NASCAR’s Kyle Busch wins at Fontana

March 25, 2013

by Norm Miller

Between catnaps last Sunday (March 24), I watched the NCAA and NASCAR. Every time I’d awaken, I’d change the channel. I must take only catnaps, as my wife will commandeer the remote if I snore for too long.

I had kept fairly close tabs on the NASCAR race at Fontana, Calif., and was aware that Kyle Busch had dominated. But at race’s end, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin were banging it out for first place. They epitomized the saying, “Rubbin’ is racin’.”

Last lap. The 11 and 22 cars were swappin’ paint and race positions. I was sure one of them would be number 33 when they were through.

Who would win?

The 18 car, Kyle Busch!

What?

While Hamlin and Logano were in a fast-paced fracas, Busch took advantage, passed them both on the high side, and sprinted easily for a checkered-flag finish.

What does the NASCAR race at Fontana have to do with SBCToday and you?

Plenty.

The race also relates to something Dr. Steve Gaines said at the John 3.16 Conference March 21-22.

In the midst of his masterful, scriptural defense of the Sinner’s Prayer, he noted that there is soon coming a day in our country when Trads and Cals will need each other.

Gaines noted that our culture is growing increasingly antagonistic toward Christians and Christianity. And when this movement gains full steam, all believers of all stripes will need each other to stand against the onslaught.

I therefore struggle with the amount of time too many of us spend blogging about the matters at hand.

Now, before Trads think I’ve gone soft, let me add that contending for the faith once delivered is not optional; it’s a command. I do not intend to abandon my post (pun intended).

I recall the Conservative Resurgence and the input and influence my father had, and I also reflect on the price he paid, literally. It was the moderates who wanted to focus (I believe, falsely, to a large degree) upon missions and evangelism, and thus deflect now-documented errors of faith and practice.

The answer then was easy: What missions and evangelism will we have without an inerrant Bible?

That said, I believe continuing a discussion about the Sinner’s Prayer, who is guilty of original sin, double-predestination, the extent of the atonement, ‘inability’ of man, etc., is warranted. The answers to these issues directly influence evangelism.

So, what’s the point?

The point is that, there is coming a day when those with whom we now disagree will be our brothers-in-arms against a culture that wants to eradicate us. Right now, if we are honest, we have to admit there are those on both sides of the issues that face us all who would want to rid the SBC of their detractors. I am not in such a faction. And no one with whom I rub shoulders and trade emails is in such a camp, either.

Henceforth my intention is to evaluate how I spend my time, and then ask God to help me to prioritize my kingdom tasks and to focus upon what he deems the most important.

My challenge is for you to do the same.

(P.S. My apologies to Kyle Busch fans. He ain’t the devil.)

 

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Norm Miller is the director of communications and marketing at Truett-McConnell College.

 

 

 

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Adam Winters

As a loyal student of NASCAR and the life-lessons it can teach us, I think this is pretty good food-for-thought for Bible-believing Baptists looking to impact the world for Christ.

wingedfooted1

Norm,

So true.

Ironically, the Northern Kingdom fought against the Southern Kingdom; yet united when Israel (as a whole) had a common enemy.

Muslims fight against Muslims until the word “Israel” is mentioned (bless her heart).

And the Day is coming (and perhaps already here) when “Christians” will unite as well. They will have to.

Personally, I can’t wait for the Lord’s return, when all the “-isms” will be done away with.

Come, Lord Jesus

Norm Miller

” …all the ‘-isms’ will be done away with.”
Even Preterism? — Norm

    Mary S.

    Preterism? You mean the belief that everything, including the Lord’s second coming was fulfilled in 70 AD with the Fall of Jerusalem? There are few Christians who are full-preterists.

    PS: I like some isms: Baptism, evangelism, altruism to name a few. :-)

      Mary S.

      “theism” will be done away with?

      wingedfooted1

      Sis,

      Sadly, there are more “preterists” out there than you might think.

      Israel was, is, and always will be God’s chosen people.

      Peace

        Mary S.

        Hi brother wingedfooted1,

        Perhaps I haven’t understood what it means to be a preterist. Are you saying anyone who thinks the church replaced Israel is a preterist? I thought preterists were only those who believed Jesus already came back?

        It is still hard for me to fathom how unsaved Jews can be God’s chosen people. Sure. I still believe that a day is coming in the future when “all Israel will be saved.” as Paul taught. Yes, they are “beloved” for Abraham’s sake, but “concerning the Gospel, they are enemies for our sake.” (Rom. 11:28).

        “But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.” (Rom. 9:6-8)

        Paul tells us very clearly that not all Israel are Israel.

        And Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God would be taken from Israel and given to the Church. ““Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.” (Matt. 21:43)

        I believe all who are of the faith of Abraham are counted as the children of Abraham, whether Jew or Gentile (which means me and you; we’ve been grafted in), and no one who rejects Jesus will be counted as the true Israel of God. Not all Israel are Israel, as Paul taught.

        But I still believe Jesus’ second coming is “future”. So I reject Preterism. I honestly don’t understand the connection you are trying to make between preterism and Israel. Maybe you could explain further?

        Be blessed.

          wingedfooted1

          Mary S.,

          (I apologize for the length of this post, but please bear with me.)

          I need to be careful here because I haven’t studied “preterism” in depth. However, it appears that replacement theology is at the heart of preterism. I have met many christians who insist that God is through with Israel completely. That is unbiblical.

          Granted, God is now working thru His church to bring salvation to the ends of the world, but Israel still has a huge and very significant role in bible prophecy. This is how one beloved Baptist brother put it…..

          “Israel is back in the land for the most part. Oh, they’ve still got a tough row to hoe. They’re not through by any means. In fact come back with me to Matthew chapter 24, and this tells you that Israel’s worst is still ahead of them and I think we all realize that it must be awful to live in constant fear of somebody blowing up your bus or shooting at your car. But, they’ve still got, at least for now, America as a friend. They’ve got a few other areas of the world that still are friends of Israel, but listen, this is what’s coming. And this is from the words of the Lord Himself. And if anybody…anybody shows any doubt about the current scenario in the Middle East, just show them a verse like this. Hey, this is all promised. Israel is just at the beginning; the worst is yet to come.

          Matthew 24:9….
          ‘Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, (that is the powers that be.) and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.’

          Now, never forget, why are the Jews such a hated people? Because Satan knew, from the day that God told Abraham, that that nation of people would be the nation through whom all the blessings of the world would come. And Satan knew that if he could destroy the Jewish people, then everything that God said falls through the cracks. And so this is why they’ve been under such intense pressure. Satan is doing everything he can to thwart the will of God and if God does not have the Nation of Israel on which He can fulfill His promises, then He’s lost His Sovereignty and Satan knows that. And so this is why we have to pray for the Jewish people – they are under a Satanic attack, because Satan wants to destroy them.”

          I say “amen!”

          Look again at the verse you provided from Romans 11:28 and remember Paul is addressing Gentile believers….

          “As far as the gospel is concerned, they (the Jews) are enemies for your (the Gentiles) sake; but as far as election is concerned, they (the Jews) are loved on account of the patriarchs…”

          Their “election” is not based upon if they believe the gospel or not, but rather because they are the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was always God’s plan to bring the promised Messiah thru the physical lineage of the Jews.

          Remember what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman?

          “…for salvation is from the Jews”

          Has this changed? No.

          Look at what Paul told the Gentile believers in Ephesians 2:19….

          “Consequently, you (Gentile believers) are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with (who?) God’s people (the nation of Israel) and also members of his household…”

          Remember sister, we (Gentile believers) get “grafted in” with Israel (the cultivated olive tree), but we (the Gentiles) are not the natural branches, nor will we ever be. We are “wild by nature”. Again, Gentiles are grafted in with them (Israel), not that they are grafted in with us.

          You said…. “It is still hard for me to fathom how unsaved Jews can be God’s chosen people.”

          I understand. But look what Paul wrote to Timothy….

          “Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.”

          I have never seen such a simple verse so abused (well, maybe I have). Paul is not referring to believers here, but rather to the Jews. In fact, unconverted Jews. The very ones Paul said who were our (the Gentiles’) enemies concerning the gospel.

          Finally, you said… “I still believe that a day is coming in the future when ‘all Israel will be saved.’ as Paul taught.”

          “All Israel” here does not mean every single Israelite, but rather all 12 tribes. Israel as a whole “will be saved”. We see this in the book of revelation regarding the 144,000 (12,000 from the 12 tribes).

          Sister, I could go on and on, but hopefully this will suffice.

          God bless you Sis.

    Mary S.

    Usually, when someone says “all isms are bad”, they are referring to things such as racism, sexism, communism, or Christian things such as Denominationalism, Arminianism, Calvinism, or anti-Christian things such as agnosticism and atheism. But it seems pretty unrealistic to make the blanket statement that all isms are bad. I can think of some isms that I like very much: Baptism, Evangelism, altruism, humanitarianism and of course theism, to name just a few… perhaps even conservatism and capitalism.

      Norm Miller

      Ahhh, but pugilism is alive and well. — Norm

        Mary S.

        Norm,
        I really should have talked about your post. I absolutely LOVE the spirit of your post that Calvinists and Traditionalsts will need each other. I love the call for unity. And I am sorry for side tracking away from this VERY IMPORTANT point you were making in this article. I completely agree with you. Thank you for what you wrote.

          Norm Miller

          Thank you, Mary S. Truth is, we all need each other now, not someday. — Norm

            Mary S.

            Amen! We need each other right now!

      wingedfooted1

      Sis,

      Ironically, the Day is coming when baptisms and evangelism will cease as well.

Dell Russell

That time is now! I don’t agree with a number of issues that others do, but there are some basics that we do agree on and that is enough for me to stand with Calvinist, Church of Christ, Methodist and even Catholics and Mormons for what is right in our Nation.

Ben Simpson (@JBenSimpson)

Norm,

I really appreciate your words here! I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out in the blog here. Blessings!

    Norm Miller

    Thx, Ben. I am for unity, peace and cooperation, but not at ANY price. — Norm

Mary S.

Evidence that we need each other right now, as Norm taught.
From thegospelcoalition blog:

“At its root, the issue has more to do with idolatry than marriage, since same-sex marriage could not have advanced in America if believers had not exchanged the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for the God of faux-love, cultural acceptance, and open theism.

The idolatry of Christian same-sex marriage advocates takes two general forms. The first group still recognizes the authority of God’s Word, or at least still believes in the general concept of “sin.” They will freely admit that, like other types of fornication, same-gender sex is forbidden in the Bible, and even excluded by Jesus’ clear and concise definition of marriage. Yet despite this understanding they still choose to embrace same-sex marriage because they have made an idol of American libertarian freedom. They have replaced Jesus’ commandment—”You shall love your neighbor as yourself”—with the guiding motto of the neopagan religion of Wicca, “Do what you will, so long as it harms none.”

In endorsing laws based solely on the secular liberal-libertarian conception of freedom (at least those that produce no obvious self-harm), they are doing the very opposite of what Jesus called them to do: They are hating their neighbors, including their gay and lesbian neighbors. You do not love your neighbor by encouraging them to engage in actions that invoke God’s wrath (Psalm 5:4-5; Romans 1:18). As Christians we may be required to tolerate ungodly behavior, but the moment we begin to endorse the same then we too have become suppressers of the truth. You cannot love your neighbor and want to see them excluded from the kingdom of Christ (Eph. 5:5).

The second group has completely rejected the authority of Scripture and embraced the idol of open theism, a god who changes his mind over time. Not surprisingly, this god seems to change his mind in ways that comport exactly with the secular morality of twenty-first century America. A prime example of this embrace of a progressive, open deity is found in a comment by former evangelical pastor Rob Bell. Bell recently said:

What we’re seeing now, in this day, is god pulling us ahead into greater and greater affirmation and acceptance of our gay brothers and sisters . . . and we’re realizing that god made some of us one way and some of us another and it can be a beautiful thing.

Bell goes on to clarify that what he advocates is not an affirmation and acceptance of repentant sinners, but affirmation and acceptance of their sin. Bell has rejected the God of the Bible, a God that is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and embraced a false idol that tells him that what is considered sin changes based on the fickle attitudes of Americans.”

Interesting to me how tolerating “open theism” has given rise to tolerating gay marriage.

Ken

Norm:

Let me say up front that I have agreed with everything I have read that you have written up until your March 25th post that appears to include your “Declaration of Accommodation” for the sake of maintaining “numbers.” My initial reaction was Uh! Oh! the cause has lost Norm.

I respectfully urge you to reconsider your declaration and consider reneging on it. Let me explain why.

Last June, when I heard that Rev. Luter was going to appoint a committee to discuss the Calvinism issue within the SBC I emailed both Rev. Luter and Frak Page the following suggestion,”accommodating the infallible word of God for the sake of false unity, fake harmony, numbers, or any other reason is a serious error.

After all, God doesn’t need “numbers” to accomplish His purposes, all He needs is for His true followers to assiduously adhere to his word. When that happens the “numbers” will come just like they came at Pentecost and during the 2,000 years following it.

I also asked Frank Page to consider during the Committee’s deliberations the statement accredited to a Edmund Burke, a British Parliamentarian in the late 1700’s, which is “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.”

Another old saying also seems appropo, “one rotten apple will spoil the entire barrel.”

While I don’t support open hostility with any group of persons I believe in the old adage of “calling a spade a spade.”

Sincerely,
Ken

    Mary S.

    Ken writes: “God doesn’t need “numbers” to accomplish His purposes, all He needs is for His true followers…”

    Please be clear. Are you insinuating that Calvinists are not “true followers” of Christ? If so, you deserve the most severe rebuke.

    Traditionalists are brothers in Christ and Calvinists are brothers in Christ. It is sad to see your call for disunity among Christians.

    norm miller

    Ken:
    You have agreed with all I have written up until recently? Well, brother, that makes only two of us. I, too have agreed with all I have written — even including the March 25 post. ;^>
    I suggest you go back and read my post. I think you missed much. I did not advocate compromising anything for the sake of numbers.
    “The cause has lost Norm.” You apparently didn’t read the paragraph that began with these words: “That said …”
    BTW: To what “cause” do you refer? Seriously, define “cause” for me plz. — Norm

      Norm Miller

      In my reply to Ken above, I asked him to define “the cause.” During the recent holiday, I received a private email from Ken wherein he defined “the cause” as he saw it, and I am not a part of his cause.
      Ken subsequently and publicly replied to Mary S. (above) and her call for him to be severely rebuked. In that lengthy response to Mary, Ken noted several times that those who held to Calvinism ought not to be considered believers.
      For those who subscribe to the responses to this post, you saw his response. But, I immediately removed it from public view for obvious reasons.
      Whereas the verbiage here gets a bit “warm” now and then, I will not tolerate one believer saying that other believers are not believers. — Norm

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