Perhaps the most common and dreaded cliché about history is that those who don’t know it are condemned to repeat it. Human nature, being that it has not changed since the fall, would have us immediately place ourselves in the camp that knows history and thus will not contribute to its repetition. Automatically, most of us, or at least some of us, will assume this is a negative cliché and, full of pride and a bit of arrogance, will tell ourselves that we know better and there is no way the horrors of the past will happen again. Egypt’s Pharaoh, Rome’s Caligula, Mexico’s Aztecs, Germany’s Hitler…Not in our lifetime, no way! We convince ourselves that in this day and age, where the information superhighway contributes to the education of millions and exposes injustice on real time, there is nothing that will get past the scrutiny of the jury of the people. In our minds, at this point in time, history has ceased to be cyclical; it no longer moves in circles, like the chariot races of the Roman Empire. Now, with all our knowledge and vision, we think history has finally become a straight line, a ray pointing forward towards blissfully enlightened, progressive times. But it hasn’t, and it won’t, not ever.
Lately, the strong, progressive, liberal push for all things sexual, homosexual, feminist, atheist and/or socialist is being presented as something new or ground-breaking , has come to the attention of even those like me, a simple stay at home mom. The persistent disdain for tradition, Christianity, modesty, specificity of gender roles, is growing fast and has a ferocious and violent appetite. What in other times has been called anarchy or socialism or fascism or communism, is now disguised behind purposeful misinformation, word manipulation, and coupled with mass under-education. The propaganda lulls the crowds and convinces them of the need to move our society FORWARD in the areas of sexuality, secularism and feminism, when in reality we are witnessing a massive REGRESSION. This race to legalize same sex unions, to mark women’s success at the expense of men, to take God out of His creation is actually sending society back to some of the most violent and chaotic times in history.
We are currently facing a movement whose agenda craves destruction, humiliation and extermination at the same time it cries out for tolerance, freedom and respect. It is contradictory in every aspect of its implementation. It creates confusion, disenchantment, hopelessness and finally, minds ready for the taking. We are battling a generation raised on Nike and Coca Cola commercials, addicted to instant gratification, impatient, disrespectful and intolerant. A whole demographic that knows very little or nothing about the past, looking only at self and at present, results in a very volatile society with a fragile future. For the first time in American history, we witnessed, in 2008, the election of a president based on brand recognition and slogans. Attractive graphics and catchy phrases put in power the most unlikely candidate to the presidency in the White House: Change, Yes we can. A man without any of the necessary credentials to run our country sits at the helm and we continue, to this day, to pay dearly for it. Even today some would still argue that what happened here in November 2008 is completely different than what happened in Austria when they voted to annex themselves to Hitler’s Germany. Well, I am going to have to disagree. It is very, very similar and it proves that we have yet to find our way out of the never ending cycle of repetitive history.
Our current abortion numbers, both national and international, easily exceed any other civilization’s victim toll of sacrificial rituals or attempted genocides. The Egyptians had at least two major ethnic cleansings, as recorded in the bible. When Moses was born, all the new born males were taken from the Jewish people and killed. Then again when Jesus was born, the same thing happened. Aztecs used to sacrifice from one to several thousand at a time in the name of religious balance and peace. The Romans killed Christians for entertainment. The Nazis prided themselves in ridding the world of Jewish people and anyone who considered them human. The U.S. of A., with tax money, continues to sacrifice millions of unborn at home for the sake of the individual’s “peace of mind”, and justifies it with ” bad timing”. We also promote and fund millions more abortions abroad under the guise of wanting to end poverty and advance the women’s liberation movement.
We are no different than those Godless cultures that killed mercilessly for selfish reasons. We, in fact, are so much better at it than they were. We have better resources. We have managed to raise an entire generation to think that silence is irrelevant, when in truth, it is permissive. We have managed to make morals relative, Christianity a thing of the past, and turned God into yet another one of the bad choices that will not be tolerated. Where there once was a common thread of religion in this country; now is a knotted up bunch of strands, tugging and pulling, trying to figure out, where they come from, why they are here, and what is their purpose. Left alone to sort out all the confusion, they become easy targets for the slogans and catchy phrases: Pro-Choice, My Body, Reproductive Rights. It all sounds good and respectful until we look down and see we are walking in a pool of the blood of the innocents. But how many people actually stop to look at anything but themselves? Not many, but hopefully enough.
We are also not the first nation to cry out separation of church and state. We will not be the last. But that is not really what we are doing. We are not crying separation of church and state; we are calling for a separation of Christianity from the state. For the “sake of freedom and equality”, our government steps on Christianity and knowingly makes room for the next church to attach itself to the state. Governments cannot lead societies without a moral compass. There must be a standard, a rule, a guide. Where that guide comes from is, inevitably, the predominant religious belief. The Aztecs conquered many cultures before them and imposed their own religious practices upon them. The Spanish, the English, the Moors, every conquering culture, without fail, has imposed its religious beliefs on the conquered and proceeded to rule according to them. What we are living now is no different. We are just making room for one of the less forgiving religions to fill in the hole left by Christianity’s uprooting.
It is nothing new, it is not good, but it is not new. We are only racing back around the track, one more lap. Back to the times of uncontrolled self-indulgence, or to the times when your birth determined your social status and your potential. Wherever this new lap takes us, it is certainly not a new place, just a new group of people making the same mistakes. So why is it that we insist on running around in circles? It is human nature without the grace of God. It is all the looking inward and taking care of our wants before other’s needs. It is greed, pride, gluttony, sloth, envy, anger and lust. What is left without God is nothing but chaos and death and we are riding our chariots, horses at full gallop, right around the bend.
11 Replies to “Chariot Race to Regression”
Excellent points! Thank you for this.
Ironic that the Christian faith that salvaged the declining Roman Empire brought us the very advances that are misused to our own detriment in this age. Appreciate this Cristina, brilliant post!
I do believe in the separation of ANY religion from our government. I realize that this is a catholic board and you are sure that your way is the “right” way but I can’t help but wonder how you would feel about religion entering into public policy if the official religion were something other than your Judeo-Christian one. Isn’t that what we’re fighting against in other countries?
Great post Cristina!
Some will no doubt argue that we’re trying to disenfranchise others by maintaining the Christian basis of this nation. They confuse the separation of church and state with the elimination of morality (church) from government. Morality is really just natural law, which is really just God’s laws. We need to learn from history — cultures that reject natural law/morality were conquered.
Hi Jeanne, a complete separation of religion from government is impossible. If one understands that we are more than mere bodies walking around from birth until our organs shut down, one agrees that the body, as well as the soul, need continuous nourishment. Whatever it is one feeds the soul, whatever it is one attaches their soul to, is their religion. Atheists claim to have no religion but they do, they are committed to disproving the existence of God. This is what they believe, and this is what they push for in government, the complete removal of God. So whether it is Christianity or Islam or Buddhism or Atheism or (pick one), spirituality, theistic or not, will always define the development and implementation of the moral and civil codes of ethics and behavior of any culture. One cannot separate them in as much as one cannot separate the body from the soul. The question really is not if we want a complete separation of church and state. It is which church do we want formulating our laws and defining our moral code. As Christianity, a faith defined in large part for its understanding of free will and mercy and forgiveness, gets pushed aside, something else, will take its place. If it is Islam, God help us. If it is Atheism, God help us. Either way, people have to be very careful when they wish for something as devastating to a civilization as the separation of Christianity and government.
Secular humanism/progressivism is a religion and it is the religion of choice among our “dear leaders” today. It is completely false and easily shown to be so, but that does not matter if no one is willing or able to do a little bit of research.
The founders (Jefferson, et al) generally accepted the moral positions of protestant Christianity, but were closer to Deism in expressed beliefs. The Declaration of Independence states what they felt that they could defend as a basis for their actions.
The problem today is that the practical atheism of the 20th century totalitarians (Communists, Fascists, Nazis) has been adopted by many of the USA’s colleges and law schools, and promulgated by both federal courts and legislatures, including the US Congress.
If there is no God, then relativism trumps any absolute standard of morality. Today the Jews go into the ovens; tomorrow the unborn babies are destroyed; and the next day the disfavored minority of that day will be the next!
Whoever rules under this scenario gets to pick the minority to be eliminated next. In effect, atheism becomes the national religion.
Much prayer for conversion of leaders is needed.
Lord, have mercy.
Thank you Cristina. You are 1000% correct. Absolutely none of this is new. It just took the manufacturing of quite possibly the most massively under and mal-educated generation, at least in respect to the wealth and power it possesses, in the history of the world to make people believe that it is. People forget, or do not know, or do not care that the human race completely rejected this same set of values once before when the Gospel was preached in the Roman Empire and that Empire converted. I say it in complete charity with an abundance of prayers for their conversion, but the people alive in the Western world today are for the most part complete and utter fools.
Agreed, but please correct – it looks as if you are attributing the slaughter of the innocents to the Egyptians, when in fact it was Herod.
Liz, the Egyptians killed babies at the time of the birth of Moses, not Jesus. And that distinction is made in the article.
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