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ESSAY - Christian Resistance

The culture war between humanism (for lack of a better term) and Christianity has an illuminating parallel in our recent past: the conflict between communism and capitalism.

Communism and capitalism, specifically as these were represented by the U.S.S.R and the U.S.A., were irreconcilable. A new compound, anhydrous water, would have been equally possible. So these two cultures set out to destroy each other. Given the evil of the Soviet regime, we will not waste much time justifying why someone needed to restrain them. Rather, this page will look to the nature of that resistance for a lesson.

To combat their foe, the U.S. fell into many behaviors that were essentially betrayals of their own beliefs. McCarthy, better dead than red, do not give even a glass of water to a commie; all these flew in the face of, "All men are created equal...." Eventually the U.S. figured out where its strength resided, and spent the U.S.S.R. to death. How many lives, how much global agony could have been spared had the U.S. seen this from the start?

This relates to the present culture war as an example of the approach Christianity should take in resisting humanism. The fruits of humanism are evident in thousands of examples of cultural agony from divorce to thirty million plus aborted babies to scorn of honor to homosexuality to addictions legion, ad nauseum. Further, the increasing hate represented in phrases like, "Bring back the lions!" means Christians are not only fighting for their culture, but their liberty as well. To the contentious let us merely say squat and watch. The culture war will soon be so obvious even you will be able to see it.

The peril for Christian resistance is that of our example: falling from our beliefs to take up the combat on the level and using the weapons of our adversary. The examples of this peril already lie strewn about our feet. Some have taken the opposition of abortion murder to justify the murder of abortionists. This is a slap in God's face.

"And they would not receive Him, because His face was set to go Jerusalem. When His disciples saw this they said, 'Lord, will you that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elija did?' But He turned and rebuked them saying, 'You know not what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of man came not to destroy men's lives, but to save them.' "
Luke 9:53-55

If we hate, if we condemn people instead of sin, if we lean on Egypt's chariots, that cane will snap off and pierce us. God is our strength. Love and salvation and Truth are His weapons. Our physical world weapon is to speak the truth and the Truth, but not in hate. It is true that the U.S. ideal of individual liberty has degenerated into petty selfishness. It is True that all have sinned and cannot reach God except through Jesus. Our spiritual weapon is to humble ourselves before God and pray, to come in the spirit against strongholds of spiritual wickedness.

Christians must not lose sight of our mission. The salvation of our culture is not our mission, but rather the salvation of the people in all cultures through bringing them to a personal relationship with Jesus. The more this mission is carried forward the more our culture will be saved by the presence of the salt of the world.

 
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