Age of Dictators

I intended to write this week on dictatorships that are growing in our world.

Then, Russia invaded Ukraine–and upped the ante as to what’s really happening. 

Suddenly, this looks hauntingly like a redux of World War II–except we have ten nations that possess nuclear weapons. That means the tactics of war and the stakes are quite different.

There’s no doubt we live in an age of dictators and maybe the beginning of a new world war.

Here’s my view.

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Does America Have Enough Faith to Remain Free?

I love the United States of America. On July 4, 2021, we will celebrate the “Glorious Revolution” that brought 245 years of the world’s richest “experiment in liberty.”

One historian calls the creation of the USA the “five thousand year leap” from authoritarian rulers of all cultures and types (with a few brief exceptions) to an immense nation “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

There is no parallel in history–except ancient Israel. But they squandered their freedom, became slaves to self interest, were conquered, and scattered–until a sovereign rebirth in 1948.

Here’s a great question of the 2020’s: Does America have enough faith to remain free?

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The Mask of the Beast

I am not going senile in the title. Yes, I know that in the Last Days, the Bible talks about the mark of the beast. Here’s the famous reference:

Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, and it spoke like a dragon… Also, it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666″ (Revelation 13:11-18).

A. Fauci (Dr. Anthony Fauci) contains 6 letters, and he was born on June 6.  That adds up to “666.”

Just kidding.

But I have been thinking of a parallel–the mask of the Beast.

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