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Friday, November 17, 2006

How Long Is Too Long?

Back in the days when Americans thought some things were worth going to war over, we fought a bloody Civil War for four years, 1861-1865.

But hostilities did not end in 1865. The most famous "freedom fighters" who continued hostilities in the name of the Confederacy were the Jesse James outlaws. The bank robbers and murders and assassinations in the after math of the Civil war in America did not end until "Mr. Howard" [Jesse James] was gunned down in his home almost 30 years later. But Americans were all "cowboys" in those days and didn't believe in cutting and running when the going got tough.

"If you faint in the day of adversity, your strenth is small." [Prov. 24:10]

Thursday, November 16, 2006

So What Is Your Choice?

"The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet." (Na 1:3 AV)
When I was a lad, still very wet behind the ears, the conspiracy theories were all on the extreme right side of the political spectrum. We had the John Birch Society, which accused Dwight Eisenhower of being a conscious dupe of the communist party. We had Joseph McCarthy and the hunt for communists in the state department. These guys uncovered enough rot--Alger Hiss, Harry Dexter White, the Rosenbergs--to give some credence to their theories.

It's different nowadays. All the conspiracy theories come from the extreme left nowadays--they are as goofy as the old days, and once in a while there are some facts uncovered that encourage the convinced.

There are several things that the left-wingnuts have in the common with the old right-wingnuts. Both fear impending betrayal and disaster and seek to find the cause of things going from bad to worse.

Men may choose what ideas they want to believe--but they will not be able to choose the consequences of those ideas. The old liberals of the 19th and early 20th centuries believed that men were naturally good and if more and more freedom were given to them, they would follow their own naturally good impulses and the world would redeem itself. There are still a few of these museum pieces around, but the twentieth century consensus was that man is bad and must be kept in line by governments. Especially in capitalistic nations, men were dominated by greed and the love of power. This produced policies that conspired to bring people into economic bondage. Especially culpable were white European males. More and more freedom must be taken from such people.

In the days of the New Deal, the Fair Deal, the New Frontier, and the Great Society the liberals controlled the handles of government and the right-wingnuts found solace in the fiction that a few evil people in secret societies were conspiring to turn the world into a vast colony for their exploitation and wealth.

In the last couple of decades, things changed. The right wing came into control of the handles of government and the conspiratorial vultures fled from the minds of those who now had power and built nests in the skulls of the left-wingnuts.

What is common to both groups is the imagination that the causes of what takes place in the world must be found in the world. God has been removed from any part of history and relegated to the empty dreams of mystics and fools. We are "scientific" nowadays and will not allow religious foolishness to enter into our minds. There are causes for things that can be found in the world. Hence, conspiracies theories abound, because that is the inevitable result of denying that God rules the world for His own glory.

"He has His way in the whirlwind." Man conspires and plots but his dreams and plans are vanity. "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil." (Proverbs 16:3,4) "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps." (Pr 16:9 AV)

Faith traces the causes of all things up to God. It therefore sees that the good and righteous God will not allow any permanent evil to happen to His people, but turns all things to their good. There is no such promise to the ungodly.

You don't have to believe this if you don't want to. But you must live with the consequences in both life and mind if you deny it. You cannot choose the consequences of denying first principles. You have to find the causes of things, for the alternative is madness.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

From my kitchen window, a gorgeous fall red maple.  Fall, 2005Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - Murtha Lashes Out at Dem Leadership Opponent - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum: "

Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa.Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa. WASHINGTON — The race to be the No. 2 House Democratic leader turned nasty Tuesday, with challenger Rep. John Murtha accusing opponents of 'swift-boat style attacks' that hark back to his days being investigated in the FBI's 1980 Abscam sting."
Don't you just love it!

Monday, November 13, 2006

CREW Rips Pelosi on Murtha Maj. Leader Endorsement - CREW: "Washington, DC - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) questioned soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) commitment to eradicating corruption with her endorsement of one of the most unethical members in Congress, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), to be Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. "
This would be hilarious if it were a movie, say, starring Robin Williams. But it involves national interest so we will watch with mixed emotions. Murtha is one of the most corrupt members of the Senate, and is backed by Pelosi, who said this would be the purest congress ever. But what do lies mean to this crowd?

CREW is not exactly a GOP front; it's back by George Soros, I have heard. Does anyone know?
Outrage as Church backs calls for severely disabled babies to be killed at birth | the Daily Mail: "The Church of England has broken with tradition dogma by calling for doctors to be allowed to let sick newborn babies die."
Well, why not? God has nothing to do with such things, which are the product of impersonal evolution and chance. Why should parents have to put up with such inconvenience. They need to get on with their lives, after all.

"16 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." (Pr 6:16-19 av)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Two Years Is an Eternity in Politics

They have to do it, of course. I mean, the political writers have to make preditions and speculate.

But two years is an eternity in politics. Two years ago, Bush was elected with the greatest number of votes in the history of America. Now, people seem to forget that he is still president with enormous powers. There is no way to know what the political climate will be two years from now.

This is certain, whether people believe it or not. God is still God. Jesus Christ is still His Son. Jesus Christ has an everlasting kingdom and He is still the ruler of the nations.

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Unless people know what those decrees are, it is best to be humble. It is also certain that the proud do not know what the decrees are.

As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. (Pr 10:25 av)

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. (Na 1:3 av)

All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; 12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. 13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. 14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. (Ps 145:10-14 av)

Elton John Promotes Hatred

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2005®: "Sir Elton John wants religion banned completely -- because he believes it promotes hatred of gays. "

There is no question of the sodomite agenda--not every particular sodomite, but those who are leading the charge. Elton John voiced what many will not say--the elimatiion of religion and all morality, except that which fits their agenda.

They lied to us years ago when they wanted sodomy to be decriminalized. Now the truth is coming out.

"Celebrate diversity?" Only a diversity that leaves the burned ashes of Christianity behind it.

It won't happen, of course. It's been tried before, Elton. The result is always the same: the growth and propsperity of Christianity.

What about the complete banning of sodomy because it promotes hatred of religion. Hmmmmmm?


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