A Dear Friend and mentor in Faith and Love relied to my recent article and I thought I would share his insights for discussion. I couldn’t agree more with Him on the abortion/birth control issue an its unfortunate but predictable consequences….PBR
One train of thought that I’ve had for some time (20 years) that never gets much mention or press: the great ‘symptom or by-product’ sins of the America in our lifetime are abortion (1970s) and no fault divorce (1990s) , and maybe contraception (1960s) and the refusal of western church men to obey the command to be fruitful and to multiply. All the immediate result of the ERA, and feminism in the church and it’s ungodly ‘female’ response to the original problem, which was men in the post WW2 church refusing to bow their knee, and lead their countries, and then serve their communities and families, as the churched men in previous generations had done. Judgement begins at the ‘house’, and the results were obvious and almost immediate. (Within a generation or two). We most likely would not have these societal and immigration ills if we had 1) the 53 million aborted lives still around, and 2) less folks on poverty payrolls because of an uninvolved father.
Not sure if you knew this or not, but Eisenhower got saved and baptised as a Presbyterian in his first term in office, and attempted to speak to the nation about a spiritual revival. They were not even remotely interested in the heart part. Got awful engrossed in the external stuff during the 50s, though. It is what I call the real root sin of ‘unbelief and rebellion’. The by-product sins would NOT be far behind, within a decade or two.
I say ‘America’ and not ‘the west’. Europe was a generation ahead of us on ‘higher criticism of the scripture’ issue, and in their turn towards lack of belief and participation, and towards progressivism/socialism; and in their unwillingness to procreate for God’s glory. Post WW1 was their ‘decision time’. Notice that they were already intensely ‘immigrating’ back in the sixties when we were just deciding to promote feminism into the church: Britain recruited from their muslim colonies like Pakistan and Egypt, and France from theirs (Libya and Tunisia), . And their numbers had already dropped to where they had decided that low income immigrants were necessary to fill the declining birth rates so they could still have their form of social security retirement. And so they are about a generation ahead of us on PC too, and on the horrors of sharia. But it was their ‘logic’ that you could give up their ‘birthright’, and have immigrants pay their SS taxes back then. Sound familiar?
Over here, it’s been the Chamber of Commerce, (that herald of reason on the Republican side), that is promoting this Godless answer to the 53 million abortions, and to contraception) and the declining retirement ‘kitty’. Even more so than the globalists… “Bring them here, and you won’t have to face the consequences of cutting/killing off your children in this generation.” Our national immigration policy is more skewed towards Hispania, and Europe towards the Middle East, but it’s just a matter of time…The logic is the same though, just historically and geographically slightly different. For me, the blindness that comes from the sin of greed has blinded most of our republican brethren towards buying into the same ‘logic’. And the Chamber is more than willing to fan the flame….
Speaking of the Chamber and it’s seduction of wealth, it has been the chief temptress of the church in another area. Free trade. It’s fascinating to me that God’s judgment also has taken the form of concurrently shipping our jobs overseas while the majority of the ‘church’ has cheered it on, all in the name of (sins of idolatry by any other name) constitutionalism, and libertarianism. It is neither. It is just plain ole greed, which we fully embraced as a culture in the 1980s.
Maybe our national sin of the 2000s? A Trust in technology, and in weaponry. I think that our involvement in Iraq/Afghanistan is a direct result there as well. (Since we’ve never discussed it previously, I”m about one less step critical of Bush than of Obama), two of the worst presidents in History, in my opinion, both used by God to usher in His judgements.
Something that’s interesting to me is that though Europe’s marriage rate is lower, so is their divorce rate. And they have more intact nuclear units that we do over here. Their national logic is not as messed up as ours regarding families, and their understanding of ‘community’ is not quite as dysfunctional. The ideas/sins of individualism, and no fault divorce, and of mixed family units and of ‘single mother led’ units, and revolving father units, is uniquely our own sin, and the unique consequences of our sin choices regarding no fault divorce. We’ll see if that settles out now that the majority of Americans too (as reported by Barna), favor co-habitation
Brexit from the EU? They’ve embraced democratic socialism for a generation in abundance, but it appears our day is now coming there as well. We’ll see if this move by England back towards nationalism precedes the move towards religion like it has in much of rest of the continent. Sad that our Czech nation is one of the few moving full throttle towards globalism and away from nationalism and religion. Funny AND sad, I’ve always found it interesting when you hear discussions about industrialized countries vs our American puritanism, and never any discussions of the obvious consequences and results of our ‘big brothers’ and their multiple decisions away from historic Christianity, though we’ve had at least a full generation to observe all of it as it developed and came to fruition.
Irony of irony, that Godless country of Japan has almost none of these aforementioned judgements. They have their own unique set of problems, to be sure, but not many of these. Funfact: one of my former members (from El Salvador) is now in the Dept of Education back in his country, and for three weeks here now, is on a discovery trip to Japan to study their effective rural one room school houses, –modeled and trained for them by us after our conquest of their country after WW2.
Enough rambling. Thoughts?
As always, love and tender affections from our clan to yours.,