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How Christians can handle the loss of privacy and freedoms

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How Christians can handle the loss of privacy and freedoms

If you listen to leftist media or follow the hateful propaganda on many forums and social networks, you won’t hear much about the war on Christianity or the persecution of Christians around the world. You’ll hear of the end of freedoms and privacy as it relates to everyone, but all three Abrahamic religions are under deeper scrutiny. What can we do?

One of the biggest challenges that we all face is the hypocrisy of tolerance that fills the rhetoric of the most vocal groups. Those who stand against the Word of God and promote agendas that are anti-Biblical demand that their freedoms are expanded, but at the same time they label anyone in their way as bigots. I don’t want to generalize by saying anyone who is pro-abortion, supportive of gay marriage, or in favor of expansion of the separation of church and state are all anti-Biblical, but the lines are being drawn and the majority are falling clearly on one side or the other.

To know how to combat it, how to fight back appropriately, we must take a look at history, acknowledge where things went wrong, look to the Bible for guidance, and establish a gameplan that focuses on our Father and His only begotten Son.

The rise of a payback stance against Evangelical Christians

Throughout history, those claiming to be Christians have found themselves on the wrong side of many debates. We don’t have to go back to the early days of the church, the Crusades, or ancient persecutions perpetrated in the name of Christianity to find these. Our recent history in America is enough to gain an understanding of this fact.

During the civil rights movement, the most vocal people in America who were against equal rights were often self-proclaimed Evangelicals. Many, particularly southern Democrats, often banded together to fight the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. They were wrong. A Biblical worldview did not establish this. The only separations from a Biblical worldview between people was the separation between Jews and Gentiles. There were God’s people and there was everyone else. Yeshua’s resurrection and the inspired teachings of Peter and Paul opened the door for salvation given to the Gentiles, but the separation has been and always will be in place.

Amongst Gentiles, we are all given the same potential for salvation. Political or civil rights were never meant to be separated the way they were, but many alleged Christians failed to see it like that. I’m not going to say that there weren’t atheists who were against the civil rights movement, but the presence of those who opposed equal rights while claiming to believe in the Bible was noteworthy.

In nearly every battle fought politically in our country, there have been those who act on our behalf who represented us wrongly. As a group, we can be against abortion, but that doesn’t mean that we condone bombing abortion clinics. Still, those representatives are there. As a group, we can be against gay marriage, but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to go out there and harm homosexuals. Still, there are many who have done just that while claiming an Evangelical Christian mindset as justification.

What’s the point? If we can understand the mindset that attacks like these can impose on people, we can get a better grasp of why they’re so passionate and often militant with their views. It wasn’t too long ago when the concept of gay marriage was very unpopular in our country. When he was first running in 2008, President Obama did not support it. The tide has turned. However, the scars are still there from the times when the movement was not as popular and when proclaiming one’s homosexuality put their health or even their lives at risk.

The point is this: we aren’t fighting against beliefs that allow room for compromise. Battles over gay rights, abortion, the country’s Christian roots, separation of church and state, freedom of speech, or any of the other religiously charged topics of our day are not being fought so that everyone is equal. The left is fighting for supremacy. Whether they admit it or not, this is a payback stance that they’re putting together. For nearly two centuries, the Christian worldview pushed our country’s agenda. There was plenty of good in that worldview, but there were also things done in the name of being a Christian nation that led to us being on the wrong side of various debates.

In short, our fight isn’t just against the rise in popularity of a non-Biblical agenda for the country. We’re also fighting against errors made by those who falsely claimed their faith as an excuse for their perspectives. It’s these events from the recent past that have generated an extremely tenacious and unmerciful opposition.

Regarding privacy and security

A universal threat in modern society is the depreciation of privacy and personal security around the world. It comes in degrees with the largest atrocities perpetrated in places like North Korea, Iran, or Africa where privacy and security are practically non-existent. It is expanding in Europe, Australia, and South America. In the United States, the long-held fight against the concept of a police state is starting to lose its bite.

When conspiracy theories start popping up as reality in mainstream media, it’s already too late.

We are all watching our freedoms erode. We’re seeing a government that is growing more obtrusive. We are seeing conspiracy theories of FEMA detainment camps, militarized law enforcement, “Big Brother” surveillance, and indefinite detention all heading away from being crazy tinfoil hat ideas and entering into the realm of reality.

If you are on a phone, sending an email, or surfing the web, you can and should assume that government agencies and private companies are watching. There are drones flying over America. There are law enforcement agencies that can see through walls into your home. We’ve even seen the concept of being patriotic turned on its head to make people willfully release their freedoms for the sake of security.

Some say that our liberties are eroding. Unfortunately, the concept of erosion is one that takes time to fulfill. We’re not seeing erosion. We’re seeing our liberties demolished as quickly, purposefully, and violently as World Trade Center building 7. It’s happening and the majority of Americans are sticking their heads in the sand, falling to the sin of idolatry and allowing ourselves to be distracted by the world.

The willingness to fight

We are faced with two imperative but conflicting truths in all of this. On one side,we have a duty to our country, the world, and ourselves to fight the rise of tyranny. Things are bad in many countries with radical terrorists and oppressive governments continuing to expand across the world. Domestically, we’re witnessing the dismantling of the Constitution and the degradation of the American way of life.

On the other side, we have our commitment to God our Father and our Lord and Savior Yeshua to be diligent with our faith and to spread His Word. Some would say that this is not a conflicting truth, but it is at its purest form since the problems of the world are not the problems of a true Christian.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Colossians 3:2 (KJV)

Our love for freedoms and the American way of life run contrary to the idea that our love must be focused on worship and service to our God. However, there is a life strategy that we’ve found can be used to achieve both.

Focus on doing what the Lord has laid out for you. That starts inside with the giving of complete belief and servitude towards loving our Creator and living the life that Yeshua charged us to live. We are to reach the nations. We are to spread the Word. These are both concepts that begin by wearing the Armor of God and believing through our minds and actions that tasks put forth for us to accomplish.

Once we are established in a purely Biblical mindset and promoting the true Christian worldview, we are able to expand our influence to those we can reach. It is hard when the world is against us, but it was against Him as well and he overcame the world. We will not be able to overcome the world, but if we are secure in our hearts to live the way that Yeshua has given us, then certain fears can be easily overcome.

Prepare yourself for any situation. Think about it. Know what you would do if given the choice between watching horrendous atrocities performed on you or your family. Would you denounce Christ if faced with beheading? Would you put aside your faith to save yourself in this life? Would you be willing to face any persecution, torture, or even death in order to stay true to the Word of God?

If you go in knowing that they can take nothing from you of importance, nothing that can deny you of the salvation our Lord has offered us, then you will find the fights we want to wage offer a clear path.

We are at war. For this, we should rejoice! It was seen by the prophets. It was foretold by our Savior. Make certain that servitude and love towards our Lord and Savior guide all of your actions and none of these problems can be too hard to handle.

 


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  1. Gene Ralno

    March 3, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Since the exception to free speech too often uses the example of “shouting “fire” in a crowded theater,” I’ll offer a rebuttal. Smart people who discover a fire in a crowded theater might be frightened of the consequences of shouting “fire” and patrons might be burned instead of trampled.

    The supreme court ruling wasn’t necessary for two reasons. First, people generally are too smart to do such a dumb thing. Secondly, a really dumb person who ever did it would be shamed, shunned and punished far more severely than our mamby-pamby judiciary and big media would have a heyday. Forever after, nobody would ever be that dumb again and we wouldn’t have to discuss it anymore.

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Is technology making it feel like time is speeding up?

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Some of the things they put out at Truthstream Media are extremely compelling. Then there are times when their videos are a bit blah. This is one of those times, but don’t be discouraged. There’s actually some pretty interesting information to glean from all of this.

Time does seem to be getting faster, or at least passing faster. Most attribute it to age. Some have speculated about the changing speed of light which scientists have demonstrated is getting slower. Since time, space, and light are all relative to each other, a slowing speed of light would actually make us feel like time is getting faster. But the notion that Truthstream Media latched onto is both the real likely cause as well as an interesting bit of information in and of itself.

Our attention spans are dropping thanks the prevalence of information and media in our lives. When once it could take hours just to download a television show, today we can stream movies without interruption on our smartphones. We’re able to bounce around from website to website, app to app, all in our search for the next stimulation, the next dopamine hit.

Since we’re able to get information more quickly, is that the reason our attention spans are growing shorter? Is that also the reason time seems to be moving faster? Know knows. It’s a decent video, albeit not their best.

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Endless Mayfly: Iran’s disinformation wing that attacked America, Israel, and Saudi Arabia online

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Endless Mayfly Irans disinformation wing that attacked America Israel and Saudi Arabia online

There are times when Iran seems to be one of the most sophisticated nations in the world when it comes to covert operations. They don’t have the level of techniques employed by espionage experts in the United States, Russia, or Israel, nor do they have the technical prowess of China or North Korea, but they have a level of deceptiveness that makes them formidable nonetheless.

But when it comes to disinformation campaigns, they’re ineptitude is almost comical, as Citizen Lab revealed early this morning. The media and technology watchdog and research group has built a reputation for uncovering some of the most complex disinformation schemes conducted across the internet. Their comprehensive uncovering of Endless Mayfly is another huge feather in their bountiful cap.

Here are the key findings from their report:

  • Endless Mayfly is an Iran-aligned network of inauthentic personas and social media accounts that spreads falsehoods and amplifies narratives critical of Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Israel.
  • Endless Mayfly publishes divisive content on websites that impersonate legitimate media outlets. Inauthentic personas are then used to amplify the content into social media conversations. In some cases, these personas also privately and publicly engage journalists, political dissidents, and activists.
  • Once Endless Mayfly content achieves social media traction, it is deleted and the links are redirected to the domain being impersonated. This technique creates an appearance of legitimacy, while obscuring the origin of the false narrative. We call this technique “ephemeral disinformation”.
  • Our investigation identifies cases where Endless Mayfly content led to incorrect media reporting and caused confusion among journalists, and accusations of intentional wrongdoing. Even in cases where stories were later debunked, confusion remained about the intentions and origins behind the stories.
  • Despite extensive exposure of Endless Mayfly’s activity by established news outlets and research organizations, the network is still active, albeit with some shifts in tactics.

It was initially believed the organization was a Russian proxy, but their techniques and subjects eventually pointed to a likelihood of Iran being involved. While Citizen Lab rightly proclaims a likelihood instead of certainty of Iranian involvement, the data seems to be so clearly linked to Iran that there are only two reasonable explanations: either it is someone trying awfully hard to appear to be linked to Iran, or it’s Iran.

I’m going with the latter.

Their favored technique seems to be establishing fake websites with names close enough to legitimate websites that they’re able to fool prolific social media users and eager journalists dying for a juicy story. Buzzfeed News fell victim to one such instance on a website that looked identical to The Guardian, but that used a URL with a Turkish symbol replacing the “i” in “Guardian.”

They weren’t the only ones fooled. This operation seems to be quite vast.

Endless Mayfly

But there were other obvious signs of falsehood that should have been noticed by the “useful idiots” propagating their disinformation. One article linked to from the report shows plenty of errors that a trained journalist should have noticed, and in this case, he did.

On November 5, 2018, Ali Al-Ahmed, a Washington-based expert in terrorism in the Gulf states and a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia, received a direct message on Twitter from “Mona A. Rahman” (@Mona_ARahman, now suspended).

After engaging in some polite conversation in Arabic with Al-Ahmed, “Mona” shared what appeared to be an article from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. The article contained a purported quote from former Mossad director Tamir Pardo, alleging that former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had been dismissed by Netanyahu for being a Russian agent. These allegations, if true, might reasonably be expected to strain relations between Russia and Israel.

The story sent to Al-Ahmed is so loaded with spelling and grammatical mistakes, it’s a wonder anyone could get fooled if this is indicative of the quality of Iran’s disinformation work.

Fake News Endless Mayfly

If we assume Iran is, indeed, behind all of this, what does that tell us? We know tensions have been rising between Iran and both the U.S. and Israel. We can assume if they’ve been working at this since at least early 2016, they’ve had an agenda that extended to long before President Trump was elected. They probably found it unlikely he would be. So their goals weren’t to influence the U.S. elections as much as they were intended to shift sentiment from the rest of the world towards the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

The full report is a wonderful read. As research on such topics, this one is exhaustive and enlightening.

But it still doesn’t answer the question of what this all means for the geopolitical positioning of Iran. They clearly want something, but that something has very likely changed since inception. Their economy was starting to flourish when President Obama was in office. Under President Trump, their economy has begun a rapid fall, prompting alleged actions ranging from sabotaging oil tankers to preparing to strike U.S. targets. They are desperate, and having access to a disinformation organization may help them seed discontent with the United States as our military stance in the Persian Gulf becomes more aggressive.

Iran has been acting like a wild animal cornered by superior forces ever since President Trump started pulling back the layers of protection given to them by President Obama. What will they do next? Their desperation is showing.

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U.S. points to Iran being behind weekend oil tanker bombings

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Rumors of wars keep popping up in the Middle East and around the world as the United States continues to have our allies prodded and provoked. The latest example is Iran, which U.S. military officials have fingered for the wave of oil tanker bombings over the weekend.

The Associated Press reported that a U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, “said each ship has a 5- to 10-foot hole in it, near or just below the water line, and the team’s early belief is that the holes were caused by explosive charges.”

Was this the intelligence the United States received last month, likely from Ali Nasiri, that prompted the dramatic increase in our military presence in the Persian Gulf? If it is, then this could mark the beginning of actions taken by the United States and/or Israel against Iran.

Opinion

Not to sound too conspiratorial, but the timing of all this is strange. Now that the United States has a stronger military presence in the region, one would think it should have been enough to dissuade Iran from carrying out such attacks. This leads me to two possible conclusions:

  • Iran wants to get attacked. Their economy is in such shambles and getting worse, they feel if they can prompt an attack against them while still being able to claim plausible deniability by using their proxies instead of their military, they will get the sympathies and aid from gullible nations around the world and continue to paint the United States and Israel as the aggressors.
  • Someone staged the attacks to implicate Iran. Saudi Arabian proxies would be the most likely culprits.

The former is by far more likely than the latter, but nothing should be ruled out until we have all the facts.

Either way, Iran continues to play a very dangerous game, one they know they cannot win but that they hope they can survive until they get a handle on all of the moving parts in this situation. Even a massive attack from the United States could leave Iran with their current leadership structure intact; it would not behoove the United States to get involved in regime change now or any time in the reasonable future considering our track record in such things.

Quote

“We’ll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything it will be a very bad mistake, if they do anything. I’m hearing little stories about Iran. If they do anything, they will suffer greatly. We’ll see what happens with Iran.” – President Trump

Final Thoughts

I’m against getting involved in any wars that don’t involve us, but Iran continues to creep closer and closer to direct conflict. It’s as if they want us to attack while painting themselves as non-aggressors. These are dangerous times.

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