Each morning, my Alarm interrupts sleep with its call to duty – More commonly known as work. I take those first minutes to peruse my email copy of the Early Bird while trying to be quiet and not wake my wife. Of late, the Early Bird combines with all the panic over our currency, impending financial collapse, Survivalist emails for gear, weapons, and so on, to describe a world of impending doom and gloom.
Joshua Ramo wrote in his book, The Age of the Unthinkable, that we live in an Age of Disorder. 2,000 years ago, Jesus warned about this…
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows…
(Matt 24: 6-8 NKJV)
He spoke that in the context of the theme, “Do not be deceived.”
Thinking through that a moment, Church this weekend took on the patina of hunky-dory, with rote prayer and worship. At the same time, my smart phone was blowing up with email about Baltimore, Russians sprinting to the Black Sea, and Supreme Court arguments about gay marriage. Thankfully, most Christians find solace in church and may it ever be so.
My personal problem is that God challenges me to pick up Joshua Ramo’s challenge to Think the Unthinkable. In my five novels to date, research of history, trans-human science, genetics, and Cyber War add flavors to the Unthinkable that push all those survivalist and impending doom emails into the noise drawer. What is the unthinkable? Of equal relevance, what are the unintended consequences of the unthinkable?
Quick example – The Obama administration, whether you hate them or love them, have superbly executed their anti-colonialist and socialist agendas. The problem in the present is that the administration flails ignorantly in the face of unintended consequences. Socialists really are not as creative or wise as they would lead people to believe. These unintended consequences range from Benghazi to Ferguson and Baltimore.
The rote liberal pacifism and socialism of the Obama Administration is revealing their true foolishness. As a result, most citizens wring their hands, failing to see that the administration they put in the White House little understands that the rain of unintended consequences falls on the unrighteous and the righteous. In other words, we are all screwed, because voting for Obama produced very serious unintended consequences.
Pulling up on the stick to rise above that fray, unintended consequences also drop to the noise drawer as we face the daunting tasks of Thinking the Unthinkable. In the land of legalized gay marriage, how does the church respond? Just as agents provocateur found it easy to stir the crowds in Baltimore and Ferguson, similar agents will stir the Church. The response of the government to a church militant would wear the label of law but the result could be oppression and persecution. That is actually exciting because the Church experiences its greatest true growth in the face of oppression. Rome figured that one out the hard way.
Do not be deceived. Excellent words, but how do we set aside the blathering 24 hour news cycle to avoid that deception? To Think the Unthinkable things that do not find their way into prime time news? A few bullet point filters through which analyze the day:
— When the Church has a falling away – morally and physically – our nation will change dramatically. Suppression of the 1st and 2nd Amendments will only be the beginning. Gay marriage is not the issue. Destroying the foundations of a potentially church militant is.
— As the “Hooks in the Jaws” of Russia’s leader turn him south… This will produce wars and asymmetric actions against his enemies. (Our currency and strategic capacity are targets)
— The north – south axis of Russia and Iran have political and military consequences not yet made public but we can guess a few… Russia gets the Bosporus straights and Iran gets the Mosley Holy Places – including Jerusalem. Think World War III.
— The days of Noah saw the deaths of Billions. This capacity, today, rests on thin, poorly funded systems in the West and the former Soviet and Chinese blocks
The best conclusion for why it is wise to Think the Unthinkable comes from Psalm 82: 5 and its analysis of wicked leaders in an Age of Disorder:
They do not know, nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are unstable.