Daily Archives: May 2, 2022

Help Me, God! | Today in the Word Devotional 

When I first started praying through the psalms, I used to get tripped up on psalms like Psalm 109. In this psalm David seems vengeful and angry. How could David pray that his enemies’ children would become wandering beggars (v. 10)? There are a couple of important perspectives to keep in mind. First, humans are sinful and often treat each other in terrible ways. A casual glance at news headlines on any given day will confirm this truth all too clearly. In Psalm 109, David had suffered at the hands of people who falsely accused him (v. 2). This was a serious situation that could potentially be life-threatening. David also informs us that he was not their only victim. These people “hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted” (v. 16). How should we respond in this type of situation? How should we pray in the face of deep human evil directed against us? Second, what David does in this psalm is communicate his anger, hatred, and frustration before God. He is honest about how he feels. Sometimes when we are deeply wounded, disturbing thoughts and feelings well up in us. David takes those desires and lays them before God in a straightforward way (vv. 6–20). By doing this, David makes his anger against his enemies a part of his relationship with God. It is reassuring to realize that God is big enough to handle our honesty. David begs God to act in this situation and then, appropriately, leaves his circumstances in God’s hands. The New Testament clarifies that Jesus not only hears prayers like this from us but also, He Himself experienced injustice. Like David, Jesus was falsely accused and betrayed by someone He loved (vv. 4–5). >> Do you struggle with bitter feelings toward those who have wronged you? Follow David’s example and bring those emotions honestly before God. Then pray that He will go before you in that difficult situation, showing you how to respond and acting on your behalf.

Full Reliance on God — VCY America

For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. (Psalm 72:12)

The needy cries; what else can he do? His cry is heard of God; what else need he do? Let the needy reader take to crying at once, for this will be his wisdom. Do not cry in the ears of friends, for even if they can help you it is only because the Lord enables them. The nearest way is to go straight to God and let your cry come up before Him. Straightforward makes the best runner: run to the Lord and not to secondary causes.

“Alas!” you cry, “I have no friend or helper.” So much the better; you can rely upon God in both capacities-as without supplies and without helpers. Make your double need your double plea. Even for temporal mercies you may wait upon God, for He careth for His children in these temporary concerns. As for spiritual necessities, which are the heaviest of all, the Lord will hear your cry and will deliver you and supply you.

O poor friend, try your rich God. O helpless one, lean on His help. He has never failed me, and I am sure He will never fail you. Come as a beggar, and God will not refuse you help. Come with no plea but His grace. Jesus is King; will He let you perish of want? What! Did you forget this?

Full Reliance on God — VCY America

The Bible and its Story: The Wailing Place

The seventy-fourth psalm is especially personal to the Jews. It is their lament over the destruction of Jerusalem and especially of the great Temple. Its wail echoes even to-day through the city of Jerusalem, where the poor Jews gather at the “place of wailing.” This is by the side of a huge ancient wall, a surviving fragment of the mighty buildings of Solomon. Here, amid weeping and outcries, this psalm is still upraised to Heaven.

‎It begins, “O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

‎“Remember thy congregation which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.”

‎It deplores, with only too much reason, the savagery which the unhappy Hebrews have everywhere encountered. “Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.”

‎The outcry closes in a prayer for the restoration of the “chosen” race into the Almighty’s favor.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Ep. 5 | Ankerberg Classic: How You Can Know the Bible Is the Word of God – Listen to Ankerberg Show with Dr. John Ankerberg, May 2, 2022

Dr. Norman Geisler provides proof for the reliability of the Bible answering questions such as: Who wrote the Bible? Are there any errors in the Bible? Can we trust the Bible? Which books belong in the Bible? Has the Bible been translated correctly? How should we interpret the Bible?

Living On The Edge Of Eternity | Part 1 – Listen to Love Worth Finding with Adrian Rogers, May 2, 2022

In this message, Adrian Rogers gives a formal introduction to the contents of the Book of Revelation.

— Read on www.oneplace.com/ministries/love-worth-finding/listen/living-on-the-edge-of-eternity-part-1-963218.html

May 2 Evening Verse of The Day

8:18 Paul stated the truth of this verse like this: “Our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory” (2Co 4:17).[1]

8:18 sufferings of the present time Earthly suffering is not an eternal reality. In v. 17, Paul’s reference to suffering together with Christ likely alludes to persecution for confessing faith in Christ. Here, the present sufferings may refer to more than persecution and encompass the full range of human experience: sickness, injury, natural disaster, financial loss, poverty, hunger, and death.

glory The Greek word used here, doxa, points to the transformation of the body through resurrection (see 1 Cor 15:42–44; Col 3:4). [2]

8:18 The ultimate glory that Christians will receive is so stupendous that the sufferings of this present time are insignificant in comparison (cf. 2 Cor. 4:17). They look forward both to the resurrection of the body (1 Thess. 4:13–18) and to the new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1–22:5; see Isa. 65:17).[3]

8:18 glory … revealed to us. This looks forward to the resurrection of the body (v. 23) and the subsequent complete Christlikeness which is the believer’s eternal glory. See Php 3:20, 21; Col 3:4; 1Jn 3:2.[4]

8:18 — For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The Bible never minimizes our difficulties or sufferings; instead, it magnifies the rewards that accompany our faith. It doesn’t say, “you don’t really hurt,” but instead declares, “you’ll feel far better than you ever have.”[5]

8:18 The sufferings of the present are slight when compared with the glory later. Paul calls the sufferings “light affliction” compared to the “eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor. 4:17). The divine compensation package is “a hundredfold” (Matt. 19:29).[6]

8:18 The greatest shame we may endure for Christ here on earth will be a mere trifle when He calls us forth and publicly acknowledges us before the hosts of heaven. Even the excruciating pain of the martyrs will seem like pinpricks when the Savior graces their brows with the crown of life. Elsewhere Paul speaks of our present sufferings as light afflictions which are only for a moment, but he describes the glory as an exceeding and eternal weight (2 Cor. 4:17). Whenever he describes the coming glory, his words seem to bend under the weight of the idea. If we could only appreciate the glory that is to be ours, we could count the sufferings along the way as trivia![7]

8:18. In one sense this verse is the conclusion of the preceding paragraph in which believers are assured of being heirs of Christ’s coming glory. However, Paul reminded his readers that sharing in the glory of Christ in the future required sharing “in His sufferings” in this life. But after careful figuring (Logizomai, I consider) Paul concluded that our present sufferings are far outweighed by the glory that will be revealed in (as well as to and through) us. This future glory is so great that present sufferings are insignificant by comparison. Also the glory is forever, whereas the suffering is temporary and light (2 Cor. 4:17). Certainly this truth can help believers endure afflictions. Romans 8:18 also serves as a topic sentence for the following discussion on the relationship between believers and the whole Creation, both in their afflictions and in their future glory.[8]

8:18 “consider” This is literally “add it up.” This is a PRESENT MIDDLE INDICATIVE. Paul continues to consider the implications of Christian suffering. This was an accounting term for arriving at a carefully researched conclusion. This is a recurrent theme in Romans (see note at 2:3). Believers must live in the light of the spiritual truths they understand.

© “the sufferings” We get some idea of the sufferings involved in serving Christ from 1 Cor. 4:9–12; 2 Cor. 4:7–12; 6:4–10; 11:24–27; Heb. 11:35–38.

© “of this present time” The Jews believed that the history of the world was divided into two ages, the current evil age and the age of righteousness to come (cf. Matt. 12:32; Mark 10:30). The OT expected the coming Messiah to set up this new age of righteousness. However, the two comings of Christ, one as Savior (incarnation) and the second as Lord (Second Coming), caused the overlapping of these two ages. Believers live in the tension between “already” and “not yet” of the Kingdom of God. See Special Topic: This Age and the Age to Come at 12:2.

© “worthy … glory” Both of these terms are related to the OT concept of weight—heavy was valuable. “Worthy” was from a commercial term that meant “to weigh as much as.” The Hebrew term “glory” was also from a root “to be heavy,” in the sense of being valuable, like gold. See full note at 3:23.

The term “glory” in Paul’s writings had an eschatological orientation. It referred to the splendor and power of the returning glorified exalted Christ (cf. Col. 3:4). See Special Topic: Glory at 3:23.

© “that is to be revealed to us” This PASSIVE (deponent) VOICE referred to the agency of God or the Spirit (cf. v. 20). Believers live in this life by faith not sight (cf. v. 24 & 1 Cor. 2:9; 13:12; 2 Cor. 5:7 & Heb. 11:1).[9]

18. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us.

Suffering and Glory

A Comparison

The conjunction “For” indicates that what follows is a further explication and amplification of the glory to which reference was made in the preceding verse.

A. The Two Elements Compared

“I consider (or reckon),” says Paul, making use of an understatement, for what he actually means is, “I am firmly convinced.”

Of what is he firmly convinced? Of the fact that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us. It is clear that the apostle is, as it were, holding in his hand a scale or balance. As always, it has two scalepans. In the one pan he places “the sufferings of this present time”; in the other “the glory that is to be revealed in us.”

The first (sufferings) is a result of sin. Had there been no sin, human beings would not have had to suffer (Gen. 3:16–19). The second (glory) is the result of grace. As far as God’s children are concerned, the first is temporal, the second never-ending.

What kind of sufferings does Paul have in mind? Those experienced as a result of our relation to Christ? Such sufferings are certainly included. Otherwise there would be no connection between verses 17 and 18. Nevertheless, it is not advisable to limit the word “sufferings” as here employed, to such afflictions. As verses 19–23, 28, 38, 39 clearly indicate, other afflictions are also included. The apostle is thinking of sufferings in general; therefore also including pain (physical as well as mental), sickness, disappointment, unemployment, poverty, frustration, etc. This follows too from the fact that he uses the very broad expression “the sufferings of this present time,” that is, “of this present age,” the “time” or “age” which extends to, and ends with, Christ’s second coming.

And what about the glory of which Paul speaks? Is he referring to the blessings of the intermediate state; that is, the beatific joys which the souls of the redeemed begin to experience the very moment they breathe their last? That this intermediate state is real, and that at this very moment the departed dear ones who died “in the Lord” are participating in its activities I have tried to prove in my book The Bible on the Life Hereafter, Grand Rapids, 1959. See especially pp. 53–57. However, that cannot be what Paul has in mind here in Rom. 8:18. Verses 19 and 23 make very clear that he is referring to what will transpire at the time of “the revelation of the sons of God,” and of “the redemption (glorious resurrection) of our bodies”; in other words, at the time of Christ’s Return.

Significant is also the fact that the apostle, in dictating this letter, did not say “the glory that is to be revealed to us,” but “the glory that is to be revealed in us.” In other words, this glory will, as it were, come to us, enter us, and then, having filled us and enveloped us, will be revealed in us. We ourselves will be part of that glory: the redeemed will see it in each other. The angels will behold it in us, and will be filled with thanksgiving and praise to God.

B. The Result of This Comparison

“I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us,” says Paul; that is, the pan in which the glory has been deposited outweighs the other one by so much that the heavier pan drops to the bottom immediately. Our present sufferings, be they ever so many and severe, fade into insignificance when compared with our future glory.

C. The Reason for This Comparison

The very strategically situated church of Rome, surrounded by dangers and enemies (16:3, 4, 17–20), was in need of encouragement. The present passage richly supplies it.

In reflecting on the glory to be revealed in us, as well, of course, as to us, we realize that the reality will by far surpass our fondest expectations. Mrs. Elizabeth Mills was surely correct when she wrote:

We speak of the land of the blest,

A country so bright and so fair,

And oft are its glories confest,

But what must it be to be there?

Especially to be there, in redeemed soul and body, at Christ’s glorious Second Coming and forever afterward![10]

18. The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Perhaps the idea of its being revealed ‘in us’ (eis hēmās) is also present. Cf. Luke 6:22–23, ‘Blessed are you when men hate you … Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.’[11]

18. I indeed judge, &c. Though they take not altogether an unsuitable view who understand this as a kind of modification; yet I prefer to regard it in the light of an encouragement, for the purpose of anticipating an objection, according to this import,—“It ought not indeed to be grievous to us, if we must pass through various afflictions into celestial glory, since these, when compared with the greatness of that glory, are of the least moment.” He has mentioned future for eternal glory, intimating that the afflictions of the world are such as pass away quickly.

It is hence evident how ill understood has this passage been by the Schoolmen; for they have drawn from it their frivolous distinction between congruity and condignity. The Apostle indeed compares not the worthiness of the one with that of the other, but only lightens the heaviness of the cross by a comparison with the greatness of glory, in order to confirm the minds of the faithful in patience.[12]

8:18 present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Verse 18 continues the theme of suffering leading to glory from 8:17. Three comments can be made about this theme. First, as noted earlier, suffering for righteousness’ sake in this age leading to the glory of the age to come is apocalyptic in orientation. Second, it is also rooted in the new covenant. Paul makes this clear in 2 Corinthians 3:1–5:21, where he talks about the glory of the new covenant over the old covenant (3:1–4:6) but says that such a new covenant is rooted in suffering (4:7–5:21). Third, in participating in the suffering/glory paradigm, the Christian participates in Christ’s suffering and glory (compare Rom. 8:17–18 with 2 Cor. 3:1–5:21; Phil. 3:10, 21; Col. 3:4; 2 Thess. 2:14; Heb. 2:7–10).[13]

8:18 / The section begins with a pronouncement: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Consider (logizesthai) implies not a mere opinion but a statement of gravity, an authoritative judgment. The sufferings of the present seem slight when compared to the glory that will be revealed. Sufferings are not illusory or mere surface scratches, however. Some religions, like Hinduism, maintain that matter, including evil and suffering, is only an illusion, and that relief from the illusion can be achieved by proper mental control. The Bible’s testimony is vastly different. No one reading the story of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32ff.) or Golgotha (Mark 15) can doubt the reality of suffering. We may wish our present sufferings were bad dreams, but that is only a bad wish. Not answering the telephone does not make the call from the emergency room go away. Paul concedes that suffering is numbingly, painfully real, but in comparison with glory it looks different than when viewed alone, for it is dwarfed by the grandeur of glory awaiting believers. Moreover, it is only “for a season.” The Greek word for present, kairos, means a momentary, limited duration of time. Suffering is limited to this life and pales in comparison to God’s coming glory. The apostle is not minimizing suffering but maximizing glory.[14]

18 The “for” introduces this verse and, indeed, the entire paragraph that follows, as an elaboration of the sequence of suffering and glory attributed to believers in v. 17b. Viewed from a perspective that holds this world to be a “closed system,” suffering is a harsh and final reality that can never be explained nor transcended. “All is trouble, adversity, and suffering!” cries Sue Fawley, summarizing Thomas Hardy’s own judgment in his most pessimistic novel, Jude the Obscure. But a Christian views the suffering of this life in a larger, world-transcending context that, while not alleviating its present intensity, transcends it with the confident expectation that suffering is not the final word. “The present and visible can be understood only in the light of the future and invisible.” Thus, Paul can “consider1062 that the sufferings of the present time are not worth comparing with the glory that shall be revealed to us.” We must, Paul suggests, weigh suffering in the balance with the glory that is the final state of every believer; and so “weighty,” so transcendently wonderful, is this glory that suffering flies in the air as if it had no weight at all. “For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17).

These “sufferings of the present time” are not only those trials that are endured directly because of confession of Christ—for instance, persecution—but encompass the whole gamut of suffering, including things such as illness, bereavement, hunger, financial reverses, and death itself. To be sure, Paul has spoken of our suffering in v. 17 as “suffering with Christ.” But there is a sense in which all the suffering of Christians is “with Christ,” inasmuch as Christ was himself subject, by virtue of his coming “in the form of sinful flesh,” to the manifold sufferings of this world in rebellion against God. The word Paul uses here refers to “sufferings” in any form; and certainly the “travail” of creation, with which the sufferings of Christians are compared (vv. 19–22), cannot be restricted to sufferings “on behalf of Christ.” And the qualification “of the present time” links these sufferings with the old age of salvation history, conquered in Christ but remaining as the arena in which the Christian must live out his or her new life.

Paul was certainly not the only ancient author to contrast present sufferings and future glory; see, for example, 2 Bar. 15:8: “For this world is to them [the righteous] a struggle and an effort and much trouble. And that accordingly which will come, a crown with great glory.” But, since the Christian’s glory is a partaking of Christ’s own glory (“glorified with him”), Paul puts more stress than does Judaism on the righteous person’s participation in this glory. In light of this focus on certainty, and since Paul conceives the Christian’s glory to be something that has, in some sense, already been determined (8:30), we are probably justified in seeing in “to be revealed” the nuance of a manifestation of that which already exists. “Glory,” like salvation in 1 Pet. 1:4–5, can be conceived as a state that is “reserved for us,” a state that Christ, our forerunner, has already entered. There is a sense, then, in which the believer even now proleptically experiences some of that glory, but it will be only in the last day, when the believer is brought into the scope of the glory of God, that the decision already made on our behalf will be manifest.1069[15]

18 This verse is an appeal to the great disproportion between the sufferings endured in this life and the weight of glory reserved for the children of God—the present sufferings fade into insignificance when compared with the glory to be revealed in the future. The apostle appeals to this consideration as an inducement to patient endurance of the sufferings. When he says “I reckon” (cf. 3:28; Phil. 3:13), he is giving by way of understatement his judgment respecting a truth of which there is no gainsaying (cf. 2 Cor. 4:17). The “present time” is stated to be the period within which these sufferings fall. This is a technical expression and is not to be equated with our common phrase, “the time being”. The present time is “this age” or “present age” in contrast with “the age to come” (cf. Matt. 12:32; Mark 10:30; Luke 16:8; 20:34, 35; Rom. 12:2; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 1:21). The age to come is the age of the resurrection and of the glory to be revealed. The contrast is not between the sufferings endured by a believer in this life prior to death and the bliss upon which he enters at death (cf. 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23). The glory contemplated is that of the resurrection and of the age to come. It is said to be “the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward”. The expression bespeaks the certainty of the revelation in the future. It would be inviting to stress the concealment presupposed in the word “reveal” to the extent of supposing that the glory to be revealed is conceived of as already existing in concealment and needing only to be made manifest. The glory would then be the glory that belongs to Christ now and which will be bestowed upon believers in the future. The term “reveal”, however, does not necessarily have this implication (cf. Gal. 3:23). And the glory to be revealed is so bound up with the resurrection (vs. 23) that we cannot conceive of it as existing now except in the design and purpose of God. This glory is to be revealed “unto us”, that is to say, it is to reach unto us, is to be bestowed upon us, so that we become the actual partakers; it is not a glory of which we are to be mere spectators.[16]

The Incomparable Glory

Romans 8:18

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

There are times in every preacher’s work when, if he takes the task of teaching the Bible seriously, he comes to themes that he knows are beyond him. In one sense everything in the Bible is beyond us. The Bible contains God’s thoughts, and none of us is ever fully able to encompass the mind of the Infinite. Nevertheless, there are teachings that we do basically understand—because God has revealed them to us. Not so with every idea in the Bible. From time to time, we come to thoughts that we know we shall never fully understand, at least not until we get to heaven.

Glory is one of them. I call it “incomparable,” not only because it resists comparison with anything we know in this life, particularly suffering, which is the contrast found in our text, but because glory is truly beyond our comprehension. At best we have only an intimation of it.

Glory is the word best used to describe God’s magnificence and therefore also the dazzling magnificence of heaven and our share in it. But when we look for descriptions of heaven in the Bible, in most cases the descriptions have a negative cast only. They tell us what heaven will not contain. The best description of heaven in the Bible is probably that of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21. But think how the New Jerusalem is portrayed by the “loud voice from the throne”—“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:3–4). That God will dwell with us is positive. But the strength of the description is in the words: no tears, no pain, no death, no mourning! These are all negative ideas, no doubt because we cannot fully comprehend the positive things but can understand the removal of that which troubles our lives now.

And yet, the greatest word for what is in store for God’s people is glory. Our text says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

What is Glory?

What is this “glory”? I find definitions of glory in the various commentaries, since incomprehensibility has never kept true scholars from defining anything. But the definitions seem inadequate to me. I want to suggest that in the case of the word glory we will make far better progress with the thinking of someone whose forte is literature, particularly poetry, rather than biblical scholarship. For that reason, I suggest an essay on glory by C. S. Lewis.

In the summer of 1941, Lewis was asked to give an evening sermon at the Oxford University Church of Saint Mary, and he responded by preparing the piece to which I refer. It was called “The Weight of Glory.” Lewis, one of the greatest Christian apologists of the twentieth century, began by referring to a longing all human beings have for something that can hardly be expressed. He called it “a desire which no natural happiness will satisfy,” and he found it in our wish to be approved by God. He argued that the biblical word for expressing this wish is glory.

At first, the idea of seeking divine approval seems to be unworthy, as it also did to Lewis when he began his study. But he said that he came to see that it is not unworthy at all but, on the contrary, expresses a natural and desirable order of things. A child wants approval from his parents and is right to want it. Creatures should want approval from their Creator. We are God’s creatures, and we do. But the problem is that we behave in a way that destroys the possibility of that approval, unless God intervenes to save and transform us, which he does in Jesus Christ. One day we will appear before God for judgment. What will happen to us on that day? Lewis asked his listeners. He answered, “We can be left utterly and absolutely outside—repelled, exiled, estranged, finally and unspeakably ignored. On the other hand, we can be called in, welcomed, received, acknowledged. We walk every day on the razor edge between these two incredible possibilities.”

But there is more to glory even than this. Glory denotes not only “worth,” “acceptance,” or “approval.” It also denotes “brightness,” “splendor,” and “luminosity,” perhaps even “beauty.” And we long for all that, too! In fact, we long not only to see what is beautiful. We want to participate in it, to be on the inside of this divine, heavenly beauty, rather than on the outside. In my judgment, it is here that Lewis, the poet, is at his best:

We are to shine as the sun, we are to be given the Morning Star. I think I begin to see what it means. In one way, of course, God has given us the Morning Star already; you can go and enjoy the gift on many fine mornings, if you get up early enough. What more, you may ask, do we want? Ah, but we want so much more—something the books on aesthetics take little notice of. But the poets and mythologies know all about it. We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.…

That is why the poets tell us such lovely falsehoods. They talk as if the west wind could really sweep into a human soul; but it can’t. They tell us that “beauty born of murmuring sound” will pass into a human face; but it won’t. Or not yet. For if we take the imagery of Scripture seriously, if we believe that God will one day give us the Morning Star and cause us to put on the splendor of the sun, then we may surmise that both the ancient myths and modern poetry, so false as history, may be very near the truth as prophecy.

At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of the morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendors we see. But the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in. When human souls have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.

Do we understand the meaning of glory now? No, I do not think we do, at least not fully. But we have a framework with which we can address the biblical teaching and uncover the specific contribution of our text.

Ichabod

The first thing the Bible adds to our understanding is that we long for glory because we once enjoyed it. I do not mean that individually we did. We did not exist prior to our births. I mean that we enjoyed glory once as a race—in Adam. Adam was made “in the image of God” (Gen. 1:26–27), which means, as D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “that man at the beginning had a kind of glory.” He was like God, and he may even have been clothed with the splendor of God like a garment, as one commentator has suggested.

Yet what is man’s condition today? Man is a disgrace compared to what he once was. He is a fallen being. Over him should be written the tragic Old Testament name “Ichabod,” meaning “the glory has departed.” It has departed from his body, from his soul, and from his spirit.

Man was once a beautiful physical specimen. The man Adam and the woman Eve were the glory of creation. They excelled the rest of the created order in every respect. But when they sinned, physical decay, sickness, suffering, and eventually physical death came upon them. God said, “Dust you are and to dust you will return” (Gen. 3:19b). They were not originally destined to die, but die they did. Man was also beautiful in soul, the most beautiful of all the creatures. He had a nobility that transcends our ability to fathom. But once Adam and Eve sinned, that beautiful soul was tarnished. Now they began to lie and cheat and shift the blame from their own failings to those of others. Most significant was the ruination of their spirits. The spirit was that part of Adam and Eve that had communion with God. They had walked and talked with God in the garden. But once they fell, they no longer sought God out. They hid from him, and the encounter that eventually came was a judgment.

We enjoyed glory once, which is why we long for it so much. But it is gone, gone with the wind. What a marvelous thing it is then, when we turn to the Bible, to find that the end of our salvation in Christ is not merely deliverance from sin and evil and their consequences, but glorification. God is restoring to us all that our first parents lost.

More Than Adam Lost

This is what Paul is beginning to deal with here in Romans, which brings us to our text. But as soon as we turn to that text and try to place it in its context, we notice that something greater even than the restoration of Adam and Eve’s lost glory is involved. As we read on in Romans 8 we find that we are to have an enjoyment of God and a participation in God that surpasses Adam’s.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones says,

Adam was perfect man, but his perfection fell short of glorification. There was room for development, and it is clear that glorification was the ultimate that was intended for man. As man he was perfect; there was no blemish in him, there was no sin in him; there was no fault in him. He was in a state of innocence, but innocence falls short of glorification. But what is held before us and offered to us in Christ, and promised us in him, is nothing less than glorification. The thing to which man, if he had continued to keep God’s commandments, would have arrived, and which would have been given to him as a reward for his obedience, is the thing that is now freely given us in and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Weighed in the Balance

All this brings me directly to the text. For in Romans 8:18 Paul is comparing the future glory to be enjoyed by God’s people to their present sufferings, but saying that the glory far outstrips their suffering. That is obvious, isn’t it? For if the glory we are to enjoy is to exceed even that minimal glory enjoyed by Adam, it is certain that it will exceed the trials we are enduring now.

Paul introduces an interesting though somewhat hidden image at this point in the verbal adjective translated “not worth comparing.” It is the Greek word axiōs, from the verb agō, which means “to drive,” “lead,” or “cause to move.” Figuratively used, it refers to something that is heavy enough to promote motion in a balance or, as we would say, to tip the scales. When we remember that the word glory itself denotes something that is weighty or has substance, it is clear what Paul is suggesting. He is saying that the future glory laid up for us is so weighty that our present sufferings are as feathers compared to it and that they cannot even begin to move the scales.

Paul provides a parallel to our text in 2 Corinthians 4:16–17, following a poignant mention of the many persecutions and sufferings he had endured for the sake of Christ. He says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (emphasis added).

These two passages suggest several areas of comparison between our present sufferings and the glory that is to come.

1. Their intensity. The first area of comparison is between the intensity of the suffering and the intensity of the glory or, as we have been saying, between the “weight” of the two. Suffering is heavy. It hurts. It can hurt so intensely that we scream with terror or cry out with pain. But, says Paul, the intensity of our sufferings is not worth comparing with the glory. And he should know. Paul suffered as much as any man has suffered, judging from his descriptions in 1 Corinthians 4:9–13; 2 Corinthians 4:8–12; 6:4–10; and 11:16–33. But he also had a vision of heaven’s glory, having been “caught up to the third heaven” (2 Cor. 12:2). In his opinion the intensity of the former is not to be compared to the grandeur of the latter.

2. Their location. The second area of comparison is between the location of our sufferings and the location of our glory. That is an awkward way of putting it, of course, but it is hard to think of something better. In Romans 8:18 Paul says that the glory of God is to be revealed “in us,” using a word that literally means “internally” or “in our very being.” This should be contrasted with the words “though outwardly we are wasting away,” which he uses in the parallel text in 2 Corinthians.

The idea seems to be this: Suffering, though felt deeply, nevertheless only affects our outward persons, our bodies. It does not affect the real “us,” those redeemed beings that, says Paul, are “being renewed day by day.” It is that “real me,” the inner me, that is going to participate in the glory. In other words, it is as C. S. Lewis said. We are not just going to observe the beauty; we are going to share in it: “God will one day give us the Morning Star and cause us to put on the splendor of the sun.… Some day, God willing, we shall get in.” The endurance of outward suffering is not to be compared to our participation in this glory.

3. Their duration. The final point of contrast between suffering and glory concerns their duration. In Romans Paul distinguishes between “present sufferings,” which means those belonging to this present age, and the glory “that will be revealed,” meaning the unchanging and eternal glory of the age to come. In 2 Corinthians he calls the sufferings “momentary” and glory “eternal.” You and I do not think much about eternity. But if we can make ourselves think this way, it is evident that there is no comparison between the glory of the eternal state and the sufferings of this passing earthly time, however painful our sufferings may be while we are going through them.

Breaking the Spell

I want to say finally that if we can appreciate what Paul is saying in this text and get it fixed in our minds, we will find it able to change the way we look at life and the way we live—more than anything else we can imagine. It will provide two things at least.

1. Vision. Focusing on the promise of glory will give us a vision of life in its eternal context, which means that we will begin to see life here as it really is. We have two problems at this point. First, we are limited by our concept of time. We think in terms of the “threescore years and ten” allotted to us, or at best the few years that have led up to our earthly existence or the few years after it. We do not have a long view. Second, we are limited by our materialism. Our reference point is what we perceive through our senses, so we have the greatest possible difficulty thinking of “the spirit” and other intangibles. We need to be delivered from this bondage and awakened from our spiritual blindness.

In “The Weight of Glory” Lewis addressed the objection of those who might consider his talk about glory as only fantasy, the weaving of a spell. He replied by admitting that perhaps that is what he was trying to do. But he reminded his listeners that spells in fairy tales are of two kinds. Some induce enchantments. Others break them. “You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years.” That is not the way I would say it. I would speak of truth as opposed to this world’s falsehood. But it is probably the same thing. Both mean that we need to emerge from our darkness into God’s light.

2. Endurance. “Breaking the spell” will give us strength to endure whatever hardships, temptations, persecutions, or physical suffering it pleases God to send us. Suppose there were no glory. Suppose this life really were all there is. If that were the case, I for one would not endure anything, at least nothing I could avoid. And I would probably break down under the tribulations I could not avoid. But knowing that there is an eternal weight of glory waiting, I will try to do what pleases God and hang on in spite of anything.

Here is the way hymnwriter Henry F. Lyte expressed it:

Jesus, I my cross have taken,

All to leave and follow thee;

Destitute, despised, forsaken,

Thou from hence my all shalt be.

Perish every fond ambition,

All I’ve sought or hoped or known;

Yet how rich is my condition,

God and heaven are still my own.

Man may trouble and distress me,

’Twill but drive me to thy breast;

Life with trials hard may press me,

Heaven will bring me sweeter rest.

O ’tis not in grief to harm me

While my love is left to me;

O ’twere not in joy to charm me,

Were that joy unmixed with thee.

Haste then on from grace to glory,

Armed by faith and winged by prayer;

Heaven’s eternal day’s before thee,

God’s own hand shall guide thee there.

Soon shall close thine earthly mission;

Swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;

Hope soon change to glad fruition,

Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

There is one more word in Romans 8:18 that we need to examine. It is the word consider (or “reckon” in kjv). We have seen it fifteen times in this epistle, noting that it has to do with reason. It is the process by which we figure something out. I stress it because, although I referred to the idea of “breaking a spell,” I do not want you to suppose that there is anything magical about this. Magic is for fairy tales. But we are dealing with God’s real world, and we are instructed to think this out clearly.

Paul writes, “I consider that …” meaning that he has thought it through and concluded that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (kjv). By using this word he invites us to think it through also.

If you are a Christian, I ask, “Isn’t what the apostle says in this verse true? Isn’t the glory to come worth anything you might be asked to face here, however painful or distressing?” D. Martin Lloyd-Jones challenged his congregation with these words: “The great reality is the glory that is coming.… Hold on to this idea, that we do not really belong to this present age, that ‘our citizenship is in heaven.’ This present world is passing, transient, temporary. ‘The world to come’ is the real, the permanent world. That is the one that has substance and which will endure forever.”

If you know that you are part of heaven’s citizenry, you will endure—and say with the hymnwriter, “yet how rich is my condition.”[17]

The Comparison of Glory

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (8:18)

Logizomai (to consider) refers literally to numerical calculation. Figuratively, as it is used here, it refers to reaching a settled conclusion by careful study and reasoning. Paul does not merely suggest, but strongly affirms, that any suffering for Christ’s sake is a small price to pay for the gracious benefits received because of that suffering. The sufferings of this present time, that is, our time on earth, are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

In the New Testament, pathēma (sufferings) is used both of Christ’s sufferings and of believers’ suffering for His sake. Resist Satan, Peter admonishes, “firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world” (1 Pet. 5:9). Paul assured the Corinthian Christians, “If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort” (2 Cor. 1:6–7).

Jesus Christ is the supreme and perfect example of suffering for righteousness’ sake. “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings” (Heb. 2:10). Just as suffering was essential to Christ’s obedience to His Father, so it is essential to our obedience to Christ.

Those who do not know Christ have no hope when they suffer. Whatever the reason for their affliction, it does not come upon them for Christ’s sake, or righteousness’s sake, and therefore cannot produce for them any spiritual blessing or glory. Those who live only for this life cannot look forward to any resolution of wrongs or to any comfort for their souls. Their pain, loneliness, and afflictions serve no divine purpose and bring no divine reward.

Christians, on the other hand, have great hope, not only that their afflictions eventually will end but that those afflictions actually will add to their eternal glory. Long before the incarnation of Christ, the prophet Daniel spoke of believers’ glory as “the brightness of the expanse of heaven,” and as being “like the stars forever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).

As followers of Christ, our suffering comes from men, whereas our glory comes from God. Our suffering is earthly, whereas our glory is heavenly. Our suffering is short, whereas our glory is forever. Our suffering is trivial, whereas our glory is limitless. Our suffering is in our mortal and corrupted bodies, whereas our glory will be in our perfected and imperishable bodies.[18]


[1] Patterson, P. (2017). Salvation in the Old Testament. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1794). Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., Whitehead, M. M., Grigoni, M. R., & Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 8:18). Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2171). Crossway Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 8:18). Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ro 8:18). Nelson Bibles.

[6] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1440). T. Nelson Publishers.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (A. Farstad, Ed.; p. 1711). Thomas Nelson.

[8] Witmer, J. A. (1985). Romans. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 471). Victor Books.

[9] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans: Vol. Volume 5 (Ro 8:18). Bible Lessons International.

[10] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vols. 12–13, pp. 264–266). Baker Book House.

[11] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, p. 173). InterVarsity Press.

[12] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 302–303). Logos Bible Software.

[13] Pate, C. M. (2013). Romans (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.; p. 174). Baker Books.

[14] Edwards, J. R. (2011). Romans (p. 212). Baker Books.

[15] Moo, D. J. (2018). The Letter to the Romans (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.; Second Edition, pp. 533–535). William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[16] Murray, J. (1968). The Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 1, pp. 300–301). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[17] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: The Reign of Grace (Vol. 2, pp. 861–868). Baker Book House.

[18] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). Romans (Vol. 1, pp. 449–450). Moody Press.

The Invisible Hand of God | Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul 

To crush the growing threat of the Jews, Pharaoh sought to destroy all the Hebrew baby boys in Egypt. Today, R.C. Sproul analyzes how God used this evil edict to preserve the life of Moses and prepare him to become the mediator of the old covenant.

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Peace Place — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to rest and rejuvenate


Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening He went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, and all the people came early in the morning to hear Him at the temple  Luke 21:37-38

I’d never noticed it before. Perhaps I am the only one. But in the Scripture passage above it states that Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to rest and rejuvenate after each day of teaching to the crowds. It became His refuge

Now it makes sense that He would go there His last night on earth to pray and rededicate Himself for the torturous mission that lay ahead. It was the one place He’d often found peace. And that night, He needed it more than ever before.

Do you have a place of peace?

Perhaps it is the park down the block, or an off the beaten path stretch of beach. Maybe it is closer to home such as a bench in your garden, a soaking tub filled with bubble bath (and if you have kids, a locked door!), or a cozy chair draped with a prayer shawl.

Wherever your peace place is, go there.  Take a few deep breaths. God will meet you. Just as He met His Son on the night before the most important day of His ministry. We all need a break now and then.

By Julie Cosgrove
Used by Permission
From: https://wheredidyoufindgodtoday.com/


Further Reading

•  Keep Yourselves in God’s Love

•  Peace or Panic?

•  Salvation Explained

Peace Place — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: The Thorny Path

Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

‎“But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.”

‎So opens the third section of the psalter, telling of the struggle of those who seek after God, yet well nigh fail because of the difficulty of the path, because of the temptations which beset them when they see the earthly pleasure and prosperity sometimes enjoyed by the wicked, while goodness still continues in misery. “For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.”

‎The outcry reaches a climax of grief and weakness. “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me.” The “thorny path” seems all too torturing. Then comes the sudden joy of having seen and understood the meaning of God’s leading. The wicked shall perish in the end, and the sorrows of the righteous be forgotten, “as a dream when one awaketh.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Heidelminicast: Heidelberg Catechism 74—Are Infants Also To Be Baptized? — The Heidelblog

The Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most beloved and well used catechisms to emerge from the sixteenth and seventeenth century Reformation. Published in its final form in 1563, the catechism has been used by millions of Christians to teach the faith to children and adults alike. Arranged in 52 Lord’s Days (Sundays) the catechism takes the Christian through the basics of the Christian faith (our creation, fall, redemption, new life in Christ, and glorification). It explains the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. It is a treasure. To encourage listeners and readers, we expect to post one question and answer a day on the HB. If you are subscribed to the Heidelcast or the Heidelblog (see below) you will receive these episodes automatically.

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2 May 2022 News Briefing

Putin may undergo surgery for cancer
A Kremlin insider says Putin may be replaced by a hardliner ally ( Nilolai Patrushev) and architect of the Ukraine war. (video)

25 Mysterious fires at food processing plants across US; ‘End-of-days food shortage’
As more food processing plants burn down, the prophecy of pre-Messianic food shortages looms more imminent. Though labeled a conspiracy theory, the facts remain undeniable; prices are rising as supply chain problems persist and food becomes dear. Biden: Planning to “disseminate food shortages.” The story comes in the wake of a presidential prediction that food shortages were about to become a reality due to the war in Ukraine. While addressing the subject, President Biden made a gaffe that made it seem that the food shortages were, in fact, planned.

Time Columnist Denounces Free Speech As A White Man’s “Obsession”
The anti-free speech movement has been embraced by Democratic leaders, including President Joe Biden, as well as academics who now claim “China was right” on censorship. However, a Time magazine column by national correspondent Charlotte Alter was still shocking in how mainstream anti-free speech views have become.

‘We’re Taking Back Our Street” – Sacramento Man Barricades Street To Stop Out-Of-Control Crime
People are fed up with the urban utopian socialist experiment in California. One business owner barricaded a public street in Sacramento to prevent a further spillover in crime from other areas. “The game is over. We’re taking back our streets,” business owner Rich Eaton told FOX40. He barricaded part of Railroad Drive to prevent the commercial area from additional car burglaries, rampant building theft, prostitution, and homeless encampments.

Antifa allegedly assaults Portland GOP rallygoers, understaffed police struggle to respond
The resource-strapped Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reportedly took more than 20 minutes to respond when alleged antifa members assaulted a Saturday campaign event near police headquarters in downtown Portland. By the time officers had “sufficient resources” to establish a crime scene near Southwest 3rd and Main Street, the black-clad demonstrators had already dispersed after hurling smoke grenades, paint-filled balloons and fireworks, according to police. Two were injured by “mortars,” police said.

Report: EU to make fresh push to salvage Iran deal
Diplomats tell Wall Street Journal that EU negotiator offered to travel to Tehran in effort to break stalemate in nuclear talks.

It’s time for the fourth technological revolution: AI – opinion
The fourth technological revolution is associated with the era of AI applications. Providing corporations with multiple opportunities to distinguish themselves within a competitive business environment by allowing companies to utilize data they accumulate to improve business processes, products, and services. However, media coverage of the AI revolution has been characterized by a wealth of contradictory information and inflated expectations regarding how, and where, AI can be applied.

Harvard Crimson is drinking the BDS Kool-Aid –
The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper at America’s most elite university, is drinking the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) Kool-Aid.

Lavrov claims Zelensky has Jewish blood ‘just like Hitler’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attacked Ukraine and its president Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday during an interview in Italy, claiming that “the fact that he is a Jew does not negate the Nazi elements in his country. I believe that Adolf Hitler also had Jewish blood.”

3.5 earthquake hits northern Israel
At noontime, a 3.5 magnitude earthquake was felt in northern Israel. The quake originated 116 kilometers (72 miles) northwest of Nahariya. Although the tremor was felt, no damage to property was reported.

New initiative links the world’s largest Muslim nation to Israel, reversing Balaam’s curse
Muslim leaders launched a project earlier this month to build relations between Indonesia and Israel. If successful, the project could pave the way for the country’s more than 200 million Muslims to be linked in friendship with the Jewish state.

Former Democratic Rep. Says Biden Is Just a ‘Front Man’ for True Power Behind ‘Ministry of Truth’
“Biden is just a front man,” Gabbard tweeted. “Obama, April 21: social media censors ‘don’t go far enough,’ so the government needs to step in to do the job. Six days later, Homeland Security rolls out the ‘Ministry of Truth’ (aka Disinformation Governance Board).”

Video Appears to Show Local NBC Anchor Get Busted in Underage-Sex Sting – Station Issues Statement
Although not fully identified in the video posted to YouTube by the 607 Predator Hunters, the man looks very similar to Zach Wheeler of NBC affiliate WETM-TV in Elmira, New York, and is addressed as “Zach.” At one point he offers to do a TV spot on the group — “607” is an area code in the Elmira area.

Board orders Californians to conserve water
There’s a drought in Southern California, so Gov. Gavin Newsom asked for a 15 percent voluntary reduction of household water usage. But a big water supplier to the area has gone further — it says local water districts must reduce water consumption or face fines, …

Plastic Grocery Bag Bans Actually Boost Sale of Small Plastic Garbage Bags: Study
Researchers have discovered that bans and fees on plastic carryout grocery bags (CGB) could have serious unintended consequences. The investigators found that both bag fees and outright prohibitions boosted the sale of 4-gallon and 8-gallon plastic bags—

Amish Farmer Faces $250K Fine, Jail Time and Losing His Sustainable Farm for Processing His Own Meat
Amos Miller’s private food club members say they don’t want their grass-fed meat treated with the chemical preservatives required by all USDA-approved processing plants

Diesel prices soaring above crude, gasoline — and likely to stay that way 
A recently published study from Israel has confirmed a strong correlation between a massive increase in emergency cardiovascular events among people under 40 and the beginning of the country’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) mass vaccination program.

Cardiovascular emergencies in Israel increased by 25% after COVID-19 vaccine rollout 
A recently published study from Israel has confirmed a strong correlation between a massive increase in emergency cardiovascular events among people under 40 and the beginning of the country’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) mass vaccination program.

Medical journals now CENSORING all science that documents vaccine adverse reactions 
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, this publication has provided ample documentation and evidence that the globalist elites are using to fundamentally alter Western democracies in ways they never could legislatively.

Stunning video by Canadian doctors shows how Pfizer committed massive fraud during COVID-19 vaccine trials 
A group of Canadian doctors has painstakingly demonstrated how Pfizer committed monumental fraud in conducting rapid clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine as they present evidence refuting nearly all claims that the jab is safer and that getting one reduces the incidence and seriousness of the coronavirus.

Animal feed halt is a Biden Regime attempt to wipe out ALL LIVESTOCK and usher in new era of disgusting test-tube meat 
From the halting of fertilizer and animal feed shipments to the waves of arson that have burnt down food factories in America, the Biden Administration seems to be strategically and nefariously deconstructing America’s agricultural infrastructure, but why?

ANALYST: Russia has a moral imperative to neutralize Ukraine’s weapons systems that allowed NATO to threaten Russia with bioweapons 
You will be hard-pressed to find what you are about to read anywhere in the establishment Western media, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had to be done in order to stop the world’s bioterrorists from continuing to wage war on humanity from proxy locations throughout the Eastern European country, point out analysts from State of the Nation.

BlackRock and Vanguard are taking over centralized food production technologies and will have near-total control over the future food supply in America 
Many people are still blissfully unaware of what has happened, but the global food supply has been largely taken over by the oligarchs, including financial giants BlackRock and Vanguard.

Algae overwhelming beaches on Mexico’s Caribbean coast
Authorities on Mexico’s Caribbean coast are battling an “alarming” invasion of foul-smelling brown algae, which has piled up on the region’s beaches.

Extreme Heat to Persist in India for Third Straight Month 
Hotter-than-normal temperatures may continue to singe northern and western India in May, where readings are near the highest in 122 years, the country’s official weather forecaster said.

‘The water is not there’: Drought forces Las Vegas to draw from deeper within Lake Mead
A massive drought-starved reservoir on the Colorado River has become so depleted that Las Vegas now is pumping water from deeper within Lake Mead where other states downstream don’t have access.

Largest US Wildfire Rages out of Control in New Mexico
Firefighters in New Mexico failed on Friday to pin back the flames of the United States’ largest wildfire, which is burning perilously close to a string of mountain villages.

Severe storms rock central U.S. while wildfires burn in the West
Millions of Americans are under a severe storm threat right now, while several storm systems are bringing damaging winds, hail and tornadoes to the central plains. That’s in addition to the wildfires in the West. Jennifer Johnson has the details.

More than 1,000 buildings affected by Andover, KS tornado
More than 1,000 buildings were affected when a strong tornado swept through Andover on Friday evening. Search and rescue operations were continuing Saturday, officials said in a noon briefing.

SHORT: Capitol Hill Cops Break Window And Urge Rioters Inside Capitol Building
You ain’t gonna believe it. You’ll see it, but you won’t believe it. I’ve been sending this to everyone I can think of, but federal law enforcement and the MSM does not want to know about seditious police officers that were in cahoots with real insurrectionists. It doesn’t fit the narrative.

Amidst Questions Of Stolen Election, Macron Launches Digital Identity App
Although Macron survived the French elections, many voters are wondering if the election was stolen. Macron wasted no time in launching a digital identity app that will be required for French citizens to access public and private services. Dystopian digital identity is the bedrock of Technocracy, aka the Great Reset. ⁃ TN Editor

Jesus Of Nazareth For The Past Two Thousand Years Has Been Building A City Called New Jerusalem That Will Be The Forever Home Of The Born Again Believer 
Have you ever watched any of those pet shows on channels like The Dodo where they talk about people adopting pets and bringing them to their new ‘forever home’? Your King James Bible talks about that as well, only it’s you who gets adopted, and your forever Home is a place called the New Jerusalem. New Jerusalem is the mansions from John 14, that Jesus the carpenter of Nazareth, has been building for us for the past two thousand years. Born again believers in the Church Age are placed into the Body of Christ and we are the Bride of Christ.

Indiana Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Black Lives Matter Global Organization
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has filed a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/05/02/2-may-2022/

Headlines – 5/2/2022

Buoyed by aliya, Israeli population up to 9.5 million ahead of 74th Independence Day

IDF to close West Bank, Gaza crossings for Memorial and Independence days

Police arrest 5 for attacks on buses going to Western Wall during Passover

Israel Calls Hamas Leader’s Threat on ‘Thousands’ of Synagogues an ‘Act of Antisemitic Incitement’

Coalition crisis: Ra’am demands ‘amended’ status quo on Temple Mount as condition

United Arab List returns to coalition as Bennett caves to some UAL demands

Turkey to normalize Egypt ties after ‘progress’ with Saudi Arabia, UAE: Cavusoglu

UN: Yemen truce could help reverse ‘worsening’ humanitarian crisis

ISIS claims attack on Kabul mosque

Six rockets launched toward Kurdish region in Iraq

Missile attack on oil refinery in Iraq’s Erbil hit oil tank, fire erupted

Iran oil minister travels to Venezuela for energy deals

Congresswomen introduce bill to investigate how Venezuela would profit from Iran nuke deal

Germany: Quitting Russian oil by late summer is ‘realistic’

India To Get Russian Oil To Avert Power Crisis Triggered By Heatwave

Petrodollar Status Threatened As First Shipment Of Russian Coal Paid In Yuan On Its Way To China

Greek workers protest at energy cost surge in May Day rallies

May Day rallies in Europe urge more help as inflation bites

Commentary: Israel’s Role In Weakening The Dollar

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stands by ‘denazification’ claims, dismissing Zelenskyy’s Judaism

Lavrov: So what if Zelensky is Jewish, even Hitler ‘had Jewish blood’

Lapid denounces Russian FM’s ‘unforgivable’ claim that Hitler ‘had Jewish blood’

Russia’s Lavrov says May 9 anniversary will not affect military operations in Ukraine

Denmark summons Russian ambassador after spy plane violates Danish airspace

Russians plunder $5M farm vehicles from Ukraine – to find they’ve been remotely disabled

Ex-NATO commander says Russia’s ‘amazing incompetence’ resulted in unprecedented loss of generals

World is closer to nuclear war than Cuban Missile Crisis, Russian academic says

Russian state TV simulates terrifying nuclear strike on Europe

Russia TV’s Nuke Simulation Levels London, Berlin, Paris in 202 Seconds

Britain says Russian troll factory is spreading disinformation on social media

Pelosi leads surprise congressional visit to Ukraine, meets Zelenskyy

US Speaker Pelosi voices support in ‘fight for freedom’ in Zelenskyy meeting

Awkward: Putin and Zelensky both invited to G20

Putin, Zelensky both accept G-20 invitation, host nation say

Serbia displays Chinese missiles amid concerns in Balkans

Mexican navy agents capture local leader of powerful cartel

Clay Higgins: DHS Chief Mayorkas Carrying Out ‘Insidious Agenda’ to Transform America with Illegal Immigration

DHS chief doubles down on request to migrants at southern border: ‘Do not come’

Blake Masters on Biden Border Policies: ‘They Are Hell-Bent on Getting as Many Illegals Here as Possible’

Abbott Threatens to Declare an ‘Invasion’ as Migrant Numbers Climb

Additional $495.3 million allocated to Operation Lone Star, border security operations

Biden jokes about low approval, ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ in White House Correspondents’ speech

White House Tries to Fix Latest Biden Gaffe, Official Transcript Still Looks Like a Jumble of Nonsense

“You Can Never Think to the Future Until We Solve the Past, Because It Will Just Happen Again” – President Trump on Those Who Want to Move On from 2020 Election

True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht: ‘Mules’ Went on Routes Trafficking Ballots ‘Repeatedly, Day After Day’ Ahead of the 2020 Election

Avalanche of leaks imperils Jan. 6 committee’s delivering on blockbuster hearings

Durham: Clinton Campaign Fed Mainstream Media ‘Unverified Derogatory’ Information About Trump

On April 21 Obama Said Social Media Censors “Don’t Go Far Enough” – 6 Days Later Puppet Joe Biden Rolls Out “Ministry of Truth”

J.D. Vance: Joe Biden’s ‘Propaganda Ministry’ Is About Enforcing Speech Codes on Americans

Here’s Your Disinformation: Now Psaki Is Claiming That Trump Started Biden’s Thought Police Board

Nina Jankowicz, 2020: Government Should Not Be in ‘Business’ of Policing ‘Disinformation’

Newly Discovered Tweets Reveal Biden’s Singing Disinformation Czar Nina Jankowicz Has Been Wrong about Nearly Every Single Issue in Past 5 Years

Ron Johnson Blasts DHS’s Disinformation Governance Board – ‘This Is Orwellian’

Mayorkas cites misinformation about Homeland Security’s disinformation board – He says the comparisons to George Orwell’s “1984” are wrong

Truth Social under ‘direct attack’ by Biden’s disinformation board

“You Cannot Let These Guys Control Discourse in This Country Or We Are Headed to Hell” – CNN Analyst Melts Down Over Musk’s Purchase of Twitter

Maher: Twitter ‘Failed’ for Censoring NY Post Report on Hunter Biden Laptop

Former Twitter CEO: Company ‘Almost Immediately’ Reversed Decision to Ban NYPost

Mike Lindell Comes Back to Twitter, Quickly Suspended

Tech Stocks Lose $1.8 Trillion in a Month Thanks to Fed

Berkshire Hathaway vice chair labels bitcoin ‘stupid’ and ‘evil’

Russia to discuss lunar base with China

China just launched a rocket with 5 satellites to orbit from a platform at sea

Black Moon solar eclipse looks otherworldly in stunning images

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Volcano Islands, Japan region

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Izu Islands, Japan region

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Nichinan, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Kansas tornado generated 165 mph winds as it destroyed homes

Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fire grows to over 116,000 acres and threatens Las Vegas

India experiences hottest April ever as wildfires expand, air quality worsens

Iraq engulfed by dust storm, leaving dozens hospitalised and flights grounded

Biden official says food shortages will push farmers to green energy: ‘Never let a crisis go to waste’

Leonardo DiCaprio In Bolsonaro Beef Over Rainforest Ahead Of Brazil Elections

Violence Erupts in May Day Protests in Paris, Marchers Criticize Re-Elected Macron

1 Dead, Several Injured in Shooting at Mississippi Festival

Indiana AG vows to gain financial accountability from Black Lives Matter

North Carolina Parents Protest Elementary School’s ‘After School Satan Club’

GOP governor rips DeSantis’ ‘punitive approach’ toward Disney after parental rights dust-up

Top Biden health official says trans youth being ‘driven to depths of despair’

U.S. courts weighing whether teachers are obligated to tell parents their kid may be trans

Church of Scotland Ready to Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Connecticut signs on as abortion ‘sanctuary state’

Beijing shuts Universal Studios, bans restaurant dining in major escalation of Covid restrictions

Taiwan says will not impose COVID-19 lockdown ‘as cruelly as China’

Israeli health expert says lifting mask mandate is wrong

Bill Gates Warns: ‘We’ve Not Seen the Worst of Covid’

Birx: US Should Prepare for ‘Predictable’ Summer COVID-19 Surge in Southern States

Fauci: US Likely to Determine Next COVID Booster Type By Summer

Bipartisan group calls on House leadership to not tie aid to Ukraine to COVID-19-related funding

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Mid-Day Snapshot · May 2, 2022

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Yes, Leftists Are More Insane Than They Used to Be

It’s not just you, or your neighbor, or Elon Musk feeling this way about polarization in America.

Nate Jackson

Elon Musk did it again. He set the Twittersphere ablaze with a single tweet, this time about the political spectrum. He didn’t even say anything; he just posted the image above. It accurately sums up the experience of millions of Americans over the last couple of decades, though it’s little surprise to see the lefties of Twitter come out of the woodwork to yell, “It’s exactly the opposite!” That’s what polarization does.

Many of the responses to Musk pointed to a Pew Research Center study. “Both parties have moved further away from the ideological center since the early 1970s,” Pew said back in March. “Democrats on average have become somewhat more liberal, while Republicans on average have become much more conservative.”

Somewhat more liberal?

There’s some truth to Pew’s conclusion, but there’s a big caveat: It focuses entirely on members of Congress. There are no longer any congressional Democrats who are more conservative than any Republicans, and there are no congressional Republicans who are more liberal than any Democrats. But does that actually prove that Republicans are the ones who got more conservative?

In some ways, sure, elected Republicans have become more ideologically conservative in many respects. There are relatively few “pro-choice” Republicans today. Most at least espouse fiscal conservatism (even if few practice it once in office) and favor lower taxes, less regulation, originalist judges, and so on. Gone are the days of a Republican president establishing the EPA, as Richard Nixon did, and there probably won’t be another Republican president who raises taxes like George H.W. Bush.

But if you’ll recall the 1990s especially, all the same things were true (Bush notwithstanding). The GOP is, by and large, still a party largely shaped by the ideological north star of Ronald Reagan.

By contrast, are Democrats still the party of Tip O’Neill? Is Joe Biden the same guy he was in the 1980s?

There are virtually no pro-life Democrats. They now talk regularly of universal healthcare and canceling student loan debt — policies that were practically unheard of 30 years ago. And the Democrat Party is now run by the Rainbow Mafia, those who not only want to destigmatize the “LGBTQ” crowd but grow it by grooming children to join the club. Once the party of free speech and patriotic dissent, Democrats now aim only to silence the “misinformation” and “bigotry” of having a conservative opinion. Wrongthink on social media will be banned or suppressed into irrelevance.

Just about the only thing that’s the same for Democrats is the racism, though even that has been overtaken by Marxist critical race theory.

As for the average Americans who make up the parties’ bases, the story is very different. If conservatives can in any way be said to be more conservative, it’s because we’re reacting to the Left’s aggression in the culture wars.

It wasn’t conservatives who suddenly changed position on same-sex marriage, for example. First of all, such a thing wasn’t even an idea until roughly 30 years ago, and conservatives have always opposed it. The Defense of Marriage Act was bipartisan. Then liberals became rabidly leftist about it, declaring opponents bigots for holding the position they themselves held until five minutes ago.

The same can be said for virtually the entire Rainbow Mafia agenda — especially the “transgender” radicalization of the last few years. No one but no one thought gender dysphoria was anything but mental illness before leftists decided that it’s worth “affirming,” celebrating, recruiting, adding to entertainment and sports, and then using as a censorship cudgel against conservatives. Again, conservative opposition is reaction to this aggression.

The “insurrection” at the Capitol was another example thrown back in Musk’s face, as if that proves conservatives have become more radical. The rioting fools that day aren’t representative of conservatives. As for the vast majority of folks at the Capitol that day, again, they were reacting. Democrats changed the rules of elections all over the country — rules that both parties had generally agreed upon for ages, until COVID gave Democrats an excuse to change procedures. When the results were, ahem, less than reliable, conservatives reacted with alarm and anger.

It takes some special chutzpah for Democrats to complain about that now.

So the real question is this: What effect will all of the Left’s radicalism have on Democrat election prospects? Are all those parents showing up at school board meetings to protest “woke” indoctrination in education and winning Virginia for Republicans a sign of things to come? Will there be a bigger backlash against the culture assault being waged by the likes of Disney?

Maybe the difference is indeed the children. Now that leftists have become more open and brazen in their efforts to indoctrinate kids all over the nation, perhaps they’ll find that they’ve awakened a sleeping giant. Maybe more Americans will realize there are things worth conserving, which is what being a conservative is all about.

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Biden Boots American Warriors, Gives Illegals a Free Pass

In perhaps its most rotten double standard yet, the administration is mandating the vaccine on our military personnel but not on illegal immigrants.

Douglas Andrews

Time was, just a few weeks ago, when the Biden administration took COVID-19 seriously — so seriously, in fact, that it began discharging from the U.S. military all those young men and women who, for whatever reason, decided against getting vaccinated.

But now we know that the administration isn’t so serious about COVID after all. We know this because, as The Washington Free Beacon reports, the Biden White House “appears to have abandoned its effort to ensure all migrants apprehended by immigration authorities are inoculated against COVID-19, just a month after the White House said vaccines would be mandatory.”

As anonymous sources tell the Beacon: “Border Patrol officials in the Rio Grande Valley are exempting migrants from such countries as Guatemala, Haiti, and Mexico from vaccine mandates. And migrants from Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela must only receive one dose of the vaccine before they are released into the U.S. interior.” We should note that these exempted countries have vaccination rates that are among the lowest in the hemisphere. Take Haiti, for example. According to Our World in Data, only 1.5% of Haitians are either fully or partially vaccinated.

Got that? Military members: Get vaccinated, or we’ll run you out of the service. Illegal immigrants: Come on across, and don’t worry about getting vaccinated.

As for these warriors, they’re among the most capable and most patriotic young people we have in uniform. We know this because we in our editorial shop happen to know some of them personally. As our Mark Alexander notes: “I am in contact with numerous outstanding career military personnel, combat-hardened Marine and Army officers with service records second to none, who are being forcibly separated because of Biden’s military vax mandate. The same is true of military veterans now serving in federal law enforcement capacities, the best of the best being forced out. And this despite most of them having already had the ChiCom virus and now sporting the natural immunity to prove it.”

Some of these unvaccinated warriors have filed suit, accusing their respective service branches of unfairly denying religious exemption requests. But to date, despite tens of thousands of requests having been filed, the Air Force has only approved nine, the Marine Corps has approved three, and the Army has approved one.

And so, the purge continues. Of 3,400 troops who’ve been involuntarily separated from the service so far, “about 70 percent have received general discharges,” the Military Times reports. “That characterization secures their veterans benefits and, in many cases, allows them to rejoin the military if they decide to get vaccinated.”

So at a time when our military is suffering greatly from a lack of morale and a lack of warfighting readiness, if these warriors want back into the service, they’ll need to compromise their principles and cave to the Biden administration’s authoritarians.

That’s some choice. And that’s some commander-in-chief.

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The Next (Climate-Caused) Pandemic?

A new report asserts that climate change will lead to more animals infecting humans with viruses.

Lewis Morris

A report published recently by Nature, a British weekly science journal, claims that the chance for cross-species viral transmission risk will rise dramatically in the coming years due to climate change.

The report states that global climate and land use changes will produce opportunities for an explosion of viruses that could leap from wild animals to humans, much like West Nile, Ebola, or bird flu — but not as much like COVID, which might have originated with bats but almost certainly came from a lab. “At least 10,000 virus species have the capacity to infect humans,” Nature says, but we are currently protected from most of them because the animals that carry them inhabit areas far from human population centers. “However, climate and land use change will produce novel opportunities for viral sharing among previously geographically-isolated species of wildlife.”

Computer simulations of potential virus hot spots, geographic population shifts, and climate prediction models out to 2070 found that cross-species viral transmission could increase 4,000 times. Areas of concern include high elevations and heavily populated areas in Asia and Africa. Furthermore, the report claims that this trend may already be underway and that holding global warming below the two-degree Celsius threshold may not have any impact.

The Left has predictably latched onto this report and broadcast it far and wide. With America potentially emerging from the clutches of the COVID pandemic, leftists are in desperate need to come up with a new scary narrative that gives the government an excuse to tighten its grip on power. What better story than one that combines our fresh fears of viral outbreaks with their all-time favorite bogeyman, climate change?

Despite the worst intentions of the environmental Left, the verdict on anthropomorphic climate change and the extent of its impact is still out. “Settled science” is most often a myth of the Left regarding stuff like this. Science is all about asking questions, which the Left hates (unless it’s questioning someone’s birth sex). Questions about climate generally make their theories fall apart. They prefer to browbeat people into going along with a certain agenda or threaten their livelihoods if necessary.

Nature is a peer-reviewed journal that is widely trusted in the scientific community, but it is not immune to the kind of bullying for which the Left is known. In 2017, the magazine was attacked for an editorial warning against whitewashing history and erasing names in the wake of unrest fomented by leftist agitators in Charlottesville, Virginia. The editorial was later retracted and rewritten.

It should also be noted in the spirit of transparency that one of the contributing agencies to the Nature report is the EcoHealth Alliance. This organization, dedicated to the study of preventing pandemics, was mired in controversy due to its ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Yes, that Wuhan.

Prior to the 2020 pandemic, EcoHealth worked very closely with the Wuhan lab and was the only U.S.-based group studying coronavirus transmission in China. EcoHealth, which received major funding from the federal government, passed along some of that taxpayer money to the Chinese in the form of subgrants. When the Trump administration demanded that EcoHealth provide information needed to determine the cause of the pandemic outbreak, the organization stalled. Its funding was pulled, but later reinstated. However, the questions as to what its players knew and when they knew it are still open.

We mention these facts not to throw cold water on the Nature report but to remind people that science is susceptible to being corrupted by political agendas. It’s difficult enough to predict what will happen to the climate when we approach the data objectively. When agenda-driven groups get involved, then it’s hard to know what reports can be trusted.

The Nature report should be treated as what it is, a theory about possible outcomes driven by climate change. In these instances, we follow the science and act accordingly. If leftists want to pretend this will lead to “Planet of the Apes,” let them. We don’t have to go along.

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COVID Relief Funds CRT in Schools

Blue states misappropriate millions of taxpayer dollars for this ideological poison.

Emmy Griffin

There has been seemingly endless news of shady dealings when it comes to the use of COVID relief funds. In schools, COVID money was supposedly being used to stockpile masks, install better air filtrations systems, and to buy air purifiers and cleaning supplies. Even at the beginning of this year, Randi Weingarten, president of the second-biggest teachers union, was still insisting that schools couldn’t resume in person because they didn’t have enough resources to start back safely.

It’s astonishing to think that these schools were still begging for funds. The inflation bomb known as the American Rescue Plan — a measure implemented under President Joe Biden and passed with no Republican support — provided over $122 billion for schools to be able to reopen in the fall.

Well, maybe this begging was because many schools in blue states misappropriated taxpayer dollars to fund “implicit bias training” and other forms of critical race theory education for teachers. This “implicit bias” and “antiracist” training uses the dogma of people like Ibram X. Kendi, who says things like this: “The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” Or people like Robin DiAngelo, who preaches sentiments like this: “The simplistic idea that racism is limited to individual intentional acts committed by unkind people is at the root of virtually all white defensiveness on this topic.”

Under their carefully contrived race-baiting, they preach that white people in power have built the systems and institutions that in turn help them succeed. A person of color is oppressed and a victim as a result.

It is all a BIG lie, a great grift.

Yet, according to the nonprofit organization One Nation, $46 billion has been allocated to implementing CRT in schools through “training teachers” and “educating students.” All ages and teachers are included. Remember when leftist politicians and their propaganda arm, the mainstream media, were insisting that CRT isn’t in schools, that it’s just a theory taught in colleges?

It’s this blatant lying as well as LGBTQ+ education that have turned parents into an interest group that is up in arms. Parents of all races and creeds can see the harmful and insidious nature of CRT. It is communist racism in a woke package. This is the garbage that 13 states classified as “COVID relief.”

Is there any recourse that taxpayers in those states have for this misuse of their money? Yes — voting these jokers out of office in the next election.

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Georgia Gov. Stands Up to Woke Left

Brian Kemp signed several bills that ban CRT indoctrination in the classroom and further establish parental education rights.

Thomas Gallatin

Georgia followed Florida’s lead last week as Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed into law several pieces of legislation that ban the teaching and promotion of divisive, racist, and anti-American ideology such as critical race theory in the state’s public schools. “Here in Georgia, our classrooms will not be pawns to those who indoctrinate our kids with their partisan political agendas,” Kemp declared. He further explained that the action “protects the fundamental right of moms and dads across this state to direct the education of their child.”

One law, entitled the “Protect Students First Act,” also grants a school sports oversight committee the authority to ban biological males from competing in female sports. It does not, as NBC News falsely asserted, “allow for transgender athletes to be excluded from sports.” Athletes simply must compete according to their biological sex. Kemp noted that this is needed to ensure that the “Georgia High School Association has the authority to protect fairness in school sports.”

Predictably, radical leftists claim that the new law somehow infringes on the rights of both students and educators, suggesting that it may “impede their ability to learn and teach.”

Kemp also signed into law a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” that is intended to codify the “fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education” of their children. That is definitely similar to Florida’s supposedly controversial law. Georgia’s law will afford parents the ability to engage a “complaint resolution process” with their local school board should they seek to get certain objectionable material books or materials removed from the school library.

“Standing up for the God-given potential of each and every child in our schools, and protecting the teaching of freedom, liberty, opportunity and the American dream in the classroom should not be controversial,” Kemp argued. “Making sure parents have the ultimate say in their child’s education should not be controversial.”

Kemp is exactly right — parental rights over their children’s education should not be controversial. The only ones claiming that it is are those on the Left. They don’t want to recognize parental authority to prevent their children from being indoctrinated by public school educators into a radical leftist ideology.

There’s another similarity between Florida and Georgia. Whereas Florida is battling the activism of Disney, Georgia has a huge leftist influence of its own: Hollywood. Numerous movies and TV shows (especially for Marvel and Netflix) are made in Georgia, meaning the transplanting of a sizable leftist group of folks. As the influence of these giant corporations and all their money takes hold in each state, children increasingly become pawns in the culture wars. Fighting back against the Left’s indoctrination becomes more and more critical.

Finally, while Kemp has often been falsely maligned by some as a “RINO” or a sellout over his refusal to capitulate to Donald Trump’s demands regarding the 2020 election, he has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a man of conservative principles who is more than willing to stand up to the woke Left. Signing this slew of laws serves as a prime example of his conservative backbone.

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Why Is the Left So Afraid of Nuclear Power?

A nuclear power plant safely produces awesome amounts of energy with zero carbon emissions. So what’s the problem?

Douglas Andrews

A fanatic, as Winston Churchill once said, is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

And, sadly, there are plenty of ecofascist fanatics out there — those who can’t change their minds about nuclear power and won’t stop talking about how dangerous it is. This despite the fact that the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history — the partial meltdown of a reactor at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island way back in 1979 — resulted in exactly zero deaths, zero injuries, and zero adverse health effects.

Yes, yes, we know: Chernobyl. But to compare modern U.S. nuclear reactor technology and safety processes to those of the Soviet Union in 1970, when the Chernobyl reactor was built, is folly and lunacy rolled into one.

More recently, the meltdown at the Fukushima reactor, due to flooding of the backup generators caused by a 49-foot-high wall of water from the most powerful earthquake in Japan’s recorded history, caused one single radiation death. And yet nearly 120,000 people died of skin cancer in 2019, most of them due to exposure to a different kind of radiation — the radiation produced by the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

Still, though, the Bernie Sanders types on the Left — those who wail about the perils of global warming climate change — can’t seem to come around to the extraordinary environmental benefits of nuclear power. Think about it: The energy density of nuclear fuel is about two million times higher than that of fossil fuel, biofuel, batteries, or any other chemical. Put another way: A single nuclear pellet of uranium, which at one centimeter in diameter is just a bit bigger than a pea, creates as much energy as one ton of coal, 149 gallons of oil, or 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas. And uranium isn’t rare; it’s considered an abundant metal.

Nuclear energy is an utterly awesome fuel source, and it’s right there at our fingertips. And yet. On windless days, the ecofascists’ wind turbines stop spinning, and even the solar panels in the Mojave Desert and on your neighbor’s roof are worthless at night. Nuclear plants, on the other hand, make an abundance of electricity all day long.

Further, as our Michael Swartz noted nearly three years ago: “Solar panels are chock full of highly toxic cadmium and other heavy metals that can leach out over time and present a threat to water supplies, while the decommissioning of wind turbines that have reached the end of their 20-year lifespan presents the problem of what to do with their massive 15-ton fiberglass rotor blades.” So much for eco-friendliness.

Then there’s the phobia.

“Fear,” as Harry Stevens writes in The Washington Post, “is the future’s tollbooth, and it can collect its fee in surprising ways. After 9/11, more people than expected began to die in car accidents on U.S. freeways, multiple studies found. People scared of the vivid threat of a midair terrorist attack apparently opted for the statistically more dangerous behavior of long-distance driving.”

Stevens continues: “Likewise, lots of people are scared of nuclear waste, which can be stored safely or reprocessed into useful things such as medical isotopes. The byproducts of coal-fired plants pose a more imminent threat. Following Germany’s nuclear phaseout, an estimated 1,100 additional people died each year from inhaling the poisonous gases and particle pollution from the coal plants Germany used to temporarily replace its nuclear ones.”

Josh Wolfe, who in 2008 cofounded Kurion and developed a novel method for sealing nuclear waste in glass, notes that although nuclear plants and atomic bombs “harness the same property of nature — the nuclear chain reaction — they’re separate technologies.” As Stevens writes, “Wolfe likes to invite people to imagine an alternate reality, one in which nuclear fission was discovered in, say, 2018, rather than in 1938, and it was first used to power cities, rather than to destroy them.”

Wolfe thus figured it was time for a rebrand of “nuclear” energy, so last July he proposed a new name on Twitter: elemental power. His rationale is that this new name “would not only shed the stigma of ‘nuclear’ and its association with bombs and radioactive fallout, but it would also emphasize the fact that the technology takes advantage of a natural process, just like solar and wind.”

Could it be that simple? Could it be that the deniers on the Left might come around to the promise of nuclear power if it were instead called “elemental power”?

Maybe Wolfe is onto something. After all, “No Elemental!” just doesn’t have the same bumper-sticker ring to it.

We’d better get moving, though. As Hudson Institute senior fellow Thomas Duesterberg writes: “In the U.S., nuclear power still provides nearly 20 percent of electricity needs… Of the 60 remaining nuclear facilities in the United States, 18 are scheduled for decommissioning in coming years.”

Perhaps a Republican-led Congress can put this on their to-do list.

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On the Web

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Roasting Biden: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner returned to DC after a two-year absence thanks to the pandemic. (It’s too bad COVID didn’t kill off the event entirely, but we digress.) Joe Biden took the stage to offer a couple of self-deprecating jokes about his low polling numbers, but he aimed the most pointed of his mockery at Donald Trump and Republicans. “This is the first time the president attended this dinner in six years,” he said. “It’s understandable. We had a horrible plague, followed by two years of COVID.” He then followed it up by saying: “Just imagine if my predecessor came to this dinner this year. Now that would have been a real coup if that occurred.” After a few more lame jokes mocking Republicans, Biden turned serious in an obvious effort to defend his creation of the Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board. The “liberal world order” that had been established to ensure world peace following World War II is “genuinely, seriously under assault,” he asserted. “Poison is running through our democracy. All of this is taking place with misinformation massively on the rise, where the truth is buried by lies and the lies live on as truth. What’s clear, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, [is] that you, the free press, matter more than you ever did in the last century. … There’s incredible pressure on you all to deliver heat instead of shed light because technology is changing so much; the system is changing. But it matters. The truth matters. American democracy is not a reality show.” What’s poisoning the Republic is the Left’s assault on America’s founding principles such as freedom of speech, which is becoming a casualty of leftist mis- and disinformation.
  • Pelosi visits Ukraine, Putin will attend the G20 summit: Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a surprise visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, where she met with President Volodymyr Zelensky. Pelosi is now the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the war-ravaged nation, even as Vladimir Putin’s forces continue their assault in Ukraine’s eastern regions. Zelensky welcomed Pelosi’s visit, which further signals the U.S. intention to continue backing Ukraine, despite increasingly strident rhetoric from the Kremlin. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin announced that he will attend the annual G20 summit this year being held in Bali, Indonesia, as he has accepted an invitation from Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Also receiving an invitation is Zelensky, who thanked Widodo for the invitation but has yet to RSVP. Given the fact that Zelensky is dealing with Putin’s war against his country, it would seem unlikely that he would make an appearance. Finally, Ukrainian officials admitted over the weekend that the legendary “Ghost of Kyiv” was not real. “Hero of Ukraine Stepan Tarabalka is not ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ and he did not shoot down 40 planes,” Ukraine’s Air Force Command clarified. However, the command then stated: “The Ghost of Kyiv is alive. It embodies the collective spirit of the highly qualified pilots of the Tactical Aviation Brigade who are successfully defending Kyiv and the region.”
  • Killer Alec Baldwin calls for gun control: Actor Alec Baldwin, who is responsible for the accidental shooting death of film director Halyna Hutchins last year that is still being investigated, recently decided to voice his opposition to Americans’ Second Amendment rights. In a social media post, Baldwin wrote: “The very childhoods of our kids interrupted by this insanity. We regulate many things in this country in the interest of public health and safety. Drugs, cars, professional licenses, etc. We need gun control reform. Now.” Talk about tone-deaf. The man who failed to follow the most basic firearm safety protocols, which is why Hutchins is now dead, has the audacity to call for more firearm regulations, as if that were the reason why the accidental shooting happened in the first place. Of course, he’ll jump on any excuse to distance himself from any responsibility for what happened. Freedom always comes with the attached reality of responsibility, so Baldwin advocates taking away other people’s freedom rather than advocating that those who misuse it be held accountable.

Headlines

  • Disney’s chief critic of Florida’s anti-grooming law leaves company after just three months (PM)
  • Joe Manchin endorses Republican, slams Build Back Better in West Virginia GOP primary ad (Fox News)
  • CMS drops ObamaCare rules on transgender care that worried religious freedom advocates (Washington Examiner)
  • DOJ sues Alabama over law making “transgender” treatments for children a felony (Fox News)
  • Indiana AG sues Black Lives Matter over donations, transparency (Washington Times)
  • New Disinformation Governance Board is already expanding its scope (PJ Media)
  • Joe Biden used alias of KGB spy from Tom Clancy novels, emails from Hunter’s laptop show (NY Post)
  • FBI conducted millions of warrantless searches of Americans’ data in 2021 (National Review)
  • Admin gives up on mandatory vaccines for migrants (Free Beacon)
  • Majority of troops kicked out for COVID vax refusal received general discharges (NY Post)
  • Policy: How Republican senators can defund Biden’s dystopic Disinformation Board (The Federalist)
  • Humor: AOC says she got killed from Elon Musk buying Twitter and is now dead (Babylon Bee)

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“From the saintly and single-minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step.” —Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)

For the Record

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.” —Thomas Sowell

“The difference between the far left and the far right is the far left controls the Democratic Party & their policies, while the far right is a fringe minority with no influence relegated to weirdo forums on obscure web boards.” —Liz Wheeler

Re: The Left

“Anyone who says the Left has not radicalized over the course of the last twenty years is insane. In 2008, Barack Obama defended traditional marriage. The 2008 DNC platform said, ‘taking police off of the street is neither tough nor smart; we reject this disastrous approach.’ Twelve years ago, not a major Democrat in America would have contended that a boy can be a girl. Now the White House announces that states must be forced to allow puberty blockers and body mutilation for minors. Meanwhile, you literally cannot name a political position on which the right has moved right. It does not exist. The right has actually moved Left overall on issues ranging from gay marriage to deficit spending. By ‘moving right,’ the media means reacting to Left-wing aggression.” —Ben Shapiro

“Over the last 16 tortuous months of the Biden presidency, it’s become clear that the Democrats are running on empty. They are not even trying to reset their electorally poisonous policies. Politically this means they are heading for annihilation at the midterms. Yet they appear curiously relaxed, as if winning elections is no longer a priority. One thing you know is that the Dems are not hiding under the duvet sucking their thumbs. Like the Fantastic Mr. Fox, they have a cunning plan. They might not be any good at governing, but when it comes to seizing power by foul means or fair, they are world-class.” —Miranda Devine

“We’re supposed to trust the Department of Homeland Security to run a ‘Ministry of Truth’ when its current Secretary spent [last] week lying repeatedly to Congress that our border is secure?” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw

“This is the kind of thing that you see in dictatorships, this Ministry of Truth, this Department of Propaganda that the Biden administration has just stood up. And the reason why you see this in dictatorships is because they’re afraid of us. They’re afraid of the people. They’re afraid that we might actually think for ourselves.” —former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Non Compos Mentis

“It sounds like the objective of the [Disinformation Governance Board] is to prevent disinformation and misinformation from traveling around the country in a range of communities. I’m not sure who opposes that effort.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Grand Delusions

“I don’t think the public is blaming Democrats. I think they’re blaming the oil companies. They will blame all of us if we don’t do something about the fossil fuel industry. … If the Republicans stand in the way of us freeing the consumer of the stranglehold of Big Oil, you think they’re going to blame that on the Democrats?” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Lack of Self-Awareness Award

“We regulate many things in this country in the interest of public health and safety. Drugs, cars, professional licenses, etc. We need gun control reform. Now.” —actor Alec Baldwin (“I think all rational people can agree the pro-gun control movement doesn’t want Alec Baldwin as its spokesman. In fact, I can’t think of a worse person to do the job. When you’ve allegedly shot and killed a woman, you should probably never lecture law-abiding citizens about needing ‘gun control reform.’” —David Hookstead)

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Only 6% of adults in the UK identify as “practicing Christians” | Christian Post

42% identify as non-practicing Christians

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The choir, Church ministers, civil servants and Members of Parliament process out of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey arrive after the Service for the New Parliament at St Margaret’s Church on June 9, 2015, in London, England. Mary Turner/Getty Images

Only 6% of adults in the United Kingdom identify as practicing Christians, while 42% say they are non-practicing Christians, and one in three non-Christians say they want to know more about Jesus Christ, according to the findings of a recent survey, Talking Jesus.

As many as 70% of those who identify as Christians are white Brits, who represent 83% of the U.K.’s adult population, says the survey, adding that 25% of those who identify as Christians are ethnic minorities, although they represent only 12% of the U.K.’s adult population.

The survey of more than 3,000 U.K. adults, commissioned by five Christian organizations, also found that 4% identify as agnostics, and 12% as atheists.

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Part of the results of the “Talking Jesus” survey. | Screenshot/YouTube

In 2015, 68% of non-Christians in the U.K. said they knew someone who was an active or practicing Christian, but in 2022, that has fallen to 53%, Premier Christian News noted, citing the Talking Jesus survey, which is conducted every five years to help leaders grow the Church and adapt mission strategies, although the previous survey was seven years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a significant drop that shows that our reach has diminished, and we’ve got less contact,” Rachel Jordan-Wolf, executive director of Hope Together, a group involved in the research, was quoted as saying.

She added, “There are more non-Christians who don’t know an active or practicing Christian. So that’s something really to watch. It could be because of the pandemic, as we’ve all not been out and about as much. But these are often significant relationships, so someone they call a friend or family member.

“It’s a little bit of a warning that we might have somehow shrunk the people we’re connected to. So as churches, we need to look out and as individuals, we need to expand our friendship circle and make sure that we’ve got some great life-giving friendships with people who don’t yet know Jesus.”

The study also showed that a quarter of Brits describe Jesus as a “normal human being,” and 33% as a prophet or spiritual leader, and not God.

However, while only 6% of Brits identify as Christian, the survey revealed that 45% of people believe in the Resurrection of Jesus, and 20% believe He is the Son of God.

Further, one in three non-Christians wanted to know more about Jesus Christ after a conversation with a Christian, according to the survey.

“It’s so encouraging, it’s gone up. In 2015, it was one in five,” Jordan-Wolf said. “I wonder if the pandemic and a slightly more wobbly world when people don’t know what’s happening, has actually made people more interested in faith, but it makes this an even more important moment for us to talk about our faith.”

Asked where would people go to find out about the Christian faith, 26% said they would search on Google, 22% said they would go to a local church, 22% said they would read the Bible, and 15% said they would talk to a friend or a family member who is Christian.

The survey, which was also featured by the Church of England on its website, further showed that 62% of non-Christians describe the Christians they know as friendly, 50% as caring, 33% as good-humored, 32% as generous, 19% as authentic.

The groups that commissioned the survey included Alpha, Evangelical Alliance, Luis Palau Association and Kingsgate Community Church.

Source: Only 6% of adults in the UK identify as “practicing Christians”

Mike Huckabee rails against Biden’s ‘disinformation board’

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee weighs in on Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas’ claims that the Biden administration’s Disinformation Board will not attack Americans and a poll revealing that Americans trust the GOP more than Democrats. #FoxNews

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Expert sounds alarm over Biden’s ‘bizarre’ Ukraine aid request | Wake Up America

Fmr. Deputy National Security Advisor under then-President Donald Trump Victoria Coates reacted to President Joe Biden’s request for aid to Ukraine, on Monday’s Wake Up America.

Source: Expert sounds alarm over Biden’s ‘bizarre’ Ukraine aid request | Wake Up America