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Is Freedom Our Natural State?

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In a word, no. In a fallen world populated by sinners, where you can win applause by rejecting God, freedom is a plant very easily shriveled.

The Romans frittered away their republic and wound up with an emperor.

The English beheaded King Charles and wound up with a Parliament that assigns sovereign power to itself and ignores the result of a supposedly binding referendum because it didn’t like the way the people voted.

The French beheaded their king and wound up with first a lot of little creeps who were beheading everybody, and then Napoleon.

The Chinese tossed out their emperor and wound up with warlords, Mao, and the mob of tyrants who succeeded him.

In the 20th century, tyranny bloomed like kudzu. It would take up too much space just to list the perpetrators. there were so many tyrants in that century, you could have had them in a boxed set of bubble-gum cards.

Our own country’s founders tried their level best to avoid these errors and create for us a republic ruled not by tyrants, but by laws that were the same for all. A terrible civil war rid us of the curse of slavery. But as the Bible teaches us, if we won’t serve the true God, the only author of our liberties, we will surely wind up serving false ones.

All over the world today, freedom is under attack. Even here, we have elitists, we have Democrats, who believe in, and try their damnedest to create, a government colossus to rule over virtually everything–for our own good, of course, and with themselves doing the ruling. And because our education establishment is fully committed to that course, it trains young Americans to be ignorant of civics, ignorant of history, ignorant of God’s word, terrified of Global Warming and a host of other made-up boogeymen, and receptive to the idea of unlimited government.

By Almighty God’s decree, all of this is doomed to fail. He will not yield His place to a lot of grubby little puffed-up bugs who went to Harvard.

But it would be good for us, good beyond words, if we would only just stop voting for them.

 


‘The People’s Climate March (Can I Wake Up Now, Please?)’ (2014)

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More proof that John Calvin was right about Total Depravity

Why does everything promoted by liberals sound like it came out of Red China, circa 1960?

They had to hurry with this one, though, because in 2014 they were still predicting that New York would be mostly underwater by the end of 2015, and have a climate just like that of Daytona Beach.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/09/15/the-peoples-climate-march-can-i-wake-up-now-please/

As a general rule, any public event that includes a poetess is rubbish.

And notice how quickly the “organizers” jump from Climbit Chainge to solving Income Inequality while they’re at it. Hey, the two go together like ski poles and manhole covers.

P.S.–The whole thing fizzled.


The Lost Christian Kingdoms of Africa

This is King Moses George, who ruled the Christian kingdom of Makuria, in what is now Sudan, from 1155 to 1190 A.D. By then his kingdom had long been cut off from the wider Christendom around the Mediterranean Sea.

Acts 8:27, “And he [Phillip] arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship.”

By “Ethiopia,” the Bible usually means Africa south of Egypt. We now know that “Candace” was not the name of a particular queen, but rather the title of the ruling queens at Merowe, then the capital of a native Nubian civilization.

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The ruins of Merowe show these Nubians as the inheritors of the ancient Egyptian civilization. But they were soon to inherit something new–perhaps through the very man who met St. Phillip on the road to Jerusalem.

By 350 A.D. Merowe collapsed, after a long war with Axum in Ethiopia. In its place rose Christian kingdoms in Sudan, whose kings exchanged embassies with the Byzantine Empire, whose church fathers interacted with those in Asia and Europe.

Islam conquered Egypt in the seventh century and then struck south. The Nubian kingdom of Makuria defeated the jihad in two major battles, then entered into a treaty which brought 600 years of peace. Three Christian kingdoms in Sudan, throughout the Middle Ages: Nabatia, Makuria, and Alodia a little farther south. The last of them, Alodia, finally fell in 1504. And over the years, cut off from the rest of the Christian family, the Nubians gradually converted to Islam. Christianity survived in what we now know as Ethiopia.

One wonders: could Egypt have been retaken, if Byzantium and Nubia had worked together? Without those Christian kingdoms in Nubia blocking Islamic expansion for almost 700 years, what would Africa be like today?

King Moses George’s country, and the other kingdoms, were members of our Christian family, lost to us before we knew them–but nothing that belongs to Jesus Christ is ever lost to Him. Our whole family will be reunited in His Kingdom: in heaven first, and then on earth.

 


‘The Beast of Bodmin–Is It Real?’ (2016)

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Somewhere out on lonely Bodmin Moor prowls the deadly Beast of Bodmin, seeking to prey on anyone foolhardy enough to roam the moor by night…

https://leeduigon.com/2016/05/29/the-beast-of-bodmin-is-it-real/

All right, let’s say the Beast of Bodmin isn’t really, there’s no such thing, all the stories are baloney. But does that mean there never was a Beast? If not, where did all those stories come from? Welsh tales written down a thousand years ago, after having been handed down from one generation to the next over several centuries–did they do that just to confuse us, ages later?

I wonder how many hikers would take a dare to walk the moor at night.


‘U.N. Tomfools at it Again’ (2016)

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When you’re finished posing for Forbes, your reparations check is ready

Do you think you should be punished for something you didn’t do, something that was done several generations before you were born, before your family had even come to this country?

What! You don’t believe in Reparations???

https://leeduigon.com/2016/09/28/u-n-tomfools-at-it-again/

The United Nations thinks we Americans, those of us who can’t prove we’re black,  ought to be forced to pay “reparations” to black Americans, for slavery that came to an end in America 154 years ago.

I’m home free, though, and you can be, too. Just do as I have done, and self-identify as a person of African descent. Anyone who would deny it is obviously a racist. Hey, I’m not gonna pay reparations to myself! And neither should any of you. Just take refuge in the dodge that leftids themselves have invented, and skate right over this.


How Did Civilization Start?

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Gobekli Tepe, “Potbelly Hill”

We’ve been talking a lot, lately, about how our civilization might suddenly and shockingly collapse–like, if the people don’t obey all the commands of the government–but I think a more interesting question is how civilization ever came to be.

Supposedly we were mere hunter-gatherers for untold thousands of years. Okay. Then how did we come to invent civilization? If it’s “wired in,” why did it take so long? And if it’s not, why did it ever get started at all?

“Potbelly Hill,” in Turkey, shocked scientists with its great age, apparently some ten thousand years old, if not more. Monumental sculpture, well-constructed stone walls–all before the appropriate tools, supposedly, were invented. And then the people who used it… buried it, which preserved it from the elements and allowed us to dig it up again. We don’t know who they were, why they built it, how they built it, or why they buried it.

There are other sites almost as old–Jericho, Catal Huyuk, just to name two–where it seems civilization was well on its way to emerging from a primitive culture. We are badly hampered by a lack of inscriptions at those sites. Not that we could read them, if we had them.

The Bible teaches us that God twice overthrew civilization in our world: once by Noah’s Flood, and again by confounding their language when men tried to build a great tower reaching up to heaven. Reputable Bible Scholars Inc. tell us these are only fables, none of it ever really happened. Like they know.

But what if sites like Potbelly Hill, Jericho, and Catal Huyuk, and baffling remnants like the Dispilio Tablet and the Vinca Alphabet–both of them way too old to be writing, but there they are–what if these are not evidence of civilization emerging, but of civilization re-emerging from first destruction, then confusion? What if these are evidence of people trying to claw their way back to a way of life known to their ancestors but imperfectly remembered?

If our own civilization were utterly destroyed, how long would it take the survivors and their descendants to rebuild? How much knowledge and know-how, in the meantime, would be lost to them? And very much would depend on who survived: it isn’t everybody who knows how things work, or can explain it to others. And as the centuries roll on, so much of what people used to know gets lost. How much got lost without leaving a trace of it for us to study?

The earth is the Lord’s, and we are made in His image. We have the capacity to create a civilization. Scripture tells us we abused it and were punished for that.

As we discover older and older evidence of nameless, forgotten, extinct civilizations, is it wise to write off the Bible? Because it stores information that we, with our limited knowledge of the past, refuse to recognize as information?

Someday God will say to us, “I told you, but you wouldn’t listen.”


Memory Lane: Congressman “Cold Cash” Jefferson

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Hey! Remember this guy? Congressman William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana. They called him “cold cash” because federal agents found $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer (http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/06/nation/na-jefferson6).

The investigation started in 2005 and they caught him with the cash in 2006–whereupon he was promptly re-elected to Congress. In 2009 he was sentenced to prison for bribery and money laundering. And in 2017 they let him out because the Supreme Court “raised the prosecutorial bar” in cases involving official corruption–a very bad idea, in retrospect.

How much money do you have squirreled away in your freezer?

No one comes home from Capitol Hill poor.

 


Rushdoony on Socialism

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Dead, but still a threat to freedom

R.J. Rushdoony’s essay on “Socialism as a Perpetual Civil War” was published as a Chalcedon blog post in 2009. Actually it was written quite a few years before that: but its insights are right on target today.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/socialism-as-a-perpetual-civil-war

Rushdoony points out that socialism has its own “infallibility concept” which explains away its multitudinous and incessant failure. It destroys wealth and inhibits wealth’s creation. When anything goes wrong, it finds a scapegoat. When an epidemic struck Red China in 1967, the government threatened to purge the doctors who had “ignored Mao’s health policies”–as if medical doctors knew less about health than some crazy old mass murderer.

It’s looking more and more like we’re headed for a showdown between Christ’s Kingdom and humanist man’s impoverished socialist pipe dream.

And that’s a fight we’d better win.


King Rehoboam’s ‘New Deal’

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When King Solomon died, his son, Rehoboam, succeeded him. Trying to decide what kind of king he ought to be, Rehoboam first sought advice from his father’s counselors.

They gave him good advice. Ease up on taxes, Solomon’s many building programs having pretty much depleted the nation’s wealth. “If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever” (1 Kings 12:7). But Rehoboam “forsook the counsel of the old men… and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him” (v. 8).

Yes, he took the young men’s advice instead; and when the tribes of Israel came together to hear him, he laid out his program–every bit as daft as today’s Democrats’ “Green New Deal.” Here’s what he said.

“My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions [whips with metal blades]” (v. 14). Heavier taxes, more penalties. Yeah, that’ll work.

And that was the end of the Kingdom of Israel as known to David and Solomon. Ten of the tribes revolted against the new king and founded another kingdom under Solomon’s former servant, Jeroboam. Israel would not be one nation again until our own time, some 3,000 years later.

Let us pray that the arrogance and folly of some of our own leaders doesn’t do the same to the United States.

Their counsels need to be rejected and defeated. God grant us the wisdom and the strength to do that.


Never Surrender

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Solon never stopped speaking the truth–and it worked!

This week I’ve been getting more than the usual number of doom-and-gloom messages from readers. “We’re cooked, we’re finished, bad guys win–game over, man!”

Meanwhile, I am sometimes told that my outlook is not exactly peachy.

In Revelation, the devil, the Beast, the False Prophet, and all their gang, get thrown into the lake of fire and that’s the end of them. They don’t get to come back, ever. This is what God has told us. This is what we must believe.

Only thing is, we don’t know His timetable. The coming of the Lord may be another thousand years from now. Meanwhile, it’s a rough ride (and He warned us that it would be).

So what do we do? Win or lose, we fight. Sun Tzu tells us there are times when you can do nothing else: “On death ground, fight,” he says. And J.R.R. Tolkien used to quote an ancient Anglo-Saxon poem: “Will shall be sterner, heart the bolder, spirit the greater as our strength lessens” (https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/548454-hige-sceal-pe-heardra-heorte-pe-cenre-mod-sceal-pe).

If God’s grace be with me, and for as long as He gives me strength, I’ll fight: never to surrender to the social and political fads, the wicked nonsense of this world, which is handed up from Hell to its servants on the earth–from spiritual wickedness in high places. I will not be browbeaten into saying yeah, sure, I’m all for the whole sexual anarchy bit, transgender included. I will not support abortion. I will not say things are true when I know them to be false, because some tyrant threatens me.

Those of us who are “old” have an advantage.

When Solon the lawgiver was an old man, the Athenians threw out the wise and just laws he’d given them and fell under the hand of a tyrant, Pisistratus. Everyone became very small and quiet–everyone but Solon, who never passed up an opportunity to criticize Pisistratus and his policies. His friends were horrified: they knew what happens to people who diss tyrants. “Solon,” they wondered, “what gives you the courage to stand up to the tyrant?” And he answered, “My old age.”

The rest of the story: as tyrants go, Pisistratus was pretty much top-of-the-line. He came to admire Solon, began to listen to him, and wound up canceling or amending many of his worst public actions because Solon had made him see how wrong they were. Who knows what might have happened, had Solon lived longer?

The rest of the rest of the story: Pisistratus’ successors were made of shabbier stuff than he, and finally had to be assassinated. Should’ve listened to Solon.

So we ought to speak the truth, even if it feels like we’re only shouting into the wind. We cannot know who’ll hear us. We often can’t know how God will use us. He has placed us as watchmen on the walls. As He told Ezekiel, He will hold us responsible for sounding the alarm; but He will not hold us responsible for whoever chooses not to hear it.


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