Our Broken Chests

Psalm 119:136 — Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law.

       The more that I learn about the Almighty, and the more I study and learn about humans and our work, the more I realize just how foolish we have become.  We are so profoundly double-minded.  It was the work of C.S. Lewis that taught us to look at ourselves within the curriculum of our schooling.  Simply stating it, he criticized that the schools no longer teach about God or virtues as he played off of Plato’s ideas of head, chest and belly (head being that which is angelic or heavenly, spiritual; chest being virtues and morality, soulful; belly being bestial, fleshly).  He pointed out, Lewis did, that schools and societies no longer teach virtues, the things of one’s chest, yet society scrutinizes people when they do not stand with a chest.  In other words, we do not teach young men – or encourage them – how to have courage, yet we criticize them when they are cowards.  We do not instill within them honor, yet we’re shocked when they lie, cheat and steal. At this point, we often default, blaming the parents for not raising their children correctly, which has much truth, except these are the values, or lack thereof, that have also taught and raised their parents and grandparents.  Lewis was so profound in this area, and I have also found some of my own issues within our system.
Think of this case: a child is born into a house that once yearned to be a home, but instead found its way into deep brokenness.  This beautiful young child grows up with one parent, who themself is broken.  This parent continues to tell this precious child that they wish they were never born and that they were only an accident anyway.  So, this child grows thinking that they were an accident and that they are not important – they have no purpose to their life and they are only a drain on this system and on other people.  Some people would see a situation like this and think that it was a travesty; rightly so.  They would become enraged of this parent.  Yet, as a collected whole, many have bought into, supported, believe and defend a wicked curriculum in our schooling such as evolution.  Thus, in our society even when there are well-meaning parents who try their hardest to be good parents, they send their kids off to school as they want the best for them, yet the children are given this same bad message at school.  Ultimately, the teaching of evolution is the same as the bad parent above- you are here by accident and there is absolutely no purpose to your life.  Think about it!
Now, to look at this like Lewis did, we are constantly telling our kids that they are an accident, they derived from animals (thus, they are no more than animals themselves) and they have no purpose for their lives.  We rip their chests right out of them and then we sit back and wonder why the younger generations are more and more messed up, vis-à-vis, we tell them they came from apes and surprised they act apish.  We indoctrinate them with the idea that they are only animals and are surprised they have no hopes, dreams or aspirations.  We loathe over their poor choices and stand appalled at the carnage of school shootings.  We stand in indignant judgment over teen and preteen pregnancy.  We break them with the idea that they are animals and yet chastise them when they act like one.  We teach that there is no hope for hope, and then marvel at the hopelessness that loots our nation.  Thus, it seems we are too foolish to understand that this is how many animals act.
On the other side of this coin, we can observe how important it has become lately to take care of animals and the earth – both of which, I agree with, support and do myself.  I just think it is interesting to see how fanatic society has become in “going green”.  I like the idea of reusing things that can be reused or even turning them into something else for the betterment of people.  This can be a good way to promote good stewardship.  The problem lies, however, in the fact that we are more consumed with the idea of helping animals and the earth then we are with helping people, especially children and the elderly.  In societies that preceded us, and still many others today, the children took take of their parents when they got older.  Is this a burden and a great sacrifice, yes, but this is our responsibility as their children.  I understand that at times, people may not have the resources or the ability to take care of their parents, especially when they need special medical attention.  Overall, however, we need to take of our parents and our elderly.  Too often, after years of toil and hard work, after they are used up and cannot pour out much more, they are thrown to the wayside.  This should not be.
As far as how we treat our children, what are we up to now, almost 70,000,000 children killed in this country!  How many babies are we going to murder?  It simply boggles my mind that we can be so consumed with the fair treatment of animals and going green to save the world, but yet sit back and allow the murder of our own children!  Only people can come up with such justifications.  “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.” said by Mother Teresa.  If the sole argument is pro-choice, then where is the line drawn.  Then the next step is to allow terrorist to kill whom they choose or someone else to rob as many banks as they want.  Why stop them, this is their pro-choice, is it not?  But here again we see the ramifications of Social Darwinism; it is okay to be more consumed with being good stewards over our surrounding environments and kill our young, after all, we are only animals right?  Truly, it is easier to be derived from animals and not have a Creator God, that way we are not subjected to His laws and standards.  However, the Truth, there is a God, we did not evolve from apes or any other animal and I challenge anyone to really study science and nature; you will see the handy work of God’s Creation, for in the end, we are all held without excuse on that final day.  Be blessed on your journey and searching beloved.

Romans 1:18 – 25 — For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.  Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

* All Scriptures quoted in this blog are from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible.



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  1. This is the truth bro!

    • Thanks bro! I appreciate the support too man, no doubt!

  2. All truth! I see a lot of this everywhere I look. Touches into a lot of what I’ve been digging for and discovering in myself as far as where I am and (who) and where I want to be. Definitely want to be part of the good story. Be a blessing to others.

    • I can feel you on that Bren! Thanks for the plug bro!

  3. As you know, Joshua, from your time here at the Academy this is a HUGE issue right now in our culture! God is so good though in the avenues He provides for us to minister to young adults even if not in the traditional sense. First comes awareness though, and it’s a blessing that you’re aware!

    • Yes, he is extraordinarily good in this (as with everything else)! Praise our Lord that there are no walls that he cannot break down and just the fact that he allows us to be apart of his plans in tearing them down in the lives of people…what a great blessing! Thanks Lizzy.

  4. […] The Abolition of Man (with reading “Men Without Chests” in this book several times; influence of my very first, poorly written, post!) […]

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