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Listen, don't make the partisan mistake of not allowing anyone to criticize those whom you agree with. The modern Western church is rife with nonsensical thinking. She is exactly right about the idea that so many Christians in America go on "mission trips" to countries South of the border but won't say one word about Jesus to their neighbors. I, quite frankly, find it refreshing to hear someone speak the Truth about this situation. She is exactly right.
His disciples' reaction to that teaching is instructive. It says, "They were astonished and asked, 'Then who can be saved?'" They recognized that we are all "rich" in that we all trust in something before we trust in Him. I have witnessed to scores of "poor" people who want nothing to do with Christ due to their pride and hope in things of this life. The Pope needs to go back to first principles. Maybe he needs to get born again himself.
You have to wonder about the spiritual discernment of a putative head of such a large denomination who cannot see what even the average parishioner can see. "And many will come in my name saying,' I am He." Jesus
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Can We Do This Again

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jul 30, 2014 7:48 AM
"You have to wonder if the country could unite now as it did then in bipartisan unity and support a cause that had nothing going for it except that it was right thing to do. " No. Back then, despite our obvious national sins, we were still a society that interpreted what was right and what was wrong from the same philosophical playbook. That was why we were able, in a bi-partisan way, to enact such legislation and make those necessary societal reforms. It was the same driving motivation behind the earlier national sacrifices in 1861-65. Today, however, we are operating under a new paradigm; one which was instituted during the late 60's and early 70's and which rejected and supplanted that earlier philosophical prism, a Biblical prism. This one is value relative and seeks its own promotion over all other interests, and those interests are increasingly political and special, they seek no compromise in the cause of societal reformation but, instead, seek societal transformation into its assumed idealized perfection of society. No longer are political forces interested in creating and preserving a political environment wherein every citizen may access all opportunities as he or she sees fit within a specific moral context, as in days past. Now, political forces are only interested in creating an environment wherein its dictates will determine what each and every citizen will do and believe.
No, Obama's not the cause of the world's crises; he's merely another iteration of it. Like the ancient Chinese proverb says: When small men cast long shadows, you know the sun is setting
" Richard Linklater calls it a shame that the liberals dismissed the affections and loyalty of Southern white people over "the cultural divide of religion and guns." " I'd be happy if all they did was "dismiss" them. My problem is that they're so focused on undermining them.
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Going Home

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jul 24, 2014 9:12 AM
It isn't just the infrastructure that is bland and monolithic; it's the entire culture, including the people. On the outside they appear to have it all, but there are few, if any, individuals who stand out. Our culture is dying. "What does it profit a (culture) if it gains the whole world but loses its soul?"
Unfortunately, yes. We are at that point where ropes and lampposts need to be involved. The only problem is, however, that the forces who have brought us to this point very much want such an occurrence because, while busying themselves with the country's fundamental transformation, they were also busily erecting the means of ensuring a lopsided balance of power. It may simply come down to a matter of deciding whether it's better to live as a slave or to die a free man.
Unfortunately, yes. We are at that point where ropes and lampposts need to be involved. The only problem is, however, that the forces who have brought us to this point very much want such an occurrence because, while busying themselves with the country's fundamental transformation, they were also busily erecting the means of ensuring a lopsided balance of power. It may simply come down to a matter of deciding whether it's better to live as a slave or to die a free man.
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World Leader Pretend

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jun 30, 2014 8:02 AM
Questionable whether or not your interpretation of the lyrics is correct. One thing, however, we can be certain of: the vast majority of his fans didn't have a clue, and couldn't have cared less. They only knew they were being entertained, which was all they really cared about.
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Armageddon, Act I

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Jun 29, 2014 8:52 PM
Interesting that Mr. Greenberg notices the larger philosophical point of the transition the First World War produced in Western culture but fails to connect it with its practical applications. In his embrace of Common Core academic hegemony he misses the fact that such a move comes PRECISELY from those ideologues who, in the academic environment at least, have been so instrumental in ensuring that no sense of the transcendent intrude on the developing characters and minds of the young in their charge. His myopia reminds me of street evangelists who can preach well enough in the abstract but are seemingly unable to make the connection between their ideas and their real world applications.
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