A New Year of Opportunity or a New World Order?
At the close of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, we stand at a crossroads. When we look back over the past twelve months, we see a shifting landscape of politics, culture and social norms. We see unprecedented actions by governments around the world, including Canada’s federal, provincial and municipal governments.
Two years ago, before coronavirus was a thing, many of us already saw tyrannical tendencies in every branch of government. Those tendencies have now found new avenues of expression, new opportunities for exploitation. The desire to control, to manipulate, to coerce and to demand compliance and uniformity to a set of presuppositions is one of mankind’s flaws. It is the nature of sinful man to want to force others to accept a particular world view, to behave in a certain way and to celebrate (or condemn) the same things . . . to engage in “groupthink.”
Sometimes these proclivities are driven by greed. If people can be made to believe that they must drive a Ford (or a Chevy or a Toyota, etc . . .), there are huge profits to be made by the manufacturers of these products.
Sometimes these controlling tendencies are seen as a springboard to power. Certainly, the efforts to corral voters into one or the other of the mainstream political parties can be driven by a desire to rule over the nation or—in extreme examples—over the entire world. Hitler comes to mind. The Caesars had a go at this in their day. Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon—each of these took steps to conquer and control other nations and other peoples. This drive goes beyond acquiring wealth. These strongmen had more material wealth and access to luxuries than they could ever use. They simply wanted to be the biggest, the most powerful, the most important, the most famous ruler that ever lived.
In today’s world, geopolitical tensions and pressures have meshed gears with financial powerhouses to produce economic behemoths that tower over many nation-states and influence or direct the policies and affairs of entire countries. In his final presidential address to the nation in 1961, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower warned about the growing power of the “military-industrial complex.” His warning pointed to the tendency of industries to create a market for their products. In other words—as has been described by many—there could be secret manipulations to foster border conflicts and wars in order to sell munitions. In the same speech, he spoke about the “. . . danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.” How important are those words today; they are being fulfilled before our very eyes.
The fastest-growing industrial complex of the past two years has been the pharmaceutical industry. Working hand in hand with government agencies to promote certain products and to limit risk to themselves, Big Pharma (as it has come to be known) has become a dominant economic player, with a concomitant influence on public policy. One company alone, Pfizer, claims to have made $36 billion in 2021 on their mRNA vaccine. Not only have the Canadian and US governments (among many) protected this and other pharmaceutical companies from any threat of lawsuits that could arise from the use of their experimental gene therapy injections, they have purchased large quantities of these products (with taxpayer money) and used the power of the state to coerce their citizens into participating in this global experiment.
The insidious nature of this pact between elected governments and corporate interests appears even more sinister when linked with public communications channels (subsidized by taxpayers), major print media (subsidized by taxpayers) and a compliant echo chamber of social media barons and public education directors. In short, the censorship of truth and the promulgation of government-approved untruths have created a backdrop against which isolated voices of dissent can be easily ignored.
As technology, science and communications merge to funnel citizens into ever-narrowing choices and belief systems, it is important that we pay attention to the phrases that are now defining and shaping our culture. After the end of the first Gulf War, US President George H. W. Bush repeatedly referred to the “new world order.” (PDF) Klaus Schwab, Chairman of the World Economic Forum, talks about the “Great Reset,” and a world where “you will own nothing and you will be happy.” Other champions of reshuffling have talked about a “New Green Deal,” emphasizing a major change in how we consume and think about carbon-based fuels. A common thread running through all these phrases is an embrace of socialism, a growing dependence on the state and a diminution of personal independence in both thought and deed.
The recent passage of Bill C-4 with not one voice in Parliament raised in dissent is a harbinger of the future issuance of government decrees without any politician willing or able to even sound an alarm.
That’s where you come in. That’s where we all come in. If we Canadians are able to avoid an all-out descent into tyranny—such as envisaged in Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World—it will be attributable to God’s grace and the courageous refusal of His people to bow the knee to an anti-Christian tyranny.
These are not easy times. They are times that call for God’s people to be strong, principled and resolute. We can trust our God to give us all that we have need of when we are tested. The prophet Daniel left us this encouraging word: “. . . the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.” May 2022 be a year of strength for each of you and a year of exploits! You are ambassadors of the King. Press on in His grace and in His strength. We trust the eternal promise of scripture that “the government shall be upon His shoulder.”
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