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This is one of the many reasons I loathe this man, the Narcissist in Chief. It is said that “pride goeth before the fall.” I certainly hope that this man’s coming tumble will be a mighty one. It’s only 2:24 in length. Bet you can’t watch the whole thing.

 

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This is for those of you out there that believe in having a moral compass, in doing right, and not selling out to this world of lies and selfish interests. This guy expresses a world-weary disgust that I can definitely relate to:

I say let it burn, let it flood, and let it come. I’m so ready to get out of this evil, forsaken planet… it’s just a bunch of filth! A bunch of people that could care less about God. A bunch of people that just want to fill up their own coffers… completely out of touch with God, completely out of touch with what reality truly is… like a rat just trying to get their little piece of cheese. It is sick! The world that we live in has just become like Sodom and Gomorrah.

“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew 24:12

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There was a time when the title of this post was not true. At that time, being a good American was synonymous with being a good Christian. These were interdependent concepts. You could not be one without being the other.

But those days are gone. Oh, how times have changed!

This new America is an upside down America. Inversion and perversion are the order of the day.

Good is now evil, and evil is good.

Therefore, to be a good American, one must be a terrible Christian by default.

For example: I’ve known¬† Christian Americans who will fly the American flag everyday, religiously, but who never mention the name of the Messiah, nor what he did, nor what he said.

Good Americans.

Terrible Christians.

I’ve seen Americans driving brand new SUVs pass by a homeless man standing at the terminus of an exit ramp holding a sign saying “I’m a Veteran – please help.” In fact, I sat behind 4 such vehicles in this instance in Dallas, TX, and each one passed by the man as if he wasn’t even there. Were they all Christians? Who knows, but this was Texas, after all. I’m sure at least some of them were. And you can’t tell me they lacked the means to help.

I don’t remember Christ ever saying that it was our “privilege” as Christians to turn aside the needy when they were asking for help. As far as I see it, if all wealth comes from God (and it does), and you have been blessed enough to earn money that week, you are beholden to give some of it when asked in the instance when the Lord puts a beggar in your path. That is, if you call yourself a “Christian.” Those people in front of me were not Christians, regardless of what they professed.

They were good Americans, though. Good Americans hate the homeless. To them, the homeless are lazy bums. They want to live that way. This is the land of abundance, and opportunities are equally available to all, so there’s no excuse for not being rich. Excuse me while I puke.

As Christians we are instructed to make ourselves small, meek, the least of all.

Not Americans today. Oh no.

big dealAmericans are now, as a rule, puffed up with pride. They’re all top dogs. They all come first. It’s “Me-Monsters” on parade all across this once great land (creds to Brian Regan for that moniker). “Me first!” is their battle cry as they barge out into the teaming masses. I don’t even know how it’s possible for everyone to come first, but that doesn’t stop these selfish idiots from expecting it – just watch them on the roadways sometime and you’ll catch the drift in a big hurry.

It’s no surprise this epidemic of selfishness is blighting this country. Look no further than the parents for the source.

Somewhere along the line (I would wager right around the publication of Benjamin Spock’s best-selling book) parents stopped disciplining their children, and began to tell them that they were special, that they had sunshine and rainbows shooting out of their butts, and they could do no wrong.

And the children, naturally, believed it.

Then, when they went out into the real world, the real world of course begged to differ. But that didn’t stop them from continuing in this fallacious belief – they just had to assert themselves more forcefully. Now we have the spectacle of Me-Monsters everywhere pushing and shoving each other in their futile endeavors to all be at the top of the heap. That’s what good Americans do.

DeficiencyChristians don’t spare the rod in rearing their children, for to spare the rod is to “spoil” the child. Spoil, in this context, is identical to it’s meaning regarding food. Spoiled food is useless. The same goes for spoiled children. They are no use to themselves, anyone else, or God.

To make matters worse, many parents today don’t even raise their own kids. Now nannys and schools take care of that job. Society tells parents that the both of them must work, and by golly, they do! Can’t sacrifice our standard of living to participate in the growth and rearing of our own children – we’ll farm that job out to surrogates instead! Money is our God – we’re good Americans!!

Is it any wonder that in a nation of infantile, me-first morons, competition is glorified? There can only be one winner, and everyone thinks it will be them! To the narcissist, only competition can be understood. Cooperation is inconceivable. But not to the Christian.

The early church, according to the book of Acts, shared all that each had communally and broke down all distinctions between themselves. No one was special. No one was a “cut above” anyone else. God is not a respecter of persons, nor should Christians be.

That concept will never fly with good Americans.

The path that was once shared by good Americans and Christians has become permanently split, and now each must go their separate ways – one to everlasting life, and the other to everlasting shame and contempt.

 

 

 

 

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It’s a cliche anymore to say that it is healing to spend time in nature, but just because it’s a cliche doesn’t mean it’s not true.

Nature is God’s creation. It bears his mark and testifies of his existence. That’s why it is said that even if one has never heard the gospel, there is no excuse for not at least believing in a creator, because creation reveals the truth of his existence, and everyone has witnessed his creation, more or less.

By less, I mean those unfortunate souls that dwell in a world created by man – cities.

I’m not saying that cities don’t have any beauty in them. I appreciate some of the architecture, and some marvels of engineering like bridges and vast aqueduct systems.Though, almost always, the parts I admire most are from an earlier time. Modern buildings are – to my eyes – cold, ugly, and soulless things.

Eckhart Tolle talks about this in his book The Power of Now:

The mind left to itself creates monstrosities, and not only in art galleries. Look at our urban landscapes and industrial wastelands. No civilization has ever produced so much ugliness.

The reason we see this trend towards more and more ugliness in what humans create, he says, is because of the growth and spread of the disease of the mind – namely, ego. Ego, therefore, is not static. It spreads like cancer, and is speeding up the devolution of mankind.

I agree wholeheartedly with that conclusion, but where I veer from Tolle’s perspective is in what drives this devolution and what the solution will be. For me, ego is not a cause, but a symptom. Tolle quotes Christ repeatedly, but for him Christ is not God – he’s merely an early manifestation of a burgeoning pattern of awakening, of moving beyond the ego, beyond Self.

This is where it gets tricky and sticky.

For me, the awakening that Tolle speaks of is synonymous with what happens when one surrenders their life to Christ. You can’t serve Self and Christ. You can’t serve two masters, as Christ himself said (Matthew 6:24). You can’t hold something back in surrender, because surrender is implicitly complete – 100%. That leaves no room for Self.

There is a difference though between surrender and awakening. Choosing a path of surrender does not mean immediate enlightenment. That is a different creature, one which I believe does happen suddenly, without warning or explanation. But that is exceedingly rare.

Normally a path of surrender is a daily commitment, a long process of winnowing out the dross of ego. It seems that the contamination of ego appeared when man fell from sinless perfection. The seed of ego came in and began its gradual work of corruption and destruction. I personally believe we are approaching the final stages of that process right now.

Satan is the perfect embodiment of ego, and the author of it in the world. He did not create the world, and that’s why, through nature, it still testifies of God. But right now he rules it, temporarily, and it is mankind’s creations that testify of him – and that includes cities. Cities are bullish on man, bearish on God.

In cities you will find all manner of ugliness – loud, poison-belching vehicles, banging and grinding construction equipments, sirens of every kind, steel, aluminum, glass, concrete, asphalt, and every other material devised by man, all bearing the mark of the adversary. I’m telling you, cities are built by man, but are inhuman. The reason is Satan, and the ego he infected us with.

Satan said “I will…”

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.

Isaiah 14:13-15

I will. Me, me, me.

Satan says “My will be done.”

Christ says “Thy will be done, Father.”

Christ embodies selfless surrender and salvation from the destruction of ego. Satan embodies this famous statement of Aleister Crowley: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” Any fans of this man should be able to clearly discern who is the true author of that statement.

Satan hates mankind and wants to destroy us with a passion so large I’m sure it is quite incomprehensible to us. And yet so many humans live in inhumane cities devised by him – cities that make a mockery of what it means to live a nourishing, fulfilling human life. Yes, it’s mockery, and I’m sure that he is laughing at our stupidity. We embrace that which offends and degrades. Unbelievable, yet true.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil…

Isaiah 5:20

Suing the Devil, a movie starring Malcolm Mcdowell playing Satan defending himself in court, has an amazing scene where the Devil admits his role as the author of all ugliness in the earth. It mirrors exactly what I’m talking about here and is one of the most revealing, truthful few minutes ever delivered in a movie. Please take a look – it’s well worth it.

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