When Good is Evil and Evil Is Good
Vol: 121 Issue: 21 Friday, October 21, 2011
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” – Isaiah 5:20
There was a popular Helen Reddy song from somewhere way back in my memory that contained the lyrics; “sometimes it feels like you and me against the world.”
As I was scanning the headlines, that song was playing softly in the jukebox of my mind. That’s what it seems like sometimes.
Like it is just you and I standing in one corner of reality seeing one thing, while the rest of the world is standing just around the corner, looking at the same thing, but seeing something else.
It MUST be that they are looking at something else because whatever it is doesn’t remotely resemble what you and I are seeing.
In Philadelphia on Monday, an eighty-four year old former university vice president at Temple University was savagely attacked by a group of four young blacks as he took his daily five-mile walk along the appropriately-named “Forbidden Drive.”
Jim Shea was walking alone when he was took a major blow to the back of his head, knocking him to the ground.
As the eighty-four year old man lay helpless on the ground, the four youths, aged between 16 and 20, according to Shea, continued to rain blows down, leaving him bloodied but conscious.
Police and Shea said that at least one of the attackers used a rock to hit him, causing deep cuts above his eyes. They all kicked and punched him while he was on the ground, conscious the entire time.
“There was only one I really saw well because he came back to kick me,” Shea said. “The others spent a great deal of the time laughing.”
According to Shea, the most stunning part of the entire attack was that there was no apparent motive. They didn’t rob him, leaving him with his wallet, money and car keys. He was too old to defend himself and therefore a target of opportunity.
The only reason for the beating was because they could. Shea didn’t know his assailants and they didn’t know him. They beat him up for the FUN of it!
What kind of insanity is that? What kind of person could beat up on an old man for the enjoyment of the experience? Do they not have parents? Grandparents?
Atheists believe that mankind is basically good and that human morality “evolved” for the good of the species. There is absolutely no evidence to support that contention, but atheists only accept evidence that supports their cause.
Indeed, the Bible says exactly the opposite. According to the prophet Jeremiah;
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
“Deceitful above ALL things. . . DESPERATELY wicked.” That certainly seems to fit this story.
An atheist would argue that the four youths were maltreated by society, blaming the same social evolution that it credits for instilling morals in the rest of us. The evidence lines up more perfectly with the Bible:
“Because iniquity (anomia = “lawlessness”) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
Today’s Drudge Report headline reads: GE’s Profit Soars 57%. That is a pretty impressive performance for a major American corporation in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
General Electric is a US “multinational conglomerate” whose four major areas of corporate interest are energy, technology infrastructure, capital and finance and consumer and industrial manufacturing.
General Electric Corp. is headed by Jeffrey Immelt, who also serves on Barack Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Immelt was appointed by Obama in 2009. That year, General Electric posted record-breaking profits. The same for 2010. And of course, there is this quarter’s 57% profitability.
The corporate tax rate for Wall Street “fat cats” like GE is currently 35% — Obama would like to see it go higher. So would GE and Jeffrey Immelt.
Why? Because ever since Immelt was appointed by Obama, GE seemingly doesn’t have to pay any federal taxes.
General Electric paid zero federal taxes in 2009 on gross earnings of $182 billion. General Electric not only paid zero federal taxes on $14.2 billion in profits in 2010, GE got a tax benefit of over $3.2 billion.
General Electric’s profitability is through the roof while the rest of corporate America languishes and the deficit grows. “Occupy Wall Street” isn’t going after General Electric. Obama isn’t attacking GE for ripping off America.
The New York Times said not a single word in its report on GE about its ability to evade US taxes or anything about GE “ripping off” the American taxpayer. It noted GE’s amazing ability to make a profit in this ‘volatile’ economy, but nary a word about Immelt’s cozy relationship with Obama.
The Obama administration just gave a $529 million loan guarantee to an electric car manufacturer called “Fisker.” Who?
The loan to Fisker is part of a $1 billion bet the Energy Department has made in two politically connected California-based electric carmakers producing sporty — and pricey — cutting-edge autos. Fisker Automotive, backed by a powerhouse venture capital firm whose partners include former Vice President Al Gore, predicts it will eventually be churning out tens of thousands of electric sports sedans at the shuttered GM factory it bought in Delaware.
Ah. Fisker is an electric car company, so it is one of those great “green” jobs projects. Fisker is partially owned by Al Gore, but maybe that is only a coincidence.
After all, Obama’s focus is to create ‘green’ jobs, so just because Gore is a major investor shouldn’t disqualify it from all that free taxpayer money. Should it?
“Folks, we’re making a bet,” Biden said on Oct. 27, 2009. “We’re making a bet on the future, we’re making a bet on the American people, we’re making a bet on the market, we’re making a bet on innovation. . . . The story of Fisker is a story of ingenuity of an American company, a commitment to innovation by the U.S. government and the perseverance of the American auto industry.”
There is something that Biden didn’t mention. Manufacturing the new Fisker electric car will produce 500 jobs . . . in Finland! Fisker is ‘California-based’ because it has offices in California, not because it will make cars there.
Ok, so maybe a half billion dollars in US taxpayer dollars won’t create manufacturing jobs in the US, but at least it was an investment in “green’ technology. Isn’t that in America’s best interests?
You tell me. A new Fisker will cost about $97,000 US, but only two have actually been sold in the US.
Fisker and the federal government claimed the new Fisker will get 51 mpg. THAT is the “bet on the future” Biden was referrring to.
It’s a sucker’s bet.
Forbes Magazine recalculated the mileage claims, only Forbes used the actual numbers without redefining what constitutes “fossil fuels” and pretending that nobody will drive more than thirty miles without recharging.
Factor that in and the new Fisker, according to Fox News, will actually get about . . . drum roll, please. . . nineteen miles to the gallon!
President Obama has firmly articulated his support for the “Occupy!” protests on Wall Street and elsewhere, equating them with the Tea Party demonstrations of 2009-2010.
The only thing that the Tea Party has in common with the “Occupy!” protests is that they were both protests. (The Russian Revolution and the American Revolution were both revolutions, too, but that is where the similarities end.)
There were no complaints about Tea Partiers defecating on people’s doorsteps. Tea Partiers didn’t steal from each other. Tea Partiers didn’t have to worry about being sexually assaulted at their demonstrations.
The Tea Party’s goals were to work within the system by electing politicians that shared their vision of less government, more individual responsibility and less government spending.
The Occupy! movement’s goals are to force the government to squeeze more money from the rich to be used to buy them stuff so they don’t have to pay for it themselves. Stuff like government handouts, welfare, government jobs and free college educations.
In thousands of protests in hundreds of cities, tens of thousands of Tea Partiers demonstrated, cleaned up, and left the demonstration grounds cleaner than they found them. Not a single arrest.
So far, in dozens of protests in tens of cities involving hundreds of protestors, more than 1800 “Occupiers” have been arrested. It will cost millions to clean up after them.
Nobody has been injured in Tea Party violence — at least 70 protestors and 30 police officers have been injured in “Occupy!” protests.
To summarize, this is what America looks like from where I am sitting. Those that work hard and achieve success are condemned and marginalized — the unemployed and unemployable are the new solid citizens.
Being a Christian that loves Jesus in today’s America is a major social liability but being gay is a major social asset. Being a liar is perfectly acceptable, (provided the lie is politically correct), but telling the truth based on reality rather than social acceptability can ruin one’s career.
Being an anarchist dedicated to the destruction of the American system makes one a patriotic American worthy of political and media support, but being a Tea Partier dedicated to restoring American respect for the Constitution is “subversive.”
“For the mystery of iniquity (lawlessness) doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7)
The world appears to be indulging itself in an orgy of lawlessness — it is seemingly becoming a cause for celebration. The more lawless, the better.
The more anarchists that demonstrate, the better the world appears to like it. The more world leaders lie, the more support they seem to get from the world system.
Whether willing to admit it or not, the West is locked in an ideological war between civilizations, but whenever the two sides clash, the world throws its sympathy behind the terrorists on the principle that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
Based on that principle, it is entirely acceptable to fill some teenager’s brain with a bunch of nonsense, strap a bomb on him and send him to blow up innocent civilians.
Millions of column inches are expended explaining the ‘whys’ of terrorism; terrorists are victims, they are poor, they are oppressed by Israel or by the West, they are doing the best they can with the weapons they have, etc.
(The majority of terrorists, like most of the “Occupiers” are college-educated trust fund babies, but that statistic isn’t politically correct, so it is deemed irrelevant.)
It is like you and I are seeing one reality, and the world is seeing the exact opposite. The world sees Christianity as hateful and oppressive, but excuses jihadism. It despises Israel above all other countries while supporting the creation of an openly terrorist state on its borders “in the interests of freedom”.
It is as if everything was backwards; turned on its head like some kind of “Alice in Wonderland” scenario. If it is evil, it is good. If it is good, then it is evil.
It is a proven fact that G-rated movies make many times more money at the box-office than do PG or R — but Hollywood all but refuses to make those kinds of movies.
I was listening to Fox News this morning discussing the fact it took four years for the G-rated movie, The Mighty Macs about a Catholic women’s basketball team, to find a distributor.
The mystery of iniquity referred to by the Apostle Paul is a reference to the mysterious power that lawlessness seems to have over those who reject the Gospel as some kind of religious fairy tale.
He says that for THIS cause God sends strong delusion, because they also reject the love of the truth, “that they might be saved.” Instead, they “take pleasure in unrighteousness” — it is what they prefer –with the result of their rejection outlined in the following verses.
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12)
This is what separates you and me from the world. Because “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
That’s why Paul called it the “mystery” of lawlessness.