"The Rifleman"

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Alcott, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Alcott

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    I have been making suggestions on other boards that this be the theme of election-based sermons in the coming months. Lucas McCAIN, the Rifleman (played by Chuck Connors), was a widower rancher with a son, who never used a handgun, just his repeating rifle, to 'come to the rescue,' as in most westerns. What a code this can be for circumventing the IRS' Churches-shut-up rules concerning elections!

    We sent our Riflemen to defeat Hussein, so let's do it again.
    We need the Rifleman to keep Osama from getting another attack opportunity.
    Let the Rifleman run his own ranch; no stampeding.
    Speak soft and carry a big Rifle, man!
    The Rifleman-- not the trifleman!
    The Rifleman takes care of himself and goes to his own Doc.
    The Rifleman, a widower, knew the value of God's institution and would never marry a man!
    When the Rifleman needs a new well, he drills it.

    I'd hate to see this code be wasted, with all its possibilities. Just don't say the name McCain without Lucas in front of it; let the Rifleman become the code-name and the theme, and the idea should catch on.
     
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    LAME! :sleeping_2:
     
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    Actually I recently read that one of the big Christian supporting law firms were looking for pastors to blatantly preach on political agendas to force lawsuits to confront the irs "Laws/rules." :thumbs:

    Of course be sure to get in touch with them first or you might be lonesome.
     
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    Interesting you should bring this up. How fair is it that Jeremiah Wright's church got a free pass mixing politics and religion from the pulpit? Talk about reverse racial bigotry from our government, no less!!:BangHead:
     
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    If a white pastor said the things JW did about blacks, the church would be up for hate crimes....
     
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    Completely agree Tiny!

    But I've got to tell you guys (and gals). I'm far more interested in proclaiming the gospel than political announcements. Sure, I'll preach on issues, but the gospel of Christ is far more important to me than today's politics.
     
  7. Andre

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    The interesting this is, though, the gospel is deeply political at its heart. This despite the widespread, through unscriptural, notion that the message of the gospel is somehow separate from the domain of politics.

    Paul chooses the word "gospel" with definite and politically subversive intent. The term "gospel" in Paul's day was used to announce the accession of a new emperor to the throne in Rome. So when Paul co-opts the words "gospel" in his writings, he is making what is at least in part a "political" claim - that Jesus is the true lord of all earthly institutions and Caesar isn't.

    Jesus tells us to pray that His Kingdom come on Earth as in Heaven. He is telling us to pray for his Kingship to be made manifest in the present world.

    Jesus also says that "all authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me". This is a political claim - Jesus is the ruler of this present world and all its institutions. He is not just the lord of people's inner lives while the entire machinery of society (e.g. government) falls outside the exercize of His authority.

    We make a big mistake when we try to disentangle "politics" from the gospel. The gospel has a lot to say about how we, as obedient Christians, are to work to implement the Kingdom of God in the here and now.
     
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  9. Andre

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    Thanks for usual astute use of scripture and keen, penetrating. content-rich arguments.........:laugh:
     
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    Why use scripture on you when you call the ones you don't like "sin" ?

    Please be very careful listening to Andre, and be very careful applying any of his views in your walk with Christ.
     
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    In the interest of proper grammer, or grammar, would that be "a heretic" or "an heretic" ? Would "an" be used only when the first letter "h" is silent ?


    Hmmmmm ?
     
  12. Andre

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    To the extent that Bro. Curtis has earned your respect as a person with keen understanding of the Scriptures and a constructive approach to the pursuit of the truth, by all means heed his advice here.
     
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    Of course, the reader will note that for all the braying that is going on here, the issue of the content of my argument has not been addressed.

    If I am indeed a heretic about the gospel and politics, then why not show me up as such by actually engaging my arguments.

    Was the term "gospel" not in use at the same in the way that I claim?

    Was Jesus claim of authority on Earth not a claim that He is lord of the political institutions of this world?
     
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    Could be.

    But grammatically correct or not, that doesn't change what he is.

    And I won't read any more of his heresy.
     
  15. Alcott

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    "The Rifleman" was not a big favorite of mine, but I don't think it was lame.
     
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    I'm just going to keep on preaching the gospel - that death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our only salvation. I don't get real worried what others say. If that were the case, I'd of gotten out of the ministry years ago.
     
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    It appears that you take the gospel seriously, and I praise God for preachers like you.
     
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    Thank you. I do take it seriously, but I also like to have some fun along the way!
     

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