2014 Year End Assessment
Free streaming thoughts from the cloud…
1) Working on several posts for the upcoming year, one topic of which will require being split into at least 4 separate posts to deal with the particulars. It is extensive and I’ve been working and reworking it for several months. It’s remarkable how many ideas to write cross my mind, and yet I ultimately post so few of those. For me, verbal communication has definitely had its pitfalls. It often gets me in trouble. Thankfully, the spoken word can be ephemeral, but for me it seems the most difficult to explain from a construct. Writing helps me to conceptualize, encapsulate and formulate that which I really mean to communicate. It also means work. I mean to get it correctly and not overstate or understate. Such are the reasons why posting as few of these lines.
2) The ruling political elite continues to entrench themselves, both Democrats and Republicans. There is no difference. The recent Republican election victories will ultimately come to naught in terms of any change the electorate may have desired. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will face SCOTUS challenges in 2015 which will have minor effect. It is a tax, and as such the Republicans have as much lust for it as the Democrats. In the end, it will matter little as any semblance of the current United States will cease to exist in approximately 20 years. It saddens me to think of the legacy we’re leaving to our sons, daughters and their children, but all that remains is the heritage of a lost republic which can be revisited to some future generation, should the Lord wait. We are in the death throes of the current system. Politicians on the national level know it. The media obfuscates it, always searching for the next emotional high it can inflict upon the masses. The people are desensitized to the real issues and emotionally driven. Such is what drives the outbreaks of violence in Ferguson and elsewhere. Facts and truth matter not. Perception is reality, and perception has become nowhere near anchored in fact. 2014 has been a manifest year of the beginning of the end of Western society.
3) The advent season of Christmas 2014 is a particularly good analogy to the advent of spirituality which became more evident this year. Of course, not all the spiritual awakening was of a Godly nature. As the realization of the institutions of man in whatever form being fragile or corrupt took hold, the desire of the transcendent has reappeared as if from a long slumber. The church is experiencing a resurgence, just not as it has in the past. It is changing, virtually undetected to the prominent media, and will be a necessary anchor in the coming storm. Some consider the evil of these times to be no different than the evils of any other age. It seems the rise of technology has further confused the lines of morality allowing more to drift, as it were, into darkness. That which technology has enabled mankind to achieve isn’t all necessarily good, particularly in God’s parlance. Evil makes inroads and achieves its objectives through the same technology. Whereas evil has no creative power of its own and must co-opt what is for its own use, God, the Creator, is the source of unlimited creativity. More and more are coming to the knowledge of God and of His Christ as science, politics and other institutions are demonstrating their corrupt nature. Even in the deepening darkness, an unquenchable light of faith and trust still shines and points the way to hope.
We are in for some of the most tumultuous times the world has seen. One thing is certain, 2015 promises to be more of the same as 2014. More darkness, more evil, but more light and more life as well. There is a light which dispels the darkness.