Hit & Run Commentary #105

Bette Midler is demanding an apology for Geraldo groping her in the 1970’s. But if she liked it so much at the time that it led to an affair described as torrid and as her being insatiable, he should refuse to apologize.

If Bette Midler was really so traumatized by what transpired between her and Geraldo back in the 70’s, wouldn’t the time to have expose or refute such been when he was bragging about it in his sleazy memoir?

Sexual assault is a terrible thing. However, an act that was apparently not considered such at the time to the point that it has become part of one’s comedy shtick doesn’t quite rise to the seriousness of such a violation retroactively approximately forty years later.

The use of such is morally questionable. But these radicalized WOMMENNNN had better rethink categorizing nearly every social interaction with men as an assault or most men are going to conclude these threats are not worth the risk and instead seek to fulfill their assorted companionship desires with sexbots.

Is the outrage in Bette Midler’s mind that she was groped in the 70’s or that, as an aging hasbeen, most American’s have not given her much thought in years or perhaps even decades? In the 11/13/17 edition of “America: The Jesuit Review Of Faith & Culture”, an editorial criticized the Trump administration for calling into question the patriotism of NFL players refusing to stand in honor of the National Anthem. Would this publication praise the piety of an individual for refusing to abide by assorted protocols and gestures observed in the presence of the Pope?

Mitt Romney referred to Roy Moore as a stain upon the GOP. To be consistent, shouldn’t he refer to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as stains upon world religion? For at least Moore seemed to at least prefer his adolescent maidens one at a time.

Proponents of theocracy and Christian Reconstructionism insist it would be improper to vote for a woman running for elected office. That is because, in their view, the magistrate is also to be viewed as a minister of God and Scripture forbids women from such formalized ministry activities. If that is the case, wouldn’t they also be forbidden from backing Roy Moore as well? For he is apparently married to a divorced woman. And, in most of the churches such theocrats attend, that would disqualify this particular senatorial candidate from ecclesiastical office just as if he was a woman. About all that he would be allowed to do in church is to drop his tithe, of course, into the collection plate.

Regarding NewsMax’s list of the 100 most influential Evangelicals, religion columnist Terry Mattingly seemed to lament on an episode of Issues Etc that he was told that there was only a handful on the list that would not be seen on Fox News. In the interview, Mattingly seemed to suggest that even Billy Graham was uncomfortable with this term straddling the boundaries between theology and sociology because of the cultural connotations that have accrued to the concept. This is because, Mattingly suggests, the term has come to describe White Republicans. Why is it that White Republicans need to apologize for their values? Are Black religionists, Muslims, or Jews also expected to articulate such self-reflective loathing on command?

The NAACP is objecting to President Trump visiting the civil rights museum. Had the President not appeared, these racialist agitators would have raised a fuss about that as well. The propaganda office of this subversive front group had probably prewritten two versions of the story to foment faux outrage over either contingency.

Fox News pundit Greg Gutfeld has publically stated that he hopes Roy Moore loses. Thus far, the has been little definitive proof offered that Moore actually violated any laws. The allegations are that he violated the rules of decorum as imposed by an increasingly shrill and uptight cabal of WOMENNNNN that just this time last year getting ready to don their cranial haberdash depicting female anatomy. If this is the case, shouldn’t Gutfeld himself be cautious before his own near constant litany of wisecracks making lighthearted jest about abduction, sexual slavery, and serial killing get him banned from the polite company of the broadcast airwaves as well?

Roy Moore’s wife is being asked to account for anti-Semitism because she publicly noted one of the staff attorney’s is Jewish. In a spirit of ecumenical awareness, are Jewish individuals aspiring to elected office going to be asked to renounce the explicit anti-Christianism of the Talmund?

It is argued that it is unacceptable for a 30 year old Roy Moore to date even a 17 or 18 year old because such young minds are impressionable and easy to manipulate. Then why is it acceptable for those of that age to go into the armed services for the purposes of giving their lives in their country’s wars? Is not the government making promises of providing education and enlistment bonuses not much different than a man promising to lavish assorted material niceties on a compliant young woman?

Liberals are outraged that Roy Moore has not yet conceded defeat in the Alabama senatorial campaign. But so long as his followers are not threatening to take to the streets as an excuse to loot hair care product retailers and electronics establishments, does it really matter? That’s more of an assurance than is provided by these leftist agitation rackets when they don’t get their way.

Rep Mo Brooks announced on the floor of Congress that he has prostate cancer. How long until one of these delicate marms that was rampaging in the streets this time last year decked in a head covering symbolizing female genitalia flies into a tizzy that references to the male anatomy violates her safe space and sparks anxieties regarding patriarchy and rape culture?

So are these WOMMMMMENNN that now insist that social interaction with a prominent or positioned man automatically constitutes an abuse of power irrespective of whether or not he pitches a little woo before trying to cop a feel willing to settle for a variety of dude where a weekend get away consists of dining off of the fast food extra value menu and an occasional run to Ollies or perhaps even Walmart if he is feeling particular extravagant?

A number of Christian leaders are getting on board the sexual harassment bandwagon where not only are unsolicited touching or comments are out of line but apparently any non-professional fraternization is now as well. Many of these same thinkers would then turn to hyperpiety insisting it is unacceptable to pursue romance in a church setting since one is to be there to contemplate nothing but God. Online dating is frowned upon because, well, that’s not the way it was done in the 1800’s and you might stumble upon someone beyond the narrow doctrinal proclivities of the exegete on this sort of tirade. These ministers then get in the pulpit and beat singles over the head because they have not gotten married by the time they are 40 (25 if the speaker is Albert Mohler who stands with draw dropped at Roy Moore’s past even though the jurist’s behavior epitomizes the sort of approach Mohler would have applauded most likely this time last year and certainly nothing compared to the scandal of C.J. Mahaney whom Mohler recently assured still had thousands of Evangelical supporters).

In commenting on the sexual harassment scandals, homeschool activist Kevin Swanson remarked that women do not react well to powermongers. Yet they are supposed to go along with the sort of system he advocates where young women are to be discouraged from pursuing higher education and should be married off at the first signs of biological maturity.

A brawl erupted among lingerie aficionados in front of a Victoria’s Secret at a mall in Florida. A concurrent investigation has been launched over allegedly racist remarks posted by a sheriff’s deputy’s wife on social media. Shouldn’t that expenditure of police resources outrage feminists? After all, it does not view her as her own person but rather as little more than livestock that her husband failed to control.

Liberals are outraged over potential Trump tax cuts. Senator Bernie Sanders in response lamented that the treasury is being looted. Rosie O’Donnel offered to donate $2 million dollars to any Republican Senator willing to vote against the legislation. For questioning the legality of such a gesture, the no longer funny comedian told columnist Ben Shapiro to perform oral gratification on a bodily appendage she does not possess as a woman but probably wishes she did as a lesbian. If fiscal solvency is truly a conviction of these assorted ideologues, why don’t they simply continue to pay the amount to the government that their taxes have been reduced by? Since they like nothing more than to propagandize, they could turn this into a movement where those like them believing ultimate meaning is derived from the state can continue to render their financial oblation of their own free will whether it is required or not.

An Atlantic headline reads, “The Intrusion Of White Families Into Bilingual Schools”. First, if Whites are paying taxes, they have every right to be there. Second, if this is now the attitude of the prevailing liberal elites, on what grounds do they pitch their annual February fits about the Southern governors that blocked school integration?

An Atlantic headline reads, “The Intrusion Of White Families Into Bilingual Schools”. And if White payments complained or took action to keep their children out of such schools, the liberal media would pitch a fit just as loud about that.

A&E was advertising a program that was to feature Father Pfleger. Will his relationships with anti-White subversives such as Louis Farakhan, Jeremiah Wright and Al Sharpton be exposed and critically examined? Or do liberals merely agitate to prevent religious controversialists from being broadcast on the network when they are Duck Commander?

If the countries that the media are condemning President Trump for describing as excrement holes are so wonderful, why are so many from these particular lands swarming here?

A whelp at a public meeting in Carroll County, MD insists that she is unable to concentrate in school sitting next to a classmate adorned in Confederate battle flag attire because such an act promotes division. So should the prohibtion being proposed also apply to Black students wearing clothing telling everyone that they are Black (as if such an assessment could not be made from looking at the individual) as well as hijabs, and yalmulkes since these also promote the message of “Look at me. I’m better than you.”

by Frederick Meekins

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Hit & Run Commentary #104

Donald Trump is accused of being unstable and thin skinned. As if Hillary was any better emotionally? Say something she or one of the gaulieters in her biddy brigade didn’t like and you are accused of being a predator on the level of Harvey Weinstein. Furthermore, how many that have crossed Trump have met with “mysterious ends” in comparison to the Clintons? And how is Trump’s skin any thinner than Obama’s? Tick Obama off and you’d feel like an Israelite in the desert having an “I am the Lord thy God” judgment handed down against you in terms of how loud Obama would get. Would remind one of Loud Howard on the Dilbert cartoon.

It was said in a revival sermon that the multiple hurricanes to hit the southern United States this past season were surely judgment from God. So if the pattern returns to normal and there are no major storms for the next several years, ought we to therefore conclude that sufficient contrition and repentance has been offered to mollify the Almighty?

So if we aren’t supposed to believe J. Edgar Hoover regarding the dirt he had on Martin Luther King, why should we automatically believe what the FBI Director is now revealed to have said regarding the Kennedy Assassination?

In a sermon on II Chronicles 7:14, it was said that the Christians of a nation are at fault for the evil and decay in their respective lands. So when the House Church in Red China is persecuted, if we follow this revivalist’s logic, are we to assume that the oppression is their own fault?

In a sermon, it was said that things were different in the nation’s schools just a few short decades ago. To an extent, this is correct. But in terms of the doctrine taught, weren’t the seeds of upheaval actually being planted then?

A pastor in a homiletical illustration claimed that a relative’s home repair project failed because it was undertaken on the Lord’s Day. Given that the Sabbath and the Lord’s Day are two different occasions, where does it say in Scripture someone cannot make home repairs on Sunday? Especially if church is over by noon?

Devoted Papalists are seething with anti-Luther animus over the celebration of the Protestant Reformation. It seems that the mutual respect called for by the likes of Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is apparently only a one way street. For some, it has become something of a hobby to point out the ethical and theological shortcomings of this particular religious figure under consideration. As if Lorenzo de Medici was elevated to the Papacy solely on the merits of his devotional piety and theological acumen. Perhaps a more level headed Reformer might have stepped forward if institutional Catholicism had not been so insistent about upholding doctrinal and organizational conformity at the edge of a sword.

How is condemning from the pulpit those not doing more than they are comfortable with different than the Osteenism that fundamentalist expositors often rail against? So would this same sort of minister be as supportive if what a person felt the Holy Spirit was nudging them towards was another sort of church altogether?

If God is omnipresent, who is to say that those that remained in the pews during revivalistic theatrics were not as much communing with God as those kneeling at the “altar steps”?

Where does it say in the Bible that it is a manifestation of the sin nature not to do something that the pastor wants that is merely a matter of opinion or procedure rather than something clearly delineated in the pages of revelation? There’s definitely saying you are obligated to give up a free weekday morning for prayer meeting.

It was said in a sermon that it is hurtful for members to run from small churches into megachurches because the pastor of the small church simply wants to preach the word of God. Maybe so. But where is the mere pewfiller supposed to find the sorts of opportunities that they want to experience just as much as the small church pastor? So are we supposed to put our lives on hold just so such a pastor can be fulfilled in terms of career and ministry? And when the rare opportunity becomes available in these small churches, will the person that has been forced to sit there never be allowed to do anything that they might have a desire to such as teach Sunday school be allowed to because they have never been granted an opportunity or are these opening going to be bestowed upon someone that gained the experience in one of these megachurches? And in regards to some of these small churches, if the parishioner dutifully remains, is that person going to be made to feel less than fully human or Christian if that person never marries as often occurs in hardline congregations because there are no other singles in that church?

If someone has the tune “Tomorrow” from Annie playing in their head as an earwig, is that really something that needs to be confessed during testimony time like it is some sort of grave shortcoming?

Given that Allison Mack has been accused of being what amounts to a priestess in an abusive sex cult, shouldn’t the reference to her Smallville character Chloe been removed from this week’s episode of Supergirl if precedent regarding other thespians accused of similar offenses is to be adhered to?

Apparently any attention directed towards a woman is now harassment. The sorts of women now raising a fuss are the very same ones that then turn around and pitch a fit when men of discernment come to the conclusion that these gals aren’t worth it and turn to lives of seclusion and solitude to wait out the Apocalypse or at least the collapse of civilization.

Didn’t the same liberal culture elites lamenting the antics of Harvey Weinstein and now making unprovable allegations against Roy Moore at one time foist upon the culture propaganda insinuating that, if you are still a virgin at 40, you are somehow even more defective than Forrest Gump because even that cinematic retard sired a bastard by the town whore?

Do Evangelicals such as Russell Moore eager to condemn Roy Moore for his unconventional courtship practices also plan to condemn their theological colleagues insisting that young believers should be married by the time that they are 23 years of age or that a girl is on the verge of being an old maid if she’s not married by the time she’s had her first “monthly”? Wasn’t Roy Moore simply living out the sort of worldview advocated by Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” who suggested girls out to be married by the time they are 16 years old?

If one of the targets of Moore’s pitched woo is quoted as saying that she in part felt flattered, that means at one point she liked the attention. In regards to the allegedly forced kiss, if the outcome is that men no longer kiss short of a notarized affidavit, these sorts of wenches going to refrain from criticizing such men as passive or unassertive?

According to the Guardian, a Christmas card depicting a redbreasted robin has been censored from Facebook for being allegedly “adult themed”. Will Kentucky Fried Chicken be similarly banned from from the social media platform because of the perennial quandary it forces consumers to make in favor of breasts or thighs?

The desiccated marms tossing a fit over Roy Moore attempting to date young women still over the age of consent are likely the same skanks that just a few short months ago that went ballistic over Vice President Mike Pence refusing to dine alone with a woman other than his wife or being in a room without his wife where alcohol is served.

Mitch McConnell suggests that Roy Moore should step down as a Senate candidate largely on the basis of unproven allegations over conduct on the part of the seemingly devout jurist some might find objectionable but that likely was not illegal. So should McConnell himself be required to step down largely on the basis of a rumor on the part of a disgruntled female? After all, having been divorced once and married twice, there has got to be at least one woman out there claiming he did something overwhelmingly unacceptable which can consist of nothing more than a raised voice or a single misemphasized word in a sentence these days. That’s usually enough to get the feminist goon squad worked up into a frenzy just about calling for a public castration.

I fail to see an inability to remember the reference coordinates of a particular passage of Scripture indicates an insufficient level of gratitude for it. While the numbering system is a useful tool in locating specific texts, these are man made division and not divine in origin.

Perhaps people living in the twenty-first century shouldn’t stand in judgment of the past. But that said, neither should those in the distant past figuratively stand in judgment of those now living in regards to issues not clearly spelled out in Scripture. Just because something was done a certain way “back then” does not necessarily make it correct by default.

In a sermon, it was insisted that one must thank God for misery and suffering. Apparently it is not enough as Scripture counsels to be thankful in all things. If such is as the homilist insisted, wouldn’t it be wrong to pray for suffering to end? After all, one does not pray for things considered blessings to end or be taken away. For example, one never prays, “Lord, we thank you for this food, but please prevent it from nourishing our bodies.” I am thankful that my dad and brother are here with me to go through this and that my mom is no longer suffering and is in Heaven. But no, I am not thankful that she died. If we are to express gratitude for all things, why do clergy never express gratitude for collection plates being lighter or for their being fewer rears in the pews for Sunday School or the Sunday evening gig?

Almost as disturbing as PBS propagandist Charlie Rose cavorting naked before fellow employees is that apparently is so gripped by a secret society mentality apparently bordering in Bohemian Grove levels that no one jumped at the chance to break the sort of story that they should have been chomping at the bit to publish even if initially anonymously in a tabloid or gossip website.

A pastor is taking guff for suggesting that Roy Moore dated younger woman for their moral purity. Frankly, nowadays a man is probably better off assuming that the young are just every bit the skanks (and possibly even more so) that the older ones are. However, if Roy Moore did not begin dating until older in life, why is he obligated to settle for sloppy seconds? Jesus might forgive, but for whatever reason in this life He doesn’t remove STD’s.

An episode of Generations Radio is titled “Did Moore Commit Sexual Sin?” Did this program broadcast an episode explicitly asking such addressing why its former cohost Dave Buehner suddenly vanished for allegedly similar reasons?

The Canadian Prime Minister has apologized to the so-called indigenous population there for in the past snatching such children for the purposes of indoctrination. Wonder if he will extend a similar sentiment to parents (particularly Christians) there refusing to go along brainswashing their children with the contemporary prevailing orthodoxies in regards to multiculturalism, the acceptance of alternative lifestyles, and even vaccinations.

A story published in the 11/24/17 edition of Newsweek makes note of the “Far Right’s Pedophile Obsession”. The article is subtitled “Why are pro-Trump provacetuers are using allegations of pedophilia to smear the left”. But aren’t the ones on the left making a fuss that Roy Moore’s antics permissible under Alabama law ought to result in the sorts of raised eyebrows getting the attention of law enforcement and the placement of the accused offender on some sort of registry?

The owners of a Maryland farm rented for a conference shut down the proceedings mid event upon learning that racialist Richard Spenser was the organizer. As such, shouldn’t this venue be subjected to the same penalties that befall Christian bakers refusing to prepare cakes for gay weddings?

Some of Matt Lauer’s ribald shenanigans were alleged to have taken place at the Winter Olympics. Perhaps the next sexcapade that needs to be detailed is how the Olympic village is usually as debauched as the Playboy Mansion.

Interesting how no one has actually refuted the accuracy of the controversial videos retweeted by President Trump of Islamist violence but rather have fired back with “Kneel before Zod!” pronouncements about inclusion and divisiveness.

By Frederick Meekins

Hit & Run Commentary #103

If it is a rule that NFL players must stand during the National Anthem and a rule that players can’t engage in showboating gyrations following a touchdown, on what grounds now is it legitimate to penalize a player that engages in celebratory dance?

A homily posted at SermonAudio is titled “Signs Of I Spiritual Immaturity”. A foremost one ought to be that this pastor in question went on for 92 minutes on this one topic.

Having returned from a tour of assorted Reformation sites in Europe, home school activist Kevin Swanson in a SermonAudio podcast now thinks it is his place to hand down decrees as to how you are obligated to spend your vacation. If that sort of itinerary emphasizing ecclesiastical tourism now makes him spiritually superior to other believers, how does that differ appreciably than medieval Catholic pilgrimages?

It was posted at SermonAudio by one minister having returned from a tour of religiously significant sites in Europe that many Christians leave Jesus out of their vacations. So unless you are being explicitly religious at all times as you relax, your weekend at the beach or afternoon at the local amusement park is now the equivalent of Thai sex tourism.

It was astutely pointed out in a sermon that the Christian must be careful in desiring to the point of envy the blessings God has given someone else but not intended for you. It should also be pointed out for the need of other Christians not to look down on those or to hinder the opportunities of others to whom God has not extended certain blessings that organized religion often instead views as life milestones that indicate that those having not experienced them for whatever reason are morally or spiritually deficient.

Frankly, Americans ought to be less offended about a President calling on professional athletes to stand during the National Anthem than these Presidents demanding we give back to the COMMUNITY with uncompensated voluntarism as if what we do for pay is of no public benefit.

In support of the professional athletes disrespecting the national anthem and the flag, the pastoral staff of Berean Baptist Church in a SermonAudio podcast remarked how America is still racially divided and how 11 AM Sunday is still allegedly the most “segregated” hour of the week. So which of the all White pastoral staff is going to resign so that a minority can hired to start the racial healing that these ministers are demanding of the remainder of us?

It is being suggested that Americans should be required to pass a mental fitness evaluation up to and including a record free of depression before being allowed to own a firearm. What would then prevent such a requirement from being placed upon other constitutional liberties before a citizen would be permitted to exercise such rights?

Why do we need to ban silencers if they were not used in the Las Vegas attack? A silencer is not part of the gun that kills a person. Most really know no more about silencers than they do lightsabers. They are nothing more than something fascinatingly spooky that has been seen in a movie.

Moron pundit Joe Scarborough claims that the only reason civilians stockpile weapons is in order to kill American soldiers or the government. But isn’t that the primary reason why law enforcement and military also stockpile weapons in order to coerce compliance from civilian populations?

It was said on Saturday Night Live in reference to guns, no one needs 47 of anything. Does that include the number of sex partners had by the average homosexual or even straight deviant of whom an inordinate number of entertainers rank?

Rush Limbaugh is concerned that President Trump is becoming increasingly dictatorial. In particular, the broadcasting legend is referring to Trump’s ongoing remarks regarding the intentional disrespect of the flag and national anthem on the part of a number of professional athletes. But wouldn’t Limbaugh’s keenly analytical mind be better directed towards the hints on the part of Trump threatening the revocation of broadcast licenses over news coverage critical of administration policy?

For leaving a game amidst NFL players refusing to respect the National Anthem, Vice President Mike Pence has been accused of political grandstanding. So how is what he did any more reprehensible than the actions of the recalcitrant athletes? Why must their rights of conscience by celebrated but not those of the Vice President?

A pastor remarked that, if you don’t like an opinion articulated by a pastor, you should not leave the church because the pastor is merely exercising his First Amendment rights. But what about the First Amendment rights of the mere pewfiller to find a church the matches closest with their particular understanding of doctrine and its application in the life of the believer?

Diversitymongers have condemned a group of Poles that gathered along the border of that Eastern European nation in an act of prayer. Critics opposing this event claimed that this mass invocation of deity could be construed as a deliberate refusal to accept Islamic migration into the country. So apparently Poles aren’t allowed to preserve their heritage but little is apparently said when Islamic regimes execute converts in order to preserve theirs.

A church that actually tossed its support in favor of the anti-American NFL protesters remarked that there is actually nothing the NFL could do that would prevent most American men from watching football. To watch or not to watch in light of these developments is an individual decision and not exactly one where church leaders ought to be making “Thus sayeth the Lord” style proclamations.

Interesting how Michael Savage buttered up to Laura Ingraham on his 10/11/17 broadcast. I remember him at one time deriding her as “that woman that always wears a cross” as if he didn’t even know her name.

Producers of the upcoming flop Star Trek: Discovery revealed that the new version of the Klingons are based upon Trump voters in that the characters are advocates of genetic purity. As if the moronic Federation and Starfleet policy that all philosophies are equal is workable and wouldn’t lead to civilization’s collapse. If anything, Trump would be more like a Ferengi. It is a shame that those now granted control over this venerable science fiction series understand neither current events or the backgrounds of these characters.

President Bush said White supremacy and bigotry are blasphemy against American values. And Black Lives Matter, La Raza, Islamic jihadism, and Jewish supremacism are not?

Soon one will need an ID or even a passport (if one’s home state is not in compliance with the Real ID Act) to travel between domestic airports within the United States (but apparently not to vote). Mark these words. Just as it is now against the law to withdraw an amount from the bank less than the amount that now triggers the scrutiny of revenuers if for the purposes to evade these reporting requirements, citizens will be subjected to criminal penalties if it is learned they selected a mode of transportation other than flight in order to avoid this form of intrusive surveillance.

If these actresses were so appalled to find out what Hollywood producers were really like (something known since the middle decades of the past century), why didn’t they return to lives of relative obscurity such as Walmart cashiers? Some of what has been exposed is akin to going on American Idol and being shocked when Simon Cowell proceeds to berate you for a shoddy performance.

Even if not himself guilty of any direct incident, in regards to sexual harassment and the verbal mistreatment of WOMEEEENNN, isn’t Howard Stern the equivalent of Tokyo Rose or Jane Fonda in Hanoi?

Donald Trump has Tweeted: “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.” That means secret society elites will have the final say as to whether or not this information is released. And if it is, what proof will we have that it is complete or not doctored?

Regarding those wanting to ban Civil War reenactments. If that form of free speech and right to assemble can be infringed upon, why not also ban Antifa and Black Lives Matter while we are at it? There is nothing in the First Amendment about those wanting to assemble on public land being required to meet a specific ideological threshold.

By Frederick Meekins

You Wouldn’t Want To Live At The Time Of Christ’s Birth

A line of narrative in a Christmas cantata described the time in which Christ was born as “simpler”.

One could legitimately say that era in question was certainly less technologically advanced.

However, a case could be made that life then was actually much more complex and complicated to navigate.

Most today might want to get away from the ubiquitousness of their gadgets for a time.

However, would anyone from today really want to remain in such a setting?

It’s doubtful most of us would survive for very long, but that is nothing to be ashamed of as we were not meant to be in that time.

The infrastructure of Bethlehem, and probably even the most advanced cities of that day such as Rome or Athens, was so lacking at the time that Mary had to give birth in a barn.

Statistically, just think how many other women had children that night traveling to fulfill the requirements of the census with less of a guarantee that the child was going to survive until adulthood.

Most of the discerning distrust the government now.

But despite the shortcomings of these agencies, have any of us faced the military or law enforcement deliberately killing all of the babies of a particular town just for spite?

IRS requirements to file taxes are burdensome and frustrating enough; however, at least we are not required to return to our respective hometowns in order to do so.

The celebrations of Christmas beautifully announce to the world that the Savior entered into it so that we might be redeemed from the consequences of our sin.

However, we also need a reminder that the world into which the Messiah willingly entered ultimately to die at the time was neither all that joyful or beautiful.

By Frederick Meekins

Headline Potpourri #102

The pastoral staff of Berean Baptist Church in reflecting on the Charlottesville disturbances elaborated that statues built in honor of men are not Biblical. So if these edifices are going to be construed in light of the prohibition against graven images, will they going to ask SermonAudio to remove their profile portraits posted on the site?

It was said on the podcast of Berean Baptist Church that areas with populations feeling thusly should be allowed to vote on the removal of Confederate statues. Firstly, will this church as enthusiastically defend jurisdictions voting to retain their Confederate statues? Secondly, is their proof that this opposition is a grassroots movement indigenous to the South or is this the next iteration of the carpetbagger phenomena? If Yankees don’t want Southerners imposing outdated morality on the rest of America, perhaps the Yankees should keep their views north of the Mason/Dixon Line.

In consideration of whether Jesus would be politically right or left, homeschool activist Kevin Swanson said he was uncomfortable with either the Democratic or Republican Parties. That is largely because politics is concerned about being disputatious about unimportant things. So how is that different than what some people feel about hardline denominationalists and the theological peculiarities or ecclesiastical idiosyncrasies of such?

In a sermon, a pastor got all jacked out of shape that Trump joked about police not having to be gentle as suspects are taken into custody. Such remarks are certainly out of line. But the approach called for is still probably more gentle than the treatment received by the Branch Davidians and Randy Weaver at the hands of the Clinton regime.

During a sermon on predestination, a pastor accused one youth in the audience of distracting another from hearing about the most important thing in the world. But if that youngster was not meant to be one of the called, does it really matter if the student hears a message that he is incapable of responding in the affirmative to? Furthermore, how do we not know that the distractor was not fulfilling a divinely appointed role to keep the distracted from not hearing a message that he was never intended to hear in the first place?

In a lecture on mature manhood posted at SermonAudio, Pastor Sean Harris lamented the increasing trend where young women are stuck to chronologically advanced males that are still mentally boys. As if many of these contemporary wenches that those under admonishment end up with are prize pigs themselves?

In a Sermon Audio upload, Pastor Sean Harris condemned the phenomena where wives end up essentially being replacement mothers for their listless deadbeat husbands. Will there be an accompanying sermon where trashy, spendaholic woman will be criticized for viewing their husbands as little more than replacement daddies in terms picking up the credit card tab?

In a SermonaAudio tirade, Pastor Sean Harris warned girls that men want to sleep with them. But unless it is rape, did not the girls want to sleep with the males as well? The young women were further counseled that often men will fake being Christian in order to marry them in order to do so. And that is worse how from women pulling a similar scam in terms of getting what they want particularly in terms of finances?

In a sermon, Pastor Sean Harris urged young women not to pay attention to young men that did not live up to a set of criteria that he proceeded to elaborate. All well and good. But will young men be admonished to similarly pay no mind to young women that do not exhibit a similar degree of modesty and enthusiasm for living frugally and doing housework?

Regarding a sermon by Berean Baptist Church Pastor Sean Harris that did nothing but condemn young men with nary a criticism directed towards the failings young women. If these “godly” women marry the appealing ungodly young man rather than the less attractive godly one, if the lives of such girls end up miserable, isn’t that no one’s fault but their own?

Interesting how in a sermon in condemnation of the contemporary adult male Pastor Sean Harris insinuated that men are obligated to work themselves to the bone for some wench but seemed to suggest that it was out of line for men to expect gratitude to be bestowed for this provision in terms of housework completed and bedroom compliance. That is, after all, why a man puts up with the hassle of getting married in the first place.

Regarding these descendants making a name for themselves bashing their ancestor Robert E. Lee. Apparently they don’t despise the notoriety deriving from such enough to renounce their proverbial fifteen minutes of fame and any lucrative speaking engagements or book deals likely to result from such.

Joel Osteen’s alleged delay in opening Lakewood Church to the victims of Hurricane Harvey will not be remembered as his finest hour. However, the reluctance can be understandable. Osteen might have been concerned that the facility would likely be torn to pieces like the Superdome was during Hurricane Katrina. And, as in the case of the horrors claimed to have taken place in that arena during that particular national calamity, would Lakewood Church be held liable for any rapes or sexual assaults committed on the property by those extended refuge?

In a sermon condemning the contemporary young adult male while deliberately glossing over the shortcomings of the contemporary young adult female, Pastor Sean Harris droned on about new mothers returning to work because of fathers not sufficiently providing. But is it that the father is not making an effort or is it that he’s not providing the standard that she prefers? For example, is she having to settle for Aldi’s and Savealot when she thinks she is deserving of Whole Foods and is being forced to shop at the local thrift store rather than Noordstrom’s or Sacks Fifth Avenue?

In a SermonAudio homily that highlighted the shortcomings of the contemporary young adult male while totally ignoring the as shocking shortcomings of the contemporary young adult female, Pastor Sean Harris remarked that “real men” do not live with their parents. If he wants to maintain the fiction that his congregation holds to Sola Scriptura, can he provide a verse reference proving this assertion? Fascinating how the Hebrew Patriarchs are invoked by many of the hardline fundamentalists when denigrating modern dating where the individual makes their own selection of a mate rather than settling for the one provided by parents but the fact that the likes of Issac resided with his parents well into his forties is conveniently glossed over without mention.

In his analysis of the demise of Christian bookstores, homseschool activist Kevin Swanson characterized the death of Thomas Kincaid as a result of an overdose as a picture of American Christianity. If that is the case, couldn’t it just as legitimately be said that the picture of the Reformed homeschool movement was the fall of Doug Phillips from Vision Forum Ministries as a result of an affair with the hired help or the dismissal of Swanson’s former sidekick Dave Buehner for similar carnal improprieties?

Reflecting upon the demise of Christian bookstores, homeschool activist Kevin Swanson veered into criticism of painter Thomas Kincaid. In the analysis, Swanson insisted that the late artist’s work lacked gravitas. But then again, are we Christians obligated to hang depressing works in our living rooms or over the mantle?

In his condemnation of Christian bookstores, homeschool activist Kevin Swanson compared a book on raising boys written by a Christian psychologist and one written by a pastor. He noted critically how the one written by the psychologist was primarily practical in nature and only had a smattering of Bible verses. The book written by the pastor, on the other hand, was highly praised for containing numerous Scriptures. But isn’t each written by a professional that by training is an expert in a distinct yet not necessarily conflicting field? The concern should have instead been if the pastor hadn’t utilized so many verses and was attempting to pass himself off as a psychologist? At no time was it clarified whether or not the psychologist was peddling advice that in anyway contradicted Biblical teaching. The psychologist might have simply been providing ways by which Biblical teaching could be put into practice. Many of these professional religionists bind the Christian in a sort of proverbial catch 22. They insist that all knowledge is God’s knowledge and that there needs to be the influence of believers in these various fields of study but they then turn around in a tizzy when these issues are approached in a manner different than how they would be handled from the Sunday pulpit.

In exegesis of Esther’s proclamation that if she perished, she perished, a pastor remarked that he could not understand why Americans are reluctant to die. Probably because it was God that placed a survival instinct into all living creatures. And apart from hardline Islamists that have to work at undermine this through intensive brainwashing and spiritual manipulation, are there really that many people that are either young or healthy eager to die? If one is going to make as part of one’s pulpit persona how much one admires Jewish culture, shouldn’t one know that one of their catch phrases is “To life!”?

Congress has passed a resolution demanding the President condemn White supremacism. Will this quickly be followed will successive decrees calling for similar condemnation of Black Lives Matter, enthusiasts of the knock out game, Hispanosupremacist organizations such La Raza and Mecha, and the fanatical babykillers of Planned Parenthood?

So why is CNN propagandist Don Lemon being praised for getting on the bandwagon that fat bottomed girls make the world go round and that he likes big butts and he cannot lie but a husband that confessed similar sentiments on social media regarding his wife was castigated as if he was some kind of domestic abuser?

At the Pentagon 9/11 Commemoration, Secretary of Defense James Mattis declared, “Mr. President, your military does not scare.” So is that sense of courage why a number of elite military functionaries about tripped all over themselves to condemn the Charlottesville disturbances (a domestic political incident the military had no business addressing in the first place) in a manner that totally ignored the role Antifa rabblerousers played in exacerbating the incident?

Secularists are in an uproar over Trump judicial nominee Amy Burrett for seeming to suggest that, as a Catholic, there are instances where fidelity to religious teaching might take precedence over an oath sworn to uphold the Constitution. Such a statement does cause the discerning to stop for a moment of reflection. But upon further consideration, how is her sentiment appreciably worse than most of the fiats issued by numerous administrations irrespective of party finding no basis whatsoever in the Constitution? A perfect example is no doubt the DACA decree of the Obama regime that the very same progressives raising this concern about a jurist’s legal ideology are in an uproar over Trump attempting to find a more appropriate statutory foundation for.

President Trump assures that there will be a wall but just not right now. That translates from political gibberish that, if one is ever built, it likely won’t be during the Trump regime.

If NFL players should be allowed to sit down during the National Anthem without repercussion in violation of the rules, why should the property owner along Interstate 95 in Virginia be required to comply the with a zoning ordinance pulled out of the backside of municipal officials infringing upon his free speech to fly an enormous Confederate flag?

By Frederick Meekins

Corporatists Profit From Christmas While Subtly Mocking It

Over the past couple of decades, the cultured despisers of religion have attempted to undermine celebrations primarily Christian in nature through outright bans of the symbols commemorating a particularly beloved time of year.
However, such efforts have proven largely unsuccessful.

Americans have resisted with such vehemence that the nation elected a President that raised the issue of referring to December 25th explicitly as Christmas nearly to the level of a plank in his campaign platform.

As masters of psychological warfare, secularists now seem to be pursuing a strategy where, if one cannot outright ban Christmas, one can at least insert messages disrespecting the holiday into the advertising pervasive throughout ubiquitous media.

In one advertisement, instead of a baby Jesus figurine resting in the manger, a British bakery replaced the Christ child with a partially masticated sausage role.

Given that sausage is often composed of swine parts that cannot be consumed as other cuts of meat, would this business if its executives desired continued existence portrayed Muhammad in a similarly flippant manner?

And speaking of Muslims, adherents of that particular faith are utilized in another marketing endeavor on the part of a business wanting to brand itself as slapping Christians across the face.

In a commercial produced by a British supermarket chain, those depicted are asked what it is that they like to eat for Christmas.

One of the families asked is not simply Muslim but there is no denying such as they are depicted in the head garb distinctive to hardline interpretations of that faith.

One might legitimately respond that the beauty of Christmas is that anyone is free to celebrate the joy of that particular season.

After all, Christmas is big business in Japan with the majority of the population there being Shinto and/or Buddhist.

However, the obliteration of Western civilization has not been a particular goal of the Japanese since the end of World War II.

It has been admitted that a number of Muslims do not so much wear these outfits out of a sense of piety or modesty but rather as a way to explicitly articulate their animosity towards Christendom and to do their part to see that that particular way of life is replaced with a global caliphate.

As in the case of the sausage role advertisement, could a similar commercial be produced where the roles are reversed where a Saudi Arabian grocery asked Christians residing there how they enjoy Ramadan with the Christians responding with a nice succulent pork chop or a crispy piece of bacon?

Corporate media is so deliberate in nature that nothing within the messages it propagates is an accident or mere coincidence.

As such, if an aspect of such can be construed as disrespectful of either Christmas or Christianity, it is pretty safe to assume such was the intention of the mind composing such a sentiment.

By Frederick Meekins

The Cultural Impact Of Worldview & Apologetics, Part 5

Sadly though, this is the age of extremes. On the one hand, there are Christians that no doubt find Disney classics such as “Snow White”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Pinocchio” too racy for their tastes. And on the other, there are those professing to be Christians that cannot adopt quickly enough the popular fads and affectations of any particular moment. One prominent example of overeager accommodation to the spirit of the time is the Emergent Church movement.
If one is to chastise the Evangelical and Fundamentalist wings of Christianity for overly embracing social conservatism as epitomized by the Republican Party, to remain consistent one would also be required to enunciate an admonishment against the Emergent Church’s headlong rush into what could probably be described as countercultural liberalism. Realizing the sway postmodernism has over Western society and the power of its methodology to expose potentially hidden hypocrisies and inconsistencies, advocates of the Emerging Church believe that the wiser course may be to surf the postmodern wave on a Christian board than to firmly plant one’s feet and fight against the tide.

Emergent Church leaders such as Brian McLaren hope that the postmodernist impulse to examine and in most cases set aside the cultural assumptions often below the surface we are not aware of will assist believers to get back to the earliest expressions of the Christian faith that existed before it was institutionalized as a socio-cultural edifice. McLaren views the impact of modernity upon the Church as having been especially deleterious.

Fundamentalists not that familiar with the direction in which McLaren takes his analysis might initially think they have found an ally in McLaren. However, in many respects, McLaren is harder on those one might categorize as conservative Evangelicals than he is on the shortcomings of the contemporary world.

According to McLaren, modernity in the West has fostered the desire to conqueror and control all of the structures of reality from the physical to the epistemological through the process of scientific analysis and classification. The result has been to mechanize all of existence (including human beings) to the point where the souls encountered by the Christian and the resulting relationships are not seen as ends in themselves worthy of care and nurture but rather as strategic stepping stones simply along the path to accumulating conversion statistics (230).

Concerns raised by McLaren regarding authenticity are quite valid. Even for those that have been Christians for years and even decades, it is easy in a megachurch setting to feel like little more than a statistic used to justify the next phase of the building expansion while in a small church it is easy to come away with the sense that one is not welcome unless one is in complete enthusiastic agreement on nonessentials if one is an average pewsitter. However, there are a number of dangers that result from the Emergent Church’s posture against dogmatism.

According to McLaren, the modern age was marked by a quest for certainty and absolute knowledge (230). In the Church, this has manifested itself in the tendency to insist upon an exclusivity of belief that points out the deficiencies of competing faiths and emphasizes the superiority of Biblical revelation. Of this approach to matters of theology and religion, R.Scott Smith writes, “In that process…faith tends to be treated as a rigid belief system that must be accepted instead of a unique, joyful way of living, loving, and serving (230).”

Ideally in a world accepting of and at peace with the Gospel, that would be how Christ would be introduced to those hungering to have their sins forgiven and life more abundantly. And though the Christian must always strive to show as much respect and kindness to the unbeliever as possible, neither can it be ignored that the world has been so warped by sin that Satan is always on the prowl seeking those whom he may devour. There are those out there that are wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing seeking to infiltrate the church for the sole purposes of destroying it.

There are things that are just plain wrong. Both clergy and possibly even more so the laity must be on guard against them.

If the Christian does not possess an existential certainty that makes the leap of faith from the ledge of high factual probability, though one does not attend to secure salvation one can think of a number of more enjoyable ways to spend Sunday morning. A number of these would include remaining in ones nocturnal raiment rather than slipping into the most uncomfortable garments likely hanging in one’s closet. More importantly, if one is to be of the mindset that it is improper to point out where other faiths and creeds do not measure up to Christianity, how are the young to protect themselves when these competitors attempt to lure them away? For especially when (as in the case of Islam) these outlooks have no qualms about insisting upon the superiority of their own practices and dogmas.

To the Christian fatigued by some of extremist Fundamentalism’s rules which in some circles extend to no facial hair on men despite there being no Biblical mandate for such a grooming preference, the care free times of the Emergent Church with its disdain for systematized doctrine may sound like a relief. However, once the prospective adherent delves deeper into the movement, disillusioned Fundamentalists may discover they have merely exchanged one form of excessive control for another.

R. Scott Smith writes in his analysis of the Emergent Church that Brian McLaren believes, “modernity has emphasized inordinately the autonomous individual … Likewise the church has perpetuated this individualism to the detriment of the body of Christ (230).” This assumption is itself in need of careful examination.

If by this McLaren means that under the banner of modernity that many an individual has abused the freedoms of the contemporary world to ignore those behavioral restrictions given to us that a percentage find stifling or inconvenient, he could very well be correct. Yet in a Time Magazine profile naming him one of the nation‘s most prominent Evangelicals, McLaren did not seem all that concerned about the growing support for gay marriage and homosexual intimacy. To McLaren, lamenting the advance of individuality means something else entirely.

For example, in an interview broadcast in June 2010 on Issues Etc. with Todd Wilken, McLaren kept emphasizing that Jesus did not so much come into the world to live the sinless life that we could not, die in our place as the penalty for our sins, and rise from the dead so that we might enjoy eternal life with Him in Heaven. To McLaren, the traditional Christian emphasis of Christ’s work of reconciling the individual to God in preparation for eternity is secondary to establishing God’s Kingdom here on earth.

To McLaren, the transforming power of Christ is not so much about the changing of the human heart one individual at a time on a level imperceptible to merely human eyes. McLaren believes that such shifts in consciousness or perception (to borrow New Age and postmodernist phraseology) need to be societal or planetary. However, such a revolution would not so much turn the world into one giant campus extension of Bob Jones University or Pensacola Christian College campus with well intentioned busybodies armed with rulers measuring to see if young men’s haircuts are short enough, young ladies’ hemlines long enough, and a respectable distance kept between the two sexes as they perambulate down the street.

Things would, more likely, come to resemble a form of religious socialism where the morality of an economic decision would not be determined by how well it benefited the individual or by how closely it adhered to the explicit dictates of Scripture but instead by the criteria of how it benefited the overall group, predetermined oppressed classes such as ethnic minorities, and whether or not the decision adhered to the consensus of the community. McLarenite Emergent Church types have often condemned how those on the Evangelical Right have long served as the dupes of the Republican Party; however, those enunciating such criticisms have turned right around and snuggled up with Christian leftists such as Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo who have little problem with homosexual domestic partnerships or professed Communists such as the Sandinistas of Nicaragua.

In every direction the Christian turns, he finds adherents of every conceivable worldview gaining ground throughout Western civilization and around the world. Constantly bombarded by these competing perspectives, after a while the mentally fatigued believer can grow so weary that it is easy to throw up one’s hands wondering what is the point in even trying anymore. Often it is concluded that the best strategy would be to cordon ourselves off in a Christian subculture in the attempt to preserve sound doctrine and their family’s spiritual purity.

Though that might be a noble sounding justification, it is often not the case. Often on the grounds of aspiring to a simple “just give me Jesus” kind of faith, many believers shut down their minds all together to the point of where they do not only fail to familiarize themselves with the knowledge of their adversaries but also fall into appalling ignorance of Christian things as well.

William Lane Craig points out in the essay “In Intellectual Neutral” that, on tests of generalized knowledge (think of the Jaywalking segments from the Tonight Show), Christian young people faired little better than their unbelieving counterparts. Of these findings, Craig concludes, “If Christian students are this ignorant of the general facts of history and geography then the chances are that they…are equally or even more ignorant of the facts of our own Christian heritage and doctrine…If we do not preserve the truth of our Christian heritage and doctrine, who will learn it for us (5)?”

Thus, when the Christian disengages from what are snidely referred to these days as the “Culture Wars” as if our way of life was somehow not worthy of preserving or fighting for, he does not succeed so much in keeping himself from deeds he considers impure such as heated disagreement and argument. Rather the result of such surrender is ultimately the erosion of our civilization if Christians do not rise to the challenge in a variety of venues ranging from government, academia, and even the new social media such as blogs and podcasts. If such happens, those trapped by the blinders of secularism may never otherwise be exposed to these ideas and concepts.

As a neglected discipline in many Christian circles, it becomes an easy temptation for those enthusiastic to promote a more intellectually rigorous and vital expression of the faith to downplay more existentialist manifestations of it. However, if anything, one thing that can be adapted from the Emergent Church movement is the need to be consistent and authentic in regards to how our lives should reflect closely the things that we say.

In Ecclesiastes 1:9, scripture assures that there is nothing new under the sun. Sean McDowell in the essay “Apologetics For An Emerging Generation” insists that, despite the complexities with which the issues dress themselves when confronting the inhabitants of the contemporary world, the young continue to ask the same but profoundly deep questions that they always have (260).

Therefore, it remains essential for the Christian to remain grounded in the foundations of the faith as well as familiar with the assorted challenges always arising to undermine the faith once delivered unto the saints.

By Frederick Meekins

Headline Potpourri #101

A number of jurisdictions are now considering the removal of Confederate monuments not on the grounds of opposing the values such edifices are believed to convey but rather out of a desire to prevent disturbances like the one that transpired in Charlottesville. For an age that spends a considerable amount of time contemplating the bulllying phenomena, it is clear understanding of that is lacking now more than ever. By this logic, all that “White Nationalists” would need to do to provoke the removal of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Barack Obama commemorations would be to threaten to throw a similar tantrum and these milksop bureaucratic functionaries would be required to cave to these demands like the proverbial house of cards.

Apparently even in his historically popular tweet, Obama could not promulgate an idea not placed in his mind by yet another Marxist totalitarian terrorist sympathizer.

Statists and social engineers are lamenting how Trump’s alleged reluctance to quickly and unequivocally condemning only the “White nationalists” for the Charlottesville disturbances was a missed opportunity to bring the country together. But aren’t these the same people that lecture how regrettable it is that nothing unifies people like a shared adversary to despise.

It is claimed that a primary reason to oppose the Confederate statues is because these figures conspired to tear the nation apart on the basis of racial grounds. What, like the organization La Raza that these same malcontents rank among their fellow travelers?

So do those insisting that one should be inherently suspicious of loners plan to offer up the bare number of friends required in order to evade law enforcement or intelligence community scrutiny? Furthermore, do loners really cause as much mayhem as claimed? For by definition, gangs and terrorist groups consist of numbers drawn together out of a shared desire to commit mischief in the company of others. Finally, I am not sure loners are all that into mass rallies and protests. Frankly, I am not all that thrilled with more than ten in a movie theater and will at times avoid going down a store aisle with people in it if the adjacent one is otherwise empty.

So has Ted Cruz called for a Justice Department investigation into these events held on public property were White people are banned because minority agitators are so mentally defective that they need safe spaces in order to forestall emotional breakdowns.

Probably not more than a decade ago, the advocates of gay marriage assured that states not wanting to recognize such unions would not be required to do so and that this development would in no way impact the lives of those opposing such relationships on moral or religious grounds. However, today gay marriage is for the most part, as those that like to hide behind the legal system for the purposes of eroding cultural foundations, “settled law”. Christian professionals refusing to provide a variety of services for these ceremonies face the prospect of the forms of violence utilized by the state to coerce compliance. Today we are assured often by mobs rampaging through the streets that antiquarians will be permitted to retain their Confederate statues so long as they are not on public land but rather on private property. Seldom are revolutions easily mollified. Given that many of those making these sorts of ultimatums aren’t known for their respect of private property, low long until these marauders renege on this compromise and lay waste to the treasures of those refusing to acquiesce to an interpretation of the past imposed by blatant threats and intimidation?

Russell Moore’s response to the Charlottesville disturbances conclude, “White supremacy angers Jesus of Nazareth. The question is does it anger his church?” Jesus isn’t too keen on mobs burning down people’s businesses and looting their inventory. However, Dr. Moore didn’t really have much to say about that during assorted Black Lives Matter protests. Instead he droned on about how Whites were obligated to strive to understand the hurt that led to such outbursts. If Russell Moore is so opposed to believers organizing themselves by the category of race or ethnicity, why does he sit on the board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference?

So do these preachers that condemn the tendency to judge in part based on appearance themselves marry physically unattractive women?

So if tech companies can now deny you services for violating their terms of conduct on the basis of things you do off their respective websites, why can’t Christian bakers deny gays wedding cakes for violating God’s terms of conduct?

So are those yelling the loudest about “Fascism” also going to call for the abolition of most laws regarding how you use private property such as how it can be landscaped and what natural resources found on it that the owner may use for their own benefit? For a fundamental tenet of this ideology is government control of private property and the systematic regimentation of all aspects of society. It is actually from that principle that the deprivations of civil rights on the basis of ethnicity are derived and implemented. It used to be that racism was categorized as a particularly pernicious kind of evil because of the mindset’s attempt to dehumanize individuals created in the image of God. But the offense is in danger of degenerating into a criticism invoked against those refusing to acquiesce to leftwing threats and policy preferences. As such, “Republican” political strategist Ana Navarro is even more deserving of condemnation for insisting that Donald Trump is not a human being for failing to condemn the Charlottesville disturbances as quickly and in a manner acceptable to revolutionary statist sensibilities than the President for his apparent hesitation to condemn certain perpetrators of violence even when what he did was condemn all sides undermining America in that tragic series of incidents.

WorldNetDaily needs to consider for a moment its hypocritical disingenuousnesses. In a recent article, the website seemed to insinuate that the Bible Answer Man should likely no longer be considered a Christian because the broadcaster converted from being an Charismatic Evangelical to being Eastern Orthodox. Yet in another article, Coast To Coast host George Noory is praised for respectfully considering Christian viewpoints on his broadcast and professing belief in Intelligent Design. Yet WorldNetDaily is woefully negligent in warning of the spiritual danger posed by Noory. For the type of Intelligent Design usually promoted by Noory is that man was designed by extraterrestrials. He is regularly featured on Ancient Aliens (a series that conveniently edited from its episodes most Christian researchers providing Biblical explanations for the paranormal phenomena examined by the program) spewing this cultism and Noory is a contributor to the New Age “Gaia Network”.

In response to the Charlottesville disturbances, high military functionaries are coming out in condemnation of racism. But is it the place of the military to speak out on political and cultural issues apart from the direction of the President? Do we want military brass to issue directives as to what length civilian dresses ought to be for the upcoming fashion season or how many glasses of water you ought to drink per day? Perhaps we ought to be more concerned that the military did not speak out against the destruction of private property in pursuit of policy objectives as exemplified by the Black Lives Matters and Occupy Movement upheavals?

So why is there apparently no room in America for “White nationalism” but it is apparently out of line to scrutinize migrants from nation’s where Islamic extremism is pervasive?

During the National Anthem, a number of Cleveland Browns knelt in protest. The offenders claimed that they were praying, in part, for social justice at the time. As such, perhaps they would be pleased if their salaries were confiscated and instead bestowed upon those that did not make the cut in training camp or, better yet, directed towards someone that didn’t even bother trying out for the team. For the phrase “social justice” is little more than a euphemism for wealth redistribution.

By Frederick Meekins

The Cultural Impact Of Worldview & Apologetics, Part 4

Western religions following the close of ancient history are perhaps best categorized as monotheistic in nature where the deity is a singular entity personally distinct from its creation and where the adherents of these respective faiths hope to obtain a blissful afterlife as distinct individual beings by gaining the favor of their respective deity following the conclusion of their corporeally linear existence. Though it would be intellectually dishonest to flippantly dismiss all Eastern religions as the same, but as with their counterparts in the Western division, those in this category also share a number of characteristics with one another. For the most part, Eastern religions tend to believe that individuals are continually reincarnated into this plane of physical reality as they attempt to achieve a sense of detachment so that they might achieve what amounts to an enlightened obliteration of the self through a merger with the cosmic unity (158). These concepts are such a stark contrast with the Christian worldview that the Christian will need to compare a number of the ideas fundamental to a Biblical understanding of reality with those advocated by the Eastern outlook.

One of the most profound differences between Christianity and Eastern religious is how each believes truth is arrived at. Christianity believes that God has revealed Himself through the word of His propositional revelation and the Incarnation of His Word in the from of His Son Jesus Christ. Of the Eastern religions, on the other hand, Harold Netland writes, “In attaining religious truth, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism give priority to mystical or introspective experiences based on rigorous meditative disciplines which are said to provide direct unmediated access to ultimate reality (163).”

In other words, Christians focus outward to gain understanding whereas the adherents of the great Oriental traditions look inside themselves. This is especially evidenced by the two foremost figures these respective faith groupings are roughly organized around: the Christ and the Buddha.

The purpose of Buddha was to get the individual to realize that the individual has within themselves the wherewithal to bring about their own enlightenment and to detach themselves from the states of being that bring about their own suffering. The purpose of Christ, on the other hand, was to get the individual to realize that they were so stained by sin that there was nothing that the individual could do to achieve his own salvation and that individuals had to look outward from themselves towards a savior, that being none other than Jesus Christ.

Since Christianity is focused outward in its offering of a solution to the travails in which each and every one of us finds ourselves, as a system it corresponds better to both the objective and existential aspects of reality. In his journey to Japan, theologian Paul Tillich learned that, should an historian ever persuasively make the case based on research findings that Gautama Siddhartha never actually existed, such a discovery for the most part would not adversely impact Buddhist teaching (165). However such would not be the case regarding Christianity, which is so linked to the existence, actions, and nature of its founder that if He did not do what the accounts of Him claim, we of all men would be the most miserable according to I Corinthians 15:19.

Despite standing in contrast to many of Christianity’s most basic assumptions, the objective student and observer of religion (even if standing within a Christian framework of belief) must admit that the most devoted adherents of the respective Eastern creeds practice a rigorous form of self-discipline as they attempt to master the urges that exert an undue influence over the individual throughout the earthly life. Though many are opposed to the idea of relying solely on a savior for their salvation and find an allure in the Eastern notion of looking for the answers to the mysteries of life and the cosmos within themselves, they do not necessarily find the idea of rigorous self denial all that appealing (at least for themselves anyway with pleas of sacrifice for the greater good something to rather motivate and govern the lower classes of the less-spiritually inclined by).

Thus in a process not all that dissimilar to the operation of the Hegelian dialectic where two competing or even diametric ideas are brought together and melded together to form a synthesis incorporating aspects of each, Eastern and Western outlooks have formed a coalition perspective in what since the 1960’s and 1970’s has come to be known as the New Age movement.

Like the Eastern worldview, the New Age outlook essentially sees the totality of reality as a singular unity with the individual in a sense being akin to a single cell in the comprehensive cosmic mind (175). As in the case of the Eastern faiths, L.Russ Bush writes, “…the New Age movement emphasizes the human problem as ignorance with salvation coming through enlightenment and self-effort (176).”

However, in the New Age movement, the approach and outcomes of this awareness are a bit more decidedly Western in their appearance. For example, in Eastern brands of yoga the purpose is more about detaching the soul from the body in preparation for spiritual states such as nirvana. To Westerners, however, yoga is packaged not only as about the quest for inward universal truths but also about improving one’s body and success in life.

Thus, for at least those in the movement’s elite, there is a considerable emphasis upon the self. L. Russ Bush categorizes the emphasis upon the here and now rather than a future heaven as “This worldliness”. Of this state, he writes, “…the New Age is focused on the here and now; it is not a pie-in-the-sky sort of faith; it is belief that the New Age is itself the here and now and for this world and its people; it looks forward to an earthly transformation, not a heavenly one (180).” What is not as often brought out to the gullible along this worldview’s outer fringes is the number that those in the higher echelons believe must be eliminated or perhaps “deliberately progressed” to more advanced levels of disembodied consciousness in order for this utopia to be brought about.

The New Age has become so ingrained throughout American society that it no longer seems as novel as at the time when its name was coined. Now, certain interpretations of this brand of spirituality quietly just about serve as the respectable backdrop of establishmentarian popular culture. For example, Star Wars is no doubt one of the most beloved movie epics of the last 50 years. However, to a percentage of its viewers, it is far more than an invigorating afternoon’s diversion. It has been reported that a number of “Jedi churches” have popped up among fans that have taken enthusiasm for the films to the next level of adoration and devotion.

Those grounded in the real world will think those taking entertainment this seriously have sniffed too many musty comic books. However, beneath the dramatic adventure and impressive special effects, Star Wars was not created solely for entertainment purposes. George Lucas, who considered himself something of a student of anthropologist Joseph Campbell, created Star Wars to serve as a mythology for the contemporary world.

This claim can be substantiated in regards to those scenes from the films where the nature of the Force is expounded upon. For example, of the Force, Yoda (the primary exponent of these teachings) ruminates, “For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us.”

And like New Age conceptions of the essence that runs through the universe, the Force is not a conscious person concerned about the distinctions between good and evil as evidenced by the Dark Side’s primary devotee Darth Vader who it turns out is actually the saga’s focal character as the tale centers around his embracing of the Dark Side and reentering into the Light when he saves his son Luke from Vader’s Sith Master Emperor Palpatine. This act was cast not in terms of the triumph of good over evil but rather as merely restoring balance in an almost Taoist manner.

The extent to which these various worldviews have permeated contemporary culture as to the extent Star Wars has has forced the Christian to walk a precarious tightrope. On the one hand, there isn’t a person in the United States today that hasn’t had some kind of negative encounter with those that could be classified as stereotypical legalistic Christians.

Enthusiastic believers are to be commended for the seriousness with which they take their Christian walk if it is ultimately in Christ’s redemptive and free offer of salvation that they are truly trusting rather than in a rigorous adherence to a body of systematized rules, some of which are interpretations of certain Biblical injunctions rather than explicit Scriptural commands. However, in doing so, are such believers really equipping themselves to reach out to others that have become mired in these deceptive worldviews? Furthermore, by cordoning themselves off to such an extent in relation to things such as Star Wars, Stargate, and Star Trek, these Christians are denying themselves what amounts to an innocent good time and are not doing as much as they initially think to protect their children by failing to teach them how to sift the wheat from the chaff in relation to cinematic and literary productions.

By Frederick Meekins

Headline Potpourri #98

It was lamented in a SermonAudio podcast that the average worker does not stay at a job for more than five years. But so long as the worker puts in a reasonable day’s labor and usually has the future job lined up before the current position is left, is this really an issue for pastor’s to hand down authoritative pronouncements regarding? If most employers no longer have your back for an entire career since, as the Fox News pundits enthusiastically beam, such is the nature of 21st century capitalism, shouldn’t the employees take advantage of this as well if jumping ship is to their contractual advantage?

A pastor remarked that Christians ought not to be seen engaged publicly in interactions that might be categorized as bickering or disagreements. If so, whose interpretation is going to be allowed to prevail in regards to issues or incidents where Christians can come to differing conclusions? If the reasoning for this position is that such makes the church look bad in front of the unbelievers, does this mean that since it is doubtful that the garden variety reprobate knows the difference between the two, that Baptists should not openly disagree with Vatican pronouncements? If one preacher says that women can indeed wear pants or that Christians can take anti-depressants if struggling with the physical aspects of depression, does that mean a pastor that disagrees should otherwise remain silent?

So if the Southern Baptist Convention is going to condemn the “Alt Right Movement” but say nothing critical of minority supremacist groups such as Black Lives Matter and La Raza, perhaps predominately White congregations should withdraw from this organization established nowhere in the pages of the Bible if they want to be “sola scriputra” and see how long it lasts without these funds or personnel.

So after rightfully hounding Obama hard for eight years, is the official Fox News position now that the slightest criticism of a presidential administration will result in wide scale violence or even the collapse of the Republic?

It was remarked in a SermonAudio podcast that Jesus would not have been a conservative nor a liberal because He did not get involved with politics. Likely true, but that really doesn’t have prohibitive bearing for those instinctively draw to that area of life primarily because the aforementioned social spheres were not the direct intent of His purpose. Without this kind of clarification, one could argue that the Christian Scientists are in a sense correct to avoid involvement with the medical establishment because Jesus did not come primarily to attend to minor physical pains and ailments.

An episode of Ancient Aliens hypothesized that Judeo-Christian religious institutions were the ones responsible for casting Lucifer or Satan in a negative light. Instead, the program suggested, we ought to consider other myths from around the world where a fallen cosmic being bearing light, from a sense of beneficence, bestowed rudimentary technology and enlightenment upon the earliest human beings and cultures. But if the Judeo-Christian belief system is to stand accused of promulgating propaganda against Satan, why shouldn’t we assume that Satan would not take steps through his Luciferian devotees to formulate a narrative interpreting events in a manner where he would appear to be the hero? He is, after all, referred to as “the father of lies”.

In the Hoover Institution interview of Senator Ben Sasse, one gets the impression from these snob academics that probably sip dainty cups of tea with their pinkies outstretched that we are expected to willingly die grizzly deaths or endure permanent mutilation for the purposes of fulfilling the social vision of those that have likely never gotten a single grain of dirt under their manicured nails.

In a SermonAudio podcast, a pastoral staff lamented the tendency of the contemporary newsroom to denounce the contemporary system while profiting from it. And how is that much different from the typical congregation or pulpit?

The Southern Baptist Convention condemned the dangers posed by the “Alt Right Movement”. Did this ecclesiastical association ever come out as forcefully about Black Lives Matter associates looting electronics stores or ghetto brats playing the knockout game? Usually when those kinds of outrages take place, about the closest thing to a response from the Southern Baptist in crowd is Russell Moore rending himself homiletically in sack cloth and ashes over how ashamed he is to be a White Southerner.

Fascinating. On these nature documentary programs the narrators and the interviewed drone on and on about humans living in the “animals’ environment”. Then these productions turn around and lament or even condemn the reality that our species has dared to carve out designated environs in which people are expected to dwell. Maybe those making these kinds of complaints out to offer themselves up for elimination by the elements or applaud when such a fate befalls their own offspring.

Interesting. When Prince Phillip befalls a serious infection he seeks hospitalization and we are all expected to come to a screeching halt to express concern in hopes that he will pull through. But didn’t he at one point express a desire to be reincarnated as a biological plague for the purposes of killing off vast swaths of humanity? So why does he seek medical attention while the rest of us are expected to willingly die in the name of environmental preservation?

Leftist media is condemning Donald Trump for admitting that he would not want poor people in administrative positions overseeing the economy. So which of the journalistic elite directly entered their prestigious correspondent position from that of being a Walmart greeter or gas station attendant? How is what Trump said any worse than someone admitting that they wouldn’t want an Amish carpenter as Secretary of Defense?

I dreamed I had to guide my mom away from a pack of hyenas circling the perimeter of the extended care facility where she stayed temporarily.

In a podcast, Russell Moore pondered why church attendance is declining. At least in regards to the Southern Baptist congregations that would do things the way Russell Moore would approve of, maybe a significant number are tired of getting bashed over the head for little more than happening to be White and conservative individualists in terms of their political ideology.

During the “News In Focus with Adam MacManus” segment of the 6/22/17 edition of Generation’s Radio, it was said that the best protection against terrorism is to share the Gospel with refugees from Islamic nations. However, this assertion is in contradiction of the Calvinist soteriology held by the broadcast’s benefactor Orthodox Presbyterian Minister Kevin Swanson. For if God preordained that hardly any refugees were to come to Christ, that would in no way one way or the other neither increase nor decrease the chance of preventing a terrorist attack. If one intends to maintain belief in presdestination, one is forced to admit that all this appeal was intended to accomplish would be to frighten listeners into compliance in terms of monetary contribution.

On an episode of Generation’s Radio, Kevin Swanson and his cohost mocked the listeners of Alex Jones as wearers of tinfoil hats that think the world is controlled by aliens from outer space and lizard people. Some of Jones’ theories could be construed off the deep end. However, they really aren’t that much more out of line than some of the notions peddled by Swanson such as that an intense interest in Little House On The Prairie could lead to lesbianism and that those not married by 25 years of age are the moral equivalent of the town’s deadbeat lush.

In his condemnation of Alex Jones, homeschool activist Kevin Swanson flat out admitted that he would not want Alex Jones to be a member of his church. Swanson went on to argue such a position because he believed that Jones would be disruptive when the provocateur did not get his way regarding so-called “secondary issues”. But why is Swanson’s viewpoint presumptively assumed to be the one that ought to prevail in this theoretical ecclesiastical scenario? Applying Swanson’s own worldview presupposition, should a church refuse membership to an outspoken individual that holds to Swansonite positions that the only legitimate form of education is home education or that young adult women having reached the age of majority should still be denied by their parents the opportunity to pursue formal higher education and career opportunities outside of the family home?

Feminists are outraged that Donald Trump complemented an Irish reporter on the beauty of her smile. Given that she was probably from the British Isles, maybe the President was just surprised that she had any teeth at all. It must also be asked were these critics as condemnatory of Bill Clinton when he intimately probed Monica Lewinsky’s oral hygiene?

On the podcast of Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer, Christian skepticism of climate change was condemned as “premillennial eschatalogical residue”. Wonder how long until such highfalutin terminology will be invoked to justify the curtailment of the liberties and the ultimate persecution of those holding to particular theological interpretations disputing the prevailing consensus imposed by prevailing technocrats.

It was explicitly stated on Ancient Aliens that dragons never existed. Seriously? The whole series is predicated on the assumption that what humanity understands as mythology and religion is merely the attempt of our forbearers to understand extraterrestrials. But somehow it the belief in dragons that apparently goes a step too far.

Many of the victuals available for purchase at Whole Foods are as ugly as the hippies shopping there. If that is what food is supposed to look like, I think I have lost my appetite. Ironic how the same beatniks complaining the loudest about food being overly packaged at other retailers are noticeably silent about the items for sale at this supermarket being just as tightly wound in cellophane and related hydrocarbon byproduct. Cereal for $5 a box is a bit much when I am used to getting it for 99 cents at Pennsylvania food outlets such as Sharp Shopper and Go Grocery Outlet.

In an episode of his podcast. Phil Vischer lamented the pervasiveness of consumerism. As such, does he intend to renounce and return the fortune he accumulated from the creation of Veggie Tales, probably the epitome of Christian consumerism and disposable income?

It was conjectured on the Phil Vischer podcast that the election of Donald Trump was a statement that we only care about ourselves. As an alternative, at the time of the final decision, were we supposed to elect Hillary Clinton with that statement of caring about others implemented in the form of higher rates of confiscatory taxation and projections of acquiescence or capitulation abroad? A nation doesn’t have to be overly aggressive, but ultimately the government of such exists to protect the interests of those foremostly within the borders of such jurisdictions holding sanctioned status. Do you ever hear China or Russia go out of their way almost in the anguish of a mental health crisis in need of therapeutic intervention over how pathetic they feel for standing for their respective interests?

A pastor preached that God cannot forgive a sin that is not explicitly confessed. So what happens if someone dies before the nightly review of daily shortcomings or if someone forgets a particular sin such as eating one potato chip too many if this is apparently the path certain Baptists want to start walking down?

If missionaries to Africa can wear culturally significant apparel in honor of the people group they are attempting to reach, does that mean missionaries to ComiCon or MUFON can wear Starfleet uniforms in the pulpit? Can missionaries to Appalachia wear camo pants and a flannel shirt or are hillbillies too White to be granted this exception?

In a sermon, a missionary insinuated that it is not enough to use the gifts God has given us on behalf of the Body of Christ. We must also ask if He wants us to use these gifts on behalf of a part of the Body of Christ apparently on the other side of the planet. So basically one ought to set aside the elderly in one’s family as this missionary and his wife have essentially done.

In a church choir’s Fourth of July celebration, the verbal narration claimed that those crafting and implementing the Declaration of Independence did not draw swords but rather their pens. But wouldn’t their effort have been futile if not for those Americans that did?

A Yahoo headline laments that Trump planned to have supporters bused in to his Poland oration. How is that appreciably different than the tactics utilized by Black Lives Matter or related Sorosian agitprop groups? At least Trumpites aren’t likely to loot local businesses for electronics and haircare products.

Hobby Lobby has been convicted of smuggling over 5000 artifacts from Iraq. As part of the judgment, Hobby Lobby is obligated to return the disputed antiquities. However, will these items be respected as they ought as historical treasures? Or will they ultimately be destroyed at the hands of Islamic extremists?

Am beginning to wonder for the best way for Trump to have exerted influence over policy would have been to remain a commentator. With Fox News seemingly unraveling from the inside, the time would have been ripe for the news network the mogul had hinted at establishing.

Mark Zuckerberg remarked that Facebook has the potential to fill the role once played by the physical church in people’s lives. However, the concern is not so much that people will gravitate towards these more ephemeral fellowships. Rather the greater concern ought to be the extent to which Facebook will be the determinant in what will be allowed in terms of doctrine and belief given the social network’s track record of intervention that some might categorize as censorship.

By Frederick Meekins