Friday, 25 September 2015

Is God Anti-Gay?

An open letter to Christians who struggle with their sexual identity.

        Friend, you may have asked if God is against homosexuality.  Here is my answer.
        God? Anti-gay? Of course he is. He hates sin, doesn’t he? So that would make him hate homo-sexuality, right? Well, indeed God hates sin, and insofar as the Bible says homosexuality is a sin, then yes, he is anti-gay. But he is not against you. My friend, God is not anti-you. In fact, if you are a true Christian, then God is absolutely and fully for you: he wants you to trust fully and only Christ’s saving work on the cross. He wants you to find your identity in him, not in your sexual orientation. He wants you to trust him – with your whole life.
        Now, that doesn’t mean God overlooks the sin of homosexuality. For it is indeed a sin, condemned by God. Romans 1:26-27 says “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.” This shows that God counts homosexuality as a sin – but sin can be forgiven.
        And that’s the amazing thing about the Gospel. It shows us that we are sinners. But it also shows us that we can be made new. We will still struggle with sin until we die, but by God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s power, we can begin to overcome the power of sin in our lives. We have been set free from the penalty of sin; we are being set free from the power of sin; we will be set free from the presence of sin in glory.
        You need to see that even though you feel you have a homosexual tendency, God is for you. He will help you conquer that feeling, and be full of love for Him. You will struggle with this sin, but it has been paid for by Christ. Now, as a Christian, you must live in light of the fact that the Gospel is what sets us free. In so doing you will find the greatest freedom of all - freedom in Christ.

Written by William A Moore

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Recollections of War: Operation Market Garden Reprise

        Last year was the 70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the heroic yet disastrous attempt to end WWII in one stroke by striking deep into German held territory in Holland.  I posted a couple articles commemorating that event in September 2014, and share them with you again on the anniversary of the ill-fated operation.

British troops marching toward an objective in Holland

              An essay explaining the major points of the operation and how and why it failed.

              A post focusing on the airborne troops with a short clip from the movie 'A Bridge Too Far'.

Reposted and Written by William A Moore

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Recollections of War: The Battle of Britain: Part Two

Part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

        Today is Battle of Britain Day.  Across Britain, Poland, France, Germany, Canada, America, and elsewhere, services of remembrance and commemoration are being held as many remember the bravery, heroism, and sacrifice of those who participated in the Battle of Britain.  It is has been seventy-five years since the climax of a battle in the skies which decided to a great degree the outcome of WWII.
        This was the day when, 75 years ago, the Royal Air Force defeated two major attacks by German Luftwaffe bombers and fighters on England and London.  61 Luftwaffe planes were destroyed at a cost of only 31 aircraft for the RAF.  These were the most severe losses that the Germans had suffered in the past month.  Over the next few days, the German High Command gradually stopped large daylight raids on Britain, and the Battle of Britain, while not completely over, was virtually won.
        Britain had survived - but only just.  Another week, and the tide might have turned the other way.  But that was not what happened.  In God's providence, the RAF defeated the Luftwaffe and ended the threat of invasion of Britain by the Germans.  Fighting would continue for another four years, but in one of the most heroic and desperate battles ever fought in the air, history was made and courage exemplified.
        At the end of the Battle, almost 1500 airmen from thirteen countries had given their lives in defense of Britain - and freedom. Following is a list, by country, of those who fought and died during the official period of the Battle of Britain: July 10 - October 31, 1940.

           Pilots                Nation             Killed in Action*
1878          United Kingdom            448
21                  Australia                     14
73               New Zealand                 11
88                  Canada                       20
21                South Africa                    9
2               South Rhodesia                 0
8                     Ireland                         0
7                United States                   1
141                Poland                        29
86            Czechoslovakia                 8
26                  Belgium                        6
13                   France                        0
1                      Israel                         0

German Losses During the Battle of Britain

     Bomber Crews:            2621
     Fighter-Bomber Crews:            297               
     Fighter Pilots:            171

May we never forget those who fought on both sides.

~ William A Moore

*Many more died of wounds received in the battle later on.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Recollections of War: The Battle of Britain: Part One

Dedicated to those of the Royal Canadian Air Force who did not return.

        September 5th signals the 75th Anniversary of the end of the hardest fought week of the Battle of Britain.  By the end of this week, the German Luftwaffe had launched over 1500 separate attacks on Britain.  During the last week of August and first week of September, the German Air Force made a determined effort to erase and defeat the RAF airfields and aircraft.  By September 4th, the RAF lost 112 pilots and 256 planes, and were close to defeat.
        But the Royal Air Force had responded with so many sorties against the enemy that the head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering, became frustrated with his raids being met by seemingly endless numbers of RAF aircraft, and made the decision to leave off attempting to destroy the RAF.  With the pressure relieved, the Royal Air Force was able to regroup and rebuild their strength, and prepare to meet the final major German offensive that would come soon.
        Below, presented as a short photo-journal, are some remarkable pictures taken during the Battle of Britain of Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew and ground-crew as they fought alongside Britain in its hour of need.

RCAF pilots run towards their waiting Hurricanes in this
incredible photograph taken during the height of the Battle.

Ground crew replace the port wheel on a Hurricane.  These often forgotten,
yet vital members of the RCAF, played an important role throughout the war

A pilot of No.1 Squadron climbs out of his plane after a sortie knowing full
well that he will be fighting in the skies again before the day is out.

A rare colour photograph of a Hurricane of 
No.1 Squadron RCAF over the south of England
Remembering 75 years ago,
William A Moore
Part Two commemorates all those who fought in the Battle of Britain with a insightful look at the period of WWII history between July and October 1940.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

On Theological Worldview(s)

        One might assume that when the terms ‘theology’ and ‘worldview’ are put together, we are talking exclusively of the Christian Worldview. However, the case can be made that few things are farther from the truth. Every person has a worldview: a set of guidelines through which they interpret the cosmos. And everyone also has a theology: a way in which they see God in the universe around them. It appears then, that every person has similar beliefs. But is that so? And if so, how is the Christian Worldview different from everyone else?

        Every worldview tries to explain the world based upon its own observations and assumptions that it creates. But the striking thing about making one’s own conclusions from one’s own observations is that there ceases to be an ultimate source of authority for the conclusions made. In fact, one becomes the authority for one’s self, leading to complete uncertainty on matters of eternal significance. For if there is no ultimate authority, one cannot know the truth about ultimate things!

        Therefore, to one who says there is no god, the question must be put: ‘What, then, is your god’? With many persons, though they do not realize it, they themselves have become their own god. By rejecting the God of the Bible, they have not just rejected authority. They have exchanged the true authority for one of their own creaturely making which is totally insufficient for life. And of the one who says that in order to get to heaven they need to work hard enough to please the gods, the question must be asked, ‘Can one who has sinned ever become perfect again’? The answer to both these questions is only fully answered in a Christian theological worldview.

        The one who has a Christian theological worldview does not make himself the ultimate authority of his life; rather, he looks to the only one who can freely give true and righteous government to his life. The only Authority powerful, wise, just, and merciful enough to lead and keep him is the Holy Sovereign God revealed through the Bible. He also does not interpret the world through his own fallible mind; rather, since the Christian's mind has been renewed by the Spirit, his view of the world is informed by the Word of God.  In that way may he know for certain what is good, acceptable, and perfect.  He sees how God works in his providence through the affairs of men, and is comforted by knowing that all things are under the sovereign control of the Lord.

        One who has a Theology and Worldview focused on Christ and the Gospel realizes that only then will all his fears and questions will be answered. He then knows that he can do nothing to save himself, but must trust fully and only in the completed work of Jesus to save a sinner like him.  This is the only way whereby the true God and the right view of his created world can come together. God, who made the world and everything in it, created it wholly good. But sin entered the world and corrupted it. Therefore, God sent his Son to pay the price for sin so that those who trust in Him for salvation may find life in His name, and live eternally in true righteousness and happiness for His praise and glory.

        This is but an introduction to understanding the importance of the Christian Theological Worldview, however, by beginning to learn how God and Creation are coherent in Science, History, and Faith, we will start to comprehend the eternal significance of a theological worldview.  And as we behold the Lord, both through his Word and in History, we will become more like Christ our King, and so become a blessing to the world.

Written by William A Moore