As promised, here’s my article on censorship that I wrote for Chalcedon, published last week in The Chalcedon Report.
There’s so much going on in the wonderful world of Internet censorship that I hadn’t a prayer of keeping up to date. The story changes by the hour. The only thing that doesn’t change is that Big Tech, in cahoots with the Democrat Party and other Far Left wackos, is trying everything they can think of to stifle conservative voices and manipulate next year’s national elections.
When I call these people neo-Stalinists, I’m not kidding.
This month’s Chalcedon editorial warns us: “What begins with erasing God from society and institutions must make its way to the hearts and minds of believers.”
It’s not that the Church, or Christ’s Kingdom, is going to fail. But we as individuals can; and history is littered with the bones of failed countries and societies.
We don’t want America winding up there, do we?
The temptation is always “Go along to get along.” And so we compromise with a Godless world. We want people to think we’re nice guys. Next thing you know, we’re attending a baby shower for a woman who’s having a baby by her “boyfriend” while still married to her husband.
Cultural compromise is giving away half the Church’s ground whenever the world demands it.
Faithfulness has to win back the ground. Has to–or America is finished.
Sometimes the assignments I get from Chalcedon are just so good!
I’ve been asked to read and review This Book Changed Everything, by Vishal Mangalwadi. I’ve only just started reading it, but I can’t wait till I finish to tell you how wonderful it is.
Mangalwadi’s personal knowledge and experience of Hinduism and Buddhism, and life in India, have led him to Christianity–and given him a unique perspective on it. He profoundly understands the dangers of the “post-truth” game being played today by Western intellectuals, and analyzes and explains these dangers clearly and with grace.
The core of his thinking is easy to explain in just a few simple words. You won’t need a degree in philosophy to follow him. Let me briefly sum it up for you:
God is! And He has revealed Himself–and our own selves also–in a book that changed the world: the Bible.
Don’t wait for me to read it and write a full review of it, to be published by Chalcedon. Get it for yourself and read it now. Educating, edifying, and enlightening–Mangalwadi’s work is a gift of God to all the world–by way of India.
Can the West be brought back to Christ by the work of missionaries from countries that the Western missionaries visited so long ago, and taught the Bible to the people of those countries?
It seems like just the sort of thing God loves to do.
This article is about some of the stuff that people refuse to believe is happening in their public schools. They are wrong. For if they did believe it, they would have to tax their imaginations to find some excuse for sending their children there.
Since I wrote it in 2011, the main thing “educators” have added to the mix described herein is the frantic hard push for “transgender.” Y’know, it was only eight years ago. That’s not a lot of time, is it?
Kill the culture, and it will kill you back.
In 2011 I reviewed this book for Chalcedon, The Narnia Code by Michael Ward, chaplain of St. Peter’s College, Oxford–who said, “The Narnia books are much more Christian than we’ve realized.”
He also said this: “If only we had eyes to see it, we would notice the divine plan in seemingly meaningless events.”
Less than an hour before I read this, I was writing of Obst, the teacher, and Obst had this thought: The wind of heaven is blowing all sorts of people in all different directions, and to us it looks like chaos and confusion: but not to God. God never loses His grip on the reins of history, and He guides it where He will.
I’ve always said my Bell Mountain books are smarter than I am; and Obst certainly is. It’s not like I consciously think these things up and then put the words in my characters’ mouths. Those are words God gives me.
For which I give Him all the glory.
Do you ever get the feeling that nothing you do, personally, serves God and His Kingdom in any meaningful way?
You can stop fretting. It’s God who advances the Kingdom; we are only honored to be His servants.
Mark Rushdoony addresses that issue in a recent essay for Chalcedon.
We can’t all be Martin Luther or Mother Theresa. But we can all be faithful.
You won’t forget the little story with which R. J. Rushdoony opens his essay on “Irrelevant Preaching.”
Yes, our civilization’s burning down, as it were–and we have preachers preaching about building a new climbing wall behind the church or tut-tutting other Christians for going fishing on a Sunday.
This was just one of 25 years’ worth of essays that R.J. Rushdoony wrote for The California Farmer. They’ve all been collected and published by Chalcedon in several volumes of A Word in Season.
Martin Selbrede wrote this piece for Chalcedon’s Arise & Build newsletter, July 2019.
His discussion of Ezekiel’s vision of the holy waters flowing from God’s Temple (Ez. 47:1-12) contains a startling thought:
We are already in God’s Kingdom. It’s already here.
“Ezekiel was as much in the water when it was ankle-deep as when it was knee-deep… We’re standing in the middle of the Kingdom.” We may still be closer to the shallow end–but it’s the same water, wherever we stand in it.
Yes, that thought startles us–but should it? Really? If Christ truly is our king, He is king now. And His Kingdom is, and is to come. It’s a process that began a very long time ago and is ongoing today.
What does that mean to us?
Read Martin’s essay and find out.
The “Dark Ages”? Really?
R.J. Rushdoony wrote this timeless piece in 2001.
And what is the answer to the question he posed: If Christ is not our King, then how can He be our Savior?
Something to think about, indeed.
If you missed it when it came out in 2008, I encourage you to see Expelled: The Movie. Because we’re very far from being done with “scientific” inquisitions.
Here’s my review, which I wrote at the time:
This film has a lot to say about how iffy science gets turned into “settled science” that you question at your peril. And leftists want the government to run the inquisition. Don’t forget–the 2016 Democrat platform, the platform Hillary Clinton ran on, called for the U.S. attorney general to “investigate” Climate Change denial… as a crime. Her administration would be doing that right now, if she hadn’t lost the election.
They didn’t need the government to launch and sustain the inquisition over Darwinism denial–most of whose victims are themselves credentialed scientists. Now and then they got the courts involved: nothing like an ACLU lawsuit to scare a local school board out of allowing its science teachers to discuss Intelligent Design.
Science is a very valuable tool, when statists and self-anointed know-it-alls aren’t debauching it.
P.S.–Ben Stein’s interview of atheist motormouth Richard Dawkins is worth the price of admission. I’m sure you can find this movie somewhere on the Internet, either on YouTube or amazon.com.