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Why Have Lunatics Taken Over?

Sometimes people come to me and say, “Rebecca, you are amazing, wise, funny and smell like flowers and lemon Pledge. Why are you not recognized as the wonder you are by all of humanity near and far?”

To which I can only answer, “this is a great mystery to me as well.”

The other questions I get asked a lot are:

“has everyone lost their ever-loving-minds?”

“Why are the lunatics in charge of everything?”

and “Is there any hope for humanity left?”

As fate would have it, I happen to have answers to these questions. They are, respectively:

Pretty much.

Because lunatics appeal to all of our worst impulses and say things we want to hear.

Yes. The lunatics’ days are numbered.

Now, perhaps you too have noticed that the world seems, well, a bit unbalanced lately. The most violent, most hateful, most greedy, most dishonest actors in our world appear to be ascendant, if not triumphant. Families are in shambles, communities are shells and compassion seems to have gone MIA. Injustices which have festered for decades, if not centuries, are not even attempting to hide themselves, but are right out into the open, secure in the knowledge that few will object. The technological innovations that not so long ago were making humanity safer, healthier, more prosperous and comfortable seem to be reaching their limits and are threatening to turn on us. It’s very easy and tempting to be pessimistic and lose faith in the whole human project.

To a certain extent, this is an illusion. With the internet, global communication and 24 hour media, we can see things we were not previously aware of (or were in denial about). It used to be that if something awful was happening in another part of the world, we wouldn’t know it for months or years, if at all. If an atrocity was committed, we might read a news story about it and wonder what in the world was wrong with those people. Today we can watch videos in real time and get instant news from far and wide.

Since we all have front row seats to what’s wrong in the world, it’s easy to think that this is because there’s more wrong in the world. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. In America, the crime rate has dwindled down to rates not seen since the Eisenhower administration. Around the world crime has fallen, poverty has decreased dramatically, armed conflicts are less common and life spans are increasing. It’s not perfect, but we’re on a very positive trajectory.

However, it does seem that large portions of humanity are refusing to let go of their allegiance to the very worst tendencies that the human race are prone to. While the world and our understanding of it and ourselves has changed dramatically and brought massive improvements at every level, not everyone’s on board. It’s not that we’re any worse than in the past. People in the past were just as, if not more, prone to obnoxious, hateful, violent, ignorant, greedy, oppressive behavior and words as anyone alive today. What has changed, really, is that increasing numbers of us are openly and loudly refusing to accept those behaviors and attitudes as normal or acceptable – for any reason.

This has opened up a gap which is fueling both conflict and insecurity. The questions I get asked about what in the world is going on tend to come from those who want to see humanity turn its back on our hateful, oppressive, greedy, violent tendencies once and for all. They listen to the rhetoric coming from churches, politicians, individuals and governments and wonder if those who view the past as something to go back to rather than run from are going to win. And the answer is no. They will not. But it’s probably going to be ugly for a while.

I have two related reasons for saying this. The first has to do with the way God deals with sin and those who will not repent of it: he hands them over to “a depraved mind” (Romans 1:28-32).

Essentially, Paul says that when people refuse to repent of their sins and continually reject the call to love, mercy, peace, service and forgiveness, God will allow them to follow the desires of their heart to their own destruction. As they do so, their sin, error and the darkness of their hearts becomes more and more apparent. The longer they refuse to accept correction, the more outrageous their words and behaviors will become. Eventually, such people will become object lessons that others point to as warnings. And this is exactly what we are watching happen all around us.

When we see people, institutions and governments speaking and behaving in outrageous ways, we are being shown exactly what it looks like when a depraved mind is allowed free reign. So, while I understand people’s alarm at what they see going on in the world, and I do not in any way mean to discount the very real suffering of those who are on the receiving end of those who have been given over to their depraved minds, I tend to see these people as serving a useful purpose. Basically, they are exhibits in humanity’s world-wide asshole identification training program.

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the unique things about the time in which we live is that what happens in the dark is being brought into the light. For most of human history, the worst actors have been able to gain and hold power through a combination of force and deception. It has generally only been after the fact that people were able to recognize the evil being perpetrated for what it was. In the moment, wars, slavery, feudalism, inequality and injustice seemed like reasonable ways to go about organizing the world. And there were always theologians and clergy willing and able to explain how these things were part of God’s will, just to make sure it all went down as smoothly as possible.

Dragging what was done in darkness into the light is of course a good, necessary step. But now we need to learn to recognize what we are looking at. Enter in the lunatics who are, if not fully in charge, making a good run for it. These people and their supporters are showing us, out in the open, what a depraved mind looks like. Our job is to learn to recognize them for what and who they are. It’s a painful and frightening, but necessary part of the process.

The next time you encounter someone or see a news story of someone advocating violence, hatred, greed, oppression and lies, imagine that you’re watching a wild life documentary with a narrator in the background intoning:

“Here we see the asshole in his native habitat. Observe how he lies and distorts reality in order to shore up his position in the group. Notice the tendency to advocate for the rich over the poor. Observe the way the asshole denigrates peace and glorifies violence. If you listen to the asshole’s warble, you can easily detect the various excuses utilized to oppress and dismiss those who threaten the diabolical system which the asshole relies on for sustenance. The asshole lives in a symbiotic relationship with other assholes. Assholes value other assholes for their willingness to speak asshole loudly and forcefully. The Asshole relies on abuse, dishonestly and a lack of empathy in order to maintain their illusions and avoid the pain of being wrong. The idea of having to give heed to the full humanity of those unlike themselves has not fully developed in the asshole. If you encounter an asshole in the wild, approach with caution. The asshole is driven by a depraved mind and should be considered dumb and dangerous.”

That being said, no one’s perfect, and the accusation of a depraved mind is easy enough to throw around as a weapon to discredit and defame others, of course. So what makes me so sure that the lunatics are being put on display for educational purposes and will not maintain their power forever? Well, part of it is because God has promised his ultimate triumph. The depraved mind cannot sustain itself in the presence of the glory of God and his ways, and so is doomed to ultimate failure.

The other reason for my confidence comes from the fact that I have had several different people bring me the same message explaining what we see happening around us right now. In fact, one of my readers who had made a commitment to pray for me and my family sent me a “word” that she felt God had lead her to convey to me. Much of the message was for me personally, but there was one part which spoke to the wider goings on in the world (the bold is the message, the parts in parenthesis comments from the person who sent it to me):

(At this point I saw the world, the earth from outer space)

It is like a cauldron, boiling and bubbling, the scum is rising to the top, and I will take it away and bring new life.

(it would seem more appropriate that he is talking about your world and life circumstances, but the feeling I actually had when writing this was that he was describing the world, that it was time to bring stuff up, like something is stirring)                                                                                   

 

Now, as a general rule, any claim of having received a “word” or message need to be taken pretty lightly. There’s a great deal of self-serving and deception that tends to surround such things. However, aside from the good character and faith of the person who sent this to me, this is a message I have heard from multiple sources which, to me, lends it credibility.

God is in the process of refining humanity. In Isaiah 1:25, God says: “I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.” This refers to the process of refining gold and silver by melting down, adding lye which binds to the impurities in it and causes them to rise to the surface in order to be skimmed off and removed. These people who are advocating for violence, greed, hatred, oppression and the like are bringing humanity’s dross to the surface. The dross is removed as more and more people turn from the enemy’s ways and towards’ God’s rule of love, peace, mercy, service and forgiveness. The more outrageous the lunatics are, the more people will learn to recognize an asshole when they see one and turn away.

Of course, refining gold and silver is a process that must be done repeatedly in order to bring it to the highest levels of purity. Neither I nor anyone else can say how long this will go on or how many times we will have to see the assholes in action before humanity at large turns their hearts towards love. But ultimately, the time of the lunatics will pass. And in the meantime, hang onto your hats and your sense of humor. It’s bound to be a bumpy ride!

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7 thoughts on “Why Have Lunatics Taken Over?

  1. What an interesting post. Thank you. It has really got me thinking and my mind immediately jumped to Malachi 3 describing God as a refiner and linked it to your suggestion as how this might happen. Do you have any other (non-personal) parts of that “word” that you could share? Blessings, Barry

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    • The rest of the word really is specific to me personally. In fact, as you can see, the person who gave it to me was a bit confused to have issues of the world at large addressed in it. But because I know my calling in a way she cannot, it made sense to me. However, if you’d like to consider another prophetic word that addresses what is going on in the world that is very consistent with what I have been shown as well,you should read this:
      http://barefootchristianfaith.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/abandono/

      The writer is someone I consider trustworthy and a wonderful sister in Christ. And, as I said, her vision is very consistent with my own understanding.

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  2. Deception (& self-deception rendering the public as accomplices to horrible evils) is still very much a factor… If you want to know what governments and corporations are doing today, the propaganda we’re given really won’t do; you need to read what they were doing 20-6000 years ago and extrapolate.

    But then there’ve always been people who saw these evils happening, realized the fix was in, let the world go on being as it is. And other people who thought we could clean it all up “for” God. It still seems much the same. Ten + years ago we had maybe a million people in New York trying to convince our rulers not to make war with Iraq; and the war went on, Many of ‘The Destroyers of the Earth’ are turning out to be just-poor-schmucks trying frantically to make it to work, harrassed maniacs striving to fend off the pain of their lives, nice grandmas wanting to see Venice or visit their grandkids — while the System keeps pointing our fears away from the people looting us, towards people who just want to be left alone, away from institutions that make our lives worse and towards any changes that might mitigate the damage.

    So what, really, is new? — except that God keeps raising the stakes? Must have a better hand, then… I guess what I’m saying is that I can take no comfort whatsoever from the many cosmetic changes we get offered as signs of ‘progress.’ While my own life has been an ongoing exhibit of providence & mercy at work (despite the many bumpy spots!) I know that the same thing can and must be happening in the world at large — and meanwhile, the Reign of Assholes keeps on pouring down! I guess it comes down to a quote from that ‘atheist’ Kurt Vonnegut: “Pay no attention to Caesar; Caesar doesn’t have the least idea of what’s really going on.”

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  3. I really relate to your analogy about how we can learn from all the evil and negative events being on display…like how we learn not to behave when watching the Jerry Springer show guests.

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    • Funny you should say that. I’ve been meaning to write a post about my crazy idea that daytime TV is helping to save us from ourselves. The thing is that after living through a lot of shit and getting to know real people with real problems, I started to realize that a lot of what we shake our heads and even jeer at is actually the incredible pain that people are living with being put on display. And it says something about us and our lack of heart that we don’t see that. We see a spectacle or an object lesson or a moral crisis, but not an actual suffering heart on display. Once I started to understand what I was really looking at, I stopped being able to watch shows like Jerry Springer or Maury Povich.

      It’s too sad. But telling a hurting person to sit down and be quiet is never the right answer. I just always wonder what the people who did those show see when they get home and watch it. I’d bet that for many, it showed them a side of their life that they haven’t been able to see before. Others might take comfort in just having been heard. It’s just all really sad when you let yourself see it with spiritual eyes.

      And yes, if you are prone to throwing chairs, seeing it on Jerry Springer might be enough to make you think twice before doing it in your kitchen. And that’s got to be a good thing. 😉

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