Obesity costs $1.5 Trillion per Decade in Healthcare costs

Perusing over some data from stateofobesity.org I discovered that obesity costs Americans $150 billion annually. That adds up to $1.5 trillion dollars every ten years.

Meanwhile $65 billion is spent on soda and $105 billion on beer each year in America. It’s hard think just how much money Americans literally throw away each year because they don’t care about their health.

As healthcare bills and debates are all the rage year in and year out, I don’t see this issue, this crisis, brought up much. America spends more on healthcare than any other country by a long shot. And it’s because their health is horrible.

Taking responsibility for our own bodies is important. The Bible teaches that our bodies are temples of God. I find that the word temple is significant in that Paul didn’t say something like mere containers of God. When you think of the word temple you think of something extravagant, beautiful, and majestic. The text tells us that though our bodies are corrupt they are still temples of the Holy Spirit and that should be our mindset. Take care of it.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Cor. 6:19-20

Source: Obesity Rates & Trends Overview – The State of Obesity

Why NCFM, VFM, and other Men’s Rights Movements are Dead Wrong

I think there is a reason why many of these “Men’s Rights Movements” and groups never seem to get anywhere influentially and always seem to be sulky environments that remind me of dank caves no one really cares to venture into unless they are those who have decided that they prefer dark holes. And it’s not because what they write or speak about isn’t true. In fact, most of their complaints are quite valid. But I think that’s just it….they’re organized complaining movements.

It’s when you get men so deluded to the point that they actually feign to fight for themselves you have succeeded in the complete, wholesale defeat of manhood and proving to everybody that men are useless to society.

It’s like a sound wave that cancels itself out and, though present, becomes silent. It’s like white noise which is used to create an inverse of another sound to block the ears from picking it up. It’s self-defeating.

Manhood is sacrificial initiation, not recumbent nay-saying or whining. It is not pandering to self-interests and perceived individual rights. Real men give up their rights. The greatest heroes we know, and whose legacies seem to never die, are those who who gave up everything including their very right to breathe. Show me that movement; I’ll join.

This is what makes manhood a bit of an oxymoron. William Wallace could be said to be a man who refused to give up his right to freedom. Except when he gave his life, he most certainly gave up his right to freedom on earth. He gave it up, and they took it. And sliced him into four or five pieces and sent his body parts to the four corners of the kingdom, to boot.

His spirit was the spirit of community and clan. His fight for freedom was intrinsic to his own people’s freedom. He did not fight for himself but for them.

He effectively told his enemy, “you cannot have my soul.” But his soul was not a a lonely soul lost in some abysmal, nihilistic nirvana and wandering in circles. His soul was a Scottish soul. This is where his cry for freedom was rooted. Identity runs much deeper than rights.

Identity is deeper than rights. “You can have everything, but you cannot have me.” If you don’t know who you really are, you will struggle with this (like our entire post-modern generation, presently).

The same thing happened with Jesus who, when confronted by his own enemy Satan in the wilderness, refused to surrender his soul. Jesus effectively told him you can take my rights and my earthly freedoms—which he did—but you can never have my soul. Jesus was, and always would be, one thing—the son of God and the first-born of all creation. Satan got him bound and imprisoned, tortured and finally crucified in the hopes, no doubt, that maybe Jesus would falter and sell-out to selfish feelings. But falter Jesus did not. The blood rushed out, his head nodded, his lungs gave out, and he became the greatest hero the world has ever known.

He showed the world exactly how a men’s movement is to work.

 

 

 

The Nashville Statement

With the Nashville Statement the Church is finally taking a stand.

In my decade of research into all this, what I have found is that the culture of nihilism (birthed some 80 years ago or so) has reached a stage of growth that it is now dominating the cultural narrative and increasingly the powers that be. The culture moved away from objective meaning into the paradigm of “make your own individual meaning”. This is unprecedented in the scope of human history as far as I can tell. The West is on the verge of legitimizing whether someone wants to even define/identify themselves as a human or not. There are actually some young people who believe they are cats and they meow to each other. This is nihilsm running its full course. All meaning is subjective and changeable and dependent on internal feeling or desire.

The Church is split fundamentally on this principle. Many progressive Christian types simply do not want to hear many passages of the Bible in their objective sense BECAUSE—and this is key—of their FEELINGS. In the culture of nihilism nothing is real except feelings and emotions. I am still trying to figure out how feelings became so elevated as to be the only thing that’s real for people. But one thing I know, Christianity and the Church can never be built upon emotionalism or feelings because that equates with sand and not the immovable, objective ROCK. I for one am relieved that our leaders have released the Nashville statement. It is a ROCK upon which a fumbling Church can STAND. And the Church is commanded to take a stand over and over in the New Testament. It’s easy for many to see this as compromising our witness but that is because it isn’t taking account of *feelings*, whether theirs or others. I’m not sure why so many Christians are under the notion that making people feel good will lead them to repentance. There is nothing about being under the wrath of God that should feel good. It is a devastating and absolutely miserable feeling. Those who become Christians simply because they saw how nice other Christians were being end up at a church like Joel Osteen’s with no knowledge of their wretchedness. When I read “God’s kindness leads us to repentance” what I recognize is that God was kind to us by being incredibly “unkind” to his own Son by laying on him what was due to us. God’s fierce wrath is the inevitable wage for all sin. The culture must be made aware of the wrath of God that they store up for themselves. Man, it is so incredibly cruel and unloving to mislead them in this!!

I also think the Nashville statement was necessary, perhaps moreso, for the Church itself which has been slipping into confusion and floating around on shifting sands for half a century. The common Christian is simply unaware of fundamental, objective truths which are given to us to keep us from busting apart at the seams. Our families, communities, relationships, and marriages are blowing up because that’s what our emotions, unchecked and unbridled by the Word of Truth, do to us. Our emotions and feelings are like nasty little buggers. Do they ever work for us and not seemingly always against us? (cf. Romans 7) Oh wretched man that I am, a body of death! I often think about how the assortment of shish kabob emotions that run through my soul are nothing like the fruit of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are qualities and feelings that, in my mind, correlate directly with something that is solid, immovable, and unchangeable. I don’t believe the Spirit is some kind of hippy trippy cloud of feeling and emotion. That’s not what joy, or peace, or patience, or humility is like… The Spirit is a guy who is collected, together, and rock-freaking solid.

Piper: “Manhood and womanhood are glorious personal realities”

John gives a great talk on how we should respond to the anti-Christian agendas oppressing Christians today.

Christians losing jobs for their beliefs is becoming a reality we have to face whether we like it or not. And it’s on account of this point that Christians will be forced to unite to help one another more than ever. I am actually looking forward to that.

http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/he-or-she-how-should-i-refer-to-transgender-friends

The Captivity of Elizabeth Hanson: A Quaker Kidnapped by Native Americans in 1725 by Samuel Bownas, Elizabeth Hanson ★★★★★

This 33-page story is an an amazing, radical testimony of a 18th century woman wholly devoted to God who was kidnapped along with six of her children by Indians. Two of her children, one only six years old, were bludgeoned to death during the raid of her home in Dover, New Hampshire.

This is a story not to be missed. In fact, I think this is crucial reading.

As a Quaker Christian, Elizabeth Hanson carried a compassionate attitude and a peaceable, non-hostile submissiveness during her ordeal that is truly mystifying to our modern way of thinking. That’s why it’s buried literature and feminists don’t want us reading this stuff.

During her entire captivity—with the ill and abusive treatment toward her and her children through starving, beating, and excessive over-landing with an infant who was only 14 days old at the time—she maintained her composure and obedient attitude without fail. To be able to remain peaceable through such unbelievable hardships as she had to endure—watching her children get killed with a hatchet and scalped, listening to her master constantly threaten to kill her other children while beating them severely, and her infant under threat of being cooked and eaten if it thrived and fattened up (since it was starved and bony from captivity)—is unquestionably a rock solid testimony of faith.

That faith made the story what it is. The sense that she knew that God was protecting her during many close calls with death at her captors hands was actually shared by her captor himself. The fact that her newborn 14-day old baby survived the 26 days of brutal overland trekking and the subsequent five months in captivity in Canada through winter was not only a miracle that Elizabeth believed was God’s doing but was also believed to be miraculous by her captor as well. It actually caused her captor to accuse her baby of being “a devil”.

This is actually a good glimpse into what Indian men were like. They were like all men. While her male captors were constantly on an unpredictable roller coaster of emotional instability beating and raging against her and her children when they failed in hunts and went hungry (reminds us of so many men out there of all races and people, doesn’t it?) suffering from overt superiority complex stubbornness syndrome, the Indian women were completely the opposite. They often showed compassion toward Elizabeth and her children. While we know that the Indians had civility as Benjamin Franklin pointed out—they were still unrighteous because all men are inclined to harming unless/until surrendered to Christ.

This is also a good look into the early Christian testimonies of the suffering and trials of being an American pioneer in a new land. That modern elites and feminists call these Indian Captivity Narratives “political propaganda” is laughable and completely inane. Feminists dislike them greatly because they were, and are, important pieces of American literature written by Christian women during the founding of America. For them women were not supposed to be free to write and publish books in the 17th century; they were supposed to be oppressed without any rights to do what they wanted and unhappy. These narratives show nothing of such unhappiness or oppression with their way of life. That’s why they tell us it’s propaganda.

The way modern feminists criticize this genre of American literature reminds me of how we criticize North Korean propaganda when they stage things to make it appear to us that they are doing just fine. When that kind of accusation is made against early America I find that very suspicious. To think that these women writers of America’s early history are actually being accused of being “stupid” at best or deceptive little liars at worst is amazing. They would actually have us believe that they are not true reflections of the times and that the correct way to understand early America is to judge it through the modern liberal “light” of “gender and race”. They tell us, as though we’re incompetent children, that we need to read this stuff with a highly alert and critical attitude. Good grief. What does that tell you? It tells you should read this literature, immediately, and listen to it.

I’ve learned that this type of fear-mongering over literature actually provides me a strong clue as to what I should read. Read the stories for yourself. They are not political propaganda. These were pioneers who struggled to survive and were fortunate if they lived long lives. Elizabeth died at aged 53. The mortality rate was extraordinarily high, there wasn’t a nation or politic in place and thus no nationalism, and all they had was their families and religion—what the hell did they care about propagandizing anyone?

Women did not feel oppressed by their culture in America’s 17th century. Their understanding of themselves and others was not in terms of gender and race because as an issue it didn’t exist. They judged on a spectrum of Savagery vs. Civility, civility being the whole point of reference as savagery was by definition the absence of civility. Benjamin Franklin was the one who argued that Indians did display some civility even if many of them scalped and killed children. Even for him, in defense of Indians, it was the spectrum of savagery vs. civility. He never made a point of people needing to stop judging Indians by their color or race. The Quakers, Puritans, and others weren’t that dimwitted. No one in those times ever brought up issues of gender or race. The spectrum of civility was based on morality and that morality had an objective basis: The Bible. When you remove the Bible, morality becomes subjective. Then when you remove morality, as we have done today, the only thing left to judge people by is objective human attributes (i.e. race, colors, genders, science). Because science is impartial and subject to human emotionalism it is too often skewed or ignored because it does not always tell us what we want to hear. Jesus taught us, as did Martin Luther King, to judge by content of character: “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:24.

This is why the left and its institutions right now are living in la-la land and have no grounding in reality. Their judgments are confounded, contradictory, and lack consistency because they have zero basis.

Read the story online for free here.

Suicide in America Spikes by 24% The Highest Rate in 28 Years

I recently talked to a male friend who had attempted suicide this last winter. It never occurred to me that he would be struggling in that way as he is generally a fun and upbeat character, who loves the Lord. He had a lot going for him and then one day, everything collapsed. The ministry he was involved in, the girlfriend he had, and the place he had lived, was lost all at once.

What is it about loss that so does a man in?

I did a study into suicide rates for youths over a year ago. I learned a thing or two about suicide. In America males commit suicide four times as much as women. Over 77% of suicides are males. This is a persistent fact historically, and internationally.

Many often rebound this fact by saying, “Well the studies show women have more suicidal thoughts.” But isn’t that response only belittling the reality of men who have actually carried it out? I think so. We might as well be confessing that women’s suicidal thoughts are more important than men’s suicides. Statistics on people’s thoughts are not empirical evidence anyway and highly subjective. How do men think less about suicide but yet kill themselves four times as much?

I think it is safe to say that most of those men who commit suicide have done so not only because they have tried and felt they failed in life but also because they lost what they felt was too much. What is “too much”? Well, any man ready to shoot himself will tell you…

Loss.

In April 2016 the New York Times reported about the 30 year high. The suicide rate of men and women aged 45-64 had a sharp increase. This is the Baby Boomer/Hippie generation. Obviously their philosophies in the 60s and 70s didn’t hold their salt and now they are more miserable than previous generations. The super-smart researchers tell us that they discovered that it has to do with money. Talk about a banal conclusion. That certainly wasn’t the reason for my friend’s suicide attempt. He was fine with the job and finances.

Also of particular note is the sharp increase in suicide among women. The rate for girls aged 10-14 tripled. American Indian female’s suicide rate rose 89 percent. White middle-aged women had an increase of 80 percent. Feminism is failing. “Female-empowering” media and movies like Frozen aren’t working. These statistics tell the true story of American life. If they didn’t the government wouldn’t be spending hundreds of millions of dollars to obtain them.

A spike in suicide rates among white middle-aged women in the last decade is particularly interesting. These women are the pioneers (or guinea pigs) of the feminist movement. Scores of young women in the 60s and 70s jumped on the bandwagon of “liberation” thinking that they were headed for something great and noble. Now that they have reached middle-age (45-64) they have become more suicidal.

I make a big deal of suicide rates because there are few better indicators of health for any given society.  Blaming suicide on money or jobs is almost dubious. If that’s really the reason how is that Kenya’s suicide rate is 6 per 100,000 while America’s is 14 per 100,000? Kenya’s unemployment rate is 80%. People there have nothing. During my time spent there, I remember watching a pastor praise God to his church for being given a cell phone. It was as significant to him and his congregation as a pastor in America to be given a house. Meanwhile Kenyans sing and dance. Everywhere. Even in the infamous Kibera slums, the kids play happily. No one’s sulking in the corner thinking suicidal thoughts. Not even the boys who live on the streets inhaling glue day in and day out. Why? Perhaps it’s because at the end of the day they have each other.

When the culture gives birth to movies like Frozen, glorifying and selling the idea of a young woman being alone in a cold, dark prison of ice, should we be surprised if the suicide rate among women is rapidly increasing? Again, the rate for girls aged 10-14 tripled.  Where is all that pressure and insecurity coming from at so early an age?

Aloneness is exactly where Satan wants his victims to be. Jesus was not confronted by Satan until he was alone in the wilderness. It is no place for any human, ever (alone-time notwithstanding).

Robin Williams, who committed suicide, sheds more light on the issue by saying, “I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.”

“Transgender man gives birth to baby boy in Oregon”

A transgender man has given born to a baby boy in the US.  Trystan Reese, from Portland, Oregon, was born female but started taking hormones almost a decade ago.  He stopped when he got pregnant and has now given birth to a son, Leo.

Source: Transgender man gives birth to baby boy in Oregon | The Independent

This article is a perfect example of the absolute confusion and illogic into which Western society is heaving itself. Perhaps it’s intended to be confusing.  The headline quip makes it sound like something extraordinary just happened. And yet nothing extraordinary happened.

I’m not sure whether it is expected that we will eventually get used to this or learn how this linguistic yoga works.

“A transgender man gives birth.” Is the baby boy a “gender assignment” or is that based on biology?

“He was born female.” Are we inferring he was a girl and someone’s daughter?

“He got pregnant.” Who are you talking about?

“Birth to a son.” Is that another assignment? How do you know?

“two men having a biological child.” How does that work?

I ask these questions because they want us to. They don’t want us using the old “binary” labels (and yet they use them here.)

Are you confused yet?

As I learned English in elementary school, I would have flunked the class if I wrote something fashioned like this article with all of its incoherent mix of pronouns and confusing language. You literally have to sit there and study the news piece just to figure out what they are trying to tell you. It’s like an enigma. They could be very straight and clear about this because the story is quite simple and uninteresting but they choose not to. They want it to be confusing. The media is not reputable information for thinking people anymore. It is an emotional machine fueled by deceit.

I could care less for most of this sort of thing but that the state let these two adopt two children infuriates me. This is the current level of nefarious ineptitude in our own government (I’ve lived in Portland my whole life by the way). Portland, for all it’s wonders and beautiful green is one of the worst places for children. It sacrifices its kids to Molech and thinks nothing about their welfare and future. Its completely rank with pedophiles, sex trafficking, strip clubs, public nudity protests, and everything in between because the people love it. It has become a harbor for indecency.