Take a Stand on Your Knees

Modern American Christians are emotionally and spiritually soft. We believe that society is persecuting us when stores greet us with “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. We feel as though society is after us when a baker is fined and put out of business for not baking a cake for a same-sex wedding. Sure, this is a departure from past traditions, but is this religious persecution?

Is the government burning our churches down during a worship service? Are sales of Bibles illegal? Are any of us afraid to tell our co-workers about our Christianity because they might tell the authorities? Are we being stoned to death in the streets because we prayed in a public space?

There are Christians around the world who literally put their lives on the line to share their faith; and they still do it. We are afraid to ask our colleagues to church because they might stop inviting us over to watch the football game next week.

What happens when someone uses a racial slur among our friends and family? The person using the epithet is chastised, punished, probably even fired. Their reputation is devastated as they are labeled a racist for life. They need not even speak the offensive term to a person of color. The effects are the same.

A similar fate awaits those who use an anti-LGBT slur.

But what happens when someone takes the Lord’s name in vain in front of a Christian? Nothing. Society finds no offense. This is to be expected. However, should Christians not do something or say something about being offended? Are we so afraid to be sanctioned by peers BECAUSE of our faith that we, like Peter, deny Christ in public?

Race and sexual orientation, at least as a means of discrimination, has only been a thing for about 170 years. Christianity, as a means of discrimination, has been around for 2,000 years. Our savior was crucified. His closest disciples were tortured, killed, and exiled. Our religion was born from suffering in the name of love and salvation. Our history is filled with being enslaved and slaughtered. Our forefathers were fed to lions in the Colosseum. Our martyrs have been beheaded, burned at the stake, placed into iron maidens, flogged, drawn and quartered, and faced the worst punishments that human beings have ever devised.

We have as much right to be offended when Christ’s name is used as a joke or a swear as any race has when someone uses a slur.

We have as much right to be offended when society bashes our God and our beliefs as any sexual orientation has when someone refuses to bake them a cake.

No. Not as much. More.

We know that Christianity is losing its influence. We know that society respects us less and less. I think a big part of the reason is how we respond. We take offense and whine. We take to Facebook to complain or we might file an anti-discrimination lawsuit. What would happen if we actually took a stand, or a knee, in the moment?

Philippians 2:10 says, That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Imagine the testimony we might have if when someone uses the Lord’s name in vain, we take this verse literally and take a knee and profess our faith. How the LORD would smile upon us at such a powerful display of faith.

Colin Kaepernick lost his job for taking a knee over police brutality. Would you be willing risk your career for God?

How much strength would we show if we were able to muster some fortitude in the face of adversity, rather than slinking away into the shadows? Maybe someone watching us take a stand (or knee) is a Christian who shares our apprehension, but is inspired by our displays of courage. Maybe our colleagues would begin to treat us with as much respect as they do minorities. Maybe someone would see us living our faith and come to salvation.

Christianity is not a joke. Our Savior is not a punchline. Our LORD is not to be mocked. Our God is the creator of the universe. He will punish the unjust and unsaved. He is coming to judge and destroy the world as we know it.

And we allow people we associate with to insult us and our God without mustering one ounce of character. Until we do, we will continue to lose our society. Even if we do not go as far as to literally get on our knees when someone utters the name of our Savior, the least we can do is say “I’m sorry, but I do not appreciate your using the name of my Lord in that way.”

It’s not much, but it’s more than we do now.

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Reductio ad Racism

A reductionist fallacy occurs when we take an incredibly complex issue and reduce it to one factor while ignoring other possible factors.

Race is almost always cited as being one of, and often the most, significant factors for arrests, sentencing, and incarcerations. However, I believe that this is due to lack of imagination on behalf of researchers. Race is often presented as a causal factor – because someone is black, they are more likely to be targeted by police or policies and end up incarcerated. However, there are other intervening variables.

According to the Cato Institute, native born blacks have the highest incarceration rate of all racial and ethnic groups (4.21%). However, black legal immigrants have an incarceration rate of 0.57%, which is lower than Hispanic and “other” (mostly Middle-Eastern) races. This is a massive difference, and is the largest difference between native and immigrant incarceration rates between any racial and ethnic group. If blacks from Africa have such a relatively low incarceration rate compared to native blacks, can we really attribute the discrepancy in incarceration rates to only race?
We again discuss race as it relates to poverty and crime, but we refuse to admit that poverty may be the more important variable. Blacks make up 34% of the prison population (while only 13% of the total population), while whites (67% of the total population) make up 30% of prisons. Blacks also have a poverty rate of 22% compared to 9% for whites. We MUST consider that the reason why black incarceration rates are so much higher than white incarceration rates, is because there is a much higher rate of blacks in poverty than whites.

When we tease poverty out, rates of violence, arrests, and incarceration are virtually identical. According to the BJS, “Poor urban blacks (51.3 per 1,000) have rates of violence similar to poor urban whites (56.4 per 1,000).” If poverty is an equalizer, then race cannot be the primary factor.

There’s also the argument of geography. Crime is generally higher in urban areas. There is a higher concentration of blacks in urban areas. Again, when comparing overall crime rates by race, we should consider that most blacks live in crime areas than whites, but that does not mean that whites living in urban areas are committing a lower rate of crime. In most crime data used to make an argument about race, urban blacks (the majority of blacks) are essentially compared to suburban and rural whites (where they are the majority). Geography is the lost variable that I have rarely, if ever, seen considered. Perhaps research exists, but I have not seen it.

Of course, culture, as always, is ignored. American black culture, African culture, rich culture, WASP culture, Hispanic culture, Japanese culture, Asian culture, redneck culture, etc. are all different. They often have different dreams and aspirations, as well as opportunities. Their beliefs, values, and social norms are determined within the group and are difficult to change. There are plenty of examples of people moving from one sub-culture to another within a more dominant one. Assimilation rates differ, and the desire to assimilate is different among various cultures.

The argument is much more nuanced than the racial disparity proponents want to admit, and we would be hard pressed to find a plethora of data out there that dives into these nuances. It’s easier to employ the reduction fallacy, especially when it constantly remains unchecked. Political correctness and the fear of being labeled a racist stifles any further investigation.

Future research should acknowledge that racial categories are not monolithic. I doubt that will happen, because it goes against the narrative of race being the most determinate status in the history of everything.

The Satanic Era

In the first episode of Mindhunter, the Netflix show about how the FBI serial killer program began, an interesting proposition was presented. The gist is that prior to the 1970s, crime had motive. In the contemporary era, however, motive was no longer a factor. Serial killers may have a modus operandi, and even a purpose, but they essentially kill indiscriminately. Random people become targets. Of course, this is a fictional story, but does that make the point any less relevant?

We may understand a killer has a motive, such as creating fear or terror, but there is no motive for target selection. Consider the most recent case of the Las Vegas shooting. As of this writing, a full month has passed and no one knows what motivated Stephen Paddock to shoot 500 people. Many terror attacks are on large groups of people, but none involve a personal motive.

Gone are the days of organized crime when gangsters wanted to “send a message” by killing a rival or snitch. No longer must a woman die because she was cheating on her husband. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is as dangerous as infidelity in today’s world. When did this change?

I will once again point my finger at what I have termed “the Satanic Era” of the 1960s. Prior to the 1960s, the majority of mass killings were familicide. Since the 1960s, mass killings have been in public places against innocent bystanders. The deadliest decade prior to 1960 was the 30s, with 9 mass shootings. The 1960s had 6, the 70s had 13, there were 32 in the 1980s, and over 40 in the 1990s. The number since then as only increased.

Again, low numbers of mass shootings which primarily were targeted at family members prior to the 60s. Much higher frequency of shootings with a major increase in bystander fatalities since the 1960s.

How about serial killers, the focus of Mindhunter? According to one site, there were only a dozen or so serial killers in the United States in the decades leading up to the 1960s. There were 19 in the 1960s, 119 in the 70s, 200 in the 80s, and 141 in the 1990s. The number has since dropped to 60 or less in the twenty-first century, but the line drawn through the Satanic Era is still worth noting.

It does appear that this notion of random killing has increased since the 1960s.

17,000 women were forcibly raped in 1960. By the end of the decade, the number of victims had more than doubled. By 1992, the number peaked at over 109,000.

Recreational drug and alcohol use, though prevalent regardless of drug laws, has exploded since the 1960s.

Increases in violence against strangers, depictions of violence and sex in film and television, sexual assault, drug use, alcoholism, the opioid crisis, teen pregnancies, deviant sexual behaviors, homosexuality, transgenderism, mass murder, and serial killings are directly correlated with the decline in major religion and distrust of major media and government institutions.

In every single one of these categories – religious decline (secularization), increases in crime and deviance, the birth of new religious movements and serial killers – you can draw a line before and after the Satanic Era of the 1960s and see that there has been a seismic social shift in the United States.

One cannot help but notice that many of the same issues of the 1960s are manifest today. Civil unrest, shouts of racism, segregation, unending protest, free love, excessive drug use, sensitivity toward anything deemed “offensive”, attacks on free speech and the Constitution, militarized police, political corruption, calls for revolution, Marxism, and the list goes on and on.

I am a child of the 80s, but I would love to hear from those who were alive during the 60s. Does your lived experience mirror my theory? Has the shift been noticeable? Do you think there has actually been a shift? Please, I want to hear from you.

Notes on Deuteronomy 1-2

Deuteronomy is the last of the five books of the Jewish Pentateuch, also known as the Law of Moses. The first two chapters are a quick rundown of some of the events that occurred in the book of Numbers. It takes place near the end of the 40 year wandering in the wilderness, and the time of entry into the Promised Land draws near.

Moses reviews the report of the 12 spies who brought back fruit from the Promised Land in Numbers 13.

He remembered the fear of the giant Anakims that led to a murmuring from the Israelites in Numbers 14 that brought out the curse of wandering that they were nearing the end of. Many of that generation were dead, but none would enter the Promised Land.

Deut. 1:39 says “your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither. . .” This verse is often used in the argument that a child who dies before the “age of accountability” that is, when they can understand good, evil, and salvation, will be taken to Heaven.

Further evidence comes from Romans 5:13, “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law” and Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

In other words, if a person doesn’t know or understand the law, then he is blessed. This includes children and those who have not heard the laws of God. This is a controversial stance, but I believe that a person in the most remote locations that has never heard of Jesus Christ can still go to heaven. They cannot reject a gift if they never knew it was offered.

Chapter 2 begins with the time when the Edomites refused to let the children of Israel pass through their lands (Num. 20), then Moses discusses the various names for the races of giants.

We have the Anakims, Emims, Zamzummims, Avims, and Caphtorims.

Goliath was not one of these. He was a Hamitic Philistine (Gen. 10:6, 13-14) from Gath, one of the last refuges for the Anakims according to Joshua 11:22.

The idea that there were whole races of ten foot giants is incredible. We know from Genesis 6 that giants were created when the fallen angels mated with human females. Many people refer to this race as Nephilim. We can safely assume that most, if not all, were destroyed in the flood. However, Nimrod, the mighty hunter and father of the Babylonian mystery cults who was worshiped as a god on almost every continent may have had some supernatural fallen angel DNA in his blood.

There must be some explanation for why Nimrod was so revered that extends well beyond his leadership as a king. Perhaps Ham’s wife was part Nephilim, or maybe Cush or Nimrod were not biologically full Hamite. This is a mystery that I have yet to solve.

What we do know, is that giants roamed the earth before the flood, and giants were still around when the Israelites moved toward the Promised Land.

Notes on Genesis 43-45

Ethnocentrism has existed since Cain killed Abel and was cursed by God. The children of Noah, the three main representatives of the original ethnicities, were also cursed and blessed accordingly. Their offspring have been at war with one another since Ham sodomized his drunken father. In Genesis 43:32 we see this trend continuing.

The Egyptians (Hamites) thought it was an “abomination” to break bread with the Hebrews (Semites). Likewise, the Egyptians thought it an “abomination” to be a shepherd (Genesis 46: 34). Who are the shepherds according to the Law of First Mention? Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, brothers of Joseph, Moses, David, and Jesus Christ. The fathers of the Hebrew people and Judeo-Christian religions are “abominations” to the Hamites who would later become Muslims.

Judeo-Christianity is an abomination in Egypt and has been for four millennia. Perhaps God knew this truth when he said “Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth.” (Jeremiah 44:26).

Fast forward about 3900 years. Egypt in 2017 is a large Muslim nation who maintains a politically motivated “cold peace” with Israel, while most of the Egyptian citizens remain Anti-Semitic (Hitler’s Mein Kampf is a bestseller).

Anyone who believes that an American president or the United Nations could ever possibly have a hope of bringing true peace to the Middle East is living in fantasy land. This conflict predates Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. This is an ethnic battle that transcends religious differences.

The Bible does tell us that one man will bring about a temporary peace on Earth. For 3.5 years, a powerful leader will halt global conflict, including that between the Jews, Muslims, and “Christians” (using “scare quotes” because true Christians will be raptured before this). The remaining 3.5 years of the tribulation will be a horrific event that makes the most violent horror films look like G-Rated Disney flicks.

Until the Antichrist shows up, no resolution will end the desires of Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, etc. for exterminating the Jews and wiping Israel off the map. Ending Sykes-Picot (the agreement that ended the Ottoman Empire) will not bring peace. This is the first and longest ranging “racist” (not about skin color, mind you) battle in human history.

While Western society keeps trying to tell us that Islam is a religion of peace, that tolerance is possible, and that race, religion, culture, gender, etc. are all social constructions, the Bible tells us that God is author of history. It is by HIS design that these things occur.

The things that divide us by the color of our skin or what genitalia we have are united when we are saved and become one with Christ. His blood covers our race, gender, and ethnicity when we are welcomed into the Kingdom of God as children of the one true King.

We cannot socially construct peace. Only God can and will end this conflict forever. It will happen after the tribulation, when 2/3 of humanity perishes in terrifying earthquakes, famines, diseases, dehydration, boiling sunlight, and demonic creatures that torture those who refuse to accept Christ.

I, for one, prefer to be taken in the Rapture before the world falls apart. I want my friends, family, and colleagues who are unsaved to follow me on the road of salvation that leads to heaven through the blood of Jesus Christ.

I hope to see you all there.

Notes on Genesis 38-40

Judah (the Messianic line) married a Canaanite woman (Hamitic) and had many sons. The firstborn, who married Tamar, was killed by God for being wicked. The second was killed by God for not being with Tamar. The Messianic line now passed through Pharez, the son of Judah and Tamar.

The messy Messianic line is full of terrible characters. Adam and Eve were the first sinners. Noah got drunk and ended up being sodomized by his own son. Jacob (Israel) was a compulsive liar. Now Israel’s son, Judah, ended up being seduced by his own daughter-in-law (Tamar) pretending to be a prostitute who gave birth to yet another set of twins. We already know that twins seem to be a bit of a problem, and later we will see that Rahab, another prostitute, will be interjected into the line of Christ.

Just when you think your family is jacked up, remember that Christ’s ancestors were drunks, liars, murderers, and prostitutes.

Joseph (the greatest “type” of Christ) gains power and influence in the house of Potiphar. In Genesis 39:5 we see that God will bless the house of unbelievers (Hamitic Egyptians in this case) so long as they treat God’s people well. Sodom could have been saved had they had enough righteous people. The United States right now is being preserved for the same reason. As modern Christians abandon God, we move closer to the removal of our blessing.

Genesis 40 contains more strong references to Jesus Christ in the life of Joseph. He was an innocent man (as Christ was) in prison with two prisoners (like Christ during the crucifixion). One of the prisoners died while the other was restored (on the cross, one cursed God while the other was saved). The baker, who died, was hung on a tree, just like at the crucifixion. The butler, who was restored, returned to his position after three days (the length of time Christ was in the grave).

The “element” in the butler’s dream was wine. The “element” in the baker’s dream was bread. These are the two elements of the last supper.

The probability of these similar events occurring again 1700 years later are infinitesimal. Prophecy at its finest!

Potiphar’s wife decides to seduce Joseph, but he resists. I think that the imagery of Genesis 39:12 is powerful. “And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.”

How often are we tempted, but stick around too long? Joseph IMMEDIATELY fled the area. He did not even take the time to take his clothes. I know I have been in dangerous situations before, and all it takes is a few extra seconds of staying in that environment to convince us to stay.

Next time you are at a bar and someone offers to buy you a drink, leave. When you are at work and someone who isn’t your spouse says something dirty, leave. When you see an image on social media that makes you lust a little bit, shut it down.

It must be immediate.

Notes on Genesis 8-11

I just finished one of the strangest, most fascinating, and little discussed passages in all the Bible. These are the chapters dealing with the post-flood descendants from Noah. In these verses, we see the foundations of the three main ethnicities, the origins of the major religions, and the Noahic covenant.

Consider that only eight people survived the flood. How, then, so we have so many vast racial and ethnic differences among us? When did that happen? The lines of ethnicity can be traced to Genesis 9.

Japheth, Shem, and Ham were the sons of Noah. They knew the world prior to the flood, and they were on the ark with Noah and their wives. When Noah got drunk, Ham saw him naked and did nothing to help. In fact, it is implied that there may have been an act of sodomy involved (Noah “knew what is younger son had DONE unto him” and would explain the harsh curse put on Ham). Noah then declares some interesting things about his sons.

FIRST, he cursed the children of Ham. Ham’s offspring would become Africans (“Ham” means “burned” or “black” in Hebrew) and Arabs (who would eventually become Muslims). He called them “servants of servants” which, we know now, would be true of African slaves even thousands of years later. Ham’s children were Mizraim (Egypt), Phut (Libya), Canaan (Canaan), and Cush (Ethopia). If we understand that Ham was given regions in northern Africa, the expansion of his people to the Middle East means that they are “out of bounds” and have encroached on territory that was not designed for them. Is it possible that this provides additional evidence why Africa and the Middle East are, historically, the most consistently war torn regions in the world?

Interesting here is that of these children, Cush gets a special shout out. When it lists the sons of Cush, only one is given any detail at all; Nimrod. There must be something special about him. Nimrod is described as “a mighty one in the Earth” and “the mighty hunter before the LORD.”

Recall that in Genesis 6, the offspring of the fallen angels were called “mighty men” and “men of renown.”

Furthermore, the kingdom of Nimrod began in Babel (Tower of Babel; Babylon). Before the Bible gets to the descendants of Japheth and Shem, it discusses what happened in Babel. The one language and speech (Hebrew) that was shared by all those on the Earth at the time was divided and the people who were located primarily in these regions were then scattered across the continents and given different languages to they could no longer communicate easily.

Digging deeper, thanks to Alexander Hislop’s work, I believe that the gods of Babylon, Rome, Greece, Norse, Egyptian, Hindu, South America, and Asia were based on Nimrod. There is no explanation for the earliest Christian missionaries who crossed the ocean and reached South America for the first time to find similar gods with similar rites and rituals to what they knew from Greece and Rome unless there was a singular genesis for their worship. This genesis (no pun intended) was most likely Nimrod aka Osiris and Horus (Egypt), Bacchus, Dionysus, Phoroneus, Atlas, and Adonis (Greek), Janus, Kronos, Saturn, Cupid, and Neptune (Rome), Apollo (Greece and Rome), Zoroaster (Persia), Ba’al (Phonoecia), Moloch (Canaan), Tammuz and Ninus (Assyria), Brahm, Vishnu, Mithras, and Krishna (India), Alamahozin (Babylon), Zernebogus (Anglo-Saxon), Oro (Polynesia), Buddh (China), Balder and Thor (Norse), and Teotl (South America).

Many of these gods share stories of fighting serpents (Genesis 3:15), being a divine father reborn as their own son (like Christ), making human women revered because of giving birth to a deity (Mary, Semiramis, Isis), and many other shared traditions that crossed oceans at the displacement of Babel.

The SECOND of Noah’s charges was “blessed by the LORD God of Shem.” Shem is the patriarch of the Jewish and Asian ethnicities. It is Shem’s line that produced Abraham, Jacob (Israel), David, and Jesus Christ. The assertion that Canaan would be a servant to Shem’s sons puts this line at the top of the hierarchy. One day, Allah will bow to God Almighty, and the animosity between the Muslims and Jews can be traced to this passage.

The THIRD son, Japheth was the progenitor of the Europeans. He said that Japheth’s line would be “enlarged” and would “dwell in the tents of Shem.” There have been no historical colonialists that can rival the Europeans, whether Spain, England, Rome, or Greece, you would be hard pressed to find any land that has not been touched by European expansion. The United States, as an English colony, would enlarge their global reach even more. The closest thing we have to a “global language” is English.

Canaan was once again the “servant” of Japheth. The largest owners of African slaves have been European. One only needs to look at global demographics to see that the poorest nations with the worst conditions in the entire world can be found in Hamitic (Africa and Arab) regions.

It seems that the predictions for the sons of Noah are actually very well represented 4500 or so years later. It seems, as it typically the case, The Bible provides sufficient explanations for the way the world works right now.