What Kind of Society are We Headed Towards? by Kelly Gneiting
Religion is important, yet the vast majority of religious organizations qualify under the government’s 501(c)3 status. I’m sure the federal government beams with pride in their control, or perceived control, over many religious institutions. Moreover, I’m inclined to think that while the most God-fearing people in my personal life are church-going patriots, many churches are designed to exploit the most powerful emotions in the souls of men. If Satan can accomplish his purposes by leading good, honest Americans into a hot tub philosophy—designed to make you feel good on the outside, but inwardly causing no change—he will.
For those who can see clearly, the most pressing, the most urgent, and the most imperative need on the table, collectively, is that of reclaiming our country. It is my hope that all religious organizations will point those who will listen to the Holy Spirit, to this end.
In 1992 a movie was produced by HBO Productions entitled “Stalin.” Its subtitle, “Death Had a Name.” This movie is 166 minutes long, and you’ve likely never heard of it, although it won 3 Golden Globes, 4 Emmys, and a host of other accolades. In my opinion it is Robert Duvall’s finest acting performance (as Stalin).
I still shutter at times in recollecting my experience watching the movie as Robert depicts the nature of this man.
When I heard David O. McKay’s 1960 speech, “Two Contending Forces,” I recollected my feelings while watching the movie. Stalin was a man like Karl Marx, who gave birth to Communism, which Stalin perpetuated. Says McKay:
Let us look at the man who disrupted the great consultation of the leaders of the world. In his heart are the teachings of Karl Marx (speaking of Lenin). You students who have heard know about the kind of life he lived, how his wife suffered, how his children starved. Here is what one man said about him:
“Marx loved his own person much more than he loved his friends and apostles, and no friendship could hold water against the slightest wound to . . . his vanity. Marx will never forgive a slight to his person. You must worship him, make an idol of him, if he is to love you in return; you must at least fear him if he is to tolerate you. He likes to surround himself with pygmies, with lackeys, and flatterers. All the same, there are some remarkable men among his intimates. In general, however, one may say that in the circuit of Marx’s intimates there is very little brotherly frankness, but a great deal of machination and diplomacy. There is a sort of tacit struggle, and a compromise between the self-loves of the various persons concerned, and where vanity is at work there is no longer place for brotherly feeling. Everyone is on his guard, is afraid of being sacrificed, of being annihilated.
“Marx is a chief distributor of honors, but is also the invariably perfidious and malicious, the never frank and open inciter to the persecution of those whom he suspects, or who had the misfortune of failing to show all the veneration he expects. As soon as he has ordered a persecution there is no limit to the baseness of infamy of the methods.”
So wrote Mikhail Bakunin, the first Russian to become interested in revolutionary activities, and a party pillar who fell under the purge.
I encourage all Americans to watch the movie Stalin—which is available on YouTube—with this understanding: THIS is what America is headed towards, and if current trends continue, your children and your grandchildren will open their eyes with THIS waiting for them.
What is “THIS?”
One thing I can tell you it is NOT. THIS is not 1801 America, when Thomas Jefferson, principle author of the Declaration of Independence, settled into his Presidential office, and the memory of George Washington was still fresh in the minds of every American.
THIS isn’t the memory of dead patriots, and the cause for which they fought and conquered, a few decades earlier.
THIS isn’t a newly minted Constitution and Bill of Rights, hanging in the Oval Office right beside the Declaration of Independence as a reminder to John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and subsequent Presidents of the “glory of the people” paid for with this blood.
What THIS is can be more accurately described by Ezra Taft Benson during his 1959 visit to Russia. Said Benson in his Book “This Nation Shall Endure:”
The second unforgettable experience was when I was in Russia in 1959. We had been touring seven European countries as a part of the objective of the government of the United States to develop world markets and create good will.
Mr. Khrushchev had promised me that I would be able to visit a Christian church in Russia. During our stay there, the guides did everything possible to prevent this. On the way to the airport, before leaving Moscow, I insisted that we go to a Baptist Church in Moscow. It was only a few minutes out of the way. Reluctantly, we were taken to the church. Our guides had told us that the churches were empty, that no one attended church any more, and that religion is the “opiate of the people.”
When we arrived at that Baptist Church, we found it full to overflowing. I looked into the faces of the people. Many were middle-aged and older, but a surprising number were young. As we were being ushered to pews, which had been vacated for our unexpected visit, people reached out and grasped for our hands to touch us, “almost,” in the words of one newsman, “as one would reach out for the last final caress of one’s most beloved just before the casket is lowered.” They were in misery and yet a light shone through the misery. They gripped our hands like frightened children.
Later in the service I was asked to address the congregation. I spoke to them about God and Jesus Christ, His Son. I encouraged them to be unafraid and to pray for peace. I witnessed to them the reality of the resurrection and that this life is only a part of eternity. Then, in closing, I told them that truth would endure and that time was on the side of truth.
I don’t recall all I said, but I recall being lifted up and inspired by their rapt faces. When I sat down, the whole congregation broke into a favorite hymn of my childhood, “God Be with You Till We Meet Again.” We walked down the aisle and they waved their handkerchiefs in farewell—it seemed all 1500 were waving. When we finally left, the young lady Russian guide whispered to my wife, “I’m a Christian, too.”
Said Founding Father Thomas Payne:
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country… Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
When the election is over, many will sit back and relax, complacent with the accomplishments of their perceived and recent patriotic duty. A rare few will be remain involved, as Independent Americans.
It is said that by small and simple means, great things are brought to pass. One to two hours per week is a small thing to commit to this cause, yet I’m reminded of the scripture in 2nd Kings:
And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? (2nd Kings 5:13)
For those who will listen, a Godly feeling of self-preservation is whispering a duty towards the work of the ages—preserving freedom. This feeling is not necessarily a voice which speaks from God down, but it is a voice that speaks from “We the People” up.
Indeed, as Ezra Taft Benson predicts, this nation shall endure, but it will endure because of the efforts and commitment of REAL patriots, as opposed to sunshine patriots. It will endure because Americans have the attitude George Washington had when accepting his position as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Armies. Said he to the President of the Second Continental Congress:
“…with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the Command I am honored with… I feel great distress from a consciousness [of] my abilities… [I] may not be equal to the extensive and important Trust: However, as the Congress desires I will enter upon the momentous duty, and exert every power I possess in their service for the support of the glorious Cause.”
Such are great American Patriots of today who respond to the voice, and answer the call of their countrymen—a call which speaks from an overpowering impression of duty.