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RULE FROM ABOVE - PART ONE

The only competent "rule from above" is the rule of God. This is made abundantly clear by the hash we make of it whenever we try to set ourselves up in His place.

CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY, HE IS RISEN!

CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD,

TRAMPLING DOWN DEATH BY DEATH,

AND UPON THOSE IN THE TOMBS BESTOWING LIFE!

This message has been proclaimed by the Church since earliest antiquity. It is the cornerstone of our Faith, that upon which everything else depends. St. Paul writes,

FIRST BLOG POST

I think it's only fair that a blogger's first post should give people some idea of where he's coming from. So, hopefully, this will do that.

My emphasis on this humble blog will be that all things are fundamentally spiritual acts, and so it is a natural thing for one's belief and morality to proceed into the public marketplace alongside all sorts of ideas. The Nicene Creed tells us that the creation is made up of things "visible and invisible." There's no big wall between what we ordinarily think of as the "natural" and the "supernatural," they're just two sides of the same coin. It is right and proper that our spirituality should flow into our "practical" activities, because, for a  Christian, there is nothing more practical than to follow Christ.

So, the next time someone tries to tell you, as one unfortunate man once told me, that "Jesus has  nothing to do with politics,": feel free to ignore him--and compelled to pray for him. There is no place where Jesus is irrelevant, and no circumstance under which acting from a Christian conscience is inappropriate.

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