Random Photos 18

Today’s training ride took me north. I cross the path of the North Canadian River several times on these northern hill rides. This is from the bridge on Midwest Boulevard. The recent heavy snow melt and rains have changed the sandbars and other features since the last time I passed this way.

This is not your common ranch livestock in these parts. Note the long hairy coat and unusually long horns. This sucker was huge.

I featured this point a couple years ago after exceedingly heavy rains caused the river to shift course a bit. The sandbar left by this meander is quickly turning into river bank. I was able to get a little closer because the underbrush alongside the road had been clobbered by our cold weather, and there were no insects, either.

The trick here was to catch the angle and the bare trees providing framing. This is a house and several barns nestled at the foot of a ridge line that marks the northern edge of the North Canadian Valley.

A few years ago I rode my brand new mountain bike (the one that was crunched by the tracked sweeper) on this jeep trail through the woods. What you don’t see from this angle is that nearly a mile of that trail is swamp — huge mud pits that are mostly impossible to circumnavigate. This whole area is supposed to be developed for recreational use by OKC Parks and Rec, but they are dragging their feet. I’ve heard rumors that there is some political fracas over how to use this land purchase. It was still privately owned when I rode through there.

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Entertaining, at the Least

Here’s what I expect, what I’m planning to face.

The political situation will continue to degrade. The federal government is totally united against something over half the population. It is supported by Big Tech. Right now states are lining up to support or resist the federal policy trends.

Where I live in Oklahoma, the state legislature has proposed to excuse drivers who collide with protesters trying to block traffic. The state is already Open Carry and has moved to declare itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary. These are just a few indicators, and other states are taking a similar path. The states are the front line in taking action to limit bad federal policy.

I strongly believe in supporting these state governments, even if they don’t agree with each other. This blog is on record encouraging folks to become more focused on their state government and the identity it brings. Stop thinking about “America” — it’s gone forever. In my case, my primary secular identity is “Okie” (Oklahoman).

In the coming year, I’m going to keep my head down and focus on bicycle touring my state. I’m going to promote the tourist destinations around Oklahoma. It’s all about the natural features. I’m planning on doing a lot of camping. If we can get another vehicle, I’ll be able to reach more destinations, since cycling naturally puts a limit on me.

Going to some place like Black Mesa on a bicycle is probably more than I can do these days. That would take a week or so just one way, and legal camping between here and there is scant. I could just about pay for the food for that kind of trip, but not motels. But I could afford to drive up there and camp out near the place for less than the cost of the food alone.

I’m hoping to shoot a ton of pictures and start learning how to do videos. I’m praying I can get a GoPro camera with a bike helmet mount. If I get enough financial support, I’ll get a drone.

Meanwhile, the real battle ground will be online — an information war. As part of my warfare, I’ll be posting my pictures and videos, and I’ll try to keep up my two blogs. Whatever else I might decide I have to write about will depend on what happens. A lot depends on how things go as the economy unwinds. I chose the word “unwind” very carefully; the US economy is currently under very heavy tension. Things will break, but not everything. I’m confident that I’ll be able to travel some, especially on the bicycle. If driving across the state is still possible, then it will be good times, indeed.

So here’s the thing: pray with me. If any of this interests you, then pray the Lord supply what we need for this. I’m going to ride and take pictures, and camp as much as I can afford. If this blog doesn’t get censored, the pictures will show up here. I’ll try to open an account somewhere to host my videos, and link them here. Meanwhile, I’ll keep training on the bike and taking pictures of that, as well. I’ll blather about getting close to God through His Creation.

Things I can’t normally afford would be that second car, the GoPro and drone.

I may comment some about what’s going on with politics, but I’m more likely to make comments about economics and some social science stuff, along with the technology of resisting censorship. If you like the computer tech stuff, I’ll be trying to shift away from the Ubuntu family of stuff to something else. I’ll keep touch with Windows because I’m still playing volunteer tech support with Windows users. It’s one thing to know what ought to be done, another to know what could be done, and yet another to decide your individual path.

And it could all change next week, depending on unforeseen changes in the situation. At least it should be entertaining.

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Random Photos 17

This is an optical illusion. South Harvey Avenue does not actually go to the Devon Energy Tower. Over that first ridge it runs down into a very rough neighborhood, then drops into Wiley Post Park and the Oklahoma River basin.

This is a picnic table in Woodson Park. The massive park is split by Interstate 44, and it means crossing over on that high arched pedestrian bridge I’ve shown a few times here. This is the west side of the park where the Grand Boulevard Trail turns north.

I climbed up the flood levy to get this view of the OKC skyline. I’m near the south bank OK River Trail, looking back to the east toward Downtown OKC.

Attached to Wiley Post Park in the Capitol Hill area is this Matt Hoffman Skate Park. It was refurbished this past year and the features were completely redesigned.

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Know Thyself

I’ve said before that you should never apologize for your sense of humor. Much of what we consider to be funny is actually hard-wired. There’s room for soul-searching, of course. There’s plenty that we can condemn as bad social conditioning, but the fundamental orientation of what amuses each of us is something we can’t change once it settles into our personalities. You need to have some clear idea of what is fundamental on that issue.

The difficulty comes when certain elements of society want to assert a moral value on something that we cannot change. It’s a difficult process to untangle that mess, and I doubt I can do it for you. I wouldn’t want to anyway. Rather, my point is to ask the questions so many are trying to silence, in part because I would become downright combative about some of it.

This applies across a wide range of things involving aesthetics. For example, don’t tell me jazz music is wonderful; I am wired to hate improvisation in music. Sure, there are some innovations I like, but it’s rare; most of it annoys me. If improvisation is a major element in the presentation, I want nothing to do with it. I won’t condemn you for liking it, but don’t you dare presume to lecture me on what constitutes “good music.” You won’t like my response.

My whole orientation on music is to get people involved. I’m a music leader, not a performer. The number one issue is whether I can provoke the audience to feel involved, regardless of their talents. I’m not interested in premier talent in presentation; your virtuosity of producing music means nothing to me if I can’t use it get the listeners involved. If I can’t sing or hum along with the performance, I have no time for what you are doing. If someone offers a concert and it’s the kind of thing where I’m expected to sit quietly, then I’m not going.

I utterly refuse to be lectured on what is good in terms of visual and performance art. I know what I like and the rest is garbage. Don’t ask me to help you preserve something for which I have no use. Ask me to help you on the grounds of agape between persons; do the work to win my heart first. When it comes to pagan idolatry, I can agree with the Taliban about destroying ancient shrines. I feel no sense of loss. If my convictions tell me it’s an offense to God, you lose every time. The world is going to Hell and I just don’t care what the majority thinks about anything. And at some point the raucous complaints justify violent repression — at some point, if you don’t shut up, I might be willing to shut you up so I can get on with my mission in life.

My solution is live and let live. Give me space for my thing and I’ll be glad to stay out of your way. The thing most likely to get a rise out of me is when you feel moved to force everyone to conform to your tastes. For that, you deserve to die. I may not be the one to make it happen; most of the time I pray for God to do it. That’s consistent with His Word. But if you feel compelled to force my hand, don’t be surprised when I go for scorched earth. If I can’t have my space, I won’t care in the least if anybody else gets theirs.

As long as God sees fit to leave me on this earth, the last thing I want to do is conform to something cooked up by mere men. Again, this is the biblical point of view. Nothing humans can accomplish will matter in the end. I don’t have to destroy anything; it’s already marked for divine destruction. All that matters is the Creator’s glory. His glory is my duty; my convictions are my ultimate guide. Convictions are the character of God written on my soul — convictions are eternal. Not static; they are in a different and higher level from human reason. They are alive because God is alive. He’s a Person, a dynamic source of interaction. Whatever I sense is His will for me at any particular moment is good and right for all involved. That’s what conviction means.

I’ll get it wrong at least part of the time. Without regrets we are less than human, but there are plenty of things men judge as wrong that I don’t regret at all. Still, my convictions are the only hope I have for pleasing God. Anything else, human reason and aesthetics in particular, is a complete failure before it starts. A fumbling obedience to conviction is the very best anyone in this world can do.

Thus, my best hope is seeking the company of those who can tolerate me, and vice versa. It helps if we can be honest about what we see in the mirror. It helps if we are paying any attention to what it means to look in the mirror in the first place. But whatever you must do to answer your own convictions, if you seek to squelch me in obeying mine, there will be conflict and I will utterly refuse to surrender. On the other hand, I can be gracious if you agree to stay out of my way.

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Training Begins Again

Today it was finally warm enough, and the snow cleared enough, to begin training for this year’s bikepacking. This is just a shot of the bridge over Crutcho Creek in Ray Trent Park, Del City, OK. You can see limbs scattered where the damage from the ice storm back before New Year’s Day. It hasn’t all been cleaned up yet. On the other side of this bridge were numerous old rotten trees that were plowed over or cut down to prevent them being a hazard inside the park.

I’ve never seen ice on Eagle Lake. It simply never gets that cold here, not for long enough to do this. It puts a damper on fishing, as you might expect. The bike trail around the lake is gravel double-track, and it still had patches of ice and snow here and there because it lies in the shade of a row of trees that grow along the railroad tracks.

The Oklahoma River (North Canadian River) never freezes either — until it does. I’ve spent half of my life in this area, and I’ve never seen it freeze over until this year. The Canada geese and cormorants are mostly avoiding the frigid water, even while standing the ice in places.

Today’s prayer chapel was a stone bench next to a tree that still has dropped limbs from the ice storm a while back. Today was quite warm; when this shot was taken, it was about 55° F. But with the wind blowing on my back from over the river, the air felt a little chilly. I had to keep my jacket on while I sat here and at my lunch.

Training has begun in earnest. I hope to start camping trips sometime next month.

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I Warned You

Some of you still don’t get it. Trump was never going to do anything that really mattered. I still claim he had a commission from God, but that he failed it, and he failed so completely that there will be no recovery possible. Trump is toast, and deservedly so, though not for any reason commonly cited by the liars of the MSM.

Your false dichotomies of Republican versus Democrat, of liberals versus conservatives, are all a lie from Satan. The Devil rules the whole thing.

The only way Trump could have done anything much at all would be to organize and lead a genuine bloody coup against the federal bureaucracy. No, I mean that quite literally. The only way to change the government would be summary execution of something like 2 million people, mostly in Washington DC. Then there’s another couple million in various state governments and various academic and media institutions who would need to die, if the objective was to “save America” in any useful sense. It’s not that Trump could not have done such a thing, but that he would have to be willing to sacrifice his precious public image. And he won’t get to keep that anyway.

Thus, we still have the globalists and this is their time. Of course, they will destroy America and the West. The silly part is that globalism is the pinnacle of Western identity. Everything you think you hate about globalism, socialism, communism, liberalism, feminism, etc. — it’s all inherent in the legacy whence Western Civilization arises (Greco-Rome blended with Germanic tribes). Every civilization in history has borne the seeds of its own destruction, and the West is no different. And what follows the West will be just another civilization bearing the seeds of its own destruction, too.

When will you understand? Genuine biblical Christian faith doesn’t give a damn about all of that. The Bible makes it clear that man-made civilizations are always inherently broken. While some elements of ancient Hebrew symbolism include the idea of a city as a good thing, it’s always with the caveat of a city built by God, not one built by mere men. And the idea of “city” is always a placeholder for civilization as a whole. The whole point is that you cannot build civilization on human perception and wisdom. Only what stands on the foundation of divine revelation will work (sand versus bedrock). That’s the foundation of reality itself.

Thus, as a reaction against all that’s wrong with what humanity can build without God, we are called to stick to the image of tent-dwelling nomads. Even during the peak of ancient Israel’s civilization days, the image of “to your tents, O Israel” remained a meaningful reminder that those truly dedicated to the Covenant — which gave Israel it’s whole identity — would be the kind of people who wouldn’t hesitate to switch back to living the nomad existence of Exodus. There remained within the nation of Israel a significant presence of revered purist minorities who remained in tents and refused to engage in any of the pleasures of civilization (like the Rechabites, for example).

Stop caring about “all that Americans have built.” It was never a blessing from God because it ignored God’s Word. This was never a Christian nation because there can be no such thing as a “Christian nation.” The very idea of human organization sufficient to qualify for the term “nation” is militantly contrary to Christ’s message. There is no Christian principle of organization for political conquest of this fallen world.

The very foundation of God’s revelation calls for humanity to live as feudal tribal covenant communities. If you don’t understand that, then you simply do not understand the Bible. We are commanded to form a parallel society, infiltrating the fallen human world around us in various ways, but never by assimilating into it. We are to remain aloof and separate from the fallen world. At no time should you ever imagine that those are our people. Our people as followers of Christ will always be feudal tribal covenant communities of faith. There is no other definition acceptable in Christ.

You may be forced to compromise to some degree with local government. Make sure you are living where God wants you to live. Render unto Caesar the taxes due, but don’t render your life to Caesar’s grip, because it’s no different from passing your children through the fires of Moloch. Don’t take the Mark of the Beast. That’s not an absolute; that’s a parable for the call to separate as far as you can with the help and guidance of the Lord. It is your duty to test your convictions regarding the specifics. It’s not my mission to make rules for you, but to awaken your consciousness of what “holiness” means.

Whatever holiness means, it doesn’t include Trump nor anything he promoted, nor anything he promotes now. Stop pining for his administration. He will always be a symbol of dereliction of duty. His time is past. Stop looking for any kind of turning back to yesterday. I will never support that.

Get ready for the apocalypse. Are you silly enough to not realize the polar cold front was the hand of God? Men fail His plans; God never fails. He does things His own way, and His wrath is harsh. We have no way to estimate what else He’ll do as He pours out His wrath on America.

Yeah, I’m just a madman. But I don’t want any more messages about how wonderful Trump was and awful Biden and friends will be. Let’s talk about how we are going to live with it.

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Seeing It Clearly from the Outside

It’s one thing to see clearly how the ideological clash between American nationalism versus globalism works. It’s another thing to recognize that following Christ means both sides are evil. By the way, it’s utterly reasonable to portray both major political parties as essentially globalist, just different flavors of it (secular versus Zionist). The only people adhering to American nationalism are a huge plurality of normal American voters; the people they consider their leadership is actually their enemies.

The linked article points out how the whole show is run by oligarchs. The point of calling them “globalist” is that:

The one-word motto they came to live by was globalism — that is, the freedom to structure commercial relationships and social enterprises without reference to the well-being of the particular society in which they happened to make their livings and raise their children.

Every other meaning associated with the term “globalist” is useless. It’s pure and simple idolatry of profit against the welfare of the people who should be your people. It’s the antithesis of “love your neighbor as yourself.” For the oligarchs, their only loyalty — weak as it is — remains with their own select few peers.

What seems clear is that Biden’s inauguration marks the hegemony of an American oligarchy that sees its relationship with China as a shield and sword against their own countrymen. Like Athens’ Thirty Tyrants, they are not simply contemptuous of a political system that recognizes the natural rights of all its citizens that are endowed by our creator; they despise in particular the notion that those they rule have the same rights they do. Witness their newfound respect for the idea that speech should only be free for the enlightened few who know how to use it properly. Like Critias and the pro-Sparta faction, the new American oligarchy believes that democracy’s failures are proof of their own exclusive right to power—and they are happy to rule in partnership with a foreign power that will help them destroy their own countrymen.

So it’s not a matter of loving China, but of loving the money and power that comes from favoring China in the current circumstances. Big Tech is in on this game. To be honest, the root nature of the Internet and networking technology is about as global as anything can be. The Internet is its own domain the recognizes no political boundaries. It takes a lot of work with physical infrastructure to restrict anything related to the Internet, because the thing itself has no identity and knows only numbers.

It’s not as if Paul had any love for Rome, but he was all too glad to use Roman citizenship and the Roman transportation network to carry the gospel message as far as he could. It was a message that Rome eventually considered flatly illegal, until the time came when the leaders of that religion could be politically harnessed. That’s how it is for us today. The Internet has enabled the very worst of human oppression in ways we still can’t even imagine, but for now, it’s the best way to spread the gospel message.

We’ll use that means until our message of faith eventually becomes illegal as all the Big Tech titans unite in their hatred for it. But the bulk of acknowledged Christian leadership has already compromised, and we who dissent in genuine faith will be persecuted, to include a persecution at the hands of church leaders.

Folks, the oppression is coming. Maybe if some state governments start pushing back, things might be less bad. If those states get together and eventually pull out of the existing federal system, that would be about as good as it could get. It still leaves us under the thumb of a government system based on assumptions of ownership of the people as slaves. The ideas of “freedom and liberty” are always offered in terms of what the government can/will deliver. Nobody is talking about less government, not really.

Those who follow Christ can give only a conditional submission, and no real loyalty, to any government that is not based on Biblical Law — a feudal tribal covenant community. That doesn’t exist anywhere in this world, though in theory it could. And unlike the oligarchs, we are quite willing to sacrificially care for those outside of any covenant, even though they are most certainly not our people. We hold the door open for them, while retaining the boundaries that demand there be a door that is narrow and difficult. It’s not elitist, but sacrificial.

We can see these things clearly, but we observe the conflicts from the outside. It’s not our fight. If mere man can change any part of it, then it means nothing eternally. Jesus never trusted human politics to accomplish any part of His mission except His execution. “I have been crucified with Christ” may be symbolic, but maybe literal. We have no reasonable expectation of a better end in this world. Our lives are forfeit when we come to the foot of the Cross to pick up our own.

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Not Built for This

I’m willing to bet most of my readers have more snow than this. I shoveled as much of the walkway as I use myself, out to our car, just in case we have to go somewhere. I can drive in this stuff; I grew up in Alaska. Also, I had a lot of good driver training in the military. I paid attention and the instructions do work.

But this is just for emergency only. I will probably walk to our grocery store later today, slogging through unplowed roads and even some driveways. Oklahoma’s official infrastructure isn’t built for this. Even worse is the severe cold that has set records. Yesterday morning we were just 3° F from all time record lows. The record set in 1899 was -17° F (-27C); we hit -14 (-26C).

This morning I checked on our laundromat. The maintenance crew was in there with a space heater; water was flowing fast over the threshold and out the door. A couple of years ago they shut off the heat to this part of the building, putting insulation over the vent. The idea was to discourage bums from coming in, locking the door and trashing the place. Since then they put an electronic lock on it, and you have to know the code to get in. We haven’t had any more bums, but we also still don’t have any heat in there. Maybe they will open up the vent again.

That’s just a symbol of the kind of breakdowns throughout the state. You know Draper Lake where I try to ride the bikeway loop once a week? That’s a primary water supply for Oklahoma City. This past couple of weeks they’ve had trouble getting the water to the city. Not that the water pipes are frozen, but the chemical supply pipes used in the water treatment plant are frozen. They can’t get the mandatory treatment to the water, so that federal and state laws require them to stop pumping the water until they thaw the chemical lines. Nobody alive today remembers it being this cold, and the construction standards just don’t take that kind of temperatures into account.

There is one good side-effect: Our biting insects aren’t bred to withstand this, either. This summer there will be very few, if any, mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers in the wild. Those little critters will have to migrate back into our area, and the population will remain low for at least this year and next.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel. The first of next week will see our temperatures climb back up into the normal range for this part of the world: 45° F (7C).

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Not Trusting People Who Hate Me

By definition, a vaccine is something injected into your body that is a weakened version of the plague the vaccine seeks to protect you from. It creates the same immune response as the real plague, and any attempt to analyze the antibodies cannot tell the difference between someone who took the vaccine and someone who survived the real plague.

The COVID mRNA vaccines are not like that. Whatever else they do, they create highly specific antibodies that are not at all like those of plague survivors; the antibodies would not be wide-ranging the way natural antibodies are. Instead of provoking a reaction by introducing a weakened version of the plague, and allowing the body to come up with multiple responses, the COVID mRNA vaccines instruct the body to create very specific antibodies without the stimulus of the plague itself. The antibodies so created are distinctly different from the natural antibodies.

Viruses that have circulated in a population typically mutate in response to natural defenses. When the real plague enters the system supposedly defended by the work of an mRNA vaccine, it would likely use these highly specific antibodies as markers to attack in amplification of the normal damage it might otherwise do.

Consider this: Taking the vaccine generates markers in your body that would not naturally exist under any circumstances. It’s not to say the vaccine doesn’t work, but that it does a lot that has nothing to do with the plague.

Now consider that there are people who have already published their desire to reduce the human population of earth, and some conjecture on how they could do it. The use of public manipulation regarding false biological threats is a common proposal in those published discussions.

Yeah, there are people who want you dead. I am in no position to offer proof that would end any debate, but I’ll tell you this: I’m going to act as if the following is true —

The COVID mRNA vaccine is almost certainly going to provoke an autoimmune response in the majority of the human population who receive it. This won’t be fatal for everyone, but it will weaken your system and make an early death more likely. Worse, it will certainly open you up to controls via further biological manipulation. It will create a marker that follow-on artificial bio-agents can identify. How you handle that threat is between you and God, but for now, I’ll draw the line on this and face whatever sanctions come with refusing it.

I’m not going to trust people who hate me.

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A Full-Blown Apocalypse

Yes, we are facing a full-blown apocalypse.

It has to come from God. Even if we could sit down and talk face to face, there is no way I can make you see what I see right now. The fire and urgency would not come across unless you already had your own fire and urgency. People might hear, but there is no megaphone so loud that everyone will listen.

Do you understand why I say that we are sliding into a full-blown apocalypse? Don’t get lost in the symbolism of the Four Horsemen. Yes, those things are terrible: political instability, war, economic collapse and disease. Those things must come, but we could live through all of that if we could keep our eyes on the Lord. That’s the thing: Keeping our eyes on peace with God. That’s the whole point of being here in this fallen world.

If we could sum up the meaning of shalom in our age, it would be something like social stability. Even that is highly abbreviated. It’s the image of people of faith living together under a divine covenant, holding to the teaching of the Word. It’s the multi-generational transference of that eternal moral viewpoint, having children grow up into it and assuming it’s importance. Not just a mental assumption, as something they’ve been taught not to question. This is more of the heart-led assumption because they fully understand how all the questions are answered.

We never had that here in America. That’s why I don’t lament the loss of America. What I lament is the loss of something that America at one point allowed. For a brief period of time in American history, government allowed communities to form that varied from each other, so long as they fit within the broad general boundaries of the wider national identity. That wasn’t so hard to do back then. But that older, gentler national identity is long gone, and so is the tolerance for the variations in what God requires of us.

The reason it’s a real apocalypse is because we are not allowed to teach our children, and we are not allowed to build a community in which people of faith can actually expect to find other people of faith. Do you understand that it’s normal when churches are filled with people who very much need to learn how to walk by faith, because they still struggle with the flesh? That’s okay, because church is where they are supposed to learn faith, but having those same people lead the church is a serious problem. And that’s what we have now. Churches are so institutional and so professional that genuine faith is actually a hindrance to the system.

There is not a single church out there that will tolerate me, because they cannot tolerate my calling and mission. I’m not angry about that, just disappointed. I worked for decades inside the system, and I know beyond all doubt that my faith is a threat to it. Let them have their own path. I can’t say that they aren’t following their own calling, only that they won’t let me follow mine without leaving the system.

What makes this tribulation and persecution is that it is technically illegal for me to build something more amenable to my faith. Think about this: How many judges are willing to shut down an SJW complaint? How many judges would protect a genuine statement of biblical faith about gender and family structure? We shouldn’t care what people do to themselves, but we pine for the freedom to make different choices for ourselves. And it’s really not just judges, but the people who hold the actual power in making things possible in the current situation. How many state governments, ruling over education, would tolerate a home school curriculum based on heart-led faith that disparages materialism?

Let me recommend this post on Jack’s blog: We can’t plant seed in the middle of winter. Pro-family cultural norms are increasingly illegal, and impossible to promote even in private — there is no privacy. We are not allowed to have a closed community, as would be entirely necessary, in order to create the atmosphere for passing on biblical values to our children. Jack’s emphasis is that men and women of genuine faith can’t find each other and marry to raise children that way, because the system is so corrupt. By the time we have come to this understanding of faith, we would be too old for a clean first marriage that produces children. The faith community can’t get started because the members have to pass through a hellish landscape of immoral relationships first.

And that’s what they pass through when they start out in churches.

Maybe you’ll point to the Amish, Mennonites, or even Orthodox Jewish cloistered communities. They are tolerated because they are rule-based. That grants the secular authorities a certain leverage to keep such communities on the margin, small and scattered so they don’t pose a threat to the materialistic system. I’m suggesting something that isn’t rule-based, something that is far more mystical in orientation. Instead of avoiding uncomfortable questions, we would encourage people to ask them. We would encourage the kind of searching that underlies the periods of rebellious youth, when such rule-based communities lose so many members.

The trick is not to armor yourselves against reasonable questions. It’s to build a focused life that moves beyond them as a mark of maturity. Over and over again, I’ve tried to show that Aristotelian logic is not the enemy; stopping there that is what kills faith. The Hebrew culture, as part of the wider Ancient Near East, didn’t lack understanding of concrete and abstract logic, but that they always found it inadequate. If you can’t shoot holes in abstract reasoning, then you don’t understand what mysticism is about. Hebrew mysticism made room for abstract reasoning as part of the growing up process, but to stay there was considered juvenile.

Yes, Judaism is a very juvenile take on Moses. The mystical wisdom of the ancient Hebrew sages was lost somewhere before the conquests of Alexander the Great. That’s why Hellenistic intellectual traditions were so intoxicating to the rabbis; it had become exotic instead of silly. It was an apocalypse of faith that made them militantly reject the Messiah.

And this is why we are entering a full-blown apocalypse: Genuine faith, with all the ancient wisdom of the Hebrew sages, is the enemy of the rising demon-led hordes of fools who run things. I have to wonder just how many people out there across the virtual space are ready to pick up the torch. Not my particular brand of teaching, but I’m praying the Lord can keep alive anything that draws from that common ancient tradition.

He’s the only one who can make it happen.

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