Of Course. The Election
“This is normally just a formality, but this time it will include ratifying that greasy black cloud hovering over Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona. ” I just want to note that you’re speaking of two states decided by 80,000 and 150,000 votes and two others completely controlled by conservative Republican administrations. And that Trump would need both of the Republican-run elections AND one of the 80,000/150,000 margin states to switch somehow, despite the Trump campaign not having filed a single lawsuit to date that showed any meaningful degree of fraud in any of those states nor any other irregularities that would shift the vote.
I suggest you read Senator Ben Sasse’s letter regarding the election. He not only points out that there’s no evidence of a fraudulent result in any state, he also makes the crucial observation that not a single Congressional Republican he has spoken to privately actually believes that the election was fraudulent. You’re following the lead of hypocrites.
Jon, and what would your response be if a senator told us publicly that Sasse had told him (privately, of course) that he knew the election was stolen, but that disputing it was only going to make everything worse? It would mean nothing. And as I have noted before, I am not basing my conviction that the election was stolen on any conspiracy theories, or secret facts known only to me and Alex Jones. I am reading the big picture. And if Biden is the hot shot surfer zig-zagging in front of a blue tsunami, then I’m a Hottentot.
Thank you for this blog, “The Bat Guano Chronicles.” I truly enjoy your writing. Like many Americans, it is hard for me to get a clear picture of truth. This helped.
You mentioned the Bible instructs us on how to deal with “illegitimate” rulers. Could you point me in the right direction on that?
Thank you, I appreciate your time.
Bryan, that will be coming soon, here in this space. Perhaps as soon as tomorrow, but soon in any case
Re Bat Guano “When February 1 rolls around, the White House will not be sitting there empty. Somebody is going to be living there, and it will be Biden or Trump.”
Or Pelosi, don’t forget. Whichever of the geriatric three, what are the odds it’ll be the same living fossil for the next four years? And if it is, what does *that* signify for the country?
John, what that signifies is something along the lines of gggrrkk!
Re: Bat Guano Election stuff, etc. I honestly don’t know what you’re looking at. Yes, there have been assertions, allegations, videos, statements, accusations, etc. However, and thankfully, unlike in just about every situation we’re dealing with, there has been an opportunity to adjudicate such matters. In other words, Trump simply doesn’t get to impose his will on the world by virtue of his adamant and repeated claims, as he is accustomed to, while also having the good fortune of having the completely lacking in credibility Democrats and media as his opponents. In court, it has been the case that such assertions of widespread fraud haven’t been made, or, to the extent they have been made, they simply haven’t been supported, and certainly not in any way sufficient to overturn the election. This has been the findings of state and federal judiciary at every level, without equivocation, including Trump’s own appointments. Anything said outside of such venues is quite frankly worthless nonsense. Andy McCarthy has been doing an excellent job at National Review chronicling all this. Consistent with such judicial findings, Barr’s DOJ concluded there was insufficient evidence of fraud to overturn the election. If you think Sasse is a squish (which I don’t believe is the case), certainly no one could accuse Tim Cotton of being such. Regardless of what people may believe or intuit or have some vague sense of, the evidence to actually reverse the outcome of the election simply has not been presented under rules of evidence before any court fit to adjudicate such matters. The President and his supporters must accept the results as they are. We have no other choice. What’s been absolutely remarkable is how brazenly selective all of this objecting has been, as if this widespread fraud only took place in the presidential part of the ballot where Trump lost in those states targeted by him and his acolytes. As Cotton points out, based on such methods, there’s nothing to stop anyone from raising these kinds of objections and seeking to impose their will by any and all means on any future elections, ad infinitum. Re Cruz, Hawley, etc., it could be the case that they’re simply making a political calculation, especially with an eye on 2024. Besides, neither of them is actually alleging evidence of fraud sufficient to overturn the election.
John, thanks for a reasonable and a thoughtful letter. But see my earlier response. Look at the Trump rallies v. the Biden soirees. I am being asked to believe in invisible teeming hordes.
A brother referred me to your blog and I’m indebted. Thanks to him and to you. The church, I increasingly fear, has become so neutered in the face of society’s mounting evil that it’s become incoherent. It flew past the cowardly stage some decades ago.
A professing believer I know says he personally is opposed to abortion, but will not oppose Democrats who demand it as a “right.” He says he will draw the line when they force him and his wife to have an abortion.
This accommodation of evil amounts to a surrender, not a witness. It’s the last stage of conforming to the fallen world before the final stage, which in his case would be, “OK, I’ll abort our baby if you insist.”
Mark, yes. Cowardice is never at a loss for “reasons.”
I am not dismissing the possibility that Lin Wood is a Democrat plant to make the whole election challenge movement look ridiculous.
But January 2021 may prove to be the most interesting month for American politics in a long time. I’m popping some popcorn. I do believe Trump has a January surprise, it will be interesting to see what it is, or maybe he’ll just torch the executive branch on his way out. Either way, the throne of heaven will be laughing at the schemes of man as He always has. The unending pandemic lock down is waking a lot of people up to the fact that we do not live in the free republic that we thought we did. That could have some interesting consequences going forward.
Elwin, yes. And you may be referring to that old Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times.”
My wife and I have learned much from you and your family’s ministries over the last several years. We have been truly blessed by it. So it pains me very much to see some of the things you’ve been writing lately.
I think the meme posted in the Cluster Muster on Thursday wraps up my concern succinctly so I’ll focus on that alone for the sake of brevity. The meme alleges that people who were supposed to be monitoring the vote counters were being locked out of the building and therefore nefarious things were happening inside. Now it took me < 5 min on the Google machine to find this meme to be misleading at best and false at worst. The picture originates from the Detroit Free Press monitoring the situation at the TCF Center. The Detroit Free Press reports that before the election it was agreed that Republicans and Democrats could have 134 ballot challengers in the building. However 227 Republicans and 268 Democrats made it in due to a lack of good security and was making the situation crowded and untenable, so the doors were locked. There were both additional Democrats and Republicans that wanted in after the doors were locked. So if that’s the kind of evidence you want to posit as proof of a grand conspiracy to steal the election, you’re using false info.
Now misleading information is dime-a-dozen on the interwebs these days. You could say, “it’s just a meme, don’t get all bent out of shape about something like this.” However, we as Christians MUST have the highest possible commitment to the truth in everything we say/write. When you post things like this I must assume one of three things. A) you know this meme is misleading and choose to post anyway. B) you know this meme could be misleading, but you’re too lazy to do a quick fact check. Or C) it just did not occur to you to fact check what you are posting. I do not believe A or B to be in your character. So I’ll just implore you: do some basic fact checking. Stop making certain claims about things like rigged elections without solid evidence to back it up. And in the absence of solid evidence, don’t use misleading, false, and/or dubiously sourced information instead. It is not permissible for a man who is a Christian, minister of the gospel, and a public figure to be doing such things.
Roger, thank you for the admonition, and for the obvious good intentions in it. But let me suggest another option, which has to do with how memes work. I posted that meme as a meme, and not as evidence. It is not the same thing as posting video footage of (say) the Georgia suitcases. The latter is being offered as evidence; memes are more like hieroglyphs—pictures of a point you want to make. Now the point I wanted to make, which is that numerous legit poll-watchers were prevented from doing their job on election night, was the only point I was wanting to make. The guy covering the window could have been in a different part of the building, or in another building, for all I know. BUT, if it turned out that that he was a shop-keeper, preparing for a hurricane, I would think the maker of the meme was being dishonest, and I would certainly want to apologize for passing anything like that on. In addition, as things stand with this incident, given how election coverage has gone so far, I wouldn’t want to take a Detroit newspaper’s word for it on who was kicked out and why. So, bottom line, I am not bearing false witness if I make it look like Jenna Fischer from The Office agrees with everything I just said.
Masks Are Another Perennial Topic
Another component of the “faces are important” theme is how we hide our faces due to shame. Someone hanging their head in shame is acknowledging something profound. Now we don’t want someone to remain in such a state, but it is great grace to start out there. In a culture that seeks to eradicate all forms of shame, it’s no wonder that the significance of such postures is lost. I wonder, if you prevent people from hanging their heads in shame, you likewise lose the ability for people to hold their heads high in nobility.
Alexander, thanks. Yes. But in addition, I would say that Christians are the people who should have already gone through this process of shame > forgiveness, and not be participating in this, our culture-wide frenzy of shame.
My husband and I are grateful for Christ Church, the content you put out and especially your faithfulness as a church to stay open for worship corporately during the last year.
Our church leadership here is unfortunately not of the same conviction mostly due to the ominous Romans 13 duty (masks, limit of 30 people in the building on Saturday to witness when they record for YouTube, 6 feet between households etc) We are being preached at through the Tube to repent of our hard hearts and bad attitudes about the lock downs we must endure in our homes and churches and to rejoice and seek the peace God grants. After all there is a chance we could meet again in person in the summer! It is not convincing that this yearning to worship corporately is sin in need to repent of. We have been holding on by our finger nails praying and hoping for courage in the church leadership to change their actions but as the months go on it’s becoming clear that is not their MO and besides, it’s a bad witness to the health authorities, police, and media. The only church meeting is Grace Life church in Edmonton (5 hours away) and they say on their website they are not open to non-members. Any suggestions for a family of starving sheep in this pickle would be greatly greatly appreciated. Personally, finding it difficult to wade through Sundays . . .
Thank you for your time!
Nikki, I am very sorry that I don’t have any practical help I can offer you. If you know of any like-minded people, perhaps you can meet in homes? I can only say that there are many church leaders who do not understand what all this is doing to their flocks—and in numerous areas not directly related to masks.
I am a mom of 6 children ages 11-2. Three of my children attend Geneva Classical Academy in Lakeland, FL . . . We have sent our children to classical schools for the past few years. We are very happy with Geneva! I am writing to you to get some advice or perspective on children attending school in masks. We are a family (and know many more like-minded families at Geneva) that value truth, critical thinking and even the questioning of the norm. Since that is of such high value to us, attending a classical school, who touts valuing those same things, seems like an easy fit . . . until the “pandemic.” Many of us are absolutely dismayed and discouraged at how the majority of the Geneva board is on board w/the tyrannical laws. We started the school w/masks, but just a few weeks in, many of us wrote letters, made calls to board members and the “requirement” was dropped (not long after the town’s mask mandate was dropped!) and made a mere recommendation! What a joy that our children were privileged to attend a school and live a normal life!
However, the children go back to a school on Tuesday and we were given a heads up that an official email will be going out Monday that masks are now back to being required. No discussions.
Many of us are appalled that our leaders would not only fall prey to the propaganda but also that they’d impose a vast overreach binding our consciences as well as violating parental rights and health choices we make for our own families.
You are so heavily admired by many of our board members and headmaster himself. What say you? What are your schools doing?
Thank you so much for reading my email and taking the time to respond.
Again, Thank you for all you do for TRUTH and CHRIST because one cannot exist without the other.
Neal and Morgendee
N & M, Logos School does not mandate masks. We do take extra measures (e.g. regular cleanings during the day). The board has said that we are going to defer to the parents on this decision, and so if the parents want their children to wear masks, we make room for that But we do not mandate masks, and the school is thriving.
A couple in my church recently inquired about your blog because I wear a Blog&Mablog one to church. I’m required to wear a mask in my church as per our province’s mandatory masking requirement and I decided a while ago that if I’m going to be a walking billboard for something it might as well be Blog&Mablog. The couple asked me to send a sample of your writing and so after church today I spent a bit of time browsing for a few of my favorites. I was realizing as I rummaged that it would be really handy if I were able to see a list of blog titles going back several months all on one page with hyperlinks built into the titles. Kind of like an index categorized by year. Is this something your webpage developers could do? I think it would make referencing older posts easier then searching tags or titles only.
If you’re wondering which I recommended it was: So You Married a Feminist from 2018. It was the first post from you I ever read and it’s still awesome.
Jordan, there is something like that already. If you go to the main page, and at the bottom you will see a button that says “See All Blog Posts.” Click on that. Scroll down until you see a button on the right that says, “Select month,” and there you are.
Will there be a 2021 Vision post this year? I really enjoyed the 2020 Vision post and went back to it a couple of times throughout the year.
Eric, no, no plans for that. But I think the Vision 2020 post should still work.
I understand that the directions include to mention the title of the post which is being addressed; however, I do not have a particular post in mind. I do not have Facebook or Twitter, and I am a new subscriber to Canon Press content, so this is the only route I know of so far to submit a question. If this does not preclude my question going through, here it is:
I am a psychiatry resident in –––––––. A colleague and myself are Christians and are considering the repercussions of the pandemic and the vaccine in our own ways. We fear that we may be given an ultimatum: Take the vaccine or lose your residency position, and be left with over $200,000 in debt and forego the ability to be certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. My friend views this issue and objects to any potential vaccine mandate through the lens of constitutional law; however, I believe that this is a preparatory trial for the Mark of the Beast. I fear there are forces at work that are using this pandemic and any potential vaccine mandate as a way to get people accustomed to drastic ordinances. My biggest worry is that if I cave-in to a vaccine mandate because my material security is at stake, how could I possibly refuse the Mark of the Beast? Will not that trial be far more severe? My views on eschatology are rather inchoate; I do not know how well my concerns fit into the postmillennialism you espouse. I do not know if my thoughts on this matter are foolish or not. I would appreciate any reactions you have on this situation. I would be very grateful if you responded, but I ask for anonymity if my question is responded to.
D, with regard to eschatology, I don’t think it is the mark of the beast. But I do think it is arbitrary and unaccountable government, and that Christians need to think through these things carefully. But I am hear reports in different quarters that numerous health care officials are refusing the vaccine, for various reasons.
I have profited much from your writing over the years and am thankful for your willingness to speak hard truths. I was going to write alerting you about the poster in “Make Hate Speech Great Again”, but I see others have beat me to it. However, in the spirit not of accusing you but of humbly entreating you, I am troubled by what appears to be a lack of basic caution against furthering false rumors, which would violate the ninth commandment. The image immediately looked suspicious to me, and a 15-second Google search reveals that there is no such organization as the “Trans Rights Campaign”.
As wicked as the intentions and propaganda of the sexual revolutionaries are, is it not still possible to commit slander against them? Their actual words and actions are evil enough that we do not need to attribute invented ones to them. I don’t have a problem with creating satire, but the image was originally presented as genuine to your thousands of readers, most of whom won’t end up seeing your follow-up note. I recognize that its genuineness or lack thereof doesn’t change the basic thrust of your article, but I desire that you remain blameless and avoid bearing false witness against our neighbors—even the most depraved of our neighbors.
Your brother, in the spirit of appeal,
Philip, I don’t think it is slander if it is indistinguishable from their actual position—which is why I made that mistake in the first place. See the next letter. But it does go to show how difficult it is to be a satirist in these troubled times.
Re: Hate Speech
The satirical trans-dating propaganda wasn’t far from reality.
James, thanks. And I had seen a serious complaint along these lines before.
In your post “In Defense of Hate Speech”, the image you used just might be satire. A search for the image reveals no organization called the Trans Rights Campaign, but there is a claim on Reddit that this image was created on 4chan to discredit transsexuals.
Besides, there are studies indicating that, unfortunately, the number is not as high as 98%:
Anyhow, I thought you should know, and you may want to add a disclaimer to your otherwise wonderful post.
Ray, thanks. The disclaimer was added as soon as I heard from you all.
RE: Make Hate Speech Great Again Western Culture, 1960-2019: I’ll become a monster demon baby the likes of which you’ve never seen before!
Douglas Wilson: Fine, time for No Quarter November
Western Culture, 2020: Very well then, here I am 10x more depraved than before! Graaah!
Douglas Wilson, 2021: link
Patrick, there you go.
What resources do you recommend for a 31 year old who is looking to sharpen his writing skills? The Canadian public school system has woefully under educated me in the area of grammar. I appreciate any feedback and understand if you’re unable to respond.
All the best
Matthew, I would start with my book, Wordsmithy. After that, you can get a video course on writing from Canon Press that my son Nate offers.
I’ve recently read your book “Her Hand in Marriage” and Voddie Baucham’s “What He Must Be: . . . If He Wants to Marry My Daughter,” and very much enjoyed and agreed with both books.
I was wondering what your advice would be to a young man(I’m about to finish my undergrad at 21 years old and, Lord willing, will be attending NSA in the fall for an MA) who has been increasingly convinced of biblical courtship. I don’t know of Christians living near me that put into place biblical courtship, so I’m not really in a position to apply it. Besides that most college age girls seem to believe the sort of “soft” feminism that’s become so prevalent in evangelicalism, making options nearly non-existent even if I wanted to attempt dating.
I would like to get married before I leave to go overseas for missions, as no doubt my ability to get married then will be more difficult than even now, but in my current situation that does not seem likely. I know that in the Lord’s providence He is able to provide for me a wife in any situation at anytime, but I don’t want to use this as an excuse to be idle and just hope for a wife instead of doing something about it.
Thank you in advance,
Colin, I would simply urge you, when you come here for your MA, to keep your eyes open.
RE: Make Hate Speech Great Again” Thank you for this article Pastor Doug.
No comment, I just wanted to share this excerpt from one of Elie Weisel’s books as your piece reminded me of it.
The Just Man
One of the Just Men came to Sodom, determined to save its inhabitants from sin and punishment. Night and day he walked the streets and markets protesting against greed and theft, falsehood and indifference. In the beginning, people listened and smiled ironically. Then they stopped listening; he no longer even amused them. The killers went on killing, the wise kept silent, as if there were no Just Man in their midst.
One day a child, moved by compassion for the unfortunate teacher, approached him with these words: “Poor stranger, you shout, you scream, don’t you see that it is hopeless?”
“Yes, I see,” answered the Just Man.
“Then why do you go on?”
“I’ll tell you why. In the beginning, I thought I could change man. Today, I know I cannot. If I still shout today, if I still scream, it is to prevent man from ultimately changing me.”
Source: Quoted in Wiesel, Elie. One Generation After. NY: Schocken Books, 1982.
Elder qualifications/ask Doug
Do unbelievabling adult children living outside of their parent’s home disqualify a Pastor/ elder/ deacon?
Angela, there are odd situations here and there, but in the main I believe that it is a disqualification, yes. My book on this topic is here.
KJV & NKJV
Hello Mr. Wilson, I have a question regarding your article entitled KJV 400. You mentioned that many of the new translations have been irresponsible in their work and production. You also said that the word of God is committed to the church. It belongs in the church’s hands and should be translated by us within the church. But isn’t this true of some of the new translations? Wasn’t the NKJV for example translated by a group of conservative Baptists and Presbyterians? All of whom were proficient in the original languages? Isn’t this the church doing the work of translating the Bible and making it more accessible? What would it take for a modern translation to meet the proper criteria? Does it need to be done by one denomination of Christians with one confession? I’m trying to understand your argument and I don’t see how the translators of the NKJV don’t meet the criteria. I was hoping you could further elaborate on this. Thank you and God bless
Eric, I don’t really have any big objections for those who use the NKJV.
But They Don’t Want You to Read That
Doug, thanks so much for this post. It reminded me of author Abigail Shirer’s Twitter post last night: “If you’re interested in reading IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE, you can buy it here, directly from my publisher at 50% off, while Amazon refuses to allow U.S. sales of the hardback.” I know it’s old hat that Amazon is blocking something that doesn’t align with their “Great Reset” worldview, but it’s getting REALLY OLD.
Mark, right. Old hat, but really old hat.
You have written a number of times about Critical Race Theory and its creep into the evangelical world. This past summer the Session at my church (Knox Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, MI) wrote a Pastoral Letter to the congregation and then several months later a FAQ document since the letter raised a stir among some in the congregation. Both can be seen here: https://knoxannarbor.org/race-grace-justice-update/. A number of us think that the Pastoral Letter clearly embraces many of the tenets of CRT and wrote Session to inform them that we were more than disheartened by the letter. In the FAQ Session denies that they were influenced by CRT but were rather following biblical patterns of justice.
I will understand if you don’t have time to read the documents but if you are able I would greatly appreciate your opinion on whether or not those of us who disagree with the Pastoral Letter and see CRT throughout the letter are misreading the letter. To me, and others, if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck and that duck is a dangerous one indeed.
I am an elder not currently on Session and am wondering whether to stay at Knox if Session is unwilling to see the danger of following the CRT path.
I appreciate your many book recommendations and I would point you to one I just finished on this topic. WHY SOCIAL JUSTICE IS NOT BIBLICAL JUSTICE by Scott Allen.
Thanks for all you do for the God’s people in pointing out the foolishness we are surrounded with both in the secular and evangelical community. I have followed you for many years and have been greatly blessed.
Mike, I read the pastoral letter, and I am afraid your session has got it bad.
I am emailing in to pose a question for Doug and hopefully get a response with his thoughts.
Backstory: My name is JB, I am a young 24-year-old Marine Officer, just getting started in my career. I have a beautiful wife and daughter, and another child on the way. I have a great passion for disciplining men who are seeking what true manhood is (often in the wrong ways hence many of them looking for answers in the military).
I am reading your book, “How to Exasperate Your Wife” and recently read through chapter 10, “Warrior Wuss”. This chapter speaks about the problem of a feminized military, and late in the chapter you make the statement, “Christian men who are in the military should get out at the first lawful opportunity, and move to a community where they may defend their families instead of their current unwilling defense of the feminist agenda…”
I highly respect you and have been blessed by many of your books and media. I am having a hard time working through this statement. I know scripture is the ultimate authority, and understand how Deuteronomy 22:5 addresses this exact scenario. I need to understand this however as this has huge implications.
Would the united states military then be better off with no Christian men? Should Christian Men abandon the military and allow it to deteriorate or seek to affect change? I cannot help but hear your statement and align it to the idea that Christians everywhere should withdraw from any organization or career that does not uphold Christian values.
This argument also has to go deeper than just the uniform. The military that Jim and Doug both served in allowed Women to serve, after all, it has been only recently that they have been able to seek combat positions. In a military today in which even logisticians and motor transport marines and soldiers may face combat, where can the line be drawn?
I am preparing to begin the Infantry Officers Course and my class actually has three females attempting the course. Most peers and even superiors who are willing to discuss with me agree that women should not be in combat, and the argument around equal weights and measures, in general, resonates with many. This is not an issue that has been fully decided and accepted, but one that I believe could be reversed.
Again, should all Christian men leave? and what implications does that have for other organizations and companies that Christians work for who do not uphold Christian values, should they also leave? I can’t help but object to this, but I am eager to learn and understand. I hope that you will be able to find the time to respond. I know you are a busy man!
Thank you for your time.
(Second Lieutenant) Josiah
Josiah, I believe that serving in the military is a lawful occupation, and I commend those who do so faithfully. At the same time, my recommendation is that everyone there, particularly the officers, wake up every day prepared to wreck their career if it is necessary. The military, given its nature, has a greater capacity for mandatory social engineering, and I am afraid that a lot of the brass is woke.