Duggar kids, free indeed – very interesting read about someone who spent a few days with this rather large family.  Are the kids missing out?  Doesn’t seem like it.

While, admittedly, I admire the Duggars for much of what they do, I didn’t expect what I saw in these 3 girls.  The world has yet to beat them into submission.  They don’t watch the Disney Channel, so they’ve yet to learn that adults are buffoons and parents are embarrassing.  They don’t listen to the local rock station, so they’ve yet do discover life is supposed to be one promiscuous event followed by another.  They don’t attend public school, so they’ve yet to learn teenage girls are required to be filled with angst and riddled with insecurities.

As we spoke to the 3 of them, one word kept jumping out at me:  Freedom.  These girls were experiencing freedom teenagers rarely taste.  Completely free to be themselves.  The exact opposite of the words so often used by media folk to describe the 19 kids.

While many times teenagers can’t wait to get away from adults, these 3 were anxious to engage in conversation.  And they were delightful. All of the Duggars were.

And here’s another thing that springs from the Duggar house throughout the day:  Humor.  The TLC show captures some of that, but I was surprised by the amount of laughter and joking in that home.

Liberals make a concession speech in NY Times editorial — Turns out They really do want socialism.  I’m sure they’ll be apologizing for accusing us of accusing them of being socialists, because it turned out we were right.  They complain because the Left hasn’t produced a woman like Sarah Palin:

The left should be outraged and exasperated by all this — but at their own failings as much as Ms. Palin’s ascension. Since the 2008 election, progressive leaders have done little to address the obvious national appetite for female leadership. And despite (or because of) their continuing obsession with Ms. Palin, they have done nothing to stop an anti-choice, pro-abstinence, socialist-bashing Tea Party enthusiast from becoming the 21st century symbol of American women in politics.

Note the things that outrage them:

1. Pro-life – as if having the right to crush and dismember your unborn children somehow proves equality with men.  Oh, and do they know that nearly all gender selection abortions are done to destroy female human beings for the sole reason that they are female human beings?  Abortion is the ultimate misogyny.

2. Abstinence – Sadly, they’ve been conditioned to believe that the rampant STDs, single parenting, abortion trauma, emotional carnage and more that fall on women from the sexual revolution have some sort of offsetting benefits.

3. Anti-socialism — They admit that they want socialism.

Thanks for the concession speech!

Democrats got 88% of 2008 contributions from mainstream media — not a surprise, just a friendly reminder:

And that’s why the mainstream news channels cannot be trusted.

Bring back the spending excesses of Nancy Reagan’s china! — Wow, the MSM is all over the Obamas about this!  Oh wait, no they aren’t.  See the previous link.

I’m blessed with a high metabolism so I don’t give a lot of eating tips, but one obvious element of a proper diet is portion control.  Here are 29 tips for that.  This should be so obvious: What makes people think that they can do far less physical movements than people do on the rest of the planet and have done historically and consume larger portions?  My wife and I typically split restaurant meals and sometimes still have leftovers.  Just move a little more and eat a little less.

See False teacher Chuck Currie outdoes himself and Can Chuck Currie and the NCC get even one Bible passage right? — from my other blog.  Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie needs to do more homework when doing his hypocritical race-baiting.

Chuck’s eagerness to race-bait trips him up and exposes his rank hypocrisy.  He isn’t interested in reconciliation, he’s interested in polarizing people and personal attacks.  He isn’t “confronting racism,” he is perpetuating it.  That’s what race-baiters like Chuck do.

I’ll give away the ending here: The man Chuck is calling a racist is D.L. Foster, a black pastor and a friend of mine I know well through blogging and Facebook.  Pastor Foster is a real man of God, unlike Chuck who is a proven serial liar and false teacher.

Yeah, Chuck, Pastor Foster is racist against black people.  Be sure to go tell his congregation.  I imagine they’ll be mighty surprised!

Once caught and informed that Pastor Foster is black, Chuck doubled down and continued to insist that Foster “attacks gays and African-Americans.”  I’d love to see Chuck debate Pastor Foster and convince the audience that this formerly gay and currently black pastor attacks gays and blacks.


Oprah’s Secret isn’t that secret, but it is a lie

The theme of the best seller The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, is not a secret, it is the same old “you are God / you can become God” nonsense that has been around since Genesis 3.  The claims in the book are false and contradictory, but discernment in this culture seems to be at an all time low.  For example, one of the keys to The Secret is the law of attraction, which demands only this:

  1. Know what you want and ask the universe for it.
  2. Feel and behave as if the object of your desire is on its way.
  3. Be open to receiving it.

There are many flaws with this philosophy.  But one is completely fatal to its premise and nearly self-evident: What if two people want the same thing, such as marrying the same person, or opposite things, such as the farmer wanting rain and the family wanting a sunny picnic?

This flawed worldview is really tragic.  I know a person who is consistently miserable but holds tenaciously to the view that he creates his own reality.  Without me even having to ask, “So, uh, how’s that working out for you?,” he’ll concede that it isn’t working well at all.  He thinks he just has to try harder.  He is immune to logic.

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason wrote an excellent and important article about the book.  I encourage you to read it all.  Oprah Winfrey’s worldview is based on The Secret and is one of the most popular in the country today.  It is basically a mix of the American prosperity gospel (“God wants you to be rich”) and Hinduism.  With just a little thought people should realize that the premise is ridiculous, but they want to believe it is true.

Oprah Winfrey is the “pastor” of the largest church in the country. “The Church of O,” Christianity Today noted, has a congregation of 22 million vigorous, faithful, evangelistic members, making Oprah Winfrey  one of the most influential spiritual leaders in America.” Oprah’s theology is based on a secret. That secret is in a book: The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne.

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Generally, no spiritual lie is pure falsehood, but rather a clever example of truth twisted. There is always some legitimacy in even the darkest deceptions. That’s what makes them so appealing. It’s  also what makes them so nefarious. The Secret is no exception.

The smidgen of truth found in The Secret is this: If you mentally focus on some end, you are more likely to accomplish that end.

I’ll stick with the Gospel.  It isn’t a secret, but it is true and it has the power to save and transform lives, now and for eternity.  Living according to The Secret is a sure path through the wide gate.  As Koukl notes:

The Secret is a lie because what it teaches is false. It’s appealing because it takes something true (the ability to use thought and language to focus our wills to accomplish important goals) and twists  it into something poisonous by grounding it in a lie: You are God.

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Rather, God is the Creator of the universe. God is the center of reality. We are His rebellious subjects. We are under His judgment. And unless we surrender, we are destined for an eternity of suffering and anguish that will never end, this at the hand of the real Master of the universe.

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The truth is no secret. It is being proclaimed from the rooftops by Jesus’ faithful followers. There is rescue for rebels, forgiveness and eternal friendship with God for those who lay down their arms  and appeal for peace on God’s terms.

And the only “law of attraction” in operation is the one that flows from the cross: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:32).