In my last post I asked, ‘Who then shall hold the line?’ and confidently answered, ‘We shall’. Yet Christians are a small and shrinking minority in the West, and only a small minority of that small minority argue for biblical principles for society. What chance do biblical Christians have when faced with the powers of the elites and the opposition of the great majority?
A Total Revolution Every so often something hits you between the eyes and you wonder, ‘What on earth is happening, are there any sane people left out there?’ This week Michelle Winter, a violent male who self-identifies as a ‘trans woman’ was imprisoned for fifteen years for raping a woman, and yet the press referred to the rapist Winter as a woman.
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Andrew Breitbart said ‘Politics is downstream of culture’ meaning that the culture shapes politics and that social conservatives should concentrate on the culture. What many Christians do not appreciate is that before the culture comes the faith which shapes how we think and live. Culture is downstream of faith.
We speak of a culture war, the conflict between the opposing ideals of the progressive forces who wish to radically alter the structures and values of our society and the traditionalists who wish to retain the values and principles which have shaped the West.
This is not a culture war, it is a faith war. Behind the radical progressive assault on our culture is the necessity to sideline the biblically based Christian faith which created that culture. Destroy the foundations and the superstructure falls. The only way of truly defending Western culture against the progressive onslaught is by defence of the Christian faith which created it. As the secularists cut our cultural ties with the foundational religion the culture gradually dies.
You may have thought 2020 was a milestone in progressive insanity infiltrating the church. We found the Church of Scotland, in defiance of science, asserting that some ‘women have a penis’. Not to be outdone, the Church of England stepped forward when Jay Greene, a member of its General Synod, brazenly mangled Scripture by saying to ‘lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender’ people ‘as Our Lord said to Lazarus, Come out.’
If you thought this rejection of science and distortion of Scripture was progressive Christian peak crazy, ‘You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.’ 2021 has started with a bang.
Emmanuel Cleaver of the Democrat Party represents Missouri’s 5th congressional district in the US House of Representatives and is a one-time chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He is also an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church and was pastor of a Methodist congregation for 37 years. He holds a Master of Divinity degree (M Div) from Saint Paul School of Theology, Leawood, Kansas.
It should be no surprise to us that Christmas is interpreted as harmful by progressive SJWs. Whether in its celebration of the birth of the Saviour, or in its recreation as a secular commercialised extravaganza, Christmas is seen as a creation of the oppressive white patriarchy.
One year it was the 75-year-old standard Baby It’s Cold Outside which came under fire from the cancel culture because of its ‘predatory’ subtext which supposedly celebrated toxic masculinity and date rape. As a result of manufactured outrage, the song was pulled from the playlists of several radio stations.
This year the target is the practice of decorating homes with Christmas lights. Sometimes this is quite low-key: a Christmas tree in the window and a wreath on the door. It can escalate all the way to a full-on riotous display: the house outlined in coloured bulbs, a brightly lit Santa romping on the roof, locomotives chugging around the front garden between LED reindeer and flashing neon signs demanding ‘SANTA STOP HERE’.
Thankfully there have been a few roadblocks recently placed on the pathway of the seemingly inevitable progress of woke culture. Two in particular this past week have brought cheer to those who stubbornly cling to common sense.
A decision on Tuesday in the High Court in London will have immediate impact on the lives of confused young people. It was ruled that children under the age of 16 were unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to being prescribed puberty-blocking medication. The judges also ruled that even in cases involving teenagers under 18, doctors may need to consult the courts for authorisation. As a result of the judgment the Tavistock clinic immediately suspended new referrals for such drugs for under-16s.
As Scotland presses ahead with hate speech legislation which could lead to prosecution for things said at home England is not be outdone. Sadly, the latest egregious attempt to silence critics of the progressive cultural steamroller comes from within the church.
The Revd Alex Clare-Young was registered as female at birth but now identifies as a man. He and his wife Jo are ministers in the United Reformed Church. The couple were among the transgender, gay and intersex Christians who featured in a video clip of the contentious Living in Love and Faith (LLF) project promoting greater LGBTQ participation within the Church of England. The clip included a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby.
An Englishman’s home is his castle. In 1763 prime minister Pitt the Elder stated, ‘The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail – its roof may shake – the wind may blow through it – the storm may enter – the rain may enter – but the King of England cannot enter.’ Not so for the Scotsman of today if the separatist SNP have their way.
Humza Yousaf, Justice Secretary in Scotland’s increasingly authoritarian SNP government, intends to clamp down on hate speech within the confines of private homes under his sinister proposed legislation, the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. In ‘hate’ legislation elsewhere in the UK there can be a ‘dwelling defence’ which protects speech within the home from police intervention. Not so for Scotland if Yousaf has his way.
A pandemic is sweeping the West. Research has shown that a significant proportion of people in the UK, more than 25 per cent, are likely to have been infected already by the Covid-19 virus. Thankfully only a tiny proportion have shown serious symptoms and even fewer have died. Nevertheless, in its wake the pandemic is leaving economic and social chaos.
The authors of Moralitis: A Cultural Virus argue that another virus is gripping the West, one that already has a tight grip on society and is creating cultural chaos. Sweeping all before it, it has infected and taken over our media outlets, our education system from primary school to university, our politicians and our police. Such is its hold that it is impossible to escape from its influence.
An editorial in the latest issue of the Monthly Record, the magazine of the Free Church of Scotland, takes American evangelicals severely to task. The editorial is of the opinion that Trump’s is a minority rule and within that rule evangelicals are a ‘privileged minority’ who exercise undue influence and by supporting Trump are guilty of ‘fragmenting’ evangelical opinion.
That Trump was elected with a minority of the popular vote is irrelevant: four previous presidents won with a minority vote. The USA is a republic, not a popular democracy, and the president is chosen by the electoral college. That is how the system has worked since the first presidential election in 1789, and every candidate wins or loses under the same rules.
What kind of Christian is loathed by the progressive Left? The kind who take their faith seriously. The convulsions America is undergoing due to Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court demonstrate this clearly.
Judge Barrett has an impressive CV. She studied law at Notre Dame Law School on a full-tuition scholarship, graduating first in her class with a Juris Doctor summa cum laude. She was an executive editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Prior to entering private practice she was law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court.