Cancelling Dr. Seuss?

We live in a fallen world—even our heroes are tainted by sin.

It’s not an outrage to retire a few books with offensive stereotypes, even if we love the author. We can still enjoy any excellent or praiseworthy works, while recognizing that certain other works might wisely be set aside.

As Christians, we should be eager to repent of our sins, and willing to acknowledge our faults. Brokenness, prejudice, and pride shouldn’t be ignored by us. We aren’t scared by the light but also know that the deeds of evil ought not be paraded around or allowed to propogate.

Let’s acknowledge the errors—even of our favorite authors—while humbly striving to change the way we and our culture treat those who are different. The imposing of uniformity, white supremacy, and white superiority are all antithetical to the gospel and the God who made every man, woman, and child in His image.

Martin: Thoughts on Christian Behavior and Politics in December 2020

I’m not excited about what the Biden presidency may entail. I disagree with many Democratic Party policies, especially legalized abortion, but we lack evidence of substantial or even consequential voter fraud. As Christians we ought to submit to and pray for Joe Biden, the duly elected 46th President of the United States of America.

We are not called to fight against our government; We are not called to revolt. We are called to pray for and submit to the leaders that God has placed over us. May God cause Mr. Biden to act in accordance with God’s Kingdom and to work for justice and righteousness for all people.

When governmental leaders act in ways we disagree with, in our constitutional democratic republic, we can take advantage of the court system, lobby our leaders directly, and vote against them next time. We can financially support other candidates. We can respectfully speak truth to power. We can preach the gospel and teach the Bible, we are supposed to be doing that anyway.

While our allegiance ought to always be to God, not Caesar or Babylon, we should be careful to remember that our mandate to obey God rather than man isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card to ignore all laws that inconvenience us. Annoying laws don’t always require us to sin. Laws that aren’t consistent with a Biblical worldview don’t always require us to transgress God’s law. We should do our best to live quietly and peaceably as much as possible.

As we ought to have been praying for, submitting to, and testifying of truth—both Biblical justice and God’s righteousness—to Mr. Trump, so now we ought to pray for, submit to, and testify of that same truth to Mr. Biden and all those God has established to govern us.

Jesus is Lord. His kingdom is the only one full of true justice and perfect righteousness. His is the only without error or wickedness. His kingdom is everlasting. His kingdom is here and it is growing, yet we still await its perfect establishment. His Kingdom Come.

-Erik Martin, December 11, 2020.

Martin: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87

I’ve attached a very informative article from the New York Times about the life and judgeship of Justice Ginsburg.

In addition, Sheologians, posted this short reminder yesterday morning: “RBG has met the Judge of all the Earth and it is truly a terrifying thing to consider since she did so without the shed blood of Christ.” -Sheologians

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. What shall it profit us us if we gain the whole world and forfeit our soul. We shall all stand before the Judge of all the earth, and he will always do what is right. The death of any image bearer should bring us sorrow and the only hope we can have for Judge Ginsburg now—and for every person at their death—is that she privately trusted Christ in her last hour, for falling into the hands of a just God while covered in Christ, is better than we can imagine.

Lord have mercy on our nation. We thought this year was traumatic. We thought this election cycle was heated. Things just got even more complicated. Lord, give us leaders and judges that act in accordance with your Kingdom. May they do righteously and justly. May they uphold truth, defend the vulnerable, and govern in a way that increases human flourishing for all men, women, and children. Jesus is Lord. Caesar’s kingdom will never last, no matter what his political party. Come Lord Jesus. We long for your promised return to fix all things. Even now, come in your providential workings to bend the hearts of kings and all in authority to do your will. Your Kingdom come; Your will be done.


Martin: July 4th and 5th

July Fourth is coming soon and I’m thankful for the many blessings we experience in our country. I’m excited to celebrate this Saturday God’s goodness and grace to us that we experience in the USA. I’m also, very grateful that the next Lord’s Day (July 5th) my church family New City Church will gather in person and via Zoom to celebrate the Lordship of Christ alone. We won’t sing the national anthem of any country, neither will we fly any flag. Why? Because we are there to worship Christ, and only Jesus is Lord. Caesar may have what is his—for the time he is allotted—but inside the church house, and among the gathered assembly, Caesar has no claim. #JesusIsLord #CitizensOfAnotherKingdom


Martin: We Need Change; We Need the Police

PSA: It is possible to hold fast to the gospel and also believe that the gospel requires we care for the outcast and the oppressed. Faith without works is dead. It is possible to be anti-riot, anti-racism, opposed to the abuse of power by some law enforcement members, and also support just police officers. I am thankful for every good and righteous law enforcement professional; They are vital and essential.

Defunding the police is a horrible idea. We need reform and change, but abolishing the police will destroy our cities and communities. We cannot ignore the fact that some law enforcement professionals commit evil and oppressive acts. We also can’t ignore the history of Jim Crow and the legacy of racism that still affects so many of our brothers and sisters, even today. But racism and the legacy of slavery are not just issues in law enforcement. Racism exists in many areas of society, and beneficial reform will address racism and injustice wherever it exists.

We need to stop attacking the police, most officers are just and truly seek to protect and serve. That doesn’t mean we can’t hold people accountable and policy changes are definitely needed in many communities. Let’s unite in condemning violence on all sides. We need Jesus to heal us, and only regeneration of the heart by the Holy Spirit brings true and ultimate justice, but that’s not an excuse to ignore evil here and now.


Martin: The Good Democrat, et. al

If Jesus was walking on the earth today, I personally think the parable would not be called the Good Samaritan, but likely the Good Democrat, the Good LGBTQ person, the Good Undocumented Latino/Latina, the Good BLM protestor, the Good Critical Race Theory Professor, the Good Socialist, or even the Good Muslim. We forget how radical the parable of the Good Samaritan was to the religious leaders of Second Temple Judaism. We forget that the Samaritans were considered to be apostate and heretical. Jesus showed that our neighbor is ANYONE is need. Yet so many who profess to be Christians today show so such hatred towards those in need.

Lord, in your kindness, have mercy on us! Forgive us for our hatred. May we show your love. May your kingdom come and your will be done. Forgive us our trespasses/sins/debts AS we forgive those who tresspass/sin against us/are indebted to us. May we walk in the way of the cross, and through God the Spirit, honor the Father by being like Jesus. As disciples of Christ, we are not in a culture war we are on a disciple making mission, and we cannot hate anyone, if we claim to know the love of God. Come quickly Lord Jesus. Heal our world. Rise up, O God, and judge the earth. ‪May we be found faithful at His coming. ‬

Erik Swanson Martin

Martin: Trump’s Photo Op

‪Grace and peace friends,

Whenever a serial adulterer holds up a Bible but has no testimony of repenting of his sins, does not confess Jesus is Lord, does not evidence humility, and claims he has nothing to repent of, we should be very cautious to applaud his “religiously,” lest we make a mockery of our faith and ignore our Lord’s words that the road is narrow that leads to life. Let’s not ignore the warnings of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11: without the washing of regeneration, the justification that comes from union with Christ, and the sanctification of the Holy Spirit which gives rise to the fruit of the Spirit, none of us has hope in the world. Especially anyone who refuses to repent and acknowledge their sin. How deeply we all need a Savior. Let’s pray that our President experiences the life-transforming grace of our Lord.


Should Churches Reopen

Yesterday I posted two articles, one by my friend Eric Scholtens and the other from the Elders of Grace Community Church which show two somewhat different responses to the recent declaration that churches are essential by President Trump. I have found both to be helpful. You can read them here: and here:

Jesus told us that we are in the last days and Paul remains us that Satan is on the prowl and will try anything to disrupt God’s plans. I’m thankful for the confidence that comes from knowing that Jesus has already won and that our God is sovereign. As Christians we must not be coopted for political means by any political party. Jesus in Lord, and we seek the growth of His Kingdom until it comes in fullness at His glorious return. We are grateful when Caesar supports Christians and our freedoms but he is not lord. Nevertheless we are all called to submit to Caesar’s authority as long as he doesn’t interfere with God’s commands.

We long to meet again in person in the gathered assembly of believers, and we miss the Lord’s Supper, yet loving our neighbors is an essential command too. May God give each local church and her Elders wisdom as they seek God’s glory while also seeking the good of the cities and communities in which we live. May we be lamp-stands burning brightly as we hold fast to the faithful testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord’s day blessings to you all!

God is Good: Thoughts While the COVID-19 Virus Rages

God is good even when the world falls apart. God is good when oceans rise and storms rage. God is good even when hospitals are overwhelmed. God is good when loved ones die. God is good when the economy grinds to a halt. God is good even when politicians fail us. God is good when our savings disappear and our debts overwhelm.

God is good even though we aren’t. He is good even when we don’t want Him or His goodness. He is good even when our sin looks better to us. He is good though our flesh, the devil, and the world stalk us. He is good when joy and peace flee us. He is good even when we sin against Him.

Everyone who recovers from COVID-19, recovers because of YHWH’s goodness. Every case with mild symptoms comes from His kindness. Every healthcare professional who stays healthy is his gift. Everyone who escapes, escapes because God helped him/her. Every single one of our days is numbered in His book and every day He gives us emanates from His goodness. God is the source of every good.

Sin and the Devil are the source of COVID-19. We must remember that God overcomes the darkness; He doesn’t create it. He is working to bring life, human flourishing, and salvation through it all. We cannot know why the Lord allows the evils of this world, but we can know that He will be glorified as He works to destroy them.

The Lord is neither weak nor slow to perform His promises. He is infinitely gracious, merciful, and loving. Christ Jesus is coming back. He is bringing His home, the best city ever, the New Jerusalem, with Him. God will fix everything, and sinners—like you and me—can dwell with him in the coming perfect world for eternity if we will but repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Some day this Lenten season will be over; Come quickly Lord Jesus! What joy will overwhelm us when we see Him. If COVID-19 takes us home, what a blessed gift, we will get to see our Lord sooner than we had planned. If we remain, let us love and serve God and love and serve our neighbors with the time we have left. His kingdom come; His will be done.

-Erik Swanson Martin, March 28, 2020.

Reflections on Mark 2:1-12

Mark 2:1-12 is awesome; it’s my favorite healing by Jesus. There’s so much we get to observe about Him in this passage:

Even on a day at home Jesus is speaking the gospel message.

Jesus is more concerned with forgiving sin than healing our physical diseases, but does both.

When we come to him, he sees our greatest need and cares for that.

He cannot ignore our brokenness.

Jesus is quick to act yet always deliberate. He is eager, yet never hasty.

He graciously gives us more than we could ever hope or dream to receive.

He has empathy for the humble.

He is opposed to the proud.

Jesus is displayed as God.

He reads men’s hearts, no inner thought is hidden from Him.

He has absolute power (and authority) over our infirmities.

He responds to human faith (no one who comes to Him will be cast out).

Working hard for the needs of our friends will often lead to Jesus meeting their needs. The four friends’ exertions for their friend paid off.

Take a break and read Mark 2:1-12 today:

“When He entered Capernaum again after some days, it was reported that He was at home. So many people gathered together that there was no more room, not even in the doorway, and He was speaking the message to them. Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic, carried by four men. Since they were not able to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where He was. And when they had broken through, they lowered the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
But some of the scribes were sitting there, thinking to themselves: “Why does He speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone? ”
Right away Jesus understood in His spirit that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He told the paralytic, “I tell you: get up, pick up your mat, and go home.”
Immediately he got up, picked up the mat, and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this! ””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭2:1-12‬ ‭HCSB‬‬