I am okay with not being popular.

THE DESIRE TO BE POPULAR

  • The first proposition: The right way (that which eventually gets the results you are seeking) usually appears to be the hard way, the long way, the slow way, the narrow way. Matthew 7:13. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
  • The second proposition: Therefore, the majority—or at least those vocal enough to appear as if they are the majority—doesn’t favor the right/hard/slow/long/narrow way. The majority favors the easier way—faster, shorter, less work and self-discipline—which is by definition wider…..and leads to destruction.
  • The third proposition: Since popularity is by definition being liked by the crowd—the majority—it requires adoption of which way? The easier, the way that doesn’t work, the path of failure.
  • The evidence for the truth of these propositions is overwhelming in the results: in wealth, the majority is broke; in fitness, the majority is flaccid; in health, the majority is sick; in weight, the majority is over; in morality, the majority is fashionable. That last word should be anathema to a leader.
  • The desire to be popular spells L.O.S.E.R.: Loss Of Self Esteem and Respect.
  • It is also the route and the root of cultural, moral, national and personal decline!

NOW IT IS TIME TO TACKLE A VERY SENSITIVE AND DIVISIVE TOPIC.

RACISM: my response

I define racism as the emotional rejection of God’s design to paint His creations made in His image in a palette of many colors. Therefore, it is not anti-race per se, but inherently anti-God. It is sin, in one of its purest forms.

That being said, some things about the most vocal anti-racism activists that mystify me are:

  • Given that nothing can be more racist than the desire to kill other races, or to prevent them from being born in the first place, why is there no condemnation that I am aware of–from race activists—of Planned Parenthood? PP’s aims and stated missions are birth control and aborting babies, their clients are overwhelmingly non-white and relatively poor, their founder, Margaret Sanger, was an unapologetic eugenicist who openly advocated forced sterilization of “inferior races and classes” and, through selective breeding, their eventual extinction. She furnished, through propagation of the “abortion gospel”, a more viable solution to preventing breeding of the “weak and inferior” than the last sentence in the following excerpt. Usually, anti-racism crusaders decry defunding of PP, as injurious to the poor and non-whites, so I guess they don’t consider killing non-white babies as racist.
  • Same for her inspiration, Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man.With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilised men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.” 
  • “The aid which we feel impelled to give to the helpless is mainly an incidental result of the instinct of sympathy, which was originally acquired as part of the social instincts, but subsequently rendered, in the manner previously indicated, more tender and more widely diffused. Nor could we check our sympathy, if so urged by hard reason, without deterioration in the noblest part of our nature. The surgeon may harden himself whilst performing an operation, for he knows that he is acting for the good of his patient; but if we were intentionally to neglect the weak and helpless, it could only be for a contingent benefit, with a certain and great present evil. Hence we must bear without complaining the undoubtedly bad effects of the weak surviving and propagating their kind; but there appears to be at least one check in steady action, namely the weaker and inferior members of society not marrying so freely as the sound; and this check might be indefinitely increased, though this is more to be hoped for than expected, by the weak in body or mind refraining from marriage.”  
  • At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.  For my own part I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey, who braved his dreaded enemy in order to save the life of his keeper; or from that old baboon, who, descending from the mountains, carried away in triumph his young comrade from a crowd of astonished dogs—as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies, offers up bloody sacrifices, practices infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.

― Charles DarwinThe Descent of Man

It is reasonable to ask, what is it that truly motivates the anti-racism crusaders? Justice for the poor and/or non-white, some kind of personal gain (fame and/or funding), or the opportunity to revile the objects of their animus without personal consequences? Perhaps all three?

How did the whole world hear the Gospel?

Acts 2: “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they (the Christ-believers in the Jerusalem church) were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

“Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.  And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.  And they were amazed and astonished, saying, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?  Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,  Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome,  both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?'”

This was amazing; men from every nation? That’s what it says. They were devout Jews in town to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. They were hearing about something in their own language. What?  “But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words…..Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it……..

Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing….

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Such a message to the Jews, prior to this day, generally led to riots, beatings, stoning and persecution of the disciples…but not this day. A real miracle happened. “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.’  And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this crooked generation.’ So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.”

So what was the result of this miracle of mass repentance?

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.