The Moral Majority Has Become the Immoral Majority

Georgia has failed to pass even a watered-down religious liberty bill, after Indiana and Arkansas had similar failures last year.  What Jerry Falwell used to call the Moral Majority has been replaced by the Immoral Majority, and this new majority is content with nothing but total victory in every encounter.  Compromise is neither necessary nor desirable to the champions of the Sexual Revolution.

The Woodstock Generation has a firm grasp on the levers of power and thereby 1960’s hippie values are prevailing in every corner of the public square.  Winning state elections, governorships, and legislatures does no good when the Executive and Judicial branches of the Federal government can override everything that is done at the state and local levels.

Big Business put the squeeze on Georgia governor Nathan Deal because it is deathly afraid of the sexual revolution’s political lobbies in the same way they’re afraid of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.  Lawsuits and negative publicity are the weapons of choice arrayed against Big Business by these respective lobbying cartels.  By contrast, Christians are just not vindictive and Machiavellian enough to succeed on such battlefields.  Only the race hustlers can “absolve a big corporation from the sin of being a racist” and only the LGBTQ lobby can “absolve a big corporation from the sin of being a bigot.”  Thus Georgia’s governor capitulated to the enemies of religious liberty without even a fight.

Of what interest is religious liberty to an irreligious nation?  No one cares about bakers, photographers, and florists having to do weddings that mock Judeo-Christian marriage ethics (not to mention the marriage ethics of almost every other civilization that has ever existed).  Why?  Because they are not a big voting bloc and don’t have a well-financed lobbying arm.

Being “on the right side of history” is just a very pretentious way of saying, “My point of view is trending is more than yours.”  It’s also a clever way of avoiding the responsibility of having to give reasons that justify a point of view.  Saying one is “on the right side of history” is intended to end discussion, not participate in it.

Yes, these days immorality is trending much more than morality.  The problem for the Immoral Majority is that history will ultimately render a verdict very different from the one they are expecting.

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Source: Georgia Religious-Freedom Bill Vetoed by Governor Nathan Deal, a Weak Weathervane

See also:  The Moral Majority Has Become the Moral Minority

Re-Thinking College Education for a Career

I don’t recommend this post for everyone, but if you are thinking about college for your child it might be for you.

It is not the case that a child growing up today must have a college education in order to economically succeed in life.  This is good news because, for one thing, college educations don’t convey as much knowledge as they previously did.  In fact, I’m often appalled at the lack of education demonstrated by today’s college students and graduates.

Aside from the academics, the college scene itself has become a moral cesspool.  It is harder than ever for a college student to save himself or herself for marriage.  For this reason, even when a college degree is necessary for a certain line of work, distance learning is a more desirable option – and it’s more accessible than ever.  Young people can continue living with their parents while they pursue the degree.  And they can do so year-round, shortening the overall time it takes to complete the degree.

Adding insult to injury, many of today’s college students take on debt to attend the college of their choice.  This is insanity.  No adult starting a career should have to do so with a load of debt on his or her back.  Repeat: No one should go into debt to pay for college.  If you must obtain a degree, seek it in the most cost-effective way possible.  If that means you go to the local community college instead of an Ivy-League school, so be it.

Technology offers many opportunities for education that did not exist in prior generations.  While the moral quotient of society is declining, the options for Christians determined to find a way to economically survive are multiplying.  Here is a mind-stretching podcast about education and career planning from American Conservative University:  Show 1436 – Tom Woods interviews Zachary Slayback: The End of School: Reclaiming Education from the Classroom (lasts 35:44; it’s Episode 623 from The Tom Woods Show).  This is the first I’ve heard of either gentleman, but their ideas support the idea that parents and children have more options today regarding college than they used to have.  There is much more to the subject that what they have to say, and I am not fully endorsing everything they do say, but what they have to say will open your mind to new paths for a young person.

The Only Vote That Counts

Further to the point of my post earlier today (Why Are Our Political Choices Inadequate and Apalling?), the Donald Trump phenomenon tells us that there are fewer truly-committed Christians and fewer true Constitutional conservatives in the Republican party than we thought there were.  They are nowhere near a majority of Republicans, much less a majority of Americans.  And the Bernie Sanders phenomenon tells us that a substantial portion of Democrats are even farther away from America’s founding principles of government than we thought they were.  That is, there are many Democrats nowhere near us in their thinking.  There’s no denying that we’ve been awakened to some very unpleasant reality.

The vast majority of our fellow citizens disagree with us about the importance of Christ.  They view our devotion to Him as unwarranted or excessive.  We are to them, culturally speaking, Amish.  And that is their most benign conception of us.  We are not mainstream to their fringe; we are fringe to their mainstream.

In short, the number of God-fearing Americans is a small and shrinking number.  Nevertheless, we have every reason to hope because all we need is one person to be for us…if it is the right person: that is, the Person who is above all persons.  We have His word in writing that He is for those who are for Him.  In that assurance let us live boldly for His name.

…the LORD is with you when you are with Him…
–  2 Chronicles 15:2

The LORD is for me; I will not fear;
What can man do to me?
–  Psalm 118:6

Our love for Him is demonstrated the more we do what is right in the midst of a society who thinks we’re foolish to think that way.  His vote is the one that matters most to us.

Why Are Our Political Choices Inadequate and Apalling?

Speaking of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, economist and political observer Thomas Sowell says in his most recent column, “[T]he front-runners in both political parties are not merely inadequate but appalling.”  Sad to say for America’s sake, Sowell’s description is fair and apt for both individuals.  How is it that the United States of America appears headed to have as its next president someone – in either case – for whom the words “inadequate” and “appalling” are appropriate characterizations?  The short answer is that we have been given the leaders we deserve – they are a reflection of the lostness of our national soul.

A nation that supports through its laws and its popular culture abortion-on-demand, divorce-on-demand, and practically every other aspect of the sexual revolution over against the long-standing Judeo-Christian ethic of marriage and family cannot be expected to produce political candidates of admirable character.  “Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs?” (James 3:12)

The “shining city on a hill” that was America has become a darkened ruins.  Light arises for the lovers of God in a realm other than the political one.

Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free.
–  Psalm 146:3-7

Keep Jesus as Lord in your hearts so that you and your children can walk through the darkened ruins with abundant light on your path.  He will not forsake you…ever.

Men: Take heed to your influence!

“When mom follows Jesus, 17% of time her kids do too. When a dad follows Jesus? 93% of time his kids do too.”

Yes, we’ve heard stats like this before, but it’s good to be reminded.

How and Why the Conservative Media Sold Its Soul To Facilitate Trump’s Nomination | Mediaite

This article is only for those who would like more background on the alternative (i.e. conservative) media’s role in the rise of Donald Trump about which Christian blogger Matt Walsh recently wrote (Matt Walsh on Leaders Who Disappoint).  For anyone else, the article’s probably too detailed and tedious.  It explains some of the dynamics at work in alternative media and how it is as susceptible to corruption as any other form of human endeavor.  The liberal press has its weaknesses; so does the conservative press.  Economic temptations abound for both groups

If you want to follow saints, read the Bible. Conservative media celebrities are just that: conservative media celebrities.  Matt by no means condemns them all; he just suggests we all be discriminating in our consumption of news and opinion.  I agree.  As the old saying goes, let’s be as smart as cows: eat the hay and spit out the sticks.

(a 10-minute read; 2,110 words)

Article: How and Why the Conservative Media Sold Its Soul To Facilitate Trump’s Nomination | Mediaite

Secular minds smugly think they can re-write the laws of nature

I only skimmed the article linked below, but I did watch the entire video.  Both are typical of the secular drivel that currently passes for wisdom on family structure.

The point of both the article and the video is that children need a primary parent and that each couple can negotiate which parent that should be.  To use their language, couples should “co-parent” with one of them being “lead parent” – and it doesn’t matter which is which as long as the couple agree.  This is the logical equivalent of saying a couple can agree to jump off a cliff and remain in mid-air without falling.

Mothers cannot father; nor can fathers mother.  Conception takes place in a mother – never in a father.  If a couple cannot choose which partner gets pregnant, why do they think they can change other aspects of their respective natures?

The kind of thinking that animates this article and video is the same kind of thinking that says the only difference between men and women is something that can be changed with some hypodermic injections and surgery.  This is absurd.  Yet The Atlantic is the type of periodical that America’s intelligentsia reads and trusts.  And “the morning shows” are the epitome of what secular society considers normal these days.  Our nation has embraced foolishness and called it wisdom.

Nature cannot be wished away.  It can be tamed; it can be made more godly through the power of God.  It cannot, however, be ignored…which is what these “smart” people think they can do.

And why are secular minds so smug in their opinions?  They are not only sure they are right; they are convinced that anyone who disagrees with them is a Neanderthal.  If smugness gave off an aroma that could be contained in a video, I would have fainted from the noxious fumes coming out of this one.

God gave us a model for family.  To call it a “stereotype” is simply to taint the idea with a pejorative term without having to make an argument about what’s supposedly wrong with it.  There is no valid argument against God’s design.  It works…when it is respected and Christ is put at its head.

Mothers should mother, and fathers should father.  A child deserves no less.

(an 11-minute read; 2,704 words)

Article: Fathers Who Serve as the Primary Parent – The Atlantic

Video:  Anne Marie Slaughter’s Husband Speaks Out, Says ‘Nobody Can Have It All’ – Good Morning America (5:28)

Matt Walsh on Leaders Who Disappoint

In the article linked below Matt Walsh gives us ample reason to remember that the only person who will not ultimately disappoint us is the Lord Jesus Himself.  He is the only one who never changes:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
–  Hebrews 13:8

Every human being is corruptible, but God is incorruptible.  Every other voice in this world will sooner or later equivocate – but His words never change:

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
–  Matthew 24:35

Lean on the only pillar that will never crumble under your weight:  Jesus Christ the Lord.  Keep doing that and you cannot be made to fall.

Oh give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.
–  Psalm 108:12

(an 11-minute read; 2,618 words)

Source: Let’s Remember The Cowardly Conservative Leaders Who Betrayed Us For Trump | Matt Walsh at TheBlaze.com

“Religious Liberty”…or…”Special Privileges”?

Re:  The Unsurprising Twilight of Religious Liberty in America

As if on cue in response to my post earlier today, Newsweek has published an opinion piece titled IS RELIGION AN EXCUSE FOR BREAKING THE LAW? in which the author, a college law professor, begins by saying this:

Can religious believers give themselves a free pass to ignore laws that bind everyone else? Common sense and the Constitution say no.  Yet religious institutions are now maintaining that they alone may judge whether their religious exercise is “substantially burdened” and thus entitled to special privileges under the law…

Thus what we would consider to be a matter of “religious liberty” is considered by others to be “special privileges under the law.”

Know this:  Religious liberty, as we have historically understood it in America, stands little chance of survival in this environment.  Therefore, we must be prepared to pay a price for the exercise of our religion.  The good news for us is that Jesus is worth whatever price we are called upon to pay.  And remember that He told His disciples:

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
–  Matthew 10:16