In revolutionary countries you expect to find desecration: churches turned into lavatories or reformatories, their sanctuaries wrecked and defiled, their bells pulled down and melted, and their crosses tumbled to the ground by commissars, as the Young Pioneers jeer.
Yet not all revolutions are so unsubtle. Those who intend to succeed move more carefully, smiling as they destroy. It is not true that nobody learns anything from history. Jacobin radicals—for all modern revolutions are really heirs of Robespierre and Fouché—have learned from their failures. Why annoy people into opposing you? Why risk turning nuisances into martyrs?
In modern Britain, officially a Christian kingdom whose symbol of authority is the Crown of St. Edward surmounted by a cross, Christian law and morals have been ruthlessly dethroned. But those who did it did it with a kiss rather than with a sword. They brought desecration but called it redecoration or modernization. And by the time the truck had carted the broken pieces to the landfill, it was too late to protest.Human Dignity Redefined, by Peter Hitchens
And so it goes, when you let someone other than God define right and wrong, and become the Source of the Law.
- Human Rights? Oh, that’s whatever the Right Sort says it means, so it’s 100% approved by Official Authority.
- The Ten Commandments? Oh, that’s just babble from some old book, that hinders what the Right Sort from doing precisely what it pleases.
It is wise to assume that the vast majority of seminary-trained pastors will never pay any price to lead people and nations to live under the laws of God, rather than men. (You’d be surprised to discover just how many pastors quietly hate the Law of God themselves.)
We, the intelligent layman, cannot trust multi-generational institutional failures to expand the Kingdom of God. We will have to do it ourselves. The faster we get cracking on this — working to expand the Kingdom of God into the real world, and ditching the model of the powerless mystery cults, the temple services and the privilege-protecting priestly guild — the better.
If you are part of a living local congregation, rejoice!
If you are part of a spiritually dead congregation, ditch it.
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