Ephesians 6: 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
There either are objective truths (the Tao, natural law, created order, whatever) or there aren't. The world will collapse if we continue to act as if there aren't.
If there are objective truths (things we can embrace without question), there are binaries – either / or: either black or white, either male or female, either good or evil, either an unborn human being or a clump of mush.
If there aren’t objective truths (i.e., we each get to make up our own truths), there can never be conversation. And without conversation…well, look around us.
Do Christians (or those who are after liberty) always have to keep butting their heads against a wall of obstinance in conversation? Jesus had a thought on this:
Matthew 7: 6 Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
Dogs and pigs. Why would Jesus say such things? The same Jesus who said love your neighbor and love your enemy? Perhaps there are too many mission fields to be harvested to waste time on those fields that are strewn with rocks and thistles. Perhaps He recognized that the Sons of Disobedience also walk among us. Not all enemies are created equal, I guess.
Jesus went further:
Matthew 10: 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
And don’t look back. Pillar of salt and all that.
I heard of a great quote from the latest Pageau-Rohlin video, attributed (rightly or wrongly) to Genghis Khan: "I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you."
God used Babylonians, Assyrians, whatever, to punish Israel and Judah. In our day, it appears God’s vehicle for punishment is wholly internal, self-inflicted – call it a spiritual force that is consuming western humanity.
Let's pray that Abraham is currently pleading with God for mercy due to the small handful of righteous souls to be found here. From Richard Rohlin: “Christianity always wins through martyrdom.” Martyr means witness. Well, it means this before it comes to the dying part.
3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4 Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.