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Frustration

Orthodox Bulgarian icon of St. George fighting the Dragon (1621 AD), Source Alciato’s Book of Emblems (PD-Art, PD-old-100)

It can, at times, seem as if this modern world of ours is hell-bent on driving us insane.

We are forced to grapple with government agencies, insurance carriers, banks, utilities, credit card companies, credit rating agencies, phone companies, computer companies, investment companies, and many more – often wrestling with the very technology which is supposed to assist us.

Corporate giants have taken the place of kings who once ruled with an iron fist.  Little wonder that we are left feeling frustrated and small.  Powerless, for all practical purposes.

The spiritual reality is, of course, that Satan, “the ruler of this world” (John 12: 31), is hellbound and determined to bring us along, or at least discourage, distract, and disable us.  Even the most sincere Christians can fall into his traps.  The daily struggle simply wears us down.

What then are we to do?  How ought we to respond? Read more…

Newspeak and Anglo-Saxon Values

Anglo-Saxon disc brooch from Kent on display at Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum (Accession No. 1972.1401), Author Ethan Doyle White (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

“Orwell’s Newspeak, the ultra-political new language introduced in Nineteen Eighty-Four…facilitates deception and manipulation, and its purpose is to restrict understanding of the real world…By manipulating the language, the government wishes to alter the public’s way of thinking.”

-“Language as the ‘Ultimate Weapon’ in Nineteen Eighty Four” by Jem Berkes, Copyright © 2000 [1A]

George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 predicted a chilling future in which language would be stripped of its meaning and used to convey the very opposite of its original intent.

For those who may not have noticed, 1984 has arrived.

While Newspeak was employed by the government and media in Orwell’s novel, it is now part of so called woke culture and white supremacist counterculture.

Reinterpretation of the phrase “Anglo-Saxon values” is a prime illustration. Read more…

Communion on the Moon

Apollo 11 Commander, Neil Armstrong, on the Moon (1969), Author NASA (PD as work product of federal govt.)

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

-Apollo 11 Commander, Neil Armstrong, taking mankind’s first step on the Moon (July 20, 1969)

Before Neil Armstrong took that momentous step onto the moon’s surface, another astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, privately took communion on the moon [1].

Aldrin – who helped develop the complex technology necessary for the mission (and would later inspire the Pixar character Buzz Lightyear in the movie “Toy Story”) – told the story in his book Return to Earth.

“[Pastor Dean Woodruff] often speaks at our church, Webster Presbyterian…about the many meanings of the communion service.

‘One of the principal symbols,’ Dean says, ‘is that God reveals Himself in the common elements of everyday life.’ Traditionally, these elements are bread and wine – common foods in Bible days and typical products of man’s labor.

One day while I was at Cape Kennedy working with the sophisticated tools of the space effort, it occurred to me that these tools were the typical elements of life today.

I wondered if it might be possible to take communion on the moon, symbolizing the thought that God was revealing Himself there too, as man reached out into the universe…” Read more…

Prayer for Our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters

“Christian Martyr” by Joaquim Ribeiro (1879), Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, Portugal, Author Daderot (PD-Art, PD-Old)

The following prayer is taken from the January 2021 edition of Voice of the Martyrs Magazine:

“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters who faithfully stand as witnesses of Your grace no matter the cost.

When they are beaten and delivered to the courts, may they gain confidence through Your presence in all situations.  As they stand before any opponent, whether family members, former friends or government authorities, replace their anxiety with peace, love and faith.

When they face slander allegations, and legal charges, may they speak boldly, lovingly, and truthfully with wisdom.

Give our bold and faithful persecuted brothers and sisters courage and endurance as they recall Jesus’ promise that His followers would face persecution.

Thank You for their sacrifice and faithfulness.  We join them in joyful praise to the name above all names:  Jesus.

Amen”

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Made Holy

“The Deposition” a/k/a “The Florence Pieta” by Michelangelo (1547-1555), Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Author George M. Groutas, Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/22083482@N03/48199230596 (CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)

“Many believe – and I believe – that I have been designated for this work by God. In spite of my old age, I do not want to give it up; I work out of love for God and I put my hope in Him.”

– Michelangelo

The great Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, sculpted “The Deposition” or “Florence Pieta” late in life.  We see Christ lowered by Nicodemus from the cross into the arms of His waiting mother. The sculpture is in sharp contrast with the more well-known “Pieta” at St. Peter’s Basilica whose perfection first established Michelangelo’s reputation.

Dissatisfied with “The Deposition”, Michelangelo attempted to destroy it after some eight years of effort. A novice sculptor was later hired to restore the piece.  It is said the face of Nicodemus is Michelangelo’s own.

As Christians, we can sometimes feel battered. One struggle follows another. We are slandered and misunderstood; begin to accumulate scars.

The further along we go in life, the greater the challenges and the less clear their outcome. Weren’t we promised a mountaintop? Don’t we deserve a rest? Read more…

Bear Trap

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Bear trap.  Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society.
(CC BY-SA 2.0)

Imagine you are a single mother in your mid-30s, with two children.

Minimum Wage

You have worked since your teens at thankless, minimum wage jobs.  Never mind that they serve a worthwhile purpose.

Only 1 in 5 of the jobs economists view as “good” are available to people without a college education [1A].

Unpaid Child Support

The father of your infant son is resisting child support.  Approximately 70% of the nation’s $15 million in unpaid child support is owed by parents who make less than $10,000 annually [2].

Support will not be retroactive, in any case, as the court managed to lose your paperwork.

Limited Financial Aid

Your older son (whose father is incarcerated) is about to enter college.  The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world; incarceration rates in low-income areas are far higher than in wealthy areas [3].

Your son has aspirations, but not enough financial aid to cover tuition.  The cost of college tuition has outpaced financial aid [1B].  The young man is hoping to find a summer job.  If not, he will have to take out student loans.

Even then, he may not stay in college.  The six-year graduation rate of students with a low-income background is just 31% [4].

Student Loan Debt

You have tried for well over 10 years to complete your own education, racking up enormous student loan debt, but making little progress.

Inadequate preparation by low quality “inner city” schools, childcare issues, and the pressing need to support your children have all played a role [5].

If you were to pass away, your federal loans would be forgiven.  However, you do not have student loan insurance [6].  Private loans would be enforced against your home on your death [7].

Illegal Flipping

After scrimping and saving for years, you paid top dollar for that home, a recently refurbished older property.

What you did not know was that the price was inflated as part of a flipping scam in which your appraiser participated [8].  Only superficial improvements were made, though major repairs were needed.

You do not have money for those repairs, and do not have mortgage insurance which might salvage the home for your children in a worst case scenario. Read more…

Red Summer

A white gang looking for blacks during the Chicago race riots of 1919, Author “The West Virginian” (PD)

Some 25 race riots took place in 1919, after the end of WWI [1].  Acts of domestic terrorism, which included lynchings by white supremacists, occurred in over three dozen cities across the nation [2][3].

Though the Chicago riot (with 38 dead, and over 500 injured) is considered the worst of these, the largest number of fatalities actually occurred in Elaine, AK where as many as 100 – 240 black people and five whites were killed.

The Great Migration

By 1919, an estimated 1 million African Americans had fled segregation in the South for northern cities, in what became known as the Great Migration.

Dashed Expectations

Unfortunately, WWI was followed by an economic slump.  Black veterans returning home from the war expected improved treatment and greater opportunities, given their service to the country.  White veterans found work scarce. Read more…

The Tragic Legacy of Darwin, Part 3

Charles Darwin, age 51, Author Maull&Polyblank (PD)

Charles Darwin, author of On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man, described himself as agnostic, stating:

“For myself, I do not believe that there ever has been any revelation.  As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities [1A].”

In his Origin of Species, Darwin allowed for the possibility of a First Cause.  In his Descent of Man, by comparison, Darwin repeatedly grouped religion with superstition/fetishism, writing:

“Nor must we overlook the probability of the constant inculcation in a belief in God on the minds of children producing so strong and perhaps an inherited effect on their brains not yet fully developed, that it would be as difficult for them to throw off their belief in God, as for a monkey to throw off its instinctive fear and hatred of a snake [emphasis added][1B].”

Later, in the same book, he added:

I am aware that the assumed instinctive belief in God has been used by many persons as an argument for His existence. But this is a rash argument, as we should thus be compelled to believe in the existence of many cruel and malignant spirits…. [1C]”

Originally, however, Darwin planned to become a clergyman.  He had rejected Christianity by the time his Origin of Species was published [1D].  He had, also, by then lost his beloved daughter, a death which may have contributed to his loss of faith [2].

This bias is not widely known by the public.

Dissent from Darwinism

Though Darwinism has become scientific orthodoxy, there is growing scientific dissent from the theory of evolution [3].  Over 1000 scientists have publicly signed onto this dissent [4][5].

The respected Oxford mathematician and Christian apologist, John Lennox, in his own book God’s Undertaker – Has Science Buried God? details some of the scientific shortcomings of the theory of evolution.

Lennox concludes:

“The likelihood of the spontaneous formation of life from inanimate matter is one to a number with 40,000 noughts after it…It is big enough to bury Darwin and the whole theory of evolution.  There was no primeval soup, neither on this planet nor on any other; and if the beginnings of life were not random, they must therefore have been the product of purposeful intelligence [6].”

Ultimate Tragedy

What may be the ultimate tragedy is that countless millions have been deceived by Darwin’s theory of evolution into believing they are nothing more than brainier chimpanzees.

Denying the existence of a Creator denies us the possibility of a relationship with Him.

[1A through 1D]  Wikipedia, “Religious views of Charles Darwin”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Charles_Darwin.

[2]  The Guardian, “Darwin’s complex loss of faith” by Nick Spencer, 9/17/09, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2009/sep/17/darwin-evolution-religion.

[3]  Scientific Dissent from Darwinism, https://dissentfromdarwin.org.

[4]  Real Clear Education, “1000 Scientists Sign ‘Dissent from Darwinism'” by Britanny Slaughter, 2/14/19, https://www.realcleareducation.com/2019/02/14/1000_scientists_sign_039dissent_from_darwinism039_46821.html.

[5]  The Guardian, “Why everything you’ve been told about evolution is wrong” by Oliver Burkeman, 3/19/10, https://www.theguardian.com/science/2010/mar/19/evolution-darwin-natural-selection-genes-wrong.

[6]  John Lennox, God’s Undertaken – Has Science Buried God?, Oxford:  Lion Books (2007, 2009).

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The Tragic Legacy of Darwin, Part 2

Advertisement for Margaret Sanger’s book “The New Race” endorsing eugenics, from Science & Invention, January 1922, pp. 794 and 883, Author Truth Publishing Company (PD)

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution influenced Margaret Sanger, the founder of what would become Planned Parenthood [1].  On the basis of evolution, Sanger promoted eugenics and mandatory sterilization to eliminate so called “inferior” races.

WARNING:  Much of this is brutal racist rant by Sanger

The Delinquent, Defective, and Dependent

Sanger stated in Pivot of Civilization (1922, chapter 12, “Woman and the Future”):

“…Our ‘overhead’ expense in segregating the delinquent, the defective and the dependent, in prisons, asylums and permanent homes, our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying…demonstrate our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism…Yet hardheaded ‘captains of industry’…are dropping millions into rosewater philanthropies and charities that are silly at best and vicious at worst.”

Sterilization and Segregation

Sanger’s address to the New History Society, New York City, January 1, 1932, was summarized in “A Plan for Peace,” April 1932, pp. 107-108:

“Keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race…Apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring…”

Read more…

The Tragic Legacy of Darwin, Part 1

Joseph Stalin (1937), Author Unknown (PD)

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution contends that men were not created by God, but rather that they evolved.  What is less often mentioned these days is that the theory contends some men are more evolved than others.

Darwin influenced Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Margaret Sanger, and others whose totalitarian regimes and eugenic policies enslaved, tortured, killed, or aborted untold millions [1A].

The following excerpts are taken from a presentation by historian William Federer regarding Darwin [1B]:

Racist Ideology

Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, and The Descent of Man in 1871, expounding:

“With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated…We civilized men, on the other hand… build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick…Thus the weak members propagate their kind.  No one who had attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man…Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed …”

Darwin continued:

“Civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world…The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”

Karl Marx

“Darwin’s Origin of Species was read and reread by Karl Marx, who saw ‘survival of the fittest’ as validating his ‘dialectical conflict,’ where labor and community organizers would create domestic chaos to enable communist dictators to usurp power.”

“Karl Marx wrote to Lassalle, January 16, 1861: ‘Darwin’s book is very important and serves me as a basis in natural selection for the class struggle in history.’ “

“Karl Marx dedicated a personal copy of his book, Das Kapital, to Charles Darwin, inscribing that he was a ‘sincere admirer’ of Darwin.”

Read more…