Sign of the times…
The Holy Bible, the God-breathed words of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to man through men selected of God tells us everything about everything. In every time. The Scriptures are not only the book of life given to man, woman, and child after God removed the tree of life from the Garden of Eden, but the Bible is the greatest and most unique history book in the world. Along with being the world’s greatest poetry book and biographical account of countless lives past, present, and future.
What was permitted and then what resulted as a result of how this Silicon Valley software company Basecamp operated is a glaring sign of the times.
The Bible reveals history to us from the past, in the present, and unlike any other book into the future.
And while those aware of history past know there have been very dark times, very brutal and horrible times in times past that we have become numb, blind, inoculated and the eyes, ears, hearts, and minds of the overwhelming majority are hidden from just how horrible and dark our time is and how much darker and atrocious our times will become. Unlike any suffering, trials, or tribulation on earth ever in its history, or that ever will be. This is in the Bible. This is true. Look it up for yourself. Here’s a clue if not fluent. This truth is found in Matthew’s gospel.
The world and far too many professing to be Christians partake of the corruption, perversion, and destruction of language. Altering meanings. Playing right into the hands of the devil. And make no mistake — all that is taking place has nothing at its root to do with politics, political correctness, tolerance, diversity, environmentalism, feminism, or any of the made-up words and what man has proclaimed as the cause of how things are. Life on earth is as it is due to the root cause of man and woman’s sin. Disobeying and ignoring God and obeying and paying attention to what the god of this world, Satan puts in front of them as important. As good and right when everything Satan puts in front of anyone is lies and death. A distraction keeping them from the truth. From reality. From life.
It irks me beyond my feeble ability to use words in the English language to use words such as “woke” or “wokeness.” But I will write this in response to more and more people being misled in speaking and writing of this dark and evil thing taking place. Take the time, bear in mind, think deeply and you will find that almost every time a word is created and used what is really taking place in putting it into use produces the exact opposite effect. The more “woke” a company, an organization, an institution, a government or a person imagines themselves the deeper in darkness, into the abyss they fall.
The Basecamp story is one clear example.
I will close my prefacing of the article below by turning to Scripture, which we all should do in everything. EVERY THING. EVERY DAY. There is nothing on earth, nothing taking place in any person’s life that cannot be, should be scrutinized, studied, and referenced according to the inerrant infallible living and active word of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit found in the Scriptures.
All of this political correctness? Wokeness? Inclusiveness? So-called compassion and tolerance and massive rebellion in society to remove all the foundations as they profess they are working to create a better world? One without hate?
The TRUTH of this movement and every movement of man and woman can be found in the Holy Bible. Yes, even movements that began in the 20th and 21st centuries. And we can begin to see this, study this, learn this beginning in Romans 1.
For, in truth, any movement of the 20th and 21st century is found in the following verses. Every “ism” every so-thought and so-called “progressive” advancing movement in man’s attempt to remove God and make themselves gods while obeying the god of this world, Satan, in the lying man can create the world in his image and make a better world than God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit created!
Here is the truth of EVERY movement of man and woman no matter what man or woman might call those movements with their words. The word of God is clear as to what they truly are at the root of each one;
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Romans 1:18-32 — English Standard Version
The so-called “woke culture?” Every single one of them in truth are nothing but slanderers, gossips, full of malice, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, haters of God, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless. They are malicious and full of strife and deceit. They are evil and unrighteous. Those words aptly and pointedly describe what this so-called “woke movement” is about. And every other “movement” of man and woman in the past 100 years.
The article below, written by Mr. Rosiak for The Daily Caller is a worldly man writing for a worldly news outlet. Yet it clearly reveals to those who can see, those who know not due to anything of their own intelligence or gift, but by the transformation in their lives by the power of God through the Holy Spirit to make it possible for them to see, to hear, to know — that this is but one more sign of the times and of the raging, escalating spiritual war every person is involved in. Every person. Everywhere. Every moment of every day and night.
And while we can read history books, watch documentaries and come to learn of the trials, tribulations, wars, and suffering in times past, know this dear one, dear friend, hopeful brother or sister in Christ — the times we live in and the times coming are going to be the most horrific, trying times on earth in this world’s history. A time of suffering, trials, and tribulations, unlike anything the world has ever seen or will see again.
And it is best today, right now, to equip yourself. Prepare. No matter your age, place, nationality, language what have you — today is the day to equip yourself. Prepare. Come to learn and know and thus act. To turn to God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit and the Bible, or turn back to God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Scriptures. To put on and keep on and well polished and maintained the whole armour of God.
For there is no out. No 4Fs. No conscientious objectors. No spectators in this war.
And every person will have to give an accounting.
And things from here on out are not going to get easier. It is a lie these young people, these corporations, our universities and schools, our institutions and government are going to create a better world as they blindly stumble about lying about getting closer to this unattainable Utopia they vainly imagine they are capable of bringing about.
It’s only going to get worse.
That does not mean despair and fear. That means to prepare and draw near — to God, to the Lord Jesus Christ, to the Holy Spirit, and increasingly the word of God. Strengthen the community of like-minded true believers. Corporate prayer. Increased faithful individual prayer. More time with and for God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and less time consumed in meetings, worldly affairs, selfish endeavors meaning little. We’re at war folks. Soldier up! Anyone going AWOL will not like the consequences of their eternity.
Finally, we need to end this preface to the article below with words from Jesus found in the Bible as He privately spoke to His disciples on the Mount of Olives;
“See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 24:4-28, 36-51 — English Standard Version
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Monday, May 3rd, 2021
ACP — A Crooked Path
One-Third of Basecamp Employees Quit After Founders Ask Them To Focus On Work, Not Wokeness, At Work
Company excised wokeness from the workplace after employees reportedly demanded “internal reckoning” over list of funny names that they, themselves, had helped create. Their invocation of “genocide,” one exec said, made rational discussion impossible.
May 3, 2021
By Luke Rosiak
Reprinted from The Daily Wire
About one-third of employees at software company, Basecamp quit days after bosses told them to keep ideology out of the workplace and focus on the company’s actual business.
“We make project management, team communication, and email software,” CEO Jason Fried wrote April 26. We don’t have to solve deep social problems, chime in publicly whenever the world requests our opinion on the major issues of the day, or get behind one movement or another with time or treasure. These are all important topics, but they’re not our topics at work.”
Tech journalist Casey Newton said about one-third of the company’s roughly 60 employees took buyouts shortly after, with one fuming: “Basically the company has said, ‘well, your opinions don’t really matter — unless it’s directly related to business…’ A lot of people are gonna have a tough time living with that.”
Newton reported at Platformer that woke tensions boiled over after, in December, a new hire “volunteered to help the company work on diversity issues.”
This included criticizing the fact that for years, many employees had contributed to a list called “Best Names Ever” in which they placed funny customer names — of “the sorts of names Bart Simpson used to use when prank calling Moe the Bartender: Amanda Hugginkiss, Seymour Butz, Mike Rotch.”
A third of the company joined a diversity initiative behind the volunteer, and two employees who had contributed to the list of funny names asked why there had never been an “internal reckoning” over it. They apologized for their involvement and included a link to something called the “pyramid of hate” from the Anti-Defamation League.
The pyramid lists “non-inclusive language, microaggressions” at the bottom and “genocide” at the top, saying, “If people or institutions treat behaviors on the lower levels as being acceptable or ‘normal,’ it results in the behaviors at the next level becoming more accepted.”
Basecamp chief technology officer and co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson, the father of the popular web development framework Ruby on Rails, condemned the list of funny names but found the invocation of genocide to be an example of “catastrophizing” that had the effect of shutting down rational conversation.
When one employee continued to push this line of logic, Hansson pointed out that that employee, himself, had participated in discussions making fun of customers’ names. “You are the person you are complaining about,” he thought, Newton reported.
Soon after, Fried, who along with Hansson has long been recognized as an expert on cultivating productive workplace culture, said the company was making changes to make sure there was “no forgetting what we do here.”
There would be “no more societal and political discussions” on official company channels, he said, calling it “a major distraction. It saps our energy, and redirects our dialog towards dark places.”
On Twitter, John Breen, whose bio describes him as “He/Him. ADHD. Software developer. Queer. High Maintenance,” tallied the exodus in a thread that began, “Let’s keep track of the folks who are leaving @Basecamp and do what we can to find them a new home where they’re allowed to exist without being told they’re divisive:”
“Ex-basecampers: we need people like you at Mozilla!” one Mozilla employee responded.
Mozilla has experienced the dark places and distractions Fried warned about. In 2014, Mozilla’s co-founder and CEO was forced to step down when activists made an issue of political speech outside of work six years prior. In 2008, Brendan Eich donated $1,000 to a ballot initiative that banned homosexual marriage, an initiative that passed, meaning his position was not only mainstream but the majority position at the time.
The right to opinions inside or outside of work, it seems, only extends to the right opinions.