"being defamed, we entreat. We have become as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now." (1Co4:13)
Jesus said of the days just prior to His return that events would escalate and become like the "days of Noah". (Mt24:37) Jesus spoke of life going on 'as normal', living life, planting crops, being married, etc.etc. Another characteristic of Noah's day was that...
A prime example of this happened just the other day, the 24th, at the so-called "Midnight Mass" at St.Peter's... although they held it at 10pm this year. According to the evening news here, by the time one accounts for the time zones, the event had already happened in Rome. This lady jumps out of the audience, lunges towards the pope, and he ends up on the floor, one of the cardinals ends up with a broken leg, and the security people escort her out.
According to the news source I first heard it on, the account went something like: This lady attacks the pope, just like she did a year ago; she is known to have a 'history' of mental disorders. And then in the next breath, they then added that it hadn't yet been determined if this was the SAME LADY as last year.
So, let's think about the initial logic here. Before all the facts are in (for sure), the conclusion is reached that this lady has a 'history' of mental problems. But they don't know, conclusively, -who- this lady is. If they don't know -who- she is, how can they conclude that she has a -history- of "mental disorders"?
It is an immediate -assumption-. Somebody is attacking the pope. They're crazy! After all, what sort of 'sane' person would try to do injury to such an one of such eminence.
Another interesting state of affairs, in Great Britain. Yielding to pressure from Islamic factions, the British court system has been persuaded to issue warrants for the arrest of certain Israeli leaders, should they step foot in England. Their crime? Being in leadership in Israel when Israel engaged in military operations in Gaza a year ago, destroying military installations and weapons caches. And Great Britain, the nation who was responsible for the Balfour Declaration to establish Israel as a nation again, is now caving to Israel's enemies. What one group of people has against another, they take it before the global (essentially) court of opinion. They can't deal with the matter, themselves, so they solicite others to help do their dirty work.
You see... all these global summits, eventually coming to fruition as a global governance. A citizen of one country can be tried in a court half a world away...no longer protected by their own nation's legal system of governance and constitution. In fact, US high judges are, more and more, making decisions, not based on the US Constitution, but on principles of the World Court.
But if a Believer in Jesus Christ is arrested in their own jurisdiction, where the Constitution guarantees "freedom of religion", how can the powers-that-be make a case 'stick'? The Believer's problem is not that they believe in the Most High, and guide their lives by the Bible; No! They are 'sick'! They have "self-esteem" issues. They are neurotic. They have issues that were derived from their childhood that need to be "reprogrammed".
Indeed, in communism's past, when Christians were rounded up and sent to prison, it was a program of mood-altering and behavioral modification drugs, counseling, torture... as it was known during that era... "BRAIN WASHING". Get rid of the notions of God, sin, salvation, Heaven, hell, good and evil.
It was also known as "atheistic communism". Their prime agenda was that "there is no God". First cosmonaut to go into space, in keeping with the party program, when he got up into space, is alleged to have looked around and smarted off: I don't see God anywhere up here.
If they were to carp -because- the True Christian BELIEVES IN GOD, they would be knowingly openly condemning themselves. But if they can couch it with terms like "re-education" or "psychological adjustment" or "sensitivity training".
And these labels of "mentally ill" or "psychological disorder" do not even need to be based in fact or certified knowledge...which was the whole point of reviewing the news coverage of the woman who attacked the pope. The reporter DIDN'T KNOW, but proclaimed her 'problem' before researching all the facts. And so then in the court of public opinion, whether she was or not, she is assumed to be 'crazy'.
As laws are being passed, citizens will be losing their constitutional protection of "due process", if the president decides that it's time to clamp down on certain Christians. All that has to be invoked is "national security concern"; and that will be enough to wave the Bill of Rights, and the person can be carted off to detention, locked up, never to be seen again for who-knows-how-long. As it is turning out, true national security risks will have more "rights" than true (innocent) Christians will have, who have not broken any laws, nor made any threats to the nation.
And many of them will be carted off to 'mental' hospitals and subjected to physical, chemical and psychological abuse, because....
This is nothing new. After all, isn't this what Festus yells out to Paul...
"Let us walk decently, as in the day, not in carousings and drunkenness, not in cohabitation and licentiousness, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts." (Rom13:13-14)
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they speak against you as evildoers, those who falsely accuse your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil." (1Pt3:15-17)