Things have been so crazy in our society lately that I find myself being nostalgic for simpler times. I’ve been listening to The Cranberries (especially their show in Paris—Beneath the Skin) because 1) their music is very good; and 2) it reminds me of when I was in college when our society hadn’t yet lost its collective mind. The opening song, Promises, as well as Pretty, WhenYou’re Gone, and Ridiculous Thoughts are definitely performances in that show worth checking out. The Nineties were a fun decade—great music, great movies, and great TV shows. And there was no cancel culture or woke nonsense.
I’ve also been on a Blue Bloods kick, lately. They’ve been showing marathons of the police drama twice a week on Ion Television on Sundays and Wednesdays. I’ve always liked Tom Selleck, but the rest of the cast is superb as well. The show has a conservative, pro-police, pro-family slant, which is refreshing in this day and age, not to mention that it’s just very entertaining.
In the past I’ve written several blog posts on SBC issues. I’ve been wanting to write another one as I’ve watched the woke, CRT craziness take over the denomination, but it’s kind of like, “What’s the point?” I feel like a broken record, and complaining about things is getting us nowhere. My frustration with the SBC is at a very high level for sure, though. It’s not just the liberal drift of the denomination, but it’s also the refusal of the leaders to listen to the people in the pews that bewilders me.
Well, I guess that’s it for now. I hope you have a great week. And stay tuned for more posts. Thanks for reading.
In the opening narration of the classic Twilight Zone episode, The Obsolete Man, Rod Serling states that in this dictatorship:
“Logic is the enemy, and truth is a menace.”
If there were ever a statement that describes our society, that might be it. Don’t believe me? Try telling someone on the Left that there are only two genders and see the response that you get. Or ask why it was acceptable for protestors and rioters to gather in large crowds last year, but it was not permissible to attend church in certain places. Or why it makes sense to pass a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill when our government was already $27 trillion in debt? Or why certain Dr. Seuss books are harmful to children, but drag queen story hour is allowed? Or why we are going backward in race relations by holding separate graduation ceremonies based upon categories such as race, as they did at Columbia University?
Now, it is true that not all these violations of logic are coming from the federal government. Some of these unwritten edicts are from corporations, academia, or just society in general. It is tyranny nevertheless. And Orwellian tyranny at that because like it says in the Serling quote above, it is based upon attacks against truth and logic. We are being gaslighted. We self-censor and question our own sanity for using what was considered common sense just a few short years ago.
In Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, the great communicator said:
“Our government has no power except that granted it by the people.”
Sadly, we as a people are granting the government the power to suppress the truth, criminalize logic, and ultimately tell us how to think. In 1984, Winston had to worry about thoughtcrimes, newspeak, and doublethink. We aren’t far off from such horrors.
Our First Amendment promises freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. All of these are under attack today.
Serling concluded The Obsolete Man with the statement:
Any state, any entity, any ideology which fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man…that state is obsolete.
And Thomas Jefferson wrote in The Declaration of Independence:
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
So let us not tolerate tyranny, but declare it obsolete. Let us not promote it, but let us overthrow it. For we do not want the proverbial boot upon our face. We desire a society which honors truth and uses logic. If we accept the insanity in our culture, we ourselves become insane as well. Let us not become what we hate. Let us instead be lovers of freedom.
The Bitter Days is a collection of poems with mostly common themes: sorrow, injustice, bitterness, longing, and frustration. They came out of a painful time in my life and are sometimes biting and harsh.
Yet something beautiful and constructive came out of that misery. God is faithful, and the bitterness of yesterday has been transformed into the blessings of today. This collection provides a window into my heart and mind during that time. It outlines the progression of my struggle to overcome bitterness. This is resolved in the final poem, Forgive.
These poems were the culmination of five years of creative effort. I hope you enjoyed them. They came from my heart.