As many of you are aware, I am “semi retired” from blogging. My name has shown up in the byline quite a bit over the last few days because our contributor, Don, was initially on vacation, and is now feeling under the weather. So, it’s up to me to carry the Conservative Hideout torch, so to speak, until Don is up on his feet again.
A few weeks ago, I published a post regarding the idea of ” letting it burn.” In that post, I suggested that there’s another way to achieve change. Today, I’ll lay that out for you.
As I look back on my life, I have witnessed enormous change. From something as simple as how we listen to music, to how our families are structured, there has been tremendous change in the last 45 years. As a young child, I was in a world of by vinyl records, Rotary phones, over the air television, and traditional families. Now, digital technology allows 24 hour a day real – time communication. There are now hundreds of channels, but they’re still filled with things you don’t want a watch. And, families are not so traditional anymore. As a nation, we paid a hard price for the breakdown of our society. As liberals have mounted their “long march through the institutions,” the family has been deemphasized. Morality is seen as outmoded, or “hate.” We see the results every day; we have children having children. We have children growing up without fathers, and suffering accordingly. Our schools no longer educate students, but instead indoctrinate them and socialize them to sociopathy. Drugs are readily available, and almost as readily used. Sexual activity, once reserved for marriage, is now pushed on children increasingly younger ages. Consequently, sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, and many of these are now drug-resistant – causing us to see the return of sex being a potential death sentence. Killing babies are seen as a valid solution to a pregnancy. Euthanasia is now being advocated, and other forms of violence are also rise. We have even seen the push to normalize pedophilia. All things considered, is it any wonder that we have this disorder, violence, and flat-out inhumanity that we have been seeing?
What is the response to this inhumanity? How do people respond to the disorder? The general tendency has been to call on government to be an external mode of control. We demand more laws, more programs, more jails, and more social workers to provide an external” fix” for the problems that we are experiencing. From liberals demanding more wealth redistribution, to Conservatives seeking to define marriage, we demand the government solve our perceived problems. As experience teaches us, calling upon government to solve our problems tends to generate two results. The first result is failure. Government almost never successfully solves a problem. In fact, government tends to make problems worse! For example, we spent over $1 trillion in a “war on poverty,” and got more poor people. The second result is a more powerful government. As history teaches, the more powerful government becomes the more oppressive it gets. Government bureaucrats, empowered by a naïve public, become increasingly corrupt and easily purchased. Jails end up being filled with nonviolent offenders because we try to crack down on an activity rather than dealing with the source of the problem.
And that is where I found myself. Of course I’m Conservative. That has not changed. But, I’ve realized that societal change does not come through legislation, legal decisions, or spreading true information. We have already declined to the point where too many of our citizens are programmed to attack reality. As Bezmenov pointed out so well over 30 years ago, access to true information no longer matters. We can show 1,000,005 reasons that global warming is a complete lie, including e-mails from the liars admitting that it’s a lie. However, the programed masses will continue to drink the Kool-Aid and advocate that we live in thatch huts. You can pass 5 million laws, and people will simply disregard them, or use activist judges to overturn them. In other words I came to one conclusion:
You cannot legislate or unlegislate reality.
We could sweep the Senate in November. We could gain even more seats in the House. Will that really make a difference? Our decline would be slowed, to be sure. But the decline was still occur. The Republican Party, in its current state, is still a party of control. The only difference between the two parties is that the Republicans drive the country off the cliff and 55 miles an hour, and the Democrats push their foot through the firewall. Elections are not going to change this country. Laws are not going to change this country. There is only one thing that can change this country. And that one thing is us.
Physical laws of nature have not changed. God has most certainly not changed. The only thing that’s changed is us! We, at every step of the process, have accepted all the negative social changes that have occurred. I see that we’ve accepted them because we have done nothing to actually change them. Oh yes, we complain, we blog, we organize, and we vote for “good Republicans.” and absolutely nothing changes. We have done nothing to actually reverse the process of decline – we’ve simply done it at a slower rate. and what will happen if say, a Jeb Bush gets elected in 2016? Will all the damage that Obama has done be reversed? Will damaging regulations actually be repealed? Or, will we turn on our televisions, only to see a mild, fearful, and cautious tool, who will change nothing, and will only slow the descent? I know, it’s not a pretty picture, but can any of you reading this right now show me an alternative?
As some of you are probably already deciphering, my central point is that we don’t have a political problem in the United States of America; we have a morality problem. If we were still a moral people, would we need to legally define marriage? if we were still a moral people, would we have the drug problems that we have? Would we have all the children without intact families? Would we have all the crime? Would we be seeing all the predatory business practices? Would we see all the corruption? I think you get the idea. The problem is with us.
Our Republic is set up and predicated on us being a moral people. Our system of freedom breaks down, falls apart, and descends into tyranny when we abuse those freedoms. In other words, our system needs of people that are ” good” when no one else is looking. At this point, were not even good when people are looking! Not only are s0 many of us immoral, but they are PROUDLY immoral. We know where that pattern leads. We’ve seen it happen before, and cannot naively think that it cannot happen here.
History shows us that when people turn to God and are restored in their morality, incredible things happen. All that one has to do is look up the history of the Great Awakening to see how this could happen.
The Great Awakening was a spiritual renewal that swept the American Colonies, particularly New England, during the first half of the 18th Century. Certain Christians began to disassociate themselves with the established approach to worship at the time which had led to a general sense of complacency among believers, and instead they adopted an approach which was characterized by great fervor and emotion in prayer. This new spiritual renewal began with people like the Wesley brothers and George Whitefield in England and crossed over to the American Colonies during the first half of the 18th Century. Unlike the somber, largely Puritan spirituality of the early 1700s, the revivalism ushered in by the Awakening allowed people to express their emotions more overtly in order to feel a greater intimacy with God.
What caused the Great Awakening?
In late 17th Century England, fighting between religious and political groups came to a halt with the Glorious Revolution of 1688, an event which established the Church of England as the reigning church of the country. Other religions, such as Catholicism, Judaism, and Puritanism, were subsequently suppressed.
From a political perspective, this led to stability since everyone now practiced the same religion. But instead of being a positive driving force for religious belief in general, it created complacency and spiritual “dryness” among believers. Religion became something of a pastime in which people would “go through the motions” during religious services without deeply-felt convictions of the heart and soul. It was only after some decades of this kind of complacency in both England and the American colonies that the spiritual “revival” of the Great Awakening came about.
What were the effects of the Great Awakening?
The Awakening’s biggest significance was the way it prepared America for its War of Independence. In the decades before the war, revivalism taught people that they could be bold when confronting religious authority, and that when churches weren’t living up to the believers’ expectations, the people could break off and form new ones.
Through the Awakening, the Colonists realized that religious power resided in their own hands, rather than in the hands of the Church of England, or any other religious authority. After a generation or two passed with this kind of mindset, the Colonists came to realize that political power did not reside in the hands of the English monarch, but in their own will for self-governance (consider the wording of the Declaration of Independence). By 1775, even though the Colonists did not all share the same theological beliefs, they did share a common vision of freedom from British control. Thus, the Great Awakening brought about a climate which made the American Revolution possible. (emphasis added)
Does that look the slightest bit familiar? How many Christians just sit in the pews while the society around them burns? How many of us don’t even bother to show up in the pew? How many of us decided to just “go with the flow?” How many of us decided to join in? Do we actually live by what we say, or do we give “aid and comfort” to our enemies by being hypocrites?
I know. This is a long post – and not a terribly cheerful one. Let me correct that. I belong to a denomination that supports missionaries all over the world. It’s one of the chief objectives of our denomination. I’m struck by the fact that we will send missionaries all over the planet, but not down the street. Consequently. Many of us have raised this point, and my congregation is working to change that. There are just as many lost people here in the US as anywhere else. And I think that is our biggest problem. To solve this problem, it is my opinion that we need to provoke, with the Lord’s ample help, another Great Awakening. We don’t need to change laws. We don’t even necessarily need to change judges, politicians, or news channels. We need to change our hearts – as well the hearts as our neighbors, family members, and friends. If we do all these things, we will no longer need laws to define marriage. We won’t have to pass new drug laws. We won’t need as much welfare. Because, if we are truly Godly people, we will do all these things without an agent of control, like government, forcing us to. People that control themselves don’t need a government to do it for them.
And that, my friends, is what I’m working towards. I’m not being critical bloggers. After all I’m discussing this via a blog post. What I am saying is that my retirement from blogging isn’t about giving up, it’s about changing the mission. I intend to use a weapon for which the Liberals have no defense – the Lord Jesus Christ. This really isn’t a political battle anymore. It is a spiritual battle. It is been my experience that using politics in a spiritual battle guarantees defeat. However Jesus Christ has already won this spiritual battle. All we have to do is use that fact.
As always, my friends, comments and suggestions are welcome. Have a great day and God bless!
UPDATED: Fixed some typos. I used Dragon to dictate it, and even though I proofread it, errors got through.