Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Culture War is Lost

I wonder if we, the decent and moral people, have lost the United States.  I say this because I look around in the media and nobody seems to think in the way a sane, moral person would.  On top of that, we are seeing every refuge be attacked by Leftists as if they are performing a mop up job on what’s left of non-Leftist culture.

Some people would argue that as long as we can vote, we haven’t lost yet.  But culture is more than just who we voted into power.  If anything, voting would only be a choice between dramatic change for the worse and maintaining the status quo, which is pretty bad.

I’ve heard it stated that while communists lost their major countries in the last century, they won the propaganda war in the West.  This is fairly obvious with the many communist policies being promoted and pushed throughout the mainstream media and their systemic attacks on the outsiders.

To top that off, we have basically lost whole areas of the Southwest to Hispanic immigrants (mostly Mexican).  At any other point in history, this would be considered an invasion.  There are many radical groups in that area and all over the country calling for the return of those areas to Mexico.

I think that the United States is lost at this point.  The Federal government is too big to monitor correctly by the ordinary citizenry, which defeats the whole point of representative democracy in the first place.  The culture has by and large shifted away from the teachings of Christianity and instead focused on subjective morality, which is really just immorality at the end of the day.

The mainstream entertainment industry seems to be bent on pushing deviant sexual behavior as normative.  While it can be hilarious in certain contexts, the fact that people believe that 25% of this country is LGBT when the reality is that it is less than 3% LGBT really tells us the true state of the culture wars.

Meanwhile, the education system continues to foster lunacy such as keeping kids genderless and focuses more on things like putting condoms on bananas instead of balancing a checkbook.  We find that teachers are more concerned with self-esteem (thanks Nathanial Brandon, you asshole) than actually teaching students how to learn.

I suppose I could go on.  The fact is, I think we have lost the culture war here in the United States.  It has failed for the most part.  At this point, the only real way to defend ourselves is to break away from the rest of the country and form our own country.

Unfortunately that option brings with it the pain of war and death.  But when you’re backed into a corner, there is little recourse if you wish to fight back.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two

“You know it’ll use me against you, right?” he said as he unclicked his seatbelt.

“Yes, I know,” I replied as flashes of the good times with Rachel went through my head.

“But this is what needs to happen,” I added after a brief pause.

“Are you sure you’re going to be alright?” Eric asked.

“Yeah, I should be okay,” I said, then smiled and added, “I hate them more anyway.”

He was taken aback by that last part.  I guess my dark humor is lost on most people.  I don’t know if God himself really understands it.  Good thing you don’t go to Hell for having a twisted sense of humor.

Both of us got out of the car and closed the doors.  It was a cloudy day and the gray atmosphere didn’t really help the situation.  Piles of leaves sat in the streets waiting to be picked up by some city worker.

The house we approached, however, hadn’t even a single leaf on the street.  The house itself was a bit rundown, like there hadn’t been any regular maintenance work for months, which was probably the case considering the circumstances of the family residing in it.

We had been fasting for about a day now, along with praying.  But no amount of prayer or fasting can really prepare you for that knot you get in your stomach leading up to something like this.  Or maybe it was hunger at this point.  Regardless, I did feel a sense of peace despite my physical unease.

We started to make our way up the long driveway to the front door.

“How old is the girl?” he asked.

“She’s eleven I think,” I replied, “though I don’t know that for certain.  Her features were a bit distorted when I went in for my initial assessment.  I never thought to ask her parents and I only have some photos to go by from earlier this year to guess her age.”

“Always the analytical type I see,” Eric said, “it’s amazing that you’ve even been called to this line of work.  I would’ve thought the Good Lord would have had someone more passionate and spiritual in mind.”

“Oh, I am spiritual in my own right, you know that,” I said and quickly added, “just because I’m not shouting out Hallelujah every Sunday or singing hymns on a regular basis doesn’t mean I’m not part of the Body.”

“Believe me, I am well aware of that,” Eric said.  He then shifted his focus back to the task at hand by asking, “Are the parents believers?”

“If they weren’t before this happened, they should be now,” I replied, “though what shape their faith will take on after this is as good a guess as any.”

“Did they have anything occult-like in their household?” he asked.

“I didn’t see anything, but then again, they didn’t really want me to look around.” I replied, “although her parents did mention that this all started after a slumber party at a friend’s house.”

“Ah, the old girls sleepover with activities that resemble softcore witchcraft,” scoffed Eric.

“And 99% of the time, those harmless activities are just that," I responded, “but I think there was something more serious in this case.  It doesn’t matter at this point since it clearly chose her because of her detachment from reality and vivid imagination, along with a somewhat strained relationship with her family.”

“How big is the family?” he asked.

“The two parents, both worked until this happened, and three kids,” I responded, “the youngest is a boy and is five and the older brother is 14 I believe.  I suspect the youngest was a surprise.  Also, considering that the youngest gets considerable more attention, I suspect that this girl’s current path started when he was born.”

“Whatever happened to kids using drugs and sex to alleviate their relationship abandonment?” Eric quipped.

We had reached the door.  Eric started to reach for the doorbell.

I quickly reached for his hand and said, “Wait, I need you to understand what you role is in this.”

“I know what it is,” he replied.

“I need you to state it because I can’t have you deviating like last time,” I said.

“Fine,” he stated, drew in his breath, and said, “I am to use my gift to guard you from the spiritual forces that may physically or mentally attack you in order to prevent you from accomplishing your task.  That is the extent of my role in this exorcism.  I am not to touch or talk to the demon directly nor am I to invoke His authority unless you are unable to do for whatever reason.  In that case, I’m to only calm the demon down as best I can so I can get you to safety.”

I needed him to state it out loud because he needed to understand the gravity of the situation and I needed reassurance.  The last time he deviated, he ended up drooling and muttering nonsense for a few months in a lunatic asylum.  The weakness of his gift makes him more susceptible to such things if he loses his focus.

Rachel wasn’t happy about that and was especially angry when I placed the blame on him.  I wonder if she was with him then….

I needed to focus.  I nodded at him and he reached again for the doorbell.  Before he pushed it, however, the front door opened and a middle-aged plump woman answered it.

“Hello Mrs. Scott, it is good to see you again,” I said then nodded to Eric and stated, “this is Eric Braun and he’s going to assist me this time around.”

She looked over him as he smiled and waved at her.

“I thought you were going to get a professional priest,” she said.

“I’ve done this kind of thing with Eric before and he’s much more valuable than a generic man of the cloth,” I replied.

“Well, you are the expert,” she muttered sarcastically.  The last time I had seen her was from a hospital bed and it took an hour of convincing to allow me to try again.  I think she was frightened I might die the next time around.

“Come on in, we’re all here,” she said, “my husband even has taken a vacation day so that he could help out if needed.”

“I appreciate the gesture, but if things go well this time, he won’t have to do much but pray,” I responded.

There was a taint in the air coming from the house.  I glanced over at Eric.  He was a little paler now.  I suppose he could see the taint itself.

Some days I wonder which of us got the short end of the stick when it comes to our gifts.  It looked like today I was the fortunate one.

We stepped into the house.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Marriage, the Church, and the Pride of Women

With the rise of no fault divorce in this country, there has been a huge shift in how the Christian church has handled troubled marriages.  Because of no fault divorce laws, the divorce rate skyrocketed as a result, with many women initiating the divorce proceedings against their husbands.

In light of this simple fact, the Church (that is, the general collection of denominations that make up Christianity) shifted focus away from telling people that they must stay married and instead focused on how to keep married couples together.  This in conjunction with the rise of feminism created a new standard of marriage within the Church.

Unfortunately, this new standard, dubbed by many as Marriage 2.0, took away the husband's headship in favor of promoting the idea that a husband’s primary job is to keep his wife happy.  While the strategy didn’t specifically call for an end to the headship of husbands, as outlined in the Bible since before the Fall, it was the logical result of pushing for appeasing the wives.

Across the country, pastors and priests taught how husbands were worthless without their wives.  That men were the primary cause of strife in marriage and that men need to come to God and humble themselves before their wives.

Granted, men do tend to be more prone to aggression and violence as is in our nature.  And while women can be just as violent, they are physically weaker than men and thus refrain from it most of the time.  However, studies have shown that women are just as likely to engage in domestic physical abuse as men are and are even more likely to strike their own children.

So the Church took a more feminist approach to fixing the divorce problem.  Instead of condemning women for divorcing their husbands for any reason besides adultery, as the Bible clearly indicates is the only legitimate reason for divorce, it instead focused on the husbands not providing the support their wives need.

This was also coupled with more and more women needlessly entering the workforce.  When a married woman works in a career, she will wonder if she really needs her husband and will seriously consider leaving her husband.  This is because the sense of independence she feels can often outweigh the need for companionship.  Add to that the frustrations of dealing with domestic affairs at home and you have a serious and potentially volatile situation.

Currently, the divorce rate has not dropped in the several decades since men were first told they were the problem in the marriage by the Church.  Instead we receive a lot of spin and even more ridiculous advice like “vacuuming is foreplay” or other such nonsense which has no bearing on the central issue at hand.

The Apostle Paul welcomed women into the growing Church back in his time.  But he specifically forbid them from taking up positions of leadership.  While modern interpretations often declare that this is because of his traditional Jewish background and that our society has evolved beyond the need for such advice, I am not so sure myself.

Women are fickle in the sense that they are often times ruled by their own emotions.  This is not a weakness on its own, especially when used in the proper context.  But when applied to positions of leadership, you get into situations where common sense and rational thinking are overtaken by hysteria and compassion.  Compassion doesn’t get the house built or the food from the ground.  It requires the ability to ignore or suppress emotions in favor of pragmatic action, something that men are much better at doing than women on the whole.

Paul wrote that women should not be permitted to teach men in the Church.  At least he stated that he does not allow it.  He also stated that wives (and husbands) should not deny each other sexually.  That last part becomes vitally important in the context of marriage.

Biblical marriage is essentially the agreement to share romantic love with a person of the opposite sex for life.  It is a way to channel the romantic passions of individuals into another person without damning yourself to hedonism.

These days, we see Christian wives denying their husbands sexually and it is considered to be a normal, healthy thing in a marriage.  I even had one pastor tell his congregation about a woman who couldn’t stand having sex with her husband or, presumably, anyone else again and that this was all right.  What he failed to realize is that it was unbiblical, considering Paul’s own words I have paraphrased previously.

Marriage without sex is not marriage, baring any physical barriers that occurred after the vows were completed (paralysis, impotence, etc.).  If a person denies his or her spouse’s sexual advances, you are breaking the martial covenant.  You are breaking your oath that you swore before God on you wedding day.

A woman who denies her husband sexually is also openly rebelling against her husband and against God.  Wives are to submit to their husbands.  That is the agreement they entered into when they exchanged rings at the altar.  For a wife to deny her husband sexually is probably the ultimate act of asserting her headship over him and a grave sin.

The Church, by and large, has remained silent on this issue, instead encouraging men to keep their wives happy, citing Paul’s command to love your wives, while refusing to address the other half of the problem.  I don’t blame them for doing so as these days women make up the majority of congregates and to declare this to them would be seen as an attack on Team Women.  And thus their money would dry up.

But by remaining silent, by not convicting women to “woman up” and submit to their husbands, even if their husbands are a sore stain on humanity, they have effectively shut out men and, worse, maintain the atmosphere where divorces occur.

Laying the blame of divorce entirely on women is unfair of course, but that is not the point of this post.  The point is to highlight the Church’s response to the high divorce rate as being inadequate and unbiblical.

So what should the focus be instead?  The answer is quite simple: tell the good Christians to not even consider divorce as an option in resolving their marital problems.  Studies have shown that married couples who do not even consider divorce as an option are ultimately happier couples overall in comparison with those who do.  While correlation is not necessarily causation here, we can discern that this means that couples who think this also try and find a way to make things work.

The Church should flat out tell their congregation that divorce is adultery unless adultery has already been committed.  And that in doing so, they are sinning against their spouse and, more importantly, against God for breaking the oaths they swore at the altar as the pastor declared them to be husband and wife.  It should also encourage men to take up the leadership role in the marriage and that the wife should submit to him, no matter how ridiculous or stupid it seems to her.

For while it is the pride of men to rule over the Earth as gods, it is the pride of women to rule over men as their lords and masters.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sweet, Sweet Irony

Talk about unintended consequences:

An Augusta County woman faces a misdemeanor charge under Virginia's new revenge pornography law.

Waynesboro police tell media outlets that 28-year-old Rachel Lynn Craig is accused of posting a nude photograph of another woman on Facebook.

The law went into effect July 1. It makes it illegal to distribute a sexually explicit image of others without their permission. The phenomenon is called "revenge porn."

Police Sgt. Brian Edwards says the 22-year-old victim told police that Craig took the photograph from a cell phone belonging to the woman's boyfriend and posted the image on Facebook. The woman says she had taken the photograph of herself and sent it to her boyfriend's cell phone.

I opposed the revenge porn law personally because I believed it was meant to punish men who get sexually explicit images from their girlfriends/wives.  I think that women shouldn’t do that to begin with because it is uncouth and that the only way to resolve that is to allow women to face the consequences of their stupidity.

Now it appears that the law is being applied equally, regardless of gender.  I don’t know the backstory behind all this (my guess is it was a lover spurned or something), but it is refreshing to see a law clearly biased against men being applied appropriately.

I still don’t support this law as it is backwards and will only cause more government overreach, especially if it is made into a Federal law.  We’ve already had a case in Virginia where an underage kid was being coerced into having a picture taken of his erect penis for comparison with a sext his girlfriend got.  That would be considered child porn in any other circle.

So I shudder to think how this law will be applied and if it will be applied fairly in the future.  I doubt it will and there will probably be some overzealous prosecutor or police officer who will take things too far.  And then get away with it because they are the government after all.

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