Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The World We Knew Has Passed, and It's OK

I had a few discussions with Warren a few posts back. What it comes down to, though, is this: I really do believe things have changed, not for the better, and the Western, North American, (call it what you will) society is in irreversible decline. The glory is leaving the temple, or the continent, so to speak, and life as many of us experienced it will fade gradually into a dusty fog. It sounds pessimistic, but that is what I believe.

I came across The Anchoress Blog through another site I enjoy, First Things, and I instantly enjoyed her writing. It reminds me of Chesterton, one of my favourite authors.
I know some say “America cannot end.” But that is the first illusion we must put away, because it is all about pride — all about idolatry. It says America is eternal, when nothing is but God. Some say “we just need the right message,” but who had the right-er message than Christ, and the crowd still called for Barabbas. Who was more blessed than the apostles and saints, but they still were set upon and slain.
God’s blessing, if it is truly upon America, does not mean she survives forever,... if she is truly blessed, it means she gets to suffer for the sake of clarity — to spend some time in the crucible, in order to be refined.
People of faith, take a good hard look at the new landscape  and do not be afraid; do NOT be afraid.
Changes are going to come, and they’re going to come quickly, so now is the time to work on strengthening the atrophied muscles of our spiritual lives... look at that election in Massachusetts and see the emptiness, the aching void that the masses have unwittingly invited in to lead them.
We must be ready to help them; the remnant must be ready when the people who have invited the void into their lives become... “unspeakably lonely.” And they will. “If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.”
Doors have been opened, corners have been turned, directions have been set. And I'm not that bothered by it all.

I'm just sayin'.

Take Care


Warren said...

What unexamined presuppositions and questionable logic lurk here?
- American exceptionalism is a true concept.
- American evangelical conservatives speak the “right message” just like Christ – therefore they must suffer like Christ.
- America will suffer because she is blessed. What exegetical gymnastics led to this conclusion? Is the opposite true – other nations will prosper because they are cursed? Or should we just assume that everyone will suffer?
- The suffering that America is experiencing is actually “refinement” and will lead to greater good. No need to worry about a suffering dog biting.
- There is a “new landscape”. Take off your rose coloured glasses and nostalgic view of history and prove it.
- Changes will come quickly. What changes?
- Masses invited a void to lead them. I don’t even know what this means. It doesn’t make grammatical sense.
- Those who voted for the Mormon are the “remnant”. Again, amazing exegetical gymnastics.
- People will soon (remember changes will come quickly) become unspeakably lonely and feel the whole horror of their poverty. I don’t think this would stand up well to Romans.
- What doors have been opened? What corners have been turned? And what directions have been set?
- Are you sure you’re not bothered by it? That you’re not an Americanophile?
I could have more fun with the rest of the article, but I’m doubtlessly boring you.

John K said...

Like I said, I'm just sayin'. I might be right, I might be wrong. Better or worse, we'll see how things get.