The Reprobate and an “Inconvenient Truth”

The Reprobate and an “Inconvenient Truth”
Vol: 76 Issue: 22 Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Reprobate and an “Inconvenient Truth”

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient . . “

There is a popular saying among mature Christians that goes like this: “Be careful what you pray for. You might get it.”

Since the September 11 attacks, much of the world has been ‘praying’ for “Death to America”.

Sometimes they chant that prayer to the god of this world, sometimes they join others in that prayer at public demonstrations, and sometimes they just do it quietly, but there are few places left in this world where “Death to America!” isn’t an alternative form of greeting.

As a USAToday feature from a couple of years ago noted:

“A mother lode of goodwill fostered in the decades after the defeat of Nazi Germany has been reduced to dust in recent years. A growing number of foreigners see some of the United States’ political decisions (pulling out of the Kyoto Treaty on global emissions) and personal choices (Americans’ penchant for gas-loving SUVs) as at best unilateral and at worst selfish. The confrontation over Iraq is just more fuel on a bonfire.

From Spanish plazas to Parisian metros, American tourists are being quizzed, grilled and even spat on by people who do not approve of the Bush administration’s drive for a war against Saddam Hussein.

As a result, a declining number of Americans (54% today vs. 79% a year ago) believes that the USA enjoys a favorable image abroad, according to a recent Gallup poll. And a majority of Americans (64%) cite a fear of unfriendliness as the top concern of traveling abroad during wartime, according to a survey in the February issue of Conde Nast Traveler.”

A report in today’s “Times of London” says that Russia sent two of its long-range bombers to the Bay of Biscay off the French and Spanish Atlantic coasts to test-fire new missiles in what Moscow called its biggest ‘naval exercise’ since the Cold War.

Noted the Times; “Firing missiles off the coastline of two NATO members is the latest in a series of Kremlin moves flexing Moscow s military muscle on the world stage.”

Russian military leaders have, in recent weeks, begun talking about reserving the right to employ a nuclear ‘first strike’ option, should it feel threatened.

What nation poses a nuclear threat to Russia?

And while France may have elected “Sarkozy the American” to lead it, there are no shortage of willing participants whenever somebody needs to organize a “Death to America” pageant in the City of Lights.

The same can be said for jolly old England, our former allies in Spain . . . I was trying to think of a country in Europe that America could actually trust and the list is miserably short. Poland, maybe the Czech Republic and a few other former Soviet bloc survivors. . .

But, as was noted by an American expatriate in Europe in the USAToday piece; “The era of Americans as heroes is over.”


The world woke up this week to a preview of what “Death to America” might actually look like, should the chanters and the marchers and the leftist politicians and the Islamists and their allies got their way.

Global markets began to plummet as international investors began to worry about America’s ability to forestall what appears to be a looming bear market. (A bear market occurs when the Dow falls by 20% or more from its highest level).

This morning, Dow Jones industrial average futures were down 436 points, or 3.6 percent, at 11,670, while Standard & Poor’s 500 futures were down 57.1 points, or 4.3 percent, at 1,268.

The Federal Reserve has indicated it will lower interest rates further, and President Bush has proposed an economic stimulus package that includes $145 billion in tax cuts.

But global investors are doubtful that the stimulus package will do much to stem the hemorrhaging.

Investors are losing confidence in the US economy — not surprising, given the marches, demonstrations, terrorist attacks and political machinations aimed at ending what Jacques Chirac famously called “a unipolar world” in which America is the lone surviving superpower.

But the only way to bring about “Death to America” is to bring America down economically, first — something the global financial community might declare an ‘inconvenient truth.’

The September 11 attacks weren’t aimed at America’s military destruction — they were aimed at its economy. The undeclared war between America and the Iran-Syria-Venezuela alliance is largely economic.

Hugo Chavez will only accept euros in payment for Venezuela’s oil exports, Ahmadinejad will trade oil only for euros or yen. Since 2001, the euro has doubled in value, while the US has been steadily falling against virtually every major world currency.

The “Death to America” crowd was overjoyed — until it began to realize it was the principle victim of its own success.

The British, who all but tarred and feathered Tony Blair for his support of the US war effort, watched 5.5% of its net worth evaporate overnight.

France’s market lost 6.8%, Germany’s wealth was reduced by 7.2%, and Japan’s Nikei, which suffered its worst two-day drop in 17 years, is forecast to fall by ten to fifteen percent over the next few weeks.

China’s ’emerging’ economy is submerging as well, off by almost six percent over the past few days.

“Death to America” sounds good, but it won’t pay the bills. America’s enemies are beginning to realize that if they win, they lose.

It is interesting, given that the battle cry of the “Death to America” crowd began as “no blood for oil” five years ago, (when oil was $18 a barrel).

Five years later, with oil passing $100 a barrel, the world has begun to re-evaluate its position, and is realizing too late that they are waging war against the goose that lays the golden eggs.

As the Apostle Paul noted, “Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things that are not convenient.”

The dictionary defines ‘reprobate’ as “a person without moral scruples” — and it is America’s religious scruples that are at the heart and soul of her global unpopularity. America is, to the Islamic world, emblematic of the Christian ‘Crusaders’.

America’s defense of Israel is primarily religious — Americans see Jews almost as co-religionists — and America’s support of Israel has wide domestic support primarily for religious reasons.

(And it is for those same reasons that Israel finds itself the world’s only true pariah nation.)

But Paul says that the mind without moral scruples is prone to do that which is not ‘convenient’ — for religious reasons (refusing to retain God in their knowledge) because the white-hot hatred of all things Godly is so ingrained in our spiritual DNA that we can’t help but bite off our own noses to spite our faces, as the saying goes.

The more America stumbles, the more it hurts the rest of the world, but the world just can’t help itself. So far, the last six years of unrelenting anti-Americanism has cost the industrialized world more than ten percent of its accumulated wealth, but they just can’t seem to help themselves.

Another definition of ‘reprobate’ is: “one with a perverted sense of loyalty.” The world is loyal to its ideals of the supremacy of man, and remains united in its effort to eliminate American Christianity, even if that effort brings about its own financial destruction in the process.

A ‘reprobate mind doing things that are not convenient’ — it’s hard to come up with a more perfect summary than that.

“And when these things begin to come to pass then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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