Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Friday, April 18, 2003

From the human viewpoint, our victory in the recent Iraq war is due to many factors:

1) The intelligence gathering, forward air control function, and chaos sowing of our special operations forces;

2) Precision bombing of command and control elements;

3) Precision bombing of enemy equipment;

4) Real time battlefied displays and communications, giving commanders on the ground the ability to swifty adapt to the developing situation;

5) Satellite photo reconnaisance, and the ability to get the information to the commanders on the ground in a very brief time;

6) A political leadership that was unwilling to mettle in military expertise;

7) And men willing to do the job, and do it well at great personal risk.

We stuck 30,000 combat soldiers in the face of an enemy nearly ten times their size, maneuvered about 400 miles, and utterly destroyed them. Suffice it to say that it has never been done in history.

From the divine viewpoint, I think we'll all have to wait and see how God intervened, but the bottom line principle is that the battle is the Lord's, and He is the one who gives our enemies into our hands. He blessed us with victory, and to Him we ought to give thanks.

Courage and Faith.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Boston University's Arion Online has this superb article by Camille Paglia: Cults and Consciousness. Paglia recounts the widely varied influences of the 1960s, making a tour de force of that awful decade. It is depressing, but necessary reading for anyone who wishes a greater understanding of the time. Reading Paglia's work painfully makes clear how Satan made of a puppet of the United States of America. It is a very long article, but worth your time. Check out how Scientology is the direct descendant of Aleister Crowley's worship of Satan, or how Eastern religion gained its profound influence. Also, a telling analysis: the country club atmosphere of churches in the 1950s left Christians unequipped to deal with the shocks of assassination, war, and counterculture. Indeed, it created the void.

A warning: Camille Paglia is a notorious feminist. The article is frank and has all the appearance of objectivity. The author seems to think that the New Age movement is the religion currently trending toward pre-eminence. By no means is she a Christian, and she does not regard Christianity as anything other than a religion as any other.

Monday, April 14, 2003

Back from Texas, and 2500 miles of driving.

Along the way, we listened to a book on tape, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, by Marguerite Henry. It was quite excellent, and even contained the gospel in abstract form. There were many virtues in both the animal and the good men of the tale, and the good vs. evil theme comes out very well. I would contrast this with Ralph Moody's Man of the Family, because here the evil man receives his just desserts. More than a moral tale, Brighty also tells the story of the modern Grand Canyon, and by the end we all felt we knew much about the history of the Canyon as a National Park, its mineralogical value, its geography, its botany and zoology. It was a tremendous wealth of information, and was a completely painless way to acquire it. Although I would recommend the book for anyone at any time, it would be of the highest value before a trip to the Grand Canyon. Both our four year old girl and seven year old boy enjoyed it immensely.