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Maybe It’s Not Paranoia

September 24, 2012 at 5:00 am / by

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Gut-wrenching fear would wake me up many nights as a young teenager. Unable to go back to sleep, I would lay in my bed trembling, as I tried to recount the nightmare that had induced my panicked-state.

Reading has always been my escape, but also the origin of many of my fears. There are two books that made such an indelible impression on my young mind, that I can still recall large portions. As an adult, I realize that many of the beliefs of the authors were extreme and I do not prescribe to all of their opinions; but I can’t help but draw parallels between books that I read over thirty (ahem) years ago and the world as we know it today.

One was a fictional account of the Rapture. For years after reading this book, the mere mention of “the end times” would send me into an absolute meltdown. Written long before the Left Behind series, the title escapes me- but not the plot.  A young girl, the main character, was “left behind” to endure the tribulation without food or medicine. Brought up in a Christian home, she was one of the few that realized what had happened. Military-garbed enforcers imprisoned, tortured, and killed all those who refused to take the “mark of the beast” i.e. world leader.  One of the most frightening scenes described in the book was when the young girl was boiled in oil for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

Extreme and…unimaginable, right

Another book that I read as a young adult was When Your Money System Fails written by Mary Stewart Relf, published in 1981. A treatise on how a “cashless society” emerges under a universal world government, the author explored then-unheard of topics such as the government having technology to monitor and manipulate its citizens, microchips, debit cards, barcodes, a World Banking System, and a One World Church. It described the unifying of Europe with one leader-eventually leading to a world leader.

Extreme and…unimaginable, right

I’m scared again. So scared that I almost resigned from Politichicks and closed my account on Facebook.  Why? I am reading again…articles, blogs, newspapers, and commentary. I read enough to make me paranoid.  I see “Big Brother” everywhere.

I see a country where our president wants to “detain” those he feels are a threat…without charges, without a trial…indefinitely.

I see a country whose president would create a haven for illegal immigrants by giving them legal status at the expense of its own citizens.

I see a country where individual states’ rights are being eroded by the federal government. I see a country whose president is more concerned with “peaceful dialogue” with other world leaders than protecting America’s interests and people first and foremost.

I see a country where the slaughtering of unborn babies is called a “woman’s reproductive right” and those that disagree on abortion are accused of “waging a war on women”.

I see an economy that should be vibrant and strong that has instead been reduced to an entitlement society with an administration advocating for its citizens to have greater and greater dependence on the federal government.

I see the face of evil every time there is a news report from the Middle East, showing Christians being forced to flee from their homes to escape imprisonment, torture, or death because of their beliefs.

In the United States, I see Christians mocked, made fun of, and called names by media and private citizens alike. I see Christians boycotted and banned from exercising their 1st amendment rights.  I see prayers, crosses, Nativity scenes, and Bible studies prohibited from our schools. I see any mention of God in the DNC platform almost leading to a floor fight.

I see people afraid to speak the truth because of the fear of being labeled “politically incorrect”.

Extreme and…unimaginable, right

Maybe…or maybe I’m not so paranoid after all.

Ye are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

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Lydia Goodman

Mississippi PolitiChick Lydia Goodman uses her passion for writing to speak out against progressive policies that threaten to erode our personal rights, freedoms, and traditions. Lydia has written numerous articles on world human rights issues, in an effort to focus attention on the atrocities perpetuated against people of faith. Lydia has conducted exclusive interviews with Israeli author Lela Gilbert, activist and lead singer of KANSAS John Elefonte, Todd Daniels of International Christian Concern, and Bob Fu of China Aid, among other notable subjects. Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum wrote, “I applaud you for your efforts” regarding Lydia’s investigative reporting of changes made within The Daughters of the America Revolution organization. Lydia has been featured as a commentator on the Rick Amato Show, the Dr. Gina Show, the David Webb Show on Sirius XM, and The Real Side with Joe Messina.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000819770155 Lainie Sloane

    Lydia, I hear ya’, but in the end the Bible tells us we win!!! Excellent article. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annmariemurrell Ann-Marie Murrell

    We PolitiChicks have to wear suits of armor these days–thanks for lowering yours a little and speaking from your heart ;-)

  • ann

    What a refreshing breath of honesty. Thank you for sharing your heart. I agree with one of your commenters that we do win, while understanding that Jesus said to take up a cross and follow Him. That requires dying to a lot of things that we take for granted. The Christians in Third World countries understand this. I think America will soon.

  • MyTwentyCents

    Thank you for your “revalations”, I also read a number of books, in the early 70′s, that I also thought were very “extreme. However, it seems that their message is unfolding daily, from the Middle East to the the world financial crisis. I am comforted in my faith and trust in the Bible.

  • http://codybateman.org/ William Cody Bateman

    The Good News? We have already won! Now we are learning to love Jesus more than this world so that, when He comes – we won’t be still be trying to love everything but Him! :) Great post!

  • Tina

    Great message Lydia! Thank you for sharing what many of us feel, most days.

  • http://twitter.com/drginaloudon Gina Gentry Loudon

    So refreshing to read this, Lydia. Thank you!

    PS: Are you on Twitter?

  • Lydia

    Thank you all for your kind comments. It was truly a difficult article to write. Gina, I am not on twitter…would not know how to even begin! :)