IDENTITY Politics and the Fracturing of America
THE WORD OF THE YEAR
Dictionary.com has chosen the word Identity as its 2015 word of the year.
Miriam-Webster’s word of the year isn’t a word—it’s a suffix: -ism
The word looked up most often was Socialism.
FRACTURING THE POPULACE
I haven’t done much research on why such words were chosen but their choices are appropriate regarding the further push by several groups toward fracturing the American populace through identity politics.
The accuracy of these choices reflects the ongoing overly selfish attitudes of current agendas and movements, and an ever-growing rejection of practicing the Golden Rule:
One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the great and foremost commandment.
“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” [Matthew 22:35-40]
The overwhelming advancing avalanche of ubiquitous social media over the last few years has actually resulted in the very opposite of a cohesive society. Rather than the long-held acceptance of a national American identity in which one is proud of one’s country, America is being destroyed from within through the social suicide of societal conflict and internecine warfare.
Imagine the members of a professional baseball team suddenly turning on one another on the field of play with fights breaking out between individual players of the same squad. Instead of the usual bench-clearing brawl when members of opposing teams fight each other to protect one’s teammates, what is currently taking place in America is the equivalent of teammates fighting one another toward the complete destruction of the team.
The promotion of the individual member over the team constitutes no team and an impossibility of success. While it is true that individual rights are sacred and America is a very diverse country, it does not mean that the interests of the individual must always rule over and rule out the social construct of the nation since such aberrant behavior will only result in the eventual destruction of the society itself. We must love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We may all believe different things but must also believe in national unity. And national unity must never be coerced.
THE COMMUNITY OF THE LORD JESUS
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase. [Acts 9:31]
The only unity that will survive all attacks against it from both within and without is the community created 2,000 years ago by the Lord Jesus. It is a union based on love and respect for both the Lord first and for one another. It is held together by the Spirit of God. When individual members go beyond their individual mandates, divisions will appear which must be healed. Such healing is always possible through the promotion of the community itself but never against the rights of the individual.
THE COMMUNITY IS ONLY AS STRONG AS IT’S INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
However, this never means that each individual must be coerced into forced compliance and come under strong-armed religious control, since such an agenda will result in the complete ineffectiveness of each person who is called and gifted by the Lord.
There must be balance. There must be harmony. The individual members of the Lord’s community are called to love and serve one another and this necessitates a humble attitude shared by all.
We are currently seeing the opposite of this attitude in America within virtually every segment of society. It obviously includes “Christian” segments, which are often the worst violators. Christian denominations have been some of the worst violators of spiritual community in history and their legacy lives on in the present. Most “Christian” churches are obvious violators of individual spiritual freedom in that they not only coerce everyone to obey their false religious programs but refuse the authority of the Lord Jesus as well. The Lord’s sheep are supposed to follow HIM and real Christians do because they each recognize the Lord Jesus as their Shepherd.
“But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
“A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” [John 10:2-5]
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me…” [John 10:27]
THOSE MOST GUILTY OF DESTROYING THE LORD’S COMMUNITY
Most “Christians,” however, have chosen other shepherds to follow, and honor them instead of the Lord Jesus. Ultimate blame for the breaking up of the nation can be laid in part on such false and powerless “Christian” religious models with counterfeit leaders which possess only superficial community and which effectively destroy real spiritual unity. Regarding the present fracturing of America, Unreal Christianity has set an excellent example toward that end. Nothing good will come of such social and spiritual unraveling through the promotion and glorification of religious strong men.
Identity politics might have had a somewhat meaningful and necessary beginning forty years ago, but it has resulted at present in nothing more than a ripping apart of the American fabric. It causes governmental force to increase to protect society overall and such government overreach eventually destroys all individual rights. Therefore, there is no doubt that such societal division is being fostered and promoted by elite powers hiding behind the curtain, whose goal is to destroy the abilities and means of free individuals to maintain their individual liberty, strength, and abilities, and who would otherwise create a greater community to overcome their evil machinations.
WHY DO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES LOOK AND ACT LIKE MEGA CHURCH PASTORS?
The strong man is taking over. But this exact dynamic has already taken place among the majority of “Christian” churches and ministries. Think about that when considering the origins and rise of the antichrist.
A slow motion explosion, based on false identity politics, is our current track. It began several years ago with an outbreak of narcissism based on false praise for all, regardless of their lack of meaningful individual accomplishment which would otherwise promote proper praise.
It ends when such recipients of false praise promote one of their own—THE ULTIMATE DESTRUCTIVE NARCISSIST, as has already happened in part and will continue—since they identify with such a one, and thus promote the strong man toward the destruction of society.
Such social engineering never works. Such societies and communities always destroy themselves.
And though the coming antichrist will achieve his long desired One World Government, One World Economy, One World Religion, and One World Everything Else sitting as the god of this orb high atop his pyramid, his evil kingdom won’t last long. Ruin always follows such hubris.
And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.” [Luke 10:18] 
The seeds of destruction germinate best in the -isms of lies, pride, and me-first identities.
© 2016 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.
 Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Posted on January 9, 2016, in Current Events and tagged America, Christian Community, Christian Denominations, Christian Pharisees, Community of the Called-Out Ones, Lord Jesus, New Covenant, Real Christianity The Nature of the Church, Real Identity of Jesus, Unreal Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
“United we stand, divided we fall” is just as true a motto as it ever was. But America is more divided than it ever has been at this critical time. The Lord Jesus said, “A house divided cannot stand”. The household of God, now apostate for the most part, is also more divided than it’s ever been and is crumbling to the ground, except for the true and faithful remnant not part of the well dressed harlot.
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Well said, Scarlett. Thank you. A divided house certainly cannot stand. I would like to draw a clearer distinction, however. There are certainly two “Christianities” in America. One is composed of the faithful remnant, and the other is composed of everyone else who claims Christianity but refuses the full authority of the Lord Jesus. The latter, which I refer to as Unreal Christianity, has assisted the enemy in bringing us to our current place of division. Unreal Christianity will also greatly assist in persecuting real Christians, as it always has.
The increasing coming persecution in America will help to define these two groups. Out of this conflict will arise a great shining light. Much truth will be revealed. Many unreal, backslidden, and compromised Christians will be greatly convicted as a result, get right with the Lord, and join the right side.
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Although I kind of get where you are coming from, I am somewhat disturbed by your mixing the political system with the belief system. Didn’t Messiah say, “My Kingdom is not of this world?” We are also told, “Judgement begins in the house of YHVH.” Being American is not synonymous with being a believer in Messiah. Our country is not divided because “Christians” are divided, It is divided because its foundation (democratic republic) is anti-God. The founders and proponents of the USA were Deist, Unitarian, Freemason, etc. The principles this nation were founded on which guarantee Christians religious freedom were originally intended to allow the architects of this government to operate unhindered in their anti-YHVH philosophies. Their intent was to create a system where they could freely promote their agendas without state control. The only individual right we are guaranteed as believers of the One True Living God is the right to become the sons of God, members of His household, and citizens of His kingdom.
I do not believe the US is being judged by God. What I see is the law of sowing and reaping. Consequences of bad choices. The country has become the god. The only national unity under God’s design is the individual parts of the Body of Messiah recognizing their piece of the body and fitting in to become a Kingdom not of this world. Until we get this, there can never be peace – not individual, not corporate, not national.
The houses, communities, congregations – whatever you call them – that claim the Name of God but usurp His glory, is where He will focus His attention for discipline and judgement.
Thank you for bringing the stuff that makes me think.
Thanks. I appreciate your comment. You bring up a vital though very complicated issue in that it involves on the smallest scale our very lives, how we live them, and our personal freedoms. I am not disagreeing that the original United States government was founded by a group of men who were associated with other belief systems than real Christianity. It is obviously a very deep subject requiring much discussion. Suffice it to say that the founders founded freedom, or the hope of freedom, and certainly established a much greater possibility of freedom for all than had ever been created.
I would like to make the point that God was the one who allowed for the creating of the Roman Empire that existed in His time which paved the way for the rapid expansion of His community and spread of the Gospel message. He lived under Roman dominance as did the entire early community for centuries. Our early Christian forebears had to exist day to day in the Roman Empire which soon rendered the Gospel message illicit. It was illegal. They preached it anyway. They excelled. But they still had to live their lives. They had to find a way to work their jobs, earn money, care for their families and one another, and still obey the Lord’s directive to teach the Gospel that people could be saved and delivered from sin.
America was founded upon a foundation of individual freedom that includes religious freedom, freedom of speech, and of the press. This was completely unheard of in the rest of the world and still is for the most part. No country on the planet has the freedoms Americans have. In that sense in doesn’t really matter what the founders believed or to what organizations they belonged. As a result of Constitutional freedom in America the Gospel has flourished both here and abroad.
This post is in part about what has happened since, in that our freedoms have been reduced and evil people who hate freedom have gained much more influence.
I do not disagree that some of the founders had an alternative agenda as you state. But I think of the foot soldiers who gave their lives and shed their blood for the cause of freedom. They were very well aware of where their recent forebears had come from and the lack of spiritual freedom on the other side of the Atlantic. Europe had become a hell hole of religious control and a boot stomping the face of real Christians by fake Christians. The freedoms gained here were enormous by comparison. So, from the perspective of the great many who fought for the freedoms we gained in the Revolutionary War, they did a great and necessary thing, taking full advantage of a great opportunity, and subsequent generations have greatly benefitted.
Prior to that time, you and I would not be doing what we are doing right now without breaking some law with varying penalties, some penalties so high most people would never attempt it. Therefore, as a real Christian, with respect to doing what the Lord has called us to do, I am thankful that we can work harder, live longer, accomplish more, and that more people can benefit from the Gospel and the Lord’s authority because of the freedoms we have in America.
If the removal of our freedom continues at the present rate by evil people with an evil anti-freedom agenda of state control—the usual historical model in this fallen world—we will all feel it at ground level and will have to face the horrid fact that our forebears gave their lives for a freedom that was only temporary instead of a freedom that should have lasted, by our Constitution, until our Lord returned.
By the way, the current conflict between good and evil in this country will be manifesting soon in ramped-up persecution of real Christians in America. This will prove the Lord’s people will stand for Him and His truth regardless of the cost. The persecution will result from enough real Christians deciding to stand after so many fake Christians allowed so much to fall over so many years. This stand will in part drive the coming Great Awakening.
And at the end of the day, whether we are living under Roman despots or in full freedom, real Christians must always obey the Lord Jesus regardless of personal cost and preach the real Gospel.
Blessings to you. Thanks again.
Rev.3:18 I advise you to buy of me gold refined in the fire, that you may become rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, so that the shame of your nakedness may not be seen; and anoint your eyes with salve, that you may see.
This is a prayer for those who have suffered from the blinding fog of religious paradigms, doctrines and mindsets.
Thanks Garry. We must always remember that the seven churches of Revelation were actual communities of the Lord Jesus. None of them were of the Unreal variety. And because they were still connected to the Lord, though some were waning, He was able to bring necessary correction, even if said correction came by rebuke. Not so for churches and ministries who have rejected His authority and eschew rebuke. Such are the places especially susceptible to creating, as you stated, “the blinding fog of religious paradigms, doctrines and mindsets.”
The solution is always found in spiritual closeness to and fidelity toward the Lord Jesus. The closer one gets to the Lord, the clearer things get, the more the fog lifts, the more the Light shines, and the more Truth is revealed. And our closeness to Him is a matter of choice.