A common theme that I constantly return to is that the age we live in is one of profound loneliness, isolation, atomization, alienation, and despair.

I don't think I can emphasize this enough.
You would have to be EXTREMELY naive to believe these circumstances exist by accident.

All of this has been socially engineered since the early 20th C.

I am not gonna footnote it all here, but these people wrote about their designs right out in the open.
This tweet is funny; and this is because it is barely an exaggeration.

Human beings were not designed to live this way.

In many ways I DESPERATELY want AS MANY AS POSSIBLE to become totally DISENCHANTED with this way of life.

I think any pastor who is not either totally emasculated and/or a hopeless idiot should want his young parishioners to HATE bugworld.
It's only when you hate the right things that you will begin to truly love what you ought.

When you hate bugworld, you will start to long for the things prior generations had: close bonds to those in real life, family, friends, a community worth dying for, & worth killing for.
That last bit is not a rhetorical flourish. When you look at all the young men who volunteered to go fight in WWII, they did not do it because they cared about abstract political ideologies, they fought because they loved the neighborhood they were born and raised in.
NOTHING even remotely close to this exists anymore.
There are extremely powerful forces preventing it from existing.

Nevertheless, you should LARP it until you make it. It doesn't matter how hard it is.
There is so much despair from what I list above that I think it is the primary cause of both absurdly high rates of mental illness (esp. depression & anxiety) as well as drug overdose death.

It would also be extremely naive to assume such things are not closely connected.
In Matthew 9, Jesus spoke about the masses in Israel as sheep without a shepherd, scattered and weary.

That is what most Americans, especially those who have been dispossessed in the last 50 years, are like.
They were so desperate tens of millions of them voted for a reality TV billionaire (who at least said things that were in their interest) twice.

The TRVMP phenomenon is ultimately a religious question (and not the way dopey Big Eva thinks).
What happens when you have a people who have had any hope for a future, any connection to their past, and any meaningful connection to other human beings in the present robbed from them?

This question NONE of them care to ponder.

It SHOULD be our CENTRAL question right now.
Instead, evangelical leaders, with massive platforms spiritualize away decline.

They do not care that life is miserable for many (most?) people in the US.

They imply Jesus does not care, since we'll all go to heaven in the end.

But if a merely spiritual kingdom was all Jesus cares about, we'd only need one gospel no more than three chapters long, recounting only His birth, death, and resurrection.

Instead, we have four with a WHOLE BUNCH of OTHER STUFF.

Because all authority has been given to Him in Heaven AND ON EARTH.

The nations are to be discipled and taught to obey all that He has commanded.

All the stuff in the middle is Him either teaching what to obey or fixing the material consequences of our disobedience.
And when Jesus fixes stuff on earth, people and peoples are made whole.

Jesus healing America would look like families being able to be formed and to exist and to function.

Communities growing around those families.

Isolation and atomization transformed into life together.
Jesus fixing America would look like bugman trashworld going up in flames permanently.

It would look like the polar opposite of a c0\/!d lockdown.
It would be death to our gnosticism (don't @ me dorkoloids who want to argue about this).

It would mean an embrace of the physical world God created and is redeeming.
I preached about these things on Sunday, and these thoughts were still bouncing around in my head today.

If you are interested in what I said above, please listen and offer your comments, because I think this is a discussion very much worth continuing.

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3 Mar
The fact I can find multiple illustrated versions of The Illiad that look like this but the “best” illustrated Bibles are barely any better than Precious Moments has far more explanatory power regarding contemporary Christianity than anything I can articulate.
What exactly *would* an artist’s rendition of Abimelech’s head getting crushed by a millstone look like?
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I say this without a shred of hyperbole: nearly all the problems of contemporary Christendom can be traced back to a defective view of worship.

Even most of the best churches, that otherwise seriously believe the Bible, don't pay attention to what it says about worship.
What the contemporary church believes worship is for:

TEDtalks w/Bible verses
Theology lectures
Impressive rock concerts
What the Bible says worship is for:

God's people gathering before His presence
God renewing His covenant relationship with His people
God's people receiving grace from Him
God's people responding with praise
God's people returning a portion of the grace He has given
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The problem with pastoral ministry is that it often selects for men who are both not very good leaders and conflict averse.
What I mean is:

Start out with early-20-something men who have an interest in theological studies.

That already is a very narrow pool, and already the overwhelming majority of them would be described as “bookish” if we are being unbelievably charitable.

Load them down with tens of thousands of dollars of debt for skills and a degree that limit their career prospects to a singular vocation and almost literally nothing else.
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I preached last Sunday about going the extra mile (which is about foreign occupiers humiliating you).

I said we do not know what it is like to live under occupation.

Well, you had now better start getting used to it.

Jesus's command is very applicable to our situation.
We want to remove our enemies by force. Sometimes there is a time for that.

But you saw how well that worked out on Wednesday.

Our battles are fought by different means but they are no less battles.
My main point was that Jesus was expressly *not* commanding pacifism.

He is the Word-Made-Flesh, including "A time to kill…" (Ecc. 3:3) made flesh.

Our battle now is to bear the humiliation that is coming for us, that our enemies deserve.
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lol nearly every instance of newsworthy “racism” is either totally made up by the “victim” (Smollett, Alethia Bernstein) or a misunderstanding brought on by those pathologized by antiracism into being terrified of things like garage door pulls and overhead projector covers.
Meanwhile, antiracists burned down billions of dollars worth of cities and attacked and murdered people because a man overdosed on fentanyl in police custody and a female drug dealer got in a shootout with police.
Even more ironically is we are chastised by Evangelilibs for believing “conspiracy theories” like elite child sex abuse or an election we witnessed get stolen in real time, “because God cares about truth,” but they won’t bother to challenge the shaky Floyd or Taylor narratives 🤔
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An excellent article by @SolomonsaysN. I respect both him and @douglaswils immensely. The question is what if Trump crosses the Rubicon? What if the legislatures fail to grant him the electors that were stolen from him & he takes what is his by force?

He is an animal backed into a corner. They have already telegraphed they will dismantle his financial holdings & will try to put him & his family in prison for challenging the global liberal capital empire. What if he calls his 70M very enthusiastic supporters to arms?
It is not without precedent, as Mark points out in his article. History is replete with rulers taking power by force. Would it be a sin to support a ruler and even fight for him taking what is rightfully his extrajudicially?
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