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Sadness in France…and elsewhere

I think most of the world or those who watch TV have been transfixed by the utter cruelty that happened several days ago in Paris.   I can’t even imagine what the families are going through after 13 French people were shot.  The two gunmen are still at large but the law and the rest of the country have them isolated to a certain area.  Their time on this earth is fixed.  However, once caught, the justice that will be served to them, because that is what a civil and decent society does, is not deserved.  They do not deserve justice at all.  However, in their minds, they have gone about using violence to make their puny voices heard.  I don’t think their radical “religion” is something to follow…violence only begets violence.

Seventy years ago, France had to stomach the WWII. They have been grateful to American servicemen who came to fight for the Allied cause against Nazi aggression. The sad thing is that we don’t have leaders in our high places who speak the truth as it stands anymore.  They instead would be the first to comment that it was NOT terrorism but simple violence.  It doesn’t matter how you want to phrase what happened in Paris, the truth is known by the whole nation, this was radical terrorism in its cruelest form.  Their goal is to make French people afraid and to NOT say things that are true.  That is what terrorism does to win, they put fear into people so they NOT follow through with the logical form of punishment, they instead tolerate it.

Sadly, our universities are a breeding ground for wanting everyone to get along and not to bring out the opposing views to what is EVIL.  The smart and intelligent people with Ph.D.s  have thrown God out and replaced it with mushy thinking.  We are expected to follow those who are NOT leaders, who care nothing about the standards of truth. Thus, we have the blind leading the blind.

Indeed, the terrorists will win by people feeling cowed to not speak up against their tyranny of horror. Recently I was told by someone who regularly watches the Hallmark channel on TV that they are bleeping out the word “God” from phrases like “God bless you,” or  “I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth, so help me God.”  That latter phrase is used at the swearing in of an office with a hand over the Bible, but for some people, the word “God” is considered offensive.  Yet, they will have elsewhere on the network or in movies words like the “firetruck” word and not even care how offensive people like me find that!

What have we become?  Are we to agree with the direction that the pagans want to go?  Are we to be intimidated by those who don’t believe in God or by others who believe in Allah?  Neither is a religion, it is a dogma.  The first want us to be tolerant of ALL other religions and faiths, the other is intolerant of anything else but their own belief in what Mohammed started one thousand years ago.  As Christians, where do we stand?  We believe that Jesus died on the cross for ALL of our sins and that He rose again, two thousand years ago.  He is coming back soon, I pray He does. Maranatha!

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“To Catch Him in His Words”: Gotcha!!!

G.K. Chesterton is well known for his pithy sayings, he was also king of the “Gotcha!” type fictional detective stories about Father Brown.  This summer I want to read Chesterton’s book Orthodoxy, as well as some of his other writings.  The following are quotes that I like as a teacher of English in a foreign land such as Kazakhstan.  Chesterton was British and lived in a different century but his written words ring true today in Kazakhstan.

 

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.

 

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

 

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.

 

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.

 

I’ve searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.

 

If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.

 

In matters of truth the fact that you don’t want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.

 

No man who worships education has got the best out of education… Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.

 

The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.

 

The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

 

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.

 

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

 

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

 

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

 

Jesus started a revolution with His words two millennium ago.  In Mark 12:13, it is recorded in writing that the Pharisees tried to trap him in his verbal response, so much was He hated.  He discerned His enemies’ hypocrisy and was able to speak words of truth and wisdom about taxes to His enemies.  Pay to Caesar what is his and to God what is rightfully His.  Today, April 15 is TAX day in the U.S.  Good to be reminded what Jesus thoughts were on this delicate subject.  If it had not been written down by Saint Mark, we would not know what Jesus said on this subject.  I’m also glad that Chesterton wrote down his thoughts on various subjects.  What a GREAT advertisement to writing students in Kazakhstan, write down what you know about your nation so others can benefit!!!

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