Friday, December 2, 2016

Paleo-Orthodoxy: A Post-Christian West?

It is often said in the main stream media that we are living in a post-Christian culture, and not without good reason. There is no getting around the fact that there is much negative sentiment directed at Christianity, Christians and traditional Christian values. Why is this? First, I think we have to look at the church with a critical eye. Has the church been the bulwark against Cultural Marxism or has it tended to absorb elements of it and compromise in doing so? I think the answer is clear. The church abdicated its role as the moral compass of society and government in favor of tax deductions, brief love affairs with Leftist media, and a so-called "cultural relevance". All of this had the effect not of causing millions to embrace Christ, but to see the very principles of Cultural Marxist revolution taught from pulpits in dressed up theological language. Rather than the church encouraging Man to muse on the things of the soul and of God, it adopted the Cultural Marxist emphasis on Man himself as the central focus of both cultural and spiritual life. The church no longer sought to raise Man up to God's standards and improve Man's character through a relationship with Christ, but to drag God down to the lowest standards of Man, giving Man a false god made in his own depraved image and likeness- a god that demands nothing and gives everything. A cosmic buffoon upon whom the modern man could rely to occasionally assuage the last vestiges of guilt for living a hedonistic life while paying lip service to faith. The church was no longer the mystical Body of Christ, but a mere extension of the body politic of Man.

Second, since people no longer view the church as the mystical Body of Christ, but as a Man centered institution, they also see little difference between the character of the people in the pews and those in politics, media, entertainment or even the worst streets of the inner city. And this can be justified given the statistics that show Christians do not live morally superior lives when compared to non-Christians. Christians divorce as often, pastors have affairs with other Christians in their congregations, and a general spiritual emptiness serves as a grave marker for what should have been a living example to the surrounding culture of something better than immediate gratification and transient pleasures. The divine life was given up for the humanistic one. This is yet another symptom of compromise with the prevailing culture for the sake of relevance. It would do well for us to ask some hard questions. Has this highly coveted relevance resulted in an increase in souls won to Christ, or has it merely filled the churches with spiritual wanderers gathering together to do little more than celebrate the wandering? Are they being taught the mysteries of the faith, or are they told they do not have to believe in such "non-scientific" things as a literal Adam and Eve, miracles, a literal resurrection, or of Jesus as anything more than a good man or great moral teacher? Are they introduced to the beauty, meaning and mystery of the Eucharist, or are they conditioned through plastic dispensers containing grape juice that look just like the coffee creamer in the church cafe to view the sacrament as little more than a community gathering, much like the coffee and pastries this crude presentation of the sacrament reflects? Are their minds elevated to think on the important questions and aspects of spiritual life through the art, architecture and music of the church, or does the church look like your run of the mill bank or discount furniture outlet, while the music is not at all distinguishable from that on secular radio- including lyrics?

Yes, we live in a post-Christian culture in the West, and while there are many factors that contribute to this fact, we cannot ignore the reality that the church is committing suicide.

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