Jay Sanders – The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com Committed to Freedom, Faith and Family Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:50:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://theresurgent.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Jay Sanders – The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com 32 32 104855451 Another Average Exceptional Sunday https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/18/another-average-exceptional-sunday/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/18/another-average-exceptional-sunday/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:00:36 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=48357 The question was simple enough. “Is your church doing anything special for Easter?” My answer made me feel a bit guilty. I told my friend no. I couldn’t help but wonder if this made me a bad pastor. Was I not taking the resurrection of Christ seriously enough? Should I have planned some big event? […]

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The question was simple enough.

“Is your church doing anything special for Easter?”

My answer made me feel a bit guilty.

I told my friend no. I couldn’t help but wonder if this made me a bad pastor. Was I not taking the resurrection of Christ seriously enough? Should I have planned some big event? This line of internal questioning only lasted a second or two. I have the same debate with myself every year. Eventually, I come back to one reality.

The message is enough.

Churches like to go crazy around Easter. They boast of having large egg hunts. When that gets worn out, they carpet bomb fields with eggs. In one Ohio church, a youth leader was caught on video asking kids to cut him, spit on him, and punch him so that he could, “Show them how much Jesus loved them.” In another year or so, I’m sure that some church will launch giant golden eggs from a nuclear submarine – each one containing a Christian celebrity with a signed copy of her latest book. Whatever it takes to draw a crowd, right?

We miss the point of Easter if we reduce it to the size of the crowd we can draw and the spectacular gimmicks we can pull off.

Resurrection Sunday is a special day. It’s the day when we consider the empty tomb and all that it means. It’s the day when a lot of people come to church who haven’t been to church since Christmas. A friend of mine calls it Super Bowl Sunday for pastors. It really is an important day.

But at the same time, it’s also an average Sunday. That’s not putting down Easter Sunday. It’s elevating every other Sunday, and day for that matter. Regardless of the time of year, the crowds that come, or the series the pastor is preaching through, the cross and empty tomb should be at the center of everything the church teaches, preaches, and sings. Without Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, what’s the point (1 Corinthians 15:12-32)? There are other places to get coffee and pep talks.

If your church doesn’t have an egg dropping drone or a jetpack Easter bunny but it joyfully, winsomely, and faithfully proclaims the message of Christ dying for the sins of his people and rising from the grave three days later, your church has enough.

The message is enough.

The message is enough because the message is exceptional. It’s a message of Christ delivering his people from sin and death by taking on the full wrath of God in their place. It’s a message of a God so loving that he died for his people and so powerful that even the grave could not hold him. No amount of eggs or goofy gimmicks can add to or takeaway from that exceptional message. The best thing my fellow church leaders can do this weekend is simply proclaim that exceptional message, get out of the way, and trust God with the results.

I hope that your church isn’t really doing anything all that special this weekend.

I hope that it’s just another average, exceptional Sunday.

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A Troubling Quote About The Notre Dame Cathedral Fire https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/16/a-troubling-quote-about-the-notre-dame-cathedral-fire/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/16/a-troubling-quote-about-the-notre-dame-cathedral-fire/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:30:33 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=48233 Out of all the coverage I saw yesterday of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire there was one quote that really stuck out. Shepherd Smith was interviewing a witness to the blaze. The woman was distraught. By the time the interview was over, she was in tears – too emotional to talk. But when she was […]

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Out of all the coverage I saw yesterday of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire there was one quote that really stuck out.

Shepherd Smith was interviewing a witness to the blaze. The woman was distraught. By the time the interview was over, she was in tears – too emotional to talk. But when she was talking she said something that I found very troubling.

“It’s like watching a person burn.”

The Cathedral at Notre Dame was a beautiful building. It was an important building. But it was not the church. And it was not like watching a person burn.

Christians know that the true church is a body, not a building (Colossians 1:18). That is, Christ’s church is made up of the people of God, not bricks, wooden beams, and stained glass windows. I say that, not to be disrespectful to the architectural masterpiece that was destroyed yesterday or to agitate those for whom that building carries a measure of significance. Rather, I write these words to highlight the power and the permanence of Christ’s church.

Buildings, even the best and most historic, come and go. But Christ’s church stands forever. Throughout the history of Christianity, many church buildings have burned for a variety of reasons. Some have been the result of accidents and others have burned at the hands of hateful people. Regardless of the event, no harm was done to the actual church. Only the building was destroyed.

We must be careful when assigning significance to inanimate objects that trumps the dignity of human beings. Watching a building burn is not like watching a person burn. Not all people belong to Christ’s church but all people are made in the image of God. That means that they have value and dignity. They are infinitely more important than buildings. So too is Christ’s church.

I can understand the sadness that many felt yesterday as they watched the destruction of that beautiful building. But that sadness makes no sense if it is not eclipsed by a sadness over the destruction we see on a daily basis to those who have been created in God’s image.

The destruction of the unborn, and now even the just born, should sadden us.

The harm done to people based on their ethnicity should sadden us.

It should sadden us to watch drug abuse ravage our neighbors.

Our hearts should be heavy for the lonely, the depressed, and the anxious.

It is significant that this fire occurred on the week that we specifically celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. Christ did not die for a building. He died for his people – the church. And he actively works on the behalf of his people, not necessarily the buildings that they gather in.

A fantastic building was destroyed yesterday and that is a terrible thing. But the church was not destroyed. It will last forever. As history has shown us, flames consume buildings but they only make the church stronger.

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Social Justice Without Social Media https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/15/social-justice-without-social-media/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/15/social-justice-without-social-media/#respond Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:30:25 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=48092 Think of the Internet as a neighborhood. Instagram is the gigantic house across the street that looks like it’s probably the greatest home ever built. Every time you leave your house you look at that perfect picture across the street and feel a little worse about yourself. If only you had a house like that. […]

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Think of the Internet as a neighborhood. Instagram is the gigantic house across the street that looks like it’s probably the greatest home ever built. Every time you leave your house you look at that perfect picture across the street and feel a little worse about yourself. If only you had a house like that. But what you don’t know is that on the inside of that house, there’s no furniture, no food, and a family that struggles to live paycheck to paycheck.

Facebook is a few houses down. That house used to be something. Now it’s just kind of creepy. The guy who lives there has telescopes and cameras all over his property and you’re pretty sure he knows what you ate for breakfast this morning. Also, he likes to tell people to get off his lawn.

Twitter is the house down at the end of the street that your parents tell you to avoid. Tons of people live in that house and they’re always fighting with each other. Despite the warnings of your parents, you spend a lot of time at the house. You always leave feeling worse than you did when you came in but you never can figure out why.

I have greatly reduced the amount of time that I spend on social media. Twitter is a big reason why. More specifically, Christian Twitter is a big reason why.

There’s a Christian author whom I greatly respect. And then there’s the Christian pastor from whom I’ve learned so much. They both hate each other. Of course, they would never say that. They don’t have to. Twitter says it for them. The author has some pretty strong opinions on, let’s just say for example, the gentrification of Brooklyn. The pastor does too. The author’s opinions are rooted in personal experience and facts. The pastor just has strong opinions. Both are rude to each other. Neither, despite their large following and impressive credentials, looks a lot like Jesus. Sure, they claim to be contending for the faith but in reality, they’re just trying to get the last word and earn the ever-important mic drop. And, to quote the great Christian songwriter, “All heaven just weeps.”

Whether they realize it or not (I really hope that they do not), both are leading divisive movements of followers who become more entrenched in the talking points of their side and more suspicious of the other side. Accusations are thrown around. Words like racist, Marxist, black, and white, are digital hand grenades used to help one side gain a temporary advantage until the other side launches a counter attack.

For the most part, this war is over social justice. Skirmishes break out daily on 280-character battlefields where complex issues that highly intelligent people once spent years grappling with are now reduced to emojis from people who saw a documentary one time.

While the issues argued over by Christians on social media are complex, what is often referred to as social justice is not. Generally speaking, when I was growing up, caring for the poor was for the liberals. We conservatives were the ones devoted to the truth. If you were John 9’s blind beggar at that time and someone from the left walked by, you were likely to be given a bowl of soup and told to find your “higher self.” If some conservatives were to walk by, they might hand you a tract and have a nice conversation about you at the buffet.

But when we look to Jesus, we see how he addressed both the physical and the spiritual needs of others. He healed that blind man. Twice. First of his physical blindness (John 9:6-7) and, most importantly, of his spiritual blindness (John 9:35-38). Meanwhile, the disciples and the religious leaders had a debate (John 9:1-2, 8-34). Think of it as first century Twitter.

As Christians, our primary call is to love God and love our neighbor. Loving God means that we are devoted to him and his truth. Loving neighbor means that we bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things both with the brother or sister on Twitter who thinks differently than we do and the blind beggars of our day.

But this type of love goes even further. It cannot be something that we merely talk about or even preach on. We have to put it into practice. Jesus was clear that everyone is your neighbor (Luke 10:25-42). But if we can’t love our brothers and sisters online, how are we to love our neighbors down the street or across the world? If we can’t love our fellow Christians online, how can we claim to love God (1 John 4:20-21)? At the practical level, true Christian love means more than what is usually expressed when people talk about love.

It means that we will come to grips with the fact that some things are just too complex for us to understand at the time and that it’s probably best if we stay quiet about them until we’ve done a little more research.

It means that once we have done the research, we’ll present our findings in as loving a way as possible. Yes, you can disagree and still love. And yes, you can have the right information and still be wrong.

It means that we will constantly be on the lookout for our own blindspots. That is, we will be humble enough to recognize that our brothers and sisters with whom we disagree might have a point of view from which we can learn. That of course requires more listening and less mic dropping.

It means that we won’t be so quick to use terms like cultural Marxism or racist. Most people who have weaponized these terms could easily apply them to themselves if they would only take the time to self-reflect. Many people who ramble on and on about cultural Marxism are themselves subscribing to their own version of Marxism. If you don’t believe me, watch how they react when they are presented with even the idea of losing some government entitlement. The same is true of those who claim to care about racial equality but really only want to settle scores.

It means that there are some conversations that we will just need to step away from. We don’t have to have a voice on every controversy. But we will never step away from the truth or the needs of those whom God has put in our path.

And it means that we will recognize that we have more in common with our brother or sister in the faith from another country, with different skin color, and a different point of view than we do the non-believers from our own tribe. The common link in the body of Christ is Christ. If our common link is our politics or our views on the gentrification of Brooklyn, it is not the church that we have. At best, we just have a political action committee. At worst, it’s a cult. Jesus didn’t die for a cult or a political action committee. He died for his church that is made up of many people from many different backgrounds and that finds its center in the One True God. It was Jesus, not President Trump or President Obama, who died for us. Believe what you want about either president, just don’t place your hope and identity in them. That’s what Jesus is for.

Christians, our house is supposed to be different. Jesus didn’t call us to look good on the outside while ignoring the real problems on the inside. And we shouldn’t be known as the angry, “Get off my lawn!” house. And we most certainly don’t accurately represent the body of Christ to a watching world when we constantly fight with one another.

Our house should be the one in the neighborhood that is far from perfect but where a very diverse group of people are gathered together with a common love and devotion to the One who is the Builder, the Architect, and the Head. If we truly belong in that house, we will love, even through disagreements.

Otherwise, we’re just trespassing.

For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:9 ESV


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The Kid Who Locked Up His Dad’s iPad For 46 Years Might Just Be The Hero The World Needs https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/10/the-kid-who-locked-up-his-dads-ipad-for-46-years-might-just-be-the-hero-the-world-needs/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/10/the-kid-who-locked-up-his-dads-ipad-for-46-years-might-just-be-the-hero-the-world-needs/#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2019 14:30:03 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=47859 I typically tell parents not to, under any circumstances, allow their 3-year-olds to have unmonitored access to their iPads. The kid could inadvertently pull up an Auburn Tigers website. He could access that Florida Georgia Line album you downloaded for no good reason. Or he could lock you out of the device for nearly 50 […]

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I typically tell parents not to, under any circumstances, allow their 3-year-olds to have unmonitored access to their iPads. The kid could inadvertently pull up an Auburn Tigers website. He could access that Florida Georgia Line album you downloaded for no good reason. Or he could lock you out of the device for nearly 50 years. That’s what happened to a New York man over the weekend and it’s the reason why I’m rethinking my philosophy on kids and iPads.

Evan Osnos is a staff writer at the New Yorker. A few days ago, his 3-year-od repeatedly tried to unlock his iPad. That’s when a message from Apple informed the family that the device would now be locked for the next 48 years. 25,536,432 minutes to be exact.

This isn’t as bad as it looks. There are a lot of things an iPadless person can do over the next 46 years.

  1. Spend more time with your family.
  2. See the new Avenger’s movie twice.
  3. Stand in the deli line at my local grocery store that shall remain unnamed, waiting for them to ask what you want so they can tell you that they don’t have it or, my favorite, give you something completely different. They should get to you by the end of the 46th year but it’ll be close. And hey, if you’re still waiting in line by then, at least you’ll have your iPad back.
  4. Wait for the Florida Gators football team to be relevant again.

See, it’s not all bad for the Osnos family. In fact, I would like to formally present a motion that Evan Osnos’ 3-year-old son be left alone for 5 minutes with every phone and tablet in the world. Locked out of our devices, we won’t know what to be outraged about and we’ll actually have to talk to one another instead of just at or about one another. This Osnos kid might just be the hero the world has been waiting for.

Giving him access to every phone on the planet is risky. The Florida Georgia Line music could do him in. But I think this is a risk worth taking. Just think of the benefits. No more texting and driving. No more phones in movie theaters. No more breaking news alerts informing you of what one of the Kardashians had for lunch.

Young Mr. Osnos, a troubled world turns its eyes to you.

We’re all counting on you.

Please, take our devices and do what you do.

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I Miss The Old Dictionary https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/08/i-miss-the-old-dictionary/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/08/i-miss-the-old-dictionary/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:30:28 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=47663 Every teacher I had in elementary school wouldn’t let us say the word ain’t. In their classrooms, it was a curse word. “Ain’t ain’t a word because it ain’t in the dictionary,” they would tell us. The joke was lost on us. “But you just said…” The point however was not lost on us. The […]

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Every teacher I had in elementary school wouldn’t let us say the word ain’t. In their classrooms, it was a curse word. “Ain’t ain’t a word because it ain’t in the dictionary,” they would tell us.

The joke was lost on us.

“But you just said…”

The point however was not lost on us. The dictionary was the standard.

Times have changed. Now the dictionary is online. And the online version includes the word ain’t, along with quite a few other words that would make the heads of my old teachers spin.

Dictionary.com has added over 300 new words to their database. I know what I’m about to say will make me sound old. That’s fine. But these new words make me miss the old dictionary.

One of the new words is womxn. Dictionary.com defines it as, “a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n , and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women).

I can’t help but imagine what Mrs. Brewer would have done to my paper back in the third grade had I put the letter x in women. I’m pretty sure she would have put a red x on top of it and made me sit out the first 15 minutes of recess. Had I defended myself by saying something like, “But I just included it to avoid the appearance of sexism,” she would have broken her own rule and said something along the lines of, “You ain’t got no sense.”

And she would have been right.

Just imagine, in a few short years, your son will drive by a mxn at work sign on his way to the courthouse to pay a fine to the governmxnt for harming the environmxnt simply because he paid a complimxnt to the waitress who brought him his mxnu. And no one will think anything of it.

Toxic masculinity is another one of the new additions. It’s defined as, “a cultural concept of manliness that glorifies stoicism, strength, virility, and dominance, and that is socially maladaptive or harmful to mental health.” Who knew? In the 1980s, Mrs. Guidry taught us how to be brave school safety patrols. By today’s standards, she was just promoting toxic masculinity. One morning when I was crying because I didn’t want to be at school, Mrs. Guidry told me, in no uncertain terms, to toughen up. That was quite the pivotal moment in my life. But the people who came up with the phrase toxic masculinity would have preferred Mrs. Guidry to encourage me to cry more because that’s what real manhood is about these days – crying. Man, I’m glad that the dictionary on the shelf in my sixth grade class didn’t have toxic masculinity in it.

The only thing toxic in my old elementary school classes was the stuff they put on the floor whenever some kid threw up. At some schools, that kitty litter-like substance is referred to as chum eaters. At my school, it was known as vomit control. Now there’s a term for Dictionary.com.

Vomit Control

noun

1 the smelly sawdust/kitty litter hybrid that the janitor put on the floor to cover up some kid’s vomit that left onlookers wondering if the supposed remedy was worse than the actual problem.

verb

1 what readers have to do when they find out that the 300 new words being added to the dictionary are all loaded with a political agenda and said reader really wishes he could go back to a time when men were men and womxn were women.

In any event, I’m grateful to Mrs. Auten, Mrs. Brewer, Mrs. Yarborough, and Mrs. Guidry. They taught me a lot. They helped me to be the man that I am today. And they wouldn’t let me say the word ain’t simply because it wasn’t in the dictionary.

But then, one day, someone decided to let ain’t in that cherished book that helped to shape my childhood.

And it’s all been toxic ever since.

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Louis Farrakhan Proves Yet Again That All Religions Are Not The Same https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/04/louis-farrakhan-proves-yet-again-that-all-religions-are-not-the-same/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/04/louis-farrakhan-proves-yet-again-that-all-religions-are-not-the-same/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 16:00:22 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=47482 Anyone who believes that all religions are the same simply is not paying attention. In a recent speech, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan gave an excellent example of just how different his religion is from Christianity. “God does not love this world,” he told the crowd. While it is true that God does not […]

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Anyone who believes that all religions are the same simply is not paying attention.

In a recent speech, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan gave an excellent example of just how different his religion is from Christianity.

“God does not love this world,” he told the crowd. While it is true that God does not love the ways of this world, Scripture is very clear about God’s love for the people in the world. One of the first verses Christian children learn is John 3:16 where Jesus told Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (ESV).

That’s quite different from Farrakhan’s assessment that, “God never sent Jesus to die for this world.” But the so-called prophet was just getting started on the most recent leg of his lifelong tour of heresy.

“Jesus died because he was two thousand years too soon to bring about the end of the civilization of the Jews.”

Again, this could not be more different from what Scripture says. Jesus didn’t come too early, as if the perfect God Man could somehow make a mistake. Rather, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6, ESV, emphasis mine). And instead of coming to wipe out the Jews which Farrakhan hates so deeply, or to prefigure the false god of Islam, Jesus came to save his people (Matthew 1:21). Jews make up the people of God. So do Asians, Africans, Americans, and members from every tribe, nation, people, and language (Revelation 7:9).

Farrakhan continued that Jesus, “Never was on no cross.” I’ll give you Language Arts teachers in the audience a second to catch your breath after reading that quote.

The cross is at the center of the Christian faith, so it should come as no surprise that Farrakhan wants to chip away at it. In order for Farrakhan’s view of the cross to be accurate, one would have to disregard centuries of historical facts as well as figure out a way to explain why Jesus’ disciples would willingly die for what they new to be a lie.

The cross is a problem for those who want to reach God through a means other than Jesus, whether that means be nationality, morality, or some combination of the two. Paul wrote that, “We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24, ESV). Christians understand that the only way to God the Father is through the crucified and risen God the Son, Jesus.

At the moment, despite his racist rhetoric, Louis Farrakhan still has a strong presence on Twitter with 335,000 followers. Luckily, for Farrakhan at least, he only calls for the extermination of Jews. If he said something really bad, like telling an out of work journalist to, “learn to code” or calling people by their birth gender rather than the one they prefer, the Twitter police would pounce and have Farrakhan sent to the land of Alex Jones. The message from Twitter is clear: It’s not okay to make a movie about the evils of abortion but it’s perfectly fine to spew hate toward an entire race of people as long as your last name is Farrakhan and those people happen to be Jews.

We shouldn’t be surprised that a racist false prophet like Louis Farrakhan would misinterpret the Bible. These types of con-men have being doing this for centuries. Some do it from behind a white hood, others from behind the podium of the Nation of Islam. But Farrakhan’s foolish words should serve as an opportunity for Christians to grow even firmer in their devotion to the truth of God’s word. The Farrakhans of the world are easy to spot, much like the growl of a wolf in the midst of a flock of sheep. But we really need to be careful for those false prophets who preach a message that closely resembles the real one. You know, the ones that promise us personal fulfillment and peace with God apart from the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes false prophets spew their venom as they lead quasi-terrorist organizations.

But other times they preach to you in church on Sunday mornings. In a couple of weeks, rather than addressing human sin, God’s grace, and Jesus’ power of the grave, these slick wolves will preach a rousing message where the resurrection is nothing more than allegory for how you can rise up from self-doubt and find personal fulfillment by becoming a better you.

Christian, be careful.

Know the Truth.

The more time you spend marinating in God’s word, the more obvious the wolves will be.

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What Alyssa Milano And Her Hollywood Friends Would Do If They Really Cared About The Safety Of Women https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/03/what-alyssa-milano-and-her-hollywood-friends-would-do-if-they-really-cared-about-the-safety-of-women/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/03/what-alyssa-milano-and-her-hollywood-friends-would-do-if-they-really-cared-about-the-safety-of-women/#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 16:30:38 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=47379 Alyssa Milano stood outside of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s office on Tuesday. She was hoping for a confrontation where she could convince him not to sign the so-called heartbeat bill that would effectively eliminate all abortions in the state once a heartbeat has been detected. In a not so veiled threat that Georgia would lose […]

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Alyssa Milano stood outside of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s office on Tuesday. She was hoping for a confrontation where she could convince him not to sign the so-called heartbeat bill that would effectively eliminate all abortions in the state once a heartbeat has been detected.

In a not so veiled threat that Georgia would lose its booming film industry if Kemp signs the bill, Milano has said that, “We are going to do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women if HB 481 becomes law.”

Safe is a funny word these days.

Safety once meant that you were free from the threat of harm. Now it means that you are free from the threat of a different point of view. In a culture where victimhood is a badge of honor, Milano leads a charge of Hollywood Progressives who are falling all over themselves to convince us how unsafe it is to protect babies from being pulled apart. But if Milano and her crusaders really cared about the safety of women, they would look in the mirror.

Here’s how the National Center On Sexual Exploitation describes the disturbing content on Netflix, some of which exploits minors.

Currently, Netflix provides over 300 original productions, ranging from serious dramas, laugh-out-loud comedies, and even animation. Most of Netflix’s most popular (and most heavily-advertised) original shows are rated TV-MA (mature audiences only) frequently containing graphic sex scenes, nudity, and violence. Researchers at NCOSE recently looked into 10 of the top original Netflix titles and found that 9 out of 10 featured on-screen sex scenes.

Some will argue that these sex scenes are confined only to the adult content section of the streaming platform. They’re not. Movies and shows about superheroes were once safe, if I may use that term in it’s more appropriate sense, for children. Not on Netflix. If you watch a superhero show on Netflix, you are likely to see graphic and sometimes brutal sexual content.

What does this have to do with women and their safety? After all, the women in these productions are willing participants. What’s the harm?

Dr. John Foubert’s research reveals what most people have known all along. Porn harms. But it doesn’t just harm the consumer.

I have studied how to end sexual violence for 25 years. It wasn’t until 10 years ago when I came to the realization that the secret ingredient in the recipe for rape was no secret at all, though at the time it was rarely identified. That ingredient, responsible for giving young men the permission-giving beliefs that make rape so much more likely and telling young women they should like it, is today’s high speed Internet pornography. Pornography itself is a recipe for rape that has rewritten the sexual script for the sexual behavior of the millennial generation and is currently rewiring the brains of the generation to follow… The more interesting finding is that 95% of the time when someone is violent with another person in porn, usually a man toward a woman, the recipient is shown as either liking that violence or having no objection. Think about how an 11-year-old boy, or girl, would interpret what they see. Pornography teaches boys to hit girls, and shows girls that they should like it.

Hollywood likes to position itself as a champion of women. They put women in heroic roles once reserved for men. They applaud themselves at awards shows. But behind the scenes and after the crowds have gone, the problem remains – much of the movie industry is fueled by sexual exploitation, namely of women.

I do a lot of counseling in my job. Many of the people who I meet with are sitting across the table from me because pornography has ruined their marriage, their brain, and their lives. I wish that there was a way that the whole world could sit in on one of these counseling sessions so that they could hear the pain in a wife’s voice as she grapples with her husband’s addiction. I wish that the whole world could see how pornography helps the brain to see other people as objects to be consumed rather than human beings created in the image of God. And I wish that the whole word could understand pornography for the serious threat that it really is.

Just before his execution, serial killer Ted Bundy gave an interview where he described the role that pornography plays in sexual crimes.

“Like most other kinds of addiction I would keep looking for more potent, more explicit, more graphic kinds of material. Like an addiction, you keep craving something which is harder, harder, something which gives you a greater sense of excitement. Until you reach the point that pornography only goes so far… I’ve lived in prison a long time now. I’ve met a lot of men who were motivated to commit violence just like me. And without exception, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography. Without question, without exception, deeply influenced and consumed by addiction to pornography.”

In Bundy’s day, pornography was confined to magazines and seedy roadside shacks. Now, it’s on your TV and labeled as mature content and sometimes accompanying a story involving your kid’s favorite superhero. Ironically, that content has left us far, far short of mature.

Earlier this week, Alyssa Milano stood at Governor Brian Kemp’s door. She was met by state Rep. Dominic LaRiccia who had a simple question for her.

“Do you vote in Georgia?”

She doesn’t. The representative’s point was clear.

Alyssa Milano should leave Georgia and stand outside the offices of Hollywood production companies if she really wants to address the safety of women. And if the industry that helps to fuel this harm to women wants to leave Georgia with her, that might not be such a bad thing.

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A Parable For Socialists https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/01/a-parable-for-socialists/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/04/01/a-parable-for-socialists/#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:30:53 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=47205 The house next door to you has a lush, green yard. It looks like a golf course. It’s always been that way. All front yards should look like the front yard next to yours. One Saturday you go over to meet the guy who recently moved in to the house with the perfect yard. The […]

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The house next door to you has a lush, green yard. It looks like a golf course. It’s always been that way. All front yards should look like the front yard next to yours.

One Saturday you go over to meet the guy who recently moved in to the house with the perfect yard. The new homeowner is in his garage mixing chemicals. He looks like a mad scientist. Eventually, he tells you that he’s working on a solution that will make his perfect yard even better. He shares his utopian vision with you. His grass will be even greener now. Children will play in it. Families will drive from miles away just to admire it. Deer will frolic in it. The grass clippings will be used to cure cancer. The future is bright. Bright green.

The next morning, you walk out and notice something different about your neighbor’s yard. It’s on fire. The once green landscape is now filled with dirt, craters, and a blazing wildfire. Your neighbor is outside with the water hose in an attempt to keep the once promising solution from destroying his home. You ask him what happened.

“Everything is fine,” he assures you. “I just need to use more of the solution. Oh, and you should try some on your yard too. It’s great!”

What would you do?

Your answer depends on who you are.

If you’re the leader of the Venezuelan government or a Progressive politician from the United States, you’d run home as fast as you could to apply your neighbor’s solution on your grass, confident that this time things will be different.

Twenty years ago, Venezuela was the wealthiest country in Latin America. Now, President Nicolas Maduro has announced a 30-day plan to ration electricity as millions go without power. So how does a country go from immense wealth and resources to a collapsed economy and the rationing of power?

Easy.

Socialism.

But still, Progressive politicians want to try the doomed system in our yard. They try to convince us, much like Venezuelan leaders did two decades ago, that these economic reforms will put everyone on a level playing field. In a sense, they’re right. They just don’t bother to tell us that the playing field is in the middle of a prison yard and loaded with land mines.

Our economic system is not perfect. In a fallen world, no system is. But if you want to make it even worse, just give the government more control over it. In spite of all of their talk about helping the poor, all Progressives can truthfully provide the poor with from their socialist agenda is more people from the middle class to stand with them in the bread lines.

Decades ago, Milton Friedman recognized the absurdity of our embrace of socialism. “After the fall of communism, everybody in the world agreed that socialism was a failure. Everybody in the world, more or less, agreed that capitalism was a success. And every capitalist country in the world apparently deduced from that what the West needed was more socialism.”

So the next time you hear someone singing the praises of some utopian system, don’t just listen to their words. Look at their yard. If it’s on fire, you don’t want what they’re selling.

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The New York Times Has A God Problem https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/27/the-new-york-times-has-a-god-problem/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/27/the-new-york-times-has-a-god-problem/#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2019 15:00:42 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46830 God is all-knowing. God is all-powerful. God is holy. These are truths that Christians have affirmed for centuries. But in a recent New York Times opinion piece, Peter Atterton addressed these tenants of the Christian faith and found them incompatible with logic. In regards to God’s infinite power, Atterton wonders how God’s ability to create […]

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God is all-knowing.

God is all-powerful.

God is holy.

These are truths that Christians have affirmed for centuries. But in a recent New York Times opinion piece, Peter Atterton addressed these tenants of the Christian faith and found them incompatible with logic.

In regards to God’s infinite power, Atterton wonders how God’s ability to create a perfect world can coexist with the reality that we do not live in one. He writes, “Indeed, if God is morally perfect, it is difficult to see why he wouldn’t have created such a world. So why didn’t He?”

Christians know to look in two different directions when confronted with this question. First, we look back to the garden. It is there where we find a perfect world. In fact, God ended each day’s work of creation by affirming its goodness (Genesis 1). This goodness, of course, collapsed with man’s sin. Skeptics will wonder if the world really was all that good if it had the potential for such a drastic fall. Christians have a longer view. We see that God brings ultimate good from temporary evils. Without the rebellion at the tree in the garden (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19) there would be no tree on calvary on which we see the greatest demonstration of love the world has ever known (Romans 5:6-11).

The second direction in which Christians look is ahead to the tree of life (Revelation 22). At the return of Christ, Christians will finally and forever enjoy a perfect world. So here’s a quick answer to Atterton’s question as to why God didn’t create a perfect world.

He did.

And he will .

The professor then moves on to God’s infinite knowledge. It’s here that we find one of the more baffling aspects of Atterton’s argument.

There are some things that we know that, if they were also known to God, would automatically make Him a sinner, which of course is in contradiction with the concept of God. As the late American philosopher Michael Martin has already pointed out, if God knows all that is knowable, then God must know things that we do, like lust and envy. But one cannot know lust and envy unless one has experienced them. But to have had feelings of lust and envy is to have sinned, in which case God cannot be morally perfect.

In Atterton’s view, simply knowing about a sin would make God a sinner. This makes no sense. I know about terrorism. This doesn’t make me a terrorist. God’s moral purity is in no way at odds with his infinite knowledge. It is here that some would assert that the existence of evil makes God the author of evil and therefore morally corrupt. This too is shortsighted. Michael Horton says it best. “God’s permission of sin is not a mere acquiescence, but is a determination that ensures its defeat.” He continues, “God therefore can be considered neither the author of evil nor the passive spectator of evil. He only actively determines to permit evils that he has already, at great personal cost, determined to overcome for his greater glory and our ultimate good.” Think of the father who allows his infant daughter to endure great temporary pain from a doctor’s needle in order to bring about what is best for the child.

The thrust of Atterton’s argument is that either God knows what we know and is therefore a sinner or does not know what we know and is therefore limited in his knowledge. Atterton blends both options to create a third: God does not exist.

Therefore, God doesn’t know what it is like to be human. In that case He doesn’t know what we know. But if God doesn’t know what we know, God is not all knowing, and the concept of God is contradictory. God cannot be both omniscient and morally perfect. Hence, God could not exist.

It is here that Christians will immediately refer Atterton to Jesus. Jesus did know what it is like to be human. He was rejected (Mark 2:1-12). He was tired (John 4:6). He was hungry (Matthew 4:2). He was tempted (Matthew 4:3-11). And through it all, he remained pure.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 (ESV)

Jesus is the perfect God Man, fully human and fully divine. Any attempt to understand God apart from Jesus will always leave us with a God problem. Jesus is not a mere prophet. He is God. Christians subscribe to the Trinitarian view of God – that he is One divine being (Deuteronomy 6:4) made up of three equal, eternal, distinct persons (Matthew 28:19). So any attempt to understand God apart from Christ is futile.

Sadly, Atterton tries anyway.

(I shall here ignore the argument that God knows what it is like to be human through Christ, because the doctrine of the Incarnation presents us with its own formidable difficulties: Was Christ really and fully human? Did he have sinful desires that he was required to overcome when tempted by the devil? Can God die?)

Imagine if a friend told you that he doesn’t understand basketball. You, being a fan of the sport, begin your explanation by describing the importance of each player working together as a member of a team. But your friend cuts you off. “I don’t want to talk about the players. They don’t matter. I just don’t get basketball.” Your friend’s preconditions are severely limiting his ability to understand. The same is happening here.

In Christ, we see the perfect God Man.

In Christ, we see the only man to endure Satan’s temptation and remain sinless.

In Christ, we see how eternal life springs from a brutal death and a glorious resurrection.

Apart from Christ, we will never find the answers to our questions about the character of God. When we look to Christ, we will not find that the God of the Bible is incompatible with logic. We are likely to find that he is incompatible with our idea of who God should be.

God is holy.

He is not like us.

But he dwelt among us (Matthew 1:23).

And yes, when we take the time to look deeper at who God is as revealed in the Bible, we will often find our minds blown and our mouths left open.

We shouldn’t want it any other way.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has ben his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36 (ESV)

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Things You’re Not Allowed To Buy At The San Antonio Airport: Guns, Drugs, And A Chick-fil-a Sandwich https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/26/things-youre-not-allowed-to-buy-at-the-san-antonio-airport-guns-drugs-and-a-chick-fil-a-sandwich/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/03/26/things-youre-not-allowed-to-buy-at-the-san-antonio-airport-guns-drugs-and-a-chick-fil-a-sandwich/#respond Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:30:21 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=46775 A recent vote by the San Antonio city council will prohibit Chick-fil-a from opening a restaurant at San Antonio International Airport. If you’ve been paying attention, you know why this is happening. It’s not because Chick-fil-a has bad food. It’s not because the workers are rude. It’s because, as one council member describes it, Chick-fil-a […]

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A recent vote by the San Antonio city council will prohibit Chick-fil-a from opening a restaurant at San Antonio International Airport. If you’ve been paying attention, you know why this is happening. It’s not because Chick-fil-a has bad food. It’s not because the workers are rude. It’s because, as one council member describes it, Chick-fil-a has a “legacy of anti-LGBT behavior.”

The company’s giving records are the real source of concern for LGBT activists. Just a day before the city council’s decision, Think Progress published a report detailing the nefarious groups Chick-fil-a had given money too.

Here they are.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The Paul Anderson Youth Home.

The Salvation Army.

That’s right. You are now living in a world where the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army are treated as quasi-terrorist organizations.

What’s the common element between each of these organizations? They subscribe to the biblical and historical teaching of Scripture in regards to marriage and sexuality. Something tells me that the San Antonio city council would have less of a problem with Chick-fil-a had they given money to Hamas.

Let’s take a look at some of the other causes that Chick-fil-a supported in 2017 with the money you gave them for a chicken sandwich.

They sent 375 kids to a week-long summer camp.

They made their Chick-fil-a Leader Academy available to 705 high schools.

They provided 923 volunteers for specific service opportunities.

They gave out 3,439 scholarships.

They donated 52,009 meals.

I’m sure that the residents of San Antonio can rest easy at night now knowing that their elected officials have made it clear that the local government will have no part in this kind of good will.

Council member Roberto Treviño is proud of his stance against Chick-fil-a. He thinks that he’s really accomplished something by keeping the restaurant out of his city’s airport. He rattled off the old company line that Progressives always use when they stifle individual liberty and the free market in the name of sex. He said that his city will, “become a champion of equality and inclusion.”

Let’s take a closer look at that tired, worn, empty phrase–one word at a time.

By “champion,” Treviño really means bully. He is throwing a wrench in the free market system and convincing himself that he’s helping. Under the banner of sexuality, Treviño is telling citizens where and what they can and cannot eat. He is no different than the school bully stealing kids’ lunch money. The only difference is that he has the coercive power of the government behind him and at least the school bully knows that he’s the bad guy.

And it’s not equality that Treviño is interested in. He’s more concerned with conformity. If it was equality that he was after, he’d welcome Chick-fil-a into his city’s airport and let people eat where they want to eat. Everyday, people make decisions based on a variety of reasons. We skip over restaurants because of everything from taste to politics. We don’t need the government jumping in and telling us where to eat. This is closer to totalitarianism than equality. But as recent history as shown us that, in the Progressive lexicon, the two words are synonymous.

Finally, how someone can, with a straight face, talk about how inclusive they are while excluding someone is one of the greatest political marvels of our time. Treviño and his Progressive elite associates have weaponized inclusivity and tolerance to help them to exclude those with whom they disagree.

Let’s not beat around the bush. The San Antonio city council does not care about justice, equality, or inclusivity. They care about money and power. They care about it so much that they’re willing to lock out a company that gives tons of money away to good causes simply because that company refuses to abandon 2,000 years of Christian teaching and bow the knee to the latest sexual fad.

Leigh Jackson, a Chick-fil-a spokesperson noted that the company’s giving is not rooted in political or non-inclusive agendas. “We have welcomed everyone in San Antonio into our 32 local stores for more than 40 years.” And, I might add, they have done so while offering the best food and quality service.

But for Roberto Treviño and the five other council members who voted with him to keep Chick-fil-a out of the airport, service isn’t enough.

It’s worship that they’re after.

And in the eyes of the majority of San Antonio’s city council, Chick-fil-a is simply worshiping the wrong god and their devotion must be punished.

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