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Totalitarianism in America is Here: You Need to Learn to Suffer & Speak the Truth!

As Christians we must be as objective as possible, we must fear God and not men, we must speak the truth found in Christ and not a fake truth we make up!

Video from Alisa Childers

"Rod Dreher shares about his experiences interviewing Christians all over Eastern Europe who survived communist and Marxist regimes. What do they see happening in America? What can we learn from their faithfulness to Christ during persecution?" from video introduction.

Totalitarianism in America is Here!

Video from Peak Prosperity

"To many, Rod Dreher seems like a walking contradiction. In 2006, he wrote “Crunchy Cons” to explain why conservatives should support the environment, small businesses, even organic products. He officially parted with the Republican Party yet is an editor of The American Conservative. And while he believes America is still a shining beacon of freedom and independence, he is convinced totalitarianism (or more precisely, the insidious Soft Totalitarianism) has taken root in virtually every American institution from the government, corporations, main stream media, social media, the education system and even in your neighbor’s homes. Seeing the onslaught on basic American truths and its culture, Rod wrote “The Benedict Option” to map out a path for individuals to protect their beliefs and freedoms. While primarily focused on faith for his foundational concept, he discussed at length the idea of forming our own “intentional communities” to preserve the world’s most inclusive, socially open and productive way of life, as well, as our most cherished values. Today, in his top selling book, “Live Not by Lies”, Rod travels through history and spans the globe to identify the culprits who’ve brought totalitarianism into America, what the modern-day Gulags (or prisons) look like, and how today’s current zeitgeist intends to tear down Western Civilization and the advances it brought to the world. Rod joins Chris to set the stage and clearly define the times we’re living in (something the Peak tribe has discussed for years), but most importantly, Rod helps us make a plan for how we can fight back, and preserve what’s good and worth saving in our families and our communities. Rod embodies the very best of intellectual rigor; he has well-researched opinions and deeply held beliefs yet can speak with anyone calmly and rationally about his views. Most important is that he’ll talk with anyone and is wide open to exploring ideas in pursuit of the truth. In other words, exactly the sort of voice the world most needs these days. Links: Rod Dreher’s books Peak Prosperity 2022 Event' from video introduction.

" the 1890s like what 20 years or so before the communist revolution he said if you had gone to all the uh the top intellectuals and cultural leaders in that society and said within 40 years in this country there will be tortures that haven't been seen in Russia since the middle ages they would have thought you were crazy but it happened you know this idea that we are such a stable society where things like this can't happen it's just an illusion i think a lot of people are waking up to this now um it was interesting Robert Malone was on Joe Rogan he had this three hour interview and about two minutes of that was him talking about the psychological theory of mass formation or mass formation psychosis as it got built but I think technically it's called mass formation which is what happens when people fall under the spell of a narrative that is very totalitarian in its nature, it demands complete as you mentioned here the tick list things it requires you to comply completely with whatever the narrative is requires you to other the other people out there so you have to create a sense of threat, and that ultimately if you let that go on long enough it ends in mass atrocities as you just described..' from the transcript.

The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt (link)

Our Culture of Comfort is Driving Us into Bondage

Our suffering has ultimate meaning. It is not something the government can provide for or remedy, only God can do that. Many people, including many Christians are so concerned for their comfort that they are afraid to suffer.

But suffering will come and God will allow us even more suffering if we do not REPENT! Confession and repentance has become unknown to many Christians, many nominal Christians.

"Our Culture of Comfort

I’m familiar with this history lesson because I served there with Cru’s campus ministry for nine years. I’m familiar with how a comfort-seeking mentality leads to pain and disappointment because I’ve lived that story much longer.

A few years ago, a combination of my own failings as a leader, and the difficulties of life and ministry prompted this intrusive thought:

Is God done with Cru in Pittsburgh?

Relational disconnects and conflicts were creating tension. We were seeing little growth. Other ministries seemed to be flourishing while ours floundered.

I’ve encountered emotions like disappointment when a ministry initiative falls flat, depression when miscommunication with my wife leads to conflict and hurt, anger when circumstances out of my control force a change in plans.

Have you felt these as well?

The real problem is not that we face difficulty, but that we continually expect life to be easy.

“Disappointment is the gap that exists between expectation and reality,” author John Maxwell said.

We all desire comfort and ease. But expecting it, or feeling like we deserve it, is conditioned by our culture.

Modern culture is perhaps the most comfort-driven in history. Evidence for this is everywhere. #FirstWorldProblems is one of Twitter’s most popular hashtags. “Adulting” is now a word, and not a positive one. The advertisements we’re bombarded with promise a particular product or service will make life easier. Pain and hardship are always considered bad. Fun and comfort are always good.

What are we setting ourselves up for when the reality of hardship comes when these are our expectations and values?

My example from Pittsburgh is just one that shows how cultural values have seeped into Christianity. Underneath the surface lay my hidden belief that if I was walking with God and seeking to do His work. Success was inevitable. Of course He’d bless our ministry efforts. Of course we’ll see people trust Jesus. Of course we’ll have great relationships.

The depth of my despair was in direct relation to my false expectation.

A Biblical Reality Check

Our yearning for comfort isn’t bad, it’s misplaced.

Jesus said in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble” (New International Version). Ephesians 6:10-20 describes the need for Christians to arm themselves with God’s spiritual resources in order to stand against the devil and his schemes. Instruction to endure hardship and rejoice in suffering is scattered throughout the New Testament.

The Bible presents us with a world at war – though much of it is invisible – and the expectation that life will be difficult. We’re in enemy territory. Jesus’ followers are to stay alert, lay down their lives and rights, and share in His sufferings.

This mentality is counter-cultural and difficult to swallow. I wish it weren’t true. But we don’t have to be resigned to a life of gloom and sorrow..." from the article: How Comfort Is Actually Killing Us

Trump is Our Putin

It's no small thing that Donald Trump says he admires Putin and calls him a smart man when he invades Ukraine and starts killing its population.

Trump is our Putin and with our help, and yes the help of the Democrats, he is going to destroy America and turn us into a Totalitarian Nation. To save us...

What a man says reveals his heart..

Some examples of his depraved thinking:

"According to Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender’s new book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost,” former President Donald Trump called for the execution of whoever leaked information about his stay in the White House bunker during protests last June. At the time, Trump claimed that the individual had committed treason against his administration and was apparently “obsessed” with finding the source..." from the article: Trump Called for the Execution of Whoever Leaked the Story About His Stay in the White House Bunker

“You know, part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore, right?" from the article: All the times Trump has called for violence at his rallies

"Americans like to think our country is immune to authoritarianism. We have a culture of freedom, a tradition of elected government, and a Bill of Rights. We’re not like those European countries that fell into fascism. We’d never willingly abandon democracy, liberty, or the rule of law.

But that’s not how authoritarianism would come to America. In fact, it’s not how authoritarianism has come to America. The movement to dismantle our democracy is thriving and growing, even after the failure of the Jan. 6th coup attempt, because it isn’t spreading through overt rejection of our system of government. It’s spreading through lies.." from the article: Lies Are the Building Blocks of Trumpian Authoritarianism

Biden is Leading Us into Depravity

The policies of Biden and the Democrats are not Christian. They will lead us further down the path of ruin. But Trump is no better, his road to ruin for America just takes a different path. If we trade Biden for Trump in 2024 we are still circling the drain. If comfort and money are our only measure of what a politician can deliver then we will fall as a nation.

"21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth." Matthew 19:21-22

"..Is there such a thing as human nature? Is sex more than just a matter of malleable plumbing? Are we male and female at our deepest level, and do these categories tell us anything about our purpose in the universe?

Christianity’s answer—and the answer of virtually all philosophers until the last decade—was a resounding “yes.” Yet, today, an ideology that says otherwise is rapidly seizing control of the sciences, the academy, media industries, and the medical establishment. This coup is based not on empirical evidence, but on the willpower of an unprovable metaphysical assertion. And these revolutionaries demand—often on pain of firing and professional censure—that scientists and doctors shut up and go along with it.

We no longer have a shared, metaphysical definition of ‘male,’ ‘female,’ or even ‘human being.’

Yet this ideology contains the seeds of its own undoing. Aside from the fact that experimenting on the bodies of children is revolting, the transgender movement lacks a real answer to why we have a moral duty to support its claims or meet its demands. After all, if there is no such thing as objective human nature, or male and female, then it makes little sense to speak of an obligation to help people “align” their bodies with their feelings. Is it part of the human purpose to feel “natural” in our bodies, and to help others do so? What is happiness, and why is it important? Says who?.." from the article: Science Can’t Answer Transgenderism’s Deepest Questions

The Most Obvious symptom of Our Depravity is the Fact We Still Believe a MAN can save us!

I have been saying and continue to say that choosing the less of two evils is still evil!

Biden is evil and Trump is evil!

Yet many people, many Christians give Trump's evil a free pass because he has policies they like. We have become greedy and cruel and only seek selfish rewards.

The Buck Stops with US!

Men and their politics will not save us, only Christ will save us.

Our problem has always been we turn away from God and expect politicians and their promises to save us. We give into the gross lies of cults like Qanon to name but one. If you are a nominal Christian you talk about Christ but don't know him. You use his name for effect but that is all.

"As part of my sabbatical here in Cambridge, England, I am working on a book with the tentative title What Jesus Demands From the World. The demand to repent is as basic as it gets in Jesus’ message. It is equally basic to, and almost synonymous with, the command, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). One of my concerns is to show that repentance in Jesus’ message is not behavior but the inner change that gives rise to new God-centered, Christ-exalting behavior. Here are some thoughts to help make the meaning of repentance more plain.

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32) The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. (Matthew 12:41) Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3, 5)

The first demand of Jesus’ public ministry was, “Repent.” He spoke this command indiscriminately to all who would listen. It was a call for radical inward change toward God and man..." from the article: Thoughts on Jesus’s Demand to Repent


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