Sunday, August 21, 2011

Arab Spring in America?

Did you know that there is a planned "Day of Rage' here in the US? It is planned for September 17 and targets Wall Street, but sister cities are planning their Day of Rage also. The point is supposed to be a protest against despots, dictators and cronyism in the White House, Congress, and Wall Street. Here is what the Arab Business and Banking journal Zawya wrote about it:

"Arab Spring-style protests are apparently being planned in the United States as the richest country in the world teeters on the edge of a 'lesser depression'. Things are so bad in the U.S. that disenchanted, non-partisan citizens are planning to occupy Wall Street reportedly on September 17, according to media reports and vent their fury at Wall Street banks and policymakers."

"The "U.S. Day Of Rage" echoes the massive protests undertaken by citizens in various Middle East countries to demonstrate against despots, dictators and cronyism in the Arab world. Similar to many Arab Spring movements, the organisers are leveraging social media website to gain some traction. Nearly 4,800 people 'like' the main US Day Of Rage Facebook page and it has nearly 6,000 Twitter followers. According to its social media feeds, it is planning peaceful civil disobedience across many American cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Idaho, Oklahoma and Hawaii, among others."

"While the movement may well fizzle out, it does point to an extreme reaction to the complete and utter disappointment of American citizens with their governments especially as they watched in horror the debt debacle, the subsequent Standard & Poor's downgrade and the 'correction' in American stock markets wiping out trillions of dollars in a matter of weeks."

"U.S. President Barack Obama's approval ratings have fallen to an average of 43% (including a personal low of 39% in one survey) while Congress's collective approval rating slumped to an average of 17% (dipping to 13% in one Gallup poll, a record low)."

The website for Day of Rage says that they plan 'civil disobedience.' I fail to see how something called a day of rage is supposed to put enough of the brakes on so that people are only civilly disobedient and not marauding mobsters yanking people out of cars at the state fair or razing a convenience store, things which have already happened in abundance without a prompting of a Day of Rage.

Matthew 24:7 says that in the Tribulation "nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom." The word 'nation' in this context is the Greek word 'ethnos' which means people group sharing a similar culture. In other words, civil unrest. It means that there will be black against white, poor against rich, young against old performing violence against each other within the same country. These kinds of protests and violence are things the US has already experienced. The young mobs mobbing stores where older owners stand by helpless...blacks yanking whites out of cars and beating them senseless, and the poor protesting against the rich Wall Street bankster types are all things that we see already. During the Tribulation this kind of violence will get worse. Kingdom against kingdom, means for example, Lebanon fights Israel, but ethnos against ethnos is a worse kind of violence for it means your neighbor could turn on you and you may never even know why.

With food prices shooting up and unemployment rampant, the general mood in the US is tenuous at best. Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse blog wrote a recent piece titled: "16 Statistics Which Prove That The American People Are Absolutely Seething With Anger". He wrote another piece titled "10 Signs That Economic Riots And Civil Unrest Inside The United States Are Now More Likely Than Ever." What I like about his pieces are that he uses credible sources and presents exactly what the title says. After reading the facts, you believe exactly that unrest is coming and that people are seething with anger. What are the chances that the Day of Rage will be peaceful, with polite folks engaging in civil disobedience with no harm done? Low. Very low.

The organizers of the Day of Rage say they will engage in civil disobedience, but the fact is that people are already at tinderbox temper. It would not take much to trip them over to mob mentality. As Bonnie Tyler sang in her song "Total Eclipse of the Heart,", 'We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks'.

I prefer the Day of Prayer to the Day of Rage. I pray that the light of Jesus will shine in the eyes of all who live in darkness. When you see the Light, you know that a perfect government is coming. It will be one filled with perfect justice, perfect peace. The government will make war no more, and all the citizens will be engaged in productive works. Their relaxation times will be saturated with harmony in worship of Jesus, songs, and pleasant conversations where there will be no gossip, agendas, or misunderstandings. In the New Jerusalem there will be no days of rage but only peace.

Proverbs 19:3 shows us that their rage comes from within their heart and it is against the Lord. "A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD."

Proverbs 29:11 - "Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end."

The calm in the end always leads back to peace, IF there is reconciliation with Jesus. Apart from Him a person is in rebellion, that is why they rage. It is the underlying reason. But it need not be so. A person need not have a day of rage, nor an eternity of rage:

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:17-19).

"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace," (Ephesians 2:14-15)

Now isn't that much better than a day of rage?

6 comments:

  1. Yeah I knew it...the arab spring has "inspired" the world to protests...suddenly you hear of mass protests and citizen uprisings in china, india, the UK....i live in the suburbs and I am still SO surprised how things seem to be going on as usual like life is ok and nothing is wrong with the country. I know people are bubbling over with anger underneath the facade. Things will be changing soon...I know people say americans are too asleep to do something like this but these days we are in...everyone has something to be really angry about.

    While people are forming these rallies, the church should be on it's knees and should be looking up. Our hope is in the Lord not our human rights.

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  2. Also, once a "martyr" is created, any type of civil protests (if they are that way) will cease. I pray that it won't happen but chances are that accidentally or not there will be a martyr that takes the protests to another level. This world as we know it is passing away right before our eyes.

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  3. Your comment 'people are bubbling over with anger underneath the facade' is apt. I was noticing that around here that the violence is starting to creep in. A woman was held up at gunpoint in Athens GA and in the county (rural) there was a home invasion. Very unusual to have such violent crime hereabouts.

    I agree about the futility of protesting the human (flawed and corrupt) government in this manner. I can't wait until the government of Jesus arrives.

    "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

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  4. I did some research and it seems most people think it will turn out to be nothing and it might. It's understandable because it has been planned before. Sadly, God has prophesied that the whole world will be a warzone. I just cannot imagine how horrible it will be when peace will be removed from the earth if things are this bad now.

    Off topic but isn't it really interesting how the fighting in Libya has been going on for some time and a month before the PA bid Gaddafi's govt is about to be toppled? Another piece being prepared by God...

    It's still hard to fathom that human history is winding down before our eyes...

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  5. A very wise man who had prayed & studied the Bible most of his life, who died still living for the Lord & living a life not fallen away (he/I believe in eternal security), said to my husband once that he believed Satan had been loosed from the pit in the 1960's. (Amillenium point of view) Why? Because sometime in the 60's there was a sudden shift in society all across the globe. We had just come through two terrible World Wars, one of which was a time of one country concentrating on killing all of the Jews they could lay their hands on, in every country they invaded. Then after a time of "peace, peace & there is no peace", came this world-wide societal shift where rebellions of all sorts began. I was young in the 60's, & a young Christian as well, but I remember the feelings of that time - anger, 'make love, not war', rebellion toward everyone & everything in authority (government, parents, schools, etc), the wide-spread use of mind-altering drugs. This continues, growing stronger & stronger to this day. What is happening now is not new. It is horrible, but it is not new (there has even been a Great Depression already, this current recession/depression is not something "new" in the history of our country).

    Since that time, we have had periods (in America, not always the world!) of economic growth & prosperity. The Church in America, which had been the #1 missionary sending Church for a few years, became fat, lazy & prosperous, built huge buildings & taught a form of truth which is not the Truth. Altho she still sends out many missionaries to reach the world, most of her money goes to a select few (Bakkers, Crouches, Hinn & the like) who gorge themselves on things (they have their reward here on earth) & into huge buildings for Sunday morning weekly entertainment. Meanwhile, Christians around the world are dying for their faith in ever increasing numbers. Just the info that comes out of North Korea about what they do to Christians there is enough to make you throw-up.

    While we in America continue to grow fatter, millions of people in Bangladesh have starved, in Somalia, Darfur, Etihiopia & other parts of Africa, India, China, starve again now. World-wide famine is coming very soon.

    People all over the world have suffered & died from malaria, dengue fever, small pox, measles, polio, TB & others. The Spanish flu killed hundreds of thousands last century, flu epidemics continue now, while thousands around the world have died from AIDS & it's complications. At risk populations continue to be decimated all over the world by varying diseases & now we face "superbugs" with no hope of treatments & radiation caused diseases from Chernobyl and Fukushima.

    How many MILLIONS upon millions have been killed in just the last century by genocide? In Uganda, Armenians, Kurds, tribes in China, in Cambodia, just to name a few. Going back one century for that matter - First Nations peoples in America, a part of our own history!

    How many thousands/millions are killed each year, world-wide, by floods, earthquakes, storms? One of the biggest problems the American church has is that she is so self-centered! If it's not happening in America, it's not happening. I think the Dispensational Church in America will only acknowledge these things when they start happening to HER. And they will.

    The same disciple who wrote Revelation, in one of his other books, quoted Jesus as saying to his disciples (& to us, His Bride): “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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  6. Anonymous 2:14 A, Yes, it might fizzle, that is a distinct possibility as well. I hope it does!
    Anonymous of 3:30 AM, I really would like to know as well what happened in and around 1967. I agree, there was a tremendous societal shift for the worse that began about them. Though, satan is and was not in the pit, he has been walking up and down on the earth (Job 1:7) and he has been stalking like a lion seeking whom he nay devour(1 Peter 5:8).

    David Platt wrote the book Radical to address the fat and lazy American church. It is a shame how many have turned inward and seek to satisfy themselves rather than love their neighbor with all their heart and seek deeper submission so they may bear fruit for the Kingdom...

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