Once again, I find it reasonable to simply look around me to assess what is happening and evaluate current events. My goal is to reconcile said events with my current understanding of the world around me.
Where am “I” at mentally? Despite any potential murmurings to the contrary, I am not questioning my sanity. Judge for yourself whether you find my ideas well-grounded or wandering another planet. The question goes more to my state of mind relative to popular positional labeling. I'd say most skimming this would say I am some religious nut. Those who are more comfortable with their relationship with God may gain some insight but I expect the most pious amongst us to be the most vocal (and possibly physical) objectors. In other words... they'll want my head either figuratively or literally. What have I to say that is so controversial?
Mainly my conclusion can be summed up as such: everything happening today is going exactly according to plan – God's plan. By everything, I mean everything... abortions, the wholesale slaughter of Christians – men, women and children, as well as non-Christians. War. Economic upheaval and, yes, the accumulation of power by evil men. Ouch.
Why would God plan this? “Surely if 'I' were in charge, all knowing and all powerful, 'I' would not allow all this to happen!” And this is why you and I are NOT God! We are NOT “all knowing”. We are NOT “all powerful”. We don't have a smidgen of the mind, much less the perspective to comprehend what is happening. While I feel I've been “blessed” with a molecule of understanding, I do not for a moment believe this is because I was granted any special “gift” or “favor”. I simply asked and opened my eyes. Nothing I've observed is hidden from anyone willing to look. Do not expect anything I write to be rife with exceptional insight. If I have a secret, this is it. I will say I believe. I may be more willing to let go of my own preconceived and accepted ideas than some others. Beyond that nothing I've observed is out of reach of anyone with normally functioning brain cells. For example:
I am not God. Gee, big revelation there, huh? Yet how many people judge God? If you judge God – who or what does that make you? How many people have outright stated they don't believe in any god because the world is such a mess? The implication is they could do so much better. Really?
So we are left with one of two choices. Either there is (at least) a God or there is not. I won't get into this but if you are in the latter group, I do not expect any of what I have to say to make sense to you. You might as well take off now, but before you go, I'll ask one thing. If mankind is the only hope... how bright does our future look? You don't have to answer. I've already seen demonstrations of man's utopian ideas. Sorry, that's not for me and I'm sure I'll be taken care of in your purge.
Once again, I, and whoever else cares to accept this, am left with the idea that, yes, there IS a God – as in a ONE TRUE GOD who is omnipotent and omniscient. As such, He can do what He wants and He knows what He is doing. Thus my conclusion that everything is going exactly according to HIS plan. To the best of my knowledge, He has not asked for my opinion. (I would assume He already knows it so the last statement should be considered facetious.)
As I've written before, the end game involves a one-world government. After that this world as we know it ends. This is the future, whether you accept it or not and whether said acceptance is via observation or prophecy or both. I don't much care as I am talking about what I've come to understand. You are responsible for your own mind. So what about the here and now?
Ah! Now that is something much more pertinent. While each of us can indeed prepare for possible trouble ahead and we should to some extent, how far do we take it? Some seem to dedicate their lives to the endeavor. Some even make a career out out of it. I will contend later that this may not be a terrible idea for some, so I am neither judging nor belittling anyone. I am simply observing. Before I venture too far into any extended concepts, I'd like to reveal some other aspects of my current mindset.
Politically speaking, I am a heretic. After taking a close look at most of the major schools of thought – communism, liberalism, progressivism (Okay I feel I'm being triple redundant here!), conservatism, classic liberalism, libertarian, anarchism, abolitionism (thanks for that one Bill Buppert.), imperialism, corporatism... I've rejected all. Have I missed any? Probably, but then again, I did specify “major” so one could argue I went too far. The thing is, nothing satisfies. However to further expound upon how I got to this point, I'll divide and simplify...
Government vs. no government.
Recently I delved into the anarchists' argument for no government. Included in this group is Bill Buppert of ZeroGov who prefers the term abolitionist. His reasoning is taxation and regulation is another form of slavery. For the purpose of simplifying this concept, I'll specify my take on this is it boils down to: any coercion is a form of slavery and I rather agree. BB advocates abolishing all forms of coercion. To their credit I too struggle with the idea of “my” property being subject to taxation long after I purchase it. DO I really “own” it? If I fail to pay “my fair share” then I forfeit my property and possibly my “freedom”. What happens to “my fair share”? This is decided by others. Ostensibly by “my” elected representatives. The problem is the system is rigged so no one taking my property or deciding the fate of the same cares what I want or think. Thus I must agree coercion trumps both my property and my freedom.
As an example I just read a story of a man on Long Island, NY who was fined for cutting down trees... on “his” own property without their permission (and a “fee”, of course). The question that popped into my mind is “Who really owns those trees?”. Apparently not the man whose name is on the deed. Look, I have a piece of paper in front of me. There is nothing special about it – it is an old list. I'd like to think I “own” it. But what if I was required to obtain permission and pay a fee if I wanted to destroy it? In some locals I would indeed be “required” to obtain permission and/or a permit to burn it. I might have to pay to dispose of it at the county dump. Either way, I am not required to fill out a form (in triplicate) and pay a fee to destroy my piece of paper... yet. That said, there are other items some are NOT “allowed” to destroy without permission even though a person “owns” it.
Consider the things one cannot do without “permission”. How many locals insist you have a license to start a business? How many occupations require a license? What about dogs? Cars? Hunting, fishing, building or modifying a home all require permission of some sort in most instances. One town in the northeast just decided people cannot put a “For Sale” sign on their home. For now it is just an agreement between Real Estate agents but the plan is in the works to make it law in six months. Many locations forbid property “owners” from erecting certain signs on “their” property.
I've belabored the point enough – these days citizens are swamped with so many rules, regulations, taxes and fees one begins to wonder when we will need a license to breathe. How free are we really? If we are not free then are we not slaves? Buppert likes to refer to citizens as “tax slaves” and I have a hard time disputing this. That said, I have at least one major argument against “Zero Government”. It is the same argument that derails Keynesian Economics – human nature.
In economics, the idea that everybody is awarded the same results no matter what they contribute to the economy is bunk. Look, I'm not going to work my tail off so some jerk can sit on his duff watching TV and gobbling Cheetos. Few people will. When forced to work, my output would be pitiful. My attitude? Bite me. What about you?
Human nature also comes into play when we turn to social organization. Government, law, and such are all essentially methods human organize social behavior. I see no way around this. Period. In any group, at least one leader will emerge – this is human nature. As BB and others point out – any small seed of organization will grow into a forest. This concept naturally leads to the next:
Statist vs. limited government.
Statism portrays the State – the ruling government as the ultimate goal for humanity. Really only a monarchy and/or dictatorship challenges the concept for centralized social rule. The difference I see is that the latter holds up an individual at the top or where the statist model has a group of elites running the show. It could easily be argued elitists are the power behind those individuals at the top. Either way, the result is the same in an attempt to rule a society from a central location. This has never worked for any extended period of time.
So what about limited government?
Once again, human nature rears its ugly head. I'd have to agree with Buppert's contention that small or “limited” government is a myth. They all grow like noxious weeds from the start. Given the power to tax, governments are like a gluttonous cat with a bottomless self-feeder. Eventually the cat will get so fat it won't be able to move. I have no hope for any limited government ever working. So now what?
You've got that right, I don't like the Statist quo, I reject the concept of limited government and I contend man simply cannot or will not ever be satisfied without someone lording over him. Is there an answer or are we stuck and doomed? We are not doomed but many will not like nor accept the answer.
Only a Godly Kingdom with Jesus as King will work. For this to happen, the man of sin must be defeated once and for all. (or a thousand years but I have no idea what that is all about!) This is literal, not figurative speech. We must have the promised new heaven and earth before things will settle down. You see, man or human nature really isn't the problem – sin is. As a Christian, or one who confesses Jesus as Lord and believed God raised him from the dead, I am forgiven. Much of the world, including some who are sure to read this have either rejected Christ or have yet to accept the offered salvation. What is salvation? What am I saved from?
Specifically the wrath of God that is to come i. e. when this heaven and earth passes away and a new heaven and earth takes its place. This conclusion offers the worst possible scenario for a lot of people. It takes control totally out of the hands of man. It requires admission of the existence of a One True God. Neither of these present a problem for me. Nor does this concept portend a sense of hopelessness. In fact, it brings an entirely opposite aura – we now have true hope. Before venturing there... what is the alternative?
A a regime change? A revolt? Swept up in a tidal wave of conservatism? None of these are at all realistic. Any could happen but then what? Are we really going to let liberty reign free? Not a chance. Some, again I'll point to Buppert, yearns for some sort of evolutionary growth in man where we, come to our senses and somehow shed authority. I don't see this happening either. Again, such a result would require a major change in our very nature – our hard-wiring – if you will. Anyone who has researched this, or studied it at length, is likely to agree such a change would be slow and difficult, if not nearly impossible. For me this is about as likely as the world suddenly embracing Buddhism or even gradually embracing Buddhism for that matter.
Others suggest humans are liberty-minded by nature. To some extent I can see their reasoning. Anyone who has or was a stubborn child knows what I mean. Indeed, some do naturally defy authority. Are these the mutated variant destined to evolve into the next version of mankind? Interesting concept as it is, I am not convinced. For one thing, those who defy authority have always lived amongst us. This includes not only those who are liberty-minded but also psychopaths, sociopaths and common criminals. If the evolutionary concept is correct, would not these groups be subsets of the whole? By definition a criminal is not one prone to submit to authority. By “criminal”, I refer to those who do not respect the personal or property rights of others, nor do the other two groups. The overall trend I've based my own conclusions on is the trend for people to congregate and move toward population centers. Couple this with the tendency for those in population centers to demand more authoritative control and I can only conclude the human race is steadily moving away from liberty and is not likely to turn back.
Thus I'll place my chips on God. So now what? Sit back and wait? Not really. The way I see it, there is nothing I can personally do to bring coming events about. Just like those stories about people who can travel in time invariably muck things up. The thing is, I cannot have it both ways – if God is all powerful, all knowing and has got everything under control, how can I or anyone muck up the plan?
So I cannot do anything to hurry things up nor can I do anything to slow things down, much less stop it (if such were my desire). What CAN I do? I can live my life. My own choice is to live a godly life as much as I possibly can. Granted, sometimes my best efforts don't amount to much, but when I fall, I ask for forgiveness and pick myself up. One verse from Proverbs has been prominent in my thoughts lately:
Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
That is it, the entire verse. It is far easier said than done, trust me on this. I am not “there” yet by a long shot. By the way the word “LORD” here is better translated YHWH. To the best of my understanding and said understanding came by a scholar who spent seven years studying this one aspect of scripture, YHWH (pronounced Yahway) is the proper name of the God and Father of my lord Jesus the Messiah. As scripture proclaims me a son of God, YHWH is also my heavenly Father. (Galatians 4:6,7)
Now comes the bigger question. Do you, CAN you, believe what I write here? If not you will likely ignore it and move on. A very few may brand me some sort of heretic. So be it. Some could possibly accept some of all of this and still do nothing or just live your lives. For anyone who believes what I've put forth here and takes it to heart, I have a message: tell others. The most important thing we, as Christians, can do is present the Gospel of Christ to others. Time is short. Even if all that will happen will not come about for another thousand years, time is short. Those people who come into your life may be gone tomorrow – literally. I don't mean dead necessarily, but maybe taking another job, moving to another apartment, town, state – we just don't know. Make the best of every moment with everybody you come in contact with. Years ago, I remember a woman I'd “known” for years. She was an acquaintance of my mother so we had more than a passing knowledge of each other. One day she stopped me and told me she'd been listening as some friends and I were discussing scripture at a local coffee shop. She said she enjoyed hearing us and what she heard warmed her. (It was decades ago so I don't remember her exact words.) I expect she has since passed away but even so a conversation among friends in a public place had an effect on at least one person. While I do not know much about what effect this had on her, overall it was a positive one and likely better than the results of many times when I've made a concerted effort to influence someone. My point is I do not think it is necessary for most of us to spread out to evangelize the planet. Grow where you are planted. Live your life and trust God to put those who need your influence in your path. “We” are not going to “save the world” - this is God's work and He as already done the heavy lifting.
As for practical matters – first, if you are not seeking God's Will for your life, start now. Read scripture, pray, go to or join a church – whatever you are led to do. If you ask, God will reveal what He wants you to do. It may, or more likely will, be totally different than what I do so I will not presume to offer guidance other than what I have already. That said, be aware mankind continues to make everything worse. No utopia will emerge from man's efforts – just the opposite. It is only a matter of time. How much worse? God only knows – literally. I am convinced things will be worse than most of us can imagine. The real question may be: how much worse will things get before man's house of cards collapses?
One more thing... it seems evident to me any one-world government will only come into full power in response to some “crisis”. Such a crisis will be man-made. Today's world events look like a circus act where a performer spins a number of plates while everyone waits for all of them to come crashing down. Nations are gearing up for war, migrants and illegal immigrants are flooding over borders, economies are teetering from massive debt. Meanwhile governments are cracking down, flexing muscles and tightening the screws on their citizens. Wherever you are you may want to implement whatever precautions you can to protect you and your loved ones.
In my next post, I expect to explore the prospect... or evidence of civil war in the U.S.A.