Murder, Righteous Anger, and Microbiology

Lately we Christian male bloggers have been writing and commenting a lot about back-to- basics things. Dalrock calls pastors to repent and confess, for example, using Fathers Day as a jumping off point. The comments that follow that post are the type of discussion that inspired me to become a small part of this loosely organized community. We cannot sufficiently point out the obvious because there is always someone reading it for the first time. We know that those who agree and participate have mostly been brought to our knees by familial trauma, either that of parents or our own marriages. We also know that, short of a traumatic experience, most men are content in their supplication for a host of reasons.

So in an effort to bust a spring in the comfy chair of the complacency of conventional wisdom I am sharing here a trauma indeed; a horror so profound that one need be inhuman to not internalize the event for a time. Then, I will magnify the sheer stupidity of the traditional church when it comes to missing the point for being too afraid or lazy to leave the confines of the comfy chair.

I know I pick on Rainey a lot. I had decided to slow down on posting every dumb thing he says because it has become repetitive. Then I wake up today to find the following in my inbox:

I still remember hearing about the 1995 murder of three children in their Little Rock home. Riley Noel and three accomplices wheeled into the driveway of Mary Hussian’s house that night, high on drugs. They were certain that either Mary or one of her kids had been involved in a recent drive-by shooting that had taken the life of Noel’s brother.

Riley Noel ordered the three children in the home–ages 10, 12 and 17–to lie down on the living-room floor, where he shot them execution style. Their mother escaped after a struggle. But she spoke these chilling words at a news conference soon after the tragic event: “I stand here with the blood of my children still under my fingernails. My kids were all I had. I plead with the youth today–don’t send another woman to bed crying the way I’m going to cry tonight!”

Unfortunately, Barbara and I can’t write this book fast enough to keep up with the latest news story out of another major city, or even a secluded farmland, about a young person who has gunned down even more of our nation’s children. But no matter what the papers are reporting as you’re reading this today, I urge you to put an end to your fear and apathy.

Rainy called this short email “Bold Resistance”. Lets look at how much thought went into what and how to resist, and how bold it really is (emphasis mine):

I urge you to pray, as 600 or so of us did in a city-wide prayer service soon after the Hussian children’s deaths, confessing our sins and committing to action.

I urge you to confront immorality when you witness it within your home or in public settings.

I urge you not to be ashamed to call others to godly accountability, from governmental leaders to pastors to the people you work and associate with.

And I urge you to demand righteousness of yourself, because societal change always begins with one person, one home, one man or woman, one boy or girl, willing to make a difference.

Prayer is excellent advice. It is advice, however, that is offered more because it is safe than because of its power. If it were to be offered as powerful advice there would be far more specificity offered on how and for what we should pray. Sadly, prayer is only the beginning of the safe advice that follows Rainey’s articles that highlight family problems.

Confront immorality and hold others to account including yourself. That is good advice in general, but lets look at the context.

The necessary information is out there and surely Rainey has it. Perhaps the most well known source is Judith Wallerstein who wrote “The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce”. The information is compelling which is exactly why, even if Rainey was to mention it, he would never mention it in the right frame. To do so would actually create stigma on divorce and stigma on divorce upsets women who are divorced and the useful idiot men who react to their angst.

A summary of another Wallerstein book (co-written with Sandra Blakeslee) called ” “Second Chances: Men, Women, and Children a Decade After Divorce” offers the following information that is directly related to Rainey’s topic.

3. Increased Delinquency and Violence:
Wallerstein explains that while some children of divorce turn their anger inward toward themselves and become depressed, others, especially boys, turn their anger outward toward society and engage in violent and criminal behavior:
In our study, one out of three of the young men and one in ten of the young women be-
tween ages 19 and 23 at the ten-year mark are delinquent, meaning they act out their anger in a range of illegal activities including assault, burglary, arson, drug dealing, theft,drunk driving, and prostitution

Many of these children get involved in one episode of breaking the law before age 18, but a disturbing number of them continue this delinquency pattern into their early twenties.

What the hell is so complicated here? How can a man write an article like that and fail to mention a glaringly obvious root cause? How can a man write simultaneously and often about the importance of family, the tragedy of divorce, the immorality of young adults, and the general increase in social pathologies, have all the statistics available at hand, and fail to see the thread running through it?

This angers me to bubbling over. I don’t care if some pastors out there are not doing this, or if there exists a handful who may even be coming against it, this IS what we call the church today. This IS where the vast majority of Christians get their instruction on how to think. Rainey exploits, perhaps inadvertently, the notion of not judging anyone directly except on the handful of vetted and approved churchian issues like abortion and gay marriage. He and his ilk devote millions in resources to treat the pathologies that result from the feminist church driven destruction of the Christian nuclear family, and then he offers safe platitudes in response without a wit about what is happening in each and every pew of every church out there.

The mess is so widespread that Dalrock’s call to repentance may not be enough. These false fortresses must be collapsed. These harmful ministries crushed. That Voddie Baucham is on the right track is a place to start. This means that in addition to writing about the bad things, we must write about the good things. We must reveal and rebuke the snakes and support and edify the lions. Cane’s steadfast defense of Baucham set me thinking. I went and watched several of his videos and unless something out of left field happens, I stand to support his efforts, and any like him, and will do so here in the coming weeks.

Good medicine is good medicine. Baucham and whatever others exist are like the body’s immune system. He must be supported that the disease is rightly attacked. Let’s be the T cells.
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15 thoughts on “Murder, Righteous Anger, and Microbiology

  1. And here goes our friend Stanton.

    He writes about Christian leaders going astray:

    Jesus was clear and unequivocal on what He thinks about marriage

    To put it another way, “Church, let’s cast off unfashionable historic Christian teaching and get in line with where the culture seems to be going.” Yes, let’s just jettison the prophetic role of the church. Rather than the church working to transform culture, let’s just reinvent ourselves in its image. I don’t think so.

    But “to affirm people wherever they are” is quite different than to love people wherever they are. The very guts of the Gospel is how Christ has made a way for us to leave our sin and be transformed into new creatures.

    Now we don’t have to pile on leaders who stray from the clear, historic teaching of our Lord and our faith by making their mistaken teaching personal. It’s not about them personally.

    What do you suppose he is on about? Yes. Gay marriage. No shame in double mindedness, none.

  2. Here is an excellent example of how they rationalize things:

    In a blog entry at FOTF, writer Dawn McBane starts off well:

    those are sobering statistics. They indicate that our parents’ successes and failures in their marriage have a direct impact on how we view God

    As we start to realize the significance of how God views marriage, it follows that if we get marriage wrong, there will be long-term consequences. The effects of the last several decades — no-fault divorce, increased cohabitation, radical feminism, and the idea that “love is all you need” — have led our culture to a place that radically devalues marriage. When divorce is treated as a viable and often sought-after “solution” to marriage problems, we begin to see how far this is from the high view God takes of marriage. Without a high standard of marriage, it becomes clear why subsequent generations not only lose a positive perspective on marriage, but on God himself.

    Now watch this,

    But before you succumb to the depressing idea that divorce predetermines your religious involvement, there is good news for children of divorce. A smaller sub-group of the million children that experience divorce each year find themselves more committed to their faith than those who grew up with intact families

    After admitting that divorce has a profound negative effect on the future Christian lives of kids, she flips around and CELEBRATES the minority of kids who go on to have fruitful Christian lives as adults, not to give thanks for the fact that some few do, but to say that their existence is actually GOOD NEWS. See that? It is exactly what Stanton does when he says that the 38% divorce rate in the church is good news.

    It wasn’t about it predetermining your religious involvement, it is about statistics and the likelihood of what will happen. None so blind…..

    [I guess I am IP blocked from commenting on FOTF, it will not allow me to comment, join again, nothing]

  3. You got kicked off of Focus on the family? LOL. That’s kind of funny, but also sad that they aren’t willing to hear the perspectives of other believers.

  4. Well they keep sending me stuff anyway. Just rec’d this:

    Dear Friend,

    You may have seen recent news reports about a wildfire that swept through a community just outside Colorado Springs. More than 500 homes were destroyed and tens of thousands of people were evacuated—including some of our employees and many of the neighborhoods close to our office—before the flames were brought under control. It’s officially the worst fire disaster in state history.

    But ours isn’t the only recent natural disaster. Two monster tornadoes—the strongest on record—leveled towns in Oklahoma a few weeks ago, and who on the Eastern Seaboard will ever forget Hurricane Sandy, which struck last fall? With all that going on, a lot of people are wondering if God is trying to tell us something.

    Yes—but it might not be what the people asking that question may think.

    I discussed this in detail with Stuart Shepard on the most recent CitizenLink Report.

    We know from reading the Bible that we live in a fallen world where all is not as it was created to be. The effects of sin have taken a toll not just on our immortal spirits, but on the physical world we inhabit. But we also know that when Jesus comes back, He’s promised us a new earth—one in which all is exactly as it should be, forever, weather included.

    When I moved from Southern California to Colorado 20 years ago, fires were very much on my mind when I saw the wood shake shingles on the house I eventually bought. It concerned me so much that I asked the builder about it—and he said wood shake was recommended because Colorado just doesn’t get those kinds of fires and has plenty of rainfall. That was true then, but not now. Seasons change. Weather changes. What was once lush and green can turn dry and brown—but that which is dry and brown can also be made lush and green again.

    I say this because a lot of people look at our political landscape the same way they do natural disasters: Is this a sign of God’s judgment on us? Some are extremely concerned about how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on marriage in the next week. Seasons and politics may change, but a few things never will: For one, Focus on the Family will stand for God’s design for marriage no matter what the circumstances may be. And we can all continue to trust God to fulfill His promises—to make all things, including us, new.

    For faith and family,
    Signed: Tom Minnery

    Really?

  5. “To put it another way, “Church, let’s cast off unfashionable historic Christian teaching and get in line with where the culture seems to be going.” Yes, let’s just jettison the prophetic role of the church. Rather than the church working to transform culture, let’s just reinvent ourselves in its image. I don’t think so.”

    Interestingly, Religions and denominations that are going furthest in following the culture are the one’s that are failing the fastest. The ones that have clung steadfastly to “oudated” and “backwards” traditions and teachings are the one’s that are thriving. Orthodox Judaism comes to mind as one and frighteningly Islam is another.

  6. 1. Mark Flowers is a true dedicated Christian but a non denominational and non church going Christian, a praying man upon his knees and he gives all credit to his survival to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as his savoir and protector of him and his loved ones. Mark has to continually break all curses in Jesus Christ’s name, sent by witch craft and the Satanic agenda.

    2. Mark Flowers is a fighter, a man that will never bow to any evil corruption, to DEATH.

    3. Mark Flowers has had the fatherhood of his children stolen by the masons / system / The Australian Government.

    4. Mark Flowers is a survivor of more than a decade of intense murderous Freemasonry Gang Stalking {a term he coined} and raised in the Federal Magistrates Court Parramatter Sydney Australia in 2009 & 2010 whilst defending his rights to father his children.

    5. Mark Flowers has had so many attempts on his life in the process of Freemasonry gangstalking that they are too numerous to list, most have been whilst driving in road traffic accident setups by gangstalkers . But all manner of threats have come against Mark Flowers, One time a sour mason wielding a hammer at Mark’s head got a lesson in respect and kicked off Mark’s property. The police always fail to follow such death threats against Mark Flowers.

    6. Mark Flowers has self-represented in some 60 appearances in the Federal Magistrates Court, the District Court and the Supreme Court in Australia and all with nil formal education, in fact Mark left school at 14 years and first job was in a lumber yard.

    7. Mark Flowers is a Father first, and a former children’s safety film producer, but the dogs of gangstalking were released on him for doing so. Mark has been fighting ever since and will never give in, as the eternity in spirit and fear of God through Christ Jesus motivates him to be fearless against evil.

    If I fall in this good fight it will be into the arms of my saviour Jesus Christ.

    Brother Mark

    http://www.markflowers.org/

  7. “Barbara and I can’t write this book fast enough to keep up with the latest news story out of another city, &c.”

    This guy is a clueless dunce.

    I read stories practically every week—sometimes several during the week, usually with the following themes:

    1. Scumbag dies in police shootout at his girlfriend’s home:

    2. Dirtbag kills his girlfriend/wife.

    3. Children or family of girlfriend/wife killed by violent psychotic boyfriend with long criminal history &c.

    It really boils down this: if women would stop chasing these kinds of males, most of this kind of violence against both women and children would stop. If you turned your own home into a halfway house for recent releases from the penitentiary or the psychiatric hospital, would anybody be surprised if you or your family came to some disaster as a consequence? Yet that’s the type of ‘relationship choices’ women routinely make.

  8. “Dalrock’s call to repentence might not be enough.”

    Frankly, it’s about like calling on the government to start behaving like public servants and obeying the Constitution. Our culture’s too far gone.

  9. That lady and her kids would have been better served with a gun of her own and a small amount of training vs prayer vigils and what not.

  10. @ Cane,
    “I’m very glad it was a fruitful discussion.”

    Was this directed to me?

  11. My mistake. I’m too used to a comment referencing the post immediately above it as opposed to the comment referencing an original post. Need to adjust my thinking and stop seeing places like this the same way one views a discussion forum.

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