Five Immutable Realities

FiveImmutableby Deana Chadwell    1/24/14
We really shouldn’t have to remind ourselves of that which is real and true, but we seem to be losing sight of all veracity. Technology makes it easy to pretend, to make up a preferred world, a virtual world where we can vote away poverty and war, self-discipline and work, morality and consequences. We need to be slapped back into the real world, and the real world can be briefly summed up as follows:

1. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

No individual and no group ranks higher than anyone else. Those in government are as likely to be evil as anyone else, for evil exists in the heart of man. People lie, and people in power lie more often than the rest of us. People in illegitimate power lie the most. Obama lying about the efficacy of the ACA is amazing not because he said it, but because so many people believed it. Perhaps those people also believe that we can create a better reality by lying about this one. We can’t. The nature of man is what it is and the only way to deal with it is to believe on Jesus’ work on the cross. No other method has ever been discovered.

2. Honor your father and your mother. Exodus 20:12

Family holds a society together. The mothers and fathers of each family unit are the most basal level of authority. When our forefathers were planning our new government they researched ancient governments that had been highly effective. They looked at the Law of ancient Israel. They looked at the Greek democracies. And they studied the old Anglo Saxon hundreds. A hundred was a piece of land that could support 100 households, or hides. Each hundred was divided up into 10 tithes for more local administration. Each tithe contained roughly 10 households, each of which was ruled by the family patriarch (and matriarch – though her husband wouldn’t have admitted it). It was this structure that inspired our local/county/state/federal arrangement. And at the bottom of it all is the family. If the family crumbles it all collapses.

Let’s say in one tithe half of the fathers have sex with women from other tithes and children ensue, then where do those children belong? What happens to their mothers? Under whose jurisdiction are they? What if this causes war between one family and another? Who takes care of the abandoned wives? If two of the men in this group decide they prefer each other to any wife, then that tribe has been robbed of two families worth of children. Crumble, crumble. It does no good to redefine “family.” It does no good to redefine “marriage.” The reality is society only runs smoothly with a mother and father in command of each family.

3. Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:31

Not only are we to care for others, we are to love and respect our selves. Human beings are motivated by enlightened self-interest. God designed us that way. It is not the same thing as narcissism or selfishness; it does not imply a lack of care for others. It goes hand in hand with the primary importance of the family. If we concentrate on making things good for our selves, and our family, then the nation will prosper, wealth will be created and poverty, and most crime, will dissipate. Read about the first years in Jamestown 1607-1610 – they lived under a communal system, the men worked as bonded labor, not as independent landowners, and ¾ of the colony starved to death. Eventually they reorganized, allowed each family its own plot of land, learned to grow and market tobacco, and prospered. But first they had to harness the individual reality of self-interest.

Corollary to the concept of enlightened self-interest — making a profit is not a vice; it is evidence that we are doing a good job providing for our families and producing something useful for our communities. We are so constructed as to expect some payoff for our labor, for our risk-taking, for our creative production. Profit is how we measure that payoff. Remember Paul’s admonition: The one who is not willing to work shall not eat. 2nd Thessalonians 3:10

4. The poor you will always have with you. Matthew 26:11

Making someone else poor does not make anyone else rich. A recent headline announced: “Top 85 richest people are worth more than the 3.5 billion poorest.” So? This smacks of a toddler complaint – Johnny got a bigger cookie than I did. How is it a problem that some people become very rich? It matters if they did anything immoral or illegal to gain that money, but by what method, and under what moral code, can that wealth be confiscated? How do we know that a person’s fortune is not a gift for him from God? What makes us the judge of whether or not he needs that income?

And we can’t pawn our own personal and spiritual growth off onto others. No one gets virtue credit for forcing someone else to fulfill our charitable duties. Suggesting that another person give his/her wealth to assuage our guilt/concern for the poor is just gilded form of theft.

5. There will be wars and rumors of wars. Matthew 24:6

Downplaying our need to protect our selves and our allies in no way prevents war and in fact may cause it. Turning our noses up and disdaining the military does nothing to dissuade Iran or any other radical Muslim group. They still want to kill us. Why? Because they are unrestrained evil, not because we are. No amount of self-flagellation, appeasement and pussy-footing will dissuade the Islamists from carrying out their demonic plans. No amount of pretending that Islam is a religion of peace will make it one.

These realities are tough. They are carved into the stone of the highest mountain, engraved on all healthy souls, etched into the subconscious of every sensible person. They will not go away.
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About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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7 Responses to Five Immutable Realities

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    As to point #4, one might note an interesting point I read recently on TownHall or HotAir: in an economy dominated by crony capitalism, greater inequality leads to low growth; whereas in a free-market economy, greater inequality leads to (or is at least correlated with) higher growth. This results naturally from the fact that in crony capitalism the goal of business is to compete for the favor of the ruler(s), which is great for the government and those who win its favor but bad for everyone else. By contrast, in a free market businesses compete for the favor of consumers, to the benefit of the latter.

    As to point 5, remember the old Roman saying: “If you want peace, then prepare for war.” War happens when some country (or ruler) wants something from another and thinks he can get it by force. This doesn’t happen if the other country (or someone who can be expected to assist it) is stronger than the would-be aggressor (or, more precisely, if he thinks so). As has been pointed out, if the Arabs disarmed then the Israelis would also be able to disarm; but if the Israelis disarmed, the Arabs would exterminate them. (Whether the liberals who would weaken Israel refuse to see this, or actually favor extermination, is anyone’s guess — but my money would be on the latter, at least for most Inner Party liberals.)

    • LibertyMark says:

      Thus, the Chinese test our resolve, and that of Japan, in the China Sea. The Agitator in Chief has managed to agitate us into an incipient world crisis, that with a military infantilized, feminized, homosexualized, and Islamisized to the point of impotence. God help us.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    “in crony capitalism the goal of business is to compete for the favor of the ruler(s),”

    One of the main reasons they want the favor of rulers is to create monopolies in order to keep competitors out of the market. One of the real reasons for the proliferation of rules and regulations which has taken place in the last few years is to make market entry much more expensive and difficult. Between the EPA, OSHA and the Dodd/Frank financial law, small businesses, entrepreneurs and innovation are taking a hit. Only large firms with lots of lawyers, money and lobbyists will be able to navigate the government requirements of the future if we continue on this path.

    • LibertyMark says:

      Ah, Porter’s Five Forces at work, thanks to the evil of K Street.

      I have often wondered, can there really ever be a true free market monopoly? Aren’t anti trust laws, like most laws in the last century, simply more laws to regulate against the unintended consequences of other laws?

      Could The Octopus (Frank Norris, 1901), the “evil” railroads, have been so evil had not the Federal Government ceded vast tracts of public land to them?

      The trope of monopolies: examine your belief system.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        I had not heard of Porter, but had a quick look at his basic work and I would say he nails it.

        I saw the way big companies do their best to maintain their market share and profitability while in Asia. Working with politicians and government bureaucracies to structure laws to their advantage was quite normal. They weren’t even really shy about it.

        I believe it is just as bad in California and if the Messiah in Chief and his apostles have their way, the USA will be in the hand of the big government/big business duopoly.

        Governments prefer large companies as they are much easier to monitor and control. If one looks into the economic policies of the Nazi government one will see the largest German concerns and the government worked hand-in-glove.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          That was also the way Mussolini operated in Italy; indeed, it was the Italian version of Fascism (which greatly resembled FDR’s National Recovery Administration, which was itself inspired by Woodrow Wilson’s handling of the economy in World War I) which cemented the link of fascism with corporatism.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Excellent, Deane. You are teaching against the lies and conceits of Marxism/Progressivism/Communism. I wish this site had a hundred million readers because this is the stuff we need to re-learn.

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