Por: Roger Oliver December 27th, 2016
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19,20
They say you can tell your out to breakfast with your old, literally old, buds if everyone is checking out how many pills the other guys are taking and you are comparing PSA scores. Ha! If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. Probably more accurate to say, if I had not grown up a pietist and a premillennialist I would have had a healthier more holistic view of what it means that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
When I was a young soldier, I thought I’d either be raptured or go out in a blaze of gunfire by the time I was 30. Not very fair to my lovely and faithful wife and my children, I know, but such is the folly of youth. I was a bit of an adrenaline junkie. My mother said I had two guardian angles and they were exhausted at the end of each day. I’m still here because I have lived a life drenched by the mercy of God’s. He has not benched me. He still has something for me to do.
Inevitably, I’ve been thinking about diet and health and wanting to live to 110. I’d like to live to see the grandchildren of the children in the Learning Center as students and their parents running the school.
Now, I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions but things slow down a bit this time of year and you get a chance to think about stuff you tend to miss in the noise and busyness of daily life the rest of the year. It is a good time to give a shot at resetting bad habits. So I have been studying the dietary laws in the Bible, specifically Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. From R.J. Rushdoony’s commentary on Leviticus, specifically Leviticus 11:1-8. Something to think about.
“Returning again to the Biblical view of man, we must remember that uncleanness is a religious fact which affects man totally. Socrates could give a discourse on virtue while engaged in homosexuality because the Greek view located virtue in the spirit and depreciated the body. No such thinking is permitted by Scripture. The careful Biblical legislation of things physical is offensive to the Greek mentality, which believes at times that a man’s life is as noble and virtuous as a man thinks himself to be. Thus, these laws are religious, moral, hygienic and more, because God gave them.” p. 109
If the careful Biblical legislation of things physical is offensive or bothersome, can I expect God to bless me with many years of life to advance his Kingdom? Me thinks not. Rushdoony continues,
“Diet is very personal, and, in a sense, very private, no matter how publicly we may dine. At the same time, it is the fact of eating, or nourishing ourselves, which is made central to our worship of God, the communion service. The very private act is made a public sacrament, because we are required to serve God with all our heart, mind, and being, i.e., from the privacy of our lives to the most public of acts, we must be totally the Lord’s.” p. 109-110
“Because ours is a total faith, and because of the unity of our being as mind and body, we must recognize that the law is a unity which speaks to our lives as a unity. These laws thus speak for our physical health, but, above all, for our necessary holiness before God.” p. 113
And finally this: “With the modern emphasis on health foods, it is a remarkable fact of human perversity that God’s proven dietary laws are so commonly bypassed.” p. 117
God has blessed me with good health. I’m more active than most men my age, or so I’m told. I am slowing down and feeling the years but there is no such thing as retirement in the Bible. I plan to die with my boots on. Besides, If I weren’t busy I’d be underfoot and driving my wife crazy. And if statistics mean anything, I’d be dead within three years of quitting work anyway.
I’m still going pretty strong for being within two years of 7 decades, nevertheless, I can improve. At age 99, the comedian, George Burns, said the secret to longevity is to keep breathing. He had is ever present lit cigar between his fingers. He didn’t make it to 100. As long as you’re still breathing, you can learn and change. Maybe better to give up the cigars though.
What is most important is obeying the command to, “Be holy as I am holy.” That includes taking care of your physical body which is fearfully and wonderfully made. So I am studying, taking good advice from trustworthy and knowledgeable friends, getting more exercise, all that and more that is simply part of a faith for all of life. Hope you do too.
Here’s to your health!
Roger Oliver for Visión America Latina
“This year’s presidential election is a Dumpster fire,” says WSJ journalist, Gerald F. Seib. Well said. Today the same author said the problem with this year’s election is the lack of a mandate for the winners. He pointed out that, according to the numbers crunches at the Tax Foundation, the difference between the two candidates tax plans is an estimated $6 trillion of expected revenue to the Federal Government. That’s a big deal but it is rarely discussed. That, according to Seib, is an example of the lack of any serious debate about policy in this election which, he concludes, will leave the winners with no clear mandate by which to govern. There are two problems with his analysis as I see it.
- Politicians don’t pay attention to what the people want anyway. Representation has come to mean the elite telling the people what’s good for them whether they want it or not. The ruling class pushes positive rights which always mean less freedom and more oppression through regulation, licensing and redistributive taxes. There is no free lunch. Someone has to pay. Whoever it is, it is never the politicians who make the promises.
- There is a mandate but neither the people nor the ruling elite are interested. God commissions civil magistrates to punish wrongdoers and praise those who do good. (1 Peter 2:14) Of course, good and evil are defined by God’s Law. That is not a mandate to redistribute wealth, to bail out banks, to collect taxes, to control the economy, to provide for widows, orphans, old people and foreigners, to pave roads, to provide health care or a myriad of other positive rights. It is certainly not a mandate to sacrifice our children to the god of state, Moloch, by approving of and funding abortion with the people’s tithes. Even without the mandate from God, what ever happened to the political wisdom that he who governs least governs best?
We the people have chosen Moloch for our god. We have no one to blame but ourselves for the dumpster fire. Conservative and liberal have no meaning. The only difference is how best to worship the god of state. The WSJ article is just a call to get clear on who or what will be sacrificed. That would be a mandate not for how to govern but for how to oppress a people who apparently no longer want to be free. So there really is a mandate, just from another god made in our image.
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Concerning the recently revealed horror of selling aborted baby parts and the Supreme Court decision concerning same-sex marriage, an interesting quote from Conspiracy in Philadelphia by Gary North, p. 96
“Ever since the early 1940s, the Supreme Court has been unwilling to protect private property from all kinds of confiscation and control by local, state, and federal governments. 57 Post-Darwinian liberalism has been victorious over Lockean liberalism. In 1973, the Supreme Court determined that lives in the womb are not under this protection because of a Court-invented Constitutional guarantee of privacy: woman and physician. State civil sanctions could no longer be brought against this class of murderers who had successfully conspired to deprive another person of life. 58 Post-Darwinian liberalism won again. Human life can now be legally sacrificed on the altar of convenience. The hope of the Framers—to place judicial limits on the worst decisions of the legislature—did not succeed, although this fact took a century and a half to become clear to everyone. If anything, the Supreme Court, insulated from direct public opinion, proved in 1973 that it was the worse offender as an agent of the formally sovereign People.”
Regarding loans to the poor:
The law here has been subjected to extensive attack by socialism and every form of totalitarianism. Statism assumes that its law rather than God’s regenerating power is the principle of freedom. As a result, it legislates against Biblical law. Modern “civil liberty” and “civil rights” “civil rights” legislation requires an equalizing of all men, so that an employer cannot hire or favor his fellow believers in distinction from unbelievers. The end result is the enslavement to the state of all men; the need for charity remains, but the state now makes itself the source of charity and the judge as to who shall receive it. An impersonal and political test replaces the test of faith.”
Interesting. Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law chapter 8 thou shalt not steal, p. 481
“Many of the goals sought by modern liberals are a part of the Mosaic law, but with a significant difference. Biblical law required the just treatment of the laborer; it forbad fraud in foods, measures, money, and drugs. It required soil conservation, and much else, but not by administrative agencies. The criminal law forbad murder and theft, and all harmful drugs and foods were forbidden as destructive of life; fraudulent foods and goods were theft, and so on. In modern society, these offenses are too often the jurisdiction of arbitrary administrative agencies, as are labor problems, with the result that the criminal law is subverted and the very purpose of this law, the prevention of oppression, nullified. Moreover, because civil statute law has replaced Biblical law, men can be harmed and their lives shortened by dangerous drugs and sprays, and no crime exists unless a statute covers the specific offense. The combination of statute law and administrative law has created oppression, whereas the common law of Scripture gives man a principle of justice and a basis for a public understanding of law.”
RJ Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law p. 497
By: Roger Oliver
Should the disaster of abortion be laid at the feet of the Supreme Court and the Roe v Wade decision? Will a decision reversing Roe v Wade solve the problem? Aparently not.
In 1946 the case of Inez Burns, charged with running an illegal abortion clinic, brought to light that there were 16,000 births in the city that year and 18,000 abortions. A woman named Gloria Shannon was writing a book about the goings on in the house/hospital where she lived for 4 months in 1945 with her husband Warren. The book was appropriately titled, “My Memoirs in the Midstream of Life After An Intimate View of San Francisco’s Slaughter House for Babies.” The Shannon’s had unsuccessfully tried to shake down Inez for $35,000. The clinic was bringing in $50,000 a month, we’ll over half a million in today’s dollars. Inez was married to a prominent San Francisco politician. She learned her trade from an abortion doctor who took a liking to her and may have performed several abortions on Inez before she when to work with him. The clinic on 327 Fillmore St in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco.
Now think about this, Inez was born in 1889 to a poor family in Philadelphia. Her father abandoned the family. They moved to San Francisco after her mother remarried. Inez got a job in a hotel as a manicurist and attracted a lot of wealthy male clients. The clinic operated for two or three decades. Said the prosecution lawyer, “Any time you have something illegal running in a city for a long period of time — say 20 or 30 years — someone is being paid off.”
Inez ran a tight ship, quite a modern and clean clinic. Puts the lie to the charge that if abortion were not legalized women would be getting abortions in back alleys using hangers. Dr. West who trained her was an elderly man when he met Inez and was a full time abortion doctor. When would that have been? I’d guess sometime in the early 20th century, the late 1910’s to the 1920’s.
So what is going on here? I’d say that long before Roe v Wade the church had abandoned God’s law as the only immutable standard of morality and ethics. No surprise that San Francisco eventually became the sodomite capital of California and make the US. As my friend, Stephen C. Perks recently wrote, the plague of homosexuality is the judgement of God and he will continue to rub it into the face of the church until there is repentance among the people of God for their antinomianism (absolute rejection of the Law of Moses as the standard of morality and ethics for all time). In the November 1968 issue of Christianity Today, a seminary professor at a prominent dispensational seminary, Bruce Waltlke, wrote an article titled, “The Old Testament and Birth Control” in which he stated that he felt that “abortion was permissible in Old Testament law.” (Cited from R. J. Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law p. 263. Our pastor during the early 70’s, a graduate of the same school, made an elaborate argument that abortion was not murder because the fetus had not received the “breath of life” yet, (na shema). Shame on us for believing him. I am a graduate of the same seminary and am not singling out this school. Most seminaries are antinomian and historically the source of most heresies.
Abortion will end when the church repents and returns to God’s law, with or without a supporting decision by the Supreme Court reversing Roe v Wade. That these “legal” clinics are closing down all over the place for economic reasons as much as anything else shows how this will happen. I discovered the story of Inez Burns reading about the 6th commandment in Rushdoony’s Institutes. I googled her name and found this most interesting article.