The Pen is mightier than the sword, but the Pen must sometimes move the sword against corruption if the corrupt are not moved by the pen.. An idea without an implementer is useless. "The Rulers do not carry the sword in vain"Rom 13:4

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Why am I so harsh?

The other day, I was buying some petrol for my mower. At the local servo, I had the container in the back of the ute, and proceeded to dispense fuel into it.  Suddenly a very harsh voice seared my ears with the raucous sound of "Did you read THIS?!".... "This" was a safety notice on one of the posts of the petrol bowser that outlined some specific steps to follow when filling containers with petrol. She was quite right in what she said, I was, (according to the steps) going dangerously wrong and exposing myself to a static discharge while pouring that could have been life threatening.

I would have been much more willing to follow those steps if the particular woman did not say what she said with such vehement bile and nasty intense hate in her voice.  The impression I experienced was not so much her care for safety but on her desire to pour out anti male or anti 'me' hate for reasons other than what I was doing.

I don't wish to ever come across to my audience of this blog as that women did to me. So why do I speak so harshly at times?  I do so to call a spade a spade, and to speak from outside our contemporary slice of history, in  a way that hopefully alerts readers to issues and trends that they would otherwise not tweak to.

Without seeking to display holier than thou pretensions, I can say with quiet confidence that I speak in a mode which can be described as 'prophetic'.  To understand this, you would need to make a bit of a study of how the prophets of the Old Testament spoke to power in their day. Take for example Isaiah:
Chapter 1
 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

A Rebellious Nation

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
    For the Lord has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its master,
    the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
    my people do not understand.”
Woe to the sinful nation,
    a people whose guilt is great,
a brood of evildoers,
    children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the Lord;
    they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
    and turned their backs on him.

Notice the intended audience for Isaiah?  "Kings". He spoke to power from a position of divine reliance and confidence. In his case, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. In my case, you might say I'm 'moved' by the same source, but only in the sense of using sanctified common sense and a sound knowledge of history, human nature and Scripture. 
Isaiah did not write to be popular, applauded, lifted high, or to be exalted on a wave of popular opinion.  He wrote to warn. His writings are a classic "Basic" computer language logic construction "If"....."Then"... 

The world, especially the West is precariously teetering on a precipice of civil disruption, social destruction and the decay of values.  I don't mean that seriously sexist attitudes of the 50s male  "Boss" should be clung to, where he acted as if he was the Rooster in the chicken pen and could take what he wanted when he wanted from the powerless and intimidated female staff.  Such things were symptomatic of a flawed social order that has produced the present over-reaction of female empowerment.

The prophetic voice should have been targetting such primal beast-like behavior in those days too. Perhaps it was, at least in the Churches?

Isaiah goes on: 
"From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
    there is no soundness—
only wounds and welts
    and open sores,"

Not the kind of writing that will gain you a literary  prize if the establishment has anything to do with it. He goes from harsh to intense with the next passage:

Wash and make yourselves clean.
    Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
    stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
    you will be devoured by the sword.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Make no mistake, the 'reward' for debauchery and greed is on it's way. The same is true for a social order that inverts true divine values, and assassinates  the gender differences between male and female, which hungers after every kind of sexual deviancy imaginable, which seeks to give equal 'rights' to animals, rather than simply making laws against cruelty. When dens of financial iniquity like Wall Street and it's many nefarious traders are allowed to carry on insider trading without serious penalty, and you have the likes of Ivan Boesky, the inspiration for the "Greed is Good-Gordon Gecko" movie and character, or Samuel "Mouli" Cohen, or Bernie Madoff, -all Jewish fraudsters, along with the traditional organized crime families, you have the makings of a social and financial holocaust of Biblical proportions.....literally.

When a person is teetering on the edge of a cliff, you don't just whisper "hey, you better step back a bit" or... gently grab his shirt sleeve between forefinger and thumb and give him a bit of a tug, no, you act decisively and dramatically, you grab the person with both arms around him and hurl him suddenly away from danger.

Like it or hate it, that is why I speak 'harshly' at times.

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