The Absent Pulpit

    David Tooker

It seems like more and more the news is about outrages; anger welling up; people who keep on saying they’re not going to “take it anymore.” Actually just take it. Suck it up, and – well – what are you going to do if you’re not going to take it? GO out and exhibit some of that behavior that makes you say you won’t take it?

It is most unfortunate that the action causing our reaction in anger usually starts out high up and trickles down to the commoners, but that is beside the point.

What has been lost in the reckoning is that “doing what is right” mentality.

Apparently no one wants to admit that there is such a thing as “right.” It goes along with all that we have ever learned across the countless track of mankind since the beginning of recorded history – up until now.

We get collectively upset about bad behavior, but we are afraid to call it “evil” because – well, that is a judgment, and we are being conditioned to accept “non-judgment” as “judgment”

Madness consumes everyone – the angry type - not the crazy kind – although the anger has been precipitated by the crazy kind, right?

But I’m here to propose that all the hyped-up anger is faked and that the moral outrage is momentary.

People who claim to be shocked by events which often seem so gruesome that they might have come from a Stephen King Novel are just acting out – playing a role. They are acting like Roman Citizens getting all grossed out at the Coliseum, but coming back again and again for the next issue of slaughter and bloodbath.

If we really were angered and repulsed at those public barbarities, whether it be news of some women kidnapped and held in sexual slavery for years, or some self-centered, post-pubescent who knives and shoots a dozen people in the streets, we would stop slathering for more “information” about it.

News media would stop worshiping at the feet of the crises by refusing to broadcast about them.

Prevention would come knocking in the form of re-institutionalizing maniacs, taking down self-justifying Islomofascists, and stop permitting and accepting and tolerating the rationalization of anti-social behavior.

How can we permit arguments about releasing tried and guilty killers whether they are American Citizens, or Taliban terrorists unless we as a country have lost our grip on right and wrong.

We would have to stop trying to get cop killers like Ronell Wilson and central park rapist Antron McCray off on technicalities. The statute of limitations would be review and execution, and that would put an end to it.

Keeping a zoo of misfits and psychopaths alive just because, is a testament to unrealistic expectations, but can always lead to their release back into society where they can strike and strike again, causing more misery and chaos.

The rationalization of redemption is not in humans to give. It belongs to God alone.

Our hope is that we receive justification in the next world, and not in this one.

If there were ever a place where we have let down our vigilance, it would be in our houses of worship.

Pastors, Priests and Rabbis are so concerned about preaching social justice that they fail to realize that justice follows from obeying the laws of the Almighty. If they don’t understand this simple ferrule of life, then they should sue whatever institution ordained them for malpractice.

All things that we take for granted today, whether it is the ownership of property, that life has value, or that we shouldn’t tell a lie are all based on the rule of law handed down from Mount Sinai.

When in doubt, as historians say, go back to the first principles.

Leviticus 26:3-4 - If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit.…

In short, follow the laws – commandments – of the Lord, and the nation will be blessed.

Short-stopping God’s law with all the myriad of interpretations pounded out by Lawyers is because we are a hard-hearted people, and we want our own way.

Anyone of you out there is probably a whole lot smarter than I am, so you can argue rings around this business of following God’s Law with that silliness about “owning Canadians” and beating your wives.

But, you all know you are in the wrong.

Don’t try to be clever or smart, because smart cleverness is so way over rated.

Matthew 18:3 - I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Don’t get your back up just because I have bitten down on your favorite bone. If you want to, you can keep on calling white black, and justifying those anti-social outrages “misguided” but the real fact is that we have failed miserably at the calling of being “One nation under God.”

Our Pastors and Priests and Rabbis have become one with Politically Correctness, and therefor are failing in their calling to develop that God-centered world view that is the only reason they should be in the ministry in the first place. Anything else is heresy.

We are called to be a pure nation, and to not follow the manners and customs of those whose God is not the Lord, and so what can we expect?

More failure and more chaos and more deliberate mass-murders, enslavement to corrupt leaders, and eventually the fall of our country itself.

There is no guarantee that The United States is inviolable, permanent, and perfect. As long as we continue to strive for perfection, we will be blessed. When we adopt the “model” of Sodom and Gomorrah, we cannot expect that blessing to follow.



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Praise God for a pastor who tells the truth, and not some wishy-washy message that tickles the ears of the congregation!  This nation needs more pastors like you.  Our former pastor used to preach really good messages but got off track when he became addicted to geo-caching on Saturdays and hooked on FaceBook!  Too many Laodicean churches nowadays, which is so sad, as many of them started out being like the Philadelphian church, but fell under the spell of pastors like Rick Warren and what he is pushing.  I cringe every-time I hear him referred to as "American's pastor"!  The "itching ears" are everywhere and plenty of pastors willing to tickle them, as long as they're able to have their large churches but not doing anything to reach out to the hurting among us.  God forbid that someone come into their church, not dressed like the congregation think they should dress, among other things they are judged on.  Keep on preaching the Good News, in season and out of season, and you and your church will be blessed and a blessing :-)

Yes,  tell the truth.  Send this in a letter to the editor in your town.


The pastor of my church does not bow to the tyranny of gov, he preaches the truth and it is not easy for him, it is taking it's toll. Why? Because, those of us whom he teaches claim to want the truth, but, I have seen some don't, not when the scripture negates what they personally want. You want your pastor to preach truth? Then, accept the truth! I can only imagine the stress , the confusion, the responsibilty a pastor takes on. Our pastors don't have the answers, God has them, he gave us the answers but too many are picking and choosing , I like that one so it's ok to teach it, I don't like that so it's not ok to teach it.  There are also those who walk out because they decide God is wrong and they are right. Give your pastor some support, what good is he/she if they have an empty church? Trust God, believe his word, there is good reason for every word , every law he gave us. This is not a problem created by those who teach the word, it's a problem created by an arrogant and self absorbed society.



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