It may seem strange to some that I am fascinated by how the basic laws of physics, at least in principle, impact both the material and spiritual world. The first and second laws of thermodynamics largely explain a great deal of the struggle we have here on earth to overcome the effects on Creation due to the fall of mankind through Adam. I expand on that in some detail in chapters 1 and 3 of I Came to Give.
Another powerful law of physics is inertia, which states that an object in motion will stay in motion, and an object at rest will stay at rest unless energy is applied. This law also applies in principle to the spiritual world as well. It is a well-known axiom that human beings are, for the most part, “creatures of habit.” That phrase simply gives language to the law of inertia at work in our patterns of behavior.
Families, communities, and entire nations can generate tremendous spiritual inertia. For it to sustain itself over generations, the systems that manage our “economic energy” must evolve to support the established “habits.” Once entrenched, the amount of energy required to meaningfully change their trajectory is significant at the family level and nearly incalculable at the national level.
Leading up to the year 2020, it seemed there was an established trajectory that would lead the world into a period of stability and prosperity. It was all a façade. In his book, The Revolt of the Public, Martin Gurri reveals that for years there has been a growing chasm between those in positions of authority (whom he calls the elites), and the public, whom he describes as follows:
“The public is composed of those self-selected persons interested in [an] affair, it possesses no legitimate authority whatever, and lacks the structure to enforce any authority that might fall its way. The public has no executive, no law, no jails. It can only express an opinion, in words and in actions—in its own flesh and blood.” Gurri, Martin. The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium (p. 98). Stripe Press.
For over a decade, the disconnect between the elites and the “public” has been a growing source of pent-up energy, like stress on a fault line. The proliferation of information available to the public has exposed the fallen nature of the elites and fueled their disdain for them. In 2020, the pandemic and increasing geopolitical instability revealed that this energy had broken the fault line, and the world was being established on a new trajectory.
Many people fear that this new trajectory favors global chaos, where the elite will use the disruption of inertia to gain control over humanity. Those who believe this may cast a cynical eye toward our belief that the world ahead is one that will be characterized by abundance and not extreme scarcity.
Left to our own power, they very well could be right.
However, we have at our disposal the one source of power that can harness enough energy to bring chaos on a global scale into order - the power of the Holy Spirit. Every day He directs hundreds of millions of individual’s “economic energy” to build the Kingdom of God. When the ekklesia gets its mind wrapped around the reality that the systems that manage our economic energy are designed to work against us instead of with us, the power of the Holy Spirit will give them the courage (power) to design and adopt new systems. It will be a major turning point in human history.
Yes. Inertia has been broken on a massive global scale, rarely experienced in human history. However, a new trajectory has not yet been established. Like wet cement, there is a limited period of time to shape the world before it settles. The public is restless and searching for answers. It is our responsibility to take this opportunity to bring forth answers that will realign the world’s disrupted systems according to God’s original design and intent. That is a very tall order indeed. But I believe we are up to it.