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January 6: A Failed Apocalypse

The attack on the house of democracy has shown the world how far Americans have drifted away from the gospel and have made their faith more a political game.

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Preceding

Francis Fukuyama and ‘The End of History?’

Deal of the century or roadmap to apartheid?

The one that exploded the great American story that lay beneath it

The Trump clan declares itself a Kennedy-like dynasty

So-called own sacred values under threat

U.S.A. Investment in a demagogue

Dear Mr. President

Religion and the essence of devotion

Facts: Why they matter and how to check them

Evangelicals: For The Love Of Trump

Evangelicals & Seduction

Death to the GOP! Or not.

Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response Book Review

A History Of The Culture Wars

A Theology of Culture War Christianity

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Additional reading

  1. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  2. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  3. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  4. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of misconduct (Our World)
  5. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of misconduct (Some View on the World)
  6. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory (Our World)
  7. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory (some View on the World)
  8. American Christianity no longer resembles its Founder
  9. God Isn’t a Republican
  10. A new decade, To open the eyes to get a right view
  11. Voted against their system (Our World)
  12. Voted against their system (Some View on the World)
  13. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017 (Our World)
  14. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017 (Some View on the World)
  15. A Progressive Call to Arms
  16. Added commentary to the posting A Progressive Call to Arms
  17. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #1
  18. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #2
  19. According to Pew Most White Evangelicals Don’t Think COVID-19 is a Medical Crisis
  20. What Steve Bannon really wants
  21. Trump going over the top bringing a blasphemous act
  22. Trump Dragging the Jews and Israel into the scrum, using both as one more weapon in his racist rants.
  23. Stress-test for democracy #1 Storming of the Capitol in Washington
  24. Stress-test for democracy #2 A coup d’etat with bloodshed
  25. Trump is proven wrong by the judge
  26. Right-wing fundamentalist Christians to dictate the U.S.A.
  27. The death knell of an Empire
  28. Donald Trump requesting to block investigations about the insurrection
  29. The Moral Character of Public Officials: Remembering January 6
  30. Looking at 2021 in a nutshell
  31. 2021 in review #1 the most startling point
  32. One year ago people who said they love America stormed the Capitol
  33. One year ago a sacred place was attacked
  34. Is it Time to Abandon “Evangelical?”
  35. Fascinating times to the Bible reader
  36. Signs of the times – “The US, Israel and the Golan Heights”

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  3. Panel draws bead on Trump legal team
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  6. Lucas: Biden’s dagger all sound and fury signifying nothing
  7. Big White Lies
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  9. January Musings
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  12. How hatred and racism triggered Jan. 6 riots
  13. Big Little Lies: The Capitol Insurrection, Rage Rooms and Miss Piggy –  … Americans deal with dual realities all the time; it’s connecting them that’s rare and often painful.
  14. The January 6th ‘Insurrection’
  15. Extremist groups continue to ‘metastasize and recruit’ after Capitol attack, study finds
  16. McCarthy calls Jan. 6 committee request ‘abuse of power’
  17. Interpreting | 2021 United States Capitol Attack
  18. Glendora man pleads guilty to Capitol insurrection charge
  19. Capitol Rioter Said January 6 Was ‘Modern Day Boston Massacre’
  20. 3 Florida Men Arrested in Connection With Capitol Riot
  21. Supreme Court allows release of Trump January 6th documents
  22. Deniers!!!
  23. Bird to Byrd
  24. When Truth Doesn’t Matter 1/14/22
  25. seditious conspiracy and excess electors
  26. January 6 committee wants to talk to House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy
  27. Bookworm Beat 1/14/22 — the “January 6 is our Groundhog Day” illustrated edition
  28. MLK: The Drum Major Instinct
  29. Oath Keepers and founder planned Jan. 6 for weeks, documents show
  30. Women From Mass. and NH Charged in Capitol Riot
  31. January 6 Committee Subpoenas Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, others
  32. I’m Not Making This Up, You Know
  33. The Supreme Court Just Denied Trump’s Request Regarding Jan. 6 Records
  34. U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress
  35. Supreme Court rejects Trump’s bid to shield records from Jan. 6 committee

Jared Stacy

January 6th was a theological event. Just a month before, the Jericho March rallies in DC featured nationalist prayers. They declared God’s will was to reinstate Donald Trump. At the insurrection a month later, the Cross & signs of “Jesus Saves” joined the mob up the Capitol steps. 

January 6th was more than a failed political coup. It was a failed theological apocalypse. Treated this way, we come to an inevitable conclusion: this god lost. He lost because Donald Trump was not President on January 7th. We should never stop asking “what happened?” Even when some want to forget it. For those who keep asking, we need to perform a theological autopsy of this failed apocalypse.

Some speak of healing from January 6th politically or culturally. We have political committees doing important work. But healing from January 6th is impossible without addressing the failed theology at the heart of the violence. 

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Beyond the Culture Wars

Jared Stacy

This is the final article in a series reflecting on American Culture Wars & Christianity. Here are parts one, two, and three.


Culture War Christianity must end. Christians should be the ones to end it. Like Moses, whose first attempt to bring about change left an Egyptian dead in the sand, so Culture Warring Christianity tends to create chaos and call it ‘change’.

Calling for the end of Culture War Christianity is not a call to stop working for change. But, I admit, it does sound a bit idealist. How do you end the culture wars anyway? Do we leave society for monastic communities? That is an option. Do we embrace with resignation a Christianity domesticated by secular idealogy? That is the fear of many. And, acting on that fear, many seek to defend Christianity.

But, what if the Christianity some aim to defend has already been…

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A Theology of Culture War Christianity

Jared Stacy

Kaepernick took a knee, Trump took a photo op. These moments are seared in the collective American consciousness. And both moments are unavoidably religious. Each deals with sacred symbols: a flag, a book of faith. Both surface theological questions. Who or what do we worship? How should we live in this world?

The irony of violence, and the theology inherent in a Christianity that welcomes the photo-op and decries taking a knee, demands not only our attention but a response.The very man who called Kaepernick and other NFL players “sons of b******” for kneeling was the same leader touting the Bible in a photo-op that required the violent tear gassing of protestors.

Imagining a way forward will be next week’s conclusion. This week, by examining the theology inherent in the anthem protests and the St. John’s Church photo-op, we can see the unique theological shape of Culture War Christianity…

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A History Of The Culture Wars

Jared Stacy

Culture War Christianity has long since ossified into the de facto expression of faith for many white American evangelicals. In Part One of this series (which you can find here) we introduced the American Culture Wars. As a whole, this series examines the historical & theological shape of Culture War Christianity in comparison to Jesus’ Kingdom through the lenses of these two camps, conscientious objectors and vocal advocates. We concluded last week with a descriptor: Culture War Christianity tends to make enemies, not love them.

This week, our second part examines the historical orgins of the Culture Wars. If you’re pressed for time, I present a TL;DR that takes 2 minutes, and you can return to read the article at your leisure…

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read Summary)

The key to understanding modern Culture War Christianity is the history of American race relations and Christianity. This article locates the birth…

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What Are The Culture Wars?

Jared Stacy

The next four articles form a series to engage this question. We’ll examine the history & theology of “Culture War Christianity”. My goal is to locate the Culture Wars in American history, but also describe the shape of these Culture Wars so we can examine how they relate to the shape of Jesus’ Kingdom.


What are the Culture Wars? Think of “culture” as a way of life. It is the sum total of all values, beliefs, and practices making up a communal existence. When God commissions newly formed humanity in Genesis 1 to “fill the earth and subdue it”, he sets men and women into the world with a cultural mandate. His plan was for a human society, united under his rule in the world, ruling with him over the Cosmos as his vice-regents.

With a technical and theological definition of “culture”, we can now imagine a “culture war” as…

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All Nations will worship Him – Psalms 86:9-10

In the difficult times the world is getting in, with the danger of again a war coming around the corner, we only can hope more people shall come to get to know the Only One True God, the God of Israel, Who no man can see, but Who has all the Power to create and to end.
Let us ask the blessing to This One true God and make His Name known all over the earth.

 

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  1. God is One
  2. Only One God
  3. El-Shaddai God Almighty Who no-one may see and live
  4. God of gods

2 Live The WORD

Psalms 86:9-10 (ESV)
9 All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.

Salmos 86:9-10 (NVI-PT)
9 Todas as nações que tu formaste
virão e te adorarão, Senhor,
e glorificarão o teu nome.
10 Pois tu és grande
e realizas feitos maravilhosos;
só tu és Deus!

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Kazakhstan: strikes and riots rock the regime

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The movement of protest and revolt that has been affecting the country for a week, was triggered by the sudden decision of the authorities to double the price of gas and gasoline; as soon as this announcement protest demonstrations of workers and unemployed began to take place on Sunday morning, January 2, in the oil city of Janaozen, in the west of the country (Mangystau region) (1).

During the day the protest actions (rallies, sit-ins, etc.) spread to the nearby large port city of Aktau to demand the withdrawal of the increases – or the doubling of wages! The next day the protest continued to spread despite the deployment of the police and more and more companies stopped work; social networks broadcast scenes of fraternization between police and protesters. On January 4, although the prefect (the “akim”) and the minister of energy announced a reduction in the price of gas…

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Britain warns Russia over Ukraine

Britain warned Moscow on Thursday that it was working with Western partners on high-impact sanctions targeting Russia’s financial sector should it invade Ukraine. Russia has massed some 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s border and though Moscow says it has no plans to invade its neighbour, President Vladimir Putin has demanded legally-binding guarantees that NATO will not expand further eastwards.

“We will not accept the campaign Russia is waging to subvert its democratic neighbours,”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told parliament.

“They have falsely cast Ukraine as a threat to justify their aggressive stance.”

“Russia is the aggressor here,”

Truss said.

“NATO has always been a defensive alliance.”

Truss said that any further military incursion into Ukraine by Russia would bring “massive consequences, including coordinated sanctions to impose a severe cost on Russia’s interests and economy.”

There are crucial talks this week between Russia and American diplomat. Last week has seen the US and UK threaten severe sanctions on Russia if it does invade Ukraine. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned Moscow of “massive consequences” if it continues what he called aggressive actions in Europe. Britain’s Foreign Secretary also used the same language of “massive consequences”. Russia has responded saying it would be a “colossal mistake”.

We do know that eastern Ukraine was once part of Magog. And for this reason it makes sense scripturally for Putin to control this area at the time of the end. We also know in Daniel 11:40 that the king of the south (US/UK) will push (militarily provoke) Russia. It is this push that causes Russia to descend south to Israel. Ukraine might be where the push happens. We watch and await developments.

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.  He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: (Daniel 11:40-41)

Andy Walton

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Preceding

Risk of accidental war with Russia highest in decades, general warns

A lot of talk about a war beginning soon

Boris Johnson warns Putin against Ukraine invasion

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Additional reading

  1. Russian take-over of Crimea (Our World) = Russian take-over of Crimea (Some View on the World)
  2. Swallowing up Crimea, who is next (Our World)  = Swallowing up Crimea, who is next (Some View on the World)
  3. Christadelphian brothers and sisters in Ukraine
  4. Entering a new period of ‘Cold War’
  5. Russia reacting to attempts to break ‘strategic parity’
  6. Signs of the times – “Ukraine under pressure”
  7. Andy Walton’s Weekly World Watch of October 17 – 23, 2021
  8. Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine update
  9. Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies
  10. Are we shambling into WWIII?
  11. PM warns Vladimir Putin against ‘tragic mistake’ as tensions rise with Ukraine
  12. Britain in talks to sell missiles in first arms deal with Ukraine
  13. President Joe Biden speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin to expect a clarification about the troop build up at the Ukraine border
  14. Russia has ‘no trust’ in Nato over Ukraine
  15. Tensions increase along Ukrainian frontlines amid Russia conflict
  16. Moscow lists demands for defusing Ukraine tensions
  17. Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Russian troop movements
  18. If Russia chooses to fail to de-escalate
  19. Putin and Xi form a new axis against Nato
  20. Looking at 2021 in a nutshell
  21. From a communist country to a capitalist dictatorship
  22. The world on the very brink of conflict

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Boris Johnson warns Putin against Ukraine invasion

Boris Johnson has told President Putin that any invasion of Ukraine would have “significant consequences” as Russia warned conflict was inevitable if Nato continued its expansion toward its borders. In a phone call Johnson told Putin that the UK was committed to Ukraine’s “territorial integrity and sovereignty” and that any “destabilising action” by Russia would be met with a united response from the West.

In Moscow Russia’s deputy foreign minister gave the Kremlin’s first explicit warning of military action, amplifying tensions with Ukraine.

“A lack of progress towards a political-diplomatic solution would mean that our response will be military and military-technical,”

Sergei Ryabkov told the state news agency RIA Novosti.

“There will be confrontation. There’s no trust in Nato as an alliance. We’re no longer playing these kinds of games and don’t believe in Nato’s assurances.”

Last week it was president Biden warning Putin of severe sanctions if he decided to invade Ukraine. This week it is the turn of the UK prime minister Boris Johnson to phone Putin. He has given the same warnings. Boris Johnson said there would be an “extremely tough package” of sanctions and that NATO forces would build in the “periphery” of Ukraine if needed before saying such a decision would be “catastrophic” for everyone involved. The European Union is ready to scale up its sanctions and take “unprecedented measures” against Russia if it shows further aggression towards Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

Daniel 11 says that the king of the south (US/UK) will push (militarily provoke) Gog – the king of verse 36-39 of the same chapter. Ukraine could be where the push comes.

Thus shall he [Gog] do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he [Gog] shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he [Gog] shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.  And at the time of the end shall the king of the south [US/UK] push at him [Gog]: (Daniel 11:39-40)

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A lot of talk about a war beginning soon

Today thirty years ago: 1991: Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus signed an agreement to form the Commonwealth of Independent States in the wake of the demise of the Soviet Union.

Thirty years later: Western powers have called on Russia to lower tensions with Ukraine.

Responding to fears of a Russian invasion, Mr Biden agreed with leaders of the UK, France, Germany and Italy to use “all the tools at their disposal”.

The present-day definition of Donbas or Donbass a historical, cultural, and economic region in south-eastern Ukraine overlapping territories of Sloboda Ukraine

Moscow denies it has plans to attack but said that Nato expansion into Eastern Europe risked plunging the world into a “nightmare” of military confrontation and accused Ukraine of sending more than 100,000 troops to its Donbas conflict zone. Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister, issued the warning before talks in Stockholm yesterday with Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, on the spiralling crisis over Ukraine. “The alliance’s military infrastructure is being irresponsibly brought closer to Russia’s borders in Romania and Poland, deploying an anti-missile defence system that can be used as a strike complex,” Lavrov, 71, said. “American medium-range missiles are about to appear in Europe, bringing back the nightmare scenario of a military confrontation.” President Putin has warned that he will train Russia’s new hypersonic weapons on western countries if Nato moves a missile defence shield into Ukraine.

There is a lot of talk about a war beginning soon.
Both sides are not only upping the rhetoric but also their actions against each other. Ukraine sits on the border between east and west. Russia wants it in “the east” under its control – Nato says it is up to the country itself to decide if it wants to join “the west”. Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato chief, issued a stark rebuke to Russia this week, saying:

“It’s only Ukraine and 30 Nato allies that decide when Ukraine is ready to join Nato. Russia has no veto, Russia has no say and Russia has no right to establish a sphere of influence to try to control their neighbours.”

These words will infuriate Putin as he sees the collapse of the Soviet Union as the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th Century. The Bible says that Gog will be pushed into coming down to Israel. Ukraine might be that push…

[Gog] will greatly honour those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.  “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. (Daniel 11:40 NLT)

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UNHCR recommends measures for strengthening security and refugee protection

A genuine European Union to ensure welfare, security and democracy

We and the other – unitary idealism and tribalism

Risk of accidental war with Russia highest in decades, general warns

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Additional reading

  1. “If Perestroika Fails…”: The Last Summer of the Cold War – June-July 1991.
  2. Mother of Ukraine or Crimea
  3. Battling Borshct in Ukraine
  4. Mastery from Kiev, Ukraine
  5. Ukrainians should be free to shape the future of their country
  6. When Crimean people made their choice
  7. Crimea votes overwhelmingly to join Russia
  8. A Plan spoken of in long past times
  9. 70 years later
  10. Russian take-over of Crimea
  11. Swallowing up Crimea, who is next
  12. East Europe in 2017
  13. Signs of the times – “Ukraine under pressure”
  14. Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine update
  15. Estonia 2021 update
  16. Andy Walton’s Weekly World Watch of October 17 – 23, 2021
  17. Britain in talks to sell missiles in first arms deal with Ukraine
  18. Prepare for Russian invasion of Ukraine, US warns European allies
  19. Iranian nuclear programme geared towards creating a bomb
  20. Russia taking full advantage of energy crisis in Europe
  21. Russia reacting to attempts to break ‘strategic parity’
  22. Germany blocks Nord Stream 2 pipe from Russia
  23. Russia not wanting it neighbours countries to cooperate with the West
  24. Russia not wanting it neighbours countries to cooperate with the West
  25. President Joe Biden speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin to expect a clarification about the troop build up at the Ukraine border
  26. Tensions increase along Ukrainian frontlines amid Russia conflict
  27. Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Russian troop movements

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  8. (Ukraine) President Volodymyr Zelensky to hold a crisis summit after days of bloody escalations in the war-torn Donbass region, insisting it hasn’t actually been invited to take part #AceNewsDesk report
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  17. 08/31/21 Antiwar: Biden Pledges $60 Million in Military Aid to Ukraine
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  19. The Border Crisis Is Just The Beginning

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