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Resolved, to be more like Christ

Today, like so many throughout the world, I was pondering resolutions for the coming year. I know it may be bad form as a Christian to think about, or make New Year’s resolutions, but there I was, contemplating how I happy-couple-at-a-park-reading-the-bible-together-15215890could be a better man in 2014. I Googled, and read the Resolutions written by Jonathan Edwards. There is much wisdom and grace in those resolutions.

But honestly, I, can’t make myself be a better man. I think this is where the stigma for resolutions come into play for Christians. Resolutions are the activities we resolve to accomplish or omit from our lives to be better men, women, persons, citizens, etc. But we live in a fallen world and outside of the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives we cannot ever make ourselves better. We sin, we fail, we fall.

But there I was thinking about resolutions. Then it hit me, like a five ton heavy thing. Well, more like an Ephesians 5:25-27 ton heavy thing.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

To sanctify means to set apart. Just as Christ is doing for His church. As a husband, when you marry someone you set them apart from the world. They are set apart for special protection, special care, for special attention, for a special purpose. When you get married, that is what you have done. You have taken her out of the world and set her apart because you want to devote special attention to her.

Christ loves the church and is committed to removing all the blemishes so He can present her in all her glory and beauty to Himself. This is the purpose of love. To bring about the perfection of the beloved.

If I can love my bride and treasure her in similar fashion as Christ loves the church then I will have a wonderful new year, God will be glorified, and my bride will be a blessed woman for it. I resolve to be more like Christ.

But I can’t do it alone.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Ephesians 5:25-27, husbands, resolutions, wives

 

The other “Amazing Grace”

Today Google is promoting the birthday of Grace Hopper. Also known as “Amazing Grace” in some “old school”progLanguages programming circles. Grace Hopper is known as the founder of the independent programming language, which led to the development of one of the first modern programming languages, COBOL. If you’ve ever taken an Introduction to Data Processing of Computer Programming course you will have certainly heard of COBOL. Remember what the letters represent? COmmon Business-Oriented Language.

I read today that the COBOL language had to have been created by a woman because of it’s long form text. You know, women seem to have much more to say about any given subject than their counter gender parts.

Setting aside the gender stereo-types I’d like to give a comparison of COBOL and a more modern language like C#  or C Sharp. The example will be used in the same framework or environment such as Microsoft .Net. Each chunk of programming code will process a button to call an event named “COBOL”.

COBOL.Net

METHOD-ID. button1_Click PRIVATE.
DATA DIVISION.
LINKAGE SECTION.
01 sender OBJECT REFERENCE CLASS-OBJECT.
01 e OBJECT REFERENCE CLASS-EVENTARGS.
PROCEDURE DIVISION USING BY VALUE sender e.
    SET PROP-TEXT OF button1 TO "Call COBOL".
END METHOD button1_Click.

C#.Net

private void button1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
    button1.Text = "Call COBOL";
}

Notice the difference? Also notice the syntax? COBOL is rich in punctuation. Periods are key to the COBOL language, much like the braces (” {} “) in the C# language, they delimit the programming statements.

BTW, I believe C# was developed by a guy. 🙂

 
 

The End of Prohibition

Yesterday, December 5th, 2013, marked the 80th anniversary of the end of, what is commonly referred to as,  prohibition repealthe “Prohibition Era”. I was reminded of this anniversary while listening to Dr. Albert Mohler’s daily podcast called “The Briefing”. Dr. Mohler referred to a story from The Huffington Post about the past prohibition of alcohol and pointed toward a discussion on how it’s time to seriously end the prohibition on other drugs as well. Mainly marijuana.

Regardless of where you stand on these issues, I’m sure you would affirm that alcohol and marijuana have had a major impact on our culture. I have had several conversations in the recent past concerning the legalization of marijuana and it’s comparison to alcoholic beverages. Some I’ve talked to think it would be a good idea to legalize all illegal drugs. Their argument tends to point to the gangs and related activities during the alcohol prohibition era, and how the repealing of Prohibition drastically minimized this gang activity.

One of the factors of post-Prohibition I’ve often wondered about is how long did Prohibition affect the culture even after the law was repealed? What were the alcohol consumption levels in the post-Prohibition world? I found a comment to address this very question after the Huff Post article and Dr. Mohler refers to it in his podcast. I quote the comment below:

So one wonders why the 18th amendment was ever passed. At least part of the reason was because drunkenness was such a problem, which led to domestic violence. Hence, many women were very much against alcohol consumption.
The amendment wasn’t a complete failure. Alcohol consumption levels dropped precipitously and were not reached again until the early 70’s.
Even after repeal, this amendment made a huge difference in people’s lives. So when seen in this light, it casts a different shadow on whether illegal drugs should be legal.

I also found another article by Dr. Jack S. Block in 2006 on public health that kind of endorses the statement from the above commenter. Believe me, I am not a “teetotaler” but it does give me food for thought on alcohol and it’s impact on our lives and culture. Again, regardless of your opinion on this issue, it makes for great discussion material. Please comment below.