Some have mockingly termed it “the nanny state.” The nanny state is, according to Wikipedia, a term of British origin that conveys a view that a government or its policies are overprotective or interfering unduly with personal choice. The term likens such a government to the role that a nanny has in child-rearing. An early use of the term comes from Conservative British Member of Parliament Iain Macleod, who referred to “what I like to call the nanny state” in the 3 December 1965 edition of The Spectator.
Harsher terminology for this kind of governance is authoritarian rule or even dictatorship. It is the kind of governmental evil that George Orwell wrote about in his novel 1984, and that Aldous Huxley framed in his fiction work, Brave New World.
However one wants to define it, the Biden government, with the current occupant in the White House laying out the vaccine mandates and other demands that we comply, has made major strides toward installing the sort of government forewarned by both Orwell and Huxley.
I heard a podcast host who has a considerable listenership/viewership asking the question: How have we (the US) come to this point? That is, how have we come from being a representative democracy that was the envy of the world to a nation that now is on the verge of becoming a “risk society.”?
The term was totally new to me. I see America as moving swiftly toward becoming a godless, therefore a reprobate, country, according to the first chapter of Romans (verse 28). But a blog analyst who analyzes America’s declining trajectory from a secular viewpoint uses the term “risk society” in defining the extent to which the nation has devolved.
I have followed Dr. Steve Turley’s podcasts for quite some time and have found his analytical opinion videos to be enlightening and soundly based. So when I heard him asking the question of how we as a nation got to where we are now from the way we were in saner times, calling America now a “risk society,” my curiosity was piqued.
Turley, a college professor, began by saying he was getting questions in his blog-type seminars about why the United States seemed to be turning into a communist state—why America is, day by day, moving toward Marxist-socialism.
He said: “There is, in fact, discernable rationale for how we ended up here. And it’s rooted in what is called a ‘risk society’.”
He then said that a risk society is the way modern globalist societies deal with risk. Expounding upon this, he said it means the way societies deal with insecurities related to potential hazards we might face.
Turley said that every human generation has had to face insecurities and hazards. Traveling from one city to another, for example, presented hazards to eighteenth-century Americans. He said the phrase “Goodbye” (I take it, during that era) was born out of an expression related to dependence upon the higher, heavenly Authority for safety. “Goodbye” is actually the contraction of “The Great God be with thee”.
The professor then made the point that people no longer, as a generational whole, depend upon a personal, religious belief system in keeping them safe from the risks they face each and every day. By this, the takeaway is that people are turning from God and turning instead to something else in which to place their faith.
I couldn’t agree more with this assessment. Just as Turley says, people now look toward government to protect them from the risks they face. Thus, this generation moves farther and farther from the God of Heaven.
One glaring example of this is how the COVID-19 matter has been handled. At least half of America’s population relies on government to be their protector in the matter. There have been much worse epidemics, but never has the population fallen in such a massive way for governmental overreach in forcing compliance to take inadequately tested injections. Freedom is thus eroded; the liberty the founding fathers intended, I believe, has been maliciously attacked in ways yet to be fully manifested.
This is a risk society that has, in many ways, made big government its god. From the invasion and takeover of the public education system; removing prayer and Bible reading from public schools; and constitutionally mandating murder of babies in the womb and even the just-born to inculcating the young with the anti-American rewriting of history; teaching them unnatural, antibiblical ways of sensuality and sexuality; and the insane, upside-down, cancel-culture evil—the risk society wages war against Christianity—against God.
Steve Turley further proposed that such a risk society—one that no longer relies on religious faith whatsoever—turns to advancing technology to mitigate risk. Technological protection requires technocrats—those with knowledge of the technology—to assure the risk is diminished and/or eradicated. This, of course, seems to be the way things are trending toward the establishment of Revelation 13:16–18—the mark of the Beast and all that pertains to it.
There are additional and profound prophetic implications, too, in this matter of a risk society. They are found in the Apostle Paul’s writing.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (2 Thessalonians 5:1–3)
Paul prophesies that at the end of the Church Age (Age of Grace) when the “day of the Lord” comes, there will be a great cry for “peace and safety.”
This is the “risk society.” There is a great angst among people all over the world for safety against the so-called pandemic. Never before has there been such a worldwide begging for safety. Such a cry could have never happened until the developments in global technologies and technocratic rule of the globalists who, with the principalities and powers of Ephesians 6:12, instituted the implementation of plans to fulfill the satanic blueprint that will eventuate in the buying and selling dictatorship of Revelation 13:16–18.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Revelation 13: 16–18)
The Government in New Zealand has relentlessly sewn fear into the public aided by a news media well and truy paid for its support.Literally .They said they needed a media in these times which was strong and ‘independant’.They were the first to receive a huge financial encouragement early in the out break of Covid..They play the Government tune very faithfully. We are being urged to become a fully vaccinated country and free from lockdowns. How? They do not tell us that the vaccinated can still get Covid and pass it on. They still do not tell us of the cases who get sick or die from the vaccination. What will happen when the obvious starts to occur?
We were called a Nanny State when Helen Clark led the Labour Party a number of years ago. She went around apologising to all the ‘down trodden’ and unfairly treated groups of the LGBGT and the ‘sex’industry and changed the laws to show them her favour (and got their votes in return). We are still stuck with the laws and its is not politically correct to speak the truth about once ( and still is) repugnant behaviour . How were such sweeping changes made by one Prime Minister? Shes gone now . She holds a high position in the U.N. and watches over her protegee Jacinda Ardern, our current Prime minister. It is reported that Jacinda was once the chairman of the Junior Socialist party. Now she stands on a podium and tells us not to listen to the lies that conspiracy theorists are spreading . The vaccine is safe. ‘If you want the truth you should only come to us’. We will tell you what the truth is. In the meantime New Zealand being sold out by giving sovereignty of our water rights and various other assets to the ‘indigenous minority’. All with a smile .
Nanny state?. Crocodile teeth! .But where else can we go ? Fear stops us from changing direction, so it seems.It cant be so bad, can it?
All the uncertainty and confusion if our times make for a scary scenario. While I know we are living in the endtimes, it isn’t necessarily clear to me as just what to do. I am ready for the Lord’s return. This world is hopeless. And so come Lord Jesus come.
And deny the chance of a billion souls to come into the kingdom of God Ted through the coming great revival?
As much as I would like to think there is a big revival coming in pre-Rapture times, to the best of my knowledge, the Bible tells us it will only get worse. Here is some evidence of that:
1 Timothy 4:1-2
2 Timothy 3:1-5
I believe there will be one post-Rapture as we see the appearance of those who become believers during the Tribulation and are martyred for their belief appearing in heaven:
Revelation 6:9-11; 7:9-17.
Rest assured, Lyndon, I don’t believe Jesus won’t return to take us off this corrupt world until the last person to come to the faith in this age does just that.
I am not a good proofreader. What I meant to say is that “I believe Jesus won’t come until the last person to believe does just that!”
I had a double negative in the original comment.
Well, Ted, I’m trusting in God to show us what to do in the time that’s left. For myself, that includes reading the Bible, coming to sites like this to educate myself and have a dialog with other believers, spreading the Word as the opportunity presents itself, and standing up for freedom over tyranny, and refusing to roll over for this “woke” direction we see taking hold of not only the U.S. but other formerly free nations.
Remember, God is always in control!
Well done. Thank you.
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
― Gerald R. Ford
I was not going to involve in further discussion on the last days revival but I do not want to leave people with a false understanding or without hope . We all have loved ones who need saving and no- one except the coldest hearted could want the Lord to bring the Rapture early and leave them behind . There will of course be ‘fence sitters’ and others who delay a decision and get left behind. and they will be confronted with such evidence afterwards that they will believe then . They are the Tribulation Saints. There will be no outpouring of the spirit on all flesh at that time.
Ed: the scriptures you list are irrelevant. They point to a time of ‘darkness’ which is exactly the time when the outpouring will occur. I have had many words from the Lord about this. I know His voice and I test all things. No doubt you will say “He is a nut, or a liar, or he is deceived.” to justify what you think. I assure you I am none of these, but I can offer nothing to change how you think. I care deeply about others than my self, and do not want anyone to be mislead.
The Revival will be a time of great encouragement and empowering for the believer but the unrepentant will continue to get worse. It is not a magical time when suddenly everyone gets saved.We do not go into the Rapture with our ‘tails between our legs’ but victoriously.
Sorry, Harvey, but I do believe the scriptures i quoted are very relevant and support the premise I stated in the preceding comment. I stand by what I said. Now, I do believe many will come to accept Jesus in these last days, but that most of the world will stubbornly refuse to do so.
Remember, Jesus said:
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7-13-14)
I believe this is a universal principle which still applies across the centuries.
Rest assured that I certainly do not at all think that you are a “nut” just because we don’t agree about a revival. I believe that you have a deep and genuine faith and we are all entitled to our points of view because none of us is omnicsicent. The only claims that I see as having zero merit are any which deny the authority and accuracy of the Bible and that the only path to salvation is by Jesus and him alone. Once again, this requires relying on the Bible as a 100% accurate source of information.
I’ll bet we agree on that!
Ed; You seemed to have missed my point. You need to read my last sentence again. The Revival will not be a ‘cure all’ buit what I am saying is based purely on what God says in Joel, and Acts chs. 2.and what He has revealed to me personally. which accords with that.I cannot expect people to believe me. I have no reputation to stand on, but it is so. After all I am not the only one who hears God,s voice.Things will get worse as the Bible says.Nothing contrary to the Bible is ever true.It is simply that you seem to have concluded that God will not act. All will be doom and gloom on the earth. Not for believers or those who turn to Him by His grace at that time,It will still be as a time of darkness for the lost.Most importantly it will be a time of separation (as I suppose,the wheat from the chaff. The latter is what I make of the word separation which was emphasized to me.
God’s word (the Bible) is the main test I apply to everything I receive from the Lord It is vital because much of the dreams and visions I receive need to be interpreted.. It is comparatively rare that He speaks to me in plain words. The reason He does not (speak in plain English) He explained, was ‘for the sake of my humility’. In other words, people could get big-headed or proud.. He could have added for the sake of my poor memory. He spoke to me at length that day but all I could remember was the first bit. Terrible! Almighty God speaks and I cannot remember what He said? With a vision or dream I have something to revisit -especially the visions I can look at them years afterwards. They are unforgetable..
Sadly, people still twist Gods word to fit their understanding. which is foolish. I attributed a wrong meaning to a vision I received the other day. It did not work out. I was upset at God for a few seconds, but realised that God is not like that.Then I blamed the devil. He is always a good excuse. When the matter was resolved a day later I was able to apply hindsight (dont we wish we had that in advance?) and the vision was true . I had been careless in my interpretation!
I cant think of anything further I can say, to explain that I know what I know .
Maybe our different views of “revival” are based more on a matter of scale than anything else. Might there be one of a relatively small scale (compared to Earth’s total population) wherein the Remnant grows more than it has historically before the Rapture?
That certainly is a possibility. Maybe even a probability.
Nevertheless, I think most of humanity just won’t come to the light.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, neither has it entered into the heart what God has in store for those who sincerely love Him. I’ll wait and see what exactly He has in mind.. I have nothing to prove but everything to gain.