A Word from the Pastor

 Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

You might be reading this article before Election Day, November 3rd, or after, depending on when you get this newsletter. I am sensing a lot of anxiety over this particular election. It seems as if we are all conscious of the fact that “a lot is at stake”. Not just the usual political machinations and opinions of the various pundits and parties, but the actual identity of the United States as well. Not only do we have the usual political concerns on our plate, but our very way of life, even the very philosophy of life in this country is up for grabs.

What is at stake from my perspective? Several things. One, our basic liberties. Many in our political spheres are quite happy with the idea of jettisoning the idea that human beings are created by God with unalienable rights. For many politicians, academics, industry leaders and culture shapers the idea of God given unalienable rights is a relic of a bygone era. Many of these people think this way because they perceive the very idea of God as a relic of a bygone era. If God does not exist, then there are no unalienable rights, and human life is devoid of any intrinsic meaning.

 That is the second thing that is at stake; the idea that each human life is intrinsically valuable. In a godless universe human beings, like monarch butterflies, are evolutionary accidents and therefore expendable. Too many cows in a field? No problem! Thin the herd. Likewise, too many humans on earth?  Thin the herd! We have been doing this for decades.

Herd thinning started with abortion and reproductive services about a hundred years ago. Most people do not realize that these tactics were initially aimed at more “undesirable” races in the United States. Those in the know take note of the fact that certain populations of people are not as large today as they should be. Nowadays, the same techniques are being applied to all Americans!

Herd thinning policies are being proposed that go beyond issues of reproductive health. Who gets what kind job? How many of those jobs are available? How many kids can one have? Where do they live? What constitutes a family? What kind of healthcare should one receive? How long can one live?

Many people are trying to answer these questions for you. That is why a strong central government that ignores human rights is seen as an imperative. Only through totalitarian control can you possibly hope to micromanage people’s lives.

And micromanagement is important. With population decrease comes economic ruin. Less children equals less future producers and consumers. Economies collapse. Retirement plans lie in ruins. Technological progress slows to a halt. The people who are left alive are poor and dependent on the central planners for basic sustenance.

But why all this now? Well, this seems like a great time to the powers that be. The United States is the most powerful nation that has ever existed. But like all powerful nations of the past, we have also gotten comfortable and apathetic. We have taken our progress and our good fortune for granted. So over the last several decades those forces have been at work in our educational systems, entertainment, corporate, and other places to condition us to move away from our founding ideals to a concept roughly called the New World Order.

The behind-the-curtain leaders of the Western world are also encouraged by the fact that all known republics in human history have had about a 250 year life span. We are at that point in our history. What has inevitably followed has been a collapse into a totalitarian regime. So based on pure numbers, the United States should be ready for a totalitarian dictatorship, and the overwhelming majority of Americans should be none the wiser. After all, like the masses of ancient Rome, we are too busy enjoying our material prosperity and security while being entrained by the “circus” of our day: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TV, and the like.

Most Americans are intellectually and ideologically weak and have very little, if any, grasp of history, and have no idea what is happening to them. Like so many philosophers of the past have said, “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” Like ancient Rome, we are ripe to wake up and find ourselves no longer in a republic of the people, by the people, and for the people, with free and fair elections; but rather living in an empire, ruled by despots. It might be interesting to note at this point that empires change governments only by means of civil war.

Well, that is how I would describe our situation. You may not put it inexactly the same words. Surely most Americans would scoff at these remarks. But I think most of us are starting to wake up. We may not share exactly the same point of view, but we know that things are changing; and not for the better. We sense the loss of freedom, even if we do not express that loss in exactly the same way. We can all sense that change is in the air, and that it is not good.

So that is why I think this particular election stands out. We realize that powers greater than those we see on TV are trying to shape our country. We realize that we are being subjected to propaganda

and mind control technology on a large scale. We are waking up to the fact that we have been living a lie for at least the last few decades. We see the man behind the curtain, so to speak. Yet, unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ, we feel powerless to stop him.

So what shall we do about it? Well… okay… vote. But I think we already know that voting will not be enough. We see the beast that is driving our political apparatus. It is going to take more than that to handle our problems. It might even be too late.

At a time like this I would like to remind you that God is in control. He is the one who chooses when and where nations rise and fall. Furthermore, the Lord Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth. Even if our worst fears are realized,

God is still working all things for the good of those who love him.

Do not lose heart. Rather, realize that you are an alien and a stranger here; heaven is your home. You are a child of the King, even in a land that may prove to hate him. And while you have civic duties in this life, your ultimate aim is not necessary to save the Republic, but to save souls for the Kingdom of Heaven.

I would like to echo Jesus in his sermon on the mount, “…seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.” Everything else will fall into line.

We may or may not be able to save the Republic. But that is not our primary concern. Our job is to save souls. Let us be about that task. If history repeats itself on these shores then you can be certain that there will be many people who will become open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Bruce