Paul's Passing Thoughts

Sin, Racism, and Mass Shootings

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on February 15, 2018

We sin when we do naughty things, but the Bible  has much more to say about sin. The biblical explanation concerning sin explains a lot that goes on in the world that would ordinarily be perplexing. In the devil’s endeavor to be God’s coequal, or perhaps even superior to God, he created sin, but sin is nobody’s slave. The event (creation of sin) is like a Frankenstein movie where the mad scientist creates something that he cannot control. Sin stands alone as God’s paramount enemy apart from the fallen angels. Curiously, while the debate rages as to whether or not God created evil, the Bible clearly states that sin is the offspring of the devil.

Sin is described as a master that seeks to destroy through condemnation. Sin’s ability to enslave is grounded in condemnation resulting in ongoing deaths ending in eternal death. Sin seeks to exacerbate mortality. Control lust, condemnation, fear, and death are sin’s primary characteristics exemplified by those under its enslavement.

The Bible also states that sin uses desires to tempt and bring about death. Present death on the installment plan can be described as a multifaceted subtraction from wellbeing. What the Bible calls “sinful desires” vary from person to person and can take on many different forms. Sometimes we are suddenly struck with a disturbing thought or desire that may leave us a little shell shocked and wondering what kind of person we really are. That’s sin at work. Self confident people who like themselves are difficult to control. What does sin use to create these desires? That would be a worthwhile study to pursue, but lastly on this point, the perpetual fulfilling (practice) of these desires leads to an increased intensity of the desire coupled with habit. This is what we commonly refer to as an “addiction.”

Christ, in contrast, also presents himself as a master. This is how the Bible explains the reality of all of this in human terms. The sin master pays death wages only, while Christ only pays life wages. Christ is a master that, in specific Bible terminology, enslaves us to righteousness. This also means that those enslaved to sin and those enslaved to righteousness can do good AND bad alike, but in the end, this only determines the degree or amount  of wages paid by each master. It means more or lesser life wages, or more or lesser death wages. Those who belong to Christ through the new birth have the wisdom to discern good desires (the desires of the Spirit) versus sinful desires and the power to say “no” to those desires. We are defined by the desires we have and the practice of them. The conscience created by God in every human (the works of the law written on the heart) born into the world also plays into this but will not be addressed in this post.

Let’s first apply this to racism. Sin, in its endeavor to control, will use ANY excuse to do so. This can certainly include anything different. Sin looks for an opportunity to control in every circumstance; so, if you are different in some way, that equals inferiority which means we need to control you for the betterment of mankind. Since you are inferior, your best contribution to society is to know your place and do what the upper crust of society tells you to do. And in some cases, intermingling with superior races can bring all of civilization to a lower  state of being, and perhaps threaten the very existence of mankind. We call this, “genocide.”

So, we now know that former President Barack Obama is a hardcore racist. How do we know that? He commissioned an artist to do his formal presidential portrait who has painted depictions of angry looking black women beheading white women. It goes without saying that this is totally unacceptable. Where is the collective outrage? A populous that has been effectively shamed will keep its silence. Hence, despots can do anything while the commoners best know their place and keep silent.

But is so-called “racism” the core problem? Not really, what this really means is that Obama is a despot at heart. His racism only seeks to control by shaming white people because some were despots in the past. This whole Black Lives Matter and other business like it is an overt attempt to control through shaming and condemnation. Does it work? Well, sure it does; Obama shamed his way into being elected by guilty white people. So, apparently, it is someone else’s turn to enslave others. And what is the final solution for those unable to fulfill sin’s control-lust? Murder, of course, as depicted by other paintings from Obama’s selected artist.

I am a big fan of TV shows like Forensic Files etc. A common theme you hear often in these shows concerns motives. Often, the culprits themselves confess that they murdered in order to experience the ultimate control high; deciding whether or not someone lives or dies. In other cases, they murder because someone would not submit to their wishes. Shunned lovers who can longer control a girlfriend or boyfriend also make the cut; “If I can’t have you, nobody will!” And in many cases, killers confess that they wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone. In other words, they DESIRED to fulfill that particular curiosity.

Do I think this dynamic is largely behind the mass shootings that we see in our day? I do. Frustrated with a life spiraling out of their own control, they partake in the ultimate act of control. When these people enter a no gun zone armed to the teeth, they feel like god; at that moment, they decide who lives and who dies. Do I think they are willing to trade in their whole lives in order to be god for maybe 20 minutes? I do.

None of these current events surprise me or perplex me; it is merely the dynamic of sin’s control lust at work. And if you look for it, you can see it at work in every level and venue of life.



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  1. Martin said, on February 15, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    “So, we now know that former President Barack Obama is a hardcore racist. How do we know that? He commissioned an artist to do his formal presidential portrait who has painted depictions of angry looking black women beheading white women.”

    I don’t want to get into a protracted defence of Barack Obama. Just so you know, Obama’s mother was white and she raised him in the absence of his black father. Obama loved his mother.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on February 15, 2018 at 3:40 PM

      Which means that the depiction of a white women being beheaded should be even more reprehensible for him. If he loves his mother, he has a very strange way of showing it. Or, does your comment make my point? It’s ok for other white women to be beheaded, but not his mother because she gave birth to the anointed one?


      • Martin said, on February 16, 2018 at 10:26 AM

        Shouldn’t a depiction of a beheading of a white woman be EQUALLY reprehensible as that of a black woman? If the symbolism of such depictions can provoke visceral reactions then the artist, backed up by the former President of the United States, has succeeded in pointing out that there is STILL something wrong with the power dynamics between the races involved.

        And before you accuse Obama of being a racist, based on six degrees of separation, please realize that Steve Bannon (former Trump’s Whisperer) dictated immigration policies based on his favorite novel “The Camp of the Saints”. This novel is the true definition of “reprehensible” in its treatment of non-whites.


      • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on February 17, 2018 at 8:27 AM

        Um, Martin, he commissioned an artist to do his formal presidential painting who creates pictures of black women beheading white women. And he knew it beforehand. If nothing else, you are an example of the lengths people will go to in order to defend the anointed one. Get yourself a copy of his painting, hang it on your wall (if you haven’t already) and be happy. Didn’t mean to steal any of your joy by stating the obvious.


  2. Martin said, on February 22, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Labeling Obama as “the anointed one” presumes that I with others blindly support all his political decisions. We don’t. He sold out on a number of issues.

    One thing is for sure. If a white President had commissioned a white artist, known for depicting white women decapitating black women, there would have been a roaring outcry from within the black communities. The provocative nature of such paintings does indeed reek of racism.

    HOWEVER, calling Obama a racist, through his tacit approval of the artist’s prior works, is like calling Jesus an “offensive dehumanizer” – Matthew 23:33 or a “disgusting sicko” – John 6:53. It confines the issue being raised to a convenient label that justifies one to not look beyond it for Truth.

    The startling visuals that are evoked are meant to upset and challenge the accepted reality of the recipient.

    I actually think that the decapitation paintings would have been more effective if the artist had done them in grayscale, leaving the colors out. For it is never really about the color. I leave the final word to the artist:

    “The whole conversation of my work has to do with power and who has it.” – Kehinde Wiley


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on February 23, 2018 at 6:44 AM

      Probably more accurate: he uses racism as a tool to circumvent freedom of the individual.


  3. Martin said, on February 22, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    PS. The link on the bottom of my previous post was meant to just display a photo of Trump with his predominantly white, White House Administration.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on February 23, 2018 at 6:42 AM

      Alrighty then.


  4. Martin said, on February 24, 2018 at 5:10 AM

    I’ll tell you what, let’s both be on the lookout for even the slightest comment or a gesture by Obama that might be deemed racist, aside from his association with the artist. I will not bury my head in the sand and I’ll openly admit that you were right Paul.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on February 24, 2018 at 6:12 AM

      …and his close association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.


  5. Martin said, on February 24, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Obama’s ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright are as shameful as his politically motivated ties to an institutional church.

    To his credit, before becoming the President, Obama severed all ties with the Reverend (May 31, 2008) and had withdrawn his membership from Trinity United Church of Christ.

    Obama’s statement (April 29, 2008):

    “I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday… The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate, and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church. They certainly don’t portray accurately my values and beliefs. And if Reverend Wright thinks that that’s political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn’t know me very well. And based on his remarks yesterday, well, I may not know him as well as I thought either. What became clear to me is that he was presenting a world view that contradicts who I am and what I stand for, and what I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing. Anybody who knows me and anybody who knows what I’m about knows that I am about trying to bridge gaps and I see the commonality in all people. After seeing Reverend Wright’s performance, I felt as if there was a complete disregard for what the American people are going through and the need for them to rally together to solve these problems. Whatever relationship I had with Reverend Wright has changed, as a consequence of this.”


  6. lydia00 said, on March 16, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Obama attended Wright’s church and listened to his “hating whitey” and hate America sermons for 20 years Before running for president. I heard a few Before they were deleted off the Internet during his primary. Obama distanced him self because that was going to be a problem with winning the primary with democrat voters. It had absolutely nothing to do with a change of heart after 20 years. In fact, Pictures of senator of Obama with Louis Farrakhan and some members of the Congressional Black Caucus were censored by the media
    and only surfaced within the last year. He was literally a sort of Manchurian candidate. As was his senate “election”.

    Obama did what was set out to do. Create chaos, more gov totalitarianism with regulation and mandates and Further divide. As a career community organizer it’s all he knows how to do. He knows it’s much easier to govern when there are is chaos and people are scared.


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