On the front end, one might expect that the events which culminated in the deliverance of the children of Israel from four centuries of hard bondage in Egypt would have taken more than forty days and nights to wholly reimagine, with the temporary absence of Moses on Mount Sinai. Yet the biblical account tells us it took that much at most.
How could they be so foolish?
When the Hebrews were still in slavery, God had performed signs and wonders against Egypt, and for His people, demonstrating His uncontestable authority over nature, and His ability to dominate and supersede the gods of Pharaoh and his court magicians. After bringing them out, He had both provided for and protected them with still more signs and wonders.
The people remembered what they wanted to remember.
Before we read about the Lord giving instructions to Moses for the construction of the tabernacle, its furnishings, the oil for the lamp, as well as the priests garments, and the process by which they are to be consecrated, Exodus 24:18 tells us this:
“Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.”
Somewhere in this same span of time, the people told Aaron: “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
It reminds me of what the Apostle Paul says in Acts 20:29-30.
“I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.”
As with Paul, so also with Moses. While he’s away doing the Lord’s work elsewhere, predators perceive this as their opportunity to fashion new gods for themselves.
On this point, recognize the curious thing about the fashioning of gods. That is, only God makes gods. Thus, to embrace an aspiration toward fashioning new deities is to seek not just a substitute for the Most High, but co-equal authority with Him. To say this is a dangerous kind of hubris is the greatest of all possible understatements.
Yet we here in the United States of America are little better in the 21st century AD than those Hebrews were around the 15th or 16th century BC.
Consider an American politician who says Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity is our new religion; DEI is short for ‘Deity.’ As she adopts a kind of religious indignation toward a public school administrator for neglecting to go along, we may hear echoes of the people saying “Up” to Aaron. “Make us gods who shall go before us.”
And what a delicate god this is, who needs his devotees to shout down a federal judge because it’s too dangerous to let him speak authoritatively on a college campus, as he was invited to; what a secretive god this is, who needs security camera footage of the allegedly worst American tragedy since 9/11 and Pearl Harbor to remain unseen by the public, lest democracy itself be destroyed in the process of our knowing the worst of it; what a confused and primitive god this is, who lacks the requisite technology to allow Dr. Jordan Peterson to testify to the U.S. Senate remotely, yet wants to consider legislation regarding artificial intelligence without his input.
So also, I am eager to hear this god explain how an effort to stop African delegates to the United Nations from playing Matt Walsh’s documentary, ‘What Is A Woman?’ actually advances the interests and voices of either women or people of color.
To what can we compare it?
For one thing, we might note how Forbes Magazine listed Silicon Valley Bank among America’s best less than a month before its collapse. Compare it to that.
After all, the way to make sense of these things is to realize they don’t have to make sense, or be consistent, or succeed in the way of either material or spiritual peace and prosperity for us. They just have to stall for time until the necessary deeds are done which give the decisionmakers what they want.
Furthermore, what all of the above have in common is their inability to bear up under scrutiny. These narratives are paper tigers, or perhaps some other more delicate feline.
At a certain point, someone should challenge the god of Wokism to a test of speed and strength, and pit him against the Most High God, like the researcher and rancher who are endeavoring to see whether America’s pronghorn might actually be faster than the African cheetah.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating; the proof of the capacity for speeding is in the GPS collars. Just don’t put it past some enterprising social justice warrior to tranquilize the svelte and speedy cat of the savannah, if that’s what it takes, before putting her in the passenger seat of a Lamborghini for the sake of progress.
Yes, I realize that’s a silly picture. But this is a joke anyway, and perhaps these are cheaters more than cheetahs.
Such makes about as much sense as saying there will be no bailouts for failing banks that went broke through a combination of a horrendously manipulated money supply, and ESG investment practices, then turning around and guaranteeing the U.S. government, or Federal Reserve, since those at least should be two different things, will honor the deposits of millionaires and billionaires above the FDIC limit of $250,000.
And after all, what are limits for anyway? What are ceilings we cannot break when it pleases us, or whenever it’s convenient?
But then maybe it doesn’t please all of us. Perhaps quite a lot of Americans would actually love for these limits to be held to.
On the other hand, it’s important to realize who we’re dealing with; they have little regard for rules applying equally to us and themselves.
When we do a thing in this country, or in this world, and are conservatives, or Christians, or both, the strictest letter of the law should be applied to our cases. Such guarantees swift social justice is served. But when they do a thing, so also, social justice and “the greater good” demand that all the rules are upended at the whim of these arbiters of truth.
It’s little different from saying we should make new gods for ourselves which we can credit with delivering us from four hundred years of hard bondage.
The timeline is trivial. The details are inconsequential. All that matters is the fact of wolves being wolves. They will do what they do, like going after a rancher’s livestock when they’re hungry and such appear to be available for the taking.
Then again, so also, God will do what God does. Such should be both a comforting and sobering thought.
This Episode’s Links:
- Buckle up: Yellen says NO BAILOUT for Silicon Valley Bank – Commodore Vanderbilt, NTB
- Explainer: Here’s how the government plans to stop more banks from crumbling... – Commodore Vanderbilt, NTB
- Less than 1 month ago Forbes put Silicon Valley Bank on its annual list of “America’s Best Banks…” – Commodore Vanderbilt, NTB
- Lone wolf trekked across southwest Montana into Pryor Mountains before deadly decision – Brett French, Billings Gazette
- Not So Fast, Cheetahs: British Researcher, Wyoming Rancher Trying To Prove Antelope Are Faster – Mark Heinz, Cowboy State Daily
- African Delegation Screens ‘What Is A Woman?’ In Defiance Of UN Commission – DW
- Oklahoma Democratic state rep appears to condone worship of woke priorities: ‘DEI’ is ‘God’ – Jeffrey Clark, Fox News
- Video resurfaces of QAnon shaman telling J6 crowd that Trump told them to go home – NTB Staff
- VIDEO: Stanford law students mock, shout down federal judge; judge says DEI dean set him up – Michele Blood, The Blaze
- Dems Block Jordan Peterson From Testifying At Senate Hearing, Furious Republicans Walk Out – Ben Zeisloft, DW
- Former ‘Democratic Party icon’ apologizes to conservatives; lauds release of January 6 footage – Michele Blood, The Blaze
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