New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that “extreme conservatives" who oppose abortion, decry homosexuality, and support gun rights have no place in his state.
The Washington Times quoted Gov. Cuomo as saying, “Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
The push to undo what God did at Babel is about to gain a lot more momentum. The World Economic Forum has announced that it is rolling out what it calls The Great Reset initiative to "improve the state of the world." They intend to provide the platform from which global leaders can cooperate to eradicate and replace current systems—and not just economic systems. They want to swiftly and efficiently "revamp all aspects of our societies."
At the Great Reset launch event, WEF founder and chairman Klaus Schwab called for "a comprehensive approach" to shaping the future by changing mindsets, lifestyles, and business models. Translation: he wants to unite the world under an anti-biblical ideology married to a matrix of information technologies which will grant elites total control, and then convince you and me that it's actually good for us.
You're probably familiar with the Serenity Prayer. I had to pray it several times last week as I dealt with bickering believers and infuriating news. It goes like this:
"God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change..."
I have to accept that I'm not in control. As much as I wish I could, I cannot put an end to evil and foolishness.
I (alone) cannot prevent new legislation that allows doctors to perform late-term abortions on the chance that a baby might endanger the mother's "mental health."
I (alone) cannot prevent the staggering increase in human trafficking and pornographic material, and the resulting psychological toll that it takes on both victims and participants.
I (alone) cannot prevent the growing divide between haves and have-nots due to crony capitalism, nor can I prevent progressives from trying to turn my nation into another failed experiment in socialism.
I have to recognize these and many other unsavory things as unavoidable realities, battlefields within the spiritual war raging around us. I certainly don't have to like it, but I have come to terms with it, and concede that the world isn't mine to direct (and it never will be). At the moment, most of this world belongs to God's adversaries (Matt. 4:8-9). The day is coming when Elohiym will take back control and set things right, but that time is not yet.
One of the things that has been difficult for me to accept is division within the Assembly of Messiah. The Adversary is doing a spectacular job of driving wedges between members of the Ekklesia, getting people to prioritize non-essential doctrines over relationships. This is nothing new, but boy have I seen a lot of it in my online communities as of late.
A couple of days ago, Gillette released a "short film" (actually a long advertisement focused on a moral message) called We Believe. It points the finger at the unhealthy ways in which men too often act towards women.
Michael Snyder and a few others with large platforms have condemned this short film for its use of the term "toxic masculinity."
Mr. Snyder and I have a lot in common. We share a love for Jesus and the Word of God, and our ministries as watchmen are very similar. Although I don't know him personally, I love him as brother in Christ, and am proud of the work he's doing. However, I have to respectfully disagree with his assessment of Gillette's film. The message that Gillette has shared is absolutely needed in a world where men regularly misuse their God-given strength and sexuality.
A recent article at Natural News addresses a growing trend among doctors to flippantly prescribe behavior-modification drugs. Unfortunately, this trend will grow until much of the first-world population is doped with government-approved mind-altering substances. Remember Soma in the classic novel, Brave New World? That's not far-fetched. Did you know that Bible prophecy identifies widespread use of pacifying drugs as one of the features of the Last Days?
One way the Enemy fights the Gospel is by keeping people from feeling their pain. Mental and physical anguish both stimulate change—by nature, we want to avoid pain. As much as we may dislike it, pain plays a very important, God-given role in our lives. If the Enemy can get us to numb our pain without debilitating side-effects, then we're less likely to repent of the lifestyle that is causing the pain.
Enter psychiatric drugs. Feeling out-of-whack? Your doctor is likely to prescribe you one of the plethora of pharmaceuticals that will cover that up. Big mistake.
These are troubled times. I wish I could tell you that they'll get better, that the instability of recent history is a fluke which will soon correct itself, but it wouldn't be true. Things may get slightly better temporarily, but Bible prophecies promise us that worldwide distress will come in increasing waves until the end of the age. That being the case, how should we as children of YHVH and ambassadors of Messiah handle ourselves emotionally as the waves crash over us?
Avoiding hardship may not be an option, but avoiding anxiety is. One of the great promises of the Christian life is that our shalom (meaning "peace") is not dependent on our circumstances . In fact, we have been commanded, "Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).
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