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Monday, November 16, 2020 3:14 PM

Power Corrupts

Monday, November 16, 2020 3:14 PM
Monday, November 16, 2020 3:14 PM

Government has an insatiable appetite for power. And dependence on the government is the fuel for this power.

To my point, everything that is happening with COVID19 is to make people more dependent on the government. This is the government’s way of becoming irreplaceable and creating dependency for all of its citizens. Too many have fallen for the lie of putting our hope in the government: “It will save me,” “It will keep me safe,” “We should follow all the rules,” many say. This misguided mantra that runs throughout our culture will cause people to willingly bow down and worship at the altar of safety and security, clinging to their warm government blanket.

Nearly everything we have experienced in this pandemic has been about control and social conditioning. Even the language that governmental officials use is a part of this power play: “Social distancing” is a more palatable euphemism for “Isolation.” “The New Normal” is a more acceptable way to say “Conform to the new restrictions, loss of freedom, and more governmental requirements.” These are simple ways to get us to willingly—even gladly—lay down our arms. Is there any wonder that mental illness and suicide are on the rise, perhaps at all-time highs in some places?

We are being driven apart right in the time we need to come close. They are sowing discord in the place of unity. We need each other at the exact time they are forcing us to consider it harmful to gather. How many of you have felt that—all of a sudden—your neighbors, friends, even family members now seem like enemies to be avoided—literally—like the plague? But all of this is a prerequisite for their ultimate goal: communism. Relying on the government exclusively leads to socialism leads to communism: the ultimate loss of personal responsibility, freedom, and courage.

George Orwell could be writing current events columns for today’s newspapers in his eerily-similar-sounding-to-present-day-reality book 1984. In it he describes how the “Party” gains control:

“… no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.” –George Orwell, 1984

We are seeing this today as power-grubbing politicians make government the center, not God. God has to be the center of your life. It is sad to see so many Christians cower to, even welcome governmental control. All they while they happily give up their God-given freedoms in favor of being controlled by ungodly people who do not have their best in mind.

Take, for example, the Governor’s announcement yesterday; it created mass hysteria. People endured long lines both inside and outside stores just to get a scrap of toilet paper. This was not happening before. People were able to go in get what they want and go home. But with such long lines and panic, she has caused more of the spread this virus. Will she admit to it? No, she always wants to blame everyone else. We have to fight for our rights and freedoms. If we don’t there will be nothing left to fight for. We need to wake up. These new “two weeks” will be the longest ever, lengthening into another 9 to 12 months of lockdowns.

Taking away personal freedom and removing personal responsibility is wrong; and the Church of the Lord Jesus has a duty and responsibility to stand up against this evil and to fight for our religious freedoms. We will be doing that at Legacy. When many churches will falter, we will not. Standing up can be difficult, especially if we have to stand alone. But now it is time to really count the cost of being a disciple. That is what every Christian must do.

Just a Thought,

PSS

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