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The way of the world

We want to ‘understand the times’ – there is plenty of material but a dearth of explanation.  Why are our national political and institutional (including Church) leaders making decisions that seem to make us worse off as a country and people?

National Grid warning on blackouts, ‘Online Harms Bill’ potentially destroying privacy and free speech for little gain, ‘Conversion Therapy’ ban really attacking any non-woke discussion, unbiblical Bishops, trans and sex-ed horrors in schools, CBDCs, refusal to cut legal migration even though causing the most harm to lowest paid, healthcare that should be better-value.

Many of the decisions taken are not explained, so we have to deduce.

If you cannot understand someone's actions, look at the consequences and infer the motive.” Carl Jung.  Ask to whose benefit? Cui bono?

Our decision-makers and influencers are sometimes referred to as the ‘Blob’ but more concerning is the ‘Glob’. Neil Oliver discussing an intrusive ‘pandemic treaty’ between the World Health Organisation and the UN said: 'He [Rishi Sunak] is operating under the globalists that tell him what to do - he just waits to see what’s in his inbox every day.' This may be a bit harsh but it's hard to see how this does not happen.

We know that the UN, joined with the WEF, has a set of 2030 goals they have decided for the whole world and these are being partly implemented through the ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) scoring of companies - which is basically a ‘woke’ score (more in a future article). If you refuse an assessment or get a low score you get blacklisted by key WEF stakeholders - the investment banks. 

This coercion is behind the recent actions of US companies Disney, Target, Budweiser making 'progressive' decisions on content and marketing which met with customer boycotts and share-price crashes. A similar move was made by Wickes in the UK and it’s also the spirit behind denying bank accounts to people who express non-conformist views. 

The government does not seem to regret the censorship of lockdown or vaccine critics, even though its actions have caused long-term harm. Woke activism is another way to achieve the same end – social manipulation.

The UN has its own migration arm that is reported to directly support migration pathways into the US and probably the UK. This reduces social cohesion and facilitates unrest.

Why is there so much government/police support for largely unfounded climate-related activism, while theft has effectively been de-criminalised (as in US)?

However the UN/WEF globalists are not really interested in Stonewall or Migrants or Climate activists - these are just the ‘useful idiots’ who are being used to get financial and governing control. This can happen directly through prejudicial laws or by other actors helping with the classic tactic of creating so much unrest and insecurity that we allow ‘the authorities' to take away even more of our liberty - as is happening in France with increased personal surveillance being imposed.

The result is the accumulation of personal wealth and power in the hands of a few unelected people who not only want to have all worldly goods but to control and deny all others.

So where does it leave us

In the last article we covered the rise of Authoritarianism and how we could compare this time with times in the past, so see what God may be doing, and what we could do. 

These authoritarian actions only work if we acquiesce. It's said that there is one thing in the world more wicked than the desire to command and that is the will to obey. William Clifford

As we’ve seen in recent authoritarian regimes: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire. We don't want to be part of that…

We want to believe ‘power’ so we easily accept lies in the hope they are for our benefit, though experience teaches us otherwise.

"Secular liberalism does not wear the brutal face of violence, but the alluring smile of culture. With its words it preaches freedom, tolerance & democracy, with its deeds it attacks precisely that Christian religion which prevents freedom from deteriorating into license, tolerance into indifference, democracy into anarchy - Marcello Pera

Rather Let me give you my vision. A man's right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the State as servant and not as master, these are the British inheritance. They are the essence of a free economy. And on that freedom all our other freedoms depend. M Thatcher

We don't want social justice but God’s good justice which is a whole different and wonderful thing – freeing us individually and as communities.

God not involved?

We can feel that God is somehow not involved in all this, the grubby world that is passing away. This is a sleight of hand by the deceiver and is of course ridiculous. God made all this and is redeeming his whole created order, the tip of which is mankind - his most precious creation, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live Ezek 33:11

Everything in the Bible is about God working with His world – all of it - including art, architecture, gender studies, science, sport, finance, farming...

And He is proactive in this, out of his love: “'Then the LORD became jealous for his land, and had compassion on his people.' Joel 2:18. Jealousy must be the most underrated attribute of God.” @AJWTheology

Others recognise this: Those of us committed to fighting back against the ‘woke’ must come to terms with the fact that only Christianity is potent enough to defeat the cult of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Non-believers need not convert, but it is time for us to get out of the way. Evan Riggs

Of course non-believers should convert, need to convert, but they expect us to be already acting – the ones who have His Spirit and should know what to do.

Guided by the Spirit of Pentecost, Christianity is neither revolutionary nor conservative, but also neither anti-revolutionary nor anti-conservative. It’s something other, supple enough, alive enough, Spiritual enough to recover what can be recovered and to innovate when nothing can be recovered. By the Pentecostal Spirit, the church is, like our God, ever old, ever new. Peter J. Leithart

How do things get better?

Looking back on history should be natural for Christians. The Bible is constantly inviting us to see what God has done, how he has worked for our good. We should also look back to see how he has worked with our brothers and sisters over the last 2000 years.

What we see above all is His patience and forbearance He ‘desireth not the death of a sinner’ and out of His incredible love and respect for those bearing His image does not act as He could in justice. Rather He’s calling those who have been found, rescued and adopted into His family, to be agents, ambassadors of the new Kingdom ‘thy Kingdom come, thy will be done’. As with Jesus, this will not be easy, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jn 16:33

Usually we are called to work in our current settings but to transform them rather than collude with them. Of other countries, Hungary looks the most free!  We owe nothing to contemporary philosophy or structures of government other than thanks to God when they follow His ways and a responsibility to change them when they don’t.

Sometimes we need to move to avoid crippling oppression and have space to grow in strength. One example is the Pilgrim Fathers. After the restoration of Charles II the Act of Uniformity caused the ejection of over 2000 ‘evangelical’ ministers who would not sign up to the state’s version of church. They lost their incomes and homes. Under James 1 some moved to Holland in search of a place to thrive but found little space so embraced the enormous financial and personal risk of taking to ship to establish a new community (if they survived) among the peoples of America. William Bradford (1590-1657) kept a journal: The winters of that country... sharp and violent... For summer being done... the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hue... behind them, there was the mighty ocean which they had passed… What could now sustain them but the Spirit of God and His grace?

As his ambassadors and agents, we all need that spirit of enterprise, cooperation, grit and trust in God – wherever we are called to serve – confronting wrong and bringing wholeness. Little things will grow, like yeast or seeds.

Some practical steps

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