“A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as
a child who is protected from every germ.
The infection, when it comes- and it will come–may overwhelm the system,
be it the immune system or the belief system.”

Jane Smiley

(more ripe muscadines / Julie Cook / 2017)

“As Maine goes, so goes the Nation”

A popular and most likely long forgotten expression, which dates back to the turning
of the 19th to 20th centuries…
As it seems Maine had a knack at her picking leaders…
elections that became the accurate prognosticators to presidential elections.

Maine was known as a bellwether state, or that of being a bit of a trendsetter.
It seems that “Maine’s September election of a governor predicted the party
outcome of the November presidential election in 19 out of the 26 presidential
election years from 1832 to 1932, or 73 percent of the time.

Eventually Maine’s prediction proclivities gave way to other states becoming
the standing trendsetter.
From Vermont to Ohio to Florida…to who knows the next trendsetting state…
as our likes and dislikes rustle in the breeze like fallen and dried up leaves.

For we as a people have always been a rather predictable lot…
with both our likes and dislikes, of which have always been rooted in a strong
belief system.

Yet what was traditionally tied to a value system, that being a reflection of what we considered important and which in turn reflected our our voting habits,
has been in recent times seemingly turned upside down.

Because as society and culture, that belief and value system has been undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts.
No longer are we as predictable as we once were because we have grown both jaded and fickle.

We use to know what was of importance…
and we were never ashamed to admit such.

We treasured our faith, our families, our nation.
Everything else simply fell into place underneath.

We were tenacious about it.
We sacrificed for it.
And we defended and protected it…
unto the death.

We were civic minded and duty minded…both of which were tied into our values
of faith, family and country.
People around the globe actually admired this shared value system of ours.

We knew the good guys….
and they always seemed to be us.

And then one day, what particular day no one really knows for sure, all of that
changed…because we changed.

What was once held as sacred and important became something else.
What exactly that is… we’re simply not certain.
But different it is.

Yesterday I noticed that two of my favorite across the pond clerics had each
posted the same political cartoon along with a fiery disdain.
That being the Rev. Gavin Ashenden and The Rev David Roberston.

Both residents of the UK, one in England the other in Scotland…
both members of different denominations…One Anglican and the other
Reformed Presbyterian.
Yet both men have neither cowered or shied away from taking a sound
stand literally in the name of God for that God and His very Word.

There is no compromise nor bending to cultural norms for either of them.
God’s word is just that, God’s Word.
It matters not that said Word is no longer considered popular
or favored by the masses.
It matters not that our culture is such that it wishes to rewrite God’s Word.
It matters not that society has decided that God did not mean what He actually
said nor that He and His Word have each failed to keep up the the times.

And each one of these men of God have taken a great deal of flack for their faith
as well as for their defense of that Faith.
Each man has been maligned, not surprisingly, by the British press.

So when each cleric took to posting a defense for a
poor fellow who is currently being depicted in the latest snide
UK political cartoon…a conservative politician being castigated for his
Christian Faith, I took notice.

Not necessarily a supporter of all of this particular Tory’s views,
each of these shepherds have however gone out of their way to be very vocal,
crying foul regarding this recent new low media attack against a man who is committed
to not only to his political principles but ardently committed to his Christian faith.

Each minister notes that the media is not only attacking a politician, which is certainly nothing new, but now the attack is against this man’s faith, his
Christian Faith—ridiculing it and anyone else who just so happens to proclaim
to be a Christian.

(The Times)

Please read their postings on each of the following links:

The Man Who Could Make Me Vote Tory

A letter submitted to the Times for publication. 

So if you think that that large body of water which separates our two lands is enough to keep us immune from that same sort of attack against a Faith that you just happen to hold dear…you best think again…

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.

John 15:19

24 comments on “immune?

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Good post Julie. Sad, there is actually a huge segment of the Christian world that never feels any pressure to conform or change. Life just goes on like everything is just dandy. Think on that one a bit, that there are more than a few Christians who get no push back from the world whatsoever. What’s that tell you?

    • Thanks Wally- we weren’t home most of the evening last night so I didn’t get to proof the post as needed so I’m still going back in and correcting- as I just did after your comment, so I apologize for the errors- however I felt it important to run the post and I’d fixed the mistakes later.
      I think that in the U.K. as well as here, we tend to take our faith for granted– yet we aren’t necessarily catching the ever so slight onslaught of attacks– such as a political cartoon going a bit too far– but if you push back on such you’re the one labeled being against free speech, etc. We use to have respect and a moral code– both of which our society have deemed irrelevant and no longer necessary. Our faith is indeed under attack– it begins subtly then grows and by the time anyone really notices, it will be too late to reverse the bleeding.

  2. hatrack4 says:

    I had already read The Wee Flea. I’ll have to check out the other. Thanks for the picture. When we lived in SC for ten years, we had muscadines. I made jelly every year. Funny, the neighbors cut theirs down thinking they were weeds. I guess they are if you don’t appreciate them.

    • Those are wild muscadines I’m finding in the woods—both my mother-n-law and aunt use to make the jelly—I suppose I need to take a basket with me and start gathering up what the deer aren’t getting 🙂

  3. Well said, Julie. I often wrestle with wondering if I gave the kids enough immunity and worrying that I gave them too much, so that first quote is quite timely.

    Something in me is trying desperately to welcome such persecution,to declare “praise the Lord” when somebody attacks the faith. I’m not quite there yet, still depressed about what has been lost, but just the same some cheerful fortitude is called for as well as trying to see the opportunity in all this. There’s no such thing as bad press, perhaps? At least as a culture we’re having this discussion and people of faith are rising to the occasion. Maybe a good shaking is what we all need.

    • Thank IB—I’m like you…I’m a bit depressed over all of this but as you say, there is now opportunity. I suppose our persecution won’t be so much of the physical but more of the mental—which means we need to be smarter and wiser to what is coming….Hence my sounding the alarms so often.
      And yes a shaking to be sure—maybe a couple of noses punched 😉

  4. Tricia says:

    That opening quote is masterful and fits right in with the theme of my latest post.

    What you write here is troubling but true and needs to be said. Meanwhile over on this side of the pond we have Senator Dianne Feinstein attacking a judicial nominee for her Catholic faith.

    It’s hard to believe this is going on in our country but it is and will continue for sure.

  5. All that you’ve said here is desperately truth but ya know it ain’t over til it’s over! And I’m not ready to give up on humanity yet and am still hopeful the pendulum will eventually swing back to the saner side of our daily affairs.
    I believe that some on the left are at least beginning to be ashamed of the antics of their more radical, hate-mongering,
    brothers and sisters and I believe that will hurt them in the voting booths this time around. At least I hope so. 🙂 ❤

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    The intolerance that’s displayed in the other side is incredible. I don’t imagine they would do the same for Muslims…

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