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A View from the Altar / Retro?
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Retro?

The basic idea behind being a conservative is that civilization is built on certain ideas and institutions that need to be retained — conserved.  Not everything in our society is good.  But the things that are good arose for certain reasons.  What underlies the good things should be conserved.

Until recently, people in the West have enjoyed a degree of political and economic freedom not seen since Noah set foot on Ararat.  Political and economic freedom lets the individual connect his efforts to the thing that motivates him best.  So a guy pursues his dream for the glory of God or the love of his family.  This provided a better standard of living for more people than any system ever has before.

The basis of that freedom was the Christian religion.  Christianity provided the social and civil structure within which people could exercise the greatest degree of freedom without spilling over into anarchy.

The Christian faith made the West improve faster than any civilization that ever came before it.  Our forebears were heathen just like the people in the Congo who, in the past few years, have slain nearly six million of their brethren using mostly knives, clubs, and machetes.  It was the influence of the true Christian faith that suppressed this savagery in human nature and created the conditions where prosperity could flourish.

On many occasions, it’s been apostasy from that faith that has let the savagery rekindle in the breast of western men.  We live in such a time of general apostasy in America.  The influence of the Christian faith has been receding.  In its place a different sort of law has emerged.  This law, to pick its most appalling shortcoming, can find nothing wrong with the thousands of abortions that occur every day.  To cite its most ridiculous error, it’s a law that intentionally blinds itself as to who the terrorists are and what’s motivating them.  The problem is not just some little group of lawyered-up miscreants who have a demented conception of fairness.  It’s rather that a different moral/spiritual law is trying gain ascendancy.  It’s built on a different faith and uses that faith as its basis for the civil law.

I don’t know all the tenets of this new faith, but I know one of them: The state is deity, and nothing in society must be permitted to reduce the power and reach of the state.  The growth of the state is the chief end of man.

Nobody can say where this will end up.  But this new faith and new law will not peacefully abide the presence of the faith of Christ.  The West doesn’t have to take the plunge into emperor-worshiping paganism.  It’s still possible for people to awaken and return to the faith of their fathers.  No… not a return to the America of 1955 or even 1776.  I’m speaking of returning to the God who makes nations rise or cuts them down when they displease him.

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