Daily Archives: March 24, 2021

Is Easter a Pagan Holiday? Some Say Yes—but Is It Really? — The Logos Blog

Some of the angriest comments I’ve ever received came on a post I wrote about Easter. I honestly forgot that some Christians are very upset about the use of a(n allegedly) “pagan” word to describe the preeminent Christian holiday. Here’s what one commenter wrote:

Easter is a bad translation of a word that does not appear in the original language.… Easter is a carryover from the Greco-Roman world; which was engulfed in sun-worship…. The holiday and the word should be changed back to Passover.

This was one of the best comments from the say-no-to-Easter perspective: it was clear, avoided ad hominem, and was written in lower case. But you should have seen the abuse I got behind the scenes. I am a closet pagan; I am destroying the Christian faith; I am the most ignorantest person ever (that last one may be true, I’ll admit, but not the other two).

Is Easter a pagan holiday?

Now, I do understand: we as believers don’t want our holy days to be sullied by association with idolatry. And I want to state at the outset that no one should call Easter Easter against his or her conscience. But I don’t think we ought to be upset about the word Easter. Here’s why.

1. We’re not sure that “Easter” was a pagan word.

The most sober and reliable source out there, the Oxford English Dictionary, dutifully cites the Venerable Bede’s contention from 1,300 years ago that Easter is derived from a pagan holiday. But that holiday was not Greco-Roman; it was Anglo-Saxon—Easter (Bede says) was the goddess of spring.

And yet the OED says that this view

is not confirmed by any other source, and the goddess has been suspected by some scholars to be an invention of Bede’s. However, it seems unlikely that Bede would have invented a fictitious pagan festival in order to account for a Christian one.

This is what you get with scholars, and this is what you should get: an on-the-one-hand followed by an on-the-other-hand—an admission that the evidence is not sufficient for making a determination. We simply don’t know the history of the word Easter. So why fight about it? If you discovered that 38% of scholars believed that O.K. was an ancient curse derived from Ο Κύριος! (O Kurios, “O Lord!”)—would you refuse to hit the Okay button in a computer dialogue box?

2. Words mean what we use them to mean.

It’s usage, not etymology, that determines the meaning of English words. In my work as a writer and Bible teacher, I’m always underscoring this fact. (So don’t learn this lesson too well or I’ll be out of a job.)

But let me illustrate what I’m arguing with a word that doesn’t occur in Scripture: spinster. The word spinster is now a derogatory way to refer to an unmarried woman who is, shall we say, “past the flower of her youth.” It doesn’t matter that the word spinster once used to mean “a woman who works a spinning wheel.” It doesn’t matter that the word had an in-between stage, too, when it just meant “unmarried woman.” Official census records in the seventeenth century could list a woman this way: “Sarah Harris, Boston, spinster.” We wouldn’t do this nowadays, because words mean what people use them to mean, and that changes over time.

What do English speakers mean when they use the word Easter? Who among all the countless English speakers who used the word Easter this very day had any idea that the word might possibly have a pagan origin? The “authorial intention” of every one of them was to refer to the Christian celebration, I promise you. Why should one set of sounds (PAS-soh-vr) be superior to another one (EE-str) to name something, as long as everybody understands just what EE-str means? EE-str has no associations with paganism anymore, if it ever really did.

We all say Thursday despite its very clear pagan origins (Thor’s Day). All the days of the week in English draw their names from paganism. The Easter alternative “Resurrection Sunday,” then, is just as guilty of pagan associations as Easter supposedly is, because Sunday derives from sun worship. Thankfully, no one means sun worship when they say Sunday. We all know what we all mean by that word, and sun worship is not included.

If the true meaning of a word were found in its etymology, we’d have endless word fights about what we were all really saying without knowing it. I encourage people to revel in their ignorance of what words used to mean and work instead to be sure of what people use them to mean now.

3. Word fights distract us from the substantive issues.

“Word fights” are explicitly condemned by Paul in the pastoral epistles (1 Tim 6:4; 2 Tim 2:14). If you can truly say of an argument, “It’s all semantics,” then it’s a mere quarrel and we’re not supposed to engage in it. (So what am I doing writing about it? Well, I’m trying to get everybody to stop fighting—so I’m okay. I hope.)

One of the problems with word fights is that they distract us from truly substantive issues. As with the Christmas holidays, my problem is not with the label we use but with the cultural practices and symbols and “habits of the heart” now associated with them. The commercialization of Christmas is oft-lamented. How about the commercialization of Easter? It gets lamented, too, but maybe not enough.

Whatever pastels and painted eggs and white rabbits used to mean centuries ago (I, frankly, have no idea), I know just what they mean today: candy. Now, I like candy. There’s no necessary harm in having some of it each spring. My kids get Easter baskets, okay? I gauge the love of relatives by whether my chocolate Easter bunny is hollow or solid. But so far even our best theologians have not been able to figure out what candy has to do with Jesus rising from the dead. And I see a lot more possible harm in my kids losing the significance of the holiday through sugar rushes than through the Easter label. Speaking only for my kids, they are a lot more tempted to worship the god of Mars Bars and to make pilgrimages to Hershey, PA, than to burrow into my OED, discover that Easter may possibly have referred to an ancient goddess they’ve never heard of, and become her pagan devotees.

Maybe your kids are different.

I would like to say to my fellow Christians about Easter what I say to my own kids on a regular basis: You are not going to argue! If you do, I swear I will pull this Internet over to the side of the road and ground you till Mark Zuckerberg is a hundred! One day you’ll thank me.

I would like to say that, but I won’t. We’re all adults here. But you can’t blame me for thinking it. Can’t we all just get along?

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Easter—Christ’s true, physical resurrection—lies at the very heart of the Christian faith.

Is Easter a Pagan Holiday? Some Say Yes—but Is It Really? — The Logos Blog

The Pattern of Christlikeness — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The more the Apostle Paul endured persecution and affliction, the more he was shaped into his Redeemer’s likeness, the One who died and rose for him. In this brief clip, Sinclair Ferguson notes that our union with Christ is to follow this same pattern.

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Turn back a few chapters to 2 Corinthians 4. In 2 Corinthians 4, and especially verses 10, 11 and 12, he’s speaking about the sufferings he goes through, “We’re persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed.” And then, think about this description of him and this description of you. “We are always carrying in the body,” literally, “the dying of Jesus.” He doesn’t use the word “death;” he used the word “dying.” “We’re always carrying around in our body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” Where did he get that from? He got that from Stephen, didn’t he? Stephen in his death is Christ-like, carrying in his body his union and communion with the crucified Savior, always carrying in the body the dying of Jesus. And the result? The life of Jesus being manifested in his body. “For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” So here is the explanation. Death in union with Christ—my sufferings, the persecution I experience, the afflictions I go through—death is at work in us in order that life may be at work in you. He’d learned that through Stephen, hadn’t he, and it was the characteristic feature of the whole of his Christian life. Now, friends, this could be a very discouraging word to us: “Do you mean that’s what I’m going to experience in the Christian life? Don’t you have something more cheerful to say to me?” Well, I have something really cheerful to say to you. As you carry around in your mortal body the dying of Jesus, the life of Jesus will be manifested in you. Now, why does God do it this way? Because this is the way He did it in Jesus, isn’t it? It was through His suffering and dying that He bore fruit, and He’s transforming us into His likeness to bear fruit. And so, He’s going to use the same pattern. He doesn’t have a better pattern. That’s the pattern—if I had put it this way—that’s the pattern that works. To transform us into the likeness of Christ, God uses the pattern that He used with Christ. And so, we embrace Him. And as we embrace Him, it is as though some of His blood will come upon our clothing, and the power of the resurrection will be seen in our lives. And these are lenses. When we view the whole of our Christian lives through these lenses, we will see that pattern working out, sometimes in very small ways, very minute ways. We will need well-crafted lenses to see that pattern. We may not understand fully where and when and why. But if we are united to Christ, this will begin to work out in our lives.

The Pattern of Christlikeness — Ligonier Ministries Blog

March 24 Evening Quotes of The Day

One Sin Destroys
Matthew 5:29–30; 18:8–9; Mark 9:43–47

One leak will sink a ship; and one sin will destroy a sinner.

JOHN BUNYAN

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

How the Flesh of Christ May Be Food to Us
John 6:51–58

Though it seems an incredible thing that the flesh of Christ, while at such a distance from us in respect of place, should be food to us, let us remember how far the secret virtue of the Holy Spirit surpasses all our conceptions, and how foolish it is to wish to measure its immensity by our feeble capacity. Therefore, what our mind does not comprehend let faith conceive, namely, that the Spirit truly unites things separated by space.

JOHN CALVIN

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Is the Bible Irrelevant and Outdated? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E04) — Cold Case Christianity

The Bible is under attack more than ever before. Are there good reasons we should continue to look to the Bible as a guide? Is it an irrelevant, sexist, racist, and boring book? J. Warner answers these questions in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.

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Is the Bible Irrelevant and Outdated? (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E04) — Cold Case Christianity

March 24 Evening Verse of The Day

78:4 We will not hide them from their children Israel failed to follow God throughout its history. The psalmist seems to be saying that he will not hide the past from God’s people but instead use it for teaching.

the praises of Yahweh The focus of Israel’s faith is not their goodness, but God’s help to them over the course of their history.

wonders The Hebrew word used here, niphla’oth, is usually associated with the events of the exodus from Egypt (see Exod 7:3).[1]


78:4 — We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.

It is our job to tell our children not only the great things God did in Bible times, but also the wonderful works He has performed in our own lives. They need to see God at work in us.[2]


4. “We will not hide them from their children.” Our negligent silence shall not deprive our own and our father’s offspring of the precious truth of God, it would be shameful indeed if we did so. “Shewing of the generation to come the praises of the Lord.” We will look forward to future generations, and endeavour to provide for their godly education. It is the duty of the church of God to maintain, in fullest vigour, every agency intended for the religious education of the young; to them we must look for the church of the future, and as we sow towards them so shall we reap. Children are to be taught to magnify the Lord; they ought to be well informed as to his wonderful doings in ages past, and should be made to know “his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.” The best education is education in the best things. The first lesson for a child should be concerning his mother’s God. Teach him what you will, if he learn not the fear of the Lord, he will perish for lack of knowledge. Grammar is poor food for the soul if it be not flavoured with grace. Every satchel should have a Bible in it. The world may teach secular knowledge alone, ’tis all she has a heart to know, but the church must not deal so with her offspring; she should look well to every Timothy, and see to it that from a child he knows the Holy Scriptures. Around the fire-side fathers should repeat not only the Bible records, but the deeds of the martyrs and reformers, and moreover the dealings of the Lord with themselves both in providence and grace. We dare not follow the vain and vicious traditions of the apostate church of Rome, neither would we compare the fallible record of the best human memories with the infallible written word, yet would we fain see oral tradition practised by every Christian in his family, and children taught cheerfully by word of mouth by their own mothers and fathers, as well as by the printed pages of what they too often regard as dull, dry task books. What happy hours and pleasant evenings have children had at their parents’ knees as they have listened to some “sweet story of old.” Reader, if you have children, mind you do not fail in this duty.[3]


Ver. 4. We will not hide them from their children.Children:

  1. The interesting objects of our solicitude mentioned. Consider—
  2. The love which welcomes them.
  3. The evils which surround them.
  4. The possibilities which await them.
  5. The sacred duties which we owe to them.
  6. They are weak; we must protect them (Gen. 33).
  7. They are helpless; we must provide for them.
  8. They are ignorant; we must instruct them.

III. The object which we hope shall be realized.

  1. The knowledge of truth shall be perpetuated.
  2. Our children will put their hope in God.
  3. They shall be better than their fathers. (The Study.)

The knowledge of national benefits and deliverances transmitted to the rising generation:

  1. Point out a few of those things which we have heard and known, or which our fathers have told us, and which we, with the psalmist, may style “The praises of the Lord, and His strength, and the wonderful works that He hath done.”
  2. Recommend and enforce the resolution in my text. The great God may justly expect that we acquaint ourselves with His ways and works; that we endeavour to trace Him in the natural, providential, and civil world, and in the world of grace; and that we treasure up in our hearts each signal deliverance He hath wrought. But a genuine disciple of Jesus, and a child of God, will neither wish to live nor to die unto himself. What we have known of the wonderful works of God in favour of our fathers, of ourselves, or of ages to come, we should transmit to the rising generation. I am apprehensive that one cause of the languishing state of public spirit, and of pious zeal, in this age, is the want of knowledge. Had the minds of persons in the present day been early and deeply impressed with the conduct of God to this highly favoured country, the privileges they enjoy would be more dear and important in their esteem, and patriotism would not be that empty boast which we have too much reason to apprehend it now is. With the knowledge of those “things we have heard, and known, and which our fathers have told us,” transmit, as far as possible, the things themselves. On our part let nothing be left untried, that they who are soon to fill our places in civil and religious life, and that their descendants, even to the world’s last period, may stand forth, under God, the guardians of each important and sacred right, and approve themselves the unshaken friends of their country, of Jesus, and of the Gospel. (N. Hill.)

The transmission of Scriptural truth to posterity:

The text presents four grand arguments why we should zealously devote ourselves to this duty.

  1. The peculiar character of Scriptural truth. Consider it—
  2. As a revelation of God.
  3. As a law of duty.
  4. As a history of God’s conduct.
  5. The manner in which we have been put into its possession. As we have received the knowledge of God and the way of happiness from our fathers, who showed us by their lips and their lives the way of happiness, we are bound, by every consideration of gratitude, to give to others what has been so freely given to us.

III. The Divine arrangements as to its transmission. Fathers are commanded to make known the commands and the character of God to their children. Various powerful reasons might be assigned for this infinitely wise arrangement. The young come into our world with an awfully strong bias to evil, and it is unspeakably important to check the workings of their depravity by presenting the most powerful considerations which tend to the accomplishment of such an end. Nor must it be forgotten here, that, as immortal creatures, the character of man is usually formed in youth for eternity.

  1. The great results which it is intended to accomplish. Every individual who receives the knowledge of God, in the love of it, becomes a moral sun, diffusing light and warmth around him, the glorious effects of which shall be felt through all the changes of time, and in eternity itself. (J. Belcher.)

The true method by which generation helps generation:

  1. True religious knowledge is a thing imparted to man. It is that “which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.” It is not inbred nor discovered. Without denying that man has a capacity to discover God as the Creator, all history shows that he has never done so; and as to His redeeming capacity, that, in the nature of the case, transcends all human conceptions. As sinners, this is the knowledge of God we require, and it involves the former. And we have it, not by intuition or discovery, but by impartation. It has been transmitted to us through many generations.
  2. They have handed it down to us by inspired documents.
  3. They have handed it down to us by their own teaching.
  4. True religious knowledge is imparted to us, not to monopolize, but to transmit (vers. 5–8). The transmittory arrangement implies—
  5. That the children of every generation have a capacity for receiving this knowledge. There is no danger of teaching religion boo soon.
  6. That the children of every generation will require this knowledge. Coming generations may not require our philosophies, poetries, and governments; they may out-grow our sciences, and despise our civilization, but they will require our religion. Though they may not require our lamps, they will need our sun.
  7. The eternal harmony of all God’s operations. The Eternal does not contradict Himself. The first Divine act on earth’s theatre will harmonize with the last. The whole will form one great anthem filling eternity with music.

III. True religious knowledge is to be thus transmitted in order to elevate posterity.

  1. The grand result aimed at is threefold—

(1) Rightness of intellect. “Not forget the works of God.” A constant recognition of Divine agency.

(2) Rightness of heart. “That they might set their hope in God,” and “set their heart aright”; the heart fixed on God as the supreme Good.

(3) Rightness of conduct. “Keep His commandments.” To bring immortal man to this sublime rightness—this rightness in thought, feeling, and action, is the grand and ultimate end of all this teaching. Glorious end!

  1. It is coming slowly but surely. Humanity is rising, and every true thought arid virtuous act helps it on. (Homilist.)[4]

4. We will not conceal them from their children in the generation to come. Some take the verb נכחד, nechached, in the nephil conjugation, and translate it, they are not concealed or hidden. But it ought, according to the rules of grammar, to be resolved thus:—We will not conceal them from our posterity, implying, that what we have been taught by our ancestors we should endeavour to transmit to their children. By this means, all pretence of ignorance is removed; for it was the will of God that these things should be published from age to age without interruption; so that being transmitted from father to child in each family, they might reach even the last family of man. The end for which this was to be done is shown—that they might celebrate the praises of Jehovah in the wonderful works which he hath done.[5]


4. How lovely is it to behold, even from the days of the patriarchs, the care and attention with which the fathers handed down the testimony they had received concerning the promised seed. Hence we find Abraham telling Isaac, and Isaac Jacob, and Jacob, when dying, holding forth to his children, the blessing of redemption by Christ, upon which their own souls had lived, and with which they were most familiarly acquainted. Gen. 49:1; 50:24.[6]


We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done (v. 4). These object lessons from history were not to be concealed, but rather revealed! Covenantal history was a record of what God had done for his people, and the power and wonderful deeds that he had demonstrated were worthy of praise and adoration. The word ‘hide’ (kâchad, Pi.) conveys the idea of refusing to make something known. The truth about the past had to be told to successive generations.[7]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 78:4). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 78:4). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 56-87 (Vol. 3, p. 331). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

[4] Exell, J. S. (1909). The Biblical Illustrator: The Psalms (Vol. 3, pp. 397–398). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

[5] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 3, p. 230). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[6] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Job–Psalms (Vol. 4, p. 413). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Harman, A. (2011). Psalms: A Mentor Commentary (Vol. 1–2, p. 584). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

A Theology of Confusion: How Faith Responds When God’s Ways Don’t Make Sense Pt. 2 — The Master’s Seminary Blog

In the first article in this series, we explored the questions that God’s sovereignty may leave us with. God’s judgments are unsearchable. His ways are unfathomable. Yet this comforting truth can also be confusing. We can be left asking questions like, “why?”, “what if?”, and “how long?” We concluded with the fruit that is harvested in the midst of confusion, namely, spiritual growth.

Let’s resume with an exploration into the ways that faith responds in the midst of uncertainty.

How Does Faith Respond to Confusion?

 What does faith look like in the midst of perplexity? How does faith respond after we ask God, “why?” and wonder, “how long?” Martha’s response to Jesus grants us insight to the answer. “Martha…said…‘Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You’” (John 11:22).

 On the surface it might seem that Martha was asking, and maybe even expecting, Jesus to resurrect her brother. That was not Martha’s intent. We know based on Martha’s response when Jesus commanded her to remove the stone from Lazarus’ tomb. “Martha…said to Him, ‘Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days’” (John 11:39). Martha was not expecting Jesus to perform a resurrection miracle. She thought Lazarus would resurrect “on the last day” (John 11:24), but not today.

Martha’s statement, “Even now, I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You,” are words of faithful submission—how faith responds—when the clouds of confusion darken a believer’s world.

Faith Finds Confidence in Christ’s Perfect Intercession

First, when confused, faith finds confidence in Christ’s perfect intercession. “Whatever You ask, God will give” (John 11:22, emphasis added).

Though confounded by Jesus’ ways, Martha clung to the intimacy Christ shares with His Father and the interceding care He has for His people. She trusted that the Father always granted His Son’s requests. Whatever Jesus decided to ask on Martha’s behalf, she was sure He would receive it. And this was not just Martha’s opinion. Jesus Himself claimed this same interceding success in v. 42. With full assurance, Jesus said, “I knew that You always hear Me” (John 11:42)—“hear Me” in the sense of always agreeing with My prayers, always granting My petitions.

This is astounding! Every prayer Jesus offers is always heeded by His Father. Every request Jesus makes always comes to fruition. Astounding. This cannot be said about anyone. With everyone else, there is always the potential that sin will hinder their prayers (Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; James 4:3).


For Jesus, unanswered prayer is never a possibility. Never is there a sin barrier that exists between Him and His Father. Never will the Father turn a deaf ear to His Son. All of Jesus’ requests for us are secure.


Though Martha was confused why Jesus did not answer her prayer for Lazarus’ healing, she knew that the Father would not deny His Son’s prayer for her.

When we are tempted to wonder why the Lord seems far off, remember that Jesus is praying for you. You have not been forsaken. The Lord has not hidden Himself from you. Far from it! In Christ, you are standing before the Father’s throne, represented by the sinless Son “who always lives to make intercession for [you]” (Hebrews 7:25). Though confused, remember Christ is presenting your name and your need before His Father. Though mystified, remember His praying mercies. “We cannot afford to be ignorant of his intercession and the value of it for our souls, especially at those times when we feel perplexed by the trials and tribulations of this present evil age. As Scottish Presbyterian Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-43) once famously said, ‘If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference; he is praying for me.’”[1]

 Faith Finds Comfort in Christ’s Infinite Wisdom

 Second, when confused, faith finds comfort in Christ’s infinite wisdom—knowing that Christ only asks His Father for what is best.

“Martha said to Him, ‘Whatever You ask’” (John 11:22, emphasis added). Martha is not telling Jesus how He should pray. She is not telling Him what He should ask. She is not standing as His counsellor, offering Him her opinions. She recognizes her limitations and leaves the intercession to Jesus. You know what we need most, Jesus. And I trust that whatever You ask from Your Father will be for our greatest good.

When puzzled by God’s ways, faith finds comfort in Christ’s infinite wisdom. He knows His Father’s perfect will for His children. And Christ will never ask for more than what His Father has promised to deliver.

Faith Finds Certainty in God’s Sovereign Power           

Third, in the mire of confusion, faith finds certainty in God’s sovereign power. Faith is sure that everything, even that which unsettles our soul, occurs within of God’s sovereign design. Martha’s “whatever” is in the plural. However big your request might be, Jesus; whatever details may be involved, whatever it will take to accomplish what You ask; I am trusting that whatever you bring before Your Father’s throne on my behalf, “God will give You.” Martha is resting on the Father’s omnipotence, sovereignty, and power.

For three days, Martha wondered like Job, “Why do You hide Your face and consider me Your enemy?” (Job 13:24). For three days, she asked like the Psalmist, “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?” (Psalm 13:1) For three days, she stared at her brother’ tomb in tears and disbelief. For three days, she wondered why Jesus’ promise failed.

But now, Martha confesses her sovereign Lord’s control. Whatever Jesus asks His Father to do, it will be done.

 Calm and Confused

 Confusion is unnerving. Chaos; upsetting and uncomfortable. Yet, the Christian need not fear. There is a spiritual calmness available for God’s children. Peace, not based upon the certainty of the moment, but based upon the steadfastness of our Lord.

Though sorrowful, Martha did not lash out in anger when Jesus arrived. Though puzzled, she did not berate Him or question His decisions. She did not stand as His counselor. She accused Jesus of no wrong. She spoke with no bitterness and harbored no resentment. Rather, in faith, Martha chose calmness in the midst of chaos—and so can we.

Confused, yet calm—because our Savior never ceases to intercede on our behalf. Confused, yet calm—because our Lord always asks for what is good and loving. Confused, yet calm—because in the Lord’s wisdom, He sovereignly allows only that which will shine His glory most bright. Confused, yet calm—because our Father’s ways are unsearchable and unfathomable. Confused, yet calm—because “to Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).

[1] Mark Jones, Knowing Christ (Edinburg: Banner of Truth Trust, 2015), 179.

A Theology of Confusion: How Faith Responds When God’s Ways Don’t Make Sense Pt. 2 — The Master’s Seminary Blog

A Theology of Confusion: How Faith Responds When God’s Ways Don’t Make Sense Pt. 1 — The Master’s Seminary Blog

A Theology of Confusion: How Faith Responds When God’s Ways Don’t Make Sense Pt. 1 — The Master’s Seminary Blog

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? … For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Rom 11:33–34, 36). That profound doxology ends the first section of Romans, calling us to our knees in worship and praise, exalting the Lord for His majestic knowledge, transcendent omniscience, and perfect wisdom. It’s a doxology of comfort for the believer, knowing that God needs no counselor, that His judgments are always righteous, and His ways are always good.

God’s wisdom is unmatched. He knows “the end from the beginning” (Isa 46:10). He comprehends all contingencies—not only what has happened and will happen, but what could have happened in any given scenario (Jer 23:21–22). His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isa 55:9). God’s knowledge is an unplumbable mystery, a bottomless ocean, an immeasurable line. Unfathomable, unattainable, unsearchable—all biblical descriptions of God’s mind. No wonder the psalmist declares, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain it” (Psa 139:6).

And yet what do we find to be true throughout the Christian life? That the infinite wisdom of our God—the wisdom that brings us so much comfort—is the very wisdom that leaves us in a state of so much confusion. We find ourselves perplexed by the Lord’s decisions, mystified by His decrees. Not doubting God, but unsettled, unnerved—wondering, asking, guessing, trying to make sense of a chaotic world that looks to be outside of its Creator’s control.

The wisdom that leads us to worship is the wisdom that leads us to wonder. Confused, we cry, Why Lord? A question that is often left unanswered.

Cries of Confusion

Scripture is replete with cries of confusion.

“Why do You hide Your face and consider me Your enemy?” (Job 13:24)

“Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?” (Ps 10:1)

“Why have You rejected me … Why do You sleep, O Lord?” (Ps 44:2, 23)

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Ps 22:1)

I’m hearing these same questions today. Why is evil prospering? Why does it seem the Lord has forgotten me, even though I am seeking to be faithful? Why is there so much pain in my life? Why is there so much sorrow and hurt within my family? Why is there so much chaos in this world? Why Lord, why?

You Are Not Alone

 If God’s wisdom has ever left you stunned, grasping for answers—if you have ever asked those why questions—you are not alone. These were the very questions Mary and Martha had been asking for the last three days as John 11:17 opens.

These two sisters are dazed and confused. Jesus’ words seemed clear, “This sickness is not to end in death” (John 11:4), but there is Lazarus, their brother, dead in a tomb. Jesus’ love seemed sure (John 11:3), but the messengers came back without Jesus by their side. For three days Mary and Martha felt alone, forsaken in their most desperate time of need, wondering, Why? Why is Jesus not here? Why did He not bring the comfort we needed? Confusion reigns. Questions fly. Why has Jesus hidden His face from us? Why has He allowed death to win? And sorrow to reign? And tears to flow? Why Lord, why?

Confused by Death

When Jesus finally arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had “already been in the tomb four days” (John 11:17). This is an important time marker that explains Mary and Martha’s confusion.  

Precise time intervals are not John’s normal style. “After this” or “After these things” is how John usually progresses his story. But not here. Not now. Not when describing Lazarus’ death.

There are only three places in his Gospel where John designates specific days, and when he does, it is always for a theological purpose. The first time-stamp John includes is his description of the opening week of Jesus’ messianic ministry (John 1:29, 35, 43; 2:1). The theological significance of this time marker is to present Jesus as the incarnation of the Creator (cf. John 1:3). Like the Lord who created the world in seven days, Jesus worked for seven days, ending His week in miraculous fashion. Who is Jesus? He is the Creator who has come to bring a new creation.[1]

The last time-stamp is found during the final week of Jesus’ life. The theological significance here is to connect Jesus’ death to the Passover lamb sacrifice (John 12:1), while also showing Him to be the resurrected Son of God (John 20:1; cf. 2:20–21).

But why does John specifically note the “four day” period of Lazarus’ death—and not just once, but twice (cf. John 11:39)? What is the significance of this time-stamp? To answer that question, one needs to understand these four days in their cultural context. The theory of the day was that the soul would hover over a dead body for three days, but on the fourth day, once the body began to decompose, the soul would leave. One rabbi explained it this way, “For three days the soul hovers over the body, intending to re-enter it, but as soon as it sees its appearance change, it departs.”[2] Another rabbi wrote, “The full force of mourning lasts for three days. Why? Because for three days the shape of the face is recognizable.”[3]

John notes this “four day” period to stress the finality of Lazarus’ death and the hopelessness this family is experiencing.[4] Death has won. The King of terror reigns. The darkened tomb mocks the promise Jesus sent the sisters in v. 4, “This sickness is not to end in death.” The stone that locks the front of the cave begs the question, “How could Jesus have been so wrong?”

Up to this point, every word Jesus spoke had come to fruition; every promise He made, He fulfilled. He was always “full of truth” (John 1:14)—until now. Jesus’ promise feels hollow. His pledge, presumptuous. Didn’t the Old Testament warn about a prophet’s unfulfilled promises? “The prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name … that prophet shall die” (Deut 18:20, 22). It’s no wonder these sisters were confused.

Any hope Mary and Martha had clung to during those first three days of Lazarus’ death is gone. Day four—that dreaded, final, decisive day—has dawned. Optimism is now despair. Confidence in Christ has given way to confusion for these sisters.

Psalm 44:24 was no longer words on a page, it was what Mary and Martha now felt—and felt deeply, “Why do You hide Your face and forget our affliction?” (Ps 44:24).

“If Only”

 Martha’s response when Jesus finally arrived is so real-to-life: “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21, emphasis added).

When confused by God’s ways, isn’t this how we often respond? We play the “if only” game. If only God did it differently, then all would be better. Sometimes we even turn the “if only” on ourselves. If only I prayed more, then things would be different. If only I did something earlier or different or better, then all would be fine.

How Long, O Lord?

Martha is trying to make sense of Jesus’ timing. Yes, Jesus arrived, but Martha thinks it was too late. “If You had been here” is Martha’s version of the many “How long, O Lord” prayers we read throughout Scripture.

“How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?” (Psa 13:1–2)

“Lord, how long will You look on?” (Psa 35:17)

“How long, O Lord, will I call for help, And You will not hear?” (Hab 1:2)

Confusion about God’s timing rings throughout redemptive history. Did Abraham not wonder how long? as he waited 25 years for his promised son to be born? Did Job not wonder how long his sufferings would last? Did Paul not question how long he would endure his thorn in the flesh? Even the martyrs under God’s throne, freed from their sin-bound bodies and standing in the presence of God, ask how long? “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth? (Rev 6:10).

Are we not asking this same question today? How long will this pandemic last? How long will my loved-one suffer? How long will wicked leaders govern our country? How long will God wait before He avenges His holy name? How long until the Lord returns? How long before righteousness reigns? How long until judgment falls? Confused by God’s timing, we wonder. And like Martha, we often weep—surprised that the Lord has not given us the answers we seek.

We Should Not Be Surprised

But should we be surprised when God’s wisdom confounds us? Should we be stunned when the Lord moves in mysterious ways? Not at all!

First, God has been clear, “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa 55:8–9). If God is going to be God, we must experience confusion—not because of any flaw or defect in God, but because of just the opposite. Transcendence will always confound the finite. The boundless will always bewilder the created (Job 38–41).

Second, we will experience confusion because our minds are too limited to grasp all that God is doing. As John Piper notes, “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.”[5] Because we are not capable of processing all the intricacies of what the Lord is doing in our own life—let alone in the lives of the seven billion people throughout the world—we are bound to be confused by His ways.

Third, confusion is inevitable because we are shortsighted and impatient. Our eyes are too myopic; our thoughts, too narrow. We see only today, forgetting the past and incapable of knowing the future. We want things to move quicker then they do. We want God to act sooner than when He is ready. Oh, how different is God. He is patient. He is not bound by time. “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day” (2 Peter 3:8). Unlike us, He sees the big picture and will not act until the perfect time.

Fourth, we will experience confusion because God is loving. That is the principle from John 16:12—as the hour of Jesus’ death drew near, He told His apostles, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (cf. Hab 1:3). The Lord will not inform us of His work if it is too heavy a burden for us to bear. In love, the Lord only explains what we are ready to receive.[6]

Fifth, confusion is required if God is going to shine His glory most bright. This is how the story of Lazarus will end. “Jesus said to [Martha], ‘Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’” (John 11:40). One day, either in this lifetime[7] or in our life to come,[8] God’s glory will pierce our clouded confusion. And His ways will shine greater and brighter than we could have ever imagined. As William Cowper penned, “Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.”

Confusion is Necessary

Confusion is necessary because it is the seedbed for greater faithfulness. Uncertainty births faith. Bewilderment forces us to trust someone greater than ourselves. Perplexity causes us to think outside the box of our own strength and control. Mystery humbles us before our God. Where there is no wonder, no questions, no chaos, no confusion—there is no faith.

This leads to the necessary question, how does faith respond when we are baffled by God’s ways and puzzled by His design? We will answer this question in part 2 of this article. 

[1] Andreas J. Kostenberger, The Theology of John’s Gospels and Letters (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009), 349.

[2] As quoted in Andreas J. Kostenberger, “John” in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, ed. Clinton E. Arnold (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002).

[3] Ibid

[4] The Christological significance of this “four day” marker comes in v. 25, when Jesus proclaims, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus is death’s master. Death, even in the full force of its finality, is no match for Christ’s resurrecting voice. Jesus does what He promised to do in John 5:28, He calls the dead from the grave, a foreshadowing of what He will do at the end of the age (John 5:29).

[5] John Piper, https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/god-is-always-doing-10000-things-in-your-life.

[6] See my previous blog post, https://blog.tms.edu/when-god-says-no-to-earnest-prayers-pt.-2, where I show that Jesus delayed His arrival to Bethany in order to secure His own death on His cross. Its no wonder Jesus did not explain why He waited. It would have been a burden too heavy for these sisters to bear.

[7] An example of God’s mysterious ways being understood in this life is the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50). Thrown in a pit, sold into slavery, accused of attempted rape, left in prison—at the end of the story Joseph realizes that all of it was necessary in order for God to preserve His covenant people (Genesis 50:20).

[8] Though the story of Joseph is an example of seeing God’s mysterious ways unfold in a way that makes sense, most of God’s ways will not make sense in this life. Like a great novel, we must wait until the end of story to understand the details of each chapter along the way (cf. Revelation 6:10-11).

March 24 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Death Be Not Proud
1 Corinthians 15:26

Death, be not proud, though some have callèd thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so:
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death; nor yet canst thou kill me.
From Rest and Sleep, which but thy picture be,
Much pleasure, then from thee much more must flow;
And soonest our best men with thee do go—
Rest of their bones and souls’ delivery!
Thou’rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke. Why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And Death shall be no more: Death, thou shalt die!

JOHN DONNE

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Think As Much of Neighbor as Self
Matthew 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:31, 33; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8

Let a man think of himself as much as ever he will, if only he take care to think equally of his neighbor.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

24 Mar 2021 News Briefing

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7 Plagues That Are Hitting Our Planet Right Now
According to Volcano Discovery, 29 volcanoes around the planet are currently erupting right now, and that includes a volcano in Iceland that had been dormant for hundreds of years…

Largest asteroid to pass by Earth whips past as Nasa celebrates near encounter
Earth has been visited by the largest asteroid that will pass nearby all year. The object known as 2001 FO32 came about 1.25 million miles from Earth – more than five times as close as the Moon is – on 21 March. Though that may sound far, it is relatively close in astronomical terms. The object is designated a “potentially hazardous asteroid” by Nasa,

White House Reveals Biden Consults with Obama About ‘A Range of Issues’
“Well, I will say, having a unique view of this question, they are not just — they were not just the president and vice president; they are friends, and they consult and talk about a range of issues. And, you know, I would expect that continues through the course of President Biden’s presidency,” she said.

“You Can’t Escape The Smell” – Mouse Plague Of Biblical Proportions Overruns Eastern Australia
New South Wales and Queensland are being overwhelmed by a biblical wave of mice, which have taken over homes, stores, farms, hospitals, and automobiles. These nasty little rodents are eating everything in sight, leaving a path of destruction. Reuters said, “the Australian state of New South Wales is suffering their worst plague of mice in decades after a bumper grain harvest.” The mice can also transmit diseases such as hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, and the plague. … and with the bubonic plague already surfacing in Africa – Australians should be on guard for a potential outbreak of disease.

Boulder Shooter Identified As 21-Year-Old Ahmad Al-Issa, Charged With 10 Counts Of Murder
The suspect in the Monday afternoon Boulder, Colorado supermarket shooting which left 10 dead is 21-year-old Ahmad Al-Issa from Arvada, Colorado.
So expect this not to be classified as terrorism, and the motive to remain unclear for some time. Seems Facebook Scrubbed the Boulder Colorado Shooter, Ahmad Al Issa’s page. It is beginning to look like the Boulder shooting was a jihadist terror attack. The corporate media dropped that mass shooting story faster than you can say Ahmad Al-Issa.

Mideast quartet discusses reviving Israel, Palestinian peace talks
The Middle East quartet of mediators – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations – discussed on Tuesday reviving “meaningful negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians with the aim of a two-state solution.

Activists at Religious Zionist Party headquarters celebrate dramatic rise
The Religious Zionist Party’s strong showing on Election Night drew spontaneous celebrations and dancing at the headquarters as soon as the election exit polls came in on Tuesday night. According to the estimates, the party is projected to garner 6 or 7 seats, making it indispensable in any right-wing government. Netanyahu, who has realized this, called party leader Bezalel Smotrich and the two discussed a future partnership.

Ahead of Israel’s elections, Netanyahu writes letter to God asking for Victory
As Israel enters its fourth round of elections in just two years on Tuesday, different candidates appealed to their constituency hoping for success when the final results will be announced later this week. Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is vying for reelection, took time off from his campaign trail to pay a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah. There, the two penned notes, each with their own prayer to God.

Pope Francis speaks with French President Macron
Pope Francis and France’s President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Sunday, according to a press release from the President’s Office at Élysée Palace. The call, which was requested by the Pope, marks the fifth time the two world leaders have spoken since Macron’s election in 2017. Their conversation reportedly lasted around 40 minutes, and came after President Macron sent the Pope a message on the occasion of the 8th anniversary of his election to the papacy.

A Warning from a Torah Codes expert before Elections: Netanyahu’s Rival is Amalek
“The word ‘Israel’ means ‘straight to God’ or ‘minister of God’ and even ‘singing to God’,” Rabbi Glazerson explains. “These are all the essence of Israel. But some people are, unfortunately, doing precisely the opposite; desecrating the sabbath and not believing in God. This is a great danger to the state, especially now that Iran is doing everything they can do to destroy Israel, with over 100,000 missiles pointed at us. And they are trying to get a nuclear bomb, thanks to Biden.”

Expert Claims Cold War between US, China Began Last Week…And Could Go Hot at Any Moment
Last Thursday, Chinese officials met with their American counterparts in Anchorage, Alaska, for two days, and, by all accounts, the meeting was not friendly. The Biden administration called their first encounter with China“tough and direct” but one expert said it was far worse than that, claiming that from the Chinese perspective, it was the first shot fired in a cold war.

“You Can’t Escape The Smell” – Mouse Plague Of Biblical Proportions Overruns Eastern Australia 
New South Wales and Queensland are being overwhelmed by a biblical wave of mice, which have taken over homes, stores, farms, hospitals, and automobiles. These nasty little rodents are eating everything in sight, leaving a path of destruction. Reuters said, “the Australian state of New South Wales is suffering their worst plague of mice in decades after a bumper grain harvest.” 

Persistent heavy rains trigger flooding and landslides, affecting more than 3 000 homes in Peru
Heavy rains have caused flooding and landslides in northern Peru over the past few days, affecting as many as 3 000 homes.  Around 160 mm (6.2 inches) of rain fell in a 24-hour period in Yurimaguas, capital of Alto Amazonas Province in Loreto Region, which is more than half the city’s March average rainfall of 257 mm (10.1 inches).

High level of volcanic gases measured close to the eruption site at Fagradalsfjall, Iceland
A volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur​ near Fagradalsfjall on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula continues since March 19, 2021. Lava fountain activity is still low and mapping of the lava flow is in progress. While no volcanic ash has been detected, a high level of volcanic gases has been measured close to the eruption site. The public is advised to stay away from the area.

AOC Hypocrisy On ‘Kids In Cages’ Stunning As She’s Silent On Biden Luring Central Americans Into Sex Trafficking For Cartels 
The United States was treated to highly-produced displays in the past of Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) crying to an empty parking lot in her quest to virtue signal about Trump’s alleged ‘kids in cages’ moment while the Trump administration wrestled with the Obama administration’s luring of Central American children to the souther border (Obama built the cages that Trump used).

BREAKING: SWAT Team Moves In As Spring Breakers Commit Violence, Destroy Restaurants…City of Miami Beach Declares State of Emergency
SWAT Teams and several local law enforcement officers are moving in to get a massive crowd of Spring Breakers under control after they refused to abide by an 8 pm curfew set by the city of Miami as part of a state of emergency declared by Miami’s Mayor Dan Gelber.

It’s getting BIBLICAL: Plagues, demons, UFOs, cyborgs and covid squatters
In case you haven’t noticed, events in the world are getting downright Biblical. We now have a rash of plagues (mice and spiders in Australia), earthquakes, volcanoes, droughts and even new super strain pandemics (caused by the covid vaccine itself).

End Times Villain Bill Gates Going Forward With Plan To ‘Block Out The Sun’ By Exploding A ‘Chalk Bomb’ 12 Miles About The Earth’s Atmosphere
know this article makes you feel like you’re visiting The Babylon Bee, but sadly it is all too real. Remember that program The Outer Limits? “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume.” Yep, that’s where we are on the end times timeline. Things down here on Planet Earth grow stranger by the hour, so buckle up.

The Boulder Suspect’s Name is Ahmad Al-Issa. So Naturally The Story Will Now Disappear
The gunman responsible for a mass shooting at a Colorado grocery store on Monday has been identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Alissa. Alissa is now in custody and has been charged with 10 counts of murder. At 2.40pm, he opened fire on King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, killing ten people.

Entire School District In PA Closed Friday After More Than 40 Staffers Called In With “Vaccine Reactions”
More than 40 staffers in a Pennsylvania school district called in “sick” due to reactions to the COVID-19 mRNA gene therapies. Pennsylvania has been vaccinating teachers and school staff members with its allocation of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson gene therapy, labeled a vaccine.

Megaship Blocks All Traffic In Suez Canal After Running Aground In Bizarre Incident
Ships are already backed up all the way to the Mediterranean…

Source: 24 Mar 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 3/24/2021

Mideast Quartet Discusses Reviving ‘Meaningful’ Israel, Palestinian Peace Talks

Passover sacrifice at foot at Temple Mount – Temple mourners practice sacrificing the communal Paschal offering and pray for the reinstitution of the true Passover sacrifice

Rocket shot from Gaza toward Beersheba during Netanyahu campaign stop in city

With election turnout lowest since 2009, parties break out panic campaigns

Israel TV satirist says grateful to politicians but needs a break

Several parties assert election irregularities, with voting in full swing

Rivlin: Constant votes very troubling; Netanyahu: Hope this is the last election

Netanyahu urges rivals to join him in coalition, warning 5th elections otherwise

Netanyahu Ahead but Needs Far-Right as Israel Exit Polls Show No Clear Winner

Netanyahu claims giant victory; updated polls show majority slipping from reach

Short of majority, Netanyahu urges ‘stable’ government, extends hand to rivals

Exit polls put Netanyahu in reach of thin majority, but only with Yamina’s help

Potential kingmaker Bennett leaves options open, calls for national healing

Lapid vows to ‘do everything to create a sane government’

Despite poor showing, Sa’ar still vowing not to join government under Netanyahu

Liberman: Our goal is to form a Zionist liberal gov’t

Liberman: Haredim ‘flocking to polls’; Gafni: We’ll wipe anti-Semite’s smile off

Arab voters fear electoral disaster amid dire turnout figures

Poll: Neither Fatah nor Hamas would win majority in coming election

As Biden mulls Syrian war policy, Russia poised to boost its regional influence

Islamic State still a threat, Kurds warn two years after ‘caliphate’ falls

Ethiopian leader says troops who raped civilians in Tigray will be held to account after CNN investigation

Top Saudi official issued death threat against UN’s Khashoggi investigator

Rejecting U.S. peace plan, Afghan president to offer election in six months

‘Devastating’ fire at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh kills 15, leaves 400 missing – UN

North Korea conducts first missile test since Biden took office

Airbnb Asked to Drop Olympic Ties Over China Rights Issues

Russian Foreign Minister: Relations with EU have been ‘destroyed’

Lawyer Linked to Steele Dossier is Working for House Dems to Overturn Results of Iowa Election

More Democrats Reject Pelosi’s Partisan Investigation to Overturn Iowa House Race

Democrat Lawyer Marc Elias: House Can Overturn Iowa Election Without First Going to State Court

Conservative group says polling shows Democrats’ voting rights bill ‘out of sync with American voters’

‘Sad day for Boulder’: Gunman kills 10 at Colorado supermarket, including police officer, in second US mass shooting in a week

Colorado man livestreams Boulder supermarket shooting

Boulder shooting suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was short-tempered, violent, former teammates say

Boulder, Colorado gunman Ahmad Al-Issa born in Syria had ISIS sympathies

Kamala Harris’ niece blasted for tweet assuming Colorado shooter was White man: ‘This is WILD’

Colorado supermarket shooter identified, gun bought just 6 days prior

President Biden calls for tougher gun control laws in the wake of Boulder mass shooting

Barack Obama Blames Boulder Shooting on “Disaffection, Racism and Misogyny” – Calls For Gun Control

Boulder shooting looms over Senate guns hearing

Schumer vows Senate will take on gun control measures

Cruz accuses Democrats of playing ‘ridiculous theater’ in proposals following mass shootings

Sen. Tom Cotton: Democrats Again Use Mass Shooting to Push Gun Control

Sen. Kennedy: U.S. has ‘idiot control problem,’ not gun control problem

Rep. Lauren Boebert: Anti-Gun Dems ‘Playing Politics With Our Lives’

Boulder’s assault weapons ban was blocked by a judge 10 days before supermarket shooting

Boulder churches react to Colorado shooting: ‘Sickness in this world’

Asian Americans seek greater political power after shootings

Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she’ll vote no on Biden nominees until White House taps Asian candidates

Biden Administration Facing Media Scrutiny for Not Allowing Press Access to Child Migrant Detention Facilities

Biden aims to prevent border crossings from swamping agenda

Mexico says it has deployed 15,000 forces in the north to halt U.S.-bound migration

Kamala Harris’ laughing answer to border question sparks backlash

VP Harris appears to blame Trump administration for border crisis

Blaming Trump for Border Crisis Is ‘Ridiculous’: Lara Trump

Jury selected in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murder in the death of George Floyd

Dismissal of Black potential juror in Derek Chauvin trial prompts discussion on race and bias in courtrooms

De Blasio announces ‘unprecedented’ racial justice commission to rethink NYC laws

Illinois city 1st in US to offer Black residents reparations

Upcoming UFO report will be ‘difficult to explain,’ former national intelligence official says

Ex-UFO Pentagon program chief outlines ‘compelling’ UFO theories and ‘unique’ vehicle characteristics

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Aksu, China

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Olry, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the southeast Indian Ridge

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Veniaminof volcano on the Alaska Peninsula erupts to 10,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 10,000ft

Guatemala City airport closed as volcanic ash coats planes

Strong tornadoes and severe weather will threaten millions across the South – again

A half a foot of rain will fall across Louisiana over the next several days

Persistent heavy rains trigger flooding and landslides, affecting more than 3,000 homes in Peru

California’s senators ask Biden to ban sale of gas-powered cars

Bill Gates backs bid to cool Earth with chalk dust

Why geoengineering is still a dangerous, techno-utopian dream – Experts have increasingly warned against manipulating Earth’s natural systems

Washington University Professor Says Credits from Courses on Creationism Should Not Count Toward a Science Degree

James Huntsman, of prominent Utah family, files fraud lawsuit against Mormon church

Biden Admin. to Reverse Trump, Restore Millions in Funding to Planned Parenthood

Fly Flags at Half Staff to ‘Mourn’ Unborn Lives Lost to Abortion, Alabama Legislature Urges

‘Substantial International Ties’: Judge Denies Ghislaine Maxwell’s New Bail Request

‘Disgraceful’ sex acts in parliament rock Australia’s government

South Dakota Gov. halts transgender sports ban, citing potential NCAA lawsuit

Tucker asks Noem if she is ‘caving to the NCAA’ over bill banning transgender women from girls’ sports

‘Basically In A New Pandemic,’ Says Merkel, As Germany Extends Lockdown

Lockdowns return or are extended as third wave of Covid sweeps Europe

Outdoors now closed: Feds ban visitors to blooming cherry blossoms at Jefferson Memorial

CDC director: U.S. could see an “avoidable surge” of COVID-19 as states loosen restrictions

Pew Research: Lockdowns Prompting Devastating Levels of ‘Psychological Distress’ Among Young People

Campaign to Recall CA Gov. Gavin Newsom Called Racist for Referring to Coronavirus as CCP Virus

Over 90% of CEOs in this survey say they’ll want to know if employees are vaccinated – before they return to the office

National Guardsmen transporting Covid-19 vaccines held at gunpoint

Cyprus to recognize Israeli Green Passport, open for Israeli tourists

Here’s how much vaccines are selling for on the illegal market

Concord Cancels School Due To Bad Reactions To COVID-19 Vaccine

AstraZeneca may have included outdated information from COVID-19 trial, NIAID says

Pfizer to go solo on new vaccines using mRNA technology – WSJ

Pfizer Begins Human Trials of New Pill to Treat Coronavirus

Adults in England could soon be asked to test themselves for Covid twice a week

Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser calls for Zoom-Free Fridays and new bank holiday as pandemic fatigue grows

Source: Tracking the Birth Pangs – News and Links (trackingbibleprophecy.org)


Apostasy Watch Wednesday 3-24-21

Wallace Henley – God, the nations, and nationalism: When the transcendent Kingdom is forgotten

How The Equality Act Would Legalize Religious Bigotry

Spiritual Abuse a Common Complaint for YWAM Students

Christian relationship guru Derrick Jaxn admits extramarital affairs; wife says God has forgiven him

Kyle J. Howard Says ‘White Supremacy’ Grounds For Biblical Divorce, But Only for Black Folks

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Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 24, 2021

Mid-Day Digest

THE FOUNDATION

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” —Samuel Adams (1749)

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Honoring the Boulder Victims

The 10 people who were killed Monday were young and old alike, but loved and missed.

Nate Jackson

We deliberately waited to comment on the mass murder in Boulder, Colorado, Monday because such things are often initially misreported and then the political narratives take off. Our Douglas Andrews offers thoughts on the killer, while Thomas Gallatin takes on the grotesque Democrat political agenda that they trot out with nearly every mass shooting. The focus here is on the victims and what we’ve all lost because they’re gone.

Rikki Olds was just 25, but she was a manager at King Soopers, the store where the murders took place. She was a student at Front Range Community College, where she was working toward a career in nursing.

Denny Stong, also a King Soopers employee, was even younger at age 20. His social media profile contained the phrase “I can’t stay home. I am a Grocery Store Worker.” He was training to be a pilot, and he encouraged friends to honor his recent birthday by donating to the National Foundation for Gun Rights.

Teri Leiker was a third employee who lost her life. Age 51, she had been working at the store for 30 years and was dating a coworker.

Neven Stanisic was a 23-year-old refugee from Bosnia and a parishioner at St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church in Lakewood. According to his pastor, he was “a very good, shy, hardworking boy,” and he was at the store to fix a Starbucks coffee machine.

Lynn Murray, 62, was at the store working to fill an Instacart order, but she had previously worked for Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Glamour magazines.

Kevin Mahoney, 61, had not long ago walked his daughter down the aisle in her wedding. “I am now pregnant,” she said. “I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter.”

Suzanne Fountain was a 59-year-old local actress in shows around town, as well as the manager of a music venue.

Tralona Bartkowiak owned Umba Love, a small clothing shop. She was 49, and a friend described her as “the kindest and sweetest lady you ever did know.”

Jody Waters, 65, was a beloved family woman who worked at a leather goods store called Embrazio.

Eric Talley is particularly noteworthy as a law enforcement officer who responded to shots fired. The 51-year-old married and homeschooling father of seven gave his life in service to his fellow citizens. But Talley wasn’t your average cop. He left a six-figure post in IT a decade ago to join the Boulder Police Department because he felt a higher calling after a friend’s DUI death. As his father, Homer, put it, “Above all else he loved his family and his Lord Jesus Christ.”

These regular Americans are the ones who deserve the attention this week. Their families are suffering immense grief, and they should receive genuine compassion from all of us.

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The Left’s Temporary Obsession With a Killer’s Race

Ilhan Omar and her ilk seemed deeply concerned with the race of the Boulder killer — until they weren’t.

Douglas Andrews

When we had nothing more to go on than the video footage of the suspect being led away shirtless and in handcuffs, Democrat Representative Ilhan Omar and her race-obsessed ilk were quick to pounce on the color of his skin.

“The shooter’s race or ethnicity seems front and center when they aren’t white,” she complained. “Otherwise, it’s just a mentally ill young man having a bad day.”

When it was later revealed, however, that the killer was 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a Trump-hating Syrian-born Muslim, Omar probably wished she’d simply said something less incendiary and less accusatory. Perhaps something like she said about the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks: “Some people did something.”

Or perhaps something like these remarkable before and after tweets from a more anonymous race-baiter.

Translation: The killer is white! Oh, wait, he’s Muslim? [Cue crickets.]

To be clear, this wasn’t a mere slip of the tongue for Omar. She’d said much the same thing a week earlier in the wake of the Atlanta spa murders, which were perpetrated by a man who happens to be white: “It isn’t hard,” she tweeted, “to understand why it’s so normalized for law enforcement to protect the humanity of white mass murderers and their willingness to continually make excuses [sic] them.”

As for the Boulder killer, it’s already clear that he’s a very sick young man, just as the Atlanta killer is. As the Associated Press reports, “A law enforcement official briefed on the shooting said the suspect’s family told investigators they believed Alissa was suffering some type of mental illness, including delusions. Relatives described times when Alissa told them people were following or chasing him, which they said may have contributed to the violence.”

A former high school wrestling teammate said Alissa would act strangely sometimes, turning around suddenly or glancing over his shoulder. “He would say, ‘Did you see that? Did you see that?’ We wouldn’t see anything. We always thought he was messing with us.”

Deeply disturbed or not, there seems to be a clear double standard on the Left when it comes to covering these mass killers. “If the shooter is a white supremacist,” tweeted columnist David Harsanyi yesterday, “the event is an indictment of all white people and America. If the shooter is an Islamist, it is a completely individual act that has nothing to do with ideology.”

Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza put it this way: “If six out of eight Asian American victims in Atlanta automatically made that murder spree a hate crime, what can we conclude now that we know all 10 of the Boulder shooter’s victims were white?”

Here’s a thought for those on the Left: Mass killers of innocent people are by definition profoundly and deeply disturbed. Unless there’s clear-cut evidence that race played a role in the killer’s motives — as it did with, say, Dylann Roof — let’s just mourn the dead and stick to the relevant facts.

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Biden and Democrats Target Second Amendment

He calls for banning “assault weapons,” while Senate Dems ponder eliminating the filibuster in order to get it done.

Thomas Gallatin

Not that long ago, politicians on both sides of the aisle and members of the media would castigate those who dared politicize an atrocity such as what happened in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday. Unfortunately, those days are long gone, and we must now endure the immediate politicization of nearly every murderous attack. Democrats from Joe Biden on down blame the Second Amendment, disgracefully scapegoating a fundamental constitutional right that the vast majority of law-abiding American citizens legally engage in and depend upon.

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take commonsense steps that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden obtusely asserted Tuesday. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”

By “once again,” Biden was referencing Bill Clinton’s failed 1994 Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, which banned rifles with certain cosmetic features (mislabeled “assault weapons”) and did nothing to end or even curb “gun violence,” another bogus leftist term. The truth is that semiautomatic rifles were only ever used in the tiniest fraction of crimes, and that remains true to this day. In fact, following the expiration of Clinton’s gun ban, the number of crimes committed with so-called “assault weapons” actually decreased.

Like so many anti-Second Amendment activists, Biden peddles a myth when he suggests that a return to the Clinton-era “assault weapons ban” is a “commonsense” step that will “save lives.” If anything, it will likely lead to an increase in “gun violence.”

But Biden isn’t content to wait on Congress. “We are considering a range of levers,” explained White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “including executive actions to address, obviously, not just gun safety measures but violence in communities.” We’ll be waiting to see how badly he infringes on the Second Amendment.

One of those ways looks to be what Psaki last week framed as “repealing gun manufacturers’ liability shields.” That would be basic liability protections that all other industries are currently afforded. By falsely implying that firearms manufacturers bear some special liability, Biden is in fact singling out and intentionally vilifying the firearms industry, as if these companies have escaped justifiable legal culpability. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, Biden and the anti-gun lobby are looking for ways to eradicate the firearms industry by removing protections from frivolous and meritless lawsuits.

Meanwhile, some Democrats are calling for exploiting the recent murderous attacks in Atlanta and Boulder to push for the elimination of the Senate filibuster. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) blatantly stated, “Things won’t get better until Democrats get rid of the filibuster and finally pass gun safety legislation that a huge majority of Americans support. What are we waiting for — another tragedy?”

Finally, the Biden administration is using the Boulder attack to distract from a calamity of Biden’s own creation — the border crisis. On the one hand, Biden is attacking Americans’ fundamental right to bear arms, while on the other hand he refuses to defend and protect the nation’s borders from those seeking to illegally infiltrate and exploit our economy and citizenry. It’s almost as if Biden holds Americans in contempt for wanting to protect and hold on to our Liberty.

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Dems Attempt Election Overthrow in Iowa

The losing Democrat appealed to the House majority to overturn the vote in her favor.

Louis DeBroux

One can’t help but wonder: If we had an honest, accurate, and unbiased media, would Democrats be less brazen and more embarrassed at their endless hypocrisy and lies?

After claiming President Donald Trump was a danger to the very fabric of the American republic because he highlighted and demanded accountability for election fraud and/or malfeasance, Democrats are brazenly attempting to steal another election — Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

In that race, Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks led Democrat Rita Hart by 282 votes on election night, a lead that shrunk to 47 votes after all mail-in ballots were counted (Iowa law allows ballots postmarked by Election Day). When the recount was completed and all things accounted for, Miller-Meeks had won by a mere six votes.

Hart could have gone to court to contest the Republican victory by providing evidence of fraud or counting errors, but instead she waited two months until the Democrat-controlled House had been seated. She has now petitioned House Democrats to overrule Iowa’s recount, evict Republican Miller-Meeks, and seat her instead.

Hart’s justification is that she objects to the fact that different Iowa counties used different recount standards, yet Hart herself pushed machine recounts in Republican-run counties while calling for hand recounts in Democrat-run counties (not at all suspicious).

The Democrat hypocrisy is so glaring that even a few Democrats are grumbling about it.

Democrats ridiculed every effort by President Trump to ensure election integrity. They called his accusations of fraud a danger to American democracy and condemned the dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and the Republican Party to contest the legality of votes cast where Democrat governors, secretaries of state, and unelected judges unilaterally rewrote election law under the guise of accommodating COVID restrictions.

And though far too late to make a difference, courts are now ruling that Democrats did indeed violate the law and the limits of their constitutional authority.

Apparently, claims of fraud, election rigging conspiracy theoriesquestioning the legitimacy of elections, and working to overturn election results are only bad when done by Republicans.

Unfortunately, as National Review’s Dan McLaughlin points out, “If misbehaving Republican politicians often embarrass the party’s intellectuals, misbehaving Democrats have their side’s scholars and pundits whispering in their ears like Iago, urging them to ever-more-radical steps.”

He’s referencing in particular a recent California Law Review article by Harvard Law School professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos calling on Democrats to take insanely radical steps to permanently rig elections in their favor. In support, he pulls from the recent writings of former Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan, who now serves as the deputy attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of Joe Biden’s (Social) Justice Department.

Stephanopoulos calls for Democrats to do what they have already threatened to do — end the Senate filibuster, stack the Supreme Court, grant statehood to DC and Puerto Rico, enact the National Popular Vote scheme, etc.

What makes Stephanopoulos’s rantings so dangerous is that he calls on Democrats to give their naked power grab the patina of legitimacy by using constitutional authority in ways never considered or authorized before.

For example, Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution grants Congress the power to “be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members.” Stephanopoulos wants the Democrat-controlled House and Senate to evict Republican members who win under Republican-written state election laws.

Additionally, Article IV, Section 4 grants the president emergency powers under the Guarantee Clause, which ensures every state has “a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion…”

Stephanopoulous calls on Biden to use this power to dictate the terms of state election laws by executive order, invalidating any elections not conforming to his demands. And not just to federal elections, but elections and policies down to the local level.

He openly acknowledges his attempt to short-circuit constitutional checks and balances, contemptuously arguing, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”

And what has brought about these “desperate times”? According to Stephanopoulous, “American democracy is in real peril thanks to the malapportioned Senate, the obsolete Electoral College, voter suppression, gerrymandering, and so on…” The first two are written into the Constitution, and his definition of voter suppression includes requiring photo ID.

And why these specific recommendations? Because they have the advantage of bypassing constitutional checks and balances, giving Democrats “tools that can be blunted by neither a Senate filibuster nor a hostile Court.”

When discussing his proposed weaponization of the Guarantee Clause, Stephanopoulos says, “The President [as] head of the executive branch … could take whatever steps she thinks are necessary to prevent states from lapsing into nonrepublicanism or to remedy antirepublican abuses. The only limits on the President’s discretion are that exigent circumstances must exist and that Congress must be unwilling or unable to act.”

Congress’s refusal to act, to be a rubber stamp for a dictatorial president, is the exact same justification Barack Obama used when he unilaterally and unconstitutionally used his “pen and phone” to create law.

Make no mistake: The Democrats’ endeavor in Iowa is not just part of a power grab. It is one skirmish in an all-out assault on America’s republican, federalist form of government. It is an effort to destroy checks and balances on power and usher in a permanent Democrat rule. It is an assault on the very concept of Liberty and self-government.

It must be stopped.

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HR 1 Is Rotten Through and Through

The Democrats’ HR 1 is a naked and undemocratic power grab — in addition to being utterly unworkable.

Douglas Andrews

When someone serves you a plate of rotten meat, you refuse to eat it because it’s rotten — not because you don’t like the plate on which it was served.

Yet the latter is essentially what the deep-thinking Jessica Huseman at the progressive Daily Beast has done in an article titled “How This Voting Rights Bill Could Turn the Next Election Into a [Charlie Foxtrot].” Indeed, Huseman undressed HR 1, the Democrats’ ridiculously named “For the People Act,” not because it’s a power-grabbing abomination but rather because she thinks it’s technically unworkable.

“The For the People Act is, truthfully, the best piece of legislation proposed to standardize and ensure voting rights for all,” she cluelessly begins. “But the bar is low for voting bills, and this one barely clears it. While the tenets of the bill are laudable [no, they’re not] … it comes packed with deadlines and requirements election administrators cannot possibly meet without throwing their systems into chaos.”

Let’s set aside, for a moment, that fundamentally correct conclusion to remember that HR 1 is, in the words of our Louis DeBroux, “a massive power grab by Democrats that takes the worst aspects of the 2020 elections and puts them into federal law.”

Thus, if you liked the buttery-smooth means by which the 2020 election was conducted — the lawsuits, the recounts, the audits, the allegations of rampant fraud in Democrat-controlled big cities — you’ll love HR 1. As DeBroux continues, “Democrats aim to dictate from Capitol Hill election law for every single state, county, and city. HR 1 intentionally weakens election security, creating the very lawlessness and discord that made the last election such a nightmare and guaranteeing that it’s the norm for all future elections.”

So, what’s not to like?

To listen to the Daily Beaster, HR 1’s flaws are mostly in the means of execution. “Many of the changes the bill demands of election administrators are literally impossible to implement,” Huseman writes. “Others would significantly raise the cost of elections but provide no assured long-term funding. It empowers an agency — the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission — that was criticized less than a year ago for mismanagement and fecklessness by the same Democrats promoting this bill. And, perversely to its purpose, the bill would make elections less secure by forcing states to rush gargantuan changes on deeply unrealistic time frames.”

Again, she’s missing the trees for the forest. HR 1 takes a very bad situation — voters’ lack of confidence in our current electoral system — and proposes to make it much worse.

“There is a reason,” writes veteran political analyst John Fund, “Nancy Pelosi has called her 791-page bill, stuffed as it is with her favorite election-related changes, House of Representatives Bill Number 1 or HR 1. It’s that important to her. She has convinced or pressured every single House Democrat to co-sponsor. … Should the power grab masquerading as HR 1 become law it will represent only the latest distortion of democracy. It will undermine confidence in the system far more than anything Donald Trump attempted.”

For the last word, though, let’s leave it to the folks who’ll be responsible for implementing HR 1: “Listen, I’ll do this — if the law passes, I’ll follow it,” said one state-level Democrat election director in the Southeast who declined to be named. “But I can’t guarantee it’s not going to be a total clusterf—k the first election.”

“I don’t know what they were thinking, honestly,” said the head of an elections nonprofit. “It’s a bad bill. The goals might be admirable, but it’s a f—ing bad bill.”

It’s hard to disagree with this assessment, vulgar though it is. Except for the part about HR 1’s goals being admirable. They’re not. This bill is a naked and undemocratic power grab, and an ill-conceived one at that. And if ever there were a reason to retain the Senate’s filibuster, HR 1 is it.

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Businesses Embracing CRT

Several Fortune 500 companies are implementing CRT training that’s expressly racist against white people.

Thomas Gallatin

Using the popular buzz words “equity,” “diversity,” and “inclusivity,” businesses across the country have begun embracing the zeitgeist of the woke “anti-racism” movement, all in an apparent effort to ensure they’re standing on the “right” side of history the culture war. Via so-called diversity and inclusion departments, an increasing number of Fortune 500 companies are actively “training” their employees to adhere to the world of woke.

One example comes from America’s largest insurance company, Cigna, which the Washington Examiner reports “allegedly told employees not to hire white men as part of the company’s broader race theory campaign.” Cigna has apparently embraced Critical Race Theory and is seeking to indoctrinate its employees in this new woke dogma and then hold them to it.

Several Cigna employees are ringing alarm bells over the “sensitivity training” they are expected to undergo, which they consider racist and discriminatory — because the training is in fact racist and discriminatory. The sensitivity training counsels employees to work against “microaggressions” attributed to being “white,” “Christian,” or “heterosexual.” The company also recommends leftist “anti-racism” source materials such as Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility and Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist.

But Cigna is only one of several major U.S. companies pushing CRT, usually via their aforementioned diversity and inclusivity departments. Both Morgan Stanley and Deloitte are putting their employees through this training, with the former accused of implementing an anti-white quota hiring system while the latter threatens to punish employees for unintentional “microaggressions.” And we’re only scratching the surface in how American Big Business has really gotten woke in recent years.

This culture war is just heating up, and if allowed to continue down its current track, eventually everyone will be forced to capitulate to the woke narrative or risk being canceled — and not just from social media, but from their very jobs and livelihoods.

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For the People?

Democrats sure do have a way of twisting words to hide their true intent.

Roger Helle

I’m so thankful for those in Washington, DC, who are concerned about us and want to take care of us. What would we do without them?

Nancy Pelosi is so concerned about us that she came up with HR 1, the “For the People Act.” The question is, just “who” are those people she’s worried about?

If you thought the last presidential election process was the smoothest ever, you’ll love this legislation. The rest of us? Well, not so much. I’ve talked about how words once had meaning. Bills passed by Congress, especially ones crafted by Democrats, are masterpieces of disinformation. Anyone remember Pelosi’s monstrous ObamaCare legislation? “We have to pass it,” Pelosi said, “to find out what’s in it.” How’s that working out?

HR 1 is another huge pile of legislative dung. It’s only 800 pages compared to ObamaCare’s 900-plus pages, which no one read. If any Republican senator votes for this bill, he or she needs to be voted out of office. I can’t go into all of the serious problems it will cause, but I’ll hit some highlights.

This bill will basically mean DC will control all voting law from here on out. It is designed, as I understand it, to override state legislation passed to ensure voting integrity. Democrats have to do this because, well, all you Red State residents are bigots and racists, so leftists will make the right laws for you. No worries!

No voter ID will be required. I could walk into a polling place and say “I’m Alfred E. Newman” (you have to be of a certain age to know who he is) and vote. Apparently anywhere.

The handling of absentee ballots will be so sloppy that there will be no chain of custody and no witnesses of signatures, all while states will make them available to anyone for any reason.

Voter rolls cannot be purged of people who have moved or died. We all know of states where dead people vote every election. Noncitizens would be able to vote with no problems. You don’t have to decide whether or not you want to register to vote — the government will do that for you. This will result in people with multiple registrations. But hey, you can never have too many ballots coming to you, right? Online registrations would be a blessing to hackers and cybercriminals.

HR 1 imposes onerous regulatory restrictions on political speech, including online and policy-related speech by candidates, citizens, civic groups, unions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. It would authorize the IRS to investigate and consider the political and policy positions on nonprofit organizations when they apply for tax-exempt status. What could possibly go wrong?

It would set up a public funding program for candidates running for Congress. Your tax dollars could go to support candidates the Left chooses to fund. And we’re just barely scratching the surface.

The time of putting our heads in the sand is over. Every conservative Patriot needs to let their senators know what they think of this legislation. Don’t assume you know how they feel about this. It’s amazing how, when push comes to shove, the backbone completely disappears from some politicians.

Doing nothing will mean the Democrats won and we have surrendered our liberties! This legislation is NOT for “We the People.” It’s a leftist gift bag.

Something to think about?

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In Brief: ID for Vaccines, but Not Voting?

Democrats’ objection to voter ID laws is an objection to common sense.

Democrats have long contended that requiring ID for voting equates to voter suppression, yet they have no problem requiring IDs for just about everything else — including for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Veteran political analyst John Fund recently observed this brazen political double standard and how the self-proclaimed “fact-checker” Snopes dubiously sought to cover for Democrat hypocrisy.

Fund notes that requiring an ID for voting is supported by the vast majority of Americans.

The vast majority of Americans agree. In a poll taken last month by Scott Rasmussen, adults opposed — by 64 percent to 30 percent — Democratic attempts in their H.R. 1 election bill to effectively nullify state laws requiring photo ID. Every key demographic group supported photo ID, including African Americans, who split 50 percent to 41 percent in favor. Other polls have shown margins in favor of ID that are equal to or greater than Rasmussen’s numbers.

Yet Democrats continue to push the false narrative that voter ID equals voter suppression specifically targeting black voters.

Eric Holder, President Obama’s attorney general, went so far as to claim in 2012 that “recent studies indicate that 25 percent of African American voting-age citizens, lack a government-issued photo ID.” He vowed that his department wouldn’t allow ID laws to “disenfranchise” voters.

Such a claim is in reality amazingly racist.

It is both preposterous and patronizing to assert that one out of four African Americans lacks a photo ID when such a document is essential for so many things in life — from signing up for Medicare to cashing a check to entering the federal building where Holder used to work.

Also absurd are claims that vaccine access, unlike voting, is not a constitutional right and therefore different. The Supreme Court has ruled that buying a gun is a Second Amendment right, but you need a photo ID to do it. The Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional civil right. But almost every jurisdiction in the country requires those seeking marriage — of whatever kind — to present a valid ID.

The real reason behind the Democrats’ objection to voter ID laws is that they help to thwart voter fraud.

Sometimes Democrats let what they really think slip. Project Veritas, the guerrilla filmmaking group headed by James O’Keefe, has routinely captured Democrats on camera admitting they know about extensive voter fraud.

Fund concludes that objecting to voter ID is in reality an objection to common sense.

As much as Democrats claim that Americans shouldn’t have to show ID as part of voting, reality and common sense keep intruding on their argument. I’m glad that something as valuable as getting a life-saving vaccine required me to show my ID. Why shouldn’t the valuable gold of democracy — ballots — receive at least as much protection?

Read the full article here.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • On second thought… Majority of voters now want to finish Trump’s wall as crisis intensifies (Washington Times)

“The Senate Opportunity Fund’s polling now shows 38% opposed and 53% in support of the wall. Much of the change appears to be among those on the left. The Chicago Council poll showed 85% of Democrats opposed to the wall, but the Senate Opportunity Fund found 63% of liberals opposed. On Capitol Hill, some senators who were wary of Mr. Trump’s wall-building plans now say completing the barrier should be part of any border strategy Mr. Biden pursues as he tries to control the surge.”

  • President Biden under fire for border wall cash freeze (Politico)

“On his first day in office, Biden hit pause on billions of dollars set to be spent on his predecessor’s long-touted barrier between the U.S. and Mexico while his administration figured out next steps for the money. Now the Government Accountability Office is launching a review to determine whether the new president broke the law by freezing the money in violation of budget rules designed to keep Congress in control of the cash flow, the federal watchdog confirmed this week.”

National Security

  • Administration expelled just 13% of nearly 13,000 family members in past week (Axios)
  • Non compos mentis: Biden still hasn’t nominated commissioner for agency that oversees the border (Examiner)
  • Montana governor understandably threatens legal action if feds fly migrants from southern border (Examiner)
  • North Korea fires short-range missiles in challenge to Biden (Washington Post) | But administration dismisses the tests (Washington Times)

Cancel Culture

  • Cincinnati professor who called COVID-19 “the Chinese virus” loses job (NY Post)
  • Trump Hotels dropped by major luxury travel agency network (Examiner)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Rainbow Mafia hauls Jack Phillips into court again, this time for refusing to bake a cake celebrating a man’s “transition” (The Federalist)
  • BLM anarchists mob store in Rochester, New York, trapping 100 customers inside (Daily Wire)
  • Slippery slope fallout: Two Massachusetts towns create legal polyamorous partnerships (Daily Signal)
  • Church of England may impose ethnic quota for clergy (Disrn)

Other Notables

  • Senate confirms Vivek H. Murthy — who fallaciously thinks “gun violence” is a public health crisis — as surgeon general (Washington Post)
  • Selfish Chicago Teachers Union tells members not to reveal that they’ve been vaccinated so they can continue to work from home (Not the Bee)
  • Pandemic unemployment benefits fraud could top $200 billion (Fox Business)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The everything bubble: How a debt-driven economy creates more frequent crises (Mises Institute)
  • Policy: The social cost of carbon and climate sensitivity is model manipulation at its finest (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Neighbors with “Black Lives Matter,” “Asian Lives Matter,” and “Hispanic Lives Matter” yard signs getting awfully close to “All Lives Matter” (Babylon Bee)

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.” —John Hay (1838-1905)

Upright: “Earmarks are useful to presidents or congressional leaders seeking to boost legislation that cannot succeed on its own merits, and they can help vulnerable incumbents win reelection by showing off their ability to bring home the occasional slab of bacon. But neither of those outcomes is in the public interest. A bill that can’t pass on its own merits shouldn’t pass. An incumbent who has lost the support of voters shouldn’t be reelected. Public funds are supposed to be spent on public purposes, not on wink-and-nod deals intended to benefit ‘well-connected businesses, campaign donors, and others who could afford a high-priced lobbyist,” to quote Senator Marco Rubio.’“ —Jeff Jacoby

Re: The Left: “Is there anti-Asian racism in America? Of course. Ethnic bigotry is a tragic part of the human condition. There is no country in which members of different races live that is bereft of ethnic or racial bigotry. Therefore, the only question decent, wise or honest people ask is: How much? And the answer in America is: very, very little. But the left lacks decency, wisdom and honesty. Therefore, it offers continuous reporting about anti-Asian racism, most of which so wildly exaggerates the issue as to constitute a lie.” —Dennis Prager

For the record: “According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics from September 2019, blacks have committed the greatest percentage of violent crimes against Asian Americans. But the mendacious media do not report that.” —Dennis Prager

Political futures: “Over the weekend, Fox News visited a migrant camp on the Mexican side of the border. It had to go to Mexico because the Biden administration is preventing the media from taking pictures at our border detention facilities. Think about that for a moment. There’s more freedom of the press on the Mexican side of the border than the American side! But what Fox News found in Tijuana is deeply troubling. There are 1,000 migrants in just one of the camps. The flag flying over that camp is not the Mexican flag or even the American flag. No, it’s a huge Biden 2020 flag, and many migrants are wearing clothing with Biden’s campaign logo. … Never forget what the main point is from the progressive point of view: Open borders is just another Democrat voter registration drive. Maybe not next year, but down the road Democrats will guarantee that today’s illegal immigrants become tomorrow’s Democrat voters.” —Gary Bauer

Sad but true: “The media had planned to spend the rest of the week talking about the Boulder shooting but will now have to find something else to talk about since the shooter is a Syrian immigrant…” —Matt Walsh

Observations: “Gun control assumes that government and government bodies won’t use force against their own citizens. It assumes they are trustworthy. And they are anything but.” —Sydney Watson

The bottom line: “Every state is a border state until we secure the southern border.” —Senator Marsha Blackburn

The BIG Lie: “There is a problem at the border, but it is not remotely a ‘crisis.’ It’s an administrative challenge that could be solved easily with more resources and clear policy — not even ranking with, say, the importance of securing loose nuclear material, much less the ongoing global pandemic, or the truly civilization-threatening crisis of climate change. The mainstream media is in effect collaborating with Republicans to stoke unreasoning xenophobic panic. … The most honest criticism of Biden’s immigration record is that he has not reversed Trump’s appalling, illegal practices fast enough.” —The Week’s Ryan Cooper

Grand delusions: “The Biden administration has [the border] under control.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Race bait: “The battle against D.C. statehood is rooted in anti-Black racism.” —Kyla Sommers in The Washington Post (Actually, as Jeff Jacoby explains, “Article I, Section 8 provides explicitly for a national capital that would not be part of a state nor treated as a state, but rather a unique enclave under the exclusive authority of Congress — a neutral ‘district’ in which representatives of all the states could meet on an equal footing to conduct the nation’s business.”)

And last… “Best argument for DC statehood: The other 50 states could secede from it.” —Jon Gabriel

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Once Again Dems Are Going After Guns Instead Of The Real Problem!

Guests: Suzanne Gallagher and Luna Lopez President Biden is considering executive action on gun control in the wake of two mass shootings in less than a week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday. Psaki did not specify what action Biden might take. “We are considering a range of levers, including working through legislation, including executive action,” Psaki told reporters. “That has been under discussion and will continue to be under discussion.” From: RT

Hemingway: Pentagon’s Problem Isn’t Money, It’s Woke Ideology And Weak Generals

‘Our military has turned into something that thinks its job is to push social justice instead of defending the country from foreign adversaries,’ she said. ‘No amount of money will fix that.’

Source: Hemingway: Pentagon’s Problem Isn’t Money, It’s Woke Ideology And Weak Generals

Nobody’s ‘coming after your guns,’ says Kamala Harris, who campaigned on coming after guns | RT USA News

Nobody’s ‘coming after your guns,’ says Kamala Harris, who campaigned on coming after guns

As the Biden administration launches a new push for gun control, Vice President Kamala Harris insists that nobody’s “coming after your guns.” With Harris on record saying the exact opposite, will anyone believe her?

Speaking to CBS News on Wednesday, Harris urged Congress to pass a pair of bills that would strengthen background checks for weapon purchases. The bills were recently passed by the Democrat-controlled House, but need a 60-vote majority in the Senate. With control of the Senate split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, they are unlikely to pass, even after two high-profile mass shootings in the past two weeks.

Harris scolded Republicans who equate gun control with “getting rid of the Second Amendment,” telling them to “stop pushing the false choice that this means everybody’s trying to come after your guns, that is not what we’re talking about.”

Harris’ appeal echoes President Biden’s call for “common sense” gun laws, a call he made on Tuesday, one day after alleged gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa murdered 10 people in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.

However, gun owners and Second Amendment advocates are unlikely to be moved by her promise not to “come after” their guns. For one thing, Joe Biden explicitly vowed on the campaign trail to rid America of “assault weapons,” a term ascribed by Democrats to hundreds of weapons, from certain shotguns to pistols to the ubiquitous AR-15 rifle. Asked in 2019 by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if “a Biden administration… will come for my guns?” Biden answered: “Bingo, you’re right if you have an assault weapon… they should be illegal, period.”

His plan to “end our gun violence epidemic” includes promises to ban the sale of these weapons by reinstituting a Clinton-era law, to register all existing weapons on a federal database, to implement a mandatory buyback scheme, and to ban all online firearms sales. However, these actions are the purview of Congress, and Biden can push for them as much as he wants, but they ultimately won’t pass without Republican votes in the Senate.

Both Biden and Harris are aware of this, hence their pleas to lawmakers. Biden can take executive action, and Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that he is “considering a range” of executive orders, but their scope is far more limited and temporary than any laws passed by Congress.

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Yet before she was vice president, Harris announced during her own presidential campaign that she wouldn’t wait for Congress to act. She asserted in 2019 that she would ban the importation of AR-15 style rifles, mandate “near universal background checks,” implement mandatory buybacks, and make gun manufacturers criminally liable for mass shootings, all by executive order if necessary and within her first 100 days in office. When Biden stressed during a debate that she had “no constitutional authority” to do this, Harris responded: “Hey Joe, instead of saying ‘No, we can’t,’ let’s say ‘Yes, we can.’”

Harris was gung-ho about depriving Americans of their beloved AR-15s, as was fellow candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman. O’Rourke also campaigned on the idea of a mandatory buyback scheme, but drew far more attention than Harris after he said that taking Americans’ rifles is “exactly what we’re going to do… Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government.”

While the conservative media and the gun lobby honed in on O’Rourke’s statement, Harris told reporters that compulsory buybacks were “a great idea,” and promised to do the same if elected.

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However, campaign trail rhetoric is just that. Barack Obama tried and failed to reintroduce the Clinton-era assault weapons ban in 2013, but fell foul of Congress. Even though his party had a 55-45 majority in the Senate at the time, no Republicans could be convinced to break ranks and put the bill over the 60-vote threshold. In the absence of legislation, Obama fired off a slew of anti-gun executive orders in 2013 and again in 2016, which went some way toward strengthening background checks and strengthened enforcement of existing gun laws, but fell short of curbing the number of so-called ‘assaut weapons’ sold in the US.

As such, Biden and Harris may have every intention of getting these weapons off the streets, but barring a shakeup of Congress in next year’s midterm elections, gun owners and enthusiasts are safe, for now.

Source: Nobody’s ‘coming after your guns,’ says Kamala Harris, who campaigned on coming after guns

Biden supports ending the Senate filibuster, holds meeting to outline push for far-left legislation to transform America

President Joe Biden reportedly held a closed-door meeting with historians to discuss his support for ending the Senate filibuster and his plans to push through massive legislative packages, according to a new report from Axios.

Source: Biden supports ending the Senate filibuster, holds meeting to outline push for far-left legislation to transform America

Lindsey Graham: GOP Will ‘Shut the Senate Down’ If Denied Access to Border Facilities

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that Republicans will “shut down” the Senate if he and other senators are denied access to Border Patrol facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday. “I am going down [to the border] with 18 senators Friday, and if I’m denied the ability to look into any place I want to go, we’re going to shut the Senate down,” he said in an interview with Fox News. “Where are all the liberal hypocrites?

Source: Lindsey Graham: GOP Will ‘Shut the Senate Down’ If Denied Access to Border Facilities

Joe Biden’s DHS Frees 23.4K Border Crossers into U.S. in Two Months

President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released at least more than 23,400 border crossers into the United States interior since February, data Breitbart News has reviewed reveals.

Source: Joe Biden’s DHS Frees 23.4K Border Crossers into U.S. in Two Months

Study finds link between flu shots and protection from Covid-19 infection, but scientists don’t understand why | RT – Daily news

Study finds link between flu shots and protection from Covid-19 infection, but scientists don’t understand why

A new study by researchers in Michigan found a strange and somewhat inexplicable link between flu vaccination and the reduced risk and severity of Covid-19 infection.

The scientists pored over medical records from more than 27,000 patients tested for Covid-19 up to and including July 2020.

Of the 27,201 participants in the study, those who had received their influenza vaccine in the previous year were less likely to test positive for the coronavirus than their flu-jab-free counterparts, with 1,218, or 4.5%, testing positive, in line with national averages.

After controlling for demographic variables such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, and underlying medical conditions, only 4% of flu vaccine recipients tested positive for Covid-19, but that number rose to 4.9% positive cases in the unvaccinated cohort.

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While the difference between the two groups may appear to be rather modest, it accounts for a 24% reduction in the odds of testing positive for coronavirus, which is not to be sniffed at.

The reason for this statistically significant discrepancy is still something of a mystery, and may not be because of any medical reason, but instead, the result of more responsible lifestyle choices on the part of the individuals concerned, though this has yet to be definitively proven.

“It is possible that patients who receive their flu vaccine are also people who are practicing more social distancing and following CDC guidelines,” says cardiologist Marion Hofmann Bowman of the University of Michigan.

“However, it is also plausible that there could be a direct biological effect of the flu vaccine on the immune system relevant for the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

One possible explanation may be something called ‘trained immunity,’ via which patients who have previously been exposed to unrelated pathogens have a more ‘primed’ immune system that is ready and able to fight off a new pathogen, with varying degrees of success. The cross-reactivity of vaccines is an area of great interest, but will require years of research before any definitive causal links can be proven.

Similar results have been borne out in previous studies from around the world, but within the Michigan cohort at least, Covid-19 patients who had received their flu vaccine in the previous year were less likely to require hospitalization and ventilation.

Source: Study finds link between flu shots and protection from Covid-19 infection, but scientists don’t understand why