Let us be clear. The civil religion of the ancient days was idolatrous. The worship of symbols — if not the idol, the form, was ingrained, and the sacrifice of oxen and bulls to the gods was accompanied by augury. The Romans may not have been effete, but they were more superstitious than the Greeks they conquered, adopted the Pantheon of, and were corrupted by.
The civil religion of that day, as in our day, worshiped the state, and not the God that made the state. And here the Jew and Christian found themselves in conflict: they worshipped God alone.
Not progress, not the healing of the world or the perfection of their souls, but God.
For the worship of another, or ourselves, or an ideology must be fled. Our God is jealous, punishing the the fourth generation those who worship another, but faithful to a thousand generations to those who love him.
The state has its symbols, and orogress its worshippers. From those who accept the Oscars, to those who applaud at the Chinese People’s Congress, to the stupid pink hats worn by purple haired trans trolls, there are symbols.
And that we should avoid.
14Therefore, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. 15I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18Consider the people of Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar? 19What do I imply then? That food sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. 21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22Or are we provoking the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
23“All things are lawful,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 25Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience, 26for “the earth and its fullness are the Lord’s.” 27If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience – 29I mean the other’s conscience, not your own. For why should my liberty be subject to the judgment of someone else’s conscience? 30If I partake with thankfulness, why should I be denounced because of that for which I give thanks?
31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. 32Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, so that they may be saved.
1Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
You can tell them by their anger. When we question their beliefs, let alone mock their symbols and idols, they rage. Not merely the Islamics — but the so called great and good.
“That’s a stupid fucking question,” answered a Socialist Alliance activist when I asked sincerely where they were getting what sounded like inflated poverty statistics. “If you don’t believe in gay marriage or gun control, unfriend me,” demand multiple Facebook statuses from those I know. “That’s gross and racist!” spluttered a red-faced Ben Affleck when the atheist and neuroscientist Sam Harris criticized Islamic doctrines on Bill Maher’s Real Time. Nobody blinks an eye when Harris criticizes Christianity, least of all Affleck, who starred in Kevin Smith’s irreverent religious satire Dogma. But Christians are not held to be a sacrosanct and protected minority on the political Left.
Outbursts of emotional hostility from progressive activists – now described as Social Justice Warriors or SJWs – have come to be known as getting ‘triggered.’ This term originally applied to sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but activists have adopted it to describe the anxiety and discomfort they experience when they are exposed to views with which they disagree. “Fuck free speech!” one group of social justice advocates recently told Vice Media, as if this justified the growing belief among university students that conservatives should be prevented from speaking on college campuses. It’s no secret that, with the rise of the triggered progressive, university professors are increasingly intimidated by their own students. An illustrative example of this alarming trend was provided by the hoards of screaming students who surrounded the distinguished Yale sociologist Nicholas Christakis and demanded his head (which they duly received). Christakis had made the mistake of defending an email his wife had written gently criticizing Yale’s attempts to regulate students’ Halloween costumes. “Who the fuck hired you?!” screamed one irate student in response. “You should step down!”
This sort of my-way-or-the-highway mentality is now spreading well beyond the urban university and into even remote communities. In the small Outback Australian town of Alice Springs where I once lived, agitators have attacked and attempted to silence the local aboriginal town councillor Jacinta Price for her principled efforts to improve the lives of her people. When Price tried to sound the alarm about skyrocketing sexually transmitted diseases, or the adult rape of children in aboriginal communities, she was shouted down as a ‘traitor’ and a ‘coconut’ (a term of disparagement used to describe a person deemed to be black on the outside and white on the inside). These criticisms do not come from the majority of aboriginal people in Alice Springs, but from a minority of furiously offended activists who, in their own little circles, plot to have Price undemocratically removed from the town council. Censorship is now the instrument of choice, and a reactionary authoritarianism increasingly defines what the liberal Muslim activist Maajid Nawaz has termed the ‘Regressive Left.’
So how and why have these activists become so intolerant and horrible to deal with? Part of this hostility can be explained by a wilful ignorance and incuriosity about ideas with which they disagree. Every so often, a progressive friend will peruse my bookshelf in a thought-police sort of fashion. What happens next is fairly predictable. Once they realize that Malinowski’s Melanesian epic The Sexual Life of Savages doesn’t include any erotic pictures, they will turn their attention to the Ayn Rand collection. “Why do you have these?” they ask with an air of indignation, holding up a copy of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. “Have you ever read her?” I will ask. “No,” they reliably respond.
Matthew Blackwell, Quilette
I have an open secret. Since I have attempted to follow Christ most of my life, I spent most of my undergraduate, post graduate and working career living in a culture of hostility. I have read most of their books. I no longer watch their movies (for they bore me) and miss most of their books (they repeat themselves). But their idols are ugly: the only place for them is the tip. Their mentors are shown to be molestors and best and pedophiles at worst. Their message is destructive. I see the implosion of the family, and the despair of generation zyklon, who are encourged to find a friendly shrink to ease their existential crisis.
But I also see this youngest generation turning away from the narrative. They have seen what it did to their parents, and they use them as a warning. No quote from the WashPo, by the way… the article is not worth the time it took to read.
Remember that these activists want to kill anything healthy and then turn it into an idol and demand that we worship it. Their God is social justice. Their fate is the grave, and their judgement will damn them to hell.
Oppose them. Avoid them. Do not ascribe to their beliefs. This will get you into trouble, because they demand that thier beliefs are worshipped so they are not “triggered”.
Trigger them instead. For you do not want to be like them.