Friday, April 14, 2017

Reflections on the Day Mankind Killed God

In the Gospel of John, we are told that the last thing Jesus did before He died was drink sour wine from a sponge stuck to a piece of hyssop, or "brush."  "It is finished!" Jesus said. Then He bowed His head, and "gave up His Spirit."

Athanasius of Alexandria convinced me, in his treatise On the Incarnation, that every small detail of Jesus's death mattered--how his trial and conviction proceeded, the twists and turns of a day marred by chanting mobs and haughty bureaucrats, the number of days His body lay in the tomb, the way the tomb was found empty, etc. Indeed everything in the Word of God matters.

God is all-powerful and all-wise, infinite and eternal. That Jesus died in obscurity, without glamour or theatrical spectacle, tell us something about who He is and what His death did for us. Our imperfect minds cannot see God's light automatically. We need help, which God provides by arranging these all-important events in the way He did.

What would it mean if Jesus Christ died in a melodramatic sword fight against hordes of warriors attacking Him from all sides? Perhaps such a scene would have been more entertaining. Maybe the record of His crucifixion would have been recorded in annals recognized all the way in Rome, allowing Jesus's early disciples to skip the heroic evangelizing of Acts.

But our flawed and fallen minds would have missed a crucial meaning in Christ's death. Jesus died, but that was not all that happened that day. Jesus "gave up His Spirit," willingly experiencing death for our sake, but there is something else that happened that day too. Humanity killed Jesus.

The story makes it clear to us that Jesus died for humanity's sins, but humanity's sins also caused His death. The convoluted details of the events leading to the crucifixion always puzzled me. Jesus is betrayed by people close to Him, trapped by high religious authorities who were sneaky and laid rhetorical traps for Him with their riddles and passive-aggressive interrogations, then delivered to Roman authorities who seem utterly unmoved by Him. Pontius Pilate tells the Jewish leaders to kill Him, but the Jewish leaders do not want to, opting instead to have His blood be on Roman hands. Pilate even offers to whip Jesus and then set Him free, but the mob cries out for the violent radical Barrabas to go free; they insist that Jesus be crucified in Barabbas' stead.

Humanity killed Jesus, with the man-made things that are least glorious: gossip, backstabbing, money-grubbing, egotistical insecurity, intellectual laziness, procedural banality, pettiness. There is violence in the Passion too, but nothing brave or praiseworthy--rather pathetic sadists enjoying the little power they have other others who are helpless, whipping someone who is about to die and amusing themselves with crowns of thorns and the sarcastic sign THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Jesus chose to die as He did, lest we ever be confused about what and who killed God. It is our puniness, our small-minded self-absorption, incurious bureaucracies, two-faced deceit, false veneers, vanities, and hypocrisies that led creatures made in God's image to the depravity that killed Jesus Christ. As He died on the cross, He did not look down on a swarm of Napoleons all striving for exceptionalism and fame, and willing to charge into danger to achieve as much. Rather, He looked down and saw the face of smirking clerks, envy-ridden middle managers, narcissists seeking the adulation of dull-witted sycophants. We are meant to weep but not be inspired by human greatness in this story. We are meant to try to see humanity as God must see us: mean-spirited and cruel, for sure, but still tiny and helpless enough to merit the mercy of grace.

The crucifixion story forces me to lament the recurring call for "civility" and "winsomeness" among some Christian leaders of our day. Yes, we must show truth and grace, as the Bible tells us. But grace is not the same as decorum and courtesy. If anything, decorousness and protocol were integral elements in the shameful behaviors by human beings, leading to Christ's death. We are told to be "winsome" when we are discussing major matters of faith, most often, with people who reject God and think Christianity is false. Jesus would have wanted us to show kindness to non-believers, providing them food if they are hungry, and drink if they are thirsty. But Jesus would not have wanted us to be warm and cordial while we sit with people worshiping a golden calf. If "civility" means feigning agreement and accommodation for people who are saying things we know are blasphemies against the Holy Spirit, then it is the same underhandedness and insincerity that pervaded the acts of those who killed Jesus.

It is worth thinking about every personality flaw that contributed to the events culminating in the crucifixion. The religious leaders were egotistical, the commoners were bitterly projecting their own frustrations onto powerless prisoners, the Roman overseers were mediocre wits, countless people in the mobs were simply too scared to defy popular opinion, Peter denied Christ, while Judas greedily chose pieces of silver over his chance to stand with God, and distorted a kiss to make it something destructive and damning.

The villains in the Christ story are not dazzling geniuses like the cartoon foes of Batman and Superman--they are, rather, the pathetic reflections of us at our least noble. There are many ways to honor God on Good Friday. I choose to reflect on all that I might have done that would have contributed, in ways great or small, to the killing of God, were I set down with all my neuroses in an ancient Roman province rather than in the redeemed world of today. We should confess such things to Jesus and repent for doing the very things that killed Him. And we should thank Him for the mercy He showed us, that we might overcome these human weaknesses and become the beautiful creations He always wanted us to become.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Inspection Report from a Lieutenant of the Culture Wars

Robert Oscar Lopez 
Everywhere Christian conservatives speak of a culture war, and increasingly this refers to sexuality. Sometimes the term surfaces so that people can complain that it’s been lost, and that we should stop fighting it. At other times the left uses “culture wars” as a slur denoting everything the right has supposedly done wrong. We are such prudes that we discourage sexual habits leading to genetic engineering, broken marriages, babies for sale, lying to children, and lifelong hygiene problems.

The term “culture war” requires no embarrassment or apologies. While higher education issues warrant books and discussions, academic problems incur lighter consequences than does the collapse of a nation’s moral scaffolding.

The battles over LGBT are peculiarly complex and require particular care from those willing to assess how social conservatives are doing. Attacked constantly by the left, we so-cons have a tendency to spare ourselves and our comrades the added pain of more criticism. But the defenders of true sexuality—the sacred bond between a man and a woman, as set down by God—need to avoid making the mistakes America has made with feckless strategies in the Middle East. We need to learn from the past and pursue strategies that work.

Our ultimate mission is to save souls by bearing witness, specifically, to the truth that homosexuality is both evil in itself and a sinful gateway to other evils. If we lose sight of that truth or doubt whether it is the truth, we will never make headway.

We must show the world first that there are no homosexuals, for no person’s being is defined by one error. Our mission is not against any person, nor against the “flesh and blood” mentioned in Ephesians 6:12, but rather against the “authorities,” “powers of darkness,” and “spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”

Monday, April 10, 2017

Latino families overwhelmed by LGBT lobby taking over their kids' schools



Caryl Ayala, a Texan teacher, opens up about what she saw happening in a Title 1, majority-Latino elementary school in Texas. Sadly, in Hispanic school districts often parents are scared to confront school administrators about the troubling curriculum forced on their students. The dependence of poor, minority-dominant schools on grants and financial assistance also means oftentimes administrators are gagged and cannot push back against sexually inappropriate curriculum in their schools. This is an interview you have to hear if you are still hearing everywhere that LGBT fits in with multiculturalism. For more reading:

http://massresistance.org/docs/gen3/17b/MR-Texas_Conference_040117/index.html

http://www.massresistancetx.com/2017/03/texan-online-article-on-welcoming.html

http://www.massresistancetx.com/2017/03/klbj-todd-and-don-show-3-9-17-aisd.html

http://www.massresistancetx.com/2017/03/tx-senate-committee-votes-8-1-for-sb-6.html

How can we get more Latinos to stand up as bravely as Caryl has?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Higher Ed is Hot in the News--More Interviews/Commentary on WACKOS THUGS & PERVERTS



http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/vocal-point-robert-oscar-lopez-4/

http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/vocal-point-robert-oscar-lopez-5/

http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/27/we-need-95-theses-for-higher-education/

http://thelineoffire.org/2017/03/14/focus-on-higher-education/

https://afr.net/afr-talk/sandy-rios-in-the-morning/2017/march/is-ryan-on-trumps-side-geert-wilders-robert-oscar-lopez-on-a-dangerous-lgbt-school-curriculum/





[Wackos Thugs & Perverts has been published with MassResistance in Waltham, MA. It is available at Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Wackos-Thugs-Perverts-Clintonian-Decadence/dp/1542854210/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486608122&sr=8-1&keywords=wackos+thugs+%26+perverts

Make sure to check it out--it's only $10!]

[Updates: This interview was with KPOF Denver. ]


Interview with a Virginia radio station:



Interview with Jerry Newcombe: http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/vocal-point-robert-oscar-lopez-4/

Interview with Carrie Abbott: http://carrieabbott.com/hypocrisy-lgbt-community/

My book, Wackos Thugs & Perverts, points out the following things in this book, which are crucial to understand:
  • Contrary to what the left claims, the Kochs are not the problem threatening true scholarship--the Clintons and their acolytes are. "Clintonworld" has corrupted academia to its very core since the 1990s.
  • Cutting off money is the ONLY way to reform academia. Colleges are no longer intimidated by lawsuits, bad press, or the strength of high-minded arguments. There are no people with ethical obligations to the public good left in the decision-making structure. They will only change if their money is threatened.
  • Cutting off money has a multiplier healing effect. Many of the "warlords" and "goons" I document in the book are able to hold power simply because they are sitting on enormous amounts of public cash, with which they can be rainmakers for scores of local thugs and nutjobs.
  • Contrary to what the right claims, students are not snowflakes and they are not the problem. They are overwhelmingly not orchestrating these outbursts, but are rather being controlled by corrupt puppeteers who sit on a nexus between Democrat politicians and the bigwigs in academia.
  • Academia is the biggest problem facing American democracy. Unlike Hollywood, the news media, Wall Street, or the courts, academia has longevity and uniformity in every state of the union.
  • Clinton's defeat in the 2016 election will only be temporary unless we do something. Her tyrannical model of political warfare by emotional manipulation is safe and unflappable in academia, waiting to regroup and re-install the dictatorship their party enjoyed during the decadent late years of Obama.
  • Contrary to what the right claims, there is racism in the academy, and a lot of it.
  • Contrary to what the left claims, virtually all movements in the academy that claim to be about race are really about LGBT ideology. 
  • The right wing has lost because conservatives think they are at a debate when they are really at war; they think their left-wing adversaries are intellectuals with a different opinion when really academia is populated by gangsters and the thugs they hire. Conservatives have yet to figure out that there are no "liberals," just corrupt racketeers in charge of the academy, who foster decadence so they can control groups of people whom they view with contempt but whom they force to depend on them.
  • If you debate "academic freedom," you are letting Clintonworld win, because they have all the tenured professorships under their control. The best result you will get is the academic establishment's telling you that you have a right to say what you want but you will never get a job on a campus and the left will assure that you are never listened to. The worst result you will get is the left's dispensing with any veneers of relativism and telling you that you don't have a right to think for yourself, because they have ways of punishing you for being different and it will be very painful.
  • Rather than worry about "bias" or "free speech," reformers have to think in terms of anti-trust and anti-racketeering action. We need a RICO for higher education because the problem is first and foremost corruption.
There is more, more, more! But you must read the book and find out. It's only $10!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Wackos Thugs & Perverts: The Lead Actors in Academia's Decadence

Wackos Thugs & Perverts has been published with MassResistance in Waltham, MA. It is available at Amazon here. Make sure to check it out--it's only $10! It will explain in graphic detail why higher education in the United States is a disaster zone and why the only way to correct course is to pull the plug on academia's financial, social, and intellectual decadence. Dispatches from within the collapsing structures of academia range from 2012 to 2017, but they point to much earlier problems that presaged the downfall of America's intelligentsia.



[Updates: This interview was with KPOF Denver. ]


Interview with a Virginia radio station:



Interview with Jerry Newcombe: http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/vocal-point-robert-oscar-lopez-4/

Interview with Carrie Abbott: http://carrieabbott.com/hypocrisy-lgbt-community/

As rioters consumed Berkeley, the commentariat on both left and right worked themselves into a frenzy.

A speech by Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled as over a thousand violent radicals shot fireworks at people, smashed windows, clubbed people on the street, and started a dangerous bonfire with an electrical structure in front of a famous student union.

By the early morning hours of the next day, as frayed nerves still prevailed in the famed city of Telegraph Avenue and Sproul Hall, President Trump took the unprecedented and long overdue measure of stating that federal funds would not be guaranteed to institutions like Berkeley if they failed to protect "free speech."

The right largely howled in joy upon seeing a president confront head-on the supposed liberal dominance of academia, while the left quickly cried foul, accusing Trump of being "authoritarian" and trying to oppress the intelligentsia.

The Berkeley riots represent a golden opportunity to reform higher education, but it is an opportunity that can easily slip away. My book, Wackos Thugs & Perverts, was being finished for publication just as this happened. I point out the following things in this book, which are crucial to understand:
  • Contrary to what the left claims, the Kochs are not the problem threatening true scholarship--the Clintons and their acolytes are. "Clintonworld" has corrupted academia to its very core since the 1990s.
  • Cutting off money is the ONLY way to reform academia. Colleges are no longer intimidated by lawsuits, bad press, or the strength of high-minded arguments. There are no people with ethical obligations to the public good left in the decision-making structure. They will only change if their money is threatened.
  • Cutting off money has a multiplier healing effect. Many of the "warlords" and "goons" I document in the book are able to hold power simply because they are sitting on enormous amounts of public cash, with which they can be rainmakers for scores of local thugs and nutjobs.
  • Contrary to what the right claims, students are not snowflakes and they are not the problem. They are overwhelmingly not orchestrating these outbursts, but are rather being controlled by corrupt puppeteers who sit on a nexus between Democrat politicians and the bigwigs in academia.
  • Academia is the biggest problem facing American democracy. Unlike Hollywood, the news media, Wall Street, or the courts, academia has longevity and uniformity in every state of the union.
  • Clinton's defeat in the 2016 election will only be temporary unless we do something. Her tyrannical model of political warfare by emotional manipulation is safe and unflappable in academia, waiting to regroup and re-install the dictatorship their party enjoyed during the decadent late years of Obama.
  • Contrary to what the right claims, there is racism in the academy, and a lot of it.
  • Contrary to what the left claims, virtually all movements in the academy that claim to be about race are really about LGBT ideology. 
  • The right wing has lost because conservatives think they are at a debate when they are really at war; they think their left-wing adversaries are intellectuals with a different opinion when really academia is populated by gangsters and the thugs they hire. Conservatives have yet to figure out that there are no "liberals," just corrupt racketeers in charge of the academy, who foster decadence so they can control groups of people whom they view with contempt but whom they force to depend on them.
  • If you debate "academic freedom," you are letting Clintonworld win, because they have all the tenured professorships under their control. The best result you will get is the academic establishment's telling you that you have a right to say what you want but you will never get a job on a campus and the left will assure that you are never listened to. The worst result you will get is the left's dispensing with any veneers of relativism and telling you that you don't have a right to think for yourself, because they have ways of punishing you for being different and it will be very painful.
  • Rather than worry about "bias" or "free speech," reformers have to think in terms of anti-trust and anti-racketeering action. We need a RICO for higher education because the problem is first and foremost corruption.
There is more, more, more! But you must read the book and find out. It's only $10!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Blunt Discussion on Whether Trump Should Abolish Funding for Arts and Humanities



There were public suggestions that Trump would push for abolition of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Naturally many left-of-center artists and writers went into hysterics, saying this was a case of art being suppressed. Brittany and Bobby have a different take. The NEA and NEH are so corrupt and closed off, it might be better for America and for art if the ties to government were severed. For reference:

https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/Spring_2016_Artistic_Discipline_Grant_List_FINAL_FINAL3.pdf

https://pen.org/press-release/trump-administration-plans-abolish-national-endowments-arts-humanities-will-usher-new-dark-ages-america/

http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Shot-Over-the-Bow-/238949

Monday, January 9, 2017

Can Christians Trust their Leaders? Part 4 (Eastern Orthodox)



Stella Morabito
In the 4th part of Cogwatch 81 on LGBT activism and the faith traditions, the conversations turns briefly to the Eastern Orthodox church, which is not currently on many people's radars but which is likely to become increasingly targeted by LGBT activists because of Putin, the Middle East, and the Orthodox Church's current status as a large Christian religion that has not yet caved to LGBT demands at all. For more reading:

http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles2/SOBASamesexUnions.php?/articles2/SOBASamesexUnions.shtml

http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/2015/response-of-assembly-of-bishops-to-obergefell-v.-hodges

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2016/12/14/the-power-and-limits-of-the-russian-orthodox-church/#5f7db2583c3a

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-orthodox-church-concerned-by-far-eastern-court-decision-to-destroy-40-bibles-56672

Can Christians Trust Their Leaders? Part 3 (A View from the Orthodox Jews)



Brittany Klein
In part 3 of this 4-part podcast, the CogWatch talks about the difficult challenges faced by Orthodox Jews given the multiple assaults on their faith under eight years of Obama: not only the LGBT agenda undermining it from within, but also the Boycott-Divest-Sanction movement which is mysteriously tied to the LGBT movement. For more reading:

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/05/queer_theory_and_bds_the_odd_couple.html



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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Can Christians Trust their Leaders? Part 2 (The Baptists)





Thomas Littleton 
In Part 2 of the 4 part series (all Podcast 81), Thomas Littleton of the Southern Baptist Convention explains some of the tensions and rifts that emerged during the Obama "occupation" of the churches, and the CogWatch Team (Brittany Klein, Robert Oscar Lopez, Stella Morabito, Joseph Sciambra, and Thomas Littleton) brainstorm ways of coping with the aftermath of 8 years of persecution. For more reading:

http://townhall.com/columnists/bethanyblankley/2016/12/17/enough-is-enough-already-n2260753

http://barbwire.com/author/thomaslittleton/

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/why-russell-moore-matters/

http://thefederalist.com/2016/12/22/christians-need-leaders-like-russell-moore/

http://www.christianpost.com/news/russell-moore-religious-right-become-people-they-warned-against-first-things-erasmus-171094/

Can Christians Trust their Leaders? Part 1



In Part 1 of this series discussing Christians' coping with the aftermath of the Obama Era's "occupation" of Christianity, the CogWatch faith team hears from Joseph Sciambra, who has been following the intrusion of the LGBT agenda into Catholic communities. Joseph blogs at www.josephsciambra.com.

Part 2 will deal with the Southern Baptists.
Part 3 will deal with the Orthodox Jews.
Part 4 will deal with the Eastern Orthodox churches.

Stay tuned for the four-part series--you will not want to miss these! For more reading on Catholicism:

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/world/pope-christmas-speech-blasts-vatican-resistance-reform/bQSuCPGa7dW6PxerxsM78N/

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/climate-of-fear-in-the-vatican-is-very-real

http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/rome-stopped-new-un-lgbt-czar

www.josephsciambra.com

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