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Week in Review: 9.2016

  • Police are increasingly bailing out. Last year, 52 officers called it quits in Colorado Springs, citing the dramatic rise in violence against law enforcement as their reasons for turning in their badge: the two police officers that were “executed” while sitting in their cruisers; the officer shot and killed a few days ago while helping to serve an eviction notice; the sheriff’s deputy gunned down a week ago while trying to "sensitively" question a 17-year old who was walking down a street carrying an open firearm and wearing a bandana over his face; a few months ago, Officer Garrett killed responding to a shooting at Planned Parenthood. Many officers sense that the media is targeting them. If they follow proper procedures and a citizen is shot, they will be held guilty regardless of the circumstances. It isn’t that the job carries risk. They knew that when they signed up. But now the “danger” is not simply from a bad guy here and there. They sense the culture as a whole is becoming dangerous. They cite not only the lack of support, but also the steep decline in a respect for authority. --- I don’t think we have any clue what a blessing it is to have a sound, moral police force, nor the horror if it is corrupt and immoral...or missing. If the good guys leave, we will increasingly be left with those who are there for another motive. This is worth a great deal of prayer by the Remnant.
  • Buried in the news are the continued revelations of corruption within the Department of Veteran Affairs. Last year, in a great public show of improved patient wait times, the VA gave out hundreds of millions of cash bonuses for a job well done. Now we know that the VA kept two sets of books: one to show improved wait times in order to guarantee the millions of dollars in bonuses, and the other, a secret set, that showed the real wait times…which weren’t very good. In 2013, the GAO found that all four VA hospitals under construction averaged $336 million OVER budget (take a second look at that number) and 36 months behind schedule. Those cost overruns are now at over $2 billion. No one has been held accountable. Even my own Congressman, who is supposed to head the VA Oversight Committee, got re-elected in the midst of this abysmal catastrophe. He didn’t do much “over seeing” yet he goes back to Congress unaccountable. In case you are not aware, the VA is not buried somewhere in the vastness of Washington bureaucracy. It actually reports directly to the President. The VA has a seat on the President’s Cabinet, led by Secretary Robert McDonald. He hasn’t been held accountable, neither has the President. As the old saying goes “heads should have rolled” over this. Veteran lives and health are at stake here. Instead, the VA got a substantial raise last year and the President requested $18 billion more this year for a $182 billion total budget. This is the way of the Federal Beast…reward corruption and incompetence with more money. It smells bad all the way to Colorado.
  • Another “faking racial abuse” incident was uncovered at Abany University. Three black females charged in January that they were assaulted by a group of white men who were yelling racial slurs and then physically attacked them while bystanders simply looked on. This, of course, generated an explosion of “America is Racist” articles and charges as well as a confirming tweet from Hillary. Well, the video cameras have now been consulted, cell phone video reviewed, eyewitness testimony gathered, and it turns out the three women were actually the aggressors, assaulting a 19-year-old white female. The three white men were trying to break up the fight. Charges have now been filed against the black women, but Blue Media won’t balance out the coverage. This damages not only both races involved, but continues to divide our nation. The biggest blame goes to a media that gushes on this stuff without professional vetting and a populace that allows it. Shame on the girls, shame on us.
  •  I was working at the White House in 1992 when Dan Quayle, then Vice President, was at an elementary spelling bee and used the school’s errant judge’s cards to correct a 12-year-old’s spelling of “potato” to “potatoe”. Even though he later explained that he believed the student’s original spelling had been correct but he defaulted to the school’s materials, the media went berserk. They lambasted him unmercifully and rode his back throughout the election cycle, making this very smart man look like an idiot. I suppose I have never forgiven Blue Media for this as I watched it unfairly pummel a good guy. I also suppose that is why I am so sensitive to their deep bias and why I see it everywhere. Hillary, in blasting gun rights this week, wrongly quoted the Constitution by confusing the Declaration’s words for Constitutional words, stating that, yes, there is a Constitutional right to bear arms, but that right is trumped by the Constitutional right to “ ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ that enables us to have a safe country where we are able to protect our children and others from this senseless gun violence.” Now, in my mind, the 2nd amendment actually allows the individual to provide that protection, but Hillary’s worldview always defaults to the State as the provider versus the individual. However, in regards to the error, I tend to think that we all make spelling mistakes and even sometimes confuse whether words are found in the Constitution or the Declaration. For these we should extend grace. But when you know that Hillary, because she is blue, can not only get away with minor things like this, but can also escape criminal charges for her security breeches, it is frustrating. This, again, is the devastating loss of the unbiased watchdog responsibility of the press. We suffer greatly, greatly from this.
  • Another business is under attack because of their Christian beliefs. The Delormes in Longview, Texas were targeted by a homosexual couple. The bakers were up front with them and told them that they don’t do things that conflict with their Christian beliefs: they don’t make tobacco-related cakes, they don’t make alcohol-related cakes, they don’t make risqué cakes, and they don’t make homosexual cakes. It wasn’t a discrimination against the couple because they were homosexual…they would have refused their own mother if she had asked them to bake something that violated their principles. They even offered to give the gay couple a list of bakeries that would meet their needs, but, instead, the couple went public, accusing them of discrimination. The Delormes were then hit with the barrage of activist threats…against their business and their family. They bombarded Yelp with negative reviews and filthy and violent threat messages were posted and sent to the Delormes. Activists will continue to call us “hateful” all the while being filled with hate themselves. But don’t despair, Remnant. Walk uprightly. Don’t give in to hatred, but don’t stand down.

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 1 Peter 3:13-15

  • The Obama treaty with Iran that granted them, among other things, a boatload of $billions, is now being used to provide cash incentives for terrorism in Israel. Just as Saddam Hussein offered stipends to the families of suicide bombers and wrote a check for  $25,000 to the family of the terrorist who blew himself up in a Jerusalem café, killing eleven Israelis, so, too, Iran, who has vowed to “eliminate” Israel from the map, is now using its newly-gained billions to incentivize more bloodshed.
  • We sometimes think of government over-reach as it applies to federal power, but the worldview that seeks this is also at work at the individual state and city level. Seattle has issued a $15 minimum wage law (which is guaranteed to reduce the number of lower paying jobs) and is now on the verge of issuing a law that will dictate how businesses schedule their employees. One element of the new law would be to force employers to give employees schedules a week in advance or pay time-and-a-half. Another is that employees must be given a minimum of eleven hours between shifts. This will eliminate the occasional requirement for someone “closing” a store and then “opening” the store. Or maybe the need to get crops in when you have to work until sunset and then start up again at sunrise. Or working a deadline that requires a few late nights and early mornings. Oh, my! Please save us, dear government, from hard work! It all sounds so nurturing on the surface, but it is an encroachment of the civil government upon the sphere of labor that stems from the worldview that, as Plato believed, the people need to be ruled by “philosopher-kings” because the philosopher-king was so much smarter and knew what was better for the common, less-than-intelligent citizen. Of course, Plato never mentioned, as we would neither, that it also has a lot to do with power and control…if not more so.
  • New York is puzzled by the rising wave of “slashing” attacks. I think one of the reasons for their bewilderment is that they have one of the strictest gun control policies in America. The politics of gun control is always closely tied with the promise to reduce violence. Yet, here we are, barely to the end of the second month, and New York has logged 567 slashing attacks. These are often random, where someone will come behind an innocent victim and slash them deeply across the face or a car will suddenly stop and someone will jump out and stab a woman in the abdomen, laugh and then get back in the car and drive away. The mayor is responding by talking about more money and more manpower, and I am reminded of a Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration, comment:

…I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them.  We profess to be republicans and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government.  That is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible.

Of course, that is not on the mayor’s list of solutions. It should be.

I am remorseful that everything in this list is terribly negative. How I wish that a week in review of national headlines was filled with something other than what we now see. Maybe I have a blind spot. If you find positive things, please let me know and we will reserve a spot for the “upside”.

 


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On the Passing of a Judicial Giant

Friday was a dark day for our nation. Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in his sleep. I was stunned and deeply saddened, as were many.

Scalia was the strongest voice on the Supreme Court bench for ruling on cases based upon the original intention of the Constitution. In my opinion, he represented the position that the Founding Fathers meant for the Judicial Branch to have. The Court was to faithfully and fiercely support and defend the Laws of the Constitutional Contract…not make their own or allow any Branch to violate those Laws.

It is difficult to maintain the illusion that we are interpreting a Constitution, rather than inventing one, when we amend its provisions so breezily.

The Constitution is not a living organism, it is a legal document. It says something and doesn’t say other things.

A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless.

…it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.

Justice Antonin Scalia

The U. S. Constitution is the legal contract by which the States formed the federal government and under which the federal government was to be bound and held legally accountable. The Supreme Court represented the means of legal accountability for the people against the federal government. It was not intended to be a political body. None of the Founders envisioned the Court gaining such power, enacting judicial law and morphing the Constitutional Contract according to the worldview of the majority.

As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to ‘do what the people want,’ instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only those who agree with them politically. Justice Antonin Scalia

The State Governors should have stood long ago and cracked the whip…not only against federal judicial activism, but also against Executive and Agency Constitutional lawlessness…even when the Court failed to reign it in. The States are the authors of the Constitutional Contract and they have abdicated their oversight role. When the Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act of over thirty states in its recent ruling on gay marriage, those Governors should have gathered and sent a letter of Nullification to the Court. Scalia recognized the indefensible action that the Court had just taken and that it was nowhere near the Constitutional right of the Court to act as it did:

If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: ‘The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,’ I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.

Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. Justice Antonin Scalia

The Supreme Court is supposed to rule on whether or not the case before them represents a violation or conformance to the U. S. Constitution. Instead, it now bends the Constitution to affirm or deny the cases that fit or do not fit their own personal worldviews. This has turned the Court into a highly political body where there are fights over appointments based upon whose “worldview” will be supported by the new justice. This is anathema to the Constitutional design. The Court was to be filled with men of judicial wisdom who would not be bound by a worldview, but by the Constitution.

There is now going to be a fierce battle over Scalia’s replacement. One side will believe, as I do, that the President, in the waning months of his term, should yield the appointment to his successor. The other side will view it as a prime opportunity, with the most liberal President in the history of the U.S., to tilt the court even more toward an activist and therefore liberal majority where, again, rulings will be made, not on Constitutionality, but upon activist worldview preferences.

The President, however, will move to make that appointment. The press will join him in calling the appointment a “moderate” and all the blue forces will rail against those who oppose. There will be charges of bigotry, racism, politicizing, stonewalling, etc. The Constitutional “consent” of the Senate could possibly even be ignored and the President might bypass them, as he has in the past, and make a “recess appointment” of a Supreme Court Justice. If so, it would be the first in the history of the U.S.

In my humble opinion, the simple way to reduce the runaway power of the Supreme Court, and all federal judicial courts, is to mandate that all rulings must be by unanimous decision. This would greatly reduce the over-reach of the federal Courts and leave those decisions, as most should be, at the State level. It would reduce the battle for gaining the political “majority” and increase the possibility that the Court would be reduced to simply ruling on the strict reading of the Constitution; otherwise they would not reach a consensus. But, for sure, I believe the States, in the form of the Governors, are the last hope of providing the proper accountability for a Federal Beast that is acting as if it has no accountability. The States formed the Constitutional Contract; they should send a shot across the bow of the Federal Government when it breaches it.

But for now, there must be a grieving period as we mourn the passing of a judicial giant…a man who refused to fall into the political morass and garner more power for the Court.

In your mourning, think on a few of Justice Scalia’s statements and push with everything to ensure that we get a replacement that thinks in the same vein. Pray that as God has removed a giant, He will now raise up in the place of the one, a host of those who will stand and speak…those who will be moved to reject the call to complacency; those who are willing to fight for what is right; those who see the worth of a nation under God and count the cost of pursuing its health as nothing in light of so great a cause. 

(Quotes thanks to Benny Johnson, Independent Journal:)

That’s the argument of flexibility and it goes something like this: The Constitution is over 200 years old and societies change. It has to change with society, like a living organism, or it will become brittle and break. But you would have to be an idiot to believe that. The Constitution is not a living organism, it is a legal document. It says something and doesn’t say other things.

You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My god! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil.

It is difficult to maintain the illusion that we are interpreting a Constitution, rather than inventing one, when we amend its provisions so breezily.

A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless.

The body of scientific evidence supporting creation science is as strong as that supporting evolution. In fact, it may be stronger…. The evidence for evolution is far less compelling than we have been led to believe. Evolution is not a scientific “fact,” since it cannot actually be observed in a laboratory. Rather, evolution is merely a scientific theory or “guess.”… It is a very bad guess at that. The scientific problems with evolution are so serious that it could accurately be termed a “myth.”

To pursue the concept of racial entitlement–even for the most admirable and benign of purposes–is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American.

Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.

As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to ‘do what the people want,’ instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only those who agree with them politically.

Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.

For in order for capitalism to work — in order for it to produce a good and a stable society — the traditional Christian virtues are essential.

Bear in mind that brains and learning, like muscle and physical skill, are articles of commerce. They are bought and sold. You can hire them by the year or by the hour. The only thing in the world not for sale is character.

Persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea and pass a law. That’s what democracy is all about. It’s not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.

God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.

A right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children is among the ‘unalienable Rights’ with which the Declaration of Independence proclaims ‘all men . . . are endowed by their Creator.

To allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be considered and resolved by a select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation.

If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: ‘The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,’ I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.

I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over non-religion… We do Him [God] honor in our pledge of allegiance, in all our public ceremonies. There’s nothing wrong with that. It is in the best of American traditions, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I think we have to fight that tendency of the secularists to impose it on all of us through the Constitution.

On this day, when we’re celebrating our constitutional heritage, I urge you to be faithful to that heritage – to impose on our fellow citizens only the restrictions that are there in the Constitution, not invent new ones, not to invent the right because it’s a good idea.

Day by day, case by case, the Supreme Court is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize.

 


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Week in Review: 7.2016

  • Everything this week was overshadowed, in my opinion, by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  I will write more on the issue that now arises with his death and departure from the bench, but it is sufficient to say that this is a severe blow to our nation. We have lost a strong judicial leader. Scalia held firmly to the notion that we must be governed by the Constitution…a growing rarity in the Federal Government. Scalia once said, sadly, that he didn’t think we would ever return to abiding by Constitutional Law. Without it, the Federal Government is unaccountable. Scalia fought to bring us back under that accountability. Now he is gone. The Remnant must be in diligent prayer for this. If the current President appoints a replacement, it will be someone who is of the complete opposite opinion. The court will tip further toward the position that law is to be made by those in power but without Constitutional authority to do so: the Judicial and Executive Branch, with all of its Agencies. Without any accountability coming from the press or the State Governors, we are increasingly allowing the Federal Government to become an unfettered beast.
  • The Louisiana Governor Edwards has threatened the good people of his state that unless they agree to raise taxes, LSU football will not be played this year. Although there is a big debate about the “profitability” of college football, my guess is that the LSU football program has been targeted by the Governor, not because it would help to balance the state’s budget were it eliminated, but because the threat carries great emotional weight in the battle to raise taxes. Just as the President closed things like the WWII monument during the battle over passing his federal budget, these things are done, not because the financial truth necessitates them, but because of the manipulative power they carry. This is a rather disgusting lack of integrity. But it isn’t as if this virus isn’t common to human nature, for it is found even in the child who tries to manipulate the parent by saying “you don’t love me” when they don’t get their way.  It costs little to keep a memorial open but it is worth gold in the game of manipulating the minds of an unthinking and emotional driven citizenry. The federal and many state budgets are in deep trouble, yet the foolish mindset continues to think that raising taxes, rather than cutting expenses, is the way forward. It isn’t. It is the way of the fool. Education is a huge governmental business. It not only doesn’t belong there, but it suffers from the same monopoly symptoms from which any monopoly suffers: high cost and low quality. Instead of dropping LSU football, the whole country would be better off privatizing colleges and letting the cost/benefits play themselves out in the market.
  • Another “shake-your-head” item comes from San Diego where a city manual intimated disciplinary actions were awaiting those who would dare use the phrase “Founding Fathers”. This, apparently, was a no-no in the regulations entitled “Bias-Free Language”. The rules were fortified this week with additional verbal warnings.  When a watchdog group cried foul, the Mayor immediately tweeted his actions to remove the offending language. One wonders, however, what would have happened had there been no voice raised against it? We all bear a responsibility to speak up when we find things that are wrong. Don’t abdicate this role.
  • This will raise some controversy, even among conservatives, but Virginia is proposing to adopt a law that makes it a $100 offense for smoking in a car with a child. I don’t smoke, but I have long been an advocate for their freedom and for the freedom of a business to allow or disallow smoking on its premise. At issue here is how far we allow the civil government to limit citizen’s freedom under the guise of “protecting” them. The mayor of New York believes that they should protect people from too much sugar and outlawed “big gulp” soft drinks. Others want to outlaw trans fats. I agree that there are things that are harmful to us. But it is a double-edged sword to cry for the government to save us from ourselves. If you are an avid supporter of anti-smoking laws, take notice that we only limit those things that have become politically correct to rail against. Smoking is a popular PC cause today. Sex and profanity and violence and immorality in movies and music aren’t, even though they are polluting us in far worse ways than questionable effects of second-hand smoke. Be careful of granting more power to civil government. If it is of concern to you, sponsor public ads telling adults to refrain or roll down the windows.
  • The Iranian state TV is celebrating its January capture of U.S. Navy sailors by showing humiliating videos of our men during the ordeal. This, of course, is the kind of “lack-of-respect” response that most any Mid-Eastern expert would have predicted following our show of weakness in the President’s illegal treaty with Iran last year. This is but a small consequence compared to those which I believe are yet to come.
  • The earth is but a small spot in the Milky Way Galaxy, which contains 100 billion stars. And, the Milky Way Galaxy is an even smaller spot in the enormity of the Universe and only one of 100 billion “known” galaxies. That number just went up this week as an observatory in Australia discovered several nests of galaxies that have been hidden behind the brilliance of the Milky Way. It boggles the mind to even think of the magnitude of what has just been found: nearly 300 new galaxies discovered. Yet 300 is just a drop in the bucket to the 100 billion galaxies that exist. “The heavens declare the glory of God.” Psalm 19:1
  • Speaking of a drop in the bucket, we learned this week that over 500,000 “non-citizens” were granted $750 million under Obama Care last year—folks who did not, or could not, verify their citizenship. This is part of a crazy policy where the government gives out money without verification and then asks for it back later if the verification doesn’t eventually show up. For people who have to pay taxes, $750 million dollars is a lot of money, but in the context of a federal budget approaching $4 trillion, it is quite nothing to a federal bureaucrat.
  • And, speaking of budgets, the President and Congress shook hands last year on a 2-year spending plan, and then the President promptly broke that promise this week and submitted a $3.72 trillion dollar budget request, which is a mere $400 billion dollars more than revenue. At some point, some day, and sometime soon, this insanity has to stop. It will either end through wise, tough measures, or it will end in runaway inflation and financial collapse. Why can’t we see this? I suppose it is not much different than the alcoholic whose family keeps pleading with him, asking why he continues to destroy himself and hurt everyone else in the process. We hear the voices, but we can’t stop spending…we can’t stop grabbing more power. It is a national addiction.
  • I can’t stop talking about this…let’s say your daughter makes $33,200 per year. Yet, every year, she spends more than she makes. Her credit card debt is now at $190,000. She keeps getting new credit cards because the others are maxed out. She is excited this year because she intends to add only $4,000 to her debt. Are you okay with this?
  • Last Sunday’s Super Bowl brought in a lot of revenue from the commercials, charging $5 million per 30 seconds. One of those ads was a Doritos commercial showing a pregnant mom getting an ultrasound while dad munched on Doritos. The baby in the womb reacted to the Doritos and appeared to reach out to one held out by the dad, “chasing” it as he playfully moved it around. Most thought it was cute, but the NARAL Pro-Choice America bunch were incensed because Doritos had “humanized” the fetus…obviously making a human baby with arms and legs and a beating heart and maybe just a few weeks from delivery, appear as if it were…well…“human”! My goodness…how politically incorrect of Doritos to make a human baby appear to be a human baby. NARAL wants, of course, for them to be portrayed as something akin to oil sludge. Does anyone else have the sense that we have entered into La La Land?

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The Violence of the Pre-Flood World

I just returned from a filming trip with Dr. Marcus Ross. We met at the 50-acre Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee. If you ever find yourself near there, it would be worth visiting. Although there are exhibits in many different areas, our interest was in the natural history section with full skeletons of very diverse creatures from T-Rex to Apatosaurus, from Pterosaurs to the Woolly Mammoth and Saber-Toothed Tigers.

Dr. Ross is a paleontologist who has focused his research on dinosaurs. So our purpose for this part of the documentary (Is Genesis History?) was to learn more about that fascinating world…a world that no longer exists. Peter refers to the pre-flood earth as “the world that then existed perished” (2 Peter 3:6) and that God “did not spare the ancient world” (2 Peter 2:5). Clearly, the world that existed before the Flood was very different form the world we live in today. As Dr. Steve Austin and Dr. Kurt Wise explained in earlier filming segments, our common Christian understanding that the Flood simply soaked the earth is all wrong. The crust of the earth broke open and with enormous magma eruptions and tsunami forces of unimaginable size, God essentially remade the surface of the earth…and most probably the atmosphere as well.

The old world was filled with huge creatures; strange creatures. They swam in the ocean, walked the earth, and flew in the skies. The Megalodon shark had a jaw opening of nearly 100 square feet and teeth that were 7 inches long. The “Loch Ness” monster of that world was the Mauisaurus with a neck that was 49 feet long.  On land, the Apatosaurus had a tail that was 50 feet long and was likely used as a defense mechanism, not physically threatening, but it could be “cracked” like a bullwhip and create a deafening boom like a cannon. In the air flew the Pterosaurs. This was the exhibit that fascinated me the most, I guess because of my love for flying. The Pterosaur could fold its wings, somewhat like the F-18 on a carrier, but the pterosaur had hands at this bend, so on the ground they were a quadruped, walking on four “legs”. The conventional paradigm would say that they evolved from land dwellers, somehow growing wings and taking flight. Dr. Ross explained how the pterosaur, like every flying creature, had to have a special hollow bone structure and body and organ design in order to fly. This isn’t a land creature that evolved wings; it was built to fly from the ground up (pun intended).

We talked about the fossil record, how each “layer” has been used to show the evolution of life, but it can just as well show the order of communities of creatures that were swept up in the catastrophe of the flood, beginning with the low-lying marine creatures, and subsequently deposited in the enormous sedimentary layers that we find all over the earth…some layers, like the Redwall Limestone, are up to 800 feet thick. All of these layers are filled with the remains of creatures that were destroyed in the Flood. We walk on top of a literal grave yard. Everywhere.

But, of all we talked about, the complexity of the creatures from the bottom to the top, the grand diversity of life throughout the layers, the lack of evidence for evolutionary development…it was the reason for the destruction of life that ended up being the focus of our interview.

Dr. Ross pointed out that the evidence we have from that world is that is was an extremely violent one. We often think of the violence that seems to be escalating in our current world, but it was nothing to what the ancient world experienced. I had mistakenly thought that God destroyed the world because of the evil of man, and that is true. But Dr. Ross pointed out something very important.

So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them. Genesis 6:7

God didn’t just destroy man, but animals as well. Why did He do that?

We know that the Fall dropped the entire universe into a world of decay, but we are most familiar with the sin and evil that infected the human race. Indeed, it appears to have been rife:

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5

But we also know that something happened to the animals. They were created herbivorous, but after the fall were carnivorous. The future hope is that the lion will lie down with the lamb and the cobra will not strike. This is a picture of the way animals were supposed to be. But just as the whole universe fell with Adam and is now groaning in its decay, so, too, did the animal kingdom. Ferocious creatures roamed the earth and swam in the oceans and flew in the skies. Dr. Ross talked about the teeth marks that are found on dinosaur bones.

It was a world and environment that allowed both plants and animals to live long and grow large, but they were infected with the savage disease of the Fall.

It was a world filled with abundant violence…both in man and beast.

And therefore God “wiped them all out”.

Understanding this is critical. Ignoring it is perilous. Peter refers to those who scoff at it, those who close their eyes to the evidence that is obvious...those who "willfully un-see". But he puts it in the context of judgment. If you ignore the judgment of God in the past, when He destroyed the world that then was, then you might think you can ignore the judgment that is coming. Peter mentions that the world was cleansed before with water and it will, in the future, be cleansed with fire.

In between, it was cleansed with blood…the blood of the Lamb.

If one ignores the judgments of God, one will not only ignore the notion of sin, but miss the entire “good news” of the Redemption and the Restoration.

All of this has been preserved for us in the bones...in the earth’s graveyard.

Look at them with wisdom and understanding.

 


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Week in Review: 6.2016

  • Britain approved genetic experimentation with little embryo babies this week. Makes me a little sick to even write that. The article attempted to make it seem okay because, after they have been “genetically played” with, they wouldn’t be allowed to let the embryos grow into “babies” but would be required to destroy them after they had developed to a certain size. Of course, there are those who would say that a human embryo is not yet human nor a baby, but they can’t tell you when it does become so. And, they are normally the same people that will string up anyone who destroys an eagle egg. We obviously value an eagle embryo but not a human embryo. It seems to me that we all should be deeply and radically concerned with anything that opens the door to experimenting and engineering the human genetic code. Especially when it destroys human life.
  • We finally made it to the election primaries this Tuesday. Some of us naïve folks thought that would ratchet down the vitriol. The list of GOP contenders did shrink a little, but the drama has risen. The contest between Hillary and Bernie came down to a small percentage difference and some coin flips. Bernie believes something fishy went on. Donald came in second and he is incensed that anyone would dare trump him on anything. So he is thumping Cruz and crying that Ted stole his election. Cruz apologized to Ben because of CNN releases that sounded like Ben was getting out, but he wasn’t, so Ben was naturally upset. But Donald, not missing an opportunity to rant, jumped on the bandwagon and vented anger at Ted on Ben’s behalf. But Ben’s response, which was calm and conciliatory and Donald’s anger, mean and exploitive, are miles apart, revealing critical character differences. Surprising many, Marco came in third. He is now getting thumped because he appears to have the “mo” in New Hampshire. The Remnant needs to stay engaged.
  • The OMB (Office of Management and Budget) released is annual outlook report and there was no good news. Some might say it was lost in the primary foam, but that isn’t true. Blue Media will never highlight bad economic news when a Blue President is in office. Now if a Red President were in office…but, maybe not. Blue Media favors a larger and larger government. So it may not be concerning to them when the OMB now says that the future deficits are going to be worse than expected. Rather than our federal deficit declining, as we have been led to believe, the curve will actually steepen. We are now on track to spend $8.5 TRILLION dollars more than revenue over the next ten years. This is hard to get your mind around. So we don’t. Lost in the report was the estimate that the U.S. economy is projected to grow at only 2%, one third less than it has averaged annually since WW II. And, missing from the report, is the catastrophe that would happen if interests rates go up, because a huge part of the debt is paying interest on TRILLIONS of debt we already owe. That interest rate is freakishly low right now. It wouldn’t take much to double the rate and things begin to tip over. But, we go glibly on…spinning the cylinder and laughing when we pull the trigger, because nothing bad has happened yet. Pass the beer and the pizza. Turn up the volume. Swipe the card. Don’t stop the party…
  • Speaking of abrupt ends to oblivious parties, there is a bomb that is about to go off…in Venezuela. Almost 20 years of socialist rule, where government “spend, spend, spend” is the solution to everything, has the country on its knees. Inflation is rampant. The bolivar, their “dollar”, is worth less than 10 cents (U.S.). A corn cake will cost you $1,000 bolivars. In one year, the cost of meat has risen 600%, eggs, cheese and milk, 400%. The overall inflation rate this year is expected to be 720%. Put this in our own context. If you paid $2 per gallon for gasoline in 2015, this year you will have to pay over $14. In one year it will be almost $100 per gallon and one more will make it $700/gallon. That is why people are having to take a stack of money to buy their groceries and that is why the Venezuelan government has to keep printing more money. This week, 36 Boeing 747 cargo planes arrived in Caracas packed with nothing but newly printed bolivars. We need to pray for the people of Venezuela for they are having to pay horribly for another socialistic government lie.
  • Bernie Sanders, who is an avowed socialist, has a lot of followers. At one of his recent rallies, a reporter was asking his fans to define socialism. They couldn’t. One person thought it meant caring for people. That, of course, is the cover. Underneath is the truth…the horror that gets dumped on the people, like those in Venezuela.
  • Following other states, Colorado is currently evaluating a euthanasia bill. Don’t be fooled here. As health care becomes increasingly a public funded benefit, your diagnosis will be seen more and more as a burden to the “system”. The financial incentives to terminate old and sick people will get greater and greater. Dana Palmer wrote a compelling article recently. She has been battling her insurance company to get approval for a consultation with a brain cancer specialist. She rightly wonders, if the proposed Colorado law were in effect, if her insurance would counter her request with a notice that they would be more than happy to pay for a lethal prescription instead. In fact, it isn’t outside of reason to think of a situation when someone is given a terminal diagnosis, that that is all the insurance will pay for. Back in 2005, Dana was given 3-12 months to live. She was diagnosed as hopelessly terminal. Thankfully, she wasn’t only given one option…to die. She has battled and continues to battle…thankful for every breath she takes. I am of the opinion that government health care will increasingly not care.

 


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