On This Day in 1989: The Tiananmen Square Massacre took place in Beijing when thousands of students were slaughtered by the Chinese “People’s Liberation Army.” No remembrances are allowed in Communist China, but the rest of the world must never forget.
I remember the scene well, as students had learned about the freedoms of the Western world. Freedom to worship something other than the State. Freedom to seek your own happiness through employment based on your own desires and through private ownership of property. The freedom of personal success and of personal failure.
After a few days, the troops came in with armored vehicles. The bullets were not rubber. The students were not organized for such violence. They were gassed, shot, crushed under tank treads and beaten. Then morning came.
A lone student walked out into the courtyard and stood in defiance of the row of tanks patrolling the square. For reasons I can only assume, the tanks stopped and a stare down ensued. What was said? Whatever happened to the student?
And why is our government and corporations so quick to celebrate this evil regime? Is it because they want to emulate it here? Again, pure speculation. I haven’t been on Facebook or Twitter for several months now, and I prefer it that way, but I imagine this post would quickly be “fact-checked” if I did share it there.
Are you tired of censorship in the public square? Then get on www.Gab.com and look me up.
Our church was packed this morning as we celebrated our risen savior and remembered the mothers and grandmothers who pointed us to him. A biographical look at Timothy was the sermon, and it was shown that his father was an unbelieving Greek man.
His mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, are both referenced as the ones who taught Timothy and led him to faith in a culture where women were marginalized. They couldn’t defy Timothy’s father, but they could demonstrate respectful and pure conduct while raising Timothy in the word. 1 Peter 3:1-2 comes to mind here.
I teared up as we sang “who the Son sets free is free indeed” as I recalled the bondage I was under before I was freed and talked about it on the way to lunch. My identity is no longer in my sins or my accomplishments. My identity is in Christ and Him alone, for I have nothing of value apart from Him.
My mother and my grandmothers prayed for me as I grew up and I am glad they all saw the fruit of their prayers. There are mothers who will never see the fullness of the fruit of their faithfulness. And if I’m being honest here, I hope the fruit is multiplied over generations so that no mother sees her true impact on this side of eternity.
This is not me being hateful, but loving, as any faithful mother would agree once the initial surprise wears off. May faithful generations bring the will of God to earth as it is in Heaven!
I remember the game show “Hollywood Squares” which is the game of Tic Tac Toe but where you have to either agree or disagree with an answer given by a celebrity to a question. That was the best show if you wanted some laughs!
Well it’s back! Only this time, they’re using Antifa members instead of celebrities as a reparation for all of the privilege that Hollywood actors have enjoyed. I’m guessing that you would do well as a contestant on this show to just disagree with every answer they give. Unless the judges are woke, which being in California they probably are.
Either way you play it, hilarity will ensue. And for some odd reason, members of the studio audience will first be required to sign a waiver. I’m not sure why.
While this picture is part of a satirical news story, it actually got me thinking about something quite serious. The LGBTQxyz flag is a six colored rainbow with sharply contrasting colors. This newly unveiled trans flag has colors that don’t contrast nearly as much.
The trans movement is all about un-identifying gender, and make no mistake. This is an attack on the word of God as the definer of… everything. On a foundational level. I wouldn’t be surprised if the goal flag of whatever is next is just a single color. No distinction whatsoever. That is already hinted at in assertions that dating a trans person is not a homosexual act, or that if you refuse to date a trans person you are transphobic. And that is asserted NO MATTER WHAT GENDER IS PRESENTED ON THE OUTSIDE. Nevermind the natural desire to procreate. If you refuse to enter into a romantic person of unknown gender, you will be made to care.
Matthew 19:4-6 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
God has placed distinctions in creation. Every animal was created by the twos and so were us humans. We were created to be men and we were created to be women, with man as the head of his wife even as Christ is head of the church. This is what normal looks like from the vantage of our creator. This is what is under attack. We are expected to accept all kinds of perversity if we are to love our neighbor. It will be demanded that we participate, or at least give our approval to their actions and if loving our neighbor isn’t enough incentive for us to live out Romans 1, then they will see if our undiscerning allegiance to our misrepresentation of Romans 13 is enough to force our celebration.
And our attackers, rather those attacking God our creator, are not just those saluting these flags of perversity. Our attackers are known for their inclusion in certain groups WITHIN THE CHURCH. You have heard of them. The Gospel Coalition. The ERLC of the Southern Baptist Convention. Cru. NAE. There are more, and I’m certain that there are some that have not been revealed as the wolves among the sheep that they are. These wolves will do whatever they can to persuade Christians to install political leaders who have said openly that they will be champions of perversity.
These attackers would mostly object to being listed as those attacking the foundations upon which God ordered healthy human society. I’m sure they have. I’m aware of an article on The Gospel Coalition website where they try to deflect the “woke” descriptor away from themselves. But by their fruit you shall know them. And these not only show their fruit. They serve as those who apply fertilizer. The kind of fertilizer that only serves to feed the filth that opposes the God of the Universe.
So I am saddened when I see people caught up in this sin, but not necessarily angered at them. I am, however, furious at those who would celebrate this from within the church and who would demand that others join with them. They will answer for this on the last day.
Luke Combs is about as big of a country music artist as there is right now. He sang a song a few years back called “Can I Get An Outlaw” where he feigned angst about all these country music artists who are just out to sing pretty songs and be accepted by mainstream groups. This was contrasted to the history of country music, which has always been represented by the outlaws. That is, the artists who, frankly, don’t give a crap about what other people think. They were singing to their core audience, and if you didn’t like them, that was your loss.
Waylan Jennings. Willie Nelson. Johnny Cash. Hank Williams Jr. These are all legends, largely because they sang songs based on their experiences, regardless of what the powers that be might want to hear. They were from the other side of the tracks and didn’t care what the music charts said. If they could find an audience for what they had to say, that was enough.
Country music has changed. I remember back in 2001, when the Dixie Chicks said unpopular things about George Bush for invading Iraq. That was an example of a country act speaking against a popular action by a sitting president. A lot of people had to come to grips that country music is not some Republican mouthpiece and either love or hate them. Fast forward to 2020 where the Dixie Chicks dropped the word “Dixie” from the name of their act in order to not offend anyone.
What happened? Is speaking truth to power no longer the issue here? Are country artists ashamed of where most of them came from? Do they think that being cowardly about their upbringing will make others respect them more? I’m not saying that we should judge others by the color of their skin just because our ancestors did. I am saying that you cannot call yourself a country music outlaw and at the same time be afraid of what anyone else thinks about you.
It doesn’t work that way. Either you are an outlaw, a sellout, a mainstream performer or a coward. Luke Combs may think of himself as an outlaw but I think he shifts among the other three categories.
This culture is long overdue for an artist to speak out against it. And it seems like outlaw country is dead. The most likely candidate now is from the world of rap with Tom MacDonald. Perhaps Eminem will join him now that he has witnessed the scorched earth policies of the Woke Cult.
I’m almost never on Facebook any longer, preferring Gab, where I can speak freely. Gab is where I share shorter thoughts, this blog is where I flesh out the details on longer thoughts. I’ve said before that this blog is the hub of my online presence, and that concept has been consistent all along. Facebook is as valuable to me as a malignant tumor. If you want to find me on a site that truly endorses free speech without the fear of cancellation because you spoke too much truth, here is the link: https://gab.com/CoffeeSwirls
If you’d like to receive updates when I post to this blog, there is a sign up thingy off to the right. I haven’t had any email subscribers since the initial inception of this blog, when it all started as a “read with me through the Bible” project some 18 years ago. It was requested though, so I added it. I’ve always preferred RSS feeds, even though most people have no idea what those are.
So here’s the social media heirarchy in my personal opinion:
Gab is the bees knees. You may have heard bad things, but 2020 has taught us few lessons more important than the one to verify everything you hear. Gab is so great, I have actually paid money to support the service. The benefits of being a paid supporter are not worth the cost. But the Christian values behind Gab are.
The blogosphere is awesome, IF you use an RSS reader. My preferred reader is Inoreader but Feedly is much more user friendly for someone unaccustomed to RSS readers.
Email is pretty good for what it is. I have taken a liking to Protonmail over Gmail, but I check both still.
Facebook needs to be cut out of your life and biopsied.
Twitter is the devil.
Is MySpace still around?
MeWe is a joke.
Parler is a honeypot and does NOT support free speech, no matter their claims.
If you have two tin cans and some string you can talk from treehouse to treehouse.
In recent days, Texas, Mississippi and Connecticut have removed their mask mandates and opened their states to operate “business as usual.” This is great, but before you celebrate the governors for such a great success, remember that it was these same governors who crushed your God given freedoms in the first place. All they rescued you from was their own mandates.
Having said that, Here are a few things for us to remember:
1. We need to be ready. Leftists are threatening any Texas businesses that do not continue to enforce non-existent mask mandates. We need to double down on supporting free businesses and let them know why we support them. AND soon we need to be willing to boycott any business that forces masks. Even if it is to our own disadvantage. Especially if it is to our own disadvantage. After all, how do you describe someone when their morality is for sale?
2. We need to regain the HUMAN idea of what it means to feast. We are not just angry protestors of unlawful dictates or of the Leftist desire to erase the Imago Dei by placing face diapers in front of healthy people. We are those who joyfully fight, laugh and feast. Please watch this video to remind yourself of the joy you used to experience at large gatherings where food and drink and humanity were celebrated.
For years, I have been wary of Ravi Zacharias. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy listening to him from time to time, but more that it always felt like he wouldn’t, or perhaps couldn’t, get to the point. He could go on and on about some historical figure who couldn’t find reason within his own worldview, but Ravi just didn’t close the deal effectively, if at all.
I don’t share this post to toot my own horn, for I am just as deserving of wrath as Ravi (Luke 13), but his approach was one that got him invited to speak before cults and pagan world leaders. He defended praying with them because that was his “in” to share the gospel with them. What gospel though? Ravi should be famous for never closing the sale, preferring flowery arguments.
But we preach Christ crucified.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, you are not your own. You were bought with a price. And your master has a message for you to deliver with others. It is not your message to spruce up so the pagan will be more likely to want it. It is a message containing the words of life to those who are regenerated through it. The sheep of Jesus will know his voice and follow him. The goats in the pasture are not the ones we are to cater to. It is the sheep. And while I don’t have an intrinsic sheep detector, I do have an external one. It is the gospel and the response to it.
As an elder, I spoke with church members about all sorts of topics, including apologetics. I always suggested the simplicity of knowing your Bible, believing it as true, and using it as the foundation of your argument. Unfortunately I had more people interested in defending the faith more like Ravi than like James White.
May God use the public napalm bomb of Ravi’s legacy to His eternal glory. Genesis closes with “what you meant for evil God meant for good” and we know that god does work all things together for the greatest good. We also know that the greatest good is the glorification of God. It sucks from this angle. But I trust that this has not usurped God’s will for us all.