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Jesu, Juva

Metábasis eis állo génos (2-32)

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Do you have a theology of disobedience?

I wrote this last year with masks in mind, but much applies to forced jabs and lockdowns. Resisting tyranny is an important way to love your neighbor, and is already necessary for faithful churches in some places.

Some of my comments on this topic on Facebook have mysteriously vanished. At one time I wondered if the coming tribal epoch would be spurred on by a great technological collapse. But an alternative possibility is that we are simply being discipled to take all the big things more lightly. Have a laugh at the joke God is making rather than becoming a part of it.

I really should have bought an impact wrench years ago, but I’m proud to say that I’ve now rectified that mistake.

I was talking recently with a friend about differences between East and West. He’d read a book that painted these differences very starkly. One point he drew out was a kind of Eastern heightened suspicion combined with a surround-and-conquer strategy. This made me think very much of Liu Cixin’s dark forest concept.

On reflection, I think there is in most cases like this a kind of double-edged sword. Veneration of ancestors might be a perverse thing, but once you are grafted into a new family tree, it could be discipled into a very honorable thing. Likewise, a surround-and-conquer approach to the work of the leaven of the kingdom may well be a great complement to the divide-and-multiply approach that has characterized the West for some time. Both East and West belong to Jesus.

I was glad to grab an original copy of this book when Aaron Renn recommended it. Now it is much easier to come by:

On Goodreads you can find my collected favorite quotes from this book.

Aaron reflects briefly on the tradeoffs of homeschooling. I’m a happy homeschooling father, but what strikes me most about this is the common thread between homeschool failures, courtship failures, and baby-training failures: a rigid, formulaic approach to anything seems to automatically result in the death of that thing.

Hear Roosh’s confession:

God is not here to satisfy your warped desires and disordered passions; He will not grant you prosperity disconnected from salvation.

I went back and listened to Rob Maddox’s 2009 lectures on “Reconsidering Medical Science in the Light of Scripture” this week [1] [2]. This is a timely reminder of the idolatrous cult of shamanistic scientism.

Maddox reminds us to count wrongful deaths against modern medicine, which already puts it nearly two billion in the red. But however you count the impact of the Chinese panic, and the benefits or costs of the so-called vaccines, this is by any measure a stroke against modern medicine too.

Maddox also comments that hope is the single biggest demonstrable factor in medical health. But I think that hope has other intimate connections. It seems to me that a strong sense of purpose and mission are also powerful medicine.

For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again. (Philippians 1:23–26, NKJV)

Written by Scott Moonen

August 6, 2021 at 7:35 pm

Posted in Miscellany

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