2007: A GLOBAL FORECAST
By Debra Rae
January 14, 2007
With our tummies full of holiday goodies, we�ve dusted off last January�s resolutions for yet another whirl as we ponder what�s in store throughout 2007 for our families; community, state, nation; and world. Whether prospects for the future bode well, or not, Father Time marches on.
While the War on Christmas is behind us for another year, Americans continue to face the War on Terror and what has popularly become known as today�s Culture War. Fewer grapple with what Phyllis Schlafly dubs �the Quiet War against American Independence.� We can be assured, however, that this World War of sorts, being fought in the name of �harmonization,� is not going away anytime soon.
�Harmonization� is today�s trendy term for eliminating boundaries of nation-states (i.e., sovereignty) in exchange for democratic trans-nationalism. Toward this end, America�s Constitutional Republic is being coaxed to morph into a regionally-defined social democracy headed by �civil society� (i.e., non-elected non-governmental organizations).
These NGOs effectively transcend political barriers at all levels, from local to international. They work to supplant rightful private ownership with public ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange. This is called �socialism,� far from what the original Superman defended as �the American way.�
Certainly, no one has the �inside scoop,� but ongoing trends shed light on reasonable expectations for 2007�whether in reference to marriage/alternative families; �free speech�/pornography; life/abortion, euthanasia; private property/urban clusters; sovereignty/globalism�all of which factor into the global forecast.
So Long, Sovereignty
In providing a worldwide system of checks and balances, sovereignty has served the world well historically in that it answers the essential question, �Who�s in charge?� No matter, globalists demean the concept as an unfeasible, deplorable division of humankind on nationalistic grounds; some go so far as to brand it a �virus.�
Bottom line: The late Ronald Reagan rightly noted that a nation without borders is not a nation at all. Of course, this poses no problem to internationalists. You see, these have in view a sort of utopian Global Village. By definition, globalism is an interdependent, borderless one-world state rejecting America�s rugged individualism for so-called collaborative cosmic consciousness. Global citizens pledge allegiance�not to the US of A�but rather to the world community.
Globalization speaks specifically to redistributing the world�s wealth and, then, concentrating that wealth, and therefore power, into the hands of few who wish to manage masses by means of international �soft law� inclusive of agreements, conventions, declarations, executive orders, pacts, summits, treaties.
Railing against �the hegemonic pretensions of the American empire,� Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez recently fingered George W. as �the devil� himself, �placing at risk the very survival of the human species.� A second look reveals an even more ominous threat to America than her presumed pretensions. That being, an emerging North American integration model with planned superhighway system destined to divide our nation in half.
Already, the European Union serves as model for �a common future,� soon to be realized worldwide. EU economic fundamentals outshine the United States, now the world�s largest debtor nation. As a result, the 7th CIVICUS World Assembly (Glascow, May 2007) will call upon Europe, not the U.S., to take the lead in establishing a Global Marshall Plan in order to redistribute wealth and, thus, advance the UN guiding principle of sustainability.
To further the global agenda, planned political and economic union among Mexico, Canada, and the US will model the EU. But, then, this problematic marriage comes as no favor. America�s exposure to the real �devils� of this fallen world is all the more enabled in view of today�s geo-political climate when coupled with free and open movement of people, trade and capital. Already, America hosts upwards of twenty million illegal aliens, plus millions more foreign workers, supposedly here temporarily.
Good-bye, Grand Meta-narrative
For the harmonized�i.e., borderless�New World Order to gel under elitist, trans-federal government, a proper global mindset must be established, traditionalism undermined, history rewritten, and fundamentalism silenced.
The multi-faceted seduction of postmodernism originated with the Enlightenment, when many intellectuals announced autonomy from God. To make sense of reality, postmodernists believe in no �grand meta-narrative��that is, no �big story.� Therefore, truth crumbles into nothing more than self-serving social or personal constructs.
In their weakness, Christians�even men of the cloth�are not exempt from its lure. Just last year, former president of the National Association of Evangelicals Pastor Ted Haggard effectively stiff-armed God in becoming embroiled in gay-sex and methamphetamine scandals. Humble repentance before a compassionate God yields forgiveness and cleansing, true. However, Bible wisdom eschews continuance in wrong doing so that grace might abound�seemingly a vanishing principle even within our faith communities.
Not chastity, not godliness, but restraint from giving offense emerges as the virtue of highest order in today�s postmodern world. Make no mistake. �Enlightened, higher-order critical thinking� demands the stranglehold of political correctness. Virginia Senator George Allen learned well this dogged mandate during a stump speech when, unfortunately, he dropped an obscure racial epithet, which no doubt cost him the election.
Each year, the Supreme Court grants fewer petitions for review. This means that federal lower-court decisions more often than not stick. While favoring feminist and gay agendas, federal judges have become more aggressively biased against parents� rights and religious expression. Clearly, America�s justice system bolsters the national campaign to purge Christianity�s God from public life and government buildings.
Although over seventy million Christians attend America�s churches, traditional Christian speech (called hate-talk) is just about the only expression banned today. In the words of Chief Justice Rehnquist, federal courts �bristle with hostility to all things religious in public life.� Not so for non-Christians. In 2006 the Supreme Court heard appeals from war-on-terror prisoners who demanded access to pornography. Hmmm. Christian voice silenced; war criminals heard�something is very wrong with this scenario.
Super-sizing the judicial voice in American culture has inflicted irreparable harm. On one hand, taking 34 minutes to execute cold-blooded murderer Angel Nieves Diaz was deemed cruel and unusual punishment. The same Eighth Amendment rights no longer apply to a baby when aborted in probable pain due to a fully developed nervous system. At first, the Supreme Court imposed an arbitrary trimester rule; however, subsequent rulings align with the global agenda in favor of abortion on demand for any or no reason and at any time (�Tribune Media Services, Inc.).
The only human rights treaty which affirms �reproductive rights of women��the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women�targets culture and tradition. Few among us disagree that white slave trade and female circumcision are damaging traditions. Problem is, ratifying nations are bound legally to CEDAW�s provisions. This vague-by-design treaty supersedes even their constitutions in redefining the family, promoting �choice,� and usurping parental authority.
All too many affirm redrawing, eclipsing, and eroding the U.S. Constitution by means of �living Constitutionalism� and �soft law,� which favor official preliminary ratification of an Earth Constitution in accordance with the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. June 2007 marks the date for the Tenth Session of the Parliament to meet Kara, Togo, West Africa.
Hidey-ho, Revisionist History
Revisionism introduces factual and interpretive errors, omissions, and one-sided treatments that censor the dynamic role of Biblical Christianity in United States history. Today�s �social science� is skewed to ignore Western culture with its Bible base�always in the interest of diversity. For example, seventh graders in California�s public schools are robbed of their national heritage, but required to study Islamic history and religion (always in favorable light).
Forget about heroes, successes, and divine intervention associated with the founding and perpetuity of our great nation. History and lit courses are more inclined to teach �blame America first� propaganda simmered in a stew of political correctness and multiculturalism. For example, Mexican rewrite of history wrongly accuses the U.S. of stealing their homeland. According to Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington, the reconquista of the Southwest (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, California, and Utah) is �well under way.�
Today�s �alternate ethic� emphasizes differences instead of shared values. That is to say, the melting pot has given way to a salad-bowl metaphor. For example, rather than support our Constitution and laws, speak the English language, and embrace all that being an American entails, thousands of illegal aliens refuse to assimilate into the melting pot our culture. This is demonstrated by recent release of a Mexican variation of the U.S. National Anthem.
Sadly, the outcome of cultural and historical amnesia is that our children fail to measure up academically. Over time, undereducated, but fully indoctrinated youth enter the adult work force with the utopian vision of pseudo-egalitarian global governance. No longer do they pledge allegiance to the flag of the US of A. Theirs is a presumed-to-be �higher calling.�
Hooray for Kinsey
Dr. Kinsey�s flawed (even criminal) research gave rise to the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s. Indeed, Kinsey-trained �sexperts� openly encouraged need for, and right to, nonproductive sexual gratification at any age and in any way. As a result, culturally-defined preconceptions of right and wrong were sorely challenged.
Even though some 70% of voters approve state marriage amendments, the president of SIECUS (Sex Instruction/Information Education Committee in the US) fingers �faith communities� as threats to its allegedly superior pro-gay, non-abstinence, abortion-friendly sex education, all of which trivialize the traditional family. So much so that the U.S. Census Bureau no longer collects data with respect to marriage, divorce, and related matters.
At odds with traditional, Bible-based morality, a reality-check study concluded that fully 95 percent of Americans have engaged in sex before marriage. Research director for a private New York-based think tank, Lawrence Finer based findings on random interviews with more than 38,000 participants (Crary, David. 20 December 2006. �Study: Premarital Sex Normal for Most.� Seattle, WA: The Seattle Times).
It stands to reason that the longer one delays having sex, the fewer life partners and, thus, the less risk of contracting sexually-transmitted diseases. While defying reason, non-proliferating Kinseyan sexuality holds high the UN banner of sustainability.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child frees children from parental intrusion in their religious, entertainment, or sexual choices, but that�s not all. The UN views as legitimate the North American Man/Boy Love Association. NAMBLA advances �intergenerational intimacy,� better known as pedophilia. Also, voluntary prostitution is endorsed as a legitimate career choice�this, in the name of gender equality.
No wonder the chaste today are viewed as cultural lepers. Indeed, assistant secretary for children and families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Wade Horn referenced society�s looking askance at �the small minority that chooses to remain abstinent before marriage.�
Quell the Christians
Power shift in the wake of America�s mid-term election pales in comparison to the certain impact of recent UN transitions. Incoming UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon began his appointment on the first of January, not long after U.S. ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, resigned his post. This change of command presupposes a global paradigm shift yet to be determined.
UN reformation and treatment of Israel aren�t the only concerns. An International Criminal Court lacks legal safeguards guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Once ratified, the ICC is poised to wield permanent jurisdiction over numbers of �rights� that defy clear Biblical mandate. Examples include reproductive and lesbian rights, voluntary legalized prostitution, and adolescent autonomy from parental guidance.
Even so, opportunistic political strategists have learned that religion sells. From Nancy Pelosi�s Faith Working Group to serious candidates� hiring high-profile religious advisors, partisan politicians aspire to corner the market on god, yet one lone voice above all must be silenced�that of born-again, Bible-believing fundamental Christians.
Curious, isn�t it, when no one requires Wiccan symbols to be balanced by comparable Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or Muslim ones. Yet Halloween and Christmas�both celebrated secularly (with taffy pulling and Santa Claus)�are likewise decidedly religious (in celebrating Wicca�s New Year and birth of the Savior). Only Christmas falls prey to so-called �distancing� and �proximity� rules in the public arena.
This month, the World Social Forum meets in Nairobi�its official slogan: �Another World is Possible.� In the maze of differing cultures and, therefore, religious viewpoints, this �other world� scraps much that Americans have held dear. In fact, the Nairobi forum promises to give way instead to a burgeoning one-world religion (neo-pantheistic syncretism), as advanced by New Age gurus.
Try as they might to quell the voice of Christianity, one-world religionists are forced to swallow a bitter pill. Despite repeated back-door and frontal attacks, as noted above, Biblical Christianity has surged in China and other countries as well. Among China�s estimated 100 million Christian believers are business leaders and other urban professionals. It seems those pesky Christians simply won�t go away!
The Bible�s prophecy of escalating wars and rumors thereof no doubt references insurgent attacks ongoing in Iraq. At the height of summer travel, U.S. officials raised the airline terror threat level to red�this, for the first time since 9/11�and most assuredly not for the last time. Face it. The world faces escalating chaos.
Continued fighting in the western region of Sudan (Darfur) between rebels and government-supported militias has resulted in catastrophic suffering, and the State Department�s top diplomat for Latin America expects no shift from brutal Castro-ism. Despite Fidel�s disappearance from the public eye, his brother Raul is expected to carry on Cuba�s hard-line policies.
No matter that India has yet to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. U.S. companies now are authorized to conduct nuclear business with India. Speaking of which, North Korea will not rule out further testing of its manufactured, up-to-date nuclear weapons.
Former legendary Israeli leader, Ariel Sharon was quick to offer that �Israel won�t be the first country to introduce nuclear weaponry into the Middle East.� In January of 2006, Iran�s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad broke the seals at three nuclear facilities. Thereafter in October, he declared Israel �on the verge of death,� later insisting that she will �soon disappear,� as did the Soviet Union.
Though a ceasefire between Hezbollah and Israel took effect in August, Lebanon�s internal conflict has only intensified. Regional provocateurs like Iran and Syria warrant keen scrutiny, and combat in Afghanistan passed the five-year mark. Last June when militants linked to al-Qaeda took control of the capital of Somalia (Mogadishu), Ethiopia offered support. This well could lead to regional war on the Horn of Africa, thus opening a new front in the global struggle for Islamic rule.
Escalating warfare, engineered genocide, and today�s New Eugenics of Roe v. Wade legacy all support the global charge of zero population growth. Policies translate into sex-education (actually indoctrination), taxpayer-funded abortions, UN foreign aid programs, and cash-for-sterilization initiatives.
Once granted a June parole from prison, Michigan�s own Dr. Death promises to lobby for his unique brand of managed death. At 78 years old, pathologist Jack Kevorkian claims to have assisted 130 suicides throughout the 1990s; nonetheless, he is but a drop in the death-by-design bucket.
Drawn from 52 countries and five continents, about one hundred members of the Club of Rome expressly purpose to reduce earth�s population by astounding numbers, inevitability for which resonates with Matthew 24. The Bible anticipates widespread ethnic animosity and warfare on multiple fronts; religious deception and persecution; world disasters and pandemics. Add to that, abounding iniquity�not a pretty picture.
Globalism, harmonization, anti-traditionalism, religious persecution, so-called sustainable society�all these contribute to what many perceive as America�s free fall in these perilous times. Still, the forecast for 2007 is a mixed bag of death, on one hand; countered on the other by life.
As believers ponder what�s in store throughout 2007 and beyond for their families; community, state, nation; and world, they rest assured that the Heavenly Father reigns supreme. He alone grants otherworldly peace, victorious and abundant living�even life itself.
In God�s time, leaves of the Tree of Life referenced in Revelation 22 will affect the healing of nations. This, I contend, is well worth the wait�and any price to be paid.
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Daughter of an Army Colonel, Debra graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa. She then completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Washington. These were followed by Bachelor of Theology and Master of Ministries degrees-both from Pacific School of Theology.
While a teacher in Kuwait, Debra undertook a three-month journey from the Persian Gulf to London by means of VW "bug"! One summer, she tutored the daughter of Kuwait's Head of Parliament while serving as superintendent of Kuwait's first Vacation Bible School.
Having authored the ABCs of Globalism and ABCs of Cultural -Isms, Debra speaks to Christian and secular groups alike. Her radio spots air globally. Presently, Debra co-hosts WOMANTalk radio with Sharon Hughes and Friends, and she contributes monthly commentaries to Changing Worldviews and NewsWithViews.com. Debra calls the Pacific Northwest home.
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These NGOs effectively transcend political barriers at all levels, from local to international. They work to supplant rightful private ownership with public ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange.