Saturday, August 11, 2007

Why are Christians so gullible?
Of all people, Christians should understand the fallen nature of man: that man in a sinful state is capable of anything (unless they attend a "Purpose Driven" church, of course). How is it, then, that they cannot seem to comprehend the evil machinations of people in high office?
A Baptist pastor asks his fellow conservative Protestants why they’re suckers for Mr Bush’s minders and the state in general. Got to give VDARE credit for this one but LRC’s Laurence Vance and Bill Barnwell (both evangelicals who refuse to be played) have covered this subject as well. Fundamentalists — in William Jennings Bryan’s and Alvin York’s day for example — used to abhor war and had a healthy distrust of the state and of the military (seeing the latter as the den of vice it often is). All that changed with the cultural revolution that became mainstream at the end of the 1960s-early 1970s when these people started seeing the US military as Christian knights defending the old America and its values.

Get real.

The Cold War contributed to it as well. As Eisenhower once asked, how far do you go before you destroy from within what you’re trying to defend from without? You had creeping fascism in the name of defeating fascism abroad, then (helped by CIA employee Bill Buckley driving out real conservatives) sovietisation in the name of defeating the godless Communists, and the Bible belt bought it. All hail the noble state.
O put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man : for there is no help in them.
— Psalm 145/146:2

Here’s a Catholic and classical-liberal statement:
Christians have been drilled (and dare I say, brainwashed?) into believing that government is endemically good and should be thoroughly trusted. Of course, this was not the belief of America's Founding Fathers, and neither was it the belief of Church Fathers.
The religious left have the same problem both politically and ecclesiastically. Their solution to the evils of the state is... the state.

And as Fr Deacon Methodius Hayes (a former Anglican priest from South Africa) observed on the Episcopal row:
It's the smug imperialism of Anglicans (and others) in the former First World that is at the heart of the problem, and even if US Episcopalian leaders are against it when done by George Bush at the geopolitical level, they see nothing wrong with doing it themselves at the ecclesiastical level. and you can see it in the arrogant condescension of some Episcopanglican bloggers when they profess not to know the difference between Tanzania and Tasmania, because wogs from such out-of-the-way places don't deserve to have their opinions listened to.

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