Jun 16, 2015

We Must Change How We Think In This Warfare

Common Sense Commentary: I don't know if the author of the article below is a Christian or not, but judging by his clear, concise and analytical thinking, he probably is.  He approaches the "spiritual" problem of "globalism" with a world view that is logical, spiritually correct and would restore America to its former self ... if.  I say "logical" because it makes perfect sense. I say "spiritually correct" because I think it is our Christian calling to always stand against evil, resisting temptation and doing what is right even if we don't win all of these preliminary battles and it gets us killed. We are "soldiers of the cross". I said that this writer's remedy "would restore America ... "if" because it is entirely possible that the "globalism" he sees clearly as an evil thing, has a dichotomic root origin which will determine its outcome. One is the fact that America and the world may be "reaping what we sowed" (Gal.6:7) and we must pay the price. The second is that "if" this globalization is a fulfillment of the prophetic prediction that in the last days a new world order, of world unity like that of Babel, will arise, which the Antichrist will assume control of. That prophecy will come to pass sooner or later as described in Rev.13 and other scriptures. Read the entire chapter but note especially v.7 "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." This will come to pass. The question is, Is this present globalization the beginnings of the one prophesied? If it is, it cannot be reversed. But whether it can be stopped or not does not determine whether we should oppose it, stand against it, resist it and keep obeying Christ's command to never cease doing God's work ... regardless of the consequences. Jesus said in Lk.19:13, "... Occupy till I come." Winning all of the spiritual, moral battles we stand against is not the point. The point is to "stand", "withstand"  and never cease to "resist" such evil (Jm.4:7) and to "occupy" our calling, in the work of Christ, til He returns. He will win the final battle. Our calling is to "stand" and "withstand" in this warfare ... not necessarily to win every battle. "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness." Eph. 6:13-14. Being right and fighting the "good fight" is sacred. Temporal success is not. Evil often wins... temporarily. We may not win this globalism battle ... but we must never give up. "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called...." 1 Tim.6:12.   RB 

To defeat globalism, we must change how we think

From Personal Liberty by Brandon Smith

I was born just before the very onset of the digital era. I count myself lucky, in part, to be so deeply involved in the burgeoning of the information generation. I also count myself lucky to have seen the world without the free flow of media, because I know what to appreciate and what to be suspicious of. Many people 10 years younger than I really have no clue of the bottleneck that used to exist within our news system. Imagine if there were only three or four news websites you were able to visit daily, and all of these sites supported the same agenda. That is what life was like before the Web, and it was truly awful in many ways.
That said, the digital age has also brought with it an era of unwarranted expectations and unrealistic entitlements. As Americans, many of us grow accustomed to unlimited media stimulus, numerous social and financial safety nets, and an overall sense that our system will always be there to service our needs under any situation. Though we have vast pools of knowledge at our fingertips, we have become more complacent, less productive and less proactive. This is the opposite of what should be happening.
It may be conditioned laziness or fear of commitment to uncertain undertakings. Or maybe many people have just forgotten how to do things for themselves, much like humanity has forgotten how to make proper stone tools; the ability has simply died out with time. It’s hard to say, but there is something vital missing from the American dynamic today, a void that is slowly killing us.
With the advent of forced globalization and the philosophy of interdependency, it would seem that there has been a correlating attitude that entrepreneurship, self-reliance and innovation are mostly impractical. I don’t think this is a coincidence. Today, we learn to take the fish we are given, rather than learn how to fish ourselves. And this behavior is encouraged. Why? It’s because a man who can fish is independent, and an independent man is harder to control. Thus, an independent man is dangerous.
I don’t meet many folks lately who necessarily embrace the idea of interdependency and globalism, but they have learned to ignore it or to begrudgingly live with it. They may even know well that it affects them negatively, yet they do nothing because they have been told over and over again that globalism is inevitable (mostly by globalists). The solution to the problem is complex, but it begins with a simple decision: the decision to build for ourselves and think for ourselves, or the decision to do nothing.
The idea that a mass event of people chanting mantras and marching around is the be-all and end-all of social and political change has poisoned our sense of reality. These kinds of actions do not worry the establishment. What worries the establishment is self-determination and private action, people providing for themselves and removing the system as a crutch. This kind of solution does not require you to wait around for everyone else to “get it.” All it requires is that you take personal initiative and perhaps lead by example.
In order to defeat globalism, we ultimately have to construct a better alternative. Given the utter failure and disarray that seem to follow globalization everywhere, this should not be hard to do. When we enact methods of independence — or what I call “localism” — successfully, we force the power brokers to do one of two things:
  1. Admit that we have accomplished a better way of living and fade away as irrelevant.
  2. Try to use physical force to stop us from being independent.
In either case, we win. If the latter occurs, then we have forced the elites to reveal their true natures — not as benevolent caretakers, but as monsters with aspirations as slave owners. If the latter occurs, then we fight back; but we do so from a solid place on the moral high ground.
You can make this strategy tangible in your daily life. Become a producer. Provide necessities for yourself, your family and your community. Learn useful skill sets, as many as possible. Invent and create better ways and means of survival and sustained existence. Stop waiting for others to lead the way. You lead the way in your own areas of influence.
For many people, this might sound like a fantasy, given the rampant subservience we see in the public around us. “They are too far gone,” some people will say. “They are hopeless.” I’m not so sure. The average man often longs for a return to self-reliance. It is a part of our genetic code or our very spirit. He just has to be reminded how it is done. It is our job as aware people to re-teach others how to make their own way again. Perhaps I am a foolish optimist, but I believe there is still something within us and in American culture in general — something special that has not been quite extinguished.
I am not fighting for what our society is today; our society has psychologically derailed. But I am fighting for what I know our society can be: a self-generating and bold land of individuals, where voluntary action is the norm and is respected; where men measure themselves by their concrete accomplishments and mastery of their skills, rather than the status they attain through subservience to the collective; and where people achieve again, rather than laugh at those who make the attempt because doing nothing is easier and seemingly more profitable. I may not witness this in my lifetime. But with my efforts in this era, along with your efforts, future generation can look back at us feeling thankful rather than betrayed.
–Brandon Smith
I comment Brandon on his article. Would to God there were more Americans who had his convictions and insights into globalism. I challenge all of you, and myself as well, as Brandon says, to "Change how we think" to Apostle Paul's admonition....
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are  honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,  whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Phil.4:8.  RB

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