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<一生中最大的事>2/17-2/23/14

「你們要思念上面的事,不要思念地上的事, 因為你們已經死了,你們的生命與基督一同藏在神裡面。」(歌羅西書3:2-3)

“Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:2-3)

默想禱告: 埋在芝加哥百年的大風雪中, 冬眠狀態的心律有賴和暖的家、幾本份量厚重的書冊和索契Sochi奧運大賽來激動。一口氣看完半本當今名譟一時的美國保守派專欄作家查爾斯·克勞特哈默 Charles Krauthammer新作  “人生大事”Things That Matter, 内心欽佩這位辭鋒犀利, 對美國時政, 國際戰略有獨到見解的優秀政論家。克勞特哈默雖然在哈佛唸醫的時候因一次游泳池事故導致終身癱瘓, 但他居然以堅強的意志, 排除萬難, 終於帶病完成精神科學位。然而他對政治情有獨鍾, 視之為終身大業, 不久因才智驚人而脱穎而出,被政界招攬, 成為歷屆總統的心腹智囊, 經常坐著輪椅上白宫獻策。 2006年金融時報評克勞特哈默為美國最有影響力的評論家,已經影響了美國的外交政策超過二十年。我幾乎隔天都在霍士 Fox有線電視晚間新聞中,凝神注視克勞特哈默對奧巴馬的內政及外交政策發出尖銳批判; 他那切中要害, 直言不諱的辨析能力令我深深首肯。克勞特哈默曾言: 如果我們不搞好政治, get politics right, 其他世間一切事情都會陷入危機險境。」不錯, 祇要有人際關係、社會群體、 國家民族的存在, 那裡就有政治運作,集體決策的過程。對我而言, 我喜歡認識政治, 關心世事, 但絕對不會把它當成我生活思想的中心, 取代了聖經真理在我生命中的主導地位。政治權力雖然容易使人腐敗, 絕對權力更使人絕對腐敗, 但基督徒對政治不必採以輕蔑鄙夷, 不聞不問的態度; 反之我們需要關注時局的發展, 從聖經的原則和角度俯瞰世界, 參與世界, 進而改變世界。主耶穌是掌管歷史的主人, 他進入世界, 參與人群, 用愛心憐憫世人, 最終以 “道成肉身”的普世胸懷完成救贖大工, 為跟隨衪的人立下最佳楷模。 因此若把主耶穌視作世紀初羅馬帝國最有影響力的政治人物也毫不過分。祂的教導不是叫我們離開世界, 而是要過有真理的仁義和分別為聖的生活。基督徒切切關注社會民生, 以拯救靈魂為曠世大業, 向世人傳講福音, 闡揚聖經真理, 使人領悟到神的國度乃超越一切地上的文化結構、政治理念、和人用墮落後的理性所建構一切殘缺不全的思想價值體系。不然, 世人的心很快被那無神論者, 自然主義者, 俗世主義者口中吐出的毒霧瘴氣蒙蔽, 信心不足的基督徒也漸漸成了挨打的沙包吊袋, 被調侃吐槽的對象。如今這群嚎啕遊行的獅子如理查德·道金斯Richard Dawkins, 陰魂不散的希欽斯Hitchens, 脱口秀紅人HBO比爾、馬哈爾Bill Maher等始作俑者…到處污蔑攻擊基督徒, 已經形成一股社會的歪風, 對年輕一代的心靈產生摧毁性的傷害。與此同時, 神也興起了另一群基督徒護教學者,如牛津數學教授約翰.倫諾克斯John Lennox, 早年任教三一神學院教授威廉·克雷格William Lane Craig, 劍橋資深學者拉維·撒迦利亞Ravi Zacharias, 迪內希. 杜澤 Dinesh d'souza…等有影響力的基督徒知識份子在世界各大最高學府中為主辨明真道, 折解種種蠱惑人心的邪說謊言。也許是自己才識淺薄,在中國基督徒神學界, 護道界中我渴望認識更多有份量, 又肯挺身而出, 在教育界、學術界、教會群體中為主大聲疾呼, 振聾發嘳的衛道者。有幸結交馮秉誠牧師(里程)多年, 他是我十分敬重, 被神重用的僕人。拜讀了他贈予的三部巨著: < 聖經的權威>,<聖經的詮釋>,及最近出版的<聖經的難題>,心中起了很深的啟迪。對馮牧師治學的嚴謹, 書中精闢的分解,在病中仍努力不懈的堅持, 出書後又不辭勞苦到海内外傳講真理, 繼續觸動著千萬「遊子」們的心, 我深感讚嘆。「你們要思念上面的事,不要思念地上的事…」查爾斯·克勞特哈默認為 “政治是人生大事”, 我則確信 “認識真理才是人一生最大的事” 。(Truth That Matter) 聖經真理關乎人類的終極去向, 賦與人活在地上生命的真正意義, 人因接受救恩而得以進入神永恆榮耀的國度,比一切人間政治更高貴純潔, 一切精神思想更超越, 比一切日光底下之事更新鮮活潑! 感恩禱告奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

 

Meditation and Prayer: Under the onslaught of continuous snow storms of the century in Chicago, I retreat to heavy duty reading inside my warm quarters. One of the great reads is the new edition entitled “Things that Matter” written by the winner of the Pulitzer Prize Charles Krauthammer. It contains the collection of this renowned columnist’s essential writings which for decades have dazzled readers with his keen insights into politics and government. I have the double pleasure of watching Mr. Krauthammer on Fox cable news expressing with uncompromising honesty during the panel discussion on domestic issues and foreign affairs. His maxim in the book, I quote: “If we don’t get politics right, everything else risks extinction.”  I like understanding the mechanics of politics and do not necessarily view it as dirty. I recognize that “politics is basically the practice and theory of influencing other people on a civic or individual level. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community”, a textbook definition. Politics only becomes dirty when those who are in control abuse or corrupt the power they are given, and “absolute power corrupts absolutely”, said Lord Acton, the British historian. By the same token, I believe from a biblical perspective, human politics is undeniably corrupted since everyone is sinful and has the tendency to abuse power. However, it doesn’t mean the Lord wants us to be taken out of the world, or alienate ourselves from society; he simply wants us not to conform to this world. As for me, “Truth, rather than Politics, really Matters”, and knowing the biblical truth should be the greatest thing in our lives. The more we know about God’s word, the more we are capable of guarding our Christian values from the vicious attacks of atheism, naturalism, and secularism, represented by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens Bill Maher... We need more apologists like John Lennox, William Lane Craig, Ravi Zacharias, and Dinesh d’souza…to defend the Christian faith.  Likewise, I pray for the empowerment of more Chinese apologists like Rev.  & Dr. Bing Cheng Feng who has diligently published 3 important books on apologetics, and travels tirelessly around the globe, to reach out to many contemporary Chinese intellectuals, many of them are die hard atheists. May the Lord richly bless Dr. Feng’s ministry among Chinese students and scholars spread out the world, in Jesus name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)  

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