02 January 2012

Happy New Year!

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16

These times are indeed evil.  Globally, the current experiment with spreading democracy to every part of the globe has backfired and become a farce.  Civil unrest has found its way to a large number of countries, even alleged first-world ones.  The political process is, as always corrupt, even in the paragon of political virtue—the united states.  There are wars and threats of wars, most recently with Iran.

In the united states, the federal government has continued its soft march towards tyranny, continuously stripping citizens of rights, laying the groundwork for the future removal of rights, and strengthening the legal power of big business.  The current crop of political candidates is a joke, save for Ron Paul (who, it should be noted, can’t even gain the support of his own party leaders).  The leaders of the country are morally and intellectually bankrupt, and are willingly ignorant of the united states’ impending collapse.  The church is growing increasingly irrelevant day by day, splintering off into soft mysticism and pharisaism.  And the educational system is a joke, particularly at the post-secondary level, which is currently in the middle of a bubble.  What can possibly be done to stem this tide?

Paul offers two answers:  walk circumspectly and redeem the time.

The former simply means to be careful.  In essence, watch where you’re going.  This is good advice in generally, but it is especially applicable during times of danger and evil.  In many ways, it is perhaps best to walk away from and outside of the system during this time, for those systems that perpetuate evil eventually collapse upon themselves.  It is best to not be around when this happens.  Those who argue for fixing the system from within are simply naïve, and ignorant of history.  If the ship is going down, it is best to not be on it.

The latter means, broadly, to make the most of the time you have.  We are mortal creatures that are only guaranteed one day:  our last.  As such, it behooves us to make the most of the fleeting time we have on this earth.  We need to be the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be.  We also need to be judicious stewards.  If the days are evil, and if the evil of these days will eventually collapse upon itself, we must be prepared.  And the time to prepare is now.  The writing is unmistakably on the wall, and only woe and regret await those who read it but don’t prepare.

At any rate, as we come upon this new year, let us reflect on the year that was, and the evil therein, and resolve ourselves to tread carefully and make the most of our time in the year to come.  If 2011 is any indication, there are rough times ahead.  Let us not be caught off guard by them.

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