Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Divided: Then and Now




In 1958, J. Edgar Hoover, famed director of the FBI, released a book entitled, Masters of Deceit.  In that book, he exposes the American Communist Party.  In chapter 14, Mr. Hoover lists the seditious tactics used by that party in its subversive bid to over through the American way of life.  Among others, he lists, Mass Agitation using all exploitable issues, Infiltration into all types of organizations, including educational and political, and the Subversion and Exploitation of Minorities.

Using these tactics, Marxism based Communism has now devastated many whole societies, leaving behind ruined economies and tens of millions dead, all along its bloody historical pathway.  And yet, this Marxist insanity continues to survive in the minds of delusional ideologues.  These arrogant social experimenters simply refuse to see the abject failure of the Marxist Utopian idea: a classless, “worker bee” based society of absolute equality which rigidly follows this very simplistic axiom - To each according to need – from each according to ability. 

But, in fact, this exaggerated tenet actually prescribes Marxism’s failure.  This terminal end is decreed by “social physics,” which define an important reality.  And that immutable reality is this:  Marxism and human nature simply cannot be “peacefully” reconciled.  

And, that reality is based in an even simpler one:  the universal “wiring” of the human brain.  If one exposes the brain to any type or level of gratification, it always wants to seek more.  And, therein lies the Marxist problem.

By its very rigid nature, this philosophy absolutely forbids to humanity, the liberty to satisfy this basic human desire to pursue personal gratification.  The American forefathers had it precisely right.  All human beings share an ingrained appetite for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  And, it is this simple but powerful human appetite for which Marxism always and entirely fails to account - and refuses to tolerate. 

Thus, the Marxist belief system is necessarily forced to a dark position.  To enforce its inflexible requirement of absolute social and economic equality, Marxism must necessarily police every human being’s every activity – from what we can and cannot say, to the size of one’s soft drink, to absolute control over one’s health care. Indeed, this oppressive militancy is always the unavoidable end game of Marxism.

And, this need for control then demands a centralized control mechanism.  So, as has always actually been the historical case with this devilish philosophy, the state, in the form of a repressive central government, insistently becomes that controlling overlord of the individual’s daily life, as well as the society’s corporate national life.

Thus, when placed in a fair and objective scale, a Marxist system of government and economics will always be found completely atrocious, when compared to a capitalistic democracy.  There really is no contest when one puts the “live and let live” and “go for it” ethos of democratic capitalism up against the hateful and joy-strangling effects of Marxism.

And, it is true.  The element of competitiveness is intrinsic to a capitalist society.  But, competition is a vital part of, not just capitalism, but of freedom, itself.  And, this motive is moderated easily, and much better, at the personal level, by the balancing effects of ethics, compassion, generosity, and personal restraint – not to mention, the rule of just laws. 

And these incorporations are, and have historically always been, every day realities in capitalistic societies.  And, if there are some individuals, within those societies, who fall short of these ideals, at least their failures don’t inflict the more universal damage which occurs when an all-powerful government becomes virtue deficient - as has always been the case with all Marxist governments. 

So, why do we do it?  Why, in America, do our children, who live in the freest, most accomplished, most compassionate nation on earth, keep falling for the same old subversive lies, propaganda, and empty promises of Marxism? 

Why do so many Americans continue to be very willing to endanger our wonderful personal liberty (and, for that matter, our security and prosperity) by electing undercover Marxists - now newly evolved into “Global Socialists” and masquerading as our fathers’ Democrats.  Why do so many continue to prefer deceitful political reprobates over enlightened leaders who embrace the supremacy of personal liberty, personal aspirations, and personal initiative? 

Surely, such widespread and trans-generational folly can only be explained by these divinely given prophetic words which truly speak to our time…

            For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains [the Holy Spirit] will do so until He is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one [the antichrist] will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
            “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

            “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, so that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in Unrighteousness.” [
Brackets added]  2Thessalonians 2:7-12 (NKJV)


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Militancy

These days, it would seem that angry militancy is imposing itself on the American culture at very high levels on all fronts.  So, gays, Progressives, Socialists, Democrats, and Communist are all now raging activists.  The gun haters and the Never Trumpers are all salivating with anger.  African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims and university students are all at a take-it-to-the-streets level of militancy.  And on it goes until it seems everybody has gone militantly mad.

But, in fact, they have not.  In truth, the preceding paragraph is a blatant exaggeration on all fronts.  It is merely a “head shot” of the caricature which the liberal media, a cadre of hate filled activists, and a bunch of arrogant elitists are constantly attempting to sell to the American people as a tactic to aid their seditious intentions. 

In reality, however, in all of those people groups mentioned above, the great majority remains peaceful, reasoned and concerned about, not just results, but about the justness of how we achieve those results.  And how do we know these good people are out there?  Well, by the math for one thing.  The population of the United States is 325 million people.  So those subversive “pot stirrers,” even with the few off-the-rails extremists and ne’er-do-wells which they may actually represent, don’t compose even a drop in the bucket of that number. 

And, there is another way that we know that the vast majority of Americans are still strongly bound together by real sanity.  It is the anecdotal evidence of our daily lives.  Indeed, in our common values, we continue to widely cherish the nobility of our humanity, and thus, the nobility of our behavior.  We share a deep love of country which allows us to beam with pride even while we work together to remove her warts.  And, we continue to believe the long proven idea that mutual respect is the precious norm which truly yields peace, brotherhood, and quality of life; whereas, hate is never anything more than a disabling character flaw.  

So, fortunately for America, the vast majority of Americans still embrace sanity over subversion.  Praise God!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Intrusions Of The Darkness

The larger human picture is not that hard to grasp.  And yet, most of us really never do. Perhaps it’s the generational thing. Every time a generation kinda’ figures it out, before you know it, they’re all dead. Then we have to start all over in the species, trying to make ourselves truly aware again.

Or, maybe it’s just a willing ignorance which has become ingrained in our psyche. Intuitively, we all understand that if we know something, then, we kinda’ feel pressured to do something about what we know. 


So, if we don’t want to be bothered, then we just don’t bother to know. Thus, we often merely bury our head in the “sands” of life’s tedium as a means of escaping the responsibility of a larger knowing.

But, for those who are courageous enough to look at the larger view of the human existential picture, there is a more truthful perspective to be had. That larger revelation goes far beyond the limits of our competing political philosophies, exposing such as merely a compartmentalized aspect of our physical existence.  

Rather, the larger view more accurately places these competing philosophical intrigues into the context where they belong.  The larger view understands them to be a very real part of the raging war between the Light and the Darkness - that conflict which has always been an ingrained part of the larger human reality.

 Indeed, this larger view of things is the more complete and accurate view of what is really going on in our philosophical and political confrontations.  And, for those who want to understand this larger dynamic, the jumping off point is at a very basic question.  And, that question is this: "What is Truth?" 

And, here is the short and simple answer.   Truth is merely the correct interpretation of reality.

The nature of the truth is just that simple. Truth is only ever just reality as it actually is.  So, all we have to do to arrive at truth is correctly interpret reality - right?

But wait! Therein lies the human dilemma. The real difficulty lies not in knowing the definition of truth, but in actually achieving what the definition specifies. It is in the fog of our varied interpretations of reality that we typically lose our way.

And, that is understandable; because, You and I were never meant to be the authoritative interpreter of reality. Rather, God has always reserved that role for Himself – and rightly so.

Even the brightest human beings are pitifully under-qualified to define true morality, true right or wrong, true good or evil. We simply do not have the capacity to make those calls.

Thus, God requires that we trust Him and embrace, through Christ, His values and the interpretations of life which result from those divine values. The Bible refers to our awareness of those divine values and interpretations as "Light."  And, it refers to the absence of that awareness as "Darkness."


Further, it follows logically that in the absence of an accurate awareness of God's truth (His correct and authoritative interpretations of life), great space is left for alternative interpretations of reality, bogus though they may be. And, it's these alternative interpretations which compete with God’s view of things, His truthful interpretations, and give rise to the conflict between the Light and the Darkness.

The roots of this conflict can be traced all the way back to the mind of Satan.  This idea that there can be an alternative view of good and evil which can "legitimately" compete with God's views originated there. And, in turn, Satan then passed it on to mankind by his treachery in the Garden of Eden. 

His false promise to Adam and Eve was this, "You shall be like God, knowing good and evil."  But, the “knowledge of good and evil” which Satan offered to Adam and Eve was not a knowledge based in an accurate and concrete interpretation of reality. Rather, it was a very subjective determination of good and evil - entirely based in the ever changing personal perspective of the individual.

In other words, Satan offered a view of good and evil which was no longer based in God's authoritative interpretations of life.  Instead, with the fall of mankind, "Good" became, "What seems good to me."  And, "Evil" became, "What seems evil to me."


In the moment that Adam and Eve embraced this competing interpretation of reality, their relationship to their Creator became poisoned, as was their relationship to each other.  For, they no longer shared a consistently common view of good and evil even between themselves.


And, in turn, through this first couple, the whole of mankind was also infected with this dark alternative view of reality which was personality based, and ever changing. And that was exactly what Satan intended to achieve.

So, in the Garden of Eden, mankind lost the divine perspectives on reality and replaced them with his own self-generated and very individualized interpretations. And, in doing so, the whole of humanity became infected with the prime motive which clearly marks and identifies the Darkness: the motive of  Self-determination.   


And, indeed, it is this motive which is the primary sin essence.  It is from this motive, the intent to determine good and evil for ourselves, that all acts of sin then emanate.  So, this heart motive is the first issue of God's judgment of the human soul.  

Thus, it is this dark elemental motive of self-determination within the human heart which the redemptive work of Christ first and most urgently targets.  The reason being, it is the sin-source.  Solve this problem, and all else all but solves itself.

Nevertheless, even at this late hour in redemptive history, much of humanity remains lost in the dark delusions of what might be very accurately called, "designer truth" - the Satan inspired alternative versions of reality, the alt truth, if you will.  Many, even now, know only their own small, deluded perspectives on life issues - which then become just one more competing antithesis to God’s authentic truth. 

And, because these believe in their own moral superiority, they become easy pray for Satan's sophisticated subtlety. Thus, they become his dupes - the unwitting servants of the Darkness. 

And, through these deluded human pawns, the Darkness finds an easy means to repeatedly insert itself into the human political and philosophical landscape to confront God's truth and agenda.  And sadly, humanity, absent the benefit of the divine perspective on reality, repeatedly fails to recognize the work of the Darkness for what it is. 

So, in generation after generation, the Darkness is able to powerfully intrude into the human experience with horrible results. And, this remains true, even though the Darkness never really bothers to change its essential tactics.

For example, always, the Darkness comes with the prospect of some delusional noble cause, the worth of which ultimately justifies the hateful actions which are required to see the cause through. Then, using this cause of twisted and exaggerated worth, the Darkness tempts deluded individuals, who fancy themselves, people of the higher conscience, to do its treacherous bidding. 


And eventually, the Darkness always points to some straw demon at which its hateful energy might be directed. And so, the satanic encouragements come: hate the black man, or the white man, or the rich man, or the capitalist, or the Jew, or the Christian, etc., etc., etc., “for they threaten our noble agenda.”

Then, when the Darkness has secured enough dupes to its delusion, it always turns militant. It begins to demand the submission of non-subscribers on pain of violence. 


In this stage of its intrusion, the Darkness becomes the open oppressor. The cloak of pretense is cast away. And those who have given themselves to the Darkness are now forced to abandon, altogether, any lingering shred of questioning conscience. Now, they too are forced to follow the cruel dictates of the Darkness.


And, so they do. They consummate the sale of their soul by mindless obedience.  And, by now, their actions are more to protect themselves from the wrath of the Darkness than to achieve any "noble" cause. 

 So, by the time the consuming fire of the Darkness is finished, even those who fanned its flames are destroyed by it.  And, one more time, the Evil celebrates the success of its intrusion into the human thought process and experience.  And always, it does so standing on the new graves of a freshly slaughtered humanity.

In the 1930’s, Adolf Hitler, one in a long line of human apostles who have served the Darkness in this way over the course of history, followed this exact pattern. His noble cause was German supremacy and prosperity – an Arian Race who "deserved" to rule over the Earth.


And, to that cause, he drew his dupes of the Darkness – the Nazi rank and file. And, he directed their manufactured hatred toward his straw demons, especially the Jewish people, among others.

Eventually, the ranks of Hitler’s Nazi Party, devout and ready to serve the Darkness, became sufficiently powerful to capture the German Government. And predictably, with power came the militant phase. They began reprisals, including outright murder, against all who opposed their “noble” agenda.

In the course of this offensive from Hell, millions died. And six million defenseless Jews, from little innocent boys and girls, to their mothers and fathers, to feeble old men and women were callously butchered by these deluded, satanic henchmen. And, it was all in the name of their “righteous cause” - essentially Hitler's deluded perspective on good and evil - the Nazi version of the "truth."

And then, roughly contemporary with the Nazi madness, the Darkness opened a second offensive - this time, alighting on Russian soil in the form of Marxist Communism.  First, Vlad Lennin became the new apostle of the Darkness, spouting a new cause and pointing to a new straw man to hate and destroy. 


 His cause was to free the world of the scourge of Capitalism with its "Bourgeoisie" ruling class.  His twisted delusion was a world of working class equality.

Again, by means of political intrigues and murderous force, when the ranks of his deluded followers became strong enough, Lennin made his revolutionary move.  He then violently and mercilessly put down all opposition to his Socialist interpretations of reality - his version of good and evil. And again, from Lennin, to Stalin, through a long list of violent oppressors, even to the present day, millions of innocents have died under the boot heel of the Darkness wielding the Communist / Socialists banner. 


In total, it is estimated that 100,000,000 graves were dug around the world to mark the blood path that this offensive of the Darkness has taken over its decades.  And still, that total continues to rise.  

That is true because, even as its Russian host was waning under the weight of its own infection with the Darkness, Satan managed to spread the delusions of Marxist Socialism to other parts of the planet. He found many willing converts to the delusion of this "noble cause,” including many in America.

And so, an expanded offensive of the Darkness began.  And, indeed, this time it has an American epicenter.  And from that epicenter,
the composite energy of Neo-socialism, Liberalism and Progressivism, radiates its tentacles outward in the new "noble cause" of the Darkness:  Globalism

And, especially in America, the Darkness has now begun to very forcefully use this aggregate of the political Left.  Its face in America is the Democrat Party leadership. And, its muscle is the smug elitists who empower them, and the ever necessary rank and file dupes who mindlessly buy in to their insanity.

Thus, one more time, we see a deluded, devilish group who believe themselves to be the people of the higher conscience.  And, true to form, they are following the normal track and employing all the typical tactics of the Darkness.  

They tout their cloaking "noble cause" of "social justice in a global community" to cover their true ugliness.  And, their new “straw demons” are the Wall Street capitalists, the political right, Christians, the "one per centers," and on, and on, and on, goes their hit list to include any opposition to their version of good and evil. 

 And now, very systematically, as the Darkness always does, American Liberalism is becoming increasingly militant.  Recent revelations have clearly demonstrated just how militant with the intentional culturing of race and class hatred, the riots inspired and financed by the wealthy Left, their encouragement of the murder of police officers, election fraud, free speech suppression, and every kind of political intimidation - including the hiring of violent thugs to attack opposition voters.  

Nevertheless, increasingly, Americans, especially naive young Americans, are buying into the empty promises and twisted interpretations of good and evil offered by these satanic liberal spin doctors. And, as they become augmented by the largest American generation in history, the Millennials, things will quickly go from bad to worse. 

You need no prophet to forecast what lies ahead for an America that fails to recognize this Darkness of American Liberalism / Progressivism for what it is.  One need only look to those large cities in the USA, which the Left has controlled for many decades. They serve perfectly well as a very accurate and foreboding omen of what is to come for this nation as a whole if it becomes dominated by the political Left in service to Satan's destructive agenda.

But still, many Americans, especially young Americans, just don't see it. They just don't recognize Satan's dark economy operating through the American political Left for what it is - though it still appears much as it always has, historically.  

So, as a result, each day we lose a little more of our moral sanity, of our daily hopefulness, of our personal decency. And, if this American cycle of the Darkness is not arrested, as always, our graves, and the graves of our children, and the ash heap of our national greatness, will memorialize our gullible stupidity as a people.

But, there does yet remains a better way forward. Both individually and nationally, we can still embrace the divine light.  We can still choose the path of true enlightenment that is confirmed by Christ in opposition to the interpretations of the Darkness.


Individually, we can still choose to embrace the Lordship of Christ with its inherent allegiance to God's values and His interpretations of reality.  As a nation, we can again turn to the good ways of God produced by following those values.  We can again recognize the worth of God's good ways and return to the light of love, respect, forgiveness, patience, tolerance, understanding, compassion, honesty, honor, integrity, truthfulness, justice, holiness, and a respect for life. 

The Darkness would tell us that this approach is the wrong one. But, that is just the Darkness being the Darkness – creating an alternative view to compete with the truth and goodness of a God guided reality. 


Nevertheless, the only truly good way forward for an individual, and for the nation as a whole, is to humbly pursue and embrace the divine light.  Such humility has the power to save both our soul and our nation. But, our continued arrogant national tendency toward the dark prescription of "designer truth" will see both destroyed.

When we look past those dark human faces on the pages of history, we can then easily recognize, in the background, the hideous face of Satan and what are actually his violent intrusions into the human experience.  And, in each succeeding generation, his tell-tale tactics confirm his mean hand in humanity's suffering.  

At that point, his twisted deceptions start to become apparent for what they are.  And, by comparison, the Light, God's benevolent truth, once again begins to shine as the glorious thing that it has always been, and shall always be - despite the tendency of our species toward gullibility and arrogance.

“I am the light of the world.” - Jesus

Monday, January 5, 2015

Long Ropes And Stone Cold Hearts

In these modern, or as those who are so full of themselves like to say: in these “Post-modern” times, there is a question which has lately begun to desperately present itself. The question is this. Is there a way to deal with an arrogant, majority America who typically has no real awareness of, or concern for, anything beyond their own “small-life shopping list.” Is there yet a way to cause this self-consumed majority to care again about the divine perspective on their character and behavior?

The great gift which Christ offers to the individual is a way back from this self-centered darkness which so blinds us to the divine perspective. But, how does that work when we don’t even recognize that we are, indeed, immersed in a personal darkness?

Well, sometimes it simply doesn’t work. Sometimes, our darkness is so impermeable that it is, in fact, terminal. Sometimes the long rope of God’s great patience becomes the very rope with which we simply hang ourselves, spiritually. 


Thus, as we continually ignore His overtures, we eventually just miss our opportunity for personal renewal and a life lived in the joys of the higher plane. And, that’s that.

But sometimes, there is a better outcome. Sometimes, resulting from the twists and turns of life, we find ourselves humbled before God and at the end of our own arrogant rope. And there, sitting in the puddle of our own calamity and stripped of our sense of self-sufficiency, finally, we are able to truly see the degraded condition of our life for what it really is. 


And, in those moments of clarity, we suddenly understand the value of Christ’s offer to start us over and make all things new. So there, at the end of our own rope, we decide to tie a big knot of devotion to God and hang on for dear life.

And, in those desperate moments, it becomes much easier to see the stupidity of ever believing that the quality of life could actually reside in such fleeting things as possessions, or primo jobs, or costly hobbies and toys, etc. And how could it not become obvious when we find ourselves surrounded by those things, and yet, also find that we are still devastated and miserable in both our inner and outer life. 


From gold chains, to custom wheels, to smartphones, to nice homes, to bank accounts and spectacular vacations, all taken together, such “trinketry” and low aspirations never amount to anything more than a powerful testimony to our own small mindedness.  And this is especially true when we compare the empitiness of those things to Christ’s offer to bring a sweeping elevation and nobility to our life. 

 And, indeed, He does entirely change who we are and what we are about. He brushes aside our silly little materialistic ideas of what life is supposed to be and brings a hugeness, not only to our awareness level, but to our personal potential. 

And, He does it in precisely the right way.  He empowers a profound transformation of our character which entirely changes how we encounter life – and thus, the quality of life, itself.

So - is there a way to deal with this very self-assured majority in present day America? Oh, there’s a way. It is just a matter of giving them “enough rope,” and then, waiting to see which one of those aforementioned knots they tie when they come to the end of it. 
And, in fact, God is doing that very thing, right now.

If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! - Jesus

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Before Now

I am 65 years old. And here is the America I knew before now.

It was an America that had racial resentments. But, it was not an America where government officials actually sought to catalyzed those resentments and use them for political gain. Even in the 60’s when the Civil Rights Movement brought racial tension to a pinnacle, the core interest of the government was to bring the nation together – not racially divide and inflame it. But, that was before now.

And granted, in the former America, there was racial inequality. But, in that America, we righted much of that inequality with more just laws and a true change of national heart on the issues of civil diversity. 


And, for a time, in that America, our progress was truly measurable. Our definition of “my neighbor” actually was becoming more broadened. But sadly, that was before now, when we have lost so much ground.

And, in the former America, the Office of the Attorney General was the devoted guardian of the integrity of our laws. It did not summarily dismantle that integrity with grotesque reinterpretations and a pick and choose enforcement style as with the Obama administration.

In former America, we elected presidents who saw the nation’s warts and sought to change them. But, they did not do so by disavowing the character of the nation as a whole and acquiescing to its twisted caricature as some sort of world oppressor.

In that former America, there were the “Have’s” and the “Have Not’s,” as there always will be. But, in that America, we largely rejected the hateful “Cain and Able” notion that the way up is to pull your brother down. 


 Rather, the former America more widely embraced the idea that hard work and risk taking were the way up. In that America, personal wealth building was thought to be an admirable pursuit and the best means of personal security.

Barack Obama promised to profoundly changed America. Regrettably, I believe he has kept his word. But, I much prefer the “Old America” where we sought to employ the more honest and truly effective processes of trans-formative national enlightenment over political “thuggery.” But, as usual, the Darkness prefers to employ its own familiar means.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Space Between

More gun control! Better legislation regarding the mentally disturbed! We raise our voices to say something that will help us somehow endure the painful insanity of 20 dead children in Connecticut. 

 We frantically search our mind for anything that will move us back from this horrible aberration and return us to the peacefulness of normal. And, no doubt, in the intensity of our present emotions, we will find new mechanics to make our society more and better controlled.

And it seems we must do this for the sake of our own sanity. Because we know, deep down, that what happened at Sandy Hook and in many other such instances is, on some level, endemic to the species. 

 And, while most of us, on a normal day, would rather die, ourselves, than harm a child, we also know very well that, as a group, we are not absolutely impervious to lapses in the certainty of normal. So, we are tormented by the possibility of those abnormal days.

Maybe, our slip will stem from mental illness, as in Sandy Hook. Maybe it will come through a moment of road rage. Maybe aberration will find us in a moment deluged by alcohol. Or, maybe we will lose ourselves because of the fierce emotions of a broken heart, or some grinding abuse, or some deep disappointment.

There are a thousand directions from which our variance can come. And that awareness frightens us as a species. And so we look for better ways to contain ourselves and make our behavior more certain.

Many do look to laws and legislation. But, while those things are helpful and necessary, they are not really the headwaters of the solution – especially in a society as free as ours. 

 With this higher level of personal freedom, also comes the opportunity for higher levels of personal and social misconduct. And, in fact, the progressing reality in America is that the society has very intentionally moved away from the mechanisms which help us hold at bay the dark side of liberty.

For example, we have more recently embraced a parental attitude which says it’s OK to dispense with implanting a respect for the values and authority of a holy God in the heart of our children? But, is it really OK to send a child into adulthood and into society without their own well vetted moral compass?

What, then, will guide them when they are deciding whether or not to drink and drive, or use drugs, or resort to violence? Will we, as parents, always be there when they are deciding whether or not to risk their future to premarital sex? 

 Is it really reasonable to believe that we will always be there to guide them every time they are faced with reckless, or dangerous, or immoral choices? We, absolutely will not.

But, God can be there. He can accompany them through every moment of every day in their mind, their value system, and their conscience. And yet, as a society, we are quickly trending away from His influence on the hearts and minds of our children – and on our own, for that matter.

As a further example of this vector, we have largely surrendered our children to base and violent movies and video games while neglecting their exposure to the Church and the Bible? And we seem also to have surrendered to the idea that public schools and peer groups are an adequate replacement for loving and available parents wielding a resolute “veto power” and well proven values to pass along?

If, in the wrenching emotions of such national tragedies as Sandy Hook, we are desperately looking for redemption and answers, we would be well served to simply return to the old ones. The best way to hold the line against social aberrations and the excesses of freedom is to begin with the inner person. Our best hope is to reinvest ourselves in the cultivation of a government within the heart of the citizen.

The larger reality is this.  A society that is not first governed in the heart of its citizens is not truly governed at all. 


This is true because, in the space between the gaze of a police officer, and the reach of law, and the decrees of political governments, people will always do what they want to do. And that space where there are no external controls always exists.

So, the real hope of any society is that the heart of its people will simply incline to good and right things. Then, we are truly governed – even in the space where no one sees.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Double Down Devotion

OK, I admit it. I listen to the politicians talk in their capital rotunda interviews. I listen to the pundits give analysis. And I listen to my people (family and friends) making their case, expressing their point of view, decrying conditions, defining the facts as they see them. And, I do the same, myself.

But, my question is this. Who in the world are we all talking to?
We all go on and on, as though we were making our case before some “Cosmic Political Referee” who might be persuaded to side with us and settle the issues once and for all. And sometimes, it seems we imagine some vast, untapped voter pool who can be persuaded to come along beside us and suddenly change the balance of power in our favor.

Really?  Who are we kidding? That empowered political referee is just not out there? And, that unspoken voter pool is silent for a reason – they don’t exist.

The hard reality which patriotic, conservative Americans must face is that no political reinforcements are coming. There simply aren’t any.

So, here is my suggestion. Why don’t we stop appealing to some imaginary political force, and start appealing to the supreme force in the universe. And, instead of spending so much time "talking to the hand" of those who adamantly oppose us, why don’t we simply take the hand of the One who made us.

If we have a case to make, doesn’t it make more sense to get on our knees in humility and make it to Almighty God? Isn’t that smarter than talking to the uninterested, the unempowered, and the un-convincible? Isn’t it better to take that same level of energy, and angst, and intellect and aim it toward someone who actually has the power to change the situation? Did I mention that He is - ALMIGHTY!

If we can persuade Him to our cause – nothing else really matters. So, maybe we ought to stop addressing our “imaginary friends” and our avowed political enemies, and just persuade Him, convince Him, sway Him to act in our behalf.

If we're looking for a "Referee," it's God. The Divine Referee is the only one who actually has the power to settle this life and death argument between the darkness of liberalism and enlightened America? And, we will lose this argument to the Darkness without His help.

So, as patriotic Americans, isn't the better course to simply embrace a real lifestyle upgrade? Could we not just double down on a new level of personal devotion to, and respect for, God?

This is the real key to our delimma. It is only as God notices a rising tide of humility and devotion in the national character, that He will be persuaded to arrest the social and financial devastation that militant liberalism is inflicting on this nation.

"Double Down Devotion" - it's a much better plan than trying to talk our way out of this mess with our “imaginary friends.”

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You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart - God