But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. -- Philippians 3:20-21 (ESV)
David Lane is a NAR operative who runs the "American Renewal Project"; designed to further his seven mountains heretical dream of global domination. We must understand as followers of Jesus Christ that our place is not to influence culture but to save people from it by the preaching of the Gospel. The obvious hallmarks of the NAR dominionist mindset is a laser focus upon the things of this world instead of the kingdom. Read the key verses carefully. Our citizenship, present tense, is in heaven. From that place of citizenship, we await the second coming of Christ. God does not allow dual citizenship. While we are to be stewards of the planet and good citizens of the earthly administrations God allows, our citizenship does not change. It is a biblically poor argument to excuse this dominionism based upon stewardship arguments. The NAR folks want to use the argument that we were to take "dominion" but to do that is to expose that they are in fact dominionists.
So we come to the COVID global crisis. Most do not deny that the virus is real and praise God for that. The arguments from the NAR dominionists now revolve around things they do not understand. A mortality rate cannot be properly judged until AFTER the crisis, not during. The fact that only one percent of the US population has been tested also skews any stats. More importantly, why are Christians making arguments that some people dying is an acceptable trade off for monetary and economic reasons? Seriously? When you stand before Christ and answer for why you spread a lethal virus to people who ended up dead do you really think you can make a mortality rate argument? Apparently pro-life only matters when it does not adversely affect YOUR life. How hypocritical. I have heard all of the arguments and they are all carnal. Constitutional arguments are carnal. Economic arguments are carnal. I have yet to hear one biblical argument for killing off the elderly and disabled to ensure that your way of life continues. None. With that as a backdrop, let us reason through the latest offering from David Lane, linked above and see these carnal arguments in action.
"In regard to the overreach by some government bureaucrats and elected officials, we raised in our last op-ed the legitimate question of who, in a constitutional sense, is the king of America.
The answer is: We the people. Conspicuous by its absence in the coronavirus conundrum is any citizen participation or representative debate about the actions to be taken. Although President Trump and other elected executives do have constitutional emergency powers, who decided this was such a dire exigency that the actions taken were justified? That decision was made by unelected government bureaucrats, selected "experts," doomsday soothsayers, computer models and a frenzied media. Only now that their ever-changing predictions have fallen flat, dissenting voices are starting to be heard. Where were the freedom and constitutional protections of speech, assembly, religious observance and democratic process? They were found unutilized, hidden behind face masks and quarantine's closed doors." -- David Lane
Who is king of the US? Citizenship participation. Representative debate. Unelected government bureaucrats. Constitutional protections. What are all of these things? Carnal arguments. They have nothing to do with the kingdom of God. Now, Lane is not even right from a constitutional or carnal perspective but it is a waste of time to argue over what does not matter anyway. God is not impressed with our pagan nation beloved. I know that might hurt our "American exceptionalism" backside but that is the truth. America, or more pointedly, those in America, will be judged just like every other nation on this planet. At this point, Lane reprints a letter from a mega church pastor in Texas named Steve Riggle.
Pastor Steve wrote on Saturday, April 18: '"Liberate Texas now. Time to reopen Texas. We have been patient, even though every projection of the impact of the coronavirus has been grossly wrong. We were told to flatten the curve because there was no cure, even though a very small number actually die from the virus in comparison with the population and other diseases and causes of death we live with on a daily basis. Now, over 22,000,000 people have lost their jobs in one month ... and there is more economic fallout to follow [for example, 43% can't afford to go more than one month without a paycheck, and 24% have less than $250 in their bank accounts preceding payday.] In our county, in the same time period, we had five coronavirus-related deaths and 15 suicides.' -- Steve Riggle