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Back in 2022, a 14-year-old captured the “joys” of democracy we are currently enjoying

So, apparently, Ulster County in New York holds an annual contest in which children can submit possible drawings for the”I Voted” stickers they will hand out that year. And in a moment that calls to mind the Boaty McBoatface affair (a.k.a., “What happens when you let the Internet decide things”), the 2022 contest produced a very… er… special winner from a 14-year-old. I’ll include a tweet with a larger image below at the “Read More” link, so be warned: It’s not pretty. And as… uh… delightful as the image may be, it offers a lot more to think about than you might guess at first.

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Harrison Butker’s Amazing (& Very Catholic) Speech

You may or may not be into football, but the 28-year-old kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, Harrison Butker, gave quite a commencement address this month to the graduates of Benedictine College, a Catholic university in Kansas. Whether you have or haven’t, it’s worth knowing what took place.

First, Butker is clear and plain about the current, perverted state of the world. He doesn’t go into details (mercifully), but he also doesn’t artificially hold back or self-censor. He notes that “Pride Month” is a celebration of deadly sin. He tells the young women that they have been relentlessly lied to by our culture, just as young men have been pressured to abandon healthy masculinity. (Not the evil, twisted version of masculinity, but the right kind.)

The second thing to note is that he doesn’t dwell on the negative. He, instead, seeks to focus on the positive—encouraging the young men and women listening to embrace their primary and most important vocations, beyond a title, jobs, or career. Butker speaks, for example, of how his success and his family’s success would not be possible if his wife had not fully embraced what he calls the most important title—that of “homemaker.” He received an 18-second round of applause after that statement—applause that even those who hated the speech noted was given by both men and women there. Honestly, seeing such values reflected in a young man in a position where many are corrupted by worldly priorities was encouraging. Hopefully, such values really do inform the rest of his life away from the cameras.

The third item worth noting by those who know the truth is that his speech was not simply a defense of “traditional” or even biblical values. It was a full-throated promotion of Catholic values and the Catholic faith. Of course, this should not be a surprise. He’s a serious Catholic. (Personally, I’d say he’s more Catholic than their pope these days.) And he is speaking at a Catholic college commencement to (presumably) young Catholic graduates. So, again, it should not be a surprise.

But it should mean something to those of us in the Church of God, who—by God’s grace—have been given insight into such things. His depiction of the Roman Catholic Church as the church founded by Jesus Christ when it was not should get our attention. His praise of how life should be centered around a “sacrificial mass” that is in contradiction to the laws of God should catch our mind’s eye. Does it mean he is evil? Not at all! Just deceived (Revelation 12:9).

This suggests a few different but related takeaways: (1) Those who represent the false faith often do not come across as “villains”—if anything, they often share some (even many) of our values. 2 Corinthians 11:14 points out that Satan seeks to come across as an angel of light, and he will ensure his counterfeit Christianity seems that way. (2) That said, he speaks of his own faith with a passionate devotion that should challenge us. Do we feel as passionately devoted to our own—a faith that literally does go all the way back to Jesus Christ and His disciples? If not, we should examine how we can grow into such a devotion. And (3) his speech could have prophetic weight (believe it or not). Is Harrison Butker the Beast of Revelation?!?! Er… no. However, there is a growing backlash among Catholics against certain progressive attitudes in the Roman Catholic church and, frankly, associated with their current pope. And should a wave of “Catholics taking Catholicism seriously” gain real traction among the younger generations, what prophecy says concerning the future actions of the apostate, counterfeit Christianity should begin to come to mind.

Tomorrow’s World should have a commentary coming out soon on the topic, and when it does, we’ll try to remember to come back here and add a link to it.

“The War Against Normal” Article

The last podcast mentioned the article “The War Against Normal” that was published in the January 2023 Tomorrow’s World magazine. If you are interested in checking it out, here’s a link:

When the Tomorrow’s World Magazine Was Upgraded

We mentioned in the last podcast that the Tomorrow’s World magazine was upgraded ten years ago this month, and some of you would be too young to remember! So, here are the two covers on either side of that change, from March-April 2013 to May-June 2013. And we are working on additional “refreshing” of the inside this year, so we’d appreciate your prayers!

And, while you’re at it, check out the newest issue! Yes, it talks about WWIII possibly making life terrible—but, hey, it talks about A.I. possibly making life terrible, too! No, seriously, give it a read. It will keep you up to date, and you get to see the adorable and totally fake space kitty that Mr. Ben Graham whipped up for us with a little A.I. help.

Here is the cover of the March-April 2013 TW magazine, highlighting the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the post-upgrade cover of the May-June 2013 TW magazine, covering the brand new Roman Catholic pope. We are grateful for all the hard work of all our graphic artists, in every incarnation the magazine has enjoyed!

Women and Modesty

In Muslim nations and communities, women dress in burkas or long-sleeved abaya in order to be considered appropriate in their culture. Yet in Indian culture, an exposed belly is not considered revealing—whether it is 20 years old or 80, and whether its size is 2 or 32. Meanwhile, in the United States, Amish women dress only in dresses comprised of a simple scoop-neck bodice attached to a loosely gathered straight skirt, and perhaps only pinned together, because pleats and buttons are considered too ostentatious.

Depending on where you live, culture does play into how one should dress. However, with a few exceptions here and there, most Western nations have a lot of leeway in what is considered appropriate or inappropriate for women to wear. But do we have that much latitude in God’s view?

Biblically, women should not be ashamed of their bodies. When God created Eve, He made her beautiful, and women are designed to want to be that way. Peter acknowledges that women want to be beautiful, and he extends that to beauty that is more than skin deep (1 Peter 3:3). Our character needs to be beautiful, and every godly woman wants to be beautiful on both the outside and the inside.

So, if God meant for women to be beautiful, why must Christian women be concerned with what they wear in public? Does God care if we wear yoga pants and a cropped sweatshirt to the mall? Does God care if we wear a low-cut blouse with a keyhole opening? Does God mind if, when we sit down and cross our legs, anyone in front of us can see halfway up our thighs? Although it is godly for women to desire to be beautiful, is that the same as being sexy—by definition, “sexually suggestive or stimulating”—in public?

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Men and Modesty

One of the biggest complaints I ever heard from my students was about the school’s dress code, and these complaints sometimes caused me to think about the relationship between female modesty and male thoughts. The students had been told that boys were easily distracted by female dress—hence, at least one of the reasons to have a dress code. While the students did not like to acknowledge that connection, the Bible also points out in 1 Timothy 2:9 that women should “adorn themselves in modest apparel” and focus more on “the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:1-6). Young ladies in the Church are taught this principle and given instructions on how to put it into practice, and if you’re one of them, a great place to start is the companion to this post, Mrs. Jeanine Smith’s “Women and Modesty.”

But this post is for young men: When you think of modesty, do you think it only applies to the ladies? That can be a dangerous trap, for two reasons. 

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Mr. Weston’s LCN Articles

In last week’s podcast, we mentioned two Mr. Gerald Weston articles, and we just realized we forgot to post links! So, here they are, the first of which might already be in your home!

We hope you’ll consider clicking through. Both make for excellent pre-Spring Holy Days reading.