The only thing I can think of is that God is a great fan of high drama.
Back during the Clinton era, I had a friend who was a small-time money manager for a few private clients. I used to try to glean financial tips from our conversations. He was often accommodating, but these tidbits never seemed to do me as much good as they did him.
At one point I remember the financial markets seemed to make no sense at all, and I tried to gain some clarity from him. “I no longer understand the market. I’m completely out of it,” he said.
His response shocked me. After all, he was a professional. But he was admitting that the models he carried in his head to explain the world in which he lived no longer reflected the actual events he saw happening around him.
Today I find myself in a similar predicament with regards to broader world events. The Economist, a British newspaper with a worldwide elitist audience, still refers to global warming as a fact. Wealth redistribution schemes via various taxes are their favored way of dealing with the consequences predicted by their computer models. Both the newspaper and their uber-educated audience seem completely unaware that since the East Anglia data and computer code release, the entire movement has been exposed as a colossal fraud.
The socialist European states held up for so many years as “don’t worry, be happy” alternatives for Americans are disintegrating, their “single-payer” health-care systems unable to obtain basic medications and hospital supplies. Borrowed money that funded their statist paradise has dried up.
Still, the economic alchemists in Brussels are convinced that there must be a way to turn lead into gold, borrow more than you pay back each year, and still have a sound economy. They go through their sacred rites and chants every few weeks in mass gatherings and emerge with all manner of pronouncements – but no new gold.
Here in America, the economy has been on flush cycle for the last four years. More Americans are getting the picture, as their trip around the economic toilet bowl gets smaller and faster with each downward spiral.
Gasoline is hovering around four bucks a gallon. We have bigger domestic oil reserves than Saudi Arabia. We could put the nation back to work, pay off the national debt and cut the price of gasoline in half by fracking. Nope. Solar panels, windmills and tax subsidies – that’s the answer, my friend.
The income tax amendment gave Congress the power to tax income. Now the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court has cozied up to the new justice who advocated for Obamacare prior to her appointment. They and their previous minority, now the majority, tell us that the IRS can tax us for anything – even a product or service we don’t buy. (The next day I saw a political cartoon where a customer declined to buy chewing gum, but had to pay the $2.65 tax on it anyway.)
The federal government has been openly shredding the Constitution on C-Span for years. The current undocumented occupant of the White House has merely taken it one step further when he says that he no longer needs Congress to pass immigration laws – he can do it himself between golf games and Air Force One fundraisers.
Hollywood and the labor unions tell us that restoring the Constitution will destroy America, kill women and impoverish minorities. The news media tell us that men sexually abusing young boys has nothing to do with homosexuality. And if you don’t support the usurper and his utopia, you are racist. Or worse, Republican.
The military says that intelligence collected while flying battlefield drones with classified sensors over the border and the 50 states they took an oath to protect is “Rodger-dodger A-OK,” and the police can keep the intelligence. Fourth Amendment? What’s that?
The EPA, in between public crucifixions of its opponents, is going to switch from airplanes to drones to count the cow-dung piles on private property. The IRS will no doubt find a way to tax the cows for over or under pooping. Pity the poor rancher or farmer who got a bad lot of feed and ended up with diarrheic cows.
As Ronald Reagan told us, the federal government has become the problem. The one presidential candidate on the Republican side who wants to have a national conversation about reducing the size and scope of the federal government is pictured as wearing a tinfoil hat and undermining the process. The Republican candidates who want to use the current power and scope of the federal government to fix the country are hailed as viable candidates who can beat the Kenyan and the Chicago mob out of a second term.
As I thought about July 4th and it’s meaning, my financial friend and his market exit came to mind. Recently I came across this quote from an early 1900s book:
“Again, it seems the course of Divine wisdom to make a sufficient and final trial of every claim of His adversaries, and when this age, with all its developments, shall have passed by, every mouth will be stopped, and the whole world and Satan will know their own failure and sin before God. They will stand self-condemned; and nothing could accomplish this but the testing, by actual trial, of all the self-sufficient claims of Satan and man” (“Satan,” by Lewis Sperry Chafer, 1909).
Many people believe that Christians, through good deeds and evangelism, will eventually overcome the evil in the world and establish a religious utopia. Some are highly agitated over such a prospect. They are both greatly deceived.
Following Jesus’ baptism, Matthew records that Satan met with him:
“Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, pre-eminence, and excellence) of them.
“And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me.
“Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve” (Matthew 4:8-10 NKJV).
The take-home point for us is that Jesus never disputed Satan’s ownership of the world’s governments, or that he could give them to whomever he pleased.
Governmental ownership hasn’t changed hands. God has determined to let the experiment run its course. It simply ends a tad bit earlier for Christians than it does for the rest of the world. But end it does, in blood and tears; sufficient in quantity to stop every mouth for all of eternity.