If you don’t like it, simply ignore it… or better yet, deny it…

Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands,
till they have lost it.

Sophocles

If you haven’t noticed, this week’s national current events have been interesting.

Troubling, yet most interesting.

There’s been a great deal in the way of political current events…
all with an odd underlying theme…
a theme of anger with a heavy dose of ignoring the facts…
or perhaps it’s more of a matter of anger with strong denial…

As in… if I deny it, it isn’t real.

1) According to an article in the New York Post,
“Hillary Clinton has now twice snubbed a process server
attempting to deliver the defamation lawsuit filed against her by Democratic presidential
candidate Tulsi Gabbard
, according to Gabbard’s attorney.
Gabbard sued the former secretary of state for $50 million last week for calling
her a “Russian asset.” Clinton has refused to retract the statement.

Ergo…if Hillary refuses to accept a court order, it doesn’t exist.

2) According to an article that appeared on Fox News regarding Stacey Abrams, the
one time Georgia Gubernatorial candidate who lost her bid as Governor to Brian Kemp and who,
after a year later, continues to refuse to acknowledge defeat…
The former lawmaker has still not conceded the election and has indicated that she
does not plan to.
“We don’t have to concede elections anymore, because when we concede,
we are condoning systems that are used to oppress us,”

she said last May according to the Texas Tribune.

Ergo…if Stacey doesn’t concede defeat, she never lost.

3) In an article from Fox News…
In scathing comments Thursday as her party appeared on the verge of defeat
in the Senate impeachment trial, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued that President Trump
“cannot be acquitted” if the trial lacks the witness testimony and documentation
that Democrats have been seeking.

The San Francisco Democrat also fired on Trump’s impeachment defense team,
saying they’ve “disgraced themselves” during this week’s trial and suggesting
they deserve disbarment over their trial remarks.

But Pelosi challenged whether that acquittal would be valid,
in remarks that seemed a bid to undermine any Trump claim of victory.

“He will not be acquitted,” Pelosi insisted during her
weekly news conference, according to Politico.
“You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial.
You don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation and all of that.
Does the president know right from wrong? I don’t think so.”

Ergo…if Nancy doesn’t agree with an impeachment result, then it never happened.

And so just when we thought we’d heard it all, there was a recent article found in
Christianity Today by our dear friend Pastor David Roberston.

The good pastor offered his observation regarding a recent story concerning
Franklin Graham being banned from speaking in various UK churches.
Unlike his father, Billy Graham, Franklin is not welcome in churches throughout the UK.
In large part because of Graham’s views that homosexuality and same-sex marriage are sinful.

Ergo, if we don’t like what Graham or others share about the Bible and what is
considered sinful, then we simply turn our back and shove our fingers in our ears…
and therefore sin is simply no longer sin…

In other words, you can’t own what you refuse to claim…right??

Pastor Robertson notes…
“That is why all of this is so important.
Many of our civic institutions have been taken over by an ideology which is fundamentally
anti-democratic, anti-factual and intolerant – in the name of tolerance.
The State, having replaced God, has become the source of all morality and values.
If you don’t agree with those values you are not one of ‘the people’.
You are untermenschen.
You are out.

He adds an important observation by A.W. Tozer…

“The church goes along with everything and stands against nothing –
until she is convinced that it is the safe and popular thing to do;
then she passes her courageous resolutions and issues her world-shaking manifestos –
all in accord with the world’s newest venture – whatever it may be.”

In all of this, there seems to be the running connective thread of
anger and denial…a connective thread found in both our political and religious circles.
And now we can add the thread of division.

Democrat vs Republican.
Conservative vs Liberal
Believer vs Non-believer
Sin vs Repentance
Pride vs Humility
Death vs Life

We can pretend there is no division, no either-or, no growing divide,
no wrong, no right, no sin, no death…

We can see it for what it is or opt for what it isn’t…because ignoring it
seems to make it all just go away…

We see no evil.
We hear no evil
We speak…

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the
ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

Ephesians 4:18

17 comments on “If you don’t like it, simply ignore it… or better yet, deny it…

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Amen!!

  2. Salvageable says:

    Of course a while back Hillary Clinton was acquitted of breaking the law regarding government documents and email. The judge ruled that Ms. Clinton was unaware that what she was doing was illegal; therefore she was not guilty. I have yet to learn if this defense also works in traffic court. J.

  3. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    What is truth? That is an old question. Christians believe God is Truth, that our Creator defines reality. Truth is His personal creation.

    How does humanity know the truth? To learn the actual truth, we must know God. But what if we sin?

    Mankind has always been tempted to be God, not to know God. This was the sin of Adam and Eve, and we still suffer the same temptation. We use fancier words to rationalize our stupidity. Thus, we speak of our “personal truth” (try googling that expression), and we teach our children that one person’s truth is as good as another person’s truth (https://citizentom.com/2014/12/28/is-multiculturalism-a-religion/). Why? Don’t we want our little dears to be “tolerant” of other people’s personal truths?

    What is the problem with a personal truth? The truth is what it is, what God defines it to be. When we create our own personal truth, we create an illusion. Then we stumble about because we have blinded ourselves to the actual truth.

    John 9:25 New King James Version (NKJV)
    25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

  4. hatrack4 says:

    For those who se and hear no evil, they make up for it by speaking evil. Isn’t that the way it works?

    As for your first illustration, our daughter-in-law is studying to be a paralegal. She learned that to save themselves from future liability due to a tree that was dead and leaning toward the neighbor’s house, they needed the landlord to sign for a registered letter, informing him of the problem. The landlord refused to sign, thus he “never knew about the tree.” The tree is now gone. A maintenance man unwittingly took a picture of the tree when working on something else, thus the landlord could no longer deny the existence of the tree – two years later.

    The second one sounds like a petulant child who did not get her “participation” medal. They have no idea what “You lost and we don’t want you.” means.

    As for Franklin Graham, his father chose to not say anything political, but having been to a Franklin Graham rally, Franklin Graham sees the evil behind the far left viewpoint. All would learn something from him, but not in Scotland, where his ideas are considered ‘illegal.’ They are barring the Truth as if it were evil. Yet, there may still be a remnant who have not turned their back on God.

  5. directorfsm says:

    I found this from a fellow blogger (Citizen Tom) and reblogged it on ours. I hate the blame game, but the fact remains that pulpits across America have been silent far to long on far to many topics concerning Biblical Truths that have led our country down it’s path of destruction. It is of course never to late only God in His gracious and benevolence can Make America Great Again but we must turn from our sinful and evil ways Proverbs 25:26.

  6. Tricia says:

    Well done Julie. It’s scary how much denial is used as a playbook for politicians not wanting to accept the truth. It’s even scarier how many voters don’t see right through this either.

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