We Are All Infected

The 2016 Election was a wake-up call for America.

 

America was believed to be the Saviour of the world-a place where every race, faith and creed could live in harmony-a place where justice could be found for its oppressed and the oppressed throughout the world.

I explore the truth versus the myth of America in my book Blessed Are They That Hunger. The reality of the regime of ” No Filter Trump” and the followers that elected him reveal who America really is.

As a member of the Libertarian Party, I have fought for preservation of the Constitution, limited government and more freedom for Americans for the past few years. I have been in a state of shock, as I found out, these were not the values of my fellow Americans.

I have seen my fellow Liberty loving warriors try to grapple with this reality as well. Jeffrey A. Tucker, and Robin Koerner both brilliant writer’s and political persuaders have written articles analyzing the current political and philosophical state of America with its shift away from Liberty.

It was reading one of Tucker’s articles The Do’s and Don’t of Talking Liberty and Koerner’s Article The Fight for Freedom Begins in Culture and watching The Walking Dead, that I faced my own conclusion.

As a Christian, I believe the tenets of the Bible, but somehow, I had been duped into thinking, if I educated people about Liberty, they would want to fight for it as much as I did. But there are Truths in the Bible that explain why this isn’t such an easy solution.

1. We Are All Infected

Rick Grimes is informed by the Head of the CDC in The Walking Dead that everyone is infected by the virus that turns corpses into Walkers. It is not the result of being bitten by the Walkers but regardless of how someone dies, they will turn into a Walker.

The truth behind the state of America and the world is-we are all infected with sin.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

We have a hard time believing this. We want to believe-“I am Ok and you are OK”.

We are shocked when people hurt others, or steal or even kill because we do not want to accept our own sin and therefore we do not want to accept the truth that it permeates all of us and there is no good in any of us.

Romans 3:12 ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one’. ‘Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit’; ‘the poison of asps is under their lips’, ‘whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness’. ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known’. ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes’.

2. Mankind Cannot Save Mankind

When Christ walked the earth and the beginning of the Spiritual Revolution that is Christianity began, there were some strides made in a more free and less oppressive world for Mankind. This fight for liberty is traced back to the Judaic roots of Christianity. The Jewish faith and its laws were the beginning of a society based on fairness and justice and freedom. The idea that our liberty is God given or innate to us as human beings is rooted in these teachings.

The progress towards freedom since then has always been slow-three steps forward and two steps back. This is because of point #1. When people lead other people, there is an opportunity for abuse of power and the oppression of those followed.

The idea that power corrupts is shown throughout history and the bloody wars and cruel genocides that mark the centuries of our existence.

The Walking Dead illustrates this truth as well. The more rules and hierarchy of leadership is instituted in the tale, and the more power a leader is given, the more cruelty and oppression follows. It is not the mindless Zombies that are the biggest threat to the remaining humans of the Apocalypse, but mankind itself.

3. There Is No Heaven On Earth

It has been said that,” Earth is the closest a believer in Christ will get to hell and the closest the unbeliever will get to heaven”.

There is so much beauty and good in the world that we forget the truth that it is a fallen world, corrupted by the infection of sin, caused by the first sin of Adam and Eve. The earth was designed to be Paradise but because God did not want puppet followers, He gave mankind the free will to choose obedience or not.

When the sin of rebellion was committed, it infected every person of every generation throughout history. No amount of laws and regulations can ultimately change this truth and give us a trouble- free world.

Jesus’ words when He prayed for His followers were:

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. John 17:15,16

It is best to remember that this is not heaven on earth, and for believers ,it is not our home- we are just passing through-as the old hymn reminds us.

4. We Need A Saviour

Redemption from sin came for mankind in the person of Jesus Christ. He was God made man, born of a virgin, the Meshach or Messiah, foretold in the prophesies of Judaism. His sacrificial death does not eliminate the sin of mankind but covers it to allow salvation from eternal death for His believers.

The infiltration of Christianity and its tenets and the giving to the earth of the Holy Spirit to those who believe, have made a dent in the evil and corruption of this world. Believer’s in Christ have fought for the end of slavery, fed the poor, preached hope to the incarcerated and it was believers in the Judeo- Christian laws that penned the most liberating documents in history including the Constitution of the United States. These efforts have helped to make the world better but there continues to be:

8 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. Matthew 13:8

As much as we strive the make the world a better place, (and we should) We cannot cure the disease of sin any more than Rick Grimes can cure the disease of the Walkers.

The end will come despite our best efforts and the Hope for believers is:

26 Then everyone will see the Son of Man[h] coming on the clouds with great power and glory.[i] 27 And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world[j]—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. Matthew 13:26,27

The only question is-who will take the cure?

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