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It's Thanksgiving Day in America.

I now know what it is I saw all those years ago in the first 13 chapters of Gibbon's epic history: I saw man's fallen nature. Not in a moralizing sense, but in a real, worldly, biblical sense. That's why it had such an awakening effect in me. People go through life never seeing it; thinking man is inherently good and perfectible. In politics this naivety leads to inevitable Satanic ends. Ultimately genocide, as we saw all throughout the last century. Mass human sacrifice to the Kingdom of Satan. Political wisdom is found in the Founding Fathers and founding documents of the United States of America. Found there summed up astonishingly well.

Thomas Sowell writes well in his book The Vision of the Anointed on this theme of political leftists (the followers of the political left anyway) seeing man as inherently good and perfectible, and conservatives (or classical liberals, what conservative used to be called before the Left co-opted the term liberal and defiled it) seeing man as needing real checks and balances on his fallen nature. This makes leftists (or followers of the political left) more amenable to giving up their liberty to dictators and authoritarian political ideologies, all the while chanting peace, love, and freedom...

Understanding the reality and mechanics of liberty vs. tyranny is basic for a Christian. It's a subject of spiritual warfare, ultimately. The discernment we get from the Holy Spirit Himself upon regeneration by the word and the Spirit should lead one into such understanding. Which includes valuing liberty, by the way. Not to mention being able to see through all Orwellian language distortion.

For starters I would recommend a book that gives overviews of classic books on the subject: Ten Books Every Conservative Must Read by Benjamin Wiker.

Here's where I'm different: I'm not trying to sound like some scholar. I'll readily recommend a book with a title or written level that is easily mocked by the usual types who mock such things. If the book is worthwhile, which this one is. His chapter on the Bible is a mess, but overall the value of the book is in his concise summing up of foundational ideas, as he courses through the ten books, that describe liberty and tyranny and how each are instituted and defended or overthrown and so on.


Anonymous monax said...

ct writes, “People go through life never seeing it... this naivety leads to inevitable Satanic ends. Ultimately genocide... Mass human sacrifice to the Kingdom of Satan.”

Yes. And this lack of discernment, lack of Spirit, leads to inevitable Satanic ends in the church too. Ultimately spiritual genocide—a mass human sacrifice (by false pastors) to the Kingdom of Satan. I bear witness to this reality.

I see you touched on this apostasy in your Practical Christianity posts above.

Happy Thanksgiving, ct!

Jeremiah: “Righteous are you, O LORD, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive? You plant them, and they take root; they grow and produce fruit; you are near in their mouth and far from their heart. But you, O LORD, know me; you see me, and test my heart toward you. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and set them apart for the day of slaughter. How long will the land mourn?” (12:1-4a)

The LORD: “Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard; they have trampled down my portion; they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. They have made it a desolation; desolate, it mourns to me... Go assemble the wild beasts; bring them to devour. Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard; they have trampled down my portion; they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness... They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns; they have tired themselves out but profit nothing. They shall be ashamed of their harvests because of the fierce anger of the LORD.” (Jer 12:10-11a; 9b-10; 13).

November 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM  

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