Everyone has to begin with this struggle for self, and striving to enter in at the narrow gate is a picture of the struggle. Anything that does not enter in at the narrow gate, for example selfishness, self-interest, self-indulgence, ends in destruction. The struggle to enter in, no matter with what it may be in connection, braces us morally. ~ Oswald Chambers, Struggle for Self
WARNING: Minor “Political” Content, viewer discretion is advised.
Not long after Barack Obama was elected to his first term, I watched a video of his “Green Czar” Van Jones speaking to an auditorium full of High School seniors. It is one of the most disturbing videos I have ever seen. In it, Jones is praising the young men and women as Masters of the Universe, far superior to their own parents, and destined to right their parents’ wrongs. It was the perfect cue for what has become the Selfie Generation of Social Justice Warriors (A very sharp contrast to my Oswald Chambers read this past Monday morning, while contemplating the focus for Prayer & Fast Wednesday, on Struggle for Self and the “Narrow Gate”). And we parents? CLUELESSLY setting the torch to our own Western Civilization with each tuition payment to NYU, Columbia, MIT, Harvard, and Brown University. We have literally been feeding our children to legions of Professor Joneses inflating our beloveds away from their own salvation. The exact opposite of Jesus’ Luke 13:23-35 teaching.
But this is the soil that produced the current flock of public-school district superintendents who have all but surrendered to the Social Justice Mob. After encouraging my readers to express their dissatisfaction regarding new trans-bathroom policy in our district, I penned my own letter asking our superintendent if he were familiar with the following quote:
A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because its accepted by a majority. ~ Booker T. Washington
But the question remains, why do we accept what we know to be wrong? A beautiful and extremely intelligent woman in my church recently revealed part of the answer by admitting “My body reacts to political news in adverse ways.” We need to rise above my body to see what they have succeeded in doing to our body. We baby boomers grew up in healthy communities because political news discussion was as essential to life as running water and fresh air. Now, we literally avoid the topic as if it were the plague. Why? Politics always brings argument, naturally. But a good and moral people on both sides of the argument in healthy communities settle arguments in naturally healthy ways. What has happened, in my opinion, is that our entire society has been systemically gamed, rigged…the deck stacked to favor and advantage one side of the argument over the other…to the point that one side of the argument has become a classic no-show. Which naturally means the other side wins…not on merit, not on value, not on whether it is right or wrong, but on the basis of fear and intimidation. Before we get to the question of who rigged the system and stacked the deck, we need to realize that the other side of the argument has been in power an awfully long time and this is just a partial list of their achievements;
- Total domination of the public education system
- The elimination of prayer in school and near destruction of the church
- Total corruption of corporate media and journalism
- A generation of narcissists with no civic awareness or national pride *
- Our country divided racially, economically, and ethnically on the brink of civil war
- The weaponization of the IRS, DOJ, CIA, and NSA against the American People
- Over 60 million babies murdered by their own mothers
- A child, sex, organ and drug trafficking epidemic
- Rampant election fraud and political corruption
Now, let’s get to the who. No one has done more to unrig the system than President Trump in just two years and eight-and one-half months. And no newspaper has done more to expose the who than The Epoch Times. “(Communism) uses the pursuit of goodness as its banner to pull people away from God.” (ET9/13) “Marxism deceives people into replacing traditional moral standards with its ersatz standards that invert right and wrong.” (ET9/9) And the Communist NWO bug has even infected the holy Church of Rome! Welcome to the Great Inversion!
Denis Prager famously stated that the greatest threat to America was the number of Americans who don’t know what it means to be Americans. I believe the “inversion of right and wrong” is the greater threat. The inversion of right and wrong is what created the “number of Americans” who have lost all appreciation for and understanding of the truths of our founding, and the source of our cherished rights and freedoms as Americans. But it is our separation from God that gave the devil his opening to execute the inversion of right and wrong and give it the deadly foothold in our society. Stranglehold may be a better word. Ersatz ~ Not real, fake, inferior substitute.
Our break from God cost us our gift of spiritual discernment, as we covered in last week’s SMTU. Right relationship with God resets our right/wrong compass to help us discern our only True North path to the Narrow Gate in Luke 13, from the all that glitters-smooth sailing-easy street to Ersatz Hell. I found it particularly interesting in our “Narrow Gate” Prayer & Fast focus this week, that Chambers chooses the word struggle where Luke used strive. The true grist for the mill does not come from our trying (striving), but in what it costs us (struggle) to get there. I heard that loud and clear from the men in my bible study group this week, in describing what they encountered in our venture into the territory that threatens Satan’s grip the most. But this is the ONLY place where we will meet Hope’s second daughter Courage, and find the strength to raise the sails St. Augustine spoke to us about the week before last.
“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”
“God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail.”
*1 in 5 Americans are unable to name a single branch of their own government.