Our current culture is trying to toss off Judeo-Christian ethics, as Rosie O?Donnell would a tub of low-fat yogurt. For the last 40 years there has been a belligerent, systematic secularization of the United States by the liberal thought police, removing from all public sectors of society any semblance of biblical values, all influence of religious institutions and all sacred symbolism.
These anti-religious relativists reject the notion of an absolute standard of truth, applicable to all people, in all places and at all times. For this cabal, there is no transcendent norm of right or wrong; there is only pleasure and pain. For them, since God does not exist, or at least cannot be solidly defined ? well then, nothing is prohibited.
Yes, for these ?thinkers? everything is endlessly open to question and to change. Everything is permitted. Nothing is to be banned and literally nothing is bizarre. They envision for modern America a moral climate similar to ancient Rome ? just before it fell!
Feeding feverishly off postmodernism?s compost heap of historical amnesia, secularists reject an objective standard of truth. Thus, in their would-be world, authorities are leveled, the record is rewritten, the autonomous self becomes the sole judge of reality, cultures are equalized, style reigns over substance, power is deified, and the ?victims? get to run the circus and are conveniently licensed to lie.
In the PoMo world where truth is ?dead?, power becomes the operative principle of speech and the results are conformity and bullying. You know, the stuff you see on a 24/7 basis if you click on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Bravo, VH1 and MTV as they pulverize the religious traditionalist with every banal broadcast.
The secular revolutionaries have created a rock-solid environment of political correctness, and God help you if you rustle their feathers by not parroting their opinions. Yes, the person who champions a traditional view of truth and not hype, who stands for the historical record and not the hysterical read, and who believes that biblically based, previously proven transcendent standards should continue to serve as an external pattern to govern our nation?s character: that person will endure more scorn than Alanis Moresette?s last boyfriend.
But, you know, so what? The grand, the great and the noble have never had it easy. We will get whacked, as the immortal Elmer Fudd might say, by the scared, secular ?wittle wabbits?. The secularized Sopranos will come after you, my traditional, conservative, Christian buddy, and do everything they can to suppress you. So, buy yourself some seriously protective gear ? starting with a cup and a face mask.
Look ? truth has never been popular with the solipsistic navel-gazers but it is always effective and liberating, and therefore demands that we side with it, even when it?s detested. The person who holds an objective biblical view of right and wrong needs to stand up, especially in this day where evil has been twisted into appearing good and good, evil. No matter what the cost and no matter how hard he?ll be slammed in the media, in liberal chat rooms and on Salon?s blogs.
My ClashPoint is this: ?If as a nation we neglect the truth, contradict the truth or are careless with the truth then we have stumbled into a carelessness?, as Os Guinness says, ?that we can ill afford?. As individuals and as the only free superpower on the planet, we may not blow off the verities of holy writ and its time-tested values. We must not take the moral law and discard it like the planet did Geri Halliwell?s latest CD. For if we do, we?ll watch our country get torn apart quicker than a skirt marked down to $1.99 at the Gap.
Listen ? much to postmodernism?s politically correct pundits? chagrin ? biblical objective and eternal truth is not dead. It?s alive and undeniable. It will be around long after the last secularist has taken the eternal siesta. Therefore, we are called to stand up for the timeless verities in our neighborhoods, cities and nation. We must not fear the ridicule of the secular zealots: if we shrink from this Christian duty, we will invite the contempt of the eternal Judge.
Let?s face it: we need committed, conservative Americans with cojones. Who cares about skin color: red, yellow, black, brown, or white? You and I must stand up for what we believe. We must be seen and heard within the public square. And we must keep at it, relentlessly.
That is, if we don?t want the greatest republic to become ? a banana republic.