My personal interests are Scripture, theology, church ministry, culture, history, and literature, so my thoughts in this blog will be eclectic, though I will strive to connect all things back to God. Some posts will be musings, others exegetical studies, still others updates on church ministry. It all will spring from my current thoughts, reading, or experience. One of the great delights (and challenges!) of life is to subject every thought to the obedience of Christ . . . to view all things with “the mind of Christ.” I look forward to sharing with you my attempts to view all things with a Scripture lens. . .
Right now I’m sitting on my couch surrounded by my kids and various books. You know the kids, but the books are: A Summary of Christian Doctrine by Berkhof, A Faith to Live By by Macleod, A Body of Divinity by Watson, and Alexander of Macedon by Harold Lamb. All are good. But the kids are sometimes bad.
Today I’ve spent some of my reading time in Alexander, a book Harold Lamb wrote while visiting Asia during WWII. I’ve learned that Alexander was short, stocky, blond, possibly gay, slightly deformed in the neck, and had one blue eye and one brown eye. He also was the best military general in the history of the world. Never defeated, he fought from Greece to India, declaring himself a god and spreading Greek culture all the way. Humanly speaking, the New Testament was written in Greek because of him.
Some thoughts about him: First, maybe he really thought he was the son of Zeus, but I have a feeling he declared himself thus because it secured his people’s loyalty and his own fame. This is typical of how people use religion. They may or may not believe the various dogmas, but they want to appear to advantage, so they give lip service, or perhaps they even get involved seriously. Religion becomes opportunism, just another gimmick to advance self. And as I read, my heart said to God, “May that not be me.” Alexander may have had some shreds of sincerity in following his false god. How much more horrible to follow the true God with false motives!
Second, Alexander spent his short thirty-year-life conquering the world for the glory of Macedon. What am I spending my life doing? Just like him, I will
die, and I will leave behind something. I won’t make the huge mark Alexander did, but I will leave some sort of mark. What will it be? What will my works be? Wood, hay, stubble? Gold, silver, precious gems? All around us are godless people accomplishing “great things” for their own glory or their own security. If I only accomplish something small, I want it to be for the glory of Christ who, on the cross, took all my foulness and gave me his perfect robe of righteousness.
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