The Dying Daily Show, and When to Think Like a Jew

Problem

I am confident that many Christians heard of the recent incident on the Daily Show, where believers who challenged the delusion known as ‘gay marriage’ was cruelly – and unjustly – mocked.

I can say UNJUSTLY with confidence, as the Christian speaker’s words were carved up, edited, and spliced to suit the goals of The Narrative, rather than what was actually said. And not for the first time, either.

As Mollie Hemmingway mentioned in Putting Away “The Daily Show” and Other Childish Things:

A few years ago, I was speaking with someone who had once been a personality on “The Daily Show.” I heard horrible stories about how much work was required to find dupes to be exploited, how much energy went into building trust with the interview subject, how many hours upon hours of taping were required to get one snippet that could be used to make fun of the target.

The Establishment will do whatever is necessary to strengthen the power of the Establishment. And of course, while busy mocking those Christians who insist they are being attacked for their faith, they will carefully ignore such persecution when it occurs – like when two street preachers were assaulted at a gay pride rally.

I will let you imagine the outrage, had it been two gay men at a Christian demonstration. Certain people are protected by Our Leadership, and certain people are hated and ignored.

Consequences

Now, the God-State they worship has grown increasingly weaker and discredited: liars like the Daily Show people have to work harder and harder to find Christians who will actually trust them, and the glory days when the Establishment could simply command that only their viewpoint be heard are as wind.

Even the Daily Show is a reflection of the past, when TV and Cable directed the conversation of America. Both mediums have hit their peak: while their decline will be gentler than it was for newspapers and the magazines, they are increasingly artifacts of the past, not the wave of the future. Surprisingly, the same can be said for the universities and colleges that provide Establishment direction for approved ways of thinking.

Decisions

As Spengler writes regarding the suicide of the West – a suicide no obedient Christian need imitate:

Evidence for the link between faith and fertility is overwhelming. And there is no better indicator of this than the fact that 74% of all Jewish children in the greater New York metropolitan area are in Orthodox homes. 40% of Jews in New York identify as Orthodox. We have detailed data on the New York area, the largest concentration of Jewish population, thanks to a recent survey by the New York United Jewish Appeal; national data is still lacking.

Christians should learn from the Jews how to be a minority. It may be possible that Orthodox Judaism may represent the greatest concentration of religious study in America today.

Sure, I believe that there are many things Christians can learn from the Jews at their best – from the importance of business and capitalism, to respect for law and learning and an intense focus on Scripture.

From Gary North, in his article “The Day General Grant Expelled the Jews”

For a defense of how Jewish businessmen view money and business, which upsets liberal intellectuals, whether Jews or gentiles, read Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s book, Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money (2002). Commandment 1: “Believe in the Dignity and Morality of Business.” The other nine are subordinate to this one.

And again, from his article Jews, Scots, Armenians, Dutch:

All four groups have this in common: a strong sense of the covenant. The covenant is an Old Testament idea: Abraham’s covenant with God, marked by circumcision. Membership in the religious community is basic to the survival of the group.

Family and cultural ties are common to most groups, especially prior to the Industrial Revolution. But the covenant ideal meant that God had singled out a group to represent Him, and that He promises to make it prosper if members obey Him. Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 are the central passages.

[…]

CONFIDENCE ABOUT THE FUTURE

Members of all four groups have seen themselves as hand-picked by God to dominate trade. They have regarded themselves as possessing an advantage over everyone else, either in brains, trade, or the ability to prosper under the radar. This outlook came earliest to Jews, then the Armenians, then the Dutch, then the Scots. Their sense of group solidarity was not unique, but their sense of participation in a covenant that promises economic success has been unique.

The Dutch and the Scots have lost their sense of inevitable covenantal victory, but not their sense of frugality. They have transferred to thrift what they once attributed to God’s covenant. Adam Smith wrote Wealth of Nations (1776) as a manifesto of this theological shift.

Innovation, uncertainty, cost-cutting, new markets, profit and loss: here is the program of personal success for the entrepreneur. When you belong to a group that will help you when you fall, which will provide start-up capital to get you going, you have an advantage. The Koreans have this outlook and group support in the United States. The Koreans, more than any Asian immigrant group, are Christians: specifically, Presbyterians. It is interesting that the dairy farming Dutch in Southern California have sold their land to developers, who in turn sold new homes to the Korean children of the family-run, drive-through dairy stores of 1960. The Dutch then moved to Lynden. That relocation process has been going on for three decades.

Without confidence in the future, the entrepreneur cannot function. He becomes at best an investor in bonds or other fixed-income ventures. He accepts statistically insurable risk in place of unpredictable uncertainty. He becomes frugal, advancing himself by means of the steady excess of income over outflow. He does not change society through innovation.

CONCLUSION

If you can buy from a [ ], sell to a [ ], and make a profit, your future is secure. Most people can’t.

As the free market erodes family ties, group solidarity, and persecution, members of many groups can get in on the cornucopia. It is clear that the Japanese have a similar mindset as the four groups, but without the doctrine of the covenant. The Chinese are now adopting it. The freedom to compete breaks down the barriers to entry. But, as the free market moves westward, those who belong to subgroups that have the same outlook as the Big Four enjoy an initial advantage. Group solidarity fades in the face of open competition, but this takes time. When an innovator has confidence in the future, which includes confidence in the safety net of his family or his confessional group, he has an advantage: less fear of failure.

Our Future

This confidence, this trust in God – and not in some weak substitute, such as Thrift, or State Power –  is what is important.

This is why faithful Christians who know Who Holds the Future – and knows that He has ordained VICTORY, rather than crawling and hiding – are more important than the mockery of a dying world order. Liars are failures, truth-speakers are winners. The faithless shrink and dwindle and fail, but the faithful grow and expand and win.

As Oliver Cromwell understood, the Jews are to be welcomed in Christian nations until they willingly choose to embrace Christ – now, or 100,000 years from now, the time involved is beside the point in God’s holy eyes. Other groups who follow Christ must stick with Him: if they fall away, like the Scots and the Dutch have, they cannot expect the protection of their descendants like the Jews enjoy.

The world will rejoice when the Jews are again regrafted into the Living Tree, the Church. But even before then, there is much we can learn from them: but they are obviously now perfect in understanding, or they would have embraced Jesus long ago. We Christians must be even more covenantally true and loyal to God’s Law-Word than we are today, if we are to attract them to the Messiah, Jesus.

As for the laughter of a dying world? It will soon fade like the wind. Focus on Christ, and all the good things you desire will be given to you, well-shaken and in ample measure.

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