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Month: December 2015

Into this Very Darkness

Pondering the current national security debate — any moral sensibility beyond utilitarian self-interest is hard to spot. If the prophets have taught us anything, it is that armies, weapons, and foreign alliances cannot compensate for expelling God. We still have “in God we trust” on our money only because the courts have accepted the defense that it is a “theological affirmation devoid of content.” Indeed. We are not self-securing beings. God controls the pre-conditions that make possible profitable labor. Apart from his blessing, we labor under a futility curse. Heedlessness cannot defeat lawlessness — it turns us into something not worth defending and stores up judgment for ourselves and our posterity. The chaos that results from disregarding the first commandment…

Homeless God

The greatest delusion of our day is that, absent God, our neo-pagans will somehow just decide to be nice. Even the atheist Freud knew better. Without a healthy conscience, civil society becomes impossible. We will prey on one another until violence becomes the only means of restraining chaos. A gun is a very weak tool to produce social order. God’s wrath has already begun when he lets us throw off his restraints. When disordered loves rule, we become our own worst enemy, we make God our enemy, and Satan remains our enemy. We cannot win that war. Above illegal immigrants, and armed terrorists, a nuclear Iran, and soaring national debt, if we are wise, we will fear the homelessness of…

The God Who Hides

I am tired of this lament, “Oh no, the Church is all old people … it is about to expire if we don’t get busy.” You are looking in the wrong direction. The Church descends from Abel, who always appears in this world as weak. It is not we who sustain the Church but the Church that sustains us. Our Lord is always victorious, though invisible in the vulnerable. Welcome Advent. Welcome the Lord who hides himself.

Signs of an Evil Peace

Putting asunder what God has joined; Joining together what God has put asunder; Like Christ and Satan; Christ and anti-Christ; Christ and the rebellious world; Grace and license; God’s approval and the godless’ approval; No other gods and any other gods; The Holy Spirit and any other spirit; When the Church’s theological conviction can fit on the bumper sticker “whatever”; A peace that fosters indifference where God has promised to punish indifference; A peace that makes no distinction where God has commanded to make a distinction; A peace that in the name of conscience fosters a stupefying of conscience; A peace that fosters complacency to sin and false teaching in the name of love; A peace that elicits these words…