’t enter God’s frame (despite what was said above) because his motive and actions are the same as they always are: he is a liar and murderer from the beginning (John 8:44).

Singing the Psalms is worship in God’s frame.  Singing of counterfeit psalms is non-worship and not in God’s frame.