For over 150 years political factionalism could co-exist peacefully, if often uneasily, in America because politics was an important, but minor, part of civil discourse and society. Like a traffic light, it was designed to maintain order as you made your way to the destination of your choosing in the vehicle of your choice. If, over time, traffic officials presumed to prescribe both your destination and vehicle, you would work to set things right. You would be furious if, while they poked their nose into what is exclusively your business, they simultaneously quit maintaining traffic lights and allowed roads to fall into ruin. If those traffic officials described your efforts to defend your proper prerogatives as ‘…injecting politics into traffic law…’ you would recognize it for rank insolence. It is the same rank insolence that characterizes faithful citizens’ defense of rights endowed by their creator as ‘injecting religion into politics’ and vice versa. Rights enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and defined in the Bill of Rights are not the proper subject of political debate. They are the very foundation of the social contract in America. Now the confrontation between advocates of faith and rights and the advocates of governmental supremacy has become an irrepressible conflict.
When the advocates of governmental intrusion into every corner of daily life complain that any defense against the intrusion is political, they are both right and disingenuous. When everything is politicized, everything said or done is political. But who politicized it? The question now is: are we to be a free people, under God, bearing both moral rights and moral obligations to each other? Or are we to be a subservient people, under government, assigning to it both our rights and our obligations? Don’t call me Ishmael. The two worldviews cannot be reconciled. The latter believes that winning an election confers the power to impose your will on everyone. The former believes that winning an election merely confronts you with the obligation to maintain the traffic lights.
In January of this year (2013), while walking through a Georgia wood after dark, my angel visited me. He had two things to tell me. He was quite amused over the first. He told me I was, indeed, being monitored by government entities, but that I should not be alarmed. I was one of many – and then he broke into a broad grin and told me that while I was a subject of particular interest, they did not take me seriously because I am mostly involved with that superstitious religious stuff. He was much more somber about the second matter. I had long been baffled by the seeming incompetence at the highest levels of government that seemed to be bumbling towards confrontation and crisis. I have been a partisan, but I have also worked with people in both parties at the state and federal level – and much of the internal maneuvering just no longer made sense to me from any perspective. My angel told me it is not bumbling: that there are sinister forces in high seats of power that are bent on triggering an internal conflict. Before I go on, I have to note that Barack Obama is not one of them. He is shallow, vain and petty – qualities that make a man in political life very easy to manipulate. But he is also utterly sincere. That is not a helpful public quality in a man marked by the former three traits, but he genuinely does believe he is doing good. I was told in midsummer of 2008 that he would win the election, that he was the man chosen by God to lead us into the Storm. But I was also told then about his sincerity – and instructed to pray for him each day – for, in the end, long after he has left power leaving the country and world in ashes, he will have a true conversion. He is not destined to be pharaoh, but a sort of Paul, but only after it no longer makes any difference to anyone but him.
But back to now. President Obama is not in command of the government he nominally heads. My angel continued. The darker forces around him, though systematically purging as many men of traditional faith from the top levels of military leadership as they could, still did not trust the military; as the culture of God, duty, honor and country are so long and deeply ingrained there. Neither did they trust local police forces, which have deep ties to the communities they police. So they had vastly expanded, armed and militarized the federal police forces. (It was after I was told this that I saw Homeland Security boasting on its website of having bought 2,600 new armored vehicles for domestic use and its plans to have 30,000 domestic drones in the sky by the end of this decade). Those dark forces had calculated they will win any confrontation – and they need it to secure the gains in authoritarian command. The Constitution, feeble as it has become, is a serious impediment to long-term control. Severe crisis is the only way to topple it entirely. But the darker forces also need to be seen as responding to crisis rather than provoking it, in order to freeze the great mass of people long enough to secure the new order. And so, violent internal conflict will come to America, not because it is inevitable, but because some dark advocates of the supremacy of the state who hold transient power are bent on it.
If they have a plan, so does God. In fact, they are unwitting players in His Divine plan. The most seductive, corrosive evil in mankind is vanity, the belief that we are sufficient to ourselves and masters of all we survey. In the last century, vanity has ascended to power even in this, the former home of the free. If God had forsaken us, He would just let it take its course and it would be the end. But in His love and decision to reclaim us once more, it is God who has brought things to a head, that we may turn back to Him. Those who would supplant God with the state will succeed in calling forth the maelstrom. But it will not go as they plan.
There will be great upheaval – and perhaps two or three transitional “leaders” as various governments fall here and we are reduced to the stability of a banana republic. I know what the entry to the fullness of the Storm looks like and I know what it looks like when we start to pull free from the wreckage, but I am only given a few details of the period of transition from collapse to the beginning of renewal.
The purpose of all the rumblings that surround us now has been to unmask the reality of the assault on God. You can continue to be an advocate for government supremacy, but when the day of judgment comes, you will not be able to say you did not know it was really about overturning God and had nothing to do with compassion or charity. God extends the period so that as many as possible who have been honestly duped because of their lack of wisdom may return to the fold – and so those bitter-enders who are more in love with their own sense of superiority will have no excuse left. It is a drawing of the battle lines.
There is a peculiar pause in people’s attitude of outrage now. It is not a pause in events, which continue to disintegrate with stunning fury, but an awakening of wisdom that we will not be able to skate by serious crisis this time. People are girding their minds and spirits as well as their loins. I tell you it is the beginning of our reclamation – and as the terror envelops the world, know that you will be judged simply by how well you took the next right step and acted as a sign of hope to those around you. Do not be alarmed or frightened – be focused and understand that some of the heroes of the storm will be called from among those who are now enemies of the faith – and some who are now regarded as examples of piety will quickly become betrayers of their neighbor. There are many surprises ahead as Our Lord separates the sheep from the goats.