You’re racist but it’s not your fault

For those who have slogged through the bestselling woke book, White Fragility,  Coleman Hughes’ piece for City Journal probably rings true. Hughes has been an outspoken critic of the book, which has become something of a sacred text for the “anti-racist” cause. Hughes outlines some of the inherent problems with author Robin D’Angelo’s arguments.

White Fragility casts racism as a condition inherent to white people— they are born into it and are helpless against it. Hughes observes that D’Angelo “spends considerable time telling white people that they’re racist, but with a crucial twist— it’s not their fault.” The logic goes that because racism is systemic, running through every aspect of our culture, white people aren’t to blame for their racism. Now, that’s quite a pickle.

Hughes goes on to quibble with D’Angelo on a second point. In trying to chastise white people to be less racist, D’Angelo ends up portraying black people as childish:

“Holding back tears to spare others’ emotions is not something that adults do around their equals; it’s what parents do around children. Indeed, D’Angelo’s picture of the ideal relationship between whites and blacks bears a disturbing resemblance to the relationship between an exasperated parent and a spoiled child: the one constantly practicing emotional self-control, the other triggered by the smallest things and helplessly expressing every emotion as soon as it comes. These are the roles she expects—even encourages—whites and blacks to play. That people can call this anti-racist with a straight face shows how far language has strayed from reality.” Too true.

The Day of Death is Better than the Day of Birth

Merry Christmas!

You must remember that you are Christ’s. You did not choose him. He chose you. Anointed you. Still calls, is gathering and enlightening you: sanctifying you, setting you apart, dragging you from the dregs of flailing, dying, decaying lunacy and into the blessed illumination of his eternally good and gracious mind.

It is not for you to stoke the fire. You are only to run your engine on what your God is surely stoking. You cannot expect to muster your own spirit. You didn’t make it. You can’t keep it without permission. So believe it when Christ Jesus tells you that he has already, also, along with this, already given you his.

So read the Bible like it is true, like you are covered by the blood of adoption as an heir, like you are a very Son of the King. You know that though wisdom’s honesty be grave humor at times, this dark horse is far superior to the mad song of fools who chase the evaporating glories a temporal laugh.

Nothing is less funny than yesterday’s joke.


So if you would grow in wisdom this holy Adventide, then when you look in the mirror, know you are looking death in the eye.

Do not flinch. Do not hold back. Peer into the darkness. See the darkness peering back. There you are. Everything. Nothing. And in a moment: gone, forgotten, dust.

This is the key to happiness: there in the lightless depths of your mask, or that which you so often pretend is a mask, behind the smiles trained to hide the fear, under the lines creased from all those unstilled doubts, remember that according to Jesus:

  1. He doesn’t care anymore.
  2. He still wants you to make good use of this life.
  3. This adventure should be undertaken in view of its certain end: the knowledge of dusty frailty.

Maybe I’ll die today. It’s a pleasant thought. Not in itself, but in everything else which follows. For if I were to die today, the value of what I’ve already got is enhanced one hundredfold, since all that I’d have is now.

Let your garments always be white, and let your head lack no oil. Ecc. 9:8

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,

Rev. Fisk

Michael Schellenberger & Nuclear Power

by guest writer, James, @The Arbiter

Michael Schellenberger, a recovering climate alarmist and rational counterweight to TIME magazine’s 2019 Person-of-the-Year, Greta Thunberg, draws on his decades of environmental activism to make an excellent case for nuclear power over, and against, so-called “green” renewables.

Schellenberger TEDx Presentation: Why renewables can’t save the planet.

Three of the arguments that Mr. Schellenberger makes are:

  1. Nuclear power is “green” due to its high energy density  which allows it to be more reliably consistent than renewables thereby reducing the need for fossil fuels to close the gap.
  2. Nuclear power plants require less land than renewables.
  3. Nuclear power is the only source of power where the dangerous byproducts are contained while having a small footprint.

Harnessing the atom to generate power is nothing new, going back over sixty years to June 27th, 1954, when the former USSR successfully integrated their new Obninsk nuclear power plant into their commercial power grid. In the 17,000 cumulative reactor-years since then, there have been three major accidents at civilian nuclear power plants. Many lessons have been learned and a few new methods are being explored: Small Modular Reactors and Molten Salt Reactors.

Burn All the Bibles

by lead writer, Rev. Jonathan Fisk

They should. If they don’t, those of us who believe what it says will only become all the more dissident to their mythologies.

It doesn’t matter which one. It is the question you ask when you’re not supposed to. It is what ever message from which ever authority you that this time you do not obey on impulse. It is the hunger for righteousness that will not accept platitudes meant to strengthen my carnal flesh while the world around me burns with contempt and pride.

The more you press a true Christian down, if he have his Bible, the more you empower you enemy to rise up and confront you with unassailable conviction, wisdom and vigor. We’re just too open minded to follow their lies, after willingly coming to grips with more far reaching and profound cosmic realities than the temporal safety of my belly.

So if they want us to take their magic pills and keep bowing in homage to the talking images, they will need to burn our Bibles. If they want their brainwashing to work on we independent thinkers, they will need to take away our foundation. None of the “the fear of Jesus Christ is the beginning of wisdom, but fools… nonsense.

Not to mention all that about

1. consumer culture as economized greed

2. little white lies as damnable sins

3. property rights as the reason not to steal

4. marriage as the fruitful copulation of two human sexes

5. the rights of your neighbor as those worth killing for

6. the centrality of the Mono-Arche in the family home pscyho-socio-system

7. a day without Bible verses being a damned bad day

8. the fact that the only thing you can really do about anything is pray

9. the fact that the current ruling king, no matter how you cut it, is going to be royally pissed off about all the innocent blood-guilt the American experiment has brought upon the world via abortion.

So, after all of this (and “this” is only the icing), if you’re not rushing out the door to burn your bible, I hope to God next time you are wondering “what it do today” you consider opening and reading it. You can start with the Sons of Solomon or Daughters of Wisdom Psalms – you won’t find anything better for these latter days of gray shades and invisible red lines. Check them out here, and then come back to arm your data with the best mined info on COVID and COVID Vaccines we can find for your Christmas 2020.

Book mark this post and return to it when you need to remind your friends and neighbors about a fact or research study.

Until angel cry and trumpet sound,
Rev. Fisk

You only vote for Communism once*

It seems to be an unspoken rule of emotionally-fueled debates online that using terms such as “Nazi” and “Fascist” is the surefire way to win the argument. Or to at least shut someone up. Perhaps it’s not the wisest strategy to play your trump card just because you’ve run out of pejoratives but it seems to be a “get-out-of-conversation-free” card. Do the noisiest of tweeters really believe that the current occupant of the White House is a “Fascist”? Are they saying these things out of ignorance of history, virtue signaling or just being plain old intellectually lazy? Whichever it is, speaking clearly has become one of the more important lost arts of our age.  While bringing out the big guns might win the argument, It is harder to think everybody you disagree with is a Fascist when you know what Fascists really did and really believed. Hearing about the violence produced by evil ideologies and evil men makes it seem a bit trite to say that “speech is violence”. Advocates of “reproductive justice” and supporters of Socialism might throw these terms around less carelessly if they brushed up on the injustice inflicted on entire populations by ruthless men. History is a good teacher. All this came to mind this week, as a certain member of the Mad Mondays team was binge-casting a recent find, Real Dictators. It is a podcast that tells the stories of some of the most notorious dictators (are there any other kind?) in modern history. It is, as you might expect, fascinating and harrowing in turn. The level of control gained by these men over whole nations but also over individual lives is astonishing, from the mandating of haircuts (Kim Jong Il), the killing of every sparrow in China (Mao), right through to nuclear brinkmanship (Kim again) and breathtaking “purges” of whole groups of people (pretty much all of them).

It is difficult to say which comes first with a tyrant: the Utopian visions or the particular sort of murderous paranoia needed to carry them out. In each episode you might find clues about “How to Spot a Dictator”, but it is evident from these case studies that there are many paths to becoming a totalitarian leader.

Stalin had a slow bureaucratic rise, Mao started out with grassroots rabble rousing, and Papa Doc kept the Haitian people subservient with deceptive “voodoo.” There are notable references to some having cruel and violent fathers, a common disdain for human life, a knack for propaganda and raw selfish ambition. The adherence to godless doctrines is also there, especially in the lurking specter of Karl Marx.

The proliferation of loose language in internet chats is one thing, but language is being molded to shape narratives in academia, media and other places of power. There is no doubt that we should be concerned about where power lies today, what agendas are being fomented and by whom. While, it would seem there is no set template for what makes a dictator nor even a way to predict where one is going to rise, it is people who are “sober”, who will spot the erosion of freedom. Those who are well-versed in truth and liberty are the ones who are best placed to call out lies and coercion.

We know we’re preaching to the Mad choir here, but words have meaning, and careful speaking rescues those caught in the subtle drag of the white noise. The world’s lies can slowly move you far from the shore, especially when you’re tired of swimming against them. Being staid on the truth is the anchor for us and a lifeline we can give to others.

Joseph Goebbels reportedly said if you “repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth” and while this is the case when propaganda holds sway, the power of repeating nonsense for self-deceiving shouldn’t be overlooked. The stream of people losing their minds over SCOTUS decisions and TikTok-ers shouting for “climate justice” are not likely to go away any time soon, but our job is the same. Wherever we are, we need to know the Truth and speak the truth. God grant us boldness and wisdom!
*We owe David Webb for his awesome quip

BACK IN THE BETTER GAME

“Who you need to be” and “who you actually are” are two very different things.

“Who God says you are” is a third and yet more powerful fourth reality.

But let’s stick with the first two for a moment:

“What your life demands of you” is whom you usually become. Whether it is in response to a bill, an advertisement, or your boss, clock-worshiping people are schooled is obedience first and thought “when I have time.” Worshiping time as they do, unfortunately, only increases the scarcity of it.

“Who you actually are” could be understood in several ways, but I speak here of a very positive one. I’m talking about the “you” that you know you’ve wanted to be. This is the person who aspires, who gets up in the morning to reach for the stars, who remembers what it was like to dream as a child.

“Who God says you are” is yet two more things:

The first is near enough to “who your enemies think you are,” to be a problem with the judge and jury, with your enemy’s opinion of you (on average) being slightly better than God’s.

God says, you have turned aside; you have become unprofitable. Romans 3:12

Or, put another way, for there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short. Romans 3:23
But the second thing God says is nigh on the opposite. Straight up: he has chosen you for better things than you deserve.

God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5

Knowing that the world is trying to mold you into its own image is the first step to being free of it. After that it becomes the game of learning to see how much the world’s mold differs from the one you want to be, the good person you are convicted you actually are.

Thus far the pagans can say, “Amen!”

Then it is also a matter of mixing that up with the karma sauce of chaos and death for all of us. Each and every one, including Tiny Tim.

Here, the pagans shiver at the thought. But the honest pagan knows it is true, and thus he makes his ritual oblations without fail.

But it is the next which distinguishes the immortals from the damned: the superiority of Christ’s declaration is a unique, inSpiring knowledge that only a Christian, by virtue of being a Christian, possesses.

This does not make you immediately wise for all occasions. But it does make you immediately wiser than all the pagans in this alone: you know that while the scepter of wickedness might, for a time, lay upon the land allotted to the justified, it shall not stand to rest there, lest the justified reach out his hand unto iniquity. Psalm 125:3

Take it to the bank. Double down on it. Say “Amen,” and get back in the game.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,

Rev. Fisk

Stay-bags are GO

According to a recent National Geographic article, prepping was once a way of life for Americans. The author, Nina Stroclich, writes how decades ago, through the two World Wars and into the Cold War, communities used government guidelines to stay ready for threats of all kinds. Even as the Soviet terror subsided, people still kept alert for environmental contamination and natural disasters. 
But many years later, Strochlich notes, the pandemic has revealed how much things have changed. “As the country braced for lockdowns and began seeing shortages of crucial supplies last March, people found themselves woefully unprepared.” It would seem that we’ve lost our edge and Strochlich thinks she knows why. 

People began to be skeptical of government advice in dealing with disaster. “Duck and cover during a nuclear attack? People began to wonder if the drills were effective or just propaganda. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter [set up a] centralized disaster authority: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).” Yet mismanaged disaster responses to some of the worst hurricanes caused some Americans to lose faith in FEMA. One man interviewed in Stroclich’s piece says the country has lost its “collective preparedness.” He asks: “Why are we sitting in our houses waiting for someone to come save us? No one’s coming.”

The slow-growing distrust of government seems to have been accelerated by COVID and the focus is shifting back to planning locally. “You can trust Bob down the street or Police Sergeant Jane, but who knows who these people are coming in from Washington? What has been a curious component of the evolution of FEMA is that the sheer size of it causes a distrust. That’s part of the catalyst that has given birth to the prepper movement.”

So are we all preppers now? Stroclich points to the pandemic-driven trend for baking bread and canning, as well as record sales of firearms. She says, “Something has shifted in our collective psyche as we remember empty aisles and medical supply shortages.” It would seem that the fallout from COVID has finally lifted the remaining stigma surrounding prepping. “In a public imagination fueled by reality TV, preppers are lonely survivalists, members of fanatical religious groups, or even wealthy Silicon Valley moguls who buy luxury underground bunkers and keep a getaway helicopter fueled. But in reality preppers range from New Yorkers with extra boxes of canned goods squeezed in their studio apartments to wilderness experts with fully stocked bunkers.”

Perhaps the potential disasters are so diverse that it’s hard to prep for every contingency. The possible threats in 2020 fill a long list – cyber attacks, drone strikes, genetically mutated critters, threats from rogue states, overzealous Dems wanting to “deprogram” Trump voters… Or as Rev. Fisk often ponders what would happen in a week without electricity? Here’s a hot tip from the article: Prepare like a zombie apocalypse is going to happen, then you have “all the bases covered.”

All joking aside, this crazy year has forced some fresh introspection on us, and contemplating ways to protect your family and serve the neighbors in your community is worthwhile. There may be ways to share skills and knowledge, to plan together and pool resources. A group of preppers in New York City meet regularly and discuss “contingency plans for all types of natural and man-made disasters.” They hold weekend excursions where members learn to build fires, “filter water, provide basic first aid, and scope the best on-foot escape route from Manhattan.” 

So, grab a book and read up on survival skills. Rev. Fisk happened upon this one which defines survival as “living on after hope is gone.” Here, we are at an advantage, as Rev. Fisk pointed out – Mad Christians are never without hope. In many ways, we live in a perpetual Advent, preparing and waiting for the completion of time – the return of the King. Though we don’t know when that will be, we are not those who will be taken by surprise on that Day, but are sons of the light. If you wonder at times if you really are ready for that awesome event, check out Rev. Fisk’s recent sermon about the end of the world. Come Lord Jesus, we are ready and waiting.

To You, Or For You?

Are you a victim, a child of the age of wrath? Or are you a disciple, a son of the age to come?

A disciple knows that even his perceived victimhood in this age is only temporary. 

Years ago I picked up something from Tony Robbins that remains immensely helpful: 

STATE effects STORY,
and STORY effects STATUS

The way that you feel tells you a lot about who you think you are, and who you think you are determines many things about the way you feel. This is a double-edged sword. Ignore your feelings, and ignore your “self.” Then again, listen to your feelings, and set adrift on a winding sea.

Slicing in both directions is the sociological notion that the best way to create a new habit (that is, to act against natural feelings until the feelings become natural) is to connect the new action to an altered state. (This, I gather, is the reason people drink at weddings….)

Inebriated matrimonials aside, the story that the world dictates to you about your state of life (Sitz im Leben), even though you seek to resist it, is its own kind of intoxication. Over time, the world’s definition of you through all its manifold media onslaught has its desired effect: influence.

Sober-mindedness begins with calling a mindless age what it is. You, Christian, know that you are free to speak and act with fearless dignity, even though you be bound with chains. …For I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things….

Agency in this age is more than a Christian’s daily choice. It is that too. But it is first Christ’s promise to be with you, in you, as you, against you and yet all for you. As your convictions bloom with hope that the resurrection is real, you will find in that seedbed the blossoming of gratitude.

Adversity is a gift. Even the pagans know it. (The smart ones, at least.) Don’t miss out on the bonus content: it’s not just a hack for this life. It’s the ultimate “perspective REFRAMES story CONFRONTS state” pivot: what you feel today is no match for Jesus’ resurrection being a cold, hard fact yesterday, today … and tomorrow.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
Rev. Fisk

In the Wee Small Hours

In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper about biphasic sleep. The product of 16 years of study, Ekirch’s research uncovered a wealth of historical evidence showing humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks. Stephanie Hegarty wrote all about it in an article from 2012.

It may not surprise Mad Christians who’ve been following Rev. Fisk’s fascination with time and circadian rhythms, that records, books and literature from pre-industrial times indicate that a normal night consisted of a “first sleep which began about two hours after dusk, followed by waking period of one or two hours and then a second sleep.” So what was everyone doing in the dark? “During this waking period people were quite active. They often got up, went to the toilet or smoked tobacco and some even visited neighbors. Most people stayed in bed, read, wrote and often prayed. Countless prayer manuals from the late 15th Century offered special prayers for the hours in between sleeps.” Doesn’t sound so bad!

Sleeping in “watches” seems to have been the norm for a lot of human history. As late as the 17th century, staying out at night was the wont of “people of disrepute – criminals, prostitutes and drunks… Even the wealthy, who could afford candlelight, had better things to spend their money on. There was no prestige or social value associated with staying up all night.” Hegarty writes that a change began to occur during the Reformation, when persecuted Christians would hold secret services at night. The trend to be awake during the hours of darkness began to catch on.

With the advent of street lighting, however, socializing at night began to filter down through the classes. Paris was the first city to get lit, using candles, oil and eventually, literal gaslighting (see what we did there?) A piece for Tedium concurs: “It began, as it always does, with the aristocracy. Robbed of the only cue they had to go to bed—the setting of the sun and the fading of the light—these raucous revelers stayed up later and later into the night, setting a trend which percolated to the lower rungs of society as lighting became more commonplace.”

Being out at night “became fashionable and spending hours lying in bed was considered a waste of time.” Interestingly, Ekirch notes: “People were becoming increasingly time-conscious and sensitive to efficiency, certainly before the 19th Century, but the industrial revolution intensified that attitude by leaps and bounds.” As late as 1829, medical journals urged parents to train their children to sleep their 8-hours per night. Towards the end of the 19th century, references to segmented sleep seem to disappear altogether.

It is strangely apt that Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb, thought sleep was a waste of time. He claimed he only needed three or four hours of sleep per night (though he was a notorious napper) and said humanity would eventually grow out of its need to sleep.

Not everyone is convinced that this type of segmented sleep is the best. Berkley sleep expert, Matthew Walker, thinks that the two phases you need are some at night and a good siesta in the afternoon. (These famous nap-takers would agree.)

So when you’re lying awake in the middle of the night, perhaps it’s not time to hit the panic button. Maybe you could pull out your Psalms, say the Creeds or even do some rewiring around the house. (Make sure you’re really awake before you attempt that though!) That would be an interesting way to reject Modernity!

War is Coming

If Jesus tarries, it seems inevitable that the violent clash of ideologies will eventually spill over into even more of the tremendous societal fracturing that is we see resulting from the crack put in Chronos’ reign by COVID. If the parousia delays for another decade or century, then the end of the pax Americana is not only a possibility, but an increasingly likelihood.

I do not think this is alarmist.
Jesus Christ is not a new god, but an Old One. Winter is always coming.
So let’s not be shy about these gray and latter days: Most of us were hooked on the wrong myth for the last eighty years, and it nearly snuffed out Christianity. Our godless fear, love and trust in technology (“clock worship”) according to the oracular preaching of its priests and ministers (#ABC #NBC #CBS #FDR #JFK #GOOGLE #JECKYLFED #AZON) had overwhelmed our corporate spiritual discernment to such a wide extent that we were no doubt on a trajectory that ended with our total destruction. Thank God that rather than give his sons up to the serpent, he condescended to use whatever conspiracy(-ies) were behind COVID to wake us all up to the greatest conspiracy of all: the utter lukewarmness of our own hearts.
As if by divine (or at least a blue moon) conjunction, TRUMP! Derangement Syndrome has amplified this divergence amongst anti-communists of all stripes, from Antifa to Dan Bongino (sic), all at the same moment that the authors of the Great Reset are hitting the “ludicrous speed” button on their agenda to end meat eating and property ownership (among other traditional American normalities) by 2030. 
(“Who?” you ask. “The U.N.,” Dr. Koontz answers on the upcoming Thursday release of A Brief History of Power with Two White Guys as we lay out the goods for you on the multinational organization Davos.) 
In the mean time, just like the proverbial red pill, “waking up” means having your previously idolatrous mind-meld with your worldly flesh yanked out the back of your skull. God crumbling your dreams to dust right before your eyes can be a bit disorienting. At first, it is impossible to realize the magnitude of what has even happened. As the ooze settles, the power of your delusions truly dawn:

You are not on TV. You never will be on TV. Even if you were or are on TV, you are still not on TV because no one one is actually ever “on” TV. Or in the movies. No one is on the internet. Or on the radio.

We are all in our bodies. Breathing. Fearing. Hoping. Reacting. Denying. And, these days, all too often feeling alone. Life is not a TV show, a book, a commercial, a joke, a chance, an opportunity, a mistake or a flaw. It is an F.P.S.R.P.M.M. Dystopic Sci-Fi Puzzle Adventure Magically Real Life that is in the process of a cosmic viral server purge and reset.
For my part, one year ago, my future was largely a set path, a story I’d been told over the course of my life which I’d come to believe would remain fixed for another lifetime because: “America!” (sales, patents, copyrights and good branding).
I was wrong, and I couldn’t be more thankful. What was a sterile, isolated world of global fatalism has reinvented before my eyes into real world survival, not-simulation rooted in the unlikely, but the God-blessed survival of my arcane religion as a more solid anchor in these storms, more than any of the other modern myths have proven. 
What more could a young man ask for? 
Being immortal makes a massive difference in your perspective as you wrestle with the collapse of the worlds you thought were too big to fail. 
μεθυω is the Greek word for “utter intoxication.” It is the grandpa root of modern methamphetamines as well as the magical ecstasies of Delphi and the Harlot on the Beast. μεθυω is the very opposite of watchfulness or readiness.
The opposite of μεθυω is νεφω, which Saint Paul insists is yours in 1 Thessalonians 5. Often translated as sobriety, beyond the mere avoidance of any demonstrably negative and stupefying substance effects, νεφω also means to partake of profitable libations. That is to say, to be sober is more than to “not be” something. It is “to be” something better. Rather than degenerate, the Christians mind seeks to regenerate, or to have what the pagan Greeks called λογισμος (a self-reliant and indomitably clear, directive inner voice).
Therefore now we shall not slumber as the many others, but we shall watch with sober-mindfulness (1 Thessalonians 5:6). Saint Paul promises: Christianity is a self-talk that leads itself to mental clarity and resists the degenerating effects of the hysterias driven upon the mythologies of all times.
When Peter walked to our Lord upon the waves, the waters of creation rose to meet his feet according to the perfect design of our Lord just so long as Peter did not try to make it happen. The key here is to avoid panic. Whatever is coming next where you are, assess it honestly, keeping all that you are fixed on the true story of how Jesus Christ has sustained your faith from the beginning. 
Steeples and flags will fall, and the powers of the earth shall be shaken. But not Christ. If he is coming back tomorrow, there is nothing to lose in selling it all out for him now. If there is a global war on the horizon, the story is no different. Normal is whatever today was, and that much is a gift from God even if bombs are falling from the sky. If the last thing I see is two suns in the sunset, I’ll watch and sing as the ministers of fire come to carry me home.

Because if our Lord tarries, and the end of the Pax Americana is not only possible but increasingly likely, this does not mean it is time for Christian men to cower in fear behind pagan civilization’s trans-drogenized skirts. It means that you were born and baptized to wake up for this very moment.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound, 
Rev. Fisk

No Country for Fatherless Men

Mary Eberstadt did a stellar job last week writing for First Things on fatherlessness. She lays out her reasons for believing that the absence of a father in so many homes is the cause behind the instability seen in our cities. While folks on the left will dismiss this as a conservative beat-up, Eberstadt sees a clear throughline from dads who are MIA and societal dysfunction, be it Antifa or White nationalists. 

Eberstadt writes that “six decades of social science have established that the most efficient way to increase dysfunction is to increase fatherlessness. And this the United States has done, for two generations now. Almost one in four children today grows up without a father in the home. For African Americans, it is some 65 percent of children.”

Eberstadt goes on to list famous writers and activists who are victims of fatherlessness, particularly those currently agitating for “anti-racism” movements . Identity politics has been “shot through” with the disappearance of paternal authority from the beginning, as Eberstadt observes. Unsurprisingly, the now infamous statement from the Black Lives Matter website, declaring their intention to “disrupt the Western-­prescribed nuclear family structure” never mentions fathers, as if it were a given that fatherhood is a non-essential part of family formation. 

Apart from the unrest created by fatherlessness, Eberstadt argues that this is the cause of the growth of the “nones” – those that claim no religious affiliation. Churches have been a place in America that connected different generations. But with the decline in church attendance, younger ones lose the benefit of the influence of people who’ve lived longer than they have. In addition, how do you relate to a good heavenly Father when you never knew an earthly one? Eberstadt points to the theory of sociologist Paul Vitz, – anger at “defective fatherhood” translates to anger at God. 

Eberstadt’s third argument is that fatherlessness leads to detachment from your country. Growing up with an intact family is first-hand experience with a source of authority. For a child, family members are “people from whom he could learn, with whom he could connect and network, and through whom he could learn commitments and make common cause.” A child growing up without a dad automatically has less family members to influence him, not only his father but also his father’s side of the family.

To Eberstadt this volatility manifests as hatred of America. It is why protestors “tear down statues not only of Confederates, but of Founding Fathers and town fathers and city fathers and anything else that looks like a father, period… It is why bands of what might be called “chosen protest families” disrupt actual family meals. It is why BLM disrupts bedroom communities late at night, where real, non-chosen families are otherwise at peace.”

Being without a dad seems to affect boys and girls differently but the longing for a father does not diminish, just because the white noise says the “kids are okay.” 

So, we need to ask our Heavenly Father for wisdom, and then look around. There may be things you can do right where you are to disrupt the cycle, to advocate for fathers, encourage moms raising kids on their own and find the lost boys who need to find “father, Father and patria”.

Freedom is a Long Game

This week, a great Issues etc. conversation with Dr. Stephen Baskerville from 2017 came to mind. There and in a related article, Dr. Baskerville describes how there are some striking similarities between the French Revolution and one that we are still fighting, the Sexual Revolution. The desire of the early “liberationists” was the destruction of all barriers to sexual indulgence “as the means to advance their careers, accumulate wealth, eliminate rivals, punish opponents, extort money, and generally acquire political power.” 

While the sexual libertines promised freedom, the mess that was the #metoo era suggests that the promise rings hollow. Yet, rather than a humble return to the God’s model for marriage and sex, the revolutionaries have ramped up their assault. Baskerville argues that this revolution has entered its “Reign of Terror phase.” He says, “Having ridiculed not only the Christians themselves into silence but also their annoying, old-fashioned vocabulary of ‘sin,’ ‘immorality,’ ‘fornication,’ and ‘adultery,’ the radicals have substituted jargon that instead condemns ideological unorthodoxy.” 

Instead of “traditional sins [which] were clear and precise [and] applied equally to all”, Baskerville argues we now have vague categories such as “abuse” or “harassment”, which he maintains as having no fixed legal definition. By controlling the approved language, elites can maintain their power, not just over celebrity transgressors, but also over ordinary people. There are many casualties in this war, especially fathers and husbands who have way to prove their innocence of such non-descript crimes.

Baskerville also notes the way this new morality is enforced. Previously, immoral behavior was overseen by apolitical authorities like parents, churches, and local communities. The punishment was social disapproval and ostracism – no self-respecting father was going to let his daughter marry a cad! But that has changed, with the new morality enforced by “professional disapprovers with political muscle—journalists and media pundits, lawyers, judges, police, and jailers.” 

The tyranny of the Sexual Revolution is revealed very clearly in today’s Progressive agenda. A Democratic presidency promises the reinstating of Title IX and the Equality Act, both dangerous for the family and religious freedom. Kicking against reality by denying the distinctions between male and female, destroying the family structure, marriage and the goodness of the patriarchy will have a similar end to the French Revolution; it is good to take heed. 

So what are we to do? In many ways, Mad Christians are called to the same things we ever were. We build and plant and seek the welfare of the place God has put us. We tell the truth about life, and God’s purpose for marriage and family. We promote the things that enable this purpose. We meet faithfully and partake of God’s good gifts. It doesn’t look very revolutionary, but we shine brightly in the decaying age, as each stand for truth lights the way for another.

As you will hear Rev. Fisk and Dr. Koontz repeat on BHoP, the most subversive thing you can do is raise a family, in the fear and admonition of the Lord. This may be milquetoast to the Progressives, but the realest place in the world is the home and the first line of defense against the lies of tyranny is the family. 

Freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want, as Os Guinness says, but the power to do what you ought. Fed by the Word and sacraments, the saints are empowered by the Spirit for just such a task. So don’t lose heart!  Teach your children, love the Truth and seek Wisdom. And maybe plant a garden.

Teknae’s Swollen Hermeneutic

Be suspicious of “news.”

Humans crave conflict. Our bent/broked/fallen/”normal” understanding of the problem of “good” and “evil” leads us to conceive of our mythologies exclusively in the terms of heroes who slay monsters. The dilemma is that 1st-world molehill monsters can only help us justify our rebellious rage at God (and the dissatisfaction inherent in carnal love for American living) when we make mountain monsters out of them. This is how Twitter makes money. 

Or, when they feel like it, how any gaslighting power steals elections.

But before we tangent into a 51% mandate that Republicans follow completely different standards, expectations, and rules than the AP did for the last four years, let me just assert again that if learning the American Presidential election (or any election) endured or was won by fraudulent tactics comes as “news” to you, then you have already proven my point.

Evil men don’t do good things out of kindness. They only do it out of selfishness. And, as the tragedy of the commons demonstrates, nobody is motivated to look out for anyone else without skin in the game. 

If you believe that on this side of our Lord’s parousia the United States of America is beyond corruption or collapse, then I have a Small Catechism to sell you.

When no other monster is there to fight, my neighbor or brother will do in a pinch. That is the “news” evil men sell you as popcorn for the brain. Their consciences are seared. Those who listen to them become like them.

By the same token, be suspicious of your need to share. Remember that your information is the crop, and Twitter is the harvester, cutting the value off the top, repacking and selling it back to you from their mansions over the skies of Siliconopia. 

It remains, the more time you spend online, the more you submit yourself to these self-made overlords of information.

To believe that Christians, Christianity, or your local church and family structures can offer ourselves freely to the (atheistic/or-demonic) social and cognitive programming experiment that is the post-networked industrialization zeitgheist without ramification seems to me to be a perilous jettisoning of the fear of God.

If man’s incurvatus need to justify our inner psyches at the cost of being hijacked by an oligarchy of corporations whose sole purpose is to amplify “news” of the discord among us, all in order to profit from it at our expense isn’t enough to convince you that the ancient march of debt and ghettoized bond-servitude are present North American problems fast becoming future watersheds for you and your children, then nothing will.

I’m not paranoid. God is watching me. But give Ed Snowden a listen anyway: it will expand your mind. (Joe Rogan’s language is “NSFW”) 

  1. Joe Rogan Experience #1368 – Edward Snowden
  2. Joe Rogan Experience #1536 – Edward Snowden

Then remember that none of that matters. Only the Ten Commandments, the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer do. But all this other nonsense helps us remember why we need them so desperately.

Until next time,

Be strong, and let your heart know courage.
Rev. Fisk

The Devil at Your Fingertips

  “Twitter is the devil.”

I’m not the one who said it during our MadPx Election Night Catastrophe Special. (If you missed out, the entire thing is also available in podcastable format, without all the live glitches!) But I couldn’t agree more.

I have rarely in my life been more disturbed by the demeanor of a human being than I was in watching @Jack (Twitter’s CEO Overlord) get grilled by Senator Ted Cruz. Aside from appearing as some diabolical fusion of Neander Wallace and Howard Hughes, he actuated Wallace’s 2049 demeanor of a man in control of the situation with absolute power, fearless of whatever perceived threat his opponent imagined it was mounting.

He looked and acted like a man without fear, testifying legalized misinformation with impunity while a vested US Senator howled at the moon.

The reason Christianity has lost the “culture war” is that we endeavored to fight it without our most important, serpentine art of war: divinely revealed anthropology.

Men are evil. But culture war Christianity has been fighting as though we were, at worst, neutral.

Oops?

Naturally born, without influence from the uniquely revealed Christian Word of God, man is a bestial, primal, carnal thing. To call this “sin” is to use the stigmatized jargon. Terminology be damned if we miss the point:
1) Evil is experienced naturally as the fallen orders of the cosmos expand and collapse around us.
2) Evil is experienced personally as the corruption of entire beings, personalities who while created good have elected to self-identify in a finalized state of natural evil.
That is: Evil doesn’t always have a face, until all the times when evil most definitely has a face.

Hence, if we will not sit with Job in the ashes this week, then we instead watch it tweeted bold and poisonous across all news fronts: “government by the people, for the people” is a mythology with giant, gaping cracks in it, through which the social media overlords of the future are driving the semi-truck of their globally hegemonic agenda.

It’s not diabolical on purpose. @Jack only wants to rule for the good of others, just like the rest of us who swear we wouldn’t likewise be driven mad by the single-life accumulation of such exorbitant wealth and power.

The chief message of Job, if I have learned from him at all, is that life can never be so terribly bad that it would not become exponentially better in time. This, however, is purely the purview of the Almighty LORD Jesus Christ. He gives, and he takes away, for his own end.

The difference between us and that ancient Melchizedekian-ish King of Suffering is that we have seen his fulfillment. We know that the end for which God gives each suffering moment is the resurrection of our flesh in justified glory, according to the risen promises of Christ.

All the more then, as both kingdoms and steeples totter, we can wait patiently.

He knows their works, and he overthrows them in the night: they are crushed. He strikes them dishonorably in public places, because they caused the cry of the poor to come to him; for he hears the cries of the afflicted. Job 34:25-28

Until next time,

Be strong, and let your heart know courage.
Rev. Fisk
“Twitter is the devil.”

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

While the post-mortems from Election Day continue, the newest addition to “least trusted professions” must be pollsters (and probably straight after “fact checkers”). Regardless of when the dust finally clears, what is plain is that pollsters are asking wrong questions of the wrong people. But there is also plenty of evidence to show that the architects of many polls are flat-out ignoring the data they don’t like. The blue checks and talking heads might plead that polling is not an “exact science,” but the fact that the prevailing narratives diverged so markedly from reality, shows that objectivity is not the goal.

The lack of willingness to follow where the facts lead is not limited to polling. The pandemic, which has held the world captive for most of this year, has highlighted something that is happening in many places – scientific dogmatism. A recent article in Spiked, written by Norman Lewis, focused on the interesting studies of Robert Edgar Hope-Simpson, a British doctor who is mostly known for showing that shingles is a reactivation of the chicken-pox virus. 

Hope-Simpson spent a lot of time studying influenza and how it spreads. In the late 1970’s he challenged the prevailing idea that direct person-to-person transmission was the sole mode of influenza spread. He observed how the flu travelled around the world, and proposed causes for the seasonal nature of flu outbreaks. His conclusions about pre-existing immunity in populations and the effect of changing seasons in activating the virus lead him to posit that “it seems certain that the current concept of direct spread is impeding our understanding of influenza.” 

“Knowledge is… power [and] as with all science, it can ossify and become an orthodoxy that bars the way to further study.”

So what could account for the lack of interest in pursuing Hope-Simpson’s theory? Lewis proposes that suppressing flu viruses through hand washing and distancing and masks, gives people a sense of agency. He also argues that some wish to weaponize The Science for their own control: “Knowledge is… power [and] as with all science, it can ossify and become an orthodoxy that bars the way to further study.” If you have the result you want, why search any longer?

Sumantra Maitra wrote for The Federalist in the earlier stages of the pandemic, lambasting the way world leaders had scrambled to adopt policies based on faulty modelling. He says, “The phrase ‘settled science’ is a classic oxymoron. There can never be science that is settled…” He goes on, “This pandemic has highlighted how much of our public and social media are full of mindless drones [and] it has highlighted just how much of our scientific consensus is flawed.”

Maitra goes on to outline that what is on display here is not science, but Scientism. He describes scientism as “faith in the idea that all social problems have only one answer, through the process of science… Scientism elevates science to the point of a religion, thereby defeating the whole purpose of scientific inquiry.” Scientism is the new dogma, with science masquerading as a savior. But it is a golden calf, an imposter, a god formed in an image we prefer. The bitter reality for those who put their hope in Science is that following its doctrines can never cleanse your conscience. 

The quote often attributed to GK Chesterton is apt: “When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything.” St. Paul says that we (humanity) became futile in our thinking when we “exchanged the truth about God for a lie.” We end up worshipping and serving “the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!” 

In stark contrast is the freedom we have in knowing that Christ is The Truth. The world he created is orderly and magnificent, even though it is corrupted by our sin. He upholds every atom with his Word and graciously reveals the intricacies of creation to humanity. With that sure foundation, discovering the truth about our world does not become an idol to which we desperately cling, but rather joyful fascination at the mind of our Maker.