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Month: November 2020

History Repeats?

Out of the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, the Communards were born. As the name suggests, Karl Marx agreed with the political form of government, although he disagreed with the methodology. They followed the socialist philosophy of the 1790’s French Revolutionaries.

In a nutshell, Germany provoked France in a war with Prussia as a ruse to unite German peoples as nation-states. France invaded Germany and Germany then invaded France. They marched onward into Paris. At the time, it was one of the most heavily fortified cities.

When Germany invaded France all of the government officials and upper to middle classes fled Paris, leaving only the poor working class behind. The national guardsmen from this class wanted to form a new government called communes. Elections were held and they won.

After the win, they seized Catholic property, arrested Catholic clergy, and executed the Arch Bishop of Paris. National monuments were defaced.

Germany released French prisoners to counter, since a peace treaty had been signed. In what was called “bloody week,” many Parisians died. Some escaped, some were lined up and shot, and others faced war councils.

Though you can not fit what is happening now neatly into what I have written here, similarities do exist and lessons are to be learned. Betrayals abound, and fortifications are not foolproof. Sow violence, and you reap violence.

Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah,
As on the day of Massah in the wilderness,
“When your fathers put Me to the test,
They tested Me, though they had seen My work.
For forty years I was disgusted with that generation,
And said they are a people who err in their heart,
And they do not know My ways.
Therefore I swore in My anger,
They certainly shall not enter My rest.”

Psalms 95:8-11 NASB

Faith

Wild West and WIPs

With the revelations of malfeasance in the offing, Big Tech being in the cross-hairs in the days ahead, it is hard for content creators to know where to publish their works. Many that I follow online are doing a tremendous job of keeping afloat in the atmosphere of censorship.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 is in the President’s cross-hairs as a national security threat. It would stifle social media companies by making them liable for on-site postings, therefore open to lawsuits. Some say to enforce this by punishing those companies that have censored conservatives. Others want it to be deleted.

And it has been a national security threat. If it were only a few companies censoring, they would most likely be disciplined and that would be the end of it. But the Big Tech companies – the big, bad apples spoiling it for us all – have consorted, pushing out the truth, and bamboozling a large swatch of the population in believing lies. The lies being antithetical to the U.S. Constitution.

With unbridled, unrestrained freedom, I see a governmental backlash coming. If the social media companies are held accountable for what they publish, what does that mean for those of us who use the internet for ministry and/or writing? Are we about to reap what we have sown by not using freedom wisely?

If we are called to keep pursing our online writing ministries (and as a small fish in a big pond, I am), then I see a return back to what the internet was in the ‘90s, when I published my first blog. We all had our own home space on world wide web with search engines (like Technorati) and RSS feeds for others to read our content. I do think there is room for social media, but with a proper perspective to our home base.

Wild West days are upon us, it will be a work in progress – a WIP. It will be interesting to see what companies survive and those that don’t.

Those that have callings to produce content, need to get before the Lord and ask for wisdom, if they have not already. He shall surely give it.


Have a blessed weekend!

FaithWriting

Election Season Thoughts

On the election emotional chart, emotions look like a banner day at the stock market, with no downturn in sight.

In my physical life, those I do talk politics with, we listen to each other and respond civilly.

In my digital (but no less important) life, it is usually the same. But today, I ran afoul of a commenter who had choice words about the governor. I am definitely ready for a new conservative one. However, no enemy warrants name-calling. I called for “keeping it classy” and got a childish, unclassy response. (I love the block button sometimes.)

I believe extreme faith will need to be exercised up until God sends His answer. I believe it is going to be biblical. When evil is world-wide and beyond the scope of ordinary law-abiding citizens, extreme lawful measures have to be taken. I believe revelations are coming that will rock the world over, one tsunami wave after another.

God delights in last-minute answers so He gets all the glory.

Faith

Losing Face

Listening a sermon on the radio, I heard the preacher address the issue of losing face. I have no experience in Asian culture, so I went to the World Wide Web for rudimentary knowledge. Losing Face is a complicated ideal, but basically incorporates acts that deal with individual and corporate respect and embarrassment issues.

Some aspects to this concept are praiseworthy: acts of kindness towards others and a civil society.

Moses and Aaron lost face with God when he publicly struck the rock in anger to produce water for the wandering Israelites. God had instructed him to speak to the rock. It cost them entering into the Promised Land (Numbers 20:1-13).

But I do have experience with American culture, and as I heard this phrase I immediately thought of mask wearing.

The masks have long been debunked as being safe in most situations. Now, it is being seen as a political tool to homogenize American citizens and rob us of our God-given individuality. A step towards transhumanism. I watched a YouTube video of a very angry young lady telling the mask mandaters where they could send the masks – definitely rated PG-13 for language and body language.

In the days ahead, as this plot – yes, plot – is exposed, many people are going to lose face. Compassion for those forced to wear masks is crucial in rebuilding in the days ahead. As a nation we will not heal if judgment reigns supreme. However, for those that mandated them, it can only be seen as a national security risk. On the surface, that seems harsh. But, our nation was founded on individual liberty and it is being stolen from us on the staircase to Hell.

If God would have wanted us to wear masks permanently, we would have been born with them on our faces.



Have a blessed weekend!

Faith

Happy Reading!

Today was a mailbox bonanza for me: two books and two writing magazines to peruse.

Both books had to do with road trips, and I did not even realize it until I had clicked the order button. It’s likely my subconscious, or conscious desire, is to get out on the road like I did before the lockdowns.

First up is Nala’s WorldOne Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride around the Globe by Dean Nicholson. Another unmet desire is to own a cat again, but due to circumstances I can’t right now, hopefully in the near future. So I read vicariously. Color pictures in two sections of the book made my heart smile. If you have an Instagram account, you can find them at @1bike1world.

Second, is Writing In A Convertible With The Top Down by Sheila Bender with co-author Christi Glover. Looks to be an encouraging and fun guide to navigate the writing life.

Third, I have pointed to political bias in the writing magazines. One this time was no exception, though it wasn’t as bad as the last issue. (Throat clear – that would be Poets & Writers). Maybe they should rebrand themselves as a political writing magazine. That being said, looks to have some nuggets for me to panhandle. Writer’s Digest is celebrating their 100th Anniversary, and it is thicker than usual. I am really looking forward to reading this issue.

To all you readers out there – Happy Reading!

ReadingWriting

Holy Writing

Looking at the Vine’s Dictionary, the New Testament definition of holy is long, with different Greek words that are used. I see two things that stand out: conduct, but also a separateness from the world. Specifically, “ ‘Sanctification’ is thus the state predetermined by God for believers into which in grace He calls them, and in which they begin their Christian course and so pursue it.”

For Christian writers, the calling part is a given. I used to think it would be easy for me, being an introvert and not having to deal with the outside world per se. But in writing you can’t hide – even from yourself – whether or not you chose to publish in the myriad of ways available now. If God calls you to write, He might call you to write some hard truths.

Whether we chose to use foul non-gratuitous language is not a foundational conduct issue. Grace has to be given here. The real issue is being set apart from the world to write what truth God would have us write.

FaithWriting

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