Saturday, December 08, 2012

Too Much Irony, Just Too Much

I had some down time tonight, so I thought I'd blog a bit. I really wanted to spill some of my thoughts onto the computer screen here about what I saw in my Los Angeles Times this morning. I just can't help it. The Times is the paper we get, and it is an extraordinarily quality journalistic effort. It is. But it is also a gigantic mouthpiece for the World System. It is one of the reasons I enjoy reading it. I get my news, and I also get a huge serving of the ways the System is keeping people tied to Cain's legacy. Don't get me wrong, this is what The Institution is supposed to do. All very fine stuff indeed.

I just can't keep from pointing out how much its perfectly legitimate work comes straight from hell, and perhaps some will see and want to get out of it.

Quite frequently I see the profound irony of System operations all over the front page of this very influential daily. Oh don't worry that it's all going away soon. All this news and the humanist twist on it will still flow throughout the populace someway somehow in whatever electronic and spectacularly graphic way they'll find.

Anyway, here were all the featured front page stories splashed all of the front of today's edition.

1. The Supreme Court has decided to rule on Proposition 8, the initiative that California voters approved to put "Marriage is only between a man and a woman" into the state constitution but which a federal court overturned.

All the homosexual activity advocates whether or not they are claiming-to-be homosexuals themselves are giddy about it, and all those who don't like that kind of thing much are very nervous. No wonder. Those who thought that voting against same-sex marriage would do the trick didn't count on enough people voting for it. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

The giddiness also comes from the consideration that at this point it looks really bad for the pro-traditional-marriage folks. Four justices are intractably liberal and will almost certainly vote to authorize all states to employ the Constitution's full faith and credit clause to allow same-sex couples to be considered officially married in their states. The fifth needed to make it official is Anthony Kennedy and he's already made waves that he'd favor the ruling as well.

Much of the brutality of such a ruling comes in two items I rarely hear about in the discourse. One, this case is really about forcing those of us who know what a thing is, in this case marriage, to acquiesce to something that it isn't. I find it quite ironic that those saying they're the most tolerant are actually the most intolerant, because the whole issue is really about taking marriage and turning it into something it isn't and doing everything possible to get detractors to change their minds. The question: What kinds of penalties are in store for those who identify marriage as it is and not what the reigning sodomists demand it be?

If the Supreme Court were to pronounce that a dog is a cat, does that make it so? Constantly I see in reports things like "Enough people now agree same-sex couples should be married so it's about time we just make it so." So making a dog a cat depends on how many people can vote for it? This isn't about disparaging democracy, but it is about discovering who gave so many people the idea to begin with.

That relates to the second thing that is so phenomenally brutal about it. It is that so many will be riveted to the case, waiting with bated breath to find out what their lords will tell them about what marriage really is. No wonder the Supreme Court doesn't want to touch this with a 57 light-year pole. They know everyone will be expecting them to be the authoritative voice about a strictly moral issue. Why do the people do this? They're going to pay rapt attention to old guys and gals in robes for something not even close to a constitutional question.

Why aren't they listening to God on the matter?

Ahh yes. I forgot. They've pretty much abandoned him to Fairytale Land where He's just some old mean guy we don't want to have to deal with anymore. How often do I hear "Don't bring religion into it!" My question then is, why are you fighting so much for marriage? If you have no religious convictions, then just do whatever you want! Why are you asking us about it?

And please, the church today with all its Christians and their rabid antagonism toward homosexuality? Why aren't they in the fight? Pluh. Eease. They're in the fight all right, but they're just tools in the hands of Cain's powerful minions. All these church people do from the bowels of their 501c3's is growl and groan and generally tick off the Radical Selfists who have been gradually gaining the edge in this battle. Many even say this battle is over.

Good job, condemners. Good job, when you should be reconcilers.

But hey, tied to the World System? What do I have to say about it. You're doing what you've been rigorously trained to do. Condemnation is fine. Hey, I'm lighting into the pretenders right here. Got it.

But where are the reconcilers.....

2. The Catholic Church had apparently messed with information related to which priest's have been doing what typical nastiness that it is now well-known for doing.

Much can be said about this, but the terrific irony here is simply that the Times and all the spewers of embracing homosexual-everything will right out of the other side of their mouths go crazy hunting down anyone and anything that is remotely involved in the sexual sin they dislike.

What priests are doing is very wrong, but this is preposterous. It is perfectly okay for homosexually-minded individuals to exploit the sexual confusion of others? That's perfectly fine? And when the Catholic Church stuff comes to light it all gets swept under the carpet, especially if enough money is paid out to the victims.

Wow.

3. Over there on the left is Obama tackling the border issues. This story is certainly about immigration, but the irony is simply in the idea of "borders." As in boundaries. The nation has its boundaries, yes, but what about society? What about the individual who now stumbles about spiritually, who has no conception of a God who'd lay out those boundaries which would make for the best living and most fulfillment, who now resolutely proclaims himself a god and thinks that'll just get himself by just fine?

The profundity here is that Obama will do very little to strengthen the nation's borders. Quite the metaphor for how much crap pours into the soul of those with little spiritual fortitude.

4. The Hobbit is a film that has been getting quite the buzz because of its unique filming characteristic: it was done in 48 frames per second instead of the standard 24. This makes the image much more clear and realistic. In fact it is so clear and realistic that when the filmmaker decided to shoot scenes with lots of unusual movement and action, many viewers said they became queasy watching it.

Here's the thing: Wait until a filmmaker shoots scenes that are more within the viewers' generally more real perceptive capacity. When will it get to the point when we can't tell the difference between the real and the unreal? After all, at some point in the future there'll be a lot of people worshipping an image of their god. When I look on the horizon of the populace I wonder if that's not happening right now.

5. Related to this is the photograph of the people commemorating the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, one of the more prominent events designed to catastrophize the imagination. These are quite a bit as much mythology than history. Good that the Times is part of sustaining the grand mythology to keep people in the grip of the great Americanist nation. Again, please don't misunderstand me, all of it is quite necessary for keeping that cohesion among devout World inhabitants. The work of Cain's imagineers is exceptionally admirable, it really is.

But how many are willing to see it, expose it, and draw people to Christ through it?

6. There's a long piece about a serial killer and what he 'fessed up to and all that. Turns out his upbringing in a very strict Christian-type home and church had him rebelling as soon as he got the itch to experience life. It is quite disturbing to see how much people do see the World System for what it is, but they don't accept it and understand it. Instead they rail against it by isolating themselves and spouting rather uncharitably about peculiar Christian things that simply drive people away. Journalistic outlets like the Times have a field day with this, portraying these people as crazy, and I can't say they're not justified.

Yes, I do wonder when people who say they're followers of Christ will simply

Be that follower.

Read His word, pray without ceasing, worship Him regularly, give thanks in all things, get out and work because you love someone, realize what you have in Him and rejoice always always always. And yes, you can judge, but make sure you're judging righteous judgment. The world hates judgment, of course! But they want righteousness. Too many of them have merely been sucked into the System's definition of righteousness by operatives who can't know anything but the darkness and industriously find ways to keep as many people there with them as they can.

Just like any other human being on the planet who's been hammered by their own sin and their own painful experience of woundedness -- including this author! -- every single person, even the most homosexually-minded or fiendishly condemning, would find the richest freedom in Christ. But all they get is the standard pap from the Guardians of Cain's Legacy.

See the advertisement at the bottom of the page there.

It's all irony you can really savor.

Savor.

But only if you know the Savior.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

The REAL Fiscal Cliff

I do have a Facebook page but visit it quite infrequently. Today I did, and a wall post from a terrific friend included one of those quite idiotic but purportedly inspirational notions, this one going something like this, from some motivational speaker at a "You're Really Special"-type seminar that probably cost attendees $800 for the weekend.

"See this $20 bill? How many of you want it? [Hands up everywhere.] Okay, what if I crinkled it up, like this? How many now? [Same number of hands up.] Okay, what if I stepped on it and squished it into the ground, like this? How many now? [Same number.] See! No matter what awful thing happens to the $20 bill, it still retains its value. So, listen, YOU ARE VALUED! No matter how much stuff you have to take in life, tough it out because you have value even through all of it!"

The few comments there were along the lines of "Bravo! Great words!" and "I must remember that all the time! Thanks!"

What wasn't added was something I share with my Economics students when I do the "How Valuable is This or That" thing. It is along the lines of this. "What if I took the $20 bill and put it in the slimiest dog poop in the filthiest sewage dump?" I guarantee you many hands would go down. "What if I specially coated it then dipped it in a thick sulfuric acid substance so that the bill stays intact but corrodes anything touching it including the skin of anyone who handles it?" I'd bet every hand would go down. There are hundreds of different things that could happen to the actual bill itself that would indeed make it valueless.

Never mind that the issuer of the bill could debase it through its monetary practices so even if nothing physically happened to it it'd still be made worthless.

My point is that everyone is concerned about the real value of things, and someone just saying something -- or someone -- is valuable doesn't make it so.

What motivates me to blog right now is watching all major companies of some stripe dropping tons of cash into their owners' laps in dividends payments to avoid the consequences of increased taxes should the country fall off the "fiscal cliff" soon. Recently I noted that Whole Foods Market was the latest one to do this.

Hmm. Whole Foods Market, one of those places that advertises how socially conscious it is with the environment and worker's rights and all the rest of it. Now don't get me wrong, I shop at Whole Foods. I like eating healthy. I'm also wholly (so to speak) for actively nurturing the environment and protecting worker's rights.

But the way the Jesuit-instructed institutions that brainwash most of American tell us is the only way we can do all that is by following the Radical Selfist idea that there is no God (essentially -- really, most who say they into him are just speaking of a fairy tale god who has no real impact on their lives), that we are just advanced apes who should really get into the science of things, and that if we tried really hard to enlighten everyone with really enlightened things we'd have the spiffy world we all really want.

The real fiscal cliff is that there are so few who fully trust in Jesus Christ who is the Source of all things. The real fiscal cliff is that so many are still wallowing in their sin and working valiantly as all get-out to find THE WAY TO VALUE THEMSELVES in spite of this harrowing truth.

Let's all listen to sweet-sounding inspirational speakers who tell us crap disguised as pithy truths. Let's all pay our taxes so the government racket won't break our legs but when they ask for too much let's wiggle our way out of it someway.

All we've been hearing and are going to hear for some time is how ominous the fiscal cliff is. But really. If you continue to pay huge chunks of your productive capacity in tribute to Caesar and at the same time expect to get gobs and gobs and gobs of Christmas presents from him long long long after the holidays, then your fall off the cliff will be especially brutal. And all I see is bazillions of folks right now running to leap off that cliff.

On the other hand should you switch over to the One who loves you, who knows love, who does love, who is love, who'd died to love, who loves you, who will have you then love others with others so the wealth of your production manifests itself in authentic joy and rapturous peace and sowing vast abundance of both material and spiritual things into the lives of everyone...

Wow.

That there'd be really pretty-good sized groups of people who are Christ's and not Caesar's...

There'd be no cliff.

Just the Kingdom.

Can you imagine? Bazillions instead running at break-neck speed

To the Kingdom?

I keep praying...
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

We've Always Been in the Hunger Games

Just have to plop up here a quick post on an article right there in the big mainstream McPaper, USA Today. A university professor has a column in which he asks, "Are we living in the Hunger Games?"

I wrote at length about the film The Hunger Games as a profound metaphor for very real contemporary human sacrifice. Yes, human sacrifice happens all the time by everyone not living by the self-sacrificial principles of Jesus Christ. It isn't always in the physical violence people do to one another but in the spiritual and emotional violence they do. The reason so many refuse to accept this truth is that it is so hard to discern in the lives of everyone who does it, which it seems is just about everyone.

Here the author elucidates how evident this is. He will certainly get points from those shouting about how inequitable all things economic are in this country. He will get more points from those who want to screech about how much power too few people have to exploit others like madmen. Blah blah blah. All this has been happening through the millennia in every place on the planet. Cain's agents love it because it stirs rebellion which they feast upon like zombies in a brain storage facility, and the people love it because --

They must do human sacrifice.

He concludes with the thoroughly typical and always misguided, "We just need to get back to the Constitution!" Ahem, the Constitution just lays out the ways U.S. political culture keeps the human sacrifice alive and well. Nothing wrong with that, it is the World System at work.

The real answer is to abandon all of that and enter

The Kingdom.

Be mercy and grace to people. Be truth to them as well, not judging but judging righteous judgment. Let Caesar be Caesar and don't get mixed up in his domain. Rather love others with Christ's penetrating compelling overwhelming love. Sow and sow and sow abundance all around you with what it is you do really well. And sacrifice yourself in doing so.

Another ticks you off? Hand him your coat. Another slights you and your ever-sensitive sentiments? Invite him to dinner. Another steams you because of his ideological idiocy? Extend your hand, smile, and share with him Life.

The Hunger Games. I can think of very few things that are more gruesomely ugly. Except that even uglier is how much people say they don't like it either, but they do like it and they do anything and everything to embrace it.

Murderous deceit.

Over and over and over again in a splendid array of colors. All fully and wholly constitutional.

It is the way of the World.

Doesn't anyone really want out of the Hunger Games?

Here's that home page piece again. Would love for you to read it. Share your thoughts with me. I also have a page on human sacrifice itself. I invite you to look at that too. Let me know what you think.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Dysfunctional Nation

This past week events occurred in my life that paralleled one another quite profoundly.

The first was that a president was reelected who is so wickedly reprobate that I grieved over the continued course of this nation. Many said, "Oh quit yer whinin' -- that's been said so many times before and look, we're still okay." No we're not. We're still living in a moral sewer.

The second was I spent my week exhaustively working to permanently dismiss from my classroom a student who is pathologically manipulative, narcissistic, and sociopathic. The emotional and spiritual violence spewed from this young man utterly destroyed the instructional integrity of my classroom.

Both were awfully draining events to endure, but what made them so striking was not just the similarities in the breadth of evil reflected in them, but that so many people either refused to see and act appropriately on them, or much worse: allowed them or even enabled them to continue.

Regarding the first, Americans went to the polls and elected a man who expressly desires to continue enabling people to commit murder against their own unborn children, encouraging sexual abuse by institutionalizing sodomy, endorsing the rule of drug cartels over Mexico and the commensurate murder of thousands of its people, and expanding the idea that so many people wantonly decide to do nothing productive yet leech off the productive capacity of others. I could name a dozen more moral crimes that this man will continue to commit.

The stunning truth that so many refuse to grasp is that his opponent would do nothing to effectively stem these things. In fact one of the reasons he lost was because he was too ambivalent about truly changing the above conditions, mostly because the mass of the nation's mass media favored the incumbent's agenda as well. The opponent couldn't risk alienating them. They still torpedoed his candidacy.

Don't get me wrong. Both will or would do whatever Cain's legacy expects them to do. They're fully authorized to do what it is they do so well -- I contest it not at all. I just feel deeply about it.

The thing that is most frightening came from looking at my Facebook wall this week. About half my friends are old friends from high school and college, people who grew up with the kinds of views the incumbent holds. A handful are former students who've been proficiently indoctrinated in the virtues of infanticide and such. Most wrote on their Facebook walls how proud they were that the incumbent president was elected again, and their posts had lots of exclamation marks and smiley emoticons. I truly felt ill inside.

About half of my other friends are Christian friends I've had from church or ministry connections, more recently in my life. They too made me queasy when looking at how little they know about what is really going on. How misled are they to firmly believe that the way to go was to vote for the challenger -- a Mormon who is kind of Christian I guess. Some of their posts were accompanied by Scripture, most of which related to how God is in charge of things and don't get discouraged and all that. Errckh.

The thing that should be understood about all of this is that all of this is the activity of Cain. He was the first city-builder, ordained by God to rule as governor over a reprobate population. As the clearly identified murderer, he uses seven times the murderous power over others, and part of that design involves the most viciously seductive deceit. This program continues to this very day, and should you choose to get into it with your civil election voting power you become a vital part of it.

No wonder this country is the wretched pit that it is.

And no wonder the church is completely impotent to do anything about it.

Oh the churchly people will say that they know about it all and they'll issue warnings and they'll spout some moralistic plap, but it all vanishes before it even gets close to deaf ears, because the church is really just the Catholic church, and that is Cain's church anyway. Think you've got a not-a-Catholic-church? If you fiercely clutch a 501c3 tax exemption then you're Cain's church, so shut up. Wait, I don't have to tell you to shut up. No one listens to you anyway!

This week as I watched even my very best friends reveal the pathetic wickedness of their own hearts up and down the social networking site, I was having to painfully wrestle with this student and his stubborn mother, both gushing right out of the most dysfunctional background imaginable. And while this student was busy wrecking my classroom -- administrators, counselors, and whatever other stakeholders were busy fiddling. The reason is quite reasonable actually.

Mom was using the weight of the law in every facet possible to keep her boy mainstreamed. And it had all these people cowering in fear.

It required me to use that law to my advantage, document everything that he was doing, and keep insisting to everyone that they take action, by the clear provisions of this law. To their credit -- including his mom! -- they did get it and they did find another situation to provide for him.

But the main thing it required was prayer. And not just any prayer but intercessary prayer with others praying with me.

All it requires is truth and grace.

But what do we do. We do the law.

The law. Everything managed by THE LAW.

And why do so many keep enlisting THE LAW to govern everything they do?

There is only one thing the law does, really.

It points out how much we are sinners.

No matter how cool we look - how nice we are - how skilled we are at our jobs - how many jokes we can tell - how many smiles we can paste on our face - how many swell things we can do for others - how considerate and giving we try to be - how much we're into what's really going on with politics for the apparent benefit of everyone

We're dead in our sin.

Funny (or not so funny as may be more the case) when we say in bright splendid colors, "LAW, do x, y, z for me!" in whatever way we do that, then we plainly declare that we're sinners. The only way out of that is to not only turn from that stuff and boldly say you're Christ's, but also abjure the World System that exploits the law.

I grieve -- I am overwhelmed with that grief (call this melodramatic, but it is true) -- when I see the millions and millions of people in this country jumping up from whatever ideological part of the arena they sit and cheering on some agent of Cain to use the bruising strength of THE LAW against them. Them, themselves, those around them, everyone.

When will Christ actually be made Lord over their lives?

I see so little of that happening. So little.

And I grieve.
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I wrote my latest home page piece about this. Would love for you to read it. Even better, would love for you to be introduced to Christ. Think about it, would you?

Saturday, November 03, 2012

...As Long As You Know You're Loved

My niece has been over this weekend, and she's exactly the same age as my daughter. It was a great opportunity to see Wreck-It Ralph, and it was a terrific movie. It was actually kind of slow to start, and I started to see some of the same formulaic plot devices that you see in all the Pixar movies.

But the key message is one I want to share with you here because it relates exactly with the subject of my latest home page piece.

I want to start by sharing with you something you may already know. I am a rabid San Francisco Giants fan. So it may go without saying that when they won their second World Series title in three years last Sunday night, I was ecstatic.

But I realized something a while ago that is quite profound about this ecstasy, and it is one of the most perverse facts of life that there is. For you see, the splendidly wonderful wonderfulness of that whole thing wouldn't mean a thing if there weren't

The Los Angeles Dodgers.

And not just the Dodgers, but the constantly winning Dodgers. The always beating-the-tar-out-of-the Giants Dodgers. The incessant just-always-being-better-than-the-Giants-for-years-on-end Dodgers. The ever-agonizing dumping-us-from-any-playoff-hopes-on-the-last-day-of-the-season Dodgers.

If there weren't a Dodgers, why celebrate about anything great that is the Giants?

So I actually have to accept that, yes, in that very weird, very ugly, very odd way -- ::gulp:: -- I like the Dodgers.

The reason I bring this up is because this was splashed all over the screen in Wreck-It-Ralph. Ralph is the video game character who always has to be the bad guy who wrecks the building so Fix-It-Felix-Jr. can fix things up and all that. Thing is, everyone in the video game hates him, except that they don't realize that without him, their life has no meaning. Technically, without Ralph their video game gets unplugged.

This is something I've called the activity antinomy. I've thought a lot about this, but in short: Even when everything is done we still need to do something. What do we do when we have everything we want? Mansion on an island with pools and billiard rooms and bike trails and butlers and maids and chefs? We get bored. We can never not do something. Once we do something great, we've got to do something else. But let's say everything is already done wonderfully and splendidly. We atrophy because we're bored. This theme (there's that formulaic concept again) was splashed on the screen in great big colors with another Pixar film, Wall-E.

Anyway, Ralph goes through the film trying to show everyone that he is good. Lots of fun things happen, but in the end Ralph realizes that he's just who he is, and if it seems that he's bad because he's got to do his job in the video game, that's okay because he at least knows that he's loved.

That was the end of the movie, and as simple as this is, it is phenomenally profound.

One key reason is not that he just has this bland "I'm loved whatever whatever" feeling, but that

He is actually loved by another individual who really does love him in real actuality.

That individual was this sassy little gal in another video game, Vanellope Von Schweetz, and the interesting thing was that she was both the princess of the video game but also that earthy, incisive, joyful, ambitious, wise-cracking person.

I seem to remember another individual who is just like that. Someone who is both the Son of the King and that friend who gets down and dirty and dives right into the messiness of life with you.

It isn't nearly as much whether or not you're good, it is whether or not you know what love is.

What is really interesting is that the film touches on the idea that for love to mean anything, this must be a person and not just some ethereal nothingness. This girl is first seen as a glitch, occassionally pixilating in and out of existence for very brief fragments of time. But later it is proven within the contextual reality that is the video game world, that she is indeed very real. A very real someone to love and be loved.

Jesus is exactly like the messed-with Vanellope for many people. To the particularly not-very-Christianly people He's an annoying glitch shoved in their face by overbearing religious folk, holding off the pixilating of Himself enough to require the formation of elaborate rationalizations why he's nothing to bother with. To the particularly Christian-churchy people He's a glitchy cool dude/domineering taskmaster who requires turgid explanations by robed officials, refusing to pixilate Himself mostly on Sundays when we must put on a smiley face for others.

Sorry, but I just don't see much true, lasting, authentic love in those scenarios.

I'd been reading Genesis in my devotional time and you'll see I'd even put in a reference from it on my recent home page. Genesis 18. But there's also Genesis 19, and I could never figure out why those immoral people in Sodom wanted Lot's visitors when he even offered them his virgin daughters! But it came to me.

They knew those visitors were sent directly from God, and all they wanted to do was have sex with anyone who they felt had some measure of value they could strip. Sure virgins might do the trick, but hey, here we have gods! It was all about human sacrifice -- what they so obsessively wanted to do was take and take and take some more, and it was all about love -- the fact that they thought love was merely doing as explosively immoral things with your body as you could.

So it seems people may walk away from Wreck-It Ralph thinking there really is no such thing as good and bad after all. This is sad because there is still wretchedly awful evil out there done habitually by common men and women, ones who live down your street and drive in the car next to you on the road. But the fact is that they do it and get away with it and are enabled to do it by powerfully selfish people in powerful positions under Caesar who haven't a clue about this magnificent truth.

That there is One Who Does Love.

This was just the heart-rendering message of this beautiful children's movie. Again, not just that love is. How pukifying is that.

It is that this awesome gal in the other video game showed that she deeply, deeply loved this hulking lunk of doubt and despair.

Who can't relate to that?

Yet that love is so scary we pixilate ourselves so much that we glitch our way out of existence.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Matching

The Nobel prize in economics was awarded this week to two economists, Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd Shapley, who specialized in matching. Their work was about finding ways to get a student matched with the best college and a single adult matched with the best spouse.When you look at the breadth of their work you can see that in many respects it is what the core of economics is all about.

Economics is chiefly about decision-making.

And how much of that decision-making is trying to get what it is out there matched up with who you are, what you're about, what you like and love and sing about.

I'll never forget that gal who on an assignment I gave my students in which they were to write down anything and everything they wanted -- I was teaching about scarcity -- wrote "I want to know what I want."

How exquisitely and profoundly and splendidly sublime is that.

That we'd get matched up with what we want, but then, the challenge...

How does that happen best? Really, how tragic that so many of us slog through life shooting arrows into oblivion trying to hit what we think is it.

I already know Who is it. He is the One who loves with His live and eagerly and eternally extends the expanse of His Kingdom to all who would authentically take it.

But I still despair. And the simple reason for that is that I just don't see many matches of Kingdom people with Kingdom things. It hurts.

A classic example is what I saw tonight.

The second of three presidential debates was held, and I watched about a total of ten minutes of it, sporadically. It was just hard to take because some the questions I heard were typically insipid and the answers from the candidates even moreso. I don't think any less of these people, in fact it makes me love them even more. People all hypnotically captive to the System that enslaves them to their pathetically benighted condition.

I'm not going to say this or that about any of the questions or answers. All I want to say here is simply

That is it?

This is the match of people and lords is what will truly satisfy their desires?

This pap?

I am very sad.
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The video I put on my home page recently kind of gets at this.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Egregious Omissions of a 501c3 Pastor

It is hard to find good healthy churches that can provide rich spiritual sustenance. I'm convinced that it is because most Christian churches are intractably tied to the World System through its law and bylaws, one of which is the 501c3 paperwork the leaders of those churches sign to get all the goodies Caesar offers them.

Tonight I went to the Saturday evening event of a "Truth Conference" that trumpeted itself as an apologetics-oriented affair, and I'm always jumping on good apologetics kinds of things. The speaker tonight was Ed Hinson, and I'd never heard of him, but thought I'd step in and see what was what.

His ambitious plan was to go through the entire book of Revelation for the several hundred seated in the megachurch-like auditorium. Whew, I thought, that's a really tall order. But alas, I was not in a church where the people were necessarily expecting an expansive scholarly take on a very challenging part of the Bible. Sure enough, much of his talk contained the most minimal exposition, lots of pithy arrangements of its substance (you know the kind: "Here are the seven 'P's' that make up the seven seals..."), and heavy doses of loud and gesticulate reminders of the most basic gospel truths ("Jesus is Lord!" "Give Him glory!" "He's coming for His church!")

I felt like taking off about halfway through his talk -- which had reached just over an hour by the time I did leave -- but I really wanted to see what he'd say about the woman on the beast, the whore of Babylon in chapters 17 and 18. He'd spent great gobs of time on everything up to those two chapters, when suddenly he made some very brief transitionary remark about them and sped right to chapter 19.

Guh?

I should have known.

As a fully vested member of the World System Roman Catholic Religious Organization, he couldn't say anything about it.

The interesting thing is that I'm sure that any of these church people watching and listening, if they had any biblical knowledge and any understanding of history and current events and any genuine desire to insightfully grasp the truth, they'd know that a critically significant character being talked about in chapters 17 and 18 was Rome.

What most of those Christians have been taught, however, is that the whore of Babylon is Rome. But what is worse that very few see that it cannot be anything but Jerusalem. Throughout the Bible in dozens of places God laments losing His true love to idolatry, immorality, disobedience -- and the only way any of that makes sense is if the object of His devotion is Jerusalem.

God never describes Rome (earlier Babylon) as anything but a dispassionate instrument of judgment or a worthless rag that will ultimately have its final use and then tossed.

Or as the one who has wooed His love away from Him.

So Hinson, the supposed expert on all things prophetic, must indeed dismissively neglect those chapters because if he got into them for even five minutes he would have to issue a blistering indictment of his real commitment.

He and all 501c3 pastors are truly part of the Rome that God will send to hell on that last day. Those pastors presently will never, ever face the reality of that condition as long as hundreds of congregants keep putting money in the offering and they live nice cushy lives courtesy of Caesar.

Please don't get me wrong. I am not one of those who actively encourages everyone to prove they are really God's by living on the streets to show how pious we can be. I'm not making a statement about austerity or wealth or any of that. I'm also not saying that people may not be positively impacted by all the wholesome simple Jesus stuff -- that's all good.

I'm just saying we'd all be wonderfully cared for if we as avowed followers of Christ did actually abjure the World System. If we did actually jettison all those contractual obligations to Rome and

Became ungrafted.

Why do so many distrust a God who loves us with a love that He showed us with His very life? One major reason is that so many are so hypnotized by the Ed Hinson's of the world -- System spokesholes, essentially, who after shouting "Praise Jesus!" in one moment will turn and demonically sneer "Don't you touch the anointed you crazy conspiracy theorist."

So, yeah. Here's another quite egregious example of a Roman minister in the service of Caesar's grand religious operation doing his duty to keep people tied to the System.

Maybe there will be a day when I can see someone share the Kingdom.

Maybe.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Garry Trudeau's Ribald Defense of the Reigning Fairy Tale

Last Sunday the Doonesbury comic was a vicious swipe at those who believe in God and what He says in the Bible. Some of cartoonist Garry Trudeau's stuff is fine, but far too often he lights into those who don't share his view of things, and when he does he just looks mostly foolish. His strip Sunday was a classic instance of this.

I couldn't help but put together an alternate version, one that reflects the truth about the scientific evidence, and that version is here .

I went ahead and put mine up on "the wall" at Facebook and thought, hmm, wonder if anyone's going to add some remarks? Would they be favorable, from those who tend to believe in God as He shares Himself in the Bible? Or would they be unfavorable, from those who don't quite believe in all that in that way?

So far I've gotten two "Likes," which is really cool, but not a single comment. This is kind of why I really don't spend too much time on Facebook. I mean there are very good things about it. I like that I can message people -- it's like a very convenient email service. I like that some of my friends and family have awesome, sometimes very funny or touching things to share.

But what I don't like is that no one ever goes beyond the small talk. Really, Facebook is just one big small talk forum. And this is just me, but I'm very much not a small-talk person. The issue isn't that people really want to just do small talk, however.

They really don't want to do big talk.

Big talk is mixing it up about things like this Darwinism thing. But few will put up their thoughts because most just don't want to get into it, and they don't because it is just too risky.

Sometimes people have that passion to share, and it spills into the comments area. A week or so ago I saw a drag-out discussion in the comments area by two women who are very good friends, avowed followers of Christ, but one is entrenched in the typical liberal perspective of political fixes and the other in the typical conservative one. The fireworks between them was kind of unseemly.

As I read each of their comments, I noted something very common. It was that they both have very good reasons for what they believe, but sadly they will never get to the point of truly understanding why the other individual has those reasons, and much less why each of them can't get beyond their standard ideological blappings.

If they were both to understand what is going on with all that -- what kind of forces are at work that are only about eating them for lunch -- they'd both come to a gracious and profoundly meaningful understanding of things and of one another, perhaps even join an ungrafted community where the most powerful disciples love others with the rich sowing strength of God. What is also discouraging is that I know one of those gals actually read at least some of Rulers of Evil, but the Society does such a phenomenally proficient job of keeping people moored to the World that it just doesn't seem to mean anything. ::Sigh::

One of the greatest achievements of the Society is convincing so many that Darwinism is true. What is so funny about it is that most of the defenses of Darwinism are mere attacks against those who question it. If you look carefully at any and all the explanations of Darwinism, even the most turgidly detailed ones, you can see gaping holes...

If you'd just look carefully at them.

One of the most glaring is just that science has proven that Darwinism can't possibly be true. As I put in the revised comic, there just isn't enough time for all the complexities of life to form through purely Darwinian mechanisms. There just isn't, scientifically so. If Darwinism is true, it is like saying that planted watermelon seeds will have fully mature watermelons on the vine in the span of a single minute. This is just not possible through standard, physical, mechanistic processes.

I'm not even saying anything about whether or not the biblical account is true. I think it is and that we can know it. But this is about something else we can know: that Darwinism is a fairy tale dreamt up and now held on to for dear life by those who simply refuse to see that some transcendent being had to have had a hand in all this.

And that means that if there is indeed some transcendent behind it all then it is very possible that this being is the God who also made morality and as such holds each individual accountable for his or her behavior.

This too scary? It is for me! I know I'd get the business end of any righteous judgment because I've been kind of an asshole for large swaths of my life, so I knew there was only one thing I could do:

Adopt a ridiculous philosophy that tries really hard to explain how life began and developed just on its own with no real evidence or meaningful explanation of how it could actually work, and especially one that does away with any and all of this pesky God business.

Well, not exactly.

No, the only viable option is to humbly come before a God who accepts no excuses, but also loves us so much that He Himself took the much deserved penalty for me, dying a criminal's death in my place, and all I have to do is see it, realize it, accept it, and tell him that by repenting of my sin, turning to Him as He is with no pretense on my part whatsoever, and genuinely thanking Him for doing what He did.

I believe this also involves a commitment to understand what's really going on regarding the contrast between the Kingdom from which His disciples may now thrive, and the World from which operatives exploit the sinfulness of man to keep him in bondage to all the institutions authorized to crack heads with extreme prejudice.

And so, yeah, I was actually thinking of making this blog post as a more elaborate and lucid response to the overwhelming wave of comments to my revised Doonsebury comic. Putting it in a comments box for all to see, get a better idea of why I put it together like I did.

But yeah, well... It's not a surprise. A disappointment, yes, but definitely not a surprise.

No one's paying attention.

I know why know one's paying attention, but again, that doesn't make it any better.
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BTW, I put together a little project in a webpage at my site about the reality of the ideological divide. It's here. Just thought I'd add it. I'd also written a home page piece a few years ago that touches a bit on the history of Darwinism promulgation, that's here. And for a great take on how the account of Noah and the flood is indeed true, check out Hugh Ross' site Reasons to Believe.
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Monday, September 03, 2012

Who Really is the Father of Lights?

I saw an ad for a film called Father of Lights. Don't know much about it, but was intrigued because the term is a name for God in the New Testament. So I went to the website about the film, and found a piece written by someone responsible for it who says this is the third film in a series that is supposed to tell us who God is really. Apparently the film shows all kinds of awesome things happening to people, and this proves that God is loving and kind and giving and gracious and because of all that...

He definitely then isn't

Angry.

It wasn't just that the writer said this, but he said in that pukifyingly humanist way, you know, "We must get rid of that Neanderthal idea that God is wrathful, which is just so ridiculous and no enlightened person really believes that anymore."

I read this and, yes, got a little angry. I get a bit ticked about these kinds of statements because they themselves are so idiotic. For one, the guy writes with such anger himself. Now I'm fine with that, anger is a simple, natural, profound, and yes, quite useful human emotion. But for him to be angry at people who say God is an angry God sort of undermines his claim.

But the most important thing is that his categorical declaration, "God is not angry," is patently false, if one takes what they think about God from the Bible. I'm sorry, but most of what anyone believes about God being loving and kind and all the rest of it comes from the Bible. No other philosophy, theology, teachings, narrative, metanarrative, mentality, or world view comes close to holding the real depth of rich meaning that "God is love."

The Father of Lights guy can try to make a case for God's love and kindness and all from some other source, but it pales in comparison to the Bible. And if he does employ the Bible as a defense for his claim "God is not angry," then he's light-years off the mark.

I could reference dozens of places where God is clearly wrathful, but one I'll point out is Psalm 78. If you read it, you simply can't miss it. But I share Psalm 78 because in and around his wrath you'll see something really amazing...

That God is still merciful.

See, the Father of Lights guy is so brainwashed by humanist doctrine that he can't fathom a God who is both angry and merciful. I believe that is because he knows his sin condemns him to judgment and eternal separation from God. So he must make up a fairy-tale God instead of doing the one simple thing that would actually bring him into God's favor in spite of His anger.

And that, for the umpteen-gazillionth time, is putting one's trust in Jesus Christ who is God's divine expression of mercy to rescue those who are objects of His wrath, namely you and me. But the Father of Lights guy and millions like him are so deaf and blind to this simple truth that it is the ugliest sounding foreign language.

Even the best churches get caught up in it. I saw a pithy church marquee saying that went, "Holding on to anger is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die." Very insightful indeed -- I like the quote and I do understand that it is making a point about acting inappropriately on anger or letting anger turn into bitterness. I got it.

But I also think one thing grafted churches do far too often is emasculate themselves and eviscerate the spiritual virility they could have for Christ. The marquee saying is also telling everyone in a very subtle way: "We church people keep our anger bottled up inside because World operatives tell us not to be angry because it is just so unseemly. This keeps us from looking mean and yet at the same time makes us weak-willed mutes."

So yeah, here's a good word for anger. I write this blog because yeah, I'm a little angry at widely broadcast moronic statements, especially because they help send people to hell. I blog because maybe someone will read this web writing and see their "I'm mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" urges are perfectly normal.

The real question is, what do we do with those wrathful sentiments? Do we join up with the people of "The Cause" whatever it is and the Father of Lights people and the cool government people like Barack Obama and shake our fists rather forcefully (and wrathfully I might add) at whatever we don't like?

Or do we leave justice in the hands of God (and his instruments of judgment that the Father of Lights guy is merely a part of) and go over to another place where mercy is found for people who are very rightly objects of wrath because of our sin?

Namely, the Kingdom?

That's where Jesus is.

No, not the "church" Jesus who's just one of the "righteous cause" dudes.

But The Jesus.

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Okay, so here's another plug for my webzine on which I put a new home page piece with a new video! Awright! You can check out for yourself if I've got down who this Jesus guy is. If you don't think I do, that's cool. Keep seeking Him, He'll let you find Him.  But no matter how many of God's phenomenal acts of mercy the Father of Lights guys cherry-pick in their film, if they say stuff that dismisses the very real wrath of God in and around all of it, you won't find Him there.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The LIBOR Extraction and Many Other Sacrificial Procedures

I wish I had the time and energy to blog much much much more often. As I'd noted before, it is very difficult to get something of meaning down here as frequently as I'd like, and it is really only because I spend so much time ministering to my family, my students, and my neighbors.

It partially titled this post "The LIBOR Extraction" because last month I so longed to address the revelation that the LIBOR rate, which is merely a widely referenced interest rate, was manipulated by Higher-Ups in some manner for the expressed purpose of forming questionable impressions about value. Many people benefitted, many others took a hit.

I wanted to regale my readers with the whys and wherefores about it, but it really came down to this: It was yet another typical way powerful people living by, for, and within the agency of Cain carry out their proper human sacrifice practices against those who properly let them. Yes, people die slow and painful deaths through it all, but the death is so slow and the pain is so numbing that no one says anything.

I wanted to add all kinds of remarks I read from the top pundits out there, finance gurus who say this and that and this other thing and then inevitably conclude with, "Ick, no one really knows what to do, and we're in bad shape, and look out for tomorrow." But I've done that so many times before, and I've offered The Answer just as often, but sometimes I just get discouraged.

All I see is people responding only one of two ways, that's it. They either slink deeper into their mindless submissionist sentiments, in which they just shrug about it all and keep ponying up. Did you hear how resounding the silence was about the LIBOR scandal? I can't help but think of the words by Ben Bradlee, played by Jason Robards in the film All the President's Men, when he mentioned how few knew anything about Watergate: "Nobody gives a shit." The disdainful resignation with which he said it was classic.

On the other hand, you've got your rabid rejectionists, if you will, who go bananas thinking they can do anything about the conflagration of sin that rages through each human heart including that of the ordained regulators of that sin: the government, the church, the banks -- all these receive the greatest measure of vitriol by those who shake their fists and hawk their own brands of what'll make society just right. Yeeah. That'll do it.

No one is ever seen sharing the third option.

The Kingdom.

And -- I mean the real Kingdom. Not the fake one seen all over most churches that do all the splendid things a God club can do but just can't really fully actually get Christ there before people and into their hearts. The reason is simple. By signing contracts with Caesar to get all kinds of nifty things from Caesar, they've wholly muted the gospel message.

I've written tons and tons about this at my webzine -- I only write here in my blog whenever I can to try to share yet another thing that's happening that may get some reader to perchance upon truthful things to actually want to do truthful things -- and gracious ones too.

The first of those is answering the question I've posed in my latest project, the video that pretty much makes up my home page piece this month.

Just blogging here to introduce it to you.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Immortality of the Gods

Yesterday we went to the beach, and afterwards enjoyed dinner at a pizza place. The splendidly perfect summer outing. My wife lamented not being able to see the closing ceremonies of the Olympic games, but since most restaurants have no fewer than 57 television sets placed throughout the dining area, we could at least view some of the festivities.

What I saw was a celebration of one of those immortal gods of the World, John Lennon, singing his classic "Imagine" while a stylized, "puppetized" visage of his face sat in the center of the Union Jack stripes in the middle of the arena.

There it was in glorious splendor, the anthem of mindless World obedience and the visual spectacle all over a gigantic Annu signature, the authoritative designation of control over a reprobate population. And on this stage the pronouncement was quite clear. The Olympics used The Legend Lennon to be sure everyone knew it was global in nature.

Today driving out on the freeway I saw a billboard for a new Michael Jackson show, titled (as far as I could tell) "Michael Jackson, Immortal." How much power does this god have over the masses? I just wonder how much more of a god Jackson can be by pronouncing him "immortal"?

A couple weeks ago Lois Banner wrote a piece in the Los Angeles Times about Marilyn Monroe. Banner is quite the expert on all things Marilyn, but I found her conclusion interesting. She intimated that Monroe may have been bisexual, but added that it didn't matter, that if we thought she was then so be it, and that Marilyn would have approved.

Huh?

You mean we are free to think of these people any way we want even if that's not who they were, and essentially, that's what becomes real? You mean The Legend Michael Jackson and The Legend Marilyn Monroe are just as real as they themselves are? Oh yes yes I know Jean Baudrillard would have a lot to say about this, I know.

But The Legend World God of Some Hypnotic Type is not exactly what the truth about someone indeed is. In fact God boldly warned against making such idols of things, of people, but that kind of censure is simply dismissed in today's world. Eh. Closing ceremonies of the Olympics. It's all just good fun, and never mind that World Operatives are seducing us further through them.

Yes, the seduction is real, and the means through which the seduction comes is real, and the perception of that reality is real too no matter how unreal. I got all that.

But what is the meaningful truth about it?

World Operatives have been doing these kinds of things for eons. Within the next couple of generations these legends will disappear in the minds of the populace but will be replaced by others. All are used to keep you bound to the System, a perfectly legitimate endeavor I should add.

There is a way to meaningful truth, however, and it is through Meaningful Truth Himself.

I'd love to invite you to read more about Him, and I've put together my thoughts about Him and others' attempts to turn Him into one of their Legends. That's here.

Meanwhile, I've put together a Youtube video I'm formally introducing in my next homepage piece. But hey, I'm eager to let you know about it, so for the faithful readers of my blog, you can go to my channel, "Wonderful Matters" and see it. It is titled "Lords". All right all right all right, here's the link straight to it.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

The Broken Model

Robert Samuelson is one of the more respected commenters on financial things. While he does work for the World as a prominent speaker in the echo chamber, he does refuse to pull punches about the reality of things. I think because he's paid by Caesar a lot of this is designed to get people to keep looking to Caesar to try to solve things.

In his latest piece, he says the economic models the world is working with today are, in his words, "collapsing, time-consuming, torturous, and possibly inconclusive" resulting in "frustration and fear." As always he pounds down the vital stats, and they are always frightening.

One of the most controversial policy decisions made by the federal government was given the thumbs up by the Supreme Court this week, and that was universal health care. The idea -- now implemented as public policy -- is that taxpayers must be obligated to pay for everyone's health care needs.

It is a classic example of the broken model at work.

Simply saying "Everyone will have their health care needs met" doesn't make it happen. And yet federal officials who've rammed Obamacare into law keep saying that completely oblivious to the economic truths involved. In fact, they are actually merely life truths.

There are many, but the two main ones I see are these:

One, everybody dies. You can't keep someone alive forever, or even keep them physically well for a however-long, by forcing others to pay for their care. Yes, some will benefit and have their illness or injury cared for in some way. But the life truth is that we're all dust in the wind after all, and without The One Who Gives Life presiding over your life, it all doesn't matter anyway.

Two, you can't force someone to love another. No matter how much powerful ivory tower manipulators tell us to pay for someone else's anything, that doesn't mean it is going to happen. Yes, we all depend on one another for most anything we get. But without the true desire to make sure everyone is cared for and the commensurate productive capacity fully manifest to see that happens, provision for needs will be woefully deficient.

I also believe the World System tries really hard to make it all work, but it cannot replicate what The Kingdom can do. The problem is most only know of the System. Just look at what Samuelson is saying about it to get a sobering reality check regarding its phenomenal inadequacy. The only thing is, Samuelson will keep saying the same things over and over and over again until people see the Kingdom and start living there.

That's the model that works.

My latest home page piece gets into this with much more detail, and I invite you to look into it. I would love to know what you think.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

World Vapidity

Right now I'm in the midst of industriously managing family affairs, teaching summer school, and trying to squeeze in assembling a decent home page piece for the next month's edition of my webzine. Most times all of this very much precludes me from blogging, but I have to get this down here, briefly (if I can!)

I teach students U.S. Government at a high school. Part of their lessons involves immersing themselves in current events. This past two weeks we'd been mulling over two of the most publicized cases about which the Supreme Court has issued or will be issuing a ruling.

It already announced its decision regarding the notoriously strict Arizona illegal immigration law. It had struck down some of it, kept some of it. So we talked about this and talked about that, in watching and listening to all that's said I'd been trying to make heads or tails of this part of it and that, I'd been seeing and hearing some people say this and some people say that...

Until this morning I realized something.

How worthless was this decision.

Utterly, completely worthless.

It really doesn't matter when all you're doing is nitpicking about this constitutional protection or that, when the issue still slobbers over the World inhabitant like a giant space zombie baring eight rows of sharp teeth about to have you for snack.

This struck me with more force when during our whole-class current-events sharing time one of my students said this, "Each side of the Obamacare issue is gearing up to claim victory no matter what happens."

Um, problem...

Obamacare and all that is within and without and all-around

Is still there slavering, chomping its gums, licking its chops...

I even shared that with my students as the revelatory nature of this came to me.

"Um, guys. Ya know something? Um, do you realize that no matter what the Supreme Court tells us this week about Obamacare, it will be worthless. Yes, it really won't matter in the least."

The reason is that we all still want sick and poor people to have their medical needs met, no matter how loathsome said sick-and-poor person is. Only the most cold cruel heartless bastards would let a sick-and-poor person bleed to death at the hospital doors. Yes, the question still remains, who will pay for it? How do you work that out?

The Supreme Court won't be able to. Here we are, all waiting with bated breath about what nine eggheads in schnazzy robes will say about it, when ultimately it will be pointless. What fools we are.

Ultimately it is what people see as the difference between the Kingdom and the World that will make any difference. Sadly I don't see too many seeing that. We're not only fools but blind ones too.

When talking about the immigration thing I'd told my kids that this pusillanimous Supreme Court nonsense keeps us from really seeing what's what. I went off about it all, even pointing out that the U.S. just has to address either putting up the electric fence or taking over Mexico (because letting them all in anyway would be no different). Instead we futz around with this piddle Arizona-law-Supreme-Court decision ineptitude.

One student then shared, "Mr. Beck, what would you really want?" Without a beat I told them (something along the lines of) "I'd want Mexican people to enjoy a standard of living at least close to the one we have. I'd want Mexicans to not have to bribe every powerful person around them to get what they need. I'd want Mexicans to not have to fear being dragged out to a ditch late at night to be shot execution-style just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

This very much resonated with my students, but ya know? Here's the key thing of all.

If they don't know the Kingdom way, they will never ever ever know how to make my vision happen. They'll only get the putrid blithering of all these powerful World puppets doing the work of the operatives who jerk them around to keep even my beloved students chained to the World.

Unless people start become untethered from the Catholicist power-structure that is indeed the ordained Legacy of Cain they'll continue to wallow in the sewage of silly Supreme-Court-oriented pap. The stuff in Mexico and by default in this country is arranged to be that way, unless people turn to Christ for His bountiful provision of all rapturous things. The health care circus and the commensurate agony -- not just physical but emotional and spiritual -- will also continue unabated...

Until people abjure that body of death and drop their souls into the gentle healing saving hands of Christ.

In the meantime, hey, turn on the television and get a good dose of amusing but lethal silliness this week. Because yeah, that's really all it is.
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I'd written about the immigration thing in a past webzine home page piece. That is here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Prometheus Factor

We saw Prometheus the other night, and while it was enjoyable -- we saw it in IMAX 3D! Wow! -- I liked it less and less afterwards. I've always been a fan of the Alien series, particularly the first two, because even in all the alien creepiness there is a tremendously compelling aspect to the vibrant storytelling. I also just like good horror and sci-fi films.

The two things that frustrated me most were, one, it was really just a remake of the first Alien. Really, it was as if Ridley Scott said to himself, "What would Alien be like if I made it today?" He put in a few variations, used CGI a bit more (of course), but it really was exactly the same story. Same theme. Same motif. I even heard exactly the same music at times -- no, not similar music, but the exact same parts of the original Alien musical score. There was the gargantuan ship (Prometheus=Nostromo) and the scheming android (David=Ash) and the curmudgeonly crewmembers bickering over work and pay... I could probably list a bunch more. Sadly, it just wasn't very original story-wise and thus quite disappointing.

The other thing was all the alien encounters. It was just an overload of alien infesting. There was the alien in through the mouth, the alien in the eyeball, the alien possession turning a crew member into a crazed murderer, the alien caesarean birth, and of course the very gratuitous alien bursting from the gut. It was as if the filmmakers were all together at Denny's some late Saturday night planning it all out on the paper napkins and they said to one another, "Hey, how about this wild alien encounter?!" "Oh I've got one better, how about this one?!" No way, the CGI for this other one right here would just be great!" And they just put them all in. It really turned into kind of a mess.

Still, the whole feel of being threatened by alien encounters is a viscerally engaging dynamic, and I thought about that for a bit. I just found it interesting that our bodies have billions of microbes all over us and in us chomping on billions of other microbes all the time. We just don't notice it because of our size.

Then there are creatures our size, billions of those creatures even larger than each of us humans, that are all around us growing and eating and breeding like crazy. Yes, right here on the earth -- right outside our homes even. Yet we walk past them without a thought. They are the plant life all around us. We don't really pay attention because they do their "alien" thing so slowly.

I share this because there are other more profound ways we just don't get what's going around us. So many people presume they know just the way things are.

How much they may be mistaken.

Reminds me of a C.S. Lewis quote I came across that meant a lot to me when I was going through some hard times. He gave an anecdote about what we think may be the way things are but aren't, and he added, "It is simply the leaping into imaginative activity of an idea which I would always have theoretically admitted -- the idea that I, or any mortal at any time, may be utterly mistaken as to the situation he is really in."

Any mortal at any time may be utterly mistaken as to the situation he is really in.

That kind of relates to real myth of Prometheus, which I'm sure was why the Prometheus filmmakers gave their movie that title. Prometheus wanted to help out man, give him fire, all that, but the gods got mad and chained him to the rock so the eagle could eat his liver, all that stuff. What are the gods doing for us, or against us? What'd you think? The Greeks were obsessed with this.

My ministry, as it is, is all about sharing what I see is really going on. Oh, yeah, a bazillion sources really try to share that, from the academic journal articles to the most elementary blogs. To echo Lewis, I'm not mad enough to think I've got all the what's-really-going-on stuff down myself. But I do think I've got something meaningful to say.

One of the pieces I just read was from the editors at Bloomberg, who made the very astute observation that "A Functional Congress Wouldn't Have to Depend on Ben Bernanke." But what is the key item there that people aren't getting?

First of all, the idea is that if Congress simply spent within its means, took its tax revenues and had the Treasury hold them until its simple, authorized, expected expenditures were dispersed, then there'd be no Federal Reserve. Instead Congress borrows like maniacs, "monetizes the debt," and causes all kinds of fiscal turmoil.

What's the key thing people don't get here?

It is that Congress is just borrowing up the gazotch because Congress is the American people. Congress only does precisely what the American people want. You might as well just substitute "American people" for the word "Congress" there. So yeah, we don't have a functional American people, we have a dysfunctional American people who are in complete denial about the situation they are really in.

It doesn't matter which end of the political spectrum you are on. If you are asking the federal government and federal banking system to work it out so you can keep getting your chunk of the value extraction gravy train then you are just as much the other-human-sacrificer as anyone else.

Look at the article. You could substitute a lot of other more telling terms for what the Bloomberg editors are saying. Instead of "short-term fiscal stimulus" you could more accurately call it "bursting stream of lies to keep people thinking they're worth anything." Instead of "long-term debt reduction" call it "tighter constraints for those on the altar ensuring more value hacking to benefit the best exploiters."

But when you are addicted to human sacrifice, as those living by the World must be, then this is simply standard procedure. It is just the way things are no matter how wretchedly awful it is all around. Gotta make sure we slather on the vanilla frosting of smiles and pithy platitudes about how wonderful we all are anyway. That's standard procedure too.

Should anyone actually truly know the mind of Christ and know of His economy, the one of His Kingdom, and how much He values by the measure of His shed blood, then they might just get it. They would emerge in the joy of knowing the situtation they are truly in.

But that's only if Christ is there, "a friend just beside him in the dark" as Lewis said in that passage.

Otherwise it may indeed be some alien worm creature about to rip your guts open.

Friday, May 18, 2012

In The Family Way

Kenny says he can make flying boots. They'll be great. You just strap them on, and up you go, zipping off to wherever you need to be. No traffic, no delays, no hassles. Just perfectly safe, perfectly efficient, solar-powered flying boots.

A bunch of his brothers and sisters and cousins like his idea, and they join a bunch of their friends -- even ones who live far, far away -- to give him a bazillion dollars to make the boots. The contracts are all drawn up, they wink and smile at one another about all the ways they're really working within the true intent of the law, and they all go clubbing together to toast how wonderful this will all be.

Dad is suspicious, however, but Dad likes Kenny too much to say anything. In fact he works hard to turn those suspicions into his advantage. Should Kenny and everyone fail to do so well in this effort, he gets them to believe that he'll rescue them. That way no one will abandon Dad and his splendid intentions.

The neighbors really like Kenny, too, and have been eager to make Kenny and everyone feel welcome, even though they have really struggled to make it in the past. They make sure that all the neighborhood association rules drawn up apply to them as well, just so they can have all the benefits of all the hard work the neighbors do to make the neighborhood particularly nice.

Then there's rich Uncle Ichabod, who is kind of the patriarch of Kenny's family. He's really more rich than powerful, someone who likes to look like he's boss, say a lot of fancy things to look smart, but he really just likes being nice to all the scarier people who really do crack heads with their power.

Alas, Kenny can't make the flying boots. After building huge expensive research facilities and manufacturing plants, and paying thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of people lots and lots and lots and lots of money to try really really really really hard to make flying boots, he just can't do it. Much of that is because he and all those people just have to spend much of their time kickin' it in their beachside villas, avoiding all the pesky trouble of getting trained and educated properly and actually getting out there and producing flying boots, or anything for that matter.

Now, if this story sounds familiar, it is just a parable that is Greece. Lots of pundits like to use the family to show how larger global financial affairs work, and while some may actually do a much better job of it than this, I humbly think this is a reasonably decent take.

I will also humbly confess that I got the idea for the actors from top Pimco exec Mohamed El-Erian's piece about the four players in the Greek debt crisis. "Who's to blame?" he asks. The private investors, the Greek government, the European union, and the International Monetary Fund are the culprits.

If you didn't catch it, Kenny's relatives are the first, Dad is the second, the neighbors are the third, and the Uncle Ichabod is the fourth. The thing is, El-Erian forgot one important character that I included. The most important one of all.

Kenny.

Kenny represents not only the Greek people, but an entire Catholicized population who still believe they can spin gold from straw. They are all codependently intertwined, selfishly and fearfully motivated, slogging around in a wicked and reprobate world full of people with great big smiles on their faces.

I'm not sure if El-Erian just presumed Kenny, or maybe he didn't mention him because he too is just part of the World System of Extravagant Enablement -- that Kenny is really not to blame in all of this and that good wholesome loan-facilitating people just like El-Erian are there to help.

No one ever seems to know how to introduce that one other actor who can truly free them from their enslavement, the very sin that festers in their souls. That liberator is Jesus Christ, and He's nowhere in the picture. Oh a straw-man Jesus will show up once in a while, but he's completely impotent, thoroughly ineffective except to hold up as some inspirational icon to get a little bit of work done.

But because there is so much lying going on with everyone holding Jesus masks in front of their faces, the Greek crisis may indeed lead to some seriously destructive economic condition which everyone is going crazy trying to predict. It is the standard, habitual, instituionalized deceit that runs through it that makes all this "The sky is falling!" stuff so ridiculous. The sky is falling because they are all pulling it down on top of themselves.

It'd be nice if there were many more followers of Christ who really knew about the striking contrast between the World and the Kingdom who could share their Lord with Kenny, people who could truly and insightfully understand and, hey, explain to others what's really going on with these major financial matters in order to get them to turn to Him. Sadly there are so few.

It's why I write. Hoping that maybe some will see what's happening and know about it, pray about it, go love others out of it, tell others about Christ and His astounding freedom...

My webzine is here. Would love for you to read it. No expectations, no worries, I'm not on the hook for all this. It's just there. It's just happening.

Maybe you'll find Him there, that's all this is about.

Monday, May 14, 2012

What is Jamie Dimon Still Doing on the New York Fed Board?

This is the question I've heard a dozen times already. After being on the hook for a $2 billion trading loss, Dimon is taking the heat and many are getting nervous about his place in the highest reaches of the Ivory Tower.

What so many -- and by "so many" I mean just about everyone who likes having a bit of a return on their money, so that number is literally in the hundreds of millions World inhabitants around the globe -- what so many don't get is that

They've put him there, and have asked him to do precisely what he did.

Societe Generale bank president Daniel Bouton was in a very similar situation a number of years ago, when one of his traders did an "Oops" with a huge gob of other people's money -- whether phantom or real -- and he did all the mea culpa ad nausea silliness too. I wrote about it in this home page piece in my webzine, but I have a feeling not many read it.

Everyone is still doing it, sad. Everyone is still thinking they're okay from the wrath of a God who really doesn't like this kind of crap -- they're just a-okay... just as long as they feel that some important people are questioning this Dimon guy's role in the Fed.

Okay, just so long. Whew.

Gimme a break.

This was the image that greeted me when I looked at MSNBC's news site last night. I peek at it every once in a while, get an idea of what the World System wants me to be enraged at.



The irony here just gushes off the screen. At the top is the metaphor that "heads will roll" over the Chase loss, with just a bit underneath it the headline that headless (and hands-less and feet-less) bodies were found dumped off a little-used highway in Mexico.

And that picture. It is of graduates, many surely instructed in the finer ways of World System value extraction. It is surely unintentional, but note how their gaze is directed right at the Mexico headline, as if they're celebrating the real fruit of their future work.

They and the Chase execs reveling in the bounty of their dutiful labor. Those execs, they're getting a mere slap on the wrist, really, while the Mexican victims had a bit more happen to their wrists. The grads and the bankers, really not much different from the drug lords, together committing the quite necessary human sacrifice all who are without Christ must do.

Those enthusiastic college grads? They may say they are aghast at what these people did. They may say they're out to do this and that splendid thing in the world. But without Christ and with a full head of the most profound humanistic indoctrination, they will conquer the world, or at least keep the World's human sacrifice altars loaded up.

"What are you talking about?" I hear.

Yes, most don't really pay any attention. Christ is just whatever their imaginations dream up. He's just used to drum up support for their particular crusade, or cause, or little jaunt through their Wonderland. I've been peeking at a book Christianity After Religion by Diana Butler Bass. It is really nothing different from what millions of other boorish tomes say from those who like to have their own Jesus. Bass blithely rips a new asshole in anyone who says they truly know Christ and what He says, but she has no problem assembling a Jesus that fits her typically benighted view of reality.

Not a surprise. How many times in the New Testament, quoted by Jesus himself, does that verse from the sixth chapter of Isaiah appear. It's a lot of times, really -- simply that these people are utterly, utterly blind.

I happened to catch this from very respected financial pundit Amity Shlaes, to get back to the Chase incident. She was writing about the incessant debate about the merits of the Fed managing the value of our currency versus the merits of gold. Lessee, Fed or gold, Fed or gold... Errgh, World wonks can't stop blithering about it. Well, it's what they do. Anyway, Shlaes says some of the Fed stuff is good, some of the gold stuff is good, but that there are too many economists who too straight away dismiss the whole gold thing.

The fact is it doesn't really matter which one, because a world of liars, thieves, murderers, cheats like all the ones who in one breath want people like Dimon to get them theirs and in the next get mad at him for messing it up -- they all need one of them to constrain their shitty behavior. At least a little bit.

Too bad they just refuse to look at the third option. Or, excuse me, The Option.

Shlaes even says those who don't are "nuts."

Really, she does. Look for yourself. Here're her last words from her column "Gold Standard for All, from Nuts to Paul Krugman" (Bloomberg May 2 2012):

"If we are going to speak of consensus, let's not forget one that is truly universal: Our economic system stands a good chance of breakdown in coming years. The only way to limit damage from such a breakdown is to ready ourselves to choose other models by learning about them now. Not to do so would be nuts."

So how about this one, Amity Shlaes? How about measuring value of things by Jesus Christ? By His shed blood for you? By His overwhelming love for you? By His rule over the Kingdom filled with people who already know of that love, and want to give their lives themselves for you so you'd know of that too?

How about getting as many people as possible to richly understand and know of that? Having everyone in such a community understand and know Him (as He says Himself in the ninth chapter of Jeremiah?) And having as many people as possible joyfully labor for the abundant wealth of producing and sharing and sowing for one another in that love, so much so that the Fed is just a piddly men's club, gold is just shiny yellow rocks, and Jamie Dimon is a nice looking guy in a fancy suit?

What, are you nuts?

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Real Hunger Games

This past week two people were notably convicted of crimes that it merited a bit of news coverage.

Charles Taylor, the erstwhile dictator of Liberia, was put away in an international court for his autocratic brutality. Legal scholars and political scientists alike have expressed some consternation about this, merely because it may only encourage dictators to do more to consolidate power in order to keep them from the clutches of international law.

Another gentleman whose name is much less important received a "third-strike" sentence for the crime of conning people out of their homes. He promised help with foreclosure and deceptively took the houses and cashed in the equity. I don't know the details, but it was pointed out that no fraud conviction has ever resulted in the mandatory 25 year term the three strikes law requires. Many expressed distress about this.

One could easily scratch their heads about all this, but when seen from The Catholicist Nation perspective it makes perfect sense. World inhabitants and those working dutifully in Cain's agency are in a never-ending battle over who gets slammed on the human sacrifice altar for summary slicing up. The law is good in that it keeps people from murdering one another straight away, but the murdering still happens.

Taylor murdered lots of people because he was charged with doing human sacrifice to manage human sacrifice. The con man murdered people by hacking off others' human value slabs far too large to evade the authorities, but those same agents will do little to the big-time value extractors -- the stakeholders in banks, investment firms, financial management operations of all stripes -- because those human sacrifice practitioners are their gravy train.

Just a few more evidences of the real Hunger Games that go on all around us all the time. I wrote more about it in my webzine, and that is here.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hungering for a Good Movie

I can't keep it in. I have to put up a good rant in a post about The Hunger Games. A long time ago my best friend came up with an honor for movies that really stink up the place. It's called the Slap Shot award after watching the Paul Newman film about ice hockey that had him squirming in his seat it was so bad.

This happened to me tonight watching The Hunger Games. I was squirming the entire evening. I didn't leave because I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I stayed for the agonizing duration.

I'd actually heard that there were some profound insights in it and interesting things to think about. I discovered that there were none. It wasn't enlightening or edifying in any way. Oh what about Katniss caring so much about her sister that she's goes in for her, that's kind of a Christ-figure kind-of thing to do? Yeah, but so what -- any film can have that, and lots do. Eh.

I will say that there was the idea about the way the World System considers its inhabitants, which I plan to address in my next webzine home page piece -- it was indeed a reason I wanted to see the film.

But other than that, this was a great big self-absorbed contrived melodramatic piece of caw-caw.

What gets me is that bazillions of teenagers are so infatuated with it, many even getting all into archery because Katniss Everdeen was so good at it. But what this really was was this: The author Suzanne Collins watched American Idol one night and thought, "Hey, what would happen if all the contestants, instead of singing, fought to the death to be the last one standing? Ooooo..." Then she wrote a story which, if the film is anywhere near an accurate reflection, turned out to be a predictable and unimaginative waste of time.

For one thing, there was no one to root for. The supposed protagonist, Katniss (and I'm already getting really tired of writing such a phenomenally stupid name like "Katniss") still went out and killed a whole bunch of people. Why is she any better than the other murderers in the show? Even little Rue was just as malevolent when encouraging Katniss to drop a hive of yacker-jackers (or whatever their wasps were called) on top of a bunch of people.

"But wasn't that the point? To be the last one standing after all the others have died?"

Really? So many would allow themselves to be given over to the whims of the powerful people exploiting them for their entertainment? Just because the system's gods tell you to go kill people does that mean you're still going to do it? And even if we grant that they're all just going to follow orders and murder everyone they can, then what more was this movie? All it did was just boorishly showcase the horrors of the distopian gladiator battle and nothing more.

Finally, I have to shout this to all the film directors out there, and maybe by chance they'll hear. I've always been hoping like crazy that somehow, someway, they would stop moving the camera all around in herky jerky motions. It was done once a long time ago to see how it worked, that's fine. I'm great with film experimentation, no problem there.

BUT PLEASE STOP IT.

Please, I beg you. It's time to stop. Yes there is the thought that it makes it all more real, but ya know Mr. Film Director? It makes it feel like you're doing the viewing of the movie for me, and I hate that. You may think it's great to just get that feel of trying to get the picture as regular human participant in the film, but listen -- it doesn't work. It is just really, really aggravating.

Plus, no one ever mentally registers a scene in their life with that scene moving all around, unless I guess they are really dizzy for some reason. But most people? 99% of the time when they are generally not dizzy? They scan a scene and it's pretty much framed in their field of vision pretty steadily. Sure they may not register everything there. Sure they may be enduring some emotionally trying or even severely traumatic experience. But the scene doesn't move around in front of them.

What a supreme pain in the ass to have to watch a movie as if I were dizzy. And to give credit to The Hunger Games guy, it happens far too often in too many movies and television shows.

So one more time just to emphasize. Film directors, pay attention: STOP WITH THE CAMERA JERKING ALREADY.

What could have made The Hunger Games better? They could have gotten into the meaning of the way the powerful inhabitants of this place could get a way with manipulating things the way they did. They could have had some much more noble responses from the participants. They could have simply had more plot twists and deeper character development.

And they could have addressed the profundity of human sacrifice, but I'm not surprised because no one knows how much it is practiced all around us as a matter of habit right now. The World is indeed one big Hunger Games event. But then, that's the thing I'll be getting into with my home page piece.

So yeah, maybe it doesn't deserve the Slap Shot award because its premise is still a fine jumping off point for some great elaboration on the immense value of the Kingdom and living for Christ.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Forget the Church, Follow Andrew Sullivan's Jesus

I was browsing in a bookstore today, and happened upon last week's edition of Newsweek. The cover featured a picture of a modern-day urban working class Jesus hittin' the streets. The title blazing across the middle of the page: "Forget the Church, Follow Jesus, by Andrew Sullivan."

I haven't read the piece, but knowing a bit about Newsweek, and knowing a bit about Andrew Sullivan, I can pretty much tell you what's in it. Let me guess. It'll talk about how the Christian church, or any organized religious institution (don't want to be ecclesiastically insensitive now), is just not meeting the needs of people. It'll say that we just need to get back to the Jesus who told us about love and peace and equality and democracy and really touched us with transcendent meaning.

Most likely he included some conciliatory stuff to assuage the worries from that group of Jesus appreciators, and some other niceties to appease this other group of Jesus affecionados. And he probably belched some things about what the church to could do to be more real and inspiring, as well as some ideas about how anyone could really address the world's bad things by just paying attention to Jesus. I'd bet he concludes with some pithy remarks designed to get readers to believe he's just right there with them in their struggle... and so is Jesus.

"How can you be so unfair!" I hear. "You don't even know what he said!"

I don't have to. I know what Newsweek is about, and I know what Andrew Sullivan is about. Never in a million years will they ever talk about Jesus.

They'll only talk about the World System's Jesus.

For instance, Newsweek is only a loud spokes-hole for that World System, the vast network of law administration services for a populace wholly given over to their rank sinfulness. This system's Jesus is marketed as the face of that network, only a spectacular icon to get people to commit to Caesar's rule over their affairs, a perfectly legitimate operation I might add. Andrew Sullivan is merely an extraordinarily eloquent writer employed to use spiritual, religious, and even biblical language to shackle people more firmly to the System.

Sullivan himself is a sexually reprobate individual, an avowed homosexually active man with a very vocal defense of homosexual behavior. It is not even that he has homosexual feelings or has been seduced into a homosexual act. The greater sin is that he promotes it openly, declaring with millions of other World inhabitants that homosexual acts should be widely celebrated. Is this my own opinion? No, it is Jesus who says this. Check out the beginning of the 18th chapter of Matthew, you can't miss it.

I'm not going to get into all the issues related to homosexuality, but I do want to point out that I do agree with Sullivan that the church fails to provide any meaningful context for understanding these issues, but that is because the church is not The Church. The World's church is just a branch of the World System, and Sullivan's critique of it is ultimately impotent unless its "blown cover for cover" purpose achieves the ends of the top World operative. The True Church is so marginalized that no one listens to them, but then, World inhabitants are so deaf to Truth they wouldn't even know what it sounds like.

The case in point regarding sexuality is that any sexual sin is an exploitive act, including a homosexual one. It is not as much whether or not someone's homosexual behavior affects me, it is that a homosexually-minded individual exploits another when engaging in physical intimacy with another of the same sex, just as much as an adult expoiting an underage individual does. Furthermore, any abuse of another in a sexual way is simply a form of human sacrifice, the appropriating value from another at his/her expense.

To Andrew Sullivan's credit, maybe in this piece he is crying out for someone -- traditionally considered to be in "the church" -- to share with him Jesus, to free him from his agonizing spiritual slavery. Maybe he is brashly blithering about the conceptions of Jesus with which he is familiar, hoping somewhere in there is one that someone will tell him is the real one.

I do pray for Andrew Sullivan, and for the editors of Newsweek. Jesus tells people to do that, too. But as assigned administrators of Caesar's public relations operation, as much as they are out of presence of God doing Cain's work, they're just doing their job. Any one of them can never know Him unless they get out of the World and into the Kingdom. When Andrew Sullivan eventually says, "Yes, I deserve to have a millstone around my neck and thrown into the deepest sea. I've been terribly, terribly wrong to promote something that is wretchedly exploitive and wicked," and then turns to the Jesus Who Holds the Universe in His Hands, and Also Saves With the Most Abiding Love, then I'll know that he means it.

Yeah, I deserve to have a millstone around my neck too. I've done some horrific things to others too. Deceit, murder, betrayal, theft -- even sexual exploitation. The entire range of human sacrifice practices. But I turn to Christ and His mercy to understand mercy, and do it and learn more of it then do it some more. And then I can see -- indeed revel in the profound value of self-sacrifical sowing-to-life for those whom God has put into my life.

Sullivan may certainly speak of those things too in his piece. Mercy, grace, wholeness, I figure that's all in there too. Great words, yes.

But if it isn't real, it's just World piddle.