If I Don’t Like It, It Must Be Wrong!

This one is a clear example of the logic behind the new morality. Not only is it wrong in its sentiments, it is one-sided. You’ll see…

In Matthew Vines’ book, GodandtheGayChristian, he shares an amazingly subjective interpretation of Matthew 7:15-20. Here’s the passage from the NIV:

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

An example of how Vines interprets this passage can be seen in a statement he makes about celibacy. He writes:

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “[God] will not let you be tempted beyond…

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Just Another Stupid Example of Cultural Appropriation

It is almost hard to believe that this kind of thing is happening in America. Not just happening, but defining who we are.

First let me say I don’t give a hoot about the Grammy’s, famous people, pop culture, autographs, of famous people or people who have won Grammy’s, etc. I don’t give even a fraction of a hoot. Don’t get me wrong: I have a warehouse full of high-quality hoots to give, but not to the things previous listed. HOWEVER, this stuff is too ludicrous not to mention.

J. Lo’s Motown Mess

Apparently, at last nights Grammy’s, Jennifer Lopez performed a medley of Motown hits. It’s Motown’s 60th anniversary, so Lopez and the Grammy’s pay tribute. Well, that got Twitter ablaze with criticism for J. Lo.

Now the writer of the InStyle.com piece summed it up this way,


The medley, which saw J. Lo shimmying and quick-changing to classics like “Dancing in the Street,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Do You Love Me,” and “The Best Things in Life Are Free,” received criticism on Twitter on a very simple basis: she’s not a Motown singer.

That is simply not true. The reason for the criticism? J. Lo is not black.

You can find more Tweets like these here.

What is my point, you ask?

My point is to draw attention to the sheer idiocy of cultural appropriation. Think about what is being said here. Because J. Lo is not black, she shouldn’t perform songs made famous by black artists. Did anyone stop to think that the highest form of praise is imitation? In this case, J. Lo (certainly a star) pays tribute to Motown and its artists. What do people think “paying tribute means”? You don’t pay tribute to yourself, others who have appreciated you pay tribute to you for what you have done.

  • Do we really want only black artists to sing songs made famous by other black artists?
  • Do we really want to monitor whether young ladies are wearing Japanese kimonos to prom?
  • Is it ok if I cook Mexican if I am not Mexican?
  • Do we really want to segregate everything like that?

I’m telling you, future generations are going to examine Americans during this era and they are going to write volumes about how stupid we are!

What a Sick Dream: New York’s New Freedom to Kill Babies!

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Liberals everywhere are celebrating the news that New Yorkers can kill their babies right up until birth. Sarah Ragle Weddington, the attorney who represented Norma “Jane Roe” McCorvey …

Source: What a Sick Dream: New York’s New Freedom to Kill Babies!

John Allen Chau: Martyr?

Click here to read about John from those at ORU who knew him…

The question at the heart of the Christ and Culture concept is to consider what manner of communication and approach the Church take pursue when it intersects with the culture at large. It is to contemplate, “If asked, what should I say to the culture about Jesus?”

The Sentinelese People as Museum Artifact

Among those who have commented on this incident with John Allen Chau and the Sentinelese people are those who support the murderous response of the Sentinelese to Chau. Some have done it on the basis of protecting them from disease, some on the basis of having a right to protect their borders, and (I’m convinced) some just want to preserve this people group as though it were a museum artifact. John Chau just felt they had a right to know Jesus.

Prayerfully Intentional

Don’t listen to the spin that the world is giving to this event. Even some in the Church (if they truly are in the Church) are being critical of Chau as though this were a sophmorish, foolish act. I have it on good authority that the opposite is true.

They say that all people are connected to all other people by six or less points of separation. I did not know John Chau, but I know someone who did—someone who had even discussed this sacrificial mission. And that person knows those who knew Chau even more intimately than that. Those who knew him best know that this was as genuine and meaningful an act of Christian love and sacrifice as what Jim Elliot when he went to the Auca Indians.

The Mantle of John Elliot

Remember John Allen Chau. Fruit for the Kingdom of God will come from his selflessness—fruit that remains.

Want to Be a Part of What John Allen Chau Did?

Pray for the Sentinelese people that they would hear about Jesus and follow Him.

The Liberals’ Most Cherished Law

It is dumbfounding that when it comes to choosing judges one main “value” and “right” always makes its way to the top of the list for liberals: their desire and passion that women continue to be able to stop the beating hearts of their unborn children if they so desire.

Think about that! More than anything else, liberals want abortion. What does that even mean? How does a person with that value system even find peace in their lives.

Sure, conservatives boil it down to abortion as well. But they stand on the side of life, not death! They stand on the side of acknowledging that personal freedoms must always consider who that freedom might be hurting.

Ask any five year old, “Should mommy kill the baby in her belly?” and you discover that even a child knows abortion is wrong.

Much Happier Without Facebook, FOX, and Football

“Together, the people in these industries are arrogant and have collectively become a type of aristocracy. Putting up with them calls my own integrity into question: You entertain me so I look the other way as you destroy our culture! No.”

I have been several weeks now without fixating on Facebook, FOX News, and the NFL. I’m not actually one to “fixate” on them. But they have been a part of my routine. Not anymore. Why?

Facebook

There’s no point anymore. I am sick of memes, forwards to messenger that say “Please forward to friends” or that contain links to fake news articles from people with no discernment. As far as it’s platform for social commentary—it’s either an argument or an echo chamber; an opportunity to get likes or create conflict. Has FB been useful ever? Sure, but not enough to put up with the rest of it.

FOX…

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The Diversity Lottery

In the wake of the latest NYC terror attack we all learned about something we didnt know existed called the diversity lottery. Leaving off the general rule that the odds are always against most who actually play lotteries, it raises other questions about fundamental differences of opinion concerning the role of diversity in the greatness of America.

My thoughts here are simple: It seems to me that the America I️ was taught about as a child was an America that welcomed to its shores the “tired…poor…huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” (Emma Lazarus, New Colossus), but that those who took us up American Racial Policyon that offer came because they wanted to blend into the American family. Consequently, the uniqueness of their own heritage flavored America, yes. But they wanted to be Americans.

Somehow, those who have been shaping our immigration policies pre-Trump have assumed that we could manually create a diverse society and that the process needed our help—that somehow all we needed was the presence of people of different color and culture for America to be great. So, you get the diversity lottery. (Nowadays, it seems that the left requires that a certain percentage of immigrants be illegal or legal but want to kill us.)

From another angle, we see a strange thing happening in America—not new but newly aggravated. On one hand, we go to war over racism. We are willing to shed blood, either proverbially or for reallys, at even the perception of racism. But on the other hand, we are going to never-before-seen lengths to make sure that

  • We identify ourselves in racial terms.
  • We make sure that no one appropriates our cultural images and identities.
  • We are at pains to be sure that every skin pigmentation is noted and protected.

So, ironically, we find ourselves saying “Treat me the same as you do everyone else while making sure you take note of every real or perceived difference.”

Another interesting phenomenon is happening somewhere, and that is that average white people are morphing into white supremicists. Of course, there have always been those groups, but now people are writing articles explaining how their kids should not be friends with white people. I thought generalizing people based on their skin color was racism.

I suppose my question is How can we ever get past racism when all we ever do is draw attention to race? I don’t see how we can ever arrive at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of unity when we are constantly asserting our diversity.