where does the truth go

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
Aldous Huxley

(dried seed pod / Julie Cook / 2018)

So yesterday we took a bit of a diversion, traveling off in a different direction—
one of health, leeches, mutants and Sophia Loren…an odd mix but hey,
somebody has to cover it…
And as there is no new news to report on any of those fronts, it’s best we get back on track,
getting refocused and back to the matter at hand…

Today the issue is that of truth…that which is real and that which is not.

Our dear Bishop Ashenden, in the latest version of Anglican Unscripted,
explains that society is witnessing a new phenomenon which is known as “identity politics—
or rather a “near Marxism identity politics”
of which is the idea of immersing people into a collective identity versus the notion of God
having made each one of us as a unique being whom He holds individually precious…
a being He views as a unique individual, one that has been wonderfully and mysteriously formed.

Yet we are a people who are rapidly becoming “ideologically closed off” one from another…
If we perceive a person to differ from or oppose our ideology, then we choose not to listen.
We’d rather close ourselves off, putting up the barriers and divides of anger and hate.
In essence being unable to love, evangelize or unable to be in communion one with one another—

The notion that folks have allowed their ideologies to be their soul
defining image—and in turn, who now believe that they cannot afford to lose everything
they’ve invested into and with their personalities—in turn leaving an unbridgeable divide.
Thus we are witnessing, when pushed or perceived to be threatened, a volatile
outcome by the uber-aggressive feminists or Marxists or whatever the flavor
of the day may be toward those who refuse to be “immersed” into this new and dangerous
form of identity politics.

It is the notion that folks are no longer listening with their souls but are
rather vetoing such, preferring to yield to “the will to power”
or that being what they have now allowed themselves to become—
which in turn creates a tremendous internal conflict.

And we’re watching this conflict boil over nearly daily and sadly…
We’re watching it boil over even within the church as She wrestles with what she now
accepts and believes falsely as truth…and we’re seeing this from top leadership.
All the while as ideologically motivated human beings continue to find it difficult,
if not impossible, to communicate one with one another.

In his post from over the weekend, the good Bishop tells us that
“Truth has been one of the casualties of the growth of the influence of the
post-modern in our culture. It has been knocked down the hierarchy of values by
different narratives, particularly those that have to do with a redistribution of power.

The whole safeguarding culture, which began as a sensible and responsible response
to decades of irresponsibility, has become inflated into a tool of power itself;
but re-distributive power.
The power that intends to dethrone the old agents of influence in society
(mainly white, Christian, elderly men) and redistribute it to those
perceived as their victims.

There is no doubt at all that people who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of predators
are indeed victims. But the whole dynamic of safeguarding culture has exploded into
something far beyond taking more sensible protective steps to diminish
the opportunities for predators.
It has become a tool of control in itself.
You only have to adduce ‘safeguarding concerns’ in any context within the Church or society
to exercise complete power.
No one can challenge you.

And this shift of re-empowerment of the victims which began easily enough with the egalitarian
insistence of equality of outcomes between the genders in the Church in the face of
both Scripture and tradition, got extended to homosexuality too.
Once again, still in the face of Scripture and tradition, gay pride
(didn’t the pride give just a clue as to the spiritual flavour of the movement?)
and gay rights began to take precedence over the virtues of chastity and continence,
enjoined on all people, straight, bi- or homosexual, outside Christian marriage.

When Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus made a pact with the devil,
he knew what he was doing. But the disaster that befell him as the devil came to claim
his soul in return for the exercise of power that Faustus has enjoyed, undid him.

“The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike,
The devil will come, and Faustus must be damned.
O I’ll leap up to my God! Who pulls me down?
See, see where Christ’s blood streams in the firmament!
One drop would save my soul, half a drop: ah my Christ—
Ah, rend not my heart for naming of my Christ;
Yet will I call on him—O spare me, Lucifer!”

The tragedy for Faustus was that although he had once served Christ,
he had consciously changed masters. He knew what he was doing,
which is why having called on Christ as a reflex,
his final fruitless beseeching is to Lucifer – his real master.

Gavin Ashenden

The questions which now sit plainly before us today are:

What cost are we willing to pay in order to stay the course of following
the Truth found in Christ Jesus…?

Will we capitulate to the growing maelstrom of society and culture?

Will we allow the mass growth of the uber-aggressive feminists and Marxists
to rule the day?
Those who possess closed ideology and refuse to even listen to that which
runs counter to their own manifesto?

Will we bend to a society that has chosen to rewrite God’s Law and Will into a totally
unrecognizable policy of tolerance and acceptance thinly veiled as a mandate of
the people’s will… as such rewriting is at odds with God’s original intent?
That being God’s Word versus man’s word.

There was a time when we knew the enemy of Christianity.

He walked, as he still walks this earth…as Earth remains his dominion.

He came in the form of ruthless empires such as Rome or any other number of bloodthirsty regimes
that have vied for power down through the ages. Empires and regimes which attacked
tortured and persecuted the faithful.

Just as we still witness today those current ruthless powers who hide behind the curtains
of Communism or radical Islam or any other ideology, as well the various forms of dictatorships,
which refuse to accept the rights of human beings to live and worship freely …

Christians knew exactly who the enemy was…just as some still clearly recognize him and it today,
Yet for many of us in the West, our persecutors are not as recognizable or definable as
those often found in the annals of history.

Today our persecutors are actually within the very walls of the places we find sacred and holy.

The time has come that we must carefully choose our Truth—that of God’s or that of man’s.

Anglican Unscripted – Jordan Peterson, Cathy Newman & Justin Welby

Welby’s Will-To-Power:   Pride & Ego- Sanity & Sanctity, in the Saga of George Bell.

12 comments on “where does the truth go

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Your words speak great TRUTH this morning, oh wise one. The truth has been shrouded for centuries with things that appeal to the sinful nature. With the monumental surge of the technological age, that ugliness is readily available to people of all ages. Through the daily exposure to such things, it doesn’t surprise me that the devil is alive and well. We can only hope that we can break out of our cocoons and create something beautiful with that emergence. God has already defeated Satan. Those of us that believe that, know that He has gained the victory and because of that, we have too. Truth needs to be pushed as much as the evil being dealt out daily on the internet. but first we have to lead others to it through God’s word. His Word is truth. If it isn’t communicated as written, the truth will not be allowed to set those in bondage free. Yikes, I sound like a preacher. Where’s my pulpit?

  2. Thanks for the great insight. Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Now that is some good news.

    The Barna Group has a great article on the “Post Truth Era”.

    More here: https://cultureopinions.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/the-trends-shaping-a-post-truth-era-and-the-reality-of-truth/

    Be blessed. God is with you.

  3. Wally Fry says:

    Timely. Wait for the thought later today. The Holy Spirit has sent us in the same direction! How are you feeling today, Julie?

  4. Amen, Julie! You expressed this so well! Culture has long since abandoned the notion of absolute truth… as followers of “The Way, the Truth and the Life,” our path diverges greatly from our previous companions who now define truth after what simply seems right in their eyes, or what is personally advantageous. Sigh. So thankful for you, and for your strong voice for God’s Truth. ❤

  5. dbp49 says:

    Thank-you very much for that. It dealt with something that has been very much on my mind lately, since a friend of mine who for that last few years has been sort of using me as at least one of her sources of Christian information (she is a relatively new Christian), has now come under the influence of an organization that I am sure most folks think of as being a very upstanding Christian outfit (they’re even way up there in the top charities around the world). The problem is I have trouble believing any organization is truly following Christ when they not only refuse baptism, but also the Lord’s supper. I do realize that these are issues of some controversy, and it cannot be said definitively (at least not without a lot of argument) that a person’s salvation is reliant on either of these issues (I personally don’t believe it (salvation) is), but they do both stem from what could be considered “commands” of Christ, and if you are willing to disobey Christ’s commands, can you truly say that your belief is a sincere one? And if your belief is NOT a sincere one…? But as you can see, your post was perfectly timed, because this is not coming from a fringe group, and if I hadn’t done a deeper Internet study on these people (to see why my spirit was SO troubled) I wouldn’t have even known they refused these two practices. So what do you think? Am I being foolish?

    • David, I wouldn’t think you’re being foolish at all—one thing I’ve learned is that if something doesnt sit right—gnaws in one’s craw so to speak, that’s ususally the Holy Spirit–and there is good reason for His moving and allowing us to feel as if something isn’t as it should be…and secondly, the other thing I’ve learned is that if there is a’ we’ or ‘me’ or ‘I’ or ‘us’ that is spoken of first and foremost, other than the single ‘HE’…then that is of man and not of God…

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