It seems as though we are experiencing a “second wave” of colonialism in America. The first wave was the government’s annexing Native American land for economic reasons. The courts have now allowed individuals with greater economic power than the average citizen to use “eminent domain” to move people off their property. Again, this second phase of colonialism is happening for economic reasons—supposedly “for the public good.”
But there is a spiritual component to this situation that I would like to touch on. This component has to do with values. What a country or government values most determines the directives (laws) of its land use. If “cash is king” then money becomes the value-principle that guides the law. Values penetrate all the way to the human spirit—the inner qualities of a person’s heart and mind.
In fact, our values determine how eminent domain is enacted within the invisible realm of our psycho-spiritual turf or mindscape.
Most religious people are aware that within the narratives of God’s Holy Word are numerous accounts of Jehovah allowing His “favorites” to participate in land grabs (like the land of Canaan). Few students of Scripture realize that the various turf wars and battles depicted in its pages contain a deeper level of meaning. These wars are symbolic descriptions of two opposing influences (values) battling for the human heart and mind.
The human heart and mind is the only battleground that a God of Love finds meaningful. This is where salvation truly takes place. When one chooses spiritual values (God’s tenets) over egocentric and selfish concerns, heaven begins to colonize our inner reality or spiritual landscape. This creates real inner struggle or spiritual warfare within the individual. Scripture, inwardly interpreted, presents us with the full picture and all the details of this most important struggle of the human spirit.
The Apocalypse in Revelation represents God’s victory and eminent domain with the human heart and mind. When we change the values that rule our personal spiritual property, those same values will also affect our worldly decisions about land usage and priorities on the terrestrial globe. This top-down causality is the deeper meaning behind John’s words in Scripture that he observed a “new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21:1) and the Lord’s own words that He will make “everything new” (Rev. 21:5).
God’s hope for the world is that we will all turn down the “gambling casino” (Tower of Babel) that some worldly influences are trying to get established and built within our hearts and minds.