Corporate Folly

Self-Righteous Hubris

A free society allows people to do stupid things.  A price of freedom is its tolerance of folly, ignorance, stupidity, and sin.  Moreover, a free society is one which permits many to descend into Hades via their own path.  But, it is far far better to accept this as a price of freedom than force a “moral purity” or a particular version of truth upon others.

In the West it has become not unusual to see corporates and businesses brand themselves in the market place as being “values based”.  This is believed to be part of what it means to be a “good corporate citizen” rather than a rapacious capitalist.  But it can rapidly develop into a double edged sword.  Almost inevitably it extends in some cases to businesses getting involved in political debates of the day.  In other words, the business becomes a front for a particular set of values associated with a particular cluster of political parties–whether left or right.

As a shareholder, this would be is disturbing.
  When people invest in a business–let’s say a lawnmowing company–most shareholders are concerned about matters to do with the quality of the product or service and the culture of the company that produced the lawnmowers.  How effective is the company in recruiting, training, and retaining staff?  When did the company have its last strike?  What is the rate of labour turnover?  What is the abiding quality of the product?  But what they are far less concerned about is whether the company has taken a public, official position on socially contentious issues such as “white privilege” or immigration or abortion.

We are not suggesting that these contentious issues are unimportant. Far from it.  Rather, as a shareholder–and therefore part owner–of the business we would argue that it is not the business of the company to take views and positions on such matters.  Of course there are always exceptions–but one tends to find them on the lunatic fringe.  It is quite common, for example, for Greenists to rate companies according to a list of so-called green credentials.  The implication is that greenist value shareholders would rather invest in such businesses, at the expense, if need be, of  the commercial success of the company.

Apparently the cereal company, Kelloggs has not been shy about espousing certain social mores and values.  Apparently it wants to do business only with suppliers and service providers that share the same values (that is, that think the same way Kelloggs does about social and political matters).  This exposes the shareholders to significant risks.  Every third party affirmation of the company’s views will be matched by another third party which is offended.  In other words, management has just increased the risk of the business by body-slamming half its customers.

And here is another risk.  Any company which stands up to criticise values which may be held by  its customers, its suppliers or  employees had better be purer than the driven snow.  If not, it is risking itself to exposure as grossly hypocritical.  For example, morbid obesity is a huge health problem: how much of this plague has been aided and abetted by Kelloggs over the years?

According to Fortune magazine, Kelloggs has decided to withdraw its advertising spend from Breitbart News.  Apparently that business airs views and beliefs which Kelloggs finds objectionable and contrary to its own corporate values.  Yet within a day of that announcement, stories started appearing on Breitbart News that portray Kelloggs to be not the good corporate citizen it would make itself out to be.

The progressive Kellogg cereal company, known for funding causes aimed at “white privilege,” “institutional racism,” and efforts to defeat voter ID laws, has been accused of standing by and doing nothing as employees at one of its New England distribution centers are daily subjected to mistreatment and racist name calling by management. One African American employee was even allegedly harassed with a picture of a baboon.  A number of employees of the cereal giant’s Franklin, Massachusetts, distribution center, which handles shipping of its Kellogg’s Keebler cookie products, have filed formal complaints and some lawsuits over alleged racial and sexual abuse by managers, according to a report by a local Rhode Island NBC affiliate.  [Breitbart]

Not as pure as the driven snow, then.   Co-incidentally, Amnesty released a piece accusing Kellogg and other companies of exploiting child labour in Indonesia to harvest palm oil.  Doubtless Breitbart took great pleasure in giving that story high profile.  And so it rolls.

Rest assured that every sin of Kellogg–real, imagined, or concocted–will be rehearsed in public now.  Doubtless Kellogg shareholders, both institutional and retail, will be shaking their heads at the hubris and folly of senior management.  Why, oh why did they get involved in such a needless stoush that inevitably will offend up to half their present customers?

Corporate hubris is a deadly trap.  Every company has got to be very aware of its limitations.  If senior management want to get into political and contentious social issues, resign and go on your merry way.  Don’t attempt to make the company your political platform.

Shareholders and customers have a way of dealing with such folly.
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Good News on the Abortion Front

US Abortion Rate Drops

Lowest Level in Decades

Kate Scanlon
TheBlaze

Pro-life advocates are celebrating a new government report that reveals a drop in the U.S. abortion rate to the lowest level in decades

Data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44, half the rate of 1980.

In 2013, 664,435 legal induced abortions took place — a 5 percent drop from 2012. A majority of abortions were performed prior to eight weeks’ gestation, while 1.3 percent occurred at 21 weeks or later.

According to ABC News, the last time the CDC recorded a lower abortion rate was in 1971, two years before the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide.

Number of Abortions Over Time in the United States
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For all years, excludes reporting areas that did not report abortion numbers every year during the period of analysis (2004–2013): California, Louisiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, and West Virginia.
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Daily Devotional

Every Man To His Post

“Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.”  Revelation 12:7

Charles H. Spurgeon

War always will rage between the two great sovereignties until one or other be crushed. Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; the very pretence of it would, in fact, be the triumph of the powers of darkness. Michael will always fight; his holy soul is vexed with sin, and will not endure it. Jesus will always be the dragon’s foe, and that not in a quiet sense, but actively, vigorously, with full determination to exterminate evil. All his servants, whether angels in heaven or messengers on earth, will and must fight; they are born to be warriors–at the cross they enter into covenant never to make truce with evil; they are a warlike company, firm in defence and fierce in attack. The duty of every soldier in the army of the Lord is daily, with all his heart, and soul, and strength, to fight against the dragon.

The dragon and his angels will not decline the affray; they are incessant in their onslaughts, sparing no weapon, fair or foul. We are foolish to expect to serve God without opposition: the more zealous we are, the more sure are we to be assailed by the myrmidons of hell. The church may become slothful, but not so her great antagonist; his restless spirit never suffers the war to pause; he hates the woman’s seed, and would fain devour the church if he could. The servants of Satan partake much of the old dragon’s energy, and are usually an active race. War rages all around, and to dream of peace is dangerous and futile.

Glory be to God, we know the end of the war. The great dragon shall be cast out and forever destroyed, while Jesus and they who are with him shall receive the crown. Let us sharpen our swords tonight, and pray the Holy Spirit to nerve our arms for the conflict. Never battle so important, never crown so glorious. Every man to his post, ye warriors of the cross, and may the Lord tread Satan under your feet shortly
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The LOst Son (Luke 15:11-34)… On The Crossroad

My favourite crime drama is criminal minds… I jokingly say it’s because the insights into abnormal psychology help me understand my children more. But really I think it the excellent work and writing that has gone into making the BAU team a family. Which you can see portrayed in this poster.

Why mention criminal minds? Well call it coincidence but this week’s episode “mirror Image”  revolved around the very passage and parable we are looking at today.  It focused on the background of relatively new character Dr Tara Lewis.  It was the story of two estranged siblings. The older who had followed the expected career path, and a younger brother who had dropped out and got caught up in any and every ‘get  rich quick scheme going and was always on to his father and family for more money that got squandered . The father wanted the two to be reconciled. Dr Lewis wasn’t that keen. I don’t want to spoil the episode for you, or go into the dark and bizarre physiological thriller element, but it ends with the younger brother being rescued and embraced and welcomed back  by his father while the older sibling, Dr Lewis, stands off somewhat distant not knowing what to do…while she had helped rescue him would she forgive him… and we have the voice over quote that the show has made its trademark… “this brother of yours was dead but is alive again, he was lost and is found’- Luke… the conflict is still unresolved and we are left to wonder how the older sibling will act.

Jesus parable of the prodigal son or more aptly the forgiving father is so much more detailed than the previous two. It paints characters that like this show does to me, draws us in and captivate us. It is a wondrous journey to the very father heart and character of God, and it finishes unresolved leaving us to decide what happens next and in that it invites us to find ourselves in the story, to find ourselves in relation to  Jesus and God’ big hearted love.

We are on a Journey with Jesus to Jerusalem in Luke’s gospel. A journey that takes up the central third of the gospel narrative, and the journey narrative focuses on Jesus teaching about what it means to be his disciples. It’s a journey that will lead Jesus and us to the Cross. It’s a journey we are invited to join not just in the pages of a book, but in our lives as well as we live out Jesus teaching on discipleship following him on the cross road.

The section we are looking at in Luke chapter 15, the parable of the lost sheep and lost coin, that we looked at last week and the lost son we are looking at this week, forms a discrete unit at the centre of Jesus journey to Jerusalem and really at the centre of the gospel itself. As such it lends itself very nicely to this advent season.  Jesus we are told is surrounded by tax collectors and sinners, they have gathered to hear him, and he sits down to dine with them.  When we read that people hear Jesus they are acting as disciples, Jesus had said that his disciples are the ones who hear his words and put them into action. He sits down to dine with them and as we see in the stories Jesus tells in this section, such behaviour is a celebration of people repenting and turning back to God. The Pharisees and teachers of the law mutter and mumble, how can Jesus be a man of God and hang out with such people? Jesus tell these most memorable parables as a defence of his ministry, to show the people who think they know God the best that they do not know the love and grace of God at all. And in the way the parable of the father and his two sons is left hanging that invites them and us to join the rejoicing that the lost are being found, the dead have been made alive again.

The story revolves around a father who has two sons. It starts by focusing on the younger son. Who comes to his father and demands his inheritance now. The father is a landowner and so the property is divided up between the two brothers. AS the younger brother, his portion would have been smaller than his brothers. Such action would be shocking to Jesus hearers because in doing such a thing the son disowns his family, dishonouring his father. Not only that but by selling it off and turning it into cash he further shames his family, such things were not done in Jesus day, land like in our Maori culture here in New Zealand was very much about identity; it said who you were and where you belonged. Likewise it was unheard of for someone to move away from his family to seek his fortune in a distant land. The implication here for Jesus Jewish listeners was that he was heading off to a gentile land. Of course the resulted squandering of his money on wild living shows he has turned his back on his family his land his people and his faith. While a parable is a story with one central point, here it is almost allegorical about the impact of sin and walking away from our relationship with God.

The Father seems rather passive in this part of the story, his behaviour may have equally shocked Jesus listeners. By Law such a demand to divey it up when you were alive, should have been met with a decline and even a beating and banishment for such disrespect, shameful and rebellious behaviour. But the father lets the son go, he takes the shame and hurt and pain of this disobedience. We are often asked why does God allow people to walk away from him, to sin, surely he could demand and make it that we obeyed him. Yet part of the love and grace of God is his willingness to allow us to exercise freewill. He hope his love will keep us close but out of that love Go is willing to face the pain and sorrow and the shame of being a God who has his creation his people turn away from him.

The younger son soon finds himself poor and broke, he has misspent all that the father had given him and instead of high living and enjoyment he now finds himself destitute. This is often the case that we see freedom from the restrains of duty and family ties, of faith to be desirable, but it can so easily lead downwards to ruin and pain. We are told to make matters worse a famine hits the land. While it would have been demeaning the young son could have depended on the alms and generosity of the people and society about him, but even this was taken away, peoples kindness was curbed by their own dire needs. He ends up for a Jew with the worst of jobs; he is hired to look after pigs: Unclean animals.  He is no better than a slave, his pay is not enough to feed himself and he looks longingly at the husks and pods that the pigs are feed.

Then Jesus tells us that the young son came to his senses. Here as his life bottoms out he takes stock, he starts thinking straight. In a profound picture of what repentance is we see the young son realise where his own wilful disobedience has lead him down this disastrous path. He realises he has sinned against his family and against God. But it’s just not being sorry for where he is or for what he has done, his mind starts to turn towards home, he is aware again of his father’s goodness and generosity, that his father treats his servants better than he is being treated and maybe there is hope that in going back and confessing his sin and stupidity that he will experience some of that grace and be hired as a lowly servant. He gets up and he starts the long trek home, nervous, unsure of his reception but hoping because of what he knows of his father’s love. Rehearsing in his mind what he will say, how he will have to confess all he has done wrong. 

The focus of the story now changes; the central figure comes into frame. We switch to the Father. There is the idea of a loving father looking out down the road his son had left and grieving for him. Only to see the son he thought lost to him forever, come into view in the distance. Even though he was dishevelled and in rags the Father knows his child. He sees him under the filth and dirt.  In the Jewish culture of the day the thing to have done would be for the father to wait with a stern look on his face till the son has come and explained himself, thrown himself on his father’s mercy. But this is not Jewish culture its Jesus culture the father does something shocking, he dispenses with any idea of dignity and status and runs down the street to embrace his son. Even before the son can offer his long practised heartfelt apology and plea, he is embraced and orders are given for the finest robes and the family ring and sandals to be bought the fatted calf to be killed for a great feast. He is not simply assigned to the role of a servant but is welcomed back and received fully into the family again. He was lost but he is found, dead but is alive again.

Here is Jesus insight into the heart of God the Father: A God who is willing to forgive and welcome back those who have gone astray. In this advent season the idea of laying aside dignity and status to embrace the repentant sinner takes on deeper significance as we reflect on our Heavenly father sending his son Jesus into the world. To be good news for the poor, bring sight to the blind, freedom for the captive and prisoner and proclaim the acceptable year of the lord, To seek and save the lost. The whole gospel and Jesus mission so beautifully wrapped up in a story here of family reunion and reconciliation.

While there is great feasting and happiness, because the one who was lost is now found, and the one who was dead is now alive, isn’t that a great picture of the new life we can receive through Christs death and resurrection, Jesus tells us the third character in the story comes home for the field where he has been working. It is the older brother. He asks what is going on and is told his lost brother has retuned and a great celebration is happening. But the Older brother reacts with anger, he remembers the shame of the betrayal, the shame of the younger son forsaking the family, all the past hurts and his own dutiful service and  will not come into celebrate.

We again see the love of the Father, willing to put aside the important role of being host to a great party, and humbly going to his son outside. He is meet with vitriol… as he says ‘Your brother has returned” . The older son does not seem to know his father at all. He acts like a servant, yes he has faithfully worked and done everything right and proper, and he throws it back at his father that he has never thrown such a party for him… the older son knows his duty but does not understand the love and forgiveness and grace that his father possesses.  I wonder if we cannot find ourselves in the same position when it comes to knowing God. We don’t know God at all, we may fear God or serve him out of duty, and not know that he loves us so deeply, not share the joy of his great mercy and love for all his children who would return to him.

The father again acts out of love and assures the older son that everything he has belongs to the older son and he has always been with him… there is the same offering of love and acceptance… he invites him in to celebrate the lost son is now found the dead son is now alive.’

The story ends there abruptly and unfinished. We are left to ask ourselves how it ends? Will the older son go in, or will he remain the lost son? Will the younger son actually change his ways? When people turn to Christ We can wonder if they have really changed if all they have done in the past can be forgiven and forgotten.  The people Jesus told this story to are a mix of those who might relate to the younger son or to the older son.  The tax collectors and sinners embraced again by the big hearted love of God, rejoiced over as they turn again towards God in repentance. Or the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, who had thought they were dutifully serving God and hurt and angry about how the younger brother had behaved.

It’s a story that remains unresolved in church history it would have spoken to Luke’s first hearers in a church made up of Jewish believers and gentile believers.  The one so over joyed at finding themselves welcomed in by Christ, and the others wrestling with what this now meant, both trying to resolve what it means to be in the fathers household together. It has gone on in every new push and expression of the gospel and church, new forms and styles of worship which emphasise the joy and celebration of knowing God and older more traditional forms and a sense of duty and respect.

The story remains unresolved for us today, because it is our story. We are invited to see ourselves in this story and resolve it in our own lives, in how we respond to the big hearted love of God.


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Changing Times

A Different World?

What a difference a day makes!  This morning we mark the resignation of two Prime Ministers.  The first was in Italy–Matteo Renzi resigned over losing a referendum.  This was entirely expected, and since very few Italian Prime Ministers last long, it comes as no surprise.  The second was Prime Minister, John Key’s announcement to a stunned New Zealand that he was resigning as Prime Minister.  As political theatre it will go down in history.

As one blogger pointed out, Key is the only New Zealand Prime Minister to resign office on his own terms.  This is so unusual that it deserves at least some reflection.

The first thing that stands out is that Key had that quality in spades which is deeply inscribed into New Zealand culture.  He is a good bloke.  He has been the opposite of a professional politician.
 Somehow he conveyed the idea that being Prime Minister was just a job and that he was one of a thousands upon thousands of working people in this country.  Ironically, this intangible quality made him one of the most effective Prime Ministers we have ever seen and will likely never see again.  People liked him because he was so ordinary.  Everybody instinctively knew that if they met him in the street, and greeted him in our blokey manner with, “Gidday, mate.  How are you goin?” he would respond in exactly the same terms.

This attribute is really, really important in our quirky little country.  New Zealand culture is pretty egalitarian in nature and we tend not to respect people who are seen to give themselves airs and undue respect.  New Zealand tends to despise such graspers, regarding them as phony.  John Key was pretty much everyone’s mate and he did not appear to carry a list of enemies and grudges.

Secondly, Key was by far the most connected (and, therefore, influential) Prime Minister and diplomat-in-chief of our generation.  Possibly because he was independently wealthy and was extremely successful in his first career working global currency markets he did not appear overwhelmed when engaging with world leaders.  He and Barack Obama joked their way around numerous golf courses.  He and his wife, Bronagh were invited to stay with the Queen–a very, very rare honour.

Key did not seem to hold grudges.  He appeared genuinely to get on well with foreign leaders–even those with whom he would shape up as being on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum.  He liked people–and this showed at global confabulations.  But Key was not just horsing around.  He was also effective at quietly and firmly pushing New Zealand’s barrow.

Thirdly, Key pushed his caucus hard.  We cannot remember–and likely New Zealand has never seen–a Prime Minister so loyal to his own people, yet so demanding at the same time.  He has led the country now for coming up to three terms as Prime Minister, yet the turn over amongst his MP’s has been legendary.  Most left because Key was able to persuade the non-performing MP’s that they had done their dash and it was time to move on.  There was little room or tolerance for dead wood in the National Party caucus.  He was once called the “Smiling Assassin” in the business world.  We clearly saw that skill at work as he cut off the dead or the spent wood in his caucus.

For our part, we had plenty of differences.  But these differences have to do with wider and deeper matters–and we would have those differences with anyone in politics and government these days of secularist hegemony.  Our points of crunching disagreement  have to do with whether one is a follower of Jesus Christ.  And most of them revolve around Key’s social liberalism.  In these matters, Key was not remarkable: he was a creature of the times.

In any event, Key has made history.  Ironically his leaving when he did, and on the terms he has set, will cement his place in New Zealand history for a long, long time.  We suspect he will go down in the record books as one of our greatest Prime Ministers.
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his hand with you

marmsky devotions pics December 2016 (6)

Luke 1:57-66

Luk 1:57 Then the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she had a son.
Luk 1:58 And her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had enlarged his mercy to her, and they celebrated with her.
Luk 1:59 And it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were planning to name him with the name of his father Zechariah.
Luk 1:60 But his mother in replying said no, instead he will be named John.
Luk 1:61 And they said to her, “There is no relative of yours who is called by this name.”
Luk 1:62 So they made signs to his father, wondering what he wanted him to be named,
Luk 1:63 and having asked for a writing tablet, he wrote this: “John is his name.” And they were all shocked.
Luk 1:64 And his mouth and his tongue were opened immediately, and when he started speaking, he was praising God.
Luk 1:65 And fear came on all those who lived near them, and in all the hill country of Judea all these events were discussed.
Luk 1:66 And all those who heard kept those words in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be? because the hand of the Lord was really with him!”

his hand with you

What happened to Zechariah demonstrated to the people in his community that God’s hand was with John in a very special way. It did not guarantee John a perfect, happy life, but it did guarantee that John would make a significant difference in his world. His hand is you too. Because God had called you to his purpose, some extraordinary things are going to happen. It is all part of his plan to rescue a people for himself for eternity, and if you are his, you are part of that plan.

LORD, thank you for your miraculous hand, and the impact we can have because you have promised to be with us.

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The Good Wine

‘Tis the Season

As we enter the season when we contemplate the Incarnation of the Son of God, this piece by Paul Baloche is a moving celebration of what it all means for every Christian.

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Daily Devotional

Prepare the Way

“He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16–17)

John Piper

What John the Baptist did for Israel, Advent can do for us. Don’t let Christmas find you unprepared. I mean spiritually unprepared. Its joy and impact will be so much greater if you are ready!

That you might be prepared . . .

First, meditate on the fact that we need a Savior. Christmas is an indictment before it becomes a delight. It will not have its intended effect until we feel desperately the need for a Savior. Let these short Advent meditations help awaken in you a bittersweet sense of need for the Savior.

Second, engage in sober self-examination. Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” Let every heart prepare him room . . . by cleaning house.

Third, build God-centered anticipation and expectancy and excitement into your home — especially for the children. If you are excited about Christ, they will be too. If you can only make Christmas exciting with material things, how will the children get a thirst for God? Bend the efforts of your imagination to make the wonder of the King’s arrival visible for the children.

Fourth, be much in the Scriptures, and memorize the great passages! “Is not my word like fire, says the Lord!” Gather ‘round that fire this Advent season. It is warm. It is sparkling with colors of grace. It is healing for a thousand hurts. It is light for dark nights.

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Freeing inconsistency

According to philosopher, Douglas Groothuis, one of the foundational aspects of a worldview is coherency. A worldview needs to internally make sense before it can hope to stand up to external scrutiny and be considered worthy of adherence.

In an article in The Atlantic, a philosopher called Stephen Cave revealed a glaring inconsistency in the naturalistic worldview that dominates Western civilisation. In There’s No Such Thing as Free Will (But we’re better off believing in it anyway), Cave describes a logical conclusion of Darwin’s evolutionary theory. Executive summary – your brain is hardwired in a certain way which you inherited from your ancestors. Your thoughts, desires, dreams, and the actions they precede, are all the creations of firing neurons dictated by your inherited genetic structure. This, combined with the impact your surroundings have, determines you. Nature and nurture shape you and you have no more control over the inner workings of your brain (and therefore, your actions) than you can will your heart to beat. Therefore, there really is no such thing as free will.

This form of scientific determinism is gaining popularity among scientists and skeptics alike, where human responsibility is significantly reduced, even removed. When caught red-handed, they can simply point to their skull and say, “My brain made me do it”. According to Cave, “when people stop believing they are free agents, they stop seeing themselves as blameworthy for their actions”. No wonder, when all my bad habits and predispositions have been programmed by my ancestors and environment. But this isn’t even the shocking part of the article from a worldview perspective.

Doubletake

Despite appealing to science and reason to conclude that free will is indeed an illusion, Cave then turns around to defend the very thing he has tried to bring down. Through various experiments, it became clear to Cave that denying free will may not be a good idea:

“…Believing that free will is an illusion has been shown to make people less creative, more likely to conform, less willing to learn from their mistakes, and less grateful toward one another. In every regard, it seems, when we embrace determinism, we indulge our dark side.”

If denying in thought and deed that free will doesn’t exist can have such a negative impact on society, should we perhaps think harder about this? Saul Smilanksy, a philosophy professor at the University of Haifa, in Israel, apparently has:

“Smilansky advocates a view he calls illusionism—the belief that free will is indeed an illusion, but one that society must defend. The idea of determinism, and the facts supporting it, must be kept confined within the ivory tower. Only the initiated, behind those walls, should dare to, as he put it to me, “look the dark truth in the face.” Smilansky says he realizes that there is something drastic, even terrible, about this idea—but if the choice is between the true and the good, then for the sake of society, the true must go.”

Whoa.

Freeing inconsistency

I admire Cave’s integrity in acknowledging the logical conclusion of Darwinist materialism. At the same time, I am dumbfounded that he then holds back and clings to free will. He knows that abandoning free will would lead to societal chaos but he can’t bring himself to declare this. Instead, he whispers and recommends these facts, too truthy for the masses, remain in the brave world of academia.

Perhaps there is a better way. Tim Keller, author of The Reason for God, may have found it. If we believe we all make choices we are responsible for then it makes much more sense that God exists than that he does not. If we insist on a secular view of the world and yet we continue to live as though free will is a reality, then we begin to see the disharmony between the world our intellect has devised and the real world (and God) that our heart knows exists. This leads us to a crucial question. If a premise (“There is no God”) leads to a conclusion that we know isn’t true (“I don’t have free will”) then why not change the premise?

Who knows – perhaps in the near future, people will click that they are living on borrowed capital and acknowledge the God who makes them responsible. Or maybe history will turn once again into a dark corridor where any semblance of guilt and culpability are forsaken.

For now, thank God for this inconsistency.

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Monday quote

Believing in Jesus is not enough, only when belief becomes obedience does it mean anything.

Trevor Geddes
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