John is an actor, writer, and entrepreneur interested in the search for truth and meaning in the world.
Man in a Cage
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end....Jeremiah 29:11
As I entered my office door and prepared to begin another workday, a question captivated my mind. Is this all that life has to offer? I am a business executive who abides in a jungle with many masters. The masters are called sickness, calamity, deceit, and scandal. The unbeknownst masters have been welcomed into my company by the board of directors and other lewd employees. As a result, my fellow employees’ morals have been corrupted because they now fear no god and openly embrace shameful beliefs (ethics) as a corporate ethos. The motto “if it feels good do it” is currently in vogue. Most employees have forgotten the universal truth that whatever a man sows, he shall also reap, and that there are consequences for engaging in immoral living. That is why this is a cursed place where many seem to die for no apparent reason. Many days I wonder why God sent me to this place. Then I say to myself, “Oh yes, there’s that thing about being salt and light in a crooked generation.” And besides, this place is representative of today’s supposedly amoral corporate environment.
I look at the wall of acclaim that speaks of me and wonder if I will continue to be like a caged man who desires to be free. I thought my education would open doors of opportunity, but now I find myself in the bondage I sought to escape. Instead of freedom, I am shackled to a desk and told to abide continually tormented by the lash of the tongue. All my talents have no means of expression. To strive to be unique and to travel a seldom-trodden path bring reproach from those here who lack wisdom. In a state of despair, I search for the key of wisdom that will unlock the door of my bondage. Currently, I am forced to consider the proposition that everything that I have worked for is wasted, despite the fact that my chosen profession has been very lucrative. That thought has caused me to grow unfeeling to the pain and hardship of life, whether it be my own or that of another. I float through countless days and fill time while hoping for some great adventure that never arrives. My life exists in a darkened void, and to escape its emptiness, I have turned to fantasies that delude the mind.
Turning to look outside my window as if the answer were approaching, I consider the world. There are no longer any wars to fight for glory. There are no new worlds to explore. There is not even a truth to follow that consumes. Men who are corrupt and sinful rule the day. Nothing is new under the heavens. I wish I had been born in another time. Maybe I need a new career; I could become a doctor or a preacher. Yes, that sounds promising. Why those callings? Because they make a daily contribution to other people’s lives. In return, people show them great gratitude for ministering to the needs of their kin. Only if I had one more chance to live life anew. On that thought, I heard a sound. I thought it was the voice of a much-heralded messenger bringing me the blueprint to treasure in a lost age so that I might leave behind an imprint of having lived well. However, it was just a grand delusion. My secretary informed me that my 10:00 a.m. appointment had arrived. Immediately, I realized my thoughts must change. Before I greeted my guest and after I regained my composure, I prayed to the Lord, while the entire universe listened, to answer the question of my heart. Please Lord, I prayed, free me from the bondage of not knowing the course to follow.
I had to wait ten agonizing years before I received the answer to my prayer. The answer came strangely enough in the summer of 2005 while I was eating dinner at my home with a fellow University of Maryland alumnus and his wife. We were sitting around the dinner table discussing current events in the news. The weekly news had been filled with stories about the impact of recent court decisions and corporations enacting new diversity programs. According to the NBC evening news, the term diversity was now being expanded to include lifestyle choices in response to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that sodomy was a protected right. Later that same week, the Fox News Channel featured an alarming exposé about how Christians throughout the country were being systematically discriminated against in public forums and the mainstream media. Then Friday served as the culmination to a very troubling week when the entire country was forced to endure the public spectacle of Terry Schiavo being slowly euthanized through starvation because her husband and some despots (judicial and political) believed she was an unnecessary appendage of society.
Instantaneously, I realized the deception that had permeated my mind for a decade. The god of this world, like the dark lord Sauron in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, had deceived many by packaging great evil (rings of power) disguised as valuable gifts. If accepted, the gift would rob individuals of their ability to discern and resist evil. The enemies of righteousness known as secularist and humanist pagans, in like manner, for twenty years had been developing their strategy to undermine all historical symbols of Judeo-Christian values in America. First, militant homosexuals mobilized to change the meaning of marriage by equating their sinful behavior, which is similar to the sins of pedophilia and bestiality, to the foundation of every society—the family. Second, the next wave of attack featured feminists attempting to deceive the unsuspecting public by saying that unborn fetuses in the womb were not people and that abortion is a private matter. And lastly, those who do not value life launched a monstrous campaign of misinformation to destroy human embryos in the name of scientific progress. As I reflected on the growing darkness in the land, the words of Paul the apostle came to mind: “In the last days men will not keep sound doctrine (2 Titus 4:3). Those deceived by evil and seduced by lasciviousness will seek to singe their consciences from any remembrance of God and persecute those who as salt and light hold fast to the truth in Christ Jesus. For it is written, “Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate (debased) mind, to do those things which are (shameful) not fitting (Romans 1:27).”
My inward witness was confirmed when Brian began to explain why he believed that America was entering a Dark Age in which faithless men who specialize in the art and science of making evil appear virtuous would flourish. He based his conclusion on a series of books, most notably the Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom by David Kupelian, that revealed how much of what Americans once almost universally abhorred has been packaged, perfumed, gift-wrapped, and sold to them as though it had great value. Highly-skilled marketers, playing on our deeply-felt national values of fairness, generosity, and tolerance, have persuaded us to embrace as enlightened and noble that which all previous generations since America’s founding regarded as grossly self-destructive—in a word, evil. If Christians do not understand the agenda of these pagan barbarians, their moral debauchery will lead to more destructive forms of so-called authentic self-expression (e.g., bestiality, legalized polygamy, and pedophilia) and threaten the very future of our country.
I could only agree wholeheartedly with his compelling argument concerning the current war for the soul of America. America was speeding to its own demise by becoming a society of death. He also reminded me of our past conversations about my belief that there were no battles left worth fighting and asked me what I intended to tell God on judgment day. At that point, I felt more than a little convicted. His piercing words cut to the heart. The Bible says, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11) which keep good men from doing anything in the face of evil or tyranny. I had wasted a decade watching sinister forces advance the abortion rights, gay rights, and church-state separation agendas without once raising any vociferous objection. I did not attend church regularly, write my congressmen, change political parties (i.e., Democrat to Republican to Independent, of course), contribute to like-minded political action committees, or speak at public meetings. However, that night changed everything when my mind was illuminated by a brilliant epiphany. There were things in this world worth fighting and dying for after all; and most important, I discovered that the key to free me from my self-imposed prison was in the lock, just waiting for me to turn it. Today, I am actively pursuing God’s call to enter the battle and expose secularists’ (i.e., atheist, liberals, Satanists, and stealthy, marauding pagans, and false brethren masquerading as Christians) plans to make America a spiritual wasteland like Canada and Western Europe.
© 2021 John Remington Pierce