When Evil is in Power

We knew of course that there was an underground in Holland – or suspected it. Most cases of sabotage were not reported in our controlled press, but rumors abounded. A factory had been blown up. A train carrying political prisoners had been stopped and seven, or seventeen or seventy, had made it away. The rumors tended to get more spectacular with each repetition. But always they featured things we believed were wrong in the sight of God. Stealing, lying, murder. Was this what God wanted in times like these? How should a Christian act when evil was in power?    From: “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom

How should a Christian act when evil is in power?

This is a valid question for one simple reason: in the United States and the world evil is in power. It is time we face that fact and decide how we will respond if and when we are called upon to do so.

I see it as my job to raise awareness of the times in which we live. Lawmakers are not listening to us. Judges are not listening to us. Innocent people are going to death row and/or suffering the horrors of life behind bars without the possibility of parole – many of them in solitary confinement.

The death penalty no longer exists in the state of Massachusetts and 85% of that state’s population is against it. Yet out of that population a jury of twelve “death qualified” jurors was found for the Boston Marathon bombing case and these twelve unanimously voted “death for Dzhokhar.”

That is troubling.

The process of finding a death qualified jury, by the nature of the goal, unfairly excludes people of faith who take seriously and refuse, no matter the crime, to set aside the Holy Commandment “Thou shalt not kill.” Irregardless of the circumstances these people recognize the sovereignty of the God who gave that command. But people who refuse to play God belong on juries for they have not lost faith in redemption. Call it civil disobedience. Call it a form of jury nullification if you will: if asked to serve on a jury where the ultimate punishment is possible, we must all become “death qualified.” At present, there really is no other way. The buck, for now, stops with us.

Long ago I came across an article whose title read something like “Ten Times When it’s OK to Lie to Your Boss.” Reasons #8 and #9 are relevant to the idea of anti-death penalty people deciding to become “death qualified” jurors. They appear below:

#8 When Bosses Lie to You First
There is an implicit contract between human beings: you don’t lie to me and I won’t lie to you. In business, though, that implicit contract is often seen as a one-way street. The employee is told to always tell the truth, while the boss is mandated to lie with impunity when it’s in the firm’s interest.

When bosses tell self-serving lies about salaries, raises, layoffs, work hours etc. they have set themselves outside the pale of ethical human behavior. As such, they no longer have any right to ask for honesty from you.

Of course, you may choose to tell the truth, if you wish, but you are no longer obligated to do so.

#9 When There’s a Penalty for Truth-telling
If your boss consistently shoots messengers, you have no obligation to be the messenger who gets shot. For example, when I worked at a DEC in the early 1990s, the easiest way to get a dead-end assignment was to point out to top management the obvious truth that PCs were replacing minicomputers. I learned the hard way that telling that particular truth in that particular company was stupid. It wasn’t going to change anything. Think of it this way: when bosses can’t handle the truth and, indeed, don’t really want to hear it, you’re not doing them any favors by throwing the truth in their faces.

In the end, it is between us and our God what we decide. I can only decide this issue for myself – and I have. So: am I, could I be, a “death qualified” juror?

“Yes, Your Honor, absolutely.”

Some of you may be shocked by what I am suggesting: that one should lie about one’s death penalty stance to get on a jury. It is my hope that the remainder will be inspired. And in case you’re wondering why I began this section of today’s post with an excerpt from “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom I will end this section with another excerpt to tell you more about her.

“Would you be willing to take a Jewish mother and her baby into your home?”

Color drained from the man’s face. He took a step back from me. “Miss ten Boom! I do hope you’re not involved with any of this illegal concealment… It’s just not safe! Think of your father!”

I pulled the coverlet back from the baby’s face. The man bent forward, his hand in spite of himself reaching for the tiny fist curled round the blanket. For a moment I saw compassion and fear struggle in his face. Then he straightened. “No. Definitely not. We could lose our lives for that Jewish child!”

Unseen by either of us, Father had appeared in the doorway. “Give the child to me, Corrie,” he said.

Father held the baby close, his white beard brushing its cheek, looking into the little face with eyes as blue and innocent as the baby’s… “You say we could lose our lives for this child. I would consider that the greatest honor that could come to my family.”

The back cover of the book says this:

Corrie ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner. “Oh, the poor woman,” Corrie cried. “Yes. May God forgive her,” Betsie replied. And once again, Corrie realized that it was for the souls of the brutal Nazi guards that her sister prayed.

Both women had been sent to the camp for helping the Jews. Christ’s spirit and words were their guide; it was His persecuted people they tried to save – at the risk of their own lives; it was His strength that sustained them through times of profound horror.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The story of Corrie ten Boom taught me many important truths about God and His ways. Though I read the book many years ago, those truths remain alive in me. To this day, they help me in our fight to save Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Again from “The Hiding Place:”

Jop was supposed to be back by the 7:00pm curfew. Seven came and went. Perhaps he had been delayed and would return in the morning.

We did have a visitor early the next morning but it was not Jop. I knew the minute Rolf stepped through the door that bad news was weighing him down.

“It’s Jop, isn’t it?”
“Yes.”
“What happened?”

Rolf had learned the story from the sergeant at the night desk. When Jop got to the address in Ede the Gestapo was already there. Jop had rung the bell; the door opened. Pretending to be the owner of the house, the S.D. man had invited Jop in.

“And Corrie,” Rolf said, “we must face it. The Gestapo will get information out of Jop. They have already taken him to Amsterdam. How long will he be able to hold his tongue?”

Once again we considered stopping the work. Once again we discovered we could not.

Those of you who, like me, love and pray for and battle fear and anxiety over what Dzhokhar is going through as part of daily life in The ADX need to pay special attention to the last paragraph of this excerpt of “The Hiding Place:”

That night Father and Betsie and I prayed long after the others had gone to bed. We knew that in spite of daily mounting risks we had no choice but to move forward. This was evil’s hour: we could not run away from it. Perhaps only when human effort had done its best and failed, would God’s power alone be free to work.

I find comfort and renewed faith for Dzhokhar when I read that last sentence. What do I believe God for in regard to Dzhokhar? – that he will experience the living, abiding, life-changing presence of Jesus in his jail cell, that he will accept Him as his savior and Lord, that he will be protected from physical and mental harm even as his emotions are taking a beating, that he will not succumb to despair, that in spite of everything he will find a way to hold on with the help of Jesus and the unseen angels who I am certain never leave his side.

Like Betsie ten Boom, we must pray for the guards at the ADX.

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36

The ADX guards may be trained and expected to treat the prisoners under their control with cruelty, thus surrendering their own souls for a paycheck. The truth of the matter is: they do not have to. We can pray; God can work. And one day Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can tell us how he watched it all change before leaving prison for the last time.

If You Build It They Will Come?

Several decades ago I heard about the existence of a satanic group originating from Europe. They call themselves The Illuminati. They see themselves as the enlightened ones and the rest of the world’s people as less than nothing.

They are vile, evil, and power-mad. They are wealthy and influential. They control the media, the banks, education, government, the entertainment industry and many other important segments of life and society. Their goal is a New World Order – One World Government. Most of what I learned about The Illuminati will never make it onto this blog “for it is shameful even to speak of the things being done by them in secret.” Ephesians 5:12

But I will talk about the camps.

Before I do, just let me say this: I am not veering off-topic. This blog is about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It was created to help him. By the end of this post, you will see that I am still very much writing the wrong for Jahar.

So let’s talk about the camps.

There are over 600 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States.

I’ll stop there. Anyone can easily find the information I did on the internet. Besides, what I learned about the camps, The Illuminati, the New World Order etc is not what is important. What God had to say about the matter is.

When I read these things I was at once amazed and deeply disturbed. The forces of evil in this world and in this country are many. They are well-financed and well-connected. They are used to getting their way. They are not to be challenged.

Most disturbing to me is the knowledge that people like me who blog, who speak out, who champion the rights of and value of all human beings, who believe in God and Jesus his Son, who stand against evil – we do not exist, we do not have a place in the New World Order.

We are feared, we are uncooperative and would encourage others to resist – therefore, we are to be exterminated. That is the extent of the plan when it comes to people like me, people like Corrie, Betsie and Casper ten Boom.

However, the world still needs people like us…

As I sat contemplating all this, the Lord spoke to me so clearly. What He said made all the difference, like it always does. I know I lose some of you when I say that God speaks to me. That is sad and unfortunate; I pray that your reaction changes some day soon when you hear His tender voice for yourself. We all need to hear that still, small voice as the darkness of this world grows darker still with each passing year.

So what did God say after I had filled my mind with thoughts and images of what is to come? What did He have to say about all the elaborate plans of this powerful entity called The Illuminati?

He asked me a question.

Psalm 2:1 “Why are the nations in uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing?”

I understood, in that simple question, what He was saying: just because they build the camps does not mean God will ever allow them to be filled… And with that sweet knowledge of the One who is really running the show here on planet earth, I turned off the light and slept soundly. God’s Word will do that; it is the cure for anxiety.

Yesterday I began feeding a half-starved stray cat I encountered by one of the dumpsters in my apartment complex. As the cat ate, it dropped crumbs of food here and there around the bowl.

That brought out the ants.

I entertained myself with watching one try to drag away a rather large morsel. Finally he recruited a few of his fellow ants to help. These ants pushed and pulled that piece of cat food, finally lifting it and moving it a good ways. When I tired of watching them I crushed them and their efforts with very little pressure from just one finger.

“He frustrates the plans of the wicked so that their plans never succeed.” Job 5:12

With the question of Psalm 2:1 God was letting me know He is not afraid of or impressed by The Illuminati and all their programs, wealth and goals for a New World Order. He is watching their activities just like I watched those ants. And He can move in and crush them whenever and however He chooses to. I find that knowledge more than a little comforting.

And what does this have to do with Dzhokhar?

If God can so easily destroy the Illuminati, canceling their best-laid plans, He can defeat those coming against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the same manner, with the same ease.

Isaiah 40:21 – 31
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than He blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?”

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

“Just Be Held”
Casting Crowns

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on
And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and
And answers seem so far away
You’re not alone,
Stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart
It’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on
And just be held…
Just be held…
Just be held…

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have
And I always will
And not a tear is wasted
In time you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

So when you’re on your knees and
And answers seem so far away
You’re not alone,
Stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart
It’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on
And just be held…
Just be held…
Just be held…

Lift your hands,
Lift your eyes –
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are,
I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me
Find your rest
In the arms of a God who won’t let go

So when you’re on your knees and
And answers seem so far away
You’re not alone,
Stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart
It’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on
And just be held…
Just be held…
Just be held…
Just be held…
Just be held…

9 thoughts on “When Evil is in Power”

  1. Hey there! I was recently directed to your blog by a friend of mine and as somebody who also loves Dzhokhar, I just wanted to thank you for fighting for him. And I find it amazing that some of your posts literally echo my own thoughts exactly even though we’ve never met! Great minds think alike I guess!
    Thanks again and I hope you have an awesome day Lynn!

    1. God is at working speaking to “him (or her) who has ears to hear” regarding Dzhokhar – that is for sure… I am glad you found the blog.

  2. The point here is a great one! Decent people just can’t sit back and do nothing especially when they know what’s going on and that evil is everywhere. I don’t think there is any chance that there will be an influx of morally decent and compassionate people being hired by the DOJ so ordinary people need to take over. Juries have power and they need to start using that power in order to stay true to themselves and to their God. When we know something is very wrong we must try to right that. It’s not even a duty – it’s simply living by our own moral code and helping others whenever we can. This will also fulfill who we are and what we need to do in this life.

    It’s high time to speak up and say or do something. Dzhokhar deserves and needs a new trial and if good people who are not afraid to be themselves and who are not intimidated by the prosecution and judge are on that jury then justice might prevail.

  3. Great blog Lynn… Jahar is a strong boy to be going through the hardships he’s going through. I research the torturous things that go on at ADX. That young man is a soldier and his Faith is what makes him strong enough to give another day a shot. I believe those walls won’t surround him forever…..great writing Lynn. Inspirational is what I’ll call it. Great song too..

    1. I am so glad you still read the blog and support it and Jahar! I love that song so much too! And that book The Hiding Place… I can’t say enough about how inspirational it is to me!

      1. I’ll never stop supporting your blog nor Jahar Lynn. You guys are stuck with me for the long haul. 😆 You always pick the perfect songs… If the Hiding Place is inspirational to you, then it must be a good read. I might take a stroll through the pages of this mighty book. Sounds very interesting.

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