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Brief audio on the Beirut Blast and SAT-7's initial response. SAT-7 Lebanon studios are just outside the blast radius so spared all but minimal damage. Now broadcasting to grieve together, lament, serve, and provide solace in spiritual truth.


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A democratic republic cannot survive without aspirational, consensus ideals, comity, law and order, and social cohesion. What we've seen in America in the last few months, 1) in the throes of virus, 2) in the turbulence of unrest, is not simply infliction but insurgence.

Peaceful protest toward desired social change is a productive thing, a blessing of a free society. Mobocracy, enabled by elected officials, toward the boogieman du jour is a destructive thing, a scourge of a free society.

The cold coup d'etat some have attempted is dangerous in the extreme--to life, liberty, justice, truth, patriotism--something that can become hot with a flashpoint at any time.

What makes the USA is not beautiful topography but time-tested political ideals as enshrined in a constitutional system that has worked, however imperfectly at times, for more than 200 years.

No matter who is elected Nov 3, many will not simply be unhappy but inconsolable. This is the kind of flashpoint that concerns me. I don't want to live in a banana republic.


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Woke culture produces bullies, people so self-righteously engaged with their holy list of issues that anyone disagreeing with them must be silenced. Welcome to America’s Brave New World.

“Woke” is shorthand for the slang “stay woke,” meaning to be aware of an issue, particularly so-called social justice issues. Wokeism is a new, sort of “religious” orthodoxy sweeping America. 

Wokeism requires absolute adherence to its demands. And if you don’t agree, you’ll be publicly humiliated or defamed, professionally ruined, or otherwise dismissed, typically via social media attacks. For example, University of British Columbia Board Chairman had to resign after simply liking Trump Tweets. The Church will be next.

The woke culture or wokeism finds almost everything offensive, which means it wants to cancel seemingly everything. The cancel culture is a subset of Wokeism.

Wokeism uses bullying tactics, which in the name of tolerance and anti-racism are ultimately intolerant and often racist. 

Like bullies everywhere, no amount of agreement, acquiescence, apologies, or groveling satisfies them, i.e. they “can’t get no satisfaction” because they really don’t want it. They want to quash anyone who does not salute their definition of the prevailing narrative, and they can’t win arguments on the merits so, again, silencing is their tool.  

In wokeism, there is no forgiveness, only guilt the woke assign, and since they perceive themselves or those they purportedly represent as victims, everyone else is inherently and permanently guilty.

By now perhaps it goes without saying that wokeism is anti-American, meaning the point of view concludes that anything American is by definition racist and thus deplorable. Cue the ritual shaming, and also cultish kowtowing by political elites.

Ben Weingarten recently noted, “the National Museum of African American History & Culture has a section of its website entitled, ‘Talking About Race.’ One infographic there illustrates that values such as self-reliance, hard work and future orientation, institutions such as the nuclear family and a justice system based on English common law that enshrines private property rights, and practices such as using proper English and being polite are aspects of "white dominant culture"—a culture "where nonwhite persons are seen as inferior or abnormal." Only after facing a backlash did the museum decide to pull down the infographic. But the site's ‘Talking About Race’ section remains, replete with similar materials, including, for example, an embedded video entitled, ‘Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo.’"

“According to the museum, some key identifying characteristics of ‘whiteness’…include possessing a ‘master and control nature,’ ‘aggressiveness and extroversion,’ ‘heavy value on ownership of goods, space, property,’ a taste in ‘steak and potatoes; ‘bland is best,' and ‘no tolerance for deviation from single god concept,’ so be sure to watch out for these signs when interacting with others to steer clear of white people.”

I’m not sure what logic brings one to a point that you could say, with a straight face, that a taste for steak and potatoes is somehow racial. But this is the level of racist absurdity to which some have gotten in their wokeness. And, of course, this is pretty mundane. To argue that a belief in a “single god concept” is somehow “White” is much more metaphysically and spiritually dangerous to the individual who buys into this satanic idea. 

“Woke” culture focuses on social justice, anarchist, or leftist issues: microaggressions, police actions against Blacks, LGBTQ rights, poverty among Blacks, Native Americans, Latinos, attacks against Muslims or suspicion against them by associating them with terrorists, environmentalism.

For the record, I have no problem with genuine concerns for racial justice and equal opportunity, nor with social justice per se as it can be defined based upon a Christian worldview. My problem is with the underlying Marxism, associated critical race theory, and leftist philosophy represented in wokeism that wants to tear down the American system for the sake of historically demonstrated failed and dangerous ideas that undermine freedom and justice for all. 

Like wokeism, we are all a product of a world in the grip of a crisis of meaning. As a culture, we do not know where we’re going, or why we’re here, or what we’re supposed to be doing… Left unchecked, wokeism will bring us further into tribal division and the sense of disconnection that drives the meaning crisis.”

A democratic republic cannot survive without law and order, comity, social cohesion, and ideals. Wokeism stands against all of this, promoting disorder, disunity, social insurrection, and narrowly conceived anti-democratic values.

Problem is, the woke bullies are nihilistically angry. They can’t get no satisfaction and with their values they never will. 


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     Patriotism has been taking it on the nose in the USA of late. 

     Social media and Big Media alike feature wall-to-wall coverage of rioters “dissing” the country, what it stands for (or rather, what they say it stands for), and “the system.” Tearing down statues of the nation’s founders, suggesting Mt. Rushmore should be destroyed because it’s on “stolen Native American land,” refusing to stand for the National Anthem, posting anti-American diatribes on social media, and burning flags are now par for the course.

     Ironically, those expressing their displeasure are doing so in “a system” that gives them the blessing of freedom of speech, expression even, and assembly. No one tracks them down and puts them in jail for saying what they do – this even though many of these new, “woke” individuals try to “call out” and “cancel” anyone who disagrees with their point of view. 

     People sacrificed and died for our civil liberties, yet the agitators hold forth in mind-boggling lack of self-awareness, attacking the very ideals that protect their right to express themselves, however obnoxiously.

     You’d be forgiven for thinking American patriotism is dead, or at least in its last throes.

     Meanwhile, patriotism remains one of the most powerful emotions known to humanity, one of the world's most potent forces. It's something we feel more often than think about. All people around the globe feel it to one degree or another.

     But no nation possesses the wealth of patriotic symbols found in the United States. No country boasts the number of patriotic songs—enough for entire concerts and then some—as the American nation state. “USA,” “USA,” “USA” is a powerful chant. 

     Yes, it is true, the United States is far from perfect, and sometimes we struggle to realize "liberty and justice for all."  But no nation's history even remotely approaches America's attempt to believe in, fight to protect, and celebrate human freedom. No nation continues to attract immigrants from all over the world, not for the weather but for the freedom and opportunity America provides.

     Truly felt and expressed American patriotism is about more than a love for the land and a love for the people. America is about ideals. Patriotism at its best is about what we believe, what we live for and what we are willing to die for.

     American patriotism is about individual liberty, the land of the free and the home of the brave. It's about individual worth and dignity. It’s decidedly not about white supremacya recent revisionist idea masquerading as history

     American patriotism is about lex rex, “the law is king,” not rex lex, “the king is law.” No king, no president, no dictator or regime, no political entity is of greater eternal value than the single person—free to think, free to worship, free to work and own the fruits of one's labor, free to pursue opportunity. This is the national vision that gave meaning and dynamism to the first two hundred years of this nation's history.

     America’s ideals are currently being trampled by a set of agitators variously motivated by legitimate concerns about racial justice, along with considerable illegitimate concerns for greed, control, power, class or race warfare, Marxism, Leftist ideology, hate. 

     Yet these ideals are precious concepts. They are what God intended human life to be. They are worthy of patriotism.

     I sincerely hope that a new interest and support for American ideals will develop. I think they are as close to timeless as humanly constructed political philosophy can get. They work, and they have worked, with fits and spurts and improvements, for more than two centuries. We the people are imperfect. We have a checkered history, but we the people have moved toward ever greater applications of our founding, exceptional ideals, for all people of all races, ethnicities, and more.

     I hope American patriotism is not dead. Indeed, to paraphrase Mark Twain, I hope the death of American patriotism is “greatly exaggerated.”


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If you think woke culture or “Wokeism,” with its attendant cancel culture, isn’t going to bother Christians, the Church, Christianity, or Christ himself, you should think again.

“Woke” people often consider themselves or at least those they purport to represent, victims. Consequently, they seem to be offended by nearly everything. That’s bad enough, but the real problem begins with their penchant for wanting to silence or cancel everything and everyone with which or with whom they disagree, turning them into bullies.

In an incredibly short time, woke religiosity has garnered a wave of White guilt being confessed in religious forms: kneeling, washing feet, chanted mantras, weeping, lengthy impassioned confessions, white fragility, cash reparations, groveling, White people in general acting more offended than the victim, apologizing for mostly phantom offenses, new vocabulary like “I must do better,” “white privilege,” “systemic racism,” “white supremacy,” “allyship,” ritual chastisement, invented “cultural appropriation.” 

Bullies are never satisfied, never placated. No amount of agreement, apology, acquiescence, or appeasement is enough. Bullies always demand more.

First it was Confederate statues, then any statue would do

Now it’s burning Bibles and the American flagattacking churches, Christianity, even ChristBlack Lives Matter activists vandalized churches. Bibles will not be the last of this.

Now we have a book claiming Christianity is at bottom about racism and was shaped by White supremacy.

This is barely scratching the surface, and it’s just beginning. There will be much more to come. But people throwing rocks at Christianity is nothing new. 

Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also” (John 15:18-20).

Remember The Beatles’ John Lennon in 1966? He said, “We’re more popular than Jesus.” The remark spawned considerable reaction in the United States, but little ultimately came of it. Enormously talented, arrogant, and confused young men are part and parcel to rock and roll then and since. It’s a “chasing after the wind.”

What’s new in 2020, though, is not just a few “out-there” irreligious individuals attacking Christianity or the Church, it’s the degree to which this is becoming a new normal in American culture, often accepted if not promulgated by Big Media and/or Big Social Media and other cultural elites. Anti-Christian bias is growing

And some within the Church are buying-in to woke culture. “‘Woke’ Christian leaders and pastors today are jumping on the ‘hype train’ of what culture is currently applauding. But they don't really look at what the hype train is connected to. For example, many of the things culture applauds are connected to relativism, abortion, transgenderism, the breakup of the nuclear family.” Woke-within the Church is more dangerous than Woke-without.

Woke culture stems from a non-Christian worldview. It’s a matter of pre-theoretical assumptions and values. So woke people have internalized their views. This isn’t just a political movement; it’s a cultural revolution.

Biblically Christian values regarding sexual morality and gender definition make Christians and the Church by definition enemies of Wokeism. Christian perspectives on race, work, property, and economics, liberty, family, law and order, education and culture, in part or in whole are at odds with woke philosophy. This means woke people will attempt to “cancel” aspects of the Church, Christian nonprofit organizations, and Christian colleges and universities. It’s going to happenIt is happening.  

During March to August and continuing, First Amendment freedoms of speech and religion were already being trampled by overreaching state officials in the name of public health. Now these unalienable rights are beginning to be sacrificed to the new religion of woke orthodoxy that brooks no disagreement, operates without grace, offers no forgiveness, and provides no redemption, just condemnation and destruction of reputations, careers, lives.

How shall we then live? Christians and the Church need to be ready to give an answer of their hope (1 Peter 3:15), which means:

  • Be informed about the issues,
  • Be able to apply your Christian worldview to these issues,
  • Be humble in speaking the truth in love, with gentleness and respect,
  • Be forgiving as Christ forgave us,
  • Be aware that suffering, harassment, possibly persecution could come your way for what you believe,
  • Be confident and strong in the Lord, for He is Sovereign.


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While the Year 2020 has been and continues to be an annus horrilibus, a “horrible year,” Christians should be ready to give an answer of their hope.

We are living in chaotic times. Layered crises, one on the other, 

  • the pandemic, 
  • government-initiated economic lockdowns,
  • social unrest. 

America’s ideals:  life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the historic Judeo-Christian values that formed the basis of American morality, law, education, and economic opportunity – all are under attack.

It brings to mind for me the first time, as a university sophomore, I spoke in a church.

My text was 1 Peter 3:15:

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

We live in times when people need to hear the reason for our hope. 

So you and I need to be prepared to give an answer – with gentleness and respect.

This means we must understand the issues, the questions, and we must confidently apply our Christian worldview in answering.

God is not disconcerted by breaking news. Neither should we be. 

We have reason for hope.


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