Is There A Spiritual Element To China’s Pig Plague?
If you are not religious, the rest of this article is going to seem very weird to you. Let him who has ears hear.
China has been engaged in escalating persecution of religious minorities, Christians and Muslims. I wrote an article for the Asia Times warning the leaders of China that they are exposing themselves to the judgment of God.
So what about this swine plague? I can’t speak for God, but as far as judgments go, it fits the pattern. The plagues on Egypt included food sources such as cattle.
But what really strikes me is how this is an echo of the Gadarene Demoniac episode. I have argued before that the incident is not just about individual spiritual factors, but also involved geopolitical ones. The group of spirits which drove this man to madness called themselves ‘Legion’, a very geopolitically fraught term. This is rendered even more obviously important when you consider the importance of the location, in the Decapolis, a region founded by the imperial pagan powers as a cultural assault on the distinctive particularism of Jewish culture. These cities were then sponsored by the Empire to impose paganism on the region. And all of this was held in place by, you guessed it, Roman legions.
Legion was an imperial entity. The point of the Gospel account is that behind these human forces was something darker and more sinister.
Is that what we’re seeing here? China has re-booted its imperial ambitions, and like the occupiers who built the Decapolis, has been placing idolatrous images in the sacred places of the people of the Book. They are violating the integrity of the distinct culture of Hong Kong, imposing their own Maoist/Caesarian pagan culture there.
It is symbolically fitting that we are seeing the mass deaths of pigs if ‘Legion’ is being exposed for what he truly is.
Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, and Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership.
Jerry has compiled an impressive record as a leading thinker in finance and economics. He worked as an auditor and a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson, as Vice President of the Beechwood Company which is the family office associated with Federated Investors, and has consulted in various privatization efforts for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He founded the influential economic think tank, the Allegheny Institute, and has lectured extensively at universities, businesses and civic groups.
Jerry has been a member of three investment committees, among which is Benchmark Financial, Pittsburgh’s largest financial services firm. Jerry had been a regular commentator on Fox Business News and Fox News. He was formerly a CNBC Contributor, has guest-hosted “The Kudlow Report”, and has written for CNBC.com, National Review Online, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other publications. He is the author of The Bush Boom and more recently The Free Market Capitalist’s Survival Guide, published by HarperCollins. Jerry is the President of Bowyer Research.
Jerry consulted extensively with the Bush White House on matters pertaining to the recent economic crisis. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The International Herald Tribune and various local newspapers. He has been a contributing editor of National Review Online, The New York Sun and Townhall Magazine. Jerry has hosted daily radio and TV programs and was one of the founding members of WQED’s On-Q Friday Roundtable. He has guest-hosted the Bill Bennett radio program as well as radio programs in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
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Jerry has taught social ethics at Ottawa Theological Hall, public policy at Saint Vincent’s College, and guest lectured at Carnegie Mellon’s graduate Heinz School of Public Policy. In 1997 Jerry gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Robert Morris University. He was the youngest speaker in the history of the school, and the school received more requests for transcripts of Jerry’s speech than at any other time in its 120-year history.
Jerry lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan, and the youngest three of their seven children.