Freedom is dying in the West. Western culture is in the last stages of a shift from Judeo-Christianity to neo-pagan barbarism. It may be time to move from resistance to remnant.
It was Vishal Mangalwadi that proclaimed that the fall of Enron in October of 2001 was more significant for the United States than 9/11. The latter was an external attack, while the collapse of Enron was a sign of America’s growing moral and spiritual bankruptcy.
As Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedom, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
One’s culture is derived from one’s cult (worship). As worship dies, culture dies. Politics, economics and social institutions are downstream from culture. So as the culture dies, the institutions of society begin to fail and society begins to unravel. Eventually nations die.
President John Adams spoke of this phenomenon.
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge … would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Historian Will Durant said, “There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.”
Some have supposed that free nations may be maintained without the foundations on which that freedom is built. They have sought to change the foundations without consequences. In the early years of the 21st century, we are observing the unintended, yet logical, consequences of the shift from Judeo-Christian Theism to Atheism.
We are witnessing the death of nations in Europe and now in the United States.
I have known that we were approaching a tipping point, the place of no return. As a citizen of my country, I have done what I could to resist the march of fundamentalist atheism, of moral and cultural relativism and the growing tyranny. For many years, I naïvely hoped that the majority of Christians had a clear vision of the need to repent and worship the living God again and anew. The 2016 primary presidential campaign has convinced me otherwise. Given a clear choice between a moral, religious, constitutional conservative and an unrepentant demagogue, people who profess Christ chose the latter.
It was at this point I realized that the soul of the country had died.
However, in the midst of this pessimism, I remain optimistic. We know who won the battle at the cross. Christ is the unconquerable king, and because we know He is coming back with the fullness of His kingdom at the end of history, we may have an optimistic outlook. Because Truth, Beauty and Goodness are the stuff of creation, they are self-authenticating and will win the current and cosmic conflict.
But we are entering a new season. We are moving from a period of resistance against the onslaught of tyranny—with the hope of reversing the tide, to the season of the remnant—living in the reality of a new, more pagan order.
The current status in the West is marked by moral, cultural and spiritual rot. Concurrent with the slow breakdown of society is growing state tyranny.
The state will determine what freedom is
Among other things, the state is dictating the terms of religious life and discussion. The broad concept of freedom of religion (and conscience, speech, press, assembly, etc.) is being replaced with the narrow “freedom of worship.” The former concept promotes free expression in the marketplace and public square. The latter restricts “freedom” to what happens within the walls of a church or synagogue, the walls of one’s own home, and most narrowly, inside one’s own heart.
Statists are mandating “secularism” as the religion of the market place and the public square. There is but one absolute in this scheme and that is “tolerance.” Creedal Christianity with its moral and metaphysical absolutes–Truth, Beauty, and Goodness–must be condemned as “non-loving” because it opposes moral and cultural relativism. The church is removed as a mediating institution between people and the state.
Moral relativism means that evil may be promoted and those who speak for moral absolutes are labeled puritanical. Cultural relativism leads to labels such as Islamophobia, transphobia, homophobia, arbitrary labels applied to people who may not agree with those issues of political correctness.
It seems that the “war” for culture has been lost. The minority who worked strategically and tirelessly have won the battle. Some Christians have given up. Some were never engaged in the conflict in the first place. It seems to be time to move from the resistance to the remnant.
- Darrow Miller
to be continued