Chronicles of Diversity


Reality energetics
December 26, 2006, 9:31 pm
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Chronicles of Diversity
Reality energetics
27 December 2006; Volume 8, Issue 40

This is our last publication of “Chronicles of Diversity”. Beginning in January we will be changing the name of “Chronicles of Diversity” to “The Wonder Springs Chronicle” posted on the WonderSprings.org dedicated blog server. Our Chronicle Archives back through 2003 are now available for PDF download at http://www.wondersprings.org. It is our plan to have the whole Chronicles of Diversity Archives stretching back to 1999 in a searchable database early in 2007.

PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/realityenergetics12-27-6.pdf

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The sun has set on the British Empire. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is no more. The Warsaw Pact is now truly independent countries. Yugoslavia has broken up into Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and Macedonia. Will Iraq survive long as a distinct nation, or will it break up into three, perhaps four independent nations?

We are told that President Bush is now looking at various alternatives on what will be the United States involvement in Iraq. The grandiose plans of a western style democracy flourishing in the fertile crescent, looks more like a nightmare inherited from Ronald Reagan, than a sudden sprouting of self determination. So what went wrong?

The cable news channels are full of pundits, stating that Dubbya is a loser by not following this plan, or that, or even getting us involved in the region. The consensus is that we need to make changes, but nobody really knows what will be the outcome of any of the courses of action. The problem is that we are looking only at humanly understood variables. Furthermore, those variables are interpreted with in the context of what is generally accepted as western culture.

What is really missing from the debate, and I expect will have no chance of entering into the ultimate outcome, is the reality of energetics as the prime mover of the affairs of man. Energetics is not primarily about oil or the price thereof. Energetics is not about the difference between Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and atheism. Energetics is the way various components of God’s creation function within their environment.

In human communities energetics is how all energy components function to make the social structure function or not function. This includes not only energy as we understand it (gas, oil, electricity, solar), but things such as political energy, community dynamics, religious energy, financial liquidity, or virtually all human possibilities and desires. These human energetics are really the same as ecological energetics of God’s creation, adding the unique variability of humanity’s God inherited image.

I am familiar with a Christian physicist that wrote a book about how specifically God was doing a new and wonderful thing by creating all these new nations around the world and how national self determination is just the first step towards personal accountability before God. Well he got the results right, but I am amazed that a physicist, especially a Christian physicist, did not understand that it wasn’t a specific move of God at all. Self determination from chaos to individual accountability, leading to freedom to make personal choices, is the way God created the universe. Furthermore, it is the basic concept of God’s specific revelation, the Bible. The Word of God created the world, and through the gospel it is the Word of God that gives humanity freedom from its self imposed (sinful) nature.

What we are seeing today is not some new, specific move of God to bring people to Jesus before the Rapture of the church, what we are seeing is the effects of natural law and common grace doing their thing. We call this process Metis Phylogenesis. What sets Metis Phylogenesis apart from theories of human social development is that it is not based on the evolutionary dogma of millions and billions of years, but upon a created history of thousands.

Stop for a moment and just think briefly before this year ends. Look at the diversity of human populations and think about how can this all happen in just a few millennium. It blows your mind! Why, for the most part because we have been indoctrinated to believe that God doesn’t exist, that we are here by chance, and as a consequence the only way to feel secure as a human being is to not ask too many questions, and throw in enough time just to dilute out personal consequences.

The energetic structure of western culture is based upon the energetics of the Reformation of the 16th century. Since that time the effects of the laws of thermodynamics have slowly been winding down toward entropy. That Reformation gave us what we call Protestant churches, but it also greatly changed the Roman Church and all of human culture in western Europe, spreading to the Americas and around the world. The democratic freedoms that we still enjoy today are a direct result in that increase in human energetics brought about by the Reformation.

Not all the world has ever experienced those freedoms. By the grace of God, theocratic Islam was halted just east of Vienna as the power of the Reformation was released in western Europe. Today that confrontation of the middle east and west is now playing out in Iraq. Will the results be the same as they were 500 years ago? The answer does not lie in political will, insurgents, Congress, the President, big oil, or anything else that this country and it’s leadership is looking towards. The results lie in God’s created energetic reality following God’s plan that underlies the universe in which we live.

God’s plan is not based upon race, God’s created energetic plans rest upon the natural formation of tribes and nations through energetic principles. Lines on a map, and the political expediency of foreign western powers in the last century, do not a nation make. The tribes and the religious differences between, Shia and Sunni Islam, Kurd and Christians will not be solved except, first of all, by understanding that these energetic principles exist, and then going with the flow.

That does not put the United States on a strong footing in this incursion, even if the overall guiding principle was totally personal freedom for the Iraqi populace. As time goes on, that noble objective, along with other blowback consequences, will be subjugated to energetic reality. If Shia and Sunni Moslems want to kill each other, and the only thing that they can agree on is removing all vestiges of Christianity (American troops and local Christian communities that predate Islam by 700 years) then they will do that, unless we bring superior energetics to overcome their energetics. Saddam Hussein did that in his dictatorship and shear repression of all parties except his own ruling bureaucracy, that was essentially installed and propped up by western political and economic interests.

Part of the problem that the United States faces, is that itself is quickly degenerating from the Secular Republic of our foundation into a country based upon the principles of evolution, both in the form of materialism and so called democracy, which is nothing more than a form of anarchy. As such, the energetic structure of the United States can not generate energetically the political resolve to fight successfully any form of Islamic Theocracy. Furthermore, while Al Qaeda is not capable ruling or even forming a governing political structure in this country, it is perfectly capable of facilitating the energetic break up of the United States as a totally evolutionary, materialistic nation.

As our final publication as “Chronicles of Diversity” this week’s article is published in html. The main reason is to publish the following table of energetic governing structures in this world. We have chosen ten such structures. For those of you into the concept of conflicting worldviews, this table is really an attempt to put those underlying worldviews into their application of natural energetic principles. We have chosen ten, all governments surely contain ascending and descending components of perhaps a number of these structures.

Because of Biblical Christianity’s belief in the ultimate authority of God, Holy Scripture, as the basis for Absolute truth, it is by definition the most energetically relevant form of human governing structure. This is not the governing of what much of American evangelicalism is now pushing under the understanding of the “Religious Right.” We would quantify that movement more as a theocratic form of Renaissance Humanism.

As we move down the table, the governing structures move away from God and Godliness towards total man centered organizations. As such one may question whether the term governance may apply at all. This table is really just a preliminary method to try to represent the reality of natural law and common grace energetic principles to the world of humanity we see every day. In that light, hopefully you can begin to understand the times in which we live and courses of action we need to take as individual personalities as we function within the various governing structures that are present somewhere in God’s eternal plan.

Something must be said about sizes of components in each structure. Bigness as a general rule requires a more intensive energetic structure than do smaller entities. Therefore, within each structure there is really an ultimate, or perhaps more energy efficient size of enterprise. Furthermore, as diversity increases, total energetic utilization also increases. Converting that energetic structure into total, of what might be termed prosperity, smallness can support more diversity and make more people relatively prosperous than can large institutions. But again that size is also related to the values of the governing structure itself. The key lying in the interrelationships between individuals or particular entities.

In that light, because it demands really no community structure and has no absolutes by which to govern interrelationships, an evolutionary democracy is the least energetically efficient, also it is the most distant from God’s ultimate design. Evolutionary teaching leads to chaos.

Biblical Christianity however, gives the individual the ultimate worldly value of being created in the image of God, and demands that within its structure that everyone operate within the absolutes of Biblical truth, making man and his values the ultimate source of personal freedom through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for the sins of man. Personal freedom overcomes chaos for the most people and at a higher level of prosperity. As you understand more about God’s gift of grace, the more God’s love requires that you share not through rules, but through thankfulness, your wealth, or time, your energy with those less fortunate. This is a concept that becomes completely undefinable and foreign as you move down the governing structure scale.

As a consequence both biblical and historic Christian governing structures contain not only an energetic complexity unfathomable to lower structures, they rest upon a teaching paradigm that says that God comes to earth to redeem mankind, rather than man reaching out and up to God as completely within human capacity. Therefore, both structures work only within those groups that have some understanding of the complexity foreign, or beyond, only a completely natural revelation.

With it’s founding as a secular republic the United States of a America, was able to reach beyond its Christian – Judeo roots, to appeal to an audience well beyond its borders. That light of tolerance still shines in the world today, even though as a nation we no longer hold any absolute values to be self evident. True freedom can only exist where true human diversity is celebrated.

An evolutionary paradigm has no mechanism to truly understand natural diversity, because evolutionary dogma counters all the thermodynamic laws, hence requires an inconsistent leap of religious faith to embrace its tenets. That is an emotional leap to justify the chaos of life without any absolutes or ultimate goals and therefore defines chaos as good because I think, therefore I think myself as good, for I have no external references.

Iraq exists as lines drawn on a map by western secular governments. Those borders enforced, except in the last few years, by a minority dictator with western support, will not endure, regardless of all the world’s political might. We can however strongly influence the formation of a secular confederation, of distinct people groups or tribes. Those people groups include also a Christian minority that predates Islam, that the Iraq Study Group report failed to even recognize.

That failure to even recognize a large Christian community in Iraq alone illustrates just how far the United States has fallen from its role of champion of true human freedom for the world. However, if we truly want to restrain that area from degenerating into a blood bath of true civil war and the establishing of either Islamic theocracies or another sectarian dictatorship, then we must look to supreme values beyond the total natural interests that got us into a war in that region.

That is the opportunity that presents itself to this Christian president and this nation. It will only come about by those who truly believe in Biblical and Historic Christian, and secular republican values, to make their voice heard. In short it calls for those who should know better to move back to and support their personal values, at a cost. A cost that requires that they forgo the vanity of global materialism and self realization based on evolutionary paradigms.

A new world order, only requires God’s people to rest in God’s revealed accomplished work. That is where the power of energetics come into play. That is truly the only mechanism for freedom to flourish in this world and is the only basis of our hope for a better future.

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Trees & lights
December 19, 2006, 11:54 pm
Filed under: Weekly Columns

20 December 2006; Volume 8, Issue 39

Our 2006 Chronicle Archives are now available for PDF download at http://www.wondersprings.org. It is our plan to have the whole Chronicles of Diversity Archives stretching back to 1999 in a searchable database by the first of 2007. That task is now complete through 2004. Beginning in January we will be changing the name of Chronicles of Diversity to The Wonder Springs Chronicle posted on the WonderSprings.org dedicated blog server.

PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/treelights12-20-6.pdf

Today, a special report from the world’s most disaster prone region, the Puget Sound of the State of Washington. Well, actually this is not a special report in the general sense, because this appears at about our regularly scheduled time. However, it does seem special in the sense that it was not on the schedule for any end of the year summary.

For those of you in the hinterlands beyond the good old US of A, the Puget Sound Area has experienced in the last month it’s second disaster, catastrophe, stupendous change event, or whatever adjective you might have for these things. Both of these events were weather related, floods and our most recent wind storm. That doesn’t count the snow and ice that basically shut down Seattle for about a week. So far there have been no earthquakes, tsunamis, lahars, terrorist attacks, or pandemics, but once the momentum gets started, only God knows?

So to get us in the proper frame of reference, let us spin that old metaphysical question in the “light” of recent events. “Does a falling tree, turn out the lights, if no one is there to watch it fall?”

Isn’t real reality grand, of course the tree does turn out the lights when it falls across power lines. Actually, in my particular case, to be precise, the lights were out for fifty and a half hours. I joined the over a million households that woke up to that reality Friday morning, December 15, 2006. While those numbers have diminished rapidly there will still be some areas that will not have power restored until Christmas. (Christmas is December 25th, in the case of some politically correct who might stumble across this posting and have evolved beyond celebrating this winter holiday.)

The Colorado Blue Spruce, planted by my landlord’s deceased sister was one of the casualties. Sometime after the power went off it hit the top of the neighbor’s fake chimney, bounced off to the side, basically taking off his gutters and breaking some of his plastic siding. All it did really was make a big mess, and as a consequence gave me an acceptable view of Lake Washington, Mercer Island, and beyond.

Up the street a big maple came down crushing a corner of the adjacent garage, before coming to rest on the house back porch. Monday morning, when the crew arrived to begin the removal, they were still not sure how they were going to get the tree separated from the structures with the least amount of damage. Now there is a couple of piles of large wood chunks being collected along the street, and they haven’t yet got to the main tree.

Pretty close by was the big Douglas fir that fell across the street, shearing about 10 feet off of one utility pole, 15 feet off another, taking the cross arm supports off a couple more, and bending them on the final two. Seward Park Avenue South was blocked just across the street from the Kline Galland nursing home, with about a two feet in diameter uprooted tree trunk. Those primarily Jewish residents were evacuated because their backup power source was just not adequate to provide for this extended utility interruption.

Friday morning I went out to assess the damage to the area. Other than the aforementioned, nothing really serious. A couple of houses had their power lines altered, but really just inconveniences. The interesting part however, from the north end where the road signs said road closed, you could not see the downed light killing tree, from the south however you could see it. On the north as traffic approached the barricade about a third of the cars and SUV’s seemed to think that the sign just did not apply to them. They simply drove around the road block, thinking, I assume, that they were some way going to alter reality by their presence, or the presence of their vehicle, or that signs don’t apply to them.

When the Seattle City Light power crew finally arrived on the scene Saturday night, an unofficial interview with a member of the over worked power crew said that it was the worst damage he had seen in this particular storm and it might be Sunday evening before we would get power, unless they were able to reroute power to some of the houses down stream from the outage. Thankfully, they were able to do that, and the power came on early Sunday morning at 3:25, but who’s counting.

Beginning in January, “The Wonder Springs Chronicle” will begin a personalized series on stupendous change planning and leadership. The current program, officiated by local governments is called 3days3ways.org. It is nice to say that local governments are taking the lead in this, perhaps worldwide, but the 72 hour concept is really just a follow on to a federal 72 hour program, which really has little basis in actual catastrophic reality, except to get people to think about a potential disaster, and not to freak out when real reality hits. Since we do not have to worry about political spin here, the actual planning sequence should be for a week minimum. Should a real pandemic such as Bird Flu hit your area, two months or more is a more realistic idea. Something to ruminate on until we begin our program here in January.

Therefore worldwide, if you need to look at the reality of stupendous change, the Puget Sound area governments and other resources is a place to start your personal, family, and community resource planning. As we stated at the onset of this article, this is the disaster capital of the world, that is the reality of this beautiful place.

Reality, can you deal with it? Your insurance company will call what happened this last week an Act of God. But what part in this did God really play? All three of the trees in the brief survey above should not have been there! I know some of the reasons for the blue spruce, and that is for the most part an unwillingness to look at reality, for a number of good reasons.

The maple tree that crushed the garage, I was told by the arborist and the garage owner that the neighboring tree was reported to the tree owner as a hazard over four years ago, but nothing was done about the tree, until now an Act of God took it down. Is that really an act of God, or some means of coping with the reality that people are not God, and if we don’t face reality, we will never have to deal with serious issues, until death us do part from this life? That removal would have also cost someone money out of their pocket, now God gets the blame, and we all pay for negligence with higher insurance costs.

Then there were two trees that should have been removed, where the one had fallen across the power line. I would consider it an Act of God that one remains, with the possibility to take it out, before it happens again. You know hundred foot tall Douglas Fir trees, really are not that beautiful. Part of the reason that the Puget Sound region is a disaster paradise, is that it is also a tree hugger promised land. The reality is that if you build your house amongst tall trees, chances are that when the wind blows really hard, some of the trees are going to fall down, probably on you or your neighbor’s house, or garage, or boat, or car, or maybe even you, or your neighbor, that unlucky chap. Little trees for some reason are just not as spiritually inspiring as a “Pseudotsuga menziesii” five feet from your hot tub.

The reason that most of the Act of God damage occurred is that people were unwilling, or educated into a false sense of security, that bad things will not happen to good people and they are basically a good person.

The illusion of modern America, is that you can be all you want to be and live a prosperous (vain) life in anyway you choose, and nothing bad will ever happen to you, if you only believe. Reality check! There is a God who created it all. You are not Him. Furthermore, there is a reality out there, beyond your capacity to control. That means in a nutshell, that blew off the nut tree and through the window, that you do not alter that reality with your nutty thoughts. If you think this wonderful life illusion is really reality, you are either self deceived or mentally ill. You are incapable of discerning for yourself the truth, because the true truth does not lie in your being.

Talking with a young man from Kent in the gas line Friday afternoon in Renton, he mentioned that it was amazing that such a little storm could create so much chaos. I went out for breakfast Saturday morning, at the place I normally go, the parking lot was over flowing. I thought I would try another place. The waitress there, while there was room to sit at the counter, looked like she was about to have a stress heart attack, so after 20 minutes with no service I left.

I think I bought my second ever designer cup of coffee at the Tully’s in Fred Meyer, and got a blackberry scone. It was nice to sit and talk to the man raised in Montana and the couple from Renton’s Fairwood neighborhood in the store’s little café area. They all were amazed just how much chaos, such a truly minor interruption could create. Renton with the power on, had become the hope of humanity and the comforts of civilization for people from southeast Seattle, and the suburban areas of Renton, Kent, and perhaps beyond. I had my heart set on ham and eggs, or perhaps pancakes, but a scone and a grande mocha was just fine. All something definitely beyond my backpacking stove’s capacity in a cold house.

Most of my real disaster stuff is in a box in a storage space in Spokane. There was not enough room in my truck to bring it back to Seattle during a trip a year ago, and I haven’t had space since either, but I made out quite well for the fifty hours of the wonderful falling tree making me without lights episode. After a couple of trips to Renton I realized, it was much more peaceful at home in the cold, than the hassle of dealing with the chaotic world of people unprepared for reality. A combination of meat, fish, and shrimp gumbo, cooked over a backpacking stove, was probably better than I could get in a restaurant anyway. This backup plan did not have the luxury of my best plan, but at least I was comfortable and had the best lit house in the neighborhood. This without the graces of a generator.

As you listen to the region’s well trained disaster planners, you quickly realize, as they continually state, the problem is not really with the stuff that you will need, the problem is with your attitude preceding, during, and after the stupendous change occurs. As I started writing about during Katrina, then broke a bone in my hand, I do not believe in disasters and catastrophes, because nothing happens in this world that is not in God’s control, and I know the God who controls the circumstances. That means I may experience stupendous change and the stress that it may bring about in my life, but not only do I understand my position and responsibility in true reality, I understand I need to stay flexible as change (sometimes stupendous change) happens in my life. I realize furthermore, many times stupendous change occurs not only through physical events, but through health and other issues also.

This is the Christmas season when lighted trees have been a historic reminder of an evergreen tree, symbolizing the light of the world in a dark time. The reason that Christmas is a sign of the birth of the son of God, being born in human flesh, is that reality has been altered by man’s decision to seek the darkness instead of the light. This week we have seen that for the very same reason those evergreen trees can remove the light, and the heat, and the pleasantries of life. We can call this an Act of God, but in reality this darkness is still related to the sinfulness of man and our need for a Savior.

Have a very Merry Christmas and be thankful that you have electric lights this season. Aladdin lights may be fun for a couple of days, but real progress for this country would be for us to look to the Light of the world, instead of the light of our own limited illuminations.

Our 2006 Chronicle Archives are now available for PDF download at http://www.wondersprings.org. It is our plan to have the whole Chronicles of Diversity Archives stretching back to 1999 in a searchable database by the first of 2007. That task is now complete through 2004. Beginning in January we will be changing the name of Chronicles of Diversity to The Wonder Springs Chronicle posted on the WonderSprings.org dedicated blog server.



Uncle Sam’s, New Year’s Petition
December 13, 2006, 6:23 pm
Filed under: Weekly Columns

13 December 2006; Volume 8, Issue 38

Our 2006 Chronicle Archives are now available for PDF download at http://www.wondersprings.org. It is our plan to have the whole Chronicles of Diversity Archives stretching back to 1999 in a searchable database by the first of 2007. Beginning in January we will be changing the name of Chronicles of Diversity to The Wonder Springs Chronicle posted on the WonderSprings.org dedicated blog server.

We haven’t heard much from Uncle Sam in a long time now. What has happened to the old dude? Is he living in some nursing home in Florida, perhaps he resides in a Old Soldiers home in Arizona? Maybe he bought a cattle ranch in eastern Montana.

We know that Uncle Sam first showed up during the War of 1812 and shortly thereafter quickly became the personification of the United States. Some say that he was really Samuel Wilson of upstate New York, much like Saint Nicholas morphed into Santa Claus. Come to think of it Santa Claus may have moved in with Uncle Sam, neither are politically correct individuals in the United States today.

Both Uncle Sam and Santa Claus stand for traditional American values. Values based on the Good Book and Natural Law and God’s common grace. Traditional values are not in vogue anymore, swept away as we rapidly evolve into the morass of individualism without morals, and gross materialism as our only legacy to the future.

I got to thinking about Uncle Sam, listening to a song on my way back to Spokane from my cabin on the Kettle River yesterday. What this country really needs now is not a unified North American union, that seems to be one of the Bush Administration’s secret agendas, probably attempted in pursuit of Bush senior’s New World Order. What America needs today is to return to what Uncle Sam could teach us about America, the world, and each other.

You have to give Dubbya credit, he seems to be one of our country’s hardest working presidents. The problem seems to be all that work has turned into what we used to haul out in a wheel barrow from my grandfathers dairy barn. However, if things don’t change dramatically in the next two years, historians are determined to write the Bush legacy as the worst president in the history of the country, surpassing Jimmy Carter.

Interesting, the two worst presidents, if not in America’s history, at least in recent times, are both our most outwardly Christian in their confessions of faith. Come to think of it, we really have not had real leadership from the president in a long time now. Bill Clinton after all gave us the legacy of, “It depends upon what your definition of is, is.” and “I could do it, so I did.”

Jimmy Carter is still going around the world proclaiming his Christian gospel, derived from the liberal Christian social gospel of mainline Christianity from the Great Depression until – – – about the time of Jimmy Carter, when it seemed to vanish from the Christian agenda.

That liberal gospel of social works was replaced with another much more conservative, at least in how it is spun, moral majority working toward a theocratic federal government. That Christian Right is the base that George W. Bush has placated since he began running for the office of president, at the expense of what many would consider the traditions of the Republican Party, namely limited government expressed as fiscal responsibility, and personal freedom. Could the failings of George W. Bush be the end of the Christian Right, just as Jimmy Carter was the end of the social gospel? Something to contemplate as the next few years unravel, if that is the proper verb.

Uncle Sam however, probably because he is such a wise old coot, is all about freedom. Freedom is the essence of Judeo – Christian values that made this country what it was, the freedom we have lost. Uncle Sam shares with Jesus an understanding on how a free society must function in order to continue to be self renewing. All those values are lost on the politicians of today. Those politicians, liberal, moderate, and conservative, and also their check provided in the Constitution, the judiciary, only think they know the way to the future. However, Uncle Sam knows the real truth!

Uncle Sam knows that democracies throughout history only tend to last about 200 years. One of the first signs of their demise is the fact that the citizens choose no longer to fight their wars. The founders of the United States founded this country on the premise of the citizen soldier. If one wish to truly find the cause of the Iraq war, all one needs to do is to look to the establishment of the “All Volunteer Army” (Military Mercenary Expeditionary Force).

Wars are what a professional military are trained to do. Not only that, wars are needed to keep, as President Dwight Eisenhower stated, the “military industrial complex” as a tool for continued economic growth at home. Furthermore, a mercenary military is dangerous without an external war to fight. So the military is a good thing to promote national interests abroad, rather than within the homeland. Even better if we spin it in the light of freedom and democracy. This is not United States history, this is world history of both the east and the west.

Uncle Sam knows that bigger is not better, bigger is just different in the least virulent form. In it’s most destructive form we know it as cancer. That bigger is better mind set robs all of society of the mechanisms for renewal. Uncle Sam saw the rise of the railroads, today we do not drive automobiles and trucks made by those early railroad companies, we also do not fly in their airplanes.

Uncle Sam knows that Americans, and all human beings, are not “addicted to oil,” he knows we are wired for personal transportation. It has been that way since God gave us feet. The reason we now have to drive around in infernal combustion driven automobiles, is not by market choices, but because of lack of market choices. Monopolistic oil companies and America’s auto industry provide ego fulfilling, profit making machines, their fuel, and their maintenance. Why mess with a good thing as long as it lasts. Big government also, is not through fuel economy mandates, going to change significantly the way we get around, only postpone the inevitable.

Uncle Sam knows that all man has ever done is pollute his nest. As long as there were few people on the earth, they just moved on to greener pastures and overgrazed them too. The current sustainability movement is really just wishful thinking to prolong materialism through regulation of man’s own sinful desires to be part of a powerful ruling elite. A much more efficient way to bring about the same desired effect is to give a dozen or so Islamic terrorists suitcase nuclear devices. Not only is the fallout localized, all that dust raises the earth’s albedo, overcoming some of the effects of greenhouse gases.

Uncle Sam knows, this time along with the recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, that banks are really very negative institutions. They really don’t believe in any semblance of goodness either, in the common grace sense, or in the sense of revealed grace such as in Christianity, or any religion for that matter. Banks and their related evolutionary inventions seek to maintain not only monetary wealth, but also physical assets in the hands of those who already have more than they need or should desire. As evolutionary institutions they can only function in the world of like minded enterprise, which seek not the common good, but evolutionary dominance.

Uncle Sam knows the Bible. Maybe when you began your life in a time, when times did not move so rapidly, you had more opportunity to contemplate what is really important in this world. Considering back in those olden days, even Thomas Jefferson’s Bible contained the word of God except for the miracles the Enlightenment found to be beyond human reason. But even with all the Enlightenment’s desire to be humanly reasonable, they still had not evolved to such a state to believe that evolution truly existed, and atheism was definitely not a model to base your life’s future.

Uncle Sam believes that the earth was formed as the Bible says, out of the chaos of randomness in a short period of days. As such he understands that chaos is the polar opposite of true freedom. “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

The thought that Jesus Christ truly makes you free is the message that the world does not understand. When Uncle Sam began his pilgrimage it was a rare gift. Today you must search long and work very hard to dig through a manure pile that the church has become. To use the concepts of Francis Schaeffer, by attempting to make a relative statement to a world that does not believe in any absolutes or universal truths, the church has foregone her freedom, becoming just another particular for the parlance of individual choice.

Uncle Sam knows along with Francis Schaeffer, that the freedom that the world offers only leads to chaos, corruption, and tyranny. On the other hand the freedom offered in Jesus Christ alone, through his death on the cross for the sins of all mankind and his bodily resurrection from the dead, is the only path to true freedom. This is universally true not only for the individual, but for the formation of true community in which each individual (particular) has a unique role to play as a personality created in the image of God.

Uncle Sam knows to leave you with some inspired words, to allow you to think of grandeur beyond what you can create for yourself. In that regard the personification of freedom for the United States, Uncle Sam, as a beacon of freedom’s personality, both in the individual and their community, offers us the word’s to contemplate in Psalm 146:

Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!

While I live I will praise the LORD;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,

Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,

Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.

The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD raises those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous.

The LORD watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

The LORD shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!



Unconditional love
December 6, 2006, 5:09 pm
Filed under: Weekly Columns

We are moving the Chronciles of Diversity blog to http://www.wondersprings.org Effective 1 January 2007 we will be changing our name to The Wonder Springs Chronicle and we will no longer be using this wordpress space. This entry along with the whole 2006 pdf archive are available there at this time.

Have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/conblow12-6-6.pdf

In the Bible the Apostle Paul begins most of his New Testament epistles with the introduction something along the lines, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

It has only been very recently that I have been thinking about why Paul might have used these words in his introductory remarks. Sometimes he went on to praise the people, much more often he added stern words of correction, but he never really mentioned, “It really bugs me that I am in prison as I write this.” or, “Praise our Lord that some of you were not fed to the lions last month.” I’m sure we all could come up with a much more relevant introduction, both in the context of Paul’s known situations and our own situations that would be more user friendly.

There are other words that could be used to describe the Christian situation in the world, but Paul continued to use grace and peace. As I have ruminated on these words and their usage, I am becoming more convinced that for two words by themselves, I believe that grace and peace, best describe what should be the Christian status, both as an individual and as a community. Thankful for the grace that saves everyone into the Body of Christ, the church, and through that grace a peace should flow that is completely foreign to any secular worldview.

In evangelicalism today, we would probably say, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” This sounds good, but really this includes a paradigm shift to a completely future tense. Paul knew better, the peace and grace he was talking about was completely time neutral, past, future, and most difficult to grasp the present. Furthermore, as we evangelicals for some reason like to separate our heart feelings from our head knowledge, Paul addresses us as whole people, completely integrated into one personality, corporately being part, again uniquely unified and sanctified, with the church universal.

What Paul is writing about is in essence, the gospel of God’s Unconditional Love. Like the John 3:16 banner at the sporting event, but not in that kitsch sort of way, but in the actual gift of present eternal life.

Unconditional love, is something us guys have a tough time discussing. This probably comes from a tension between physical strength and internal fortitude. I suppose gals have a similar problem for different reasons, outward looks tensioning inner beauty. However, unconditional love is really what separates Christians from the rest of the world. Christians have access to unconditional love, the rest of the world does not. Unconditional love means you give something, and really do not expect it to be returned except in ridicule and scorn.

Unconditional love is the ultimate gift that you can receive in the world, sometimes it comes directly from God, but for some reason known only to God he has chosen normally to use human instruments. As a gift, especially an intangible gift, like manna from heaven, the only way you can keep it fresh is to give it away. Sometimes that gift is to be given to people you consider truly lovable, way too many times you are called to share it with people you consider completely vain, arrogant, and beyond anything you could consider to be the reach of God’s grace.

I learned this lesson of just loving on people in a truly applied sort of way from a church planting brother on a missions trip. I have used it off and on in circumstances when I really would like to severely bring my wrath upon another, either physically or psychologically, but instead I remember I am called not to be a servant of God’s wrath, but a giver of God’s grace through love. Simply put, because of God’s unconditional love given to me in my life, past, present and to come, I have access to that love, to love on another human personality who’s condition at the time is not as blessed as mine. Our job as Christians is simply after prayer, we can “Go out and love on people.” That is individually, or as in a group.

I knew this missionary briefly before he was married. He is first to admit that without his wife, he would be nothing but a loser. I probably would not go that far, but she is definitely a woman of God. On that trip she walked up to me and boldly said, “Jerry, you need a nap, come over to our apartment, go into the bedroom and get some sleep. You recently have had real major surgery and you have been dealing pretty much night and day with teenagers. You need a nap!” A few hours later, I awoke much rested, but what was more important than the sleep, was the fact that all the busyness had also stolen my grace and peace. Unconditional love is not sloppy agape, as we like to say it, unconditional love speaks God’s truth into the lives of other people in a way you believe they need to hear, whether they understand it or not at the time.

Over the last month or so I have been reminded of this loving on people concept and have shared the power of Christian’s loving on people in varied circumstances. As I told a prospective missionary, I have been using this illustration quite often recently, maybe God is trying to tell me something.

The reason I have written “Chronicles of Diversity” for these eight calendar years, is for missionaries. I have not been able to support them financially, but this weekly whatever, is something for them to think about, agree or disagree with, and maybe gain some insights about what might be happening in America. Furthermore, after spending almost three years in Germany while in the service, a good portion living close to the local economy, I found out that in graduate school, I really didn’t like Americans who have only lived in America. Compared to any of the foreign students, the true Americans were all self centered, materialistic and a whole host of other unflattering adjectives.

God has blessed my life with skills and talents to be of use to pretty much any large missions organization working in the emerging world. Without going into specifics, I am now beginning to see that in my life that it is God’s unconditional gift of love, that has guided my path all these years, what I do with those gifts, how I can give them away, is completely in His control and it isn’t in a way I understand completely at this time. I guess to put it in some Biblical perspective, I have been given a Moses crash course, and because of my aortic replacement miracle of modern medicine, I feel better than I did, when I was enthused with the idealism of my twenties. I do have a few aches and pains, and I now have to read with glasses, when my eyes get tired. I have, just like some of those Bible dudes, been blessed, in the past, present and future, beyond, anything I could think or imagine.

One of those gifts that seems appropriate to this writing and that I have had the opportunity to share with others of different theological persuasions has to do with spiritual gifts for today. Having been raised Lutheran, my present theology is basically conservative Lutheran, but as best as I can remember, I got none of my “systematic theology” from my Lutheran training, I learned it through God’s grace. Why and how, I’m really not too sure. However, virtually all Lutherans today believe that the so called spiritual gifts spoken about in the Bible ceased with the lives of the apostles.

During some years I spent in a Pentecostal church, I had the opportunity to serve as an altar worker, when one of the traveling evangelists came through town. As is a requirement in all these services, sometimes in conjunction with the altar call for salvation, there is also a call for those needing prayer to come forward and the evangelist would lay hands on the person and pray for them in the fashion he felt led.

In this case a very attractive high school girl, was planning on going into the Marine Corp when she graduated from high school. This evangelist was working his way down the line, laying hands on the people and praying in the spirit. When he came to this girl, he put his hand upon her head, paused a moment, and without asking her anything about why she was there, said basically, “Be careful about going into the Marines.” and moved on.

I was shocked because there were only a few adults in the whole congregation who knew she was planning on going into the Marines, and none of them were anywhere close to the evangelist, or the girl. The only obvious conclusion was this was what is generally called a word of knowledge. True to the evangelist’s words after graduation, she went into the Marines and a couple of months later she was home, convinced that she should have never gone in the first place.

As I have had the opportunity of sharing about loving on people recently, I have come to believe that the post Christian, United States, is one of the largest mission fields in the world for the foreseeable future. We have George W. Bush and the so called Christian Right, and much of American evangelicalism to thank for accelerating this post Christian transition by a generation or so.

Instead of proclaiming grace and peace, from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and showing unconditional love, Christianity in the broad sense, proclaims a gospel of social justice through political action, and justification before God through materialistic prosperity. That is more than likely also why the United States will now withdraw from Iraq, without us leaving any type of stabilizing force in the region. This will be closely followed by emblazoned Islamic terrorist attacks within our country, bringing us and our economy to our knees, truly for the first time since our founding over 200 years ago.

As I said earlier, I learned a long time ago, I don’t like American’s very much. If God had truly asked my opinion on where I wanted to serve for His Glory, I would have chosen Innsbruck, Austria, to plant a nondenominational church. Also if I was younger, I would not even have minded serving with one of those hard core missions organizations that puts you out in the bush with the natives, a couple of hours up or down the trail from the fly in base camp. As a country boy who has spent many a night out in primitive conditions, I know how to cope with the reality of abasement from this world’s so called necessities and find most necessities really an impediment to the true Godly abundant life.

However, again for a reason I do not understand, I definitively desire discussions about life’s reality on a whole host of topics. I doubt I would find that in the mission’s base camp. Again I am perceived quiet and somewhat shy, because most of what Americans consider important, I find at least misguided, if not vain and vulgar. America is truly a missions field where even my attempts to show God’s unconditional love, struggling its way through me, might find fruit.

How do Christians train their missionaries, either to go into jungle lands, or on the mission field here in America. For the most part it is, “So Justin Grace you want to be a missionary, well Praise the Lord, I will send you $50. a month (when it doesn’t interfere with funding my required morning latte) and I will pray for you (when I remember to pray at all, like once of month or so, you know I am really busy, busy, busy).

I suppose this is best sketched in a missions story. I don’t remember the details of the story that well, but it is true about a missionary who returned to England after many years on a remote mission field. While there he had buried his wife and children, pouring out his life in the name of God’s unconditional grace, peace and love. Upon finally reaching home, tired, broken, and old, he heard that the missions organization at his home church was holding a meeting. Entering the room, none of his old acquaintances recognized him, and instead of praying for their missionaries or doing any worthwhile missions benevolence work, they were bickering amongst themselves about completely transitory matters.

Much is made about Paul being a tent maker. I would suspect, part of the pride Paul took in his work was the fact that he could more easily support his ministry by being a tent maker, than he could by relying on the offerings of the church to support his missionary adventures. So when he did receive an offering from someone, for God’s glory and unconditional love he was able use it gracefully, many times to invest it in those less fortunate.

There are more than six billion people now on this earth, about two – three billion are considered Christian. Virtually all of them, including the Christians, need a better understanding of God’s unconditional love that was prepared for them before the foundation of the world. The way to do that is to become a missionary to somewhere, that may be different than where you are right now. That may be just a different way of doing the same things God has trained you to do all ready, so God can get the glory, not you or the organization that gave you the job.

I suppose one thing I am beginning to understand about God’s unconditional love, is that you might think He is calling you to sacrifice your future promise on an altar, like Abraham was called to sacrifice Isaac. What He is really doing however, is to show you what he already knows about you, that is your faith and devotion to Him. He will build His church with or without you in a certain place, but He wants you to know the depth of your commitment and for you to remain flexible as He works out your life in Him. You might be content to spend your life on sixty people, He might have plans for you to touch six million or everyone alive today. God’s rules are determinate, you are indeterminate, blessed are the flexible.

Patricia, that high school girl washed out of the Marine Corp, because only a traveling evangelist had guts enough to truly speak the word of God into her life. Everyone whom God might have used locally were too busy with themselves, and too insecure in their own relationship with God, that included the church pastors and other leaders, to take the time to really just love on her with unconditional love, until she realized for herself that maybe God had a better plan for her life, the Marine Corp was just that faith sacrifice.

As a missionary to anywhere, you learn quickly that the only persons that you can truly count on in faithfulness is the triune God. In His image you were created, truly to be His agent of unconditional love in the world. Few and far between are the people who truly commit, to anything more than a few bucks from their affluence, and a week or two every year or so, to go on a short term missions trip.

A number of years ago, there was a native Nepalese, traveling through Seattle on the way to some YWAM conference in Colorado. There were no more than eight of us there including our guest. We had really nothing in common with the persecutions he had gone through from when he first learned of God’s unconditional love for him. But this we did know without a doubt, and was commented upon in the meeting, that as different as each of us were, we were all of the same family, the church, the Body of Christ. God’s unconditional love filled Lisa’s home that night, we were all aware of it, we were all changed by it, it most succinctly can be described as the Apostle Paul begins all his letters and also ends many, ”The grace and peace of God the Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all.

The world is now rapidly growing darker, it is still also a few weeks until the church celebrates the humble birth of Jesus as Messiah, around the winter solstice. Should the Lord tarry, after Christmas the days will begin to get longer, but the spiritual darkness will not subside. Just as in Narina, our world is becoming the place where it is always winter and never Christmas, even in the Christmas season.

This is the season however, when the sky is at it’s darkest in this northern hemisphere, it is also just the time to spread a little unconditional love, that can change the desperate lives of many people on the great mission field of planet earth. Go out and love on somebody today and tomorrow with unconditional love. It will change lives, through grace and peace.

Our 2006 Chronicle Archives are now available for PDF download at http://www.wondersprings.org. It is our plan to have the whole Chronicles of Diversity Archives stretching back to 1999 in a searchable database by the first of 2007. Beginning in January we will be changing the name of Chronicles of Diversity to The Wonder Springs Chronicle posted on a dedicated blog server.



Consequences & Blowback
November 29, 2006, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Weekly Columns

29 November 2006; Volume 8, Issue 36

PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/conblow11-28-6.pdf

As a young lad, as opposed to the wee lad I mentioned last week, in my Lutheran catechism class I was told that God created the world through theistic evolution. Since that time I have also learned that the more fundamental Christian way to deal with the evolutionary time scale is to insert, millions and billions of years between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. I’m sure that both of these concepts were developed by the minds of devote men to make the witness of the church more relevant to the modern enlightened world and it’s science.

Both methods force upon the text a meaning that cannot be supported by the true exegesis of the Scriptures. However, the consequences of this wishful thinking for relevancy has caused more trouble than we shall ever be able to grasp in this life. Consequently, all Christians are characterized as fools and religious quacks.

Anyone with a reasonably sane or open mind reading the Genesis creation account understands what it is saying. You may or may not agree with the words, for a variety of reasons or indoctrination, but the creation account basically says what it means and means what it says. The Bible says that God created the heavens and the earth and all it’s creatures, and rested in essentially seven, twenty four hour days, as we understand the concept of days. God saw this creation as good.

Unforeseen consequences of manipulating events or what the Bible says is called blowback.

Blowback is really an espionage or military term referring to shrapnel that often flies backwards when firing an automatic weapon. It’s specific reference in intelligence terms refers to unintended consequences of covert operations. Since the general public is not aware of these operations, the blowback then appears as random and without cause. Blowback results may or may not have been foreseen by the leadership in such actions, but the actions were carried out none the less.

Blowback of theistic evolution and the gap theory can be illustrated by our understanding and knowledge of the fossil record. Fossil evidence of a worldwide flood as described in the Bible in Genesis 6-9, has been described by Ken Ham, President of the Answers in Genesis ministry: “Billions of dead things, buried in rock layers, deposited by water, all over the earth.”

He would furthermore state with most Christians that believe in a Biblical creation account, that if the Bible is to be of any value, especially as it relates to the gospel of Jesus Christ as the Messiah of the world, not only does the Bible describe that worldwide flood account, but that catastrophic event must have taken place thousands, not millions and billions of years ago. Furthermore, Ham along with most Creation Scientists would believe that this flood, would perhaps best explain the extinction of the dinosaurs, except for those carried by an actual Noah on an actual ark, having been followed by what we would call the age of the Wooly Mammoths and a great ice age.

Very few people in the world actually believe this account however. This includes most so called Bible believing Christians, because if the total history of the world is condensed into thousands, not millions and billions of evolutionary years, then the probability of God demanding an accounting of how you apply your assets of time, money, and other resources would become much more important.

Following that Ice Age and the rapid melting of the ice, in the North and West corner of what is the United States, two great lakes formed, one was Lake Bonneville, which has as its remnant the Great Salt Lake of Utah, and glacial Lake Missoula, which shorelines can be found in Western Montana centered generally around the current city of Missoula from which the lake gets its name.

In the Pleistocene evolutionary time scale, it is thought that Lake Bonneville drained through essentially the Snake River Basin about 18,000 years ago. This flood was thought to flow at approximately 15 million cubic feet per second over a period of a few days. Similarly, Lake Missoula is thought to have caused many huge floods thus creating the channel scablands of Eastern Washington. The last flood taking place from eight to ten thousand years ago, again in evolutionary time.

However, if those time periods are really true where is the evidence? Hell’s Canyon of the Snake is accessible only by boat, and is a canyon deeper than the Grand Canyon. However, once it flows through Hell’s Canyon the Snake turns west at Lewiston to join the Columbia in south central Washington. This canyon is accessible by road, wider, much less scenic, but what is truly interesting is how recent the canyon looks. There is virtually no soil, no bushes, no trees, just some sparse grasses.

The scablands of the Lake Missoula floods are much more diverse. They run in different channels, but many times those channels can be only fifty feet deep but more than a mile wide. Others are quite deep, having cut coulees through the Columbia basalt formations. Because of the nature of these floods and the resulting small lakes and pot holes, and wind depositing the glacial soil of the Columbia Basin, there are trees and small pockets of rich bottom land. However, outside these small areas, there is little soil, some sagebrush and pine trees.

The question from a truly scientific point of view, is where is the dirt? It is the assumption that top soil forms from basalt at about one tenth of an inch per century. If all these floods took place eight to eighteen thousand years ago, the land should be covered with eight to eighteen inches of top soil. In the Snake River canyon if someone didn’t tell you it was created at least 18 thousand years ago, you might wonder if it happened a few years before Lewis and Clark, the canyon walls are that bare. In the scablands because of the wind and other factors, empirical evidence suggests that there is definitely less than eight inches of topsoil, more like say two to four inches. However, is no money for creation scientists to study these facts and get a truly accurate soil depth in either locale. Hence, the blowback from Christians trying to make the Bible relevant to an ungodly world continues.

If our so called ancient times are really only thousands of years, might our perceived uniformitarian future be called into question? All of this blowback comes from well meaning Christians trying to make their message relevant to a worldview that should be completely inconsistent with their own.

In the 1930’s Winston Churchill said concerning then British Prime Minister Chamberlain’s appeasement of Adolph Hitler: “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients is coming to a close. We are entering an era of consequences.”

Of course no one took Churchill seriously and World War II was fought as a consequence. Consequently, Churchill became Prime Minister during the war years, and was subsequently dismissed shortly thereafter. Isn’t it strange how we find it so easy to dismiss impending reality by procrastination, half-measures, and soothing and baffling expedients? We truly believe that we shall never enter an era of consequences. Then after the era of consequences is over, we quickly desire to again enter the good life of slothful abundance.

A Christian biblical creation worldview, is very different than that expressed by society. Just as the Bible clearly states that the future is in the control of God alone, so does the true descriptive scientific evidence we can glean from God’s creation. If the question “Where’s the dirt?” is important when studying our most recent geological events on anyone’s time scale, what about other so called dire future events. Are they determinate in the control of God alone, or does mankind really control his own indeterminate destiny on this planet.

At the top of that list is, “If we all work together we can fix this.” is the issue of Global Warming. I have capitalized these climate changing phenomena because we have determined that Global Warming is the God to which we need to bow down and worship to continue our affluent materialistic lifestyle. This really is not a tough god to worship, all we need to do is to control Carbon Dioxide emissions, chiefly derived from the combustion of fossil fuels, thereby we can create heaven on earth for future generations.

Al Gore in his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” uses the above quote from Churchill as justification for his world wide trekking adventure concerning the Global Warming issue. The paradigm shift Gore makes in the documentary is to ignore words didn’t work in Churchill’s case, and nothing has changed positively in the ensuing seventy years to make our chances any better. One positive could be he gives his presentation off a MAC running Keynote rather than Powerpoint. Other than that personal favorable observation, I see a whole lot more pressing issues facing the world, much of it also man caused, some of it only in the hands of God, most of it interrelated to man’s sin and arrogance.

I went out and bought a tank of gas for my 30-40 mpg Saturn over the Thanksgiving Holiday and guess what? Gas prices had gone up over ten cents a gallon from my previous tankful. What had happened is not that market conditions had changed, it was that those benevolent oil companies and speculators, basically responsible for our total dependence on fossil fuels, dare I say the global warming problem, had manipulated the price to make more money for their Thanksgiving.

Does oil dependency lead to the continuing procrastination, half-measures, and soothing and baffling expedients in dealing with Islamic fundamentalism? They want to destroy western civilization as we know it, and they have the financial (from oil) and religious terrorist infrastructure to make a real mess. Much of that is caused by Islam’s desire for world domination on its own. However, much of their fervor is also caused by blowback from America’s neocon Imperialistic adventures in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and throughout the rest of the world in the name of the infidels of atheistic corporate globalism. The totality of this blowback is unknown even to the CIA, the Bush Administration, Democrats, Republicans, we the people of the United States of America, citizens of planet earth.

Blowback is particularly troubling when it is the citizens of the United States that are asked to fund and fight these wars in the name of democracy and freedom, when the true beneficiaries are multinational corporations, as we are called to stabilize their risky global “investments” to maintain a precarious world economy. These corporations ultimately seek to usurp all national authority except where it fits their materialistic evolutionary short term interests, using such catchy terms as a “rising tide lifts all boats.” This of course is of little consequence if you can’t afford to rent a stateroom, or to buy a life raft from them. Benevolence, a common grace attribute of all humanity, is undefined, or a fiction to evolutionary survivalists, monopolistic corporations, and super rights political parties.

Of course a small boat or even a life raft is of little use in a tsunami. Maybe of some value in an earthquake, but an eruption of a volcano similar to Mount Tambora, which occurred in 1815, would do much to curb the effects of increased global warming with a rapid rise in the earth’s albedo, but the ash might just sink your ship. A similar more violent eruption also may have taken place at Krakatoa in the years 535-536, which is the basis for the PBS documentary “Catastrophe!” Could this be why the dark ages in Europe, were dark, because it was dark?

I suppose I should mention the potential for a “Bird Flu” pandemic. Pandemics happen about every thirty years or so. Depending on the where and the when, that could have a dramatic impact on your lifestyle. A pandemic could mean that you would have to live somewhat independent from the economy for up to six weeks. Disaster leadership generally tells you to prepare for 72 hours, so that you won’t panic and commit suicide once whatever happens, but it is generally recognized that that 72 hour figure should be more like a week. However, that would enter you into the world of consequences, rather than the era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients. We surely don’t want to look serious at the consequences for our actions or lack there of, we would rather be burned or killed by the blowback.

Man, does the future look rosy! If none of this happens, I may be able to someday retire and rest upon what I have left over. I wish I could get as worked up about the seas rising 20 feet as Al Gore, that may make me believe that mankind will make a way through this to good times on the other side without God. I really believe as in Churchill’s time, The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients is coming to a close. We are entering an era of consequences.” The blowback will occur just as WWII followed in Chamberlain’s ineffective leadership of the British nation.

I’m such an optimist, because I believe in the promise that God will make a way for His people, because the future rests with God, not human understanding, including Christian understanding. When people are unwilling to look at reality as it is, the era of consequences will change that outlook, that worldview, just as it did with the British in WWII. German bombers every night over London, has a tendency to make your afternoon tea, a wee bit trepidatious. In the same way those IRA’s invested in global mutual funds heading south may get you to thinking about investments a little more tangible than electronic bits and speculative real estate.

How will you manage the consequences to come?

Probably the most salient comment from Gore’s presentation came from Upton Sinclar: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

I would suggest now is the time to move your investments away from the worldly adventure that find their fruit in, “If we all work together we can all make this work out.” My take is more like what Jonah saw happen from eventually going to Nineveh and seeing that the city briefly repented from their sin and it made him angry: Jonah 4:1-2; But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the LORD, and said, “Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.

As western society we basically sit at the crossroads that the Ninevites did in Jonah’s day, repent or see the city’s overthrow: “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” (Jonah 1:2)

As is often said in preaching, if they don’t accept grace, give them law. Perhaps a better way to present the gospel is to give the requirements of the law in tension with the wisdom of accepting God’s grace through Jesus Christ. However, the blowback of evolutionary teaching has made the true gospel superfluous to our highly evolved megachurches. Bigger is always better, or at least more profitable to the powerful leadership elite. It is much easier and you will be much more popular if you preach prosperity, procrastination, half-measures, soothing and baffling expedients.

The era of consequences is upon the church, for only the body of Jesus Christ has any relevant answers to this world’s problems. She will be visible as a strong tower, a light upon the hill, when the rest of the world welcomes darkness. The question we all have to ask ourselves, is where is your heart and where is your mammon. Invest it wisely in God’s kingdom, or leave it where Global Warming, militant Islam, global monopolies, earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis, and pandemics can and will take their tax. The total history of the choices that face all of mankind always relates to who will you serve, God or yourself. How you use, or give away all your God given gifts, will depend upon, if and when you will use, or lose them.

Our Recent Chronicles:

What’s up?; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/whatsup10-18-6.pdf
The Audacity of Reality; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/audacity10-25-6.pdf
The Audacity of Christ; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/christ11-1-6.pdf
Phylogenesis Economics; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/economics11-8-6.pdf
Wear your cap; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/wearcap11-15-6.pdf
Thanksgiving cap; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/thankcap11-22-6.pdf



Thanksgiving cap
November 23, 2006, 1:56 am
Filed under: Weekly Columns

22 November 2006; Volume 8, Issue 35

PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/thankcap11-22-6.pdf

I trust that at least some of you tried on your cap of continual praise last week. To review, CAP is the acrostic in which C stands for Condemnation, A stands for Adoption, and P stand for praise. If you didn’t try it on, or if you gave it just a brief test, perhaps you really didn’t believe in it’s power. After all the CAP as I presented it has some roots in Calvinism, and Calvinism also gave us TULIP, and that irresistible grace and limited atonement stuff.

However, the world is full of all sorts of empirical evidence to suggest that grace is resistible, and to state that it is irresistible to those who are the elect of God really doesn’t add much but circular reasoning to the whole argument of election. Nonetheless, I do have good news for you this Thanksgiving week. Here and only here you will receive the Rhema word for you Pentecostals, the rest of you will have to use your heart and reason to understand its merit. Finally the long discussion of free will throughout church history will be solved. Aren’t you excited? I know I am! Praise the Lord.

The great answer to free will, and personal choice and how God deals with humanity can be summarized as follows: Everything God does comes from His determinate nature. In other words, God doesn’t need to look down the tunnel of time an predestine those who will respond to him with saving grace. He created the tunnel of time, therefore if He is really God, He from time’s creation, already knew all the results.

Mankind however, even in his pre total depravity nature was created as an indeterminate creation. That is why God is God and man was created, or for sake of this argument evolve from the dust of the ground. Now within that indeterminate setting we can argue heavy things like free will, or in modern America, buying big screen plasma televisions. We can trust that God controls our future, or test that reality.

In short, everything that we do, does not normally work out the way we planned. We could amass a tremendous fortune of monetary wealth and choke and die while eating a cup of yogurt. We really don’t know the future, even though we do everything within our power to control our destiny, both spiritually and materially. Furthermore, we do it continually from when we wake up in the morning until we many times do not restfully sleep at night.

There are thousands of churches of so call Christianity who for a price will make you feel good about all the choices that you make. There are very, very few that give you really good news however. That good news living in the doctrines of historic Christianity. Jesus of Nazareth in His birth, life, death on the cross for the sins of man, and His bodily resurrection from the dead, can give you a determinate future.

That should make everyone jump at the chance, to put on their cap and shout for joy. But sadly that is not the case, because we really do like to use our indeterminate nature as our crutch, our excuse, for falling short of even our own marks. We really do all this spinning and hurrying just so that we can believe that we can beat the only true determinate nature of our lives, that is death.

I have noticed as we plunge headfirst into the 21st century that we no longer even look at deeper things of life, it is all so shallow, buy more stuff and you will find fulfillment.

I have in iTunes and on my iPod the song, “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette,” by Leroy Van Dyke. My mother had that record as a 78 when I was a wee lad, and for my whole life I can remember the chorus of that song.

Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette,
Puff, puff, puff it, till you smoke yourself to death,
Tell St. Peter at the golden gate
That you hate to make him wait,
But you just got to have another cigarette.

I paid my 99 cents to download the song so that I could hear the rest of the lyric. Actually the words of the song are very hostile to smoking in any sense. At the time I was that wee lad, both of my parents, as most people were smokers. Smoking is no longer cool in America, and even excessive drinking except those addicted to alcohol. Nicotine is supposedly more addictive than even heroin. The point however is that even the Seattle Mariners, or the Seahawks, a mountain of cool stuff, or even Jon Courson’s mp3s. can be that crutch we use to tell St. Peter that I can’t go to heaven right now I just have to get another substitute instead of a true heavenly fix.

I guess I just sort of picked on Jon, because while he would probably define your cap a praise a little different than I do, he would probably tell you to wear your praise cap continually also.

Psalm 117

Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the LORD endures forever.

Praise the LORD!

Thanksgiving has become the day of indeterminate celebration. I understand this year there will be three NFL football games to watch. Now is that a reason to be truly thankful? We don’t want to eat too much because we have to get up early Friday morning to celebrate materialism’s triumph as the world’s only true religion. Much to the chagrin of even militant Islam.

However, Thanksgiving should be celebrated as a time to give thanks to the God who created the universe, for the gifts that he has bestowed upon you as family and friends and also to you as an individual. The greatest of these gifts in this world is to understand you have been adopted without merit to be one of His children. But it is the nature of all gifts to become mundane if you don’t use them or pass them on. This Thursday is a day, along with Christmas when those gifts can be shared through love, to those who have not been so richly blessed.

Praise the LORD!

Our Recent Chronicles:

Beyond the good; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/beyondgood10-11-6.pdf
What’s up? PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/whatsup10-18-6.pdf
The Audacity of Reality; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/audacity10-25-6.pdf
The Audacity of Christ; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/christ11-1-6.pdf
Phylogenesis Economics; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/economics11-8-6.pdf
Wear your cap; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/wearcap11-15-6.pdf



Wear your cap!
November 15, 2006, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Weekly Columns

Wear your cap
15 November 2006; Volume 8, Issue 34

PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/wearcap11-15-6.pdf

As we continue this informal series on freedom, I must ask this question, “Are you wearing your cap today?”

I would venture to say that a few of you wear some kind of head covering on a consistent basis, most of you do not. My goal for this article is for you to wear your cap all the time. Sleep with it, wear it to work, around the house, when you eat. In short, never take off your cap.

After reading the statements and hearing some of the background behind the actual fall of Ted Haggard, the former Pastor and the head of the National Association of Evangelicals, to alleged drug and homosexual activities, it is apparent that he never did wear his cap. Furthermore, it again seems apparent that he didn’t believe that his cap even exists.

If this is true for such an important dude, I would venture to say that most of the leaders of American evangelicalism don’t know that a cap exists either. If they do not wear a cap or even know of it’s existence how can any Christian know about the cap, much less know where to find one, and then even know how to put it on.

I doubt George W. Bush wears his cap either. Nor do most evangelical Christians that ran for political office. That is probably why they lost, maybe why they got into politics in the first place. Not wearing your cap is probably why the Christian right has lost its political influence, and some would say that is a good thing. Some will decry that this will be the end of America as we know it today. Many liberals will say that is a good thing, because they have a full agenda and they are willing and perhaps able to force you to wear a cap of government planning, with a following loss of personal freedom, that will eventually be the demise of all of America’s republican principles.

Wear your cap!

Your cap is the source of your true freedom. It is the only cap of hope for the American nation, and for all freedom loving people around the world. Wearing your cap is an imperative statement. But what is this indicative cap and how can you buy one?

As we have described your cap in this brief introduction, it must be pretty expensive, probably more than the credit limit on your MasterCard. Could it be that your cap is priceless? Absolutely! I would also venture to say that your cap, made just for you, is probably the most rare cap in all the world, even with so many cheap imitations on the market.

Some of you are now beginning to think that I am not talking about a real cap, but some type of acrostic cap. True, this cap is an acrostic, but that in no way changes it’s reality. You need to wear this CAP cap all the time. Once you put it on, never, ever take it off.

So what is this acrostic cap? Calvinist’s call it “Guilt, Grace, & Gratitude” but as such, that sure doesn’t make a cap you can wear, just a bunch of “Gs” stated in some Calvinistic understanding. Isn’t it obvious? I doubt that it is for Calvinists either, but over time the essence sort of sinks into your dense skull.

As a consequence out of those Christian groups and denominations that try to trace their roots back to the Reformation, I have only heard it discussed by the leadership circles of the conservative Reformed and Presbyterians. But again it is hard to know how broad the application is within their churches. From my brief internet research it doesn’t seem to be understood in practical terms by either conservative Lutherans, or the more Calvinistic Baptists. Among the nondenominational Reformational type, again beyond the skull thinking concept of guilt, grace & gratitude, I doubt this indicative cap has much broad wearing either. Once I give you the acrostic however, the light bulb will probably go on in most of their skulls, and they will embrace wearing their CAP cap.

Therefore, for most evangelicals even when I spell it out, they will still have problems with their cap, because they have been completely indoctrinated in looking at Christianity in a different internal light. The sad thing is that this cap conversion will be even more difficult for them than for Roman Catholics. If wearing the cap were easy for evangelicals to comprehend, the darkness that Ted Haggard discussed would not have been the debilitating problem that it has turned out to be, in his life personally, nor in the many who will become disillusioned by his so called hypocrisy.

Your priceless cap is the acrostic:

C = Condemnation
A = Adoption
P = Praise

C = Condemnation

God’s Law, both the specific law of the Bible and the common natural law are condemning. They demand complete perfection in everything we do. In the Bible, the New Testament Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapter 5 and following, truly puts all of God’s Law in context. To save yourself by your actions demands God’s perfection in our thoughts as well as our deeds.

As we have noted for the last few weeks, common grace is at work throughout the world. This is especially true in America, there are a lot of people trying to do good things. But does that truly make the people good, or does it just cause them to become more inherently evil, adding self righteousness to their complete disregard for anything but themselves, that developing into narcissism?

Mankind was created to be community dwellers. But there is a line where these communities become the home of pride, arrogance, and self righteousness, and eventually blatant open sin, not only against God’s Law but also the specifics of human common law. This many times is hidden in the context of some suppressed freedom, when in actuality it demands special rights from the Godly established state and rulers, forcing all into cohabitation with evil.

As communities grow larger, they naturally tend to become Babylonian in the Biblical sense. In the context of our personal lives, the push to force people from the land to make a living in the city can not be viewed in any other sense but to make Augustine’s, City of Man the ultimate source of everything this world has to offer. So instead of building an New Jerusalem, we have instead moved our target a few miles to Sodom and Gomorra.

Roman’s Chapter 8:1; There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Here we see in one brief statement both the stated indicative to those who are in Christ Jesus, and the imperative to not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. As we have stated frequently elsewhere the imperatives are impossible to keep without truly understanding the indicative which precedes it.

So how do you know that you are truly in Christ Jesus and not walking according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit? Simply by your freedom from condemnation, from knowing you have absolutely no merit to fulfill any of God’s Law and must rest completely on the cross of Christ. This is historic Protestant Christian doctrine.

American evangelicalism, truly does not believe in any doctrine, instead it believes that walking in the Spirit is the way to over come the condemnation of the Law of God.

Does that work? Does it work to change the indicatives to imperatives, to change the total structure of God’s inspired word?

Just ask Ted Haggard today. What he told you last month doesn’t apply. The problem with the reality of just this one little Romans sentence has the ability to completely overturn the entire structure of evangelicalism as it exists throughout the world, if evangelicals would just put on their cap.

Being close, as they say, counts only in horse shoes and hand grenades. Being near doesn’t fulfill the total requirement of holiness required by God’s law. You may struggle with this deep secret, while living a lie for most of your life, but ultimately, when your life is over you must fully face the fact that you have either trusted God for your salvation, or you have trusted yourself. Ninety nine and 44/100 percent pure as the old Ivory soap commercial used to state, doesn’t get you into heaven. The doctrine of truly being in Christ Jesus does.

In this light American Evangelicalism flunks the course, because it seeks through piety to claim merit in your work toward your salvation. That works lie is not a short coming, that lie is an eternally deadly sin, where you remake reality into your own desired outcome.

A = Adoption

Those who think the imperatives of Romans 8:1 are really indicatives that they can live by, find their adoption to be sons and daughters of the living God impossible to understand. Again because ultimately they believe that indicative portions of scripture must be interpreted as imperatives also.

The work of Jesus Christ can be summarized as follows:

God’s law demands the absolute perfection of holiness. Man is completely incompetent to meet the requirements to fulfill that holiness. Jesus of Nazareth was born into humanity while being still fully God, to become the perfect sinless blood sacrifice that God’s law requires for your justification. Jesus bodily death is that atoning, or better yet propitiatory sacrifice. Propitiation meaning not only did Christ’s death fulfill the requirements of God’s holy law, his death was also legally done in my stead, yours also. As such, it was accepted by God the Father.

When your whole life is focused on trying to walk in the imperative Spirit, it is very difficult to understand the indicative doctrine of propitiation, because it does require as is commonly called, not only head knowledge, but also head wisdom. Furthermore not only does this require an initial understanding of what it means, it requires continual, and I did say continual, reinforcement. Like reinforcement minute by minute.

If that was not difficult enough to contemplate — it is much, much easier to stumble along wishfully believing you are walking in the Spirit — then the Bible clearly states that all this blood and guts sacrificial stuff was done, not so that you can have a heart relationship with Jesus, but it was done so that you would be actually adopted by God to be one of His children. This is a legal and binding covenant made by God with all who believe by faith in this sacrifice.

This is the fulfillment of the covenant given to Abraham, and is also the fulfillment of the law tangibly given through Moses. As fulfilled law, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is also the legal basis for my adoption unconditionally as an eternal personality, fully capable of works and power now limited by our willingness to learn of God, by His plan for our life alone and not our determinate planning. His plan for our life is much more rewarding than our own, but few ever venture into that land we perceive to be completely indeterminate.

Man, and woman, that is a very powerful, mind blowing indicative, if you look it as such.

To which you would normally say, “That’s alright, I want to follow God the way I understand, as I try my best to walk in the Spirit. That is my fate.

This of course is absolute blasphemy and the ultimate form of idolatry. Therefore, no matter how hard you try to overcome your condemnation under God’s law by our personal effort, you will never, ever, succeed.

However, to those who make a conscious decision not to follow Jesus by our sinful heart, or as our spirit sometimes leads us, but to meditate continually upon our own unworthy state to become a child of God and joint heir with Christ of eternity, to them God gives the power of Praise.

P = Praise

This completes your CAP. What Calvinists call guilt, grace and gratitude, is really your cap of condemnation, adoption, and praise! It is probably best described in the words of Psalm 117:

Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the LORD endures forever.

Praise the LORD!

At the time it was written, the shortest chapter in the Bible is also probably it’s greatest prophetic imperative. Today that prophesy has been fulfilled in our adoption as Gentiles into God’s family and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

It is in that imperative statement where there rests a completely rotten to the core sinner, deserving only eternity separated from God and His mercies, and at the same time a perfected positionally sanctified saint.

In other words the power that American evangelicalism so hungrily seeks, and we so want to merit, does not come through personal piety as good as that might sound. The power comes from wearing your cap as simplistic as that concept really proclaims in context.

This Old Testament imperative is also found in the New Testament in Roman’s 15:7-11, which follows the discussion of the abuse of piety in the community sense, beginning in Chapter 14. Verse 12 gives another parallel passage from Isaiah 11:1,10, but perhaps the summation of this little acrostic of your cap, can be found in verse 13 in the doxology, or the closing praise of all of the powerful unified cap wearing Christian life:

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

May that be true in your life, today, tomorrow, and forever, for it is that hope of overcoming our current sinful desires through Jesus Christ alone, that brings unity, to both our heart and mind, body and soul. All it requires is wearing an indicative cap, so that the imperatives become possible, and you can thereby rise above all condemnation as part of God’s eternal family.

Praise the LORD!

Our Recent Chronicles:

Lost in space; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/lostinspace9-27-6.pdf
Beyond the good; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/beyondgood10-11-6.pdf
What’s up? PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/whatsup10-18-6.pdf
The Audacity of Reality; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/audacity10-25-6.pdf
The Audacity of Christ; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/christ11-1-6.pdf
Phylogenesis Economics; PDF link: http://www.wondersprings.com/2006pdffiles/economics11-8-6.pdf