Twenty-first century western discourse avoids pejorative words and expressions at almost all costs. Rioting, vandalism, burning, stealing and even murder are generally identified, with great apparent sadness and regret, as “tragedies” or “disasters” rather than what they truly are: crimes. Those who express their inner frustrations or selfish desires by “acting out” in a criminal … Read moreThe Criminal Element
Who is “the enemy”? Perhaps the cartoon character Pogo said it most succinctly: “We have met the enemy and he is US.” That is to say, wherever we are engaged in moral struggle, the top challenge is to come to grips with our own moral weakness and failures. Those who oppose, or dislike, or even … Read moreWe have met the enemy…
The common charge of hypocrisy leveled at followers of Jesus requires special examination. A hypocrite or a person who engages in hypocrisy is a person who pretends or feigns or acts out virtue falsely: he or she is a fraud in much the same way as an actor on the stage. But, whereas the actor … Read moreHypocrisy?
When engaged in a discussion of an issue over which we and another person have a strong and emotional disagreement there is an essential baseline from which to proceed. That baseline can only be achieved when each states the other’s position to the point where the “opponent” indicates that her or his point of view … Read moreListening
Before taking up the battle in any manner we must commit ourselves to some absolute requirements. We could call it “basic training” or “fundamental building blocks,” but, however it’s described, none of us can hope to operate in this cosmic endeavor without it. Prayer must be a constant—not just the occasional invocation or blessing or … Read moreBasic Training