Desmond Tutu: ‘I Would Refuse to Go to a Homophobic Heaven’ and Choose Hell Instead

Here’s the precise quote:

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven … I mean I would much rather go to the other place,” Tutu said. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”

And here’s the complete article: Desmond Tutu: ‘I Would Refuse to Go to a Homophobic Heaven’ and Choose Hell Instead | TheBlaze.com.

Roughly translated, this bishop is saying, “I refuse to worship a God who has values different from my own,” or even, “I refuse to worship a God who is not made in my image.”  How would any of us ever grow morally if we assume that we have nothing to learn about morality from God?

Viktor Frankl Thoughts on Hope and Love and Fear

Viktor Frankl was an Auschwitz survivor who wrote Man’s Search for Meaning.  In that book he wrote:

The inner hold a prisoner has on his spiritual self relies on having a hope in the future, and that once a prisoner loses that hope, he is doomed.

He also wrote:

The salvation of man is through love and in love.

If you’ll read the Wikipedia article about his book (linked above) you’ll also see that Frankl learned through his horrifying experiences that the only thing really worth fearing is God.

Such contemplations brought Frankl near to Christ, whether Frankl himself realized it or not.

The Religion of Pop and Media Culture

Here are some public service announcements (PSA’s) which reflect modern pop and media culture values:

These announcements are so similar from one network to the next, and so consistent with the “moral of the story” that comes through most television dramas, sitcoms, movies, and such that we can only infer that there is some religious code to which all media personalities must subscribe.

In other words, pop and media culture appears to be a religion – with its own commandments.  Media personalities are the priests of this religion; regular folks don’t get to do any of the important stuff.  If we were to locate a copy of this religion’s ten commandments, it might look something like this:

  1. Thou shalt rarely refer to God.
  2. Thou shalt never refer to Jesus Christ.
  3. An exception to the second commandment is that you may mention “Jesus Christ” if it is, in whole or part, an expletive.  In fact, this is encouraged.
  4. Thou shalt form your idea of morally-acceptable behavior around what is politically acceptable to the most people.  Strive for the lowest common denominator (e.g. embrace everyone, except that you can come out strongly against unrepentant and still-active ax-wielding serial killers).
  5. Because of the fourth commandment, thou shalt only teach sappy platitudes.
  6. Thou shalt preach these sappy platitudes as often as possible to as many people as possible.  Act smug when you do it.
  7. Act as if your vacuous teachings are morally superior to anyone else’s – past or present.  That is, assume you are on the leading edge of moral evolution.  (Act like you believe that God Himself wishes He could be as good as you.)
  8. Thou shalt assume that anyone who fears God is a bigot or, at the very least, old-fashioned  and out of touch with what’s truly important in life.  Reserve your greatest contempt for these people.  (That is, you can have compassion on the unrepentant stil-active ax-wielding serial killer but not on anyone who talks of pleasing God.)
  9. Keep lowering your moral standards as society continues to decay.  Above all, worship success, because it makes everyone okay and gives you good self-esteem.
  10. Thou shalt insist everyone else adhere to all these commandments even if it violates their own conscience before God to do so.  After all, you are right because you are current with pop and media culture (and God Himself wishes He was as good a person as you are).

Modern media won’t let you do their PSA’s unless you are committed to these ten commandments.  It’s a religion and they practice it as zealously as anyone ever practiced a religion.  Sure, it’s godless – but when you think as highly of yourself as they do, where is there any space above that to think of God?

God help us.

Spiritual Lyrics in Pop Music of the 1960’s-1970’s

The 1960’s and 1970’s were a time of social strife and moral chaos in the U.S.  In the midst of those dark times, lyrics with a spiritual cast arose here and there.  They include allusions to Jesus Christ. Here are some examples from The Rascals, a rock group prominent in that time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0PArjbvsUk

Lyrics for A Ray of Hope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGLyh1s9Rsk

Lyrics for Heaven.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ntcMjYL7hc

Lyrics for People Got to Be Free.

Here are some other examples of popular music with spiritual lyrics from various artists of that time period.

“Put Your Hand in the Hand” – Pop Music

“Oh, Happy Day” – Pop Music

“Jesus Is Just Alright with Me” – Pop Music

And here’s a more recent example (1995) of this phenomenon, whereby lyrics touting spiritual values make it past all the worldly hurdles into social consciousness through popular music:

“One of Us” – Pop Music

What does it mean that such lyrics can occasionally appear in pop music?  That truth can sometimes be found in unlikely places.

“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,”  –  Philippians 1:18 (NASB)

Royal baby name revealed: George Alexander Louis

It’s always a joy when a new life is born into the world.  However, the widespread and intense fascination with the royal family is altogether curious.  It demonstrates an ongoing interest in pomp and circumstance when a desire for the rule of royalty has long since passed.

It can remind you of the way many Christians regard their God – that is, worthy of lip service but not of obedience.  People love their princes and princesses, but that love would quickly evaporate if the princes and princesses started telling their admirers how to live.  Similarly with God, many people want to talk about their devotion to Him but there’s no sign of His commanding and their obeying.

I’m told that women particularly are enraptured by the idea of marrying a prince and being elevated to royalty, thus identifying closely with Kate Middleton.  Yet if these women knew the truth about Christ, they would recognize that He elevates everyone associated with Him in ways much more important than palatial trappings.

Let joy over the royal baby continue, but let there be no less joy for any other child born into this world.  In God’s eyes, each and every one of them is worthy of our attention and rejoicing.

Royal baby name revealed: George Alexander Louis – CBS News.

Family Rescued by George Zimmerman Fears ‘Blow Back’

A Good Samaritan, helping his neighbors by being a neighborhoold watch captain, is hounded into hiding because of an unfortunate shooting incident.  After a year and a half in hiding, he is exonorated by a six-person jury in a highly-publicized trial.  Yet outrage against him remains so great among certain segments of the public that he cannot come out of hiding.  When he does momentarily reveal himself, it it to help a family trapped in an overturned automobile.  The family wants to acknowledge his good deed publicly but is afraid to do so because of fear that threats against him will come their way. After all, the Good Samaritan’s parents also have to live in hiding because of threats. Anyone who speaks up for this mensch must fear for his reputation, if not his life.

Last week, for the second time, the President of the United States spoke about this case.  In doing so, he neglected to affirm the jury’s verdict as just even though he heads the government that ran the trial.  While he spoken of civil rights, he made no mention that the Good Samaritan was being denied his civil right to a peaceable life without constant fear for his life.  In fact, the President, while he was showering sympathy on himself and others, offered not a single word of sympathy for a man who suffers so much for his good deeds that his own lawyer says he would be wise to “leave the country” for the sake of his own safety.

This man has been excoriated by his critics as a “wannabe policeman.”  Would they prefer he be a “wannabe thug?”

Can a nation which proclaims itself “the land of the free and the home of the brave” be far away from judgment when it treats a Good Samaritan this way?

God help us all.

Family Rescued by George Zimmerman Fears ‘Blow Back’ – ABC News.

Did God Really Create the Universe and Mankind?

Excerpt:

Did God really create human beings?

This is a question that continues to be hotly-debated. As most scientists double down and embrace evolutionary theory, it seems the public at large is still conflicted regarding how, exactly, humans came to be in their current form.

A study conducted by YouGov and released on Monday found that nearly four-in-10 Americans (37 percent) believe that God created mankind in its present state. But that’s not all, as these individuals also contend that men and women were created within the last ten thousand years — a claim that many scientists would scoff at.

The complete article can be found at:  Did God Really Create the Universe and Mankind? | TheBlaze.com.