Refuse to Complicate

photo of man kneeling while praying
If you’re still reading this, then it means you’re probably not one of that massively cynical consensus, gradually being driven insane by their devices. Rather, you resent the evident crossbreeding of abused trusts in the power of the surveillance state programmed into your friends and neighbors by the superpower of dissent mitigation waged as media in the name of “public health”. You are one of those waking up to realize that the state of disorientation we are all experiencing is both engendered and intentional.

“They” have been using these passion-enhancing tools to amplify the basest and most vile infatuations of the human psyche, and “they” will continue to breed tensions between men until “they” are consumed in the fires of His coming.

Make no mistake: the demons know what they are doing.

Consider the safety of your family, both temporally and Spiritually in the current disorder. Think of how controlled your attempts at opposition always feel amid the evils of the world burning down around you.

Then remember that Jesus desires more fruit. That much is obvious. So you’re not here to give up and wait for the black pill to swallow you.

You’re going to pray to the God who saves. Because He does.

“They’re” burning the ships. You don’t have a choice. This is your moment. Alleluia.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Small Demons

person about to catch four dices
The rise in the death toll was difficult to perceive at first.

A “1% rise in cardiac enigmatic events in genetically-modified people per year compounding” is a dull headline. It went largely unreported by the Ministry of News for the first two decades of treatments. By the time the exogenous leukemias set in, “normal” rates of heart attack were demolishing people groups, reducing family survivability by 15%. “Anticancer mRNA protocols” added to the quarterly boosters didn’t stem the bleeding. It was a long time before most people were able to notice or begin to realize that no one was having children.

By the time my grandfather died, the world population had entirely collapsed. Thank God he built that ark….

The Game

“They” tease you busy, expending endless spiritual energies (“feelings”) on things you can do nothing about, in order to wear you down until you’re too impotent to do any of the righteous things you can do something about. 
Don’t let them.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

I Can’t Believe It

The primary cause of exploitation is not imagining that exploitation is possible.

Refusal to acknowledge the obvious presence of dark principalities is granting permission for their demonic influences.

The generational effect of demonic principalities is the normalization of psychopathy. Driven to and fro, the maddened ideologue/idolater will say and do anything, even polar opposite things, in order to maintain the fragile illusion of a grasp on a sane story. All the while, civilization collapses around the flapping of his arms.

“See. I have told you beforehand.”

Own the red letters. Today is still going precisely according to plan. The conspiracy is to silence your confidence in these.

The Taliban taught the world that there is no more sure bet than a zealous insurgency. The Bible is just as clear that there is no insurgency greater than that of the Holy Ghost of Jesus Christ in you for such a time as this.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Qui Bono?

Does anyone ever see it coming?

Use smoke to hide fire.

We’ve been fighting demons with Wisdom from the beginning. In the meantime, (archaic) “modern” military strategies cannot succeed against a spiritually motivated insurgency that gleefully embraces the asymmetric advantage of neo-barbarian rules of war. Like “modern” economic theories, and all other such trending mythologies, the fancy words coming from our principle elites are neither principled nor elite.

Your currency is your nation’s lifeblood. Wherever ever it goes, what ever channels it runs in, its debasement will mean the end of all trusts once founded upon it, both formal and tribal. You cannot devalue your money without also devaluing your capacity to reason, for they are in civilization all terms one and the same.

The new world order is just like the last one: under the devil’s thumb. Yet the Bible talks of victory. Not weary resignation.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

The Third Great War

American casualties have already begun. CDC reports 8000 confirmed inoculation-related deaths. This is an order of magnitude greater than expected by all previous vaccine trials.

The skinny dirt: the toxic goop meant to stay in your shoulder instead flushes your blood for 24 hours, then settles into either your bone marrow and/or ovaries. After that, we’re not sure.

“Antibody Mediated Viral Enhancement” is big words for what all previous corona-style vaccine animal trials discovered: corona vaccines inexplicably prep the host white blood cells to aid the virus. Some say “now today yes!” Others say “now today no!”

What happens when you multiply a black swan to the unicorn power? The potential real fallout is stunning and unimaginable. What shall we say? “Father, save us from the hour?”

No! Father, glorify your name!

Be the forge. Embrace the heat. Smile into the raging pain of the dross burning away. Because if the scroll isn’t about to get rolled up, then this the moment you were born again to be ready for.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Welcome to the EverWar

Nobody else knows it’s here. But you are special. Set apart.


In an age of ever more confusing stories, an age of liars and lies built on love grown cold, a time of darkened thought and tyranny we gladly shop for, a place where the shameless sons of primordial Eve voice ever louder boasts nursed on fear and broken inhibitions, on a planet whose inhabitants have shown their backs to the God who made them, no matter how clearly he speaks to us, no matter how tenderly he calls, most people choose not to hear.

Most people choose to be drunk on not noticing.

Most people do not want to receive the discipline of repentance.

ou are special. Set apart. Holy.

And there isn’t a single morning between now and judgment day that it won’t be worth the fight to remember it.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Trapped Inside the Dream Machines

If your TV was really brainwashing you, how would you even know?Don’t tell me it wouldn’t make a thrilling movie. I imagine it beginning with MI6 finding the “spark” in a cache of Nazi-tek that they intercepted on its way to Stalingrad and ending somewhere in the throne room of Cthulhu.

Psychological warfare is powered by symbols. The most independent symbols are words. To subject a people without their awareness, replace all their words with pictures. Then they will be unable to speak clearly and will resort to yelling about how everything is obvious and how you should listen to them yell you into agreement about that.

But all that really needs to happen for the demons to keep winning is for us to keep watching movies rather than praying the psalms, reading the proverbs, and pondering the red letters.

Diagnosing the problem over and over again is not a solution.

The Christian thing to do is to plan to die well.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

One click

An idol is, before all things, a form of self-identification. False worship is, then, nothing more than an effort to imitate the wrong picture. There is no tyranny like a bad idea held as true.

But how to know the difference? In an age of endless imagination, the particular power of the screen lies in making the present moment unthinkable. Until the show is over, reality is outside of the box.

Outside is a good place to start looking for answers. Inside is where the torment lurks.

If you find a spiritual well of oppression bubbling up from the abyss of your basement, you’d be mad not to plug it.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Quick Hits for the Eyebuds 07.12.21

🇩🇰 The world’s biggest sandcastle in Denmark

🇨🇳 Chinese artist Du Kun makes traditional landscape paintings based on soundwaves

🐋 Missed it by that much: Perfectly-timed shot of oblivious whale watchers 

🇯🇵 A giant 3D cat takes over Tokyo billboard

🔀 A Magic: The Gathering/D&D crossover is as nerdy as it sounds

🏆 Dad move: guy catches a baseball without dropping his beer or his baby

🍴 Aww! Critters made from silverware

🤐 Brave browser launches “most private search engine” 

🇳🇱 Dutch start-up uses waste heat produced by data centers to grow plants in greenhouses 

🧊 Chill out: sunscreen for pavement and cooling mirror fabric

🇭🇹 Seventeen people arrested in connection with assassination of Haitian president

🗣️ Old school: surveillance staff paid to shout at robbers 

👮‍♂️ Wikipedia co-founder says the site is now like “thought police” 

🐀 The FBI wants to rat on friends and family (h/t Xlorep)

⚰️ Reports of the death of Christianity may have been exaggerated: Poll shows that people leaving may have slowed, and that amount of”nones” is shrinking

🇰🇵 Crazy but true: How North Korea almost stole a billion dollars from Bangladesh

🇮🇸 Iceland says its shorter work week experiment was a success

Fitly spoken

British rapper, Zuby is proving to be a sage in our age. He recently nailed it with some modern proverbs in a tweet thread called “20 Things I’ve Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The ‘Pandemic’.” Check out these gems..

“Propaganda is just as effective in the modern day as it was 100 years ago. Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser.”
“Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right thing, rather than actually doing the right thing.”
“It’s easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
Preach it.

Hide yo’ kids

Not the Bee broke the news that the San Francisco Gay Mens’ Choir had released what it called a “satirical” song titled “A Message from the Gay Community.” The lyrics say: “We’re coming for your children, it happens bit by bit, we’ll convert your children and you won’t even notice it.” The video was ratio’d and also pulled from a number of sites, as commenters piled on and commentators responded (Andy Ngo and Ben Shapiro).

But we know this is not a new idea for every ideology that goes against reality must continually distract using propaganda. Breaking down the family and indoctrinating children is a standard M.O. for any regime. The Sexual Revolution may be a slow one, but the infiltration of LGBT content into children’s TV programs has been deliberate and slyRealClearInvestigations also noted the way anti-racist messaging is being pushed on kids by corporations and media. 

So, Mad Christians, know what your little ones are being exposed to and do your duty in teaching them the truth of God’s Word. Praise God, he will strengthen you for this important task!

Unchartered territory

In other COVID news, Moderna has begun human trials of mRNA vaccines for flu. One study has found a correlation between low testosterone in men and a higher risk of dying from COVID. And an Ohio judge has said he will reduce probation time for offenders who agree to get the COVID vaccine. No pressure..

Judicial Watch has summarized more documents further illuminating the history of US grants to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Dr. Fauci’s involvement. After much deliberation, the Tokyo Olympic committee has decided to ban spectators, citing Japan’s recent spike in COVID cases.

On a lighter note, the BBC reported that kids are using cola to get false positive COVID tests, all to get out of school.

Too bad to be true?

A kerfuffle broke out in various quarters of the internet over a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted early in the USA’s rollout of COVID vaccinations and aimed to gather data on the potential danger of mRNA vaccines to pregnant women. Somewhere along the way, a claim was made that the study found miscarriages occurring in 82% of pregnancies. LifeSite News, a website trusted by many Mad Christians to bring true information about vaccines and abortion also reported this sensational headline.

Rev. Fisk thought something smelled funky, requesting fact-checking by the Us-the-Chill brain trust— they did not disappoint. Bill, a resident number-cruncher summarizes as follows:

“Here’s what we’re given:

  1. Researchers publish study in NEJM that claims (and here I’ll quote directly) ‘Preliminary findings did not show obvious safety signals among pregnant persons (sic) who received mRNA Covid-19 vaccines.’
  2. Claims circulated that said the researchers were failing to acknowledge that their own numbers reveal that 82% of those receiving the vaccine had a miscarriage. Further claims are that MSM won’t cover it because it doesn’t fit the narrative. Etc. “

Bill also suggested that the study’s design is a little confusing to the non-statistically minded, but concluded: “This particular study does not sway me one way or the other. I cannot, based on this study alone, claim the vaccine to be low risk, nor can I claim it to be high risk. Not enough information.”

It is sad to see LifeSite publish this news, when a little digging might have given them pause, and yet it shows that you can never check your brain at the door when assessing news today. The fact-checkers have not been without their biases, but in this instance, PolitiFact (yes, the one Facebook relies on for its “Truth-O-Meter”) made a fairly good summary of the situation. LifeSite has since pulled their article on the study, stating that it needs reviewing.

There is a quip, attributed to Mark Twain, about lies being able to travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. The amount of information presented to us every day is one thing, but the speed of a Twitter feed turnover is akin to a digital autobahn. Whether half-truths and lies start with an Instagram post, a conservative news outlet, or a government agency, we need to take time to assess them. 

If something fits our narrative too cleanly, it is wise to be a little suspicious. Those without hope in the world cling to any information that endorses their worldview. Being on the “right side of history” is the self-justifying project of the modern man and morsels of half-truth are tasty – for a time. But Mad Christians do not need the world to fit into neat categories, because we know whose world it is. God’s trustworthy word says it best, “The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.” ~Proverbs 14

Disorientation is Not Entertaining

The thing about the bottom is that from there you have nothing left to lose. Nothing to fear. Nothing to hold onto.

Filling up the sins of a people until the time of wrath is God’s justice. But it is also his patience, buying you back and saying, “Come out of her, my people.”I have had momentary Harry Potter/Luke Skywalker moments wherein I surmise that I might be the long lost, hidden, protected, soon-to-be-revealed son of the king of the universe who needs me to grow up early and join the war by living a totally unexpected and awesome life that compels me to set down my petty worries and take up the arms of vivid, integral life.

Then I remember that because I am washed in the name of Jesus it is absolutely true.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Among us

Right on cue, Facebook seems to have made itself an indispensable “fifth column,” with Red State reporting that new pop-up warnings are appearing on people’s feeds. The message warns users that they may have “been exposed to harmful extremist content.” Another asks whether the user is concerned that “someone you know is becoming extremist.” 

Both pop-ups link to a page for an organization which is “committed to helping people leave the violent far-right.” So now you see how the game is played. It does not seem a far cry from the tactics of Communist China

Break your cage

What if I wore his armor?

What if I swung his sword?

What if I prayed his prayers like they are the light of war?

What if I flew his banner?

What if I owned his pride?

What if I knew I couldn’t lose because I’m justified?

It’s our resistance. “They” can’t resist us.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Quick Hits for the Eyebuds 7.5.21

🐶 A runaway pup returns home at 3 am but rings the doorbell 
🔉 A material which would make sound travel backward. Yes, but will it help us understand the plot of Tenet?
 🇻🇪 An 88-year old Venezuelan man has been awarded a FIDE Master chess title
🐑 Mesmerizing footage of sheep herding
🚫 Planned Parenthood gets the shove in Iowa
🎽 Missed his calling: cameraman keeps pace with sprinters
 🚴‍♂️ The Tour de France is considering suing a spectator who caused giant pileup
↔️ Glamping: tiny trailer expands to three times its size
🩸 A blood test that detects 50 types of cancer 
🇿🇦 South African decuplets were a hoax
🎤 A.I. voice technology is putting gaming voice actors out of work 
🔧 A morphing fractal vise
🌌 Battle of billionaires: Richard Branson is aiming to go into space on July 11. Your move, Bezos.
🐛 Silk is pretty amazing stuff🇯🇵 Footage from Japanese landslide is unbelievable
🚘 BMW made a flying car
💵 The G7 gets its wish: 130 nations agree to international corporate tax
🦋 Now you don’t: Glass wing butterflies are awesome
🙊 Edward Snowden is back in the news with fresh allegations of US spying on its allies
📈 Lumber prices have dropped but the cost of alcohol is on the rise.

You just can’t make this stuff up 7.5.21

This week in “What’s Racist Now…” (which is something we just made up):

The rotunda at the National Archive has been found to be an example of systemic racism by the Archive’s own racism task force.

Maybe they could post some “trigger warning” signage? Oh that’s one of the terms included on Brandeis University’s “oppressive language” list. It would appear some people have too much time on their hands…

Trans-racial: A British man who identifies as Korean has had 18 surgeries to make his body match his delusion.

The NFL has released a video proclaiming that “football is gay.” Thanks Steenbock, for finding that one.

Insane op-ed says apple pie is an example of “food injustice”. And don’t get them started on sugar. Or the plight of cowboys.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has suggested climate change may or may not have caused the collapse of an apartment building in Florida. As Not the Bee pointed out, it’s either climate change or racism. Always.

This is no time to panic

The latest hysteria out of COVIDland is that there is a new strain in town. The “delta variant” as it is designated, has produced a lot of headlines, prompting fresh lock downs and mask mandates around the globe. But The Blaze has labeled all the hair-on-fire reporting as “panic porn” masquerading as science. Writer Daniel Horowitz lays out the reasons why the virus strain, which is the predominant one in India, is not as bad as the media makes out. This is consistent with what experts were saying late last year— as viruses mutate they often become more contagious but less deadly. (H/T to kudsid for the story)

A new study has confirmed the very low risk of transmission of the Sars-CoV-2 virus on surfaces. So can we quit with the hand sanitizer already?

ZeroHedge has reported that a few male soldiers sought help for acute chest pain within days of receiving mRNA vaccination.

The American Humanist Society has named Dr. Fauci as its Humanist of the Year for his empathy, compassion, and “steadfast commitment to science.” We’ll just leave that there.

How about this heat?

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), has tweeted that “extreme heat is a justice issue… Studies have shown that heat risk is disproportionately distributed to communities of color in patterns associated with segregation and redlining.” The Guardian followed a similar line of reporting, claiming that poor neighborhoods experience a “shade disparity” and a distinct lack of “canopy.” Counting trees has revealed that leafier neighborhoods are usually wealthier ones. 

The correlation between greenery in a community, especially trees, and increased well-being for the people living there is well-documented. While insanity in our politics is almost par for the course, it would be nice if our leaders would just speak plainly, rather than propose that heatwaves are racist. If Senator Markey would just say “Let’s plant some more trees,” that’s something we could all see the sense in.

Data blogger, Erin Davis, has aggregated the average greenery of the US by state and also globally by country. She lays out her methods in the article. 

Don’t borrow thoughts

Buy the best ones you can find, and exchange the more recent ones for them, dearly.

The white noise works by overwhelm. You don’t know what you’re losing out the back door when the input volume is cranked to the maximum.

Disorientation is not entertaining.

Unless you are addicted to it.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Fight back

Monday morning is not an emergency. Not unless, of course, your weekend is an attempt to stop living in reality.

Fear is the immediate and largely unavoidable psychotic episode of attempting to stop God by a rash and sudden idolatry.

Your age does not matter nearly so much as your times, and they not nearly so much as your God.

You are an immortal living in a temporary age of anti-truth. Why go quietly?

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
Rev. Fisk

I Am Not Your Disappointment

Don’t be a prude.

That used to mean, “Don’t refuse my advances for premarital sex, baby doll.”

The word prudence means, “prescience, foresight, premeditation, brilliance.”

The Hebrew word is ערמה (“Armah”). You want you some’a that.

No one was ashamed to name the bank “Prudential.”

Be a prude. Let them be their own disappointment.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
Jonathan Fisk

Ask it why

The next time you are afraid, ask it “why?”

Don’t act. Don’t move. Don’t fix. Don’t save.

Instead, feel the fear. Breathe it. Find it pulsing in you bones like an energy.

A fire.

There, burning in your fear, but not driven by it, learn the message for your soul: the clarity of your weakness.

This is ferocious hope. This is potent insight. This is heavenly knowledge.

To know your fear is to know your idol or your God.

To know your weakness is to know where to strengthen.

But you can’t learn any of this while running from a tiger…

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
Jonathan Fisk

Dead Right

Size does not matter if you are clear, indomitable, and convicted; three things which it is therefore evident that conservative western minds have not been for some time.

A clever and organized minority is all it takes to both create and manage, then grow a mob. Doubly so in a media era that thrives on herd realities: a televised-society is a cult of subconscious-psychological pressures.

Most people don’t even know that they don’t even know.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
The Mad Christian

Neo-marxist “critical race theory”

Who has time to explain that?

It means that if you live in Illinois and are not a member of a “protected class,” then expect to endure sanctioned public shaming as part of public schooling.

It’s, like, legit. They voted for it and everything. “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” will mandate teacher-led activism to “embrace” and “encourage” progressive viewpoints.

“Yes, you should become a member of a protected class if you can,” was my honest pastoral counsel out loud today.

I did not plan to have to say that.

To be wise is to be aware of otherwise unseen realities. The result of God-given wisdom is prayer.

There is not enough time for prayer.

But if we don’t use the church calendar to actually keep track of time, what good is it? It’s like a mod on someone else’s game.

Lent is a magical myth from another planet, a Disney-borified story after-remembered in between 8am and next Tuesday. In the dark winter, well after Christmas has past, Wednesday service is a lamppost indeed, a step through the wardrobe of these dystopic times. This year, more than ever, I feel its pull, like a portal, to another time, to a world before clockworks and steeple bells, to an ancient place where knights and castles were still a future dream but where Christians of the Roman Imperium marked their madness with the same first “Monday in Lent.”

Where there is no news, there are no troubles.
But the news is a tasty trifle;
over the lips it swiftly goes!

-Proverbs 26:20b, 22

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
Rev. Fisk

Modern Lies: Chronological Order

“If something is in order, it is better.” 

This is an assumption you will have difficulty parting ways with. It is drilled into us to believe wholeheartedly that chronological order is “more true.”

An example plays out like this: St. John has Jesus cleansing the temple early in his public life, and the synoptic writers have him cleansing it late. The best the last two centuries of Christianity can do with this “perceived inconsistency” is to hem, hah, fight, and muster until we have drawn up battle lines. One side insists that Jesus cleansed the temple twice. The other that the Bible is riddled with errors yet still filled with great metaphorical truths.

Behold, and bow to your lord and savior Chronos! It appears impossible for the modern mind to even consider the option that the “inconsistency” only exists in our heads because of the assumption that chronological order is a primary truth.

It’s still taught in dusty corners that the ancients actually didn’t give a hoot about historical timing when recounting events for posterity. What we would assert to be “lying” they would say is “highlighting the important parts.” If you find yourself naturally disagreeing with “their” take, that is because this assumption that “in chronological order” means “more true” is hard to get away from.

The resulting worldview lives its modern life assuming that anything less than perfectly chronological is therefore “less than true.” After long reflection, I must say that this seems to me to reflect a perilous abandonment of the holy fear of God.Long before the modern “we swear we’re not religious!” “deists” started moralizing so loudly that the rest of the world should put great hope in the utopian capacity of their officially “godless” thinking, nations were trying not to fall, people were trying not to die, and God (or the gods) seemed like the evident, obvious answer.“

But now, things have changed.” That’s the “new” pitch.

In this, “modernism” is not a thesis, but an antithesis. It is not revelation, but an attempt at ultimate alpha privation. It does not add. It takes away, and then has the audacity to call itself a progressive “evolution.”Christianity does not need to reject this. Modernism postures itself as the rejection of Christianity (i.e. the non-necessity of specifics regarding your answer to the question, “Who, after all, is Jesus?”). Christianity need only remember our moorings, and not be dissuaded by all the bluster and hocus pocus. We need only bide our time, watching and expecting the modern experiment to eat itself to death.“But now, things have changed,” promises the freedom of new hope, but in the end it is the birth of endless equivocation, leading only to deeper and deeper toilet bowls of skeptical doubt, rage and despair. “In order” is a matter of perspective, and this can be of great value. But “more true” means “it never really was true to begin with,” and that will not do you any good in the long run.

Reliable truth is never in part, but in whole. Before long, every attempt to become “more true” with partial truths only descends into a hopelessly half-true hall of mirrors in which all your efforts are also the source of your greatest fears, regrets and doubts.

I do not deny alpha privation. I only deny its superiority to revelation. Doubt comes by questioning. Certainty comes by hearing.

Hear about Jesus more.

He is risen. Alleluia to it.

Till angel cry and trumpet sound,
Jonathan Fisk

Collapsing under its own cleverness

Could technology be our undoing or is it our only hope? A thought-provoking article appeared in Wired a few weeks ago and a hat tip to Professor Koontz for bringing it to our attention. The writer, Steven Levy, tells the tale of a bet made 25 years ago between “neo-Luddite” Kirkpatrick Sale and “techno-optimist” Kevin Kelly. After reading Sale’s doomsday-style pronouncements that no society was immune to collapse, including the USA, Kelly challenged him to a wager: name the day.

In the moment, Sale named 2020 as the year he thought the USA would break down, with a disastrous trifecta of economic depression, environmental catastrophe and a war between rich and poor. This would result in the remaining humans banding together in “small, tribal-style clusters. They wouldn’t be just off the grid. There would be no grid.” And that would be just fine with Sale.

But Kelly would have none of it. He says, “I wanted him to be accountable for that romantic nonsense he was spouting.”  Kelly sees technology as “an enriching force,” a means for society solving problems and progressing towards great things. Technology, in Kelly’s mind, provides choices for people that they would not have had otherwise. People are “leaving villages that have organic food and beautiful scenery, and beautiful architecture and very strong families,” he says. “Why do they do that? Because they have choices. They don’t have to be what their father or mother was, which was basically a farmer or housewife. They could maybe be a mathematician, maybe they could be a ballerina.”

The bet was to be settled this year, with Kelly’s optimism winning by a narrow margin. However, Sale will not accept the verdict. It is strange to read about two educated and thoughtful men, weaving together pieces of evidence, creating completely different myths about what is going on in the world. Do humans have an infinite capacity for improvement and adaptation? Or are we better off shunning technology in favour of a pre-industrial existence? Does technology improve our society or destroy it? 

We have smart phones and Netflix. We’ve sent machines to Mars and banished nasty diseases from the face of the planet. We have supermarkets with food conveniently displayed in plastic. Technology saves and improves the lives of millions every day. 

But it is not too difficult to observe that there are trade offs here. While having cars means we can commute here and there, it is also easier to disengage from the community in which we live. Food and water are easy to come by in the West but our control over what goes into our bodies is reduced. We are connected through the internet to more people than ever, but deep friendships still require work and time. 

Pastor Fisk’s love of Scripture’s wisdom literature will be familiar to Mad Mondays readers and the book of Ecclesiastes has much to bring to this discussion. Solomon would probably hit both Sale and Kelly upside the head: you’re asking the wrong questions – it’s all vanity. The meticulous examination of the toils of life led the Preacher to write that in human endeavour, the “lack is immeasurable”. Whether we think knowledge and greatness are the mark of human flourishing or that philanthropy and self-sacrifice are where it’s at, putting our hope in anything “under the sun” will end in despair. 

Pastor Jeremy Rhode says that the comfort of Ecclesiastes is the “comfort of a correct diagnosis.” Solomon saves us the time of chasing salvation in all these toils and shatters every illusion:  death comes for everyone, great or small. Mad Christians are free to look into the abyss, to consider the futility of life and call it what it is. 

For many of us, life will be a gingerly walk, always seeking God’s wisdom as we engage the technology around us. We walk with care but not without purpose, for we “remember our Creator” who knew us before we were born. Whether we are early adopters of all the latest tech, or like to stay as far away as possible from things that beep, our hope is in Christ and the world he is preparing for us.