Censorship Never Wins

This story about Twitter closing down the account of a Turkish journalist critical of the Erdogan gov’t is very disappointing. The fact is censorship is shameless and weak – the equivalent of knocking the chessboard off the table as you see your opponent start to win. It attempts to get people to conform to your view of the world not by changing hearts and minds but by both scaring people into not questioning your dogmas as well as by hiding potentially “dangerous” ideas from them.
Additionally, it reveals insecurity as it demonstrates one feels that one’s ideas will not withstand the scrutiny of critical thinking and hard questioning. In other words, you’re not even confident that your ideas are true.
Not only that, it sows the seeds of its own demise. You cannot protect yourself from “scary” ideas by shutting up the speakers – nor even killing them. An idea cannot be killed after all. If you use fear, coercion and violence to try to shut down ideas you only succeed in driving those ideas underground, enabling them to emerge once again in the future – only stronger – but meantime you and your people will still not have developed any tools or rationale to combat these “scary” ideas.
The only way to defeat “scary” ideas, then, is to fight them head on with objective argument using the truth. Except, should your way turn out to be wrong, you must be willing to admit defeat and join the right side. This is humbling – but then again, in the end only the truth will set us free.

“A democracy is…

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Louis C.K. – Actor, Comedian, Pastoral Figure for the 21st Century?


Louis C.K… I am convinced this man is a genius. I think most comedians are. Comedy is in many ways all about truth. It’s about pointing out things that, to our surprise, are totally true—and we’ve never realized it before. Comedians have the vision and skillfulness to pinpoint these truths and declare them to the people – leading them places they’ve never been before.

I think Louis C.K. also has a very clear grasp of our culture today. I think he speaks for it and represents it – actually with a lot of gravitas. Maybe I’m off base but I just get the sense that he’s almost a kind of agnostic pastor to young adults of today. He speaks. And they listen. For example, just watch his opening monologue which he did on SNL the other day. You just get the sense that the audience is hanging on his every word. Are they like putty in his hands? Maybe not. But I got that sense too.

Two things Louis C.K. has mentioned recently. One is his recent tweeting about how terrible the Common Core public school curriculum is. He is so right about this by the way. And the liberal intelligentsia is in an uproar that a pop culture figure—with such sway among young adults—would so unceremoniously trash one of their sacred cows. They’re thinking: “Hey – Louis C.K. is supposed to be on our side! We both want to bring down what remains of Judeo-Christian values in society and instill trust in the collectivist state don’t we??” Anyway, silly Alexander Nazaryan for picking a war of words with Louis C.K. You are not going to win that one, buddy.

The other thing Louis C.K. mentioned recently was in his aforementioned opening monologue from SNL. In it, he said something really insightful about his belief in the non-existence of God—or more precisely – that he just doesn’t know if God exists. He bashes atheists who take the hard line: “There is no God.” He asks them, “Really? Did you check? There’s a vast universe out there! How could you possibly know that there’s no God!” It’s a pretty insightful and ultimately totally true observation. The fact of the matter is that, no, you may not believe that God exists. But you can’t prove a negative, either. So, really, you can’t say that you know there is no God. Ultimately, you’re just making the assumption that God doesn’t exist.

Anyway, this was a great theological insight by Louis C.K. and, like I said, when he speaks, this generation is listening. I do hope they take his words to heart in this instance.

The Truth: If You Don’t Know Jesus, You Are in Trouble.

“How much do you have to hate someone, to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”
– Penn Jillette (Atheist).

Wow. Penn Jillete doesn’t mince words and speaks the clear truth. He’s right on.

Anyway – Everlasting life IS possible. It’s possible through (and only through) knowing Jesus Christ. Don’t hold back in turning to Him! You will not regret it for a moment.

Sadly it is also true that to reject this invitation of Jesus and refuse to come to know him leads to a different kind of everlasting existence –far from the face of God and any love, joy, or peace. In other words, hell.

Please – turn to Jesus while there is time. He is for real. He really does love you. There is a chance for you.

NO ONE is beyond the redemptive hand of God — no matter how lost they might think they are.

There is still time to come to Him.

A truly awesome…

A truly awesome insight.

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” – Tim Keller

“The issue on w…

“The issue on which everything stands is not whether or not you like Christianity, but whether or not Jesus rose from the dead.”
-Tim Keller

Edmund Opitz: A Great Minister of Freedom

“Power ministers to human pride and results in spiritual disaster.” – Edmund Opitz

Jesus Thirsted on the Cross – So You Could Find Eternal Living Water

Jesus went through horrible suffering, in order to reconcile us back to God. He did it voluntarily – because he loved us so much.

“It’s because Jesus Christ experienced a cosmic thirst on the cross that you and I can have our spiritual thirst satisfied.”
– Tim Keller

Was Huxley Prophetic?

Was Huxley Prophetic?

Fascinating prediction. It seems like it may have started to come true already. People don’t really care about liberty and truth anymore. They just want to be entertained – to get their bread and circus….and get their drug fix as well.

Is Established Government Inherently Sinful and Against God’s Will?

If as Romans 14:23 states: “Everything that does not come from faith is sin” – and acting on faith means freely following your conscience to do what is right in God’s eyes…

…how can coercing others to do what you want be an act of faith? Is there anyway that can’t be sinful?

And if gov’t is ultimately the organized coercion of people, doesn’t that point to the idea that gov’t is, almost by definition, sinful?