The Culture of Death - A phrase, a phase or the End of Days?
by Rev Michael Bresciani
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On a sinking ship when all hope is lost order yet prevails. The commonly accepted protocol in maritime law is to allow women and children to alight first, then male passengers and finally the ships crew and captain. Even at the threat of imminent harm and death there is a semblance of order.
At the death of previous civilizations or nations there is also a certain pattern or an order that history reveals to us. The wise, true statesmen, the prophets and those who just seem to have better vision all combine to warn each successive generation as they once again enter the doors marked ‘the fall.’
The ‘seers’ are sometimes labeled as ‘divisive.’ But they are not creating the divide they are only noting it. The division is a natural outcome of a nations chosen path that ultimately puts all people in one of two simple categories, those who believe the warnings and those who don’t.
The pattern oft repeated in the death of nations is available for all to see but we don’t live in a world where seeing is highly acclaimed. We want to force the myriads of religions into one compressed little lump, let science label it innocuous and get on with social engineering, diversity and what ever is heralded as the newest and the best.
Pop culture is appealing to those who want action, change and immediate proof that something is happening. Happenings are what make us happy! No pop culture ever established a nation and no pop culture ever saved a nation but at least it is lively.
We will not be constrained by the ‘Logos’ the (revealed word of God) or the ink stains dried upon some line (the Constitution) or the warnings of the sage. (Prophets and seers)
Each nation in history seems compelled in its own time to shoot itself in the foot. We see TV shows daily that show videos where people smash into walls, fly off cliffs and do physical harm to their bodies in every imaginable way. Watching a nation shoot itself in the foot may make for good TV, but the foot is ours.
We reduce the calls, the commands and the requirements of the Creator of the world to a silly choice only silly people would want to make. Separation from God and his laws couldn’t possibly be the problem. We say it is poverty, crime, social ills and lack of evolutionary refinement that is causing all our problems. We ignore the one who became a substitute for us on the cross and by this selfless act has said that it was, is and always will be ‘sin’ or the depraved nature of our hearts that is the real problem.
The common worldview is that there is a basic goodness at the heart of every man. The God who created man says not so! The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Je 17:9)
The powers, whether spiritually demonic or civil depend on our inability to discern the deceitfulness of our own hearts. But they do provide an order, almost a protocol to our demise. Even in a ‘culture of death’ there is an acceptable order. Nations today are stepping in pace to that order like children rehearsing a school fire drill.
Every fallen nation has stepped in almost syncopated rhythm to the same song. It has three distinct sections or movements that neither time nor the best minds of men have been able to discern much less silence. The music wails the nations fail but the beat goes on, but exactly how does this song end?
The first orderly step into a culture of death is always spiritual. The Psalmist offers the short version in Psalm 9:16, ‘The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. The full version is contained in thousands of other verses that conclude that forgetting God is bad but purposely pushing him away is impossible to recover from.
We have prepped a generation with the pseudo science of evolutionary theory that is fast becoming more of a unicorn in the fairy tale of a child than something that cannot or should not be seriously challenged. We have tried to debunk, dismiss and deny that God has spoken to us through the scriptures. And we tell our children that if they can manage to keep the planet green long enough they will have a home in heaven on some of the endless planets across the universe that are in the (M) class. Didn’t come from God not going to God and man declares its time for God to be going.
The second stage or protocol in the march to a culture of death is social engineering, social change or in the case of America it might be safer to say, social tinkering. When Americans were struggling the saying often attributed to Herbert Hoover sounded reasonable because it spoke to actual problems like hunger and transportation. But “A chicken in every pot and a car in every backyard” have given way to the more nebulous “Change we can believe in.” The undefined change in this slogan is making few believers in those who love America for all she ever was and yet could be.
Whether our President borrowed the idea from friend Oprah Winfrey who gave away cars on her TV shows or not, now we can enter the promised land of “change” with a new car via ‘cash for clunkers.’ New cars are fun and who can’t love a government that just gives stuff away like the Price is Right or the Wheel? Then as Paul Harvey would say, “here’s the rest of the story.”
Who wouldn’t want to give up health care choices, unborn babies, the right for the elderly to live out their lives and a hundred personal freedoms including those once covered under the first amendment, just to ride in a shiny new car subsidized by good old papa government? In a culture of death $4,500 may be the going price for a good conscience.
Heartily scoffing at the proposed social policies of this administration is not mere tongue in cheek but is more brain in gear kind of thinking. It used to be called common sense but is anything but common in a culture of death.
When the aforementioned steps or protocols are all fulfilled there remains but one and that is death itself. The result of the abandonment of God is spiritual death; the result of blithely forging ahead with Roe V. Wade is more death to add to the 50,000,000 deaths already to our credit. The outcome of government run health care will be the death of the old, the unqualified and those at the bottom of long waiting lists.
The death list is far too long to put in this article so I am forced to summarize. The end of a culture of death is the death of a nation, of a civilization. But look around it isn’t just here in America. Europe, Australia, and other countries are now gearing up to the culture of death with similar proclivities. This is when the culture of death graduates from a phrase to a phase and blithely barrels ahead to the ‘End of Days.’
The Prophet Daniel was undaunted by the threats made to his life by the Godless King of Babylon (modern Iraq) and went unscathed after spending a night caged in a den of hungry lions. But even Daniel’s courage got shaky when he was given a vision of the emerging combination of nations in the last days. It was depicted as a devouring beast with no regard for life being led by the most vicious God hating human being in world history. (Antichrist) Daniel confessed that the ‘cogitations of his heart gave him much trouble.’ (Dan 7:28)
Daniel got to see the result of exactly what the pursuit of the culture of death would ultimately produce. It left him sickened and unable to regain his composure. Should we wait for that to happen to us? Daniel only saw these portents in a vision we will see them up front and personal or as we say in the modern use of the language; in real time.
God does not saddle his prophets with a message of hopelessness. Daniel was told that although the last world kingdom will be diverse from all others in history it would be followed by the best. The one who was raised to the cross will be seated on the throne and unlike all kingdoms and civilizations preceding, his rule will never end. “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” (Dan 7:27)
God does not saddle his prophets with naiveté. Even though they are armed with pre-written history, a 100% accuracy rate in their forerunners and the authority of God’s Holy Spirit they are fully aware that very few people will heed their warnings. They are also fully aware that the Master said “…broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat.” (Mt 7:13) So why do they bother, what’s the point?
To say that they are on a quest to save the world would sound pretty good but it would be a lie. They are simply on a quest to reach one man at a time. It all comes down to each and every individual that hears the message and how they respond to it. This is the way God planned it. It is best summarized in the following two passages.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14
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