Coach Dave Daubenmire
February 16, 2012
“There is none so blind as he who will not see We must not close our minds, we must let our thoughts be free...Everything is beautiful in it’s own way. Ray Stevens “Everything is Beautiful”
I hate to disagree with Ray Stevens, but not everything is beautiful. There are a lot of ugly things flying around right now. The world is enveloped in confusion.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Someone floated that truism out there long ago and it also stuck. It is important to note that both phrases make the point that there are “two sides to every coin.” (Sorry, couldn’t resist another one).
But it is important that we not confuse “coins” with arguments. Because of the success of cable “news” programs on “fair and balanced” Fox News, or slogans like CNN’s “the most trusted name in news,” Americans have been lured into the false premise that every argument has at least two-sides.
is why we have become such “mind-numbed robots” as the man
“with talent on loan from God” is fond of telling us. But
we have “drunk the Kool Aid”, “taken the bait”,
swallowed the lie “hook line and sinker.”
We are a nation of cliché’s and most times we find ourselves repeating them without giving much thought to what the actually mean.
Oh well, “everyone is entitled to his own opinion” they love to tell us. Just a cliché. Try standing up in your church and speaking against the horrors of abortion, sodomy, or divorce. Try taking graphic pictures of aborted babies to your local town square and see if that holds true. Or how about having your child do a report on Creation Science in your public school…or speak the truth about the medical consequences of homosexuality.
You see, there is only one side to Truth. There is no opposing view. Truth is a stand-alone position that no amount of “questioning”, or arguing against, or attempts at censorship can overturn.
Truth is Truth, and no amount of “evidence” can change it. There are no “two-sides” to Truth.
But the media is complicit in trying to destroy Truth. Sean Hannity’s “Great American Panel,” CNN’s “Political Round-Table,” and CBS’ “Face The Nation” are all examples of the media’s attempt to spread doubt.
Why else do you think after every big news story the networks assemble a panel of “experts” to explain to us what we just heard, but more importantly, explain what it “really means.” They are not in the “news” business. They are in the opinion-shaping business. They are practicing before our very eyes what the Serpent asked Eve in the Garden.
“Did God really say that?” I paraphrase the Old Snake. “Are you really sure that was what he meant?” (Satan would be a fine guest on many of the opinion-shaping shows.) They are experts at creating “another side” of an argument where no “other-side” exists.
It is all part of the “value’s clarification” indoctrination in our government schools. It permeates every area of society. To use another catch-phrase, there are “experts” whose actual job is to “muddy the waters” in regards to Truth. We are so “behind the eight-ball” on what is going on in the culture. Let me help to explain it.
Abortion is the killing of an innocent human life. That is the Truth. Most people understand that, but they become confused by the “bait and switch” of Satan’s minions. If we make the argument about a baby’s “right to live,” the pro-aborts will lose the debate and they know it.
So they change the debate to “a woman’s right to choose,” or “when life begins,” or instances of “rape and incest.” The baby gets “lost in the shuffle” because they have “clouded the issue.”
Here’s the Truth. A baby is alive and no one has the right to kill it. There is no other side to the debate. Does a woman have a “right to choose” to kill another human being? Of course not. So they make the argument about choice…not about life. (Did God Really say?)
Who is against free choice? Even God grants that. A woman can choose if she will have sex, with whom she will have sex, and where she will have sex. But that same “freedom of choice” does not apply to the life of the child created by her choice. She has no “right to choose” death for another human being. Taking an innocent life is ALWAYS WRONG.
Homosexual marriage is another one. Male sodomy is sin, and, for thousands of years, illegal. All major religions in the world would agree that the insertion of one man’s penis into the rectum of another man is sinful, unnatural, and unhealthy.
But that is not what the debate is about. The “sexperts” tell us that it is not about anal sex, but about a “right” or a “choice” or that it is about “two people who love each other.” "Don’t you know that The Constitution guarantees the right to marry…equal protection of the law? Government has no right to tell you who you can love." As if “who you can love” is the debate.
Yet they never define what marriage is” (Read this great piece by Selwyn Duke). In fact, they have UNDEFINED marriage. Marriage means nothing…or anything…or everything. If “marriage” is undefined then who can ever say that polygamous “marriages” are wrong…or “inter-family” marriage…or “human-animal” marriage.
If the marriage debate is about the “right to marry” and marriage remains undefined, the cultural transformers will win. How can you declare wrong something that is undefined?
I wrote “Change the Words, Change the World” three years ago. It is worth the read.
This is what the American government-school system has given us. They are nothing more than indoctrination centers where young children are taught WHAT to think rather than HOW to think. They crumble the foundations of the American society like a silent jack-hammer.
Our churches are not much better. Most church-goers salivate at every word that their “pastor” speaks from the pulpit. They are not encouraged to do as the Berean Christians did who “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.”
But are you sure God said it? Have you “searched the Scriptures” to verify the Truth of what you are being taught? Or are you merely walking lock-step with “the word” from your pastor?
do you think there are so many denominations? It is because somebody
found a “different angle” on what the Bible teaches. How
do you know what you are being taught is the Truth?
I know, your pastor is a “man of God?” Does that mean that someone who disagrees with your pastor’s doctrine is NOT a “man of God?” Does any church or denomination have a corner on Truth?
Speaking in tongues, not speaking in tongues, submersion in baptism verses sprinkling, pre-trib rapture verse post-trib rapture, tithing is required verse voluntary giving, Sunday worship verses Sabbath worship...the “church” has just as many “opinions” of the Truth as Fox News. Just like Cable News, the church “expert” believes he is right and everyone else is wrong.
We have been programmed both in the church and in the culture. We are no longer able to “discern the Truth” on our own. We need someone like Rush Limbaugh, some expert, to tell us what to believe…to be out “truth detector.” ( I thought that was the job of the Holy Spirit?)
But we shouldn’t be surprised. After Jesus told Pilate that “everyone who hears my voice hears the Truth,” Pilate asked the question that echoes across the ages: “WHAT IS TRUTH?” Pilate was looking directly into the eyes of Truth and could not recognize it. Perhaps Pilate should have conjured up a “Great-American Panel” to get their input.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. -John 8.
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Turn off the radio. Stop spending so much time watching the boob-tube. The Word of God is the source of all Truth. If Christians spent more time in The Word, rather than trusting their pastor to give them his version of the Truth, or trusting that a TV opinion-shaper is “looking out for you,’ we would be less susceptible to deception.
“My sheep hear my voice…for they know not the voice of strangers.” -John 10.
Do you spend time in His Word? Do you recognize His voice? Can you hear the Truth? God is not the author of confusion.
Who has your ear?
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