Monday, June 24, 2019

Have We Crossed The Tipping Point?

Ben Domenech has a piece over at The Federalist entitled The Cultural White Walkers Have Descended in which he argues that we are past the tipping point where Christian love of our enemies and politeness for the sake of our fellow human beings will win the day.
Politics today is for the rough, the confrontational, and the unapologetic. It is not comfortable unless we lie to ourselves about where it is and where it is going. Instead, American Christians inhabit the position where their foes are animated by beliefs consistent with an apocryphal quote from Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune: “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.”
And it could get worse: it’s possible both the perspectives of these Christian conservative thinkers are too optimistic. Social conservatives should be most concerned that both French and Ahmari are wrong about what the enemies of freedom believe possible, that the harshest voices in the American left won’t be satisfied just driving traditional American values from the oped pages or the universities or the local boards. Instead, the left may be turning into the culture war white walkers, bent on utter and total destruction of everything American Christians hold dear – including the liberty to hold beliefs at odds with the consensus of the elite – and that they will root for that belief, even when it is hidden in their hearts.
I hope...that Domenech is too pessimistic. There are signs that the Left has peaked, and will soon fall, but I have to admit that history does not give much hope. Too often the Left has enslaved whole populations for its own aggrandizement. Yet, I do believe that God will not let this country fall until there is another. He will not let the Left win forever.  When they over play their hand as certain states have done on abortion, He will eventually lose patience with them.

 Meanwhile, please read the article at The Federalist. He could be right. In the meantime, keep your powder dry!

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