Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the
song of the ruthless is silenced.
- from the 25th chapter of Isaiah
There are a few places in the Bible where God reveals Himself in all
His glory in pretty magnificent ways. The chief one is the
Resurrection, and there is Creation for sure. There are a number of places
in Revelation that are pretty major, the Transfiguration in the
gospels is a good
one, Ezekiel had visions that were pretty spectacular, and Jesus was
as brilliant as the sun in confronting Paul on the Damascus road.
There may be really good examples elsewhere that I missed.
One of the most compelling to me is not only how God introduces
Himself to Isaiah in his sixth chapter, but what He says right after
that, something that is repeated in all four gospels, in Acts, and
again in the letter to the Romans.
After Isaiah is overwhelmed by
the glory of God in contrast to his own
sinfulness, he tells Him that he is willing to carry out any task
God gives him. Here's the task: "Tell these people, the people
of My nation:
'You could understand, but don't. You could see, but
don't. You could listen, but don't. You could be
healed, but your hearts are too hard.'" Yes, this is not a literal
translation, but go see for yourself, that's cool. This is pretty
Now in the context of the gospel accounts of Jesus' reference to
this charge, it makes perfect sense. People are too stupid to get
that everything they want is right in front of them. Essentially,
"I'm here to heal you and save you and give you life, but, eh, you
don't want it, and that does break my heart, but, well..."
"Well..." part is simply that God isn't going
to give us all the beauty and wonder and joy that is His Kingdom unless we see it for what it is, not in the abject
reprobation of our sin. As long as we refuse to see it, we will only
want to destroy it. We must come to God on His terms, not ours. We
can only come to the Tree of Life by the blood of Christ and in His
righteousness, not by our feeble counterfeits.
This is precisely why, after Isaiah asks God, "So, for how
long should I tell them to continue to be stupid?" (really,
that is what this is about)
God replies, "Until they look and get it. And the only way
they can is if they see..." — and here it is, right from the
King James —
Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses
without man, and the land be utterly desolate, and the Lord have
removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of
Now certainly this applied to
those in Judah, who were about to be
summarily dispossessed at the hands of the Babylonians, I got that.
And I note that the chapter closes with the promise of a returning
remnant, I know. But it wouldn't have been mentioned so much in the
New Testament if it wasn't a significantly relevant message for us
You will continue to be stupid unless you let God show you the
breadth of your destruction, and then firmly decide to take in healing and
restoration and salvation in Him.
I watched one of the most frightening horror films I've ever seen a
couple weeks ago. It is the perfect metaphor for this very
prevalent, prominent, and quite present human condition.
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, and
really, it was a horror film. It wasn't just that a whole bunch of
people were hypnotically captivated by an immature sideshow salesman
(now serving a six-year prison sentence), it was that so many
people, mostly Millennials, paid gobs of money merely on the
insatiable desire not just to have fun but to neurotically
virtue-signal through social media as the most masterful partier
All of them, the whole batch of them,
worshipping the god that
is their stomach. Just like the slasher-film victim of the
marauding chainsaw wielder was the Bahamian restaurateur who wept
for all she did for this defrauder — humbly, willingly,
industriously — only to receive massive bills to pay and the most
crushing ingratitude. I really wonder about those people involved in
the debacle and interviewed for the film — what were they thinking
when beholding the expanse of the desolation that was Fyre? Really,
what are they thinking?
Can they not see the need for Someone Who Is
Truth to come and
not only share with them both truth and grace but courageously defend
with His very life?
For you see the Fyre incident was the smallest microcosm of the way
things are going out there in the real economic, commercial,
political, and social world. Those who got scammed by the whole Fyre
There are millions more just like them. Calcified in their
benighted lifestyles clutching empty promises of the most dazzling
attention in cyberspace. Captured in an endless loop of the most
grotesque plausibility disconceptions. Convinced there is no devil
laboriously offering his services as their top "influencer."
This last point, the one about
the devil as influencer? It
is not hard to tell who is helping them dismiss the devil as a real,
live, personal entity who speaks through powerful interests to keep
as many in the infernal gulag as possible. Recently the Superior
General of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuit Order of
the Roman Catholic Church, announced that the devil is not
real, and that he is only a symbol of the evil that is out and about
in some people.
It is one thing to dismiss the devil as fantasy and get a Fyre
Festival, what about all the other horrific things propped as
solutions to the abjection?
Recently Facebook announced it will put out a currency of its own,
hey — bitcoin can't get all the cred. It is called Libra, a
splendidly fitting name as it is the scales for keeping everything even and
just. "Honest weights and measures" can't be more secure!
Facebook is already in hot water because of its obsessive desire to
gaze into private lives, but that is precisely what
autocratic potentates do. Whuh? Facebook isn't a government is
it? Well, yes it is. In fact it is more than that. It is a nation. With all the blithering about whether or not Facebook
is actually a private company and permitted to do what it
wants with its business affairs, or a public utility and
subject to regulation such as that required for municipal
electricity and water service, no one identifies its true nature.
It is a nation, all unto itself. It has a citizenry and a
list of laws and bylaws to which every citizen has acceded. Its army
is comprised of the brilliant tech wonks sauntering
through the highest levels of corporate power using
the best Sun-Tzuan tactics to bend its citizens'
will to its purposes. With information technology
the way it is today, national borders are
practically obsolete and virtually obliterated. You
may be dual citizens in any number of nations,
Google, Apple, Amazon also among them. The tricky part is that
nations are still subject to the perfect judgments of God, and
unless they acknowledge Him and His eminent reign over all things,
they will be doing their work outside of His presence as divisions
of Cain's legacy. Whatever the case, all are footstools of God, set
out to fulfill His purposes in the ways He directs.
It is funny, I recently came across a web writing that has gotten
some attention, and no wonder with a title like, "The Most
in the World." Hmm, what could that be? The most
important problem? No, the most important problem is when
people stridently insist that the devil isn't real. That's really the
one. Sure there are problems and issues and incidents and sometimes
the most horrifically tragic events. But it is the devil who
convinces people he's not deeply involved in gripping you tightly in
a vicious stronghold and pulling you far away
from a God who wants to grab you and hold you and embrace you like a
Father no matter what happens to you.
this widely experienced power-broking fully
embedded insider, James Gamble is his name, says the most
important problem today is that there are quite a few evil people on
corporate boards. Yeah, that's it. Please know I'm not saying I'm
surprised by this — what I am noting is that so many others are
surprised by this. We see a mortifying graphic depiction of a goofy music
festival gone awry at the hands of some youthful Svengali — what
would it look like if the cameras were on the behavior of those
Oh no worries. This guy's got it all down, the piece is rather
lengthy. We also see it sometimes in the newspapers, can't
miss it. But because those people are given so much sway over our
lives we give them a pass. Hey, they do have to sell us a
decent product. They do have to make us believe they are
actually behaving on the up-and-up, I mean, our middle-class life of
convenience depends on them, our jobs depend on them
— my retirement depends on them.
So we're really too fascist (technically: too much corporate power) —
then in come the enraged marauding socialists to rescue us
yay! Or yeah!
Maybe we're actually too socialist (technically: too much "public" power,
but with nice smiley autocrats helping out, you know) — then coming on
over are the exceedingly patriotic seething crusaders to, to, um, to...
Just before Gamble's section titled "The Seduction is Viral" — I
still look at this in amazement and wonder why these people dismiss
the power of the devil... whupp, well, wait, they are so
readily seduced by
the Father General, and it is quite viral, what else
could "Catholic" entail?... so yeah, it does make sense — anyway, Gamble bleats the
pathetically typical "They're only interested in the bottom line"
talking point, then adds:
Corporate persons live among us and exert a powerful influence over
how we see and interact with the world. The decision not to address
morality and fairness at the corporate level infects real people and
contributes to the self-centered actions of individual and society
Does he have the slightest clue about who's
So how about more
law? "Let's just make better laws!"
is always the gleefully hopeful
conclusion of System pundits such as Gamble, I never see any other.
Sure enough: "We could create corporate conscience
directly through a legal requirement that all..."
yada yada. "The first act... is the
drafting and adoption of an ethical code..."
bappity boopity. Don't get me wrong, laws
are very very very good things, but only
so we can fully recognize what intractable assholes
we are, nothing else. At that point we need Someone
to save us from ourselves, period. Lesseeee —
mention of Christ, mention of Christ... mnnn...
yeah. Didn't think so.
can even peek a bit at Facebook exec David Marcus'
comical appearance before Congress on Libra
to get the best feel for how ridiculous it is,
ultimately, to just worship the law — oh, every
World inhabitant does it, they must. Naturally almost every question
he was asked was
about how Facebook would regulate the currency so it would actually,
truly, really, in actual true reality be an honest weight and
measure of people's productive value.
hemmed and hawed and shared how zealously Mark
Zuckerberg and company were on board with Caesar's
enforcement apparatus, but in the end he could only
waffle — it was painful to watch. Don't
misunderstand, the gold standard and the PhD
standard are just as exploitive as the algorithm
standard. As you cannot get blood from a turnip you
cannot get righteousness from the law. When it gets
down to it only dissembling, equivocation, and
confusion spews from attempts to rationalize this
idolatry. From the
comprehensive Los Angeles Times piece on the
hearing, Marcus merely "alluded to the regulatory
gray area that Facebook's digital coin could
These guys are about to roll out the accepted standard currency
issue for their superpower nation, and they don't even have a clue
about what they're doing. They may insist they'll get it all down, I
mean, come on, they've got all the latest fat
protocol protections lined up, please!...that's
gotta be good!
Deaf and staying deaf. Blind and staying blind. Dumb and staying
dumb. As God told Isaiah about them, quite sadly it must be that
Until they allow Christ to open their eyes and ears and minds.
Here's the story from Rome's own
news organization about its most
powerful officer telling the world
to dismiss the reality of the devil.
For a bit more on that officer, look
That piece by James Gamble is
here, at Medium.com.
The most recent news on Libra is
that France is now blocking its
development there. In the news item
I saw they're calling it a
"stablecoin." I learn something new
every day - always enjoying the
Here's a previous home page
piece that touches on the abject
folly of cybercurrency.
The image of Mark Zuckerberg was of
his appearance before Congress in
April of 2018. David Marcus appeared
in July of this year.
Much of my efforts involve looking
at the financial and economic
conditions as a graphic
identification of the rank
reprobation among us. Certainly that
is borne out in the way we consider
value and the commensurate
interactions related to it.
a page with some thoughts about
I thought later I really should put
in the piece something critically
important: the only actual way to
make a business righteous. First
it must be done
in the heart
then in the
community, and then
the organization. Otherwise "the
most important problem" will
continue to ravage society. The
reason people see this multi-faceted
but extraordinarily simple solution
as so radical is because, again,
they refuse to know how much the
devil influences them, then to
repent of their own role in his work
and come to Christ on His terms.
Here are some thoughts about
The Only One
who can protect you from the devil
and the destruction wrought by those
who regularly listen to him.