By Irene F. Starkehaus -
After this week's furtherance of brutal ethnic cleansing of Coptic Christian communities throughout the Middle East, Western pacifists and subjectivists find themselves circling around the only outcome that was actually possible given their progressive goals. It has oft been said that when God is removed from our lives, it leaves a void that will be filled by anything but God. So it has begun. After members of the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State beheaded twenty-one Coptic Christians, IS renewed its vow to bring down:
"…every country that has entered into the alliance against the Islamic State, especially the US, [the] UK, France, Australia and Germany."
The terror organization then swore to conquer the "Nation of the Cross" and:
"In time the whole world will be an Islamic state. Our goal is to make sure that even the Vatican will be Muslim."
They then went on to graphically detail how they will go about killing our men and raping our women and children for the unforgivable affront of rejecting their perversion.
Suitably if not necessarily proactively alarmed by the promise made by Islamic terrorists to invade Italy and kill Christians who won't convert to vicious, radical Islam, Prime Minister Mateo Renzi's administration urged that an international peacekeeping group be sent to Libya to curtail the threat.
It's hard to know if the Italian Prime Minister actually thinks that what has been lacking in this decades long War on Terror is one of those hard-hitting, community outreach programs that the UN is so famous for. It is clear, however, that Islamic terrorists seek to fill the void created by moral relativism with as great a perversion of God's law as I can imagine. This while Western society still cannot wrap its head around the fact the Islamic State has called for a Crusades rematch…you know, like it's a soccer game or something.
Funny that Western secular and religious leaders struggle with their moral imperatives by asking where we get off thinking that our way of life is superior, or who are we to judge, or what makes us think our way of life is even worth preserving. Christian leaders and secularists alike work feverishly, racing to supplant their respective doctrines with impulse and sentiment. While we waste time doubting our moral authority, Islamic terrorists will be glad to demonstrate what our moral imperative should have been all along by serving up the most evil of alternatives.
Right. Go ahead and say it. What moral authority? You mean like the Crusades?
Yeah. Actually, like the Crusades. Watch and learn as history repeats itself in demonstrating how the Crusades got started in the first place. Christianity isn't what's causing the world's problems, but so desperate are we to wallow in guilt for believing in God when science is so much more logical that we deny the purpose of our Churches and our governments by turning them into soup kitchens.
Allow me to paraphrase CS Lewis for a moment. We remove our souls and expect virtue and enterprise to thrive. We disdain honor and are shocked by the traitors we create. We self-imposed castration and wonder why our culture fails to produce anything worthy of a harvest.
Long ago in a presidential election far, far away, a novice candidate responded to a question about when life begins. The pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama quipped that he didn't know when human life begins — saying it is "above my pay grade." Later on ABC's This Week, he measured his flippant response in this way:
"What I intended to say is that, as a Christian, I have a lot of humility…all I meant to communicate was that I don't presume to be able to answer these kinds of theological questions."
A bit more recently, the then newly elected Pope Francis was asked his opinion about the growing influence of the homosexual lobby on Church policies and teachings. He responded that "If they accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge them?" Time Magazine quotes the Pope in furtherance of his point:
The Pope also criticized journalists for reporting on allegations of homosexuality within the Vatican, saying those matters concerned questions of sin, not crimes, like the sexual abuse of children. He said when someone sins and confesses, God both forgives and forgets. "We don't have the right to not forget," he said.
For the record, the question of when life begins may have an answer that a candidate could argue is not fully understood, but it is a scientific question and it is answerable. The information is then interpreted by ethicists, politicians, educators, feminists, theologians and anyone else who would like to throw his two cents in. Both of his responses the questions about life were lazy and indolent.
Also for the record, nowhere in the Bible are we commanded to forget the wrongs that are done to us and as God is all knowing, it doesn't follow that he forgets either. As a relevant example, if a parent discovers that a person molested her child, she is commanded to forgive him. Is she then commanded to wipe the slate clean and allow him access to her child again? That is the embodiment of forgive and forget, but to do so would be the embodiment of neglect and child endangerment.
The Church has come to believe that its moral imperative exists in how many free showers and haircuts it can provide rather than how many souls it can save. The US government believes that its raison d'etre was born out of the people's longing for low copays rather than their longing from freedom from tyranny. We are being trained that getting people fed and clothed – again paraphrasing CS Lewis – is the great end that we should be focused on, and in pursuit of this, our scruples about good faith and real justice can be set aside.
Both Church and State fail miserably to define and defend the sanctity of the traditional family which is the number one protection against homelessness and poverty in the first place. Both policies obscure Natural Law in favor of the capricious laws of Man. Yes, it is right and kind to help those less fortunate than ourselves, but is that what the Church of St. Peter and the government of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson where entrusted to do?
All the while, the Islamic State plods forward always with its eyes on the prize…the end of Western Civilization and the death of anyone who isn't them. It would behoove us all to heed them when they say that they are coming for us next. They have a battle plan in place. We can't even face up to the fact that we're at war.
Ready or not, war is upon us, and the Islamic State is certainly a vicious secondary enemy. In threatening the Vatican, ISIS is attempting to place a pistol to the head of Jesus Christ. To my way of thinking, they might as well place the pistol to their own heads. After all, he's not a tame lion. (Again with the CS Lewis. I've got The Abolition of Man on the brain today and I can't shake it off.)
But let us not forget that in this battle for the human soul, ISIS pales in comparison to the real problem. Our greatest enemy is ourselves. Contrarianism in defending truth is the path to self- destruction and that act alone has a better chance of defeating us than the mock-heroes with their covered faces could ever have.