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    Dec 15, 2014

    The New Morality and the Walk of Shame

    I’ve heard the term “walk of shame” before, but for the longest time I didn’t quite understand what it means in popular culture. I thought it generally applied to anyone who does something stupid. That is one of the definitions of the term. The most common term is one that is always applied to women in a disparaging way.

    It is when a woman leaves the home of a man (quite possibly one she met the night before) in the early morning hours. The giveaway is her attire is not matching the morning setting.

    It is sort of a strange Cinderella story in reverse where a typically beautiful woman goes out on the town to have a good time and 12 hours later she turns into a harlot when she emerges on the street, minus prince charming or her party friends.

    I’m left to ask, why the carefree morality of today has such a double-standard? Avoiding the walk of shame should apply 24 hours, yet this culture now encourages women to act like citizens of Sodom once the sun goes down. Once daylight comes, these women are open targets for ridicule.

    Society and culture put pressure on the young to make their bodies the center of attention; rather than emphasizing the attainment of higher spiritual and intellectual achievement and values. All young women are certainly encouraged to follow popular role models like Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardashian.

    Being a woman of progressive morals is a very lucrative occupation. Every time Miley Cyrus strips down to her underwear on stage with her tongue hanging out, a cash register rings. The Kardashian sisters make millions each year flaunting their looks. Yes, everything about these people and those like them is vapor. But the chorus of media tells women, “This is who you should be like.”

    Just last week, Kourtney Kardashian made headlines by posing semi-nude while pregnant, for a magazine. She offered this explanation for the photo shoot, “It’s what a woman’s body is made to do, so I hope it’s maybe seen as something that’s artistic.”

    How can I argue with this mountain of wisdom?

    Years ago, Demi Moore started the nude prego crazy rolling in August 1991, when she exposed her baby bump (and everything else) on the cover of Vanity Fair. I thought it was gross and pointless, but no one asked for my opinion at the time.

    The problem with this game, the party will only last until the wall of beauty runs dry. A girl could be a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show model that is wined and dined by the most famous rock star boyfriend. A few years later, stud boy is out chasing younger flesh and a DUI is the only reason why someone would want to take the picture of the ex-model.

    It will never be normal and natural for a women whore herself out. Virtue and beauty go hand in hand. The best looking porn star will always shine dimmer to a physically less attractive girl who is pure and innocent.

    Women who think otherwise are playing a fool’s game. This past year, several female celebrities had personal nude photos stolen and placed on the Internet. I don’t know why they would have these photos. Once they became public, there was no one in the liberal left saying, “What is the big deal?” These women suffered shame because they had bought into the naked body in nature lie.

    Beauty is, as the old saying goes, in the eyes of the beholder. I don’t find the vast majority of these so-called “hot celebrities” the least bit attractive. Yes, most of them are good looking physically, but their sinful lifestyle makes them unappealing in the eyes of God (and anyone with decent morals). You could be the ugliest person on the planet and still have an eternal beauty that can never be dismissed.

    Someday soon the ultimate walk of shame will take place. When the Lord Jesus judges this world the morals of today will be proven to be a lie from the pit of hell.

    “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner-self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Peter 3:3-4).

    “Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next” (1 Timothy 4:8).

    --Todd


    Jacob's Trouble Simmering

    Holocaust was approaching and nobody seemed to notice. It was 1936 and Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime was putting forth its best public relations efforts through the Olympics, held that year in Berlin.

    The Führer's rhetoric and Josef Goebbels' glowing propaganda presented a dichotomy to the world's diplomats. On the one hand, there were growing armaments and militarism within the German industrial complex that caused potential Nazi victims to cast a wary glance Germany's way. On the other, the world was--on the surface--welcomed with open, though swastika-banded arms to partake of the growing glory of the rising Third Reich.

    Journalists of the world for the most part were swept up in the vacuum of movement into modernity that promised bigger, greater things through technological wizardry. The Hindenburg flew dominantly and majestically above the landscape of earth, and Germany welcomed all to a transparent view of life in Deutschland. Only, things were not so transparent, as promised to the duped, journalistic world.

    War debt--reparations for the havoc the German aggressors wreaked in World War I hyper-inflation--and the fear of a Communist takeover of government had long broiled and brewed just beneath the surface. The German people were ready for their savior. They believed they had found him. The Führer needed a scapegoat to bring the national psyche into a synthesis of sorts--an internal enemy upon which to focus. The choice he came up with consisted of two antagonists: 1) the communists and 2) the Jews. The communists represented an ideological and militaristic threat that came from regions east of the homeland. The Jews represented an economic threat, and a threat to the purity of the Germanic race.

    The house of Israel, like in so many eras of mankind's anti-Semitic history, drew the attention of demonically inspired leaders. Under Heinrich Himmler's evil scheming--aimed at centering hatred of the Jews around which to rally the Nazi regime--the Final Solution was formulated and its implementation begun.

    Six million died in the genocide we know as the Holocaust. The resultant national battle cries of the reborn Jewish state--"Never again!"--have again brought God’s chosen people to growing world hatred of them. Their stance of defending their right to exist enrages enemies and even supposed allies the world over--including the current American presidential administration--as we approach the year 2015. Anti-Semitism is literally exploding across the planet. Hatred by Muslim nations across the world is a foregone conclusion. Therefore, its most troubling growth is found in the geopolitical West.

    In a single week within recent months, eight synagogues were attacked in France. A mob of more than four hundred enraged thugs firebombed a synagogue in Cacelles. A Jewish supermarket and pharmacy were attacked, looted, and greatly damaged. Those who attacked shouted slogans and carried placards. They chanted the same slogans written on the placards, which read "Death to Jews!" and "Slit the Jews' throats!”

    Stone-throwing protesters burned Israeli flags in the Barbes neighborhood of the capital that same weekend.

    In Germany, Jew-haters threw Molotov cocktails into the Bergische Synagogue in Wuppertal. It was the same synagogue previously destroyed during Kristallnach, the Nazi’s all-out assault that was the beginning of the attempt to eliminate the Jewish Race in November of 1939.

    "These are the worst times since the Nazi era," Dieter Graumann, president of Germany's Central Council of Jew [said]. "On the streets, you hear things like 'the Jews should be gassed', 'the Jews should be burned' – we haven't had that in Germany for decades. Anyone saying those slogans isn't criticising Israeli politics; it's just pure hatred against Jews: nothing else. And it's not just a German phenomenon. It's an outbreak of hatred against Jews so intense that it's very clear indeed." (The Guardian website 12/9/14)

    There are so many reports of such hatred against Jews that it would take several articles to list them all. And, America is experiencing vandalism and other acts of anti-Semitism, such as the destruction of headstones in Jewish cemeteries and worse incidents.

    The point is that anti-Semitism is growing at an alarming rate while the world lurches toward man's darkest time. Jeremiah the prophet called it the time of Jacob's trouble: "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it" (Jeremiah 30:7).

    Indeed, the Lord will preserve Israel. It will be the apex nation during the Millennium! Today, however, holocaust is approaching, but not many seem to notice. Jacob's Trouble is definitely simmering, and soon it will boil over to scald all who are left behind when Christ calls the church home to Heaven.

    --Terry