In John W. Whitehead’s 1982 book The Second American Revolution was a wakeup call to Christians that was not heard by enough them and heeded by even fewer.
Nearly everything Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, “predicted” in 1982 about Big Brother is a reality today. Too many Christians either had their head in the sand denying that they had any biblical reason to get involved politically or in the clouds waiting for Jesus to “rapture” them out of this world before the SHTF in something called The Great Tribulation.
Always lurking in the background of his many books is the creeping shadow of 1984and this horrifying image painted by Orwell:
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”
Here’s Whitehead’s summary of Orwell’s classic dystopian novel (you can watch the film version here):
“1984” portrays a global society of total control in which people are not allowed to have thoughts that in any way disagree with the corporate state. There is no personal freedom, and advanced technology has become the driving force behind a surveillance-driven society. Snitches and cameras are everywhere. And people are subject to the Thought Police, who deal with anyone guilty of thought crimes. The government, or “Party,” is headed by Big Brother, who appears on posters everywhere with the words “Big Brother is watching you.”
In Hillary Clinton’s new book about her excuse-ridden 2016 election loss to Donald Trump, What Happened, adds this bit of revisionist history about 1984:
“Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on:our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on the evidence, ourselves.