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Mark Daniels Christian Blog and Commentary

Mark Daniels

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Lost Moorings

What a tangled, mixed-up time we’re experiencing in America. Filmmakers expose the horrors of people selling the body parts of aborted babies for massive profit. The alleged villains are exonerated, and the heroes are arrested! Our teens and young adults think “not recycling” is worse than “viewing pornography.”* Millennials, many of whom have never known or acknowledged the unmistakable benefits of capitalism, protest the overreach of the government, and mock our leaders—even as many of them support presidential candidates that would make government control is nearly absolute! And the endless obsession with the election! Franklin Graham recently posted on Facebook, “While the United States is focused on its own politics, the world is unraveling. The danger signals are everywhere. Beheadings, rapes, murders, bombings are taking place every day across North Africa through the Middle East, all the way to the borders of India.”** North Korea has successfully fired a long range missile that could carry a warhead to America, and Iran has been newly-empowered with the funds IT needs to develop nukes of its own. All this, as we worry about transgender locker rooms and Kanye’s spat with Taylor.

Christian, I beg of you—don’t allow this horrific culture to distract you. Don’t allow the headlines to discourage you. Keep at the work of the great commission, and the great commandment, and lift your eyes, because our redemption is indeed near. And never, ever, EVER give up hope!


*https://www.barna.org/research/culture-media/research-release/teens-young-adults-use-porn-more-than-anyone-else#.VstSApr2bnM

**https://www.facebook.com/FranklinGraham/?fref=ts          

I'M OFFENDED!

I’m offended! Hey…in today’s culture, that should grab EVERYONE’s attention! There should be a legion of corporate executives with somber faces, ready to apologize for whatever offense may have rankled my sensitive sensibilities!

So WHY am I so put off? Well...you may have seen that recruitment video for a University of Alabama sorority? The one where dozens of beautiful young women frolic before the camera in various outfits? It’s been the fascination of NBC’s Today Show for nearly a week now, and we’ve heard the outrage from feminists, the diversity police, and others who were OFFEN-N-NDED by the video. The university was pressured to take it down, though the production still plays as “B-Roll” every few minutes on “Today.” You know why I’M offended by this spectacle?

Because I’m simply tired of people being “offended” by everything. And, I’m wondering who gets to choose what “offends” all of “us” in the first place.

For example: Katie Yoder, a staff writer for the Media Research Center, online at NewsBusters.org, reported August 13th that—out of 243 hours and 30 minutes of network news shows—the so-called “Big 3” have only covered the Planned Parenthood scandal for 23 minutes and 32 seconds. 23 minutes, out of 243+ HOURS of news coverage! Digging deeper, the MRC found that the networks played the controversial videos in question for a grand total of 1 minute and 13 seconds of those 23 minutes, and that none of the graphic images were displayed. ABC News hasn’t played a single SECOND of the undercover videos. Maybe if “Caitlyn” Jenner made a cameo appearance in them, we might see more from David Muir.

The Rising Generation is already tuning away from network television at a record pace. How about you?

Can you believe that the conversation is STILL going on over Donald Trump’s vile comments about Megyn Kelly? Who’d have thought that, in this very SEN-N-N-SITIVE culture, it would EVER be possible for a Presidential candidate to call women “pigs” and worse, yet stay atop the national polls?

I believe this is indicative of a much larger problem we face as a nation. It’s more than just the coarsening of our national conversation. It’s WHY such trash talk is so acceptable to so many. Media types like Howard Stern and Bill Maher set the bar low, and people like Jon Stewart crawled under it. Yes, THAT Jon Stewart. I know we’re supposed to say nice things about him, as he retires from his Comedy Channel program, “The Daily Show.” Sure, that program captured a lot of millennial and Gen Y viewers, in fact: “The Daily Show” was the news source of choice for an entire generation. (That alone should send a chill up your spine!)  But what Jon Stewart and many of his contemporaries did was to make cynicism and sarcasm the leading cultural indicators of honesty. Huh? Track with me on this. Ask an unchurched member of the rising generation whom they believe is being more honest: a well-scrubbed pastor in a pulpit, or a cursing, free-wheeling comedian on TV. I’m betting most would say the COMEDIAN, because in their version of “reality,” people who swear and laugh at the expense of others are “real,” while people wearing ties that are saying things you don’t want to hear, are mere “phonies!” It’s twisted, for sure…but Donald Trump, to millions of Americans, is more “honest” because he says horrible or insulting things! It’s all part of what I call post-postmodernism. A generation rails against the institutions—the beliefs--of its parents and grandparents, before personally rejecting those institutions…THEN, intentionally takes the time to run those institutions into the ground. We see it happening with a generation of churched kids who reject, then eviscerate, the faith of their parents. And now, we see it in the mocking words of a so-called grownup whose personal ambitions outweigh the dignity of others, and the process of choosing the next leader of the free world.

So what is “real and honest” to you? If you’re a Christian, I dare say it should be whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—you should think about THOSE things. Sure, many will think you’re a hopeless Pollyanna, but… strive to be an encourager; speak of positive, uplifting things…reject the smarmy, nasty speech and attitude of this present age. You might not change the world, but you’ll know just a little bit more of the peace our Lord intends for His children to enjoy.

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