“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
In addressing questions about the Covid-19 vaccinations being pushed by the devil’s globalist cabal, “evangelist” Franklin Graham recently stated, “I think if there were vaccines available in the time of Christ, Jesus would have made reference to them and used them.” We explain in this message why we think Jesus would instead tell us not to listen to Franklin Graham, who like his earthly father Billy is also of his spiritual father the devil.
As part of Global Citizen’s Recovery Plan for the World campaign, VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World will bring together artists, entertainers, world leaders, and more to support vaccine equity around the world.
Shakespeare wrote that“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances…”, and our global stage right now, for watchers of bible prophecy, is a very crowded place alive with more end times activity than you could shake a stick it. In my mind’s eyes, I see Habakkuk up in Heaven right now, beaming from ear to ear, silently saying to himself, “yeah, the LORD used me to write that, wow.”
“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” Habakkuk 1:5 (KJB)
Take, for example, the players in our story today, the fine folks from Global Citizen, truly an organization that looks like it fell out of one of those cheesy-yet-eerily-accurate Christian prophecy movies from the 1990’s. They are holding a One World concert in May, to ‘reunite the world’, and raise awareness to fulfill Bill Gates stated mission to vaccinate the world. And not just vaccinate, but microchip everyone as well. Stay close to the LORD, and don’t stray too far off the pages of that book of absolute truth you have in your hand, that dusty, old and archaic King James Bible that’s more up to date than tomorrow’s headlines. “Global Citizen’…”Reunite The World”…”Vaccinate Everyone”, you can’t make this stuff up.
‘VAX LIVE’: The Concert from Global Citizen to Reunite the World and Ensure Everyone Has Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
FROM GLOBAL CITIZEN: The pandemic has shaken health care systems around the world over the past year, exposing the dangers of vaccine nationalism and how structural inequalities prevent people from receiving equal access to care. But a global recovery is underway, with more people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 every day and wealthy countries pledging to donate vaccines to low-income nations.
With support from the World Health Organization (WHO), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Italian Prime Minister and G20 Chair Mario Draghi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Norwegian Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, and the State of California, VAX LIVE will be hosted by Selena Gomez and feature performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R.
“I’m honored to be hosting VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,” said Selena Gomez. “This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably, and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
The broadcast will air on Saturday, May 8, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC, CBS, YouTube, and iHeart broadcast radio stations and the iHeartRadio App, and at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT on FOX.
YouTube will stream an extended version of VAX LIVE on Global Citizen’s channel, which will include additional performances and appearances by NCT 127 and YouTube creators Daniel El Travieso, Kati Morton, ShootforLove, Thembe Mahlaba, and The Try Guys. READ MORE
(Montana Daily Gazette) If things were alright in Christendom, this article would largely be unnecessary. Orthodox believers happily admit the existence of that which is ἀδιάφορα (adiaphora), or indifference, in the Greek tongue. The concept refers to that which is neither necessarily right, nor necessarily wrong (like hairstyles, food choices, or eating meat sacrificed to idols).
But thanks to the infiltration of Social Religionists into American evangelicalism who are happy to abusively eisegete the Scriptures to promote whatever insanely radical soapbox they are standing upon at the moment, there is a bevy of articles circulating the Internet from Scripture-twisting daisies who fancy themselves experts at finding hidden Biblical Easter eggs that promote their own trite perspectives.
Take, for example, an interview with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) president and Democrat activist, Russell Moore, which was published five short days ago. Moore, whose job is to promote Christian religious liberty, has repeatedly chastized churches for remaining open during the COVID lockdowns, has promoted mask-wearing a “pro-life issue,” and generally has been a Quisling apologist for whatever unnecessarily stringent standards have been imposed upon people of faith.
The leading Southern Baptist, who once said he wishes his wife was more like Hillary Clinton (gross), repeated the Bible-molesting notion that “loving thy neighbor” requires following whatever guidelines a government-funded board of bureacrats tell us to do, despite whether or not competing scientific data says it’s stupid.
Far from an expert on health matters – Russell Moore seems only an expert on Critical Theory – he claimed multiple times “we have adequate data” to substantiate the necessity of the COVID-19 vaccine. It leaves one to wonder who the “we” is and whether or not Moore received a medical degree in between bashing pastors for not closing their churches and lobbying for Mosques to open.
As a pastor of 20 years, the publisher of major and impactful Christian news publications, and a theologian and polemicist, let me opine on the subject. After all, I received my medical degree from the same school as Russell Moore.
THERE IS NO CHRISTIAN ARGUMENT AGAINST VACCINES PER SE
First things first, there is no Biblical prohibition against vaccinations. At least, there is no prohibition against the mere concept of vaccinations. While some fringe religious cults, for example, the Church of Christian Science and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, forbid injections or transfusions and other such medical treatments, orthodox Christianity has never opposed Western Medicine. Several religions with dietary restrictions, such as Judaism and Islam, take into consideration whether or not vaccines are Kosher or Halal. Christians, who were instructed to reject dietary restrictions in Acts 15 and the Galatian epistle, have no such restrictions forbidding us from vaccinations for such reasons.
There are, of course, some ethical considerations for the Christian, based upon the vaccine being considered. Most ethicists, and I concur, would reject outright any vaccine that actively uses material procured from babies murdered in abortion. Some vaccines, commonly taken in America, fit this description. Some other vaccines are derived from cell lines originally procured from murdered infants, but do not use dead babies in their production. In the former case, Christians should reject such vaccinations. However, in the latter – vaccines derived from babies who have been aborted, but which do not require newly murdered babies to produce them – is a trickier subject.
Several COVID-19 vaccines were produced using cell lines HEK-293 from a baby murdered in 1973, and PER.C6, a retinal cell line from a murdered baby in 1985. However, these vaccines did not and do not require newly acquired baby corpses to produce the vaccines injected into your body. In other words, no babies had to die in order for you to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Christians rejecting the vaccines because murdered infants played a part in their development post-mortem should be honored and their opinion respected. Christians who would argue that because no additional babies had to die, and using the cell lines does not require additional deaths, the vaccines are ethical.
I am of that number that laments the deaths of those babies and can call it murder, but would not reject subsequent research and vaccine development procured from those wicked tragedies. I fall into this category because “inconsistency is the sign of a failed argument” and many life-saving medical discoveries were made possible by the horrible and inexcusable experiments conducted upon innocent people at the hands of the Nazis. While we do not and must not excuse what happened in the Final Solution, once in existence, treatments for various ailments can be used without guilt being imputed to the sick who have benefited from that inexcusable behavior. And it should be needless to say, but I will say it, that no amount of potential health benefits justifies taking a single innocent human life.
Although Christians, like myself, are supernaturalists – believing in the power of God to work miracles – it does not discount the blessings of Common Grace that allows men the intellect to develop life-saving medicine. Christians praise and glorify God for giving men the ingenuity to develop scientific and medical advancements that save lives and give a better quality of life. Ergo, being vaccinated is not a sign of a faith deficiency.
THERE IS A CHRISTIAN ARGUMENT AGAINST SOME VACCINES, PER QUOD
However, just because the Bible does not explicitly condemn vaccinations, does not mean that every vaccine is ethical or wise. Neither does it imply that Christians have a duty to vaccinate, just because Christians have the right to vaccinate. This is where the Social Religionists like Russell Moore err. Chiefly, it’s this; just because we are not forbidden from vaccinating, it does not imply we must vaccinate.
The Bible is explicitly clear that God created man with a capacity for free will, at least within reason and a necessary asterisk* included. We are free, as Luther would argue, to do that which is in accordance to our nature, the only thing to which our will is in bondage. While man’s will is always somewhat thwarted by the nature of sin in which he was born, God has granted to men what we Baptists call soul liberty. This concept – soul liberty, or sometimes called soul competency – implies that God has granted men the capacity (and responsibility) to choose rightly. This concept, soul liberty, is why Baptists, in particular, believe in the Separation of Church and State (so long as that term is properly understood in its original context). We would argue that men cannot coerce or force other men to believe what they ought to believe. God is the ultimate judge of men, and he shall coerce them in his own due time (Philippians 2:10-11).
When determining whether or not we should vaccinate, presuming the vaccination in question presents no real ethical dilemma, Christians are free under God’s Law to weigh the costs and benefits of each vaccination and to determine if it is right, or helpful, for ourselves and for our children.
One might at this point ask why a Christian would choose not to vaccinate, if God allows it. As the expression goes, “There are no dumb questions,” but this one fits the description. It would be like asking why we would not choose to eat pickled pigs’ feet if we are allowed by God to do so. While it’s allowable, it may not suit our pallet.
For example, the HPV vaccine is beneficial in stopping the development of the human papillomavirus, most often caused by sexual promiscuity and leading predominately to cervical cancer in women. While this seems beneficial, the HPV vaccine also has side effects that include some long-term consequences. The side effects are rare, but possible according to the CDC and FDA. As a Christian man in a Christian household, I believe that my household is better served by teaching my daughters not to be promiscuous whores than by injecting them with a vaccine that presupposes they’ll eventually become one. And as a free man with soul liberty, that’s my rightful choice. I recognize the pagan culture presumes my daughters will eventually be wayward, like their own, but I will take that risk and presume upon the kindness of Christ it is not so.
But in regard to the COVID-19 vaccine in particular, other principles apply. The FDA has approved the three COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), and not under conventional licensing which ordinarily takes two years to determine through extensive testing whether or not the vaccine is safe for the general public.
The FDA warns that the COVID-19 vaccine is “an investigational vaccine not licensed for any indication.” Furthermore, all vaccines must be distributed with the warning, “promotional material relating to the Covid-19 Vaccine clearly and conspicuously … state that this product has not been approved or licensed by the FDA, but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA.”
Ergo, when health officials tell us that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, they are guessing. None of the regular protocols in place by the FDA to ensure a pharmaceutical drug or vaccine is truly safe is in place. The vaccines created out of a program called “Operation Lightspeed” have circumnavigated virtually all the regular protocols to ensure their safety.
While I do not fault the FDA for granting an Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 vaccines given the panic surrounding the virus, it is simply factually untrue that the vaccine has been vetted in any of the usual ways vaccines are vetted. In short, if you take the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s the equivalent of being in an experimental study that usually takes place before a vaccine is released to the general public.
Combined with the reality that only .06% of those who test positive for COVID-19 die from the virus, and that the vast majority of them are geriatric, and that the median age for death from COVID-19 (78-years-old) is the exact same age as the median lifespan in the United States, a coherent cost-benefit analysis does not justify vaccination for young and healthy people.
Typically, evangelical Christian leaders who are demanding we vaccinate ourselves against the novel coronavirus do so while quoting Dr. Anthony Fauci, the CDC, or the World Health Organization as though they were the 13th, 14th, and 15th Apostles of Christ. But unlike the inspired authors, these men and organizations have been fantastically wrong on very significant points regarding COVID-19 repeatedly. Among those evangelicals telling us it’s our duty to vaccinate, scarcely can you find one to honestly acknowledge that these “experts” have been wrong on almost everything, from the beginning.
The Christian disciple, however, intuitively “tests all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). We believe the Holy Bible not out of mere blind faith or helpless fideism, but because we believe that the Scripture’s testimony accords to history and objective reality. Christianity is an intellectual, thinking man’s religion. It is against our nature to hear truth claims – whether made by “experts” or not – and to take them at face value without careful investigation. After all, even the disciples personally inspected Jesus’ empty tomb before they reported his resurrection.
Watching evangelicals, like Russell Moore (above), quote the CDC or WHO as though they were inspired apostles leaves a bad taste in the mouth of genuine believers. Their affection, zeal, and doting admiration for Anthony Fauci render him a messiah figure to the evangelical left that surpasses even their appreciation for the Lord Christ.
Most of all, Christians must reject the notion that the vaccine is the key to “getting life back to normal.” Moore said in his interview…
I think that the emphasis ought to be on what’s possible, if we get vaccinated in large numbers, the way we actually can get back to — we want to be together again. We want to be able to get as close back to normal as we can. And that’s probably especially true for people who are religious communities, because we believe we ought to be congregated together.”
JD Greear, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention and leader in its leftward sojourn, also said something similar when he tweeted out a photo of himself receiving the vaccine, claiming that medical science would “allow us to get back to normal.” It was nearly identical to a tweet of Russell Mooore – wearing two face masks alone in his car – made on the way to receive his vaccination.
Christians must take exception with this notion, that vaccinations are the key to living a victorious, normal life. Greear shut down his church through the entirety of 2020, even while abortion clinics, bars, and marijuana dispensaries were open in his church’s neighborhood. In the plainest of possible terms, the church never needed to close to begin with (the facts on COVID-19 asymptomatic transmittal and its mortality rate demonstrate this irrefutably) and the only thing keeping churches from meeting is not the lack of vaccination, but the gutless cowardice of fake shepherds who are afraid of chest colds.
The Christian church is not dependent upon vaccines to “get back to normal.” Christian churches never should have ceased to begin with, and we rightly reject the abject cowardice of pastors who only obey Jesus’ commands when the health department tells them it’s acceptable.
And finally, we Christians have to take into account our own conscience, which ought to be pricked by the agenda of masking and forced vaccinations. Much of what we have been told about the necessity of masks, for example, have been outright lies. It is not as deadly as what we were told. It does not spread asymptomatically as we were told. It does not spread by surface contact as we were told. To wear a mask, when we do not believe it is necessary based uponscience, is to bear false witness.
I, for one, do not wear a mask because I don’t believe in violating the Ninth Commandment. I do not believe that the CDC, WHO, or Dr. Fauci have been honest with the American people, primarily because Dr. Fauci has – on multiple occasions – bragged about lying to the American people because “it was for the common good.”
Dr. Fauci admitted in June of last year that when he told the public in March that, “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask” and cautioned that “there are unintended consequences” he was “selectively telling the truth based upon the needs of the American public.”
He admitted to lying then. Is he lying now? I have no idea, but there is enough that doesn’t make sense, too many regulations that don’t accord to the scientific findings, to make me skeptical. Genuinely, I believe the entire Great Coronavirus Panic of 2020-21 is fundamentally rooted in lies (with perhaps a kernel of truth the very middle). By wearing a mask, or taking a vaccine, I believe that I would be taking part in a system of lies and systemtic dishonesty. I refuse on the grounds that I’m a Christian.
I – and every other Christian – ought to reject the over-simplification of the pseudo-Christian argument that “loving thy neighbor” requires doing whatever it is that Big Pharma wants us to do. There is no reason to believe the Bible requires obeying suspect and largely unnecessary guidelines as means to obey what Christ called “the second greatest commandment.”
Editor’s note. This article was written by JD Hall and published at the Montana Daily Gazette. Republished here in full with permission,
Some Know God but Do Not Delight in Him James 2:19
Many have the knowledge of God, who have no delight in him or his will. Owls have eyes to perceive that there is a sun, but by reason of the weakness of their sight have no pleasure to look upon a beam of it; so neither can a man by nature love or delight in the will of God because of his natural corruption.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Preparing for Prayer by Dwelling On God’s Majesty Exodus 24:15–18; 33:18
None duly prepare themselves for prayer but those who are so impressed with the majesty of God that they engage in it free from all earthly cares and affections.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
In verse six there is an important point that is made which leads to a very important question that we must ask ourselves. We are told in the first line of verse six, that Jacob or the church, referring back to verse five, is blessed and receives the righteous salvation of the Lord. Continuing on in that line, we are told that those “who ascend into the hill of the LORD” are those who seek the Lord (Psalm 24:3). Then again in the second line, we find a repetition, “Who seek Your face.”
You find throughout the Scriptures and throughout the writings of the saints of church history, that all had an intense desire to see God. Moses asked for such a privilege in Exodus 33. It is the one desire of David as recorded in Psalm 27:4. We are told in the New Testament, that in the face of Jesus Christ, all the fullness of the glory of God dwells (2 Corinthians 4:6, Colossians 1:15-20). The question then comes to us, do we want to earnestly see Christ now with our eyes of faith, and physically in the life to come? Is that the greatest desire of our hearts? Or are there idols that we would rather see?
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that the Lord would smash all the idols of your heart and that He would be the one desire of your heart. Pray for forgiveness for all the times that you sought your idols rather than seeking the Lord and finding satisfaction in Him alone.
Rev. James Roosma has been serving at Grace Reformed Church in Kelowna, BC for six years. He and his wife Jeni have been blessed with two children, Elijah and Tabitha, and have one on the way. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
12:13 Some argue that these words, “fear God and keep his commands,” are inconsistent with the rest of the book and that they must have been added by a later editor who wanted to make Ecclesiastes appear more “orthodox.” This view requires the interpreter to see the bulk of the book as the work of a cynical skeptic. In reality, Ecclesiastes is not “cynical” at all. It calls on us to face the significance of mortality: We will die, and all our accomplishments will die with us. Because life is short and we are weak, we should enjoy the time we have. But we should also abandon excessive and prideful efforts to control life; it is in the hands of God, not our own, and ultimately our mortality drives us to him as “the spirit returns to God who gave it” (v. 7).
12:13 In this verse is the author’s own statement of the overall theme of the entire book. Amid all the difficulties and inequities of life, as well as in the midst of all life’s blessings and prosperity, one duty remains primary and unchanging: man’s honor and obedience to the Creator God. This alone will merit and secure happiness and fruitfulness on earth and throughout eternity.
12:13 end of the matter. Loyal submission to the rule of God is the central and summary admonition of wisdom literature (5:7; Job 28:28; Prov. 1:7; 9:10).
12:13the final conclusion The book reaches its conclusion. The definiteness of this advice contrasts with the unending, wearisome, and ultimately futile search for wisdom of the previous verse.
Fear God and obey his commandments In light of humanity’s limitation and God’s supremacy as seen throughout the book, the only proper attitude in life is one of trust and obedience to God. See note on Eccles 3:14.
the whole duty of man Fearing God and keeping His commandments are the duties of all people.
12:13 — Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.
From Genesis to Revelation, God instructs and urges His people to obey His commands and to fear His great Name. Yet we are to do so with joy in our souls and love in our hearts (1 Cor. 16:22).
12:13 To fear God is one of the major themes of this book and of wisdom literature in the OT. To fear God is to respond to Him in awe, reverence, and wonder, to serve Him in purity of action, and to shun evil and any worship of anything else in His universe. keep His commandments: The commandments of the Law are in view here. Jesus summed them up as to “love the Lord your God” and “your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:34–40). man’s all: We are whole or complete only when we fear God and obey His commandments. What profit is there in living? If we follow what this book has said, we will have a relationship with God and find life in Him.
12:13 His final conclusion may give the impression that he has at last risen above the sun. He says, “Fear God and keep His commandments, because this is the whole duty of man, man’s all.” But we must keep in mind that the fear of God here is not the same as saving faith. It is the slavish terror of a creature before His Creator. And the commandments do not necessarily mean the law of God as revealed in the OT. Rather they might mean any commands which God has instinctively written on the hearts of mankind.
In other words, we need not assign a high degree of spiritual insight to Solomon’s words. They may be nothing more than what a wise person would conclude from natural intuition and from practical experience.
This is man’s all—not just the whole duty but the basic elements that make for a full and happy life.
12:13. The book concludes (here is the conclusion of the matter) with an explicit recommendation to fear God and keep His commandments. These words were not added by someone other than Solomon, as is often claimed, but are the culmination of many other implicit references in Ecclesiastes to fear God and serve Him acceptably (cf. comments on 2:24–26; 7:15–18; 11:9–10; 12:1). Here Solomon said such reverence and service are everyone’s duty (nasb‘s “this applies to every person” is preferred to niv‘s this is the whole duty of man).
Ver. 13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments.—The purpose of life:—
I. Life has a purpose. The architect intends the building he designs and erects to answer a specific end; so is it with the engineer, the ship-builder, the mechanic, the artist, the creator and fashioner of any work. Surely God must have had some end in view in making the universe, and in making us what we are, and in placing us in the midst of such wondrous realities.
II. What is the purpose of life?
1. It is our business to see that we get into right relationship with God. By nature and by practice we are in a state of alienation from Him; there is a breach of our own making—between Him and us. Our prime concern should be to get that breach healed. This is possible.
2. Our reconciliation to God effected, we should constantly love Him and obey Him, and seek His glory. For this He has given us life, physical strength, mental endowments, our spiritual nature. He has placed us here that we may do His will. This should be our continual aim. To engage in this employ should be considered rather a privilege than an obligation. In all pursuits and circumstances we should seek to live for God. Indeed, we can only fulfil this purpose by attending to details. It is only by being faithful in the least that we can be faithful in much. In mosaic, it is the filling up with small pieces that often gives completeness and beauty to the design. The neglect of little things sometimes leads to serious results. Let life’s details be “with God.” If we take heed to this, all our work will be done well.
3. The purpose of life embraces love and service to all mankind. In the sins and sorrows of men; in their struggle with poverty—aye, and with riches; in their temptations, and need of succour and sympathy; in all these see your field of toil. Up to your work. Perform it with glad heart and diligent hands; and never grow weary—at all events, never grow idle—till you can say, as your Master said—“It is finished.” When Dr. Donne was dying, he said, “I count all that part of my life lost which I spent not in communion with God, or in doing good.” (W. Walters.)
The moral of it all:—
There are times when every one of us is either constrained by sorrow, or invited by the hope of profit, to take stock of his recollections. We have all desired eagerly, we have all toiled; not one of us but has had his aspirations and his disappointments. Life has turned out, and will, we suppose, turn out differently from what we either hoped or found when we sallied forth upon its ways untried. The book is sympathetic with all who have lost their illusions; with all who watch the bright dreams die out one by one like the fairy lamps of some summer’s festival. How often have we exclaimed with the Preacher, as the hollowness of each pretence of this most pretentious world has been exposed by our own trial: “This also is vanity!” But there is another side to the subject. Some things are real. Never does the author of this book speak of religion as if it were an illusion, or of God as if He were other than true. The spiritual part by which we are related to God and know God is our genuine self. It is because the soul wants truth that it discards so impatiently the counterfeits of truth that press upon its notice. If there were not a vital spark of worth in the soul it would never criticize so severely the mass of worthlessness which surrounds it. That, then, is our subject—the vanity of the world and the worth of religion, and each of these seen, and seen only, in contrast and foil to the other.
1. We may name three things on which the moralist writes the legend of vanity—human labour, human knowledge, human pleasure.
(1) One of his thoughts about labour is that it seems a fruitless fretting against the fixed forces of nature. “The earth abideth for ever.” Suns arise and set; the wind shifts from quarter to quarter; the rivers flow to the sea, and the brooks flow to the rivers. There are times when we are oppressed with this thought, and it becomes unbearable. As one of our English noblemen, who had a mansion overlooking the beautiful valley of the Thames, said: “I cannot understand why people delight in the view of the river; there it is—flow, flow, flow, always the same!” How speedily the effect of man’s toil vanishes from the face of Nature! There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of well-ordered gardens or cultivated field; yet how quickly does Nature, as if in defiance of man’s effort at improvement, come rushing back with her weeds and wildness!
(2) Again, the contrast of human knowledge and wisdom with the sameness of human nature leads to the same reflection of disappointment. Increase of knowledge means increase of sorrow. The study of history brings to light a long series of passionate struggles after truth and good, which have incessantly to be begun anew.
(3) The Preacher turned with sickness of heart from the toil of knowledge, and betook himself to refined pleasures. The thought of death, levelling all distinctions, intruded itself upon him. The wise man is equalled in the earth at last with the fool. Life became odious to him because the work wrought under the sun was grievous to him; for all was vanity and vexation of spirit.
2. And now we come to “the conclusion of the whole matter.” If this legend, “Vanity and vexation of spirit,” is to be written upon the objects of human desire and delight, if the world sounds hollow wherever we touch it, where is reality to be found? The simple answer of the Preacher is, it is to be found in religion: “Fear God, and keep His commandments.” God is real as the soul is real. He is, as Augustine describes Him, the Life of our life, the core of our hearts. God is that pure and perfect Being for alliance and communion with whom we long. And it is the light we have from Him and in Him which makes the world look so dark, the perception of His rightness which throws into painful contrast the crookedness of men’s ways, and of His beauty which makes their wickedness so deformed. And our happiness must lie, for each one of us, in loyalty to Him, in the keeping of His laws, whether they be known to us through the study of Nature or of sacred Scriptures, or by attentive study of our own hearts and the oracular spirit of holiness, whose influence is felt therein. It is in weariness of the world that we fall back upon the sweetness and truthfulness of pure religion for our refreshment and solace; it is when we have given up the conceit of being wiser than our forefathers, and the hope of setting crooked things straight, that we see distinctly the cultivation of our souls to be our main concern, and the only way to better the world is by reverently attending to our duty in wholeness and simplicity of heart. It is an ill thing for us if, when we have found out the hollowness of this bubble-like world, the trickiness and imposture of human nature, we say: “We will live like the rest, we will not take things seriously, we will pass on our way with a smile and a jest, trusting nothing, hoping nothing.” It is only the presence of God that is of substantial and eternal good, that can console us for the vanity of earthly things, as the Preacher found so long ago. (E. Johnson, M.A.)
Making the most of life:—
What is meant by “making the most of life”? The answer may be given in four distinct yet related propositions.
I. The wise reckoning of life in its end, aims, limitations, and possibilities. Life is a serious and tremendous reality; life is short at best; life is freighted with infinite possibilities of good and evil; life is a responsible trust of infinite solemnity and importance. To enter upon such a life and spend its precious years, and part with its priceless opportunities, without due consideration, with no serious thought of the future—the end, the obligations and the final issues of life—is to act the part of a fool and a wanton sinner.
II. The right choice of means for the securing of life’s great end. Life is a rational, fearful trust, which God has put into our hands, and He will hold us strictly responsible for the use and outcome of it. On the right choice of means and their wise and faithful application will depend mainly the tone, the character, the fruit, and the final outcome of life itself.
III. A jealous husbanding of all the resources at our command, in order to accomplish life’s end and mission.
IV. The utmost outlay of will and energy and effort to get the best possible results out of this brief period of probationary existence. The present is the seedtime of an eternal existence. Brief as this life is it affords the only chance of heaven. Our days are “numbered” from the start—enough, but not one too many, for the work given us to do. We must up and haste. (J. M. Sherwood, D.D.)
The fear of God:—
The fear of God which he holds up before us, as the whole work and duty and happiness of man, is such a fear as blends with love, and issues in all holy obedience, in the keeping of God’s commandments, heartily, impartially, universally.
I. The principle of religion. This is the fear of God, not such a dread as wicked men have, and which makes them tremble—like the devils in their prison beneath, but a holy and reverential sense of His majesty—a belief in His presence, power, and goodness—the adoration of His love and wisdom—the reliance upon His providence and the dread of His displeasure. By consequence, the fear of God includes our belief in Him, as He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. The fear of God which I now commend to you is a mixed feeling—love, faith, confidence must blend with it. This is the inward principle of religion—without it there can be no acceptable worship. There are two extremes from which it is alike distant. The one extreme is that dread, which engenders superstition and human devices for its palliation and removal.
II. This fear is seen in its results—it necessarily leads to practice; it is in connection with duty and obedience. When we see the movements of a clock, or any complex machine, we know that there is a power at work within. If the hands of a watch move, we know that there is a cause; the result follows of course. It is so with the outward acts of religion when they are right; they spring from the inward principle. The great virtue of this inward principle is, that it actuates man in his conduct universally; it gives a right aim and tendency both to his desires and affections—both to his words and works. To govern the tongue, to restrain the appetites of the body, to correct the temper, to keep down the swellings of pride, the suggestions of malice and revenge, to curb all dishonesty in desire and action, to secure temperance, soberness, and chastity; “to keep the hands from picking and stealing, and the tongue from evil speaking, lying, and slandering;” to establish truth and integrity in the deep places of the heart; these are all results flowing from an inward principle of the fear of God.
III. This is the whole of man; his whole duty, his highest achievement, his noblest work. (H. J. Hastings, M.A.)
What is the whole duty of man:—
The Book of Ecclesiastes resembles that of Job—its aim is not disclosed till it ends. It might be called the Book of Awakening and Renunciation. If we look at life from a mere earthly point of view it is not worth living. All is vanity; what’s the use? As the book closes it reveals the true philosophy of life.
I. The fear of God. This includes a variety of feelings.
1. Reverence. This may be viewed as threefold, according to Goethe’s profound view of education—reverence for what is above us, reverence for our equals, and reverence for what is below us.
2. The fear of offending God by doing what is sinful.
3. This fear, which springs from reverence, has in it no torment, and is closely allied to hope.
II. The obedience of God. To keep His commandments includes the whole duty of man; or this is every man’s duty. The tree of duty supports many branches.
1. Our duty to God.
2. Our duty to ourselves.
3. Our duty to others.
III. Some reasons.
1. Our whole life shall be judged.
2. Every secret thing in the whole of life shall be revealed in the judgment, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (L. O. Thompson.)
The summary of manhood:—
There is no need to caution men against the fear of God. The tendency to-day is not to fear too much, but too little.
I. Fear God. Godly fear is salutary.
1. It fosters reverence.
2. It guards virtue.
3. It restrains from sin.
4. It impels to obedience; to the—
II. Keeping of God’s commandments; of the commandment.
1. To repent.
2. To believe in the Lord Jesus. These are preliminary—to keeping—
3. The great commandment; and—
4. That “like unto it,” and the command—
5. To walk in “all the statutes of the Lord.”
III. “This is the whole duty of man;” rather, “this is the whole”—that is, this is everything—“so far as man’s life is concerned.” This is everything as it relates—
1. To faith.
2. To experience.
3. To conduct.
4. To service. Thus you get the complete man. (R. C. Cowell.)
The whole duty of man:—
This suggests as a theme for meditation the fact that the religion revealed by God includes the entire sphere of possible human activity; that there is nothing good that a man can think, do, or say, or feel, which cannot in its highest forms be shown to be rooted in, and a fruit of, the religion which God has revealed. “Fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.”
I. The first point to determine is the meaning of the word fear. It is not slavish fear; it is not the feeling that a man might have who was writhing on the earth at the approach of a despot, and expecting to be ground into dust by the stamp of his iron heel. The scriptural meaning of fear is what we suggest by the word revere. “Revere God, and keep His commandments.” This is the “fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom.” Revering God as our Creator, as the Sovereign of the universe, as the one Lawgiver, is the union of the intellect which approves, and the heart which loves, and the will which consents. They are all in the single word revere. When reverence for God exists in a human soul, the natural attitude of that soul is the attitude which led St. Paul, while yet his name was Saul, to cry out: “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?”
II. When a child of God, revering Him, asks this question, he finds that the commandments of God include his devotions. The explanation of prayer, of the holy Sabbath, and of the Word of God is to be found in the fact that they create, maintain, and increase reverence.
III. Observe, also, that God’s commands take the form of righteousness, and these commands are simplified, and then details are presented under them. The first and great commandment is that “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, and strength.” The only definition of the love of God which can satisfy the mind or the heart is “to have an intense desire to please Him.” It will apply equally to spirits in the body and out of the body. And the second is like unto it: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” This does not mean more than thyself, as some fanatics have supposed, but as thyself; not in the sense of caring for thy neighbour as for thyself, or of caring for his house, his children, his life; but in this sense: that thou wilt do good to thy neighbour as thou hast opportunity, and that thou wilt not do evil to him even for thine own transient advantage. (J. M. Buckley, D.D.)
13. The Preacher’s message is summarized in two points which concern the greatness of God and the Word of God. The Hebrew emphasizes the words God and commands. The fear of God is the realization of his unchanging power and justice (3:14). It delivers from wickedness and self-righteousness (7:18) and leads to a hatred of sin (5:6f.; 8:12f.). If it is the ‘beginning of wisdom’ (Ps. 111:10; Prov. 1:7; 9:10) it also is the end, the conclusion; no progress in the believer’s life leaves it behind. Nor is the testimony of the New Testament any different (cf. 2 Cor. 7:1).
The reader is urged to keep his commandments. The order of the two points (fear … keep) is significant. Conduct derives from worship. A knowledge of God leads to obedience; not vice versa. This is the only place in Ecclesiastes where the commands of God are mentioned. The body of the book has simply placed two alternative views of life over against each other and the life of faith has been commended. Now in the epilogue, almost as an aside, it is pointed out that such a life will have implications. It must not be restricted to the Mosaic law. It refers to all that is known to be God’s will. The last phrase reads literally: ‘For this is the whole of the man.’ Elsewhere in Ecclesiastes, however, the ‘whole of the man’ is a Hebrew idiom for ‘every man’ (cf. 3:13; 5:19). The sense, therefore, is ‘This applies to everyone’.
12:13Fear God and keep his commandments. Qoheleth has not previously connected fear of God with obedience to God’s commandments, but that connection is regularly found throughout the Old Testament. Keeping God’s commandments is an essential response to understanding who God is and who we are.
13 The last two verses comprise the ultimate conclusion to the book of Ecclesiastes. They are composed of a declaration and a motive clause.
The Hebrew of the declaration is brief, even abrupt, and thus emphatic (sôp dābār). I have tried to capture this by translating the sentence without a verb (The end of the matter). Some translations try to incorporate what I have taken as two sentences into one sentence, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter” (NKJV), but this obscures the emphatic nature of the verse.89
The abruptness of the first sentence perhaps reflects the impatience of the frame narrator. The effect may be: “Enough of Qohelet, let’s get on with what is really important.”
In any case, we are left in no doubt as to what is of greatest significance for the frame narrator. His statement is brief and to the point, utilizing key words in order to invoke major concepts and also the three different parts of the canon.
First, the frame narrator’s son must Fear God. It is true that Qohelet has stated the same words (3:14; 5:6 [English 5:7]; 7:18; 8:12), but with doubtful conviction (see the commentary at those places). Here there is no doubt that the intention of the speaker/writer is to lead his listener/reader to a right relationship with God, one in which he is properly subservient to the deity. To fear God in this sense means to respect, honor, and worship the Lord. The motto “fear God” also invokes the book of Proverbs (1:7 in particular), a book which has received implicit criticism throughout Qohelet’s writings.
Second, the frame narrator exhorts his son to keep his [God’s] commandments. Qohelet never so admonished his students, and the juxtaposition of the command to fear God and to keep his commandments is one of the major contextual items that signals that the frame narrator advocates orthodox worship, that is, worship in keeping with the normative teachings of the rest of the OT. With his call to obey God’s commandments, we see the frame narrator’s interest not only that his son establish a right relationship with God, but that he maintain it in the proper way. Also, this language evokes the legal material of the OT canon, which is made up of numerous commandments (miṣwôt).
The verse ends with the first of two motive clauses: for this is the whole duty of humanity. Literally, the Hebrew (kî zeh kol-hāʾādām) reads “for this is the whole of humanity,” which may be an idiom in Hebrew, but it does not communicate well in English. The difficulty was felt early in the history of exegesis since even the Talmud (Berakot 6a) raises the question of its interpretation. Rabbi Eleazar answers the question and asserts that the phrase meant that the commands to fear and obey God were the most important things in life. Robert Gordis believes that it is a “pregnant” saying that implies one’s “whole duty.” The general meaning of the statement is fairly clear: fearing God and obeying his commands is the most important thing a man or a woman can do.
13 Abruptly, the narrator brings the whole to a conclusion. Enough said! Here’s what’s important: “Fear God and keep his commandments.” Those who think that in some way the narrator is here summarizing Qohelet’s thought can do so only by glossing over what Qohelet has actually said. Qohelet has never told his readers to keep the commandments; if anything, he has done the opposite (see 7:16; 11:9). While he has encouraged the fear of God (3:14; 5:7; 8:12), the exposition above has shown that his fear is in fact only “terror” before the One who is stronger, and that whatever his piety may be, it is unmixed with anything like heartfelt devotion.
The narrator says that this fear of God and keeping of his commandments is kol-hāʾādām, “all of the man.” This is the entirety of humanity’s existence. Here is an “everything,” an “all,” that is not a hebel. Throughout the entire book, Qohelet has searched for something under the sun that is not meaningless, something that is not absurd. The narrator says that Qohelet never found it because he never looked in the right place. It cannot be found by empirical investigation, by observation of nature, or by studying the accumulated “wisdom of the ages and the sages.” It is found in God and in his revealed Torah.
It was the king’s responsibility to teach the people the law of God, or at least to make sure that it was taught (Dt 17:18–20; 31:9–13; cf. 2 Ki 23:1–3; 2 Ch 34:29–32). Solomon and Hezekiah both did this in measure (see 1 Ki 8:54–61; 2 Ch 29:3–11; 30:6–12). But for the narrator, the Davidic dynasty failed in this mission on account of its excessive excursion into, and use of, the larger body of wisdom material in the ancient Near East. The formula for the people to be truly wise had already been given in Deuteronomy 4:5–6:
See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” (italics added)
Qohelet, the composite character representative of the Davidic dynasty, only partially succeeded in this task and unfortunately mixed godly Torah with worldly wisdom. Perhaps the narrator would not have formulated it in this way, but the book cries out for another Qohelet, another King-Sage to come whose teaching will conform to revelation, who will speak only what he hears from God (Jn 8:28), who is greater than Solomon (Mt 12:42)—indeed, one who is the very personification of wisdom (1 Co 1:24, 30).
 Garrett, D. A. (2017). Ecclesiastes. In T. Cabal (Ed.), CSB Apologetics Study Bible (p. 800). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
 Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ec 12:13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
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“Let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me…” Isaiah 27:5
Training pets takes patience. At first, my guinea pig was afraid of this giant outside of his cage but slowly he has come to trust me.
Several times a week I lay an old beach towel down on the sofa and let him wander around on it as I sat at one end. He slowly started to come to me on his own, cuddling next to my hip and giving off soft guinea pig chortles. But only for a few seconds. Then he’d skitter away.
Last night an amazing thing happened. He stopped, crawled into my lap, up my torso, and licked my face. That is guinea pig for “I love you and want to be near you.”
My heart melted.
How similar our Lord must feel when we finally come to him of our own accord. Yet, many cower, afraid to near his throne, even though through Christ we have that privilege. God seems so big, so mighty, and his ways are not ours. But slowly, as we realize he provides out of love for us, we begin to trust and draw near to his presence for comfort and safety.
Unlike my domesticated guinea pig, we humans can forge out a living on our own. We don’t need God…or so we think. What a day of rejoicing in Heaven it must be when one of us finally decides to trust our Master enough to crawl up from our situation, reach out to him, then whisper, “I love you and want to be near you.” Let us not then skitter away.
Dear Lord, you came to earth so that we might be bold enough to come into your presence. Forgive me when I assume that I can do simply fine on my own without your provision. Thank you for your amazing love. You always rejoice when I draw near. Teach me to daily come to you for strength, comfort, and safety. Amen.
Remember that God delights in your spending time with him and depending on his strength to obey him throughout the day. Seek to enjoy to the full the personal relationship he paid so much to offer you as a gift.
“May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves,…” Ephesians 3:17-18.
Let God love you. Let Him love you dearly, let Him love you daily, let Him love you deeply. Grab hold of His love and never let go. “God is love” (1 John 4:16). One word into the passage reveals the supreme surprise of God’s love—it has nothing to do with you. Some people love you because of you. Not God – He loves you because He is He. He loves you because he decides to. Self-generated, uncaused, spontaneous. His constant-level love depends on his choice to give it.
Belief in the Bible Has Guided Me Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 4:12
It is a belief in the Bible which has served me as the guide of my moral and literary life. No criticism will be able to perplex the confidence which we have entertained of a writing whose contents have stirred up and given life to our vital energy by its own. The farther the ages advance in civilization the more will the Bible be used.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
You Are Not Tempted Because You Are Used to Sinning Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:40, 46; 1 Corinthians 6:18
If you are not tempted, you have no hope: if you are not tempted, it is because you are used to sinning. The man who does not fight sin at the stage of temptation, sins in his body. And the man who sins in his body has no trouble from temptation.
CYRUS OF ALEXANDRIA
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Hordes Of Demoralized Cops Are Quitting Their Jobs, And America’s Streets Are Less Safe As A Result The United States has never faced a more severe law enforcement crisis than it is facing right now. All over the nation, police officers are quitting in droves, and many of those jobs are going unfilled because of the difficulty in recruiting new applicants. Since the death of George Floyd, police officers have been relentlessly demonized by the corporate media, police budgets have been dramatically slashed in major cities all across the country, and many prominent politicians have publicly expressed disdain for their local law enforcement authorities. In such an environment, serving the community as a police officer is not an attractive option, and it makes perfect sense why so many officers have been throwing in the towel on their once promising careers.
Hikind: The ADL should just officially fold into the Democratic Party Former New York State Assemblyman and founder of Americans Against Anti-Semitism, Dov Hikind, on Monday fired back at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) “Ever since a member of the Obama administration, Jonathan Greenblatt, took over as leader of the ADL, their stance on racism and anti-Semitism has been politicized,” Hikind said in a video posted to social media.
Joe Biden wants minimum world corporation tax rate of 21% – but could cripple Ireland A LEADING Brexiteer has warned the radical global corporation tax proposals from US President Joe Biden could cripple Ireland and nearly double the rate in the country to 12.5 percent. The proposed reforms of the global tax system from Mr Biden’s administration would provide countries with taxing rights over the profits of US tech giants, which would be in addition to a new minimum corporation tax.
Early cannabis use linked to heart disease In the first study to look at specific risk indicators for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in young, healthy cannabis users, researchers found subtle but potentially important changes in heart and artery function. Cigarette smoking is known to affect cardiovascular health, causing changes to blood vessels and the heart. Less is known about the impact of smoking cannabis on long-term CVD risk, even as use of the substance grows in Canada and abroad.
Macron Moves Right As Next French Presidential Election Looms Facing no threat from the left in next year’s election, French President Emmanuel Macron is moving sharply to the right. His principal opponent is likely to be the far-right populist Marine Le Pen. When they faced off in 2017, voters rallied to Macron to keep Le Pen out of office. But as NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley reports, that may not happen in next year’s vote.
Russians rebuilding pagan Arch of Palmyra: Preparation for Messiah? After six years of laying in ruin, the Russians have begun reconstructing the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra in Syria that served as a gateway to a major pagan temple to Ba’al. Rebuilding the arch is predicted in the Talmud as preceding the Messiah. Nazir Awad, director-general of the Syrian Antiquities and Museums Directorate, explained to Al-Ahed News that “meetings have taken place with Russian experts to discuss the work that will begin to restore and resurrect the Arch of Triumph. They are in the process of documenting and studying in order to outline the restoration work.”
Report: Israel concerned Biden leaking intel to Iran He who gives away secrets is a base fellow Proverbs 20:19 In the wake of the increasing wave of “military mishaps” harming Iran, a recent report in Israeli media highlights rising concern that the Biden administration is leaking intelligence to the Iranians blaming Israel. The NY Times reported that an anonymous US official claimed Israel was behind the operation. A few weeks earlier, a report in the Wall Street Journal claimed that Israel attacked 12 Iranian ships illegally transporting oil and equipment from Iran to Syria. The security sources expressed concern that the intel was leaked by the US.
Big Government Rides To The Rescue Of Labor Unions The US House of Representatives has passed a bill called the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. If the Senate passes the bill and the President signs it, this would usher in a union labor coup…
The Border Is One Deeply Entrenched Organized Crime Cartel Headed by Biden Himself I was traveling on vacation seven years ago and ran into a Border Patrol Agent in a convenience store. This was at a time when the border patrol were being exposed to vile illnesses from the last significant wave of Central American immigrants. It was so bad that many of these agents were forced to change clothes at work so they did not take the pathogens home to their families.
DARPA Reveals They Are Working On A Human Implantable Biometric Microchip To Fight Against The COVID Virus The Daily Mail UK reports that “Pentagon scientists working inside a secretive unitset up at the height of the Cold War, DARPA, have created a microchip to be inserted under the skin, which will detect COVID-19 infection, and a revolutionary filter that can remove the virus from the blood when attached to a dialysis machine.” We will take our apology now from all those people who said what we told you last year about a microchip combined with the vaccine was ‘conspiracy theory’ and ‘baseless fear mongering’. Actually, it was the gospel truth!
Over 7 Million in East Africa on the brink of starvationPosted: 12 Apr 2021 05:40 PM PDT(ETH) – A new report coming out of Africa is revealing that over 7 million people across six East African countries are at the brink of starvation as communities have continually faced existential threats from violence, flooding, covid pandemic, as well as a locust infestation, according to a new warning from the evangelical humanitarian organization World Vision.World Vision that operates in nearly 100 countries, has sounded the alarm that thousands of children could potentially face death or long-term health consequences if the international community fails to respond quickly to East Africa’s worsening crisis.Continue reading Over 7 Million in East Africa on the brink of starvation at End Time Headlines.
The issue wasn’t weapon confusion. The issue was his behavior.
Daunte Wright was killed Sunday by Kimberly Potter of the Brooklyn Center Police Department during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb. Potter, 48, is a 26-year veteran and is white, while Wright was a 20-year-old black man. According to the race-baiting Leftmedia, that’s all you need to know.
The truth, of course, is far more gray than merely black and white.
For additional context, the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is ongoing this week, so the Minnesota city is already familiar with the racial tension and rioting as a result of a police-caused death. But this one was, it seems, accidental.
“As I watched the video and listened to the officer’s commands, it’s my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” said Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon. “This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
Was Wright a meek and compliant subject in the traffic stop? Hardly. Not only did he resist three officers (including one black male officer) and try to flee in his car, but police were attempting to arrest him on two warrants including a weapons charge for which he’d already skipped his court date. He was a known gang-banger and drug user. In other words, officers were on high alert, as they should have been. (In this, it seems similar to the Kenosha case last year.)
Does that excuse Potter? Not entirely. BCPD officers wear their firearm and their Taser on opposite sides of their duty belts, so she should have been very clear on the difference — especially with her long experience. As the chief noted, she meant to use the Taser, though given Wright’s behavior, perhaps a case could be made that the firearm was appropriate. Potter is on administrative leave. (It’s also worth noting that we learned her name within days whereas the Capitol Police officer who killed Ashli Babbitt on January 6 remains anonymous.)
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “A gun-Taser mix-up by a police officer has been blamed for a handful of deaths in the U.S. — at least three others nationwide — since Tasers with a pistol-grip were first introduced more than two decades ago. … Similar shootings have happened at least 11 times nationwide since 1999.”
Those are the relevant details. Again, however, some folks would have you believe it is simply the races of the individuals that matters.
Given this narrative, it’s no surprise that protests Sunday and Monday quickly became riots, even if Leftmedia reporters are once again denying reality and claiming, “There was no riot.” Yes, there was, and looting too. Furthermore, as National Review reports, “Several stores ransacked after Sunday’s fatal police shooting in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota were vandalized and looted less than a year ago in the riots that ensued across the Twin Cities after George Floyd’s death in police custody.”
The usual suspects lined up to weigh in. It started locally, with Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott declaring, “I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.” On the other hand, City Manager Curt Boganey noted, “All employees are entitled to due process. This employee will receive due process.” For saying so, Boganey was fired by Elliott.
And it went national. Democrat Rashida Tlaib, the Michigan representative and “squad” member, declared, “It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.” This shameless self-promotion is what the Left likes to call a “dog whistle.” It’s also insane.
“Prayers are not enough,” Kamala Harris pontificated. “Daunte Wright should still be with us. While an investigation is underway, our nation needs justice and healing, and Daunte’s family needs to know why their child is dead — they deserve answers.”
President Joe “Unity” Biden was somewhat measured in his response, saying, “We got to wait and see what the investigation shows — the entire investigation.” But then he tried to have it both ways: “We do know that the anger, pain, and trauma that exists in the black community in that environment is real,” he said. “It’s serious and it’s consequential. But it doesn’t justify violence and/or looting.” He’s affirming the anger while offering little more than offering perfunctory calls for “peace and calm.” Biden’s weak sauce is certainly not enough to outweigh the race-baiting so prevalent among Democrats.
The sad reality is that Wright’s death was immediately exploited like other deaths that fit a certain narrative, while other deaths that do not fit that narrative are ignored. Democrats have used certain deaths for political gain, while Black Lives Matter activists have gotten very wealthy on the pain of others. Will all of this save any lives? The opposite is far more likely.
Democrats disingenuously redefine terms in order to deceive the public into believing a lie.
You know you’re on the losing end of an issue when, in order to garner “support,” you resort to the devious and deceptive gambit of redefining the common definition of terms. Leftist politicians have used this underhanded political tactic for eons, but the party of the donkey has recently taken it to new heights. It’s one thing to engage in political spin, but it’s quite another to blatantly redefine the terminology. That’s an act of pure deceitfulness.
Recently, Joe Biden and the congressional Democrats seeking to ram through a $2.3 trillion leftist spending boondoggle have dubbed it “infrastructure.” But Republicans led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have blasted the bill. “Less than 6% of this proposal goes to roads and bridges,” McConnell said. “It’s not remotely targeted toward what Americans think they are getting when politicians campaign on infrastructure. But instead of coming up with a better bill, Democrats have decided it’s the English language that has to change.”
In Washington, as well as across the country, the term “infrastructure” has long been defined as “basic physical and organizational structures and facilities” like roads and bridges.
Yet New York Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is responsible for perhaps the most absurd instance of turning the term “infrastructure” into a Democrat wax nose. She posted on social media, “Paid leave is infrastructure. Child care is infrastructure. Caregiving is infrastructure.” The statement earned much mockery and pushback along the lines of, “If everything is infrastructure then nothing is infrastructure.” Exactly.
But it’s not just the term “infrastructure” Democrats aim to redefine. Biden also claims his “infrastructure” bill enjoys “bipartisan” support, even though not a single Republican lawmaker has signed on to the clearly leftist boondoggle. Referencing the recent Not COVID Relief bill he signed, Biden stated, “Everybody said I had no bipartisan support.” That much of Biden’s statement was true — no Republican voted in favor of the bill. However, Biden then injected his disingenuous redefinition: “The overwhelming bipartisan support were Republican — registered Republican voters.” Even that is a lie, as the majority of Republican voters polled opposed the legislation.
When Biden’s dubious and novel definition of “bipartisan” was challenged, his senior advisor Anita Dunn obfuscated: “If you looked up ‘bipartisan’ in the dictionary, I think it would say support from Republicans and Democrats. It doesn’t say the Republicans have to be in Congress.”
However, Barack Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was more honest, as he bluntly observed, “What’s become crystal clear is that Biden has redefined bipartisan.” Even so, he commended Biden’s deceitfulness, arguing, “It isn’t ‘how many Republicans I’ve got.’ It’s about, ‘How many Republican voters or mayors and governors can I get to support my stuff?’ And Washington is slow to catch up to the Biden definition.”
But the reason Biden and the Democrats are playing this silly and deceptive game is because they have no interest in having to actually engage in bipartisanship, which inevitably requires compromise. So, in order to redefine “compromise,” Biden has sought to redefine “bipartisanship.” That way he can attempt to sell the false claim that his “infrastructure” bill enjoys “bipartisan” support.
Finally, let’s put things in perspective. Republican objections to the Democrats’ massive spending bills aren’t borne out of some obstructionist agenda, as Biden asserts, but over genuine concern over out-of-control spending. Combine this “infrastructure” bill with his “COVID relief” bill and Biden will have spent more in three months than was spent on both Iraq wars. With apologies to drunken sailors everywhere, he’s spending like one. And when challenged, his response is that it’s “not big enough.” He really is losing his mind.
Dems took advantage of COVID to target religious liberty, the economy, and a host of other things.
The data is out, and the lesson is clear: States that took and held onto draconian lockdown measures for much longer than the states that didn’t have been hit the hardest economically. States such as Florida, whose governor applied fewer COVID restrictions and eased those restrictions more quickly, “recovered by year-end,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
Of course, it’s not merely economically speaking that residents in Democrat-controlled lockdown states have needlessly suffered. Many Americans have endured infringement of their constitutionally protected rights, specifically their First Amendment rights to religious liberty.
The U.S. Supreme Court has once again slapped down a California order that unjustly targeted religious rights. In a 5-4 ruling in Tadon v. Newsom, the Court overturned a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding Governor Gavin Newsom’s lockdown rule banning groups of more than three families meeting and worshiping in a private home.
In the ruling, the majority justices wrote, “California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts, and indoor restaurants to bring together more than three households at a time.” It was a welcome ruling, yet it also represents the fifth time since the pandemic began that SCOTUS has overturned the Ninth Circuit on religious freedom issues. That shouldn’t be necessary. Alas, it has been.
It’s almost as if Newsom and governors like him have taken George Soros’s leftist revolutionary advice to heart during the pandemic and struck while the iron was hot. As Soros contended last year, “I would describe it as a revolutionary moment when the range of possibilities is much greater than in normal times. What is inconceivable in normal times becomes not only possible but actually happens. People are disoriented and scared.”
Tyrannical leftists have predictably stoked the fear and then exploited it to achieve things that would otherwise not have been possible. “You can’t worship at home” would have been an unthinkable statement in America pre-2020. “Stay home and avoid groups of more than 10” would have sounded authoritarian and foreign just two years ago. Unfortunately, the Biden-Harris administration wants to keep things this way. Democrats want the pandemic to serve as the rationale for doing big things — “revolutionary” things that aren’t possible “in normal times,” as Soros put it.
“[The president] sees this as a moment for taking action,” one senior administration official said. “It’s not a feint or a negotiating ploy. What he’s putting on the table is what he thinks is necessary to address systemic problems we’ve faced not just over the last year, but for several decades.”
From spending insane amounts of money and restructuring the economy to addressing “systemic” issues and reworking America’s very institutions, Team Biden has big plans. It’s going to cost you, and the Left is going to claim it was a legitimate and necessary response to COVID.
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No matter how often leftists get burned, they keep believing every fake hate crime that comes down the pike.
Last week, we learned that a vile racist was on the loose at tiny Albion College in Jackson, Michigan. How do we know? Well, we saw the images of racist graffiti with our own eyes. We saw the N-word, multiple references to the Klan, and a Star of David shot through with “666” right there in the stairwell of an Albion dorm.
So it must’ve been the work of a racist, right? Well, yes, but not the kind of white male racist we’ve been conditioned to think about whenever this hardy perennial rears its ugly head. No, as it turns out, this racist is a 21-year-old black male — sort of a low-budget version of Jussie Smollett, but without the elaborate staging and laughable denials of culpability, and with the added indecency of Jew hatred thrown in for bad measure.
As The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow reports, “On April 6, after reviewing campus security footage, a 21-year-old black male student was brought in for questioning by the Albion Department of Public Safety. The student reportedly admitted to writing most of the graffiti, with the surveillance footage supporting his statements. Police Chief Scott Kipp told MLive that the student was released after questioning and that after the department has completed its investigation, the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office will determine if any charges should be filed related to the incident. Charges are unlikely in such a case, as fears of being called racist abound even when a student has committed a hate crime hoax.”
Therein lies one of the problems. When we refuse to prosecute fake hate crimes as hate crimes, we only encourage more of them. Look at the Smollett case, for example. If ever a high-profile criminal case demanded swift and sure justice, this was it. Instead, we’re more than two years removed from that preposterous fake hate crime, and he still hasn’t been brought to justice.
The other problem? We presume a guilty white culprit in all these cases, when our criminal justice system demands the presumption of innocence. How many times are we going to allow ourselves — good, decent Americans of every race, ethnicity, and political persuasion — to be punked by these dimwitted racial arsonists?
Henceforth, the burden of proof should be on the accusers. And if no eyewitnesses come forward, and no videotape evidence can be produced, our collective response to cancerous stories such as these should be, Oh yeah? Prove it. Prove it wasn’t just another in the long and well-documented line of fake hate crimes.
At $50,590, annual tuition at Albion College seems like some kind of bad joke. But it isn’t. The question is, why do certain parents keep forking over that kind of loot to these craven and gullible institutions? For the “white privilege” of allowing their children to be beaten down by woke supremacists and shamed into racial submission? No thanks.
As Schow continues, “This incident is merely the latest in a long list of examples where claims of racism — or sexism — on campus have turned out to be hoaxes. In November 2020, The Daily Wire reported that a black teenager who claimed to have found racist messages on his SUV had written the messages himself. Earlier that year, another student who claimed to have found racist messages on their vehicle was also determined to be the culprit. It’s not just students who commit the hoaxes. An Oregon politician claimed he received a racist letter, but it was determined he wrote the letter to himself.”
You get the idea.
If a single worthwhile lesson can be taken away from this racial hoax and all others like it, let it be a reaffirmation of the law of supply and demand: If instances of real racism weren’t in such short supply, these twisted individuals would have no need to make stuff up.
Senator Raphael Warnock admits to signing email with false information about Georgia voting law (Fox News)
“The Washington Post flagged an email Warnock signed from the liberal nonprofit 3.14 Action as an example of Democratic misinformation about the sweeping Georgia voting reforms, as it claimed the new law restricted weekend early voting and ended no-excuse mail voting. ‘Sen. Raphael G. Warnock, one of two new Democratic senators representing Georgia, signed an email sent out by the advocacy group 3.14 Action after the law passed, which claimed it ended no-excuse mail voting and restricted early voting on the weekends — also early proposals that did not become law,’ the Post reported. Those ideas were considered but did not make it into the final bill, which actually expands early voting in Georgia to 17 days, including two Saturdays. It also still allows no-excuse absentee voting, albeit with a shorter window of 67 days to apply. The statement went out on March 30, five days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed the final bill into law.”
Biden administration denies feminist group‘s petition to define Title IX by biological sex (Disrn)
“Title IX is a civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in institutions that receive federal funds. The policy seeks to provide women with equal opportunities in sports and academics. WoLF [Women’s Liberation Front] submitted the request over concerns with President Biden’s March 8 executive order that eliminates single-sex sports by allowing transgender athletes to compete in the gender of their choice. WoLF argues that allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports will erase the protections of Title IX.”
Biden to nominate Christine Wormuth for secretary of the Army (CBS News) and Trump critic Chris Magnus for Customs and Border Protection (Axios)
North Korea may have almost 250 nuclear weapons by 2027 (UPI)
U.S. will temporarily halt Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine after women develop blood clots (NY Post)
Voting integrity: New Arizona law bans outside money to help influence elections (Daily Signal)
Policy: Should government track the miles you drive? (Daily Signal)
Insight: “The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” —Herbert Sebastien Agar (1897-1980)
A trip down memory lane: “President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate, the United States Congress, a proposal to pack the Court. It was totally within his right to do that: he violated no law, he was legalistically, absolutely correct — but it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make. And it put in question, for an entire decade, the independence of the most significant body — including the Congress, in my view — the most significant body in this country: the Supreme Court of the United States of America.” —Joe Biden in 1983
Friendly fire I: “We better be very, very careful in saying that we need to expand the Supreme Court.” —former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Friendly fire II: “This defund the police was just a terrible drag on the Democratic Party. It really was. Don’t kid yourself.” —Democrat strategist James Carville
Friendly fire III: “You’re not a one-person show. This is the Congress of the United States.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “The Squad”
Braying jenny: “Mitch McConnell is not a force for good in the country. He is an enabler of some of the worst stuff, and an instigator of some of it on his own.” —Nancy Pelosi
Grand delusions: “[January 6 is] a day that should be remembered in America because our democracy was at stake. This was an attack on our democracy as much as Pearl Harbor was an attack on our country.” —Congressman Steve Cohen
Race bait: “There is racism physically built into some of our highways, and that’s why the jobs plan has specifically committed to reconnect some of the communities that were divided by these dollars.” — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg
Non compos mentis: “Anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-Black racism: white supremacy. So when a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but very specifically by white supremacy. White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it.” —University of Colorado Boulder professor Jennifer Ho
And last… “When the Founders wrote the 2nd Amendment, all they had were muskets and there was no such thing as assault rifles. If they had known about them, they would have been like, ‘Those sound awesome. Everyone should get those [machine gun sounds].’” —Frank J. Fleming
Fauci says it’s a “no brainer” for all of us to get the vaccine, and only political distrust keeps MAGA Republicans from coming on board. Here I explain why distrust of that little ogre Fauci is largely warranted. — Dinesh D’Souza is an author and filmmaker.
Violent protests in a Minneapolis suburb after an accidental police shooting of a 20-year-old black man. A Tennessee community in shock following a school shooting Monday. President Joe Biden says he’s willing to work on a compromise with Republicans.
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is backing former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield’s March 26 assertion in an interview with Gupta that COVID-19 escaped from a Wuhan lab which was performing gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses to make them more easily infect humans, and did not originate via the ‘natural origin’ theory.
“I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human,” said Redfield. “Normally, when a pathogen goes from a zoonot to human, it takes a while for it to figure out how to become more & more efficient in human to human transmission.”
And while CNN‘s anchors sneered at Redfield’s opinion, Gupta is backing it, according to the Daily Mail.
“He’s an experienced virologist. He was also head of the CDC at the time this was happening, which means that in addition to everything that we know, he had access to raw data and raw intelligence that was coming out of China,” Gupta told Mediaite’s “The Interview” podcast.
“My point is that it’s a much more informed sort of thing for him to be saying than for anybody who may have expertise in virology, because he has a lot more knowledge and information that he has that maybe he can’t share, but is informing his opinion.”
“I was not as shocked by what he said as the fact that he said it,” Gupta added. “There’s reason to suspect that this is the origin of the virus.”
“It’s a big virology lab right in Wuhan that happened to be studying bat coronaviruses. Just from an Occam’s razor standpoint, finding the simplest explanation, it would make sense … “We still don’t know for certain what the origin is.”
China has furiously denied that coronavirus escaped from its lab, instead placing the blame on a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, where live animals could have transmitted the virus to humans.
In his interview, Gupta pointed out that there was also no solid evidence pointing to the wet market as the origin, and questioned the likelihood of that theory.
Redfield made headlines last month with his explosive interview with Gupta, when he said: ‘I’m of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory… escaped. Other people don’t believe that, that’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out.’
‘It’s not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in laboratories to infect the laboratory worker,’ he said.
‘That’s not implying any intentionality. It’s my opinion, right? But I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology.’
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Following Redfield’s comments, Dr. Anthony Fauci rushed to do damage control – saying in a White House press briefing that “most scientists believe COVID-19 didn’t come from a lab.”
The White House is moving full steam ahead on President Biden’s massive $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan though it’s still too early to tell if it will garner bipartisan support given its scope, cost, and what it defines as infrastructure.
In this episode, Dinesh reviews the Georgia voter law, asking how ID cards can be racist when it comes to voting but not racist when it comes to flying, gambling, banking and innumerable other activities. Dinesh flays the “woke” corporations colluding to fight the Georgia law, exposing their low, self-serving motives.
Project Veritas Journalist James O’Keefe’s latest video should raise some alarm bells at CNN. The first part of the video released this afternoon purports to show a CNN staffer admitting, on camera, to supporting the network’s anti-Trump “propaganda” before bragging it was intended to “get Trump out of office.”
The latest unsuspecting CNN employee caught by O’Keefe’s hidden cameras is Technical Director Charlie Chester. Veritas found the chatty staffer through the dating app, Tinder, where he listed CNN as his employer. Over a series of five dates, Chester brags to his off-camera date about working for the network and their overt agenda to boost Biden while hurting Trump.
In one scene, Chester talks about how the network “didn’t know anything” about Trump’s health but frequently reported the president was “neurologically damaged” anyway:
Yeah, I mean like Trump we did it, like when Trump was– I don’t know– like his hand was shaking? Or whatever I think. We brought in so many medical people to all tell a story that like, it was all speculation, that he was, like, neurologically damaged, that he was losing it. He was unfit to, you know, whatever. We were–we were creating a story there that we didn’t know anything about. That’s what–I think that’s propaganda, you know?
Right after this he adds, “We had nothing else to run with at the time. We were like, just taking shots off the bow, just hoping something would hit, you know?”
But as for President Biden, the network did the opposite, according to Chester. In another scene, his undercover date revealed she was “worried” for the president’s health. Chester admits the network tried to make him appear in excellent shape:
[S]howing him jogging was obviously deflection, of his age, and they’re trying to make it like, “Oh, I’m healthy.” We would always show shots of him jogging and that “I’m healthy” you know, blah blah blah, and him in his aviator shades and you paint him as a young geriatric.
Later in the conversation he adds that he wouldn’t “mind” if Harris became president if anything happened to Biden but “I think we got him, through this term.”
In another scene, Chester and fellow CNN employee Rachelle Hoffman, a graphics producer, defend the network’s choice to not focus on Biden tripping up the stairs of Air Force One a few weeks ago, while the obsession over Trump’s health was “nuanced.”
Chester adds in a later scene that CNN’s “focus” was to “get Trump out of office” but now that Biden’s in office, they’re moving on from COVID to focus on climate change:
Like our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that’s what it was right? So our next thing is going to be for climate change awareness. That’s our next pandemic-like story that we’ll beat to death….Fear sells.
You can watch the rest of the revealing comments in the video above.