Recent events in American government, politics, and business leave people of faith and religious convictions in a difficult position. Our government is clearly manifesting the spirit of antichrist. Let me explain by way of illustration.
The Israelites of the Old Testament were reminded to love God only through their repeated proclamation of the Shema. For those unfamiliar with this word, the Shema was the declaration of all Israelites contained in Deuteronomy 6:4-8 which says:
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
The love for God was to be complete and was to incorporate intellect, emotion, will, and action as evidenced by the exhortation in Deuteronomy to tie the Law to the forehead and hands as a constant reminder of their love for God.
This bears a strong resemblance to several passages in Revelation where seals or signs are spoken of. For example, in Revelation 7:2 we read that God will seal His people as a sign of His covering and ownership. Of particular interest is Revelation 13, where we read:
“And he (referring to the beast) causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.” (Revelation 13:16-18)
I find it more than a coincidence that the beast demands that people take his mark upon their foreheads and hands. This is more than just a physical mark that will allow recipients to buy and sell in an economic system. The mark on the forehead or hand is also symbolic of the beast’s ownership of the recipient in thought, deed, and will, and is a direct assault upon God’s sovereignty.
The government of the United States has become the spirit of antichrist today. That sounds like an outrageous statement but bear with me for a moment. God tells us to bind His Word upon our minds and hearts. I’ve already said that means we are completely His. Our thoughts, emotions, will, and actions are to be informed by His Word and manifested for His glory.
The government of the United States has usurped the sovereignty of God by insisting that we give loyalty and allegiance to it as our top priority. The government of the United States has declared that our thoughts, emotions, will, and actions must now line up with what they determine to be right and good. Refusal to do so means the loss of our ability to make a living by engaging in economic activities and even punishment by law up to and including incarceration.
Political correctness is Cultural Marxism and it is the guiding principle of the United States Government. Businesses have fallen lock-step in-line with the government’s rising anti-Christian bigotry and hostility. Step out of line in your conversations and you will pay a steep price.
Consider the example of Chris Routson, who was fired from his job of 13 years for merely suggesting two lesbian co-workers see the film Audacity. The lesbian co-workers informed their employer, Precision Strip of Middleton, Ohio that they felt uncomfortable with Rouston’s movie recommendation. Rouston was called into the office and told to go home for the day. A few hours later he was informed that he had been terminated.
Another more famous example involves Aaron and Melissa Klein, who formerly owned and operated Sweet Cakes bakery. I say formerly because when they stood upon their religious convictions and refused to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding, they were fined $135,000. This is a clear example of the government stating that all people will bend their convictions, thoughts, emotions, will, and actions to their definition of right and good. The government in this instance has demanded allegiance over and above God and by doing so has manifested the spirit of antichrist.
It was not that long ago that the mantra from the homosexual activists and their allies in the United States Government was “homosexual marriage won’t affect you at all.” “Granting homosexuals the same equality in marriage is the fair thing to do.” What they did not tell you directly is that any view that holds homosexuality as sinful will be silenced as part of the process of “change we can believe in” to quote one of the greatest homosexual enablers this nation has ever seen.
Friends the United States has seen its best days. I hope I’m wrong but I do not believe I am. The signs are all around us. My prayer for you is that you will resolve to stand firm in your faith regardless of what new travesty the government of the United States foists upon us next.
Remember, Jesus Christ has already overcome the world and because He has we will as well. Place your faith and trust in Christ and He will see you through whatever the future holds.