The Bags are Packed…

I’ve still got a week to go, but my mind has already left for vacation.  I leave next week for Colorado, where, after leaving Christi and kids with her parents, I’ll meet up with some guys from Kanas for a week of camping, fishing, and all-around good times in the mountains of Wyoming.

I’ve already started packing my backpack – and then unpacking and repacking.  It’s all I can really think about right now.  I’ve still got a lot of work to do so I can leave – but I can hear the mountains calling me back.   Must… stay… focused…

At first I was really hesitant to take a week in the mountains, and then the better part of a week with the in-laws.  Maybe I’m too proud and I think the church will suffer without me in the pulpit, maybe I’m too insecure and think they’ll find a much better preacher and be dissapointed when I come back.  But judging by the way my mind is so easily distracted by my upcoming trek, I think this trip will do me, and my congregation a lot of good.

This year we’re heading to the Snowy Range, just about 30 miles west of Laramie.  I’ve never been to Wyoming, but the Rockies are great no matte where you are.  I am hoping, however, that this trip is better than last years.  In 07 we went to Silverton, CO, and climbed to the upper basin at the feet of Fuller, Vermillion, and Golden Horn Peak. It was a tremendously challenging climb – and it was cold and wet.  We called the trip short after getting hailed on at 12,500 feet.  It was gorgeous, but I don’t think I ever want to go there again.

Here are some pictures from the trip:

This is view fo the Ice Lake Basin, right around 12,000 feet

 Fuller, Vermillion, Golden Horn, and Pilot Knob Peaks

This view is from the Lower Basin, about 11,200 feet were we made our base camp

Lower Ice Lake Basin

This little lake was really hard to get to, but worth the trip – the picture doesn’t do the color of the lake justice – alt. was right around 12,400

Island Lake

Here’s me, and Kenny, getting hailed on at 12,500 feet.  Well above tree line, there was no shelter from the rain, hail, and lightening except for this 8 foot tall rock… thunderbolts and lightening, very very frightening me…

cold and wet

Separation of Church and State??

I was doing a little study in Charles Hodges’ Systematic Theology when I came across this passage.  I find it incredibly relevant to today’s political climate which demands the so called “Separation of Church and State” (which is never found in the Constitution, and is in fact a Marxist ideal), even though this was written in 1872. 

The Demands of Unbelievers are Unjust

The demands of those who require that religion, and especially Christianity should be ignored in our national, state, and municipal laws, are not only unreasonable, but they are in the highest degree unjust and tyrranical.  It is a condition of service in connection with any railroad which is operated on Sundays, that he employeee be not a Christian.  If Christianity is not to control the action of municipal, state, and general governements, then if elections be ordered to be held on the Lord’s Day, Christians cannot vote.  If all the business of the country is to go on, on that as on other days, no Christian can hold office.  We should thus have not a religious, but an anti-religious test act.  Such is the free thinker’s idea of liberty. (A free-thinker is a man whose understandig is emancipated from his conscience.  It is therefore natural for him to wish to see civil government emancipated from religion.) But still further, if Christianity is not to control the laws of the country, then as monogamy is a purely Christian institution, we can have no laws against polygamy, arbitrary divorce, or “free love”.  All will demand that we yeild to the athiests, the oath and the decalogue; and all the rights of citizenship must be confined to blasphemers.  Since the fall of Lucifer, no such tyrant has been  made known to men as August Comte, the athiest.  If, therefore, any man wishes to antedate perdition, he has nothing to do but to become a free-thinker and join in the shout, “Civil government has nothing to do with religion; and religion has nothing to do with civile government.”

Hodge,Charles.  Systematic Theology, Vol III (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Pub, 1982) Page 346.