Lionizing Castro

After the lionizing, make sure you read the articles below:

 

Requeim for a Despot

Unfortunately, his death comes a bit too late—about sixty years too late. Millions of his people had been awaiting this moment for well over half a century. And as we Cubans rejoice, we weep. Our losses over the past six decades have been far too great, and so our glee is far from unbridled.

Slavery is what Fidel’s revolution was about. Brooking no dissent, he enslaved a nation in the name of eternal class warfare, creating a new elite dedicated to suppressing their neighbors’ rights. He pitted Cubans against one another, replacing all civil discourse with invective and intimidation.

Fidel boasted that he was loved by the Cuban people and spoke for us, that he was our very embodiment. But these were some of the boldest of his many big lies. The Cuban people he spoke for were but a monstrous abstraction, a figment that he projected onto the world stage. Flesh-and-blood Cubans had to be forced to attend his interminable speeches, or, as now, his funeral.

 

Castro Undeniably Impoverished Cuba

It is polite, human, and common to withhold criticism of the dead in the immediate aftermath of their demise. But leaving 11 million people grossly poorer than they ought to be in the name of a bankrupt ideology is not the stuff of which hagiographic obituaries are made.

 

Useful Idiots

As much of the American left is openly mooting whether or not the American president-elect is a dictator-in-waiting, one has to wonder whether they would take that bargain: No more elections, no more free speech, no more civil liberties of any kind, but socialized medicine and literacy for everyone! American political dissidents, homosexuals, journalists and the clergy, just like in Cuba, can languish in prison or internal exile, but at least they'll be able to read the charges against them.

 
In Cuba, Castro led idiots to believe that his revolution put culture, education, and health above material values—just what Sartre and company wanted to hear. Until recently, visitors to Havana were shown a hospital, a school, and a bookstore. I myself had the privilege of visiting these Potemkin villages. The hospital was a show pony reserved for the country’s leaders. The bookstore was devoted to the works of Castro. The school did nothing to improve Cubans’ educational levels, which, before the revolution, were the highest in Latin America.

What's Wrong with Global Governance?

What's Wrong with Global Governance?

 

Plenty:

 

Global governance can imply much more than simple international coordination and cooperation, which has existed throughout modern international relations. Now it is also a deeply and widely embedded ideology that seeks global centralization and regulation of wide-reaching areas of international interaction.

 

Global governance ideology has more ambitious aims that include eroding and eliminating national sovereignty by reducing national governmental control over the movement of people, goods, services, and capital across national boundaries. It seeks to establish an entirely secular order in which activities such as education, health care, economic development, and justice are fashioned by global experts rather than by the leaders in their natural local and national contexts. Rule by experts, by global bureaucrats, is regarded as the ideal.

 

 Who are these "experts" and global bureaucrats? (Bold emphasis mine)

 

They are secularists who are at best suspicious of but often outright hostile to religion and traditional culture as influences on civilization. They are bureaucrats or advocates of bureaucracy who believe that government by expert rather than by elected officials is the only way to advance a progressive agenda of modernization. They are environmentalists who, to varying degrees, regard human beings and human population growth as a scourge on global ecology. They are thus almost universally population-control advocates who regard the family, especially the traditional family and the religious beliefs of families, as a threat to environmental integrity. Often they are eugenicists who wish to reduce the fertility of less desirable peoples—Julian Huxley, the first administrator of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), being a prominent example. They are transnationalists who believe that the nation-state is an anachronistic cultural construct in need of deconstruction.

 

They are materialists who ultimately deny the transcendent spiritual nature of human beings and who thus are concerned almost exclusively about the physical and emotional needs of people. They are relativists who generally reject the concept of objective moral truth, of natural law, or of the religious and spiritual dimensions of the human person. They regard power and control as the mechanisms by which to remake the world in their own image. They are centralists who have little regard for the rights of subsidiary bodies, local agencies of mutual aid and support, churches, local governments, or even national governments that wish to preserve their distinctive ways of life.

 

In short, they are, trouble. Read the entire book from Acton's Christian Social Thought Series to find out more.


The Glamour of Atheism

From RZIM:

The Glamour of Atheism, Part I

In our efforts to meet the challenges posed by skeptics, we Christians frequently overlook the appeal of atheism. As we shall see, we ignore this appeal at our own peril. In this podcast series, we’ll ask the question, “Why would anyone want to reject all belief in a god or gods?” I can think of many reasons. We’ll explore those reasons in this episode. By the way, if you’re a skeptic and feel that I’ve misrepresented you in any way, I’d love to hear what you find most appealing about your intellectual position. You can tell me on Twitter @cammcallister7

 

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2016 US Post-Election Roundup

“If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them."

Justin Welby Prayer

  

After Leicester City won the Premier League title and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, should we be surprised by anything that happens from here on out?

 

Articles:

Why Christians should not succumb to the apocalyptic language of the election

The Democratic Party Establishment Is Finished

 Why the Media missed it

"Bubba" and the White Working Class

Examining the Scorecard

Reflections on the Trump Presidency, One Week after the Election

How Jon Stewart And ‘The Daily Show’ Elected Donald Trump


All Things Work Together

 

“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” —Romans 8:28

Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the stern-sheets of the vessel when it rocks most. He believes that an invisible hand is always on the world’s tiller, and that wherever providence may drift, Jehovah steers it. That re-assuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He looks over the raging waters and sees the spirit of Jesus treading the billows, and he hears a voice saying, “It is I, be not afraid.” He knows too that God is always wise, and, knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes; that nothing can occur which ought not to arise.

He can say, “If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose than have, if God so wills: the worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me if God ordains it.” “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” The Christian does not merely hold this as a theory, but he knows it as a matter of fact. Everything has worked for good as yet; the poisonous drugs mixed in fit proportions have worked the cure; the sharp cuts of the lancet have cleansed out the proud flesh and facilitated the healing. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, believing that God rules all, that he governs wisely, that he brings good out of evil, the believer’s heart is assured, and he is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes.

The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, “Send me what thou wilt, my God, so long as it comes from thee; never came there an ill portion from thy table to any of thy children.”

         “Say not my soul, ‘From whence can God relieve my care?’
         Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.
         His method is sublime, his heart profoundly kind,
         God never is before his time, and never is behind.”


Spurgeon, C. H. (2006). Morning and evening: Daily readings (Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.