Technology and Control; More News

Romans 13:3-5

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain;

This is a passage that regularly is a class stopper in Bible classes. What if it’s Hitler?  Do we still need to be obedient?  This passage clearly says government “is God’s minister to you for good.”  If the ruler or government is evil, I’d read this as being not applicable.

But let’s take a slightly different slant. If we do evil or if we displease the government somehow, we risk its sword.  So long as we don’t disobey God, cooperating with authority is a healthy idea.  As a friend of mine likes to say, “Fly over the weeds and below the radar.”

Last June I wrote “Technology and Control.”

The article dealt with Japan’s testing of some new identity recognition tech at the next Olympics. You can pre-register your identity and passes for swift passage through everything from Customs & Immigration to your venues at the Olympics without a single document.  Everything would be attached to your fingerprint.  Everything.

Thus begins an additional database of officials being able to identify individuals quickly and easily. Is this a components of an eventual Mark of the Beast?  I don’t know.  But the Bible warns us of end times, and Jesus tells us in Matthew 24 to “Watch!”

My watching has turned up another new piece of identity recognition tech already being used at a handful of airports in the country and just begun at Detroit Metro.

“It’s called CLEAR and it’s now in operation at the airport’s McNamara Terminal. Certified as a “qualified anti-terrorism technology…we take 10 fingerprints with a digital reader, we take a scan of their iris, and we take a high-res photo of their face.”

CLEAR is currently an option at $179 to get scanned and printed. Folks like me who don’t fly much can still get cancer from the x-ray machines and/or be the butt of jokes by TSA employees who can see our naked selves thanks to an x-ray strip search.

George Orwell is spinning in his grave.

Knowledge is control. Technology is up and running to warehouse the knowledge that is needed for whatever control someone might wish to exercise.

As you continue to go through your life on earth, you must decide just how much of yourself you want to surrender to people and organizations you don’t really know.

So…Who Are the Good Guys?

Luke 10:3

“I send you out as lambs among wolves.”

“That was the 2nd year of the Third World War.  The one between Us and Them.”  From Nightmare for Future Reference by Stephen Vincent Benet, published in the New Yorker, April 2, 1938 Issue.

That’s us, right? Us.  The Good Guys.  Except if you’re on the other side of the battlefield.  We become Them.

But the good guys MUST be us! We saved Europe twice, became the world’s food basket, and stood up to the Godless Communists till The Wall fell.  Our history, unvarnished, tells another story.  Books like Imperial Voyage make it painfully clear that we created hostility toward ourselves in the Philippines and created the conditions that drove Japan to attack us at Pearl Harbor.  As much as it pains me to say it, we did it to ourselves.

MK Ultra was a documented mind control program run by the CIA.  Trauma and drugs were administered to people who didn’t comprehend what they’d volunteered for.  LSD was dropped into people’s drinks at gatherings to see what would happen.

The government wanted to know just what radiation did to people, so soldiers were exposed to nuclear blasts to see what would happen.  There were terminal experiments on black prisoners with no family to see what happens at controlled levels.

The list goes on.  So what’s my point?

I’ve always been a patriot. I’ve always believed in and been proud of the USA, because of all the good we have done in the world.  We’ve enjoyed God’s protection for a long time while the overall populace respected and obeyed His commandments.  Even when elements were doing some bad things.

We became complacent while under His protection Persecution happens on other continents, not North America.  We thanked God for His providence.  We couldn’t fathom that there could be enemies on our own soil, in our own government.  We had not taken to heart Jesus’ warning to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

“Serpents? I don’t see no stinking serpents!  This is ‘merica!”

They were here all along, slithering ever closer. Now they are out in the open, boldly doing things that we never thought could be done here; Christians marginalized and even persecuted for not betraying their faith.  Christian bakeries can get put out of business if they refuse to work for a gay wedding.

Me? I’d  go to someone who wanted my business.  Weddings are hard enough to plan without filing a lawsuit.

Some communities have tried to pass legislation that requires sermons to be vetted and approved by local authorities. That went down in flames pretty quickly, but will anyone take a bet that it won’t ever happen?

Mind you, this is all lightweight compared to the Middle East, Africa, and other truly dangerous places. But again, any bets on how all of this develops?

Ephesians 5:15-16

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Am I preaching revolution? By no means!  I’m preaching care to be practiced among us all, Christian and otherwise.  I’m still very proud of our heritage when evil was only practiced by a minority, doing things that would and did outrage the populace.  When MK Ultra saw the light of day, it was shut down by good people who knew better (there is evidence of its resurrection since, if not it’s  buried continuation, but that’s another can of worms).

Jesus tells us to render to Caesar his due, and Paul tells us to respect government, because it “does not bear the sword in vain.” It’s in your own self-interest to not draw the wrath of government so long as your faith is not forfeited.

We the People remain under attack from our own government and business leaders. Health care is being used for population control and profits.  What should we expect when medicine becomes for profit instead of for community?  I remember the days when hospitals were not for profit  Maybe the technology has gotten better, but the ethics have suffered for greed.

The only time we are to conduct ourselves as sheep is when we’re in the presence of our Shepherd. As He Taught, behave and respect those in power.  Don’t be a trouble-maker, rioting, causing civil unrest, and the like.  Don’t make yourself a target!  Don’t be the sheep of government and business, but of your Saviour!

Wise as serpents, right? Sheep among wolves.  Follow Jesus and not the crowd.  Watch as Jesus warned us to, both for the end times and to protect yourself.

So let me repeat, I am not saying we should seek to subvert government. We should, however, work at educating ourselves on the truth, wherever it may lead us.  We should run our own lives, not allowing advertisers and lobbyists to determine our fate.