|WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES GOD HAVE TO DO WITH ALL THIS?|
by: Jon Davis
It is difficult to present views of political nature to atheists and secularists when these views appear "tainted" with religious perspective. My goal is not to try to convince anyone to compromise their values or violate their consciences, including myself and my own conscience, and so if I must admit that mixing God in with these "politics" is evil then I'll stop writing now.
I'm still writing.
There was a time not long ago when I had given up all of my Christian values, and I became agnostic. I would drive down the road to work and roll down the window and yell, "God!? If you're there, prove yourself! Show me You!" His response was in much of the details of what I've posted on this web site. He revealed Himself by revealing the path that we, mankind, were headed--humanism, rebellion against God, and finally destruction--resulting in my recognition of my absolute need for Him and His sovereign presence and guidance in my life. This is what the fear of Yahweh is: to recognize that He is our creator, He is sovereign, He loves us and doesn't want us to hurt ourselves, but because He is sovereign He will have His way in the end. It wasn't long that I found myself on my knees in my apartment living room with tears and snot piling up on the carpet while His spirit rushed into my body and I felt His warm presence in me and surrounding me and I let it begin to take over, once again. I had willingly surrendered, after years of rebellion, and every day is a fresh pursuit of learning to surrender my will for God's will.
It's with the knowledge in God--knowing Him, not just of Him--that I believe one's perspective of current events becomes complete. When the government of a free people takes away the free people's rights and their freedoms and turns them into privileges, it forces the people to worship that government more than their sovereignty and their faith and trust in God. By doing as much, they guarantee the loss of God's blessing, and become His enemies, because their constituents have placed dependence on men above their dependence on God.
This is not to say that they don't depend on God, or that they disbelieve in God. But when their trust and faith in the leadership of the nation is greater than the trust and faith in God, they are proven deceived, because we should know that certain truths are "self-evident, that all men are created equal [meaning George Bush is an entity no less mortal than myself], that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". A controlling federal power that enumerates and tracks the people for the supposed sakes of child support and terrorist control, and steals the fruits of the people's labors, thereby enslaving the people to itself, has forgotten and denied those self-evident truths, and has spit in the faces of the principles.
Humanism is the religious valuation in the human will and human logic, and socialism is the dependence on other humans. Socialism, being not a mere philosophy but a religion, puts man at the center, and makes the State god. Humanism and socialism together are the pursuit and enjoyment of a human-controlled systemwork above a free-thinking faith in a theistic power. Enumeration and tracking of man, as with the social security number, is a fundamental leg of socialism. It is with a gradual deception, like the classic analogy of a frog placed in slowly heated water, by which these free-thinking people become dependent upon the thought processes of the System, rather than upon the thought processes of their own minds and the mind of God, and by being numbered and tracked with these numbers they are then in total control (in servitude) of the System. This is how free people volunteer their freedom and liberty away.
None could be a truer indication of this than the simultaneous bragging by our American leaders of our "freedom" and our "liberty", coinciding with their talk on "tax cuts" in the context of the American people's rights to the fruits of their labours. How can labor be taxed by a free people, especially when those taxes are routed directly into Social Security and Medicare and the interest on the national debt, thereby being used only to further perpetrate the servitude of this "free people" to the controlling powers?
Men are not angels. Men are not perfect. God, however, is perfect. God is spirit; He is often described, and often presents Himself, as an angel. It is because men are not angels that human authorities should be respected but not revered or worshipped, obeyed but not above God's laws, respected but not more than our dependence on God.
Classically relevant stories of worship-denying (not rebelling) brave men of God:
By becoming dependents upon men--very different from being submissive to God-established authorities as in Romans 13--and by willingly throwing out our dependence on God, the blessing that is withdrawn from us is twofold:
Turn on the television and what do you see? Worship of man.
[http://www.crosswalk.com/fun/books/1204572.html] As author Louie Giglio so wisely puts points out in "The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life," everyone worships something or someone, because God has designed us all with the drive to worship. And, he says, people have only to study how they spend their time, energy, affection, and money to discover the current object of their worship.
What is worship? Is it falling to one's knees and praying or singing songs? No, worship is any sacrificial submission toward an entity, and it is ultimately willful and ungrudging surrender. In the case of God, the New Testament describes worship this way:
When a free people willfully and ungrudgingly surrender, or sacrifice, themselves to a control-freakish system--again, not to be confused with showing respect and honor where it is due among authorities--they are indeed worshipping it. That's why the whole world, even those "Christians" who are careless, will be found worshipping the Beast as they take the mark. And that's why it is worth bringing up now, even though no mark is made mandatory yet, because the principles are being ignored.
All of the metaphors of Revelation 13 in talking about the Beast's domination over the world and being worshipped by the world fall into place if you think of the Beast as being man, that people surrender to, or a spirit that entices man to worship man, and not necessarily being a man. We aren't in the days described therein in prophecy yet, so it's only speculation (however inaccurate), but I firmly believe that our current System infrastructure is already the framework by which we will go about getting there.
But my pursuit is not of speculation but of principles. If it's wrong in those days to take the mark, even if the authorities demand it, even if people cannot buy or sell without it, then it is wrong today to willingly be "marked" in a worshipful (living-sacrificial) manner in servitude to an oppressive government, even if the authorities demand it, and even if people cannot buy or sell without it, unless the only reason why the mark is so bad is because it violates the human body (a biochip that goes under the skin) which is an invasion of God's temple.
Otherwise, why is it supposed to be so wrong in latter days to accept the mark? Why does God hate it so much? Why does He despise it so much? What is the principle here?
I believe the principle is in the competition between God and man.
Man was made in God's image, and God loves man (so much that He sent His son to die for our sins, though he was resurrected, and in that resurrection gives us His resurrection life), but when man tries to replace God with more of himself and his own plans and independence, he is in competition with Him.
Modernism has and will continue to repeat the mindset of men we see in this scripture. That mindset is to overcome our dependence in God. People are using tools to seek to overcome our dependence in God such as:
These things are wonderful things, but when they are perverted and then used in such a way that man regularly finds himself not needing the Great Physician's/Creator's healing touch, not needing His angels for protection, having plenty of cash to buy anything needed and almost everything wanted, being able to arrive anywhere with reliable transportation, and being fully educated on how to succeed in the System, what point is there in pursuing a God that wastes our time with holiness and righteousness and "gay things like that"?
Already, this is a deceived generation, because while life on earth may be short (party up!), God, however, created us for His own intents and purposes.
Humanism and socialism and dependence on the System are a greater enemy of God than all other religions, more than Satanism, Buddhism, Islam, you name it, not because of its blatancy but because it is so deceptive, and so difficult even for many God-fearing Christians to recognize its dangers. When the whole world is in submission to such a System and true dependence on God is scarce, He is faithful and just to act.
Neither of those days have fully arrived yet, fortunately, and I believe even I still have the Holy Spirit and yet I am still blessed on earth likewise, even with controlling only a few dollars here and there, so no, it is not the full time yet.
My goal is just to be prepared, and to be aware, and to fear Yahweh and hate what He hates and despise what He despises, even while loving what He loves and taking care for what He wants me to care for.