A Brave New World

The world in which we live today is indeed a brave new world.  One in which the majority of the masses have been lulled into sleep by the many “narcotics” lavished upon them in the form of endless entertainment, constant distraction, material excess and trivial pursuits.  Because of this the people, including sadly the majority of Christians, are totally ignorant to the growing evil in our day.  Instead, they “buy” whatever their favorite TV or news media sells them (usually Fox or Faux News) thinking they possess the high moral ground as they look down their noses on the dark side (i.e. CNN).  This being witnessed to as Christians will constantly decry the evil of one party, i.e. the Democrats, yet cover their ears and eyes and ignore the same evils in the Republican ranks. (No different really than how many will decry the sin of the world - think Manhattan Declaration, yet fail to address it within their church). 

All of this is terribly hypocritical, yet election after election it is the same old story for most “evangelicals” as they cheer for the Republican regardless of their policies, voting record, globalist agenda, personal indiscretions, etc., and lambast their opponent even if said person is more Constitutionally sound.  I witnessed this in the last Presidential election where I tried to point people to the ignominious facts about the Republican candidate, and advocate Chuck Baldwin, but all of this fell on deaf ears as I was hit with the “lesser of two evils” argument.  The persons advocating this position failing to see that the lesser of two evils (which may not really be less but only appear to be so) is still evil. 

But, this is the system we have been raised in and how we have been conditioned to formulate our beliefs.  Beliefs that for the majority have not been forged by independent and analytical thought, but rather by blindly believing what is heard on the radio or viewed on TV.  And once these beliefs are set in the individual’s mind, they become harder than concrete.  It is because of this that most will never take the time to look beyond the mass-media rhetoric of our day and to conduct independent research; something which often will lead to places many simply do not want to go to.  Hence, most will never pull anchor and set sail to venture out into the raging sea of independent thought, but will rather choose to play it safe and harbor in the calm waters of the port city of “ignorance is bliss.”

And then there  is the entertainment that lulls most Christians into a Laodicean and lackadaisical state where all that matters is what new album their CCM artist is going to release, how their sports team is doing, or what movie they will go to see on Friday night.  Here, I can think of no greater admonition than that given by the apostle Paul to the Roman church where he wrote,

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Rom 13:11-14)

It is indeed high time to awake out of our sleep.  For me, this happened at least in part a few years after 9-11.  Something I cannot attribute to myself but to God for I was in a flag-waving slumber just like the majority of American Christians.  This, as I accepted the party line without thinking and analyzing the facts that were in plain sight.  Facts that led to places that I really did not want to go to, but often this is where the truth will take you. 

This takes me to the point of this post which was precipitated by an article I read today.  It is from a worldly viewpoint, but as is often the case, “…the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” (Luke 16:8)  I believe many will profit if they take the time to read it to get a perspective on things you will not often hear.  Certainly not from the controlled news media, nor sadly from the majority of the 501c-3 shackled pastors. 

The article examines our world today and compares it with Aldous Huxley’s 1931 novel, Brave New World.  A world that we amazingly find ourselves more and more living in.  A world that worse yet more and more Christians are falling in love with and being intoxicated with; in love with the sports, in love with the entertainment, in love with the musicians, in love with science, in love with the art, in love with the commercialism; in short, in love with the world we are commanded to hate.  And it is this sordid love affair that blinds us to the sin around us, keeps us from being diligent in the things of the Lord, and often has us speaking well of evil doers. 

My prayer is that we might heed the admonition of the Holy Spirit and awake from our slumber.  For it is not until one is awaked that they can begin to perceive the reality of the world around them.  This we must do because of all of us time is indeed short.

The article, Brave New World 2009 by James Quinn can be read here.

Also, I encourage folks to read Paul Proctor’s articles that many times focus on issues in the church as we do here at DefCon, but also include articles on our world covering topics such as globalism.  Also recommended are Chuck Baldwin’s articles where you will get a perspective not heard from many pastors.  Finally, thanks to a DefCon poster, I became aware of a pastor (Robert Read) preaching some excellent messages on entertainment, music, and the like.  For the one on entertainment, you can listen here

 

6 thoughts on “A Brave New World

  1. It is from a worldly viewpoint, but as is often the case, “…the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” (Luke 16:8)…A world that worse yet more and more Christians are falling in love with and being intoxicated with…it is this sordid love affair that blinds us to the sin around us, keeps us from being diligent in the things of the Lord, and often has us speaking well of evil doers.

    That really is the heart of what Jesus said in that quote from Luke–even many sinners know they’re sinning, and they even know what their sin is. Sadly, on the other hand, many who claim to be Christians don’t even think that sin is sin. Or they wind up being like Brennan Manning in his “Ragamuffin Gospel”–thinking that the only real sin is telling people they’re sinning.

    Spot on, my friend!

  2. The ‘conservative’ or ‘religious right’ are just as wicked as the ‘liberal left’. One wants to control society through a political party and man-made laws, the other is an ‘anything goes’ party. BOTH are wicked, vile and evil…why? Because they only have THEIR best interests at heart, not God’s. The cons./ r.r. party fails to understand, [as they complain about abortion, same sex marriage, etc.,] that the only thing which will change a lost sinner is the Gospel. This is why programs such as ‘focus on the family’ sicken me. There is a ‘hint’ of christianity in what they say, yet the motive is one of control through man’s doing..i.e. the ‘republican’ party. There is a push to sign petitions, call your senator, etc., and demand action! This is another way to lull Christians into wrong thinking, which produces wrong action. NEVER is there a recommendation to fall on our knees before God and pray, or to give the good news to those around us.

    There is MUCH wrong within Christianity…yet, God has His faithful remnant. We must stay in prayer, in His word, and focused on Him. This is the laodicean age, the strong delusion is sweeping millions away as they refuse to believe in biblical truth. Many want to make this world better [which will NEVER happen], clinging to their material possessions, embracing anything that claims to be Christian, loving this world more than Christ; most of them do not bear any resemblance to what the Bible says a Christian is…one who denies self, one who suffers persecution of some sort for the sake of Christ, one who’s hated by the world, even their own family, one who has been changed from the inside out by the supernatural power of God, one who longs for His return, desiring to be with HIM!!
    Not only is there a narrow gate, the way itself is narrow…and few there be that find it.

  3. The elders of my church recommend a book for the men to read each month. This month, it was a republished edition of Neal Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves to Death”. I found much of it tedious, but accurate in assessing how we have drifted to consume media as we do.

    He compared the perspectives of Orwell’s “1984″ with Huxely’s “Brave New World” and gave Huxley the nod – we are in more danger from being distracted from the Truth than being trampled under by authoritarian rule.

    True children of the light must keep focus on Christ – not the ever delightful “Turkish Delight” offered by the prince of the air.

  4. DavidW says:

    “It is because of this that most will never take the time to look beyond the mass-media rhetoric of our day and to conduct independent research; something which often will lead to places many simply do not want to go to. Hence, most will never pull anchor and set sail to venture out into the raging sea of independent thought, but will rather choose to play it safe and harbor in the calm waters of the port city of “ignorance is bliss.”

    Right on, brother Michael.

    The tragedy of so many is either:

    1) They stay in what they perceive to be the “safe harbor”, not realizing it is only a graveyard.

    2) They venture out to the raging sea of independent thought, only to fall prey to the piracy of deceivers, or to be shipwrecked without the guidance of God’s truth.

    Christians have a great opportunity to reach this generation with the life-giving truth of God’s word.

  5. During the time of Rome, this is the direction that the culture took and it ended up imploding in the end. It looks like our culture is headed in that direction.

    We also voted for Chuck Baldwin and spoke to many people about it but we were told that we would be advocating Obama as it would cause him to get more votes than it would to allow McCain to make it. We told them that we had to vote our conscience instead of vote, “the lesser of two evils!” We left it at that with them and voted our conscience. We feel we are clear since we didn’t vote either of the evils! Still, I wonder if we should be voting considering that every time someone goes into politics they open themselves to being corrupted and there are things they have to do to even make it in the politics. Were we voting for the lesser of three evils?

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