”This Just In: Arizona Outlaws Being Illegal — Prozac at Eleven”
Vol: 103 Issue: 24 Saturday, April 24, 2010
Back in the 1970’s when I first heard about something called “the Tribulation” it was as distant and unimaginable as was Captain Kirk’s 24th century Star Trek.
Back in 1966, Star Trek’s writers had one of the most interesting writing jobs in the country. Nobody could imagine the 24th century, so the standard limits of conceivable reality did not apply.
They were free to dream up transporter beams and communicators and warp speed and package it all together into a scenario that would still be coherent to viewers who were just getting used to color TV.
The series spun off so many spinoffs that the various versions of the 24th century became as real to Star Trek fans as if it were future history instead of fantasy.
On the other hand, the Tribulation, which actually is future history, feels more like fantasy. In my mind’s eye, I could never quite picture the Tribulation Period in a setting that was coherent with my version of reality.
When I would try and picture it, it would cloud over with visions of Heaven, angels overflying the earth, strange-looking beasts . . . comparing it with my ability to envision Star Trek’s 24th century would be like comparing a live-action image to an animated one.
I could imagine the 24th century, but I’ve ‘seen’ it – but I could never imagine the world as it is depicted during that time.
The persecutions, the imposition of the Mark of the Beast, official decapitations, the antichrist’s dictatorial powers . . . those were the things I couldn’t imagine, because I could never imagine how the people would ever allow it.
I’d heard of evil dictatorships. I was born shortly after WWII and grew up on stories of the Nazis and how the Communists were worse. But I knew of them only in defeat. I couldn’t picture how such evil managed to take control in the first place.
One thing I was certain of – and that is what made it so hard for me to picture. We all saw what happened to them. Nobody I knew would ever let it happen to us.
What I missed – what we apparently all missed – was how it happened to them. Because it is happening all over again.
But this time to us.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof . . .(2nd Timothy 3:1-5)
This is a description of cultural Christianity in the last days. It is a picture of the time just before the Tribulation. That is why Paul concludes with the warning, “from such turn away.”
I find that I no longer have difficulty placing the events of the Tribulation into a familiar, coherent scenario. It is easier to imagine the Tribulation when it’s hard to tell from looking around that you’re not in it already.
During the Tribulation, the antichrist’s power is rooted in both his ability to deceive, and the world’s willingness to be deceived.
Yesterday the Governor of Arizona signed legislation into law making it illegal to be illegal under Arizona state law. Arizona Senate Bill 1070 mirrors federal immigration law and requires state police to enforce it. Evidently, there is a problem with that.
Immigration law enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government. The federal government abdicated that responsibility, prompting Arizona’s legislature to take steps to protect its own citizens. Now the federal government wants Arizona to abdicate that responsibility, as well.
President Obama called the Arizona law ‘misguided’ before making this bizarre observation:
“Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona.”
It was the federal governments’s failure to act responsibly that forced the Arizona legislature to act in the first place. (Wasn’t it? It’s hard to tell anymore. )
“The actions by the Arizona legislature threaten “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans,” Obama said. It also may hamper trust between residents and law enforcement authorities, he said.
He said he has instructed U.S. authorities to monitor the state’s actions and to “examine the civil rights and other implications” of the legislation.
So according to the President of the United States, enforcing existing law “undermines basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.”
The law is not ‘fair’? Not fair to whom? The 70% of Arizonans that support it? Or the illegal aliens and the Marxist Left that doesn’t?
The passage of the bill was met by demonstrations outside the State House, consisting mainly of Hispanics and freshly indoctrinated high school students carrying signs bearing swastikas and chanting slogans — police eventually arrested nine demonstrators.
But when liberals go berserk, it isn’t newsworthy. So the press said almost nothing about it.
Google “Arizona demonstration violence” and top returns are about Tea Parties! Millions of Tea Partiers have gathered at thousands of venues without a single arrest or recorded act of violence.
Hundreds of liberals gather at one venue — to protest the passage of a bi-partisan majority-supported bill that would require police to enforce existing law, nine are arrested — and the press is silent.
The Bible pictures the Tribulation Period as a time during which all the normal rules governing social mores are suspended. What constitutes ‘truth’ is relative to what people want to hear. If they don’t want to hear it, then it is not true. That was once hard to imagine in America. Not anymore.
If you don’t like Fox News’ version of the truth, then you can switch over and hear CNN’s version of the same truth. Or MSNBC’s.
No two will resemble the other – but not only does nobody seem to mind, it is actually a selling point for the various networks.
If you like Obama, you watch CNN or MSNBC where you are sure to hear good things about Obama and bad things about the Tea Party.
If you question Obama’s policies or support the Tea Party, then you watch Fox News. All acknowledge that they tell a different story – sometimes by criticizing the other’s rendition of the same facts.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2nd Timothy 4:3-4)
Obama’s reaction to Arizona’s decision to enforce existing immigration law is to promise to make enforcement more difficult for the state while it seeks ways to push through immigration “reform” that will further weaken America’s borders – in defiance of the expressed will of the majority.
The Tribulation Period used to seem so foreign and far removed from reality that, even believing the Scriptures, I could not imagine it in my lifetime. I couldn’t imagine it even in the future.
Today, the only way I can be certain I’m not already in it now is that we’re all still here. Now, what I find hard to imagine is that we will remain here much longer.