|When the caissons go rolling along...|
Have we gone mad as a society?Not drafting women into the Armed Services is simply the latest in a really long list of really good ideas that Conservatives have failed to conserve**.
Any vestige of GOP opposition to Democrat social transformation is now gone. There is no floor. Battle lines that used to hold for decades are now plowed through by Democrats in a matter of one committee markup.
-- John McCain* Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill.
And from the homosexual parody of marriage to today's Presidential decree welcoming sexually disoriented boys into the girls' bathroom, such failures are coming hard and fast now. Every day, ideas that would have seemed preposterous 5 years ago had anyone been crazy enough to think of them are presented to America as if they are self-evident, and America (and the whole West) falls silently in line. I expect that they are not going to stop. In fact, they are going to speed up.
What the hell is going on?
It's easy to roll one's eyes and say that, as Euripides never did, that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. But it might be better to take it seriously. For by any objective measurement, like sales of drugs alleged to treat depression and psychosis, and by a number of subjective ones, like history, we are surely going mad. Or, if I might be so bold: we are being driven there.
Romans 1:18-32 is one of the great indictments of humanity. Written of the Roman world, it's so modern that it reads like the summary of a Hugo-nominated short story***. Unfortunately, Paul's epic rant is too often leveled as a condemnation of gays as if he were only talking about them. Well, he IS talking about them, but not in the way you might think. Paul is not saying that homo stuff will bring the wrath of God down on your society. He's saying that God's wrath gives you homos everywhere.
Now, I'm not going to reprint it all here (it's here), but I am going to hit the high points, because the cause and effect is something lots of people miss:
vv18-21 "The wrath of God is revealed..." Why? Because the existence and power of God are obvious to anyone who wants to know of them. But they (or rather, we) didn't care. They didn't give God his due, they weren't thankful. Even though they knew of God, they rejected him.
Now, that's the interesting part, because that's what America has done. Not in any one act, but in hundreds of acts going back decades, most personal, but the big ones corporate. I for one cannot imagine a bigger spit in God's face than our Grand Druid Council of Nine deciding that God's design for marriage violates our imaginary Constitution and must therefore go.
Next comes the scary part, because if you look around, it's what you see:
v22 "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools"
v24 "God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:"
v26 "even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature"
v27 "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly"
Biological sex - now politely called 'gender' - is a madhouse of confusion, with the only fact - biological sex itself - purposely ignored. We have become fools, indeed.
The last 4 verses are even more depressing, but the spoiler is that even though people know that such things deserve death, they not only do them, but celebrate them. Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. If America has a spirit, the Spirit of Liberty has long since retired, and a spirit of suicidal sexual confusion has taken its place. And he was not hired for our good.
Now, I'm fully aware of the logical fallacy of Affirming the Consequent, that since we are being driven mad, God must be revealing His wrath. There might be some other reason. On the other hand, if God has decided our time is up, I suspect that what we see in our culture is exactly what that would look like, at least to start. And so while the premise is not proven by affirming the consequent, it is certainly not foreclosed as a possibility.
If God is who he says he is and we are not who he says we should be, then I would say that his anger against what we are is obvious in what we are fast becoming. Or as Billy Graham said decades ago - before the Genderfluid Crazy Train really got rolling: If God doesn't judge America, he's going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.
And I'm pretty sure God doesn't apologize.
* Remember when the Republicans tried to pass off John McCain as a Conservative? That was awesome!
** Conservatism, that political philosophy that aims to preserve the victories of the prior generation's liberals, lies bloodied on the dining room floor, having stabbed itself 12 times in the back with a butcher's knife, just to prove how tolerant it was. Kudos to anyone who gets the reference.
*** and not just Space Raptor Butt Invasion.