I know it’s very unfashionable to talk about war, but whether you know it or not, and whether you want to be or not, you’re in one…
One of my mother’s more common little adages was this one:
“All’s fair in love, war and politics”.
This wasn’t part of her personal ethos, but one of her wry observations. It’s not a statement of belief but a sad fact of life: people will slap, scrap, spit and slash to end up getting what they want, and have no sense of shame.
POLITICS AND THE CULTURE WAR
The culture war in the United States, which had already been heating up for decades, has reached a much higher level over the last eight years with President Obama’s “fundamental transformation”. Now it’s at the heart of the coming general election. The power to choose the next few supreme court judges is itself considered a prize worth slandering and lying to congress under oath for.
Don’t get me wrong here: while I can’t help waxing a little political, I’m not about to say that God votes for or supports one of the two main parties over the other, or that one political party is on the Lord’s side while the other isn’t. But I do believe that one of them leans a lot more towards a Biblical worldview while the other seems pretty determined to go in the opposite direction.
The founders warned that if the country ended up as a two-party state there would be a damaging culture war. John Adams said:
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution” 1
George Washington in his farewell address, warning that the pittting of a very few parties against one another would eventually lead to despotism, said:
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.
“It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”
THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH?
In truly Orwellian style, the bulk of the mainstream media, purporting to be conveying news are doing so in Soviet-style selectivity so as to produce the election result which they and their wealthy backers desire. They don’t even want a two-party race: to them Mrs. Clinton must win and continue that “fundamental transformation”.
WAR IN-A BABYLON: SPIRITUAL WAR
The political and cultural war is inextricably linked to the war which rages unseen. I don’t mean that God supports one party over the other or that the devil and God are slogging it out to see who wins: Satan already knows he has no chance against the creator and sustainer of all things. I mean that there is a battle for your soul and for the soul of every individual: which way will you allow it to go?
My son wrote a fine piece on my blog recently about a sword of division (2). Among the many accusations against the words of Jesus which he quoted is the one that Jesus was advocating physical violence when he said:
“I did not come to bring peace but a sword…” (Matthew 10:34 NIV)
This is a metaphorical sword. The claim that Christanity advocates wanton violence comes from ignorance of the fact that Jesus said “Love your enemies”. It isn’t a call to physical violence, it’s an observation and a warning that Truth will naturally divide those who love it from those who hate it. There is no alternative, and there’s no middle ground. Even with your head in the sand, you’re on one side or the other.
The contemporary politically-correct view being surreptitiously foisted onto all of us-the globalist, universalist agenda-is that we should all cuddle up to the warmest, fuzziest common-denominator set of ideals and beliefs, which just happens to be the one espoused by the Democratic Party and many Republicans also, and forget those nasty old ideas that some things are sinful and will get you judged.
However, looking to our roots and our guiding light, the Old Testament refers to people and nations being sifted as wheat: the New Testament speaks of wheat being separated from weeds and of sheep being separated from goats. The word of God, says the writer of Hebrews:
“…penetrates even to dividing of soul and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
There’s a humanity-wide separation going on (don’t believe what the politically-correct tell you: there are millions of Christians in the East and Middle-East) and there’s a battle for your very soul. The gospel of Jesus Christ is provided and intended to be your passage to the safe side and to victory.
God loves us and wants us to know Truth. That involves separating truth from falsehood, and it’s why Jesus Christ said:
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).
No, God isn’t a Republican and there have been and still are plenty of Republicans who have no regard for God or man. But there are concerted, determined moves within a certain party beginning with “D” to silence Christians-normally found to the right of the political spectrum; to support, condone and promote ungodly practices and passions; to blend and dissolve our culture with other ungodly cultures, and to usher into the West as many people hostile to the Christian gospel as possible.
I like the fact that Mr. Trump is opposing the politically-correct establishment rooted in both parties, along with their Ministry of Truth. I hope he wins the election.
It’s unavoidable: a wise choice has to be made this coming election…
1 Letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), “The Works of John Adams”, vol 9, p. 511