Monday, February 8, 2016

A Crunchy Gesture

    I have    in recent times been annoyed with the Frito-Lay Corporation for falling into line to praise homosexuality. But they made considerable amends on Super Bowl evening, with a commercial which bore a pro-life subtext. Accordingly, today I set out on a mission to BUY DORITOS in multiple stores.  
 


Now, it's hard to be sure about this, but it seemed to me that in each store I went to, the quantity of Doritos was less than it might have been. So maybe others also decided to give the Frito-Lay Corporation some positive reinforcement; Even a PARTIAL move toward truth should be encouraged.             
                       
                           
                                       

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Increments as the Instruments of the Insolent

The word "mining" in the military sense derives from the ore-extraction sense of "mining." When a medieval army besieged a strong castle, one useful method of attack was to dig a tunnel, just like a mine shaft in the sense we would think of, extending under the castle's outer wall. When this tunnel was made to collapse, the stone structure directly above it could not help also collapsing. (It was only much later that the noun "mine" began to mean a distinct physical object that was essentially a type of bomb.) But of course, this ancient UNDER-mining took time, all the more so because the besiegers would rather that their own men avoided being killed by a premature cave-in. So success required patience. As in medieval warfare, so in the modern war of ideas.                                  
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                In all of its major strategies, that which is generally known as "the left" operates by increments. And no, I'm not saying that literally everything leftist on Earth has one seamless, unified human command structure issuing orders to every totalitarian liar everywhere. But for people who desire to see an all-controlling monopoly government ruling everyone and everything, without reference or reverence to the Creator of everyone and everything, it comes naturally to be gradual and methodical about destroying basic elements of civilization.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                             G.K. Chesterton wrote that only those for whom the home is sacred have moral ground from which to defy the state. Loyalty to a family competes with loyalty to a government. Sometimes the family is in the wrong, but sometimes not; and worshipers of centralized government want to remove the very possibility that anyone might ever say, "Wait! I can't obey this command, because it would cause needless and undeserved harm to the people I love!" Jesus warned that we must not love father or mother more than we love Him; but collectivist tyrants don't want us loving a distinct, self-directed family AT ALL. Which is why the Soviet Union and other dictatorships have encouraged the peasants to inform on their own relatives, as well as on their neighbors, for actual or imagined rebellion.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

    Therefore, the creation of Soviet-style regimes calls for the value of a family to be eroded in people's minds. But like the undermining of a castle, this can't be achieved all in one stroke. So it is that in the West, the brainless admirers of Communism, as directed by their soulless opinion-makers, have eroded the family without admitting that they were doing so.... by gradually introducing the notion that ALL associations between people equally are families. And in the words of the animated character Syndrome, when everyone is super, no one will be.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The process was built into the very start of secularizing society. If there is no God to define things, well, then the progressive geniuses must "reluctantly" shoulder the noble task of defining human relationships, no applause necessary. Human desire and sentiment became the whole reason for marriage. This first pill went down fairly easily, since of course romantic love is not bad in itself; but the Rousseaus and the Marxes wanted love to be without any transcendent rule to guide it. From love being the cause of marriage, they went on to argue that love made marriage unnecessary. A nice, easy step, still remaining heterosexual. Marriage was an artificial construct, while the reproductive urge was natural, so of course let's prefer the natural -- and get busy fornicating. Everybody else is, aren't they? Already in this early phase, anyone objecting to promiscuity could be vilified as "intolerant" and "hateful."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                   
I am not hateful, esteemed reader. I know my own failings, and so am obligated to make allowances for other people's failings. But contrary to leftwing dogma, having compassion on human weakness does not mean that we should throw away the model which God provided for us to strive toward.


                                                                                       
 Heterosexual promiscuity was dishonestly touted to women as liberating them in particular, because they could assume the initiative instead of just hoping a man would call. But in actual practice, the sexual revolution liberated the selfishness of those males who had rejected God's standards. They wanted to play and not pay --wanted to drink the milk without buying and feeding the cow. Millions of women found themselves used and discarded; so it was necessary for the left to make an adjustment, before moving on to the gay-marriage phase. Women were encouraged to be justifiably angry at men who used them selfishly. Only, this anger must not lead to the restoration of the value of marriage; instead, it must lead to contempt for men as men. Hence the increase in television comedy shows whose male characters were useless morons who couldn't find their noses with both hands in daylight unless a woman helped them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                             Here, a divide occurred. The left was never going to persuade all men to accept being seen as feeble clowns; thus, they must be allowed to enjoy James Bond movies and other entertainments, where males could still be strong, smart and successful. But these heroes no longer were looking for marriage. So in one lane of the broad highway we saw men who weren't losers, but who weren't ideal-father material either; and in the other lane we saw men who would still get married, but who had almost nothing to offer to their goddess-like superior wives. What the leftwing culture didn't want us to see was men who did things God's way, combining strength with tenderness as Jesus would do.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


This much damage done cleared the way for the "normalization" of homosexuality and then same-sex marriage. Fortunately for the purposes of the left, most Westerners were paying no attention to history, or else they would have noticed the pop culture doing a one-eighty. Back in the Sixties, we had been specifically told that we must forget an artificial construct in favor of what was natural. But in order to set up homosexuals as the new victim-group aristocrats who could do no wrong, it was necessary for pop culture to forget what was natural, in favor of an artificial construct.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                 
The transgender delusion, coming after all that went before, is like a mopping-up campaign, crushing the last pockets of resistance. Even with homosexuality being praised as the ultimate in love and beauty, at least people still agreed that there were such things as men and women; but now, the transgender movement insists that there aren't even any definitions -- only self-absorbed blank-tablet human spirits, who are whatever they say they are. All the previous phases of cultural sabotage entailed changing values and rules; but the transgender fantasy, an integral feature of post-modernism, is calculated to collapse the very structure of thought itself, so NO ONE CAN any longer discuss coherently what might have gone wrong and what should be done to remedy it.                    


                                                                                                                 
When a population is deprived both of saving faith in Jesus Christ, and of the ability to think logically, it is even more defenseless against enslavement than a population deprived of weapons for physical self-defense. And that is where we have now arrived.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Love By Itself Does Not QUITE Conquer Everything

Some Christians, although they are not at all cowards where facing death is concerned, are in a sense afraid of ever having to TAKE SIDES in any conflict. As regards the present worldwide crisis of Islamic aggression, they maintain that literally NOTHING is required BUT loving the terrorists, forgiving them and praying for them, "just like Jesus and His Apostles." Yet there is a distinction between our situation and the first Christian century.                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                           
  When the Apostles and other first-generation disciples went forth to proclaim the good news, although it was a cruel pagan world they faced, NOT ABSOLUTELY EVERY PERSON THEY EVER MET was dedicated specifically to a program of killing Christians. By contrast, Islamic terrorist forces ARE consciously dedicated to killing Christians, along with killing Jews and other non-Muslims. Try telling a fanatical Sharia enforcer that you love him and forgive him, and he will just laugh at you and murder you -- not necessarily in that order. Then he will keep right on waging jihad, not the least bit troubled in his deadened conscience.                                                                                                    
                                                                   
There has to be some DEFENSE against the expanding Muslim empire, or else we will simply all get killed off before we can reach even one Muslim in a thousand with the gospel of Jesus.

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Book Review That Never Got Written

  I keep having to explain things again, because so many people just want to go on believing what makes them _feel_ good. For some of my fellow Christians, the dirty secret is that they actively _desire_ to feel superior to, and angry at, non-Christians generally. Accordingly, they _want_ the first chapter of Romans to have the most relentless application conceivable, so they can say to _every_ unbeliever: "You really _know_ I'm right, you're just being stubborn because you're so evil!"

But part of the answer to this is looking them in the face, always _has_ been looking them in the face, even if they can't read Paul's original Greek text. Romans one speaks of people turning homosexual in a way EQUALLY AS UNIVERSAL-SOUNDING as the part about clearly seeing God's presence in creation. Therefore, if all non-Christians everywhere are already _fully_ aware of God's existence, then it is _equally_ true that absolutely every non-Christian in the world, with NO exceptions ever, is a practicing homosexual.

Add to this the fact that *I* did not "always really know" God was real. As a boy, I was cast adrift, left to _wonder_ every night whether there was a God or not, whether death was total annihilation or not. I laugh bitterly at smug evangelists who claim to know what they're talking about when they say that ALL unbelievers fear death specifically because they know they deserve God's judgment. *I* was afraid that there _wasn't_ any God to do any judging. Because I had this experience before coming to know Jesus, I can communicate with lost people who are as I was in that respect.

None of this, however, is meant to say that there _aren't_ plenty of unbelievers resisting truth! People who are aware of God and just don't want to obey Him are obvious enough; but there are also people who exist in the zone of uncertainty, and _become_ dishonest by insisting that there _isn't_ any reliable truth to be found. It could be plain laziness, a wish not to be obligated to search out the truth.

I have the impression that writer Anne LaMott is a case of this. A while back, I picked up a copy of her book "Plan B: Further Thoughts On Faith." I had in mind reviewing it in depth, but real life just has not _allowed_ me to have time for every such project I would like to have carried out. So all I can do is say what her attitude _seems_ to be, based on the small amount of her book that I found time to read.

Without passing any definite verdict on Mizzzzzz LaMott, I believe that she is one who prefers not to believe that there could be some firm, authoritative doctrine already available to be followed. She says vague things about God in her book, notably saying she isn't sure whether to call God a He, a She, or an It. If she believed Jesus to be God Incarnate and therefore infallible, she would realize that He would not have lied to us about God's nature. That is to say, Jesus would not have _called_ God "Father" if there _hadn't_ been something about God's nature which made it appropriate to call Him a Him.

So, at best, Anne LaMott is not Biblically sound. But I really can't say _how_ far estranged she is from the facts of God's Word. She might be starting from a point of extenuating ignorance, and actually be slowly moving _toward_ a saving knowledge of Jesus. Maybe someone else will critique "Plan B" in my stead. I simply do not have the time for that job -- nor even the _space_ in my cluttered house to keep my copy of her book. It is about to become recycled paper, but this does not mean that I feel any hatred for her.                                             
                                       
                                         

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Vandalism By Diversity

When a vandal draws mustaches on paintings, he doesn't need to use any imagination. It was the artists who did all the work of creating unique portraits; the vandal can simply make the same defacing movement for each and every picture. Yet the vandal chooses to delude himself that somehow he is being clever.    
                                                 

That's how it is with those who "vandalize" God's design for human affections. God did the work of creating a system which would actually function, a system upon which whole viable societies could be built. Those who deny God's design don't have to make the effort (really impossible anyway) to create an alternative system which would work equally well; they can simply contradict God, over and over, like drawing mustaches over and over, and choose to agree among themselves that they are being clever.        
                                                               

The world of live-stage theater in America has long been heavily populated with moral anarchists who want to deny God's plan. So they do deny it, over and over; but no matter how many times they make the exact same denial, they compulsively insist that their LATEST redundant denial is "a daring breakthrough." Recently in Denver, a theater company produced a musical play titled "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding." The same old thing, denying the real God and His natural order YET AGAIN as pop culture has been denying it for most of my lifetime; but the newspaper announcing the show predictably called the play "unusual." It was in fact just one more superfluous mustache scrawled over God's artwork, identical in spirit to the other defacings.                                                                                                                          

It will of course be argued that fiction or drama about normal relationships must be many times more overdone and redundant than fiction or drama that praises deviancy. But normal relationships are many times MORE NECESSARY to humanity than chaotic "alternatives," and so are that much more worthy to be depicted. I say this as one who believes in cutting all possible slack for sexually abnormal persons, as when a woman goes lesbian because men raped her and left her literally unable to feel any desire for a male. But the mustache-drawing vandals are not about merely making allowances for hard cases; they are about fighting to destroy ALL standards everywhere, so that they personally can either feel good about their own crazy self-indulgence, or be LIKED BY other persons who are crazy and self-indulgent.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On The "Einstein's God" Facebook Page

  I commented on this group's atheistic mission statement. What I said was:
                     
                                       
   This is "a place to question religious belief systems." There is an implied presupposition here -- admittedly justified in many cases -- that persons with a supernatural faith must _never_ have questioned it before. But in my own case, I _wasn't_ raised in any faith. My arrival at Christian beliefs was the _result_ of questioning, of questioning the agnostic views I had been living by.                  
                                             

God-believers are constantly accused of self-deception; but I can attest that self-deception _precedes_ any organized religion. All of us are born hard-wired with a tendency to believe what we want to believe; this does not just suddenly appear _when_ some faith-system is presented to us.            
                                     
While I was in second grade, completely devoid then of any supernatural dogma, I had a lot of difficulty with arithmetic. It was embarrassing to me; I didn't _want_ to believe that I was inferior in mental ability to the other children. Therefore, with my little ego uber alles, I tried to _make_ myself believe that the teacher was "against" me. I tried to believe that she was secretly _giving_ answers to all the other children, so that _only_ I would be baffled, and _only_ I would look stupid.                              
                                   
I didn't need to go to a Sunday school to learn how to be delusional. I had a built-in readiness to fool myself. And the very fact that this instinct of automatic self-justification exists in people is _part_ of the reason why the doctrine of "sin" makes sense to me now. In my agnostic years I, as much as anyone supporting this group, would have insisted that I already was "good without a god." This bias toward believing in my own rightness was as blind and stubborn as anything you could point to in churches. And as a skeptic, I had a convenient advantage: I could simply _choose_ to believe that _whatever_ sort of behavior I felt like doing anyway, _was_ the enlightened, highly-evolved moral code I was living by.                                          
                                                               
It's easy to say that one is morally consistent when one is allowed to make up one's own rules. Like hitting a golf ball, _digging_ a hole wherever it happens to fall, and then _claiming_ to have scored a hole-in-one. But how many of us, if hearing that a business firm or government agency is accused of corruption, will trust that firm or agency to "investigate" _itself_ without answering to any outside authority?                                                                                
                                                                             
I did not become a Christian without first spending years thinking about matters like this. And I do give this group credit for having politely invited my comments on a previous occasion. _Anyone_ can scoff, but anyone _should_ be willing to consider that the scoffing might prove no more honest than the thing scoffed at.                                                                                                    

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ducklings and Gay "Marriage"

It is a widespread human behavior to say to oneself, "I desire this outcome, therefore _every_ argument, no matter how bogus, is brilliant wisdom if it helps me to _reach_ the outcome I want." Persons of all groups and persuasions can be guilty of this willful self-deception; but NOT EVERYONE, at any given time period, can rely on the popular culture to _support_ his or her self-deception. And every adult who pays the slightest attention to the real world knows that _currently_ it is the social-political left that enjoys a green light for its delusions and mind-games.                                  


In the present Supreme Court case of Self-Serving Redefinition versus Actual Biology, the homosexual faction has advanced an argument about the childhood experience of emotional bonding. They say (approximate quote, addressing the opposition): "You have said that only opposite-sex couples can provide bonding to children, but that is not true. Same-sex couples  can also provide bonding." This line will be wildly applauded by advocates of "marriage equality" (which is itself an intentionally deceptive term). Knowing themselves to be the ones now in favor with pop culture, they will call persons like me "homophobes" if we dare to contradict their sacred doctrine; but no matter how stridently they deny it, there IS a flaw in their argument. It is a flaw of willful omission.
                                                                                         


Infants of _every_ warm-blooded animal species need protection and care if they are to survive to maturity. Because of this, bird and mammal  infants have an instinct which _tells_ them that they need to be with a caregiver. Their instinct, however, does not give them detailed information about what is the _best_ possible bonding for them.  If newly-hatched baby ducklings see a human being before they see anything else, they will _assume_ this human being to be their Mommy, and they will follow the human around. If the human in question is willing to take care of the ducklings, they obviously are better off than if they were left on their own to be devoured by the first carnivore that found them. But although some bonding is better than no bonding, this doesn't mean that being with an actual mother duck would not have been the optimum situation for the ducklings.
                                                                                       


At this point, gays may shriek, "That's hate speech! You're saying that gay parents aren't even the same _species_ as heterosexual parents!" But in this as in so many things, the gays will be mistaken. Most analogies are only partially applicable, used only for illustration. My illustration about animals was only to show that a baby's absolute need for connection is no guarantee that the connection which occurs will be the best of all possible connections. Now to address the issue more directly.
                                                                   


Many of us cultural conservatives have said long before now that we _realize_ that gay caregivers may genuinely love children, and genuinely wish to do them good. But _anyone's_ feelings of love and goodwill for others will be affected by _what_ the person believes IS good for others. And whenever you've got "two mommies" or "two daddies," they _will_ choose to believe that there _cannot_ be anything about homosexuality which is detrimental to the children. So they will close their eyes to a reality which, again, many of us have pointed out.
                                                               


"Children learn what they live." Liberals themselves will repeat this when it suits them; but they don't want us to consider what it means in _this_ context. If a boy is raised by two lesbians, his very _life_ with them will tend to make him  expect that women will have no use for him when he grows up. If a girl is raised by two gay men, her very _life_ with them will tend to make her expect that men will have no use for her when she grows up. If a boy is raised by two gay men, his very _life_ with them will teach him that HE has no use for women. If a girl is raised by two lesbians, her very _life_ with them will teach her that SHE has no use for men.

                                                                 

I just heard about a school in my own state forbidding a child to eat Oreos which had been packed in the child's lunch at home. The mother or maybe father who put in those Oreos WAS NOT intending to injure the child, but the school exercised its _external_ authority to claim that the parental action _was_ harmful nonetheless. This governmental interference is practiced very selectively.
                                       


Heterosexual parents like me _don't_ enjoy immunity against "progressive" theorists claiming that something is fundamentally wrong with our manner of parenting. So where do gay couples get the right to have _their_ ideas of parenting be immune to criticism? The answer, of course, is that they have NO moral right to be thus immune to criticism. But they don't really care about the moral right. As long as they can have the governmental  _power_ to gag and  silence  all dissent, they can just _tell_ themselves that  all of _their_ actions are "loving" actions. Reflexive self-justification can be remarkably convenient.