“In 1925, the humanists said that all they wanted to do was to get Darwinian evolution taught in the public schools alongside the creation story. “That’s all we’re asking. We promise. Trust us!” Christians did, too. Surprise!” – Gary North, Are Operation Rescue’s Critics Self-Serving?
It would be pleasing to merely assume that Christians are just stupid: but this stunt has been pulled over and over and over again, and the Christians have never caught on… and, I suggest, will never catch on.
Except that I would be wrong: there is real progress in history.
Few Westerners actually bow and worship physical idols, or go into Emperor-worship like the old days. Most want to at least appear to be on the side of liberty and justice. Even out-and-out claims of racial superiority are on the decline.
(And, after the end of the Welfare State, the government will finally be cast aside as an idol, as well.)
And not just in the West: few Muslims are interested in organizing military invasions anymore, and many insist — at least before the cameras — that Islam is a peaceful religion. This is actual progress, of the kind the imitation makes of the real thing.
So I believe it will be, when it comes to Christian gullibility. Those who insist on being stupid and blind will eventually be shown to be in conscious rebellion against God, and punished as such.
And the sins they pursued, and the idols they adored, will be as dead as the Soviet Union or Rome’s Imperial Cult.
Once again, one of my favourite quotes from C. S. Lewis, from That Hideous Strength:
If you dip into any college, or school, or parish, or family–anything you like–at a given point in its history, you always find that there was a time before that point when there was more elbow room and contrasts weren’t quite so sharp; and that there’s going to be a time after that point when there is even less room for indecision and choices are even more momentous. Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing. The whole thing is sorting itself out all the time, coming to a point, getting sharper and harder.
Only Christ Kingdom endures forever.
All who oppose Him will be slowly ground into the dust, regardless of what they call themselves.
Note: North’s article came up on American Vision’s article Blocking the doors: Operation Rescue . . . the Churches!
It’s worth reading them both.