The Cultural Divide And Elizabeth Warren

We thought Lena Dunham’s ad for Barack Obama in 2012 was one of the worst ever, but we were wrong: It was a work of pure genius, and may have even won Obama the election. The tragic truth is that there is a cultural divide in the US, between those who were taught the difference between right and and wrong, between quality and dreck, and who actually received an education at school, and those who grew up indoctrinated by the leftist schoolteachers such as Elizabeth Warren along with the mass media, who have warped values, no knowledge of the world, no taste, and no clue.

Thus we have Elizabeth Warren’s new ad. Watch and weep. This woman may be the next president of the US.

(H/t Hit and Run)

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The Video That Has North Korea Frothing At The Mouth–Kim Jong-un Dancing

According to Chosun Ilbo, this Chinese video of Kim Jong-un dancing to a techno-pop song has infuriated North Korea, because it somehow “seriously compromises Kim’s dignity and authority”.  We are unsure what dignity or true authority he has, given that his is an illegal gangster government, but this is what they said. Consequently, the North Koreans have demanded that the Chinese stop the spread of this slanderous western propaganda film designed explicitly to undermine the government of North Korea video mocking their Dear Leader. We are entirely unsure what North Korea will do if the Chinese do not comply, or how the Chinese government could ban the video from foreign websites such as Youtube, even if it wanted to (it does not have that power quite yet).

At the risk if starting a major international incident that could lead to war, here is the video in full. It has plenty of good dance moves, along with some kung fu fighting, and a pig. Barack Obama, Osama Bin Laden, and other world leaders play a major part in the video, along with Japanese leader Shinzo Abe, who from the video appears to be the only leader in the world more inept than Kim Jong-Un.

(H/t Shanghaiist)

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Dem. Governor Misspells Name Of His Home State On Campaign Flier

It seems that the staff of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton misspelled a word on the following campaign flier.

Dayton campaign flierOr was it intentional? It could be that Dayton has done such a poor job as governor of Minnesota because he thought that he was governor of another state–”Minnesta”. Indeed, maybe the people of Minnesta are happy with the job he has done.

(H/t The Corner)

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A Late-Night Snack

late night snack, Japanese street scene

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Weird Al Yankovic: “Word Crimes”

By any standard, Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” is a fairly horrid rip-off of an old Marvin Gaye song. However, Weird Al Yankovic’s rip-off of Robin Thicke’s rip-off would make any grammarian proud.

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A Shopping Arcade, Kyoto

shopping arcade. Kyoto

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The Problem With Friendship Evangelism

Yesterday, I was waiting for a train at a distant train station when I found myself cornered by a stranger who wanted to talk. We got on the same train, so the conversation continued for about another hour until he got off. From what I could tell, though he professed some weak church affiliation, he was completely unsaved. It is possible that I will never see him again. However, since we are almost neighbors, no doubt we will bump into each other from time to time.

As I got off the train, it suddenly struck me that most of the people I knew and grew up with in evangelical churches in both the US and Japan would have felt it their duty to have shared Christ–or at least broached the subject–with him during such a long train trip. It is how I was brought up and taught, and how many other were brought up and taught as well. It also occurred to me that if I had done so with him during our train trip, not only would he have gotten off the train still unsaved, but he would remain unsaved, and from now on he would steer clear of me whenever he saw me coming down the street.

There is a thing called gospel hardness. This is when people have heard the gospel message preached too often when they were neither expecting it nor were willing to welcome it. With such people, while under the proper circumstances they might have been willing to receive the gospel message before, they become inured to it. Their hearts become hardened, sometimes to the point where even if they had no other choice in the world, they would nevertheless reject the gospel message out of hand. The have been victimized too often by what I would call drive-by evangelists–people who want to get another notch on their belt, but who have no personal interest in others except as subjects for conversion.

This is the problem with relationship or friendship evangelism: You have to a relationship with others, you have to be friends with them, before they will give you permission to share the gospel with them. However, what is often taught as relationship or friendship evangelism is no different or better than door-to-door sales. Indeed, the most popular evangelism program in the US uses the same techniques employed by encyclopaedia salesmen. This is not relationship or friendship evangelism: It is hucksterism. The power of the Word of God is so great that sometimes even a huckster can lead people to Christ. However, there is often a high price to be paid for such tactics. The church already has a reputation for being uncaring (never mind that this reputation is for the most part false and unfair). When a person acts as a huckster, peddling the gospel without personal concern or care for others, it reinforces that reputation. The huckster becomes the face of the church, and people’s hearts become hardened to the good news that will bring them eternal life.

There are no easy answers to this dilemma. However, it is clear that if you want to engage in friendship evangelism, you have to first become a friend.

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