Terrible Times… (not a baseball post)

May 9, 2008 at 9:26 am (God thoughts, Politics thoughts, Pop thoughts)

If you are anything like me you get really excited and really interested whenever something local makes national headlines.

Lately it seems that I’ve had a lot to be excited about and interested in.

First it was the shark attack at Solana Beach. I’m interested in that because I swim in those waters (well maybe not that far north, but close enough to scare the crap out of me).

Then it was the pipe bomb at the federal building downtown. This is interesting to me because I had passed by that exact location almost daily for a month while on jury duty.

This week though things got really close to home when last week it wouldn’t have really been that big of a deal to me.

The big story in San Diego of course is the massive drug bust at SDSU.

It got close to home when my wife found out the day before that she had been accepted to SDSU to pursue her degree in Japanese.

I’m really nervous about the state of higher (no pun intended) education in this country and my nervousness is not exactly for the reason you might think.

I’m not too worried about my wife, or my friends or the kids I’ve ministered to becoming junkies. What I’m worried about is the kind of attitude that thinks it’s a bad thing for SDSU or any other learning institution to have invited law enforcement to investigate and arrest those dealers on campus.

I’m nervous that the illogic of liberalism is going to continue to chip away at the foundation of rational thought.

I don’t know which is more dangerous this little fact…

Almost half the nation’s 5.4 million full-time college students abuse drugs or alcohol at least once a month, according to a 2007 study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

or the backlash of students and even faculty who are saying things like this…

Carole Kennedy, a political science professor and head of SDSU’s faculty union, said she was dismayed by the level of drug activity on campus. But Kennedy said she also was disturbed that the university’s president “unilaterally allowed” undercover federal agents to gather intelligence from student organizations.

It sets a bad precedent, Kennedy said.

“Now it’s drugs,” she said. “Maybe next time it’s about political dissent. . . . What happens when you have students talking about federal income tax policy, saying they’re not going to pay their taxes? Are they going to bring in IRS agents?”

Huh? A bad precedent?

Then again what do you expect someone with the last name Kennedy to say?

What scares me most is that there is any debate at all as to whether or not it’s a good thing to arrest people who are selling drugs.

It’s like the debate on illegal immigration. Why do we debate the enforcement of law?

It’s one thing to debate whether or not something should be law, but debating the enforcement of it is just stupid.

Romans 13
1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.

7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

While I can give a hearty “Amen” to that I should not leave out the rest of the chapter…

8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

11 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Wake up people. Wake up Daniel.

I don’t think it’s the job of the Church to tell the world how to live, but one thing we must make sure we do is to behave decently.

We ought to shine.

Be bright, let them be dark.

Last Saturday I had a conversation with several students regarding the RB high cheating scandal and the memo that was sent out about it. The memo described how these very intelligent AP students hacked into their transcripts and changed their grades.
Why? So that they could get into better schools? Better fraternities? Better clubs? Better scholarships?

The memo described the actions as…

“unique in its depth of complexity and depravity.”

Finally the appropriate word to describe what is going on in our education system…

Depravity

II Timothy 3

1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

“Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

How appropriate a description of the depths to which we’ve descended.

But don’t be confused, this is nothing new. It isn’t as though Paul’s “terrible times in the last days” only refers to 2008. No, quite the contrary, it was just as true then as it is now.

I suppose you could say it’s more true now, because now is when we facing it and not then. There is nothing done in the past we can undo. And if I understand Paul rightly there is nothing I can do now to undo what is being done. Except of course this…

10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra–what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Cling to the Word my dear readers. Don’t be led astray no matter the consequences, no matter the struggles, no matter the temptations.

It’s a depraved world.

But there’s a perfect salvation.

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9 Comments

  1. Athena said,

    If there are any students not paying their federal tax income policies, then they should be forced to pay. What is that crazy professor talking about! Since when did upholding the law become a bad thing? Grrrr. I hope my teachers aren’t as dumb as her. Mabye one must do drugs to understand her!

  2. danielbalc said,

    I’m going to include this latest topic under the classification of terrible times…

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20080516-9999-1n16samesex.html

    4 judges ruled that two thirds of the state population was wrong when it voted prop 22 into law in the year 2000.

    They ruled that limiting marriage to heterosexual couples violates the states constitution because it… ” violated the equal protection rights of citizens because they discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation.”

    I wrote a post on this subject a long time ago…
    https://danielbalc.wordpress.com/2007/10/16/do-these-genes-make-me-look-gay/

    and it’s my opinion that they key element of this ruling and decision is based on the defining of homosexuality as an “orientation” rather than a choice.

    The judges ruling was based on the popular understanding that gay people are “born that way”.

    This has still not been proven scientifically, medically or biologically.

    Consider: if homosexuality is perceived as a choice rather than an orientation this ruling would not happen. If however it is something people are genetically unable to alter (oriented towards) and it isn’t a choice at all, in the same way that you can’t choose your race, then it is a correct ruling. Correct, even though it goes against the majority.

    A decade of repeatedly calling homosexuality an “orientation” is all it took to make it so. No research. No studies. Nothing but rhetoric.

    The power of spoken word.

  3. Aunt Beth said,

    Daniel, “Do These Genes Make Me Look Gay?” was an amazing post – I thoroughly enjoyed it! I think the California Supreme Court Ruling is the most terrible item on your list. It’s enough to make me want to pack up and move to another state, but it might be another country if the rest of the states follow the California lead as is predicted by many. In our newspaper this a.m., my friend Lou Binninger has a great quote, “The Supreme Court of California has lost its mind.” (http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/legal_63985___article.html/marriage_1960s.html)

  4. Echo_ohcE said,

    The Reformed Church in France around the time of the Reformation, dwindled from about 3 million to about a half a million in a matter of about a decade or two. Why? Because the king of France declared it permissible. When it ceased to be illegal, I guess for many folks it lost its appeal.

    Therefore, I say, don’t worry too much about gay marriage being legalized. Sure, it’s a violation of God’s law, and the people responsible will be held accountable. But it’s not like the number of gay people is suddenly going to increase exponentially.

    I’ll tell you why gays want this sort of thing to be recognized. They have a lot of money. They’re not married, they don’t have kids, they have a tight network, and so they all get good jobs, for the most part. Gay people have a lot of money when they get older. A LOT of money. They’re definitely the wealthiest demographic in our country by a wide margin.

    So you know why they want this law? So that when they die, they can leave their money to their lover, and not their family, from whom they’ve been estranged for years, ostracized because they’re gay. If they can be married to their lover, then their family can’t take the will to court and fight to get a piece of the pie. Happens all the time.

    I suppose they want a certain legitimacy, but it boils down to money at the end of the day. Not just in wills, but also at tax time.

    And so I say, if you want to be gay, and gain lots of money for yourself, and live what you perceive to be an elegant and interesting lifestyle, and you want to cut off all ties to your family and leave them none of your money when you die – fine, go ahead. I don’t care.

    I think it’s hypocritical for the rest of us to say that we’ll have nothing to do with our gay family members while they’re alive, and yet try to go to court to get their money when they die, and win the battle because we’re related and the lover, who has lived with them for 30 years or whatever, is nothing to them.

    That money has been gathered through the homosexual lifestyle. If you want nothing to do with the person, the homosexual, then you should want nothing to do with the money.

    But people don’t think this way. Straight relatives of gay people usually don’t see their gay relatives very often. They are the black sheep of the family. The gay person wants nothing to do with their family, because no matter how nice they seem, they really don’t approve of homosexuality, and everyone involved knows it. So they gay person drifts from the family, eventually becoming quite bitter and jaded towards them, while the rest of the family views the gay person as a wayward child who has lost his way.

    And then when he dies, they go to court, and argue that they are blood relatives, and deserve a cut of the millions of dollars of the estate. It happens all the time. And they often win, because the jury or the judge or whatever, are not gay themselves.

    Is gay marriage an abomination to the Lord? Yeah. So is homosexuality.

    But hypocrisy is also an abomination, and so is greed.

    If you want to say, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin”, then you’ve got to actually love the sinner, rather than arrogantly think you’re better than him.

    Because I’ll say this: if it were not for the grace of God to you, you could have ended up gay too. You and I are no better than a gay person. We are no less deserving of hell. God had mercy on us.

    To us, marriage is something very different than what it is to them. To us, marriage is “holy matrimony”, given by God to show his glory. It teaches us about Christ and the church. To the homosexual, marriage is but a legal arrangement, so that they can leave their money to their gay lover rather than their brothers and sisters and their families when they die. Nothing more.

    So then, I don’t care if gays want to get married very much. It doesn’t make my marriage mean anything less. I care much more about abortion, for example.

    But here’s an interesting problem. Let’s say a gay man gets married, and then becomes a Christian, and starts going to your church. Do you tell him that he must get divorced?

  5. out of thin air said,

    Since gay marriage is NEVER recognized or ordained by God then a gay divorce would only be a legal issue and not subject to God’s law.

  6. danielbalc said,

    Therefore, I say, don’t worry too much about gay marriage being legalized. Sure, it’s a violation of God’s law, and the people responsible will be held accountable. But it’s not like the number of gay people is suddenly going to increase exponentially.

    I’m not too worried, but I think it’s going to have a negative impact on American society and culture…

    1. Lower birth rate = economic and industrial slowdown = increased poverty

    2. Perversion of traditional family = erosion of traditional family values.

    3. Tampering with a religious rite = violation of 1st amendment. Freedom of speech is threatened, freedom of religion is violated. “If you don’t marry us we’ll sue!”

    4. Wholesale public re-education (brainwashing). “My mommy told me being gay is wrong.” “Well your mommy is a liar the state of California says it is right.”

    5. I think the number of gays will increase exponentially. It’s a fad. It’s a choice. The more acceptable and popular the choice is the more people “discover” they are gay.

    6. Health concerns. This is more than just about homosexual activity (which is unhealthy to begin with) but also about the erosion of traditional family values, but they go hand in hand. The more people having sex with more people the more disease spreads. What is so preposterous about this is that the “planned parenthood” organizations don’t just hand out condoms, but hand out the pill. Meaning the only “sexual transmitted disease” they are truly committed to limiting is pregnancy (which takes me back to my first point).

    There are many problems to legalizing gay marriage, but there’s not much we can do about it. W The world will keep getting darker, because that’s what the world does. The good thing is that the darker the world gets, the brighter the church shines.

  7. danielbalc said,

  8. Out of thin air said,

  9. danielbalc said,

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080822-9999-1m22pension.html

    Manchester is losing tons of business because he happens to support prop 8.

    I don’t understand this attack on anti-homosexuals.

    Here is a list of people groups whose personal choices I disapprove of (in no particular order)…

    homosexuals
    illegal immigrants
    vegetarians
    soccer fans
    smokers
    alcoholics
    pornographers
    democrats
    people who paint their house green
    perpetual liars
    people who play loud music
    starbucks drinkers
    guys who wear girls jeans
    polygamists
    pet owners
    drug addicts (prescription)
    drug addicts (illegal)
    drug dealers (representatives for drug companies)
    drug dealers (the other kind)
    raider fans

    now I don’t want to make laws prohibiting the rights of any of those individuals, except of course when they might possibly be infringing upon my right to disagree with their choices.

    So if my profession were, say, a doctor and I see that someone wants me to do something that I strictly don’t believe in like …
    remove their eardrums so that they have the ability to listen to music at even louder volumes
    or
    artificially inseminate them
    or
    perform liposuction of their legs so that they can fit better into their jeans
    or
    prescribe them drugs that they would use strictly for pleasure
    or
    perform a surgery intentionally so that the scar will resemble the raiders logo

    etc….

    I should have the right to refuse to do those things.
    shouldn’t i?

    should they have the right to impose upon me the legal sanctions demanding that I do them?

    I’m not a doctor (I just play one on TV), I’m a minister and I believe I should have the right to, without fear of penalty, exercise my religious freedoms and teach others to do as well.

    so if part of my religious freedom (not to mention my freedom of speech) is to speak against sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language and lying and to refuse to assist someone in their pursuits of these things then I should have that right defended by my judicial system.

    When individual rights come into conflict the judicial system must be employed to settle that matter.

    Sadly this judicial system has failed to maintain true justice and has instead fallen victim of the swaying pendulum of popularized fads and trends.

    This is how it is and we must learn to adapt.

    Daniel still prayed though it was illegal. Doctors, I’m afraid, will have tough choices to make in the future. Obey man or God. It’s a sad things for our country because we will lose a lot of good doctors.

    But it doesn’t end with Doctors; many professions will be affected. Like hotel owners, successful businessmen who have contributed tremendously to our community (5 million to SDSU) will now feel the sting for obeying God.

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