Encountering severe mental illness as the Church of Jesus.
I come not to urge personal claims, nor to seek individual benefits; I appear as the advocate of those who cannot plead their own cause; I come as the friend of those who are deserted, oppressed, and desolate. In the Providence of God, I am the voice of the maniac whose piercing cries from the dreary dungeons of your jails penetrate not your Halls of Legislation. I am the Hope of the poor crazed beings who pine in the cells, and stalls, and cages, and waste rooms of your poor-houses. …
Really, they do! They NEED you to believe that they are speaking in hyperbole, stretching the facts, making things up, and just entertaining you.
Otherwise, they would be liable for what they say! They would have to *gasp* face consequences for all their mistruths and tomfoolery. “We don’t speak in facts” is the primary function of the news commentary. So before you go spouting off about someone saying something on the nightly news, consider how they NEED you to be divided and angry to get ratings and get paid.
Here are the FACTS:
Sidney Powell’s brief defending herself against defamation…
Broadside salvos aplenty on all sides of the culture wars this week.
Missed in the smoke of battle was the true source of the conflict. Not liberalism or conservativism, but a broad undercurrent of questionable laws which add fervor to the already feverish battle. Inasmuch as we might get mad because those people did that thing, we must recall that the only reason those people could do that thing is because bad policy has a compounding effect on bad ideas and bad actions.
Bad laws make bad people worse, or let bad people do bad things in the first place…
Recalling that the Media needs division and death to make money, we find a common theme:
The first narrative about an explosive piece of news is usually the wrong one.
…Especially if that narrative fits your expectations.
Worse, the most inciting stories are often outright lies. Violence results. Real people suffer and die because of these lies.
Two examples of this, one or my friends on the right, and one for my friends on the left:
A swarthy lie arose after the election surrounded Dominion voting machines. …
It’s not your political opposites. It’s not the liberals or the conservatives. It’s not the leftist or the trumpists or whoever else.
Analyze the last four years and ask, Who has actually won?
In the terms of this world, who is actually winning?
Is not Republicans who are now divided and angry at each other and have lost power.
It is not Democrats who have the slightest margin of power and exist in a coalition with the far left that could shatter in any moment.
It is not the common person who has been isolated and sick, who have lost…
To my Christian MAGA Friends
I am a conservative. No matter what you may think of me or have heard of me, I believe in a smaller government (with the single exception being healthcare), in federalism, in eradicating our national debt and deficit, in a strong national defense, etc. I have had many spats with people that I love very dearly on the left over issues of transgenderism and abortion. They would never claim me as part of their camp, I promise.
I am a theological conservative. Steeped evangelicalism from my youth, I have read all the evangelical authors and…
You will wake up to something: disappointment, relief, anxiety, a certain or uncertain outcome. Your people will have won or lost, or some mix of both.
Now what you do could have as much or more impact for the Kingdom of Heaven than whoever you voted for. Your response to the news and your next steps could matter more for the issues that are closest to your heart and the people that you love the most than whatever the person in charge does.
A few reminders on this, the day after:
… are yet unchanged.
Jesus is still Lord and…
I have a rule — I call it the Inverse Anger Rule. The Inverse Anger Rule states that “in the 21st Century, we are most worked up and most divided over the things which affect our everyday life the least and over which we have the least amount of control.”
In simple terms, we are getting angry over things that do not affect us and which we cannot control.
The prime example of this during the past week was Hydroxychloriquine. An anti-malarial drug has become the latest dividing line in the culture wars. Videos are circulating showing it to be…
Here’s the thing.
We all live by inner stories. Call them narratives if you want.
Your stories direct you on how you react to the news of the day, a phone call from an unknown number, the smell of pie, a kiss on the cheek. Whenever inputs come into your life your stories tell you how to react.
Take the pie. You smell pie. You story might be, “I grew up eating apple pie, I love it, I want a slice, and all true pie comes with a slice of cheddar cheese.” (Yeah, that’s a thing.)
Or you smell pie…