Sunday, April 5, 2015

some thoughts on "The Plot To Kill God

The Plot to Kill God, by Edward Mrkvicka, Jr with Kelly H. Mrkvicka (Outskirts Press, 2015) was difficult for me to read. I just don’t know why. It might have been the rhetoric, it might have been that it seemed alarmist, maybe it was the writing style. It wasn't necessarily that I disagreed with what the authors had to say, I just had trouble following along.
The back cover had me worried; it starts “as we near the second coming…” That type of statement always turns me off. Scripture is clear: no one but God the Father knows the hour and the day. (Matt 24:36). The only thing any of us know for sure is that today we’re one day closer than we were yesterday. But we might also remember that “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day (2 Peter3:8). Yes the times that we live in are scary, but as long as I’ve been alive, people have been reading the second coming into the daily news on a regular basis. I dislike, on principle, some of the alarmist reports in the media that seem generated to sell papers or air time.
Having said that, the book itself is not that alarmist. It seems to be an honest attempt to point out that as a nation, as a world, humanity is heading in the wrong direction. Things that have been considered sin for thousands of years, are now considered acceptable, and in many cases, even preferable to the norms that were in force for years. I admire the Mrkvickas for daring to identify sin as, gasp, sin. In today’s culture, those who are living in defiance of God's law demand tolerance for their lifestyle and their choices. If you don’t tolerate, you’re a hater. They, on the other hand, don’t feel constrained to adhere to the same standard for tolerance. Why should they have to tolerate the ‘hate’ spewed by Christians? 
Although I agree that the sins that are identified in this book are sins, it is also important to note that they are not they only ones. It’ easy to choose one of two, and act as if they are the only ones that God cares about. I’m not suggesting that this is the case here, but even in such a short volume, there could have been some sort of a disclaimer that sin is sin, and that even though the author chose several as examples of how specific sins are becoming more and more acceptable in man’s eyes, that all sin is evil in God's eyes.

All in all the “Plot to Kill God” is a reminder that as the nation gets farther away from the Christian values which were in place for many years, that a perhaps unintended consequence is that people grow farther and farther away from God. 

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