Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
This post is “part 2” to yesterday’s essay: Beware the Borderlands (and Some Counter Intel)
“Yvette Lundy, a Resistance fighter who survived the horrors of Nazi concentration camps after helping Jews escape occupied France, has died aged 103, authorities said Sunday” (Breitbart News, 11/4/2019).
According to the article,
It took nearly 15 years after Lundy’s liberation before she began to speak out about her experiences, giving talks to French and German students.
She always shared with them a timeless piece of advice: “Always ask: Where are we going? With whom? What are we doing? Each and every one of us has a responsibility, regardless of how young we are.” (emphasis added)
Where the Borderlands post encourages believers to stay on the path of truth due to the power of word-smiths to snare minds and emotions, Lundy provides some preventive steps to take beforehand. Benjamin Franklin’s aphorism reflects this: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Lundy’s advice might be expanded a bit, as follows.
Always ask: Where are we going?
There is another expression: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” but not all destinations are wise or good, though the advertisements make them appear so. For example, one such “journey” being advertised heavily by a certain political group in the United States just now is the movement toward socialism*.
How to know where “where” really is–research.
Always ask: With whom?
Vetting the leadership is also a must because, as noted in the previous post, “verbal magicians can be so clever, present so well, and possess (such) admired social and educational pedigrees, it can be hard to both recognize and counter” them–and what they’re selling.
Always ask: What are we doing?
Drawing again from the current socialist political movement in the U.S., this question is especially important due to the power of propaganda as detailed in Borderlands. And here, one more expression comes to mind: “It’s easier to catch flies with honey than vinegar.”
Power-mongers in any area of life, artful in the use of both marketing and propaganda, are particularly careful to avoid telling the truth about the reality of what they have planned for you (to be controlled) while continuing to serve themselves well and generously (by controlling).
What God Says
But no matter how clever, brilliant, well-funded, and powerful the bad guys are who prowl about seeking whom they may devour whether by wordfare, warfare, or any other conquer-and-control mechanism, there is a bit of advice for them, too, from Psalm 2, v. 1-4:
1 Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles”
[i.e., the chains and shakles of the law the wicked despise]
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them…
God laughs especially at those, I think, who self-proclaim as “masters of the universe” and hole up in secret societies with guards at the borderlands of their own fears.
They may sport the appropriate pedigree, but even their great “successes” are governed as much by chance and luck as are everyone else’s. The power-privileged in their hallowed bunkers are constrained by time, circumstance, fear of the unknown, tyranny in their own circles, and myriad other mortal limitations.
They are also constrained by being wholly dependent upon the finite amount of riches available to mine and hoard (and then to have to guard, insure, maintain, and so on).
But this is where it gets really dicey for them, if indeed, as many say, their interests are dark in nature, Luciferian, to be exact.
Like victims of the Dunning-Kruger Effect,** they don’t even know what they don’t know because they are unable to know it.
What I mean is, because Lucifer is a liar, indeed, the Father of Lies, the privileged masters who may well subscribe to Luciferianism cannot know their goals are ultimately doomed because, well, they’ve been lied to, and while they still had the choice to reject the lies, they refused to, thus have given themselves over. Scriptures describe this spiritual (and mental) condition as being “hard hearted,” and “blinded.”
And here is something else they don’t know.
The LORD works out everything to its proper end– even the wicked for a day of disaster. (Proverbs 16:4)
In our fight against evil today, we do well to heed the advice of Yvette Lundy, who courageously and successfully resisted the tyranny of her day, thereby influencing and saving many.
And here’s some truth and encouragement from the dimension surrounding all, where good battles evil and where oppression and destruction begin and, at length, will end.
I reference the spiritual dimension where Lucifer ever attempts to usurp the object of his envy, God Himself, and destroy His people, both believers and potential believers.
These words, also from the past, were given to another group of resistors facing their own powerful (and formidable) enemies. They comfort and embolden us in our efforts today:
“Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes.” (Deuteronomy 1:29–30).
*Here is just one critique (and warning) about socialism.
**Here are some additional thoughts on the Dunning-Kruger Effect.