Monday, November 18, 2013
Unwitting Victims of a System
For some time, I have been writing to challenge my readers think about what is going on in our world. I will present some possible scenarios in my upcoming novel, Eye of the Storm. There are many things taking place right now that will lead up to the event Christians call the Rapture which will be followed by chaos and even more government control and loss of freedoms dear to every American.
The proliferation of technological advances is providing government with tools for surveillance and control of citizens distracted by entertainment and the simple struggle to survive in the declining economy being structured by big government and its puppets.
John Whitehead, writing in his book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State describes well the current situation in America (and by its influence also the world):
We are — and have been for some time — the unwitting victims of a system so corrupt that those who stand up for the rule of law and aspire to transparency in government are in the minority. This corruption is so vast it spans all branches of government–from the power-hungry agencies under the executive branch and the corporate puppets within the legislative branch to a judiciary that is, more often than not, elitist and biased towards government entities and corporations.
We are ruled by an elite class of individuals who are completely out of touch with the travails of the average American. We are relatively expendable in the eyes of government–faceless numbers of individuals who serve one purpose, which is to keep the government machine running through our labor and our tax dollars. Those in power aren't losing any sleep over the indignities we are being made to suffer or the possible risks to our health. All they seem to care about are power and control.
Whitehead, John W. (2013-06-12). A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State (Kindle Locations 3411-3418). SelectBooks Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them
Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William Stevens Smith in 1788, wrote:
It astonishes me to find ... [that so many] of our countrymen ... should be contented to live under a system which leaves to their governors the power of taking from them the trial by jury in civil cases, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce, the habeas corpus laws, and of yoking them with a standing army. This is a degeneracy in the principles of liberty ... which I [would not have expected for at least] four centuries.
John Whitehead writes in A Government of Wolves:
Whether we can turn things around will depend on how many Americans are willing to learn their rights and take appropriate stands for freedom. "Most citizens," writes author and journalist Nat Hentoff "are largely uneducated about their own constitutional rights and liberties."
The following true incident is a case in point for Hentoff's claim. A young attorney preparing to address a small gathering about the need to protect freedom, especially in the schools, wrote the text of the First Amendment on a blackboard. After carefully reading the text, a woman in the audience approached the attorney, pointed to the First Amendment on the board and remarked, "My, the law is really changing. Is this new?" The woman was a retired schoolteacher.
It is frustrating to watch the pandemic decline of morality and integrity taking place among Americans and even Christians who one would think should know better.
I guess I should expect it given Jesus’ warning about the approaching final days recorded in Matthew 24: “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people” (Matthew 24:9-11 NIV).
The apostle Paul wrote to his young friend, Timothy about the later times: “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2 NIV).
Scripture provides excellent guidance for our behavior: “Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies” (Psalm 141:4 NIV).
Beware of partaking of the government’s so-called largesse. It will come back to bite you in the end and make you even more subservient. Proverbs says:
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies; for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments. (Proverbs 23:1-8 NIV).
When we allow ourselves to become servants to any system of government we deny our God-given rights to serve only the Lord and experience His blessings.
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. NIV
We have been warned of the price of disobedience to God:
See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants — it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor. The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The LORD has spoken this word. The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left. NIV
Books worthy of reading for an understanding of our world today include:
From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation by Gene Sharp
Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies For Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, And Promoting Terrorism by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa and Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak
The Five-Thousand Year Leap: Twenty-eight Ideas That Are Changing the World by W. Cleon Skousen
The Enemies Within: Communists, socialists and progressives in the U.S. Congress by Trevor Loudon
Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office by Aaron Klein & Brenda J. Elliott
How Evil Works: Understanding and Overcoming the Destructive Forces that are Transforming America by David Kupelian
Understanding the Book of Daniel by H.A.Ironside
A Nation Forsaken — EMP: The Escalatiing Threat of an American Catastrophe by F. Michael Maloof
Alexander the Great: The Macedonian Who Conquered the World by Sean Patrick
Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda Will Dismantle America by Brian Sussman
Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton by Kathleen Willey
Shut Up, America! — The End of Free Speech by Brad O’Leary
The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolph Hitler and Haj Amin Al-Husseini by Chuck Morse