THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOVE, JOY, AND WISDOM — PART 1

What is the relationship between love, joy, and wisdom? Consider the following passage. Jesus knows He will soon die. So, He strengthens His apostles for the shock of His death. In middle of a series of monologues, He gives his apostles this instruction.

John 15:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Of Joy In Love

Why would anyone love someone else as much as they love themselves? Why would anyone do what Jesus did, die for another? Is it about joy? That is the motive Jesus gives us.

What exactly is joy?

Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world. (from How Do You Define Joy? (desiringgod.org))

Note the role of the Holy Spirit. Jesus explains how the Holy Spirit helps us in John 14:16-31. So, the apostles had good reason, especially after Pentecost, to understand joy could be supernatural, that it could be of God.

How do we express joy in Christian love? The Book of Philippians provides the most profound example. Here the Apostle Paul writes from prison. He writes joyfully in love to persecuted Christians who are sharing his suffering with him.

What of wisdom? What does wisdom have to do with love and joy? Philippians provides a clue.

Philippians 1:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Real knowledge and discernment? Sounds a lot like wisdom, does it not? And so, we will consider wisdom in part 2 of this series.

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RESURRECTING THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT — PART 1

From here.

An Introduction

What was the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)? It was a proposed amendment to the Constitution. The text in the figure above is what the ERA was suppose to be, but the states never ratified it.

Why didn’t the states ratify the ERA? Well, the process of amending the Constitution is laborious for a reason. As people began to think about it, they began to realize that the ERA would cause more trouble than good. Passage of the ERA would require the government to treat men an women without regard to their differences, not just as equal before the law.

Consider some articles on the history of the ERA.

  • Equal Rights Amendment (en.wikipedia.org): Leans toward the Liberal Democrats.
  • ERA History (equalrightsamendment.org): This is the work of an ERA advocacy group. This group appears to view the ERA as completing the task of giving women the right to vote and full citizenship.
  • 57c. The Equal Rights Amendment (www.ushistory.org): Written as a chapter of US History.
  • Equal Rights Amendment (britannica.com): The viewpoint of the authors of “Encyclopedia Britannica”.

What becomes apparent when we read these histories? Conservative opposition, once aroused, brought the ratification of the ERA to standstill. People began to realize that the ERA would require our government to treat women and men as if the two sexes are identical. Commonsense says women and men are not the same, and a little thought suggests we will run into some real problems if we try to treat men and women as if they are the same.

Unfortunately, the ERA is not dead. After almost 40 years, people have forgotten what is wrong with the idea. Moreover, advocates are making up their own rules. In spite of the fact advocates failed to get enough states to ratify the bill within the time Congress had allotted for ratification, ERA advocates in Virginia are still pushing for ratification in Virginia and trying to make an issue out of the ERA in the 2019 elections.

So we need to talk about the ERA. Fortunately, to make it easier to come up to speed on the subject, Bob Marshall has compiled a fact sheet for us (see ERA Consequences Factsheet).

Since Marshall’s factsheet is seven pages long there is much to digest. So this series is designed to help us read the factsheet in bitesize chunks and encourage people to download and read it.

What are the remaining parts of this series of posts?

Marshall sent out his Factsheet in an email. His email describes the effort to ratify the ERA in Virginia. This will be Part 2 of this series.

Part 3 – 6 cover the four consequences of ratifying the ERA.

  • Part3: The ERA would mandate abortion funding, remove conscience protections and end all restrictions on abortions throughout all 9 months of pregnancy;
  • Part 4: The ERA would require women to be drafted if men are, and force women into front-line combat even without a draft;
  • Part 5: The ERA would end privacy rights for women/girls during TSA or police pat downs, and in locker rooms, changing areas, prisons, hospitals and women-only homeless shelters;
  • Part 6: The ERA would end female sports including chances for scholarships.
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