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The Great Cultural Reset: A Double-Edged Sword

The Great Reset Technology and Culture

We are living today to witness the rapid rise of the Globalist agenda that’s bent on forming Satan’s prophesied one-world government. This nefarious movement is called “The Great Reset.” In his efforts, Satan has been using today’s technologies to unite the world under his new culture and ethos. How exactly is Satan using this technology? And, what will his new culture and ethos look like? Stay tuned as we explore this diabolical agenda!

In this first segment, we will first begin by analyzing how drastically this modern-day tech culture is negatively affecting our vulnerable youth. Next, we will identify Satan’s insidious end-goal, and then reveal his overarching strategy towards making this goal a soon reality. We will then identify six vital categories of technologies that, when integrated together, make Satan’s globalization strategy possible. In the conclusion, we’ll tie all of these technologies together to identify exactly what kind of culture the Bible centuries ago foretold Satan is trying to create.

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A Mental Health Crisis

What generation hasn’t had its slackers, right?

My parent’s Boomer generation, born between 1944-1964, in their youth weaved necklaces of daisies from out of the back of their multi-colored VW buses to their radios pulsating Led Zeppelin tunes. My own Gen-X generation, born between 1965-1979, spent countless hours devouring MTV and maneuvering a little Italian plumber around turtle shells while Michael Jackson blared from our oversized boom-boxes. And now, Millennials/Gen-Ys, born between 1980-1998, and Gen-Zs, born between 1999-2015, endure the pains of Tech-Neck from a life staring down at mobile device screens filled with a plethora of competing Apps while Beyoncé rocks out of wireless earbuds. Every generation has had its distractions and those who live to be distracted.

But, and this is significant, no other generation in the past has been subjected to as many distractions as the Millennials and Gen-Zs of today. Gen-Zs, in particular, have lived their entire lives never having known what life was like without being connected 24/7 to the Internet and mobile devices. This characteristic has led Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, to label Millennials and Gen-Zs as Generation Me and iGen respectively.1 And, after having reviewed two studies about classroom attention spans, led columnist Victoria Barret to label the children of today as the Distracted Generation.2

A great price has been paid psychologically for these endless distractions. Barret cites a Pew Research Center finding where nearly 90% of teachers surveyed said that digital technologies were creating “an easily distracted generation with short attention spans.”3 In a Common Sense study, 71% of teachers surveyed said they thought technology was hurting attention spans “somewhat” or “a lot,” with 60% concluding that online distractions hindered their students’ ability to write and communicate in person.4 Almost half of the teachers concluded that continual distractions also hurt critical thinking and homework skills.

Though ever-connected to their “friends” over social media, losing in-person human relationships has caused Gen-Zs to find themselves increasingly homebound, jobless, dislocated, lonely, lethargic, physically weakened, depressed, taking prescription pain killers, and even 35% more likely to commit suicide than previous less-technical generations. After learning that 44% of high school seniors in 2015 had never been out on a date, Dr. Twenge noted with some worry that, “it’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades” with the cause being that “much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.”5 She concluded that “the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever” and that “there is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives — and making them seriously unhappy.6

This abruptly negative shift in teen behaviors towards troubled emotional states is not a localized Western problem either, but has become a global cultural phenomenon:

The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health. These changes have affected young people in every corner of the nation and in every type of household. The trends appear among teens poor and rich; of every ethnic background; in cities, suburbs, and small towns. Where there are cell towers, there are teens living their lives on their smartphone.7

A Double-Edged Sword

On another note, and don’t take me wrong about this either, your initial impression after reading this so far may be that I hate technology. I do not. Quite the contrary, I love it!

After all, isn’t technology just applying what we know to fix problems and make stuff? Technology can be thought of as the gadgets and devices we make, but it also includes the technical skills and creativity it initially takes to invent and forge these tools.

And so, I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life professionally to the Information Technology (I.T.) world, specifically in Web development, design, and digital marketing; to ministerially as an Internet Evangelist pursuing every new technology that can potentially reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The communications technologies that the Lord has provided His Church today have reached far more people for Jesus Christ than any era before Itek Corporation founder Richard Leghorn coined the term “The Information Age” back in 1960. Praise God!

But, as we have seen, technology is a double-edged sword. The same social media that keeps us connected to long-lost family and friends also connects us to click-baiters and identity thieves and cyber-bullies. The same online classes that we take to help educate us from anywhere in the world can also depersonalize the educational process and leave the student learning in a vacuum. News and weather at the touch of the fingertip, which wonderfully warns of impending storms, can also keep us in a constant state of agitation long after the event has passed. The benefit of encountering so many different points of view online can leave one’s head spinning in moral relativism and despair.

Technology and the many devices that connect us provide great benefit to the individual and society, but in the wrong hands, can produce great harm. The lord of all evil — Satan — knows this. He’s had a plan going for thousands of years, since the beginnings of his corrupting influence on humanity, and it continues to this day. The only difference between then and now is that Satan has added technology to his strategy for reaching his insidious goal.

Going forward in the second segment then, let’s identify Satan’s end goal. Next, let’s discern his overarching strategy. And, finally, I will reveal a number of the technologies which combined culminate into the ultimate device that our Enemy now employs to help achieve his nefarious objective.

References

1. Jean M. Twenge, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” (accessed May 2020), https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/.

2. Victoria Barret, “A New Label For Kids Today: The Distracted Generation” (accessed May 2020), https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriabarret/2012/11/01/a-new-label-for-kids-today-the-distracted-generation/#790f0e6958ec.

3. Ibid.

4. Ibid.

5. Twenge.

6. Ibid.

7. Ibid.

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Nathan Jones

As the Internet Evangelist at Lamb & Lion Ministries, Nathan reaches out to the over 4.5 billion people accessible over the Internet with the Good News of Jesus Christ. He also co-hosts the ministry's television program Christ in Prophecy and podcast The Truth Will Set You Free.

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