A bit of beauty: Wonder Wednesday

I’ve been buried under a pile of varieties of work recently, so my creative spark is lately pretty dim. I am, however, slowly reading through a couple of books since I finished Fault Lines. I look forward to adding more reviews in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, I thought I’d share a bit of beauty that I encountered this morning with my husband.

Things like this are a reminder of what’s important in life. It’s not as if a woodpecker is an uncommon sight, but like so many things, we often fail to stop and enjoy life’s simplest pleasures. Of course, it wasn’t my bedroom window this woodpecker was near at 6:20 in the morning (wasn’t even outside of my house), so my characterization of this as a simple pleasure is certainly subjective.

Here’s “Woody” in action:

I hope this little bit of nature makes your day a wee bit brighter.

For the record, it is 93 degrees in our neck of the woods. In May…

I have some educational and literary thoughts on tap for next week that I hope you’ll find of interest.

Math is manual labor for the mind

This short post is a highly insightful observation about the trajectory of education and its increasing feminization. This is particularly true as we watch the academic establishment dismantle math instruction in the name of “diversity, equity, and inclusion”.

Dissecting Fault Lines: Chapters 10-11

This is the final post in the series examining Voddie Baucham’s Fault Lines. The first three posts are here, here, and here.

Chapters 10 and 11 round out this book. They focus on how we, as Christians, can and should respond to the error being propagated in our respective churches and relationships. Baucham doesn’t really offer an solutions to the problem of the coming war in the church, because he doesn’t think it can be avoided. What he offers instead is a way to think as we move forward.

Chapter 10: Restoration and Mitigation

Chapter 10 is informative in overlapping ways. It starts by stating what I said above. Namely, that there is a war on Christianity, and that many well meaning believers are being duped into fighting for the wrong side. Their loving nature and desire for justice is inducing them to accept premises that are firstly, not true, and more importantly, at odds with Biblical truth.

This chapter lays out the nature of the battles we face as well as the weapons with which we need to fight. Baucham graciously explains his reasoning for calling out ministries and ministers by name. He is clear that he dearly loves these people, but that he is unambiguously at war with the “ideology which with they have identified with to one degree of another”.

He follows this with a clear explanation of the problems with BLM. Among the issues he takes are that Black Lives Matter is:

  1. An openly pagan, Marxist-Leninist organization
  2. An openly feminist, Pro-LGTBQIA+ organization
  3. Openly anti-male and anti-family

He goes on to explain the importance of Christians confronting the lies and holding to the truth, no matter the cost. One of the things I have always appreciated about Bro. Baucham’s teaching is his refusal to equivocate. He makes it clear where he stands on page 223:

The facts about Black Lives Matter are not in dispute. The organization is Marxist, revolutionary, feminist, misandrist, pro-LGBTQIA+, pro-abortion, and anti-family, with roots in the occult. It is unacceptable for Christians to partner with, celebrate, identify with, or promote this organization. And that includes being bullied or pressured into using the phrase “black lives matter.”

When I say this, people always ask, “Are you saying that black lives don’t matter?” Allow me to respond.

He does respond, quite masterfully, beginning with making it clear that he rejects the premise of the question. Asking the question of a black person is about the most ridiculous thing any person can ask, and I say this from experience. Baucham continues:

I am a Christian. I believe that all men are made in the image of God. Therefore, I most certainly believe that the lives of people matter regardless of how much or how little melanin is in their skin.

In other words, all lives matter! I know that’s been deemed offensive, but it’s true. Recently, Andrew Klavan said something worth remembering. This is roughly paraphrased, but I thought it was insightful in ways that I haven’t yet heard in these discussions, and like most of you, I have heard quite a lot this past year. Klavan (father of the recently featured Spencer Klavan) noted:

There is no such thing as a black life. A person’s life is not black; their skin is. A person’s life is not white; their skin is.

It goes without saying that this applies to all of the people- made in the image of God- of various hues with varied amounts of melanin in their skin. It astonishes me how, in a country filled with citizens from so many ethnic backgrounds, we get stuck speaking of these issues in black and white. The occasional obligatory nod is offered to so-called “people of color”, but this usually happens only when there is political leverage to be gained from it.

Chapter 11: Solid Ground

Chapter 11, the shortest of the chapters, aims to reiterate what Christians believe about repentance, forgiveness, and salvation. It reminds us that Scripture is sufficient to help us navigate these waters and that love for the brethren doesn’t mean abdicating our responsibility to stand for the truth.

If there is one thing Baucham makes clear in this book, it’s that he has chosen his side. He is on the Lord’s side, regardless of what this public stand may cost him. It is admirable,and to be emulated.

The book also includes two appendices. One is the text of The Dallas Statement, which Bro. Baucham co-authored in 2018 with John MacAruthur and other noted ministers in reaction to the swelling tide of critical social justice sweeping into the church. You can find the entire statement here.

The second appendix is the critical theory resolution as passed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2019.

This is an important book which I am glad to see climbing best seller’s lists. Christians need to be vigilant during this time, and Fault Lines offers us the education and tools needed to so just that.

5 out of 5 stars.