Have you ever heard the statement, “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid?”
Do you know where that statement comes from?
“Drinking the Kool-Aid” is a figure of speech we use to refer to a group of people who are holding an unquestioned belief or philosophy without really examining why. The phrase is often used by people who are knowingly going along with a doomed or dangerous idea because of peer pressure or to be politically correct.
The phrase is actually derived from the November 1978 “Jonestown deaths” that occurred in Guyana, South America.
Jonestown was the name of the community that cult leader Jim Jones established. On November 18, 1978 a total of 909 members (1/3 of which were children) of what was called the “People’s Temple” committed suicide by drinking Kool-Aid laced with cyanide poisoning.
Why did they do it? They believed Jones when he said that all who would go with him to Guyana would start a utopian (peaceful) society and they’d live together in a commune and it would be paradise. Obviously he lied and because of declining health (lung cancer) and mounting pressure from the US government, he demanded (at gun point) that his followers drink the Kool-Aid.
The youngest children were the first to die, as parents used syringes to drop the poison-powdered fruit juice down their children’s throats. Adults then lined up to drink the Kool-Aid while armed guards surrounded them. When Guyanese officials arrived at the Jonestown compound the next day, they found it covered with hundreds of bodies. Many people died with their arms around each other.
A memorial service was held in 2011 for those who died in the mass suicide…
Amazing! How could this happen? Well, let’s go back to our definition from earlier…
Drinking the Kool-Aid: a group of people who are holding an unquestioned belief or philosophy without really examining why. This rings so familiar to me today in our nation. People today are “drinking the Kool-Aid” when it comes to the definition of marriage, the sanctity of human life, “climate change,” etc., etc. Whatever is reported in the media via TV or the internet is received as the “Gospel” and is seldom questioned.
Hence the “Rolling Stones Magazine” article about the supposed gang rapes that occurred at the University of Virginia, which ended up being a hoax. Hence the idea that all gay people are “born that way” and they are like black people in that a gay person can no more change their sexual identity than a black man can change his color. Folks, we’re drinking the Kool-Aid. The Bible is clear that a person can be redeemed and delivered from their homosexual tendencies just as much as an adulterer, drunk and thief can (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Yet, we’re not interested in really researching what the Bible says. We’ll just go with what our favorite actor, athlete or politician has to say about the subject. We won’t use the Word of God as our “…lamp unto our feet and light unto our path” Psalm 119:105. No, we’ll just go with CNN, Huffington Post and our favorite politician or sports figure.
When we do this…we’re drinking the Kool-Aid. You know this don’t you? What will be your guide? What will be your grid from which your brain makes decisions? Will you go with the current “cultural thinking?” Well you not question what you are seeing and hearing and just gulp down the Kool-Aid? Most are and that includes “Christians.”
It’s particularly happening with the situation in Indiana and the pizzeria that said they’d rather not cater a gay wedding (it was a hypothetical question). They had never been asked the question. But, an ABC news agency saw crosses in the business and thought, “Aha…got one!” Well, let’s turn the tables (and it’s being done). What about a Christian who goes to a gay baker and says, “Bake me a cake that says, ‘I support what the Bible says about marriage: One man for one woman, for life.'” If the gay baker says, “That goes against my convictions and my beliefs,” will he/she be forced (like the Christian bakers) to make the cake anyway? Will he/she be forced against his/her convictions to condone this type of thing?
As I said, this very thing is being “tested” as we speak and yet, no major news agency will pick it up. Because the agenda is not “Free speech,” the agenda is “You believe what I tell you to believe.” The agenda is, “When I want your opinion…I’ll give it to you.” The agenda is only “tolerance” for the position I tolerate and you “Christians,” no way…no can-do on your position. You can no longer point to the Bible as your guide. You must go with the cultural norms (mores) of the day.
You say, “Why does this matter?” I’ll tell you why it matters, because if taken to the extreme, one day they will come to me and say, “Kevin, if you preach that homosexuality is a sin and that it can be healed and forgiven, then your church is going to lose it’s tax-exempt status.” What happens then? How many people still write checks to a church where they can no longer receive a tax deduction. Think about that as you prepare for April 15th.
I read this on a blog the other day about the issue that I thought was excellent. It comes from http://thesidos.blogspot.com/2015/03/around-web-on-rfra.html:
Rod Dreher, writing for the American Conservative has a very comprehensive piece, Indiana: A Religious Liberty Bellwether.
It seems to me that the media/elite freakout over the Indiana law is a moral panic analogous to the freakout over the UVA rape case. People rushed like lemmings to endorse as true something that turned out to be a hoax because it confirmed their prejudices about Bad Classes of People. This is why so many in the media are making no pretense to be fair in their reporting and commentary on the Indiana law. As Mollie Hemingway avers, the most interesting — and most worrying — aspect of all this is that religious liberty is not considered to be important at all to very many people in this country, especially the most powerful people.
Notre Dame’s Pat Deneen wrote this weekend on Facebook that law school friends tell him of plans underway now by progressive law profs to “Bob Jones” churches and religious institutions that have policies they consider discriminatory against LGBT people. That is, they want to campaign to take away tax exempt status from all religious entities that have traditional views and practices related to homosexuality. This is the next frontier. Many churches and religious entities operate so close to the margins, budget-wise, that they will not be able to survive this.
I saw this on Twitter…
Any cause with the active support of Apple, NCAA, Wal-Mart and the Kochs is not a beleaguered minority, but the ruling elite.
As the blogger noted: “The groups he lists have a lot in common, namely that they want nothing to rock the boat and interfere with the money flow that is the lifeblood of the government, the academy, the entertainment world and the massive corporations. Ironically the American Left has placed itself firmly on the side of the most privileged and white organizations in the world.”
In essence, the American Left and the Progressive Liberals hope Americans will continue to______???
Yep…you guessed it…
DRINK THE KOOL-AID
Let me give you an example of drinking the Kool-Aid by way of a couple of videos. First is a David Cameron the British Prime Minister. Below is his “Easter Message.” It’s just over 2 minutes long.
Okay, no watch President Obama’s “Easter Message.” It starts out okay, but in the middle to the end, you can tell that our President has been drinking the Kool-Aid.
So, what did you think? He gave away the farm with: “Whether faith in God shapes our lives completely or not at all…” Amazing. He just made “as equal” on the celebration of Easter (the resurrection of Jesus) those who celebrate faith and God and those who don’t. Oh my goodness! Come on Mr. President. You just said that you were a Christian. Stand up and say it. Stand up and believe it. David Cameron did. You didn’t! Why? Because you, Mr. President, have been drinking the Kool-Aid. In fact, I’m convinced he’s now pouring the Kool-Aid.
I posted this on Facebook the other day:
This country is changing so fast. The reason we are here is because we left England seeking a place of refuge that we might be able to worship God freely and without oppression from the government. Well friends, welcome to 2015. Oppression is back. As a Christian, you are no longer allowed to believe what the Bible teaches if it contradicts the “new thinking” on a subject such as marriage. Today in America if you are a Christian and you hold to the Bible as THE ONLY source of authority for making all decisions, then you are a bigot and a hater. So sad. The issue before us is will we stand on the principles of Scripture, the timeless Word of God, or will we cave to the changing winds of culture and the whims of the “created” instead of the Words of the “Creator.”
Another Christian nailed me for it and said that (my words) I need to lighten up. Well, folks, I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid. I’m doing my dead-level best as a pastor and simply as a Christian to allow the living water of the Word of God to quench my thirst, because it’s the truth.
Christian, we have got to get back to the knowing what the Bible says and not being afraid to follow it. We’ve got to stand (lovingly, but firmly) on the teachings of Jesus.
9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11
Did you catch the part about “knowledge and discernment?” How about the part about what is “excellent…pure…blameless…righteousness?” You see that’s the truth and Jesus said it best when He said:
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” John 7:37
Hey…I’ll take Jesus any day over Kool-Aid…won’t you? 🙂