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To Make Ourselves Worthy

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‘But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.’  ~ I Timothy 5:8

 

If you appreciate the fruits of Western Civilisation–and you should if you do not–you can thank the 300 Spartans who stood in the breach at Thermopylae and battered the Persian hoard which outnumbered them 400:1.  Though the Greeks were destroyed (due in no small part to a betrayal) after two days of brutal and fierce close-quarters combat, these brave men ultimately saved the West.

Why did they do it?  They were defending kin and soil–two things that don’t seem to matter as much to-day as they once did.  We are a semi-nomadic people spread hither and yon, miles away from our immediate (not mention extended) families.  And, for that matter, the age-old adage, ‘Blood is thicker than water’ means very little anymore.

I have not seen the movie ‘300’ which chronicles this heroic frame in Time but I may have to break down and do so.  This video overdubs ‘Game On’ by Christian rock band Disciple; if it doesn’t inspire you, I suggest you drive to the nearest hospital and have them check you for a heart.  (Warning: The violent movie footage in the video is quite graphic–it’s not for the young or weak of stomach.)

    

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October 31, 2008 at 6:56 pm

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And Rosebud Is a Sled, or: Stating the Obvious

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‘By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.’  ~ I John 4:2  

 

 

 

 

 

I predicted some time ago (and have often repeated) that John McCain is going to get pummeled on Election Day.  However, I am seeing indicators around the union that seem to indicate that a massive upset is in the offing.  Many people who are in a position to know are confident that John McCain will not only win those States that have historically voted for Republicans but that he will carry—comfortably—many of the recent Democrat strongholds like Pennsylvania.  What does this portend?  I don’t know.  But I do know two things: 1) I am glad that I am not a gambler because I would have NO IDEA where to place my bets at this point and 2) I am utterly confounded by the American electorate.

 

Tuesday could be interesting.  Very interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Finally, and after months of propagandised noise and disinformation, the media begin to acknowledge the truth about the Russo-Georgian conflict as the ‘BBC finally acknowledges Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia.’ 

 

 

 

  • Someone needs to inform this apostate priest that his heresy is not as cutting edge as he might think.  ‘For millions of people trying to make some kind of sense of the Christian religion … No human being can ever be God, and Jesus was a human being. It is as simple as that.’  As the Preacher told us, ‘There is nothing new under the sun.’ 

 

 

 

I can be sure of one thing–when I finally get my fence built and put some goats on my place, it will NOT look like this:

 

 

 

 

 

Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.’  ~ Andrew Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: The Dead Milkmen

 

 

  

Remembering Knox

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‘I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.’  ~ II Samuel 12:23b

To-day marks the third anniversary of Knox’s birth.  Last year I posted a quote from the Johnny Cash song, ‘Daddy Sang Bass’ that went thus:

Now, little brother has done gone on

But I’ll rejoin him in a song

We’ll be together again up yonder in a little while

 

 

 

 

  This year, I thought I would post the video.  Sure, it’s not what one would call a theologically groundbreaking song–but it sure speaks to me and makes me feel better.  I hope it does you, as well.

 

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October 27, 2008 at 9:44 am

Credit Where Credit Isn’t Due

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‘If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.” Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.’ Deuteronomy 18:21-25

 

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

-Attributed to Alexander Tyler [The quote above it searing and insightful; yet, sadly, it is apocryphal.]

 

A friend (who shall remain nameless) has lodged a legitimate complaint about the ‘punkin patch’ photos that some of us have utilised to create cuter-than-all-getout photos of our young’uns and that has, up ’til now, escaped me: They’re are not actually punkin patches.  Rather, they are gourd gathering places; in order to constitute a patch, there must be subterranean stem contact.  I reckon having fifty gross of punkins in various sizes and shapes strewn about a city park upon wooden pallets no more makes it a patch than shopping in the produce department at H.E.B. constitutes a walk in the garden.  (But they are dang cute pictures!)

 

  • As I’ve said before, there are always silver linings around the Grey Clouds of the Economy. While nearly all businesses are reporting slower sales and business than last year, pawn shops are seeing their business increase by 50% or more. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. Remember, for every buggy whip salesman in the auto age there is a chainsaw owner after hurricanes!

What does this passage cause you to think of?

Thus says the LORD: ‘Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.’ Jeremiah 10:2-5

  • Indeed, the pro-life ploy is perfectly demonic: in holding out the illusionary possibility of destroying an evil an even greater evil is fed. But what can be more evil than killing babies? It is that which is the cause of this killing and myriad other evils. Indeed, as atrocious as abortion is, it is nonetheless a symptom. Our nation is not vicious because it allows abortion; rather it allows abortion because the nation is vicious.’

Searing insight on ‘Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils’:

Imagine a reckless teenager who constantly runs up his parents’ credit cards, smashes the family car every Friday night, is failing in school, and has serious drinking and drug problems. Now imagine that no matter how reckless and dangerous that teenager became, his parents believed his behavior was worth tolerating simply because he was “their” kid. No reasonable person would consider this good parenting.’

A true [evolutionary] transitional form would be something like a fish having part fins…part feet, or a bird having part scales…part feathers, partially one function, partially another with neither being complete or functional. Even the top experts of evolution theory have admitted that there are no indisputable transitional forms in the fossil record to support evolution across biological groups or kinds, although this news is rarely made public in the media or in textbooks.’

 

Southern Presbyterians in the War of Northern Aggression were among the most passionate advocates of the Confederate Cause.  According to Rev. Thomas Smyth, they fought for:

‘home and happiness, the purity of wives, and daughters, the sanctity of the fireside, the holiness and freedom of our altars, the security of peace, the prosperity of agriculture and commerce, the pursuit of happiness in the walks of science, and the groves of philosphy, and the studies and laboratories of art; above all, honour, principle, and the highest of all prerogatives–that of national sovereignty.’

 

  • If you thought the recent Supreme Court decision on the 2ndAmendment was a victory for gun rights, just remember: You can’t spell Heller without h-e-l-l.

  • Now, I am no friend of the credit card companies. Just like I am no friend of the local drug dealer. It is ultimately my choice as to whether I will indulge in either supplier, and my choices are informed by my faith. Therefore, if we perish, we perish for a lack of knowledge. Our antinomianism creates a vacuum for sin, and the way of the transgressor is hard.’

  • The world is moving into the greatest economic crisis of history. It is a religious crisis, the product of man’s efforts to play god and to control all things. For humanistic man, freedom is anathema, because it runs counter to scientific planning and control. The growing crisis is thus a religious one, and we must see it as God’s judgment on a false and rival order. The crisis must be seen as good news, as evidence that God is at war, that the wages of sin in any sphere are always death, and that every tower of Babel man erects has a common destiny, disaster and confusion. The Lord is at work; let the people rejoice.’ ~ R. J. Rushdoony, Roots of Reconstruction

 

Presbyterian minister Benjamin Palmer was valiant in his defence of Dixie during the Late Unpleasantness.  He was convinced that the struggle to prevent the Blue Hoard from subjugating the Southern people would be seen through the prism of history

‘as the movement which rescued the whole country just as it was slipping into an empire. … History has nowhere upon her records a more sublime example of moral heroism.’

Sadly, he was only correct as it regards Southern heroism.

  • [T]he number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly. Because a funny thing is happening to global temperatures — they’re going down, not up.

 

   

The Girl of My Dreams

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I know that you wonder who I dream about
And if I met someone who thrills me so
Well, I’ve finally met a girl who turns me inside out
I’ll tell you about her for you ought to know.

You comb her hair every mornin’
And make sure she’s dressed just right
You comb her hair every mornin’
And put her to bed everynight.

 

 


When she’s around me sometimes I can hardly speak
I stammer and I walk right into doors
And just to hold her hand in mine makes me feel weak
Oh, you know her heart is a friend of yours.

You comb her hair every mornin’
And make sure she’s dressed just right
You comb her hair every mornin’
And put her to bed everynight…

~ George Jones, You Comb Her Hair

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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October 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm

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Something Smells Fishy

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‘You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me…’  ~ Exodus 20:5

Coming soon to an H.E.B. near you: The Obama votive!

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October 21, 2008 at 12:12 pm

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A Little Perspective

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But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the LORD.”  ~ I Kings 22:5

 

I always enjoy talking with Pastor Jon; we have many of the same interests and his pastoral advice is always insightful and caring.  Regular readers of this blog know the emphasis with which I have treated the current economic situation we find ourselves in.  Jon has repeatedly helped me to keep things in perspective and tempered my concern with a call to view things within a biblical context. 

Say it with me: God is still on His throne.  (Repeat as necessary.)

 

‘[F]rom many of our brethren we hear the sad tale that our political affairs are absorbing the zeal of our people. … In their patriotism they are unmindful of “that better land”‘.  ~ ‘Minutes of the Presbytery of Tuscaloosa, 1858-1863’ (cited in The Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America by Haskell Monroe)

 

 

 

  • The drive for androgyny in our society continues with full force.  Some of the gender-bending products now available include make-up for men.  Of course, no man is properly dolled up without his skirt and a nice pair of mantyhose.  (The whole world is turned upside down.)

 

The man, who would be beautiful, must adorn that which is the most beautiful thing in man, his mind, which every day he ought to exhibit in greater comeliness; and should pluck out not hairs, but lusts.   ~ Clement of Alexandria