I read something totally absurd on Saturday. The “historians”, whoever they may be, state that Obama is the 12th greatest president. It almost made me gag, for a couple of reasons. The first is, what history? It will take years to see the effect of his administration. Out of office a month and they are able to make that statement? There must be something mystical about them, almost prophetic. Secondly, since I am not a “historian” of their caliber, I perceive him as one of the worst Presidents to ever hold that office. If you have read the Paine, then you know that I normally referred to him as a pseudo-president. He was one to begin to really tip the scales reversing right and wrong, and advocating the immoral as being moral.
One more thing, then I’ll get off the politics. I have seen several articles on how much President Trump has used his pen for executive orders. There has been much ado about it. Hmmm, seems to be that the pseudo-president that I just mention made the comment that “I have a pen and a phone.” Don’t give me this nonsense about executive orders.
I have read several books of C.S. Lewis and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. In the near future I plan on devoting some time to the writings of Dorothy Sayers and G.K. Chesterton. The following is from Chesterton, and I challenge you to ponder it a bit.
“They took the body down from the cross and one of the few rich men among the first Christians obtained permission to bury it in a rock tomb in his garden; the Romans setting a military guard lest there should be some riot and attempt to recover the body. There was once more a natural symbolism in these natural proceedings; it was well that the tomb should be sealed with all the secrecy of ancient eastern sepulture and guarded by the authority of the Caesars. For in that second cavern the whole of that great and glorious humanity which we call antiquity was gathered up and covered over; and in that place it was buried. It was the end of a very great thing called human history; the history that was merely human. The mythologies and the philosophies were buried there, the gods and the heroes and the sages. In the great Roman phrase, they had lived. But as they could only live, so they could only die; and they were dead.
“On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.”
WOW! Did you get it? Who used to walk in the Garden with Adam? Now He walks in the Garden of Life, sowing seeds of salvation and righteousness. Don’t scoff. Don’t mock a new heavens and a new earth at the Resurrection. When Jesus ascended what did He begin to do? One of the things that He did was to put His carpenter hands to the construction of beautiful edifices for His children. Amazing!
Resurrection did indeed bring new creation. For in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ man can now become a new creation. He can actually be born again!
“That nature (creation) itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the glorious freedom of God’s children.”
–Romans 8:21 (AMPC)