Saturday, 28 November 2015

Progressive Internationalism At Its Best

Making Sense of It All

The text below illustrates what happens when a laser-like focus upon national defence gets perverted into imperialistic geo-political ambitions.  Or, to put it another way, the text below--sent through by courtesy of one of our readers, which in turn originated from Canada--illustrates the inevitable rotten fruit of Progressive internationalism.  It also helps explain why the United Nations resembles, and ever will be, nothing more than a Monty Python satire.


A highly restricted briefing document on Syria....

President Assad ( who is bad ) is a nasty guy who got so nasty his people rebelled and the Rebels ( who are good ) started winning (hurrah!).

But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State ( who are definitely bad!) and some continued to support democracy (who are still good.)

Friday, 27 November 2015

Reality Bites, Idealism Chewed and Spat Out

More Checks, Please

Can the Euro fantasy survive?  Over the past three years it has come under enormous strain financially as member states have had to bail out countries in the Med-zone.  In effect, the EU has blinked and decided to kick the can further down the road for someone else to deal with.  But the strains, the doubts, and the tempers were real enough. 

Now terrorism is the crisis d'jour.  An increasing number of European countries have decided to go ahead and implement their own border controls, effectively rejecting the Schengen system, where all within the Schengen zone were allowed to travel freely across borders through the 26 member states.

Member states have acted unilaterally (albeit temporarily) until Brussels can come up with an appropriate solution.  France and other states have pointed out the obvious: at the borders of the Schengen zone, checks are so ineffective that terrorists are able to get into Europe like water passing through a sieve.  Therefore, nation states are going to police their own borders.

Daily Devotional

Glorify by Giving Thanks

It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15)

John Piper

Gratitude is joy toward God for his grace. But by its very nature, gratitude glorifies the giver. It acknowledges its own need and the beneficence of the giver.

Just like I humble myself and exalt the waitress in the restaurant when I say, “Thank you,” to her, so I humble myself and exalt God when I feel gratitude to him. The difference, of course, is that I really am infinitely in debt to God for his grace, and everything he does for me is free and undeserved.

But the point is that gratitude glorifies the giver. It glorifies God. And this is Paul’s final goal in all his labors: for the sake of the church — yes; but, above and beyond that, for the glory of God.  The wonderful thing about the gospel is that the response it requires from us for God’s glory is also the response which we feel to be most natural and joyful, namely, gratitude for grace. God’s glory and our gladness are not in competition.

A life that gives glory to God for his grace and a life of deepest gladness are always the same life. And what makes them one is gratitude.

ISIS Confronting the West

Barbarians At the Gates of the Infidels

Janet Daley, writing in The Telegraph shows that she just does not get it.  In considering and evaluating the Enemy, she draws the conclusion that the soldiers and irregulars of ISIS are insane.
Whatever this is, it is not a clash of civilisations. The concept of “civilisation” scarcely comes into it. Nor is it a struggle between competing sets of values, or a religious war, or a battle with an alien culture. There is no debate here – as there was in the Cold War – about how it is best for men to live: the enemy has stated explicitly that it does not revere life at all. On the contrary, it is in love with self-inflicted death, which it sees as the highest moral achievement.
This is not even war in any comprehensible sense. Where are the demands, the negotiable limits, or the intelligible objectives? It is not the modern world versus medievalism, or the secular enlightenment trying to deal with fundamentalist religion. It isn’t anything that can be encompassed in the vocabulary of coherent, systematic thought in which we are now accustomed to describe the world. This is just insanity.
By insanity, we expect that she means the Caliph of the Caliphate, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is without reason and quite mad.  We also expect that she thinks all his followers likewise are insane.

In fact, Daley is arguably the one deluded and living in a make-believe world.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Coolest President Ever

A Sad, Dangerous Spectacle

Many years ago, when President Obama was first elected President of the United States, a good friend opined that Obama was an "empty suit".  He is certainly suffering now the frustration of being seen (already) as a failed President, possibly the worst of modern times.  We say this not because we are carrying water for Republicans.  You have to wonder about an electorate which thus far makes a bogan like Donald Trump it's most popular choice for the Presidency.

Political ideology is not irrelevant when someone holds political office.  Once sworn into office, the holder has the opportunity to put in place policies consistent with their world view.  If the world view is wonky it will eventually be made to suffer a full body slam by reality.  Thus, President Obama.

Here is one account of Obama's failures--this time over Islamic terrorism.

Daily Devotional

No Room For Boasting

"For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."
Romans 9:15

Charles H. Spurgeon

In these words the Lord in the plainest manner claims the right to give or to withhold his mercy according to his own sovereign will. As the prerogative of life and death is vested in the monarch, so the Judge of all the earth has a right to spare or condemn the guilty, as may seem best in his sight. Men by their sins have forfeited all claim upon God; they deserve to perish for their sins--and if they all do so, they have no ground for complaint. If the Lord steps in to save any, he may do so if the ends of justice are not thwarted; but if he judges it best to leave the condemned to suffer the righteous sentence, none may arraign him at their bar.

Foolish and impudent are all those discourses about the rights of men to be all placed on the same footing; ignorant, if not worse, are those contentions against discriminating grace, which are but the rebellions of proud human nature against the crown and sceptre of Jehovah. When we are brought to see our own utter ruin and ill desert, and the justice of the divine verdict against sin, we no longer cavil at the truth that the Lord is not bound to save us; we do not murmur if he chooses to save others, as though he were doing us an injury, but feel that if he deigns to look upon us, it will be his own free act of undeserved goodness, for which we shall forever bless his name.

How shall those who are the subjects of divine election sufficiently adore the grace of God? They have no room for boasting, for sovereignty most effectually excludes it. The Lord's will alone is glorified, and the very notion of human merit is cast out to everlasting contempt. There is no more humbling doctrine in Scripture than that of election, none more promotive of gratitude, and, consequently, none more sanctifying. Believers should not be afraid of it, but adoringly rejoice in it.

Pacifism's Contemporary Step-Child

 Every Form of Unfair Attack

In the mid-thirties, Germany was rapidly re-arming--in clear breach of the Treaty of Versailles.  Britain, however, was caught in a malaise of pacifism and anti-war sentiment.  It refused to see the growing elephant in the room.

Winston Churchill was one of the few MP's who devoted this part of his career to crying, "Wolf".  He warned consistently of the dangers, and urged a much greater commitment to defence spending.  He was mocked and pilloried in public, if not private.  To this day it is remarkable to reflect on the indomitable spirit which enabled him to persevere and persist.  Such conviction and moral courage over matters of public policy are rarely seen.

Finally, the House of Commons began to wake up to what was happening in Germany.  It decided to increase spending on the Royal Air Force.  When Churchill stood up to speak in favour of the measure, he warned the House of the inevitable vociferous reaction of the disarmament and pacifist elements of UK society.  He warned the members of the torrent of abuse which would be unleashed upon them.  Even now it is difficult to conceive the strength and power of idealistic pacifism which held the Britain in its grip at the time.

Warned Churchill:

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Douglas Wilson's Letter From Moscow

The Suicide of the West

Fin de Siecle
Suicidal ennui: when the best lack all conviction, and are therefore no match for the invading hordes of those who are full of passionate intensity. “What’s that tiresome noise at the gates? Somebody send Sadie to go see.”
The massacre in Paris has brought two things, already obvious, into high relief once again. We are observing, in slow motion, a collision between two very diseased cultures. The diseases are quite different but seem, in some respects, to be made for each other. One disease is listless and the other aggressive. One has no organizing principle, no arche, and the other has the wrong organizing principle. One is idolatrous and polytheistic and the other is idolatrous and monotheistic. One believes that no gods should be honored in the public square while the other believes that only one should be, but that is a false one. One used to be Christian, and must become Christian again, while the other must become Christian.

Our sympathies and prayers are obviously for France in this, but those sympathies operate on two levels.

Daily Devotional

The Gravity of Gratitude

In the last days there will come times of stress. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful . . . (2 Timothy 3:1–2)

John Piper

Notice how ingratitude goes with pride, abuse and insubordination.

In another place Paul says, “Let there be no obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking . . . but rather thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:4). So it seems that gratitude is the opposite of ugliness and violence.  The reason this is so is that the feeling of gratitude is a humble feeling not a proud one. It is other-exalting, not self-exalting. And it is glad-hearted not angry or bitter.

The key to unlocking a heart of gratitude and overcoming bitterness and ugliness and disrespect and violence is a strong belief in God, the Creator and Sustainer and Provider and Hope-giver. If we do not believe we are deeply indebted to God for all we have or hope to have, then the very spring of gratitude has gone dry.

So I conclude that the rise of violence and sacrilege and ugliness and insubordination in the last times is a God-issue. The basic issue is a failure to feel gratitude at the upper levels of our dependence.  When the high spring of gratitude to God fails at the top of the mountain, soon all the pools of thankfulness begin to dry up further down the mountain. And when gratitude goes, the sovereignty of the self condones more and more corruption for its pleasure.

Pray for a great awakening of humble gratitude.

Clinging to A Long Exploded Canard

Marx the Prophet of Choice When It Comes to Islam

We were reading a post from another Kiwi blogsite, when we came across this representation of a book on Islam:
In the book 'Islamic Imperialism - A History' (Efriam Karsh, Professor of Mediterranean Studies, King's College, London) it is explained thus .... "As a universal religion Islam envisages a global political order in which all humankind will live under Muslim rule as either believers or subject communities.   In order to achieve this goal it is incumbent on all free, male, adult Muslims to carry out an uncompromising struggle in the path of Allah or jihad.   This in turn makes those parts of the world that have not yet been conquered by the House of Islam an abode of permanent conflict (Dar al-Harb, the house of War) which will only end with Islam's eventual triumph". 
There it is in black and white ... radical Islam's end game.  [Italics, ours.]
Actually, "there it is" should be applied to the intellectual sleight of hand that has just occurred in the above quotation, with the insertion of the word "radical" by the blogger to denote a sub-set of Islam--a denomination, if you will--whereas Karsh's piece deals with Islam's historical and traditional position.  It is the most common mindset towards Islam found throughout the West.  Efraim Karsh has written a piece on historical Islam's imperialist ideology arising out of its religious doctrines.   He argues that the goal of world conquest by Islam is the doctrinal norm, not the exception, when Islam is considered in its historical manifestations.

But the West has different received wisdom.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Acolades From Old Friends

Sinking to the Occasion

Spare a thought for poor Jeremy Corbyn.  We take no pleasure in his humiliation.  What humiliation, you ask.  He has been gravely shamed not just by his own party, but by columnists in his own newspaper, The Guardian which has decided that Corbyn is a bridge too far.

It's a bit unfair really, since the Labour Party has historically been led by deep sea divers catapaulting into the pool of pacifism.  Jeremy is merely diving in after the example of his greater forbears.  Now he is being mocked by his own--or what he thought were his own.

The Guardian calls Jeremy a "lonely figure" in the House of Commons:

Labour MPs back their leader … David Cameron

Jeremy Corbyn cut a lonely figure in the Commons as his party appeared keen to distance itself from man whose pacifism is out of step with the public mood

Jeremy Corbyn: the kind of leader who would politely request a terrorist to sit down for a nice cup of tea and talk through his anger issues? Photograph: PA

Jeremy Corbyn may have misgivings about shoot to kill, but few of his own MPs seem to share them. Sitting next to the leader of the opposition for the prime minister’s statement on the G20 summit and the Paris attacks was Hilary Benn. The normally mild-mannered shadow foreign secretary gave every impression he was trying to eliminate his boss with mind control and a rictus smile. Disappointed to find Jezza still breathing, he left without saying goodbye after 45 minutes.

Other Labour MPs chose to kill their leader by vocalising their whole-hearted support for the prime minister’s tougher stance on terrorism. One by one they rose. Pat McFadden. Mike Gapes. David Hanson. Chris Leslie. Emma Reynolds. Chuka Umunna. Anne Coffey. Ian Leslie. Even the usually on-message Sarah Champion. Et tu, Sarah? There would have been more, had not the Speaker curtailed the debate. Not even in Iain Duncan Smith’s darkest hours had a leader been turned on so openly by his own party in parliament.

Gravitas isn’t something that comes easily to David Cameron but, just this once, he was allowed the chance to feel what it might be like to be a statesman. A father not just to the Conservatives but also to a Labour party keen to distance itself from a leader whose pacifism has failed to capture the public mood. A father to the nation.

Having begun the session in low-key deferential fashion, promising to take due note of the foreign affairs select committee’s concerns before embarking on military action in Syria, the prime minister was almost in the mood to start the bombing immediately by the end. Such was the universal hawkish acclaim he was receiving. “We’ve got better weapons than the US,” he boasted. “We’ve got the Brimstone missile that can take out jihadis just like that.”

For Corbyn, it was more a case of sinking to the occasion. In recent exchanges with the prime minister, the Labour leader has more than held his own but now he was hesitant, stumbling over his speech long before many of the poisoned arrows had struck him. “Um ... er,” he said, coughing nervously and regularly losing his place and train of thought.

What would successful military action look like? Is bombing a country into rubble the best way of building a new democracy? These important questions went almost unheard. After his remarks to the BBC on Monday, Jezza is finding it hard to shake the impression that he is the kind of leader who would politely request a terrorist to sit down for a nice cup of tea and talk through his anger issues, even as he was reloading his AK-47 to gun down some more civilians having a quiet night out.

The onslaught took its toll. Minister after minister abandoned Corbyn on the frontbench until the only people left were Diane Abbott and a totally bewildered Barry Gardiner, a junior shadow minister for climate change. Having got up most of her colleagues’ noses by catching up with her correspondence at a meeting of the parliamentary Labour party the night before, it was too early for Abbott to start on her Christmas cards. So she just stared stony-faced into the abyss. What she saw was too frightening even for her, so she too upped sticks. Though not before roping in a reluctant Jon Trickett to take her place.

Gardiner passed the time by ostentatiously tapping away at his iPad. A tip, Barry. Passive-aggression has never been a worthwhile tactic when playing Call of Duty. He nudged Corbyn to let him know the baddies had just killed him for the umpteenth time in a row before he had had a chance to save his game at the checkpoint. Jezza knew the feeling. Shoot to kill had just claimed its first parliamentary victim.

Daily Devotional


C. S. Lewis

The Teacher explains our power to choose:
‘There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.’

From The Great Divorce
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce. Copyright © 1946, C. S Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed 1973 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

French Mobilisation: Theatrics Or Resolute Policy?

Early Signs of Waging War

Following the recent Paris attacks and President Hollande's immediate declaration of war we wrote expressing scepticism about the will of France to conduct war against Islamic guerilla fighters or what used to be called irregulars, or commandos.  We pointed out that the "fronts" of that war are actually found in Europe, not in the Middle East.  Military strikes on ISIS--which constituted the initial French response--are largely irrelevant at this stage.   

To go to war against the guerillas operating in Europe would require a resolve and discipline of France and its people actually to wage war on home soil.  We were, and remain, sceptical of the resolve of Europe, in general, and France in particular to undergo the privations and difficulties of fighting on the domestic front.   France, we suggested, was far too wedded to the comforts of chardonnay and the cafes to proceed with any kind of militancy requiring mobilisation for the armed forces for war in France.  Therefore, we reasoned, Hollande's "declaration of war" was likely little more than a theatrical, rhetorical flourish.

Over the past week, however, the French authorities have been very active in tracking down and killing those involved in the military strikes against French citizens in Paris.

Monday, 23 November 2015

The West In Denial

The Crisis Is Islam

If we're not talking about theology we're not really talking about the problem.

by David Harsanyi 
The Federalist
Why is it that so many of the same people who are skeptical about exporting liberalism (count me as one) are perfectly content with the idea of importing illiberalism?

Even as the terrorist attacks in Paris were happening, a predictable debate broke out over the millions of Islamic refugees now pouring into the West from the Arab world. We were once again asked to pretend that Islamic terrorism materializes in a vacuum that has absolutely nothing to do with theological beliefs of the majority of people in the Middle East and thus nothing to do with brutality and oppression that prevail in the region.
One of the most common talking points regarding refugees has been this:

Daily Devotional

A Toiling Saviour

"Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep."
Hosea 12:12
Charles H. Spurgeon
Jacob, while expostulating with Laban, thus describes his own toil, "This twenty years have I been with thee. That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee: I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes."

Even more toilsome than this was the life of our Saviour here below. He watched over all his sheep till he gave in as his last account, "Of all those whom thou hast given me I have lost none." His hair was wet with dew, and his locks with the drops of the night. Sleep departed from his eyes, for all night he was in prayer wrestling for his people. One night Peter must be pleaded for; anon, another claims his tearful intercession. No shepherd sitting beneath the cold skies, looking up to the stars, could ever utter such complaints because of the hardness of his toil as Jesus Christ might have brought, if he had chosen to do so, because of the sternness of his service in order to procure his spouse--
"Cold mountains and the midnight air,
Witnessed the fervour of his prayer;
The desert his temptations knew,
His conflict and his victory too."

It is sweet to dwell upon the spiritual parallel of Laban having required all the sheep at Jacob's hand. If they were torn of beasts, Jacob must make it good; if any of them died, he must stand as surety for the whole. Was not the toil of Jesus for his Church the toil of one who was under suretiship obligations to bring every believing one safe to the hand of him who had committed them to his charge?

Look upon toiling Jacob, and you see a representation of him of whom we read, "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd."

Obama as Edward Said's Greater Son

A Bitter Disappointment

Edward Said must be turning in his grave.  His greater son, Barack Obama has turned out to be a colossal wreck.

Said was one of the leading edge academics who is said to have greatly influenced the young Barack Obama, whilst the latter was studying at Columbia. Said was the Orientalist who stared down the guns of Western imperialism in the Middle East (and elsewhere), and demanded that Oriental traditions and cultures be accepted on their own merits.

His most famous acolyte, Barack Obama is proving to be an inept student.  How disappointing.  What is clear to most by now is that Obama has been unable to shuffle off the besetting arrogance of the West when it comes to dealing with the Islamic world.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Douglas Wilson's Letter From America

Defending the Trannykid


In addressing the topic of child sexual abuse, we must begin by distinguishing between abusers who represent the system and abusers who work free lance. The free lance abusers are usually despised by all, but the despisers frequently support outlandish systemic abuse themselves, and to such an extent that if anyone objects to the abuse, then he is the one disciplined. Think of what would happen in the Obama military if an American soldier intervened on behalf of an Afghan boy chained to an Afghan officer’s bed. Who is disciplined? Right — the soldier who intervenes.

Back home, coming back to our version of the same kind of travesty, a recent uproar concerns two workers at a Texas daycare getting their pink slips because they refused to call a little girl a boy. The girl is apparently a trannykid, and the daycare had obtained this important information from the girls’ two fathers. Does anyone see a pattern starting to develop here?
We have these shirts in all sizes, including infant onesies . . .
We have these shirts in all sizes, including infant onesies . . .
One of those workers, Madeline Kirksey, said that her religious liberty rights were violated when the center gave her the sack, and so I would like to get that issue out of the way first. At first glance, this looks like it is actually not a religious liberty issue. The center is privately owned, or so the argument goes, and if the owner only wants to employ crazy people, that is the owner’s prerogative. If the owner wants to employ people to take care of little children all day, but wants employees who do not know the difference between boys and girls, then said daycare should have the right to fill their roster with such highly-qualified individuals.

But does a daycare have the right to require its employees to look the other way in cases of sexual child abuse?

Daily Devotional

Fighting Words
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10)

John Piper

When I am anxious about some risky new venture or meeting, I battle unbelief with one of my most often-used promises: Isaiah 41:10.

The day I left for three years in Germany, my father called me long distance and gave me this promise on the telephone. For three years, I must have quoted it to myself five hundred times to get me through periods of tremendous stress.

When the motor of my mind is in neutral, the hum of the gears is the sound of Isaiah 41:10.
When I am anxious about my ministry being useless and empty, I fight unbelief with the promise of Isaiah 55:11. “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
When I am anxious about being too weak to do my work, I battle unbelief with the promise of Christ, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
When I am anxious about decisions I have to make about the future, I battle unbelief with the promise, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).
When I am anxious about facing opponents, I battle unbelief with the promise, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
When I am anxious about the welfare of those I love, I battle unbelief with the promise that if I, being evil, know how to give good things to my children, how much more will the “Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)?

Government Sexual Libertinism

Coming to a Government School Near You

Further to our piece yesterday on the promotion of sexual libertinism in government schools, we reproduce a recent post from Bob McCoskrie, National Director at Family First.


'Sexuality' and 'Gender' Education in Schools:
Polluting the Minds of Our Children


We are constantly being contacted by concerned parents and being asked our opinion on the sex education curriculum in NZ schools.

We continue to warn ALL parents about:
* the new sexuality education guidelines which schools are now having professional development on,
* any programmes being run by Family Planning and Rainbow Youth,
* the new sexuality programme ‘Inside Out’, funded by the Government.

We have written to all school principals warning them about these programmes. They have also received copies of our reports mentioned below. We've had great feedback!

The fact that the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Education are funding and pushing this agenda with little parent involvement should concern us all. At the bottom of this special newsletter, we show you what you can do as a parent to protect your children.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Trump's Religious Petticoat Is Showing

In Mocking Ben Carson, Trump Mocked Evangelicals Everywhere

By David French
National Review Online

Daily Devotional

Child's Heart, With a Grown Up Head

C. S. Lewis

Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it. Nowadays most people hardly think of Prudence as one of the ‘virtues’. In fact, because Christ said we could only get into His world by being like children, many Christians have the idea that, provided you are ‘good’, it does not matter being a fool. But that is a misunderstanding.

In the first place, most children show plenty of ‘prudence’ about doing the things they are really interested in, and think them out quite sensibly. In the second place, as St Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.

The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not. The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old. It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants every one to use what sense they have.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity. Copyright © 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1980, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Sexual Propaganda From Libertines In Government

Oh, What a Wonderful World

A friend of a friend of a friend has just sent this through.  It promotes the latest sexual perversions-du-jour  being officially promoted by the government in New Zealand.  The official government vid came with an instruction:
Please just take 3 mins to watch the first bit of this video-aimed at year 7 & 8 students and funded by the Ministry of Social Development. Simply staggering. Imagine playing this to your students!!

The teaching episode, intended for pupils eight, nine, and ten years old, comes with a helpful glossary.  Let's take a look:

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Douglas Wilson's Letter From Moscow

A Theology of Slut Walks

Daily Devotional

Joy Beyond Compare

"The Lord is my portion, saith my soul."
Lamentations 3:24

Charles H. Spurgeon

It is not "The Lord is partly my portion," nor "The Lord is in my portion"; but he himself makes up the sum total of my soul's inheritance. Within the circumference of that circle lies all that we possess or desire. The Lord is my portion. Not his grace merely, nor his love, nor his covenant, but Jehovah himself. He has chosen us for his portion, and we have chosen him for ours. It is true that the Lord must first choose our inheritance for us, or else we shall never choose it for ourselves; but if we are really called according to the purpose of electing love, we can sing--

"Lov'd of my God for him again
With love intense I burn;
Chosen of him ere time began,
I choose him in return."

The Lord is our all-sufficient portion. God fills himself; and if God is all-sufficient in himself, he must be all- sufficient for us. It is not easy to satisfy man's desires. When he dreams that he is satisfied, anon he wakes to the perception that there is somewhat yet beyond, and straightway the horse-leech in his heart cries, "Give, give."

But all that we can wish for is to be found in our divine portion, so that we ask, "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee." Well may we "delight ourselves in the Lord" who makes us to drink of the river of his pleasures. Our faith stretches her wings and mounts like an eagle into the heaven of divine love as to her proper dwelling-place. "The lines have fallen to us in pleasant places; yea, we have a goodly heritage." Let us rejoice in the Lord always; let us show to the world that we are a happy and a blessed people, and thus induce them to exclaim, "We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."

Snapping at Carson's Heels

Still Waiting for the Apology

Ben Carson, campaigning for the nomination to be the Republican candidate for the United States, is running into the buzz saw of liberal left-wing progressive media.  Which is a good thing.  It shows that his campaign has got well beyond the butt-of-jokes stage.  He is now being taken seriously.

The normal enmity and disingenuous concern for public rectitude is now on display.  There have been several hit pieces on Carson's back story and his biography.  The objective is to convince readers and watchers that Carson is at best an embellisher, at worst a rank liar.  Carson appears to be handling it pretty well.  He says he has always expected it would come.  He is certain that such hostility and gutter journalism wins him support: down home folk get so outraged they want to stand by him.

We admire Carson--have done for years--long before this latest "career move".  We are thankful for his life and testimony.  We rejoice at his firm repudiation and condemnation of abortion.  On the other hand we remain sceptical of his grasp of world affairs, of economics, and of his experience and sophistication in such maelstroms.  But we are more comfortable with Carson than with what Sarah Palin calls the "swamp-dwellers" of establishment Washington.  New brooms sweep clean, our parents once taught us.  Carson is a man of integrity and a sharp mind.  As the ultimate outsider, we have no doubt his broom would sweep exceedingly clean.

In the meantime, The Federalist provides an example of the unprofessional journalism, dripping with foetid cant, disguised as genuine public concern, which is now snapping at Carson's heels.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Pathetic, Asinine Quibblers

A Higher Level of Maturity Needed

Media stars and public celebrities are usually not the smartest pins in the cushion.  But their antics and views are celebrated and worshipped as if they were demi-gods.  Thus passes the fatuousness of the age.  Hans Fiene,a Lutheran pastor in Illinois  has got stuck into Scarlett Johansson, for her participation in an asinine attack upon the Bible. 

He seeks to offer some coaching, so that if she and her coterie wish to malign and attack the Scriptures and the Christian faith they should get much more serious artillery.

Scarlett Johansson, Sexing Up The Bible Won’t Defeat Christianity

As a Christian, I don’t know if it’s good form to give tactical advice to those on the other side of the spiritual warfare battlefield. Since I don’t desire Christianity’s destruction, I probably shouldn’t offer any pointers for how to accomplish this to those want to raze the world’s sanctuaries and tango atop the rubble.
On the other hand, Jesus did promise that the gates of hell will not prevail against his church, so giving despisers of the faith a more effective strategy to accomplish a goal they’ll never accomplish is a bit of a sanctified brag, a holy boast in the Savior whose supposed weakness is infinitely stronger than the strength of his enemies. So, in response to Scarlett Johansson reading sections of the Bible in a “porn voice” on “Saturday Night Live” writer Mike O’Brien’s upcoming comedy album, let’s go with the other hand. 
For Johansson, O’Brien, and those such as Ron Dicker of Huffington Post, who found this comedic collaboration to be delightful, I get it. You don’t like Christianity.

Daily Devotional

On God

C. S. Lewis

The voice of God indeed daily calls to us; calls to the world to abandon sins and seek the Kingdom of God wholeheartedly.  O that we may all hear the call of the Father and, sometime, at last be converted to the Lord. . . .  In silence and in meditation on the eternal truths, I hear the voice of God which excites our hearts to greater love.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II
Compiled in Words to Live By
The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume II: Family Letters 1905-1931. Copyright © 2004 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Serving a Bloody God

Sacrifices Must Be Made

Naive, vacuous humanitarianism--the West's prevailing ethic--makes us easy prey.  The established wisdom in the West is that mankind is without sin.  All human beings are intrinsically good.  All evil, if it exists anywhere, is environmentally caused--insufficient food, clothing, shelter; inadequate education; disease, and so forth.  A change in fortunes or circumstances, and, hey presto, more perfect, immaculate, sinless creatures emerge from the cocoon.  It's a case of "build it (right) and they will come (to righteousness)"

In facing the mass migration from (often) war torn devastation in the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Africa, European nations are easily gulled.  The world-view of humanitarianism sets them up.  None of this, of course, is to gainsay charity and compassion.  But humanitarianism is a denial of genuine love and compassion.  Genuine love is always based upon truth.  Humanitarianism, however, pushes away truth and realistic assessments based upon its view of evil as being a mere irritant caused by superficial, environmental, circumstantial trivialities.  Evil is easily overcome according to a naive and foolish West. Throwing money at the "problem" goes a long, long way to achieving redemption.

The West can be compared to a gullible householder responding to a knock on the door, late at night.  The visitor at the door pleads for help.  "I need protection.  If you have a gun, please give it to me."  The gullible householder hands over his varmint gun, whereupon, the visitor promptly shoots him, and ransacks the house.

There have been voices raised questioning the wisdom of allowing masses of migrants being able, literally to walk into a country.  Some stubborn recalcitrants have even suggested that amidst the masses, serious, committed jihadis might be infiltrating as enemy agents.  And they were right.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Derision Over Dashed Hopes

Damned, But Not By Faint Praise

We accept that most, if not all, mainstream media are of a secularist and Progressive bent in New Zealand.  When one of the establishment newspapers, however, writes an editorial so critical of the current, relatively new Labour leader, things have to be in a bad way in Camp Labour. 

With friends like the Dominion Post, who needs enemies?

Daily Devotional

We Are His House

But Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. (Hebrews 3:6)

John Piper

The church of Jesus Christ is the house of God today. Which means that Jesus this morning — not just back in Moses’ day or in his own days on earth — but this morning is our Maker, our Owner, our Ruler, and our Provider. 

He’s the Son; we are the servants. We are the household of God. Moses is one with us in this household, and he is our fellow servant through his prophetic ministry. But Jesus is our Maker, our Owner, our Ruler, and our Provider.

And the text concludes by saying we are his house — we are his people, we are partakers of a heavenly calling — “if we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” The evidence that we are part of the household of God is that we don’t throw away our hope — Hebrews 10:35 says, “Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward”—we don't drift into indifference and unbelief.

Becoming a Christian and being a Christian happen in the same way: by hoping in Jesus — a kind of hoping that produces confidence and boasting in Jesus.

What are you hoping in today? Where are you looking for confidence? In yourself? In shrewd investing? In physical fitness programs? In hard work? In luck?  The Word of God to you today is, “Consider Jesus.” And hope in him. Then you will be part of his house and he will be your Maker, your Owner, your Ruler, and your Provider.