This week was one of those quiet moments in time in between waves of awful news – a moment that allows you to put awful events into perspective, as well as talk about other issues that need to be addressed. There is, after all, a bigger picture and more things going on in the world than Ebola, World War III and the fall of the American Empire.
So, as the next wave of pandemic, war and financial collapse gathers itself for another attempt to swamp our lives with awful news, we have the opportunity to connect some other dots and look at other problems.
I truly hope that you are concerned about Ebola. Otherwise, you would have to be brain-dead, and that’s not a good situation to be in. The problem is that Ebola is just one of a HUGE number of problems that are almost too much to think about.
This is why, as you look at the future, please consider what ELSE is out there, ready to pounce. These are the Last Days, and the Four Horsemen ride the Earth. Empires will fall, and rise again. Wars and violence will consume the Earth. There will be disease and natural disaster. Billions will die.
I’m struck by a thought that I haven’t seen anyone talk about – the effect of urbanization on the spread of pandemics. And, I’m surprised that so little is being said about this.
Yet, it would have been the growth in city population (i.e., urbanization) that had to have been one of the leading causes for why so many died of the Spanish Flu. Those living in cities would have had a dramatically higher chance of dying from the 1918 Flu Pandemic, than those who live outside the cities, on a farm.
Even more interesting is the fact that the Spanish Flu of 1918 was less lethal than Ebola – ‘only’ killing between 10% and 20% of its victims.
It isn’t Ebola that will destroy America, it’s the evil men and women who care for no one but their own foolish greed that will destroy us. In fact, we had better hope that Ebola is as bad as we fear, because if we conquer this threat in such a sloppy way, we will be wide open for when something worse comes along.
And, yes, there ARE diseases that are worse than Ebola.
As I look back on this week, I see a theme that runs through it – our sinfulness. We have made compromises on the truth. We have compromised our morality. And, we have chosen pastors who do the same.
And, when that happens, God sends strong delusions among us:
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. – 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
The word for ‘damned’ is the Greek word, krithosin – or, should be judged. And, THAT is what is happening right now. We are being judged by God.
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.
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.