Friday, September 28, 2007

The Kingdom

Tonight is the premiere of the top motion picture marketed out there for this weekend, "The Kingdom." It stars some Oscar-winning actors and it looks like it has a lot of brave-looking people firing weapons at terrorists of some stripe. I imagine the intended effect is to get all who watch it to shout with Homer Simpson, "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

It has received rather tepid reviews so far. I'm paying attention to it simply because of the title of the film and the massive campaign to sell it. I've seen ads for the thing everywhere. Again, I'm just curious because certainly some are going to get some impression about what "The Kingdom" is, whether or not that is actually true.

"The Kingdom" in this sense refers to the country of Saudi Arabia, which considers itself a kingdom. It has a king, princes, a royal family, all exerting great power in an oil-rich and terrorist-harboring region. It seems the movie has some intrigue and thrills, but from what I've read most of it is just a lot of typical shoot-em-up action.

Since it doesn't seem to show much promise as any blockbuster, it may not leave the mark its producers hoped it would. I would like to see people come away from seeing those words "The Kingdom" and ask themselves, "What is that, really?"

Sure, our fairy tales tell us that palaces and royalty and chivalry all make up a "kingdom," but in reality the one Kingdom that is worth anything is the one the King reigns over.

Yes. That monarch is The King, God Himself.

And the way Jesus spoke of this place, it is way different from those in the fairy tales or boffo Hollywood productions. Take a listen...

"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people."

That's from Matthew 4:23. Not going to go into all of it here, but if you read a few of His words around that, you'd find out what The Kingdom is. If somewhat intrepid you might peek at all of His words around that, and you'd really see it.

You may be amazed how much it not only isn't fairy tales or Hollywood spectacle, it also isn't the World.

For a bit more explanation of this distinction from the author of this blog, go here.

Monday, September 24, 2007

What a Fool Believes

In doing my web writing wherever that is-- webzine, blog, comments on some site somewhere about something-- I'm insanely devoted to the idea that I can get people to understand and know Christ by saying, "Hey, look at that foolish thing and see how foolish that is!" They would then see said foolish thing for being as abjectly foolish as it is, connect the dots, and find that any true fulfillment for any need or desire can only ultimately be found in Him.

I even heard a radio show this morning on the Los Angeles hyper-libertarian station KPFK called "Connect the Dots." They always have someone on who rails against some Power-That-Be as oppressing the poor disadvantaged disenfranchised whatever Power-Back-To-The-People type. They seem to think that displacing the despised Power with their adored Power is going to liberate all and bring joyous utopia. "Connect the dots!" they say, but then when they profess their "final solution," I always wonder, "Then what?" It's as if they connect only half the dots on the coloring book page and pat themselves on the back.

They will never connect all the dots to Christ because they've been intractably convinced He is a straw-man Christ.

I so recognize I must be very careful about calling any man a fool, for I am then liable to be called a fool myself. I just want to point out foolish things, and take that passage in Ephesians as my text. "Don't be a part of those things but rather expose them" is a loose rendition.

In my last webzine piece, I wrote about Ed Brown, the zealous anti-tax guy. I can't call him a fool, but I can't refuse to point out the foolish nature of his exile. I look at things like this "Trans-Texas Superhighway" that's supposed to link Mexico and Canada, and I hear that it will bring all sorts of terrorist Mexican truckers on to our sacred U.S. soil and complete the North American Union as a final component of the nefarious, awful, and really ugly One World Order. Oh forgot to add: "Oh my."

"Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" "Trans-Texas Superhighway, oh my!"

The hysteria about this is just foolishness. All I want to do is say "Finish connecting the dots." It just doesn't seem to matter at all that they are doing this highway thing because it is merely part of what the One World Order has done for millennia. The more violent rage spewed at this kind of thing just makes the war more bloody, and you're not going to win it.

"Let's all just get Ron Paul into the presidency and he'll stop the brazen encroachment! He'll make sure American sovereignty is restored! He'll make sure the Constitution is followed!"

Sorry, this is foolishness. "American sovereignty" has always been an organ of Rome's designs and the U.S. Constitution has always been a vehicle of expansive sin management-- no matter how libertarian it is "supposed" to be. To think that Ron Paul or disfellowship from the U.N. or some other quasi-Americanist tack is going to fix all things is to run the crayon off the page.

At the high school where I teach I help coach the Academic Decathlon team. The theme for this year's competition is the American Civil War, and for the past two weeks our kids have been watching Ken Burns' acclaimed 1990 documentary about it. In today's episode on 1864, Shelby Foote, one of the premier experts on the war, said something quite profound.

He said that the North went into the war with one hand behind its back. They had all kinds of able-bodied men up rowing at the Ivy League schools for the duration. If the South had dragged it all on any further, the North would've pulled its other arm out.

Really, this is just not any revelatory information. Any high school U.S. history student can figure this out. What is so profound is that while the North could've squashed the South in a second, it didn't. We're told it was the Union's inept leadership and the Confederacy's bold tenacity that kept it going.

No, no it wasn't.

Come on, connect the dots.

The American Civil War was one big theatrical production put on for the purpose of convincing the American people that their government should be much more powerful, that there is the proper dramatic rationalization for the establishment of what some call "the 14th Amendment Empire." Sure it was horrifically costly, but since when are the covert ops of Rome, the Jesuits, ever concerned about the amount of blood spilled when assembling all the intricacies of the vast sin management program that is the United States of America?

Come on, people, God gave you some brains. Connect the dots.

At this point I just wonder how many more times we must pronounce some crazy truth about Rome's designs for people to do that. How many more facts about what Rome does through the U.S. as the Legacy of Cain must be shared before someone actually connects all the dots. It just gets daunting. I see website after website and hear radio show after radio show screech about the horrors of this or that New World Order Powers-That-Be George Bush Hegemony thing, and the ultimate foolishness is in the benighted indifference to answering the key question out of it all-- the key question that is at every dot on the page but the last one:

"THEN what?"

Sure, keep going! Don't stop. By all means keep connecting the dots to see the full picture. Have fun seeing all the other crazy things the One World Order does. There are certainly many more. But see...

Don't you want to know Who it is at the very last dot?

Who is that Person indeed?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

"Aaah! Stop the Deflation!"

Larry Kudlow is a top talking head, offering financial blab across the airwaves. I think he's got a show on CNBC. He was on Hugh Hewitt's drive-time radio show the other day and they were bantering about the latest economic item of interest-- the severe poking at the housing bubble.

So fiercely did Kudlow make the case that the Fed lower interest rates that it amplified the truth that the Fed is quite the law enforcer. I can bet that every Federal Reserve Chairman through history (these days it is Ben Bernanke) has certainly lost count of the number of times he has had to smile nervously as he is asked to crack heads in any number of institutionalized ways to pull back on the abject misassessment of value among Catholicist Nation inhabitants.

Kudlow said his recommendation about what the Fed do is the "shock and awe" approach, and he cried "Come on-- stop the deflation." The deflation here refers to the precipitous drop in home values through the collapse of the "sub-prime" lending market. The thing that is noteworthy is simply looking at what deflation actually is.

It is the typical discovery that the value assigned to any given productive capacity is less than it once was. When it happens on a macro level, affecting all commodities across the board, it is quite striking.

"Stop the deflation!" cries big-time econ guru Kudlow. What he's doing is telling the Fed to keep the scam going-- keep people thinking their value is higher than it is. He could just as easily say "Hey Fed! Keep people lying about themselves!" How does this all work? You won't hear this from Kudlow, or Hewitt, or any of the big-time Romanist shrills because they're in on the racket. Just so you know, here's what the deal is:

One, people sin. They dick with their productive value and lie, cheat, and steal to get people to see they're valued at something they are not. Everyone wants to get the heads up on exploiting the other guy in this environment.

Two, this manifests itself in a home buyer thinking he can get a home valued far higher than the true economic value assessment he knows he really has, and an exploiter is right there ready to take advantage of this deception.

Three, the investor/banker/whoever-the-exploiter-is wheels and deals in these obligations, gets his cut relying on the productive value the borrower is promising--which, as we know, he's already lied about. No matter, because every investor/banker/whoever-the-exploiter-is knows that, yes:

Four, the Fed is there to bail him out. And the Fed is there to do that because the Fed is indeed the economic agent of Cain, assigned the task of gallantly working to sustain the value assessed on the productive capacity of World inhabitants. This is its primary function, by its own job description: maintain the value of the currency. "Value of currency" is only fancy finance language for the very meaning of what an individual is worth at his core.

The Fed can lower interest rates to make everyone happy, but if those rates don't match up with the actual value of the individuals that money represents, then nothing in the World can prop up the macro economy.

Unless you're talking about The Kingdom.

What's the Kingdom option? How indeed can a sinner have value beyond the essence of his own destruction? What's the option for those who truly want their value assessed truly actually truly accurately?

In Truth?

That can only come from the One single measure of truth there is, Truth Himself, Jesus Christ. Christ bought back those destined to an eternity of-- indulge me here-- "sub-prime." In Christ one is loved with the purest fullest love. As such, one who is in Christ will have a yes that is a yes and a no that is a no. In Christ he thinks of another as worth more than himself simply because he's died to himself and is alive to Christ. What this does is move people to care for one another in phenomenally abundant ways, far above anything the World can ever possess.

I sometimes wonder why the Kudlow's and the Hewitt's and the rest of these seemingly brilliant men just don't get it. Oh they're brilliant all right, they are.

They're just blind, that's all.

Pitch black blind. Like bats, and as such not only blind but bloodsucking, too. They live in the World as World inhabitants, and even been asked by so many to feed them the lies that make them feel so good. They haven't a clue about what the Kingdom looks like or even who Jesus is. They are devout agents of Cain, sent from God's presence to wander around.

As much as the Fed Chairman is supposed to crack heads of liars and cheats in schnazzy suits, you will often hear him confess quite candidly (look it up in the speeches of past and present chairmen, these pronouncements are there all over the place) that his job consists mostly of reading tea leaves, looking in crystal balls, trying divine the winds of value assessment, as it were.

Sounds a lot like a guy wandering around to me.

Consider getting with the Contractor who can build you a house on the rock.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Lord David Petraeus

Virtually every news orifice out there is showcasing their polls on Iraq, this on the eve of top U.S. general-in-Iraq David Petraeus' report tomorrow-- I think it's tomorrow. What they're asking are things like "What do you think about our progress in Iraq?" and "Do you think Petraeus will give an accurate assessment of things?"

Really, what should be asked is, "What do believe about what the media spews at you?" It blows my mind that so many have something to say about things they just haven't the faintest idea about. "38% say this, while 57% say that." It reminds me of an Onion piece that I just have to provide a link for here. Oh cynical me.

Thing is, as I was peeking around a bit at the worship of the God David Petraeus (remember, even the most zealous detractors of everything "Bush" are themselves some of the most pious devotees), it came upon me how to precisely say what Ellen Tauscher is actually saying when she speaks about government-oriented things. Remember Congresswoman Tauscher? She's the one who said, "I no longer can believe almost anything I'm told."

It's really the same thing Petraeus will say tomorrow. And what Bush has ever said. And what any president has ever said. And what any lawmaker, jurist, pope, priest, Jesuit, king, Caesar, and World operative has ever said through the millennia since God sent Cain a-wanderin.'

It is:

"I will manipulate events and perceptions of those events to the extent that I can most effectively kick the snot out of those I can kick the snot out of while at the same time cleverly exploit the law to give myself and those to whom I am beholden a free pass."

Makes perfect sense, really.

If these people are indeed the divinely ordained Agents of Cain's Prime Directive, then they must assemble law enforcement around protection of their very beings. For even though they are murderers themselves of the highest measure,

They must continue to manage the city.

And they must do so for the sole purpose--in the very strictest sense by God's economy--to allow those who will eventually ask for His mercy the opportunity to receive it.

By this arrangement that city must be tremendously frightening. It must be oppressively, excruciatingly, obscenely horrid. Funny, in America, in this "republic," many people are given the opportunity to be murderers too. Ah, the genius of Robert Bellarmine's polity.

Everyone gets to have a hand at managing the city.

And it's so easy! You can sign up to select those agents yourself as a voter, to pay for it all with your W-4 contracts and ager vectigalis leases, to plaster your worth all over huge debt obligations, to register for identification with Social Security, to join up with 501c3 God clubs...

You may even let them all know what you think of your Lord David Petraeus so it gets on the TV.

So what do you think he'll say tomorrow? Will you be schlurping delightfully from your media orifice of choice?

Or will you ask for insightful understanding that this body of death is perfectly reasonable World activity for World inhabitants who like being murderers in order to get the intense high of seeing whether or not the law will be exploited by powerful people to their benefit.

And then you may just ask for the Mercy.

Who is the Mercy? Peek here.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

"I No Longer Can Believe Almost Anything I Am Told"

U.S. Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher said this after listening to testimony about progress in Iraq. It was so notable to the Los Angeles Times that it was used as a pull quote in today's print edition.

"I no longer can believe almost anything I'm told."

I looked at this and first thought, wow, she's got it. She understands that anything government says cannot be trusted, for government is by function an operation that must use deception to do its job of prosecution. Maybe she'll decide she doesn't want to be a part of that body of death any more and will seek to enter the Kingdom.

Nah.

I read the quote a second time and it is quite symptomatic of the way World operatives themselves operate. This is beside the point that if the statement "There is falsehood here" is uttered by such an operative-- and Tauscher is such an individual-- then that itself cannot be trusted.

What she says reveals something quite profound, for it is in the context of exactly how much security there actually is in Iraq. Some officials say one thing, others say another-- apparently they're all now waiting with bated breath for top general David Petraeus' report. I imagine they think that'll clear everything up.

Problem is that people generally don't think through all of this. They just plain don't take the time to think. Now think: If the law and security and prosecution actually did the full job it was supposed to, did the full job in truth, they do you know what would happen?

Okay, the challenge here is to think. Are you willing to think?...

The answer is simple:

We'd all be summarily convicted, sentenced, and executed.

"How intolerant! How oppressive! How totalitarian!"

Okay okay, continue to not think. That's your choice. But if you choose the denial option, then guess what? You're left with (here it is again for those of you who missed it...)

"I no longer can believe almost anything I am told."

That's what you'll say. That's what blither as you you'll bumble around, banging into the World's death wherever you go.

The "almost anything" part of her quote is most revealing, actually. For it demonstrates that she still reserves the privilege of believing what she wants to believe so she'll feel better about things.

What are the things she will believe?

I guarantee you those things are the ones her Jesus will convince her are the things to believe, no matter how insane they are. One such insane thing is that the law will actually save her. Her Jesus will tell her that she's okay as long as she upholds the law. Sustains the law. Painstakingly augments the law with turgid complexities culled from long tedious hearings. Decorates law with pretty flowers and colorful ribbons.

Um, no. The law is only good to the extent that it blasts us with our sin. If you see that, you'll see what death is, and you'll want to get out. So really, what Tauscher is doing is precisely what she should be doing.

She may indeed be quite effective at prosecuting you.

Thing is, if you thought, you'd see how horrific that truth really is. You may then, if you look-- just right over there-- you may even see Jesus way at the far opposite place from where World is, waiting for you to get out of all that.

In my last post I openly confessed that I do wonder if what I'm saying is anything new. I said it with a bit of despair because I do want to be in the game, serving my Lord. I've realized that, really, I am saying nothing new. And that's okay.

The thing that is despairing is that when you say "Hey, you don't have to be so maliciously deceived! Look here! The Truth!" so many shrug it off and take off to further death. I can see why-- there are so many Jesuses out there. That makes me sad.

But it is indeed something that is not being said enough, even though it has been said for millennia. Maybe there will be just a few more who will refuse denial and see truthfully, and then in its best sense, maybe the one thing that the World inhabitant would believe apart from all that which can no longer be believed would be Him, the very thing that is worthy of belief.

Anyway, for a bit more, I've written about this at my website if you are interested. It's here.

Monday, September 03, 2007

"Somewhere Between Raisin' Hell and Amazin' Grace"

I ran up to the corner market to get a quart of milk this morning and for some reason my radio was tuned to a country station. I don't usually listen to country, but I have a bit of admiration for it because the music can be rich in visceral expression. I also worked as a remote engineer at KSON in San Diego when going to school.

Of course I'd never heard this song before, this one something about being somewhere between raisin' hell and amazin' grace, it may be wildly popular-- I just don't know.

But it did make me think of the Catholicist Nation and the way people behave in it. This is it, that's for sure. Go off and "raise hell" then come back and get some grace.

Over and over and over and over and over and over again.

This is just not the way it was from the beginning, to loosely quote Jesus when asked about divorce. Sure people want to "raise hell" in whatever self-or-other-destructive way that is because of the abject emotional pain of not being understood by another. Sure there is the law to frequently whack you upside the head, but there is an issue with that.

It hurts, and it will never give us what we really want.

I wrote all about this in my latest webzine home page piece, here if you want to read more about it.

To be a bit transparent here, sometimes I look at my work and think, "Hmm, this is just too obvious. I'm not really saying anything new here. Am I really adding anything?"

But as I go over what I've shared, one of the key things people just don't see is that this law everyone rails against-- "Ouch that HURTS!" -- is something they themselves ask to be enforced against them. I'd bet most think "Oh, the law and its assembling and enforcement and adjudication that is all just there." No, no, it wouldn't be there at all if people didn't sin. But because they sin, it's there to do its magic in all its excruciating glory.

At their request.

Look at all those people shouting and screaming and seething about George Bush or whichever despised law enforcer. They are no different from Josephine Spoinkers who hangs around whenever Ed Spoinkers returns from yet another all-nighter.

"Ed Spoinkers you listen up Ed Spoinkers are you listening this is the LAST time I'm going to put up with this are you listening Edward J. Spoinkers this time I mean it!..." She sure waves a mean rolling pin.

There is another thing that's for sure.

They all still hang around under the law.

A recent real life example of this codependent interaction was when George Bush and Ben Bernanke made news by joining up to do their respective enabling thing to keep the economy afloat amid signs people were sinnin-- er, yeah, that term is a bit too politically incorrect-- rather people were defaulting on mortgages, there: that sounds so much nicer, and so much like it is the fault of something like the nefarious banking cartel. And since "nefarious banking cartel" is also quite nebulous, no one really is at fault.

There're just good kind George and Ben to rescue us poor dumb saps.

There is another option, but only unblind people who can see beyond the law can know about it. I'll tell you what it is right here if you think you can squint through the glaucomic haze.

The thing way way way better than the law is

Grace and Truth.

Having this would involve one simple thing.

Asking the God of the Universe, Jesus Christ, to be the single one you would follow. Indeed to be the single one your family would follow, and your community.

When you've trusted the God of the Universe enough (and as God of the Universe He can kind of handle it), you'll run to get rid of the useless World contracts you have that betray your request, all of them law processors, every one of them: W-4's and Social Security identifications and 501c3 incorporations and a dozen other oaths made by something other than the simple trust in a God who actually gives bread when you ask for bread. (That stone you got pummeled with the other day? That was from a World Jesus by the way.)

To know what that community would look like, check this out. It was my devotional reading this morning. Needless to say it made me weep. Jesus Christ, right there with them, the God of the Universe doing what He enjoys doing most.

Giving people true joy.