Lies Unending

I thought I would check the “News” after a quiet week of seclusion. First, I saw an article that described a group that went to Louisville, not to riot, but to defend private property from anarchists destruction. This article presented these people as illegal, racist bigots. It promoted the rioters as though there was a right to destroy personal property. With no evidence of racial bias or illegal purpose this group was condemned while Black Lives Matter was praised. The next article was from Rome, Italy, where an “extreme group” of Catholic women were creating graveyards of aborted babies. They got written permissions from the mothers and graveyards of the aborted were popping up all around Rome. The focus of the story was the tragedy this created for the women who aborted their baby. The author stated that the privacy of these women had been violated, by these  insensitive radical Catholic women, but no mention was made of the innocent babies who were killed in mass, like victims of war crime.

Later, my grandson asked about my bees, “Beekeeping is like politics.” I said. “How is that,” he replied. “Well, it depends on who you talk to”, I answered. The political news is so bent that no outrage or injustice in a true historical or factual sense can be accepted, everything of the new Fascist agenda must be continually slathered with distortions to prop up the charade. People who defend the innocent are accused of racism, insensitivity or worse. Aborted babies do not deserve a decent burial or marker to identify the existence of their once beating heart. Since George Floyd was killed there have been hundreds of police officers wounded, fifty-four murdered, and several assassinated in cold blood. If we ignore the rule of law, even the oldest code of “an eye for an eye”, would stay this madness, but there is no satisfaction in insanity, rage, hate or revenge. God knew this and said, ”Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:18). Paul expounds, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19). These innocent babies who were sacrificed to demons, live in Heaven before God who created them in the womb. (Psalm 139: 13-15). They will get satisfaction from God when His wrath is revealed against the wicked and all liars. (Rev. 21:8).

The Dallas Statement

The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel (or the Dallas Statement) is a statement of faith, drafted in the summer of 2018 in Dallas, TX by a group of evangelicals led by John MacArthur, in response to how certain evangelicals have drifted away from the Christian Gospel towards a social gospel, the latter being some conglomeration of Critical Race Theory, Cultural Marxism, and Rauschenbuschism (a socialist view of Christianity that desired to produce an utopia kingdom of God on earth). The Statement was a long overdue strike against the false racist Critical Race Theory and other false doctrines that have found their way into the Church. Critical Race Theory is the theory that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color. It maintains that existing power structures are based on white privilege and white supremacy, which perpetuates the marginalization of people of color. In essence, if you are white you are inherently racist and always will be, which is a thoroughly racist viewpoint.

The Dallas Statement is a series of affirmations and denials with supporting verses which include the following points:

1. The Bible is the final authority for truth and socially-constructed standards of truth or morality, and notions of virtue and vice that are constantly in flux cannot result in authentic justice.

2. No person is morally culpable for another person’s sin and one’s ethnicity does not establish necessary connection to any particular sin.

3. Political or social activism should not be viewed as integral components of the gospel or primary to the mission of the church.

4. God created mankind either male or female and this is determined biologically at conception and not subject to change. The curse of sin results in sinful, disordered affections that manifest in some people as same-sex attraction. God’s design for marriage is that one woman and one man live in one-flesh, covenantal, sexual relationship until separated by death. There is no such thing as a “gay Christian” as a legitimate biblical category.

5. God created mankind, both male and female, with inherent biological and personal distinctions between them. Though there is no difference between men and women before God’s law or as recipients of his saving grace, God has designed men and women with distinct traits and to fulfill distinct roles. In marriage the husband is to lead, love, and safeguard his wife and the wife is to respect and be submissive to her husband in all things lawful. In the church, qualified men alone are to lead as pastors/elders/bishops and preach to and teach the whole congregation.

6. All races are ontological equals before God. Any teaching that encourages racial groups to view themselves as privileged oppressors or entitled victims of oppression is wrong. A person’s feelings of offense or oppression does not necessarily prove that someone else is guilty of sinful behaviors, oppression, or prejudice.

7. Some cultures operate on assumptions that are inherently better than those of other cultures, because of biblical truths that inform those worldviews that have produced these distinct assumptions. Having said that, the various cultures out of which all have been called have features that are worldly and sinful and those sinful features should be repudiated. No individuals or sub-groups in any culture are unable, by God’s grace, to rise above whatever moral defects or spiritual deficiencies have been engendered or encouraged by their respective cultures.

8. Racism is a sin rooted in pride and malice which must be condemned and renounced by all who would honor the image of God in all people. All cultures, including our own, at times contain laws and systems that foster racist attitudes and policies. Individuals of any particular ethnic group are capable of racism.

Hooray for John MacArthur and the others who came up with this wonderful statement of faith that addresses the sins of racism, homosexuality, transgenderism, placing on some false responsibility for others sins, placing social activism above the gospel, and women leading and teaching men in the church. In this day when many churches are straying away from the Truth it is encouraging to see that 7,000 have still not bowed to Baal (I Kings 19:18), actually almost 15,000 at last count have signed the Statement.

The Greatest Whine

I saw a little of a TV show regarding Hank Aaron, baseball’s career home run record holder until Barry Bonds passed his total in 2007.  It was describing Aaron’s team, the Atlanta Braves, during the period as he was closing in on the record of 714 homeruns long held by Babe Ruth. Images of a nearly empty stadium were said to illustrate the public’s disinterest, perhaps snubbing of Henry Aaron’s eminent breach of the longstanding homerun record.  Then without any uncertainty a woman asserted that white people were opposed to Aaron, a black man, breaking the preeminent homerun record.  They offered at least one letter purportedly sent to Aaron expressing such sentiments.   At this point I could see that this was not a documentary or sports show, but rather a media fiction of the socialist political agenda.

I was still a baseball fan in 1974 and my best friend was a Braves and Hank Aaron fanatic.  This media accusation of baseball, the Atlanta Braves, and all white people of discrimination and injustice, perhaps a measure of abuse against Hank Aaron is absolutely ludicrous.  There were and are a few racists in America, some are white and some are black, but common sense alone indicates that Aaron had been cranking out 30+ home runs with the Braves for a number of years.  Baseball is a team game and the Braves did not have a good team, although they had at least one star in Aaron. The team was not supported by large crowds because they usually lost and were not a good team.  Nevertheless, Hank Aaron eclipsed Ruth’s record and the news media made a big deal about it at the time.  I recall Aaron being interviewed and applauded for his achievement.  Yet, Aaron was not a showman, nor a popular personality, he seemed to expect his new record alone would entitle him to public adoration.  I recall one interview where he appeared arrogant in his expectations.  Aaron did not become a baseball commentator or TV personality or a popular ambassador of baseball.  It was obvious that he had no capability for these activities, irrespective of any interest he may have had therein. Nevertheless he had the record at the time, it was undisputed, so why would he pretend to be a victim.  Even though there was racial bigotry and Aaron had been exposed to it during his career, we all suffer injustice of one sort or another, he prevailed.  Forty-five years later this fictional complaint and false charge of white racism is flaunted to advance a political agenda and utilize the liberal socialists favorite tool of racial victimization.   However, baseball is only a game where players can earn high salaries, but their records and fame do not pay cash dividends, without some collateral effort.

My friend who nearly idolized Hank Aaron, went to a game, entered the Braves locker room and found Hank Aaron, sitting in a chair smoking a cigarette.  My friend shared with me, how Aaron glared at him, cursed vulgarly and ordered, “get out of here”.  My friend was still just a kid and his hero had fallen from his pedestal.  He still honored Aaron’s achievement, but having seen the man in person he realized that there is far more to the worth or measure of a man than his achievements as compared to others, particularly those pertaining to a mere game.

Great men achieve noteworthy things in spite of the obstacles and adversaries alined against them.  Winners don’t whine and complain about the circumstances; they won after all.  I think this is the most pathetic whining I have ever heard about a sports figure.  Hopefully, Hank Aaron had nothing to do with this show.  Todays fake media hype reminds us to question everything we see on TV, in the biased media, and to remember that the qualities of honesty, humility, lovingkindness and unselfishness are character qualities that mark the greatness of people, rather than fame or athletic ability.  I think Dr. Martin Luther King expressed it as well as anyone, saying we should be judged by “the content of our character”.

From One Racist to Another

For 18 years the New York Yankees have been playing Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.  They have recently banned the song due to her singing some purported racially insensitive songs 80 years ago.  The hockey team, Philadelphia Flyers, have done the same and even covered a statute of Ms Smith that has stood in front of their arena since 1987.  The songs apparently had racist stereotypes of the time in the same view as “Aunt Jemima”.  Many of the offending songs were sung as satire and not meant to be overtly racist with some even sung along with African-American artists.

Kate Smith’s family is heartbroken over the team’s distancing from her.  Her niece, who helped take care of Ms Smith before she died, stated that the family was “saddened that a woman who has been dead for almost 35 years would be attacked in this way.  Aunt Kathryn really did not see color.  She didn’t see a person’s color.  She was very in tune with a person’s character.”

The ironic thing is that the New York Yankees have a racist past themselves.  They long refused to sign black baseball players due to their racism.  They only signed Elston Howard in 1955, eight years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.  The delay by the Yankees to integrate had led to everything from editorials to picket lines, all of which had been ignored by the Yankee’s top brass.  They were one of the last Major League teams to integrate.  Yankees general manager George Weiss reportedly said in 1952 that having a black ballplayer would draw undesirables to the Stadium as it would offend certain fans to have to sit next to a (insert N word here).

As a long-time Yankee fan I am sickened by their attack on Ms Smith.  It is certainly unclear if Ms Smith was actually racist but certainly the biblical mantra “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone” is appropriate here.  If we discard every person, team, organization or statute that has a sinful past of any kind associated with them there will be none left.  Ms Smith’s version of God Bless America is iconic and one of the great traditional, religious, patriotic songs that our country has produced.  

If only we had more Kate Smith’s singing “God Bless America” and less self-righteous organizations like the New York Yankees, with overtly racist pasts shaming others for the same things they did, we would be a better country.  If Kate Smith should not be heard due to her past, the New York Yankees should not be allowed to field a baseball team due to their past.  If only we could leave Ms Smith to rest In peace and instead throw a big cover over the entire Yankee organization to hide its shame from all.  The Yankees need to get the log out of their eye so they can see better to get the speck out of other’s eyes. Matthew 7:5.