Thomas Powell’s recent article at Townhall called “A Fatal Trajectory” was featured on Rush Limbaugh today. When I got home I found some friends talking about it, too. I thought Powell’s piece hit the nail on the proverbial head.
Here is a quote I want to comment briefly on:
Ultimately, it all comes down to who is willing to die and who is not.
How did we get to this point? It was no single thing.
The dumbing down of our education, the undermining of moral values with the fad of “non-judgmental” affectations, the denigration of our nation through poisonous propaganda from the movies to the universities. The list goes on and on.
The trajectory of our course leads to a fate that would fully justify despair.
These are themes that I have been covering in my apologetics ministry. To counter the ignorance regarding Christianity my ministry launched an online apologetics academy. ‘Non-judgmental’ affectations are covered every week on this blog. As for the ‘poisonous propaganda’ my ministry’s Christian writing contest is geared specifically to spur on Christian authors so that they can help turn the tide from the midst of the very belly of the beast.
Sowell describes this trajectory, asserting with conviction that a few nuclear decimated American cities followed by a quick American surrender is along that path. Perhaps. Yet I perceive that the problem is that America has already had ‘bombs’ dropped on it and the surrender occurred long ago. The time for action was probably long ago. When Americans agreed to go with the whole ‘income tax’ thing, when they allowed the creation of the Federal Reserve, when they allowed the conditions that culminated in Roe vs Wade to persist. Today we reap the consequences of these and many other ‘bombs’ and act surprised, as though the trajectory could not be plotted and predicted.
In an argument recently I disputed with someone who thought that the US had nothing to fear. Its military might was top notch. If anything civil war was more likely. I responded with this a post on my blog laying out my contention that civilization is only skin deep. This argument had been prompted by the fact that my end times series, Birth Pangs, described a USA that had been dissolved into anarchy as the result of foreign invaders. This, in his estimate, was laughable. As Sowell’s peice goes to show, many are not laughing.
The second book of the aforementioned series, Spero, (Amazon links to both books top right, friends) really touches on the heart of things here in my view. ‘Spero’ is Latin for ‘hope’ and without giving away the story too much, most of the individuals in the series are putting their hope in things like military might, diplomacy, persuasion, the government, and even luck. In other words, they put their hope in things that people today put their hope in.
Let me make this bold statement: all this will be reduced to despair, and in time this country, too, unless we put our hope in things that will not fail.
Now, that kind of hope offers no assurance of prosperity and peace, at least not in the short term. But it does create a trajectory in that direction, both in this world and the next.
So what do we do now? Right now, hold on. People don’t even know its coming and they’re not going to listen until its over. At that time we share with them real Hope, which does not come through elections and stimulus packages. But for now we hold on.