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A Most Subversive Activity

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I taught Bible for 10 years at a Christian high school in the Bay Area. On rare occasions, a student would ask me some form of the following: “What is the best thing I can do to grow as a Christian?” Upon reflection, my answer was: “Read your Bible. Start at the beginning and read it all the way to the end, then do it again.” I think reading one’s Bible subverts the powerful influence of our “adulterous and sinful generation” in ways we do not always foresee.

Is this too simple? In one sense, yes. But we end up failing to read our Bibles because we consider it “too simple” or “not enough by itself,” or some such excuse. But the biblical writers never made such excuses. They talked about meditating on God’s law “day and night.” God’s word to Joshua is God’s word to us today: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous; then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8).

If we want to make our way prosperous in the midst of the sexual lunacy and confusion, the crass materialism, the radical individualism, the nihilism, the dreaming up of our own “reality”, the rank intolerance, the utter contempt for human life and flourishing, we do well to read our Bibles; to read it ourselves, to read it to our children, to get its narrative playing on the track in our hearts and minds.

Are their other spiritual activities to be done? Yes. But we can certainly start with our Bibles.



Written by Michael Duenes

June 30, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Evil Men and Women Do Not Understand Justice

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“Evil men and women do not understand justice. (Prov. 28:5). [T]he LORD hates . . . a heart that devises wicked plans. (Prov. 6:16, 18). [T]he name of the wicked will rot. (Prov. 10:7) [T]he expectation of the wicked ends in wrath. (Prov. 11:23) [T]he counsels of the wicked are deceitful. The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood. (Prov. 12:5-6). [T]he mercy of the wicked is cruel. (Prov. 12:10). The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD. (Prov. 15:9). The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord. (Prov. 15:26). The soul of the wicked desires evil. (Prov. 21:10). Whoever says to the wicked, ‘You are in the right,’ will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations. (Prov. 24:24). When the wicked rule, the people groan.” (Prov. 29:2).

The first of the above Scriptures came to my mind earlier today, and as I read it, I could not help but think of Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy. These are the current justices who, in their wickedness, have given legal sanction and approval to the killing of unborn human beings, human beings who bear God’s image in full. To these “justices” names could be added many more past justices who have acted in like evil.

The above-named justices have now added to their wickedness the giving of legal cover to abortion clinics to operate without proper health standards, all in the guise of preventing an “undue burden” on a woman’s “right” to have an abortion. As Kevin Williamson aptly stated in National Review Online: “There is a great deal of dishonesty in the abortion debate, which is necessary: Otherwise, we’d be obliged to think about the horror of what we perpetrate and what we endure, and that would be very difficult.” However, Williamson is not quite right when he goes on to say: “A culture that treats pregnancy as a horrible disease and classifies its children as liabilities rather than assets is a culture that is, strangely enough, childish.”

The proper adjective is “wicked,” not “childish.” Supreme Court justices who apply rules and standards to abortion opinions which they would never dream of applying to other issues, solely in order to keep the killing regime going, are evil and wicked. Further, Supreme Court justices who refuse to overturn a lower court decision which would effectively compel pharmacists to sell abortion-inducing drugs are wicked. As Justice Samuel Alito put it, the Washington regulations which these justices allowed to be upheld create a “plain dilemma: Violate your sincerely held religious beliefs or get out of the pharmacy business.”

I believe such wickedness needs to be pointed out in our times.




Written by Michael Duenes

June 29, 2016 at 9:12 pm