Look Past the Sawdust

Nikita Khrushchev once described a time in the Communist republic’s history when a wave of theft was sweeping through the government-owned plants. To stop the theft, guards were placed at factory entrances to watch the laborers as they entered and departed. At the Leningrad timberworks, one of the guards spotted a man named Pyotr Petrovich leaving the yard with a wheelbarrow filled with a bulky sack. A guard became suspicious.  Here is the conversation: “Come on, Petrovich,” said the guard. “What have you got there?” “Just sawdust and shavings,” Petrovich replied. “Come on,” the guard said, “I wasn’t born yesterday. Tip it out.” Out it came–nothing but sawdust and shavings. So he was allowed to put it all back again and go home. The same thing happened every night all week, and the guard was getting extremely frustrated.

Did you figure out what Petrovich was stealing yet? We’ll get back to that…  Have you noticed the subtle movement of the LGTBQ agenda into the life of your children? If not, it might be time to take a hard look at what’s going on around you. It’s subtle, slow but at the same time it’s in your face. The problem is that your children may not notice unless you bring it up. They may think that the things they are observing are perfectly fine unless you have a conversation with them about it. Recently, I watched the new Star Wars movie with my children at the theatre. It was a very well-done movie but at the end as the good guys were celebrating there was a lesbian kiss. Interestingly enough Disney cut the scene for audiences in Singapore to avoid a higher rating to the film. In Singapore homosexuality is illegal as it once was in America. In fact, sex between two men carries the penalty of up to 2 years in prison in Singapore. If the kiss remained in the film, you would have had to be 21 years or older to watch it in Singapore, so for the sake of making more money out of younger audiences, Disney cut the scene. They also cut the scene in the release in the United Arab Emirates. Notice that what isn’t a big deal for children in America to see is considered a huge deal in other cultures. Disney knows that a little kiss is a big deal. They want your children to see a lesbian kiss, when all you want them to watch is a good movie. The plan of discreet normalization is the plan of Disney. Over time and slowly you will only see sawdust and shavings unless you look closely.

             Remember the story we began with?  Let’s pick up the rest of the conversation.  “Finally the guards curiosity overcame his frustration. “Petrovich,” he said, “I know you. Tell me what you’re smuggling out of here, and I’ll let you go.”  “Wheelbarrows,” said Petrovich. The bag of sawdust was the movie you saw. What Disney was peddling past you was a kiss in a wheelbarrow.  Talk to your children about this. Don’t let these things slip past you or them or them. Help them to discern what’s going on around them so that they can see things as they really are.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Phil. 4:8 ESV

One thought on “Look Past the Sawdust

  1. Great illustration! We know Satan is the father of lies, and a deciever. Deception has been a known warfare tactic for a LONG time. It’s crazy for us to think that Satan would not have the world use deception against us. Sun Tzu’s Art of War, written in the 5th century BC and still used in most modern military training schools across the world, says:

    “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

    So, I agree that things like what you described are not accidental on the part of the film industry (and others). Recently, we experienced the first openly gay Marvel character, and plans are already being announced for the first transgender Marvel character. Announced – the world is getting bold, and not even looking to introduce it secretly anymore! When an enemy thinks they have the upper hand, they will get more brazen. I believe we will start to see it is being increasingly introduced openly, intentionally and purposefully – and as we have already seen, with our children, specifically. There are lots of “reactions” we could have, but I agree that our job, biblically, as parents is to be “proactive” stewards of our children, and intentionally and purposefully teach our children the truth.

    Furthermore, I may be able to opt out of watching a movie, but the world is finding ways to FORCE that conversation to happen sooner than it really should (Ref. what is happening in Kirkwood schools right now – https://www.timesnewspapers.com/webster-kirkwoodtimes/big-showing-of-support-for-teacher-to-go-by-mx/article_11c9d2bc-f668-11e9-9d0a-f7872a0335a4.html). Government schools are deciding grade school, as low as Kindergarten, is the right time to introduce the lie of gender fluidity to children. Our children don’t need our emotional reactions as is easy to do first; rather they need us to faithfully and carefully instruct them according to the truth, straight from scripture. Then, our job is to trust God and remember that we don’t defend truth – truth has been able to take care of itself for as long as the world has existed – thanks be to God that truth defends us and our children!

    He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4 NKJV

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