The Freedom Convoy in Canada came to an unceremonious end a few months ago, as the Canadian government cracked down on protesters physically in the capital city of Ottawa. The new police chief there had promised that participants in the protest against government over-reach, including COVID vaccine mandates, would continue to face retaliation. So would those who supported them.
The Post Millennial reported: According to CTV reporter Mackenzie Gray, senior police sources told CTV chief news anchor Graham Richardson that they were looking to “break the back” of the protest Saturday, and that family members of some convoy participants have reported difficulties in banking due to familial ties to the protest.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Financial institutions will also be authorized or directed to render essential services to help address the situation, including by regulating and prohibiting the use or property to fund or support illegal blockades.” And, as the article notes, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said that Canadian financial institutions will review their relationships with “Anyone involved in the illegal blockades…”
This is an example of action taken against someone based on ideology. PayPal co-founder David Sacks wrote in mid-February that: Banks, according to this new order, have a “duty to determine” if one of their customers is a “designated person.” A “designated person” can refer to anyone who“directly or indirectly” participates in the pro-test, including donors who “provide property to facilitate” the protests through crowd-funding sites. In other words, a designated person can just as easily be a grandmother who donated $25 to support the truckers as one of the organizers of the convoy.
Because the donor data to the crowd-funding site Give Send Go was hacked—and the leaked data shows that Canadians donated most of the $8 million raised—many thousands of law-abiding Canadians now face the prospect of financial retaliation and ruin merely for supporting an anti-government protest.
The Family Research Council website stated:“
No one in a civilized society — least of all Canada or America — should want to violate the rights of conscience, FRC’s Owen Strachan argued. “I wouldn’t want to do that as an American citizen, even if I’m not a Christian — because the rights of conscience are not like 37th on the list of important factors in a free society, the rights of conscience are basically first. If you take those away, you no longer have a free society.”
In the future, holding to the right ideology could determine whether or not a person engages in commerce, similar to what we find in the book of Revelation, which predicts a day in which people cannot buy or sell without swearing allegiance to the worldwide leader, the Antichrist.
The globalist scheme known as the“Great Reset” encompasses a component known as an ESG score. Justin Haskins of the Heartland Institute, writing for The Federalist, related one of the components: “requirements from national governments that companies adopt environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards…”
It appears that a company’s ESG score could be used to accept or reject a company from participation in the marketplace. Or, if our investment portfolio or financial transactions don’t reflect the prevailing ideology, an individual could be penalized financially.
Haskins wrote that a high-ranking U.S. official has advocated for a “government credit bureau which could manipulate credit scores based on ideological criteria.” He says, “It’s not hard to imagine how such a system could be abused and eventually transformed into a government-controlled personal ESG scoring system, one that would provide some groups with financial advantages over others…”
You draw a straight line from officials desiring power and control, seeing Christianity as a threat, to their using the financial system to essentially exclude believers from commerce. The scenario about which we read in Revelation, where people cannot buy or sell without having a mark of submission to a one-world leader, is inevitable. As it approaches, our responsibility is to continue to be faithful. Not all will embrace our Christian worldview perspective, but we can continue to see Christ a sour source of strength, and when appropriate, we can use our God-given freedoms to speak out and push back.
We have seen personal freedom trampled upon in the face of the COVID pandemic, from churches being told when, where, and how to worship to punishment for people making health decisions based on personal conscience. It’s been pointed out that people have traded personal freedom for security. The “trial run” of the Great Reset continues as the ways of the future global governmental system continue to be ramped up. But God does not call us to be fearful; as Jesus said, we can be of “good cheer,” knowing that our ultimate victory is in Him – we can continue to trust the Lord in the important, eternal matters and base our hope in Him.