A Disconnect Like Strong Delusion

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
8. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The other morning I was watching a YouTube video featuring Alex Jones discussing the corrupt “nanny state” and society’s attitude of dependence on it. My wife didn’t care to hear it.

A few minutes later the radio was playing a Katy Perry song about California girls. I couldn’t help but think how far removed the song’s contents–and the whole recording industry, for that matter–are removed from what Alex Jones was talking about.

Talk about a disconnect from reality.

Recently a local TV channel began carrying TV reruns from the 1960’s and 1970’s. As I sat a few nights ago watching one of the shows I enjoyed as a child, it occurred to me that I was doing exactly what an executive somewhere hoped I’d be doing.

Imagine him telling his colleagues, “If we can’t get him with modern TV programming and the Internet, let’s give him something he’ll want to watch. Make him think of the past when things were simpler. Back when things seemed more innocent. It’s about keeping the mind parked in neutral while the world goes nuts.”

How about another example of disconnect? Not long ago I read an article from a man whose analysis was dead on concerning our growing police state government and the submissive apathy of the sheeple. His solution? Join up with the Oath Keepers and the Tea Party movement.

Once again, talk about a disconnect from reality. If things are truly as bad as this guy says they are, where’s the hope? What good is it to get involved in political affairs, blissfully hoping numbers of unified warm bodies will matter?

Perhaps it’s more than discoonect. Perhaps it’s delusion. It’s not the strong delusion the Scriptures refer to in 2 Thessalonians, but perhaps it resembles it or is a type of it.

And what if that’s how God wants it? If you think God wants all to come to the truth, think again.

What characterizes the majority of people during the future time when AntiChrist is on the earth? According to 2 Thessalonians 2:10, they and he will have “all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them.” And such people deserve God’s judgment because “they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

God will deliberately send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie. Eventually, they get what they deserve.

How about us today? We, too, live in an age of disconnect and delusion. That’s true even among many of us who are believers in Christ. What will be our judgement? Loss of reward?

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