Monday, February 6, 2017

Wake Up!

 


Opinion-Editorial

Have you ever heard of normalcy bias, or normality bias? This refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to enter a state of denial or to underestimate both the possibility of something bad occurring, and its possible effects. This may results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for what is coming. 

The assumption that people make when they are suffering from normalcy bias is that since a disaster has never occurred, then it will never occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible.

In the case of many American Christians, they turn to every positive Bible scripture they can find or they constantly watch positive messages on Christian TV, to try not to think about what is coming. This is because people with normalcy bias have difficulties accepting or reacting to something they have not experienced before. The fear literally impairs their reasoning. They would rather act like they can't see it, can't hear it, or they never talk about it.

They respond to God's warnings the same way Israel responded to the prophet Jeremiah.  

In an online article titled WARNINGS IGNORED, posted in the fall of 2002, the author Douglas Winnail wrote about the way American Christians fail to heed prophetic warnings. 

He wrote: The Christian world is selective about what it believes from the Bible. Scripture states that "God is love" (1 John 4:8) and that a loving God sent His Son to die for the sins of the world (John 3:16). Jesus taught that we should love God, our neighbors and even our enemies. (Matthew 5:44; 22:36–40). For centuries these noble teachings have been embraced.

However, this same God also sent prophets to warn His chosen people and the world that serious consequences would result if His instructions were ignored and His laws were violated (see Deuteronomy 28). This crucial aspect of biblical teaching has never been popular. 

Sadly, most of the warnings God sent through His prophets went unheeded—and millions suffered terrible consequences as a result. Our modern world would be wise to heed the biblical prophets, because their warnings ultimately focus on the end of the age—the times in which we are living. 

Winnail goes on to say: God blessed the Israelites and gave them His laws so they could be an example to the world (Deuteronomy 4:1–8). However, the rebellious, independent-minded Israelites forgot God, violated His laws and followed other religions (Jeremiah 7:22–26). 

Out of concern for His chosen people, God sent a series of prophets to warn them that unless they changed their ways they would reap severe penalties, including disastrous defeats and foreign captivity. God's prophets were instructed to: "Cry aloud… tell My people their transgressions, and the house of Israel their sins" (Isaiah 58:1).

Instead of heeding God's warnings, the Israelites ignored, mocked, persecuted and even murdered God's prophets. 

Isaiah was told: "Do not prophesy to us right things [uncomfortable truths]; speak to us smooth things" (Isaiah 30:10)—and he was later cut in half by his own countrymen. 

Jeremiah was threatened: "Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord, lest you die by our hand." (Jeremiah 11:21). He was thrown into a dungeon several times by his own people (Jeremiah 37:14–16; 38:6). 

As a result of violating God's laws and despising His prophets, the nations of Israel and Judah lost God's protection, were conquered by their enemies, and were carried into captivity to Assyria and Babylon. They paid a heavy price for failing to heed the warnings from God.

We realize the opposite of normalcy bias would be overreaction, or "worst-case thinking" bias. People who are like this have a tendency to take every tiny negative thing they see or hear as an impending catastrophe.

So we want to bring some balance and truth to you today.

For several years, America has been racing toward destruction like a blindfolded race-car driver, streaking down the track at 200 miles-per-hour. We have outlawed prayer in schools; approved the killing of the unborn (resulting in abortions at a rate of over 3,000 per day); promoted greed, violence and explicit sexual acts on television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; we punish good people while blessing the evil ones; we approved all manner of perversion; snatched away the basic rights of citizens; and make every effort to crush the knowledge of God and the Bible.

For years we have talked about perilous times (not necessarily end times) and learning to recognize the seasons we are in. While most of the Christian TV ministers continue to prophesy about a beautiful future for everyone, our politicians and government officials continue to lie to the public, even as they abandon the ship by getting on their secret financial life-boats because they know that America has hit an iceberg and the Titanic (our country) is sinking fast.

When this happened to Germany in 1923, that nation collapsed into poverty beyond belief. When it happened to Great Britain in the 1970’s they collapsed into poverty, crime, riots, protest, etc. That’s what has happened in recent years to Greece and many other nations that we see in the news, but the American media does not explain why these people are rioting and protesting in the streets. That’s because our media is feeding our normalcy bias. 

Matthew 24: 21-22 reads: For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

Verses 32-33 reads: Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 

What do I mean when I talk about America's collapse? From a financial standpoint: I mean your job would end because your company would fold. Your money would be gone because the banks would close. Your debit card would no longer work and your credit card would be useless. Your savings or retirement would vanish overnight. Your social security checks, pension checks, and pay checks would stop, and any money that you had in your bank at the time of the collapse would disappear. Whatever amount of gas you had in your car would be all you would have left. Whatever amount of food was in your home would be all you would have left. There would be riots, as people would storm through grocery stores and department stores for food and supplies. 

This is not make believe! That's exactly what happened when Hurricane Katrina hit Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana back in August of 2005. They had been warned and warned, but the people and the government were stuck in their normalcy bias. In the end, hundreds of people died and the city of New Orleans was in absolute chaos. 

From a political and governmental standpoint: We could see a completely different governmental power come into reality. It could be a Communist take over or even an Islamic-dominated political system, imposing Sharia Law at local levels of government. And please know that the transition of power would be by means of a bloody, brutal, civil and national war.

Chris and Carol, you’re scaring me! How could this possibly happen? We’re not trying to scare you. We’re trying to shake you out of your normalcy bias. Just watch the tension build up in our country over the next four or five years. These are not only possibilities, but they are inevitable outcomes…UNLESS… unless the Church in America turns back to God. So what's the proper response? 

...if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ---2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 

Get your heart and soul away from depending on your job, making money and pursuing the American dream. That's all dead and gone now. That pursuit is officially over. Now it's time to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. It's time to seek God like never before!  

Christopher G. Green