by Fr Richard Heilman | November 1, 2018 12:39 PM
“Many a modern preacher is far less concerned with preaching Christ and Him crucified than he is with his popularity with his congregation. A want of intellectual backbone makes him straddle the ox of truth and the ass of nonsense.” -Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
As this election approaches, folks look for answers to moral questions. Some see this as “just another election,” and want to frame this in a “lesser of two evils” narrative. I don’t see it that way. There is MUCH MORE at stake.
Here’s how I see it …
In my lifetime, we have witnessed the most aggressive campaign to overthrow God that has been seen in all of civilization. Sure, not all sides are perfect, but one side is totally dedicated to continue this anti-God campaign, while the other side has all “those who are serious about their faith” rooting for God, and getting in the battle to save our country. The choice is crystal clear, when one sees it in this context. Did Christians squirm at Constantine’s morals? Yes. But, were they grateful how he opened the way for Christianity to thrive? Yes.
I am convinced we are in the throes of the greatest spiritual war of all times. While much of it is played out in the political theatre, it goes to the heart of everything we Christians hold near and dear to us, because it is a battle fought for Deus Vult (The will of God).
The enemy, just as it was in the Crusades, is seeking to seize ground by force and unjust tactics, while we are trying to protect this ground or even reclaim surrendered ground.
Here is my assessment …
A Civil War Has Begun
Daniel Greenfield writes …
A civil war has begun.
This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons or cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn’t control.
The left has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential elections won by Republicans. It has rejected the judicial authority of the Supreme Court when it decisions don’t accord with its agenda. It rejects the legislative authority of Congress when it is not dominated by the left.
It rejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bears mentioning.
It was for total unilateral executive authority under Obama. And now it’s for states unilaterally deciding what laws they will follow (As long as that involves defying immigration laws under Trump, not following them under Obama). It was for the sacrosanct authority of the Senate when it held the majority. Then it decried the Senate as an outmoded institution when the Republicans took it over.
It was for Obama defying the orders of Federal judges, no matter how well grounded in existing law, and it is for Federal judges overriding any order by Trump on any grounds whatsoever. It was for Obama penalizing whistleblowers, but now undermining the government from within has become “patriotic”.
There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it controls them. But when government officials refuse the orders of the duly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, that’s not activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; it’s treason.
After losing Congress, the left consolidated its authority in the White House. After losing the White House, the left shifted its center of authority to Federal judges and unelected government officials. Each defeat led the radicalized Democrats to relocate from more democratic to less democratic institutions.
This isn’t just hypocrisy. That’s a common political sin. Hypocrites maneuver within the system. The left has no allegiance to the system. It accepts no laws other than those dictated by its ideology.
Democrats have become radicalized by the left. This doesn’t just mean that they pursue all sorts of bad policies. It means that their first and foremost allegiance is to an ideology, not the Constitution, not our country or our system of government. All of those are only to be used as vehicles for their ideology.
That’s why compromise has become impossible.
Our system of government was designed to allow different groups to negotiate their differences. But those differences were supposed to be based around finding shared interests. The most profound of these shared interests was that of a common country based around certain civilizational values. The left has replaced these Founding ideas with radically different notions and principles. It has rejected the primary importance of the country. As a result it shares little in the way of interests or values.
Instead it has retreated to cultural urban and suburban enclaves where it has centralized tremendous amounts of power while disregarding the interests and values of most of the country. If it considers them at all, it is convinced that they will shortly disappear to be replaced by compliant immigrants and college indoctrinated leftists who will form a permanent demographic majority for its agenda.
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It Is These Who Set Up Divisions
As more and more people rise up and stand their ground against this evil infiltration, they will be accused of “causing division.” You and I have not moved. We remain committed to the Judeo-Christian values (Kingdom Values) of our ancestors, while the ungodly Left moves further away, and points an accusing finger back at us.
St. Jude reminds us that it is the world that sets up division, not you and I …
“But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; they said to you, ‘In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’ It is these who set up divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And convince some, who doubt; save some, by snatching them out of the fire; on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Letter of St. Jude 1:17-23).
For me, it is more about voting for a “team” or, better yet, a platform. The Democratic platform is a disaster. In many respects, it is pure evil (see above). No matter what the quality of a candidate may be, they have to commit to the platform, and to the desires of their constituents to a great degree. I’ll take the desires of a “guns and religion” (RE: Obama Quote) constituency over the raging mob of snowflakes any day.
To be clear, we are now witnessing a “Crusade” to stand against this evil infiltration in our culture, witnessed in the voting booths that have now brought to power conservative dominance in all three branches of government. The radical secular elites are losing power as more and more people are becoming aware of their evil designs, and are “Voting Kingdom.” We must do all we can to keep this momentum moving toward God.
This is a war for souls; this is a war for the heart of America.
We need everyone to enlist in this battle!!
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