Category Archives: Society

It’s called “piling on”

When success is achieved in one area they’ll pile on until there’s resistance.

The Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP is calling for the removal of the Confederacy from Stone Mountain Park. Local chapter president Richard Rose says, “It is time for Georgia and other Southern states to end the glorification of slavery and white supremacy, paid for and maintained, with the taxes of all its citizens.” According to Rose, “all of this recognition of Confederate generals is upholding the white supremacy on which the Confederacy was founded and the war was fought.” He goes on to say, “all of this should have ended in 1865 when Lee surrendered to Appomattox.”… Many, like Congressman Hank Johnson, see the park as a museum for the Confederacy. According to Johnson, “where do we draw the line, do we blast the faces off of Stone Mountain?” Rose says “yes”. He adds, “they can sand blast Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Jackson off tomorrow. I’d be extremely elated.”

Of course he’d be elated… elated enough to see how much MORE of the Confederacy he could have eradicated. The only reason they’re calling for eliminating Davis, Lee and Jackson from the mountain now is that they got what they wanted in South Carolina’s pulling down the Confederate flag from the state capitol. None of them will be satisfied until history is completely whitewashed, and their tyrannic rule is complete.

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Game over

It’s love-40 and this is game/set/match for the U.S. military.

The Pentagon announced Monday that it will allow transgender members of the military to serve openly starting next year, marking an end to a long-standing policy that barred them from the armed forces.

In an echo of the Defense Department’s repeal of the ban on gays in uniform four years ago, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said he had directed the armed forces to devise new rules over the next six months that would allow transgender troops to serve, except in situations “where objective, practical impediments are identified.”

“We must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Carter said in a statement. He called the military’s current regulations “outdated” and said they were “causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions.”

If the military had any moral fortitude, this will dissipate whatever remained. Will Christian parents encourage their sons or daughters to join the military now?

The SCOTUS Obergefell decision was a high water mark for the rainbow elephant crowd. And the SECDEF used that “dignity” term, fresh from the SCOTUS definition of it out of the 14th Amendment.

The American military is on the decline, and by its own choosing.

Another time and another form

Following last week’s controversial U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage, voters believe more strongly that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials disagree with them.

I don’t believe in coincidences. Things happen for a reason, and when they happen often gives us clues as to why they do. The SCOTUS Obergefell v. Hodges ruling and the brouhaha over the Confederate battle flag is a case in point. We can understand the real reason the flag is being desecrated by the efforts of the rainbow elephant crowd. They through egalitarianism’s bastile mean to homogenize America. While the SCOTUS decision further divided the people, our history’s emblem of resistance to central government tyranny and imperial rule would be eradicated.

The ruling, as the dissenting justices of the court pointed out, would be divisive, but the ruling is just another in a long line of usurpations and corruptions of law abrogating honour and decency. People will not stand idly by while the framework of democracy is dismantled as an oligarchy of judges ascends. Others may manipulate or demean the reasons for our history of secession, but a principle is never defeated through war.

“The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.” – Jefferson Davis, President, Confederate States of America

Clean thine own mess

The Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision landed like some sort of culminating body blow onto this beleaguered climate. Rod Dreher, author of the truly outstanding book “How Dante Can Save Your Life,” wrote an essay in Time in which he argued that it was time for Christians to strategically retreat into their own communities, where they could keep “the light of faith burning through the surrounding cultural darkness.”

He continued: “We have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist.”

Most Christian commentary has opted for another strategy: fight on. Several contributors to a symposium in the journal First Things about the court’s Obergefell decision last week called the ruling the Roe v. Wade of marriage. It must be resisted and resisted again. Robert P. George, probably the most brilliant social conservative theorist in the country, argued that just as Lincoln persistently rejected the Dred Scott decision, so “we must reject and resist an egregious act of judicial usurpation.”

…Consider a different culture war, one just as central to your faith and far more powerful in its persuasive witness.

We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Millions of kids live in stressed and fluid living arrangements. Many communities have suffered a loss of social capital. Many young people grow up in a sexual and social environment rendered barbaric because there are no common norms. Many adults hunger for meaning and goodness, but lack a spiritual vocabulary to think things through.

Social conservatives could be the people who help reweave the sinews of society. They already subscribe to a faith built on selfless love. They can serve as examples of commitment. They are equipped with a vocabulary to distinguish right from wrong, what dignifies and what demeans. They already, but in private, tithe to the poor and nurture the lonely.

The defining face of social conservatism could be this: Those are the people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families. Those are the people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse. Those are the people who can help us think about how economic joblessness and spiritual poverty reinforce each other. Those are the people who converse with us about the transcendent in everyday life.

It’s the same old tune. They tell us now the culture war is over. Give up the fight, and move on to champion social causes to give Christianity a good name, as if a good name depends on them. They dismissed our warnings after Roe v. Wade and the consequences of legalized abortion. They dismissed our advice about no-fault divorce and the breakdown of the family. Now we tell them of the repercussions of legalized homogamy, but have they ever listened?

No. They refuse our beliefs, but want us to “reweave the sinews of society”. They want our selfless acts to fix what they break, but they won’t heed our spiritual advice when the dangers they face result in social disaster. They tell us to “help nurture stable families” devoid of spiritual foundation. They want us to “build community institutions”, but don’t want our community. They even suggest a fixable connection between “economic joblessness and spiritual poverty” when they have no clue they live in the poverty of spirit while economically secure.

Yes, Jesus tells us to care for the poor and needy. Yes, Jesus tells us to tend to the widows and orphans. His Word also tells us to remain unstained or uncorrupted by the world. Yes, God is love, and Christians are people of His love, but we’ve also repented of our sinfulness and stupidity. We don’t need any of the Left’s worthless advice. Christians are smart enough to care for the so called disadvantaged and lonely without any advice from them, and we’ll continue to do it, but it is inseparable from the message of the Gospel. Take it or leave it.

SCOTUS Docket 14-556 and Proverbs 18:17

The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him. – Proverbs 18:17 (NASB)

Some of the arguments people are making to support the legalization of homogamy sound plausible. On closer examination they don’t hold the proverbial water they should.

1) No one is going to make you be gay.  Now that SCOTUS has finally declared that discriminating against people on the basis of their sexual orientation violates their basic rights, they are not saying that you have to become gay now yourself. This approval of same-sex marriage at the national level does not mean that you now have to get gay married, okay?  So let’s get that part out of the way first.  It also doesn’t mean that you can’t teach your own children to judge other people for their sexual orientation. You’re still free to do that, no matter what. It’s your right.  It’s a part of your religion (or at least of your particular version, just don’t ask the other people in your religion who don’t see it the same way), so the United States government is not going to take that away from you, I promise.

Making specious claims about the arguments of others will get them nowhere. Address the issue accurately. The Obergefell v. Hodges decision, Supreme Court Docket 14-556, addressed homogamy, not homosexual discrimination. The court in its magical way found homogamy in the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution when nothing in the Constitution says anything about marriage, let alone homogamy or homosexual marriage. On the basis of this decision from the Supreme Court homogamy is now constitutionally protected. Suggesting that Christians are still free to teach our own children to judge on the basis of sexual orientation because “the United States government is not going to take that away” is being blind and deaf to the whims of not only the court, but of the other two branches of government as well as the education system. The powers that be want nothing more than to indoctrinate our children. To “promise” such a thing upon which one has no control is foolish and stupid.

2) Preachers will not be forced to marry gay people. Thanks to the same First Amendment that keeps your religion from taking over everyone else’s lives, those churches which do not approve of this move will remain free to disapprove of it—and to speak publicly about their disapproval—for as long as you still care about this issue.  What’s more, that constitutional protection has enabled churches to refuse to marry anyone they choose despite every new national advance in the fight for civil rights.  You don’t want to marry an interracial couple?  That’s actually your right.  Always has been, always will be.  Your churches will remain free to reject as many kinds of people and relationships as you please.  This is a well-established protection that will not budge no matter what those who disagree with you wish were the case. Even if somebody tries to take you to court over it in the future, they will fail because your constitutional protections overrule their personal views.  That’s how this works.

John Adams, as many others have echoed, believed this to be a government of laws, and not of men. This guiding principle, like the failed Confederacy in Jefferson Davis’ words, died of a theory. The First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances“, and the Supreme Court’s enshrinement of homogamy into the constitution are on a collision course if only because homosexuality and Christianity don’t go together. If the court can conjure homosexual marriage out of a document which says nothing about marriage at all then it can compel pastors and the religious to sanction something labeled marriage for the clearly immoral. Anyone claiming “…that constitutional protection has enabled churches to refuse to marry anyone they choose…” is ignorant of a little SCOTUS case called Bob Jones University v. United States which was argued due to the university’s prohibition of student interracial dating or marriage. Yes, the constitution enabled Bob Jones University to freely practice it’s belief, but this case enabled the IRS to withdraw Bob Jones’ tax exempt status based upon racial discrimination. Money has a way of speaking louder than the law. The SCOTUS in this case found that “Government has a fundamental, overriding interest in eradicating racial discrimination in education.” If a similar case comes before the court it wouldn’t hesitate to use this case as precedent and eradicate sexual discrimination. A question in the minds of many is how long it will be before the first 501c3 tax exempt status is withdrawn by the IRS from a church on this basis. It’s been threatened on the basis of sermon content alone before. When the first homosexual couple darkens the doorway of a church to insist that their “marriage” be officiated by some reluctant curate we’ll know we’ve arrived.

3) It will not become illegal to be a Christian. Ever the opportunist willing to stoke the fires of evangelicals’ persecution complexes, Mike Huckabee continues to spout warnings that once LGBT folks are given the same rights as the rest of us the government will begin putting people in jail for openly disparaging this move.  He continues to capitalize on evangelicals’ irrational fears that the Christian faith will soon be criminalized like it was back in ancient Rome under a completely different kind of government. Huckabee used to run the entire state of Arkansas, but I honestly can’t tell if he just really doesn’t get how the US government works, or if he’s being intentionally dishonest in order to whip his potential base into a frenzy just to get their vote. Either way, you shouldn’t listen to him because he’s misleading you.

Again, anyone foolish enough to imagine this to be a “completely different kind of government” and that a former state governor and presidential candidate “really doesn’t get how the US government works” doesn’t have a very good handle on reality themselves. Christianity can just as easily be criminalized tomorrow as homogamy was sanctioned in a day by a panel of 5 judges. Perhaps the only reason it doesn’t happen suddenly would be because it runs the risk of revolt. Yes, there are Christians who would revolt. No, it most likely won’t happen that way, but it will happen slowly, carefully and methodically. There may be enough of their atheist friends around to help make their dreams come true. That pesky law of unintended consequences, though, will bring about some very undesirable results in the absence of Christian moral restraint.

4) God isn’t going to destroy America. I can’t really tell if my Christian friends seriously think this will happen even though they use the rhetoric a lot.  Most American evangelicals I know harbor a deep sense of exceptionalism which leads them to believe that God needs America in ways that would prevent him from wiping us out.

This is one Christian who knows that America isn’t standing in the way of God’s will, it’s unpleasantly coming to it. While the atheists, agnostics and all around ungodly merrily celebrate an America covered in rainbows, there are Christians wise enough to see the hazards and dangers ahead. Just because the destruction of America, just as illegal Christianity, doesn’t happen tomorrow doesn’t mean we’re not headed there. It’s a pity as well, for if their minds were of understanding they would realize, just as Christians do, that America’s time is drawing short.

While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. – 1 Thessalonians 5:3-5

It’s full of … emanations and penumbras!

Not since Justice Douglas first delivered us the emanations and penumbras from the Constitution have we seen interpretations of law and opinions so broad as to be unintelligible.

Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden. “No longer may this liberty be denied,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy. The vote was narrow – 5-4 – but Kennedy’s majority opinion was clear and firm: “The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry.” The ruling will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintain them, and provide an exclamation point for breathtaking changes in the nation’s social norms in recent years. As recently as last October, just over one-third of the states permitted gay marriages.

By my count, 35 states had homogamy legalized by either federal or state judicial fiat prior to Obergefell, overturning either state legislatures or popular vote in those instances. The states of Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington along with the District of Columbia had legislation adopted to legalize it. So in the majority of states those courts overruled the will of the people. Now the SCOTUS dispenses with the will of the people in the remaining 14 states who’ve had marriage protection laws by simply stating:

 The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex… The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.  Same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry.  – Justice Kennedy, delivering affirming opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges

In another ruling coming as a slap in the face to morality, Justice Kennedy was again the pivotal deciding vote. Remember who appointed Justice Kennedy to the bench? Hint: He was a California REPUBLICAN. Is it any wonder how voting Republican to keep conservatives on the Supreme Court bench worked out? Perhaps this will finally teach us that voting third party, as in Constitution Party candidates Michael Peroutka or Chuck Baldwin, wasn’t the wasted vote we thought. Unfortunately, I’m dubious to think that 2016 for Christians will be any different.

This Obergefell v. Hodges ruling will go down in history with Roe v. Wade as Supreme Court rulings that divided a nation. The Supreme Court justices were sharply divided in this ruling. Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito each wrote dissenting opinions for the court, a rare thing. Scalia’s is particularly scathing of Justice Kennedy’s affirmation. This is but another dividing wedge, as is abortion, gun control, etc. Both of these decisions coming by the will of select judges and not the will of the people serve to further undermine the democratic process.

Today, however, the Court takes the extraordinary step of ordering every State to license and recognize same-sex marriage. Many people will rejoice at this decision, and I begrudge none their celebration.  But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening.  Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens—through the democratic process—to adopt their view. That ends today. Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law.  Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept. – Chief Justice John Roberts, dissenting opinion, Obergefell v. Hodges

It may have closed the debate for five lawyers, but it won’t close the debate in the public arena. I suspect this will, in fact, become the new battleground, just as Christians fought on the beachhead of abortion for decades. The charade that is the bifurcated Republican/Democrat political elite is over. The charade of the rule of laws is over. There is only the question of upon which side the Christian happens to be as the line between good and evil is drawn.

However, even as we struggle as a church to come to a unified response to this blatant rejection of the entire history of humankind and its practice of marriage, “We shall obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29). Christians will now begin to learn what it means to be in a state of solemn conscientious objection against the state. We will resist its imposition of falsehood upon us, even as we continue to reach out to those who continue to be harmed by the ethic of radical sexual freedom, detached from God’s blessing of marriage. And we will stand shoulder to shoulder with Christians, churches and people of good will who are resolute on this issue.

God help us. Amen.

Shangmail: How then shall we live?

Among some questions posed by a reader is, “We can see that things are unraveling quickly in this country. What scenario do you think best fits our future?” It does appear as if events are moving quickly. Greece is economically lost, and surely with it the EU. The immigrant invasion in the U.S. and Europe threatens the end of Western culture. The caliphate is steadily wiping out previous Western coalition military and political achievements in the Middle East. China, unofficially mind you, makes regular incursions into U.S. internet and political interests. Russia once again looms ominously in Western Europe. All this not to mention the internal economic and moral implosion happening in the U.S. itself.

I am no expert, nor do I consider myself an effective prognosticator, and in that vein I simply couldn’t come to the point of forecasting a particular dystopian scenario. I would simply cast an opinion based upon some biblical as well as historical and political knowledge. It’s difficult to tell where these events ultimately lead, but I believe one thing is certain. The United States of America is done. I put this very simply so that NSA/CIA/FBI scanners make no mistake. God extended His grace and mercy to what came to be the United States of America for a dispensation of time. As a country we have progressively separated ourselves from that Superintending Creative Power and in so doing degeneration and degradation have slowly taken over. The seeming acceleration of these indications show me that the end is coming. Whether that results in anarchy, a caliphate or the U.S. simply becoming a third-world police-state is anybody’s guess.

Generally, I don’t expect the United States federal government to last effectively past 50 years or so. There are other opinions out there I’ve read which give it less time than that based upon economics. When a government heaps up over $18,000,000,000,000 in debt, there will be a day of reckoning, and I am loathe to think that the reckoning will come at the hands of foreign investors. It may seem like lunacy, and again I am no economic expert, but it seems to me debt means that creditors demand payment. I can imagine a state or states ultimately being sold off, as it were, to pay it (Bye, bye California?). In any event, the federal government is in ominous financial trouble as it tries to foster confidence and obfuscate the depth of its dire circumstances both domestically and in the world. In modern parlance, they’re blowing smoke. All of it, from arguments of raising the debt ceiling to unemployment figures to GDP reports, is a canard. It’s just a side show for the major media networks to rebroadcast and distract the citizenry. Think of it like this. Politicians simply don’t want to be the ones without a chair to sit in when the music stops. The financial events in Greece in the past few weeks are a foretelling of what I expect the banking conditions to ultimately be like here. The more well to do are holding their assets abroad, attempting to be out of the reach of an invasive government, and there is a rise among them renouncing U.S. citizenship. American economic collapse is just a matter of time, and I just don’t foresee the United States as an aggregate of 50 states for much longer.

The sentiments I expressed several months ago regarding the state of this nation, particularly “any semblance of the current United States will cease to exist in approximately 20 years” I still stand behind. By that statement I essentially mean that the geopolitical context we’ve known as the U.S. will undergo dramatic change. Even now we’re seeing the internal unraveling of what was federalism. There is growing conflict between federal and state sovereignty. Marijuana laws (Colorado), illegal immigration (border states), and Obamacare (states refusing to establish exchanges) are just a few examples of that. It’s just a question of time until the practical threshold is reached when federal requirements of the states over reaches federal funding to them, and then the states will decide for themselves what to do in the face of tyranny. How and what that looks like, again anyone’s guess.

Illegal immigration is in reality a territorial invasion. Perhaps the only significant difference between an invading army and mass immigration are the weapons. Essentially, there is no difference if the people being invaded are forced to allow it by arms or by their own government. We’ve seen this not only in the U.S. but with the Islamic invasion of Europe. In that respect, ISIL has apparently struck again in France. The Mexican government’s only interest in all this is to be rid of their undesirables across the border.

In a national geopolitical view, I think what we’re seeing is the balkanization of America. Historically Western culture in the U.S. is being decimated through several factors, not the least of which is immigrant invasion. Such faux ideals as egalitarianism, the rise of “sexual fluidity”, neo-communism and political correctness have contributed to the eradication of any concept of American ideology. The notion of “one nation” let alone “under god” is pure fantasy. Contrary to some prevalent current thinking, the Southron Confederacy was a valid political alternative to an oppressive economic and cultural influence at the time. Because history has that proverbial way of repeating itself, I believe we are culturally, politically, ideologically and especially spiritually revisiting those first causes of secession once again. I’ve had this opinion for the past 15 years or so, but I’ve also understood that secession isn’t necessarily along predefined political boundaries. It’s uncertain what this country’s future geopolitical landscape will look like due to the current nature of the immigrant invasion, the urban versus rural political/cultural complex and the economic fallout to come, but dividing lines are definitely developing. Will there be a Southron Confederacy redux? The wicked keepers of the public conscience, the social justice warriors, can disdain and attempt to eradicate the vestiges of history like the Confederate Battle Flag, but they cannot eradicate history itself. They cannot destroy the will of those, who just as was in that Southron Confederacy, dispatched tyranny from an oppressor. Time will tell where or if there is safe harbor before the end is in clear view.

Will it get a lot worse before it gets better?” It will surely get worse than now, and I shudder to think of a current child’s future as I make that claim. Christians are being pressed, crushed and persecuted into prayer as it has been in history. Think Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Think of the 21 Egyptian Christians. They were true believers. THAT is Christianity, not some convenience about “going” to church, or “fellowshipping” with the saints over a backyard barbecue. It’s about preparing our convictions to face the ugly, disgusting reality of evil and sin, even at the blade of a sword or point of a gun. Consider also the lives of four Americans currently imprisoned in Iran and remember that there is nothing but God now to restrain a federal government from acting in a similar fashion (Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes). “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” We should pray that we are worthy to die in such a way that will give glory to Him Who is not only the author and finisher of our faith, but in Whom are all the issues of life and death.

Will there ever be a better day before Christ comes?” I wait with expectancy for Christ to come, but live and contemplate these conditions becoming worse as if He is still a thousand years off. What will we do when they come for our guns? What will we do when they come for our children? Christians have to decide what The Tipping Point is going to be. The essence of choosing your battles wisely is to know what truly matters. Christianity doesn’t mean we supinely allow evil free rein. It does mean that as Christians, our lives are hid within Christ and vulnerable to everything else.

“How long do we have?” Simply, all we have are our lives, nothing more. We have our whole lives long, if that’s what it takes, to remain faithful to the Lord and to suffer whatever ignominies of which we are worthy until we find ourselves before Him. Accept Christ or deny Him and live that way. That is all that is left for our generation. The pivotal question, I believe, at this juncture in history is, given all the influences and everything that is happening before them, how will our progeny find Christ? How will they know Him? What Godly legacy will we leave them? I intend to make their encounter with Christ a real one.

Reintroduce God

It seems as if a few are getting the message.

Reintroducing norms will require, first, a moral vocabulary. These norms weren’t destroyed because of people with bad values. They were destroyed by a plague of nonjudgmentalism, which refused to assert that one way of behaving was better than another. People got out of the habit of setting standards or understanding how they were set.

Next it will require holding everybody responsible. America is obviously not a country in which the less educated are behaving irresponsibly and the more educated are beacons of virtue. America is a country in which privileged people suffer from their own characteristic forms of self-indulgence: the tendency to self-segregate, the comprehensive failures of leadership in government and industry. Social norms need repair up and down the scale, universally, together and all at once.

People sometimes wonder why I’ve taken this column in a spiritual and moral direction of late. It’s in part because we won’t have social repair unless we are more morally articulate, unless we have clearer definitions of how we should be behaving at all levels.

I’m not entirely certain it has been a plague of nonjudgmentalism as it is hyper-judgmentalism. From the cable news channel caldrons like FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and even the Comedy Channel and MTV, to empty headed shows like The View, there’s enough judgment to keep thoughts bouncing around in skulls like ping pong balls in a table tennis tournament. It’s a biblical case of everyone thinking as is right in their own eyes. It’s not just more judgment we need, but biblically correct judgment. Everyone has their own standard. When people surrender their standard and adopt the biblical one will be the time social repair will begin to happen.

The lawlessness that is America will begin to turn when each individual will hold themselves responsible instead of holding each other. That will require people to be more than morally articulate. It requires people to be morally accountable.

Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue. – Patrick Henry

The faith of malcontents

Christianity was from the beginning, essentially and fundamentally, life’s nausea and disgust with life, merely concealed behind, masked by, dressed up as, faith in “another” or “better” life. – Nietzsche; The Birth of Tragedy

Unbelievers typically view Christianity similarly. To them we are the malcontents, and we proselytize to make others just as we. We are the discontents. Our faith is but a pipe dream in a desperate search for “another or better life”. We Christians just aren’t satisfied. If all this be true, then Jesus, the Christ, our only salvation and inspiration, left a bitter legacy of deprivation.

Why, then, has there been so many Christians over the two millenniums since His resurrection, and so many even now continue to follow? Is it not ridiculous that many of them would end up martyred in “life’s disgust” for concealing a pipe-dream? In reality, the proverbial shoe is really on the other foot. It’s not the Christian who is miserable, even though persecution may be his portion. The Christian understands life from a more complete, more unified perspective than the unbeliever. Quite apart from being disgusted with it, though it may have its disappointments, the Christian believer has a present joy in the realization that, to borrow from Benjamin Franklin, God governs in the affairs of men. The Christian has more than the joy of Christ’s reward to look toward, but the joy of Christ’s resultant and continuing work. It’s the unbeliever who has nothing to explain this life’s seeming deprivations and injustices. For them, it is simply as it is and we must make our own way as best we can, on our own, for ourselves. It is, as Nietzsche might say, in our own will to power to justify ourselves and our satisfaction.

But this is the real malcontent who lives life as they see fit:

Hi, my name is Rhiannon. I’m a trans woman, writer, teacher, and doctoral student. In the five years since I transitioned full time, I’ve worked hard and put myself on the line to change minds and attitudes toward trans people by openly and freely sharing experience and expertise through writing, speaking, and teaching. And now I need some help. After years of hormone therapy, electrolysis, and breast augmentation, I’ve reached the point in my medical transition where the final step, sex reassignment surgery (SRS), is just around the corner. This surgery is considered by medical and psychiatric professionals to be a medically necessary procedure and the only real treatment for those of us who struggle with the pain of having a physical body and a psychological gender identity that don’t match. In other words, IT’S SRS BIZNESS!

The fund raising “Go Fund Me” website is used by individuals to gather money for a variety of purposes and endeavours. Incidentally, at the time of this writing this particular individual had raised $3,243 from 56 people for an MTF SRS (Male-to-Female/Sex Reassignment Surgery). Considering 56 people parted with their money to donate to this causes me to SMH (Shake My Head). Invoking medical authorities to substantiate the validity of SRS is a precarious position. Medical and psychiatric professionals don’t do what they do for free. Money is a strong motivator. Moreover, for every professional supporting SRS as solution there can be found another who is dubious.

The former psychiatrist-in-chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital is continuing his decades-long fight against transgender surgery as a solution to what he calls “a disorder of ‘assumption.'” In a June 12 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Dr. Paul McHugh wrote that “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered” by not treating transgender “confusions … as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.” According to McHugh, the “sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects.” The first, he says, is that “it does not correspond with physical reality.” The second, more importantly, is that not treating transgender disorder properly “can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

There are at least as many authorities and studies suggesting the benefits of particular foods as there are critical of them. If there is such disagreement among supposedly informed people on something as trivial as food, why rely upon medical professional opinion for something as serious and irrevocable as gender surgery? In this respect Rhiannon’s statement, “And now I need some help”, is dripping with truth.

Curiously he identifies himself as a teacher. His teaching likely requires an audience of the sentimental and gullible for converts as he says, “I’ve worked hard and put myself on the line to change minds and attitudes toward trans people by openly and freely sharing experience and expertise through writing, speaking, and teaching”. The reason for this would seem to have everything to do with transgenderism’s aberrant course from physical reality. Transsexualism is a religion of “nausea and disgust with life”, and blind deviance is required of its devotees. Christianity only requires faith in the Author of life, and a devotion to His will. Christianity often doesn’t provide the answers, but it encompasses an understanding of life not available without it.

Transexualism, as is true of the rest of humanity’s similar aberrant thinking and behaviour, isn’t simply laid at the doorstep of society to be considered and filed away. No, transexualism must be thrust into society and change the culture. Like the child imploring a parent for candy it seeks not only acceptance, but approval. For this “trans woman”, it’s not enough to proselytize this teacher’s audience. There must be converts throughout society.

A Midland County woman’s gym membership was canceled after she refused to stop telling fellow gym members “a man” was using the woman’s locker room. “I was blocked, because a man was standing there,” Cormier said. “It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?”

Cormier said an employee at the front desk told her that the individual identifies as a woman.

After taking her complaints to Planet Fitness’ corporate office, Cormier said she was told that the gym was a “no judgement zone” and they would not tell the individual in question to stay out of the women’s locker room. The person has not been identified. The slogan “Judgement Free Zone” is regularly used by Planet Fitness.

This is how the religion of decadence evangelizes and spreads Nietzsche’s “life’s nausea and disgust with life, merely concealed behind, masked by, dressed up as, faith in “another” or “better” life”. Nietzsche had it deceptively backwards. These are the children of Nietzsche’s malcontent. The life without Christ is the pipe-dream, constantly dressing up a better life and masking life’s nausea. It is precisely because of the pipe-dream, the false hope, that others are implored to believe, be converted and hence give validation, to accept their “better” life.

Whether it is transsexualism or homogamy or any of the other unrighteous host of libertinism, there will be those who believe or not. Judgment isn’t optional.

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed “the devil’s daughter” by a local priest, media reports said Tuesday… Officially the Church does not recognize sex changes but its current leader has urged it to show greater compassion towards sections of society which have felt excluded from its embrace, most notably when he said of homosexuals, “Who am I to judge?

At the point of secession

Forget the Constitution. Forget the Declaration. If people in these United States don’t believe and understand that rights come from God, then there isn’t “one nation” anymore, let alone “under God”. Nothing could be more obvious from this interview of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore by CNN’s Chris Cuomo:

MOORE: I believe that’s a matter of law because our rights contained in the Bill of Rights do not come from the Constitution, they come from God. It’s clearly stated –

CUOMO: Our laws do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man.

MOORE: Let me ask you one question. Let me ask you one question, Chris. Is the Declaration of Independence law?

CUOMO: You would call it organic law as a basis for future laws off of it?

MOORE: I would call it the organic law because the United States code calls it organic law. It is organic law because the law of this country calls it the organic law of the country means where our rights come from. And if they come from there, men can’t take it away.

CUOMO: Our rights do not come from God. That’s your faith. That’s my faith, but not our country. Our laws come from the collective agreement and compromise.

Notice Cuomo conflates rights with law, because for him and those who have no god but themselves rights are the law, and rights are whatever these automatons decide is good and just. They are wise and just in their own estimation. They are a law unto themselves. The issue is to submit to God or not. They don’t, however there are some of us who do still, and that is the dividing line. As they have moved away from faith in God, it is no longer geopolitical. It is belief and faith.

If the law comes from collective agreement then gassing Jews, human slavery, and killing Christians is legitimate. If collective consent is all it takes then there’s no reason to continue as the United States. If the Constitution and Declaration mean whatever the ungodly define it to mean, then the country, the grand experiment as de Tocqueville knew it, failed. It failed not at the point of law, but at the turn of the faithless.

Rights are derived from God. Laws are created by man to secure those rights, not to encumber them. It is time to secede. It is time to shake off the dust from our collective feet as believers in Christ and leave the ungodly to their own wits as they so wish.