So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Fool's Paradise

A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!—Thomas Fuller

A few consequences of removing Christian morality from the public square:
  • A sense of entitlement replaces a sense of responsibility.
  • The culture no longer supports ethical behaviour.
  • The culture no longer values nor protects innocence.
That government is best which governs least.—Henry David Thoreau

In the West we once lived by the rule of law. Now we live by the law of rules.
  • Without a public morality commonly shared by the people, more rules are legislated top down to force people to behave according to a code determined by secularists who were once the first to say that morality cannot be legislated. The net effect is our common life is becoming micromanaged and the state more intrusive (warrantless searches, data mining, cell phone and text monitoring) and coercive (forcing individual persons of faith and religious institutions to comply with a politically correct agenda, e.g., funding for contraception and abortion).
  • Sanitizing society of its Christian identity has created a vacuum. Those with no solution to the rising violence (terrorism, domestic violence, class conflict) seek to regulate human behaviour by micromanaging people's lives through the use of the technology of a police state. Instead of promoting the development of moral cognition and the responsible and just exercise of a well formed conscience we have secular ideologues attempting to legislate fascism using fear of the unknown to justify the imposition of militant secularism and the marginalization of freedom of conscience.
  • Inalienable rights are marginalized by "human rights" tribunals that have little or no accountability and which are routinely exploited to attack people of faith and conscience. Individuals, typically socialists, now routinely suggest that government is the source of rights rather than the preserver of inalienable rights (from God) that precede the state. Once upon a time, during the Cold War for example, the obvious difference between the Soviet empire and the West was that the Soviet Bloc countries and other communist nations promoted the notion that rights originate with the state. Are Soviet Russia, communist China and other totalitarian regimes the kinds of societies we want to imitate?
  • How do we recall the state or government to its senses, to its primary role? Answer: elect faithful men and women of conscience to defend inalienable rights which come from God and to uphold just laws that protect the common good. Elect people formed in the moral law, in the natural law which is, or once was, the foundation of Western civilization.
The advantages of Christian belief and practice.
  • The moral law is written in the hearts of Christians who accept the Word, the Logos of God, and who abide by His word (the Gospel). For the virtuous man no laws are necessary because he, conformed to the moral law fulfilled by Jesus Christ, is himself the law. That is, he embodies the law of love. This, however, is not the antinomianism that is the logical outcome of the Protestant sola fides doctrine. Man has need of laws which protect him from unjust men. Just laws help people live and work together for the common good.
  • Of course, man not being yet perfect, must have a means to address his ongoing conversion. The Sacrament of Penance (confession) is given as a forum in which the penitent may confess his sins and be restored to grace. Attempts by secular institutions to enact restorative justice programs typically fail because government bodies without a moral code that considers the human heart cannot locate the individual, a moral agent, in a system that only addresses external conformity and not conversion of the person. External conformity can provide the context for improved behaviour, but programs that address external conformity without formation of the heart only leads to recidivism. As much as secularists hate people of faith, the state needs religious communities that are better able to interface with incarcerated persons as persons, i.e., whole persons: body, mind and soul.
  • Christians are people of the Logos [Lo·gos/ˈlōˌgōs,-ˌgäs/], the Word of God, or principle of divine reason and creative order, identified in the Gospel of John with the second person of the Trinity incarnate in Jesus Christ. Catholics, therefore, are people of faith and reason.
  • The Holy Spirit gives to the disciples of Jesus the grace and power to live live virtuous lives. Virtue is the power to do good, the power to act justly and charitably.
  • Christians, if they be Christians, respect the inherent dignity of all human life because our sense of morality is founded on the premise that all are created in the image of God.
  • Christians distinguish between the person and a person's behaviour. Man is more than the sum of his actions. Because man is more than his mere behaviour, the Christian sees hope for change where pagans only see the behaviour defining man absolutely. The pagan notion that man is reducible to his acts means that man can be defined out of existence because he may not fit a certain (lesser or demeaning) definition of man. For example, the utilitarian definition of human life from the perspective of the pro-abortionist is a lesser view that marginalizes human life and makes it disposable. For Christians, all human life is sacred, not just the lives of those with whom we happen to agree. Can the abortionist say the same?
Because Canada is choosing the way of coercion not conversion, Canada is fast becoming a fool's paradise.

With respect to the abortion of the unborn, Canada is a lawless land. There is no law regulating abortion at any stage of the development of the child in the womb. Abortion at any stage of fetal development is intolerable. The goal, then, is to help all people appreciate that necessity for complete respect for human life from conception to natural death.
  • No advocate of life for the unborn, if he or she be a true disciple of the Lord, would ever advocate that women who abort their children should be put in jail. To incarcerate a woman in such a circumstance is cruel. The remedy for the rupture created by abortion is reconciliation in Christ Who provides women and men with the grace to find hope. Women who have aborted their children can seek reconciliation with God and their child in and through Jesus Christ Who gives to all who embrace Him a new life of hope, love and authentic freedom.
  • That said, doctors who perform abortions should be held accountable just as pimps and purchasers of sex "services" should be fined and incarcerated for enslaving women and children. Individuals who conduct abortions should be held criminally responsible for a crime against humanity. Women, however, who have had abortions should be lovingly embraced, supported and provided necessary care for their spiritual, physical and psychological recovery. They have been turned into victims by a system that commodifies women and permits corporations, even government sponsored ones that divvy out tax money, to profit from abortion.
In as much as it may be detestable for Christians to align themselves with most environmentalists, there are some sane environmentalists who understand that God's creation requires a defense that includes a human and humane ecology. Our pro-life witness must embrace human dignity located within the beauty and goodness of the created order that has been and is being restored by Christ. While rejecting population control ideologies such as euthanasia, eugenics, contraception and abortion—which are merely opportunities for cruel men to profit from the misery of others—Christians should consider conscripting anyone who understands that being a good steward of the natural world is wholly part of defending the sacredness of human life.

To defend human life from conception to natural death is to defend the natural order restored in Christ. Of the 'goods' defined in the Genesis narratives, man and the natural world are conceived by God together in a progression that places man at the summit of creation.

Man's disobedience ripped man from God, from neighbour and from the natural order. Abortion literally rips man from nature. Who can deny that environmental degradation is the consequence of man at odds with himself? No true environmentalist can nor should endorse abortion and other life destroying ideologies. For, if a person were to embrace abortion of human beings, he or she would be acting against the goodness of creation. To act against creation—the natural world—is to prefer a fool's paradise to the garden that God created and which Christ restored.

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