The image is outrageous, but the act itself’s okay?
That picture’s met with fury… But, the killing is okay?
Imagine our sheer terror, when assailed with gun or knife
But, since no laws are broken, you can take a pre-born’s life?
And therein lies the horror! Does the truth of this appall?
You’re incensed at that picture, but at murder? Not at all?
You think you’re acting civilized and raise the ‘hue and cry’
Yet, you’ll not lift a finger while one-hundred-thousand die?
Yes, this figure is repeated in our country year by year,
Should reflecting on God’s wrath, not invade our hearts with fear?
Let us, call-out to our authorities and hold them to account!
May Truth yet change the hearts of men, as these small corpses mount.
And that’s the greater tragedy, when folks like you resolve,
This holocaust’s not happening, plus, it’s not mine to solve
Yet, all must face His judgment in the fullness of our days
And pay a price much heavier if we don’t mend our ways.
Proverbs 24:11,12, Deuteronomy 30:19b
Aart Blokhuis Nov. 22/19
The quotable G.K. Chesterton
At 6’4” and 286 pounds, Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) had the body of a defensive lineman. But more notable was his massive mind – Chesterton was never short of wisdom and wit. What follows are four of his quippiest quotes.
- To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.
- Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
- The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
What did the Sadducees believe?
Pop quiz: what did the Sadducees believe? Don’t know? You’re not alone – 9 out of 10 North American kidney bean farmers can’t recall any of the key beliefs of this ancient Jewish sect. And when a control group of lawnmower repairmen was told that the Sadducees denied the existence of angels and the eternal soul and even life after death, these mechanics couldn’t recall any of those facts just minutes later.
So what can we do to retain this information? Can anything be done?
Yes, help can be found! Pastor William Pols, of the Orthodox Reformed Church of Edmonton, offered a stunningly simple solution for this vexing problem – a memorable definition of the sect’s beliefs: “Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection, so they were sad, you see.”
Once heard, can that ever be forgotten?
What lurks on library shelves?
It might not surprise you to know that in the teen section of your local library there lurks all sorts of books you don’t want your kids reading – sexually-charged anime books, books promoting homosexuality, and books with horrendous titles like:
- Sex: an uncensored introduction
- What if I’m an atheist?
- Zombies vs. unicorns
- 100% Official Justin Bieber.
What may surprise you is what can be found amongst the picture books in the children’s section. My Princess Boy is about a cross-dressing four-year-old boy who likes to wear a pink dress to school. This made its way into our house because, at first glance, its pink cover looks like just another girl book. We don’t censor what our children grab too rigorously while we’re still in the library, in part because they are grabbing them by the dozens, and we can always nix them later on (our daughters know that mom or dad may deem a book they picked out “too silly to read”).
But after our oldest daughter had already poured over the pictures of this one, mom thought it would be best to read it together. She used the opportunity to teach how God made boys and girls different from each other. “Should a boy dress like a girl?” That was an easy question to answer. As was the follow up: “Should we laugh at a boy who is acting strange?” No, they know better than that. So a very perverse book was put to instructive use because my wife was there, doing the reading.
I already knew there was some odd stuff in the kids’ section – books about bratty children, and “Captain Underpants,” and other rude, peculiar material – but I didn’t realize that anything so starkly anti-Christian was lurking there amongst the picture books. My oldest will be able to read on her own in a few months and it was an eye-opener to realize that even in our conservative, church-going, small town, the public library is not to be trusted.
We need to be aware of what our children are reading.
“You should have seen the one…”
A man gazed incredulously at a huge mounted fish. Finally, he said: “The man who caught that fish is a liar!”
SOURCE: The Bedside Book of Laughter, with jokes selected from Reader’s Digest
A president’s prayer
Ronald Reagan hated flying with such a passion that for decades he would traverse the country only by train, even traveling all the way from California to Washington D.C. by rail. But, eventually, the demands of his public office forced him to regularly use planes. Even then he was only able to deal with his fear by praying every time the plane took off and every time it landed. His daughter Patti asked him about these prayers:
“Do you pray that the plane won’t crash,” I asked him assuming that would be a logical thing for which to pray.
“No,” he answered, “I pray that whatever God’s will is, I’ll be able to accept it with grace, and faith in His wisdom. We’re always in God’s hands. Sometimes it’s hard to accept that, so I pray that He’ll help me just to trust His will.”…
What my father had communicated to me, through his words, and between them, was that he believed God was in charge of his fate and the fate of everyone on the plane. He had told me once before that when we die is God’s business. So it wasn’t his place to second-guess God, or try to sell him a particular agenda by praying, “Please don’t let the plane crash.”
And I thought of this, too: If I were falling through the sky, falling toward my death, would I want my last moments to be spent screaming at God for not obeying my wishes, or would I want to exit this earth in a moment of silent communion, a prayer for grace and acceptance?
Of course, it isn’t wrong to ask God to keep our plane safe, or, if it were falling, to ask Him to bring it back under control. But what Reagan understood is that God is in control and we can trust Him.
SOURCE: Paul Kengor’s God and Ronald Reagan
A little respect…
Twenty years ago talk show host Charles J. Sykes penned a memorable newspaper column on “Some rules kids won’t learn in school.” Number seven is as good today as it was then:
Before you were born your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your bedroom.
SOURCE Sykes’ column appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 19, 1996
My brothers would have laughed
I grew up in a house full of boys, and while I feel very blessed with my house full of girls I am, every now and again, struck by how very outnumbered I am. For example, at breakfast I noticed we had genuine maple syrup on our table so I took it as an opportunity to teach my kids how it was made.
“It’s basically tree blood,” I told them. No one thought that was cool.