Probably the thing we can remember most about the story of Chicken Little is his insistence to a willing audience that “the sky is falling, the sky is falling” His message bought alarm and distress to everyone who listened to his impassioned cry.
In North America we have an expression that says “everything that goes around comes around” In the more recent history of Christianity we have had several “seasons” of “Chicken Little” Christianity. For some reason it seems that we are more inclined toward getting caught up in this stuff than Christians elsewhere in the World.
|Is 8:12: “Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.”In the 1980’s there was a spate of teaching and “revelation” about a coming crisis which would result in there being a “one world Government” and that Christians were going to be forced to “take the mark of the Beast”. During this time the teaching in many charismatic and fundamentalist circles was also that due to various economic conditions there would be a shortage in gasoline which would result in there being no food from California and other US centres into Canada. As a result of this teaching we were all exhorted to:
1. Build a food storage room in our homes
2. Keep one years food supply in that room against the possibility that there we no supplies able to get through, and that they were hyper expensive if they did.
3. We also needed to be ready to defend our homes against those who would be interested in stealing our food and our family’s survival provisions.
4. At the same time we must be willing to recognize that our Government was actually, mere puppets to a group of people in the shadows called the “Illuminati” These were somehow connected to Freemasonry and had controlled every America president with the exception of Abraham Lincoln whom they had assassinated.
5. Turn our assets into gold bullion or South African gold rand coins as a hedge against the fact that all money was becoming obsolete and being eventually replaced with a “Chip” that would be placed in our hands. All this was the culmination of the work of the Antichrist. We were considered unwise to have our money in the bank at all, not for safety’s sake, but because the Government could take it from us, making us vulnerable and impoverished.
Leaving the city was also a part of the requirement since we could keep a low profile living on farms and small holdings in the country where no questions were asked. The whole of the press communications industry were in cahoots with this shadowy “Illuminati” and nothing we read or heard was to be trusted ever! Many believers in the 1980’s came to sincerely believe that one morning they were going to dragged from their homes and martyred for the cause of Christ as this force took control of the world.
I personally sold hundreds of copies of a book called “The late great planet earth” in those days, because Christians were so pre-occupied with all these things.
What I was hearing in the 1980’s I also heard in the 1960’s with the forming of the European Union in Europe. This was called by Christian commentators the “Seven Nation Confederacy” and was paralleled to the old Roman Empire, which was going to bring the Western World under its hegemony. In Brussels, a large computer used to carry records of people’s personal details, was called “The Beast” since it was actually the tool of the Anti Christ and his New World Order.
Today the EU covers a much vaster area than the Roman Empire ever covered in Europe, people are still worshiping Jesus and there is openness to the Gospel amongst the millions of refugees who find themselves able to hear and understand the Gospel without fear of Government repression. In fact it is harder to preach the Gospel in public places in the USA than it is in these nations!
In those days I read a magazine called “Prophetic News” which interpreted the news in connection to Bible Prophecy. Most amazing, and irrational things, were predicted out of scriptures that were totally out of context. Because of this there were many strange things that Christians did because they were “not going to be trapped by the Antichrist” Some would not park their cars outside a church or meeting house being convinced that agents of the Government were abroad, taking vehicle plate numbers of believers cars!
So now what?
Well it seems to me that we are now hearing all these same things repeated in 2010 and that Christians are still lining up to have themselves misled by those who write books, promote their own seminars, and bring a strong element of fear into the Christian Community. As this cycle comes around again we are faced with people doing things that will ultimately make them “separate” from society. Those profiting will be selling the seminars, and being intermediaries for gold sales and “showing how to live in a Black Economy”
It is amazing that in a time when our society is so open to hearing the Gospel, we once more allow ourselves to be distracted by the same tired old myths, and become pre-occupied with our own security and safety. Jesus’ greatest message was not one of self-preservation but one of salvation to a lost and dying world, and of being willing to lay our lives down.
Christians allowing themselves to be caught up in a whirlwind of fear and paranoia will ultimately separate themselves totally from society at a time when their presence as salt and light, and as bearers of optimism and faith, are incredibly needed.
Is 8:12: “Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.”
Psalm 118:6: “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”
I can think of many things that distract Christians in these days, but this particular distraction is subtle because it appeals to those who have a genuine concern for their children and grand children and want to do their utmost to protect them in changing times. However, we can choose to live by faith or to live in fear. Our message will match our own heart and emotions. Prov 4:23: “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.”