Ostriches have the undeserved reputation for practicing it, but the western culture is the one that has actually mastered the skill of sticking its head in the sand.
Another terrorist attack and a large part of the focus in some popular media outlets (I’m not talking about TMZ) is revolving around the way “stars” are reacting to the news. Because there aren’t more important ways to talk about this situation I guess?!
Never-mind looking into the mindset that led to the attack – that would be too obvious! Nope, let’s stick our head in the sand and pretend like the problem is the recently elected American president, the stigma of using the word Islamic terrorist or even the explosives used to kill and maim so many people. The problem is the mindset that the media sweeps under the rug … a rug with no sand under it mind you.
“The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:4-5)
What major 2016 statistic does this map represent? Continue reading
The irony of liberalism can be too much at times – especially when it comes to feminism.
Melbourne, Australia is putting the brakes on the western culture’s “unconscious gender bias” with its new … wait for it … Continue reading
“Fake news” is in the news, or is it “fake news” about “fake news?” If “news” is “new information about specific and timely events,” then it may, or may not be “true.” Some refuse to face facts: an election is over; there are illegitimate babies and illegal aliens; education is not, actually; profit is not evil and Christians are not hypocrites! “Truth” is “conformity to fact or reality.” Jesus said He came into the world “that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37 NKJV). Pilate replied, “What is truth?” (John 18:38 NKJV). Pilate represents people who cannot accept reality, so they question “truth” as if it were “fake news.” Since “no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21 NKJV), then there is no “fake news” about Jesus Christ in the Bible. Believe it!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11 – NKJV)
One of the things that many people forget, or just plain out never knew, about the Bible’s account of the global flood is that the scriptures recount how water not only came down from the sky – it came up from the depths of the earth.
I know, I know…a global flood survived by eight people and a whole lot of animals on a big boat. That’s ridiculous mythological kid stuff, right? After all, it’s impossible! There isn’t enough water on the Earth to flood the Earth. At least that’s how most “intellectuals” treat the story of the world’s accountability for sin and God’s ability to judge both.
And yet, the Bible never ceases to amaze me when it comes to the little details which were recorded long, long before “modern-day” science even thought of knowing such, much less observing it.
For example, remember those fountains of the great deep that were broken up? Listen to this excerpt from a newly published study entitled, Deepest water found 1000km down, a third of way to Earth’s core: Continue reading
This story is headlined with the words, “Jesus’ Tomb Opened for First Time in Centuries.”
I know what they’re trying to say, but my first thought was, “Jesus’ tomb hasn’t been closed in nearly 20 centuries.”
Humanity has a habit of desiring material spiritual shrines (almost sounds like an oxymoronic statement there). We seek to make the intangible something tangible.
I’m not saying God has never asked his people to make something that is physically visible and spiritually important at the same time. God indeed directed the children of Israel (and several others before them when it came to altars) to build the Tabernacle and all of its complementing features such as the altar, the washing basin and the rest of the furniture that went inside the most important tent that fleshly Israel traveled with from the wilderness right into the promised land. But God had a purpose for the Tabernacle’s meaning that went far beyond what could be seen with the eyes. And that purpose was fulfilled after God-in-the-flesh came and tabernacled among his people in person, and then atoned for their’s and our sins, ultimately leaving behind an empty tomb that has refused to be closed two millennia.
My point is that when it comes to us (as spiritual Israel), God has not asked his people to make a shrine out of any supposed “holy-site” today. God has not asked for this because we do not need this. And the reason we do not this is because our holy-site is a sight that has yet to be beheld.
“Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:6-12 -NKJV)
According to Yahoo Business, Target’s stock has taken a hit the last couple of quarters, and it appears the trend is expected to continue for a while.
Why is that? It’s because fewer people are shopping there.
And why is that? Well, here are the five reasons they listed:
- Prescription Medications
- Apple (electronic products)
So let’s do a real quick run-down of that list one more time: Groceries – check. Prescription Medication – check. Apple products – check. Fashion – check. Amazon – check. The national headline news boycott of Target due to their ridiculously PC, morally bankrupt, and dangerous bathroom policy – ???
I guess the boycott had nothing to do with it!
I’m not trying to do any damage to the direct context of Revelation 17, but when the beast and the harlot run this nation’s news media outlets, it’s not only important to pay attention to what gets mentioned – it’s important to pay attention to what doesn’t get said when it comes to the cost of sin on our nation.
“So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:3-5)