I just read an interesting article titled Why Are So Many Bad Things Happening To America In 2022? by Michael Snyder, posted on Prophecy News Watch and found his conclusion, that we are witnessing many destructive events tied to Bible prophecy unfolding around the world, to be spot on. The article begs a question: Are these events the result of God’s judgement on wicked nations and people, or are they the result of evil and stupid decisions made by those nations and the people in control of their various governments?
Stupidity versus Evil
Right upfront I want to make a distinction between stupidity and evil, even though the difference between the two sometimes seems negligible. By its definition, stupidity generally indicates ‘a lack of intelligence’, and admittedly, most of the people I have known who did stupid things truly exhibited a lower than average level of intelligence, at least for short periods of time. I thought at the time that their stupidity was an attempt to be cute, or funny, even though the result of their actions sometimes had the opposite effect, causing discomfort in those around them.
Having lived on this earth almost eighty years, I have witnessed many acts of human stupidity, most having seemed insignificant early on, but with increasing significance as time passed. Many of the acts I witnessed took place locally and seemed to have a negligible effect on people in the areas where they occurred, so they were likely given little attention.
Now, the visible level of stupidity has ramped up to a point where nearly every person on earth has been, and is constantly being, affected greatly by stupidity that can be witnessed in every nation.
I have joked at times about the world “being possessed by a spirit of stupid”, but when persons act stupidly, in my opinion, it makes them more easily susceptible to potentially deadly deception from evil sources, indicating that the situation is not one to be taken lightly.
Evil, on the other hand, is defined as being ‘morally reprehensible, sinful and wicked’, putting those who commit evil acts in the same category as those who directly oppose God and everything He is. Evil usually arises out of, or sometimes causes, bad behavior in those who commit evil acts. Dictionary.com calls evil, “the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin”. In the Bible, that force is clearly attributed to Satan.
In that same time period of nearly eighty years, I have also witnessed some truly evil acts, acts that were deliberately intended to cause harm or loss to people. Based on the raising I had from Godly parents, I learned the differences between evil and mere stupidity. The reaction to witnessing evil was one of a cringing conscience, realizing just how abhorrent real evil is, while witnessing stupidity only made one feel sorry for the stupid ones. Admittedly, I struggled much more with the evil acts than I did the stupid ones.
Even though some stupid acts can produce results that cause harm and loss, they usually lack the intent that make them evil in nature.
Stupidity and Evil in Government
Even though there are different definitions of ‘evil’ and ‘stupidity’ in the various dictionaries, there is one place where both appear regularly and cause extreme harm and loss, and that place is politics and governments. Though I have visited several other countries, I have only lived in the United States, so any knowledge I have of governments other than the US has come from other people or various news sources.
I have followed politics in general, and presidential politics in particular, for many years. As a child of 9 or 10 years of age, I was fascinated by ‘people in power’, their actions and ideologies, wondering why they acted as they did in many situations. Had I been more mature, I might have understood whether their acts and the motives for them were evil in nature, or only ‘stupid’. At that time, I had no in-depth knowledge of ‘evil’, what it was or how it worked, and I had not lived long enough to even define ‘stupid’.
Now, after so many years, the difference between evil and stupid are much easier to distinguish, and though that makes them easier to understand, it does not make either of them easier to accept.
I find it impossible to contemplate that our nation’s founders would readily accept either as desirable elements in our government.
Stupidity in Politicians
We are now seeing exactly what would have made the Founders cringe in disbelief, shock and concern. The US government, every part of it, from the Executive to the Legislative to the Judicial branches, and especially the out-of-control bureaucracies, appears to be completely possessed by the aforementioned ‘spirit of stupid’ and have become deceived by the force of evil. I say ‘appears’ and offer several possible explanations for this: 1) Their deception has rendered them oblivious to the harm they are doing, not only to the credibility of their offices but to nearly every American citizen who previously looked to them all for leadership and accountability, or 2) They are not stupid but are evil, and possibly evilly stupid all at the same time. If they ARE aware of the harm they cause, then they are likely way beyond stupid and are truly evil.
With the world having ‘shrunken’ due to instant communications, both audibly and visually and the ability to witness events anywhere in the world while they are occurring, I would have to surmise that the other governments of the world are making the same evil and/or stupid mistakes we see here in the US.
Anyone who is aware of the unbelievably stupid decisions they make must wonder what has happened to our once-great nation.
What Happened to TRUE Government?
Anyone who has read any of my articles know what value I place on the true meaning of words.
The word ‘govern’ is a verb which, according to Dictionary.com, means: 1a: “to exercise continuous sovereign authority over (as exercised by a king); especially to control and direct the making and administration of policy” , and 2b: “to rule without sovereign power usually without having the authority to determine basic policy” and 2a: archaic manipulate. The best definition of ‘manipulate’ in this instance is from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and read thus: “to control or ‘play upon’ by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage”. The definition of the word ‘artful’, also per Merriam-Webster, is “adroit in attaining an end usually by insinuating or indirect means”, : wily. The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘insidious’ is , “awaiting a chance to entrap : treacherous.
The word ‘government’, derived from the word ‘govern’, is a noun meaning 1) “the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states”; “direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration”, and 2), “the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed”.
‘True human government’ was instituted by Almighty God and provided to the human race when He placed Adam and Eve in their original positions as the ones to whom He gave ‘dominion’ of the world’ (Genesis 1:26 KJV). God’s decision to allow man to govern himself was meant to create a government that was righteous in nature, as was man before he sinned.
All well and good so far, but that dominion did not last long before it was given away to the liar and the father of all lies. That ‘giveaway’ launched the ‘system of politics’ which has been used to dominate and control the world ever since. Had mankind remained in the condition in which they were created, human government would likely still be working quite well.
All human government, based on various political systems, e.g. a Constitutional Republic (United States), a parliamentary democracy (United Kingdom), a theocracy (Iran), or an empire (Babylon, Greece, Rome, etc.) is, to a certain extent, under the direct or indirect control of Satan who received that control as a ‘gift of disobedience’ from Adam. Using his own political system, he has maintained a great degree of control over these governments for several thousand years, and in ALL of them, politics play a major role.
Politics: The Most Evil and Stupid System
We are told that Lucifer was the highest of God’s angelic creation, who was described as the ‘morning star’ and the ‘light bringer’, the archangel who had a high position in the heaven lies and was actually given a throne on the pre-Adamic earth. He rebelled against God, being jealous of God’s power and authority and convinced many of God’s angelic beings to follow him in a war to unseat God and institute the worship of Lucifer.
The war failed and Lucifer and his followers were banned from heaven. Even though we are not told in the Bible, many believe the fact that the earth was “without form and void” (Hebrew to’-hu va bo’-hu, meaning chaos) in the Genesis 1:2 KJV account of creation, was the condition of the planet caused by God’s wrath against Lucifer. In any case. Lucifer lost his majestic standing. He obviously decided he would retaliate against God through God’s greatest creation; Adam and Eve.
All believers who have read and understand the prophecies against evil in general, and Satan in particular, especially those in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, know that Satan’s rebellion has a decided end, and that end is the casting of Satan and all other created beings who follow him and rebel against God into the eternal Lake of Fire.
Satan’s existence and his prophesied end should convince all who have ‘understanding’, of the utter foolishness of rebelling against, and going to war against, the Being Who created everything. To even consider such an undertaking indicates a serious act of stupidity, indicating that evil IS stupid and all who decide to accept evil as their modus operandi are BOTH evil AND stupid.
My conclusion is that in most cases, evil and stupid cannot be separated and that opinion seems to be borne out by the political decisions that have, for the most part, caused the events we are now witnessing. Satan’s plan to unseat God from His throne has brought an untold level of pain, grief, loss and death to untold millions of humans throughout history.
We know that there are specific events prophesied to unfold in what we know as the ‘End Times’, the ‘Last Days’, the ‘70th week of Daniel’, and the ‘Time of Jacob’s Trouble’, more commonly called the Tribulation Period. But are there events that we can expect to see before the catching away of the Body of Christ which will precede the start of the tribulation? There are those who believe all the prophesied terrible events are reserved for the seven year Tribulation Period. But bear in mind that God has exercised His sovereign right to pronounce and execute judgment on nations and individuals many times throughout recorded history. The history of the Jewish people bears out this fact.
What we believe many times to be an act of stupidity might as easily be an act of abject evil, designed to accomplish Satan’s goal of ‘stealing, killing and destroying’ (John 10:10 KJV). We should all know by now that the ‘act of governing’, which should be the act of becoming, and being, responsible for the welfare of the citizens of any state, is now an act designed specifically to enrich those who are placed in the ‘governing bodies of all governments’, whether by election, or appointment; the enrichment of these individuals is attained through the corrupted political system that controls all governments, a system based on The Love of Money.
We are witnessing the time and events described by Paul in his letter to Timothy wherein he spoke of the result of such a corrupt system: “being pierced through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10 KJV). The best advice I can give to anyone who thinks being a politician in the current state of the world’s governments is a good thing is this: think long and hard and understand how that decision might affect you and the lives of your family.
I have come to the conclusion that no man will be able to make either America, or any other nation, great again in this evil age, and the very best we can hope for and expect is, through faith and steadfastness, to remain true to our Father and be with the Lord when He returns to this earth to eliminate politics and set up a true and righteous kingdom, the only one that will last eternally.
Blessings and Maranatha!
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