“A hundred years from now, there will be history professors who specialize in the study of one quarter of the year 2020.”

I remember instantly thinking, “Yeah, that’s about right” as I read that a few weeks back, on Twitter I think. It’s a paraphrase, but you get the idea: We are living in an amazing time – the kind of time when things shift into a crazy high gear, unleashing changes of great significance in a quantity and at a pace that seemed unthinkable just a short while back.

A certain Lenin quote leaps to mind in this context, especially with so much of the craziness unfolding now having its roots in the Marxist/Wokeness vibe that has been metastasizing in the land (and its churches) for generations: “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

We are living in one of those high-octane, open-the-floodgates times now.

This is an exciting point in history in many ways, and as I write here in the late evening of Saturday, July 25, 2020, I want to find a way to convey the excitement, happiness, and confidence that I have even against the backdrop of a whole lot of dark drama and flat out craziness swirling about and seeming to intensify by the week, if not by the day.

I’m excited because of the opportunities that are now coming into focus – opportunities so great and numerous that it’s hard to believe.

I’m happy because of the good things that will soon come through the dark times we face now, even though there will no doubt be great pain along the way.

I’m confident because I know that all of this apparent chaos is ultimately purposeful and will benefit God’s people – and this confidence doesn’t linger up in the clouds of that concept at the macro level. Rather, it’s rooted in the knowledge that King Jesus is actively engaged at this very moment in the process of redeeming his creations of economics, politics, education, art, and everything else in every vivid, infinitesimally small detail, and that me and my family, if we’re taking Him at His Word and are guided by His Spirit, can expect to find incalculably valuable detailed information in that Word as to how we can play a very real role in the redemption of those areas of His creation in accordance with His Gospel-fueled Great Commission.

So yeah, I’m excited, happy, and confident that the zombie apocalypse is on the horizon, if not yet completely upon us.

Bring it on.

Now back to the Twitter and Lenin quotes…

These remarkable, historic times in which we have been providentially placed have inspired me to shift, plan, and prepare new schedules and new strategies for new adventures that I hope will be beneficial to the cause of advancing the Kingdom right here and now in the middle of Hurricane 2020 (likely to be followed by an even larger Hurricane 2021).

This vibe had taken root in my life and home a little while before I shared the post entitled What I want my kids to know about how I saw the world on April 4, 2020. Since sharing that post, I’ve been prepping new projects and material (some of which I will write about soon), but all along the way I’ve been feeling a pressure to record and share some thoughts on the different areas of madness/opportunity blowing up all around us.

So here I am now, composing what will surely be much more of a stream-of-consciousness deal and less structured of an article than I usually aim for, asking for your patience as I touch base on some items that I think are noteworthy in the moment, hopefully with a thought and/or prediction attached that will make them at least slightly less boring than a bullet point list of obviously crazy things about the Year of our Lord 2020.

I’m also viewing this as a sort of quarterly installment on how I see the world and where I think things will go from here, perhaps having been prompted by that tweeted line to offer up real-time, in-the-moment thoughts for those professors to kick around a hundred years from now.

More to the point, I really want to preserve these thoughts for my children, grandchildren, and the future generations that flow through them, so that they might get a taste of how crazy, brilliant, prophetic, and/or clueless I was “back in the day”…July 25, 2020, to be precise.

So with that said, here we go…:

I could go on, and I look forward to sharing and interacting more with you in the future, but I’ll pause here and hang it up for the night.

Lord willing, I’ll be following up soon with additional details on other projects aimed at tackling the opportunities that God is placing before us at this point in His creations of time and history. In the meantime, have a great weekend, a wonderful Lord’s Day, and remember: He has us right when and where He wants us.

Soli Deo Gloria…and let’s roll!.

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2 Responses

  1. 1. I think your economic predictions and observations are spot on, except I'm not as confident in your timelines. We must reap what we've sown at some point, and our breaking of God's economic and moral laws will have serious consequences.

    2. In regard to cultural prediction #1, it has the opportunity to be good or bad. With all the unrest and declared emergencies, the governments could give themselves power to police what's taught in the home. Just because it's at home, it doesn't mean it will be good. Though, it's automatically a blessing to keep the family more together, potentially minimizing negative, external influences that stir up disunity.

    3. Cultural prediction #2 I think can also go many directions. For believers, the evil will become apparent. For others, the consequences of evil leaders will become apparent, but I'm not sure that they have the discernment to truly tell what is good and evil. This risks tempting them to entrust another evil individual or group to bring stability and rescue them from this chaos. Order out of chaos has been used by past tyrants to grab power from those that are desperate for peace, security, and stability.

    4. Cultural prediction #3 I think this is unlikely, though definitely desirable. In my pessimism, I'm inclined to believe that people will clamor for government centralization for the greater good. It really depends on the spiritual condition of the populace. Will they see the devastation and repent, or will they see the devastation and dig in their rebellion against God as those seen in Revelation 6 or in Jeremiah before Babylon invaded? In most churches, I see preachers aggressively pushing their congregants to rally around statist Republicans. Churches like Robert Jeffress dominate evangelical Christianity and it's view on governance.

    5. Cultural prediction #4 – I agree that the Empire is over, in the sense that it won't function with the facade of intended goodness to its subjects. We're a nation in decline and denial. However, I'm not sure that even if people ask about the relevance DC that DC will let them out from under its wing. The unCivil War is proof of that. Once in the Union, you're expected to stay in it or die, at whatever costs to the nation and its people

    6. Cultural prediction #5 – I agree with the prediction that people will have to come to realize that things will never be "normal" again. I'm just not confident about your prediction of a proper response. Based on what I see in those calling themselves "Christian", I expected a shock that hardens the heart instead of softens it. I think many professing believers are truly lost, because of the easy-believism and mega-church influence. The masses believe that sin doesn't have consequences, and if it does, it's someone else's fault and sins. America has literally preached itself into being inoculated to the truth. "Reprobate" comes to mind.

    I genuinely hope your predictions are accurate and mine are not, but I just wanted you to consider an equally-plausible set of alternatives.

    I have a current event email letter that I send out. All of the readership are from a denomination called IFB (Independent Fundamental Baptist). The majority of those readers are full, in-the-tank, Trump supporters, and it's treated like a sin against God to not back him by voting 3rd party or abstaining from the general Presidential election. They love the state and power more than God.

  2. I read this column and may be a little concerned. Growing up in the US and living under our economic system was what we just did. We financed our house and still have a loan on it an one other loan and no other debt. We pay our legal theft to he government via property taxes. Homeschooled our daughters and purpose to maintain a biblical worldview however in the economics front what is a family suppose to do differently when we work within a system we have no control over? I’m not understanding how we should live outside or even what outside of the financial system our government has set up to live under would look like.
    Have you written other articles specifically mentioning this? I want to be ready for this collapse but am really not sure how to implement such a, foreign to me, plan.
    I have been anxiously waiting for your take on all of this because of other articles you have written about America and it’s idols being torn down and seeing it come to pass as I see the Wuhan virus pull down the Hollywood culture, NFL, NBA, MLB and the schools. Lots of “entertainment” centers have taken big hits and been closed for months because of the Wuhan virus like bars, pool halls, tattoo parlors, and such. Now strange enough it’s the left who are calling for the schools to stay closed. This is a win to me.
    Also pulling down statues? Threatening to pull down statues of Christ and Mary which Jesus warned about not creating an image to bow down to, are being vandalized. We are living in so interesting times.

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