The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Devil in the Ideology

The Well-Hooded Shadow of Ideology

The Well-Hooded Shadow of Ideology

I’ve been wondering why, if democracy is the finest form of government ever invented, in its current form it brings out the worst in us. In theory it shouldn’t be so. In theory, we should, in this election season, be engaging in a national discussion of the troubles we face. Marriage is on the rocks, and more children than ever are growing up fatherless.  What have we done, though with good intentions, to bring such suffering to the most vulnerable among us? ~ Anthony Esolen, The Heart of the Matter: Ideology

Chances are that if you the reader are experiencing conflict within your heart, trouble in your home, struggles in school or on your job, problems in your relationship or with your marriage…the well-hooded shadow of ideology is the primary benefactor of your condition. I say well-hooded and refer to it as shadow because it needs to mask itself as the appealing, desirable, and compassionate alternative to Truth in order to survive, and here’s the truly scary part; because it feeds on the very hosts it enslaves.

Prime Example ~ NYC Mayor de Blasio’s comment in the wake of the Chelsea bombing, “We think it was intentional, but not terror.”

That, I am fairly certain, can be accurately characterized as the “insane ramble” one might expect of one our largest city’s homeless crack-heads. But it’s mayor? And then within minutes of that incoherent babble, prostrating himself in total supplication to his Master, he calls for an increase in Muslim refugees!

If you or anyone you love happens to live in New York City, I encourage you to considering moving as far away from there as you can…now. You are not safe. Period!

“The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself. The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than anyone. You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offence, isn’t it? A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but that he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill — he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offence, and will revel in his resentment till he feels great pleasure in it, and so pass to genuine vindictiveness.

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Father Zosima to Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, father of the brothers Karamazov and Diabolical Narcissist

Speaking of New York, it seems that de Blasio’s Master is something less than compassionate…and far less than truthful And my friends, it is not only the narcissistic ideologues ruling over us we must fear but all of us who continue to graze in the pasture of our own effeminacy…KNOWING IT TO BE SO!  “This (effeminacy) is a vice that is neither masculine or feminine…what it is, is…it is a softness of character that prevents you from identifying, facing, and dealing with objective reality.” ~ Ann Barnhardt, Jim Sinclair’s MineSet (Trump Fans Beware) A MUST hear!

OK, so now that we know that Ideologues literally “bank” on a population hypnotized by their own effeminacy, I will ask those of you brave enough to snap out of it, shrug it off, and follow me here. Do you remember the “slime” in Ghostbusters 2? Well the slime I’m about to show you makes GB2 slime seem like maple syrup from heaven! The Slime Beneath The Slime:

David Brock has 7 non-profits, 3 Super PACs, one 527-committee, one LLC, one joint fundraising committee, and one unregistered solicitor crammed into his office in Washington DC.

Uncovered records expose a constant flow of money between these organizations.

The Bonner Group, his professional solicitor, works off a commission. Every time money gets passed around, Bonner receives a 12.5% cut.

Nonprofits are required to disclose who they give cash grants to.

But they aren’t required to disclose who gave them cash grants.

This weak system of one-way verification is being abused by Brock. He’s been cycling money between his organizations for years, and the Bonner Group’s 12.5% commission gets triggered after every pass.

Say, for example, you donate $1,062,857 to Media Matters for America. This is how David Brock would have used your charitable donation in 2014:

  1. Media Matters would receive your $1,062,857 donation…

The Bonner Group would earn a $132,857 commission                                                      Media Matters would retain $930,000

  1. Next, Media Matters would give what’s left of your entire donation, $930,000, to the Franklin Education Forum…

The Bonner Group would ‘earn’ a $116,250 commission                                                         The Franklin Education Forum would retain $813,750

  1. The Franklin Education Forum would then forward the remaining $813,750 to The Franklin Forum…

The Bonner Group would ‘earn’ a $101,718 commission                                                          The Franklin Forum would retain $712,031

In the end, Brock’s solicitor would have pocketed $350,825, almost a third of your initial donation! That’s a far cry from the advertised 12.5% commission.

As bizarre as that scenario may sound, this is exactly what David Brock did in 2014.

And then, tying the concept of the abject fraud of the contemporary western political and electoral matrix to our continuing study of Diabolical Narcissism and its derivative – sexual perversion – we get this shocking – SHOCKING bit of info:

Brock’s former long-time live-in boyfriend William Grey (whom Brock has thanked in several of his books) threatened to go to the IRS with damaging information about how Brock was running his Media Matters empire. What did Brock do? He paid Grey $850,000 to keep quiet. Brock reportedly had to sell his home in Rehoboth, Delaware to come up with the money. This certainly seems to indicate that Brock was terrified about what the authorities would uncover.”

Adding to this, Fox News reported the following:

“Grey accused Brock of “financial malfeasance” and threatened to undermine Brock’s fundraising efforts.

“Next step is I contact all your donors and the IRS,” Grey wrote in an email dated May 19, 2010. “This is going to stink for you if you do not resolve this now.” ~ AB

  • So, how to we fight the slime that is suffocating us to death?

I think Anthony Ensolen would advise that we first need to identify and understand the source of the slime; “Ideology is an ersatz religion. It rushes into the emptiness when one no longer is open to the divine.”

  • How do we continue not to see…when our own hearts can no longer follow the charade?

“The danger now is not that religion will inform our politics – that is what religion ought to do, because our intuitions into the divine ought to direct our treatment of the human. I am speaking generally here. The danger now is that religion will be driven to hide in caves, while politics, with its ideological credos, assumes the prerogatives of religion; and that, not religion, has drowned the last two centuries in blood.”

Our Federal Government has evolved into a global crime syndicate. Our markets are completely rigged slush funds. Our cities are burning. And the first black President has instigated a race war and opened the Gates of Hell upon us. Only Ideology can drive a man to turn his back on Truth…and kneel before the lie.

The Ghost of Us

Beneath the eons of decay, the rust of time that slipped away

A shape that lingers in the din, a soundless whisper held within

Beyond the form you held so dear, bound and gagged and shaped by fear

Beyond the oceans’ ebb and flow, and silken moonbeams dare to go

Beyond the print of memory, all galaxies and stardust…

I will speak to you then, what no heart can bear,

of all we did and didn’t do…The ghost of us,

The me and you…

CM ~ 9/24/16

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ A Tale of Two Jihads

"Divided Loyalty" ~ What about my jihad Mr. Ellison?

“Divided Loyalty” ~ What about my jihad Mr. Ellison?

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ~ C.S. Lewis

Yes, you can fool most of the people all of the time…when it’s for their own good. How else can you explain our willingness to commit national suicide, even as we watch the French slit their own throats for all the world to see?

I would suggest, if you wish to visit Europe, you do so much sooner than later. And you might want to avoid Paris altogether. Actually, the C.S. Lewis quote above is a most apt description of Socialism if ever there was one. The French are toast, and WE (according to DHS whistleblower Philip Haney) are not far behind. “Muslims from around the world are coming to America to wage ‘settlement jihad’ and implement Shariah law, a Department of Homeland security whistleblower warns.”

This is for our own good…according to Islam: “to implement Shariah law, which according to Islamic theology is the grace and gift to mankind.” I might not be an expert on what constitutes “our own good”, but I challenge anyone to find a sliver of a single soul being “graced or gifted” in the streets of Paris in the video linked in the previous paragraph. And yet thanks to an American President who appears more Muslim than Christian, a conflicted Minnesota Muslim Congressman, a thoroughly corrupt former Secretary of State, and a weak and morally bankrupt Congress; we have more than opened the doors to our own destruction…we are importing it!

The Islamic term jihad means “struggle” and it plays right into the hands of the global tyrants C.S. Lewis describes. All good people, especially Liberal Jews and Christians want to help those who “struggle”. In fact, if we study those who fight for Social Justice carefully, we see that want has really become more of a need. But if we were really interested in being honest with ourselves, we would examine the idea of jihad (struggle) in the context of all religions, wouldn’t we? Haney refers specifically to “settlement jihad”. Who has experienced a greater settlement struggle than the millions of Yazidis and Christians persecuted, raped, murdered and forced to flee the ancestral homes of their fathers’, fathers’, fathers in Iraq? In fact, the persecution of Christians has become a world-wide epidemic. Jews in Europe are being advised NOT to wear their yarmulkes! On the other hand, if someone has a single report of Muslim persecution…other than for failing to be Muslim enough, please feel free to share in the comments section below. In reality, for Muslims, jihad means “special treatment and institutionalized favoritism”. For Christians and Jews, it means persecution, death and torture. And yes, that goes for Liberal Jews as well.

Jesus did teach us to love our enemies. Nowhere at any time, however, did He teach us to loath ourselves…to the best of my knowledge. And yet, that is exactly what we are doing when we sit in silence and accept the circumstances I’ve just accurately described. Please think about it…and then call your Congressman and let him or her know what you are thinking, what real jihad is, and that you aren’t going to take it anymore! And yes…it’s political. You’re darn tootin’ it is!

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Plumb Line of Grace

The Faith...to get back up again!

The Faith…to get back up again!

Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel. ~ Amos 7:8

One doesn’t have to be a builder to know there would be no building without levels, plumb lines, and squares. Certainly not something worth investing in, or living in. Loving the metaphor as I do, the Amos 7 verse is one of the richest, sweetest and truest I’ve ever read.

The plumb line is simply a string with a pointed weight on the end, used to indicate the vertical “true” center from top point to the bottom one. Metaphorically, God reveals Himself through Amos as the top point providing the true line (morally straight) to the heart (center) of Israel. Though the exchange between God and Amos was harsh and heavy with judgment, God’s warnings are carried by the intention of grace and mercy. This is how and why disciplining children is one of the greatest signs of a parent’s love.

The nearly complete and total rejection and departure from the plumb line set for us by God has become so shockingly apparent, one can only observe the daily stream of mounting evidence with a sense of numb helplessness. If we have not become a nation of people who tolerate, accept, and reward those who LIE,  CHEAT, and STEAL, then why on Earth would we ever elect such a person to the highest office in the land? “The Clinton Foundation is a charity fraud of epic proportions” according to Charles Ortel, a highly respected Wall Street analyst who would know. The sitting President is as far from being a STRAIGHT SHOOTER as I am from being a sitting President. And our filthy mass of rot is a total TOP-DOWN disgrace! Wells Fargo, one of the oldest and most prestigious firms in our country…5,300 reps…2 million fake accounts!!! How do any of us (mindless NFL stars excluded) who love our country bear this?

Talking to a friend I work out with the other day about our sad state of affairs, I told him I didn’t know how people without faith in God are able to handle it. He replied that he was not able to accept that God exists “intellectually”. I guess to the extent he is not alone in his belief; it would certainly explain our free-fall. If we don’t believe in God, why would we believe in or follow His plumb line? The fact is that we, as a people, have been rising and falling in our faith ever since the beginning…that very first Fall, remember?

Falling, it seems, is just a very normal part of living life as the flawed beings we happen to be. The most important thing is what do we do after our fall. I was always coached as a kid by those I loved and respected most to get back up. One of the most powerful stories and examples of this can be found in comparing the lives of two great men. King David and his predecessor King Saul both deviated from God’s plumb line. It’s hard to find a greater and more faithful man of God than David was. But it is also hard to find someone who sinned as greatly. The incredible story of his great sin, cover-up, condemnation, repentance, healing and restoration is story every single one of us should re-visit, read and read again. Because in it there is hope for us.

The remarkable thing to me is that although David’s sins were much greater than Saul’s, David ultimately found healing and restoration, while Saul found only torment and misery to the end of his days…all for lack of his willingness to turn back to the plumb line and repent.

There will always be the Bathsheba to distract, but if a man is patient, wise and strong enough…he will find the good woman to make him a better man.

A Better Man

The greatest gift a woman brings, the better man to be

The measure of his love for her, is the tallness of his being

In all the world and all the days, when all the songs are sung

The want to be a better man, is what her love has done.

The greatest thing that can be said, the greatest love can do…

The want to be a better man, is just because of you. ~ CM ~ 9/9/16

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Mindfulness of Our Labor

Life's Work

Suzy Arnowitz

That was another world. We’re now seeing whole sectors of work disappearing from our world, and new ones needing to be created. We worry over the winners and losers in globalization, rightly so, and the effects on our politics, and even our culture and morals. But we’re in one of those transitional periods. No presidential election, no series of elections, will resolve things for some time to come. It’s part of the intellectual work we must now do to bring things new and old to bear on our situation. ~ Robert Royal, The Soul of Work

I remember the term often used to describe my father was workaholic. I suppose it’s better than being thought of or remembered as being lecherous, but is it really how any of us would really like to be thought of or remembered? Yesterday, I helped (labored) a friend to clean and organize a room in her basement. I was struck by her joy in achieving the results of our labor. But I wonder, to the point of Robert Royal’s article, how many of us work for the sake of work in a mindless sort of way, with little or no real sense of purpose? Yesterday I covered Chesterton’s Thinking Man, and today God introduces him to the Working Man

The idea of purpose is an interesting one, especially when we juxtapose our own with the likes of a Churchill or a Gandhi…or Jesus Christ Himself. But how many of us associate our life’s work with a purpose beyond the need to put bread on the table, educate our children, and create financial security and independence in our retirement? I know…I believe most of us know in our most secret hearts, there is something more to this life…why we are here.

This is not only a good day to ponder these things, this is the perfect season to do so. We are leaving the summer of our lives and entering the home stretch as it were. How very blessed we are to have another day, to take stock of family and friends, to measure the value of all we hold dear, and to adjust our time, energy and passion accordingly.

Dedicated to the loving memory of my dear departed friend, Suzy Arnowitz. She made every precious second count. The soul of her work was music, and those of us who heard her sing and play are the richer for it. Hear her for yourself ~ Lullabye  

 

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Weiner Republic

                                                                                     The only solution is to expunge the parasites from our fiscal body.  These institutions and the people behind them should not exist.  Most if not all of our socio-political distress today could be cured if a “brave new world” meant wiping the slate clean and dispelling financial elites and central bankers into a bottomless pit. ~ Brandon Smith, The Central Banks’ “Brave New World”

The “man” on the front page of the August 29, 2016 issue of the NY Post was once a Congressional Representative of We the People who came within one sick “sext” of becoming mayor of the most powerful city/financial capital of the world. “Parasite” is much too kind a word to describe the miscreant nature of the politicos who herd us like sheep and milk us like cows. Anthony Weiner was no ordinary miscreant…he was (is) a high-ranking member of the royal family of vampire-like oligarchs who have literally sucked America bone dry. I can only imagine the “October dump” promised by Julian Assange, who has already connected Clinton (while Secretary of State) to the Master Puppeteer himself. From there its always a “follow-the-money” trail. Soros>Clinton>Schumer>Weiner>Abedin. There is no darker more twisted perverse irony than this; that the man so chronically obsessed with his own “inserter” would become, in fact, the primary insertion point of the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration directly into the jugular of American Power. Or, do you suppose Huma was drawn to “Carlos Danger” by the quality of his character and handsome good looks?

I can’t help but draw a parallel between our Weiner Republic of today and the infamous German Weimar Republic in the 1930s. Where the Germans suffered the devastating effects of hyper-inflation, Americans living in the Weiner Republic are suffering the even deadlier effects of moral-deflation…while teetering on the brink of an even greater and more catastrophic financial/economic collapse than the one we suffered through during the Great Depression. While the wolves circle outside our borders, a far more treacherous one salivates within.    Lesson #1 ~ When there’s no more bread, good people will find the way…while the evil and immoral devour each other.

The Weimar Republic

In order to pay for the large costs of the ongoing First World War, Germany suspended the gold standard (i.e., the convertibility of its currency into gold) when the war broke out. Unlike the French Third Republic, which imposed its first income tax to pay for the war, the German Emperor Wilhelm II and the German parliament (the Reichstag) decided without opposition to fund the war entirely by borrowing, a decision criticized by financial experts such as Hjalmar Schacht as a dangerous risk for currency devaluation. The government apparently believed that it would be able to pay off the debt by annexing resource-rich industrial territory to the west and east and imposing massive reparations on the defeated Allies. The result was that the exchange rate of the mark against the United States dollar steadily devalued throughout the war from 4.2 to 7.9 marks per dollar…By November 1923, the American dollar was worth 4,210,500,000,000 German marks! ~ Wikipedia

stamp                                                                                                                  The Weimar currency became so worthless it cost 5 billion marks for a single postage stamp! And then of course, there’s the famous story of a German who, needing a loaf of bread for his family, had to haul the mountain of cash in his wheelbarrow to the bakery. While he was inside, thieves dumped the cash out onto the street and stole the wheelbarrow!

The Weiner Republic

G.K. Chesterton distinguishes the practical man from the thinking man: “A practical man means a man accustomed to merely daily practices, to the way things commonly work. When things will not work, you must have the thinker, the man who has some doctrine about why they work at all.”

Paying people money to teach your children without inculcating in them first the necessary character and desire to learn is like planting a rock in expensive soil and expecting it to grow. It won’t, no matter how expensive the soil. ~ Randall Smith, “Teaching Catholic Character”

There’s no mystery to the mind of the man Barnhardt refers to as the single most repulsive, odious, embodying-every-possible-negative-stereotype-about-Jews Jew, Carlos Danger himself, “The Mongoose”, Anthony Weiner. It is in fact, a shallow self-indulgent black hole completely devoid of the exact “necessary character” Smith teaches and writes about. Another article by David Carlin that caught my eye in the very same week Carlos Danger re-erected himself, laments the disappearing Christian virtues of chastity, humility, and love of neighbor in the Weiner Republic…qualities no doubt viewed as an archaic stifling albatross around the neck of a progressively modern society to the Progressive god-like-mind of Weiner.

In fact, studying the characters of Weiner, Schumer, and Clinton against the decaying backdrop of the society their Progressive policies have created, we are able to divine the darker intention of Progressivism; People who lack “necessary character” and who’ve abandoned the virtues of chastity, humility, and love of neighbor, are a people much easier to control, manipulate, and plunder! Such a people, even though raised in homes by parents who instilled these virtues and values, are easily led astray by the shiny glow of Modernism. Their failure to pass the torch of virtue to their own children condemns them to a dark and sterile zombie land where they are told to speak only when necessary, and to avoid something called “micro-aggressions”!

In the Weiner Republic, the qualities of mindless self-indulgence and narcissism have clearly replaced the “necessary character”. Look no further than the lost soul of Colin Kaepernick for all the proof one needs. He barely understands Hillary’s nature as a thief, but he has no clue about what she has stolen. Disrespecting our flag is like condemning the law for the actions of the lawless…it makes no sense. He is the stereotypical Weiner man, the polar opposite of the Chesterton thinker…he lacks the doctrine to fathom the why. And so we are burdened with a $14-million-dollar whiner!

I live in a beautiful farmhouse with an empty field outside my window where a hot air balloon is launched every Saturday. Watching yesterday as it transformed from its empty flatness on the field to its full potential in the sky, I experienced a profound realization. Virtue and “necessary character” fueled by circumstance is powerfully uplifting! The balloon that appears as empty flatness on the field is the same exact balloon that appears as its full potential in the sky. It is the hot air of circumstance that makes it appear different or changed. It is only and always the hot air of circumstance that lifts us to our true potential.

So in Colin Kaepernick, with only hot air and lacking virtue and necessary character, we are left with an overpaid empty flat balloon in a stadium of booing fans. On the other hand, we have another black NFL star named Burgess Owens who’s brand new book, chock-full of virtue and necessary character, seems to be soaring well above the tree tops. Interesting contrast…

In the end, the Weimar and Weiner Republics are very similar case studies. Both, in my humble opinion, resulted from a significant lapse in moral judgement and behavior by key people in positions of power. There will always be people in our lives who will seek to bring us down or lift us up, but it is only ever and always incumbent on us to think for ourselves and determine our own destiny, and the future for our children.

 

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The church of “Nice” & Our Loss of Faith

"Nice" ~ Right, Wrong & In-Between

“Nice” ~ Right, Wrong & In-Between

Remember, the crime is not in the “property destruction”, the crime, before the throne of Christ, is walking by this execrable filth and doing nothing. Like an effeminate little sis. ~ Ann Barnhardt

I received some feedback from last week’s Tune-up that provided the seed for today’s message. While I had a number of readers who were able to relate to my story of persecution, I had a couple who felt I was a little harsh with (S). One of them actually referred to my characterization of her as the “insulting” production of my “ego”, and “un-Christian-like” behavior. I had to go back and re-read my work, fearing I might have somehow overshot the mark. In so doing, I felt completely comfortable with every word of my description of the (S) who demonstrated a complete lack of humanity by her actions that evening…actions fervently marshaled by her own ideological zeal. (S) was the perfect subject in a thoroughly honest observation and analysis of Friends, Humanity & Ideology.

Who does not find it well beyond fascinating that in a story that chronicled persecutors, betrayers, vow-breakers, pitch-forkers, blind-siders, sucker-punchers, seducers, murderers, social media/oxy addicts, Pokémon zombies, and adulterers; it was the simple act of speaking truth to the various transgressions that was red-flagged as the “un-Christian” offense. This is so key to what is happening to us, it has to be heaven-sent! Such a perception is only possible with people who have either lost THE Faith, or taken up another.

For the sake of communication, I will refer to the Catholic Church to represent THE Faith, and the church of “Nice” to represent “another”. After all, it was upon the rock of Peter and not Martin Luther our Lord promised to build His Church.

We don’t have to look much further than my favorite on-line Catholic newsletter and the Washington Examiner to find out where our Faith has gone. According to Pew this past Wednesday, half the people who have left the church (1/4 of the nation) no longer believe in God. This coincides with what is happening in Pittsburgh as reported below in The Catholic Thing’s Crisis of Faith, not Worship:

The State of THE Faith ~

“The number of active Catholics within the Pittsburgh Diocese has declined rapidly in recent decades, from 914,000 in 1980 to 632,000 in 2015, diocesan figures show.

Since 2000, weekly Mass attendance has dropped by 40 percent – for almost 100,000 fewer regular churchgoers; K-8 Catholic school enrollment fell by 50 percent; and the number of active priests plummeted from 338 to 225. By 2025, if trends hold, the diocese projects that just 112 active priests will remain

The loss of faith reflects a loss of the sense of sin and sin’s gravity*. Both are surely related to the rejection of the Church’s moral teachings, for faith is indeed a seamless garment. So the Sunday obligation means nothing and is not going to keep people coming to church who do not believe in the gravity of the sin of missing Mass. Indeed, even if you believe there is such a thing as grave sin, how could that sin be seen as grave if you believe that the Mass is essentially music and readings and a bit of memorial. Not something real, a real sacrifice, a real presence of Christ.”

* If a certain former Secretary of State doesn’t come to mind here, I suggest you check your Faith.

The State of “Nice” ~

First I should say that it is the opinion of this writer that Vatican ll was more Trojan Horse than reformation, carrying the lethal injection of Nice directly into the bosom of the Church. So naturally, in response to the staggering decline in “active Catholics” cited above, the Nice Bishop Zubik prescribes more of the same;

But the solutions that the good bishop is proposing in order to reverse this decline are not particularly encouraging, and remind me of the futile five-year plans of the Soviet Union, which kept repeating the same failed remedies: “The No. 1 priority has to be, ‘We need to make our worship better,’” [Bishop David] Zubik told the Tribune-Review. “Second of all, we need to do the best job that we can to get not only more ordained leaders, but we really have to open up lots of doors for the lay leaders of the Church.”

According to the paper, “better (Nicer) worship” means “better (Nicer) homilies, better (Nicer) music,” and “getting churches to be more hospitable (Nicer) to outsiders.” The bishop adds other possible remedies, such as “growing the pools of highly trained lay leaders and deacons. . .appealing to youths through new types of ministry while simultaneously strengthening pastoral care for the elderly.”

Stop for a moment to ponder the following. How is it that the same man or woman who is so ready to believe that a plant can feel the energy of its owner in the very instant while separated by thousands of miles, or that water can read, cannot bring themselves to believe in the widely foretold and broadly prophesied man from the line of Abraham, a descendent of Isaac, and heir to the throne of David, who gave himself up to be scourged and crucified by his own people, to free every last one of us from the crushing gravity of our own sin? How is it possible for such ready believers to resist the total absolute and unconditional love of the Him who died to save them? The two-part answer is the simplest answer to the most important question ever raised. First; there is a cost to believe, and it is called repentance…our acknowledgement of wrong-doing (sin) which often times (and here’s the rub) goes by the name fun. Second; along comes the multi-cultural, multi-denominational, multi-purpose (even removes grease), multi-delusional, and multi-subjective church of Nice to spread the gospel of “We can have our cake and eat it too!” You’ve no doubt heard of the Nicene Creed (325AD) which formally recognizes the authority of the Father, Son & Holy Ghost. But then came the Nicer Creed (1517AD) introduced by Luther, refined by Vatican ll, and perfected by Oprah: It’s all good…and none of it is our fault!”  

Through the unfolding horrors of the massive Clinton Crime Syndicate spiked by the AP revelation that Hillary used her office as Secretary of State to sell America out from under us, just as Oprah is announcing her endorsement of this ruthless villain, I’m listening to U2’s “Even Better Than The Real Thing” realizing how many of us have given up the real thing for the last precious dance.

You’re honey child to a swarm of bees                                                                   Gonna blow right through you like a breeze                                                            Give me one last dance                                                                                                     We’ll slide down the surface of things

You’re the real thing Yeah the real thing                                                                 You’re the real thing Even better than the real thing

Bono’s a great lyricist to dance to. But I’ve found Matthew far better to live by; “Thus you will know them by their fruits.” ~ Matthew 7:20

Ponder, if you dare, the deadly fruit harvest brought to us by the church of “Nice”:

I should like to add the death of our common sense to the list as well. I believe the realization of these simple truths are what has fueled the populist uprisings we are witnessing around the world. The Sanders hallucination on the Left, and the Trump revolution on the Right. But this is not about politics. This is a story as old as time itself. It’s the Old Testament and the Book of Kings…man finds God, worships God, is blessed and consecrated, becomes full of himself, forgets God, loses God, is cursed, invaded and destroyed. The church of Nice tells us the things we wish to hear and blinds us to the rest. The Church is “the shepherd we shall not want.” Find a real Church today. I recommend the Calvary Baptist Church in Warwick to my friends in the Warwick Valley for their spiritual revival. And I recommend Oath Keepers to everyone as a means of physical preparation for the coming flood that the church of “Nice” has made inevitable.

 

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Friends, Humanity & Ideology

Humanity without "man" is no humanity at all.

Humanity without “man” is no humanity at all.

C.S. Lewis used to say he rarely read the news. If there was anything important that he could do something about, he trusted his friends would tell him. As for the rest, he thought the best response to those things he couldn’t do much about—horrible wars, people dying, government scandals—was to fast and pray. ~ Randall Smith, Beginning St. Thomas Aquinas

“…, he trusted his friends would tell him.” You know, I used to think friends were everything…the very best part of life…the sweetness of life. And I still value friendship beyond words and consider myself blessed to be considered friend by some pretty wonderful people. But the fact is that the “pitchforking” I referred to last Sunday was a reference to the loss of a friendship I had valued above all others…for reasons too painful and complicated to delve into here. Suffice to say that the experience has led me to re-examine the role of friends in our lives. Lord knows we are living in crazier times and a much different world than the one C.S. Lewis trusted his own friends to tell him about so many years ago…

I am different, you see. I like what Oswald Chambers refers to as the “uncommon spirit” which I also wrote about last week from my pitchforked perch, because it feels genuinely important to me…something needing to be honored, understood, and nurtured. It is also as rare as a three-legged purple unicorn in this selfie-absorbed world where the lost soul is a thousand miles closer to enlightenment than the legions of social media/oxy addicts and Pokémon zombies, literally escaping their own senses. But then, that’s no doubt why he refers to it as uncommon.

Perhaps more importantly, Chambers refers to a life with presence. And this is where the uncommon spirit guided me this past weekend…to the beautifully uncommon paradise of presence I found with friends at a two-day music festival in Sparrowbush New York. Here is where I was guided to learn the amazing lesson of Friends, Humanity & Ideology.

So allow me to set the stage. Two of the most uncommonly beautiful souls in the Hudson River Valley are Michael and Anne Baglione. They are to the valley music scene what water is to the fish, soil to the gardens, and rivers to the sea…in other words, they are the nurturing mother’s milk to the most gorgeously uncommon gaggle of flat-pickin strummers and twangers you ever laid eyes on…and the glue that holds us together! Every summer they open up their home and hearts for one giant sing-song mountain jam. It just so happened that the two most-est Left-ist people I know (S&M we’ll call ’em), were sitting right there in the very front when we came up to do our set. Now the reason I say I am different is because people are never quite sure how to take me. Just when they think they have me figured out, I’ll sing a song and force them back to the drawing board. I can never get enough of the “how in the world does a Conservative sing with such heart” look on their faces. So after the set, S tells me how much she loved us and invited me to come hear M play with his band in Warwick the following Monday evening…which is exactly what I did.

This is where the lesson comes in. Picture the sidewalk café setting outside Grappa across from the beautiful park, in the beautiful village, with all the beautifully hip people…and my uncommon spirit sitting in the midst of it all next to S waiting for the band to play. So as I’m listening to the band cover the classic rock era, S moves in for the kill. “Where is (your friend)?” she asks. “We are no longer friends.” I reply. After telling me that she is amazed that my friend stayed my friend as long as she did, and that she could never have been my friend to begin with, she moves right into her hot-light “are you a Trump supporter” interrogation without skipping a beat. All this, mind you, after I had come to support her hubby and offered to pray for the wayward son she had just told me she was ready to give up on! Feeling absolutely blind-side sucker-punched, all I could manage was to look her in the eye and tell her I loved her…this was the uncommon spirit speaking. What I felt like saying was that my lost friend has more humanity in her pinky nail than you (S) possess in your entire being, but the spirit said “I love you” instead.

What this valuable lesson taught me is that in a world that has grown sterile and common, people who have allowed themselves to become slaves to any ideology by degree, detach from their own humanity by the same degree. I stepped back further in my mind to realize that on that sidewalk café that evening I was an uncommon spirit within a club of spirits so common, their ideology had made them into carbon copies of one another. Here was this band of accomplished musicians, each of them far better than me technically, playing without a sliver of originality, emotion, risk or excitement. Thinking of my friend Barry’s Music For Humanity series, I realized I was listening to Music Without Humanity. Beautiful people playing recycled cover songs with the common spirit and thrill of a Muzak Festival. Their female lead singer delivered Robert Plant’s Babe I’m Gonna Leave You with the same conviction and romance as Marie Osmond taping a Nutrisystem commercial. And these; all card-carrying members of the Woodstock Generation…once upon a time.

Conclusion

Any of us foolish enough to attach ourselves to ideology so…to the point of blindly becoming what we believe–as friends, family and our own humanity fall from us like clothes we’ve outworn–have wrapped ourselves in a devilish cloth enmeshed in the gears of the conveyor dragging us (without our even knowing) straight into the rip-saw-teeth of Hell. That’s why the uncommon spirit could only say I love you…because it knows. It sees the beautiful people at the table of delusion on the beautiful sidewalk café, sipping their Cabernet and Pinot and smiling their beautiful smiles at one another, as their cities burn and the death toll mounts…the direct result of the Nero they’ve come to worship and admire…knowing they cannot see what they will not see.

Paul Scofield was positively brilliant as Sir Thomas More in the 1966 movie A Man For All Seasons, the true story of a good man who served his friend King Henry Vlll as Chancellor of England…until he was beheaded for refusing to put his friendship and loyalty to the King before his faith in God on the matter of the King’s divorce. As Chancellor, Sir Thomas had the power to break with Rome clearing the way for his friend to marry his mistress…and live. Was there ever a truer man? And yet today, we cannot even utter the word “man”! I feel completely alive and in the presence of his uncommon spirit. I can see King Henry in the beautiful people ensnared by the mistress of their ideology, even to the heart-breaking end of my own friendship. But then, a friendship that would cost you the price of your own soul was something else all along…

It’s been said that the essence of Modernism is “We don’t really believe what we believe.” I would only add that the aphrodisiac used by the mistress of ideology adds our wanting to the mix. “We believe what we want to believe.” In either case, our humanity is dealt the fatal blow as the great majority of friendships tested so will wither on the vine…if at least one of us is true.

And all that will live godly (as uncommon spirit) in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse: erring, and driving into error. ~ 2 Timothy 3: 12-13

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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