Solving the Worlds Problems 101, Part 2

In this Blog entry, I will begin to look at various approaches to what everyone agrees is a crisis. Most would agree that, due to the foolishness, (or worse),  of politicians, this will probably lead to a collapse of institutions and infrastructure in America. For instance, the Banking system could collapse. That would lead to food and supply shortages in stores. ATMS and credit card transactions could be suspended. That would lead to rioting and the collapse of local law enforcement. Hospitals and Pharmacies would be overwhelmed. Roads would be clogged with refuges. Corruption and lawlessness would be the order of the day.

Then the wise men who got us in this mess in the first place would step in. Martial Law, confiscation of weapons, rounding up the troublemakers would soon follow. Looters shot on sight, Military troops patrolling our streets a la Jade Helm 15. All in all, this would be a totally transformed country, with segments of the population at each others’ throats.

Pick your catastrophe. An EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack by a hostile nation, a severe natural disaster such as an earthquake, or even a medical epidemic could all lead to the same result.

How would we as a Church, the Body of Christ, deal with this?   I am speaking of approaches within the church in general, because that is the institution God gave us as Christians to operate in.

Everyone seems to have a solution for what is happening to us. Most of the people who hold to these ideas are decent and sincere, but wrong. The following ideas are what I have heard among Christians .

(Keep in mind that the easy part of any analysis is picking apart others’ solutions.)

First is the “Red Dawn” plan. Also known as the “prepper” school. Store away enough food, water, guns and ammo, and head to the hills to evade capture. (A permutation of this is to take said supplies and hunker down in a home or even an underground shelter.) Many of these folk talk about their “God Given Rights” in the Constitution, and their rights to defend against losing them.

Its good to be prepared for disaster, and it would be wonderful to keep our rights. There are, however, two arguments not to take this course of action too far. First, the theological one. A wise man once said, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”
(Romans 13:1-7 ESV)

At the time the Apostle Paul wrote this, Nero was probably the Emperor of Rome. The Ceaser who mercilessly persecuted Christians.   Jesus echoed this by summarizing “Render unto Ceaser the things that are Ceaser’s”.   Nowhere did Christ tell his followers to fight Rome to get their rights.

The fact is, we are entitled to nothing in this life but eternal condemnation. Human rights, contrary to the Declaration of Independence, are not “inalienable rights”.   As a matter of fact, no country in the history of the world been blessed by God with our freedom and prosperity. We have been an aberration, an outlier of what the rest of humanity has faced.  Compare the statements in the Declaration of Independence with the above Biblical Passage. When there is a contradiction, which document will prevail for you? (for instance, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. “ Preamble)

I have often considered what would have become of our nation had we, like Canada, “rendered unto King George the things that are King George’s” and not fought a bloody revolution.

The second argument against going to far with armed resistance, is this,  It only takes one bullet to end your time on this earth.  Are your rights worth it?  What are you willing to die for as a Christian?  What does God say?

… More on this next week.

Solving the World’s Problems 101

There is a point of contention among the Church that needs to be reconciled for all of us. It involves the relationship between a Christian individual or family, and the Government, specifically in times like these. First, it is obvious that our constitutional rights are being eroded. This entry is going to be in multiple parts, with the first part identifying the issue, and what to do about it in subsequent entries.

It is becoming evident that there are individuals in our government that want to reinterpret our founding documents so that our freedoms of speech, right to bear arms, and our right to practice our religion, are either taken away, or drastically restricted. In addition, the tax code of 16,000 pages is enabling the rich to escape taxes, and the poor to not only be exempt from paying taxes, but to receive food, phones, housing, and other benefits. This leaves the tax burden on middle class workers, who are vanishing as you read this. Thirdly, elements of the Press, Educational Establishment, and Government are pitting Americans against each other. White against Black, Rich against Poor, Police against the Population, Democrat against Republican, you name it. When crises rise out of these conflicts the Government creates new laws to take away more freedoms (go back to the first of the list) . As a result of this method of ratcheting down our rights, little by little, we are being divided as a country, distrusting and even hating those whom we have been told are our enemies. Differences are exploited instead of celebrated.

Look around. It doesn’t take Einstein to see the massive changes in our country regarding the above situations. Don’t you agree that, in a short time, the United States of America will be unrecognizable to earlier generations?

In my conversations with all types of Americans, they see the same conflicts. Most blame the manufactured enemies that are created, by an untouched segment of power hungry individuals who are known by many as the elite. The enemy is a political party and whoever is a member of it. It’s a racial minority (or majority). It’s the rich. It’s the poor, They are causing these problems. We are too distracted by our own limitations to see that we are all being played. We as Americans see our above fellow countrymen, as well as immigrants, as enemies, or as my wife says, Popular Blame Targets.

I would suggest that we, as the church, all need to look at ourselves, and what filter we look through, before we consider adopting a viewpoint as to the problem. Before we can even consider solving today’s problems, we should be certain that our assessment of what is going wrong doesn’t lead to more problems. In my next blog, I will identify what I see are errant viewpoints that are held, and will pin down the real enemy facing us. Then I will attempt to create a suggested course of action for us as Christians to follow. You may not like what you read, but I assure you that it will lead to better things if tried. Stay tuned.

The More Things Change…

A funny thing happened recently that once again demonstrated the adage that “History repeats itself.”, and also’ “Those that ignore History are doomed to repeat it.”

Last month, the popular Pope Francis, speaking on behalf of God and the Roman Catholic Church, declared that Global Warming is mostly man made. He urged quick action. The mainstream media has jumped on this with an “I told you so” tone that permeates these kinds of stories. Here is an example: http://www.nbcphiladelphia,com/news/local/Pope-Francis-Climate-Change-Global-Warming-Encyclical-Catholics-Environment-298530081.html

Notice the complimentary manner in which a “Christian” leader is portrayed, so unlike the treatment preachers, missionaries, and families receive in TV shows, news stories, and comic routines.

Lets see… a pontiff declaring a scientific theory as fact, with the science showing the opposite conclusion. Meanwhile, professors and scientists who disagree with these conclusions are vilified and ridiculed. Some have lost their funding or their jobs. Meanwhile their arguments are dismissed. “The argument on Climate Change is Over.” as the noted scientist Leonardo DiCaprio in the Green World Rising documentary series.
Global Warming skeptics are labeled as “deniers” and worse. Sound familiar?

In 1610, a noted astronomer issued “Starry Messenger” and went against the accepted science of the day by stating the earth wasn’t the center of the universe, and that it even orbited the Sun. Wikipedia’s entry for this episode states “Galileo’s discoveries were met with opposition within the Roman Catholic Church, and in 1616 the Inquisition declared heliocentrism to be formally heretical. Heliocentric (earth orbits the sun) books were banned and Galileo was ordered to refrain from holding, teaching, or defending heliocentric ideas.” Declared a heretic, he was imprisoned for the rest of his life.

Oh, by the way. The inquisition was run by the Jesuits, Pope Francis is a Jesuit.

 

Don Cook