In British Columbia, the western province in Canada, environmental protesters are blocking loggers who want to cut down trees. That is not surprising. The activists would probably tell us about climate change, if we could talk to them.
Also, in that part of the world, “Racism” is often presented as discrimination against native people. The natives are the “people of color” in that region, and they are concerned about their place in society. They also own the trees that the loggers want to cut down. The loggers are working for them.
The native community spoke up to say that they have “always harvested and managed our forestry resources” … [and] “We do not welcome or support unsolicited involvement or interference by others in our territory, including third-party activism.” In modern activist thinking, people who oppose the natives could be labelled as racists.
Without choosing sides, this is a clash of titans:
A common word in the news these days is “racism.” Anti-racist protesters can be violent in the streets, and careers can be ruined by accusations of racism. In our time of a global Internet that never forgets, some people are worried about those words they never should have said. What if someone finds that video, or that comment in a discussion? The activists are very active:
The other huge issue is the environment. I have a neighbor who likes to talk about “Global Warming” but the newer words are “Climate Change” and there may be even newer language now. We used to just call it the “Environment.” Environmentalism is one of the most powerful forces in the world today, and it is worth billions in our economy.
These forces are belief systems or ideologies, and they operate like religions, among us. In the Bible, they are called “spirits” and every powerful force has a spiritual force driving it. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1)
Christians are supposed to be careful in this world. These movements may be correct, or at least they might tell us some truth that we need to hear. The instructions are “test the spirits,” carefully examine them for truth, or for false ideas. We should not accept or reject loud and angry arguments, using our emotions.
Two thousand years ago, most cities had several religions. Usually people prayed to statues, idols, in temples or at public shrines and in their homes. We call that condition of many gods “paganism.” That was then, but since then the whole world has moved closer to one god, or one single belief system or ideology, also known as “triumphalism. “ One god is going to win.
The trend is clear, we are moving to one belief system and away from tolerant many-god paganism. In history, the Protestants struggled for freedom from the Roman Catholic Church and the power of the Pope. Today, Islam dominates the lives of about a quarter of the world or two billion people, and a few other religions have their millions and billions. In their time, Communists imposed Atheism and persecuted all religions.
Recently, I have been surprised by the arguments about the COVID infection. There seems to be one way to act, and no need to think. It’s as if social control is good for us. That is my impression, where I live.
The Bible warned Christians about this will to dominate and control:
“This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” (1 John 4:3)
There might be some truth in any belief system, but even good ideas can be a vehicle for domination.
If you are wondering who the Antichrist might be, we probably don’t know but the Antichrist-spirit is already with us. Anyone with a strong idea might believe that their way is the only way and all others should submit. We are all being pushed to join the one true faith.
We have the motivation, and now we have the means. The Internet is everywhere, and we have computers and cell phones connected to it. I can take the cheap phone out of my pocket and find anything on the Internet, in seconds. In the last few years, the world shifted under our feet. Now it is possible for one voice to dominate.
That is why we have the “War in the woods.” The one-true-faith has met another one-true-faith and there is not enough room in the woods for both of them. We are all free to decide what we believe about this struggle, and we can support either side, or neither.
Who is going to win this race of champions? As in the old saying ‘The unstoppable force just met the immovable object.’ in the woods. It’s a lesson to anyone who is paying attention.
It is interesting that we see something now that we were told about two thousand years ago. There are spirits in this world, and each one wants to win. The good new is, that two-thousand-year-old message also told us “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1John 4:1 to 6)