The Netflix Original: Atypical

This post is my personal reflection on having watched a few episodes of this show.

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Over the course of the last 4 or 5 months I have almost completely stepped away from television entirely. When I say almost, what does this mean exactly? Well, for anywhere between an hour to an hour and a half each day that I go to work I have a lunch break. There is a television turned on 24/7 in said break room. With that, I occasionally get my dose of nonsensical shows like Judge Judy and the Jerry Springer Show. Generally however, I do not watch the television in the break room. I rarely ever find myself glancing at it unless it is on something like global news or the local weather.

Having said that, I honestly do not remember the last movie I went to the theater to see. I think it might have been Interstellar (though I could be wrong), which should tell you something about my slow decline away from mainstream media considering the fact that it came out in 2014.

In the midst of this personal trend choice I have stepped away from traditional social media as well. Outside of this blog, my bandcamp account, and my Etsy store, I don’t really interact online very much. No more Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr. I just didn’t have time for it. But, honestly, not having time for it isn’t the real reason why I have started to step away from all of it.

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I have started to step away because I am becoming sensitive to what I take in. Most everyone knows and understands the phrase “desensitized“. And as a culture, watching movies, trolling social media, and television has desensitized us in a much bigger way than most of us are willing to realize or admit.

I have gotten to where I realize that the degradation of our society and the demoralization of our Christian values is a result of the desensitization of our society itself through the aid of mainstream media.

Now, I realize that what I just said is in no way a ground breaking truth. I think deep down most people already know and realize this fact, plain and simple. The only difference is that I am trying to do something about it on a personal level with Christian based intention.

So… what exactly prompted me to post this blog and start getting on this rant about some silly Netflix show?

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Well, I was actually in the middle of writing a science blog about how space is fake, but… I recently broke the rhythm I had going by watching a few episodes of a Netflix original show called, Atypical. I think I managed to watch three episodes in a row.

What prompted me to watch this show was the content and the relevance is currently has to my life.

Sarah and I are in the processes of becoming foster parents. This means that we have the potential of caring for a child with special needs. With that, this show seemed like it was worth having a look at. With that, let’s take a look at what this show is all about.

Atypical is a heartfelt comedy that follows the struggles of a family as they raise and care for their teenage son with autism. Seems wholesome enough, right?

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Sadly, this is not true. After having watched just three episodes I quickly saw a trend within the show that did not settle well with me as a Christian. Although, on the surface this is a loving show that gives the general public a glimpse into the true realm of what it means to care for a child with special needs, it had a much deeper story than that. One that is easily and intentionally overlooked.

What I mean by that is this; If we take away the core story of autism, what are we left with?

Sadly, the answer is degradation and the desensitization of our society. This show promoted drug use, premarital sex, adultery, theft, lying for the benefit of self interest, and more. As silly as that sounds it is absolutely the truth. Please tell me how something like that can be calcified as wholesome?

Some of you may be wonder how I came to this conclusion. Seems a little harsh wouldn’t you think? Well, the way that the show is laid out is quite nice. You see, when we are presented with these sins within the show, we are presented them in a way that implies that these sins are justified as a result of the daily struggle associated with the challenges of raising a special needs child (It is okay that you sin. life is tough and it is natural to need a release from time to time).

There is a constant sexual tension between almost all of the main characters playing minors in the show. In one scene they are buying condoms. In another scene they are at a strip club to get a look at breasts. The list honestly just seems to go on and on.

Basically, what this show told me had a lot less to do with autism and a lot more to do with the fact that it’s okay that you live in sin. Again, we understand that life is hard and as a result it’s natural to fall into these types of things. The lust of the flesh is real and life is hard. So, why fight it? Just give in and let life happen. That is what the story of this show really came down to.

So, with that… I can’t help but look at what this world currently deems to be wholesome. All it does is affirm the entire reason why I have started to step away from it all in the first place.

Because, let’s face it. If I am okay with something as wholesome as constant sexual tension between minors, promoting drug us, theft, and adultery for the sake of saying these things just happen because life it tense… then where do I really draw the line?

What we think become what we say. And what we say becomes what we do. Since it starts with thought, shouldn’t I take every thought captive in Christ?

2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

At this point some people will probably tell me I am being over dramatic. I’m sounding like a morality Nazi. And honestly, maybe I am. Having said that, I am in no way condemning anyone (christian or otherwise) that enjoys going to the movies, watching television, or listening to music that promotes the desires of the flesh. Every believer is in a different place and I understand that. However, all I can account for is myself. When it comes to that great day of judgment I am going to have to take account for Me.

With that, it seems like I ought to be more sensitive to what I taken in rather than more desensitized. And the more I step back and actually evaluate what the world is trying to force me to take in, the more I realize that it isn’t good in the most subtle of ways.

Because remember, shows like the Netflix original Atypical aren’t in any way subtly making you comfortable with your daily sins, leading you to have an unrepentant heart because you grow to feel that daily sin is natural and okay. No, in fact it is quite the opposite.

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Constantly pushing the sins of others in my face while presenting them as the natural reaction to daily struggle is the last thing that I need in my daily walk with Christ. All that will lead to is complacency and a desire to compare myself to those around me rather than comparing myself to the one that maters, Christ.

But, what do I know. I’m over reacting… how ignorant of me.

Aytpical is a super heartfelt and wholesome show. You should go watch it.

We are reaching a place in society where you are either hot, cold, or riding the fence. And if taking a side by choosing to no longer ride the fence makes me seem delusional, then so be it.

This show, just like everything that seems to be placed in front of us these days is nothing more than a degradation of Christian value and moral.

Rant over.

Final summary: atypical – a show about the justification of sin in daily life. 

Is the mark of the beast already here – 2017

Revelation 13:16-17 – And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

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April 8th, 2017

An ultra-trendy co-working space in central Stockholm is offering microchip implants to its 2,000 members, in order to help them open doors or operate office equipment. The implants have become so popular, the work space stages regular parties where attendees can get “chipped.

And before you point out that some of these people are getting it in their left hand rather than their right, please remember the bible says that he will force you to take the mark at some point. Right now, those that are taking this mark are doing it willingly. There is a difference.

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It’s not only starting to ramp up in the US this year, but overseas as well.

With all of this in mind, I would point out a post I did a few days ago regarding the removal of physical cash in 2018 with the aid of bitcoin.

This stuff has been on the cusp of taking of for nearly a decade now. News agencies like CNN and NBC have been telling us that this type of technology was headed our way for a while now. Well, it is finally here… right on top of us. There are a lot of other examples to look at. For starters there are a few large night clubs both in the states and abroad that use the rfid chip as a way to allow VIP members to skip the line at the door while also having rapid access to the bar. Some of these clubs also have what is called rfid implant parties.

Another example of how this thing has grown is what one spokesperson for an American based company had to say while chipping its employees this year. “When we came across this and saw it being used in other societies, we said why not us?

This means that it is already being used elsewhere to a large degree.

I am sorry, but I guess I am ignorant and I just don’t get it. Why would I be okay with going into a society where they have that much control over the populous? If they don’t like you for any one reason they can just turn off your chip (no more buying… no more selling).

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Now, I am in no way suggesting that this rfid chip is without a doubt the mark of the beast. I have no personal way of knowing that for sure. No one does. All I am pointing out with this blog post is to what degree it has built up steam in the last 8 months worldwide.

With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder how many Americans have this implant already. With the drastic rise in articles like this one  popping up recently I wouldn’t be surprised if the average was currently something like 1 in 30.

But hey, what do I know? I’m just ignorant. Keep on keeping on and let big brother make your decisions for you. Because, before long regardless of whether its the rfid chip or not, there is coming a day when he will cause ALL to partake in just such a venture.

Final Point – please note that it says “to receive a mark in” and not “to receive a mark on“.

Revelation 13:16-17 – And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

 

Send Me Home – Digging through Bandcamp

Well, a while back I did a thing. I decided to remove all of the music from my library that was not Christ centered. With that, I ended up trashing more than half of my music. Now that my library is somewhat bare bones I have been itching to find new Christ centered music to fill my iPod with.

With that as my goal I spent about three hours this morning on Bancamp combing through Christian deathcore and hardcore bands. I found more than a dozen that absolutely meet my standard for the genre. But, the thing is… I am also not made of money. I am looking to fill my library for free if I can help it (which is kind of ironic when you consider I used to make a living off of my music). Well, Bandcamp did not disappoint. Rather than get a bit-torrent and steal music, I trolled Bandcamp for bands that were giving away their albums, EP’s, and singles. Although most bands were not doing this I did find 3 albums, one EP, and one Single that sounded fantastic enough to grab.

Of all the Free music I was able to scrounge up this morning, the band Send Me Home really struck a chord with me. If you are into the hardcore scene and are looking for a solid Christian band to check out, their EP – The Struggle, is FREE. I recommend giving it a listen. Hopefully in the near future I will come across a few more gems in the sea of bands littered across the FREE section of Bandcamp. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know.

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Scripture of the Day – an honest reflection

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. – 2 Timothy 4:3-4

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Other than the obvious tacky photoshop in the 2015 image from NASA, do you notice anything wrong? Both of these “photos” are from NASA. Click here for the left image. And click here for the image on the right, just so that you see where I got them from.

For the last few billion years the Moon’s gravity has been raising tides in Earth’s oceans which the fast spinning Earth attempts to drag ahead of the sluggishly orbiting Moon. The result is that the Moon is being pushed away from Earth by 1.6 inches (4 centimeters) per year.

According to this, the moon has drifted away from the earth a total of 74 inches during the span of the last 46 years between the year 1969 and 2015.

I don’t know about you, but if I had to guess… it got a little bit closer according to NASA’s supposed photos. But who are we kidding… right? Quantum entanglement and the math of M theory explains it away I’m sure.

We live in a world where we are told to deny our God given senses and to trust in the wisdom of men. I’m sorry, but aside from fact that NASA is claiming either of these two images to be photos is one thing… but it is another entirety, to suggest I am to believe the moon got rather away while comparing these two pictures. There can only be one answer here. Either the earth and moon got closer in the last 46 years and the science behind the drift of the moon is fake. Or, the drift of the moon is real, and NASA is faking images. Or, the moon is exactly where God placed it and it hasn’t moved an inch out of its circuit, which means both the science and the images are nothing more than bogus fables.

Use your brain, people.

 

The Dalton Minimum and the Year without Summer

I first learned about solar minimum when Sarah and I went on vacation about a month ago when we went to the Fort Davis Observatory in West Texas.

Solar minimum is the period of least solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the sun. During this time, sunspot and solar flare activity diminishes, and often does not occur for days at a time. The date of the minimum is described by a smoothed average over 12 months of sunspot activity, so identifying the date of the solar minimum usually can only happen 6 months after the minimum takes place.

But, what about solar minimums that last for a decade at a time?

The sun apparently goes through just such a cycle. Our last major solar minimum was in the late 1700’s. It was coined the Dalton Minimum. And we are headed for another one.

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As a result of the rapid cooling of the earth, crops were lost, weather patterns were erratic, and earthquakes were rampant. With the mention of such effect this cooling has on the earth’s mantle as well as the resulting earthquakes, it brings me to what is known as The Year without a Summer. While The Year Without a Summer, in 1816, occurred during the Dalton Minimum, the prime reason for that year’s cool temperatures was the highly explosive eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia, which was one of the two largest eruptions in the past 2000 years. One must also consider that the rise in volcanism may have been triggered by the solar deficit as there is a high correlation between the interactions.

If you couple these two things together with the fact that we are seeing a spike in volcanic activity today and that we are currently stepping into a new solar minimum one thing is certain. It is no coincidence that recently Yellowstone National Park (which houses the world’s largest volcano) has seen nearly 900 earthquakes in as little as a two week period.

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According to experts in this field, the current solar minimum is due to hit its lowest point as soon as the early 2030’s. I don’t know about you, but I find this to be rather exciting when you stop and consider the current world stage as a whole (the Vatican, politics, the economy, moral degradation, etc…).

But, to that end… the bible actually mentions a lot about the sun and it’s circuit over the earth. It talks about a coming day when the sun will no longer give its light. When it will be blotted out because of the sins of the world prior to the second coming of Christ and how the sky will be blackened. Sounds a lot like the effects of the Dalton Minimum if you ask me. Only, this time around scientists are suggesting this one is going to be worse.

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her lightMark 13:24

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as bloodRevelation 6:12

With all of this in perspective, there is no doubt in my mind that the end will come during my lifetime. Sure, there have been countless generations who have thought that they were the last, and it was not so. Although this is true, I simply need to just point out one thing.

If you want to learn more about the solar minimum that is rapidly coming our way, here is a scientific perspective on what is to come our way along with insights on how the last major solar minimum truly did effect the global economy. And when you stop and consider the world’s current dependence on the economic system for food shipments and distribution (no longer able to self sustain), this next solar minimum is going to be devastating to say the least.

Thanks for reading… and be sure to look into this stuff for yourself. The end is nigh. Have you accepted Christ?

But, who are we kidding? I am clearly just ignorant with an overactive imagination. Nothing like this will happen in your lifetime… maybe.

A family that longs to grow

Well, now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak (meaning that Sarah and I have talked with our parents), I figured I would post a quick little blog about it here. Sarah and I have been together for 7 years, this year. Our life together has been pretty great with very few bumps in the road along the way. And, life seems to be coming together.

With that in mind, we have been thinking about starting a family outside of just us, our two dogs, and one cat.

That’s right… we have been talking about having children.

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But, not just any children. God has put in on our hearts to foster and adopt. There are countless children across the world that are in need of a loving home. And when you break it down even smaller to a place like just the county that we live in, the numbers somehow still manage to remain astronomical. With that in mind, we feel that this step in our lives together is one way to show the love of Christ. To show selflessness. To show love, compassion, and care. To make a difference. Although this difference will only be made in the life of perhaps just one child, to that child this difference is a world of difference.

And so, I am writing this blog asking for prayer from those that do pray as we move forward with this journey together. We have picked out a local Christian organization to work with and have begun jumping through the hoops of their program.

We look forward to what the Lord has in store.

5 years is a long time ~ a heart that longs for song

Most of the time I tend to post about why I know NASA is fake or the fact that the CPHEC is absolutely littered with holes which makes it not at all close to the truth. But today… today’s post is more of a thanks and praise be to God type of post.

If you didn’t know this, I spent a pretty large chunk of my mid to late 20’s as a full time singer-songwriter. I experienced a lot of life during that time. It is even how I met and married my wife. As a result, it is essentially why I now find myself living in Austin, Texas. Because, at the end of the day had I not met Sarah, I would probably be back in Florida now. With that said, this time in my life as a singer-songwriter really did impact how life turned out for me in my 30’s.

With the release of my last album, Mother of Harlots, being released in 2011, my wife and I toured that album for the better part of 2012. After that however, God moved us in a different direction. Since then I haven’t really played music at all. My guitar and other gear have been tucked away in the closet… and my drums had been given away long before that.

I have always told myself that if I were to get back into music it would be as a supporting member of a church worship team rather than something that was focused on me specifically. And honestly, when we moved to Austin (live music capital of the US) I just knew that I would be out of luck. What church would I ever attend in live music capital of America that was in need of musicians? I just knew that every church in this town was going to be flooded with talent.

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So, after just a short time of being at Calvary South Austin I was totally taken off guard when the drummer stepped down and started going to another fellowship and saw that no other drummers were stepping forward. This honestly made no sense to me. Surely, in live music capital of the US, there would be drummers a plenty at every single church just waiting for their turn to serve on the team.

Which brings me to a long time coming answer to prayer.

My prayer over the last 5 years has been that God would bring me back to music for His glory. And somehow, in some way, He did. Not only have I started serving within the church to that capacity, but God has brought with it a new group of friends who are willing and eager to create music as well.

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Today, a few of us got together for the first time to just jam-write-record some tracks. Obviously, since it was our first go at doing something like that it was a little rocky, but even still. God is good. I am beyond blessed to see God moving me back into music like this. The last 5 years without it have been rather quiet.

My new prayer is that things start getting a little rowdy. And from how things have been going since we moved here, it looks like that might be the case for my future in music. God is doing a work. I can’t wait to see what He does, because let’s face it… I miss music and I am beyond blessed to be doing it again.