Thursday, December 29, 2011

Can Any 'Christian Nation' Survive?

In America there has been a raging debate for half a century: Is America a 'Christian nation' or not? The original intentions of the Founders have been endlessly questioned, doubted, and challenged. There is no consensus on the issue today.

The latest authentic scholarship shows clearly and unambiguously that the Founders of most importance (Washington; John, Sam and Abigail Adams; Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Hancock, Rush, Wythe, Franklin, and others) believed in a divine Creator. They were sure that the Creator acted through Providence; that is, a worldly mechanism which provided necessary help when all human efforts seem hopeless. Our victory over the British and the successful establishment of a Constitutional government was so improbable that it was seen as evidence of God's interest in the world. The Declaration of Independence claimed that all our natural human rights were a gift of God.  Americans were then a very religious people, despite their differences, and they almost universally agreed with the Declaration.

The Founders constantly discussed religion and spirituality, and questioned exactly how the Creator acted in the world, but they had deep faith. They almost chose as a seal of the new United States an image of Moses at the Red Sea invoking God while Pharaoh's army was closing in on the Israelites. The Greco-Roman eagle won out, but the belief that America was the chosen nation of God permeated our identity for most of our history. That faith began to fail in the 1960's; ironically at just the time we dedicated ourselves to civil rights.

The United States gave religious freedom to all people, and there were many places of worship for those of all religions here - very early in our history. So the answer is yes, we were founded on liberal Judeo-Christian principles. But the ultimate question is can any nation survive if it emulates Christ faithfully?

No, it cannot. Christ loved his enemies unto death and never sought revenge. The world will always - and has many times - crucified (so to speak) pacifist nations. Just as police forces are mandatory in every town and city, so well-trained armies are mandatory for every nation. Laws are meaningless if they aren't enforced, and countries are little different from towns and cities. Self-defense is reason enough to kill and punish law breakers of all kinds.

Isn't it massively ironic that so many pacifists - many of whom are atheist and agnostic - would refuse to allow us to defend ourselves as a nation? This author has known and seen these people all his life, en masse, marching and protesting with vehemence. Very few of them, only the poorest, would disband their local police and surrender their property to criminals. Yet they demand that the United States unilaterally disarm in the face of criminal nations who brag of their hatred and evil intentions towards us. Iran today and the present Administration's cowardice and mendacity in dealing with Iran is a prime example of this.

So what is really going on? We are rotting at the core, that's what. Massive numbers of deluded Americans - such as those in the Occupy Wall Street movement - are cowards and ignoramuses unwilling to stand for any principle of right. They are faithless, slothful, silly, ignorant, and proud. They have the audacity to use the name of Jesus, and general Christian principles, to support their tyrannical Marxist-collectivist ideas. Millions of  innocent men and women have been murdered in the name of Marxism-collectivism. We cannot survive long as a nation if these people are not recognized and diminished significantly.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Birth of Christ

What do we really celebrate? The birth of that innocent baby, God incarnate, of course. But what else? Why does it have meaning? Because never before in history had anyone loved their enemy unto death, as Jesus did, and preached it to their followers. He refused to hate his murderers. Not only that, Jesus stood up to horrific torture and humiliation with perfect courage, honor, poise, and power. This stunned his enemies, and is the key to why Christianity - as it became known - thrived. Don't forget, people called him "Rabbi" while he lived, and he was initially called the "Jewish prophet of Galilee" The religion of Christ was an offshoot of Judaism. That is its root.

The power of Christmas is still strong, and this is borne out by the fact that families gather whenever possible during this season of the year. People travel thousands of miles to see family and friends. Many old quarrels and bitter feelings are dissipated by the renewal of friendship and good company. Many new relationships begin. Sure, many conflicts arise too, but this is a price worth paying and is often a sign of growth when people are hurting. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol epitomizes the power of the season, and the angry Scrooge is in us all at times. The redemption of Scrooge can always take place, and the angels are always at our side. Forgiveness and good cheer are given freer rein at Christmas than at any other time of the year.

If you haven't seen The Passion of the Christ, the movie by Mel Gibson, you really must. It's extraordinary in every way. This author has never seen any film make so many people cry, leaving the theater in tears; before or since. It makes one realize the epic proportions of the crucifixion, the resurrection,  and its implications.

The truth is we must love those who speak badly of us and insult us because sometimes they are right. Benjamin Franklin said, "Our enemies are our friends, for they show us our faults." How true this is, often. Even if we're good to the core, we still aren't perfect, and need to be corrected sometimes. If we love only those who flatter us we may be playing into the hands of our enemies. Flattery is often a terrible lie that deceives and hooks us. If we really love someone we won't put up with bad behavior, and will risk their friendship to tell them the truth. Always consider the possible truthfulness of harsh words.

The killers were certainly wrong about Jesus, but many converted afterward when they realized the enormity of what they had done. They saw the light. Forgiveness is an expression of love, and real love is a very great light.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happiness For All - The Utopian Dream

Humankind has always ached for a world of happiness and comfort; a life with no pain, only pleasure. The Garden of Eden is one of many such stories told in all cultures, because life on earth is very hard. It's filled with discomfort, disappointment, loss, hardship, pain, and death.

People used to know how to suffer, and many mastered the art of suffering within their lifetimes. Yes, there is an art to it, and if we master it our lives become immensely richer and more meaningful. Mastering suffering guarantees you won't become bitter, angry, and broken by it.

Consider what happens to people who "have it all", and how often they wind up addicted, alone, and ruined. The truth is we can handle only so much pleasure before it becomes dull and boring, cloying, as when we have too much sugar. Sweetness can be awful in large quantities. Anything we desire can become too familiar, and too tedious to endure. Truth is, we thrive on change. Morning becomes evening, cold becomes warmth, heat becomes cool over time. Poverty can lead us to wealth, and wealth never lasts forever. A great sage once said, "Failure isn't fatal, and success isn't final". The only permanent thing in life is change. This is its rhythm.

If we never suffered we would never know real pleasure or joy. Pain and loss hollow us out and put us in touch with the depths of our souls, so that pleasure will be greater when it returns. This is one of the major purposes of our lives, to grow in understanding and the capacity to experience joy. And love. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return." Joy, pain, love, and death all must be lived through and experienced in the deep recesses of our souls.

But there are evil people abroad in the world now who are trying to convince us that we are entitled to pleasure, and pleasure alone. That life can be painless, foolproof, and safe. If our lives are not full, it's because "the rich" have stolen from us. If we do not have abundance, then we have been wronged.  Cheated out of our rightful due.

This idea is promulgated by Marxists/Socialists today, and it's once again bringing ruin - as it always does - to every nation that embraces it. The socialist European Union is collapsing before our eyes, and America is not far behind if the present path is maintained. Russia and China both had to abandon their utopian ideals when they were on the brink of collapse.

Utopian plans are inevitably a fraud. Human nature has changed very little in two thousand years, and all successful systems of governance take into account the base motives of people. Ideally the use them to advantage, as Adam Smith showed in the 18th Century with his book on free market economics. It's a proven fact that greed and desire can be harnessed for the good of all, and they are in fact a mainspring of creativity when they are channeled through good education. Without wisdom, no system of government will work. We're facing a wisdom deficit now, greater than our economic ones. Wisdom teaches us to live in the real world and reject childish things.

The Middle East is in the middle of bloody revolution largely because it has wasted the last 750 years trying to recapture the Islamic Caliphate, a supposed Golden Age of pleasure they once enjoyed. The Caliphate may have been real for a time, but it collapsed for reasons that lie in the human heart; the pride that makes us believe we are masters of the world.

We are not. There is a vastly more powerful force that rules us all. We will see it directly.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Playbook of the Anti-Christ and the 'Occupy Wall Street' Movement

A deadly revolution is brewing in America, Europe, and the Middle East. Its goals were framed by Karl Marx in the 1840's, but they are as old as time: Create an angry mob and manipulate it to elevate yourself to power.  The foremost proponent of this idea - in the Western world - was a man named Saul Alinsky. He wrote a book fifty years ago called Rules For Radicals. The opening page has a dedication to Satan, and it's not a joke. The following are a few excerpts:

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history... the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.

"The Revolutionary force today has two targets, moral as well as material. Its young protagonists are one moment reminiscent of the idealistic early Christians, yet they also urge violence and cry, 'Burn the system down!' They have no illusions about the system, but plenty of illusions about the way to change our world. It is to this point that I have written this book."

1. The Purpose
"In this book we are concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace.... This means revolution...
"A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage -- the political paradise of communism.
"An organizer working in and for an open society is in an ideological dilemma to begin with, he does not have a fixed truth -- truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing.... To the extent that he is free from the shackles of dogma, he can respond to the realities of the widely different situations...."

2. Of Means and Ends [Forget  moral or ethical considerations]
"The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. ... The real arena is corrupt and bloody.
"The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means... The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be...." 

In other words, idealism has absolutely nothing to do with this movement. It is entirely concerned with gaining raw power.

This author was an activist in the  1960's counter-culture in America, and has direct, personal experience with these individuals. They will subvert and destroy the Western Tradition and replace it with chaos and tyranny if they are not checked.

The track record of Marxist/collectivist/socialist societies in all of history is terrible. Because it is atheist and divorced from God, it is a deadly illusion and a cruel fraud.

Note: Hillary Clinton, who is now U.S. Secretary of State, did her college Masters Degree thesis on Saul Alinsky. She is - or was - such an admirer and advocate of Alinsky that she has made sure her thesis is sealed from all public scrutiny. She will not answer any questions about it.