Equality in the Kingdom #6 Awaken the Woke

 

Equality in the Kingdom #6 Awaken the Woke

 When you read the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ two beasts arise, one out of the ocean, one out of the earth.  The first beast represents the elites and government that is opposed to the rule of God.  This beast arises out of the chaos of the times.  The second is the religion of those powers.  It is upon this second beast, the beast from the earth that we will consider today. 

 The signs of the times here in these United States suggest that this beast has risen and we are facing a national crisis, a time of chaos.  We’ve been exploring the equality of the Kingdom, real equality in which everyone is invited to enter, where women receive the same gifts as men, there are no elites with special status in the kingdom, in which ethnicity is not an issue.  It is the task of the believer to bring the Kingdom, to manifest the equality of the Kingdom first in their heart and then to everyone and everywhere else. It is the Kingdom that people want, but far too many Americans have been seduced by the second beast.  Now is the time for our testimony, now is the time to take a stand against this beast. 

 Revelation 13:11-17 (NIV)

Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

 The beast out of the earth, up from the grave, like some ghoul from a horror movie, is not a person but an ideology transformed into a religion.  This beast is like all the others before it.  The promise is always the same in the guise of equality and justice, masquerading as tolerance and inclusivity, “together we will build a brave new world.”  The shout in the streets, in academia, in corporate America, “equity,” “social justice,” “diversity and inclusion” “micro inequities” are the rallying cry.  The name this beast goes by right now is wokeism.

Wokeism started as a movement to end racism and social injustice but it has morphed into a religion, into a cult, that if left unchecked is going to destroy every norm you’ve known. 

 Every religion offers a world view, a frame to which everything is referenced and understood. The world view of wokeism is one of power economics.  Everything is seen in terms of the oppressor and the oppressed, the haves and the have nots, the way to liberation is to overthrow the affluent, the privileged, so that the common people, the disenfranchised, the oppressed can make all things equitable and just.  The way to move wokeism forward is through class conflict and ethnic conflict. 

 With this perception of reality, everything that has been accomplished in these United States is racist.  Forget historical context.  Forget that America has a long history of correcting its injustices.  No instead it’s a reduction to White men verse everyone else.  So the nation doesn’t need reform, the only way to get rid of systemic racism is to destroy everything associated with it.  Violence is the path to utopia. 

Here is a tenant of wokeism:  The United States of “America is a deplorable, irredeemable nation, marked by and rooted in racism, sexism, imperialism and the like…” [America Is Fast Becoming a Woke Theocracy | Opinion (newsweek.com) ] We must rewrite history to show it to be so.  Have you heard of the 1619 project?  If the past is evil, full of evil people then we should tear down their statues and destroy monuments that corrupt society. 

 Here’s what needs to happen: White men are toxic, they must be suppressed.   Family needs to be abolished, it’s too exclusive, it takes a village to raise children.  Marriage is to be abolished it is oppressive to women.  Private property needs to be abolished so that wealth can be distributed along racial lines.  “Have you heard the term reparations?”  Abolish individual rights as outlined in the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution; everything must be reframed for “the good of the people.”  Guns have got to go.  Free speech must be curtailed.  Property rights must end.  Police support the old system, police need to be abolished.  Prisons are racist, they need to be emptied.  There is to be no cultural appropriation, which means no mixing or mingling of culture because it is demeaning, disrespectful, and exploitative.  Everyone should be given, focus on that word given, an equal share of the social-economic pie.  Have you heard of the guaranteed income?  Friends this is metastasizing in front of your own eyes.

Like any religion wokeism is evangelistic. The federal government is mandating that critical race theory be taught in public schools.  Critical race theory is just communism with two changes.  Black Americans become the oppressed working poor, the proletariat and White American Males become the oppressors, the bourgeoisie.  [  Wokeism is the new communism (independentsentinel.com) ]. Coca-Cola and other major corporations have mandatory reeducation sensitivity training in which a Caucasian learns how not to be so white, it's called Diversity Training. [https://ammo.com/articles/woke-capitalism-how-huge-corporations-demonstrate-status-by-endorsing-political-radicalism ]

Like any religion, wokeism has violent zealots. Antifa is such a group.  Time and time again this reportedly unorganized group rises to stop free speech on our University Campuses.  Recall the 2018 Berkley Riots over a conservative’s keynote addresses. An estimated 150 black-clad leftist and masked protesters rampaged through Berkeley’s campus, where they caused $100,000 worth of damage, beat some students, and led to the university canceling the speaker's appearance. The melee spilled onto the streets of Berkeley, and forced university police and other officers to shut down the campus for several hours. [UC-Berkeley faces lawsuit over violent rioting at free-speech event | Fox News ] This is not an isolated incident but a characteristic of the faith.  Any message against wokeism must be destroyed by any means possible.

 Have wondered why there has been a sudden rampant increase in violence against Asian Americans? It’s not because of the Pandemic finding its origins in China, it’s that wokeism understands the reason for Asian American prosperity is because the entire population is complicit in White oppression of Black Americans.  Prosperous Latinos beware. [How 'Wokism' Got Asian Americans So Wrong, and Why We Can't Ignore That (yahoo.com) ]

 Like any religion wokeism invokes ex-communication.  This is what the cancel culture is all about.  [Sleeping Woke: Cancel Culture and Simulated Religion | by Alexander Beiner | Rebel Wisdom | Medium ]The purpose of the cancel culture is to call out and remove problematic people from mainstream culture. It’s like a return to the puritanical social bane, where the community ostracizes you and ignores you, and does everything it can to shut you up.  All conservatives are bigoted and incendiary.  Forget the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to free speech.  If what you are saying doesn’t fit the wokeism agenda you need to be silenced.  If you have had your Twitter, Facebook or other social media censored you’ve been silenced, for the good of the people. I have been banned for life from Facebook, they didn’t even tell me why, just that I broke community rules, and that I have no recourse. 

 Gosh, I am sounding like a Fox News contributor. 

 I saw the “T” shirt just the other day.  I read: “Stay Woke.”  Not a good idea to bring about equality in this nation.  It is only in the kingdom of God will this world find harmony, social justice, and equality.  The “Woke” need to hear this message: 

 Ephesians 5:14 (NIV)

"Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

 How are they going to hear that message if you are silent?  If you remain silent it will only be a matter of time before you will not be able to speak.  Now is the time for you to rise up against this cultural cancer.  Now is the time for you to say no more.  Now is the time for you to shine Christ’s light on the beast from the earth.

 Colossians 2:8 (MSG)

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

 This nation is being seduced by a hollow and deceptive philosophy.  { 3 Ideas on 'Wokeism' - El American }Now is the time to become an activist.  Now is the time to walk like lions; to refuse to bow down to the idols of wokeism; to refuse to acquiesce to freedom and liberty taken from you. The time to prepare is over. It's time to fight.

 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG)

The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion, and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

 These God-tools used to smash anti-Christ contagious ideas and the barriers against truth consist of wearing the whole armor of God.

 Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)

… be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

 Our fight is with the beast from the earth, the religion of wokeism, who is empowered by the dragon, Satan itself.  Put God’s truth in your heart and in your speech.  It is only in the Kingdom of God that equality, social justice, peace, and prosperity are to be found. Put God's righteousness on, that state of being in a right relationship with God, with self, so that you can speak the truth in love.  Put on God’s shoes that will keep your feet from slipping as you boldly engage wokeism.  Lift up the mighty shield of faith, you know you are right, you know what is right, you know what God wants, no matter what you face, you will defeat the counter-attacks of the enemy.  The helmet of salvation secures the past and assures future victory.  The sword of truth is the very word of God, not relative truth, not my truth, not your truth, but the truth that illuminates reality, that truth is alive in the scripture and you bring it to this world as you live out its implications.  Don’t forget to pray for prayer binds the strong man (Mark 3:27) and refreshes the saints, opens your ears to hear God’s instruction.

 This is not going to be a walk in the park.  Wokeism used to stand for coexistence, who doesn’t want to peacefully coexist, how quickly it changed to submission.  Wokeism has invaded every area of the culture.  Unmask its many disguises, its changing of definitions, its bait, and switch.  Think through where a policy or practice will eventually lead, where the trends point.  Then shout about it.  Don’t be fooled into thinking what happened in Russia, China, Cuba, and Venezuela won't happen here.  It’d happening here right now.  It’s the nature of the beast to pull you in with the promise of utopia and then make you its slave.   You are going to have to fight for the life you’ve known, the freedom of your loved ones, the liberty of your grandchildren.  The gospel and the equality of the Kingdom need to be heard in your voice.

 Rev 12:11 (NIV)

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much  as to shrink from death.

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