As our globe continues to perambulate around the sun, it was of course necessary that at some point we once again would have to deal with the fact that November is coming. And, as you should know by now, here at Mablog we have instituted the custom, every November, of saying just what we think, without reserve, without qualification, without careful framing, and also, incidentally, and as kind of a side point, without any jam.
We are not yet into November, but we can see it from here. And because we are seeking to continue this most valuable custom of ours at the same time that our secularist overlords are trying to conduct their No Sanity November, for which they have to be in diligent training for eleven months to make sure they nail it, we appear to have no shortage of material for our observations. In fact, there is an embarrassment of riches. It is what the Navy would call, were they here, a target rich environment.
And so, in preparation for a month from now, I have decided to receive nominations from the floor. Comments are open. What would you like to see addressed a mere four weeks from now? What topics, in your view, are overdue for a drubbing? And by drubbing, I mean a thrashing, a fisking, a walloping, a dusting of their jackets with a cricket bat. In ecclesiastical parlance, we might call these posts exhortations or mild admonitions.
And precisely because it is not yet November, allow me to make a qualification here, of the sort that I will not be making when that fateful time arrives. In the paragraph above, in my reference to the dusting of “their jackets” with a “cricket bat,” please know I was not encouraging violence against any individual persons, however worthy of it they might be (Prov. 10:13; 26:3). Rather I was speaking of certain jacketed topics. Certain topics will get a drubbing. I am a writer and I deal in metaphorical blows.
To repeat, so that you may make your nominations more easily, I have opened up the comments down below. You may also, if you wish, nominate something to be burned down.
Call, and Raise You Ten
I should also explain, for your edification and amusement, that this November is likely to be different. The stakes have been raised in various ways, and so perhaps this year I might get three visits from the FBI.
As we are having our clashes in this world of digital controversy, a lot boils down to who is giving the microphone to whom. Whenever something particularly fruity floats by in my Twitter feed, wherein I stand accused of getting my jollies through the kicking of victim puppies, the first thing I do is click on the profile in order to discover that this person has seven followers, including mom and two sisters (who are so proud). If I reply to them, I have handed them a much bigger microphone than they ever dreamed of having, and I have thereby made their day. So then, I says to myself, don’t do that. Don’t reply. Don’t answer a fool according to his folly (Prov. 26:4).
But the opposite is also true. When we get attacked, as a recent piece in Vice attempted to do, they are handing us a microphone. Did they spell my name right? If so, then all is good. As the saying goes, when the flak is all around your airplane, it means you are over the target. When they are foolish enough to give you a much bigger microphone than you had before, then go right ahead. Answer a fool according to his folly (Prov. 26:5).
Remember that Christians are under explicit orders to not be bothered about this sort of thing.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
Matthew 5:11–12 (KJV)
We are not supposed to give a rip. Jesus said.
Incidentally, in case you are curious, I haven’t read the Vice piece because I did read the questions that the writer sent to Nancy and to me while “researching,” and the said questions were all more loaded than the entrees at Tater’s, Home of the Grand Stuffed Potato Buffet. Way too many bacon bits.
On a related note, we have heard a rumor that Christianity Today might be gearing up to do a piece on us, since their pursuit of Mark Driscoll has proved so popular. If they do, depending on how they handle it, I might read that. If they don’t do something, I hasten to add, I won’t read it, but then again, neither will you. And if I read it, and if there are any howlers in there, such that they have handed me their microphone, I might clear my throat and say a few words.
If you are new to this blog, as quite a few of you are, and you haven’t gone through any of our previous rounds of controversy, here is an encouragement. If you read anything that unsettles you, and you would like particular answers to specific questions, we have made them readily available. On the top of this page, over to the right, we have a box called Critical Questions. We located it there for the convenience of lazy reporters. In addition, if you are in need of even more detailed answers, under the About menu, I have a feature called the Controversy Library. I think that it would be difficult for you to have heard anything nefarious about us that is not addressed there, and addressed there exhaustively.
The short form is this. We are dealing with a small dedicated cadre of the most frightful liars, and a much larger group of Christians who have not been taught how to respond to the most frightful liars, meaning they have not learned the rudiments of biblical justice (Prov. 18:13; Prov. 18:17). Despite my repeated exhortations, they have not purchased A Justice Primer, a book which is most helpfully displayed at the bottom of this post. This book, in its e-form, costs a mere dollar. And if that is too steep a price, please contact me and I will see about sending you one for free.
At the Same Time . . .
Even if you are an old-timer around here, the terrain is quite a bit different this November, so I would encourage you to be prepared for that. The first thing is that as No Sanity November has been turned into a year-round carnival of buncombe, and as more and more leading voices in the Christian world refuse to call this madness by its actual name, the more rank-and-file Christians, let down by their leaders, are turning to those places where clown world is being accurately described. This is one of those places. Second, all the indications are that the broader strategy being employed against us is moving from silence to slander. Be prepared for that, check the resources above as needed, and be assured that we are not bothered by the lies. They can tell their story, but we were here and know the whole story. And last, coming as a result of all the above, and also as a consequence of our efforts to amp up the output of content, our voice is being heard in many new places. I say this, not to brag or boast (Prov. 27:2), but rather to let our adversaries know that they are actually helping us out a great deal. I record a video of my Monday and Wednesday posts, and we started a You Tube channel dedicated to those recordings. We started that just six months ago, and we just passed a million views, and, as a real badge of honor, one of those videos did not meet YouTube’s community standards.
Oh, and here’s a book you should read.
A Justice Primer
A basic introduction to the principles of biblical justice, desperately needed in our time.