When I start an article, I don’t always know how it will end, and yesterday was a prime example of that. I started out by talking about how the CIA became evil, and ended up talking about why everything is a mess:
We have sinned against God. So, God has turned us over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh (1 Corinthians 5:5).
We have chosen pastors that will scratch our itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3). And, our pastors have chosen the way of cowardice, instead of truth.
Well, I received an article from Sheila Zilinsky that speaks directly to that subject, and she gave me permission to share it with you.
As I said yesterday, I didn’t always see the CIA as evil. In fact, I usually thought of it as a pretty cool organization. But, that was before the evidence started piling up that there was something dreadfully wrong with them.
Unfortunately, part of the problem lies in the basic fact of how such organizations are created and organized. Such organizations are ALWAYS going to become evil, if they aren’t managed properly. In fact, I’m not even sure that it was ever possible to set up and manage the CIA properly.
But, worrying over what-might-have-beens ultimately doesn’t solve the problem that lies at our door.
The Central Intelligence Agency – or, CIA – is one of the most evil organizations on the planet. Not everyone in the CIA is evil. In fact, at the lowest levels, there are a lot of good people working for that foul organization. But, the organization itself is without a shred of morality, and owes allegiance to the only god they know – power.
Getting people to wake up to what is really happening is an amazing challenge. I’ve been trying to do that, in one form or another, for almost twenty years. However, even I did not truly begin to understand what was going on until God shook me awake in 2011.
So, when I see someone else stuck firmly in a normalcy bias. All that I really can do is offer a few bits of incontrovertible evidence and a prayer that God will do what He did to me – shake ‘em awake.
Unfortunately, this means that God will need to knock the other person down, which is a really hard process to go through. So, you’ll need to stick around to help pick up the pieces.
We have one group of people who have thrust their heads firmly in the sand, claiming that there is nothing to fear from Ebola.
We have another group that is rapidly growing in size and hysteria. This group will quickly take over everyone else, except for the third group.
The third group is made up of those who have quietly and carefully chosen a life of preparedness. This third group looks at Ebola as just another of many threats, and has made some adjustments to their lives in response. They aren’t hysterical. They don’t have their heads in the sand. But, they are prepared.
When things fall apart, people get upset and blame the government. If governments don’t come to the rescue, people rush out onto the street and tear governments down.
Governments don’t like this.
To stop such threats to their survival, governments declare martial law – which tends to make governments look bad.
Governments don’t like that, either. So, they try to use different excuses for martial law – like war. And, that was the tried and true method for every government, and frankly there weren’t many options to choose from.
But, in our technocratic society, governments have quite a few new alternatives…
Because we have incontrovertible evidence that we are being lied to in almost every area, by almost everyone, it’s hard to know what is true. This has created fertile ground for some pretty outrageous speculation.
Of course, we live in an outrageous age, so there is merit to be found in speculating outrageously.
But, it doesn’t help to spend too much time standing at the brink of hysteria. Nor does it help to spend time cooking up irrational theories.
Reality is bad enough, thankyouverymuch.
And, this Ebola thing is very much a case-in-point. It is an absolute obscenity, and we would do well to pay attention to what is real.
When someone as level-headed as James Wesley Rawles says that the arrival of Ebola in the US is our last wake-up call, you need to pay attention. James isn’t a hysterical keyboard warrior with a penchant for tinfoil hats.
He’s a very solid, down-to-earth guy, who has devoted his life to helping us survive the unimaginable. And, the amount of knowledge that he has acquired is very impressive.
Add to this the fact that he is a true Christian who firmly believes in being led by God, through the Holy Spirit… well …I can’t think of many people more important to listen to.
Few ideas have captured the imagination more than the Ride of the Four Horsemen. And, most of that ‘imagination’ is complete foolishness. Some of it is a reasonable attempt at trying to fit the pieces together.
Hopefully, the rest of us will ignore foolishness and confine our attempts at understanding, to what the Bible actually says. If you play games with the Bible, you are going to wind up in some very hot trouble with the Author.
As a writer, I don’t take kindly to having my words twisted. Multiply that by infinity when you consider that God doesn’t like having His words twisted, either.
It’s ALWAYS better to say, “I don’t know,” than invite the wrath of God.