Spies like us

The National Security Council issued a report this month, outlining the Biden administration’s strategy for tackling domestic terrorism. Former FBI agent Kevin R. Brock wrote about the report for The Hill, commending some aspects of the NSC’s plan but sounding a warning about much of it. Brock says the strategy focuses on “one flavor of domestic terror that doesn’t offend the President’s base.” 

Brock says that the main targets for preventing terrorism are racism and bigotry, natch. Yet the definition of racism “is ever-expanding and [is] sweeping up new thoughts and actions.” Bigotry now includes “any effort to resist homosexual and transgender agendas by traditional, faith-based communities.” While that is troubling enough, the “fourth pillar” of the strategy involves preventing people from thinking for themselves, using what Brock calls “reeducation, eradication and media censorship.” (Thanks to CodyCoramDeo for this one.)

There are many takeaways for Mad Christians here. Though the tide may be turning against that which we love and value, we are not alone. We know the Holy Spirit comforts us and helps us in days of adversity.St Paul exhorted the Colossians to always speak with grace, “seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Even while he was in chains, the apostle asked them to pray that he would be given an opportunity “to speak the mystery of Christ.” So let’s pray for wisdom, because though the definitions of words change around us, God’s truth does not.