police state

The treatment of churches during the Covid 19 scare has ranged from the
unreasonable and illogical to the illegal.

Dr. Gavin Ashenden


(A book store in Padua, Itlay (Padova) / Julie Cook / 2014)

When I was in high school enduring my tenure during those required lit classes,
be it American lit or British Lit, we had to read such books as 1984, A Brave New World,
Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter… ad infinitum.

And I made no bones about it, I hated each and every one of those books.
I was known for being a vocal student so I’m sure my teachers just loved hearing me
complain.

Dark, ominous, surreal…stories that showcased the devolvement of humankind…
that of the more sinister, twisted, demented, malevolent, cruel, sadistic…
tales that spoke of hopelessness…worlds without the Hope of Salvation.

During my teens, during those heady days of the mid-’70s, tales of the surreal
left me uncomfortable if not frustrated.

During those days, I was actively involved in my local EYC, my Episcopal youth group,
as well as the non-denominational Young Life Christian organization.
My lens was that of the Born Again, Charismatic, Jesus Freak movements.
I was focused on Hope springing from despair…not despair spawning deeper despair.

And yet oddly I preferred books such as The Catcher the Rye, The Old Man and the Sea,
A Farewell to Arms, The Red Badge of Courage…
but if the truth be told–
I actually loved what we had to read in my Sociology and Russian History classes—
classes where I read the likes of Solzhenitsyn, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky.
Truthful books that examined humankind by authors who held to the knowledge of a
God greater than man.

So if I had discontent with my Lit. classes from way back in the day,
just imagine my discontent with our current world.
A world that is more like the sad world portrayed in those books we read in lit class.

A world that is fulfilling a prohpesy of the twisted, sinister, demented, malevolent,
cruel, sadistic and hopeless that men from a different time period foretold
in what was thought to be a far and distant future.

This little trip down memory lane came racing to my conciousness yesterday
after reading Dr. Ashenden’s lastest post.
His was a tale about a surreal police state and today’s Chruch…
both of which are caught up in life during a pandemic.

Life precariously and frigtheningly imitiating fiction…

Christians are being harassed in churches by police who did not know the law.

12 comments on “police state

  1. bcparkison says:

    We are told of these things in our Fathers word the Bible. Nothing is a surprise to Him and if we read…nothing will surprise us . Hanf on!

  2. LightWriters says:

    No question, ‘Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth’—as Hal Lindsey wrote years ago. This is all about the New World Order seeking to shut down God and His people. Crossroads with Joshua Philips reports on YouTube has covered a lot of these current issues in-depth: (unlike mainstream media)

    • I never thought I would be alive during the culmination of the clash between The Light and that of darkness— it’s always been a battle but the time of the real showdown seems, without doubt, to be rapidly approaching- I truly believe that

  3. Salvageable says:

    I’ve read all those books and authors you listed there, and own most of them in my personal collection. I remember one gloomy summer month when I read Brave New World, 1984, and Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano all in a row–three gloomy pictures of the future. None of those authors even presented faith in Jesus Christ as an option in their visions of the future. Knowing Jesus makes all the difference!! J.

    • I read a good many Vonnegut books as well—again…dark and dismal.
      Solzhenitsyn can be dark, but he knew a greater Good and his words are warning to us—It just amazes me that so many just “don’t get it”…

      • Salvageable says:

        We need a point of comparison. When we look at our lives/country/world today and see what they could be, we ask, why not make it better? But when we look at the lives and countries of others in the world, or those of past times, we realize how blessed we are today. J.

  4. Ed says:

    All I can think about after reading this is how much confusion there is in the world today!

  5. atimetoshare.me says:

    It seems, as Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

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