The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. —Aristotle
If a gigantic tsunami was rushing towards you, would you run for your life—or just stand on the beach?
You’d run, right?
Don’t be so sure.
During the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, many vacationers just stood on the beach and watched as the ocean receded into a monstrous wave. The locals knew better. They ran as hard as they could. But some of the foreigners stood on the beach, stared in amazement, and were engulfed in a deadly mass of water.
230,000 people died in that tsunami. Many simply because they didn’t run.
Why did they just stand there like a bunch of idiots?
Because tsunamis weren’t a normal part of life in their countries of origin. They knew they existed. They knew they happened in this part of the world. But they have never seen one.
So they underestimated its danger, and were slow to take action.
This mental state has a name: normalcy bias.
A normalcy bias is a psychological state of denial people enter in the event of a disaster, as a result of which they underestimate the possibility of the disaster actually happening, and its effects on their life and property. Their denial is based on the assumption that if the disaster has not occurred until now, it will never occur.
Huge portions of the American church are underestimating, and therefore under-reacting, to a tsunami that is racing our way.
What disaster do we speak of?
The aggressive deplatforming of conservatives from social media, web services, and payment processors.
This deplatforming is currently only targeting high-profile people, but it is already starting to spill over into the “real world.” Hiring blacklists are being created by major media groups. If you’re on such a list, these groups will boycott your company until you are fired.
They don’t just want to silence you. They want to beat you into submission.
Do you think this will stop with high-profile political conservatives?
If you do, you’re a fool.
They are trying to silence and break anyone who undermines their worldview. The Christian view of liberty, sexuality, economics, ethics, government, and worship are all at odds with the stated views of the deplatformers. We are a threat because words are powerful—particularly the Word of God.
They will therefore try to silence the preached Word. It is inevitable.
Ironically, they have already achieved this in many churches around the West, without having to resort to more obviously targeted tyranny. Churches themselves have readily canceled or heavily restricted in-person worship. This was a foolish and wicked compromise, as will become all the more obvious when they start to censor and cancel your streamed services for “hate speech” (e.g. Rom 1:18-32).
And it won’t stop there.
Your sermons will be removed from podcasts directories. Payment services will stop processing your tithes and offerings. They will get your leases canceled on the grounds that you are a health and safety risk to the community.
You think this sounds ludicrous, but they are already doing even more obviously absurd things, like canceling the president of the United States, along with thousands of other patriots, because of the risk of their tweets inciting violence.
Are you awake, Christian?
Do you see that not only has the ocean receded, but it’s rushing back inland?
It’s reasonable to assume that “The Great Delete” is coming. Many conservatives (political or theological) will be removed from the main social media networks in the next few months. So now is the time to find an offline way to connect with the most valuable people in your network.
Sadly, as this tsunami is heading toward us, many pastors are still standing on the beach, telling their congregations that it’s okay. Those scrambling for higher ground are “alarmists.” They usually do this for one of two reasons:
- Because of the aforementioned normalcy bias. A good number of well-intentioned pastors fall in this category.
- Because they are cowards, and they intend to toe the line set for them by the de-platformers. Men like Russell Moore, Al Mohler, Tim Keller, and the rest of the Big Eva cabal—especially at The Gospel Coalition—call into this category.
Are you standing paralyzed, wondering what is going on?
Will you be washed away in an ocean of worldly compromise…or will you jump into action?
Men jump into action when they realize their families are being threatened.
Only cowards do nothing.
Your family is being threatened by Big Tech, MSM, and an overreaching government.
They want your children to be a slaves and/or serfs.
And Big Eva wants to help them.
It’s well past time to start making plans to protect yourself.
- Get to a defendable position
- Remove your personal liabilities
- Pursue self-sufficiency where possible
- Plant churches
- Build Christian community
- Gather and train men
- Start/embed in local business & government
We’ll have more on this in the coming weeks.
In light of the above, we see a lot of men clamoring for a revolution.
These are clanging gongs and noisy cymbals. They think they have all the answers about how to exercise dominion over the entire country to improve things. Yet how many of them can improve things in their own worlds by exercising dominion where God has actually given it to them?
What would they do with a revolution if one came?
Can they rule their own spirits?
Do they manage their own households?
Do they possess influence in their communities?
If you want a revolution, and you’re answering no to these questions, you need an entirely different revolution from the one you think. You would do well to spend less time getting drunk on Twitter, and more sobering up on God’s word:
While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done. The first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’ The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’ And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow? Then why did you not put my money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?’ Then he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas already.’ I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.” (Luke 19:11–27)
A word on taking action in your own life:
Our mindset when starting It’s Good To Be A Man was “stick & move.” You don’t have to land all your jabs. That’s not their purpose. They exist to create opportunity, to find openings. The jabs set up the big punches. So let your hands go. Stick & move. Look for openings. Repeat.
We see many people so in love with a particular “means” that they are unwilling to switch things up, even though it undermines their intended “ends.”
The environment we’re moving into is going to require people to switch up some aspects of their methods. You’re going to have to keep sticking and moving to see what happens. You can’t get stuck on a particular combo, no matter how killer it is in theory.
Keeping with the analogy, there is a big difference between getting out of the ring and getting off the ropes. Fights are won in the ring; but they are rarely won on the ropes.
Getting off the ropes isn’t a retreat. It’s positioning yourself to hit and not get hit.
Let us return briefly to the issue of where you’re investing your reading time.
In Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman observed that:
Most of our daily news is inert, consisting of information that gives us something to talk about but cannot lead to any meaningful action.
So one good filter for news is to ask, “Does this info demand that I take some action today, this month, or this year?”
And by action, we mean real action—not getting tossed to and fro on the waves of social media, posting a storm in a teacup.
If the answer is no, ignore what you’re reading. Invest your “mental energy” elsewhere.
And if you’re answering no a lot, stop reading that source. It’s wasting your time, and probably exists purely to demoralize you and keep you churning.
Don’t get cynical about it. Just ditch it. (The cynic’s reward is never victory. He only “wins” when things go poorly; his only reward is being right. He is a victorious loser…which is still a loser.)
On the other hand, if the answer is yes, then prioritize the action according to the immediacy of the need. Spend your “mental energy” wisely.
If you’re looking for help understanding the deeper theological principles behind taking action to get your house in order, our article from last year will help you:
We have a new podcast up that is timely to the state of the world. Here’s a quote to whet your appetite:
We often wither under seemingly insurmountable challenges. This is because we view our own power as the primary resource. If that is the case, then the challenges are really insurmountable. However, God’s Spirit is at work in His people to accomplish His purposes. There is no such thing as an unsurmountable challenge for God. Therefore, we should soldier forward in faith knowing that the battle is the Lord’s and it often pleases Him to accomplish His will through works that have very small beginnings. So, brethren, don’t despise the day of small things. Don’t worry about those mountains. Don’t whine in the ash heap. Build with joy and confidence. Big things have small beginnings. It is the way God works, especially in periods of restoration. It appears we are living in such a time."
As you’re doing this, remember that the purpose of the gospel is that “now unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places might be made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God” (Ephesians 3:10). These principalities and powers are the same world-rulers and spiritual hosts of wickedness that the church is in perpetual war with (Ephesians 6:12)—and which the Lord Jesus promised could not prevail against the assault of his assembled host on earth (Matthew 16:18).
When you are choosing how to respond to tyranny, recall who is behind it, and ask yourself: will my response make known to them the manifold wisdom of God—or will it shame my King and his gospel by showing me to be a putz?
Become fluent in how Jesus himself interacted with the authorities of his day. He is our model for Romans 13—not 21st century state-worshiping pietism. He explicitly instructs us to be as shrewd as serpents. Reflect on why, and you will better understand how to simultaneously be as pure as a dove.
A final word: don’t overreact. Keep it between the ditches. Work quietly to take action in your own life; don’t be a loudmouth and don’t get into a “cage stage.”
It’s true that much trouble comes from inaction. But overreacting can cause equal or even greater trouble.
If you lean too hard on someone, they’ll dig their heels in.
Many situations require a soft touch, brothers.
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Talk again next week,
Bnonn & Michael