Feb 2, 2013

The only thing we have to fear...

Have you seen this?
Obamacare law requires a RFID chip implanted in all of us.

Are you ready to have your RFID chip implanted?  3/23/2013 is your date!

This new health care (Obamacare) law requires a RFID chip implanted in all of us. This chip will not only contain your personal information with tracking capability but it will also be linked to your bank account. And get this, Page 1004 of the new law (dictating the timing of this chip), reads, and I quote: "Not later than 36 months after the date of the enactment". It is now the law of the land that by March 23rd 2013 we will all be required to have an RFID chip underneath our skin and this chip will be link to our bank accounts as well as have our personal records and tracking capability built into it..." 
Two years ago I heard about the implantable microchip and wrote THIS POST about it that shared the facts and ranted my opinion that it's crazy that people spend time worrying about these things (Strangely, it's by far my most read post.) 

Recently, in the course of ministry, I discovered that the rumor was floating again.  Several teens in my group insisted that it was true because they had "read an article" about it.   So, I started looking around and discovered that it was the same rumor, just recirculated.   I am not sure by whom.  {Cough - idiots - cough}
Here are the facts, as I understand them:  One of the first attempts at Obamacare was HR 3200, also known as America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 {which wasn't passed}. In this bill, there was a section that called for a “National Device Registry.” This was meant to keep a registry of all medical devices. Apparently the fear mongers grabbed hold of a couple of unclear sections of that bill {which wasn't passed} that made them decide it was a conspiracy:
‘‘(A) is or has been used in or on a patient; and (B) is— (i) a class III device; or (ii) a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining.”
This was talking about all devices, not just microchips (including pacemakers and glucose level testers in diabetics) but did I mention that this BILL WASN'T PASSED?  

What a RFID chip {really} looks like
So it's a moot point.  The new healthcare plan doesn't talk about it at all, not even mentioned.  The picture (above) used in conjunction with the email forward isn't even a RFID microchip.  It's a picture of a Pet Microchip.  (Look left to see what a RFID Microchip looks like.)

As I read through recent blog posts about this topic I was again appalled by how often someone would present the truth in a reasonable way and someone would comment crazy paranoid stuff about conspiracy theories and the Mark of the Beast.
  Revelation 13:16-17 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
 Interestingly, though the RFID chips are not being forced under the skin of unsuspecting Americans, they are being used in student ID cards to track students during school hours in one school in Texas.  This linked article talks about the tracking system and the back-lash against it.  (I am not sure how I feel about this... intrigued, slightly amazed, cautious)

This brings me to what I think this asinine debate is really about. 
Which, ironically, is what the Five Minute Friday word was yesterday.


As a very small Jedi Master once said "Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering." 

Little did we imagine that a fictional character would speak wisdom that would explain what is wrong with the pervading culture in the U.S.   I ranted about it before.  We are in the business of fear.  

We use fear to control, manipulate and confuse the population into compliance.

Some Christians use it as a way to get people to accept Christ {fear of hell}, Republicans used it as a way to keep President Obama from getting re-elected {fear of Socialism}, Democrats use it as a way to create more laws to restrict big businesses {fear of Global Warming}, Lobbyists use it as a way to "get their way" in regards to gun control {we are all going to be killed by criminals with guns vs. the Government is trying to take away our guns so they can control us}.

It all comes down to fear.  

We fear ____________, so we become angry that they/it has the power to make us afraid, we begin to hate them/it, that hate leads to actions against them/it that can cause suffering.  

Fill in the above blank with anything that causes fear; guns, gun control, big government, big business, gangs, people of other races, homosexual marriage, clowns, etc.

I wish I could look out at the voices all screaming and beating their chests in fear and say that Christians are not a part of that group.  I can't.  

However, as Christians we were called to a different way of life.  We shouldn't allow fear to control us {nor should we use fear to control others}.  

God tells us to not be afraid.

Isaiah 40:10 says "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." 

As I said yesterday, fear steals joy.  
God is in control.  
So what if the "worst-case" scenario happens? 
It doesn't change the foundational truth of God's love.  

Psalm 46:1-2 says "God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea..."

I live in a city that has a lot of gang violence.  I work with teens that are impacted by this violence every day.  In the last few weeks there was a "gang riot" at a local high school, a teen was attacked and stabbed to death at a park and a body of a woman was found, apparently killed by her ex-boyfriend.  
We don't live in Chicago (49 homicides in the last month), but in a mid-sized city of about 200,000 people.

Psalm 56:4 says " In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?"
Each of us has a choice to make each day.  Do we allow the temporary, insane reality of day to day afflictions paralyze us, to steal our joy, to destroy our hope?  

Or do we continue to move forward fearlessly, with prayerful determination toward what God is calling us to?

Franklin D. Roosevelt said it this way, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

As for me and my house, we will continue to advance with prayer, knowing that God is taking care of the rest.

Do you agree?  Do you think our culture is trying to use fear to control us? 

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