Chapter-5.8   Nine Signs We Are Under Judgment

 
5.8  The Restlessness in Our Culture
 
[Please read the notes for this chapter as some additional thoughts on this topic seemed best placed in the notes].
 

In 2016, the number of homicides in the US was 17,250. *1*. “Studies estimate that the typical American child will view 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence on TV by the time they graduate high school.” *2*. A CNN legal analyst claims that, “…by 18, kids have killed over 100,000 people in video games” (a number confirmed by gamers). *3*. Needless to say, we are a culture obsessed with and saturated by death. *4*

Murder is obviously not new, it dates back in the Bible to the days of Adam and Eve. At the time of the first such incident, Adam and Eve had two children, Cain and Abel. Cain worked the soil and was skilled at growing things, while Abel kept flocks. Somehow, both of these men sensed a need to bring offerings to God. Cain brought ‘fruits from the soil’, and Abel brought ‘fat portions’ from some animal(s) from the flocks. Abel’s offering was favorably received by the Lord while Cain’s was not. (Genesis 4:4,5 NIV). *5*

When Cain’s offering was not favorably received, he became angry with his brother and killed him. When the Lord asked him where his brother was, Cain replied with the now somewhat well known phrase, “I don’t know, am I my brother’s keeper?” *8*. As a consequence for his actions, the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” (Genesis 4:10-12 NIV). *9*.

There are 4 essential elements to this pronounced judgment (consequence) from the Lord:

  1. Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.
  2. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground
  3. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. [Translated into modern language: your productivity just took a major hit]!
  4. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.

 

Some might question if 17,000 murders in a year would culminate in judgment on a nation of 300+ million people. But if one looks at the sum total of these deaths since 1973 (45 years at the time of this writing: 17000 x 45): 765,000 and adds to that number, 60,547,000 infants (abortions since Row vs. Wade – see chapter 5.1), we have the blood of 61,312,000 souls crying out to God from the ground in epic proportions! *10*. This certainly might be enough to invoke the 4 elements encountered by Cain, listed above, upon our culture, which distill down to two consequences in the form of Divine CURSES:
  1. Lost productivity!
  2. Restlessness!

 

We touched upon Lost Productivity in chapter 5.4.2, “The Outsourcing of Our Jobs”. So, I do not intend to further develop this theme except to point out my personal perspective comparing our WW2 production and that of more recent times.

I believe that the productivity demonstrated by the US during WW2 in the sheer volumes of ships, planes, tanks and other manufactured supplies (without the assistance of modern computer technology) demonstrated a productivity unsurpassed since. I believe that this productivity was distinctive in its inclusiveness of the far reaching general mass of the US population. Unlike other more recent periods of improved effecency in our economy (where large numbers of people have NOT been engaged). I also believe that these benefits were derived during a time when our efforts were free from the Divine productivity constraints that have come to rest upon us (arising from the curses mentioned above). I believe that this wave of productivity lasted through the 1960’s.

Now on to Restlessness!

Is there any question we are a restless people?

According to WebMD, there are 33 different drugs used to treat people with a feeling of restlessness and the inability to sit still. *13*. According to Daniel Boffey, writing for the Guardian, prescriptions for Ritalin and other ADHD drugs have doubled in the last decade to about a million. *14*

Add to these indicators, the fact that the notion of a “day of rest” as admonished in the Bible (as one of the 10-Commandments *15*) has long since been thrown out and replaced by “open 24/7”

So, America Where Are You? Reader, where are you?

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REFERENCES AND NOTES:

*1*. “How many people were murdered in the USA in 2017?” / Quora /
 
*2*. “Television Statistics: 23 Mind-Numbing Facts to Watch” (statistic #17) / CreditDonkey / Rebecca Lake / Nov 16, 2015 / https://www.creditdonkey.com/television-statistics.html

 

*3*. “CNN legal analyst: By 18, kids have killed over 100,000 people in video games” / CNN / Linda Qiu / July 21, 2014 / https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/jul/21/mark-omara/cnn-legal-analyst-18-kids-have-killed-over-100000-/

Note: My guess is that the 100,000 kills in video games may not include females.

*4*. Perhaps it should not surprise me that since we as people live our lives so in the fear of death, that we mysteriously become consumed by it. Thanks be to God for sending Jesus to break death’s hold on us: Hebrews 2:14-15 NIV says, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his (Jesus’) death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/heb.2.14-15.niv

*5*. Genesis 4:5 NIV / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/gen.4.5.niv

It is held by teachers in the faith that Abel’s offering was modeled after that which the Lord provided for Adam and Eve, when he brought them ‘garments of skin’ *6*. Undoubtedly animal’s lives were sacrificed to provide these clothes (a foreshadowing of the sacrifices of the Old Covenant, which were likewise a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Christ and the Biblical principle, “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.”). *7*.

*6*. Genesis 3:21 NIV / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/gen.3.21.niv

*7*. Hebrews 9:22 NIV / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/heb.9.22.niv

*8*. Genesis 4:9 NIV / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/gen.4.9.niv

*9*. Genesis 4:10-12 NIV / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/gen.4.10-12.niv

*10*. Perhaps this is a point where America ought to stop telling the world how to live when it comes to HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, and clean up its own act! In the words of Jesus, “Physician, heal thyself.” (Luke 4:23). *11*. Why just to put this number of Abortions alone into perspective, in the Holocaust in Germany under the tyranny of Hitler, 6,000,000 European Jews were killed (2/3s of the Jewish population in Europe at the time). *12*. The number of abortions in America, alone (since 1973) is TEN TIMES THAT NUMBER!

*11*. Luke 4:23 NIV / https://www.bible.com/bible/111/luk.4.23.niv

*12*. The Holocaust / Wikipedia / https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust

*13*. “33 medications found for a feeling of restlessness with inability to sit still” / WebMD / https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/condition-3099/a%20feeling%20of%20restlessness%20with%20inability%20to%20sit%20still

*14*. “Prescriptions for Ritalin and other ADHD drugs double in a decade” / Daniel Boffey / The Guardian / August 15, 2015 / https://amp.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/15/ritalin-prescriptions-double-decade-adhd-mental-health

 
 
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