CFM’s New Year Message
Protecting the Weak:
The Utter Failure of our Governments, the call of Christ’s Government
Christ’s birth was heralded centuries before by many prophets, including Isaiah: “To us a child is born, and a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders … of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.” The “seven spirits of God” would rest upon Christ (knowledge, counsel, wisdom, understanding…Is 11:2) by which the creation was first made and by which it would be re-fashioned in Christ’s government. This is a gospel of good government upon earth, “making all things new.” The church is now a witness of renewed creation, ultimately fulfilled in our coming resurrection. Daniel depicted Christ’s coming as the foundation stone (a rock cut without hands, Dan 2) of a new temple (the place where heaven enters and fills creation), which would destroy the paganism of our hearts and fill the earth with good rule.
Fast forward to Mary’s wonderful Magnificat (Lk 1): “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.” All through the Old Testament God was mindful of the humble. Mary continued, “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” I used to wonder how Mary’s evangel (which seems to be talking about social rescue) related to a gospel I was more used to, which focused mainly on personal salvation. Through our individualism we have been led astray into left-wing verses right-wing divisions.
Personal responsibility calls us to be like Christ, to care for the weak, as Mary outlines. It’s a “creational-wing,” not left, not right, but where we share pro-life restoration across the board. Extoling the preciousness of all life shares both left and right-wing positions, which renews marriage and family, external relationships, and our environment. It’s a call to deny self for others. My “identity rights” go out the window, as we seek what is best for each other. In serving we find personal fulfilment and heal the creation. This is the government Christ depicted in laying down his life for all, bringing to the centre of history the event of true leadership: if God can lower himself for us then we lead others at our personal expense, not for personal profit. True power protects the weak.
Christ’s government of peace was to reshape the world through service. This filled Jesus’ message. His kingdom had dawned and as Jerusalem would reach out to those “outside their camp,” the mission of Israel to heal the world would be fulfilled. But if they closed themselves off in self-preservation corruption would fill their hearts and their civilization would self-destruct. This self-destruction came to pass in that same generation as they rejected self-giving for self-serving. A warning to us all today.
Do we “crucify the Jesus” God sends to us today: the poor, sick, homeless? (Matt 25:31-46) The new heart the Holy Spirit gives us in the gospel calls us to focus our lives on sharing with others (even our enemies and foreigners) as God has shared with us. Through this we are personally healed, and our neighbourhood is healed. As Isaiah warned Israel when their kings insisted on building fortresses: serving foreign refugees, not self-preservation, would give them peace. (Is 32:17)
The 1% and the Weak
Our governments today have utterly failed to defend the weak. Going back to the 1980’s, our governments began to deregulate the corporate sector. Massive global monopolies have grown since which have broken down the middle class and shifted almost total economic control to 1% of the world’s population. Today, global capital flows can hold any government to ransom. With this power, monopolies have also been able to control our cultural narrative. Before our eyes “government of the people, by the people and for the people” is being replaced by a global capital dictatorship.
During this post WWII period, as former colonies received fake independence, powerful nations opened offshore tax havens allowing secret accounts and bogus corporations to exist, deliberately facilitating billions of dollars to be stolen from the world’s weaker nations, to be used for nefarious purposes. The IMF makes loans to developing nations that cripple their economies, ensuring market control for the rich. It has been calculated to work this way. Escalating this process is the printing of electronic money since the 2008 bank crash, where trillions more dollars have shifted into speculative markets, like property, robbing millions of families the opportunity for home ownership, enslaving them to perpetual low wages. Back to slavery, to the ancient pagan creation myths, where the masses were made for the pleasure of the “qualified” ruling elite.
Massive inequality has heightened during the Covid pandemic. The printing of relief money in rich nations has devastated the Nigerian currency. Lockdowns here, unnecessary, with extremely low Covid mortality, but pressed by external interests, have brought the economy to the brink of total collapse. The bullying of the global pharmaceutical industry, banning HCQ for treating Covid (which has been established by top world professionals as highly effective) to ensure a market to enforce vaccines further weakens our freedoms and health. On the basis of fraudulent scientific papers in major publications, later retracted, doctors have been suspended for prescribing HCQ (a drug used more than a billion times safely for decades) even though none of their aged Covid patients with comorbidities died: certainly not in the interest of the weak.
This comes as states in Australia legalise full-term abortions (infanticide), and in Victoria doctors can be suspended for conscientious objection to performing abortions. Another failure to protect the weak and those who stand with them and with the single mothers. In Victoria it is now illegal for churches to undertake “conversion therapy,” or to even express it in their beliefs, while in many nations children are targeted for sex change. More weak people unprotected.
We have reason to be concerned about the implementation of health passports, mandatory vaccines, digital tracking, cashless societies, genetically modified humans, all of which are openly advocated by the World Economic Forum (WEF), along with state paid income which can be withheld for individual non-compliance. As global commerce integrates with the Chinese Communist Party the dangers are blatant. We know China imprisons and re-educates the Uygur people in massive camps. We have seen what has become of Hong Kong. Similarly, with the CIA’s control of Silicon Valley and the rolling out of 5G, people are afraid to express their opinions lest they be reported by their neighbours and lose their jobs and homes. No whistle-blower (the weaker person) is protected, but murdered, imprisoned, or stripped of their assets. The world is in a snare.
We heard last week that a shipment of Covid vaccines is waiting off Nigeria, and $480 million is demanded for the first delivery. The budget for the first two years in over $1 billion. This is utterly immoral, using the poor to line the pockets of the elite for something evidently not needed. It may be called “free to user,” but this just means the costs are hidden. The masses always pay. More people die in this nation every day in consequence of global corruption than have died in the past whole year from “Covid related illnesses.” The WEF, who successfully predicted the implications of the Covid pandemic for centralised control, is now predicting a global internet hack, unless we hand over more control to this central body. This constant diet of fear carries all towards a “gutless new world,” which discards all the checks and balances of democracy and human rights.
Corruption has taken over because government representatives personally benefit from large conflicts of interest in the private sector. Additionally, in America the pharmaceutical industry provides the most money in lobbyist bribes, followed by the munitions industry, in promoting its eternal war doctrine. The extent of this corruption, including commercial interests buying off our educational institutions and media outlets is now being revealed by the heavy investment of big tech and China in Western government processes. The legal immunity of the elite has come to light through the Jeffery Epstein case and the election fraud in America. We are in danger of losing democratic freedoms we have taken for granted, which could now be swept away by either left or right-wing extremism.
Peacebuilding in terrorist affected Nigeria comes down to building economy and resilience back into local districts. This involves jobs and living wages, which are key in local communities worldwide. This means dismantling monopolies and offshore accounts, so fair prices are paid for resources. Governments must restrict the strong and provide conditions that protect family businesses and decentralised economy.
Chemical fertilizer monopolies should be banned from lobbying governments. Their products have destroyed our ecosystems and social cohesion, in Nigeria leaving in their wake poverty and violence. CFM has been involved first-hand in resolving large scale farmer/ nomadic-herder disputes stemming directly from synthetic fertilizers destroying soils. Soil destruction has meant the clearing of forests to access new soil so people can eat. The problem our environment faces is not over population. Returning to biodiversity in farming would solve our global environmental crisis, but the WEF refuses to sincerely countenance this because the organisation is sponsored by the same chemical monopolies that advocate for more lockdowns to save the planet. It is simply a market strategy for the 1% to increase market control. That is how monopolies work, through crisis opportunities that close down weaker businesses.
The Nigerian economy has been crippled by unneeded lockdowns forced upon the nation by global interests during the Covid outbreak. Terrible economic conditions have become impossible for millions of people. Yet the WEF promotes further lockdowns, depopulation and moving people into urban squalor. Their policies are opposite to those in Genesis, which promote human nurturing of rural ecosystems for environmental flourishing and human health. Who knows what the WEF will conjure in 2021 to promote further restrictions?
Conditions have deteriorated to the extent that this Christmas it has been impossible for CFM to get currency into Nigeria through the banks, and difficult for Nigerians to withdraw local currency from their own accounts. CFM is used to problems in getting foreign currency into Nigeria, mainly due to foreign banks and their restrictions, in which smaller charities are punished to make the banks look good while they secretly indulge in wholesale money laundering. It’s just another case of the poor being stigmatised, along with those who identify with them. We must identify with the outcast because this is what Jesus came to do.
The church is called to stand by the weak, not stand by power and privilege. For Paul, in the first century, this meant standing by the gentile believers, who were persecuted by Rome and rejected by the Jews. Paul was glad to “suffer with Christ” as he stood by the gentiles, counting his privileges in both Judaism and as a Roman citizen dung in compassion. He was following Moses, who stood by the persecuted Hebrew, shunning the power and wealth of Egypt to “suffer with Christ.” Maybe this is what Paul meant by “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation…” Writing to the Roman church in the seat of imperial power, Paul contrasts another power, that of suffering to include the outcasts in God’s new family. This family would transform the creation with her healing cross.
A Language of Renewal
Against the darkness of worldly power, the scriptures furnish the church today with a beautiful language of resistance, to give guidance and hope to our response. There is the language of Exodus, where God acts to rescue the humble from centralised power. He sets up his tabernacle in the Wilderness which replaces dictatorship with sabbath restoration and jubilee. The Exodus theme also became an encouragement to the church of the first century in the book of Revelation. This new jubilee is “the table of the Lord,” the cross, where we are freely reconciled with God and with each other, restoring grace and fellowship across the divisions of empire, where we become brother and sister with the outcasts. The number 7 is also prolific in Revelation, indicating that our sabbath community is restoring the creation, both the natural and social environments, as we learn to seek each other’s good instead of our own dominance.
Then there is the language of the beast, which in the first century was Nero and Rome, which crushed the weak as a scapegoat, to secure its own interests. We do not hesitate to apply this language to the powers of the world today, not that we are signalling the imminent return of Christ, but to show that the beast’s power is not our hope of salvation. And this gives us faith and assurance today, that God is acting in the world to overthrow this beast and lift the poor and humble once again, just as Mary’s Magnificat stated.
2021 may not be sweet in many ways, but we know the government belongs to Christ, and through the turmoil of Exodus, and through the grabs of the beast for dominance, God is acting to overthrow such world powers and bring his church through to renew the creation. The journey through the Red Sea may give us apprehension, but it’s how God drowns Leviathan. Paul summarised it in Romans 8: as the Jews receive the gentiles in fellowship, together they are overthrowing the powers of greed and healing the creation, even in the midst of persecution.
“For the kingdom is the Lord’s and he is the governor among the nations.” (Psalm 22:28)
“Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the storm; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” (Is 32:1-2)
Those who govern with Christ protect the weak.
God will make a way where there is no way. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Is 43:19) God delivers his people from the captivity of an exploitive central power and restores the world’s humble habitations, our local families, and communities.
Let’s pray towards seeing God’s kingdom vision realised in our lives and nations.