Friday, August 14, 2009

The long awaited controversial post

OK, so a lot of posts on this blog happen to be controversial. This is the post referred to in the "teaser" a while ago though. Sorry it's taken so long, but I didn't think it was ready. Tonight, it all crystallized.

Tonight, I finally got to watch a movie I've wanted to see for a long, long time. Air Force One starring Harrison Ford is amazing. So many moral dilemnas, and so many people actually putting thought into them because they want to do what is right. Unfortunately, that also makes this movie completely unrealistic.

Why? Why can't we at least have some hope that people would make the right choices? Because our culture doesn't have a single clue about right and wrong. Our culture is one which eschews everything that might interfere with personal feelings or personal gain, and even manages to moralize much of it in the bargain.

If you are looking for evidence of this, look at our politics. Very few people look for a politician who will do what is right. Thus, the politicians who do run on what is right get nowhere. Instead, we have politicians willing to:

  • Permit and encourage the murder of unborn children.
    • For the convenience of people insistent on their right to be sexually promiscuous without consequence.
    • For people who insist only raising children they wanted to have.
    • For the utterly sick purpose of extracting their lives for healing other lives.
  • Encourage a demotivated and jealous segment of society to use the government to rob anyone trying to make an honest living.
  • Withdraw from honest men the means to protect themselves, their families, and their liberty.
  • Spit in the face of people we began to liberate.

But as I said, the politicians are a symptom, not a cause. The people of our culture are willing to:

  • Murder unborn children.
    • For the convenience of people insistent on their right to be sexually promiscuous without consequence.
    • For people who insist only raising children they wanted to have.
    • For the utterly sick purpose of extracting their lives for healing other lives.
  • Use the government to rob anyone trying to make an honest living.
  • Withdraw from honest men the means to protect themselves, their families, and their liberty.
  • Spit in the face of people we began to liberate.

Why?

Because, as failing humans, we turned from God, our benevolent creator and the only true source of any moral standing. We didn't even turn towards wealth. (Some did.) We didn't look for power (Some did.) We looked for convenience. Yes, my friends, our selfishness was in laziness. We not willing to sacrifice our comfort in any measure for any good.

We are willing to kill a child rather than raise it. We are willing to sit on our hands and rob those who are successful rather than work for a living. We are willing to deprive men the ability to defend themselves, ostensibly that we might be more secure, but in reality, that we might not face the truth that violence is in this world and that justice and peace often demand the execution of violence.

There is no peace without justice. In this world, there is no justice without violence. This is paradoxical unless one gives up the cowardly assertion that all violence is intrinsically evil. This is cowardly because it is untrue, and because it is convenient of thought. No moral reasoning is required beyond violent→evil. This is not an endorsement of all violence. This is a challenge to wrestle with whether it might be necessary for us to turn to it to restore justice.

If we are willing to accept God's word on the matter (many are not, but there are a few), I would invite you to examine Genesis, Chapter 9. This is only one of many passages (it is perhaps the most blatant) which demonstrate that God demands that we have the moral courage to physically stand up to violent injustice.

Many will dispute with me that there is a God. Some of them have honest intellectual reasons for doing so. Most are just so set on themselves or so hateful towards anything which might mean they are accountable that they might not be reasoned with.

Some will dispute the character of God with me. If they are willing to wrestle honestly I am open to discuss, argue, scream, shout, discuss over tea and biscuits, anything.

Some Christians might even dispute his character with me. I invite them to debate on our common ground, the Bible.

But let us not have this cowardice anymore. Come forward and let us honestly, passionately, and tenaciously strive for the truth. Let us bring our bitterness, our preconceived notions, our reasoning, and put it all under the light. Let us, by the grace of God, be a beginning to stopping this madness.