July 23rd, 2020

Inspiration

Coronavirus: Class, not Disease: The Upper Class is Woke, the Lower Class is Diseased

To return to a theme: the management of coronavirus has fallen into a predictable pattern. It is now about what class you are in, not about communicable viruses. So rules about masking and social distancing are meant to apply to the lower, dirtier, class, while the immaculate and beautiful class doesn't need it.

Think I'm kidding? Check this out.

The mayor's order makes exceptions from the strict new rules for many city and federal government workers, stipulating: "The enforcement provisions of this Order shall not be applied to persons in the judicial or legislative branches of the District government while those persons are on duty; and shall not apply to any employees of the federal government while they are on duty."

Steve Krakauer, former producer for CNN, puts it this way:

This story - the initial column, the corrections, the author's cavalier dismissal of the major errors - is a microcosm for the problems in the media today. The story was glaringly wrong, but it was arguing a point of view that is seen in the media bubble as "acceptable." If she was arguing something like, say, Tom Cotton's op-ed in the New York Times, any slight grammatical error would mean the firing of the editor of the section. Being acceptable and wrong is often more preferable in the media than being unacceptable and right. Because the cost of being unacceptably right outweighs the cost of being acceptably wrong. Great work by The Federalist to do the journalism it takes of letting truth win out.

Further data on the saga of grabbing newsworthy fiction over reporting here.

And, to finish, check this out about the real meaning of "woke" for BLM supporters.
Inspiration

What happens when Christians are saved?

Salvation fits inside a cartoon pamphlet. It's very simple. It is a very LOW standard. But what happens if you do it and mean it?

1. The soul is cut loose from the flesh. “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:” (Colossians 2:11) "1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to [her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of [her] husband. 3 So then if, while [her] husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter." (Romans 7:1-6)

2. The spirit is regenerated and placed in the body of Christ. “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:17) "24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." (Ephesians 5:24-32)

3. The sinner is justified on the grounds of someone else's goodness. "20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." (Romans 2:20-26)

4. He is adopted as a son of God into God's family. “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,” (Ephesians 1:5) "14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together." (Romans 8:14-17) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12)

5. His future destination is fixed and determined by God. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29) "1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."

It's an amazing sequence of things. And, as noted above, the standard for salvation is very low: anyone can be saved. Yet there are so many who disdain it, often for silly reasons.
Inspiration

Is Christianity a Bloody System?

Oddly enough, yes. Flowing from Exodus 12:13, the standard is established by God: “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Listen to that. "When I see the blood, I will pass over you." No membership card. No social standing. No background check. The test is simple.

People object to the "blood-thirstiness" of Christianity because sermons about the need for the blood of God. But if you look in the Bible, you discover that the blood

-redeems (Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”)
-cleanses (1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”)
-purges (Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”)
-atones for sin (Romans 5:11 “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”)
-justifies the sinner (Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”)
-the blood saves his soul (Romans 5:9-10 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.)