A reminder from Professor Mark Tushnet:
For liberals, the question is how to deal with the losers in the culture wars. That’s mostly a question of tactics. My own judgement is that taking a hard line (“You lost, live with it”) is better than trying to accommodate the losers, who – remember – defended, and are defending, positions that liberals regard as having no normative pull at all. Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work so well after the Civil War, nor after Brown [v. Board of Education]. (And taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.)
I should note that LGBT activists in particular seem to have settled on the hard-line approach, while some liberal academics defend more accommodating approaches. When specific battles in the culture wars were being fought, it might have made sense to try to be accommodating after a local victory, because other related fights were going on, and a hard line might have stiffened the opposition in those fights. But the war’s over, and we won.
Such is the view from Harvard: we rule, and you kneel.
Until the next demand is made, of course.
And the one following that.
And some other pointedly anti-Christian edict that was never dreamt of in 2017; will be some bizarre academic delusion in 2027; and the aggressively enforced law of the land in 2037.
I am sure that the vast majority of American Christians will crawl and beg and lick the boot, cringing in fear of their laughing masters.
Just as they always have.
This is only natural, as (like the Israelites)
- they fear human masters far more than their Divine Master;
- have a secret hatred of God’s Law, a hatred and contempt that our secularistic rulers merely choose not to hide;
- and so most American Christians will be naturally rewarded by Christ for their willful disobedience with the oppression of alien rulers, just has Christ commanded in the time of ancient Israel.
But I am not writing for the majority of American Christians.
I’m writing for those Christians who are interested in expanding the Kingdom of God, who wish to be the head that rules and speaks and commands, and not the despised, powerless tail that is covered with filth and laughing contempt.
I am interested in the believer that fears God, and not powerful, wealthy, and connected men.
Of course, after you have faith in the victory of Christ over all, then you can see that there is no need to fear the Laughing Masters.
From their dependence on economic chicanery to set up some threadbare Potemkin Village of prosperity; to their joy in slaughtering their own young; to the ever-greater levels of ignorance coming out of the public school system; to their aged, sclerotic view of the world (“Germany and Japan? From seventy years ago? Really?“); Our Masters at Harvard — and the other Mighty Centres of Establishment Power — are fundamentally univocal, self-adoring noisemakers who are merely to be bypassed and ignored by any innovative Christ-driven, Holy Spirit-filled resistance to evil.
Naturally, I expect no innovative resistance to arise out of our seminaries and pulpits. After a century of endorsing defeat and retreat, Our Official Christian Leadership can be simply ignored as powerless, irrelevant nobodies.
And why not? Everyone with an ounce of sense learnt to completely ignore them, long ago – and have been richly rewarded for doing so.
Now, it’s time for God’s Servants to ignore their failure-loving Official Leadership, as well… and get with the Real Deal.