~ IT ALL DEPENDS WHAT YOU think is actually going on– and therefore what needs to be said and done– on what you think is real and true.
For instance, if you were born in the 60s, and tend Leftwards, you think it’s all about getting people into the Kumbayah circle, generating positive feelings, and perhaps some weed-smoke, and the world will come together in peace, love, and flowers. The 60s were an optimistic time, and old barriers and conflicts were going to be fixed by the UN, and fine-sounding words, and becoming subtly Communist & worldly. This fulfilled that part of the European revolutionary spirit of the 1840s. Utopia, next stop! Happy happy, joy joy, everything is awesome!
Do You Smell Smoke?
However, what if the real situation is that we are in a burning Minas Tirith, surrounded by countless entrenched orcs, wargs, Nazgul, and other monsters; within the walls are despair, treachery, not enough warriors, and a fading spirit. There are a few hidden away in the burning city singing Kumbayah or the Gondorian equivalent, but they are worse than useless. Even worse? somehow, The Enemy is in control of the people running things. And there’s plenty of blame to go around, not just based on your habits of mind, group-think, or the alleged general consensus.
Wait, It Gets Worse!
Sadly, many of the churches of our time worship big government, the spirit of the age, and feelings over facts and faith. That is, the church militant– the church fighting the good fight here below cheered on by the angels, saints, martyrs and faithful ones of the church above– is making Kumbayah, not spiritual war, against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Think cops on permanent donut-break whilst the criminals run wild.
To a real extend, this is the fault of Rome. When the Roman Catholics get a sniffle, the protestants get double pneumonia. Vatican II was a mess. It replaced evangelism with ecumenism; truth with consensus (a.k.a. the pooling of ignorance & contradiction in search of truth); worship with self-regarding spectacle; a world-culture with a divided weak waffling ‘spirit’. A house divided cannot stand.
C’mon Rome– Kumbayah? Ecumenism with Muslim prayers at the Vatican? All happy times, and ever onwards and upwards? Great, big massive lies, with feckin’ bells hanging off them! Please, Pope Bergoglio: show me in the Bible where Jesus ever said that he came to bring peace, flowers, and Kumbayah, and that the march of the church is like a bunch of hippies skipping through a field of flowers. Where he said that we should surrender to other faiths, or to a worldly feel-good agnosticism.
So which is it?
The one thing I know and feel in my bones is that the more we deny the fact of darkness in ourselves, the world, and in spiritual places, the more we’ve wandered into a self-decieving la-la land, while failing to recognize we’re in a minefield. In the fog. At night. Having no clear idea which way to go. And the darkness knows it.
The more we live in denial, the more we excuse ourselves from these time, OUR times, which require wakeful, wise, brave people to fight against and to name the evils around us, within us, and threatening us. ~