Two Tribes Go to War

Frankie Goes to Hollywood was one of the new wave techno bands that had a few hits in the 1980s.  They were famous for their song “Relax.”  However, they also had a hit that made it to Number One in the United Kingdom in 1984.  It was called “Two Tribes” and their MTV video showed U.S. President Ronald Reagan and then Soviet Premier Konstantin Chernenko fighting it out in the arena which symbolized the Cold War.

Tomorrow there will be a similar battle between two tribes but in this case it will be a “debate” between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton who won their respective nominations for the office of President of the United States.  CNN has drummed up the battle by showing the faces of the two nominees up close with an ominous tone stating that they face each other head to head for the first time.  This publicity sounds as if it were a big fight on the UFC circuit.

No doubt we will hear the bromides from each of the candidates stating that if one is elected that women and blacks will be chained in cages for years to come while the other accuses the other of being soft on crime.  It is essentially going to be a two hour slug fest with no new ground being plowed.  We will have analysts scoring points for each side that would make the judging from the Roy Jones-Park Si hun fight from the 1988 Olympics look remarkably honest by comparison.  No meaningful issues will be discussed like the never-ending war in Afghanistan, the disastrous interventions in Libya, Syria and Yemen that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and the massive $20 trillion debt that weights on our country like a one ton iron yoke on one’s neck.  It will all be cosmetic fluff with “solutions” that no one really believes in.

However, the viewers in selected audiences will be amused with the antics and bloviations and will be asked who “won” the debate via satellite from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other outlets.  The people are hungry for solutions, but they will not find them in Washington.  They must find them from inside themselves and their communities for the politicians care little for them anymore.   It will be a non event that I will not miss.  However, if they bring back the great boxing announcer Jimmy Lennon from the dead to officiate the debate, I might reconsider.

Damned by Hillary

Last night, Hillary Clinton made some remarks regarding the composition of Trump voters at a fundraiser in New York City.  At the event, she called half of the Trump supporters “a basket of deplorables” and that many of them were, as she stated, “irredeemable” and are not part of “America.”  In this secular age in America’s history, it is remarkable that Hillary Clinton would use a phrase that is specifically related to the doctrine of atonement that is found in the tenets of Judaism and Christianity.

In the doctrine of soteriology, it is stated that men are redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ for the purpose of taking away and the washing away of sins.  In the Old Testament, the people of Israel were to offer sacrifices as mandated in Pentateuch by God for the purpose of covering sin and was a foreshadowing of the future redemption by Jesus.  We, as Christians, are saved by the work of Christ and that we show our gratitude by performing good works as an outward sign of our salvation (Ephesians 2:10).

In the doctrine of limited atonement, it is stated that Christ died for those who would believe in him and that all others were shown no mercy by His Grace (Romans 9:15).  However, it is not for us to know who are and are not redeemed so it is incumbent on us to tell the story of God’s Love and Christ’s atonement and forgiveness and that they can act on the message by God’s Grace.

Hillary Clinton has left her Christian Methodist roots and now is engaging in a mission to save the world with the power of the State instead of the power of the gospel of Christ.  Hillary Clinton stated in an address to the American Legion on August 31 that America is THE “indespensible nation” and that it is “the global force for freedom, justice and human dignity.”  Hillary seems to be almost a secular imitation of Aimee Semple McPherson, the woman preacher who founded the Foursquare Gospel church in Los Angeles in the 1920s.   In the eyes of the progressives, if the voters, as a people, choose Hillary, she will draw all men and womyn to herself and be included in the paradise of diversity where peace and freedom will be at last be achieved.  Ilana Mercer in her recent column quoted Clyde Wilson on the neo-puritanism of Hillary which replaced the Christian zeal of the past with the progressive advocacy of a perfect world free of Christian “sinners” and that Hillary and her allies think that “they are the chosen saints whose mission is to make America, and the world, into the perfection of their own image.”

Yes, we are the “sinners” in the United States that are not part of “America” as Hillary Clinton stated.  We as people, who are the damned, must be made powerless by the wise people who run the bureaucracies in DC and that we must not stand in the way in the march of the people toward secular Zion.

If we are not a part of “America” as Hillary claimed that composes many of the people that reside within America’s borders are, could we, as foul sinners, make an atonement for our “sin” and march barefoot in the snow to New York City and obtain forgiveness for our sins at the Stonewall Inn like what the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV did many centuries ago at Canossa?  To Hillary, there is no more talk of the “Body of Christ.”  There is only the body known as “America” and if we are outside of Hillary’s grace, are we to be eliminated as foul infidels?

Religion is inescapable.  The question is who do we owe allegiance to?  God or the State.  We are Wordsworth but unlike that old Twilight Zone episode, we are not obsolete.