After all those unpleasant choking sounds and the consequent demise of our constitutional republic, we are just a short way into the reign of our dear queen, the red one out of Alice. Her principal talent lies in her ability simply to insist on arbitrary authority, with no logic whatever to back it up. So in just the space of a few short weeks, Bruce Jenner identified as a woman, Rachel Dolezal identified as black, and I identified as svelte. Consider the possibilities before us!
Okay, let us treat this thing for what it is — an intellectually crippled attempt to build the Übermensch. This New Future Man has forearms that look like they came right out of 1930’s Stalinist agricultural art, the better to pound you with, and a forehead that appears to be made of brass three inches thick, the better to not think very hard with.
Allow me to cite one example before proceeding to some other words of sunshiny encouragement. Here is one tenet of the worldview that is being crammed down our throats, to then be washed down with a fire hose. The division between male and female is FLUID, and Bruce Jenner can overcome it simply through the power of individual choice. The distinction between the various races of men is also FLUID, and Rachel Dolezal can transcend it simply through the power of her subjective feelings. The Confederate battle flag, however, has a meaning that is apparently FIXED. It only means hatred, and can mean nothing but hatred. Like the law of the Medes and Persians, it resides in a mystery place that admits of no change whatever. It is as though Derrida’s work was all for naught, and I for one am just heartsick about it.
But those things that are not a social construct, like your DNA, are declared to be indefinitely malleable. Don’t like your DNA? Put on a dress then, man. Oh, sorry. Not man. Put on a dress, carbon unit — you go, girl with a penis. And the Extreme Court just jumped into a variation on this foolishness this morning, mandating four-sided triangles in all fifty states, bringing much relief to the beleaguered trans-Euclidian community.
And those things that actually are a social construct — like a flag — are declared by our elites to have meanings engraven forever in granite. Of course, it is getting harder and harder to identify our elites anymore. That’s another thing. All that Ivy League erudition and polish is not as apparent once we see the onset of what can only be identified as a Hard Left Warp Spasm.
The second point is this. The battle before us, not to mention the battle we are right in the middle of, is not over this word or that one. It is not over this symbol or that one. Christians of good will may differ over whether a particular manner of “expression” constitutes good manners. We might debate that. But the real battle is over who will constitute the editorial board of the entire cultural dictionary. My position — and I trust I can offer it with my customary modesty — is that we ought not let the lunatics maintain control of the editorial board.
We now have an officially-established, centrally-run Memory Hole. When they went on their rampage over the last week, and pressured Apple to start throwing Civil War game apps down the hole, no one should have been rejoicing over the fact that a certain number of Confederate flags were disappearing. They ought to have been more concerned that we even have a Memory Hole, and that anything whatever was being thrown down it. I don’t think anyone should stand anywhere near the Memory Hole — it is the entry way to the Bottomless Pit. “They are dead, they shall not live; They are deceased, they shall not rise: Therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, And made all their memory to perish” (Is. 26:14). Like Nebuchadnezzar’s men, it is pretty easy to fall in when you are throwing things.
The third point is crucial. This third point carries a good bit of encouragement with it, but it will only be encouragement for the courageous. In the Court’s opinion on same sex mirage, they said this:
“Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons.”
This is intended to establish enclaves or ghettos for us. They will be places where we are supposed to be able to go and not have to practice same sex mirage ourselves. This token, for token it is, will be something that the totalitarian left will assault next because the totalitarian left has no brakes on their agenda. They have no internal principle that allows them to say “thus far and no farther.” And since they can’t say that, they won’t say that.
But in the meantime, we must use these enclaves, for however long they last, as places to gather, worship God, regroup, educate our children, marshal our resources, and counterattack.
How do we counterattack? By preaching the Word. These people cannot understand words because they will not worship God the Father through His Word. Given the nature of man, and the nature of the gospel given to save the natural man, none of this should come as a surprise to us. So what do we do? We preach the Word, whether or not anyone wants to hear it.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim. 4:2–4).
Taking all in all, this is a glorious time to be alive. Faithfulness to Jesus Christ is becoming more obviously meaningful by the day.
Excellent! Yes a glorious time to be alive especially for someone like you who as George Grant recently said “has no unpublished thought”! :)
At least you will have no shortage of topics to write about for the next 20 years or so.. Keep up the good fight.
In regards to the Confederate flag…you might find the below of interest. Apparently the hubbub is rather more misguided than even originally thought.
Show of hands. Who considers these people to be legitimate authority?
My hand is not raised.
I’m not even sure the Justices consider themselves to be legitimate authority anymore. From Justice Scalia:
“With each decision of ours that takes from the People a question properly left to them—with each decision that is unabashedly based not on law, but on the “reasoned judgment” of a bare majority of this Court—we move one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.”
“Who considers these people to be legitimate authority?”
I sympathize, but consider the gravity of that question. Are you prepared to regard the national government as a hostile occupying force, and to accept all that implies? Do you think the present situation warrants that?
Is there any category between that and “legitimate authority”?
The “however” sealed the deal.
“Are you prepared to regard the national government as a hostile occupying force, and to accept all that implies?”
I am. That doesn’t mean that we take up arms and try and overthrow them, nor do we try and infiltrate the system to reform it. But it does mean that we at least acknowledge their illegitimacy and, if only in our minds, secede from them. We call them out for the weirdos and thugs that they are. And then we move on with our lives and enjoy when freedoms we still have.
I do consider them a legitimate authority, as far as that goes, but I think that they are also sending the message that they are a hostile occupying force. I think Ben is absolutely right about seceding in your mind. The alternative is to let them bend you towards their way of thinking on everything.
No matter how hard they try, gay marriage practicioners can never consummate such a thing.
Of course the distinction between races, unlike the distinction between genders (a total of two for those misinformed by the new math), is in fact fluid. Partly because the distinction is half made up in the first place. To the extent there is such a distinction it is in fact transcended, not by anyone’s subjective feelings, but by The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
With the objectivity of the covenant in view, what is your take on the identity of the “they” in “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”?
. . . and we are off and rolling toward the next stop on our culture’s sleigh ride down the slippery slope to hell: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/06/gay-marriage-decision-polygamy-119469.html#.VY3OjUaULbN
For all those who have been yammering about the slippery slope fallacy: could you please throw some salt or sand out on what certainly seems to be an increasingly icy hill?
Hi Randy, I am debating a ‘mano-sphere’ type making the Christian case for polygamy. The topic is new to me and I have run into arguments I never considered (but am considering now). I think we can now safely ignore American secular culture as it is the enemy of Christ as their actions are predictable. They cannot be swayed by arguments from Scripture. They don’t want Him. However, the attack will transition to within the Church and I think it prudent we prepare for it. Here are some pro-polygamy arguments being made (copied from my notes) YHWH portrays himself as… Read more »
I’ve written an article arguing that polygamy is condemned by the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the earliest extra-Biblical Christians. In the comments section of the thread, I interact with some defenders of polygamy:
One of my colleagues at Triablogue has written an article against polygamy as well:
Thank you. I will review ASAP (i.e. a day or two).
If you would like to follow my plodding battle, go here: https://dougwils.com/s7-engaging-the-culture/open-letter-to-a-trapped-wife.html#comment-2089840017 to go there.
Heads up, the language is often vulgar; the debate is not for the faint
I just skimmed the ‘polygamy is condemned’ link and the arguments for the proponents of polygamy mirror what I am encountering. (Except that you know your stuff and I do not (: )
It is interesting to see that you have encountered the ‘monogamy is heresy’ charge as I just encountered it too.
wew! I stepped in it with this one…ah, well, back to it.
What is “ANE” in “As I understand it, the Bible uses stock ANE literary techniques.” from your second link (very good, btw, I am so stealing the point about Lamech being an archetype)
ANE = Ancient Near East, as opposed to the Far East
Ah! like chiasm!
Exactly. Reminiscent of the joke that Baptists hate fornication because it might lead to dancing.
That niggling shadow of a doubt that I might be over reacting to current events and reading too much into seemingly harmless items?
Poof! its gone!
At least we can share a cell in the reeducation camp.
“Hillary Happy Camp” will not be a happy place.
It seems significant to me that a week of hysterics against the Confederate flag is coupled with yet another example of violation of the remaining jurisdiction left to the States. The Confederate flag is the ultimate historic symbol of that violation. What better opportunity to quash the symbol, and to rub everyone’s nose in the ease of the accomplishment?
Exactly. My thoughts after SCOTUSpocalypse: “Quick, someone hand me a rebel flag that isn’t a Symbol of Pure Hatred!”
Up next for the SCOTUS.
**WARNING: Language and innuendo…
As read on the internet:
“Given the precedent, I’m going to marry my aging mother. She won’t last too much longer anyway, and I want the spousal inheritance exemption on her wealth.”
I’m sure the government will have something to say against marriage rights, once people catch on to how to work the new “tolerance” fad. I predict the end result will simply be the end of all tax benefits for spouses. Way to go.
What amazes me is how quick we established the memory hole. Obama said he was against gay marriage just back in 2008. Can anyone explain to me why no one is holding him accountable for his words? Pastor Doug, if you have time, it might be beneficial to everyone if you wrote a piece about how this “I evolved in my position” thing works.
I don”t think people actualy beleived Obama was really against gay mirage in the first place.
“Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,'”
“However…” covers a multitude of ‘sins’
Consistency is not a virtue for those who would play the social justice game and can be very dangerous politically if you end up on “the wrong side of history”. One must be constantly aware of changes in the moral fashion or be displaced by the next wave of more zealous Jacobins. Obama has too many victim class hit points to attack but you will likely find Hillary Clinton attacked from the left on such issues. To attack from the right is meaningless since no one cares.
For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!’ I looked then and saw that his robes, which had seemed white, were not so, but were woven of all colours, and if he moved they shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered. ‘I liked white better,’ I said. ‘White!’ he sneered. ‘It serves as a beginning. White cloth may be dyed. The white page can be overwritten; and the white light can be broken.’ ‘In which case it is no longer white,’ said I. ‘And he that breaks a thing to find out what… Read more »
Lets tie together the big stories. In The Destructive War Charles Royster writes about a foreign traveler in America during the Civil War who asks what the war was all about. The response was that it was the conquest of America by Massachusetts. Is it a coincidence that Massachusetts was also the first state to legalize Gay marriage? Over time Massachusetts rejected God but kept and magnified the more unpleasant aspects of Puritanism as it transitioned to universalism. The modern Massachusetts secular religion is characterized by status seeking through escalating demonstrations of greater holiness and through moral crusades. Social justice… Read more »
What if next they put the word “consent” through the queer theories departments? What kind of deconstructions will they come up with? Yikes!
Down with Bloody Big-Head.
Ann Diamond’s recent article…..http://henrymakow.com/2015/06/john-seeley-pied-piper-of-pedophilia.html
As to the battle flag, it is the one which was being flown at Antietam, when someone serving under it shot and permanently disabled my second-great grandfather, a wound which eventually killed him, leaving his wife a widow and his nine children, including my great-grandfather, ordered orphans. Now it’s true, my ancestor was also fighting under a battle flag, but his state of Indiana doesn’t still fly that banner over its statehouse. We are one nation; the time has long since passed when we should be flying flags over our government buildings underwhich Americans maimed and killed each other. Why… Read more »
I understand the notion of putting to a vote whether a battle flag under which Americans maimed and killed each other should be flown over state buildings. What I question is the arbitrary, politically correct whim of the day so easily becoming law with no regard to the constitution.
The first ammendment was not put in place for symbols that everyone agrees with. It is there for symbols that are offensive (to some) whether they be historic religious or otherwise.
Of course, individuals have the absolutely right to fly the flag if they want. As to the states, I agree that it is up to the legislatures and governors of each state to act. I believe in a republican form of government (small “r), not a democracy nor a judicial oligarchy. That’s the form of government our Founders created, one in which the citizen vote for leaders who make the important decisions and who are subject to being ousted every time their office comes up for an election. I do have to wonder about the selective application of the “heritage”… Read more »
Preach the word. Indeed. But maybe you have a little misunderstanding about what that actually is. The Word is Christ, and it it is also to be written on our hearts. It is not a book. If your plan of attack against the natural, liberizing trends of society is to go back to your particular interpretation of the book we call the Bible, I’m afraid you are not going to have much luck. If you actually have it in you to preach the Word, the living Word, then the odds are in your favor. Although I’m pretty sure anyone with… Read more »
We only know Christ through Scripture. Apart from Scripture, natural revelation does not bring us to knowledge of Christ; it only brings us to condemnation. The WCF says it well:
“The supreme judge by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture.”