Why is the following article found below my prefacing comments here on ACP? Since I’m fed up and tired of the hamster wheel going round and round and round and round and round how all the ills are due to leftists and politics. That’s why Mr. Prager’s article is here and I’m now here writing these words.
Mr. Prager, who is but one of so many of the worn-out constant voices placing blame on leftists, on leftist ideologies came up with his cutesy formula of Affluence + Secularism = Boredom = Leftism.
Well, Mr. Prager and every other person in America and the West who ascribes to that worn out and incorrect dogma, that overused rhetoric that always, always, ALWAYS stops well short of the REAL REASONS, the ROOT CAUSE of the massive decline of everything the ACTUAL FORMULA IS;
Man + Woman + Child – God -the Lord Jesus Christ – the Holy Spirt – The Holy Bible = Godlessness = America, the West, the World As It Is.
But who wants to admit that? Think about that in this age? The above formula includes EVERYONE and doesn’t single out a group, a people, an ideology to point the finger of blame at deflecting the truth and reality from EVERYONE. Even professed Christians don’t think along those terms, that equation. For one thing, it will take them about 1.6 seconds to read and that is far too demanding of their time. too long an equation to bother with. If it isn’t as brief as possible there is no interest. Gnats and fireflies seem to have greater attention spans in this age than do what passes for human beings.
Enough already! Really, people, wake up and step off and away from the constant worn-out refrains from so-called experts, pundits, preachers, the media, and you-name-it-and-them of how everything that is wrong is all because of leftists, democrats, progressives, POLITICS and so on.
Everything is eroding, collapsing, decaying, and turning to dung BECAUSE OF MAN AND WOMAN’S SIN.
Nothing whatsoever to do with politics, political ideologies, where one lives. How affluent or educated.
It’s all because of SIN. And that is part and parcel and deep within EVERYONE. EVERYWHERE. ALL THE TIME.
Want to know the truth, the REAL REASON things are as they are presently? Do you really want to know? Because I will tell you clearly, ruthlessly, purely…
It’s because far, far too many folks, especially those professing to be Christians got way, way too comfortable. Complacent. Lax. Thinking everything was going to be wonderful forever. They may have read the Bible. On occasion. They may even have attended a church. But they didn’t believe, they don’t appear to know or believe what is in the Bible! They act as if it’s all just some story. Not reality. Not true. Not a living word, a living history. Does not really pertain to them in the here and now with regard to they are merely sojourners here, pilgrims, and their home isn’t here on earth but in heaven.
Plus they are so tightly deeply wrapped up in themselves, their own lives and in their little bubble world, they can’t see, can’t hear, can’t breathe any other air than what they manufacture in their little bubble world. It’s as if they walk about with a mirror held continually in front of them (similar as they do as they perpetually carry one of their glowing idols — their mobile phones — they turn themselves into idols without even realizing it, perceiving that truth).
They like it here way too much. Earth, that is. Why we even now have rabid environmentalist save-the-earth pastors, preachers, and professed Christians. Talking and living as if the earth is their home and god and they themselves are gods capable of either saving or destroying the earth. Leaving God out of that equation. Imagine that. Far too many got way too comfortable. Lax. Lazy. Complacent. Bloated. And self-absorbed and worldly. Refusing to believe persecutions, trials, tribulations would ever befall them! Tribulation and persecution could never come to America! How blind and short-sighted and ungodly unBiblical can they be!?
America will always be great, wonderful, pure, free, and on and on and on the grand illusion and delusion raged and went!
Focused on money, their 401ks, their kid’s soccer leagues, remodeling their homes, their lawns, where to go out to eat, what to buy next, how much should we insure that for? You name it and their time and focus has been, IS on everything other than where it ought to be.
Always pointing a finger blaming and saying things like, “It’s those liberals, you know!” and “If only THEY would be like ________.”
I’m so conservative I make Ronald Reagan appear like Abbie Hoffman. But my conservativism is not what makes me, saves me, leads me in this life. It’s merely a part of me from numerous experiences learned. Lessons learned. What makes me, what I am, what forms me, what SAVES me and LEADS my life is the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, the Holy Spirit and by living in and eating of, drinking of the word of God!
Not my politics. My nationality. Not the U.S. Constitution. Not a flag. Not a place. It’s what is in my heart, mind, and spirit by the Holy Spirit and God’s word. And the saving shed blood and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ — and the FREE gift of grace, salvation by faith.
Not politics. Nothing American. Which will pass away and be forgotten.
But almost everything I read — much written by so-called Christians, godly people, conservative people, so-called “good people” (which that species does not exist, there are no “good people” on this earth, sorry to let you down by telling you that truth. But don’t take my word for it. Open a Bible and learn why there are no “good people” on this earth). All I hear or read is someone blaming someone else for everything that is wrong in this nation, around the world.
Right. It’s always someone else. And it always has to be explained and stop at politics? Nationalism? Something worldly? And could never be about sin, unrighteousness, godlessness, not bearing good fruit and turning from God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible could it?
Nah, it’s gotta be just about, only about those leftists, their ideologies and programs, politics, nationalism, the flag. It can’t be because we stay idle, silent, consumed in self and arrogance being way too comfortable here in our delusion things could never get really bad, right? Lacking boldness. Lacking faith. Refusing to live the word of God. It’s not worth it, right? Why go to that effort, in that direction, right? I mean, sure we might have a little economic recession, our sports teams lose, a tornado causes a person to have to put a new roof on the house, but it can’t ever really get bad in America, can it? And if it does? Which I won’t believe and will do nothing about except complain and whine when it does? If that happens, if it does truly get bad in America? Then it has to be all because of those leftists, right? Not anything I did, right? In sitting idle, silent, inactive. Not placing my focus, time, prayers, faith in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible? Not learning as I go because, well, I’m just way too comfortable here!
Yeah, it’s all because of those leftists. That’s the only reason why things are as they are…
…and getting worse by the day.
Keep along those lines of strong delusion and fantasy, misinformation, lying to yourself and others, and see what happens and where that takes you my dear friend, brother, sister, or a person who just happens to have found themselves here presently (don’t you feel fortunate for hitting the wrong keys on your computer or phone!?)
It’s ALL BECAUSE OF OUR SIN dear ones. OUR sin. OUR godlessness. OUR being otherwise occupied. OUR self-indulgences. OUR growing too comfortable. OUR delusion. OUR refusing to truly believe America, this world is not our home and that we’re but pilgrims here, STRANGERS, SOJOURNERS for a time and our real home, if we are truly born anew, truly transformed and made into a new creature by the Supernatural power of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit is in heaven. Already with the Lord and we’re just living out whatever remains in our fleshly time as God our Father wills. But this is not our home. American politics and our nationalistic fervor are not uppermost or it certainly should not be! The rock ’em sock ’em robot fight of leftist vs. conservative is not what is most important. Really, it isn’t.
What America and the world is suffering from is NOT political ideologies. But from the work of the god of this world for a season. It’s all due to the spiritual war we’re all part of.
Sadly, though, far too many so-called soldiers in this war have been AWOlL. Sleeping at their post. On permanent leave and not taking up the necessary arms in this battle. Or thinking they are the generals, the officers that will determine the outcome. A body refusing to know or obey the Head.
You know, we all ought to be willing to fight for our nation. Preserve our liberties, freedoms and uphold the rule of law and our Constitution, and it’s sad that we know that, and do it when called if young enough, or we have done that if now older, but we refuse, we can’t see how much more important and vital it is to continually, always, without fail, never ceasing to take up the whole armour of God in this constant spiritual war every person is enjoined in! Be an active awake soldier in this battle, in this war.
Forget the formulas. The cutesy dung. All the hot air filling every place. Forget politics, nationalism, and all that comfortable stuff. For if you are truly the Lord’s? Truly renewed of mind and spirit? A disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ? A child of God and not a child of disobedience, a child of Satan’s and this world? Then it’s now time to no longer be lax, complacent, silent, or pointing the finger of blame at politics, political ideologies, and the excuses contrived and presented by worldly men. Lost men. The walking dead.
Do we merely think that the actual people written of in God’s word are merely characters in a story? Do we believe that? Or do we believe they are real people? Led by God. Led by the Spirit of God? Faithful men and women of God living their faithfulness, their duty to the Lord and following, heeding God in their lives? From Noah to Abraham, to Moses, Joseph, Daniel, all the prophets (even grumpy and self-absorbed Jonah) to Ruth, Esther, the many faithful women of the Bible — to the apostles, to men and women in the New Testament who may have a minor mention, not an apostle, but they had great faithfulness. In God, in Jesus, and placed their faith in the Holy Spirit.
How many Stephen’s are in the world today? In America? Ready to die for their faith in Jesus?
And, yes, that would mean losing the luxury car, the really comfortable home in the nice suburb and no longer visiting your favorite restaurant and paying way too much for that plate of food you love so much.
These are not characters in a story! These are the actual, factual, real historical people of God. All who were strangers on this world for a spell. And I believe from their faithfulness are now at home with the Lord.
Where our home truly is if we’re in Christ and Christ is truly in us.
It’s time to come to terms, if you have not yet, with being a stranger on this earth. A peculiar and separate people. From the world. And it’s ways.
And to turn to God, to the Lord Jesus Christ, to the Holy Spirit, to the inerrant infallible living and active word of God. In ALL THINGS. ALL THE TIME. As your food, compass, shelter, nourishment, protection, and help, your equipment and ARMAMENTS in this ongoing and constant spiritual war that escalates by the day.
Knowing the whole time we’re strangers here. Sojourners. Pilgrims. This is not our home. We ought not to think we can make America, any place on earth the Kingdom of God.
How about we turn to God and leave all things up to God for He knows best and His plan is working always. For all things good.
America will not save you. The Constitution will not save you or last into eternity. A particular politician isn’t going to save you or even save America. And our Constitution and our laws as they are may not last another five years truth be told! The Republican party isn’t going to save you or save America. Just as the Democratic party isn’t destroying America. Sin is destroying America. Lies, complacency, corruption — SIN is destroying America dear ones. Turning from God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible are destroying America and the West. And the whole world. Only sin and our godlessness. Our rebellion. Our not realizing it’s all about, only about the war between God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the word and all those who are transformed and are Christ’s versus the god of this world, Satan, the Evil One, and all those who are chained in bondage and darkness to him and his lies — THAT’S the problem, that’s what is destroying everything. Tearing everything down and apart.
THAT is all everything is about. No matter where. No matter when. No matter who. No matter what.
Here, read this either before or after reading the article below by Mr. Prager:
I imagine most never imagined living in a Post-Christian, Post-Modern, Post-Holding-The-Bible-As-True-And-Sacred era.
Not in America, right? THAT can’t ever happen here!
Well, perhaps it’s now time since most appear to not have done so to begin paying closer attention to history — the past, present, and the future history.
You can find and learn past (and how many people’s in the past thought and said, “It can’t happen here!” and then what happened to them in those places), and present in some very good books, in searching places like A Crooked Path and other good sources for current event history — and as for future history, all ought to know and take seriously to heart? THAT can only be found in God’s Word.
Get ahold of God’s Word. In your hands. In your eyes. In your mind. And especially in your heart.
Right now. And feed yourself the bread and water of life only the Holy Bible can provide. Daily. Continually.
And exercise a greater prayer life than a physical exercise life.
A greater exercising of prayer in life is better for the heart than any cardio routine my dear friends and loved ones, my brothers and sisters in the faith — and to those still in darkness? Though you may not think so? You’re just here for some reason?
Turn to God. Surrender. Submit. Humble yourself. And find yourself in the word of God. In the arms of Jesus. Held up and filled by the Holy Spirit. Become a stranger, a pilgrim, a peculiar person not of this world with your home in heaven…
Mr. Prager gets some of it right in his article below, but he still insists on blaming it on political ideologies, politics, things American rather than purely God’s righteousness vs. Satan’s wickedness and unrighteousness and those who follow God and those who follow Satan.
It’s simple, really. Why do we make it so hard? Because we permit evil whisperings to enter. We get otherwise occupied. We lose our focus and resolve. We grow lazy, lax, and complacent. We expect someone else to keep things in order and right.
And that my friends is not how we’re instructed to live a Biblical view and way of life is it?
Don’t take my word for it. Open a Bible and be a Berean. Search the Scriptures. And never cease doing so. For in them is life and truth found nowhere else stranger, pilgrim, sojourner…
Let’s not get too comfortable here and know the Lord is working on our home, our eternal home in heaven. Just as He said He would do.
Believe! Believe and then live that belief stranger, pilgrim, sojourner…live it!
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
ACP — A Crooked Path
Affluence + Secularism = Boredom = Leftism
The only way to prevent the Left from destroying America and its core value of freedom.
Monday, May 3, 2021
By Dennis Prager
Reprinted from FrontPageMag
Just as physicists look for equations to explain the natural world, I have always thought it useful to look for equations to explain human nature. For example, in my book on happiness, I offer this equation: U = I – R. Unhappiness = Image – Reality. The difference between the images we have for our life and the reality of our life is one way of measuring how much unhappiness we experience.
Here, I offer another theorem, this time to help explain leftism.
A + S = B = L
Affluence + Secularism = Boredom = Leftism
The search for an equation to help explain leftism (as distinguished from traditional liberalism) emanates from these facts:
Most leftists come from the upper and upper-middle class. This was true for the two founders of leftism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Marx was supported by his family and by Engels, who was a wealthy businessman and the son of a very wealthy businessman. All the Western spies for the Soviet Union were economically secure. And the great funder of radical causes today is a billionaire — George Soros.
Nearly all leftists are irreligious people. And the breeding place of leftism, the university, is the most secular institution in modern society.
These two facts produce a problem: Many people lack meaning in their lives. And lack of meaning is another way of stating “boredom” — a boredom of the soul.
People need meaning. After food, that is the greatest human need. As important as sex is, there are happy people who go without sex (loss of a partner, never having found a partner, vows of chastity), but there are no happy people who go without meaning (no matter how much sex they have).
This need for meaning has traditionally been met by four things: religion, family, providing for oneself and one’s family, and patriotism. And all are fading.
Let’s begin with religion. In America today, religion is in sharp decline. According to Pew Research, more than a third of all Americans born after 1980 identify with no religion. That is the highest percentage ever. In a recent Gallup Poll, only 47% of American adults said they were members of a church, mosque or synagogue. It was the first time since Gallup began asking Americans about religious membership in the 1930s that a majority of Americans said they were not members of a church, mosque or synagogue.
Next comes family. Marrying and making a family have always been sources of meaning to the great majority of people. However, like religion, the American family is also in steep decline. For the first time in American history, according to Statista, as of 2020, nearly half of all men in America (46%) have never been married, and 41% of American women have never been married. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 85.4 million Americans 18 and over have never been married. There are presently 130 million unmarried American adults. Worse yet, as Dr. Bella DePaulo of the University of California at Santa Barbara wrote in Psychology Today, “Half of all solo single people don’t want a romantic relationship or even a date.”
As every criminologist knows, a lot of single men is a problem for society. And as the ubiquity of women on the left and among the left’s angriest protesters makes clear, a lot of single women is no blessing either.
Another nearly universal source of meaning has been providing for oneself and one’s family. That’s why, though the poor lack money and material wealth, they have never lacked meaning. Figuring out how to feed one’s family every day provides a person with a great deal of meaning.
Finally, belonging to one’s nation also provided meaning to most people in modern history. But love of country largely died in Western Europe after World War II, and it is dying in America today.
So, then, with the four primary sources of meaning dying — killed in large measure by leftist ideology — meaning must be found elsewhere. And that is where the left steps in. Leftism has always been a secular religion. It kills traditional religion and presents itself as a secular alternative.
It certainly provides meaning. “Anti-racism” and saving the world from a threat to its very existence (global warming) are two prominent life-filling examples.
Therefore, the only way to prevent the left from destroying America and its core value of freedom is to make the case for Judeo-Christian religions, the importance of marriage and family, and the unique achievement of America as the world’s first and greatest multiracial, multiethnic, multinational society.
Americans should have been making that case in every generation. Post-World War II, they forgot, or never really believed, that the land of the free is, as former President Ronald Reagan warned, always just one generation away from losing its freedom.