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Fake commandments.

One of the things that happens with fake things is that they redefine what is real with fake, then claim that the fake is real. When a politician/comedian (only the woke are now officially allowed to tell what has been defined as a joke) has a ten commandments that includes the phrase “Don’t kiss a Tory”, he is breaking one of his commandments.

He is a prick.

Without the balls to use to word: his command is to not be one.

But he is fake, as the concern about him is fake. You don’t need to be upset about the fake: the real needs no defense.

The fake commandments are flexible and fungible. To those who are woke, all will be forgiven, and for those who still believe in truth, beauty and honour will not be allowed to do anything. Because by keeping the true commands we show up the fake.

And the fake are deeply offended, when they should be experiencing shame.

Romans 13:8-14

8Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

What we do, however, need to realize is that the time is shorter than it was yesterday, and the way we live now will matter. We are under pressure. If you owe money, you are dependant on the lender: if you rely on your reputation, you are vulnerable to complaint, and the way you live will have little to do with the accusation.

For the narrative is not about nobility, but a celebration of destruction and degeneration. It is fake.

One gay British Christian activist, Jayne Ozanne, said the upcoming festival will “provide a platform for espousing bigotry and hate in Christ’s name.”

“It seems particularly unfortunate that this is occurring during a time when many of us are trying to build bridges of understanding between groups who hold widely opposing views,” she said.

Another leader of the LGBT community denounced Graham for his views on homosexuality and for “praying” for gays.

“LGBT+ people have been hurt, humiliated, silenced, abused and ‘prayed for’ in the past,” said Tracey Byrne, the chief executive of the gay Christian organization OneBodyOneFaith in an email to the HuffPost.

Graham’s “underlying theology is one which does grave damage to LGBT people, in the name of God,” Byrne said, urging that this theology be “called out in the strongest possible terms.”

Byrne praised a recent decision by the Blackpool Transport company to ban advertisements for Graham’s three-day festival from the sides of its buses, saying it was “absolutely” the right thing to do.

Blackpool Transport had posted ads for the festival on a number of its buses but pulled them all down under pressure from activists who object to Graham’s biblical morality.

“The removal of these adverts is as a result of us listening and acting on customer and public feedback which we aim to do at all times,” said the company’s managing director, Jane Cole, in a statement.

“Blackpool Transport is a proud ongoing supporter of the Pride and LGBT+ communities and in no way did we intend to cause any distress or upset.”

Organizers of the Lancashire Festival of Hope, which will take place at the Winter Gardens Blackpool between September 21 and September 23, 2018, called the company’s decision to remove the bus ads a “travesty” and noted that the sole purpose of the event is to “share the hope of Jesus Christ.”

“Because the Christian community is also a customer, we hope Blackpool Transport will listen to our public feedback as well, and not show what appears to be a potential bias toward Christians,” organizers said.

Ignore the fake commandments. The true commandments are difficult enough. To love each other is not a licence for tolerance: it means that we live for the interests of others. This means that we adjust what we do — from diet if our family has allergies or intolerences, to avoiding the products of evil industries — not because these are laws but because they harm those around us.

If we live for each other we will find ourselves. But if we live for the fake we will be truly lost.

Do not be that. Do not be like that.

2 Comments

  1. Ooh, Chris! This part right here is really good:

    The fake commandments are flexible and fungible. To those who are woke, all will be forgiven, and for those who still believe in truth, beauty and honour will not be allowed to do anything. Because by keeping the true commands we show up the fake.

    And the fake are deeply offended, when they should be experiencing shame..

    Thanks for the good food for thought to start the day!

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