Hear now my argument and listen to the pleadings of my lips. Will you speak falsely for God and speak deceitfully for him? Will you show partiality toward him? Will you plead the case for God? Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man? He will surely rebuke you if in secret you show partiality. Will not his majesty terrify you, and the dread of him fall upon you? Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay. -- Job 13:7-12 (ESV)
Shane Idleman (article linked above) is the poster child for otherwise seemingly solid preachers who simply cannot see how they have been utterly co-opted by the influence of NAR dominionism which has taken over the apostate church in America. I see this all the time with people who have escaped the NAR yet still they cling to the idol worship of this country. Do not be deceived. NAR dominionism is the last idol of the American Church. Any discussion of one-sided politics is specifically the definition of NAR dominionism. If your faith is wrapped up in the flag, patriotism, the Republican Party, or any version thereof, you espouse NAR dominionism, period, full stop. I am weary with trying to explain this to people. If you spend your days warning people of the evils of leftism, thus conferring faux righteousness upon your political choice, you are espousing NAR dominionism. When Jesus walked the earth, He was completely apolitical. His disciples desperately wanted Him to be political! They thought He was going to deliver them from the oppression of Rome. Today, the NAR dominionist wants God to deliver them from the evils of liberalism. In both cases, Jesus says you are focusing on the wrong world. He comes to deliver us all from the true evil -- sin and oppression from the devil. That is the Gospel. This world is the Titanic beloved and trust me, the ship is going down. NAR dominionism fights vociferously for who they think is best to captain the sinking ship into its icy grave. Christians should be about the Father's business of directing people to the lifeboat that is Jesus Christ. Let us reason once more through the mind depraved by the dominionist teachings of the NAR.
"It seems that everyone is sensing the destabilization of America. Even billionaire Elon Musk recently commented, "We must get to Mars. Civilization isn't looking all that stable here."
Books could be written on how we got to this point, but let me offer just a few thoughts from a biblical perspective. You can also hear the sermon, "The Destabilization of America," here.
Destabilization by false information. Unless you have beaten Musk to the punch and have been on Mars for the last decade, you have clearly seen how many in the secular media purposely create false narratives and use lies and carefully edited half-truths to push their agenda. They withhold information, such as all the black police officers who have been killed recently, and deliberately fail to highlight the positives alongside the negatives, creating the illusion of an imbalance where one does not exist." -- Shane Idleman
Idleman admits that he wasted time behind God's holy desk to preach a sermon about the destabilization of America. Not the Gospel. Not sin and salvation. No, Idleman spends his time preaching the carnal politics of man. He claims to do so biblically, which is simply not possible. God is not interested in your lesser evil. Idleman's carnal argument here is also skewed. His statement is that the media lies and creates false narratives. As proof he offers up that they do not report good news. While it is true that news tends toward the negative or even sensationalistic, that does not disprove what they do report. The fact that black police officers have been killed has nothing to do with the realities of systemic racism we have seen over the past few weeks erupt into world wide demonstrations. This false witness against the media is one of the common tools used by NAR dominionists because of they can get you to disbelieve the media, then they can fill the vacuum with their version of truth, which is not truth at all. If Shane Idleman believes there is no imbalance between how whites and black are treated by police then he is either willfully deceitful or too ignorant to be speaking about such matters. In 2019 the police shot about 100 more white people than black but there are 180 million more white people in the country than black. Now I am no statistics professor but that sure sounds imbalanced.
"For example, two years ago, a deputy sheriff who attends our church had to pull over on the 101 freeway and resuscitate a black female suffering from a drug overdose. I tried to contact several news outlets, but no one wanted to run the story. The lesson here is to be very careful about where we get our information. Much of the media is owned by large corporations who would love to see America fail. One recent headline read, "CNN sticks to liberal script, ignores black police officers killed in riots." This is appalling and should not be tolerated." -- Shane Idleman