Friday, April 20, 2012

Dear Rapunzel,

Dear Rapunzel,

Thank you for your email. We happen to already be familiar with your story as presented in “Tangled,” and even know a little more about your backstory than you do, and so we do have some thoughts for you.

We will be unusually blunt, because we know you are not a real person with feelings; you are the carefully written, cast, voiced, sketched, sculpted, scanned, painted, rigged, animated, rendered, and composited brainchild of John Lasseter, Glen Keane, and the Disney scriptwriting committee. We’re talking to you, polygons.

And not only were you meticulously handcrafted by others: Your entire universe was built around you, detail by detail, by these same imagineers. Your particular situation, down to Flynn’s serendipitous appearance in your window – your moral dilemmas, down to your conflicts with your mother – the characters you ran into, down to the last pub thug – didn’t just happen, but were deliberated over by a bunch of businessmen for approximately ten years. Everything about your world, including the ethical system by which it operates, came out of somebody’s head.

But here you are, in the middle of it, and you need advice. Let’s get down to helping you out! We would like to propose the following course of action for you:

Continue reading here to find out what Rapunzel should do.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Work & Culture

" is a theological fact: it is God-ordained for the creature who alone is created in God's image, man. It is God's appointed way for man to realize the implications of that image, namely, righteousness, holiness, knowledge, and dominion. By means of work man is able to fulfil God's creation mandate and calling, and to become a ruler over himself, his calling, his household, and the world around him." -R. J. Rushdoony

Read the rest here.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

God's Will Never Contradicts God's Word: Can You Tattoo?

The Institutes of Biblical Law by Rousas John Rushdoony
The Sixth commandment pg. 223

Rousas John Rushdoony said:

The purely personal violations of this law involve any and every abuse of our body which is destructive of our health and in violation of God's will for us...

The personal application includes markings, cuttings, and tattoos of the body, for the body must be used under God’s law, and all such acts are forbidden in the law, whether for morning, as religious marks, or for ornamental or other uses (Lev. 19:28 21:5). Tattooing was practiced religiously to indicate that one adhered to or belonged to a god; it also indicated that a man was a slave, that he belonged to a lord or owner. The believer, as a free man in Christ, indicates Christ’s lordship by obedience, not by servile markings: the body is kept holy and clean unto the Lord. The persistence of a mark of slavery among men is indicative of man’s perversity.

... the sixth commandment, like the first, has a reference to all ten commandments. When the law declares, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Ex. 20:3), it means in part that every violation of any law involves placing ourselves and our will above God's word and is there fore a violation of the first commandment. Similarly, when the law declares, "Thou shalt not kill, " it means that any violation of the first and second 'tables' of the law involves a destruction of our life in relationship to God.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Battling for the Soul of a Nation

The United Nations, China, Hillary Clinton, and a few godly Christians are wrestling over the future of the newest nation in the world—Southern Sudan. Geoff Botkin returns from leading a team of men to this new nation for high-level meetings with the leaders there. How do you build a nation’s economy and political state on biblical principle? The same way they did it here—and the same way we’re trying to rebuild it here!

This may be one of the most highly educational, insightful, and visionary interviews Generations with Vision has ever done. SHARE THIS ONE WITH YOUR CHILDREN TOO!

Sorrow is better than laughter

Sorrow [is] better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
--Ecc. 7:3

Matthew Henry:

IV. That gravity and seriousness better become us, and are better for us, than mirth and jollity, v. 3. The common proverb says, "An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow;’’ but the preacher teaches us a contrary lesson: Sorrow is better than laughter, more agreeable to our present state, where we are daily sinning and suffering ourselves, more or less, and daily seeing the sins and sufferings of others. While we are in a vale of tears, we should conform to the temper of the climate. It is also more for our advantage; for, by the sadness that appears in the countenance, the heart is often made better. Note, 1. That is best for us which is best for our souls, by which the heart is made better, though it be unpleasing to sense. 2. Sadness is often a happy means of seriousness, and that affliction which is impairing to the health, estate, and family, may be improving to the mind, and make such impressions upon that as may alter its temper very much for the better, may make it humble and meek, loose from the world, penitent for sin, and careful of duty. Vexatio dat intellectum—Vexation sharpens the intellect. Periissem nisi periissem—I should have perished if I had not been made wretched. It will follow, on the contrary, that by the mirth and frolicsomeness of the countenance the heart is made worse, more vain, carnal, sensual, and secure, more in love with the world and more estranged from God and spiritual things (Job 21:12, 14), till it become utterly unconcerned in the afflictions of Joseph, as those Amos 6:5, 6, and the king and Haman, Esth. 3:15.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Steady Plodding Brings Prosperity

The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of every one [that is] hasty only to want. Proverbs 21:5

Matthew Henry:

Here is, 1. The way to be rich. If we would live plentifully and comfortably in the world, we must be diligent in our business, and not shrink from the toil and trouble of it, but prosecute it closely, improving all advantages and opportunities for it, and doing what we do with all our might; yet we must not be hasty in it, nor hurry ourselves and others with it, but keep doing fair and softly, which, we say, goes far in a day. With diligence there must be contrivance. The thoughts of the diligent are as necessary as the hand of the diligent. Forecast is as good as work. Seest thou a man thus prudent and diligent? He will have enough to live on. 2. The way to be poor. Those that are hasty, that are rash and inconsiderate in their affairs, and will not take time to think, that are greedy of gain, by right or wrong, and make haste to be rich by unjust practices or unwise projects, are in the ready road to poverty. Their thoughts and contrivances, by which they hope to raise themselves, will ruin them.

Recommended Resources:
Biblical Economics: A complete study course
Biblical Economics in Comics

Sunday, April 01, 2012

An Inspiring Chronicle Of A Battle For Civilization

"The people of Uganda have driven Kony out of their nation. The people of South Sudan have already pushed Kony out of their country. They also pushed the well-armed soldiers of Omar al-Bashir out of their country. They are the first people in nearly a century to push back a Jihadist Muslim army. These triumphant people have won their freedom and they are leading Eastern Africa into practices of maturity, justice and, now, moral conquest."

Read the rest of this inspiring chronicle on Western Conservatory