August 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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For the Souls of the Children 

Dear Friends,

I suppose school shootings will become an almanac item now. Ten years from now you will be able to look in your almanac and find out how many school shootings there were each week/year from the year 2000 through 2010. I grew up when guns were, if anything, more freely available than they are now. And throughout 12 years of school and four years of college, I never heard of one school shooting. Something has changed.

The talking heads on television, predictably, wanted to know what we are going to do about the guns. I wanted to know what we are going to do about the kids. Not only are the lives of the victims gone, the lives of the young perpetrators have been forfeited as well.

But behind all this lurks another important fact. For every kid who takes a gun and shoots someone, sticks a knife in someone or beats someone to death, there may be hundreds of kids who think about it and lack the nerve to do it. Why are they thinking this way? The youth of our country are descending into a spiral of violence and darkness that is frightening. It is in the movies they see, the television they watch and the music they hear. You would be shocked to pull the headphones off these kids and listen to what they are listening to.

Robert Bork in his book, "Slouching Towards Gomorrah," cited the words from a love song from the 1930's: "Oh, but you're lovely/ With your smile so warm/ and your cheek so soft/ There is nothing for me but to love you/ Just the way you look tonight." Then he contrasts it with today's "music" which has lyrics so violent and so obscene, literally, that I cannot bring myself to quote them for you here.

I used to wonder at the decay of popular music in all of its forms. Why isn't anyone writing beautiful music, I wondered. It seemed almost as though they had lost the ability. And then I read what Robert Bork said about the "music" in question:

"The obscenity of thought and word is staggering, but also notable is the deliberate rejection of any attempt to achieve artistic distinction or even mediocrity."

And suddenly, it all became clear to me. It is not merely that they can no longer write music as such. It is that they have come to hate beauty, to despise art. There is a spirit of pure hatred in what is called art and music today. From the obscenities in rap and hip hop, to the excrement and urine now featured as art, it reflects a contempt for beauty and for love. For decades now, artists and musicians have tried to shock the bourgeoisie with trash, only to find the bourgeoisie adapting its taste to trash. Now, they are nearly unshockable.

Where once, one might have looked at a painting of a madonna and child, now we see a picture of the virgin Mary with elephant dung smeared on the picture. Where once we saw a sculpture like Michelangelo's Pieta, now the artists displays a crucifix in a jar of urine. (Which was part of an exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.) Where once they might have been touched by a painting of a rose with a drop of rain suspended on a petal, now the artist gives us a jar of his own feces to ponder.

And I am led to wonder who is the bigger fool, the fool who is presenting the "art" or the people who stand and admire it. Somebody, somewhere, is laughing his head off as he watches people spending millions of dollars on total trash, while they call it art.

And when I pondered all of this, a terrible realization dawned on me. We are in the latter stages of a war for men's souls, and the battle is all but lost. Worse, the focal point of the battle is a war for your children's souls.

I had occasion recently to give a sermon on this theme here in Tyler and I would like for you to have a cassette tape of the message. In the sermon, I trace the origins of the war, the tactics being used, and what you can do to protect yourself and your children. To receive a free copy of the sermon, entitled "For the Souls of the Children," just write to the address below and request it. The tape is free, but your contribution will help us take this message where it is needed most. If you would care to make a contribution, just place it in the envelope with your request.

Sincerely, in Christ's service,

Ronald L. Dart

Christian Educational Ministries
P.O. Box 560 Whitehouse, Texas 75791
Phone: (903) 509-2999 1-888-BIBLE-44 Fax: (903) 509-1139

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