Plodcast Ep. 11—Intelligence Agencies, The Puritan Hope, and Adikos
The Deep State—Intelligence Agencies Playing Politics
- Trump is in an ongoing tangle with Washington’s intelligence gathering agencies
- *Not defending the president*
- It is manifest that our intelligence agencies have been politicized
- Cost-benefit analysis:
- What are the odds of a terrorist attack/incident?
- What are the odds of the agencies misusing this information for political purposes?
- Why would we want anybody who is that politicized to have information to all our phones?
- Either (1.) all the intelligence agencies are entirely evil and corrupt, or (2.) there are good guys, and bad guys throughout
- It is evident that the good guys are not running the show
- Response: Look at all the leaks. How many people responsible for these leaks have been caught and have been tried and are serving time for their corruption?
- If they were, you could argue for more power and politicization.
- But they are not.
The Puritan Hope by Iain Murray
- A very pervasive premileenial gloom is widespread among evangelicals today. It was not like this for centuries before us.
- Many Puritans had the vision that the Great Commission would be fulfilled
- Shortly after the Reformation, down to the early part of the 1800’s—this belief was the overwhelming majority
- This book came at a time when I needed that certain kind of encouragement
Adikos—Unjust or Unrighteous
- adjectival usage
- God gives rain and sunshine to just and unjust men both
- God says He will separate the just and the unjust
- God cannot be unjust, and it would be unjust if He forgot our labors on His behalf
- We are to be righteous with little things