What would you do today if your government told you that you needed to wear an orange shirt or you would have to pay a large fine? And upon further investigation, you found that the reason you were asked to wear that orange shirt was simply because a politician in Washington liked orange shirts. You might think this was some sort of bad movie. After all, this is America, the land of the free and home of the brave. Right?
Well, that scenario is not just a bad movie because it just happened last week. Did you miss the news? Instead of forcing people to wear an orange shirt, every school district in America was just technically forced to comply with President Obama's executive order through the Department of Education to wear an orange shirt. That directive said that every school in America receiving federal funding must create a bathroom policy that allows transgendered individuals to choose their own bathroom, regardless of the due process of law through Congress. If school systems do not comply with this directive, they stand to lose millions of dollars in government funding.
When President Obama issued his directive, people couldn't believe the President would attempt to bully and intimidate the nation's schools without due process and the involvement of the Congress, who makes our laws. After all, that is what used to take place in America under the Constitution and our form of government with its checks and balances on power. Right now, many people don't think that such a usurpation of authority of power will stand. Are they right? Does anyone remember what happened when the President made a previous executive order overturning our immigration laws? Nothing!
Whatever your feelings about President Obama, or any other politician, we are beginning to see the rise of the totalitarian state before our eyes...one decision and one day at at time. America was founded to stop such authoritarian behavior from the beginning. The Constitution was designed to stop similar patterns that had been seen in Europe by kings and queens that forced people to wear orange shirts without any legislative oversight. The problem we face today is that the other two branches of the government, Congress and the Supreme Court, are beginning to ignore these executive actions for political and/or ideological reasons. Once these other branches of government refuse to use their authority to maintain the rule of law, the totalitarian state begins to emerge.
Now most people in America don't think too much about such things. Their lives seem "OK" for now, so they ignore the issue, or perhaps don't understand it or really care. Most people are occupied taking vacations, eating pizza, watching movies and attending sporting events. The reality of what is happening right now, and where this is going is virtually hidden from the public. Few seem to have any interest in the emerging battle. So in a way, America is in trouble from within through apathy and ignorance about our Constitution and the rule of law. As the often quoted British statesman Edmund Burke said, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Without the citizens of America agreeing to hold their leaders accountable, politicians will end up ruling over us by their latest desire, whether it be making people wear orange shirts or conform to a new bathroom policy.
Right now there are very, very few that seem to see this obvious pattern emerging in America, and the world that is moving us from law and order toward totalitarianism. In the last 75 years, the world has watched in horror as over 135 million people were killed and murdered under totalitarian regimes in places like Cuba, Russia, China, Nazi Germany, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea and Islamic countries like Iran. No one ever thought that these problems with the abuse of power, law and authority would ever come to America. And yet, not only are those issues unfolding in America and the world, but the worst is ahead.
As students of the Bible, all of this should come as no surprise. The world has always been given the choice between the Lord and His rule of law over our lives or that of man's lawlessness. Either the Lord rules the world with His laws of love or we submit to a lawless and fickle humanity. The Bible is very clear that the eventual arrival of this worldwide totalitarian regime will take place under the Antichrist. The stage in America and the world is being set even now for such a regime to take control of our lives. During that time everybody will be forced to wear that orange shirt just to start. Few Christian leaders seem willing to say much about such issues, even though the Bible is clear about them in passages like Daniel 11:36-45, John 5:43, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10, 1 John 2:18, 4:1-3, Revelation 13:5-18, etc. etc. So no one can say that the Lord is not concerned about these issues or has not warned us.
The Good News is that as the totalitarian state is beginning to emerge there is a way of escape. The Lord still loves this world. Jesus still saves. Jesus still forgives our sin. Let's share this hope with others and give them the needed insight and discernment to make a difference at this time.This is NOT a time to remain silent and let evil triumph.