"To say that the
truth is in poor
taste is the
- Naomi Wolf
Among all the newfangled items emerging
from the ever-more violently surging Information Age is something
called "Augmented Reality." Apparently you can now flash your mobile
device at something and receive more data about that thing. Say you
wave it at a building, and some signal emanates from the location
that tells you when it was built, what its value is, how many
tenants occupy it, and so forth. The grander idea is such technology
helps stimulate imagination and increase specialized knowledge for
the purpose devising solutions to problems that require really
getting at things not easily available without it.
Isn't that just the thing each of us has
always wanted? To just get at what the real thing of a thing
actually IS? Now with the spiffy practice of augmented
reality and all its spectacularly potential applications, well
then, the Age of Real Truth has finally arrived.
I mean, think about it, sure you
can swing your electronic thingie around and—shazzam—on the
screen pops something you can know to truly make the
truest decision about a given, um, truth. Hey, about to
wait in line at the club and wonder how fun the place is really
going to be? Whip out that wand. How about laboring to get the right
feng shui? Whip it out and whip it good—zapp—instantly
perfect arrangement of decor and ambiance.
And how about the feature that would be
Right there in front of
Come on. Isn't this the real purpose of
this nifty new tool? When it really comes down to it, don't we
really want to know the most pertinent intentions of anyone with
whom we have to do, and not have to go through all the turgid
rigmarole to try to get at what people are really like?
Isn't this why the character trait of
integrity is one of the most valuable? That our outside persons
match our inside persons? That when we say "Yes" we mean it?
I furthermore think of that Mark of the
Beast attached in some way to our hands or foreheads portended in
the 13th chapter of the Revelation, that official iconographic
identification signifying one's authoritative ingratiation with
Caesar enabling the most robust economic activity. I wondered how exactly that'll
work out when precise retinal scans will do just as
The answer comes easily enough. With the
increasing desire for augmented reality it could be that an
augmented integrity must be accounted for before any vital
transactions are consummated. Essentially, you've got to have your
augmentation authenticated, and that requires RFID of some sort
to accomplish that. This is not even to mention the possible
transhuman innovations that'll surely be in the mix.
I like futurist stuff, and I'm just
conjecturing here, but I do know this further truth to consider: that people also do a lot of fabricating
when doing their augmenting. In fact, we all do it, all the time. It
is natural, and yes, it may not necessarily be a bad thing.
Most recently I've been laboring under the
apprehension that there is really no such thing as falsehood at all.
A while back I considered that there is nothing
anyone does that is irrational. I'm now beginning to think about a
key corollary to that truth, that yes, there is no such thing as a
Yes, in a sense, everything is true.
"Now wait a minute, Dave, what if I knew
there was a truck coming and I told you there wasn't one coming
around the corner before you stepped into the street? Bamm—dead
Dave. Isn't this a falsehood?"
Well, yeah, except that the whole
arrangement of what happened just there was true. There was
truthfully a misrepresentation of a truthful situation that involved one
person truthfully taking advantage of another's truthfully actual trust and lack of knowledge to
do some truthful evil to that other person. As Jeremy Campbell
put it in his delightful book The Liar's Tale, "Liars, in the
last analysis, depend on the truthfulness of others to pass their
stories off as God's truth."
Let me explain further, and I will try to
be exceedingly brief because I know this could encompass an entire
dissertation. I'm sure it already has through history, many times. I've considered that what we generally
call falsehoods, lies, and deceptions break down into these
The first is merely the result of innocent
assumptions made about a set of data, and when those assumptions are
shared, they may be accepted as truthful when further information
gathered may prove them inadequate. I seem to remember my college professors obsessively insisting I read about the "shifting
paradigms" of science, you remember, that stuff from Thomas Kuhn.
The entirety of scientific pursuit has this idea in its back pocket.
The second is where it gets dicey, and I
believe that may be broken down into three kinds:
1. Benign misrepresentation.
2. Beneficent misrepresentation.
3. Malicious misrepresentation.
The first happens all the time with jokes,
make-believe, mild pranks, play-acting; the second when an emergency
responder tells the critically injured that he'll be just fine in
the interest of preventing him from going into shock. For the sake of brevity, I won't get
into all of these, safe to say that for those who think any
kind of misrepresentation is bad, I doubt they couldn't easily find
examples of those first two. Think, "Does this dress make me look
I want to take just a bit more time here
with that third one, first mentioning why this isn't as much
falsehood as it is something more significant, and then focus on a
critical branch that gives the most meaning to the legitimacy of the
Sure someone may lie through their eye
teeth, but again, if they are lying, there is a truth behind
the lie. The issue then isn't the lie itself, the issue is what
someone is doing with the lie. This is truly the essence of
God's commandment against bearing false witness. Yeah, okay, call it
"false" if you want, but it isn't the
"falsity" that is what's important. It is the unrighteous
behavior behind it.
Because this webzine firmly posits the
idea that the World System is the legacy of Cain, sent out of the
presence of God to be the authorized administrator of sin management
activity, or more succinctly, the standard human sacrifice practices
of a populace refusing to call on the name of the Lord, by
definition it must use any and all tools of unrighteousness to
accomplish its ends. Attending to the premise here,
that kind of misrepresentation has a special term.
In fact there is a book out with that
title written by a former Romanian secret police agent, and there
are few who don't know about the tactics used by Cold War communist
regimes to sustain autocratic power. We'd like to think that baaad
governments rudely mess with our rights protections and we should be reeealy well-versed in all the ways our own government can
jerk us around so we aren't so easily subsumed.
The truth is it must use
disinformation as a matter of necessity. No matter how vengeful
or gleeful you are about the Edward Snowdens of the world, World
operatives will always be there to disinform you, and as much as you
are obligated to the System you do what they say no matter how much
you believe you are above it all. Quite expansive and
just as imaginative are the misinterpretation, misrepresentation, and yes, disinformation
the World System utilize to keep many from knowing how much
disinformation is used to keep them from, um, from, well...
From calling on the name of the Lord.
A classic example of this at work—and wow,
is it working phenomenally well—is everything surrounding the recent
Supreme Court decision to formally if not full-on institutionally legitimize same-sex marriages. In and
around all the things spilling into the discourse du jour, a couple
of key truths stand out that are rarely, if ever addressed.
One is the simple fact that the
has so rigorously and profoundly spewed the best
disinformation to get so many to believe that homosexual activity is
perfectly fine. Think about how long ago they got society to bend
past the point of no return and confess that homosexual activity is
fine and dandy in certain situations. Even the most kind and gracious Christians were indoctrinated to dismiss wholesale the core
reason that homosexual behavior is so evil: It is the commission of
a sexual abuse crime against another individual. Instead the idea
was insidiously hammered into everyone's psyche: It's okay if
someone naturally inclined wants to do it and it doesn't affect you.
The other truth is one that will indeed
contribute to the collapse of the Americanist version of Cain's
legacy, and that is the summary emasculation that occurs throughout
common society. I could
elaborate with my own considerations of this present condition, but I'll just say that
I was introduced to a new book by Helen Smith called Men on
Strike, and while I haven't read it I did peek around a bit at
its contents. The title alone says quite a bit.
While Smith gets into all the ways men are
not getting married, not having children, not committing to leading
families, I firmly believe much of the reason is because manhood is
being shredded by the disinformation campaign that tells us we must
endorse homosexualism or face severe consequences from the tolerance
I'm sorry, but—ya know? I understand. Faced with those
kinds of repercussions, I wouldn't want to mess
with that. Why go through the extraordinarily hard work of nurturing
a family, community, even a nation when the standard issue virility
required to do such a thing is so ferociously excoriated in so many different
ways. Men desperate to be men are being told they can't. Careful,
even when the disinformation distributors tell you, "Nahhh, no
worries, you're great with your august authorized augmented
manhood," I'd take a second look. Really look at what's actually
I can only think of the
suicides committed by so many military men—yes, it is an epidemic
among men—and they've discovered they are not by those who've been
scarred in battle
or suffering from PTSD as you'd expect. This is not even to mention the crisis over
sexual assaults in the military, something officials there have been
wrestling with much longer than most people think. What is going on here?
I know what.
It doesn't even have to do with sexuality,
or family, or the government, or the church, or the media or the
universities or manhood or even falsehood.
It has to do with righteousness.
What is your relationship with God like,
and how does that play itself out in your life? What is it like when
you love someone with agape love, the kind that seeks and
then embraces truth, but also rejoices immensely when people
experience bountiful grace?
When that is going right, when that is
true far beyond the ugly misrepresentations of our
misinterpretations, then righteousness reigns in the deepest parts
of the heart, the soul, and the mind. And I must add, of course, that the only
way to get that is to authentically seek it, and sincerely ask for
it from the One who has it.
It is all about whether whatever it is
you do reflects His righteousness or does not.
I am saddened
whenever I see the virulently dismissive things like I saw in the
title of the book Why Be Happy When You Can Be
Normal, about one person's descent into homosexual behavior
and, yes, the disinformation that consumes all those who celebrate
it. I am further saddened when I see the
relative paucity of those
with the spiritual virility to energetically minister to disinformed
people with His love.
Yes, I am unquestionably speaking of men stepping up to get it done.
And yes, I am categorically stating that the only way a man can be
the man Christ made him to be is to ask Him, not any given
woman what they think. Don't worry, men, there are indeed things you
are made to feel and think and do that women love and for which you
do not have to check in, as long as you are clothed in His
righteousness, and as such you are boldly sharing the Truth and Grace
that only men can.
On a Saturday afternoon a few weeks ago I
was driving home from an errand, checking into the alternative music
station I like every once in a while, and a breezy hip-hop tune
called "Same Love" came
up that was all about how wonderful it is for homosexually-minded
people to give full vent to their dysfunction and how splendid it is when everyone
obsequiously hops right on board with it all.
I'd heard it played on that same station a
few times since, and I'd venture to say no fewer than a few million
people have made it their new FSF (favorite song forever). The
problem is that it is filled with egregious misinterpretations, and
yes, the most malicious misrepresentations about life, personhood,
contentment, relationships, and emotional stability.
Ironically the song that was played just
before it was titled "Believe" and it had this line: "Give me
something to believe, 'cause I'm just living to breathe." Later
was this extraordinarily plaintive cry to someone who'll get him
Truth: "What are we waiting for?..."
Quite brazenly honest don't you think? But
no wonder he has nothing to believe in. We're all supposed to just
coast along in our own little existential rafts on a stream of
absurdity splashed in our faces by World Operatives who as a sworn
duty must employ the most unrighteous deceit. But if that is what they do, and
disinformation is an authorized activity for the purpose of keeping
a sinful populace from murdering one another, then it could be
veritably asserted that it is for beneficent reasons.
As it says in the first letter of Paul to
Timothy, the law is good as long as it is used properly, for it was made for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly
and sinful... He further declares in his first letter to the
Corinthians that the power of sin is the law. Categorically
indispensible for effective law enforcement is the requirement that
disinformation keep people in obedience to Caesar and subject to the
direction it will take them. It looks so good, it is made to look
good, even as much as all under Caesar's thumb are nonetheless
trapped in a body of death.
Only Christ can free them—the only real "outting"
is to come to Him. It is then imperative that followers of Christ
committed to exercising His virility do not
do what so many zealously vow to keep doing: make more laws or put more things to a vote. How eager the Catholicist is to rush right into the World's ways to try to fix
things! Bringing the Kingdom to the hearts of hearers is about doing
Kingdom things. This means getting ungrafted as a vibrant
assembly of disciples by firmly abandoning any
501c3 commitments, and rousing the motivational gifts of the
Spirit for all to be equipped with what God has
provided for the most explosive Kingdom work.
Homosexually-minded people don't need more
of Caesar, they need Christ. They already have everything
Caesar offers—even their demand for marriage privileges carries with
it the proclamation that the law constrain their behavior. The sworn
law enforcer is no respecter of ideological preference, for even the somewhat conservative Exodus International, renowned
for its reparative therapy efforts, recently closed its doors and its
so far as to apologize for presuming they could cure homosexuality.
No wonder they did! They assumed homosexuality was normal and
natural and that trying to change them from
something that can't be helped is a crime—a critical component of
the disinformation! It is easy to see why: the organization was tied
to Caesar through its 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit status. Their
lord, and the lord of millions of churches beholden to the World in
such a way, is Caesar, not Christ.
They are inconvertibly subject to the
disinformation, and thoroughly unable to see through it to the
truth, freedom, and rich whole joy in Christ. No wonder so many are
seduced by the disinformation. Detractors wave their already naturally
built-in augmented reality detectors at those who say they're
Christ's and deep inside there they see mean uncaring foolish
people, which itself is a brilliant part of the Operative's
When will they see the Real Thing?
Sometime after I'd heard those songs, I'd
had my radio tuned to the local Christian music station, and up came
a song that blows me away. Does so every time I hear it. Yes, I did
think about this one specifically in contrast to "Same Love."
That song is "Glorious Day" by Casting
Crowns. Go ahead, look up the two on the web lyrics page you
frequent. Better yet, listen to the two.
See if you can get a feel for which one
represents the righteous truthfulness of things, a righteousness and
a truth that brings the most viscerally gratifying contentment for
Find the One Who Gets You to Who You
Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He's coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day...
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine
from "Glorious Day"
Wolf, from whom I got the opening quote, is a famous author
known for her defenses of feminist issues, and would by no means
be considered conservative. Ironically she said this when
referencing things pro-lifers were saying and demonstrating in defense of
protecting the unborn.
refers to "radio frequency identification" and I wrote a home
page piece a while ago about it. This is
here. Transhumanism is the idea that we can combine
technology with our very physical constitutions to produce more
"superhuman" selves, in this instance with much greater capacity
to process information. Cell phones implanted in our brains,
anyone? It's on the way...
Disinformation was written by Ion Mihai Pacepa. Since
writing this piece I've skimmed Pacepa's book, and the
fascinating thing is that Pacepa himself is a dupe of the
disinformation in that he uses the principle of disinformation
merely to add credibility to the World System he pretends to
expose. It is indeed another form of blown cover for cover
that the disinformation disseminators use so effectively.
Snowden is the gentleman who at this time is being sought for
violating National Security Agency protocol by sharing sensitive
information he was sworn to protect. I wrote a bit more about
at my blog.
Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal was written by
Jeannette Winterson. To be respectful to the truth, I do not want to
misrepresent the contents. I am merely making reference to the
meaning of the title as construed by the legions of sympathetic homosexualists.
Love" is by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (f/Mary Lambert).
"Believe" is by Bravery. "Glorious Day" is, again, by
Casting Crowns, and ironically one of the members of that
musical group is Mark Hall and he wrote a book titled, yes,
Your Own Jesus. A list of a few of the Jesuses people
have to rationalize all kinds of misconceptions is
hoped to put together a comprehensive polemic against
homosexualism on a page in my webzine, but I just haven't had
time. I did blog a bit with
some of those things here, it is brief, but maybe that's a
indeed a fine ministry to those wounded by homosexuality even if
Exodus is not, and maybe never was, in the business of doing
Kingdom work. It is Desert
Streams Living Waters. Another fantastic site with
scientific information about homosexuality is the
National Association for Research
and Therapy of Homosexuality. Both have responses to the
Exodus situation at their sites. And yes, I should add I am sure
they are both non-profits, and as such I do fear these otherwise
fine organizations themselves seriously risk succumbing just as
much as Exodus did.
that non-profit tax-exempt churches seriously compromise their
avowed devotion to Christ is
brief list of the motivational gifts is
Here is a page with some thoughts
about how everything everyone does is rational, and several of
the most significant and reasonable rationalizations is
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