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Wondering How Much the Bible Really Impacts Modern-Day Culture? The Answer Might Surprise You

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If you’re a Christian and you’ve flipped on the TV or opened up Facebook at all over the last several years, you’re probably of the impression that the culture at large has completely and totally abandoned the God of the Bible and the universal truth contained in the Scripture.

It’s not hard to see why someone might believe that. We now live in a world where Christians are persecuted for their beliefs over refusing to bake a cake. Where boys can pretend to be girls and gain access to the ladies room and where homosexuals parade around the streets in their underwear claiming to be “married” in the sight of the state.

It’s tough times for believers. Truly.

However, you might be surprised to find that pop culture simply cannot escape the influence of its ultimate Creator.

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Ilena Madraso, content manager at the Museum of the Bible, recently told PureFlix.com’s “Pure Talk” that it is “kind of surprising” to see references to Scripture deeply embedded in our modern culture.

“The Bible has had such a large influence on so much of the world,” Madraso said.

“You wouldn’t think it was the Bible, and then it hits you,” she said.

From ex-NFL star Tim Tebow’s famous eye black featuring “John 3:16” to more random connections such as model Heidi Klum’s decision to dress like an apple and serpent for Halloween — a clear reference to the Adam and Eve narrative in Genesis — the Museum showcases where the Bible and culture have intersected.

“Music has such a rich history with having the Bible influence it,” Madraso added, noting that there are some truly surprising references such as rapper Coolio’s 1995 hit, “Gangsters Paradise.” The song has its roots in Psalm 23, with lyrics referencing the “valley of the shadow of death.”

“It’s really fun to find things that are hidden in plain sight,” Madraso said. “Themes, characters, and quotes — things that we even say in our everyday life. We have many of those things displayed here.”

There’s a mistaken belief by many well meaning Christians who tend to think the realm of pop culture and politics aren’t of interest to God, that the only business of the faithful is to preach the gospel and nothing else.

However, that’s not what God’s mission for His church is really all about. You see, Jesus is King of every area of life, arts, entertainment, and politics included. The first folks to receive the Holy Spirit in Scripture were artists, thus, these things matter to God.

Our job is to make disciples, which includes the gospel obviously, but it doesn’t stop there. It goes beyond that to teaching people how to obey the commands of the Lord and apply them to every area of their lives.

We are to be about the business of pressing the crown rights of Jesus Christ into every part of our culture. We cannot do that by sitting on the sidelines. Get back in the game, church!

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BLM Activists Suggests Waukesha Parade Massacre is Beginning of a ‘Revolution’

The left just cannot help themselves when it comes to promoting violence.

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As with any tragedy that occurs here in the United States, there are political and cultural organizations and individuals looking to spin the Waukesha Christmas parade massacre into something that selfishly behooves their cause, and these suggestions are growing more offensive by the day.

The latest allegation comes from a self-proclaimed “militant” with the Black Lives Matter movement, who believes that the event may be the start of something much larger.

A Milwaukee Black Lives Matter activist said the Christmas parade attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin, appears to signal “the revolution” may have begun.

“I don’t know. Now we’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened,” Vaun Mayes said on Facebook Live on Monday. “But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin. It started with this Christmas parade.”

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Mayes is a well-known activist in Milwaukee. He describes himself as a “Battle rapper, Community activist, Songwriter, Tattoo artist, Militant,” in his Twitter bio, which is accompanied by various hashtags, including “#BlackLivesMatter,” “#BlackLoveMatters” and “#RBG.”

Mayes would go on to parrot a largely-condemned suggestion that the attack was meant as revenge for the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial.

“I said I wasn’t going to speak on no rumors. Y’all are repeating some of the stuff that, you know, that has come up. And I can tell you that the initial person who reached out to me said that they believe that this has to do with the verdict, and so I made an assumption of which side it would be from, but I don’t know,” he added in the video, referring to the not-guilty verdict of Kyle Rittenhouse. The video was filmed at the scene of the parade attack.

These comments speak to a larger issue here in the US, in which many on the left side of the aisle are continuing to turn toward violent rhetoric, and away from the principles of liberty and justice for all.

As with any tragedy that occurs here in the United States, there are political and cultural organizations and individuals looking to spin the Waukesha Christmas parade massacre into something that selfishly behooves their cause, and these suggestions are growing more offensive by the day. The latest allegation comes from a self-proclaimed “militant” with the Black Lives Matter movement, who believes that the event may be the start of something much larger. A Milwaukee Black Lives Matter activist said the Christmas parade attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin, appears to signal “the revolution” may have begun. “I don’t know. Now we’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened,” Vaun Mayes said on Facebook Live on Monday. “But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin. It started with this Christmas parade.” Mayes is a well-known activist in Milwaukee. He describes himself as a “Battle rapper, Community activist, Songwriter, Tattoo artist, Militant,” in his Twitter bio, which is accompanied by various hashtags, including “#BlackLivesMatter,” “#BlackLoveMatters” and “#RBG.” Mayes would go on to parrot a largely-condemned suggestion that the attack was meant as revenge for the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. “I said I wasn’t going to speak on no rumors. Y’all are repeating some of the stuff that, you know, that has come up. And I can tell you that the initial person who reached out to me said that they believe that this has to do with the verdict, and so I made an assumption of which side it would be from, but I don’t know,” he added in the video, referring to the not-guilty verdict of Kyle Rittenhouse. The video was filmed at the scene of the parade attack.…

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Ukraine Accuses Russians of Plotting Coup for Next Week

The highly specific threat was made public just hours ago.

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For years now, Russia has been bullying the world.  From weapons tests to forced annexations to being the likely cause of “Havana Syndrome”, there is little doubt that Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin cronies are playing the role of the global villain without even the slightest amount of regret.

And, after spending years attempting to force Ukraine back into Russian control, the small nation’s President is now suggesting that some miscreants from Moscow are planning to stage a coup in his country.

Russia has denied any involvement after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Friday that an attempted coup d’etat is being planned in his country to take place next week.

Zelenskyy told reporters that Ukraine had uncovered a plot for an attempted coup and that Ukrainians and Russians were involved, The Washington Post reported. While he also spoke of a threat of military escalation from Russia, he fell short of accusing the Kremlin of an involvement in the planned coup, according to Reuters.

The Ukrainian President was not subtle in his statement, either.

“We have challenges not only from the Russian Federation and possible escalation – we have big internal challenges. I received information that a coup d’etat will take place in our country on Dec. 1-2,” Zelenskyy said, adding that his country was prepared for any escalation, Reuters reported.

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While Putin and the Russians continue to deny their involvement, his reputation for mischief makes it all that much harder to take his rebukes seriously.

For years now, Russia has been bullying the world.  From weapons tests to forced annexations to being the likely cause of “Havana Syndrome”, there is little doubt that Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin cronies are playing the role of the global villain without even the slightest amount of regret. And, after spending years attempting to force Ukraine back into Russian control, the small nation’s President is now suggesting that some miscreants from Moscow are planning to stage a coup in his country. Russia has denied any involvement after Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Friday that an attempted coup d’etat is being planned in his country to take place next week. Zelenskyy told reporters that Ukraine had uncovered a plot for an attempted coup and that Ukrainians and Russians were involved, The Washington Post reported. While he also spoke of a threat of military escalation from Russia, he fell short of accusing the Kremlin of an involvement in the planned coup, according to Reuters. The Ukrainian President was not subtle in his statement, either. “We have challenges not only from the Russian Federation and possible escalation – we have big internal challenges. I received information that a coup d’etat will take place in our country on Dec. 1-2,” Zelenskyy said, adding that his country was prepared for any escalation, Reuters reported. While Putin and the Russians continue to deny their involvement, his reputation for mischief makes it all that much harder to take his rebukes seriously.

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