The nation God would destroy, He first makes mad...

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"Rousey has drawn controversy herself by refusing to fight the transgender fighter Fallon Fox, claiming that Fox has an unfair advantage. Many medical experts disagree with that contention."

- Quartz reporting on UFC fighter Ronda Rousey gloating over beating out Floyd Mayweather for the "best fighter" ESPY.

When Proverbs tells us the rod is for the back of the fool, it applies to nations, also. These United States have given ourselves to foolishness that's so depraved it's unlikely anything other than physical suffering and death can turn us back.

But maybe I'm naive and we're beyond even the reach of the rod?

The horror of AIDS only stiffened our resolve to give ourselves to sexual perversion...

Look how the Supreme Court responded to the Castro's sodomites "receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error" (Romans 1:27). When the fire and brimstone stopped raining down, SCOTUS declared both sodomy and sodomitic marriage a constitutional right. Two effeminate men and three puny women shook their fists in the face of God and they think they got away with it.

So, for a time, our wealth enables us to stiff-arm the consequences of our sin. Because of His kindness we are not consumed by God's wrath. But there is an end to his patience and pity our nation when that end comes.

So, for instance, at the present time we watch as the officers of our Armed Forces turn tail and run from the anger of the feminists. Everyone knows with certainty that women are incapable of serving as combatants. But our officers fear being passed over, so they abandon their enlisted men to the certain injuries and deaths which result from women being forced on them as fellow combatants.

The Muslims watch and laugh. Barbarians recognize decadence and it stiffens their resolve.

Have I said before that I anathematize drones? This is what the land of the free and the home of the brave has come to—sending robots into the sky and across international borders to kill U.S. citizens. No grand jury. No indictment. No arrest. No judge, trial, or witnesses for the prosecution and defense, and no judgment rendered by a jury of our peers. But regardless of whether or not the target is a U.S. citizen, there is constant collateral damage. Hellfire rains down on women and children whose loved ones remember what lengths these United States of America were willing to go to avoid boots on the ground and battle.

But of course, that's the whole point of 24, isn't it? The real man does not allow himself any scruples in opposing evil. He tortures the enemy and becomes our Savior.

These thoughts after reading this piece on woman combatants from National Review Online. A few excerpts:

What may be Old Blood and Guts' most famous line is more than just colorful, it's a great working definition of a warrior's duty: killing the enemy and surviving to fight another day.

That truth is particularly relevant in light of the recent failure of all 45 hand-picked, highly fit women to complete Ranger training and Marine-officer combat training. The 45 women were part of an effort to meet a 2016 deadline mandating that all combat roles, including special forces, be opened up to women — an ideologically driven, reality-challenged initiative...

For proof that integrating women into combat will mean lower standards for men and women, just ask the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, who said in 2013, "If we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn't make it, the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the secretary: Why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?" Given the current political environment and the lack of moral courage from our political and military leaders, there's no doubt these standards will be reevaluated and less-rigorous ones adopted...

Men's blood carries 10 to 12 percent more oxygen per liter than does a women's; and men's VO2 max, a measure of the top rate of oxygen consumption, is 40 to 60 percent greater than that of women. ...An average fit man will weigh about 23 percent more, have 50 percent more muscle mass, and carry 10 percent less body fat than an average fit woman. Pound for pound, men have thicker skulls, bigger, stronger necks, hearts that are 17 percent larger, and bones that are both bigger and denser. Despite being much heavier, men's vertical leap is nearly 50 percent greater than that of women...

The push to put women into combat is driven by an extreme, reality-challenged form of feminism. Unfortunately, its influence in the media, the entertainment industry, our universities, and politics has given it a tremendous base of political power that extends into the heart of the military. Jude Eden notes: "In my experience, feminism and political correctness are so prevalent in the military that men trip over themselves trying to ensure they do not offend. Military leaders cannot afford to even think the truth: Women are not as strong and athletic as strong, athletic men are." Officers in the military understand that speaking honestly about the problems of women in combat can be a career-ender, while putting gender-diversity goals ahead of everything else can be a career-accelerator.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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