It’s always odd to see daring films that challenge a form of public morality have have been dead for 20, 30, 60 years now. Even the Marquis de Sade, Prince of the Enlightenment, has now been publicly embraced by the French ruling classes. (After long having their private approval.)
Modern artists want to be both seen as challenging public convention (rather delusionaly defined as Christian morality), but actually retain the approval of the better classes: and you have to admit, sex sells.
What does it mean to believers?
First: for the Establishment, sex is about pleasure, not children, not the future. It would be a good idea for Christians – who hold to Christ’s resurrection as a ‘down payment’ of the triumph of good over evil in time and on earth, as well as in the afterlife – to avoid imitating the rotting, grinning dead as far as possible.
“Those who hate Me love death,” God says. But they also want to inflict as much pain and grief as possible, before they die. Keep your guard up!
Second: it’s going to be increasingly painful, for women who want sexual relationships with perverse men. They had better not expect feminists to protect them either: we already have the sophisticated feminist types arguing on behalf of Sade, and no doubt they will embrace the further degradation of women as they have always done, from the hatred of marriage to the love of abortion, on to deviant sexuality (which works to drastically devalue the sexuality only a woman can provide).
For Christians, God has already spoken multiple times – by command and by the example of righteous couples – on marriage and sexuality in the Bible places, including Song of Solomon, but especially for this discussion…
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. – Ephesians 5:28-30
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? – II Corinthians 6:14
This much should be obvious.
The insistent claims of some rich people that they are unhappy tends to be met with derision from many. Yet, the claims remain.
One atheistic writer, Tim McCarthy, insists in his book Empty Abundance that Anhedonia – “the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable” – is the reason.
His recommendation – service to others, with limited/no financial compensation – is sound, precisely because it is in accordance with Scripture.
(Actually, this should be the reason why Christians get rich in the first place!)
And thankfully, the author does not recommend going the sadism route.
“These three people [a Bible school teacher, a volunteer who donates lots of money and time to a cause, and a house-cleaner for the elderly, often for no pay] ironically strike me as among the happiest people I know, while my anhedonian friends seem to chase their tails,” he writes. “Over time, I have found that the cure for anhedonia, at least for me, is service. Of equal importance is my work to become present in this moment. This moment, this time, this life – that’s all we have, since there will be no other.”
Here’s the problem:
“Over time, I have found that the cure for anhedonia, at least for me, is service.”
But what if you get your kicks in inflicting pain on others?
“Of equal importance is my work to become present in this moment.”
That could be good or could be bad, depending on if you want to leave an inheritance or not.
- On the one hand: We must work NOW, while we live and breathe, to expand the Kingdom of God.
- On the other hand: Pagans obviously do not believe in the importance of leaving an inheritance, as can be seen from their abortions, their debt fuelled lifestyles, and their willingness to disinherit their children, leaving them with nothing.
Christians have a different calling: to inherit the earth, in Christ’s Name. This is a multi-generational work, requiring the conversions of peoples, nations, and civilizations. Also, children are definitely welcome – the more, the merrier – but they must all be schooled in the Law of God, as well as given the tools to be productive, preferably entrepreneurial, members of society.
And of course, both wives and children are to be shown love, not vicious cruelty. Men are made in the image of God, and are to uphold the moral standards God maintains for Himself. “Be ye therefore perfect, as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” – Matthew 5:48
“This moment, this time, this life – that’s all we have, since there will be no other.”
People who discount the eternal life to zero are fools. A rich fool, in this case.
North discusses in his book (that I am still reading, and plan to review here) on page 229-230 a key focus of his studies (footnotes deleted). It’s important enough to be quoted in full here:
I have now at long last arrived at the crucial dividing line between the Bible’s explicit teaching on inheritance and the statistical reality of inheritance in the modern world. A tiny handful of anti-Christians control most of the world’s wealth and power. There are about 6,000 people who are at the top in terms of wealth and power. In other places, Rothkopf has said this elite numbers 6,600. There are about 7 billion people. This elite is fewer than one in a million. But this is normal. In every era, about one person in a million stands out from all the rest. This has been known for almost a century. Yet Jesus said that few rich people enter the kingdom of God (Matt. 19:24). So, the issue is this: Given the fact of the Pareto 20/80 distribution of wealth, which is close to universal, is Proverbs 13:22 annulled by Matthew 19:24? Is the wealth of the just laid up for the sinner?
The market order benefits customers. The rich serve customers. Customers spend their money, and the rich accumulate capital, but this is a stewardship function. The super-rich own capital. They cannot spend all of this wealth. They can sell their ownership shares, but they cannot consume their wealth fast enough to reverse capital accumulation. Their wealth enables them to buy the trinkets of civilization, but it does not extend their life expectancy by much, nor does it enable them to enjoy their wealth. What is known as the hedonic treadmill takes over. People adjust to increasing economic benefits. They are no happier with greater wealth—above subsistence—as a result of their increasing net worth.
Yet there is no question that the truth of Matthew 19:25 remains true. Few rich people enter the kingdom. Then what of Proverbs 13:22? If it is still in force, as I believe it is, it points to a world-transforming Christian revival in the future that will change the theological confessions of the very wealthy. They will inherit from sinners, by being delivered from their prior judicial status as covenant-breakers. In short, this passage points to the truth of postmillennialism. For, if postmillennialism is not an option, then the wealth of the just is laid up for the sinner. This is what we have seen on a scale never imagined by earlier generations. The great revival will negate Matthew 19:25. Inevitably, either Proverbs 13:22 has been negated by Matthew 19:24 on a permanent basis, or else Matthew 19:24 will not be in force at some time in the future.
Like North, I believe that Matthew 19:24 will tend to fade in power and force in the future. I am willing to point to the death of the welfare state and the end of Keynesian as the main triggers to the end of the Establishment, but there are other factors:
- decentralizing technological advances,
- the elite aborting their own,
- the bankrupt State – the main tool of Establishment power
- this is coupled with the Elite longing for expensive controls and tyranny (which will bankrupt them)
- the lack of reason for any hope: “It’s all downhill from here”
- no goal for aspiration, beyond ego enhancement
- no Law to guide their paths to life, and away from death
- the end of intellectual gatekeepers
- this is a longer process: much of it is happening right now, but the fall of the elite universities – antiChristian, every single one – will be a slower process, taking at least two generation. After all, they have been here since the 11th century: even in this accelerated world of increasingly rapid change, it’s going to take a decades before they are rendered powerless.
So in sum: covenant-breakers are on their way out: covenant-keepers are on their way to the top.
I prefer to be on the side of the winners.
I hope you do too!