What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
In some of the comments on a previous post we began discussing the polarity we are seeing between good and evil in our day. As war escalates worldwide, the gospel continues to be preached to the four corners of the earth.
As one example (of legions) of increased destruction and doom, I’ve just learned that the Doomsday Clock was moved forward this morning.
The email circulating with the announcement gives some context to the issue:
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) will move the minute hand of the “Doomsday Clock” on January 17, 2007, the first such change to the Clock since February 2002. The major new step reflects growing concerns about a “Second Nuclear Age” marked by grave threats, including: nuclear ambitions in Iran and North Korea, unsecured nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere, the continuing “launch-ready” status of 2,000 of the 25,000 nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and Russia, escalating terrorism, and new pressure from climate change for expanded civilian nuclear power that could increase proliferation risks.
The Bulletin’s website states that the clock has been moved from seven to five minutes to midnight:
This deteriorating state of global affairs leads the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists–in consultation with a Board of Sponsors that includes 18 Nobel laureates–to move the minute hand of the “Doomsday Clock” from seven to five minutes to midnight.
Oh joy. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? It makes this current season of 24 (which deals with nuclear bombs) all the more palpable.
Life is good. I am happy and feel at peace. There are so many things to be thankful for.
However, world affairs are not what they should be. All is not well in Zion. Wicked men lusting for power threaten innocent people everywhere with bondage and destruction. Some of it is visible through the mainstream media; much of it is not.
Time to pray…
As The Bulletin’s webpage concluded: “The Clock is ticking.”