Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
It happened in late October 1974, in Columbus OH, at the Ohio State University, in a second year creative writing class, that a student said “I have never written anything about politics or religion because I don’t want to offend anyone”.
The class size was small, so we met in one of the oldest class rooms still in use by the university. We sat in a circle with the professor occupying one of the seats in the circle. Upon hearing that remark, he stood up, walked to his desk and pickup a very large dictionary. An “ old school” kinda dictionary. Measuring at least 10 x 14” and being some 6 – 8 inches thick, that book weighed at least 12 pounds, if it weighed an ounce.
With all the eyes upon the professor, he dropped the dictionary flat on the 100 year old wooden class room floor. To this day, I still remember the sound of that book hitting the old oak floor and the words that followed.
“Now that I have you attention class, remember this well, if you’ve never offended anyone with your words you’ve probably never stood for anything worth while. Only those taking a stand on an issue can look themselves in the mirror and know they made a right decision to speak up. Those of you who do not, will become the sheep of our society, to be led astray by deceit, trickery, corruption and fraud.”
And so it is with a remembrance of the long past encounter identifying the importance of taking a stance in life, I once again jump into both politics and religion as a topic of discussion from the EastWing.
The New York City Council voted in May that public urination is not a criminal act. The Supreme Court of Italy just a short time ago ruled that public masturbation is legal (except in the presence of minors). The San Francisco City Council decided, by one vote, one vote mind you, to continue the city’s ban on public nudity not, of course, on the grounds of “decency” but on the grounds of public health. Since that can easily be resolved by use of a towel on public benches and chairs, it is only a matter of time, probably a couple of years, before people will be permitted to walk around naked in San Francisco.
A few weeks ago, teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina, were instructed not to refer to their elementary school students as “boys and girls” but as “students” and “scholars.” The reasoning is presumably for inclusivity there may be a student who has no gender identity and that adults should not impose a gender identity on young people. Have you ever heard such carp in you whole life?
In a New York Times op-ed column, a professor of philosophy noted his shock at learning that most young Americans do not believe that moral truths exist. They are incapable of asserting that anything, including killing for fun, is wrong beyond personal opinion. These are all inevitable consequences of the death of belief in God and Judeo-Christian values, and of the Bible as society’s primary moral reference work.
Europe has been in moral decline since World War I, the calamity that led to World War II and the death of national identity and Christianity in Europe is apparent wherever one cares to look today.
There has always been one exception: the United States. But now that too is eroding. The seeds of America’s decline have been sown since the beginning of the 20th century, and they came to fruition with the post-World War II generation, the baby boomers. Radical and aggressive secularism and atheism have replaced religion in virtually every school and throughout American public life.
We have gone from President Abraham Lincoln reading the Bible every day to Alaska Airlines feeling forced to stop passing out prayer cards with meals. In a hundred years, we’ve gone from near-total biblical literacy to near-total biblical illiteracy. One wonders whether half of America’s college seniors could correctly identify Cain and Abel, or whether more than 1 in 10 Americans could cite the Ten Commandments. We have gone from President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaiming the need to save “Christian civilization” in World War II speeches to a virtual ban on American presidents mentioning the word “Christianity.” The current President, and his efforts are the single most shining example of a massive attempt to eliminate Christian civilization from our nation.
And, as is widely noted, Americans are no longer supposed to wish strangers “Merry Christmas,” and they must refer to a Christmas party as a “holiday party.” Similarly, the European Union constitution never mentions Christianity, despite the fact that it was Christianity that formed Europe.
The prices that we Americans and Europeans are paying for creating the first godless societies in recorded history amount to civilizational suicide. Boys and girls are not to be referred to as boys and girls; Western elites dismiss national identity as protofascism; the belief that moral truth exists has been destroyed and replaced by feelings and opinions; fewer people are marrying; and more people live alone than at any time in American history.
Western European countries have become empty, soulless places. They are pretty and appear materially secure (for now), but they stand for almost nothing (except “multiculturalism” and “tolerance” and “globalism”. The Europeans have replaced a Jewish population that overwhelmingly wanted to assimilate into society with a Muslim population that does not want to assimilate. In fact strives to create their own caliphate within a society.
An example being what happened in Dearborn MI when in 2012 at an Arab Festival, Christians were viciously attacked, verbally and physically, and ultimately stoned. Police stood by as such activity occurred. The mayor of Dearborn MI responded by saying the Christians should not have been there to begin with, and besides the city did not have enough resource to control the mob violence.
Nearly all European countries are headed to Greece-like insolvency as fewer and fewer workers pay enough in taxes to support those who collect welfare, and as tensions with their Muslim inhabitants increase. All the while the Arab swarm floods across the continent of Europe.
But for the sickos in our society, the good news is that now, beginning with Italy and New York, they can watch each other masturbate or urinate in public.
There’s no way to prove that God exists. We believe in God, and call it faith. But what is provable is what happens when societies stop believing in God. That society commits suicide. So went the Godless Romans. I’m sure you can think of the others also.
Sometimes it’s good to bear in mind just how much the people who founded this great land believed in God and how they truly entrusted their lives.
On September 16, 1620 (September 6, by the Old Style calendar), the Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower and set sail from Plymouth, England, for the New World. One hundred and two passengers plus crew crowded onto the tiny ship, which probably measured about 100 feet long and 25 feet wide. William Bradford, longtime governor of the Plymouth Colony, left us a flavor of the perilous two-month voyage across the Atlantic in his book Of Plymouth Plantation.
|After they had enjoyed fair winds and weather for a season, they were encountered many times with cross winds and met with many fierce storms with which the ship was shroudly [wickedly] shaken, and her upper works made very leaky; and one of the main beams in the midships was bowed and cracked, which put them in some fear that the ship could not be able to perform the voyage. . . . But in examining of all opinions, the master and others affirmed they knew the ship to be strong and firm under water; and for the buckling of the main beam, there was a great iron screw the passengers brought out of Holland, which would raise the beam into his place; the which being done, the carpenter and master affirmed that with a post put under it, set firm in the lower deck and otherwise bound, he would make it sufficient. And as for the decks and upper works, they would caulk them as well as they could, and though with the working of the ship they would not long keep staunch, yet there would otherwise be no great danger, if they did not over-press her with sails. So they committed themselves to the will of God and resolved to proceed.|
Sad to say many do not share that level of belief today. Can’t help but feel the world would be a better place if we all shared such a level of faith.
From The EastWing, Remembering When, Speaking Up & Speaking Out, A Pilgrim Story
I Wish You Well,