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Brett Favre, Author US Navy Mass Commun. Spc. (1st Class) Jennifer Villalovos (PD as work product of federal govt.)

NFL great, Brett Favre, is embroiled in a massive Welfare scandal which diverted millions intended for the poor of Mississippi [1].   At least $77 million in public money was misspent [2].  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) effectively became a slush fund.

Volleyball Stadium

Incriminating texts reflect that former governor, Phil Bryant, aided Favre in securing the $5 million used to build a volleyball stadium at Favre’s alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi.

But Favre – who earned over $140 million during his professional career – was not alone among the wealthy to benefit from the fraud here [3].  Friends and political appointees of the governor, businessmen, and other sports figures all stand accused.

Neither Favre nor Bryant has been criminally charged, as of this writing.  Favre does though face a civil suit by the state [4]. Read more…

Sweet Child O’ Mine

Each day 12 children die of gun violence in the United States [1].

There have been over 2000 school shootings since 1970.  It has become all too easy for us to offer “thoughts and prayers” after yet another such shooting.

As our children return once again to schools that are understaffed and under-resourced, we who claim to care about our children’s welfare must do more than pray for their security [2][3].

We must use the hearts and minds God gave us to effectuate change.  We must use the voices He gave us to engage our elected officials on our children’s behalf.

We must commit our time and our capital to assure that our children – whatever their race, creed, or color – are provided a safe learning environment, at least some semblance of a level playing field, and the basic tools needed to craft a future for themselves.

Where do we go now?  That is up to us.

Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father…” (Matt. 18: 10).

[1]  Sandy Hook Promise, “16 Facts About Gun Violence and School Shootings”, https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/blog/gun-violence/16-facts-about-gun-violence-and-school-shootings/.

[2]  The Century Foundation, “TCF Study Finds US Schools Underfunded by Nearly $150 Billion Annually”, 7/22/20, https://tcf.org/content/about-tcf/tcf-study-finds-u-s-schools-underfunded-nearly-150-billion-annually/?session=1.

[3]  Washington Post, “Public education is facing a crisis of epic proportions” by Laura Meckler, 1/30/22, https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/01/30/public-education-crisis-enrollment-violence/.

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  https://www.avoicereclaimed.com

Postmodernism and Satan’s Mind, Part 4

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Royalty free image of New World Order, Author Wendelin Jacober, Source Flickr (CC 1.0 Universal Public Domain)

We conclude our examination of postmodernism with a look at rationality and the proposed New World Order [1][2].

Rejection of Reason
A. The Lie

“Reason and the impulse to objectify truth are illusory masks for cultural power [3A].”

-8 Tenets of Postmodernism

B. Satan’s Reason for the Lie

“Tortured fear and stupid confidence are both desirable states of mind.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

C. The Truth

“…but test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thess. 5: 21).

Those deprived of the ability to reason have no way of assessing the world around them, and are slaves to emotion.

This makes mankind much easier for dictators to delude and control. It throws wide the door for Satan’s puppet, the Antichrist, and the New World Order he will put in place. Read more…

Postmodernism and Satan’s Mind, Part 3

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“Get Thee Behind Me, Satan” by Ilya Repin (1895), Source Virtual Russian Museum https://rusmuseumvrm.ru (PD)

We resume our examination of postmodernism as that worldview reflects Satan’s mind, in particular the adversary’s attitude toward free will and the value of the individual [1][2].

Rejection of Individual Identity
A. The Lie

“People exist primarily as members of groups.  Identity is primarily collective [3A].”

-8 Tenets of Postmodernism

B. Satan’s Reason for the Lie

“When He [God] talks of their losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

C. The Truth

“‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you…’” (Jer. 1: 5).

This claim by postmodernism is characteristic both of fascism and communism – the far right and far left.  The individual is insignificant; the state is supreme.

We can, of course, as individuals devote ourselves to a cause greater than any single individual.

But God is infinitely concerned with the fate of the individual.  St. Augustine is thought to have said, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”

Read more…

Postmodernism and Satan’s Mind, Part 2

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“Satan before the Lord” by Corrado Giaquinto (c. 1750), Vatican Museums, Source Web Gallery of Art (PD)

We continue our examination of postmodernism, with a focus on how its tenets reflect Satan’s contempt for mankind [1][2].

The adversary despises mankind.  About that there should be no doubt.

Rejection of Humanism
A. The Lie

“Values that emphasize the creativity, autonomy, and priority of human beings are misplaced.  There is no universal humanity since every culture constitutes its own reality.  Groups must empower themselves to assert their own values and to take their place with other planetary species [3A].”

-8 Tenets of Postmodernism

B. Satan’s Reason for the Lie

“Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury.  And the sense of injury depends on the feeling that a legitimate claim has been denied.  The more claims on life, therefore, that [they]… make, the more often [they] will feel injured and, as a result, ill-tempered.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

C. The Truth

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1: 27).

Satan – morning star, son of the dawn, as Isaiah called him – considers himself vastly superior to us.  In intellect, beauty, and power, he certainly is.

But God is more powerful than the adversary by far (1 John 4: 3-4). Read more…

Postmodernism and Satan’s Mind, Part 1

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Adam and Eve, Gates of Paradise panel of Baptistery, Florence, Italy, Author Kurtukov (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

“Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

From the very outset, it has been Satan’s purpose to corrupt and destroy mankind as a means of attacking God.  Lies are a primary tool in the adversary’s arsenal.  We see this as clearly demonstrated today as it was in the Garden of Eden.

Unfortunately, human beings are all too susceptible to Satan’s lies, particularly since the Fall from grace in the Garden.  Postmodernism both illustrates this, and give us a glimpse into Satan’s mind [1].

For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, postmodernism is a philosophy or worldview characterized by moral relativism [2][3].  Its growing number of adherents deny the existence of God and reject objective truth.

Postmodernism’s specific tenets are examined in this series.  We begin with absolutes.

Denial of the Transcendent
A. The Lie

“There are no absolutes.  Even if there were, we would have no access to them since we are bound to our culture and imprisoned in our language [4A].”

-8 Tenets of Postmodernism

B. Satan’s Reason for the Lie

“It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing.  Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick.  Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

-CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

C. The Truth

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…” (Isa. 5: 20).

When good and evil are indistinguishable, there are no limits placed on evil.  There are those today who would defend child abuse, claiming it somehow benefits the child. Read more…

Written in Stone

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Author Gerd Eichmann
(CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

Early Christians at first met in individual homes.  The oldest building known to have housed a Christian church was constructed between 293 and 303 AD in Aqaba, Jordan [1].

This structure predates the famous Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, both of which date from the 320s AD [2][3]. Read more…

The Only Way

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Oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator (6th Cent.), St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Author JoeyEspo984 (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me’ ” (John 14: 6).

Tragically, Bible-believing churches are becoming all too rare.  Many churches which claim to be Christian are seeking to attract followers by diluting the Gospel, and conforming to social mores.

One thing getting lost is acknowledgment that Christ is the only way to the Father.

Dr. Michael Youssef of Leading the Way Ministries https://www.ltw.org recently made that point in a sermon demonstrating that Christ is the central focus of both the Old and New Testaments, and the only true revelation of God.

Below is an excerpt:

“…in the Book of Genesis, He [Christ] is the Seed of the Woman that the Father promised Adam and Eve.

In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb.

In Leviticus, He is the High Priest.

In Numbers, He is the Smitten Rock.

In Deuteronomy, He is the Prophet [mentioned by Moses].

In Joshua, He is the Captain of the Lord of Hosts.

In Judges, He is the Creator, and the Final Judge.

In Ruth, He is the heavenly Kinsman-Redeemer.

In Samuel, He is the Anointed One.

In Kings, He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Read more…

Why the Trinity Is NOT Polytheism

“…The doctrine of the Trinity is the belief that there is only one living and true God.  Yet, the one God is three distinct Persons:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  These three have distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.  They enjoy eternal communion and are coeternal and coequal.

The doctrine of the Trinity denies tritheism.  Tritheism is the belief that there are three gods…The doctrine of the Trinity also refutes modalism.  Modalism is the belief that God is only one Person who appears in different modes at different times. The three Persons of the Trinity exist simultaneously… [1A]”

Biblical Foundation

Though the term “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible, there is strong biblical evidence for the Trinity.

A. God the Father

God the Father is mentioned in the both the Old and New Testaments.  See, for instance, Deut. 32: 18; Ps. 68: 5, and 89: 26; Malachi 2: 10; Matt. 6: 1; John 1: 18 and 6: 27; 2 Cor. 1: 3; and Gal. 1: 1 [2]. Read more…

40 Acres and a Mule – Black Farmer Debt

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African American farmer standing in a cornfield,
Alachua County, FL, Source Flickr,
Author Florida Memory (State Library and Archives of Florida/Local call no. Rc13671)
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Slavery in the United States denied multiple generations of enslaved people the opportunity to own land [1].

40 Acres and a Mule

During the final months of the Civil War, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field Orders, No. 15 which provided for the confiscation of 40,000 acres along the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida [2].

This was to be divided into parcels of not more than 40 acres each, for the settlement of 18,000 black refugees who had sought the protection of Sherman.   It is the source for the expression “forty acres and a mule”.

Most recipients assumed the grant of land was permanent.  Pres. Andrew Johnson, however, issued a proclamation returning confiscated land to any Southern owners who took a loyalty oath.

Congress eventually succeeded in enacting legislation which allowed at least some former slaves to retain their land.

Unfortunately, Reconstruction did not emphasize minority land ownership.  After Reconstruction ended, nearly all land allocated during the conflict was restored to its pre-war owners.

American Rescue Plan

The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) was to begin paying off the loans of minority farmers a year ago [3A].  That, at least, was the intention. Read more…