George Soros is funding a group to create a one-world economic system. Dictators still roam the earth. Oil prices are becoming prohibitive again. Our troops are fighting on two or three fronts. People are out of work. Abortions continue. Banks are failing. The Mets keep loosing. How will it end? You’d think with all the citizens’ groups cropping up something would change. Unfortunately, little if anything does. All the evils here before all these self-proclaimed champions-of-whatever groups started are still around.
I wrote this back in April, but I felt compelled to update it here.
If you don’t like something you can find a group of like-minded pals who share your dislike. You could join the Citizens Against Government Waste, or the Citizens Against Litter, or the Citizens against Human Trafficking, lawsuit abuse, the death penalty, red light cameras (really), ugly street spam, safety goggles, tolls, loud motorcycles and more.
On the other hand, if you like something you can probably find a citizens’ group that likes your something too. You could join the Citizens For Responsibility And Ethics In Washington (that’s an uphill battle for sure), or the Citizens For Tax Justice, or Truth, or Batman (yes, really), or the arts or retiring the penny. But here’s my favorite: Citizens for Citizens. All these folks who are either for or against something have websites, mailing lists, colorful brochures, news articles either by them or about them, and astute sounding, carefully worded credos.
Most citizens’ groups claim to be non-profit. In other words, they don’t sell goods or services to make money. But they need money, lots of it, to rent their meeting rooms and print their brochures, hold rallies, write books and grow their members. They need contributions, e.g. membership dues, donations and proceeds from bake sales and car washes to impact policy makers for the good of society. And where do they get their money? They sell their message of hope, or annihilation, depending on whether you’re for or against something, to their members. They try to get members to recruit other members and then send all their fees and dues and contributions to the home office.
Don’t misread me. By no means am I against all citizens’ groups. Some groups have been able to impact our society for positive, effective change. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) is making an impact. Amber’s Law, Meagan’s Law and Adam’s Law were all born of family tragedies. And all of them impact society in a positive way. All resulted from citizens’ groups passionate about protecting children.
A friend of mine is now excited about some group that believes radical Muslims may rule the United States.
Here is their credo: The mission: ACT! For America is a non-profit issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots citizen action network in America, committed to informed and coordinated civic action that will lead to public policies that promote America’s national security and the defense of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam.
They must have conned a politician into writing that credo for them.
Whew! Can anyone out there explain that too me? I have two college degrees and I don’t have a clue what they’re doing.
The group’s founder, Brigitte Gabriel, claims to be a victim of radical Muslim brutality or torture or emotional distress, or post traumatic syndrome or something. She gives carefully crafted speeches and lectures about her experience at meetings in homes or hotel conference facilities where invited guests get to watch her video. She may have a moving testimony about her experience with radical Muslims. It might be credible indeed. It might evoke sympathy and concern. And I’m sure she’s passionate about her cause.
My friend has started what he calls a new leadership position in her group. He’s started a local chapter in his home. This threat of radical Muslim takeover has him all worked up. He’s sending out information emails to encourage people to join his group. One thing all these citizens’ groups have is information. Gobs of it. They claim it’s all credible and they can quote you statistics they’ve memorized about their cause to get you as excited as they are.
In my view neither my friend’s group nor any other citizens’ action groups (except those I mentioned above plus a few others), will cause any ripples in the pond. My friend’s group and most other citizens groups are relying on their own skills and talents and abilities and efforts to be the agent of change for the minds and hearts of the politicians in Washington and the people to expose the dangers to our way of life.
God is the only one capable of preventing Muslims from overtaking the United States. God is in charge. He is in control. And if we try to wrestle control from Him by forming or joining a citizens’ group propagated by self-effort and self-interest we will fail.
I seem to remember it was God who allowed the Assyrians to defeat His children and carry them off into captivity. And let’s see, wasn’t it His own people God allowed to become slaves in Egypt? If I read my Bible correctly that captivity and slavery were a part of His plan to bring His children to repentance and into the Promise Land to worship and honor Him. I don’t remember the Jews forming any action groups to improve their society. They grumbled a lot. They told Moses all kinds of hateful things. But in the end God prevailed and His plan moved forward.
God may choose to allow Muslims to take control of the United States. If he does, so what? If He does it will be part of His plan for His children. He allowed His own people to suffer years of loss, hardship and captivity. It was their disobedience and lack of faith in God to rule in His sovereignty that got them in trouble.
If God’s people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from their wicked ways, then God will hear from heaven and forgive their sins AND HEAL THEIR LAND. 2 Chronicles 7:14. Imagine how much God’s people could do if they transformed all the members of their citizens’ groups into prayer groups that sought the will of God in every social, political and moral travesty. And I don’t mean utter a few gratuitous verses of Scripture at the beginning of the meetings or asking God to bless their time together. I mean falling down, prostrate, and praying, just praying, for God to move the earth so He accomplishes His will and His plan succeeds.
It is only when we come to the end of ourselves and trust God and His Sovereignty to rule and to reign that God can impact social or political change.