So Much Went So Wrong

This was a very hard book to review. Published in 2019, by the end of 2020 just about everything the author said turned out to be wrong–and yet it wasn’t his fault.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-war-for-americas-soul-reviewed-by-lee-duigon

Sebastian Gorka did not foresee–and neither to anyone else–the upheavels of 2020: the COVID panic and the resulting shutdown of our national economy; last-minute monkeying with swing states’ election laws; mail-in voting, with no checks for the authenticity of ballots; all kinds of funny business with the voting machines–who could have anticipated any of it?

And so Donald Trump is out of office, Far Left Crazy has control of our entire government, and is doing as much damage to America as it can, as fast as it can.

Unless the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1).

This was where it all went wrong: pinning our hopes “on Trump alone” (and he was alone–very much so!) instead of in Christ alone. If you don’t take care of the people’s character, their culture will not stand. If you don’t take care of the culture, the politics will fail.

Well, we have to try again, don’t we–and this time in reliance on the Lord. We must follow a Prince who cannot be defeated by armies, by money, by lies and terrors, by delusions, or by anything else this fallen world has to throw at Him.

We have no king but Christ!

They Should Have Listened to Ben Franklin

TIME for Kids | Benjamin Franklin

Here is something we should have done, but didn’t.

At the Constitutional Convention on June 28, 1787, after some fairly acrimonious debate on a variety of subjects, Benjamin Franklin offered a motion:

“I therefore beg leave to move–that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city [Philadelphia] be requested to officiate in that service” (https://www.nps.gov/articles/constitutionalconvention-june28.htm).

The motion failed. The Convention had no funds to pay a clergyman, was the reason given.

I am reminded of Psalm 127: “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

We had a chance to ask the Lord to build the house, right at the beginning; and we didn’t take it. As if they couldn’t have found a clergyman to do it for free.

Now our country is in a crisis of trust, with runaway corruption, cynical power-grabs, high uncertainty as to the future of our republic, and things said and done that would have been unthinkable in Franklin’s time.

Because we relied upon our sinful selves.

May we turn to earnest prayer, and hope that late is better than never.

Want to See Something Weird?

Grim figure banished by enlightenment.

Monster fleeing from Science, Industry, and Education

Within walking distance of my home is Roosevelt Park, a county park established during the Great Depression, home to one of the weirdest sculptures that you’ll ever see.

“Light Dispelling Darkness” was sculpted in 1937 as a WPA project of government-financed art: there’s a reason why so much of America’s painting and sculpture from that era looks like it was made in the Soviet Union. It’s a fountain with a globe on top–which I used to call “the ant world” when I was a little boy.

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Gathered under the globe are the forces of Light–to wit, Science, Industry, and (LOL) Education. Around the edge of the fountain, fleeing from the Light–are we getting a wee bit Zoroastrian here?–are the Forces of Darkness: Ignorance, Poverty, Disease, War… and, of course, Capitalist Greed.

Gimme that old Worldly Wisdom, it’s good enough for me!

Yes, the sane application of science and industry has lifted millions of people, world-wide, out of poverty and misery–much to the dismay of the Far Left, we might add. As for Education–well, that isn’t worth much anymore. Not after what they’ve done to it.

“Light Dispelling Darkness” is a relic of a time when things were bad and optimists reckoned times would be good again, if only they pulled the right strings and pressed the right buttons.

But except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it (Psalm 127:1).