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50th Anniversary of the March on Selma

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SelmaCharles C.W. Cooke, a Brit, understands the importance of the 50th Anniversary of the march on Selma far better than the GOP leadership, which is both a shame and shameful. Of the failure of the GOP’s leadership to even show up in Selma for the memorial ceremonies, he writes:

If we are to regard the founding generation as being worthy of contemporary political lionization — and we most assuredly should — then we must consider those who marched at Selma to be so, too . . . They are less famous, perhaps, but by virtue of their brave march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, John Lewis and Hosea Williams immortalized themselves into quintessential American heroes in the mold of Sam Adams and George Mason. To miss an opportunity to solemnize their daring is to blunder, disgracefully.

I agree wholeheartedly. For a political party that is routinely accused, though unfairly, of being hostile to blacks, their failure to personally commemorate the March shows not only political folly, but to my mind, suggests a failure to have genuinely internalized what something like Selma has meant for our nation as a whole. These GOP men and women certainly show up for lesser events, so their absence from Selma makes no sense to me. You can read Cooke’s whole piece here.

 I noticed something in St. Paul’s letter to the Romans the other day. Some claim Paul teaches that the promise of salvation cannot be through the Law of Moses because that law is too narrow, too specific to the Jews, and exclusive of the Gentiles. And this sounds right when we read in Romans 3: “Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.” Yet in Romans 4, Paul says that “those who are of the law” cannot be heirs of God’s promises. Why can’t they? The narrowness of the law? No, they cannot be heirs “for the law produces wrath.” In other words, righteousness before God must come “by grace through faith,” because we are all law-breakers, and thus, under God’s wrath. As Thomas Schreiner has written: “The fundamental problem with those who rely on the law is not located in nationalistic exclusiveness. Failure to keep the stipulations of the law is what prevents those who rely on the law from obtaining the promise.” We cannot therefore inherit God’s promise of salvation through more law-keeping. We must look to God as our father Abraham did, as people “fully convinced that what God had promised He was also able to perform.”

My sons discovered an incredibly educational world geography website recently (find it here), and they are addicted to it. I don’t mind at all. It teaches the players about all the world’s continents, nations, flags, capital cities, major rivers, oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, islands, straits, volcanos, mountain ranges, deserts and metropolitan areas. Suffice it to say, my 5-year old son knows the nations of Africa and the flags of the world better than I have in my entire life. I wouldn’t challenge him to a contest. If you’ve got 4 – 8 year olds, I highly recommend it.



Written by Michael Duenes

March 7, 2015 at 8:56 am

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