You must remember that you are Christ's. You did not choose him. He chose you. Anointed you. Still calls, is gathering and enlightening you: sanctifying you, setting you apart, dragging you from the dregs of flailing, dying, decaying lunacy and into the blessed illumination of his eternally good and gracious mind.
It is not for you to stoke the fire. You are only to run your engine on what your God is surely stoking. You cannot expect to muster your own spirit. You didn't make it. You can't keep it without permission. So believe it when Christ Jesus tells you that he has already, also, along with this, already given you his.
So read the Bible like it is true, like you are covered by the blood of adoption as an heir, like you are a very Son of the King. You know that though wisdom's honesty be grave humor at times, this dark horse is far superior to the mad song of fools who chase the evaporating glories of a temporal laugh.
Nothing is less funny than yesterday's joke.
So, if you would grow in wisdom this holy Adventide, then when you look in the mirror, know you are looking death in the eye.
Do not flinch. Do not hold back. Peer into the darkness. See the darkness peering back. There you are. Everything. Nothing. And in a moment: gone, forgotten, dust.
This is the key to happiness: there in the lightless depths of your mask, or that which you so often pretend is a mask, behind the smiles trained to hide the fear, under the lines creased from all those unstilled doubts, remember that according to Jesus:
He doesn't care anymore.
He still wants you to make good use of this life.
This adventure should be undertaken in view of its certain end: the knowledge of dusty frailty.
Maybe I'll die today. It's a pleasant thought. Not in itself, but in everything else which follows. For if I were to die today, the value of what I've already got is enhanced one hundredfold, since all that I'd have is now.
Let your garments always be white, and let your head lack no oil. Ecclesiastes 9:8
For those who have slogged through the bestselling woke book, White Fragility, Coleman Hughes' piece for City Journal probably rings true. Hughes has been an outspoken critic of the book, which has become something of a sacred text for the "anti-racist" cause. Hughes outlines some of the inherent problems with author Robin D'Angelo's arguments.
White Fragility casts racism as a condition inherent to white people— they are born into it and are helpless against it. Hughes observes that D'Angelo "spends considerable time telling white people that they’re racist, but with a crucial twist— it’s not their fault." The logic goes that because racism is systemic, running through every aspect of our culture, white people aren't to blame for their racism. Now, that's quite a pickle.
Hughes goes on to quibble with D'Angelo on a second point. In trying to chastise white people to be less racist, D'Angelo ends up portraying black people as childish:
"Holding back tears to spare others’ emotions is not something that adults do around their equals; it’s what parents do around children. Indeed, D'Angelo’s picture of the ideal relationship between whites and blacks bears a disturbing resemblance to the relationship between an exasperated parent and a spoiled child: the one constantly practicing emotional self-control, the other triggered by the smallest things and helplessly expressing every emotion as soon as it comes. These are the roles she expects—even encourages—whites and blacks to play. That people can call this anti-racist with a straight face shows how far language has strayed from reality." Too true.
Economics professor and academic Walter Williams, had some similar thoughts in the final post he wrote before his recent death. He suggests that solutions to problems facing black Americans need to come from within their own communities. He asks his fellow blacks "to stop being 'useful tools' for the leftist, hate-America agenda. Many black problems are exacerbated by guilt-ridden white people. Often, they accept behavior and standards from black people that they would not begin to accept from white people."
Unsurprising to anyone who's been following along, Williams makes no apologies blaming a lot of the strife afflicting black communities on the breakdown of families. He writes:
"The out-of-wedlock birth rate among Blacks in 1940 was about 11%. Today, it is 75%. Black female-headed households were just 18% of households in 1950, as opposed to about 68% today. In fact, from 1890 to 1940, the Black marriage rate was slightly higher than that of whites. Even during slavery, when marriage was forbidden, most Black children lived in biological two-parent families.
In New York City, in 1925, 85% of Black households were two-parent households. A study of 1880 family structure in Philadelphia shows that three-quarters of Black families were two-parent households. There's little protest against the horrible and dangerous conditions under which many poor and law-abiding Black people must live. It is not uncommon for 50 Black people to be shot over a weekend in Chicago— not by policemen, but by other Black people."
Babies Lives Matter
There's no doubt that one of the most vile weapons in the devil's arsenal is "population control." Some of the worst regimes throughout history have used sterilization, abortion, and infanticide to reduce the amount of people they don't like, sometimes undercover, sometimes not. Today the war on undesirables goes on under the language of "bodily autonomy" and a woman's "right to choose."
Pastor Hoye says abortion is the subject of many "parking lot conversations" but he says that black pastors are reluctant to broach the topic with their congregations. It is hard to get your heart around, but Hoye says that in an average black church, pastors may be preaching to congregations who are entirely post-abortive. Lord, have mercy.
Pastor Hoye, who has been jailed for speaking to women outside abortion clinics in California, is passionately pro-life. He relays how seeing his tiny preemie son changed his mind about abortion and he has worked hard since to highlight the damage done by abortion in black communities. Like Walter Williams, Hoye is passionate about restoring black families and equipping black men to be fathers.
Alright, stop. COVID time
Yes, we're still talking about the pandemic. A great episode of Lockdown TVhas genomics expert David Engelthaler, speaking about mutations of the coronavirus, and details the way the Virus 2.0 moved through Europe and the USA differently than the early outbreaks in Asia. Engelthaler says he is doubtful that large scale lockdowns are helpful and says the effects of closing down has been "devastating in a way that we haven’t even properly appropriately characterized yet.”
Dr. Engelthaler says that human agency is overemphasized in the fight against the pandemic. “Different strains that are acting differently in different parts of the world, lead to different outcomes, at least in some part because of that virus, not just based off of public policies in response, no matter what you do.” He says many deaths would have been avoided if the focus had been on protecting the most vulnerable people rather than on "trying to prevent any spread of this virus, which is pretty much uncontainable."
Just when you think it's safe to take your eye off the hellish monster that is the Sexual Revolution, its fiery tentacles latch, Balrog-style, onto the nearest convenient object. News came this week that the character of Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy, will be bisexual in a new Marvel comic. It's a 'no' from me.
She regrets transitioning and says the clinic “should have challenged me more.” The drugs were prescribed after three one-hour sessions at a mental health clinic. The UK High Court ruled that puberty-blocking drugs are no longer allowed to be prescribed to under-16s without a court order. It's a small victory, but we'll take it.
The world's largest receptacle for pornography, PornHub has come under scrutiny this week after losing the support of Mastercard, Visa and Discover. The credit card companies pressured the site to remove clips that portrayed child pornography or rape. That was about 10 million videos. However, almost 3 million remain.
While the removal of this content was enough to satisfy some child advocacy and women's groups, Mad Christians know the terrible damage inflicted on families and society by this trade. The little-known company behind PornHubmakes massive profits off its content, which is all user-generated, and yet it has not faced the same heat that sites like Facebook have over regulation. Wonder why that is?
Crypto currencies have had a boom year and everyone wants in on the action. Vice has reported that Maduro's socialist government in Venezuela is mining Bitcoin to generate cash.
Although China has not really been out of the spotlight this year, there have been good reasons to keep watching the Communist state. The revelation that Rep. Eric Salwell (D-Cal) had a relationship with a Chinese spy shows China's ambition for gathering intelligence.
Meanwhile, NBC has reported that the CCP has been running tests to create a Captain America-style super soldier. However, experts are not as concerned about the potential advantage on the battlefield as they are about the consequences of tinkering with the human genome.
You could be forgiven for thinking the insanity that has been unleashed this year would start to fade, as December draws to a close. Surely, the famous Spirit of Christmas, well-documented by Hollywood for bringing people together, would help us all put aside our differences and enjoy the season.
Alas, this is 2020 and Christmas lights are racist. Covering your house with festive decorations no longer brings delight, but is rather a "reminder of divisions that continue to run through our society" and is biased against those who "don’t celebrate Christmas or who can’t afford to put up lights of their own."
Then again, there was that time in 1647 where the Protestant government of the kingdoms of England canceled Christmas. As the Reformation rolled through Europe, Presbyterian authorities closed down the Church of England and had King Charles shut up in Hampton Palace. Although Oliver Cromwell is often credited as being the original Scrooge who ruined all the Christmas fun, Puritan disapproval of celebrating the season began long before he was on the scene.
This 30 minute Issues, Etc. broadcast explains how climate alarmism and the Green New Deal will soon be affecting our Christian freedoms. It tells how many young evangelicals are believing the propaganda. This should be heard and understood by the BHoP listeners: Evangelical Concerns about Climate Change.
Let us pray: Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.