For guiding me to choose to live here in the heart of Texas. There are problems, of course. But for the most part, the people here at least acknowledge there is right and wrong. And that each of us should live by the lessons of our teacher and savior, Jesus.
Below are a couple of posts by a recovering liberal living in Berkeley, California. She is a licensed psychotherapist and has recently come back to the teachings of the Lord.
Read this and weep for all of the lost souls that have chosen to follow false prophets unto their deaths.
This isn’t a joke.
From the Blog Site: http://www.americanthinker.com/
The post and the follow-up post in response to a comment.
June 23, 2010
Deliver Us from Evil
It’s funny how trivial events somehow get seared into your brain. This one is from years ago, when I was enjoying a yogurt on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley.
Suddenly, a large exotic bug appeared and started dancing around. Its iridescent colors caught the sun and glistened like a rainbow. A crowd formed to watch its antics in shared delight.
Out of nowhere, a lunatic pushed through the crowd. I’d seen this guy before — paranoid, menacing. His rage toward the bug slit me like a knife. The insect was getting attention, people were happy, and he was out for revenge.
The man bolted through the crowd, possessed. He jumped on the bug, over and over and again. People gasped. A child cried. And then, as quickly as it began, it was all over.
Silently, numbly, the crowd dispersed. The man, now triumphant, smiled hideously. I threw away the yogurt, which was now rendered tasteless.
I’ll never forget the look of blind hatred on that man’s face. It communicated this: “I want what you have.”
And: “If I can’t have it, I’ll destroy it.”
This random experience flashed in my mind recently when I was in a Berkeley bookstore. With my newfound interest in religion, I wanted to peruse that section.
After hunting down a clerk to unearth the tiny religion area, I perused the shelves. In actuality, the area should have been called the Anti-Christianity Section.
While there were respectful tomes on the other religions, the Christianity section was a virtual pillorying of Jesus.
Every book denounced him, mocked him, or reinvented him as something entirely new. There were books debunking the Gospel, with each author sounding gleeful, like a wicked child.
Now, I understand that some people reject religion. But why the venom? The contempt, the need to torpedo Christ?
This campaign against Christianity isn’t confined to an obscure Berkeley bookstore. And it didn’t begin with Obama. There’s been an active crusade for decades to try to destroy Jesus with Alinksy-like tactics: freeze the subject, humiliate, marginalize.
But while demonizing Christianity is nothing new, it’s reached a fever pitch since Obama came on the scene. It’s no wonder: Obama sent out clear messages from the start.
Obama’s first interview as president was for an Arab broadcaster. Then he covered up a cross at Notre Dame and was a no-show on the National Day of Prayer.
Lately, it seems like open season on Christians. The Pope has been subjected to unprecedented condemnation, with atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens plotting ways to have him arrested.
In the past I would simply put on my therapist cap with people like these. I’d probe their childhood for evidence of maltreatment. I’d label them as narcissists and antisocial personalities.
But now I have a different worldview, one that goes much deeper than just the psychological. Now I understand that this world is infused with the Divine. And that there is a competing force, one that is the polar opposite.
I now have a word for that creepy feeling deep down in my gut. And I finally understand the source.
Now I see what’s really behind the campaign to banish religion; it’s to render us utterly helpless. Because after all, without God, what protection is there in this brutal world?
Sadly, grievously, I look out on my country. I see the corruption and undoing. I witness the ever-growing tsunami of hate that threatens everyone in its path.
And I see citizens oblivious to the dangers because they’re mired in the slime of moral relativism. They have no language, no hiding place, no possible way to shield their children in the deep and darkest nights.
And I see that lunatic, the one with the crazy, hollow eyes. But he’s not just on Telegraph Avenue.
He’s far and wide: in the hallowed halls of Congress, in the institutes of higher learning, in basement rooms where small men troll.
If you listen closely, you can hear that same diabolical cry: “I want what you have. And if I can’t have it, I’ll destroy it.”
The lunatic is on the grass.
The lunatic is on the grass.
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs.
Got to keep the loonies on the path.
The lunatic is in the hall.
The lunatics are in my hall.
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more.
And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.
(from “Brain Damage” by Pink Floyd)
The Obama Horror Picture Show
I recently received an e-mail that made my skin crawl. It was in response to a spiritually oriented article.
The e-mailer, Carl, penned the following, which was short, but not sweet:
Jesus and his followers must be destroyed. They are responsible for all the evil in the world.
After opening this mail, I sat frozen in my seat for several minutes. I felt like I had seen something that human eyes shouldn’t behold, like I had happened upon a gruesome crime scene.
Each day, I feel that same creepy sensation upon hearing the latest news. I’m glimpsing such darkness that my first instinct is to quickly look away.
There’s Obama ordering assassinations of American citizens. I repeat: That peacenik, Barack, orders Americans to be killed far from the battlefield. While George W. Bush was raked over the coals for detaining alleged terrorists, Obama appears to be having them snuffed out, to almost no outrage.
Next up, we have JournoList — hundreds of journalists conspiring to elect Obama. This is proof positive that reporters behaved unethically during the election and beyond.
And what has been Obama’s most notable accomplishment since assuming the presidency? Steering us toward a race war.
The constant cries of racism are designed to inflame and agitate. And talk about projection: Has there ever been a more racially biased administration? An inspector general reveals bias in the closure of some auto dealerships.
Race-baiting, assassinations, journalists conspiring to rig an election. As a psychotherapist, I try to recall when I’ve seen such pathology.
And even though I’ve worked with some serious lowlifes, I have to wrack my brains. Because I have even known crack addicts and child abusers with more of a conscience than some in the Ruling Class.
Conscience has nothing to do with money or status or Ph.D.s. Being a decent human being requires character. Too many on the Left think that if they simply support Obama, they’re exempt from the rules of civility.
The language of psychiatric diagnosis doesn’t explain the insanity. For me, there is only word that fits: evil.
Simple narcissism does not explain my e-mailer Carl, who wants to destroy Jesus and his followers; or Sara Spitz of NPR, who gleefully fantasizes about watching Rush’s “eyes bug out” while he dies in agony; or King of the New Black Panthers, screaming expletives about killing cracker babies.
But it’s not just Carl and Sara. People all around are becoming sicker and sicker. More than this, they are becoming less and less human. They’re resembling something out of Night of the Living Dead.
It’s no wonder: The Left is in charge, and it is a death cult. This is why the progressives are obsessed with destruction and death: euthanasia, abortion, killing granny. And that’s why their rhetoric is hate-filled and profane.
Evil’s only power is through destruction. Evil has no ability to create. It survives by siphoning off the vitality of robust others.
With wickedness now in the highest of places, evil has gone viral. An epidemic, it threatens everyone it touches.
Evil is contagious because it seduces those who are hollow inside. Dominating another can be the most intense aphrodisiac. Hate is a way for a diminished person to feel powerful — or to feel anything at all.
But this is not true power. Power comes only from Forces beyond. Real power is accessible through goodness and love.
The progressives are like angry toddlers kicking at their father’s shin. In their grandiosity and moral blindness, they actually think that they can bring him down.
They are like Carl, whose e-mail about destroying Jesus and his followers I couldn’t get out of head.
There was something in his e-mail that called to me, that beckoned me to reply. So, rather than consigning it to my spam folder, I wrote Carl the following:
Oh, my dear Carl. You cannot destroy God. God is in everyone and everything.
Why do you feel this way, Carl? Did someone hurt you? Or break your heart? Did someone crush your spirit?
Know that whatever was done to you was done by a person, a flawed human being, who was living far, far away from God. God has never left you, Carl. He’s holding you in his arms right now and will not let you fall.
But I never heard from him again.