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All Those Backward Bible-Thumpers...

"The wise will be put to shame;
they will be dismayed and trapped.
"Blind Leading the Blind", Pieter Breugel, 1568Since they have rejected the word of the LORD,
what kind of wisdom do they have?...
Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen..."
Jeremiah 8:9...12

"Shame is to the moral health of a society what pain is to the body….the soil of shamelessness gives root to evil in its most violent forms…to raise a child without shame is to raise one with no immune system against evil….Shame is meant to protect the very ones we love. But our culture has killed it."
—Ravi Zacharias

"The important thing is to stop lying to yourself. A man who lies to himself and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal, in satisfying his vices. And yet it comes from lying---lying to others and to yourself."
—Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamozov

Garden of Earthly Delights", Hieronymous Bosch

All Those Backward Bible-Thumpers....

We've got fantasies galore now......,
Here in Goofy Never-Land.
We've got minds stuck in the gutter...
And heads stuck in shifting sand.

We've got condoms by the gross, Sir...
Porn in all our motel rooms…
We've got groovy body piercing,
Over Hollywood we swoon.

We’ve got tattoos out the wazoo...
We’ve got thrills at ev’ry turn;
We’re the Hip ‘n’ Satiated,
Scripture verses still to burn.

We've got constant stimulation;
And Viagra by the case...
With Cialis as a back-up,
If we can't keep up the pace

We've got plastic....Give us credit!
Charging headlong in The Void.
We've got babies with no fathers...
Sex-offenders quoting Freud.

We've got schools where God's not welcome...
And abortion on demand...
We've got Flesh Intoxicated...
We've got Flames of Hell to fan.

We've got "Winter Solstice Pageants";
We've got "Earth Day" liturgies.
We've got Secular Agendas...
Ahhh!... Such Rich Diversities!

Yoga’s in the children’s gym class;
We've got good "white wiccan" tales!
But we've got no Ten Commandments...
(That will land you, Sir, in jail.)

We've got Goths now stalking hallways,
Vile graffiti on the walls,
Drive-by shootings after recess...
And perversions at The Mall.

We've got feel-good talk in classrooms,
Self-Esteem’s our highest call...
So we keep evolving higher,
While we disregard The Fall.

We've got "science" teachers teaching,
Lucky mud turned into Man.
We've got cops and judges screaming:
“We’ve got trouble on our hands!”

We've got psychics telling fortunes,
Psycho-Babble Therapies...
We've got kabbalist Madonnas,
Pop-Star Scientologies!

We've got Drive-thru-Liposuction,
We've got Tummy-Tucks-To-Please...
We've got starving fashion models
Who augment our gluttonies.

We've got clean Abort-O-Clinics
Tiny tots tossed in the bin...
Fifty-million now and counting.
(We've got no concept of Sin.)

We've no patience for intol'rance!
And no time for Bible class;
(All you backward Bible-Thumpers
Can just kiss our tissue mass!)

We've got churches who've got preachers
Tippy-toeing 'round The Cross.
We've got whole denominations
Who’ve forgotten God's The Boss.

We've got bleating hearts in darkness,
Singing “Love is all you need!”
We’re enamored by the sweet talk,
While despising Romans Three.

We know somewhere that it's written,
That like sheep we've gone astray...
That there's no one good or righteous…,
But deny it anyway.

Lord, we've got this need for Truth now...
And deep down we know it well.
Help us know without Your Mercy,
We've a Snowball's Chance in Hell...

Now…thank God….there's Revelation!
And true Righteousness we see!
Please, Good Shepherd, help us follow...
That Good News to Calvary!

"A spinning coin cannot spin forever, nor can our minds remain undecided forever, since not to decide is itself a decision, and as the coin will come down only heads or tails, so we also have only two options, not three or more. Either we conform our desires to the truth, or we conform the truth to our desires."
—Os Guinness

"Each of us has turned to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:7)

"As it is written:
there is no one righteous, not evenone;
there is no one who understands,no one who seeks God.
All have turned away, they have together become worthless...
Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know..." (Romans 3: 10-15)

"But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.” (Romans 3:21-24)