As a veteran of the military and of the public school system, I know that the government does few things well and that it needs to “stay in its lane.” But what exactly is the government’s role, and why should we be concerned when it tries to expand its influence?
The first form of government was “self-government,” which gave humans the authority to work in collaboration with God, the Creator, to improve upon the world He provided, using the materials he had given. In fact, the creation mandate didn’t just allow us to work and create — it required us to do so.
We don’t know how long Adam and Eve dwelt in a sinless state, but at some point, Satan entered the scene and asked the fateful question:
“Did God really say … ?”
This question was the hinge on the door to humanism, and our first parents opened that door, at first tentatively, and then enthusiastically; yet the horror was only evident as the monster pushed its way through the gates of hell into the bliss of the garden.
In other words, “God is holding out on you! He wants to be in charge. He’s a tyrant. True freedom is yours if you’ll just take control.” This is the age-old cry of the religion of humanism.
Socialism is the economic manifestation of humanism. Socialism says that we can do it ourselves, that if we just work hard enough, we can create a government that will take care of all of our troubles.
Perhaps the first socialist experiment took place when a bunch of people whom God had again admonished to fill the earth (rather than to stay put) and subdue it, answered that same question, “Did God really say … ?” in the negative. The tower builders purposed that, indeed, they would not expand their horizons, but instead would create a tall structure, so that they could stay in sight of it and remain “united.” God decided, however, that the Tower of Babel would not see completion, and he confused their language (Genesis 11:1-9).
A friend recently asked me this question: “Can you explain to me why you think the country is headed for communism, or why a little more socialism scares you so?”
First, I believe we are headed for communism, because, in an expert’s words,
We are actively welcoming socialism, almost begging for it. Yet the economic system of socialism cannot, in the end, be separated from the political system of communism. And why not? Because the fundamental premise of both is that, instead of work being a good thing, a freeing thing, a thing that makes us like our Creator, socialism and communism, which are based on evolutionary thinking and humanism, presuppose that work creates an individualism that separates us from one another, and that this is a fundamental evil.
In Chapter 9 of the introduction to The Communist Manifesto, Gareth Stedman Jones recounted Karl Marx’s position that man’s labor actually made him more like an animal, and it estranged him from other people. This contradicts the creation mandate, in which work gives us dignity as we share in the image of our Creator.
Marx misunderstood the nature of work, because he misunderstood the nature of the Creator. He believed that the fulfillment of the creation mandate made man the “extension of a machine.” He posited that man did not need to continually produce and refine production, because that turned him into a mere factory of things for the rich. Yet his flawed conclusions followed his erroneous theology, which was lain upon the shattered foundation of Darwinian evolution.
Since teleology is the manifestation of intelligent design, Marxism (the ideology behind socialism and communism) is based on atheism. When you take God out of the foundation, the result is a house built on sand. It will not work, and much destruction will result.
America was built by valiant, yet flawed, men. These men were radicals who believed in self-government and individual opportunity. While Marxists believe in equality of outcome, our founders championed equality of opportunity, a concept that gave rise to the greatest nation in history, one with more opportunity for people of all social classes than any other has offered. Why? Simply and solely because this nation’s foundation was Biblical. People were unconstrained by a king or government that would impede their abilities to pursue life, liberty, happiness, and personal property, and therefore could fulfill the creation mandate largely unhindered.
Socialism seeks to take away personal property, and ultimately will destroy the very liberty and justice it purports to champion, because it denies the Creator who authored liberty and justice. It puts the government in the role of God, and therefore is antithetical to Christianity. We cannot serve both God and money, and we must not give to Caesar what rightfully belongs to God. Doing so will be the death of America, and will cause great harm to the world. Therefore I must oppose it entirely and unapologetically.
What does liberty cost? And if you knew how to get it, what would you be willing to give for it?
Many today mistakenly put their trust in countries, governments, leaders, organizations, or other human entities. People all over the world have joined the ranks of Q-anon and other groups that believe President Trump has the solutions for the world’s problems. Many worry that if he is not in power, the whole world will cave in to the New World Order, democracy will be lost, that socialism will overtake us, and that all will be lost. I do believe we are headed for socialism, as well as the end times. I do believe that we are moving toward one world government and the rise of the antichrist and the beast system. While we are likely going to lose many freedoms, our republic, and perhaps even our lives, that doesn’t mean we will lose our liberty.
Does that sound ludicrous?
Look at it this way:
No matter who is in the White House, God is on His throne. No matter what goes on in Washington, heaven’s purposes will be fulfilled. Sometimes things seem really bad, and sometimes they truly are, but keep in mind that, for the Christ-follower, our heavenly citizenship overrides our national citizenship. Jesus is preparing a place for us that is so much better than anything here on earth. Our Savior has already come and will return one day. No mere man can save us. No mere man can save America or the world. No kingdom can rise or fall without God’s permission. If America falls, and I believe it will, it will be because God has allowed it, and perhaps even purposed it. Things are not always as they appear. If your hope has been in any man but Christ, perhaps today is the day for that to change. If you do not yet know Jesus as Lord, today could be the best day to become part of His family.
One thing 2020 did for me was to loosen my grip on this world and its grip on me. I am a patriot, but I have become deeply aware that my true citizenship is in heaven, and I have come to long for the day I arrive there.
There is much in this world to grieve us, but it’s time to let go, to go through the grief process, and to accept that no man can be our savior and that no country is invincible.
Without a personal relationship with Jesus, we have no hope. This life is but a blink of an eye compared to eternity, so we need to be sure our eternity is secure. Nothing matters otherwise.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul? Nothing — nothing is worth spending an eternity of regret.
None of us know what the future will hold or how much time we have on this earth. If you don’t know the Lord, please put your trust in Him today. If you do know Him, please spend every last breath and ounce of energy urging others to repent and put their trust in Christ. There is nothing more vital.
Persecution is coming to the church. Whether we have a week or ten years to openly worship and to share the Gospel, we need to use that time to the fullest.
And if you’re putting off a decision for Christ, you may find yourself suddenly standing before God and realizing that it’s too late. We all are sinners. Hell is real. Heaven is too. Jesus wants to forgive your sins and be in charge of your life, but you need to acknowledge your sinfulness, accept him as Lord (Master), agree that you want to change, and put all your trust in Him. Otherwise, you remain lost in your sins and on the road to hell.
True liberty comes from finding freedom in Christ. When your sins are forgiven, and you have a relationship with the living God, no matter what griefs come in this lifetime, the assurance of eternity with God in heaven is enough.
Perhaps America must fall in order for Christ to be lifted up in the world, or even in our lives. Perhaps men need to be brought down off their pedestals, that those who have put their hope in them may give up their idolatry and turn their eyes on Jesus, the author of liberty and our only true hope. If the “Land of the Free” must fall in order for us to understand true liberty, so be it.
Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Today perhaps we should say, “Give me death (to my hopes and desires), that I may understand and enjoy true liberty.”
The apostle Paul was a Christ follower, as were Barnabas and Mark. Yet they had a sharp disagreement that unfortunately kept them apart for many years. Really it seems like it was over something that really shouldn’t have been a long term issue, yet it was. Before that they had been very close and a great team. The enemy seeks to divide but God’s purposes stand.
As I’m seeking the Lord and zealous to do His will, it is not a secret that some folks, some godly folks, some folks I greatly respect, some folks I love, believe I am misguided. I don’t believe I am, but I respect anyone’s right to disagree. In fact, I want to protect that very right to believe differently and to speak up about differing beliefs, and that’s why I’ve taken the stands I have.
Our founding fathers were godly, albeit imperfect, men who sought the Lord and framed the Constitution from a Biblical worldview. Those who wrote the Declaration of Independence and those who supported the War for Independence risked everything, including their livelihoods, their safety, their families’ safety, their reputations, and their friendships, because they felt called by God that men should have freedom, not a selfish freedom, because they knew they may not even live to see that freedom. Like those in the Hebrews Hall of Faith, they did this for a higher purpose than themselves. These people were law breakers when it came to King George’s tyrannical laws, and many faulted them for it. But they appealed to a higher Law. God made us in His image. As His image bearers, we have laws that transcend the Constitution, but because the Constitution is based on God’s Law, and it is the highest law of our country and our Commonwealth, I will protect it however I can. In fact, in 1989, I took an oath to do so, and that oath had no expiration date.
My friend from Uganda sent me very graphic pictures of people dead and dying in the streets bc of lockdowns that cause people to starve. If liberty fails here, the world is impacted. I firmly believe we have a responsibility to steward what He has entrusted.I look at people like William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonheffer, and I’m inspired. These men were not daunted by the fact that few stood with them and that many were opposed. They were sure of their calling and accountable to God above all.
I don’t pretend to be worthy of the company of such men, but I am inspired by their bravery and commitment. I have had few trials in comparison, but I am willing to pay the price because I’m assured of God’s calling and because liberty — true liberty — is worth it.
My greatest allegiance is to the Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t take that lightly. I stand on liberty because He bought it for us. That transcends political borders and parties and has eternal consequences. The things we are seeing run far deeper than masks, vaccines, and lockdowns. There is no political party with the answer. I do not take a political stand. I stand for truth. I stand for Christ, and if I fall, I fall into His arms.
I was an oddly patriotic kid. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, under the continual threat of the Soviet Union launching a nuclear attack or invading our land. Movies like Red Dawn and The Day After made a strong impression on me, and I wondered if someday we would face an attempted totalitarian takeover or a nuclear holocaust.
During my senior year of high school, my oddly patriotic spirit was intrigued by the opportunity to serve my country. While I was still in high school, I raised my right hand and vowed to defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I began going to weekend drills in January 1989, and left for basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, in June. The following February, I graduated from Defense Information School as a photojournalist. I returned to my reserve unit, the 100th Division, in Louisville, KY, and started college, only to be activated for Operation Desert Storm a few weeks into the semester. When my service was up in 1995, I didn’t leave my patriotism behind.
Though I grew up during the Cold War and served my country during an era governed by a different threat, I never actually feared that America would cease to be a nation. In the past few years, though, I started to wonder if the sun was getting ready to set on the American era. It seemed plausible, given that we have, in so many ways, descended headlong into depravity.
Yet there was always hope. I was never truly concerned that I’d live to see the end of the United States of America …
Tomorrow we “celebrate” our 244th birthday as a nation, and I wonder if it will be our last. We are fighting an unseen microscopic organism, with threats of other micro-enemies almost surely promised. We are witnessing our leaders trampling the Constitution, that same almost sacred document I swore to protect from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And, I believe worst of all, we are living through an undeclared civil war. We are literally destroying ourselves from within.
How do you celebrate a birthday under these conditions?
There’s a part of me that wants to petition the Lord of the universe to spare our nation, but I’m going to be honest: I don’t think He will. I think we’re getting what we deserve, as we have spent our entire history stained with the blood of innocent lives, whether through slavery, prejudice, senseless violence, or abortion. Whenever people decide that some human lives are worth less than others, God is not pleased.
I also believe the world is gearing up for the Great Tribulation, and that our days are numbered.
Recently I read Daniel 5. King Belshazzar received a supernatural message, directly from the hand of God:
What did this mean? Perhaps America is being given the same message now:
God has numbered the days of every kingdom and every person in that kingdom. Though we began, in many ways, as a God-honoring nation, we had some fatal foundational flaws. For the past 150 years, we have been on a downward moral slide in many other areas, and that has accelerated exponentially since the Bible and prayer were removed from schools and public life. Our days may be drawing to a close.
Is the handwriting on America’s proverbial wall?
We have been weighed in the balance. We have not practiced justice. We have not acted rightly. We deserve to be judged.
And we have been divided across most any imaginable or man-made division. We now have no idea who we are, or who the real enemy is.
Those of us who follow Christ know that Satan came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He is a deceiver, a murderer, and a liar (Genesis 3:4-5; John 8:44; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Timothy 2:26; 1 Peter 5:8). Right now he is getting us to destroy ourselves from within.
We are likely more divided than ever, because we are divided over every conceivable issue. We are not divided on geographical lines and in danger of splitting the country in two parts; instead, we are divided in every state, in every city, and perhaps in every church and every family, and therefore in danger of destroying ourselves in our quest for justice and peace.
If we do celebrate another Independence Day, the likelihood that we will celebrate the birth of the country that our founding fathers fought for, that our grandparents fought for, or even that my generation fought for, is very unlikely. As an oddly patriotic American, I mourn that.
Yet there is cause to celebrate, though in a bittersweet way. As a Christian, I have put my trust in Christ alone, not in this country or this world. All of this will pass away, and maybe it will be sooner than any of us can imagine. Perhaps, for those of us who follow Christ, we will soon celebrate a true Independence Day in heaven, where we will be free from sin and death, where our mourning will be turned to dancing, where there is no more fear, no more deception, and no more unrest. The more I see what’s going on today, the more I long for my heavenly home, because my true citizenship is in heaven.
If you don’t yet know Christ, I urge you to repent, to put your trust in Christ alone, that you may have assurance of salvation through a relationship with the Living God. If you have never accepted Jesus as Lord, you can do that right now. This takes an honest and genuine acknowledgement that you are a sinner, that you can’t do enough good deeds to be right with God because He is holy and we are unholy, that you need Him to save you, and that you are willing to follow Him and allow Him to govern your life. Baptism is the outward expression of this inward decision and should be done publicly and by immersion, in an act of obedience, submission, and testimonial to others. You also should read the Bible, pray, gather with other believers, and obey God’s commands, not to be saved, but out of gratitude for salvation, a desire to grow in your relationship with God, and in hopes of winning others to the Lord. Taking this step will provide a freedom that cannot ever be taken from you, no matter how bad things get in this world.
I’ve heard many Biblical scholars say that the United States isn’t in End Times prophecy, but I’ve always questioned it. Recently I began to study Revelation more closely, and I believe it’s possible that they’re overlooking something significant. What I’m about to share, I hadn’t previously considered, but it seems to fit well, so please consider this perspective with an open mind, keeping in mind that this prophecy could have many interpretations. Regardless whether the U.S. fulfills this prophecy literally, the parallels are strong enough to motivate us to consider where to place our trust and how to respond to the present situation.
Here we are introduced to a beast and its rider, a great prostitute, who is wearing purple and scarlet, wearing gold and precious stones, seated on many waters, and full of immorality. This immoral woman has influenced the kings of the world and has become drunk with the blood of Christians.
When people think of America, what symbols come to mind: undoubtedly two of the top contenders are the Statue of Liberty and the American Flag. Lady Liberty sits on a major seaport, and New York itself is home to many waterways and American itself is surrounded by many waters, including the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Arctic Ocean.
The Statue of Liberty is The New Colossus, and Emma Lazarus wrote the poem by that name that adorns the statue’s pedestal. The last line is, “I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” This country is supposed to be a land of golden opportunity, and there even was a good deal of gold discovered here. As a result, many came seeking their fortunes.
America is among the richest nations in the world, its decadence is apparent, and its immoral influence is global. Consider that the U.S. supplies the majority of movies, and a supermajority of online pornography content to the world. There is a good deal of evidence that many of our national leaders have been involved in deep corruption, and that these leaders have shared that corruption with the most influential people in the world.
This part about being drunk with the blood of the saints might throw those off who see America as a Christian nation. Many argue that Christians aren’t persecuted in America. However, I wonder how many Christians have been oppressed, brutalized, and killed in America. Just think of the multitudes of slaves, civil rights activists, and black Americans who have been killed due to racism. Many of those people were Christians. Additionally, America sends aid to scores of countries that persecute Christians.
It’s interesting that this harlot depicted in Revelation is clothed in purple and scarlet. We know scarlet means red, but typically I think of purple as a pretty straightforward color. There are shades, of course, but purple is purple. However, a look at the Greek (“porphyry” — Strongs 4209) shows that this color can actually be translated “deep violet, deep scarlet, or deep blue.” Consequently, this immoral lady could be clothed in red and blue, which, of course, are two of our national colors.
I believe this beast represents a kingdom that has been, ceased to be, and is revived in the last days, such as the Roman Empire or Babylon, but a newer version, because it is one of the seven, but also an eighth. Unbelievers will be enamored with the beast.
I believe these ten kings could be national leaders or organizational leaders of world organizations, as I stated in my article Are We in the End Times? (Part 2). These leaders will give their authority to the beast, this revived kingdom, and form one world government. Ultimately Jesus will prevail over this beast system.
Mystery Babylon, the prostitute, sits where there are many nations, ethnicities, and languages. America has long been called a “melting pot,” because of all of the ethnic backgrounds coming together on our soil. Not only that, but the Statue of Liberty sits in New York, where there are people of many backgrounds; furthermore, there the United Nations is headquartered there.
America has long been known for independence, nationalism, and self-sufficiency. Though these characteristics are declining, especially among the younger generation and liberals, there are many who still hold these ideals. I’ve heard quite a few people say that Americans will never allow anarchy, socialism, or an overthrow of our general liberties. But look at how many liberties have been given over in the past three months. Many churches remain closed, even though there is rioting in the streets and a lawless zone in Seattle. We are seeing the Marxist agenda unfold before our eyes, as division is incited by unseen powers who are under Satan’s control.
In order for one world government to emerge, American ideals, and America itself, must be destroyed. Right now we are seeing the beginnings of this unfold, as Americans are divided in multiple spheres: liberals vs. conservatives, Democrats vs. Republicans, pro-life vs. pro-abortion, black vs. white, mask wearer vs. non-mask wearer, Trump-groupie vs. Trump-hater, and yes, even Christian vs. Christian. These demonic forces are using Satan’s followers to incite discord, in order to bring about the demise of America, with the ultimate goal of one world government, which will be led by the antichrist. This Babylonian harlot, which could possibly be the United States, actually brings about her own demise by feeding immorality to the world, and experiencing the wrath of the world as a result.
How should we then live? Shouldn’t we be wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-16)? We don’t know how many opportunities are left. For those of us who already have placed our trust in Jesus Christ as Lord, current events should motivate us more than ever to fulfill the Great Commission, inviting as many as possible to spend eternity in heaven. Realizing that, whether or not the U.S. is in end times prophesy, whether or not America is “Mystery Babylon,” our hope is not in this nation, or in this world, but in Christ alone, we need to do whatever it takes to rescue the perishing, to shed light on the darkness, to expose evil, and to glorify God.
For those who don’t yet know Christ, I urge you to repent, to put your trust in Christ alone, that you may have assurance of salvation through a relationship with the Living God. If you have never accepted Jesus as Lord, you can do that right now. This takes an honest and genuine acknowledgement that you are a sinner, that you can’t do enough good deeds to be right with God because He is holy and we are unholy, that you need Him to save you, and that you are willing to follow Him and allow Him to govern your life. Baptism is the outward expression of this inward decision and should be done publicly and by immersion, in an act of obedience, submission, and testimonial to others. You also should read the Bible, pray, gather with other believers, and obey God’s commands, not to be saved, but out of gratitude for salvation, a desire to grow in your relationship with God, and in hopes of winning others to the Lord.
Whatever decision God would have you make, whether it’s to enter a relationship with Him, to go deeper, or to evangelize and disciple others, please don’t put it off. It’s time to take our faith seriously. And if you happen to be reading this after the rapture of the church, know that, if you haven’t taken the Mark of the Beast, it’s not too late for you. You may be going through exceptionally hard times, but God is still on His throne, and He can sustain you. Simply trust Him. He alone is worthy of our trust!