Twerk for carbon neutrality and a dumpster fire.

One of the prominent Twitter videos of the “Shut Down DC” protest is of a bearded, frantically twerking homo (how do I know? I just don’t think a hetero and presumably male–the beard is a giveaway–would twerk in skin tight shorts) while a fat person of indeterminate sex (but no beard) wearing a t-shirt that reads “silence = death” stretched over substantial forward facing protuberances (evidence of XX chromosomes?) throws handfuls of confetti in the air, cheered on by normal looking women (XX’s) holding a banner “ban pipelines now”. You don’t know what “twerking” is? You are fortunate. You want to know? I warn you, you can’t “unsee” it. Another video shows firemen putting out a dumpster fire–no, not the demonstration, a real dumpster fire set by the clean air freaks themselves. I don’t know what came first, the twerking or the dumpster fire, but they certainly function as metaphors for each other.

Other protesters held signs that read “Capitalism is Killing The Planet,” “Green New Deal” and “Bezos Earns Our Planet Burns.” In this case, the “counter protest” was lots of tweets: user @sasquasages wrote, “Everyone at #ShutDownDC… “get a job.” User @UndeadDad tweeted, “I’m sure @realDonaldTrump thanks you for your tireless efforts in getting him a second term.” “Thanks #ShutDownDC for all the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who couldn’t make it to their a.m. appointments,” wrote Twitter user @kristinleigh_93. #ShutDownDC is forcing more emissions into the air by making cars sit longer. Great Job Girls and Boys (and other genders)! Someone did not think that through..blocking streets and turning 30 min commutes into 2 hr commutes to reduce carbon emissions is peak idiocy “

These killjoys probably never even got to see the dumpster fire, let alone the king of twerk, who contributed visual pollution to the air pollution. Another kind of pollution was the miasma of hypocrisy from certain other unnamed quarters. The annual Polk County Iowa) Democratic Party Steak Fry yesterday, featured every presidential candidate and many national Democratic figures donning aprons to cook about 10,500 steaks for potential voters, which the Republican party of Iowa couldn’t resist butchering…… “2020 Democrats are set to attend the Polk County Democrats’ fundraiser tomorrow, and there couldn’t be more at steak. As the candidates continue beefing over whose extreme proposals go further left, it’s clear this election will be a cook-off between socialism and President Trump’s winning, America First agenda. 2020 candidates have turned themselves into a laughing stock with their outrageous misteaks and out-of-touch proposals:

  • Kamala Harris recently said she would create incentives to “encourage” Americans to eat less meat.
  • Cory Booker has said that meat consumption would kill the planet. Booker, who is vegan, would also take away subsidies from the meat and dairy industries.
  • Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg would implement a meat tax.
  • Pete Buttigieg also accused cheeseburger-loving Americans as being “part of the problem”.
  • Joe Biden said the Green New Deal, which would cost $93,000,000,000,000, “doesn’t go too far”.

Whether it’s forcing Americans to eat less cheeseburgers or getting rid of farting cows, Democrats’ rare, half-cooked ideas are struggling to find support. Iowans will certainly take note of their ridiculous hypocrisy–as they attend a steak fry after pontificating about limiting meat consumption. The Steak Fry will be a great opportunity for caucus-goers to grill 2020 Democrats on their extreme policies that would limit Iowans’ freedoms and liberties,” said Jeff Kaufmann, Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. “As they continue butchering their positions, it’s clear the Democratic agenda would steer us in the wrong direction.” If this isn’t a Democratic dumpster fire….

Since dumpster fires figure so prominently in this post, I will close with this: “…in prison the determination should be that your sexual identity is defined by what you say it is, not what in fact the prison says it is.” Who said that? Joe Biden at the LGBTQ presidential forum on Friday. Just to clarify Joe, does this mean that a man who says he’s a woman gets to join the women’s prison population? That certainly won’t cause any problems, especially if he’s in prison for sexual assault! For more bright ideas from the “mind of man”, tune in for my next post.

The Promise, the Law, the Faith, the Reconciliation.

The entire Bible–Old Testament and New Testament–explains how sin entered the world, and how Christ overcame the power of sin and freed us who believe. I have met many people who say, “I love the New Testament and the deeds and words of Jesus Christ, but that bloody Old Testament must go.” Too bad moderns seem to hate history. They want to believe that their opinions, lacking historical perspective, and frequently the regurgitated dicta of their sages, are the final word. For them, I have summarized the whole HisStory of Jesus Christ. The components are: 1. The Promise of God; 2. The Separation of people–“move far FROM me”– from God due to sin; 3. The Law, given 430 years after the promise; 4. The inability of people to follow the law through their own efforts; 5. Jesus’ triumph over sin and death; 6. The triumph of faith and the reconciliation–“-move NEAR to me–of people to God through faith.

The Promise of God.

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3

The Lord reminds the people of the Promise.

They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. All the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD. And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.” When Moses told the words of the people to the LORD, Exodus 19:7-9.

The Lord separates the unclean people from Him.

And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” Exodus 19:12-13.

The Law given 430 years after the Promise.

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Exodus 20:1-78.

The Commandments.

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

1- “You shall have no other gods before me.

2- “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,  but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

3- “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

4- “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

5- “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

6- “You shall not murder.

7- “You shall not commit adultery.

8- “You shall not steal.

9- “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10- “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.” The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. Exodus 20:1-21.

The people make their own promise to the Lord.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. Moses alone shall come near to the LORD, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.” Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the rules. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the LORD has spoken we will do.” And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. Exodus 24:1-4.

The people lose faith, despite the promise and the blessings. Human effort fails.

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'”And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.”Exodus 32:1-10.

Jesus’ death reconciles the people to God by tearing apart the curtain of separation from God.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:45-54

Faith brings the people back to God.

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.  For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:5-13.