This is the devotional for February 1, 2019
Yes, you read this headline correctly. Here are the bullet points I want to call out from LinkedIn’s post titled “Hustle culture worships workaholism“
- Millennials find their own form of worship – work
- Performative workaholism
- Apostles of Hustling
- Rise and Grind
Here’s a screenshot I took of my computer with this story on it. I was concerned that the article might get pulled.
(sorry for the red circle, it helps me find my cursor.)
I never expected to be writing a “news story” like this one. We’ve all read about the Millennials being the boomerang generation, where they leave home and then come back. And I personally worked with HR staff that took training on how to deal with the Millennial culture that doesn’t respect job role hierarchies, but I never foresaw this condition occurring.
First Some Background
We are the progeny of Adam. So, within every living person, there is a need to worship and serve a “higher power.” We all also need to activate the faith that God has placed in everyone (Ro. 12:3), but for faith to be in one’s employment seems to come out of left field.
Millennials, within all socio-economic strata, have begun rejecting or redefining traditions and the religions of their parents and grandparents. This is causing shockwaves around the world. Who would have guessed that women in Saudi Arabia would be able to get a legal driver’s license and to actually drive motorcycles?
Hanan Iskandar, on the motorcycle, and Doaa Bassem, second from left, received training this month to prepare for this Sunday, the first-day women will be legally permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia. CreditTasneem Alsultan for The New York Times
Millennials Worship Work
So, now that we have some background as to the social and religious tectonic shift taking place right before our eyes let me dig a bit deeper so we understand the Biblical aspect.
Normally, I avoid writing about eschatology, the part of Theology (i.e., the study of God) concerned with end-times. However, when we see “worship of work” in the rather banal business version of Facebook that’s a wake-up call to every Christian.
Let me provide you a quote made in a 2004 teaching series on Revelation by Bible.org. The title of this lesson is “Destruction of Commercial Babylon (Rev 18:1-24)”
The Babylon of this chapter undoubtedly includes an actual city that will be rebuilt on the Euphrates and a politico-commercial system that becomes the means and basis of a new worldwide religious system by which the beast will be worshipped (Rev. 13). If you recall, the beast brings about his own worship by his control of commerce or buying and selling.
This wasn’t what the Left or Right schemed and planned for.
The governments around the work have been feeding their technology companies with the intent to establish their place in the New World Order. Tax breaks, extended visas, government contracts have all been mechanisms used by Socialists, Liberals, and Conservatives to curry favor. Why?
They see what we haven’t seen. The large tech companies ARE the future of government. The “tiger” can’t be kept in its cage. Governments are surviving on loans (e.g., T-Bills) and central bank brinksmanship while Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Salesforce, and so on are reaping massive amounts of after-tax profits. So much so that a big challenge for these companies is where to park all their cash; Ireland seems to be the most popular.
These tech giants are submitting and getting foundational patents on what will be our future world. They are buying small businesses just to get the team of people that were creative enough to start their small company. And, they are buying “tiny” companies to move the word’s commercial chess board. One example is Intel buying a small start-up for $67M dollars. I’ve worked in companies of this size and the only real value is their IP (i.e. intellectual property).
We are living during a fascinating time! Okay, let’s get back to the new religion of the worship of work. To do that, I want you to look at Facebook, with it’s 2.5 billion subscribers.
Inc. business magazine recently published a shocking article on the cult of Facebook, titled, “Here’s Why Facebook’s Former Employees Describe the Company as Cult-Like.” In this article, former employes said that “If you disagree with either leadership or co-workers, you may face unpleasant consequences.”
“The pressure for us to act as though everything is fine and that we love working here is so great that it hurts,” an employee reportedly told [Sheryl] Sandberg [COO] during a town hall meeting at the company. “There shouldn’t be this pressure to pretend to love something when I don’t feel this way.”
Now I’m going to go out on a limb which means I’m a sitting duck! The dispensation of the Gentiles is in the decline, America has lost its leadership position. China, India, and even small countries are taking the lead in biology, AI, nanomechanics, and so forth. A coalescing of new centers of power is taking place and they aren’t part of Western civilization. This is no happenstance; God is shifting the world back towards the Middle East, back to Israel. I believe we are in the twilight of the Gentile dispensation and God is turning His face back to Israel. Israel will hold key technologies and therefore will be at odds with the new world government.
At this point, you’ve probably decided I’m off my meds or taking too many. Discussions about end-times always cause strong disagreements. I have no desire to disturb your nest. But, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t bring my understanding to you. It’s up to you to do with it as you will.
Facebook excerpts By Minda Zetlin Co-author, The Geek Gap @MindaZetlin
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© 2018, Gary W Moore