My current supplementary read during morning devotions, this is another excellent opinion/analysis of the creeping totalitarianism in liberal modern society: the “soft tyranny of the Woke Left.”
I don’t disagree with Mr. Dreher’s observations so far but feel the need to point out the potential for brittle, insular, and authoritarian thinking/societies exists on the Religious Right as well. In fact, religious people piloted that concept.
The way to combat a lie is not with an equal and opposite error. Christianity is fundamentally a spiritual position, not a political one and believers are called to represent a different way of life, a different society, a different King and different Kingdom. We are pilgrims here with a much deeper, higher allegiance. Supposed to be, anyway.
By all means, please read this book but I’m starting to think the ongoing hostility and vitriol from a huge chunk of believers betrays not only a lack of discernment but of faith. If half the energy currently being poured onto angry internet rants were channeled into genuine prayer and intercession, I wager the mood and the situation would change dramatically.
Then again, it’s always easier to fight about your principles than actually live them.
But aren’t we called to do the hard thing? To carry a cross when it’s required? What if this is such a season? End of the day – and I mean Judgment Day here – will it really mean all that much? Won’t we be weighed by God’s Love? Not just how we received it but gave it?
I’ll end with a C.S Lewis quote because, you know, quoting St. Clive makes you look smart.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
Thanks for reading. More Cyberpunk TechNoir on the way.
Have an excellent day.
One Reply to “Side Note”
I agree with you, Patrick. I like Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option and am a Benedictine Oblate myself. I do believe we need not worry too much about politics, after all, what have we to do with the Kings and Queens of Washington? Will they give us an audience?
I prefer to find Christ asleep in the stern of the boat and crawl down there next to Him, knowing I can still sleep soundly as the storm goes on. It’s not to say one does nothing, but you do the “one thing necessary,” that is, follow Christ, the true King, and all else follows.