With the deeds of Harvey Weinstein, Stephen Paddock and sundry other oxygen thieves flooding our awareness, it was cleansing to read this story, in spite of the evil that caused it in the first place.
Earl Melchert was offered a $7,000 reward for helping rescue a teenage girl who had been kidnapped and missing for nearly a month. He settled for dinner with the teen’s family instead.
Melchert, 65, was given the reward money during a news conference last week for his role in finding Jasmine Block, the 15-year-old girl from Alexandria who vanished Aug. 8 and was allegedly beaten and abused by her captors during her 29-day disappearance.
Without a second thought, Melchert turned the money right back over to Block’s family, who along with an anonymous donor had offered the reward in hopes of getting Jasmine back.
“I was not interested in the $7,000 reward, it wasn’t a big deal,” Melchert said during a phone interview with the Star Tribune Monday. “I wanted to give it to the family. They need it more. It went to a good place. I hope Jasmine is OK.”
“Today we witnessed an incredible example of kindness,” the chief wrote on Facebook. “What no one expected was the kindness and generosity that came straight from Earl’s heart today. He believes that young lady that came running toward him that September day is the real hero and without hesitation, Earl handed the reward over to her, followed by a big hug.”
But Melchert did accept the Block family’s invitation to dinner.
The details of the crimes and rescue are in the article for whoever wants to read it. And, a bit of serendipity exists: Melchert, Weinstein, and Paddock all fall in three of the same demographics. Of course, no one outside of the Block family will be talking about Earl Melchert tomorrow, but that’s okay. The Blocks will probably be talking to God about him. And that is as it should be.
Get out of here
You crazy voice
You’re the devil
Not my Father
Or some evil
Let me be
I am free
Back in the dim and distant past known as last year, upon its rerelease yours truly wrote a review of contemporary Christian music pioneer Oden Fong’s 1979 classic record Come For The Children. Not so much a concept as timeline record, as Fong detailed life on earth spent following Christ as Lord and Savior prior to His return he noted, in the song “Crazy Voices,” how satanic and worldly distractions do their best to lure believers off course, with predictably disastrous consequences.
In a world seemingly gone completely mad, one where instant sports millionaires claim oppression while hellhounds murder innocents for the crime of concert attendance, what is good and acceptable finds itself drowning beneath torrents of vile social media and public discourse rage. The anger over what is happening is understandable by anyone with a heart. The expressions and ideas set forth to prevent future horrors are regrettably often as steeped in lunacy as the acts bringing on these outbursts, for they fail to address the root cause of evil, namely humanity’s inhumanity. Acts of violence are seemingly paradoxically properly addressed solely by an act of violence: a lone figure nailed to a bloody cross so none need descend from this earth into perpetual utter isolation and agony. We do not need more gun control. We need more Spirit-led self-control.
The crazy voices surround us all, sometimes screaming and sometimes whispering their lies. They proclaim they have the answers, the solutions to prevent future evil played out by bullets sprayed about, or bombs or transportation vessels or whatever weapons are available used with murderous intent. They have neither. The only answer is holding on to Christ’s nail-scarred Hand, emulating as best we can in our stubborn state of rumbling fumbling tumbling stumbling bumbling imperfect humanity Jesus’ love. Nothing else works.
In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct — as irrational animals do — will destroy them.
Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.
These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm — shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted — twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.
We live in troubled times. Domestically, horrific wildfires are ravaging Oregon, Washington, and Montana. Texas is still working on sufficiently drying out from Harvey to initiate rebuilding. Irma is inexorably marching toward Florida. Across the Pacific, a madman plays with thermonuclear toys, working daily to facilitate throwing them at us. Europe wonders not if, but when and where the next crazed jihadist will slaughter innocents. The watchwords of our time are love and peace, yet we are engulfed by hatred and war.
On the line dividing fact and fiction
You’d like to stake your reputation
But the natural man has an addiction
To believe the worst of fabrications
And when the rumor is on the wire
It will be trial by fire
It’s a test of any man’s endurance
Just to survive the castigations
You hope and pray for some deliverance
As you turn to face the accusations
And when your future is on the line
What will your answers be?
Come to the question and state your case
Will you make or break it?
Choose your weapons well
Make or break it
Soon the toll will tell
All freedom has its price
Is this your paradise?
A mastermind of much illusion
Media controls the public reason
It terrifies with great confusion
And a power that fosters truth or treason
And when the rumor is on the wire
It will be trial by fire
And fact and fiction don’t mean a thing
Will you make or break it?
Choose your weapons well
Make or break it
Soon the toll will tell
All freedom has its price
Is this your paradise?
And many good men have fallen
With no defense from the fatal word
Is this a part of the American dream
Will you make or break it?
Choose your weapons well
Make or break it
Soon the toll will tell
All freedom has its price
Is this your paradise?
– “Make Or Break It”; words and music by Kerry Livgren
We also live in a time where self-aggrandizing political prattle reigns supreme. Wisdom and experience’s still small voice is drowning beneath tidal waves of loud obnoxious buffoons restating the obvious with vapid feigned insight. We are called to speak the truth in love. Instead, we continue to slobber the trivial in lavish tongue baths.
It is imperative for those of faith to proclaim Christ’s message boldly, unfailingly, and primarily. The public voice enjoys no division between secular and sacred. Jesus is not a fire alarm, ignored save in emergency situations. Nor is He a trophy displayed when it serves our purposes. Jesus is Savior, or He is not. Jesus is Lord, or He is not. He does not serve us when we pull Him off the shelf and dust Him off because we need more blog post hits or a bigger audience share. We are commanded to serve Him. We are commanded to love others as He loves us. We are commanded to proclaim His message. And no, churning out echo chamber copy does not qualify. Certainly politics matter. Decisions made by government affect us all. There is room and time for informed debate. Cutting and pasting news stories is neither debate nor informed. It is weak coattail riding.
It should be a shot across the bow that three teenage sisters have done more in one three minute video to proclaim Christ crucified and risen by being real than has been achieved in thirty thousand political blog posts. The luxury of shoving Jesus into a corner because we are too busy shoving ourselves into the spotlight as self-proclaimed pundits is no longer affordable. Now is the time to prioritize. A hurting, bleeding, dying world does not need another DACA rehash. It needs Jesus. It needs us, each of us, spreading the Good News while directly helping each other and stranger alike.
Yesterday was the first Time in a VERY long while that you did not see a post with my byline was not on this blog, instead RH – NG36B ‘s loving tribute to his seven month old daughter Rebecca. When the news came here Wednesday evening that Rebecca had unexpectedly died I made the decision, to provide an update to Saturday’s post concerning her condition. Instead I made a private announcement to our writers & asked our substitute writers to prepare posts for today in the event RH decided he needed some time off here. He responded that he wished to continue to write then penned, well typed, tribute and asked when it should go up. We decided it should be the lead post yesterday. It received a strong response and continues to do so.
He now has a funeral to plan and pay for, he does not have a tip jar at his base site but if you follow him on facebook I’m sure you can contact him about helping out if you wish or to send him direct condolences.
Of of the things about RH’s tribute to little Rebecca is how well it answers one of the oldest questions in Christianity: “Why does God allow bad things to happen”
Many of us spend a large part of our adult lives influencing, or trying to influence, those around us. We read books, we devise arguments, we make PowerPoint presentations, and we argue on Facebook. And yet here I had a little girl, not even a year old, who came into my life and changed everyone around her, including people she never met. Her broken heart was changing those with hardened hearts.
She did it without words, without slides, and without a social media account.
It truly was never about her. It was always about us, about making us better. And even though it took her death for me to realize it, I’m glad that I did.
There are those who would argue that a Down Syndrome child’s live has no value, that it’s would be better to have said child killed in the womb than incur the costs, both financial and emotional, of bringing such a child into the womb. I submit and suggest that perhaps we’ve needed them as much as they’ve needed us and the crass, narcissistic society that we now possess is the price we have paid for making children like Rebecca disposable.
There was actually a 2nd death in our blog family, although with two big differences.
1. Technically she wasn’t in our family at the time of her death.
2. She came back.
Old friend Zilla of the Resistance, one of the grande dames of the blogging world who I last saw several years ago in a hospital bed in very bad shape contacted me a few weeks ago and provided me with an update on her situation filled with good news, although not good enough for her to return to daily blogging. I immediately invited her to join our merry band here and she accepted. Her 2nd post since her return to blogging was yesterday. This is quite ironic as she was on my initial list of bloggers to join my magnificent seven but was too ill and weak to consider it at the time. You will see her here Friday evening for as long as she wants to stay and her health continues to permit it..
You might have noticed that old friend Jerry Wilson who wrote here occasionally has returned and is now writing regularly here. You will find him here Thursday Evenings. We are pleased to have him back and look forward to his posts from the left coast which tend to be non-political but as we’ve learned there is much more to life than issues in the political world.
After writing about weighty subject turning to the Press’ tantrum over Donald Trump’s press conference seems completely anti-climatic. Because of my sleep schedule I didn’t see the President’s press conference when it happened only the outraged reactions of the media to it. When I finally went online to watch it seemed to me (as it did to others) that the media description of this event bore no resemblance to what actually happened. It’s the same backwards reaction they had to his speech opening his candidacy.
This would explain both President Trump’s willingness to confront them head on the death of their credibility with the public.
Never before has Glenn Reynolds statement to the BBC about 90% of the press giving the other 10% a bad name rung more true.
The contrast on how the media has handled their “loss” vs how RH has his is notable and speaks volumes.
Now the death of credibility:
Listen to this speech via Milo, from a Bucknell Student (in introduction to Christina Hoff Summers appearance there) who upon receiving an open email from a professor at Bucknell university calling conservative and libertarian students “racists and fascists” and saying they should “Pay a deep and lasting price” for having Milo speak on their campus last year, Asked said professor in a return email what he meant by a “steep and lasting price”.
The professors response was…interesting.
The university’s decision to not only back the professor but go along with his explanation to them that “a deep and lasting price” meant, “engage me in calm and peaceful discussion” sends a clear message that inciting violence against conservatives and libertarians who do not support the goals of the SJW community will be tolerated but questioning said incitement will not.
A lot of masks have been falling lately and the totalitarian campus left have proved like totalitarians everywhere that they love free speech until they are in power and then will crush it.
Thus dies free speech at the University
Continuing on this theme it’s worth replaying Andrew Breitbart’s response six years ago to a question at an event in Lexington Mass that I covered to what happens if the left decides to resort to violence:
“We outnumber them and we have the guns”
I’m really thinking that the left and the media is hoping and praying for us for some of these anti-milo, anti-trump and anti-conservative rioters to get themselves killed by a conservative in fear for their life, and would like it even better if they can provoke the police into doing so for the sake of their cause.
Ironically this whole “#resistance” nonsense sounds very familiar:
You hear it from the stump, you read it in their papers and in their resolutions, that if Mr. Lincoln is elected the Union is to be dissolved. Here is a constitutional party that intends to violate the Constitution because a man is constitutionally elected President. Here is a constitutional party that proclaims it treasonable for a man to uphold the Constitution. If the people constitutionally elect a President, is the minority to resist him?
That’s Sam Houston in Sept 1860 advising Democrats not to revolt over the election of a Republican via the electoral college, and a few months later he had some words for those who thought violent revolution was a good idea:
They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche
What is it about Democrats that they turn to violence and revolt if a republican wins the presidency without a popular vote majority?
In my DJ career, I have spent a great deal of time in communities and scenes that normal folks would regard as underground. For many years, I DJed BDSM parties, Fetish events, and the like. I’ve DJed warehouses and clubs with no names, buried in the wreckage of abandoned industrial parks. The marketplace of sex is one which I know exceedingly well. I’ve been DJing these scenes for the better part of 20 years.
To quote Blade Runner, I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe
As that commenter lamented, so I’ve seen first-hand. These SJWs, the radical feminists who spend their lives fighting the Patriarchy? They come to my clubs to be beaten senseless on crosses, chained to them by men dressed in uniforms very reminiscent of the Nazis. Yes, it’s a thing, as anybody who has ever been to a Goth club can attest. They demand to be tied up, burned, bruised, and battered.
Go on social media, and you will see SJWs telling us that Nazis are everywhere, that they are evil, and foul, and legion. They are in the White House, they are on Youtube, they are on Twitter, they are in Video Games. Nazis, everywhere. And so they march out into the streets, the Black Bloc, Antifascists engaging in what Tom Kratman calls a bit of political theater (not unlike Fascists once did).
But at the end of a long week of fighting the cisnormative heteropatriarchy, they come to be beaten by men dressed as Nazis, to the gritty beats of loud Industrial music in the depths of an Industrial park.
I suspect that this is actually more well known that folks let on.
You might not have thought it was possible to take a post about a movie paring a 72 year old actor with a 44 year old love interest and connect it to election 2016 and the attacks on Steve Bannon but then again you might not be Stacy McCain:
Steve Bannon is a conservative populist, period. Only if you’re a cult disciple of Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse can you believe that an American conservative populist is necessarily a crypto-fascist. Yet dozens of reporters keep publishing stories that depict Bannon as a Nazi fanatic — because Trump is literally Hitler, of course — and this is merely the logical sequel to the failure of Hillary Clinton to fulfill the media’s fantasy narrative, The First Female President of the United States.
That narrative was as flawed as the idea of casting Robert De Niro as a washed-up comedian who scores with a woman 30 years younger. And the whole problem with the narrative that the media are using as the script for their sequel, Literally Hitler, is that it involves liberal journalists writing stories with their fellow liberal journalists as the intended readership, just like having Helen Mirren’s husband direct a show-business-themed comedy starring Robert De Niro was so obviously a made-for-Oscar project. People aren’t lining up at the mall cineplex to pay $8 bucks to watch The Comedian, and the media’s bulls–t script for Literally Hitler isn’t going to make people line up to vote Democrat.
I’ve known Steve Bannon about as long as Stacy McCain has, I’ve interviewed him at CPAC before and I hope to do so next week during my return to CPAC after a two year absense.
Is this the death knell of De Niro’s career?
Finally I was going to close on why the next regeneration of the Doctor should not, despite all the buzz and the SJW warriors of the left & the BBC insisting it should be, but that got to be very long so it will be it’s own post, here is a preview:
4. As anyone who has followed the Doctor on TV or in books or via Big Finish knows, the Doctor is constantly getting captured and chained up in dungeons, and prisons and getting tortured. One the Doctor is a woman how do you deal with the inevitable possibility in fact probability of rape? How do you explain it away? How do you get that to play on what is supposed to be a kids show?
The problem is these fools are forgetting that Doctor Who is basically a kids show about a hero fighting monsters, the last time they decided to go SJW and make the monster Margaret Thatcher is what killed it the first time. As I said on Twitter
The Christian creed of caring for the poor often morphs into a call for government to take the reins from industry and private individuals to ensure proper care for the poor. In reality, this is an abdication of responsibility toward that very creed. In effect, it says, “Someone else should do this.”
Obviously, the Catholic Church and various Christian charities have done wonderful work in helping the poor, weak, and downtrodden, as they should. However, the communist and socialist tendency puts the administration of that care into the hands of an all-powerful state bureaucracy, which is not beholden to any higher set of principles or to God. It replaces the priest or the nun with a wage earner at a cubicle desk who is just trying to get through a 40-hour week so he or she can catch the game on Sunday morning rather than crying into a confessional.
Giving into this temptation marks a confusion in Christian heritage between society and the state. The two are not synonymous. Society exists wherever an aggregate of humanity interacts in commerce, culture, shared values, and social interaction. Society is created out of human want and need, and is where individuals pursue those ends in a common arena.
It is easy to see why [state-mandated charity] is so tempting for Christians and do-gooders in general. Individuals often become frustrated in the limitations of individual or small-group action, and they see the state as having the power to affect the entire population of a country rather than just the few in their immediate area. And, of course, everyone believes he has the best intentions when embarking on his will to power.
In doing so, however, such people fail to grasp the realities and complexities of human life; namely, that not everyone may agree with you. To use the apparatus of the state to trample dissenting viewpoints cannot be seen as anything but immoral.
My favorite part of this phenomenon is when non-Christians try to shame Christians who are against government-mandate charity using a Bible they don’t read as the shame-cudgel.
And I don’t ascribe such altruistic motives for government-mandated charity. Its proponents’ true purpose is simply to multiply plain-old graft opportunities.
Yesterday I spent the day in Leominster Massachusetts birthplace of Johnny Appleseed for their annual Johnny Appleseed fair manning the WQPH 89.3 FM Queen of Perpetual Help Shirley Fitchburg booth promoting Catholic radio for people and praying decades of the rosary on the spot for people’s intentions both online and in person.
At the festival I did a few interviews for WQPH. We talked to Adam Webber of the Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network which provides help for homeless families.
If you want to donate to MIHN their website is here.
I also spoke to Brother Alexis who while from Fitchburg has spent the last 2 1/2 decades in Italy.
I’d also like to thank him for joining me in many of the rosary decades that I prayed for others.
Compere:Well, Mr Walters, what’s it like being invisible?
Walters: [slowly and boringly] Well, for a start, at the office where I work I can be sitting at my desk all day and the others totally ignore me. At home, even though we are in the same room, my wife does not speak to me for hours, people pass me by in the street without a glance in my direction, and I can walk into a room without…
Compere:Well, whilst we’ve got interesting people, we met Mr Oliver Cavendish who…
Walters: [droning on] … Even now you yourself, you do hardly notice me…
Alejandro Capote spoke at the Louisville, Kentucky, protest, where he estimates at least 500 people participated.
“I spoke about the importance of defunding Planned Parenthood,” Capote tells Breitbart News. “It’s important that women have health care that does not fund abortion.”
Falls church virginia
Theresa King, who organized the Falls Church, Virginia, #ProtestPP rally told Breitbart News she decided to be an organizer after viewing the Center for Medical Progress videos.
“I saw the Planned Parenthood videos and felt the need to act,” she said. “As a kid, I would pray outside of abortion clinics, and my mom always said that we were giving the babies the only funeral they would ever have, so I felt the need to stand for the babies in the video, but for all the babies that have died in abortion.”
and if you go to twitter you could find photos from all over the country. Ottawa Illinois
This fact is a huge problem for the MSM which has taken the side of planned parenthood in the current debate and the knowledge that this many protests took place without incident would be an awkward story for them.
However despite the photographic evidence I’ve just displayed the media’s problem was solved by the people in question apparently being totally invisible:
Number of Planned Parenthood protests across the country this weekend: 320. Number of mentions in the media: close to zero.
Obviously the protesters were quite invisible to most, I did a search of CBS news for planned parenthood , no coverage:
ABC no coverage
NBC no coverage
Not even a word on the net from any of them. CNN did slightly better online here is the full text of their only story: (emphasis mine)
CNN PRODUCER NOTE Opponents took to the streets in a nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood on Saturday. Jennifer James was driving past a Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma City when she saw hundreds of people protesting Saturday morning. ““It was a very quiet protest,” James said. “As I walked up and down it with my camera, you could have heard a pin drop. It was unusual given how contentions of an issue it is.” – zdan, CNN iReport producer
A few hundred people gather outside Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma City to protest abortion and government funding for the organization. Among the protesters were students from the Newman Center, a Catholic student organization at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Note the highlighted text, the only reason why CNN has this tiny bit of online coverage was because one of their producers noticed the protest driving by and was shocked by how orderly it was.
But who knew that so many people in the nation could be so invisible? Particularly when they don’t have media connections who will be sure to show up to make even the tiniest protest national news
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One of my rules regarding talking about religion is to pretty much never talk about any church except the one I attend. Islam would be an exception since it’s not a religion, but more of a political movement. So if Presbyterians change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, well, so be it. I’m not a Presbyterian, so I consider that none of my business.
On the other hand, when Catholics act badly, that is my business. Much ado is being made over Indiana’s Restoration of Religious Freedom Act, one, I might add, that is probably going to be gutted due to the homosexual activists claiming they will be unfairly discriminated against. No never mind if the person who declines to bake a cake for their “wedding” will have his life ruined due to their harassment.
Which brings me back to Catholics acting badly.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has come under fire for calling on teachers and staff members at high schools within the archdiocese — Sacred Heart Cathedral, Archbishop Riordan, Serra and Marin Catholic — to accept contract and handbook language against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, contraceptives and artificial insemination. source
Let me make this abundantly clear. The good Archbishop, a true defender of Church teaching, is not telling the staff they can’t ever sin. He’s only asking them to not promote teaching that is contrary to the Catholic faith while in their employ.
Sounds reasonable to me. I wouldn’t want to spend money to send my child to a Catholic school whose teachers promote whatever their pet (petty?) agenda happens to be.
So how do some of the parents and teachers respond?
By marching in defiance of his contract requests.
Carrying signs reading “Who Am I to Judge?” and “Love One Another,” hundreds of students, teachers and supporters marched Monday evening from the Mission Dolores Basilica to the Cathedral of St. Mary in San Francisco, where they delivered petitions opposing the archbishop’s “morality clauses” at four Catholic high schools. source
Getting the picture? If you teach that homosexual acts are wrong, you no longer “love” someone. It didn’t take long for some of the marchers to conjure up the “hate” word, either. If you believe adultery is wrong, cohabiting without benefit of marriage, or abortion is wrong, then you have become a “hater.”
These mighty leaps of thought with a complete lack of logic in any of these statements is proof that even a Catholic school is not teaching the children very well.
“I can be a Catholic and a follower of Jesus without accepting what the hierarchy says but accepting what I think Jesus would have said,” said Sue Fandel, a parishioner of Most Holy Redeemer Church in the Castro who married her longtime female partner this month.
Let me be blunt here, Mary. No, you can’t be either a real Catholic and a follower of Jesus with that attitude. May I also remind you that it is not the “hierarchy” of the Church making these statements, but the teachings of Jesus which they’re trying to uphold. And these teachings do not include what “you think Jesus would have done.” If you don’t like it, start your own church. Lest you think I’m being harsh, let me further add that I’m telling you this precisely because I love you.
Saddest of all is the brain-washed students who have obviously never had decent catechetical formation.
“At the core of the religion is love, acceptance, respect and dignity,” said Gino Gresh, 18, a senior at Sacred Heart. “Whatever the archbishop is doing is completely contrary to that.”
No, Gino, what the good archbishop is doing is the most loving, accepting, and respectful position to take. Would you decline to tell your friend who is indulging in dangerous drugs that what he was doing was just A-okay with you because you accept and love him? Of course not. When you love someone, you want what is best for them. Living in sin is not dignified, no matter how you try to spin it.
For these teachers and parents to encourage the debasement of the teachings of the Church to the children God has given them to protect and teach, is beyond any thinking person’s comprehension.
The two greatest Commandments are:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength;
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Truly loving your neighbor includes teaching them right from wrong. We can only hope that on this, the most holy week of the year for Christians, that these dissenters will have an epiphany of thought.
Adrienne blogs about politics and culture with a heavy dose of kitteh’s at Adrienne’s Corner. She used to have a writing muse, but she died and is in Purgatory awaiting the return of Jesus.
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
The Doctor:You’re running out of time. Courtney Woods: For what? The Doctor:Everything! Human beings have incredibly short lifespans. Frankly, you should all be in a constant state of panic. Tick tock, tick tock.
Doctor Who The Caretaker 2014
…As I live, says the Lord GOD, I swear I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, but rather in the wicked man’s conversion, that he may live
Missionary doctors and nurses are stationed throughout Africa, in rural outposts and urban slums. Rather than parachuting in during crises, like some international medicine specialists, a large number of them have undertaken long-term commitments to address the health problems of poor Africans.
This isn’t news to any faithful Christian . Any person familiar with history knows Christians have been the spearpoint of helping others. In Africa for example the Catholic Church is very active:
The Screen shot come from this video (via sacred space) with figures from dating from 2011. (In fact we had a 2nd collection in our church two weeks ago to help support this work) and of course these number don’t count activities by various protestant denominations which, while not to the scale of much larger Catholic Church, are quite commendable.
But all of this brings unease to our secular writer
And yet, for secular Americans—or religious Americans who prefer their medicine to be focused more on science than faith—it may be difficult to shake a bit of discomfort with the situation.
“Focused on science? Does the writer think Christian doctors are using rattles and bleeding their patents to equalize their humors?
For all that,snark, the writer, to his credit notices that there is something wrong with how he feels
And yet, truth be told, these valid critiques don’t fully explain my discomfort with missionary medicine. If we had thousands of secular doctors doing exactly the same work, I would probably excuse most of these flaws. “They’re doing work no one else will,” I would say. “You can’t expect perfection.”
I’m not altogether proud of this bias—I’m just trying to be honest.
While this fellow has gotten a lot of grief on comments I’m not bothered by the story because honesty echoed by different liberal writer earlier this week is the first steps to realizing that there is something wrong there is still that inexplicable unease.
Frankly it’s logical that Christians, believing in heaven, hell (and purgatory if Catholic) therefore seeing this life as a transitory phase in their existence might be less adverse to risking said life that others. Contrariwise it’s just as logical that an Atheist rationally concluding he has but one life, is not about to risk it for a bunch of people thousands of miles away that he’s never met.
Completely logical, completely rational, makes perfect sense, particularly if one has a worldview that morality is relative and not an absolute handed down from on high, but if that’s so why is atheist writer Brian Palmer uneasy about all these Christian Doctors risking their lives fighting Ebola?
That answer is quite simple.
You see the reality is we are created in God’s image, all of us. Because of that fact even if one has spent a lifetime denying God’s existence, this intrinsic truth of our nature creates, a gut feeling, an instinct a little whisper in the ear saying that maybe, just maybe all we have been conditioned to believe about Christianity as vast wasteland of ignorance & hate by the media, by our circle and by the secular culture might be wrong.
That merest hint that your worldview, celebrated by the dominant media culture is lacking, threatens to divide you away from your comfort zone and is makes the other side in this spiritual battle very nervous and he’s and his friends will fight like ravenous wolves to snuff that spark out.
It’s also means those Christian Doctors are getting it right because creating that discomfort is part of the job description. I’ll give Christ the last word:
Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’
Rick:I see the bus is in. I’ll take my shipment with me. Ferrari:No hurry. I’ll have it sent over. Have a drink with me. Rick: I never drink in the morning. And every time you send my shipment over, it’s always just a little bit short. Ferrari:Carrying charges, my boy, carrying charges.
My lead posts of the last two days on the EBT meltdown and the reactions have illustrated a divide among the people paying benefits and the people collecting them. This divide exists for a reason but not the one you think
Ebenezer Scrooge:“I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned—they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there.”
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 1843
One part of the divide are the people receiving benefits. They looking at those who complained about the EBT reaction of some to Scrooge. How DARE they withhold the help from people who really need it. They have houses and maybe even a second one to rent, they can afford vacations, They care nothing for the poor. When they paint their picture this is what they see.
To these people, anyone who complains are just greedy.
Alan Harper:How do we sell this? Uh Come on…. You can do better than that….Uh Ah (gasps) (panting): Help me. Call 911. (grunting) Am I dying or taking a dump? Ah. Call 911 Call 911 ….Yeah, that’s it.
Two & a Half Men: Why we gave up Women 2012
Meanwhile you have a second group of people mostly working class. They put in their hours every day in jobs they may or may not like. They scrimp to save for the mortgage, or the trip if they can afford it. They go to the supermarket and watch each penny and see the person in front of them with a full cart buying cuts & items that they can only afford once in a while on EBT and feel cheated. They do without to get their goal while worrying every day about their job or business that they took the risk to build and perceive those on relief as not only ungrateful but using them as suckers. It’s Alan Harper on Steroids.
And Alan is laughing at them.
But this wasn’t always the case.
Benjamin Martin:You know, Peter I can’t pay you for this.
Peter Howard:Benjamin, you pay me what you can, when you can.
Benjamin Martin:I’m obliged.
The Patriot 2000
Before the days of the great society, relief for people in need was handled on the local level, cities and town paid for benefits from their property taxes and people applied at their local governments supplemented by the local church.
This had two important effects.
The people who paid the taxes, and owned the shops knew the folks who were collecting, they knew their situations and sympathized. The shopkeeper might extend credit, the fellow with the apples might give their drops and or a neighbor might give hand with the kids. They knew the people really needed him help and didn’t begrudge them it.
Meanwhile the person getting the help knew the people who were giving it. They understood the local hardware man wasn’t rich, the local butcher wasn’t well off and the local church got the funds they helped with from the collection plate passed to their neighbors. It wasn’t a faceless government proving “Obama Money” from some stash. They understood that every bit of help that they received came from the people around them, because of this they were not only grateful but careful not to abuse that privilege.
More importantly when they got themselves on their feet, they became part of that group of providers as they remembered dealing with hard times themselves.
This is a system that worked for a long time, the question becomes why did it change?
Mortimer Duke:Tell him the good part. Randolph Duke:The good part, William, is that, no matter whether our clients make money or lose money, Duke & Duke get the commissions. Mortimer Duke:Well? What do you think, Valentine? Billy Ray:Sounds to me like you guys a couple of bookies. Randolph Duke:I told you he’d understand.
Trading Places 1983
Why it changed is actually very easy. The thought was that a more centralized set of relief would not only be more efficient but less costly due to economies of scale. However the reality discounted something that some who voted for it didn’t consider.
As the money passed through the hands of those with political power and influence things changed. After all someone had to administer these programs, they needed workers they needed paperwork all the things that come with government bureaucracy. This became a source of power and once it was a source of power for the political class it expanded. It was a source of wealth and power to be exploited.
Krako: I know Bela. He didn’t offer you beans. Now, me, I’m a reasonable man. You give me what I want and I’ll cut you in for, say, a third. Skimmed right off the top. Well, what do you think?
Star Trek A piece of the Action 1968
That’s what this is all about. Keeping they money flowing through DC. It’s a perfect plan, not only are you able to buy votes to sustain yourself you use the money to grease people to support you.
The dirty little secret: both sides are being played for suckers one is kept down to fuel the anger and the other taxed to weaken then and beaten down politically if they dare object.
Until this is clearly understood by both those on relief and those paying for it, nothing will change.
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