Americans are setting unhealthy records with the least savings, the highest debt, and least time to think about their future that anyone can remember. There is plenty of information, but it seems no time to learn. Each week we publish a fresh Pharisee Watch editorial, which purposely exposes some problem of society and government that desperately requires our attention. So where do we see the hope?
Millions who are unseen by the media are turning to a natural abhorrence to the blood shedding they see on the Internet, and increasing numbers are groping for the causes and sources of the mass executions euphemistically called “war.” Americans are finally realizing these acts cannot be healthy for us…that we are live in an artificial, conflict-based economy where someone is marketing war to us with the same persistency that pharmaceuticals are peddled on prime time TV.
We Hold These Truths’ mission is to help those who want to see. We have focused on America’s churches, which are paradoxically the biggest problem and at the same time the greatest opportunity; they have responsibility before God so their obstruction to truth is the most abhorrent.
A small minority already knows, and is beginning to say that politicians and central bankers have built their empires on maintaining a war state. These War makers have allowed us (who fight and pay for the wars) to have peace only when we get mad enough to threaten their empires. This happened after Vietnam after we had lost a generation. Some of the survivors revolted suspecting that three major wars within 25 years was more than a coincidence. War is not our only problem, but if we find who is instigating the wars we will also find the cause of other problems, including declining morality in our churches, and the dilution of our money.
Chris, a young man who cuts my grey hair, told me the first time I sat down in his chair, “We live in a war-based economy.” I was thunderstruck with his succinct analysis, which came as his reply when I asked him why his haircuts cost so much. Chris knows his rising costs and the cost of my haircuts are related to war, and he does not apologize when he charges me 17 times what my first haircuts cost many years ago. Everything costs him that much more. It is not a coincidence that we American taxpayers have financed about 17 wars in those same years counting the big ones and little ones.
Chris is one of a growing number who cannot be fooled by smooth talk and phony promises about “fighting terrorism” and “ridding the world of dictators.” He knows instinctively that one class to keep the economy steaming for the benefit of the banking class fights every war. He would agree that each war (on an average) doubles the cost of a haircut by halving the value of the dollar that pays for it.
There is hope because a growing number are taking time to think, and are those who try to tell us they will think for us longer fooling no. Chris is a double important model because he is not just a first class barber whose instincts uncovered the fact of the “war-based economy” He is also a Christ follower who has not been fooled by the pulpit prattle that it’s all “God’s plan;” and he is not to fret because we are all on an unavoidable, collision course with the final hours of the earth, the “end times.” Chris is one who does not accept that “wars” are part of God’s plan; he knows serial wars are men’s plans and that Christ is not the Prince of War. He already suspected who the planners are before I came along. We Hold These Truths did not have to change Chris; he figured it out for himself and explained it to me, which makes him a double encouragement.