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The Reformation Herald Online Edition

Surviving in the COVID Era

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Editorial
Good-Bye, Freedom!

Dear fellow believer, we are confronted with the most aggressive cultural revolution ever encountered in the leading nations of the free world. Today it is becoming more and more vivid that to be a Christian is unsafe and even dangerous on this fallen planet. Christianity is the key element being removed from our way of life. The heritage of the American forefathers is being overturned. The cherished memories of their accomplishments in behalf of all humanity are being replaced with something sinister that has nothing to do with the true history of a highly influential nation that quickly rose to worldwide prominence—a nation that was founded by Christian people and based upon Christian principles.

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”1

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche became one of the youngest university professors of the University of Basel, around the year 1869. He was only 24 years old when academia recognized his supposed “genius.” Then, in 1879, Nietzsche was forced to resign. We cannot know exactly what seeds he was sowing in his mind, but the Bible tells us without a doubt that all sow what they reap; cause produces effect. One of the earliest evidences of Nietzsche’s rhetoric against a “non-existent” God is found in 1862 in his essay, —declarations that eventually escalated into the vitriolic language mentioned above, and producing the inevitable consequence of affecting the philosopher’s health for life. In 1889, at age 44, Nietzsche experienced an irreversible mental breakdown and he later died in the year 1900, without any drop of sanity or capability to express regrets or remorse over his past life.

Yet his words, “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him” sadly remained. His influence injected into the generations that followed are echoed and reflected today in the behavior of many on American streets as well as elsewhere throughout the world. Regardless of intellectual level, financial status, or skin color, the whole human race is marching towards ultimate self-destruction. The greed for power animates the “shadow” of many people from both the religious and political spectrum with the desire to control human behavior and even the human mind itself. We look around us and see “fear” as the daily ingredient served to the masses by the media. In today’s world, probably one in three may say, “I’m hungry,” one in two, “I’m thirsty,” but it is likely that nearly all of us would say, “I’m worried.”

Our streets are a spectacle of violence and lawlessness. Dear reader, the spirit of unrest seen in almost every country of the world reflects the words of Jesus fulfilling in our generation. The Lord bemoaned, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Luke 13:34, 35).

I hope and pray that the articles prepared for the reader of this issue of will bring the best awareness possible for our spiritual life in order to be ready for the perfect storm that is looming on the horizon.

References
1 Nietzsche: The Gay Science, section 125, “The Madman” Die fröhliche Wissenschaft, “The Joyful Pursuit of Knowledge and Understanding.”