Saturday, August 29, 2020

Reflections of a Watchman

Walking through the war-torn rubble that used to be a city, the man paused and stared at the doll wondering whose blood now covered the toy. Where was its former owner now? So much had happened so quickly. The year 2020’s were a blur of activity… an assault against a society that could no longer tolerate change fatigue yet couldn’t stop to absorb the facts and see where it was all leading.

In many ways, it was not a surprise. Just like the first Civil War in the mid-1800s, civil dialog had stopped in both government and society. Both sides had become so focused on what they believed that discourse disintegrated into disagreement, further dissolving into demonization of anyone with an opposing viewpoint. Mistrust grew as did the name-calling. Soon, brother was coming to blows against brother and militias clashed, soaking American soil with blood.

Blood had soaked this cloth toy as well. The doll was now in his hand, replacing the rifle that he had gently laid down. Although covered in a coagulated red, there was no pool of blood nearby. Why was that? Perhaps the child dropped it while running away from the carnage that ravaged this street, or maybe it was discarded by a shell-shocked parent who realized they needed to let go of what was no longer theirs to hold.

He hated the way his mind worked at times… seeing the many different possibilities coldly analyzing while somehow still feeling deeply! So many pieces… so many possible outcomes… so much that didn’t matter now… but he saw it happening and didn’t have an answer for how to stop it. It was like watching a chess game, seeing 3 moves ahead yet understanding the grandmaster already saw checkmate in 5-7 moves.

Everyone was the enemy and yet no one was. They were all pawns, useful idiots who were pulled along by glowing dots of light, something that they believed in with such fervor and hyper-focus that they failed to realize how they were being carefully herded in a direction. Checkmate.

No, not everyone was a pawn. There were a few that chuckled with glee as their plans reached fruition, and there were fewer still who leveraged these orchestrators as their own useful idiots, working the opposing sides against each other so masterfully that they never realized until it was too late. Like the sci-fi mass execution of Jedi, Order 66 removed the last obstacle.

As Lincoln had predicted, the enemy within proved to be the greatest threat to the American experiment, and like Washington’s Prophecy for America had predicted, the proud nation once tall and strong had now fallen, brother fighting against brother… again. The battles emerged even before the election results were clear. Come to think of it, did they ever truly know the outcome of the 2020 election? In hindsight and practically speaking, it may not have mattered; neither side was willing to admit defeat, taking up every weapon imaginable to fight for their agenda. “Either way,” he said aloud, “I’m glad that I voted.”

The sound of his own voice, raspy and broken, caused him to reflect upon what he uttered. It’s true, voting was privilege. At the time, he appreciated this responsibility, understanding it was the right thing to do and how his role, no matter how slight, contributed to the outcome. However, in retrospect, he smiled with the self-satisfaction of knowing that he left nothing on the table, and that it may have been his last opportunity to exercise this once under-appreciated civic duty.

Propaganda was plentiful from both sides and it was difficult to find the truth, especially moving up to that last election. In the end, the globalists found their “Worm Tongue” to influence each faction, leading to the conflict he was now in. As much as people laugh at conspiracy theories, this was a brilliantly orchestrated, well-funded and ultimately successful plan to deconstruct that last bastion of Freedom, rendering it ineffective in opposing the more stable strategic order they had envisioned in the summer of 2019. Although they were never able to subdue America as they had planned, the United States was in no position to challenge their global authority. By January of 2021, the World Economic Forum was applauded globally for both its strategy and execution. The nations quickly embraced their manifesto that smoothly synthesized the ideals and practices of social capitalism that created the global government. 

Of course, the provisional government supplied a representative and tried to participate with the global community, but the rebellion made it difficult. With so many people refusing to take the vaccine and its associated contact-tracing chip ID. As a result, the new global government restricted travel to and from the Americas until the governments could bring their populace into conformity. Even though news reports carried countless stories of deadly contagions breaking out across North America, many people still violently opposed the mandatory treatment, citing cryptic reports that these strange illnesses stemmed from toxins and not contagious. Surprisingly, the Administration itself refused to comply, which led to the unexpected departure of several senior advisors who joined the new, global government.

He came back to reality with the sharp sound of gunfire in the distance. Time to move on.

Dropping the doll and quickly picking up his rifle, he jogged toward the nearest shelter. As a watchman, he needed to find a better perspective for relaying news to the others, but the only way to make a difference tomorrow is to survive another day!

Part 2: Newsworthy

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    Sunday, August 23, 2020

    Power and Freedom

    The emperor has no clothes! 

    There’s a story I learned in my youth about an emperor who was deceived into buying a robe made of silk so fine that it was imperceptible. In truth, it was nothing, a mere fabrication of real fabric. Yet, believing himself to be wearing a fine and magnificent robe, he paraded down the street until a child remarked: “The emperor has no clothes!” Hearing the utterance the emperor ran back in humiliation. 

    I can imagine if this happened in our day and age how the TV pundits would quickly have a spin on the story. And of course, social media would have flurry of opinions over the issue: “The emperor was disgraced by an unruly child!”; “The emperor lost his mind!”; “The parents should be imprisoned!” Meanwhile, many would lose sight of the fact that it took a child to speak the truth that everyone else was too afraid to say. 

    “Be nice!” 

    Someone might have told that child to be nice. We tell our kids to “be nice” as if it is a virtue, but it is not. Many corporate environments emphasize being nice, and I’ve seen many people who have learned to be unkind while remaining “nice”. “Nice” is a sophisticated way of interacting that can sometimes go hand-in-hand with being mean-spirited, manipulative and hateful. Without loving respect for others, “nice” is a tool to hide our hatefulness while twisting the knife slowly in someone’s back or allowing an unsuspecting target to walk into a maelstrom. 

    I can image someone in the emperor's court being very nice, allowing the emperor to make his own decisions, inwardly cringing at the outcome. Or someone less approving of the emperor “nicely” allowing the debacle in anticipation of the ruler’s eminent disgrace. I can also imagine a well-intentioned imperialist foolishly confronting the emperor as being easily deceived. 

    But being loving also means being gentle and kind. We should strive to speak the truth in a loving fashion whenever possible. Can you imagine the story of the emperor where a bold and wise confidant spoke the truth in love to his ruler? It may have sounded like this: “My emperor , may I speak with you privately? … You know I have your best interest at heart and I desire for the entire world to honor you as I do. I want you to be seen with the finest things! Yet I have concerns about this robe. Is it so fine that others will perceive you as naked? Or worse, is it all a ruse crafted by a wily charlatan? Could we not test the legitimacy of this material somehow: use it to move something else or test it’s flammability? Understand, I only say this because I value your dignity.” 

    The Truth 

    2020 is a transition year worldwide. What are we transitioning towards? 

    The world economy is struggling amidst fears of a global pandemic. I spoke with some friends from the Middle East who noticed startling similarities in their home country to what is happening in America. There is rioting in the streets with identical tactics to Seattle. With such chaos and unrest across the globe, some are calling for a more powerful global government. 

    Why do people gravitate toward a strong, centralized power structure? 

    People desire safety and security, looking for something more powerful than themself to provide it. We are wired that way to look to God as our Provider and Protector, yet instead people look toward big government, abdicating freedoms and relinquishing responsibilities to the state. The state was made for individuals not individuals for the state; we created government for a purpose yet find ourselves enslaved by it. How sad that people go so willing into slavery, worshiping the created thing over the Creator! 

    Regaining Freedom 

    How do we regain our freedom once it has been forfeited? It will be a long and difficult road. It is like getting out of debt or shedding extra pounds of fat: it takes focused dedication and trust in God. “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” We trust God to bring us through and yet we accept the responsibility to take that first step as well as every subsequent step on the journey. 

    Have the myriad changes of this year caused you shutdown or has it awakened something inside you? I pray that we all rise up and awake to the challenge ahead! It will not be easy, but it will be worth it! 





    copyright ©2020 Mitchell Malloy (http://mitchellmalloyblogspot.com/) 

    Sunday, August 9, 2020

    Is Man Basically Good?

    To say the least, it was unusual for a Destroyer to be the flag ship of an admiral, but this was such a small group of ships that the Commodore chose the USS William V. Pratt. It was the ship I served on as a junior officer, and I was fortunate for the experience. I was a new Christian, and one night I found myself in a theological debate with the Commodore over the question: Is man basically good? The flag officer insisted that man was inherently wicked, but I held onto the belief that man was basically good. From my perspective, the cause of bad behavior was that people were hurt by life’s experiences which created a cycle of pain, but I contended that if a person was treated well and educated, they would grow beyond their experience and learn to respond in a better, healthier way.

    The prevailing thought in 2020 American society holds the view I boldly debated with the Commodore. In that conversation so many years ago, neither one of us were able to sway the other person, yet I acknowledged he brought up a lot of good points that I had never considered.­ He was also a Christian with many years more experience than I had at that time, and I learned a lot from my conversations with him. 

    The Reality 

    The reality is that men and women are all made in the Image of God. We were made for love and to do good things. We were created a little lower than the angels, but the Father’s plan has always been for us to become co-inheritors of His Kingdom. This is who we were made to be, but there is more to our reality. As Isaiah pointed out, all of our righteousness is as filthy rags. We were made for love and good deeds, but our hearts tend toward evil, and if our hearts tend toward evil, does that make us wicked? 

    No one likes to think of themselves as wicked, so Christians look to the New Testament writings and point to how we are “a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come.” We have been redeemed and remade… this is great news! So if our hearts are renewed, that means we no longer lean toward evil, right? Then why does Paul also write that he fails to the good he desires and instead does the evil he doesn’t want? Theologians have gone to great lengths to describe the difference between justification and sanctification, but it can quickly be summarized as this: we were made and re-made for good, but we aren’t there yet. 

    However, that does not mean that we are wicked. Yes, our tendency is to go astray, to please ourselves in all its myriad forms, to do only the good that we choose. We were made for good but choose to please ourselves instead. That is our old man fighting against the new man we’ve become. Yet for those who accept God’s grace and seek His presence, we are transformed from “glory to glory” while He works in us to live good and godly lives. We are changed as we spend time in His Presence, and we are empowered “to live and act according to His good pleasure.” Yet the wicked are those who commit the only unforgivable sin, the sin against the Spirit, which I believe is a continuous and intentional refusal to have a relationship with God beginning with an acceptance of His grace that acknowledges our selfish nature. 


    1. We were made for good 
    2. Our hearts tend toward evil 
    3. Even after accepting Christ we continue to do bad things 
    4. God changes us over time to live rightly 
    We were made for good but aren’t there yet, and the wicked who never accept God’s grace will never arrive. 

    A Practical Response 

    So what do we do with this information, and why does it even matter? As a follower of Christ, we need to acknowledge daily our need for Him, and as we walk with Him, He transforms us. We recognize the innate value of every person, and just as we receive the grace of God in our lives, we extend it to others. We build guardrails in our lives that anticipate everyone’s tendency toward selfishness while still looking for and cultivating the good that is in everyone. We even build guardrails in our own lives so that our eyes remain on “Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith”, just as we also build checks and balances into societal power structures to resist corruption. 

    If we build a system around false assumptions that system will fail, yet that is exactly what is happening worldwide. I had been taught that man is basically good and therefore as a new Christian, I had a hard time accepting what the Commodore tried to show me: I was made for good, but I wasn’t there yet. 

    The admiral shared an understanding of reality that greatly influenced the thinking of America’s founding fathers. They built a system of checks and balances to mitigate the risks of centralized power structures. They understood that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. This system they envisioned, the great American experiment, was able to course correct over time to accomplish great things, including the abolition of slavery and the recognition of women’s rights. The system they designed was over time able to support the dream of Dr. Martin Luthor King, and I believe given the time and commitment, we could still see the full realization of that dream. 

    Everyone was created with certain “inalienable rights”. Even if a person refuses to accept the reality of God (or God I know Him to be), they are still created in His image and worthy of loving respect, kindness and consideration. The American system of government was established valuing the inherent worthiness of every individual while acknowledging the corruptibility of anyone. 

    Ironically, people are seeking to deconstruct our system of government as they seek to establish a global government, all with the underlying assumption that man is basically good. The deconstructionists say that we have evolved intellectually as a global society to the point where we can rise above the things that have held us back in the past. They say war is an evil that can be eliminated by getting rid of the things that cause it: e.g. - patriotism, borders and religion. But what would this world look like if the Allied nations had not gone to war against the Axis powers of WWII? Is it possible that the plurality of nations act as a natural deterrent to global totalitarianism? 

    And with respect to religion, what has happened historically when everyone is compelled to follow the same doctrine? When religious power structures are centralized, haven’t they also become corrupted and caused so many travesties? It’s not religion, but the corruption of religious power structures that should concern us! The answer is not to compel a secular religion that forbids all religious expression, but to encourage the open discourse among all belief systems. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another!” 

    There are many power structures: government, religion, financial, education, entertainment, etc. What happens to each of these as they become centralized? How many works of art have failed to be recognized because a centralized power structure has silenced innovative beauty in preference to pop art? How has knowledge been stunted because educational power systems have shut down healthy discourse? 

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. 

    We were made for good but aren’t there yet. 

    What guardrails need to be in place in our lives as individuals and within our society? “Pray for wisdom”, and do not doubt that God will grant it! 

    copyright ©2020 Mitchell Malloy (http://mitchellmalloyblogspot.com/) 

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

    The Love Pyramid - Part 2

    Intimacy, Desire and Ability 

    “Boys use emotional intimacy to get physical intimacy and girls use physical intimacy to get emotional intimacy.” The words I heard in college returned to me as I read about a Scandinavian study that showed how 16 year old girls’ self-esteem declined when in a sexual relationship; conversely, 16 year old boys’ self-esteem went up. It made sense. The girls were selling a part of themselves to have a need met, but the boys were discovering a need they weren’t even aware of being fulfilled. 

    It also brought back to mind a book my future father-in-law handed me as I dated his daughter: “I Loved a Girl” by Walter Trobisch. Trobisch was an African pastor who brilliantly wrote about physical and emotional intimacy, using a triangle to illustrate the importance of balancing emotional and physical intimacy as a couple progresses in their relationship. I am so grateful for my father-in-law in general, and I especially appreciate him being bold and loving enough to share this book with me. It helped me understand what I want to share with you. 

    The Love Pyramid takes the 2 dimensional illustration I learned from Pastor Trobisch and extends the depth of God’s Sovereignty. By 
    “sovereignty” I mean: God is fully in control. He has the knowledge, ability, and is the very embodiment of love. Understanding love is foundational to understanding the Love Pyramid. Love is Who God is and who we were made to be. I won’t rehash what I wrote previously, but I encourage you read it for context. 

    There are four corners to the Love Pyramid that lead toward Oneness: 

    1. Emotional Intimacy 

    2. Physical Intimacy 

    3. Desire for Commitment 

    4. Ability to Commit 



    Love is a decision accompanied by many feelings. The loving, romantic relationship God created for a man and wife is filled with all those feelings, feelings that hit us on so many levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Because God is good, love is good, and He made the union of man and wife to be a wonderful kaleidoscope of positive feelings. Jesus told us that a man would leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife; that the two would become one flesh. This oneness that God created for marriage is symbolic of the oneness that He desires for each of us. Without going into the many details, it’s precisely because of the beauty of this gift of loving oneness that the enemy has perverted it, using a bait and switch technique to pull us away from God’s best into something that is bent and twisted out of shape. 



    God’s desire for us is to grow in oneness together, so it’s easy to understand how someone’s desire for commitment is painful when left unfulfilled. We can also easily understand how our desire for emotional intimacy can sometimes lead to compromises when this good need is left unfulfilled. Reflecting on the 16 year olds in sexual relationships, boys are often vilified their actions, but if we’re completely honest both genders in this scenario are using each other. Both are seeking their own needs over the needs of the other. God created us for both emotional and physical intimacy, but using another person to have one or both of those needs met is not love

    Love is enduring and involves commitment. But is it enough if both people have a strong and equal desire to be in a life-long, committed relationship and they both determine to do what is best for the other one? That sounds like love, right? But can it lead to the oneness that God desires for us? 

    If both the Lover and the Beloved don’t have the ability to commit, their commitment is limited. Some examples include: very young couples without an ability to financially support themselves or the children that will eventually arrive; a prior commitment to love someone else; a physical constraint such as imprisonment; etc. Any number of other examples can illustrate this point: without the ability to commit, it is pointless and even painful if all the other corners of the pyramid want to soar to the top but the ability to commit is just not there. In such situations, allowing the relationship to progress is short-sighted. If God has you in those circumstances, then it’s important to join Him where you are and not to dwell on the impossible possibilities. This ability to commit in love is where God’s Sovereignty really comes into play. We are in a in a place where He has put us, and we can choose to trust Him or choose to take things into our own hands. 

    Looking again at the pyramid we can envision another scenario, where someone has the ability but lacks any desire to commit. In this case they may lack love and may not be living as they were intended to be. They could be losing out on one of God’s greatest gifts for those who were created in His image. 

    I encourage you to look at the two images I’ve included and to reflect upon them. Think about the impact of pushing up on one corner of the pyramid when others are stationary. Consider how this applies to either your current situation or past experience then reflect about how this illustration may be helpful for either yourself or to others in your life. I intentionally tried to be concise, but I could easily write a book about this and still not cover it completely. If you have questions or something you’d like to discuss, reach out to “mitch” at “malloyclan.com”. 

    copyright ©2020 Mitchell Malloy (http://mitchellmalloyblogspot.com/)