Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. Romans 8:13
For the past 50 years, there is an annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. It is the goal of the forum “to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.”
The list of attendees is an annual “who’s-who” in the world – leaders of business, technology, political leaders all mingle and exchange ideas. These are the movers and shakers in the world. Many are billionaires.
They are the global elite. They are also current day pharisees who were the religious elite in biblical times. Instead of extolling outward religious appearance, the new brand of “pharisees” advocates eliminating fossil fuels in the world. An example is John Kerry, the new Climate Change Envoy of the Biden administration and a speaker at Davos.
Last month, Kerry was questioned on why he flew his private jet to Iceland to receive a climate change ice sculpture award. He defended emitting 40 times the amount of carbon emissions per person had he flown on a commercial flight, saying he was entitled to fly private jet because he needed to get things done for climate change.
In other words, rules for thee, but not for me. Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites. Reminds me of the saying that if a shoe fits, wear it.
Not all are enamored with the Great Reset. I never thought I would agree with Putin, the President of Russia. Putin realizes that eliminating fossil fuels will decimate the Russian economy which relies on exports of oil and gas. He spoke at Davos via teleconference and said “not so fast”.
Klaus Schwab, the founder of WEF, says that the goals are to revamp “all aspects of our societies and economies” from “education to social contracts to working conditions.” They avoid using the term “socialism”, but to me, rose is still a rose even by another name.
Increasingly, the agenda has taken on progressive issues like gender equality, inclusivity and climate change. Included in their tasks is what has been called The Great Reset which was adopted in 2020 as a response to COVID 19.
One has to look behind the curtain a bit to see where this is going. WEF uses terms like “social justice” and changes to our social system to be more “fair, resilient and sustainable”. Sounds good, but let’s look at it from a biblical worldview.
According to the WEF, climate change requires us “to decarbonize the economy” and to bring human thinking and behavior “into harmony with nature.” The aim is to build “more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies.”
Under the covers, one can see the move to socialist ideas propounded by Bernie Sanders, and Alexandria Cortez, et al, including the Green New Deal Plan. The latter would cost an estimated $32 trillion in the US alone. Mind you that until 2019, our annual federal budget was $3 trillion.
In order to pay for these grandiose programs, one has to adopt Modern Monetary Theory which has its own flaws. On top of that, it sets up radical goals including being carbon neutral and using only renewable clean energy in 10 years.
The world cannot run on renewable green energy alone through windmills and solar panels. Texas and California are suffering from over reliance on renewable energy – 25% of Texas electrical production comes from wind turbines in the western part of the state. Both have mothballed fossil fuel plants that are reliable.
A series of winter storms has shown the fallacy, and the result is that people are dying in Texas because of power outages. It is a complicated issue, but it is clear that the failure of the system was partly caused by unreliable green energy like wind power.
When snow covers the solar panels and wind turbines freeze, energy production stops. There is inadequate backup from fossil fuels to fill in the gap. This is happening in Germany, too, where renewables are now 40% of its supply of electricity and they have been closing fossil fuel and nuclear plants. With a harsh winter, they now have rolling blackouts of electricity.
The Davos summit also included thousands of members of the Global Shapers Community who are trained youth from 400 cities around the globe. Many have received training from the Al Gore founded Climate Reality Project. These are activists like Greta Thornberg, who are well-intentioned but misguided.
At the January session in Davos, Xi Jinping called on the world to be “inclusive” and to “uphold the common values of humanity”, ignoring the fact that China is committing genocide of the Uighurs and people in rural Tibet. Religious persecution of Christians and other minorities is ongoing in China. Somehow, the term “inclusivity” doesn’t mean what I thought it did.
The Great Reset is frightening in many ways, not the least of which it is the enemy of capitalism, personal freedoms and Christian values. The pandemic is a crisis that was perfect storm for them to advance a radical transformation of our world. As one writer put it, “the consensus has emerged at the annual Davos meetings that the world needs a revolution, and that reforms have taken too long.”
In Romans 8:21, Paul describes a biblical form of reset – a time in the future where creation will be liberated from decay and bondage. But that will be done by God, not by human hands. Only He can reset creation as he has promised.
This short post cannot adequately detail how radical the Great Reset is for transforming the world and society. I have provided additional resources below. I would ask that you educate yourself, because many influential leaders in government and business are already advancing the Great Reset agenda on many fronts.
MENTOR TAKEAWAY: The next generation are very concerned about climate change. They need a dialogue with a mentor to provide reality to aspirational green energy goals which are not realistic.
FURTHER READING: The Great Reset: A Dystopian Future? Williams
The Great Reset for Dummies – Lena
Stakeholder Capitalism – Rosenwald
From Lockdowns to the Great Reset – Mueller
Five Questions Christians Should be Asking About the Great Reset – Gospel Coalition
Church Leaders and the Great Reset – Culture Watch
WORSHHIP: Awesome God
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