03 Aug, 2020 Change theory – and how to read the news
Change theory – and how to read the news
Re micro chips – the issues involved :
- The benefits are clear (Consolidation and protection of ID cards, passports, medical records and finances)
- The real debate will be about whether we trust the leaders who will control a global ‘tagging’ system like this – which is plausibly coming our way, even if a few decades away. (The current debate is a reaction to belief it is ‘on the doorstep’ – while some others are currently calling those thinking this crazy).
- For the Christian, this is a particular topic of intrigue because the Bible warns of a time when people will not be able to buy or sell without a mark imprinted upon their hand or forehead – and it then prohibits those who follow Christ from participating.
What sits behind the Bibles ‘offence’ at this idea?
The ‘offence’ of this system is that it represents ‘a world united to achieve good – but without God who is the source of all ultimate good’.
- The goal of global leadership and the unity (or tyrany) it pursues is viewed by God as an ultimate act of pride and rebellion against him. This would be the first time since the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 that the whole world has reenable to unite again – without regard for him.
- Why is a world united together without God a problem?
- Without God humans invariably stuff things like this up – no matter how good the initial motive. Great human suffering results – as evidenced in all other examples of people seizing power over the masses in human history.
- Also – while faith in God is a basis for human rights (see the last 7 of the 10 commandments – each of which defines human right. E.g. ‘Do not steal’ = the right to privately owned property, and to security), the first 3 of the 10 commandments talk about God’s rights. Because he is the creator, he DESERVES to be recognised and respected (and he wants to be thanked and appreciated too, but leaves that to our free choice).
To consider what I would do, were I to try to lead a change in this area
The important questions re microchips
- Does it infringe upon personal freedoms sufficient enough to oppose?
- For the Christian – is this really the system described in the Bible, or are we misinterpreting?
My conclusion on the topic in the illustration (microchips)
The real point: How do we ‘read’ the news?
- Every statement has a context – because every author has a religious worldview, and a political worldview.
- For example, it is said that there is no true record ‘history’ – because history is always recorded through the cultural and religions ‘lenses’ of the author.
- There is also no true ‘news’ or journalism for the same reason. The challenge of the journalist is to make their best effort to be impartial. However, few are capable of this when a culture slides in the way ours is, and in our day an increasing number do not try.
Let’s equip those around us to ‘read the news’! Context is everything. Everyone has a worldview from which they speak.
I suggest this is now an important topic for intentional conversation!