Is it really possible that the U.S. could see a social credit score like they have in China? Caught up in that question is the recent squabble between tech companies over data privacy. Back with us today to go over this topic is Russ White (rule11.tech), nationwide expert in network infrastructure architecture. Russ and John discuss who really has ownership of your personal data, the impacts of net neutrality, and the rampant partisan hypocrisy of the Big Tech companies. The ultimate question is: who controls what and what will our rights be? They also look at how from a technological perspective, most everything is in place for Biblical prophecies to come true. As John has said, if this isn't the End Times, then it's one heck of a dress rehearsal.
John gives a dose of reality sprinkled with a dash of hope on today's podcast. After the ugly events of Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol, it helps to step back and get some perspective. John makes comparisons to the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 – how media and the left assigned every conservative a measure of guilt for the tragedy. You're seeing the same thing this week. There was little to no condemnation, especially against a collective group of people, over the summer for the two months of rioting and death then.
There is a major paradigm shift occurring in the world right now – the Great Reset is a big part of it and it is marching forward unhindered. John cites several examples from Steel past that foretold of the Great Reset we're seeing now. Could we be in the End Times – or at least the run-up to it? John gives hope from Scripture that God is with us and He will win out. We will have to go through some tough times, but God will prevail.
There's a battle of worldviews among people in the West, but what is really behind it? Dr. John Diamond (peacemakersoutreach.com), Founder and Executive Director of Peacemakers Outreach, joins us to discuss what best works to push back against tyrannical philosophy. A few decades ago, we removed God from the American worldview and as a result, we are not only warring against each in the realm of rhetoric and censorship, but also on the spiritual level. The best way to fight this battle is to bring God back to our country. And, of course, to pray. Otherwise, the battle rages on and one day may spill over into a violent revolution.
Are we in the End Times? Andy Woods, Senior Pastor at Sugar Land Bible Church, joins us to look at the possibility. He cites Biblical examples of what will happen in the End Times and compares that with what we are seeing today. Technology may be the vehicle that Antichrist uses during his brief tenure. So are we already in the End Times or is this just the preparation period?
A question arose during the election cycle about how Christians could vote for someone as obviously flawed as President Trump. Dr. Ben Voth (benvoth.com), Associate Professor and Director of Debate at Southern Methodist University, joins us to address that question. Several leaders in the Bible were less than righteous, including Paul and David. The question is: can the person get the job done? Dr. Voth also looks at the quality of presidential debates, what can be done to change them, and the importance globally of teaching debate.
Finally this week, John reaches out to the other side of the ideological aisle to try and bridge the divide. He speaks with Mark Sommer, an award-winning radio and print journalist – and noted progressive. They use climate change and alternative fuels as an issue on which to come together. Unless people can push aside their differences and come up with realistic solutions that work on the ground, the divide doesn't get bridged and nothing is ever accomplished.