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

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.

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

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