Barack Obama’s Legacy?
What will future historians have to say about the legacy of
President Barack Obama?
Judging by the attitude of the liberal left they will say he was the
long-awaited messiah who leveled the playing field, abolished war, did away with injustice, saved
the planet and achieved utopia on earth. Is this what future historians will
say? Persident Obama is engaging and popular, but he is not Jesus Christ.
Somewhere along the line we Christians lost some of the essential
truths buried deep within the Pentateuch.
Fortunately for us Rabbi Daniel Lapin of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians is now digging them up
and placing them at our disposal. (Make it a point to visit http://rabbidaniellapin.com and be
sure to subscribe to Rabbi Lapin’s free Thought Tools.) It is interesting to note, for example,
that in Biblical times it was considered an abomination to build altars to
God from bricks (Isaiah 65:3). The Israelites had to build their altars from natural stones. As Rabbi Lapin
explains in his Genesis Journeys,
this is because no two natural stones are exactly alike, just as no two human
beings are exactly alike.
Polymorphism is a fancy
scientific word implying non-repetition.
Natural stones and human beings can be said to be polymorphic in the sense that no two of them are exactly alike
(repetitive). As God is unique, so also, each and every one of us is unique.
Human polymorphism does not begin at the moment of physical birth. It begins
at the moment of fertilization when a single cell containing forty-six chromosomes—in a
different combination from those of either parent—comes into existence.
The new organism is truly unique (non-repetitive) in the entire
One could say that isotropism (another
fancy scientific word!) is in some sense the opposite of polymorphism. Loosely defined, isotropism implies “identical
in all directions.” Isotropic structures are repetitive and lattice-like.
Remember grandma’s cookie cutter? Grandma would use it to make the cookies
all the same regardless of what
position they occupied in space and time.
Generally speaking isotropic structures contain a great deal of
repetition (like a brick wall), whereas polymorphic structures contain little
repetition (like a natural stone wall). Science tells us that repetitive
structures tend to be associated with higher entropy (higher
probability) disordered states, whereas non-repetitive
structures tend to be associated with lower entropy (lower
probability) ordered states. Here is the nature of the pitfall
that the Bible has been warning about for thousands of years: Paradoxically,
the rudiments of the perishable universe (the laws of physics) make statistical
selections in favor of more probable
Depending on their constitutions and organizational principles,
societies can also be made up of “natural stones” or “bricks.” You could say,
for example, that America’s Founders endeavored to build a free society
structured from “natural stones,” whereas the leaders of the former Soviet
Union ended up with an oppressive society structured from “bricks.” Take away
God and His divine blueprint from the human sphere of existence and what have
you done? You have reduced human beings to so many pounds of matter and
energy—physical systems! And how do physical systems behave? All things being
equal, they tend to move away from less probable
states (life, structure, complexity, heterogeneity and polymorphism), toward more probable states (non-life,
non-structure, simplicity, homogeneity and isotropism).
The Bible was written in a pre-scientific age in which it had to
convey great truths to man via narratives. Ancient Jewish wisdom preserves
timeless truths hidden in Biblical narratives like the story of the Tower of
Babel. That the tower was to have been built of “bricks” (Genesis 11:3)
speaks volumes about the fallen nature of man and the tyrannical orders
associated with that nature. In his teaching entitled Tower of Power, Rabbi Lapin reveals the modus operandi of tyrants
from Pharoah and Nimrod to Hitler and Sadaam Hussein. Stated figuratively, tyrants grind up
“natural stones,” pour them into molds, bake them in furnaces, and turn them
into “bricks,” and then use the rudiments of the perishable universe (Hebrew khomer in
Genesis 11:3) to cement them into materialistic social structures.
Stated figuratively, the patriarch Abraham was a skillful
architect who made his exodus from “brick civilizations” to lay a foundation
for the “stone civilization” of the Kingdom of God on earth. As the writer of
Hebrews tells us, Abraham looked for a “city” (figure of an organized
society) “which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews
11:10). When the prophet Daniel looked
down the long avenues of time he saw the composite image of these “brick
civilizations” (Imperial Babylon, Persia, Greece and the two Romes) collapse after being struck by a “stone cut by no
human hands” (Daniel 2:34). Coincident therewith, we Christians believe
Christ to have been the “chief cornerstone” of the Kingdom of God on earth
(Ephesians 2:20), and the body of Christ to be the “living stones” that
complete the edifice. As the apostle Peter affirms:
Ye also, as livings stones, are built up a
spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5)
of Human Organization
Abraham was using a spiritual blueprint given to him by the
Creator of the universe, the same blueprint that later produced the
Judeo-Christian underpinnings of Western Civilization. His nemesis Nimrod, on
the other hand, wanted to use a completely different blueprint derived from
the rudiments of a perishable universe itself. Question: which blueprint is
President Obama using? Abraham’s or Nimrod’s? Will
history honor him as the respected, charismatic and skillful architect who
labored tirelessly to assemble an exquisite altar to God from a mosaic of
living stones? Or will it judge him as just another smooth-talking politician
who substituted bricks for stones and Nimrod for Abraham to build yet another heap of
ruins—Tower of Babel—in the name of “tolerance” and “political correctness”?
Let us pray that God will lead him in the right direction.
For further context and understanding of the complex
interplay between the rudiments of the perishable universe (laws of physics)
and the derivative nature of man, refer to the contents of http://www.jerustar.com and the newly published book, In God
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America’s culture war really all about?
Who are the
warring factions and what do they really want?
What set of beliefs drives the ideology of the
What set of beliefs
drives the ideology of the liberal left?
How do these beliefs divide America
when it comes to:
● The Judeo-Christian worldview?
● The Ten Commandments?
● Marriage & family values?
● The American military?
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