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.