It is our duty to fight evil. To keep the structures of the church, which have been builded for our salvation. To not let the enemy define what we can do, or not do. To those who know their church history, the irony of a Reformed blogger defending the seal of confession for the Catholics who would have burned Calvin (he left France for a reason) is obvious.
But in these fallen times all those who love truth need to defend each other. Or it is not slavery we will be dragged into, but something far far worse. I better warn you that the link is fairly disturbing.
The first reader who sent in the “Super Drags” clip said the sexualization of children is one thing he believes could provoke the right to violence. He wasn’t suggesting this, mind you, but saying that Netflix and the pop-culture decadents who are crusading for Lactatializing the culture are provoking forces they don’t understand. It reminded me of this blog’s hard-right commenter Raskolnik’s line from yesterday: “If you don’t want the Third Reich, don’t welcome the Weimar Republic.”
The trouble is that if we fight evil we tend to try to work by our own efforts, and fall into the same trap as the progressives do. We think we can do this by regulation. The law exists for many reasons, one of which is to enable us to live together with a modicum of trust, and without a law we are in an unholy mixture of neo-darwinian competition where force reigns, and all is anarchy, as Hobbes warned us.
The answer is simple. It is not loving to not advise people that what they are doing will destroy them. And the extreme of this Weimar period, where even children are being sexualized and corrupted, will lead to a backlash. Historically, the backlashes have been brutal.
21Tell me, you who desire to be subject to the law, will you not listen to the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and the other by a free woman. 23One, the child of the slave, was born according to the flesh; the other, the child of the free woman, was born through the promise. 24Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One woman, in fact, is Hagar, from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery. 25Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26But the other woman corresponds to the Jerusalem above; she is free, and she is our mother. 27For it is written, “Rejoice, you childless one, you who bear no children, burst into song and shout, you who endure no birthpangs; for the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than the children of the one who is married.” 28Now you, my friends, are children of the promise, like Isaac. 29But just as at that time the child who was born according to the flesh persecuted the child who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. 30But what does the scripture say? “Drive out the slave and her child; for the child of the slave will not share the inheritance with the child of the free woman.” 31So then, friends, we are children, not of the slave but of the free woman.
What did Paul say we should drive out? The legalists? No, he is trying to correct them. But those who would enslave us, yes. Those who claim to be a brother but continue to exploit and preach the dissolution of the faith and regression to anarchy of the culture, yes.
The lines are getting drawn. I’m no prophet, but I fear. I see a liberal push too far. The last time this happened in NZ was when the anti smacking law came in — against the advice of that socialist, progressive, feminist and pragmatist Helen Clarke, but as part of a coalition agreement with the Greens — and National was voted in quickly. At that time, National kept the ban. We were in a financial crisis that Key and English averted. But the twitter feed is getting dank, so dank I’m not screenshotting, and I have a strong stomach.
We have had riots in London, silenced by the Media. We have commissions trying to regulate our speech. But if we are regulated so all protection is deemed oppression, and all truth hate speech, there will be a pushback.
Pray that this does not happen. Pray that we come to our senses.
And do not be one who is like this feckless leadership.