Feb 21, 2011
Where's the Outrage?
An old saying goes, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Judging by the lack of outrage in today's world, I'm guessing that hell still has plenty of vacancies.
We live in a world that suffers from a chronic shortage of outrage. Things keep getting worse because people are happy to stay in their bubbles of neutrality. As long as problems don’t affect them personally, most folks are satisfied with the status quo.
Washington DC is a mess because our political parties are too willing to compromise on everything. Texas Rep. Ron Paul said at the recent CPAC convention, "We've had way too much bipartisanship for about 60 years. It's the bipartisanship of the welfare system, the warfare system…it all goes through with support from both parties." What allows for this spirit of bipartisanism is the understanding that voters won’t hold their representatives responsible for their actions.
We've just had a group of Republicans get elected on the issues of outrage over runaway federal spending. Now that these people are part of the establishment, their mission has suddenly changed. A number of Tea Party members are now unwilling to kill an unneeded jet engine project because it would mean job losses for their district.
I'm just stunned at the lack of outrage over what is happening in the church today. Several months ago, a story broke about Atlanta Bishop Eddie Long having sexual contact with three young men in his church. Despite strong evidence that Long's relationships with these boys were at best inappropriate, he still remains the head of a mega church. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, efforts are being made to buy the silence of Long's accusers.
I can't recall the last time I read about outrage being generated by popular music. The other day, I happened to run across a story that wondered what the folks at the Grammys were going to do if a certain singer with a profane hit song won an award. It turns out that the song in question contains the F-word. I went to the Billboard Magazine website to look at the weekly charts and was surprised to find another song on the Hot 100 chart that also contained the F-word. Two other curse words were also listed as song titles.
One of the most sickening examples of the lack of outrage came during the Egyptian revolt. While the demonstrations were going on, a mob of thugs raped Lara Logan, a reporter for CBS news. As they assaulted her for 20 to 30 minutes, the crowd screamed, “Jew! Jew! Jew!" CBS was complicit in covering up the rape because it didn't fit their narrative of the Muslims being reasonable, peaceful people.
The liberal media is highly skilled at ignoring problems with various groups they view as part of their political base. Our southern neighbor, Mexico, is having a historical problem with drug violence. The city of Juarez has the highest recorded murder rate of any city on earth. Drug gangs have killed almost 35,000 people since 2006. Since all the drugs being fought over are headed for America, we share a large chunk of the blame for the violence.
It's important that every offense against decency be met with outrage. If no action is taken, an opening is left for the devil to come in and do something even more wicked. A few years back, I noticed that the cartoon, "The Family Guy," has been very active in pushing the boundaries of blasphemy against God. Seth MacFarlane, the atheist creator of the show, conceived this swipe at our Lord and Savior: "As we all know, Christmas is the time that the ghost of Jesus rises from the grave to feast on the flesh of the living. So we all sing Christmas carols to lull him back to sleep."
I think the main reason there is a lack of outrage is that people fail to see their culpability for allowing sin to flourish. The day is coming when all of our actions will be judged. If people were made mindful of the “terror of the Lord,” they wouldn’t have trouble expressing their anger.
"Wherefore we labour that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences" (2 Corinthians 5:9-11).
Blueprint for End-Times Monetary System
International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials recently let it be known the direction of their thinking for solving the growing economic crises facing the nations of earth. Their cogitations, it is no surprise to those of us who view ongoing developments from the perspective of Bible prophecy, include two basic elements: 1) They want a single monetary unit; and 2) they want to make it electronic currency. Special Drawing Rights--SDR--represents a synthetic electronic basket of currencies. This system has been around for many years, but now, enhanced by tremendous advances in technology, is viewed by the powers that be as representing a genuine device to take down the American dollar and establish a monetary device that can power the much-desired New World Order.
The proposed currency unit of the IMF’s blueprint–the electronic monetary unit we in this column have consistently written about as likely part of an end-times economic regime--is termed Special Drawing Rights. Lack of confidence in the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency is purportedly at the center of the IMF’s increased insistence that the world be moved to a new single world currency unit. The organization, in issuing a report, "Enhancing International Monetary Stability—A Role for the SDR," sees the SDR as an embryo out of which a truly one-world economic system can grow.
The powers that be, according to the report, see SDR as a transitional monetary device–a seed for bringing into being something far more effective. The report states: "In the even longer run, if there were political willingness to do so, these securities [currencies wrapped in the SDR] could constitute an embryo of global currency."
The SDR, as stated previously, has been around for many years. But, it has, with the advances in technology, reached the point the globalists believe it can be used to oust the dollar and institute a fiscal entity capable of giving them more control, thus increased power over world economy. According to wikipedia.com:
The SDR is a hybrid. SDRs are part U.S. dollar, part euro, part yen and part British pound. In particular, the following is how each SDR currently breaks down....
U.S. Dollar: 41.9%
British Pound: 11.3%
Russia’s once-and-future president, Vladimir Putin, for one, is unhappy with the arrangement of SDR structure as it currently exists. China, with its burgeoning economic power, certainly objects to that structure. The SDR will doubtless undergo dynamic changes in coming months, if indeed it will be at the center of a new global order as IMF titans envision.
I’ve written in this column numerous times that I believe the mark-and-numbering system of the Tribulation era–Antichrist’s economic system of control—will involve electronic funds transfer (EFT). Again, the prophecy of that final humanistic system that will be controlled by Satan’s man of sin foretells the following.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Rev. 13:16-18)
The Internet, no doubt enhanced through advancing technological means, will provide the person-to-person linkage throughout the world that will make possible the enslavement indicated by the prophecy. Buying and selling, using the hybrid Internet and some form of SDR, will enable Antichrist to exert the control about which God’s Word forewarns.
One can imagine how such an electronic linkage might be touted by a deceptive, cunning beast regime, promising a true democracy for the first time in human history. Each person would, the regime’s propagandists might proclaim, be able to have individual votes cast and instantly tallied with all other votes. One man, one vote, as the Roman Empire promised--but never fully delivered--to its citizenry.
Such a promise would, of course, be a sham even worse than the many promises by politicians and political parties today in America. Antichrist will manipulate and use the satanically inspired system to produce the results he will demand.
Like so many developments for fulfillment of Bible prophecy coming at this generation from every conceivable direction, the IMF’s determination to implement a global monetary system of its own making is a signal of the lateness of the hour.