Personal Thoughts on Media Narrative (Part 2)

“So Gad went and said to David, “Do you choose to endure three years of famine in your land, three months of fleeing the pursuit of your enemies, or three days of plague upon your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should reply to Him who sent me.”

– 2 Samuel 24:13.
The greatest puppet of the government today is the mainstream media and its prints. 
There is a reason mainstream media will never tell us of well-beings, only ills. Why? They sell well when its consumers are fearful and paranoid: fear sells.  
I strongly believe the greatest enemy of the people today, after the government, is mainstream media. 
Technology may well be the greatest human invention, but it is safe to say it has made many a man dumber in an age where almost everyone boasts of their sophistication so-called. 
It is almost impossible to be accepted these days if you dare think for yourself. Don't question Big Brother, they say. Or, Big Brother is watching YOU, we're constantly reminded! We don't do that here. 
[Some] Journalists and politicians are married unless Truth proclaims the divorce. 
Discernment. Discernment. Discernment. 
As most of man's sins are in his words, so also most  faults of mainstream media are in its daily reporting and print. Propaganda. 
Social media in general makes us zombies glued in our little screens. 
Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash.
One day the blindfolded and manipulated mass will fully wake up, but alas, it will be too late. 
Fear makes us lick and lip gloss the government. The State is my Shepherd. 
Who will teach the next generation what "thinking" is? 
Lies have taken over; no one wants truth. 
"I'm a journalist." No, you're not! Some of you are nincompoop!
Politicians are masters of deceit. 
Man, be really thankful your fellow man does not control oxygen. A lunatic would turn it off for many a man. God, thank you! 
There's a place and time for Impercatory Psalms if certain men continue to harden their hearts. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Image: Merakist.
Whenever there's a BIG STORY in the media, LOOK for the STORY they're trying to DISTRACT you from. You're wise and know how to apply. 
No one has ever died from social media detox. 
It is very hard to have a conversation with someone who believes everything that is written on a newspaper. 
In a way, social media has taken us backward. 
Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. 
All journalists; okay, a majority of journalists, whether on the right or the left [or the middle], are guilty of doublespeak. 
Language corrupted is society endangered. 
I'll speak and write my mind. 
Power and control is the end game. 
Let man fancy his plans, but God does whatever He pleases, and no man can thwart His plans. Do you know the story of Babel? 

“David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”

– 2 Samuel 24:14.

Personal Advice to Teens and Youth (Part 3)

This post is intended for the young teen and in some sense, the youth. An encouragement and exhortation to them in this our short and earthly pilgrimage belowhere. I’ll not make it an article, but rather, as I’ve been doing with some of my posts lately, share a few personal nuggets—meditations.

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Be thankful for your parents and guardians. They are not heroes. There are many orphans who desire to have what you have — a roof over your head and family that cares and loves you. 
Do not kid yourself that you'll never grow up. Use your time with intent. Refuse to waste it away. You're wise and know how to apply. 
You're not too young to know Christ; Christ knows you — knows you too well! Cultivate a desire to know and walk with Christ in your teenage and youthful years — and forevermore. 
Photo by Patrick Buck on Unsplash.
Watch over the sins of your age. I recommend you to prayer, earnest prayer. Let your life be a life of prayer. Do not depend on your prayers, though, but on the God of whom you're praying to. 
The philosopher said, "Know yourself." I say to you, know what triggers you to sin. When you do, pray that the Lord would keep you from temptation. When you fall, and you'll fall, do not stay there; look up again to Christ and seek His pardon in truth and in true heart repentance guided with humility. 
It was a prudent saying from the giant divine of theology, John Owen, that I'd pass to you also: "Be killing sin or sin will be killing you." 
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Cherish Christ and His grace. Let Him be your school master and personal tutor in all things excellent. 
Christ's school is full of correction and wonderful instruction. Listen to Him as God bid the world to, "listen to Him with whom I am well pleased." 
Getting vitamins D from the sun is good, but do not forget the Sun of Righteousness who has offered eternal life to you. 
Be dead to the things of this world and alive in the things of God. 
Photo by Patrick Buck on Unsplash.
When adversity comes, thank God; when prosperity knocks, seek God. 
Dear teen and youth, do not forget your books. Love reading. Seek ways to read. Discuss what you read. 
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Friendship. The chief end of all friendships is pointing each other to Christ. To walk with Christ, to obey Christ, and exhort each other to believe in Christ. 
Nothing is more stimulating than friends who remind you of your identity in Christ.
Love can be communicated in many ways, especially with a genuine presence of a friend.
Next to siblingship, friendship is the altar of all other relationships.
An aquaintance is someone who thinks they know you. A friend knows you. 
In life we need genuine friends, even the one! 
Do not make a scene when friends deal unjustly with you. Remember Jesus? For 30 pieces of silver Judas divorced himself from True and Eternal Friendship with God! 
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Be careful who you share your stuff with. In short, know your friends! 
Be a friend you want others to be. 
It is not a bad thing to have a silly friend. We all need some silliness, good silly. 
We know an individual by hearing their friends. 
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Put negative gossip far from your lips. Do not entertain it for a second. If men gossip to you, gossip to them the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Avoid talking too much. Too much words is a snare. So, talk less. Be meaningful in your conversations and not wasteful. 
It is okay to feel sad. It is okay to cry. Grown ups cry, too! Let no one fool you "men don't cry." 
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Learn what true biblical masculinity and true biblical feminism is. Do not for a second listen to these so-called celebrities with their distorted and toxic views. 
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.
God made man and woman; male and female. 
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Be humble. 
Work tirelessly on your character. Grades and connections can get you somewhere, but godly character brings you before God — the Creator of all, the Maker of all! 
Fear God more and you'll fear men less; fear men more and you'll fear God less. 
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Your identity as a young teen is not found in the Kardashians and their looks; your identity as a youth is not found in Rihanna and her baby bum; your identity is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Social media and its glamour is an illusion. It is not real. Do not compare your life with illusions. Live before God and man in integrity. It is hard, but it is possible. 
Your grandparents are your true and greatest "fans". Reach out to them. Share with them what's happening with and in your life. If they don't seem to get you, maybe it's because you live in a world that is too fast paced for them? Take them slow and understand them, even when they won't understand how snapchat works! 
You're not too young to die. Make peace with God before it's too late. 
Fools are always futuring. 
God loves you. He proved this by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die for you. Sounds like a cliché, you say? It's not! The Incarnation of Christ is never a clichè!

Married or single, thank God! 
It is unwise to jump into love-relationships casually. Listen, "Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires" (Song of Songs 8:4).
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Hookup culture basically says you can sell your body sexually and it's "OK!" No, it's NOT! Casual sex breeds casualties in the long run. 
Pornography is all acting and not lasting. 
Masturbation is the art of making a whole society weak with an illusion of reality mixed with temporary pleasure — an orgsamic "release" that leaves men and women with guilty pleasure rather than being fullfilled. In short, masturbation is never satisfied once it takes one for its prisoner. "One last time..." 
God has something to say about sex,
Sex is good,
Sweeter and satisfactory in marriage.
God created sex to be enjoyed,
Not by all,
But by all who are covenanted together in marriage.

Who said God is silent about sex?
"Put off sexual immorality..."
"Enjoy the wife of your youth..."
"Let her breasts satisfy you..."
God has something to say about sex.

Sex, what have you done?
Many a man chase you without understanding,
Many are lured by you, yes.
Young, teen, youth, adult, old,
All are imprisoned by your "seemingly" sweet pleasure,
Do they know you, truly?
Have you told them that God has something to say about sex?
God has something to say about sex.

It can build,
It can satisfy [when enjoyed in God's way]
It can break,
It can deceive,
It can guilt-trap,
And...
It can never bring true happiness,
Or fulfillment.

Sex, have you told your captives these things?
God has something to say about sex,
Celebrities have nothing to say about sex.
Hollywood is horriblywood.

But, where does God speak about sex?
Unashamedly in-between His sacred Scripture,
God has spoken about sex,
He created sex,
Sex is a gift from God,
A sacred gift to man and woman,
Covenanted together in holy matrimony.

The world continues to speak,
God has spoken.
God has something to say about sex.
Being "cool" today is equated by walking naked. Listen, young person, don't strive to be seen as "cool" or "to-date" in this egocentric society. Strive to walk in humility. Pursue godliness in a godless culture. It is possible with God, but not possible without God. 
I've observed all sexual scenes that happen in TV programs are not between married couples: adultery, fornication, and sundry orgies are being passed out as normal. 
If all we think of is sex, sex is all we will think of. 
Young men, women are not sexual objects! She is a person, an individual, a woman, a friend, a sister, a niece, a cousin, a wife, a grandma...not a sex object!
Young women, beware of toxic feminism doctrine that would make you object the order of God, the biblical order of God. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Wedding ceremonies is all white and tuxedo, all superficial; but it is in marriage where all the homely and good stuff takes place. You can play pretend in weddings, but not in marriage. 
Thank God for sex, it's His gift; thank God for celibacy, it's His gift, too! 
Whether married or single, "godliness with contentment is great gain." 
Image: Alexis Brown.
Young youth, beware! Your time is TikTok-ing! 
The wisdom of young is foolishness with old age. 
I pray this young generation would commit to know the Lord and not master the world. 
The clothes you boast of now will laugh at you after 15 years. You're wise and know how to apply. 
I insist. Eternity is not far from your fleeting life. 
God knows you; do you know Him? 
Image: Hannah Rodrigo.
Do not run at the feet of celebrities; instead, come running to the Lord Jesus Christ & fall at His feet. We're safe there; both old and young! 
Examine your philosophy of life honestly. Speak to yourself. 
Do not neglect critical thinking. We live in a world of ignorant fools who are threatened by independent thinkers. Now, as surprising as it may seem, it is impossible to reason with CNN-knights and men who believe everything that is written on a newspaper. 
Know, not I'll know. 

Hello, everyone! I hope you are enjoying my Personal Meditation Series on sundry subjects? Thank you for reading & God bless! – Thompson.

Snippet Thoughts on Media Narrative (Part 1b)

“So Gad went and said to David, “Do you choose to endure three years of famine in your land, three months of fleeing the pursuit of your enemies, or three days of plague upon your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should reply to Him who sent me.”

– 2 Samuel 24:13.
The greatest puppet of the government today is the mainstream media and its prints. 
There is a reason mainstream media will never tell us of well-beings, only ills. Why? They sell well when its consumers are fearful and paranoid: fear sells.  
I strongly believe the greatest enemy of the people today, after the government, is mainstream media. 
Technology may well be the greatest human invention, but it is safe to say it has made many a man dumber in an age where almost everyone boasts of their sophistication so-called. 
It is almost impossible to be accepted these days if you dare think for yourself. Don't question Big Brother, they say. Or, Big Brother is watching YOU, we're constantly reminded! We don't do that here. 
[Some] Journalists and politicians are married unless Truth proclaims the divorce. 
Discernment. Discernment. Discernment. 
As most of man's sins are in his words, so also most  faults of mainstream media are in its daily reporting and print. Propaganda. 
Social media in general makes us zombies glued in our little screens. 
Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash.
One day the blindfolded and manipulated mass will fully wake up, but alas, it will be too late. 
Fear makes us lick and lip gloss the government. The State is my Shepherd. 
Who will teach the next generation what "thinking" is? 
Lies have taken over; no one wants truth. 
"I'm a journalist." No, you're not! Some of you are nincompoop!
Politicians are masters of deceit. 
Man, be really thankful your fellow man does not control oxygen. A lunatic would turn it off for many a man. God, thank you! 
There's a place and time for Impercatory Psalms if certain men continue to harden their hearts. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Image: Merakist.
Whenever there's a BIG STORY in the media, LOOK for the STORY they're trying to DISTRACT you from. You're wise and know how to apply. 
No one has ever died from social media detox. 
It is very hard to have a conversation with someone who believes everything that is written on a newspaper. 
In a way, social media has taken us backward. 
Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. 
All journalists; okay, a majority of journalists, whether on the right or the left [or the middle], are guilty of doublespeak. 
Language corrupted is society endangered. 
I'll speak and write my mind. 
Power and control is the end game. 
Let man fancy his plans, but God does whatever He pleases and no man can thwart His plans. Do you know the story of Babel? 

“David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”

– 2 Samuel 24:14.

Snippet Thoughts on Media Narrative (Part 2)

The only way the mainstream media can get their narrative together is when Truth calls for a conference and then we'll consider. Impossible, though. 
Every piece of 'truth' the mainstream media reports is half-truths or no truth at all. 
Where there is truth these days it is termed as conspiracy, but where there is falsehood, it is called factual. 
"According to experts" is often times according to non-existent "experts". 
I'm afraid five years from now we'll not know the meaning of journalism. Well, I'm afraid we're already here! 
Media houses, like many politicians, are gurus of deceit. 

Snippet Thoughts on Media Narrative (Part 1)

The greatest puppet of the government is the mainstream media and its prints. 
There is a reason mainstream media will never tell us of well-beings, only ills. Why? They sell well when its consumers are fearful and paranoid. 
I strongly believe the greatest enemy of the people today, [after the government], is the mainstream media. 
Technology may well be the greatest human invention, but it is safe to say it has made many a man dumber in an age where almost everyone boasts of their sophistication. 
It is almost impossible to be accepted these days if you dare think for yourself. Don't question Big Brother, they say. Or, Big Brother is watching you! We don't do that here. 
Mainstream media journalists and politicians are married unless Truth proclaims the divorce. 
Discernment. Discernment. Discernment. 
As most of man's sins are in his words, so also most  faults of mainstream media are in its daily reporting and print. Propaganda. 
Social media in general makes us zombies glued in our little screens. 

Random Thoughts on Issues of the Day (Part 7)

“For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the way of life, please press three.”

– Alice Kahn.

The technological-social world is apparently going through an outage. Now, I’m no expert or user of these modern social apps, other than WhatsApp. Reports say that Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, & Instagram are all under one company? Well, being a ludite, I didn’t know that!

Actually, it was not until late last year that I was told Instagram is designed solely for pictures. I’m told all sorts of models exist there, you name it! And one of my friends laughed when I told them I didn’t know TikTok was an app until two-three months ago.

On Facebook and Messenger. I don’t even know how they operate(s), let alone have them in my gadgets. I do know, however, that these companies have succeeded in mining peoples’ data and sell them into third parties without the consent of its users. The users have become their products. Nothing is free. We’re the product.

I’ve closely observed and noted sundry outbursts the worldwide web is currently talking about in other news feeds.

Fortunately [for me], knowing a few tricks here and there in my iPad, I have a section where I can scroll to my left and the screen will bring me all sorts of headlines happening around the world in real time. What I love about this feed is that I don’t have to be subscribed into these channels and social apps to access their content.

They have also categorized their genres: Breaking News, Happening Now, Celebrities, Sports, Entertainment, Movies, Technology, Science, etc…etc. This is super helpful to manuever through and not waste time in useless things.

Anyways, some few rambling thoughts. It is kinda good these social apps have experienced an outage. I mean this, knowing fully well there are some people who use these apps for their work and daily living, that is, business wise.

So then, for those affected in this way, honest and faithful laborers, I hope and pray all will be well so that your families will have a meal and daily supply.

The “goodness” of which I speak here is the sense of helplessness when we see our “freedom” to connect is certainly under “attack,” so-to-speak. The same energy people are taking to twitter or whatever available social app should be the same energy with which we stand up against tyranny.

The reason many are “bored” now it’s because we feel our “togetherness” is being threatened. But, have we paused and asked how this [separation] is currently happening to us under some mandates that prove false and at worst, contradictory? We’re told to stay far from our families, for example. Those that pass these mandates are the same people who flaunt their own rules in public.

Have you asked yourself why the mass is prone to follow the narrative, even if the mass is clearly out of line? Is it that we are fools or what? Or we are idiots, perhaps?

On society under technology. The current outage is proof that we’ve been conditioned to be dependent upon these apps. This is sadly the case. We’ve been fed lies mixed with some good things, though, the bad outweighs the good. We’ve become like zombies that never cease looking at our phones. We’re always watching something, never praying!

Just observe how some families (during this time), I’m sure, have had probably the best time together without anyone mindlessly and needlessly have to respond to every pinging coming from their phones. Some fathers have finally managed to have the whole gang together for a family picture.

If we are sane and serious to account how we use and spend our day; make a calculation of how many hours you/we spend before these apps. It’s an addiction! I’m sure, that is, those of us who are used to have all our time in these apps, must be having itching fingers. “Who do I text?” Constantly checking if the issue has been solved.

I think this is the best time to think through these things, beloved. Like I wrote another time, [in question form], what if one day all these apps, the internet, fully shuts down? What will you do?

What if they say, as I’m sure the plan is there, you’ll not have access to the internet without first complying with the mandates, getting the vaccine and what-not, what will you do? You should ask and answer these questions yourself.

On spiritual matters. Have you noted how much time we spend in these apps more than in prayer? I’m ashamed and guilty of this. I’ve not given myself fully to prayer as I would’ve loved. But I’ve given myself to worthless clicks of social media more than I’d require.

In short, I’ve wasted time when I should’ve prayed. Not that I must pray to feel better or check a box off, no. But to pray to spend more time and getting to know the will of God through prayer. My dependence should not be in my prayers but in the God of whom I’m addressing in prayer.

God is my foundation, not my prayer. Prayer is essential, indeed, but we must never rest in prayer or the means of grace, but on God who provides these means of grace for our sanctification and for His own glory.

We’ve become lazy when reading God’s word; but very active once we open our social apps. We slumber when we read a chapter; but we can spend all night watching Netflix and YouTube videos.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with these things. What is wrong is that they have taken full control of us to a point of feeding on Satan’s table (constantly) whilst we starve our souls of spiritual food, real spiritual food.

In a sense, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, and all those other famous apps, succeed to make us zombies. There’s proof. The social world is now “lonely” because we put too much dependence upon vanity.

May God open our eyes to see. May God cause us to draw lessons from all these. May God make us more prudent. May God…may God…may God…may God help us in this age of constant and meaningless distraction. O God, help us!

You’re wise and know how to apply.

Random Thoughts on Issues of the Day (Part 4)

“The world is engaged in the largest clinical trial, the largest global vaccination trial ever, and we will have enormous amounts of data.”

– Department of Health.

The writer is not a stoic or in any way seek to undermine the pain of those who have lost their loved ones through Covid. I’m truly saddened by all these. May God of all comfort, comfort us who are under this crucible of suffering. I, among them. Very well, then.

Welcome to a time before a nightmare. A Gestapo regime is here —”Where are your papers?” Because many will think this is about vaccines, let me set the record straight. If you want to get the jab, by all means, take it! It’s your choice and I’m not going to view you any different because you’ve taken the vaccine. No.

My chief contention is on compulsory government vaccine mandates – and the obvious hate passed to the unvaccinated. I’ve been called many awful names when I share my unpopular view(s) during these hard times. I’m not bitter and neither am I afraid of any man.

But I’ll not keep silent when something needs to be said. I’ll not, truthfully, follow something that does not make sense, logical sense.

You know, ‘fear is an extremely powerful psychological tool, that has been used by politicians always,’ notes a holocaust survivor, ‘the Nazis were particularly adept at it.’

The times we are living in is in many ways carbon copy of what took place before the holocaust. The government, again, as I’ll keep on emphasizing, is not for the people but against its people.

The government is the real virus.

We now have a class of “subhuman” fellows, that is, the unvaccinated. The vaccinated is scared of the unvaccinated. It is the unvaccinated fella, who, they say, is the reason why Covid is still here. ‘It is not the responsibility of the unvaccinated to protect the vaccinated.’ That’s the vaccines job! Plainly put,

‘The protected need to be protected from the unprotected by forcing the unprotected to use the protection that didn’t protect the protected.’

Again, the issue here is not about vaccines; it is about totalitarian regimes taking place right under our noses. And if we speak against such signs, we’re labelled immediately to be conspiracy theorists. Let me show you how a totalitarian regime will look like, or looks like:

You’ll need to produce papers 24/7. We’ll need papers to enter restaurants, bars, concerts, casinos, conventions and hotels and to board a train, plane or bus. We’ll need papers to enter a supermarket, or we’ll starve to death. We’ll need papers to visit our families. All for the crime of being unvaccinated!

And God forbid, you’ll need papers to go and worship God with other brethren in your local church.

The scary thing about all this is people are led by emotions rather than pause and reflect on what’s really happening. Others, of course, know what is happening but are scared to speak up. Others fear losing people’s opinion of them, good opinion, for that matter. They do not want to offend anyone, just impress.

Not that we go on ahead to offend because we desire to do so, but because for some things to be heard; we need to say what others aren’t saying. Call the elephant in the room.

I’d not want my children or anyone to grow under the Gestapo’s. Children are now being trained to be suspicious. “They might be infected, they might infect me.” Of course, that’s the Media’s job — to pass out fear! Why? Because fear sells!

On issue of vaccine passports. Again, an absolute desire for a totalitarian survelliance state. It’d be good if folks would care enough and study history. Also, I’d challenge men and women instead of being rushed to forcing men to follow everything the state says, to also take time and carefully be informed.

Do not let the state make you a villian to your own family. That’s what Satan wants — the destruction of families!

Some of you reading this may have a medical knowledge or perhaps, practicing medicine! I’d remind us of the oath you took — to protect lives. Not by use of propaganda and fear.

To the elders of a church and to the brethren of Christ. It is not Scriptural of you to refuse entry into your services a subgroup of society (unvaccinated) based on their medical choice. Only Jesus Christ has the authority to regulate the terms of corporate worship, not the government!

These, in a sense, tells you are to make no distinction between those who call out in faith, neither on race or medical choice.

The gospel should be proclaimed to all men—vaccinated and the unvaccinated. Therefore, to refuse members access to corporate worship would be to betray our Saviour and openly disobey His great commission.

To members (and also leaders) of a local congregation. Do not coerce the conscience of others. The ‘conscience is one of the innermost expressions that annimates an individual, and that allows them to worship God as well as obey a legitimate governing authority.

The conscience is the immediate contact of God’s presence in a person’s soul, and so an individual forced to act in a way that is objectionable to their conscience will never be at peace, either before God or before the state.

A government that endeavours to force or coerce an individual who is striving to honour God, will find that they only encounter resistance.

A government should never coerce conscience, but rather respect the important function that it carries in aiding a person to worship God freely and live obediently before the state.’

So then, on issues of vaccines, as stated above, if some ‘people have made the decision and have already taken the jab, that is their right,’ and it cannot be abrogated. But those who are not ready, or hesitant, also have their valid reasons why they are not in a rush.

Their conscience binds them to wait, and their Saviour advised them not to make decisions before they have counted the cost.

This is a principle of wisdom, that everyone applies to many aspects of their lives.’ The government, or any other corporate body or individual, be it in public or private, should not coerce the conscience of its people.

Neither, I say, should the state or any other person, label those who question these things as unloving. To conclude that is a fallacy devoid of sound reasoning. Having said that, this declaration article here has some nice things to say.

You’re wise and know how to apply.