What Jussie Smollett Did Was Disgusting. And It’s Also Why He Needs Our Prayers.

For the last few weeks, the strange story of Jussie Smollett being beaten in the freezing streets of Chicago at 2 AM has raised a lot of eyebrows.

That is, from people who do not perpetuate the narrative of a dystopian, racist, Trump’s America that was so well-served by the so-called “modern-day lynching.”

The story instantly had several questionable features, and, sure enough, police seemed to believe so as well.

ICYMI, Smollett is an actor on the television show “Empire” (if you’ve never heard of him, you’re not alone, I hadn’t either) who claimed that on January 29th he was assaulted by two men wearing MAGA hats in Chicago.

In the middle of that polar vortex that brought historically low temps to the midwest and northeast.

At 2 AM.

He claimed the men, whom he knew were white somehow and also recognize him even though in -9 temperatures its hard to imagine any human would have their face exposed, much less at 2 AM, shouted, “This is MAGA country, n*****!”

Several more problems right there, not the least of which being that Chicago isn’t exactly “MAGA country.”

Smollett says that the assailants then put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him.

To wrap things up, when the assault abruptly stopped, Smollett says, he walked home. Security footage from his building shows him, with the sandwich he had just purchased at Subway still in his hands despite having been allegedly assaulted, walking past security, again, despite having just been allegedly assaulted.

When police arrived at his apartment to take his statement hours later, he still had the noose around his neck.

So when the news broke that this assault had happened, there were several skeptics. Those that could not be included among them were, naturally, the vast majority of the mainstream media and several 2020 candidates, many of whom have yet to respond with the same fervor now that this has happened:

Yesterday morning, Smollett turned himself in to Chicago police after they managed to track down the two men, brothers of Nigerian heritage, who Smollett paid to stage the attack. 

Smollett, who police say staged the attack because he was dissatisfied with his $1 million paychecks for his performance on “Empire,” now faces several felony charges. He is now out on bail.

So. If you’re a white Trump supporter, there is no doubt this story has you pretty offended. Smollett not only just made a mockery of a very painful and violent period of our nation’s history, he also managed to crudely slander a wide swath of Americans by implying Trump voters are just roving the streets of America’s city at night, noose and bleach in hand, waiting for any famous gay, black man to come along to assault.

This is upsetting, I get this, and it is no small matter to me.

But something that keeps tugging at my heart strings is the burning question: what kind of state is Jussie’s soul in that he thought this was a good idea?

This incident speaks volumes, both on the state of anti-Trump culture and the level of insanity it has reached.

But it also speaks to Jussie’s spiritual state, and it is not a good one.

I can’t speak to Jussie’s heart, and he does have the presumption of innocence until proven guilty by the courts, of course.

But the evidence seems pretty solid that this man just faked his own hate crime and lied through his teeth about it for weeks and is now facing hard prison time because of it.

All because he allegedly wanted a raise on his $1 million “Empire” salary or, according to some accounts, his character was being written out of “Empire.”

What is wrong with your moral compass at this point? How far has our culture fallen that he knew this would be eaten up, and clearly seemed to be counting on not even getting caught?

His career has exploded now, but not in the way he had hoped.

Fame and fortune; neither are inherently good. Jussie has infamy now, and the fortune he was already earning likely drove him to want more so desperately he just absolutely destroyed his life and career over it (the footage of him being swarmed by reporters after being released on bond is particularly poignant.)

All this points to one, very obvious conclusion for the sad case of Jussie Smollet: he, like every single person on this earth, desperately needs Jesus.

Fame and fortune and sympathy can never fulfill the way Christ can. They can eat us alive and blind us to reality as they did in Jussie’s case.

Don’t ever let the enemy trick you into thinking anything in this world satisfies you fully. You’ll always want more. Material things and earthly praise will always fall short, they can often lead you astray, and will frequently let you down.

Please join me in praying for Jussie. My heart honestly aches with compassion for him and, as a conservative, I should not feel ashamed to say it. 

You can think that someone is very, very wrong and also wish for them to find their way to the Cross. In fact, I think we should feel this way as Christians.

He is a lost soul in need of Christ and we need to pray that he finds Him.

Because here’s the really scary truth…Smollett just created a personal hell for himself that nothing on earth can remedy, truly.

In the same way only Christ can satisfy, only Christ can rescue him from the bonds he just tightened around himself.

What Jussie did was worthy of mockery, of scorn, of loathing, of outrage.

But absolutely also worthy of prayer.

 

Is “Toxic Masculinity” Real? If You’re a Christian, the Answer is More Complex Than You Think

The pervasive leftist term “toxic masculinity” has been floating around again in the wake of the highly controversial Gillette commercial attacking so-called “toxic masculinity.”

While I tend to reject the modern, SJW attitudes towards masculinity and embrace the things about men that are very much different from the way most women are, there is a cold, harsh reality that Christians need to face about the idea of “toxic masculinity.”

First of all, it’s important to separate “masculinity” from “toxic masculinity;” many on the left seem to decry both, or decry one and ignore the other.

I think Allie Stuckey summed up an excellent refutation to “toxic masculinity” here, and I agree with her fully. She also manages to cut at the core of why the ideas of doing away with “toxic masculinity” are so, well, toxic: they’re pushing back against masculinity as a whole, not just the toxic parts.

Last year, The Blaze reported on a “toxic masculinity training” program that a feminist professor was recommending for children as young as kindergarten, and, as a mother, this, of course, incensed me.

I think that, understandably so, many conservatives and Christians are under the impression that “toxic masculinity” is always synonymous with masculinity in general and there’s certainly a good case to be made here, as Allie has.

Masculinity is not toxic. Masculinity is as beautiful as feminity, and both reflect the image of God that we were made in.

In the words of Nancy Pelosi, who, stunningly, does not seem to believe this about the unborn but does believe this about MS-13 members, “every person has a spark of divinity in them.”

However, the definition The Blaze used of what exactly “toxic masculinity” is actually humbled me a little bit.

Here it is, from Tolerance.org:

Toxic masculinity is a narrow and repressive description of manhood, designating manhood as defined by violence, sex, status and aggression. It’s the cultural ideal of manliness, where strength is everything while emotions are a weakness; where sex and brutality are yardsticks by which men are measured, while supposedly “feminine” traits—which can range from emotional vulnerability to simply not being hypersexual—are the means by which your status as “man” can be taken away.

Biblical Christians: does this seem like ideal male behavior to you?

The short answer is, and we have to admit this to ourselves, no, it’s not.

This is the world’s idea of masculinity. This is not necessarily God’s idea of masculinity.

First of all, while the natural order of the family is established in the Bible with the husband and father at the helm, and it is taken for granted that men are typically leaders and soldiers, the biblical model of “a real man” is one that, well, adheres to biblical morals as a whole.

Think of the Book of Proverbs; it’s full of admonishments for men specifically to be wise, patient, industrious, responsible, strong, steadfast, faithful, and most of all, to fear the Lord.

Men are also, most famously, called to love their wives as they love the church, and to not provoke their children to anger.

Never are men told to beat their wives, have, um, whizzing contests with other men, procure as many women as possible, or pursue status. In fact, there are several examples in the Bible of men being told not to do these things.

Pride, lust, and violence, which are characteristics of the “toxic masculinity” definition addresses, are most definitely sinful, godless behavior that will not lead a man towards a closer relationship with God or even an objectively moral life.

Here’s the thing: these aren’t exclusively male characteristics. Yes, there is a culture among certain men to strive for status, engage in violence, and copulate with as many members of the opposite sex as possible. Like, you know, teenage boys and ne’re do wells.

Sinful men.

And this is not only something the church should be addressing, it is something that the church does address, and not only that, but the Holy, divinely inspired Word of God itself.

But.

Women can be entirely toxic as well. 

Men cultivate this type of behavior because they are fallen, sinful men, but guess what–women are fallen and sinful as well. And it doesn’t matter how anyone one on earth, including all the men in your life, behave, if you have not repented of your sins as well.

The progressive left, as well exemplified in the Gillette commercial, seems to constantly point to Biblical principles of kindness, gentleness, decency, respectability, as somehow new concepts.

Here’s the thing: for decades progressive feminists have decried the ideas of chivalry and yet somehow also decried the results of a lack of chivalry in our culture and I soldily believe that, frankly, they just don’t like what they got when they kicked decent men of the pedestal they once held in our society.

Women lie, cheat, steal, deceive, abuse, kill. Women kill their unborn children en masse in our country, after all.

It’s not masculinity or femininity that’s toxic, it’s our sinful fallen state that can only be restored in Christ our Savior.

We need to be careful not to defend sinful behavior or downplay abuse or assault simply because the left brings them up. We need to, however, be realistic about what these things are, and also how often women engage in equally sinful things.

Let’s not let the terms of the world confuse us, it’s God’s truth that we defend and nothing else and He created both men and women, in their different, complementary, and beautiful characteristics.

What’s toxic is anything that denies God’s truth.

What Is This Blog About?

Since I am introducing this blog as a fresh new blog, I thought I would take a few minutes to explain exactly what it’s about.

In short, it’s about me, and my views, and my life, and the passionate love I have for Jesus and the Word of God and how it tells us we should live our lives, and the direction it tells us the world is going.

The End Times 

Ok, so yeah, obviously I created this blog with the presupposition that we are in the end times, and I still believe this. I don’t know exactly when “IT” will happen, I don’t know exactly how much prophecy has been fulfilled, I do however know what hasn’t been fulfilled yet. I also know, most important of all, that Jesus told His believers 2,000 years ago to be prepared for the Day of the Lord so that I shall do.

I’m definitely interested in self-reliance, survivalism, and end times prophecy, but the end times have come to mean something much more internally spiritual over the last few years. Namely, the spiritual state of always being prepared for His return. The Christian walk is all-or-nothing, so you’re either ready to meet Jesus and keeping oil in your lamp for His return, or you’re not. Plain and simple.

These days can be very scary to be a parent, and when I first had babies, I was constantly worried about what would happen to them if we went through the great tribulation in our lifetime.

The truth is, it is possible at any point in time to go through tribulation, and many mothers since the history of time have had to watch their children suffer and even die. Abraham typifies the ultimate spiritual sacrifice we must make in his willingness to sacrifice Isaac to God–knowing full well God would still fulfill His promise that Abraham’s seed would be bountiful through Isaac. A lot of people miss the point of that story.

We need to trust the Lord’s promises to us and to our children. A few years ago, He spoke to me that no matter what, He would keep me and my children, and that nothing physical could compare to the glory He would reveal to us.

The Calling of Homemaking 

That being said, the daily grind of Christian parenting often involves much more temporal challenges than the crippling existential fear of facing the end times as parents. Haha.

Because I am a very ideological Christian and former feminist and leftist, I feel very strongly that parenting, marriage, and homemaking are all Biblical callings that we must address as such. Motherhood, homemaking, and being a wife are not oppressive, they are wonderful and fulfilling ways to participate in the Body of Christ. They are also incredibly functional roles to play in a thriving society, and we have seen our society suffer immensely as women try to fill the role of men in society while expecting no change to their cherished status as the nurturers and caretakers of society.

Sorry, there I go getting super heady again. More on that in many future blogs.

My point is that learning how to keep house, raise children, have a thriving marriage, and, basically, manage modern adulting (which, let’s face it, is hard even when you’re single) is hard. Dang hard. I’m pretty passionate about household management because I’m an avid student of it. So, this is definitely going to be your average mom blog as well, in the context, however, that housewifery is an incredibly vital part of being a Christian woman and mother.

Conservative Philosophy and Politics

My number one philosophical dedication is to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God contained in the pages of the Holy Bible. That being said, gosh darnit I’m an American Christian and I wholeheartedly believe that while outrageously imperfect, our country was founded on the unique belief that our rights and value come from God, and not from the government.

Given I believe that absolute morality is defined by God Himself and not the government, I do appreciate living in the United States and feel pretty passionately about the Constitution being upheld. At times a hobby, at times a source of righteous anger and indignation, politics, the culture war, and feuding ideologies fascinate me, and, granted I’m a writer, evoke many passionately expressed words. I am a proud conservative Constitutionalist and not afraid to say so.

So in short, I’ll definitely be ranting about politics here as well, and possibly working on some news-in-five-minutes type content for busy moms on either Facebook or Instagram.

Homeschool 

I almost posted this without including my passion for homeschool. I am a six-day-creationist, Bible-literalist, gun-totin’, liberty-loving American Christian, I do happen to homeschool and that is a huge part of my life.

I also (remember, I said this would be an average mom blog!) love to make printables for my homeschool and will be sharing many details of the journey I am on to home educate my children and raise them up in the proverbial way they should go.

Health and Fitness

And finally, my third passion that I hope to address on this blog is that of health and fitness. The gym is my happy place, and I’ve grown increasingly interested in weight management and fitness nutrition this year.

Coming from the background of being, ok, a total hippie for basically all of my life, I am really excited to share more about fitness nutrition from a holistic, real-food-based standpoint, since I am very opposed to processed foods and have lots to say about modern food production and the obesity epidemic in our country and how it’s basically been designed to destroy….OK I won’t get super heady again. You get the point. I can pontificate on all that later.

So, there you have it. My new blog plan for the reborn End Times Mama. Faith, commentary, and lifestyle. Now let’s see if I can pull off the crazy fusion of ranting conservative moralist, home organization fanatic, and annoying fitness buff all in one.

Let’s go.

 

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