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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
"Educated Into Imbecility"
Message summary: The phrase "having educated himself into imbecility" is quite insightful!
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Regardless of translation used, this verse is rendered very similarly (see here).
The Babylon Bee is a website that has grown immensely popular in a very
short time since it was founded on March 1, 2016. It uses satire to
convey the foolishness of our age. The original developer of the Bee,
Adam Ford now has a site called the "CHRISTIAN DAILY REPORTER" which
compiles news of interest to Christians. It regularly includes links to
stories that sound so crazy they seem like satire but are actually real.
For instance today's post has a link to an article, "Today in 'Not
Satire': HuffPo: If you eat at Chick-fil-A, you hate gay people
Malcolm Muggeridge was a British journalist who died in 1990. I
recently came across a quote of his that seems uncannily prophetic,
although it was actually a condition he could see while he was alive on
this side at least thirty years ago, probably longer:
"So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over--a weary, battered old brontosaurus--and became extinct." *
Today's brief text speaks to this condition. The phrase "having educated himself into imbecility" is quite insightful!
"Professing to be wise."
Professing means to affirm, allege, pretend, profess. The idea conveyed
is that one is speaking with an air of certainty, stating something
with a high degree of confidence, even forcefully or aggressively. One
may confidently assert his or her view without need for proof or regard
Daily prayer: Father, when we gave you our heart, we made the willful choice to no longer conform to the trends and philosophies of this world. Instead we ask You to daily renew our minds so that we see this world and its philosophies through the eyes of Christ. We are put to the test daily in deciding what is truth and what is error. May Your Holy Word be our reference point and Your Spirit be our Guide as we are exposed to countless philosophies based on human understanding and the basic principles of this ever-changing world rather than Your eternal, foundational, unchanging truths. Sharpen our discernment and grant us courage so that we readily know truth from error and are fearless in saying so. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
A nice touch!
Audrey's, a wholesale distributor of home decor items, is a company we visit in the course of our chaplaincy ministry. They have a courtyard for their employees to take their breaks that includes this refreshing waterfall.
One of the many uplifting messages seen on gift items at Audrey's.
Last night we attended a picnic with other ministers near Carlisle, PA. It was nice to visit a few minutes with Phillip Bongiorno who was my District Superintendent when I served as a pastor in Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1993. Now in his mid-eighties he is still doing well.
Phil Bongiorno with Jesse Owens who served as a missionary evangelist all over the world. Jesse helped arrange a mission trip I was on to Fusagasugá, Colombia some 30 years ago. He is very witty and still has that characteristic now in his mid-eighties! He told us he interviewed the other Jesse Owens many years ago.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
* Malcolm Muggeridge, Vintage Muggeridge: Religion and Society (see here)
Commentator Gary Bauer makes a powerful point in this phrase concerning the virulent atheist Richard Dawkins who is popular among the cultural and political left for mocking those who believe in God. "Unfortunately, because he lives in the heart of the West and has all the appropriate degrees from prestigious universities, his barbarism comes dressed up and might even seem compassionate to some warped minds." I consider the deadly lure for many of academic prestige and acceptance and consider this Bible verse, "Professing to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22).
For further study: I find much richness in using the Precept Austin Online commentary of Romans 1:22 (This commentary has become one of my first "go to" resources the last several years. Essentially it is a compendium of many commentaries. It is also a work in progress. I use several thoughts from the commentary today.
The Babylon Bee - Satire but many times all too true
"CHRISTIAN DAILY REPORTER" - an often interesting collection of links to actual stories of interest to Christians
"Complete" Video The Parachute Band
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