Project 1, Post 3: From Division to Unity

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“From Division to Unity”

Reflection:

Inspired by the idea of color-blocking I applied a few squares of color to my painting. The result? Eeesh…

My painting looked chopped up, discombobulated. Staring at the damage I had done, I recalled King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream interpreted by Daniel and recorded in the Book of Daniel, chapter 2.

King Nebuchadnezzar was the greatest ruler of Babylon and responsible for the creation of the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon. This great nation, once encompassing south Mesopotamia, ultimately fell. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as interpreted by Daniel, described the great nations that would come to rise after Babylon.

The king dreamed of “statue” with a head made of gold. Below the head of gold was a breast and arms were made of silver. The stomach/abdomen were made of brass. The legs were made of iron. Finally, the feet were made of part iron and part clay. A rock was thrown, hitting the statue’s feet. The feet were crushed and the entire structure crumble into pieces on the ground becoming dust. Wind carried away the dust. All that was left was the stone that had destroyed the “statue.” The rock then became a mountain, seemingly filling the whole Earth.

The golden head represented the King Nebuchadnezzar’s great Babylon.

The silver breast and arms represented a kingdom which would follow, but without Babylon’s strength.

The kingdom of brass would then follow which would rule all of the Earth.

A fourth nation made of iron would follow. With the strength of iron, this nation would crush all the others.

Lastly, the feet made of iron and clay represent the fifth nation. Being part iron, this nation will have some of the strength of the fourth (all iron) nation. However, this fifth nation is divided. The two parts of this divided nation would try to join together, “But they will not stay together any more than iron mixes with clay” (Daniel, 2:43).

In Matthew, chapter 12, Jesus tells us that a divided nation cannot last, saying “Every nation divided into groups that fight each other is going to be destroyed. Every city or family divided into groups that fight each other will not stand” (Matthew, 12:25).  He goes on to say, “If the Devil puts out the Devil, he is divided against himself….. But if I put out Demons by the Spirit of God, then the holy nation of God is come to you” (Matthew, 12:26, 28).

….. Thus, for my painting, I faithfully decided to go the route of unity, not division, and I quickly worked to remedy my artistic blunder.

America today is a divided nation. In some ways we are divided into many groups who are fighting one another as Jesus described in Matthew. America is also divided in two, like the iron and clay feet depicted in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Once you slice a pizza, it is never whole again.

The Devil is walking amongst us, causing Christians to question the tenants of their faith and causing fellow Americans to turn against each other. Groups who seek to cast out the Devil by the Devil’s own means simply further divide us. Sadly, these groups are no more holy than a fox with mange.

It is important for Americans to remember that our nation became great because of two things:

  • Our Christian faith in God and the Holy Trinity.
  • Unity

Only God can caste the demons out of our country, of our society and heal a divided nation. If we continue to turn our back on Christ and his teaching, we are allowing the Devil to divide us.

Keep your faith.

Renew your dedication.

Ensure your body does not become a divided nation itself.

Pray.

Believe.

Give thanks.

Art Process:

Using acrylic paint, I tried color-blocking a few small squares before I stopped. To reunify my piece, I chose to follow the same whitewashing technique described in my last post (Project 1, Post 2: Whitewashing). Now what? Looking at my painting I feel I have a suitable background. Now what? What will I paint? I’m not sure… My mind is filled with many ideas and, for this painting, I will simply be proceeding in the spirit of experimentation!

Project 1, Post 2: Whitewashing

“Whitewashing”

Refection:

After whitewashing over the gray paint and aluminum squares, I noticed the subtle variations within the new cream color of my canvas. My incomplete painting was actually quite diverse!

Suddenly, my mind immediately went straight to the social justice term, “diversity.”

Diversity is defined as A) the quality of being different/containing differences, B) having or including people of different ethnicities and/or backgrounds, and C) possessing a variety of styles, views and ideas.

Over the past couple of years, “diversity” has taken on an entirely new form from what we Americans had embraced so lovingly in our desire for civil liberties for and the mutual respect of all Americans. Diversity once encompassed the idea of different cultures and ethnicities living together as one, peaceful, society while being able to maintain their own individual identities, thoughts and cultural practices (so long as no other human is physically harmed), all while simultaneously respecting others and allowing them the freedom to do the same. That idea of diversity focused on America as a mosaic and on mutual respect, loving one another, liberty, cultural appreciation and a mutual goal of seeking a better society, and, it *specifically encouraged the moral ideal of not judging others by the color of their skin.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, the term “diversity” seems to have been hijacked by an ever-growing array of anger-driven groups of “social justice warriors” infected with Orwellian thought, seeking to spread their infection and to gain power only for themselves. By definition, Orwellian is a term that refers to a societal condition that is harmful to the overall welfare of people, of society, and of freedom. This condition is accomplished through propaganda, legal force, manipulation, the blurring of the truth, agenda driven education, and the mass misinformation of the public through the use of euphemisms in order to “name” certain occurrences while the “name” itself represents the complete opposite of what is actually occurring.

Our new, Orwellian “diversity,” disregards and often outright attempts to eliminate the ideas of loving and respecting others, personal liberty, and, most importantly, difference and variety; all of this is done under the guise of tolerance, equality, individuality, anti-bias and social justice – and of course “diversity.”  It is important for us to understand that those often operating under the guise of progress are egocentric wolves in sheep’s’ clothing.

No longer are individual ideas and viewpoints encouraged. Free-thinking individuals who make the mistake of deviating from   the mob   while contributing to group discussions have now become the    “enemies of progress.”    Individual thought has been replaced with “group thought.” Diversity of ideas and the act of sharing those ideas has been relabeled by the thought police as “hate speech,” “bias,” “bigotry,” and “racism” and has ultimately been replaced by single, homogeneous, and entirely    non-diverse     “acceptable” ideas, “acceptable” speech, and “acceptable” views.    All deviations are met not with tolerance, but with visceral disgust and, often, attempts at public humiliation and vengeance.

Mutual respect of other cultures and the idea of “live and let live” is now seen, to many, as a discrimination and an anti-intellectual argument (put forth by uneducated, superstitious trash) which should be muted immediately and permanently. All of this is done under the guise of multiculturalism.

Science, which is a very dynamic (ever-changing) field of study has also been taken over by Orwellian control. No longer is it necessary for a  “theory”  to be replicated through the Scientific Process in order to be considered a  “fact.”  Scientists who still embody the beautiful, discovery-oriented scientific thought processes involving imagination, experimentation, curiosity, and the consideration of all possibilities and all possible outcomes are quickly chewed up, spit out, shunned, de-funded and condemned to silence.

Most disturbing, however, is the idea that we are all now judged not by the content of our character as the late Rev. King had dreamed of, but are instead judged entirely on our skin color. Our society has reversed course and has begun erasing all of the progress that the civil rights movement made. White is bad. Every other color is good. End of discussion.

*Back to my painting in progress…

What all too many people now fail to see is that each different ethnicity is filled with diversity within itself. All Asians do not hold the same religion or beliefs. Not all Hispanics vote Democrats. Black Americans who hold conservative views are not “Uncle Toms.” Not all white Americans are “racists,” bound and determined to oppress others. My “whitewashed” painting is still full of diverse elements, variations of tone and depth, regardless of its cream color. Instead of condemning others or promoting others solely based on skin color, we should be focused on recognizing the true diversity among all Americans and on finding a way to allow all people to hold on to their dignity, loving them as Christ loves us. Anything else is digression.

Instead of falling in line like sheep, greedily gobbling up the grass of re-branded and re-purposed “diversity,” we must use our freedom of speech, granted to use by God, to share Truth. Only through love can America have healing. Only through love can America have prosperity. Tough love in the form of verbally speaking the truth and of actively adhering to the truth in practice in our own lives is one of the most loving acts humans can do for others who have lost their way. It also brings us closer to God, keeping us alert and reminding us not to fall into the trap of hate.

If we seek true diversity and personal liberty, then we must walk ahead, eyes wide open, with Christ, bravely rejecting Satan’s influence in our society.

Art Process:

I used cream acrylic paint, highly diluted. Using long brush strokes spread across several coats and allowing time to dry, I layered a thin coating of cream paint onto my canvas. I also allowed the paint to pool naturally in various places. Next week I will play playing with color blocking.