Monday, December 7, 2015

At home with God

And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children
and the hearts of children to their fathers…

Malachi 4:6
A new age of political incorrectness has dawned on America and probably on the world as well. We see it surfacing in American pre-presidential election politics. We see it in the rise of the extreme right in the European Union. We see it in the avalanche of anti-humanistic, political movements in Africa and the Near East that justify themselves by revised religious fundamentalism.

Not all political incorrectnesses are equal, however, and not all are beneficial. All three of the examples mentioned are, in fact, heavily weighted in favor of social, civic, and religious repression and tyranny. They are the destructive vanguard of a new social order, also politically incorrect, that is gradually manifesting itself, but which, in contrast to them, is ultimately beneficial.

These destructive movements must clear the way, invalidate the current cultural maelstrom that has the world in its grip not only by argument and debate, but by brute force. At this very moment innocents by the hundreds, sometimes by thousands, are paying with their lives for being in the path of this destruction. Nature follows its course, as usual, and mercilessly, when it must right itself.

Though we can find favorite causes for this current ‘world spring’ in political, social, economic or religious malfeasance, there is no single cause. The suffering and chaos going on in the Near East is the result of century old Western imperialist triumphalism, but that is not its only cause. The West carved up the entire earth a century ago, and other corners of it seem happy enough.

Or are they? And it is not just ‘the West,’ meaning the seven or eight most powerful nation states and empires politically speaking, and it is not just their economic exploitation of the world that has brought on this ongoing cataclysm. Their pseudo-scientific dissection and reassembly of human nature as well as of nature itself has provoked a reaction that can no longer be restrained by reason.

And why not? Because reason itself has fallen victim to the West’s anti-human and anti-natural hubris. What is called reasonable is anything but what it claims to be. It has been emptied of its power to revive and positively transform. This counterfeit reason is not worth the paper it’s printed on. No one is really saying anything, and so no one is listening. It’s time to wipe the slate clean, to start over.

No fear! We are not anything like near the end of the world. The last third of the last century was dominated by a fundamentalist Christian mindset that linked the establishment of the State of Israel in the Holy Land with the proximity of the prophesied Armageddon battle, the end of the world, and the Day of Judgment. This century Islamists have pushed real buttons to arrive at the same end.

But it’s not going to happen that way. It cannot. Why? Because there is a God whose will cannot be bent, who does not act in accord with the expectations of either good or bad men, whose love is vaster than any goodwill we own and, hence, cannot be subjected to what we think is right. The myths of Divine wrath, like Babel’s fall and the universal Flood, are true, but too terrible to describe as mere fact.

Get ready, brothers, not to receive a universal caliphate, a ‘one world government,’ or a pre-, mid-, or post-tribulation ‘rapture.’ Let’s settle our minds to accept that a new world is coming, but not until we are ready to really let the old world go. This is no different than what is expected of us as Christians, as followers of Jesus. We cannot be born again until we let our old man be put to death.

Political correctness has given birth to what is its mortal enemy, which will soon overwhelm it, turning it into an almost unbelievable racial memory. People will not be able to understand how we could have tolerated such a dark age for so long, and they will wonder at how quickly the entire structure collapsed, and they will be glad to have at last found freedom, and finally feel comfortable and at home with God.

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