Another change is coming.
As I glance back over the past year, I realize just how significant a change it was when reality shifted. That is, when God changed how He was going to execute His wrath on the US. Somewhere back there was a sharp turn away from Apocalypse and that’s no longer in the cards. But it’s still some pretty harsh wrath coming on certain parties.
It meant big changes for me, of course. If you look at it from a materialistic point of view, a lot of money I invested in certain kinds of tools, equipment and supplies went to waste. A lot of that stuff suddenly meant nothing to me, never mind what it might mean to someone with a different viewpoint. Burn the bridges because I’m not looking back. I’m not waiting to turn into a pillar of salt.
God has been most generous, providing what I need and a lot of stuff I simply wanted. There is no shame in asking Daddy for toys, so long as they don’t hinder our growth in the mission preparation. Austerity is not a virtue in the Kingdom of Heaven. We are ready for it should He choose it for us, but we should also learn how to do extravagance for His glory. At the same time, watch that your flesh doesn’t get in the way and start making silly demands for things that will hurt you.
For the past two decades I’ve been sticking my head deeper and deeper into the virtual realm. That was my calling during those years, the place where I could grow and learn and share. It’s not a question of the Net being good or bad; it’s just the place I was supposed to be. It will remain an important tool into the foreseeable future. However, I will have less time for it soon. I’ll keep writing blog posts and I will definitely answer email. I believe I have one more book to publish online (the study in Psalms), and perhaps one more exploration of my religion. My fiction is wholly unpredictable because I can only write it when it comes to me. And as the Networked Civilization arises to displace the West, it will become less useful to me.
If staying in contact with me is important in your own calling, then this is your chance to stake out some turf. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; you can request my phone number that way.) Whatever it is I’m doing on the Net will have to bring a higher yield in fruit. All of my resources will go to spiritual harvest, either in meat space or online. I’m not playing favorites, but the time has come for me to get to work in a different way. After this next surge of writing to establish something that I hope yields a stronger interest in making this something more than mere entertainment, I’ll be slacking off.
There won’t be any particular reason to feel obliged to write and post something every day. Instead, there will be a bigger focus on sharing what happens in meat space. The writing will tend to reflect attempts to organize my thoughts on what I’m doing. You can still ask questions, but that hasn’t happened much lately, so I don’t expect much in the future.
It also means I’ll have to cut back on some of my reading and research. It’s not just the time investment; I’ve already indicated that this propaganda war is getting messier so that it’s harder to filter out the distractions. I’ve also warned that the political shift to fascism — merging government and Big Technology — means less room for independent expression on the open Internet. Censorship is rising, and where that doesn’t work, smothering will. This is not going to be some golden age for the Net. Instead, it will require learning how to use the virtual catacombs to share without attracting too much notice from The Powers That Be. That means I expect blogging will change dramatically in the next few years, if not sooner.
So our little play yard here will close sooner than any of us likes, even if it takes a few years. We are creatures of habit. I’m going to be proactive and meet the future I see coming before it arrives. I know that God intends to use me in meat space and I wanted to make sure you understood the implications. If you need me, you’ll have to engage me more directly. Otherwise, I’ve really enjoyed having all 800+ subscribers, the dozen or so who have commented, and all the casual readers who have stopped by over the past eight plus years.
Don’t be surprised if it seems my two blogs get quieter in the near future.