As noted yesterday, wisdom begins with a fear of God, with humility, and with a desire to live right.  It is not merely knowledge.  We are told in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 about the evil of people in the last days:  “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power.”  One of the traits of people in these days is that they will be “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7).  In the course of getting my education, I attended graduate school at Auburn University (1997-1998) in preparation for my time at West Point teaching literature and composition (1998-2001 and 2006-2008).  It was there at Auburn that I learned the profound difference between mere knowledge and real truth. 

There were many very educated and brilliant men whose theories we studied in my graduate classes such as Jacques Derrida who was one of the people who brought us the foolishness of postmodernism and deconstruction.  These two ideas or philosophies are the intellectual equivalent of flinging rocks at other people's houses and concluding that there is no truth because there is no consensus or agreement on certain things.  Moreover, after having read so much of the writings of such people, I have concluded that they are no smarter than anyone else and that their ideas have no more validity.  In fact, much of their writing is simply a glorified "strawman" argument in which they make a caricature of the ideas they want to attack and then pick the mis-portrayed ideas apart with ease.  It is intellectual dishonesty.  


Part of the "strawman" characterization that these scholars preach in their Marxist-based philosophies is the portrayal of almost all military intervention as hegemonic, unjust force (i.e. the equivalent of bullying).  While I was not completely in agreement with our invasion of Iraq, for instance, the truth is that these people were under a brutal and ruthless dictator.  Whether we had adequate justification in going in or not, at the very least, as a result of our invasion, these people were given the opportunity for the God-given freedoms that we believe in our cultural values are bestowed upon every man, woman, and child upon the face of this earth.   Not all military intervention is bad simply because a nation has the power to enforce its will on another nation.  Some such interventions could easily be argued as the manifested will of God, such as in our fight against Nazi Germany in World War II.

More on this tomorrow.  I pray that God would open your eyes to real truth in your life and that His healing, peaceful, and loving truth would impact every area of your life. 

 


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08/17/2017 10:32pm

The world is full of ups and downs. People should be aware of their deeds. I appreciate the word you are trying to spread and discuss through this blog.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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