Call unto me and I will answer thee

Citizen Tom:

We cannot always change the world, but we can change our attitude.

Originally posted on libslayer2013:

So out family has taken on the challenge of memorizing one Scripture verse a week as per instruction of Psalms 119:11. Well this week I chose Jeremiah 33:3 (we rotate each week and a different person picks the verse) because I’ve been studying the book of Jeremiah for over a month now. I’ve had an amazing time learning about the prophet and gleaning some nuggets from this major prophet. Well, verse 3 reads
Jeremiah 33:3 KJV
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

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I really grabbed ahold of this verse and claimed it as my promise for the week but upon further investigation I discovered a wonderful truth that I wish to convey to y’all. Tonight I was reading the chapter again in its entirety and God really spoke to me.

Jeremiah 33:1-3 KJV

“1. Moreover the word…

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So how many poor people have gun control groups fed?

Citizen Tom:

How very appropriate for the hunting season!

Originally posted on BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!:

Gun Free Zone brings us this, and asks ths question. Its been a long week so here is something for the war weary.

SO HOW MANY POOR PEOPLE HAVE GUN CONTROL GROUPS FED?

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The dance of atheism

Citizen Tom:

Atheism is easy enough to define.

noun
1. the doctrine or belief that there is no God.
2. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.

Nevertheless, all atheists are not the same.

Psalm 14:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt,
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.

The Bible says that a man who says there is no God is a fool, but all fools are not equally foolish. And we are all sheep, and sheep are foolish.

A word is easily defined; a man is not. Even the Atheist we cannot judge.

Nevertheless we can dance.

Psalm 150 English Standard Version (ESV)

Let Everything Praise the Lord
150 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:

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“In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, or any justice.

The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference… DNA neither knows nor cares.

DNA just is.

And we dance to its music.”

Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (1995)

If we have an impoverished worldview

That fails to embrace all of reality’s nuances

It means that

In the end

All we can do is

Dance

So we dance

To the music of pitiless indifference

Into endless darkness

Into oblivion

To the drumbeat of horrid doubt

We dance

We don’t get hurt

We don’t get lucky

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GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS AS OPPOSED TO “All These Rights”

debateAMUSING NONSENSE has an interesting post I hope to reply to here on my blog on Monday.  That post is All These Rights. Here is how it begins.

Today I wanted to address the second part of this comment left by Citizen Tom concerning the foundation of modern rights in the U.S. Specifically, I quote:

“What Jesus gave each of us is an “individual” choice, not a “we” choice. That is the basis for freedom of religion, and freedom of religion foundation of all our other rights.

The Bible says that we will answer to our Creator for the choices we make, and He insists we love our neighbors and respect their rights. That’s why Americans founded this nation upon God-given rights.”

Where are these rights coming from, anyways?
People talk about rights, people assert their rights, people want more rights. Rights are essentially things that people are entitled to that confer some sort of benefit (I’m really paraphrasing here). But where are they coming from? Is God giving them out like candy? Do we have them in nature? Is this all a theoretical construct that doesn’t matter? (continued here)

When we accord each other “rights,” we have to have a reason. Why? When you or I respect another’s rights, we must place a limit upon our own behavior. We must voluntarily forsake a course of action we otherwise might have taken. Moreover, if we go further and we decide to protect each others rights, especially the rights of those who cannot protect themselves, we must take upon ourselves a certain expense. Therefore, we need to be able define those “rights” that need our protection, explain why we consider these “rights” worthy of our protection, and understand how legitimate “rights” should be protected.

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FOR VETERANS DAY: THE SOLDIER, THE CITIZEN, AND THE SIN OF PRIDE

churchill's empireI am in the process of reading a book about Sir Winston Churchill. For the most part, what I know about Churchill relates to his role as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. Churchill’s Empire by Richard Toye focuses on focuses on Churchill’s beliefs and his role with respect to British imperialism (see herehere and here for reviews).

I doubt most Americans give the matter much thought now, but at one time the British Empire was huge.

By 1922 the British Empire held sway over about 458 million people, one-fifth of the world’s population at the time. The empire covered more than 33,700,000 km2 (13,012,000 sq mi), almost a quarter of the Earth’s total land area. As a result, its political,legal, linguistic and cultural legacy is widespread. At the peak of its power, the phrase “the empire on which the sun never sets” was often used to describe the British Empire, because its expanse around the globe meant that the sun was always shining on at least one of its territories. (from here)

We sometimes forget that even after United States escaped British domination during the American Revolution the British acquired many other colonies. These colonies did not escape British rule until the middle of the last century. Hence, the British ruled an empire for centuries, and Churchill served this empire as a journalist, a soldier, and a statesman.

Churchill served the British Empire proudly, but his conscience did sometimes trouble him. One such time followed the “Battle of Omdurman” (see here, here, and here). Churchill was present at the battle, and he charged into the thick of combat with the 21st Lancers, a charge immortalized in poetry, The Battle of Omdurman.

That battle took place in the Sudan on September 2, 1898. It pitted well-armed, well- trained, and ably led British soldiery against a brave, but foolish tribal people.  With every intention of slaughtering the British, Muslim tribesmen launched suicidal frontal assaults against the British force, and with mechanical efficiency, the British slaughtered them.

In his book, Toye reports that experience wore on Churchill’s conscience. To underscore that point, Toye quoted a passage from one of Churchill’s books, The River War. Here is that passage in context.

What enterprise that an enlightened community may attempt is more noble and more profitable than the reclamation from barbarism of fertile regions and large populations? To give peace to warring tribes, to administer justice where all was violence, to strike the chains off the slave, to draw the richness from the soil, to plant the earliest seeds of commerce and learning, to increase in whole peoples their capacities for pleasure and diminish their chances of pain–what more beautiful ideal or more valuable reward can inspire human effort? The act is virtuous, the exercise invigorating, and the result often extremely profitable. Yet as the mind turns from the wonderful cloudland of aspiration to the ugly scaffolding of attempt and achievement, a succession of opposite ideas arises. Industrious races are displayed stinted and starved for the sake of an expensive Imperialism which they can only enjoy if they are well fed. Wild peoples, ignorant of their barbarism, callous of suffering, careless of life but tenacious of liberty, are seen to resist with fury the philanthropic invaders, and to perish in thousands before they are convinced of their mistake. The inevitable gap between conquest and dominion becomes filled with the figures of the greedy trader, the inopportune missionary, the ambitious soldier, and the lying speculator, who disquiet the minds of the conquered and excite the sordid appetites of the conquerors. And as the eye of thought rests on these sinister features, it hardly seems possible for us to believe that any fair prospect is approached by so foul a path. (from here)

Philanthropic invaders? The demands of pride can be harsh. We wish to see ourselves as good, strong, and powerful, and we insist others see us the same way, but the dead, the dying, and the maimed accuse us. And so Churchill struggled to justify the blood price of empire.

When the United Kingdom forged their empire, that people wandered, like straying sheep, from the wisdom of the Bible. Instead of treating the people they met in distant lands as potential Christian converts, they subjugated them. That’s a fact many of the conquered remember bitterly to this day. Even our president, Barack Hussein Obama, has been accused of harboring grudges against British imperialism.  Hence, when the White House returned a bust of Winston Churchill to Britain, the suspicion arose that Obama despises Churchill. Almost hilariously, the White House could not get its story straight (see here). At first they denied returning the bust, but they had done so (see here and here).

Should we despise Churchill? Or should, as others suggest, Churchill’s life serve as an example for our own? The Bible tells us not to judge each other. Instead, we should follow the example of Christ, and we should strive to be good examples for each other.

So did Churchill provide a good example for us? For the most part, I think we can say he did, but his own words tell us he was too proud of the British Empire. Churchill paid lip service to the future equality of other races. Only reluctantly and ambivalently did he concede the injustice of British rule.

Yet imagine the irony. The Empire of Great Britain spanned the globe. That empire declared the supremacy of a white and Christian kingdom. Suddenly, that self-styled benevolent empire of white men found itself in a death struggle with white men even more blatantly racist than themselves. What were the British people to think? How could they now explain their behavior? And so, following the end of World War II, the British Empire quietly dissolved.

Are we so different from the British, the Victorians of Churchill’s era? No. In every age of men, some men find an excuse to dominate and lord over others. We too do what the British imperialists did. We too wish to serve as overlords. We too wish to believe we rule for the benefit of those we dominate. How? Instead of Imperialism, in our era, our time and place, we find our excuses in the doctrines of Socialism. Instead of lording over distant dark-skinned peoples, we impose our needs, our desires, and our values upon neighbors.

Like Churchill, until we see the dead and dying, we can too easily grow accustomed to the benefits of government power.  When government seems to serve our needs, what could be wrong with it? That is what our rogue president and the Democratic Party has shown us in recent years. Here are just a few examples, but there are so many others this post could be about nothing else.

Yet imagine the irony. Don’t Liberals hate the use of abusive power against minorities? Don’t they loudly proclaim how much they detest the policies that led to colonization? Then why is it they have no trouble with majoritarian tyranny, using government power to force others to do what they don’t want to do just because they (“the majority”) think they ought to do it? Are all the victims of Liberals just angry, bigoted white men who deserved to be screwed?

Whether we conquer our barbarous neighbors with ballots or barbarous peoples in distant lands with bullets, the problem of tyranny remains the same. To get people to do what they don’t want to do, we must threaten and use extravagant force or they will not submit to our will.

As citizens, when we send our soldiers into combat or ask our policemen to enforce our laws, we must set aside our pride. We must remember that just because we can that does not give us the right to use force to impose our needs, our desires, and our values either upon neighbors or peoples in distant lands. When we send our soldiers into combat or our policemen to enforce our laws, we don’t want the people who fight for us to struggle in the aftermath, wondering why they had to kill, maim, or lock up the people they had to fight.

When we send our soldiers to war or ask policemen to enforce our laws, we must never forget there is only one proper justification for government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (from here)

 

 

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