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February 10, 2005

The Focal Point of the Twenty-First Century

Yes, yes, I know it all comes down to the individual's faith; it always has, and it always will. But as I've poked around the Internet today, my mind began to organize, and before I've reached any conclusions, I thought I'd throw a question out there into cyberspace:

What are the priorities among the issues that we face in these insane modern times?

The liberal grip on the mainstream media is proving difficult to maintain when that hand is needed to swat at an upstart New Media. The universities are finding their practices under increasing scrutiny and professors' credibility up for questioning. Mel Gibson's independent film has (we can hope) begun a similar reckoning in Hollywood, but much of the art world remains unperturbed.

As the Democrats diminish in power, the radical fringe continues to assert its influence. Republicans are dealing with their own internal struggles, between such factions as social conservatives and libertarians. Meanwhile, the judiciary continues to expand the power created by its quick 'n' easy method of Constitutional amendment. And on top of it all, forces continue to push for a world government.

We've got the same-sex marriage debate, yes, and the larger sexual revolution trending to redefine the essence of the human family and human relationships. But then, we've got scientists running full-tilt toward technologies that will redefine humanity itself. Then there are scientists seeking immortality in a test tube. Abortion is on the defensive, but new ways of and reasons for destroying nascent human life are cropping up, and the "right to die" movement continues its work, albeit largely under the radar.

Psychiatrists are beginning to turn toward notions of evil, even while they make noises about defining religion as a pathology. Rational religious folks are starting to reassert that religion can be rational, and to apply that understanding to social constructs. Secularists continue their mutual indoctrination. Meanwhile, Islamofascists are working to undermine and destroy Western civilization in multiple ways, and the response in many Western nations still resembles a person the morning after a late, indulgent night alternately struggling to wake up and to ignore the faint alarm and continue sleeping.

Yet, behind the snoring attempts at self-deception, the elite subconscious plots to reinstate the Old World's influence in various forms, from creeping international bureaucratic oligarchy to behavior in Russia raising uncomfortable impressions that something is being hidden, while Red China continues to stand as a perennially emerging pernicious colossus. And there are still all those weapons that could wipe out millions with the stroke of a finger.

These riffs could go on and on.

Despite it all, the Christian can and must seek the peace to be found in our Lord, Jesus Christ — largely filtered through our love for each other — and through that peace to achieve a benevolent disinterest. We are called to work for a better world even while we understand that the world must turn sour before our work is done.

So, again, beyond personal faith, what are the priorities? It's ultimately pointless to bloody each other over marriage if Sharia is in our future. On the other hand, we must be wary of making the world free for the social corrosion that we find within our borders. Where lies the Beast? Where the Whore? Where the Rider?

Posted by Justin Katz at February 10, 2005 11:12 PM

I thought this was an interesting post, but when I tried to come up with a reasonable answer, I got overwhelemed. You've asked such large-scale question its hard to give a bite-sized answer (assuming there is an answer at all).

Posted by: Mike S. at February 13, 2005 4:43 PM